Our office will be closed

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The office of J.C. Duncan will be closing, December 23rd at 2:00pm and will re-open January 5th at 7:30am.

To all our valued patients, if you experience a dental emergency during our holiday vacation, please call our office for further instructions.

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Win an iPad Mini!

 Contest: October 1st, 2014 ……….. through December 23rd, 2014.

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With the holidays quickly approaching, the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD would like to keep the contest fun running for all our patients.  What better time of year to give-a-way a FREE iPad Mini?  The lucky winner will be picked just in time for the Christmas holiday.  We love running contest and keeping our patients involved.  We, at the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD,  just want to make you smile.  🙂

We want to keep the rules simple.  Beginning October 1st and ending December 23rd,  the office of J.C. Duncan DDS, FAGD, will enter each NEW person who LIKES our Facebook page and all our patients that keeps their scheduled appointments at our office.  On December 23rd, Dr. Duncan will dig into his bowl of entries and pick our lucky winner.  Already on Facebook?  That’s OK.  Just like any 3 post and we will enter you in!  It’s that simple.

How to Enter:

  1. Keep your scheduled appointments at our office between July 1st and August 31st.
  2. Like us on Facebook!
  3. Already LIKED our Page?  Like any three post on the page and get entered to win. 

    Where will the winner be announced?

    On December 24th, we will announce our lucky winner on our Facebook, Twitter, Website and Blog. Don’t worry, if we don’t hear from you within a couple of days, we will follow up with a phone call.  Please make sure during your visit that we have your current phone number on file.  Please check our website, under Promo’s regularly.  You never know what new contest Dr. Duncan will dream up next.

    Rules of Contest

    • You must be a patient of Dr. J.C. Duncan DDS, FAGD
    • Contest begins October 1st 2014 and ends December 23rd 2014

Learning To Eat With Dentures

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Learning To Eat With Dentures

Making the decision to wear dentures is an important step.  Being unable to enjoy foods you once enjoyed due to tooth loss is a horrible problem to have. Not only does it affect your quality of life but your nutritional health as well.  I can assure you, with time and properly fitting dentures, you can resume eating the majority of the foods you once loved. Keep in mind, new dentures will improve your quality of life but it does come with an adjustment period.

I wish I could tell once you get your new pearly whites that you can now go out and enjoy a nice steak dinner.  Actually, that is furthest from from the truth.  Just like learning to do anything new, dentures require an adjustment period for your mouth to get use to the dentures being there.  It takes time and practice for your mouth to adjust to holding the dentures in place.  Keep in mind, this adjustment is only temporary and should last about 2 months.

When at first using your new dentures, you might find it initially difficult laughing, talking, eating and coughing. But in short time, your mouth will adjust to these differences and automatically compensate without thought. You may also experience some minor gum soreness for the first couple months until your gums get use to the contact from the dentures.

Suggestions for New Dentures:

  • Try a denture adhesive to keep dentures in place. This can be helpful with new dentures
  •  Eat slowly and eat small bites
  •  Don’t bite down with front teeth
  •  Practice Speaking- you might have difficulty for these first few days
  •  Start by eating soft foods and liquids . Breads, yogurt, eggs.  You can increase your exposure to harder foods over time.  Don’t worry, you will get there!

If you experience problems with your dentures, you should always contact your dentist. The office of J.C. Duncan puts our patients first!  We are here to ensure your dental experience is always a pleasant one.

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

Taste Bud Problems from Smoking Might Be Permanent?

 

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How much the world has changed in the last 50 years.  Years ago, with the help of the big screen, smoking was glamorized by amazing mega stars. Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood performed by incorporating cigarette smoking into their scenes, to make their act seem more real and believable.  It worked! The millions of people who took up smoking as a way to incorporate the natural flow and control that these actors portrayed was astonishing.  And so was the cigarette companies record profits of this error.

Now in present times, through research and technology we know about the dangers that smoking can impact on your body.  Smoking is not only bad for year health but can cause life threatening diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and COPD to name a few.

What about your taste buds?

It is already known that smoking damages your taste buds. Smokers, plainly stated, are unable to taste the full affects of any food or drink placed in their mouth. A new study led by Nelly Jacob of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP in France found that smokers, even after quitting “the habit”, are not able to regain the full ability to identify bitter taste. Researches believe that smoking has impede the bodies ability the regrow those new taste buds.  More research will be needed to draw any final conclusions.

With that being said, what defines coolness?  Not smoking.  Even though research and development doesn’t sound fun, the devotion and dedication put in by the men and women who experiment to make your life better, should be glamorized.  These are the true celebrities who are here to save the day.

 

 

 

What Does Your Smile Say About You?

smile-what your smile says about youWhat is a Smile?

What is a smile?  I think William Arthur Ward put it best, ” A warm smile is the universal language of kindness”.  The simple act of the corners of your mouth turned up and your front teeth exposed provides you positive influence to all the people you encounter.  A smile can project many attributes about yourself. Studies have shown a smile can communicate trustworthiness, attractiveness, sociability, health and much more. As a dentist, educating our patients on the benefits of having healthy gums and teeth is important. Most people don’t realize the social impacts on how a healthy white smile can impact all aspects of your life.

