Take Good Care of Your Teeth By Following These Six Brushing Tips

Brushing your teeth everyday is one of the best ways to take care of your smile. For optimal dental health, follow these six tips:

1) Pick the right brush that fits your needs – Not all toothbrushes were created equal. Between varying sizes, bristle strengths, and the recommendations given to you from your favorite dental care provider, there are plenty of options to choose from.

2) Master the technique – Brush your teeth at gum line using a 45-degree angle. Gently move your toothbrush back and forth in short motions, cleaning the outer surfaces of your teeth. Move your brush in gentle up and down motions to clean the inner surfaces of your teeth. Then be sure to brush your tongue!

3) Take your time – Follow the “2 minutes x 2 times per day” rule.

4) Don’t overdo it – Ever hear of having too much of a good thing? Overbrushing can cause dental issues such as wearing down the enamel on your teeth or receding gums.

5) Good hygiene is the way to go – Always rinse your toothbrush before and after brushing; germs tend to linger if you don’t keep your toothbrush clean. (Also, do not keep your toothbrush capped or near a toilet. Trust us on this one.)

6) Let it go – Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when you start seeing frayed bristles. Also, if you’ve been sick, think about throwing out the old one and replacing it with a new brush.

By practicing proper dental care daily, we minimize the risk of cavities and developing other dental health related issues. To make an appointment with your Huntersville dentist, Dr. JC Duncan, call us today at (704) 948-1300.

Swimming Pools and your Teeth

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Backyard fun with family and friends are what most people look forward too in the good weather.  Cookouts, sitting on your patio sipping ice tea are just a few of the benefits of warm summer days.  And when your hot, and the heat becomes unbearable, there is nothing better than a refreshing dip in the pool to bring your body temperature down to normal.  Now, with all the things that filter through your mind as your floating on your tube, I’m sure thinking about your teeth is probably the furthest thing from your mind.

With so many things to worry about to stay in good health, here is another tidbit to keep in mind the next time you take a dip in the pool.  A New York University College of Dentistry study showed that pool water that is too acidic can erode the enamel on your teeth very rapidly.  What is a too acidic?  A pool containing a pH balance below 7.  A properly regulated pool will have a pH level between 7.2 and 7.8.

Now for those of you who are fortunate enough to have your own pool in the backyard, it is important to test your pools pH level weakly. A pool with a low pH balance can be affecting your teeth and your families teeth without you even knowing it.  Your enamel protects your teeth and with it being eroded, this opens your mouth up to an array of dental problems.  Be proactive, avoid this issue by simply buying pH strips at your local pool supply store and test your pool regularly.

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD

Address:
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 948-1300
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 7:30 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 7:30 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00

 

Cough Syrups and Cough Drops Do Affect Your Teeth

Cough Syrup and Cough Drops

Coughs, colds and flu’s are usually indicators that the cold weather is starting to buckle in.  As we all know, having a cold or flu has a tendency to make our every day lives feel miserable. As the symptoms begin to manifest, most people tend to reach for an over-the-counter medicine to try an ease the symptoms.  Cough drops and cough medicines are usually the first “go to” relievers.

It is important to remember how some of the products that are meant to make us feel better can do serious harm to our teeth. Cough drops and cough syrups, even though they are sold in the medicine aisle, contain some of the highest sugar concentrations out there.  Ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and sucrose provide high concentrations of sugar on your teeth. Sugars break down to acids and ultimately attack the enamel on your teeth.

Many relievers also contain citric acid and antihistamine’s.  Citric acid can wear down the enamel of your teeth.Antihistamine’s contain low pH levels and high acidity which will also contribute to tooth decay.

Finally, some cough and cold syrups contain alcohol.  Alcohol can have a drying effect on the mouth.  Your saliva naturally rinses the sugars from your mouth. With less saliva, sugars remain in your mouth leading to more risk of tooth decay.

How Can You Help Your Teeth?

1. Drink Lot’s of Water.  Water helps rinse the sugars off your teeth.  Plus staying hydrated will help with your cold.

2. Brush your teeth after taking any medicine

3.  Try to take your medicine at meal times

 

 

 

Red Heads Need Special care at the Dentist

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Being a red head might be more special than you think!  In the past five years, researchers have found a genetic mutation responsible for those cherry silky locks and angel white skin. Their coloring is special and is the result of a mutation in the MC1R gene which creates the red hair and the very light complexion to exist.

Red heads make up only 2% of the entire human race.  Even though they have an uncommon presence in the population, it has been found that they have some unique special human abilities that set them apart from the rest of us.

