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.


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


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

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

Sugar and Spice but Sugar Might not be so Nice

fruits and veg

As a young adult, we tend to indulge ourselves with burgers, fries, soda, and a montage of other heart stopping, over indulgent foods without thought. We are always told, “You are what you eat”.  But what does that really mean and why?

Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to a long life and active life style.  Our body’s require nutrients from fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, fish and dairy products.  Many of our “fast foods”, while satisfying our hunger urge,  lack the nutritional requirements our body’s need while adding unnecessary calories to our diet.  Without the appropriate minerals and vitamins being feed into the body, your body can feel sluggish causing a number of problems short term and long term.

Most people don’t consider their teeth into the healthy eating equation.  Foods high in sugar create an acid that attacks the enamel on your teeth.  Products with fructose or high fructose corn syrup( a sugar)  which is found in a number of processed foods create the same effect as sugar.  Fructose can be found in many breakfast cereals, breads, cookies, soda, crackers, dairy products, and so on.

So what can you do to help your body and your teeth?  Try substituting a bag of chips or that cupcake for a healthier option. Also regular brushing and flossing after every meal is recommended.  Below is a list of 5 Foods to help keep your teeth and body healthy.

  • 1. Cheese–  low in sugar and acid and high in calcium
  • 2. Fresh Raw Vegetables– fresh veggies are good for teeth because their fibrous nature requires chewing
  • 3. Fresh Fruit– , Fresh Fruits are good for teeth because their fibrous nature requires chewing like vegetables
  • 4. Yogurt– Contains calcium and phosphates that re-mineralize the teeth
  • 5. Sesame Oil– Sesame seeds are thought to reduce plaque and help re-mineralize tooth enamel

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD

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

Baking Soda verses Professional Teeth Whitening

How good is baking soda for your teethBAKING SODA – THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Baking Soda has been used to brush ones teeth for over 150 years.  It can be successful in removing stains and discolorations from the surface of your teeth.  Brushing your teeth with baking soda can remove stains caused by drinking tea, coffee, soda and tobacco. It is a cheap alternative to provide you with a whiter smile. The down side is although baking soda will remove stains and give you fresher breath, it does not kill the bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities.  The abrasiveness of baking soda over a period of time can wear down your enamel making your teeth more sensitive and susceptible to cavities.


A whiter beautiful smile will bring forward a more confident beautiful you.  The Teeth Whitening products provided by the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD are 3 times more effective than even the over the counter teeth whiteners.  The office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD using our teeth whitening products can provide you a noticeable whiter smile in just a few hours.  Even though baking soda can be an effective teeth whitener, it will take much time before you see any results. The most effective way to care for your teeth is always under the supervision of a dentist. Each persons mouth is different and can react to over-the-counter product in an adverse way. J.C. Duncan always has your overall dental health as his first priority and can identify and treat any areas of concern prior to your procedure. We only have one set of permanent teeth and our office is dedicated for you to get the most out of them.

Don’t Delay, Call J. C. Duncan DDS FAGD Today

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078*
(704) 948-1300



Can you Afford Healthy Teeth?

Dental health care is a costly business. However, the health of your teeth is top priority, and you should do everything possible to maintain them bright and healthy.

Dental insurance is highly expensive too, but fortunately there are many things you can do to maintain good oral health without worrying that you have to spend a lot of money.


Preventative dental care is the most important

Especially when you cannot afford to have the most expensive dental insurance with the highest coverage, preventative dental care is what you should always think of. For instance, if you have a tiny cavity, go and get a filling…do not wait until that cavity turns into a nasty dental abscess. Then, you will need root canal therapy, and if that fails you will need extraction and a dental crown to replace your tooth. And that will cost you at least $1,500, while a simple cavity filling can cost you even below $100 if you have a dental plan which offers you instant discounts for preventive dental care treatments.

Schedule regular appointments, get those dental X-rays and professional dental cleanings, and then you will not have to worry about unexpected dental complications which require thousands of dollars to get fixed.

Preventative dental care is generally included even in the most basic dental insurance. However, if you consider any type of insurance costly, then you should go with an individual dental plan. Such a plan costs you about $80 to $90 per year, and then you will have access to a wide variety of dental treatments on a discounted price (discounts range from 10% and up 60% and they are offered on the spot- you just need to show your dental card to the dentist!).

Regular dental regimen at home

Needless to say, that in order to maintain good oral health you need to brush, floss and use an antibacterial mouthwash at least twice a day. It is not only dental cavities that you can avoid with these regular dental care practices, but more complex issues such as gingivitis or gum disease which is not even a reversible condition always.

Get rid of the enemies

Well, it is time to become more health-conscious, and so you should give up at least on the following:

-smoking- after years, it can lead even to oral cancer

-sodas- terribly bad for your teeth, because the acids will cause early dental erosion and then your teeth will become sensitive

-Sugar- bad not only for your teeth but for your overall health. Excessive consumption may lead to diabetes, which in turn may cause periodontal disease and then you could lose permanently your teeth
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Contact J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry with any of your oral health concerns.

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101

Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: (704) 948-1300