Types of Smiles

1. Sweet Smile.
2. I am in Love Smile.
3. Most Beautiful Smile.
4. Happy Smile.
5. Thoughtful Smile.
6. I know it all Smile.
7. The Sparkle in The Eyes Smile.
8. I am the Boss Smile.
9. Lucky Smile.
10. Amused Smile.
11. Naughty Or Up-to-No-Good Smile
12. Satisfied Smile.
13. Contented Smile.
14. Confident Smile.
15. Proud Smile.
16. Sexy Smile.
17. Cheered Up Smile.

What are the Social impacts to having a White Healthy Smile?

An independent research firm provided new evidence showing that a beautiful white smile has a direct effect on successful interpersonal interactions, both socially and professionally. “The Impact of Whiter Teeth on Key First Impressions” study, commissioned by a leading toothpaste company, shows that a whiter smile substantially affects how others think of you when you first meet.  Other studies have shown that 1 in 3 men believe that a healthy white smile projects advanced college education and financial stability.  So why work on a white, healthy smile?  The social and health benefits are endless.  Contact the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD.  We are always here to provide you information and the best dental treatments available to give you that white healthy smile you are looking for.

Photo: PROM is just around the corner, call us for our ZOOM whitening special.  You deserve that whiter smile. 704-948-1300

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

What happens when you don’t treat a cavity?

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What is a Cavity?

Let’s start by discussing what causes a cavity. When you eat food, the bacteria in your mouth increases, creating acid.  That acid attacks the enamel on your teeth.  A cavity (which is a whole in your tooth) forms when the acid attacking your teeth creates more damage than what your tooth can repair.

Untreated Cavity

What happens when you don’t treat a cavity?  Having untreated tooth decay in your mouth is like having an untreated infection.  The decay will continue to grow and eventually damage the enamel of your tooth.  If the decay remains untreated, it will continue to burrow into your tooth possibly creating discomfort and sensitivity to hot and cold foods.  If at this point, the tooth continues to be untreated, the decay can reach the pulp of your tooth causing it to become irritated and infected. This irritation and infection can lead to an abscess which is very painful and can be potentially dangerous if left untreated.

What should you do if you have a cavity?

The best thing you can do if you suspect a cavity is to make an appointment at your dentist  office as soon as possible.  Do not wait!  Waiting to treat a cavity which has bore through the enamel and into the pulp can be a costly treatment for you.  The more damage to the tooth, the more advanced treatment, like a root canal or crown, is needed to correct the decay.

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

 

Alpharetta Dentist: Snoring Solutions

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snoring2Snoring can be a real problem, not only for the person who snores, but for the partner and other family members who live with the snorer.  However, there are affordable and effective dentist-prescribed solutions for a more restful night’s sleep.   These affordable devices are flexible, thin and comfortable mouth guard looking devices with documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea.

These devices position the lower jaw forward using connectors that are attached to upper and lower mouth pieces known as trays.  These trays are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and should be BPA-free[1].  The appliance is designed to advance the mandible such that the bite is opened to reduce the restriction of airflow during sleep.

If you would like a consultation please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld…

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An Untreated Abscess can be Dangerous

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Your dental health is important for your overall health but yet people don’t always give it the attention it deserves. Periodontal disease and cavities happen over the long term and are in advanced stages before dental treatment is sought out.  Unfortunately, by the time pain is felt, something major is going on and must be addressed to avoid life threatening conditions.

What Causes an Abscess?

An abscess is a painful collection of puss caused by a bacterial infection.   The most common types of dental abscesses are periodontal abscess, gingival abscess, and periapical abscess. Abscesses are usually caused by micro organisms that invade the tissue and is the bodies natural defense in an attempt to localize an stop the infection from spreading to rest of your body.

Risk of having an Abscess

Once you have an abscess, it is necessary to seek treatment immediately.  An abscess can be serious and without treatment can cause a number of health related problems including death.  Antibiotics and or drainage of the abscess is essential to treating the infection.  Your dentist will also need to treat the condition that lead to the abscess to happen initially.

 Symptoms

  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Severe Toothache
  • Breath odor
  • General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
  • Fever
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
  • Swelling of the gum over the infected tooth, that may look like a pimple
  • Swollen glands of the neck
  • Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw — a very serious symptom

To keep your teeth in perfect condition, contact the offices of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD to keep your teeth healthy.

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

Source: http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/tooth-abscess/

Mouthwash Proven to Reduce Plaque and Gingivitis

The regular use of germ-killing mouthwash alongside regular brushing can significantly reduce the development of plaque and gingivitis, compared with simply brushing alone.

That was the conclusion of a new study published in the January/February 2012 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

According to the research, using mouthwash twice a day in addition to regular brushing significantly reduced the occurrence of plaque and gingivitis.

The findings came off the back of a six-month study of 139 adults with mild to moderate plaque and gingivitis who were separated into two groups, with one group using germ-killing mouthwash twice daily, while the second group used a placebo mouth rinse.

AGD spokesperson Janice Pliszczak said: ‘Results show that the group using a germ-killing mouthrinse reduced its occurrence of plaque by up to 26.3 per cent.

‘Furthermore, that same group showed a 20.4 per cent reduction in gingivitis.’

The study found that 100 per cent of participants using the germ-killing mouth rinse showed a reduction in gingivitis, while 30 per cent of the placebo group enjoyed the same benefits.

For more help choosing a good mouthwash contact

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101

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

http://www.lakenormandental.com/