As more research is concluded, gingers (as they are lovingly referred to) are proving to be the real life X-Men of our species. They possess special abilities that set them apart and make them unique among the many inhabitants of the world.

What Make’s “Gingers” Special?

  • A redhead’s snowy white skin, while subject to sunburn, is a sponge for absorbing vitamin D. Scientists believe that this gives them the ability to fight off certain debilitating and potentially deadly illnesses more effectively then blonde’s or brunette’s.  Also, they are known for having strong bones.
  • Redheads are more sensitive to hot and cold.
  • Redheads will never turn grey.  Rather with age, their hair will become a blonde color.
  • Those with the MC1R mutation are more sensitive to opiate pain killers — which means they’d actually need less — but less sensitive to other types, most notably lidocaine injections. A 2004, research showed that people with red hair needed 20 percent more general anesthesia than blondes and brunettes.
  • Redheads are usually more fearful of the dentist than brunette’s and blonde’s.  Probably because they are resistant to local pain blockers like Novocaine.
  • And finally, pheromones.  It has been noted that red heads produce a unique pheromone scent that is very appealing to the opposite sex.  More studies need to be done to verify this conclusion.

 

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD

Address:
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

www.huntersvillencdental.com

Phone: (704) 948-1300
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 7:30 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 7:30 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00

 

 

 

 

Cavities Can Be Contagious!

kissing- cavities The next time you are on a date, you might want to think twice before puckering up for that goodnight smooch.  At least not until you can get a full dental history on your new suitor.  With so many things to worry about to keep yourself healthy, is it even possible we need to think twice about that first passionate kiss in fear of catching a cavity?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Just like colds and flu’s, studies have shown that cavities and gum disease are contagious and can be transmitted through saliva. With that being said; if your partner has gum disease or untreated cavities, a passionate kiss can exchange those damaging bacteria from their mouth to yours.  Those same bacteria will then attack your teeth.

There is a Silver Lining. To reduce the risk, it is recommended that an emphasis on good oral hygiene be practiced.  Frequent flossing and brushing is necessary to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria.  Drinking lots of water and chewing sugar-free gum is also helpful as it promotes saliva and washes away plaque and bacteria.

As for your partner, a trip to the dentist is warranted to get their mouth healthy again.  It is also important to emphasis maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Make sure you convey to them that their neglected dental care can affect their overall health.  Your dental health is directly related to your overall health.  A healthy mouth can work in your favor to an overall healthy you.

 

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD

Address:

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00

Tooth Decay Can Stunt Your Child’s Growth!

growth chart- J.C. Duncan

 

Being a parent can be one of life’s most joyful and rewarding experiences, but there are times in everyone’s life when the demands and hassles of day to day living can cause stress.  If there isn’t enough to worry about with raising a child, the possibility of stunt growth due to tooth decay is just another thing to add to the check list.

A new study suggests that tooth decay may push back growth in children. The study appeared in the online version of Pediatrics journal and was conducted at University College London and King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Saudi Arabia.

The research team later analyzed the statistics and concluded that there was, in fact, a relationship between low height/weight and a greater number of cavities. Children with severe decay had a higher chance of being underweight and shorter when compared to their peers.

With that being said, regular dental check-ups for your child, beginning with their first teeth is essential for your child’s overall health. Call the office of J.C. Duncan DDS.  We provide family dentistry for the whole family.

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD

Address:

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/9936-tooth-decay-may-prohibit-growth-in-children

Your Dentist is an Important part of your Chemo Treatment

cancer

There were 51,860 new cases of cancer diagnosed in North Carolina in 2012.  This does not include squamous or basal cell skin cancers. This number represents only 6% of all cancer diagnosis reported in the entire United States for that year.

Let’s be honest, no one ever wants to hear they have cancer.  The emotional roller coaster that particular diagnosis brings not only affects the person being diagnosed, but their families who love and care for them.  But with any illness, the next step is to plan a treatment plan designed to get yourself or your loved one healthy again.

How Chemotherapy Affects your Mouth

Chemotherapy is a common choice as a cancer treatment.  There are many chemotherapy drugs with a variety of side effects associated with that particular therapy.  Chemotherapy kills cancer cells but can be harmful to healthy cells including cells in your mouth. Not every person has the same side effects but there are some common side effects that do affect a number of people.

Side Effects Include

  • Painful mouth and gums.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Burning, peeling, or swelling tongue.
  • Infection.
  • Change in taste.

