Moore Family Dentistry Blog

Garner Dentist Serving Patients From Cary, North Carolina and Surrounding Communities

April 03, 2014
Have you visited our new location? We are now at the great new White Oak Medical Center in Garner! It is right of

Have you visited our new location? We are now at the great new White Oak Medical Center in Garner! It is right off of I-40 and very convenient to the entire Triangle and Eastern North Carolina.

This new medical center is state of the art and designed with patients as the focus. We’ve snapped some amateur photos for you guys! We should have some professional ones soon!

Our new address: 501 Health Park Dr, Suite 110, Garner, NC 27529

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March 10, 2014
A BIG shout out to our patient of the week Ally! We know its only Monday but there’s no way we could ask for a better (or more adorable) patient! Thanks ALLY!! Patient of the Week
November 10, 2013
Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is not uncommon. In fact, many people avoid dental treatments altogether because the stress and anxiety can be overwhelming.

As a result, the teeth are neglected and many treatments may be necessary to obtain optimal oral health. With sedation dentistry, offered at our practice, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without the stress and fear of your normal office visit.

Nearly all patients are eligible for sedation dentistry. While you relax comfortably, Dr. Moore and his staff can complete any dentistry treatment needed such as extractions, crowns, root canals, implants and more — often in just one visit.

There are two ways to enjoy sedation dentistry:

  • Inhalation analgesia (Nitrous Oxide, Laughing Gas) makes the patient more relaxed, however, still aware of their surroundingstiger relaxing and procedures. Because the sedative effects of nitrous oxide are immediately reversible, this is an excellent choice for apprehensive patients that need to drive themselves home after dental treatment. Also, it is ideal for shorter, less invasive procedures.
  • Oral medications are often prescribed for the patient to take prior to coming to the dental office for treatment. These sedatives (sleeping pills) are often combined with the nitrous oxide, and the patient is very relaxed and generally not aware of the treatment being provided. Because the patient is more sedated, they must have someone bring them to the office, and be with them the rest of the day. This is ideal for longer, more invasive procedures, and for patients that would rather not be aware of the dental treatment being provided.

Most sedation dentists receive training in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (D.O.C.S) program. This is a three-day course in a classroom.

Dr. Moore completed his training during the course of a year in a hospital. He has experience with oral sedation to general anesthesia ensuring your safety and positive outcomes. Additionally, his staff has been trained in oral sedation techniques and will make you feel safe and comfortable throughout your visit.

Please contact us and ask about how you could benefit from sedation dentistry in Garner, NC today.

Call: 919-772-1811

August 08, 2013
Back-to-school is a busy time for parents, who are thinking about immunizations, school supplies and schedule adjustments. But don’t forget about your child’s regular tooth checkup. Preventative care through regular cleanings will help prevent decay and future lost school days.

A few other things to think about as your child heads back to class:

New toothbrush – Once the shopping cart is full of school supplies, head over to the dental care aisle and grab a round of toothbrushes for everyone. Toothbrushes should be changed every three months. You can remember it by season, or buy a new one every time a report card comes out.

Smile Protection – If your child plays sports, contact us about a properly fitted mouthguard to protect his or her smile

Time to Time – Two minutes feels longer than most kids (and adults!) think. Try using a timer in the bathroom for morning brushing to count the recommended two minutes. Small children can even make it a game.

Lunch Planning – Your child won’t be able to brush after lunch while at school. Keep teeth healthy by including fruit, vegetables and cheese your child’s lunch. Avoid sticky or chewy foods, and skip the soda and fruit juice, which contain a lot of acids. Let your kids know that water is a great way to rinse teeth after meals when you can’t brush.

Request an appointment for your child’s back-to-school cleaning using our new smartphone app. Or call: 919-772-1811

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July 26, 2013
What if you lost your front teeth? What if your new crown was knocked out? Not only would you look different, but your eating, talking and breathing would also change.

Mouth guards are the perfect way to protect teeth, whether for children who play sports or for those who clench and grind their teeth. Mouth guards are also useful for those with TMJ or people who want to protect their crowns and veneers.

A properly fitted mouth guard can protect not only your smile, but your lips, tongue, face and jaw.  Accordinmouthgaurdg to the American Dental Association, mouth guards may even reduce the severity and incidence of concussions for those playing sports.

There are three types of mouth guards: ready-made, the “boil-and-bite,” type that form around your mouth, and custom-made. While all three offer protection, the third type, custom-made, offer the best fit and the most comfort.

Our team at Moore Smiles can make you a custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth. For nighttime teeth grinders, there’s a special mouth guard called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint used to prevent tooth damage, so check with your dentist before purchasing one.

No matter which type you choose, be sure it fits you or your child well. Choose one that is resilient, tear resistant and easy to clean. Check to make sure it does not restrict speech or breathing.

A few dos and donts for your mouth guard:

Do clean it before and after use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Don’t wear your custom-fitted mouth guard with braces.

Do give it a good clean once in awhile with cool, soapy water, rinsing it thoroughly.

Don’t chew on or cut pieces off your mouth guard.

Do use a container with vents to transport the mouth guard.

Don’t leave it in the sun or hot water.

Do bring your mouth guard to your dental visits.

 

Want to protect your smile? Come see us to ask about a custom mouth guard. 919-772-1811

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March 22, 2013
They say you are what you eat. Maybe not, but our teeth are noticing a difference.

Our diets today are worse for our teeth than the food we ate in the Stone Age. Scientists say we had a lot more diverse oral bacteria in our mouths 7,500 years ago.

When we moved from being hunter-gatherers to farmers, our teeth began to decline. The decline continued when we began manufacturing food during the Industrial Revolution.

