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November 06, 2015

If your teeth have been damaged by oral jewelry, call Garner cosmetic dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 to learn about restorations that can protect and beautify your smileOral piercings might make a fashion statement, but the damage they do to teeth and gums is not really worth the risk. In a recent study it was found that 47% of people who have worn lip or tongue rings for a period of four or more years have seriously damaged their teeth. Chipped, cracked, and broken teeth were at the top of the list for this group, but enamel erosion and premature wear were common as well. As with a majority of the dental community, Garner cosmetic dentist Dr. Adam Moore suggests our patients find forms of self-expression and adornment that are less dangerous to the long-term health and beauty of the smile.

If you have damaged your teeth with oral piercings, please call (919) 772-1811 for information on dental services that can be used to restore strength and beauty to your smile.

Oral piercings are linked to a higher risk of tooth trauma and gum disease. They are also linked to an increased risk for contracting hepatitis B and C, herpes simplex virus, and bacterial infections. Combined with oral health concerns, perhaps reconsidering oral piercings is the best idea.

To schedule your next appointment at our Garner, North Carolina office, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today. We welcome clients from Cary and surrounding communities.

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October 27, 2015

This Halloween, Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore encourages you and your children to have fun – and fun at Halloween often includes candy. Can you eat candy and still protect your teeth? Of course. But there are certain things to keep in mind that can help prevent oral health problems down the road.

Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore wishes you and your family a safe and happy Halloween. Please call (919) 772-1811 to schedule your next appointmentHow can you avoid looking like a jack-o-lantern?

  • Do not bite hard candy – hard candy can chip, crack, and break teeth. As a general rule, minimize your intake of this type of sweet, since keeping it in your mouth too long can encourage decay
  • Avoid taffy and other sticky sweets – sticky treats can pull out restorations and stick in hard-to-clean places, making cavities more likely
  • Reduce your intake of soda and fruit juice – when eating more acidic and sweet foods, try not to compound risks by adding sodas and fruit juices
  • Brush after every snack and floss morning and night – there is no better way to reduce the damages sugar can cause than removing it from the teeth as soon as possible
  • Call Dr. Moore at the first sign of a problem – when caught early on, most oral health problems can be easily treated

Above all else, have a safe and happy Halloween.

Do you need to schedule your next appointment? Contact us online or call our Garner office at (919) 772-1811 today.

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October 06, 2015

Can blueberries prevent the formation of dental plaque that leads to gum disease? Researchers at Université Laval in Canada believe so – and the trials they have performed on tissue infected with gum disease looks very promising.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 today to schedule an appointment at our Garner, North Carolina office.

Are you suffering from gum disease? Call Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 to schedule a treatment consultation todayAccording to researchers, a polyphenol found in lowland wild blueberry bushes has the ability to prevent dental plaque from forming. This same compound has shown to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by Fusobacterium nucleatum, a bacterium that plays a key role in the development of gum disease. While therapeutic uses are still being considered, this extract may one day provide an alternative to more invasive, poorly tolerated treatment options.

Blueberry extract is not currently available in dental products, but you can take steps to prevent gum disease even still. Brushing after every meal and flossing both morning and night, when combined with routine visits to our office, remain the most effective ways to reduce risks and keep your gums at peak health.

To schedule your next appointment at our Garner office, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today. We serve Garner, Cary, and all surrounding North Carolina communities.

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September 29, 2015

Is your jaw clicking or popping? Call Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 and schedule a neuromuscular evaluation to learn how we can help Noises in the jaw such as clicking, grinding, or popping, often indicate TMJ. This common condition occurs when the jaw is misaligned. Even slight misalignment can result in noises in the jaw along with other discomforts such as:

  • Swelling or pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Pressure in the eyes, ears, and nose
  • Generalized facial pain
  • Lockjaw

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 to schedule a TMJ evaluation.

Treating TMJ

TMJ treatment addresses the underlying neuromuscular issue to restore lasting comfort and alignment. This may be accomplished through a number of options including:

  • Customized orthotics
  • Invisalign®
  • Dental restorations
  • Muscle relaxation techniques
  • Medications

The best way to determine what can help reduce clicking or popping noises in your jaw is by calling Dr. Moore and scheduling your evaluation today.

Because TMJ can be triggered by stress, some patients may benefit from stress reduction exercises. If you suspect your TMJ is related to stress or if you show symptoms of bruxism (teeth grinding), Dr. Moore can discuss these exercises with you in greater detail during your initial consultation.

To schedule your neuromuscular evaluation, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today. Based in Garner, we welcome patients from Cary and all surrounding North Carolina communities. 

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September 03, 2015

Volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) have been identified as one of the main causes of halitosis. Produced by bacteria in the mouth, VSCs are typically localized to the tongue and can be extremely difficult to remove. In fact, studies have shown that brushing alone only removes 40% of the VSCs from the tongue and even antibacterial mouthwash can fail to remove much more. What options does this leave people suffering from chronic bad breath?

Do you suffer from chronic bad breath? Call Garner dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 to schedule a consultation and learn about treatments todayTongue scraping is an oral health routine that involves removing bacteria form the tongue with a curved plastic or metal device. Specially designed to comfortably clean the tongue, this technique has shown to remove an additional 45% of the VSCs from the mouth, helping eliminate the source of bad breath.

Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore suggests patients experiment with at-home care to find solutions that promote fresh breath and healthy teeth and gums. During your routine visits to our office we would be happy to discuss home care methods that can optimize your oral health and help keep your breath fresh and teeth strong for years to come.