Seeing your dentist is VERY important when you’re planning to receive Chemotherapy treatment.  Making an appointment with your dentist prior to your treatments start date can help you avoid potential side effects from chemotherapy in the future.  Your dentist will make sure your mouth is in the best oral health possible prior to treatment. Many side effects happen because a persons mouth wasn’t healthy before treatment began.  Seeing your dentist won’t eliminate all side effects but potentially you will have fewer while your treatment is in process.  The goal is to try to see your dentist 1 month prior to your treatment beginning.  If that’s not possible, getting to the office sooner rather than later is recommended.  Your dentist and hygienist will also provide you with instructions to help you with your oral care while receiving your treatment.

If you have cancer and have any questions, feel free to contact the office of J.C.Duncan DDS FAGD.  We will be happy to make you an appointment and do all we can to minimize your side effects during your treatment.

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD

Address:

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00

 

Do you Need to Brush your Tongue?

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Brushing your tongue might seem like an odd thing to do. Truth be told, it is just as important as brushing and flossing your teeth. The majority of the bacteria found in your mouth is located on your tongue and on your gums.  Brushing your teeth removes bacteria from your teeth. Without the added step of tongue brushing, the bacteria on your tongue transfers onto your teeth in a short period of time.  Incorporating Tongue Brushing into your daily routine is essential to maintaining good oral health.

Your tongue, which most consider flat, is full of rough surfaces. These rough surfaces, which are too small for the naked eye, provides a breading ground for bacteria, food and beverages to remain until removed. Brushing your tongue removes the bacteria and particles from the surface.  This removal prevents additional bacteria from spreading to your teeth and also helps to eliminate bad breath.

tongue brushing

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

1. Tilt the brush at a 45 Degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.

2. Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back and forth strokes.

3. Gently brush your tongue making sure to get the top and bottom.

If you are having issues getting the back of your tongue, tongue scrapers are available at most drug stores.

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD

Address:

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00

I have a Toothache!

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A toothache is the most common reason for someone to schedule an immediate visit to their dentist.  Unfortunately, the pain that a toothache can cause can be crippling to the individual.

Toothache Symptoms

Trust me, you will know if you have a toothache.  Tooth pain has the ability to affect your every day activities because eating and drinking is primal to your existence. From eating something hot or cold that causes pain, or just biting down on something that causes pressure, pain is usually the number one complaint in diagnosing a toothache.

  • Sharp Pain
  • Throbbing Pain
  • Swelling of Gums
  • Fever- Contact a dentist immediately.
  • Foul Taste in Mouth- Contact a dentist immediately.
  • Unable to open Jaw- Contact a dentist immediately.

Toothache Causes:

There are many things that can cause a toothache.  The best way to identify the problem is to have it evaluated by your dentist. Seek immediate attention if you are running a fever, earache or pain upon opening your mouth.

  • Tooth Decay/cavity
  • Tooth Fracture
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Infected Gum Tissue
  • Damaged Filling

How to Handle a Toothache

There really is only one way to deal with constant tooth pain and that is with a visit to the dentist.  Untreated tooth decay will eventually abscess.  An untreated abscess can cause death. Don’t put your life at risk by thinking it will just go away.  Tooth decay only gets worse unless treated by a dentist. Give us a call today.

Address:
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00

 

Can being overweight affect your dental health?

obesity

2014 is around the corner and we truly live in the age of information.  You can “google” endless information on why it is important to maintain a healthy weight, how to eat healthy or even how to loose weight. Yet with all that information available at our fingertips, statistics show that the rate of obesity continues to climb to epidemic proportions. According to The Center of Disease Control 36% of the American population is considered to be obese with an additional 34% considered to be overweight.

Most people who have gained weight ponder the repercussions to their physical health but never consider the negative impact being overweight can cause with their oral health. So to direct the question, ” Does, your weight affect your oral health?”. The answer is  YES.

When your body gains weight, so does your mouth and gums from excessive fat stored in your cells.  Excessive fat cells, or the gaining of weight in your mouth can push teeth apart and cause them to shift. As your teeth shift, it creates new spaces for bacteria and plaque to get into and ultimately attack your teeth and gums.

As a dentist, we always promote healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight.  So if your are trying to loose weight or your weight is above what your normal range should be, make sure to make an appointment with the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD.  Monitoring your teeth during weight loss or weight gain is just as important as a trip to your doctor.

Address:
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

HOURS:
Monday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Tuesday 7:00 to 2:00
Wednesday 8:00 to 5:00 lunch 1:00 to 2:00
Thursday 7:00 to 2:00