Cavities, or dental caries, are decayed areas of the teeth. They're one of the most common health problems faced around the world, second only to the common cold. If not treated, cavities can cause infection, toothache and ultimately total tooth loss. Here are five symptoms to watch out for.
It’s no secret that in the corporate world, your physical attributes (e.g. height, weight, smile, etc) can impact your career. The most important attribute? Your smile. Studies have found that a genuine, attractive smile can help land you a job, close a sale, get a better salary, and motivate others to perform better. For better or worse, having a great smile is a critical to your professional success.
No matter how much you love your favorite sweater, you only show it to the world a few days a year. On the other hand, your smile travels with you every day through every season. Find out how a new smile can be yours before another month goes by. Learn more here.
If you shudder at the thought of a dental visit, or avoid it altogether, you're not alone. Dental anxiety is very real and it's estimated that up to 20% of people avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. We want you to get the care you need - even if you are nervous. That's why we offer sedation dentistry to those who need extra help feeling calm and relaxed during a dental procedure.
Despite the fact that tooth decay is almost entirely preventable, it is the most common chronic disease in children. Untreated dental disease can compromise a child’s ability to eat well, sleep well, and function well at home and at school. Learn what you can do to protect your child from cavities.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay. It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime. So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Here are some of the symptoms:
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that lives on the surface of your teeth and along the gumline. It accumulates from normal daily activities such as eating and drinking, especially if you’ve been consuming a lot of sugars and starches. Ever had that fuzzy feeling on your teeth that goes away after you give them a good brush? Yep, that’s plaque. How can you avoid it? Read more!
We’ve all woken up in the middle of the night and our mouth feels dry as a desert. Maybe it’s winter and the heat’s turned up, or we have a cold and are breathing through our mouth. This is normal! However, for 1 out of 5 adults, this discomfort is part of their everyday lives. Dry mouth, also known, as "xerostomia", is a condition that can have a serious impact on your dental health.
There is no doubt that a plant-based diet is optimal for health. Omnivores and vegans alike benefit from the nutrients present in plants. But how does what we eat relate to our dental health? Is a vegan diet better or worse for dental health?
Everybody loves the brilliance of a friendly smile and the pleasure of chewing their favorite foods. But in the 1990’s, researchers discovered a correlation between gum disease and other health problems, including heart disease. Over the last 30 years, evidence has continued to link oral and general health. Here’s a fascinating look at what we know, and how you can help control your risk.
Every year, Over 175 million teeth are filled in the U.S. to repair damage from cavities. A blend of bacteria, sugar, and immune factors create a complex process that affects the quality of life in every age group. Did you know that researchers are uncovering innovative methods that could make traditional fillings a practice of the past? Here’s a look at what’s ahead!
If you don't have dental insurance, a procedure like a crown or root canal can be well over a thousand dollars in out-of-pocket charges, and routine check-ups and cleanings will set you back hundreds each year. That's why we created the St. Mary's Street Dental Savings Plan. Read why patients love our Dental Savings Plan.
If you have chronic heartburn, it's not only your esophagus that you should be worried about. Research shows that the condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can have a detrimental effect on your oral health, as well. Raleigh dentist Jeff Morrison, of Jeff M. Morrison & Assoc., DDS, knows the damage that chronic heartburn can do to your teeth. Read his three top dental concerns for patients with GERD.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition, after the common cold, is tooth decay. It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime. So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Read more and find out!
Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity, or have you noticed a change in the appearance of your gums? If so - your gums may be receding. Read more to find out the causes of gum recession, the consequences, and what you can do to decrease the chance that this will occur. If left untreated, gum recession can become so severe that it is irreversible and can lead to tooth loss. Learn more here.
Are you embarrassed by the condition of your teeth? Do you have dental problems that are causing pain, difficulty eating, or missed work? Have you been skipping your regular preventive dental cleanings?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you're not alone. The dental health of middle-aged Americans faces a lot of problems right now according to new results from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.
Ok, admit it – when the kids bring home those plastic pumpkins overflowing with treats, you’re just as excited as they are to dig in. But then, after the initial burst of excitement, you’ve got PILES of the stuff left. What do you do with it all when you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet (not to mention healthy teeth) for your family?
If you shudder at the thought of a dental visit, or avoid it altogether, you're not alone. Dental anxiety is very real and it's estimated that up to 20% of people avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. At Jeff M. Morrison & Associates DDS, we want you to take excellent care of your oral health - which means coming in for regular cleaning and exams, and having dental problems addressed at the earliest possible stage. That's why we offer sedation dentistry to those who need extra help feeling calm and relaxed during a dental procedure.
Fact is, there are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing those pearly whites. In our world of alternate facts, fake news, and lists of “7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean Without Picking Up a Toothbrush” it's easy to be confused about the correct way to brush
We know you've been there - staring at the aisle in the drug store at the different kinds of toothpaste, each promising to be the best at something — like "fighting cavities", "tartar control", "whitening", or "decreasing tooth sensitivity". With so many options on the shelves, you might be wondering which one is best for you? Let us help you choose.
Are you waking up with headaches or jaw pain due to teeth grinding? Are you worried about the long-term damage being done to your teeth every night? You may need a night guard. Find out more about the advantages of wearing a night guard.
Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And that in the first stage of decay, you can actually take steps to reverse the progression of decay? Understanding how a cavity progresses can help you prevent each successive stage from occurring. Read more to find out!