To schedule your next appointment, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today. Located in Garner, we welcome patients from Cary and all surrounding North Carolina communities.

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August 25, 2015

Osseointegration is the process that allows dental implants to be accepted as a new tooth root. To learn more, call Garner dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 todayOsseointegration is the process that allows dental implants to be accepted as a new tooth root. It is thanks to this process that dental implants are able to offer many of their unique benefits including providing a permanent base for your restorations and preventing jaw shrinkage and collapse.

If you have questions about dental implants in Garner, Cary, or surrounding areas of North Carolina, call Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 today to schedule a consultation.

Holding Dental Implants Firmly in Place

Osseointegration is the process during which osteoblasts and connective tissue integrate into a dental implant to secure it firmly in place. Without osseointegration, dental implants would not be able to provide a permanent solution for missing teeth, nor would they be able to restore complete strength and function.

Dental implants are made of a biocompatible material and have several microscopic holes dotting their surface. While too small to see, it is these holes that provide the foothold for osteoblasts to secure an implant and make it act as a new tooth root. The process itself can take up to six months, but offers benefits that are well worth the wait.

To learn more about dental implants, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today. We welcome patients from Cary and surrounding areas at our comfortable Garner office.

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August 12, 2015

Are deep stains detracting from the quality of your smile? Call Cary dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 to learn about advanced tooth whitening optionsDeep stains, such as those caused by fluoridation of water (fluorosis) and tetracycline do not typically respond to topical teeth whitening solutions. Cary dentist Dr. Adam Moore utilizes the advanced in-office Zoom! tooth whitening system, but even this may not be sufficient to fully remove discoloration and ribboning underneath the enamel. For these deeper and more distracting stains, a more advanced cosmetic dentistry option may be necessary.

If your teeth are stained or discolored, please call Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 today to schedule your tooth whitening consultation at our Garner, North Carolina office.

Advanced Options

Dr. Moore offers advanced cosmetic services to deal with deep staining and severe discoloration. Options that may be suggested include:

Each of these options is better suited to address specific concerns and combining them to address several teeth at once may be necessary for a uniformly white appearance. This will be discussed as needed during your tooth whitening consultation with Dr. Moore.

You don’t have to live with a smile that makes you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. Dr. Moore welcomes an opportunity to meet with you and discuss your concerns, and to help you choose the tooth whitening option best suited to meet your needs. Please contact us today to learn more.

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July 29, 2015

Replace metal fillings to strengthen and protect your smileMetal fillings can damage both the appearance and strength of your smile – and new information from the FDA suggests they may even pose potential health risks. If you are unhappy with your metal fillings or have decided it’s time to have them replaced, call Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 to schedule an appointment and learn more about your options.

Metal fillings:

  • Cannot be bonded to the tooth
  • Will shrink and expand with temperature fluctuations in the mouth
  • Are prone to crack and break teeth
  • Are unattractive
  • May contain toxic metals

By contrast, tooth colored fillings:

  • Look like natural tooth enamel
  • Are safe and nontoxic
  • Are bonded to the surface of the tooth
  • Will not come loose or fall out
  • Will not chip, crack, or break teeth

Tooth colored fillings are stronger, more reliable, and safer than metal fillings, making them the ideal replacement for older restorations. During your initial consultation with Dr. Moore, we will discuss all of our dentistry services to help you chose those that will most enhance, protect, and beautify your smile.

To schedule your consultation at our Garner, North Carolina office, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today.

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July 10, 2015

There are a number of solutions for replacing missing teeth, but none offer as many benefits as dental implants. With implant dentistry, Garner dentist Dr. Adam Moore can not only replace missing teeth, but their roots as well. This difference in placement allows implants to offer exclusive benefits including:

  • No harm to or reliance on adjacent teeth
  • No risk of slipping or falling out
  • Complete restoration of biting and chewing abilities
  • No risk of jaw shrinkage and collapse

When you lose a tooth, you also lose its root – and this issue presents very large problems. The root of a tooth is responsible for, among other things, sending signals to the body that bone is necessary in the area of the jaw surrounding it. Without those signals, the body reappropriates the minerals keeping that area of bone solid, resulting in jaw shrinkage and collapse. Implant dentistry alone prevents this otherwise unavoidable consequence of tooth loss.

Implant dentistry offers the longest-lasting and most reliable tooth replacement solution. If you would like to learn whether or not this service is right for you, please contact Moore Family Dentistry online or call our Garner, North Carolina office at (919) 772-1811 to schedule an appointment today.

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June 23, 2015

With all of the teeth whitening options available over the counter, you may never even consider having a dentist whiten your teeth. However, it is important to remember that store-bought options, regardless of the claims made on their packaging, are a distant second when it comes to the results an experienced dentist can offer. What’s more, store-bought kits are often uncomfortable, messy, and unreliable, making them a poor option for people who demand reliable and pain-free results.

To learn about your professional teeth whitening options in the Cary area of North Carolina, call Dr. Adam Moore at (919) 772-1811 and schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Moore offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options. With in-office whitening, Dr. Moore can lighten your teeth several shades in a single sitting – typically in less than one hour. Our take-home kits come with customized bleaching trays, enabling them to whiten every tooth in your mouth while reducing risks for tooth sensitivity and oral tissue irritation. While this option takes a bit longer than in-office solutions, it is equally effective at producing a stunningly beautiful smile.

If you are considering teeth whitening in Cary, please contact Moore Family Dentistry today. Dr. Moore serves Cary and surrounding communities from our conveniently located Garner office. 

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