Of course we’re not suggesting you eat like a Neanderthal (although we have heard there’s a diet for that). Instead, it’s just a good reminder that fresh food is best — for our bodies and our teeth.

Check out this list of four modern-day foods bad for your teeth:

  • Canned fruit. The manufacturers of canned fruit took something healthy and added a ton of excess sugar. Skip the fruit cup in favor of something fresh.
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  • Espresso treat. Getting your daily dose of caffeine is one thing, but today’s coffee house beverages include chocolate, sugar, whipped cream and more sugar. Enjoy your buzz sugar free with some black coffee.
  • Smoothies. While it sounds like a healthy snack, if you order them from smoothie shops, you might be sipping on a lot of extra processed sugar.
  • Potato chips/white bread. These starchy products get stuck in the spaces between your teeth and can sit there for hours until your next flossing.

Nothing wrong with a sweet or starchy treat once in awhile, though. Just be sure to drink water afterward or chew on some sugarless gum.

What sugary foods can you not live without? Share with us on our Facebook page.

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March 07, 2013
Wisdom teeth are called that because they are the last to erupt, arriving in the late teen years. While parents may disagree about the level of their teenagers’ wisdom, they often have a lot of questions about these problematic molars. So here are answers to your questions about this extra tooth.

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Many years ago, the human diet was a lot more difficult to chew. The coarse food we ate wore down our teeth, making our jaw work harder. That, plus the loss of teeth at an early age made more room for wisdom teeth.

Why are they a problem?

Today, we eat more processed food and take better care of our teeth, so we don’t have as much space in our jaw to accommodate these late arrivals. That’s why many people have “impacted” wisdom teeth, which means they’re stuck, in a way, and can’t fully erupt.

Does everyone have a problem with wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth may not be a problem. Some people’s wisdom teeth erupt just fine and line up with their molars. Others emerge only partially and some are stuck in the jawbone. The latter two are the ones that pose problems, catching food, acquiring plaque and leading to tooth decay, gum disease and infection.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

That depends on the tooth and how it is impacted. Some extractions are a simple procedure while others require surgical tools.

More Questions?  Contact us today to learn more about Wisdom Teeth  in the Raleigh NC, Clayton NC, Garner NC area.

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February 07, 2013
Do you drink red wine? With the popularity of wine in the U.S. and even North Carolina Wineries popping up at an alarming rate, we thought this is a great tip to share! We have seen more and more local wines being featured in Raleigh, NC bars and restaurants, so Moore Smiles wants to make sure we share little interesting tips like this to keep your teeth pearly white.
  • Brush your teeth an hour or so before drinking. The dyes in red wine will stick to your plaque.
  • Skip the white wine. If you plan to drink red later, avoid white wine, which will “prime” your teeth for the coating of color.
  • Take regular sips of sparkling water to rinse the purple-gray colors away. This will help prevent staining. You can also eat high-fiber foods to “chew” away your red wine stains.
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February 07, 2013
Nothing else can ruin a romantic moment quite like bad breath. So before you lean in this Valentine’s Day, try these tips to maintain freshness:

•    Brush before dinner. You might be going out straight after work, without stopping to brush. But if you haven’t brushed since after breakfast, taking the two minutes to freshen up is going to make a big difference.

•    You probably know to avoid onions and garlic during your meal, but it also helps to stay away from acidic foods, spices that linger on the tongue and things that stick in your teeth.

•    Apples, celery and carrots can help clean your teeth. Munch on any of these toward the end of your meal.

•    Herbs are a great cleanser, so consider tea as an after-dinner drink instead of coffee, which can cause bad breath.

•    Sip water throughout your meal and afterward to keep rinsing food and bacteria away.

•    While you may be tempted to pop breath mints, the sugar in them can do more harm than good. If you cannot discretely chew sugarless gum without grossing out your date, be sure your mints are sugar-free.

No date lined up? Chew on this: 32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers. So you can still consider these tips next time you’re leaning over a co-worker’s shoulder.

Moore Smiles Today is a customer oriented, patient-first driven dentist in NC. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry in Raleigh, NC, Garner, NC and Clayton, NC. Contact us today for more information on Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

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January 07, 2013
We are sure it isn’t JUST the Raleigh, NC area…we are betting that no one likes to get a filling, but there’s no better way to prevent a cavity from overtaking your tooth!

It’s a common procedure, but still a bit mysterious to some, so we hear a lot of questions about the process. One of the most common questions is the difference between tooth-colored fillings and silver fillings.

White or tooth-colored fillings (composite) are used most often these days. But silver fillings (amalgam) have been used for more than 150 years and are still common. Both last about the same amount of time, 10 to 15 years. Despite some concerns about mercury in silver fillings, both the FDA and ADA have ruled them perfectly safe.

White fillings cost a bit more than silver fillings and we find insurance companies are behind the times: they might cover the full cost of your silver filling, but leave you with a bill for the composite (this varies based on what insurance you have, so make sure to check!)

So why choose white fillings over silver? A few reasons:

1. Composite/white fillings take less tooth. We can usually leave more of the tooth structure behind with these fillings. With silver fillings, we have to take more to make sure the filling fits correctly.

2. Silver fillings are made of metal, which can expand or contract with heat and cold. Over time, these small changes may crack a tooth, eventually leading to the need for a larger replacement or even a crown.

3. The white color of composite fillings make it easier to see new decay or any chipping. When we find that, we can do some small repairs — without turning on a drill. If your silver filling has a problem, we have to replace the entire thing to make sure it has a good seal around the edges.

While most dentists in our area (Raleigh, Garner, Clayton) use both silver and composite fillings, here at Moore Smiles, we use two separate de-sensitizers to prevent sensitivity from occurring.  Call us today for more info or any questions you may have.

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