A simple toothbrush, used effectively, is central to your oral health. However, the average toothbrush can contain 10 million bacteria or more—including E. coli and Staph, according to a study at the University of Manchester in England. Yuck.Where do these bacteria come from? You will be surprised!
Just smile. Really. Try it. A simple smile can be the most powerful tool at our disposal… and we all have one. So, in honor of National Smile Month, I would like to share my top five reasons for encouraging you to smile today.
What do you do if you wake up with a toothache while hiking in Patagonia? Or your child knocks out a tooth during a family vacation in Mexico? You can't always count on finding good dental care when travelling abroad.
Even if you think you do a great job taking care of your teeth, chances are you've seen an occasional drop or two of blood on your gums after flossing, or in the sink. Concerned? Maybe you should be! Bleeding gums are not NEVER normal and the cause needs to be determined.
If you suffer from nightly jaw clenching, tooth grinding, a condition called bruxism or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you know how uncomfortable the side effects can be. Fortunately there is a simple solution that can dramatically change your life - being fitted for a nightguard.
A report in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) shows that dental benefits play a significant role in meeting the dental needs of children. Unfortunately, not all families can afford dental insurance for their children. That's why we created the St. Mary's Street Dental Savings Plan.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the use of mouth guards in 27 sports/exercise activities. If your kids (or you) are involved in any sort of sports or exercise activity where contact with another player, a ball, or the ground is possible, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouth guard made for them. Here are some reasons why this is so important:
When a woman is pregnant, OB-GYN visits always come first. But that often means other appointments are overlooked. Yet, hormonal changes during pregnancy puts you at higher risk for tooth decay, gum disease (also known as “pregnancy gingivitis”) and oral growths called “pregnancy tumors.”
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque. Gaining an early start on flossing can significantly reduce cavity-causing bacteria in your child's mouth, leading to healthier teeth and gums. Here are five great reasons to start flossing early:
Professional dental cleanings aren’t just for keeping your smile bright; they can have a significant impact on your oral health and your overall health, as well. Brushing and flossing at home are essential, but to ensure teeth and mouth are healthy and thoroughly clean, you should schedule regular check-ups and dental cleanings at least twice a year (more often if you have periodontal disease).
Here are seven reasons professional cleanings are so important.
As a dentist I get a lot of questions about thumb sucking - a very common childhood activity that occurs in about 80% of infants and children. It's been observed in utero starting as early as 15 weeks of gestation and is pretty common in the first three months of life. Is this a problem? Read more and find out.
Wisdom teeth — or third molars — are our final set of molars and usually start to emerge between the ages of 16 and 25. Like getting your braces off, the removal of wisdom teeth has become a dental “rite of passage” for many teens and young adults.
Dental emergencies can occur at any time - but don't they always seem to happen over a holiday weekend, or the day your're leaving for vacation? When problems arise, at we are here for our patients - including weekends and holidays.
We don’t realize how important the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is until it stops working properly. When problems arise, symptoms can range from being a simple nuisance to incapacitating, affecting your ability to speak, eat, chew and sleep. Here is some information that may help if you are experiencing TMD:
When you think of tooth decay, you probably think of little children chomping on sticky candy and then heading off to the dentist for a filling. But at our Raleigh dental office we often see a spike in decay, as well as other oral health problems, among young adults age 20-34 years.
Everyone wants an attractive smile. However, the reality is that chipped or crooked teeth, irregular tooth size, and discoloration of enamel are common. Veneers offer a beautiful, natural smile in just a couple office visits.
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month - giving me a good opportunity to again call attention to this growing problem. Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages and during my dental exam I can see parts of your mouth that you may not easily see yourself.
I hear this all the time when I tell a patient who just had a great check-up that I'll see them in six month - "Really? Six months. But my teeth are healthy." Instead of a waste of time and money - I invite you to look at that exam as 30 minutes that can have a real impact on your teeth, your overall health, and your wallet.
There are few things worse than having a frightened, highly anxious child come into the dental office in need of treatment. I feel bad for the child - and for their parents who are making their child do what terrifies them. Here are my suggestions on how you can help your child deal with anxiety at the dental office:
Are you suffering from unexplained or recurrent headaches? Have you been unable to figure out the culprit? It may sound strange, but headaches are often linked to your oral health. Talking to Dr. Morrison, of Jeff M.Morrison & Associates, DDS, should be a starting point when dealing with chronic headaches.
It's true, “age is all in your head." But then, your teeth are also in your head -- so you can’t escape having to pay a little more attention to them after the age of 50. Anticipating and recognizing changes in your mouth can help you be on top of your health in this area.
Perhaps one of the most dreaded phrases a child - or adult- can hear during a regular check-up is “You have a cavity.” At Jeff M. Morrison & Associates, DDS we never want to say these words! That's why our primary goal is prevention. But it's also helpful to know where you're most likely to get cavities - so you can target where you brush and floss.
Earth Day has passed, but we want to continue to recycle, re-purpose and up-cycle. There are plenty of clever ways to re-purpose these items around the home, saving our lovely planet from unnecessary waste. In fact, here are 10 uses for floss that don’t involve your teeth at all!
Most of us don't set out on a journey without a map (or a GPS device) in our hand. With that in mind, we at Jeff M. Morrison & Associates, DDS wanted to share with you a few mile markers you can use to stay on top of your child’s health today, next year, and for years to come!
We're excited to announce the official launch of our Jeff M. Morrison & Associates DDS, PA blog. We'll be posting practical dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our Raleigh dental practice, and more about the latest in dentistry. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.