Do You Have an Overactive Gag Reflex?

Everyone has a gag reflex. Also known as the pharyngeal reflex, it is a natural phenomenon that occurs when you stick something in your mouth that goes toward the back of the throat and touches the soft palate, creating a feeling as if you are going to throw up. The purpose of the gag reflex …

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

If are a registered patient of our practice and have a severe dental emergency, call (336) 765-0904 and follow the prompts. Symptoms of a severe dental emergency include: • Trauma to the teeth • Severe toothache and/or jaw pain • Pain when chewing or when you drink hot/cold beverages • Facial swelling • Significant bleeding …

Processed Foods Contribute to Weight Gain (and They’re Not Too Good for Your Teeth Either)

The American diet has grown to rely on more heavily processed foods over the last 70 years, and the American waistline has grown as well. The United States is struggling with growing rates of obesity, and a new National Institutes of Health study indicates that eating processed foods actually drives people to overeat.   These …

Stick with the Chocolate Bunny

How should you fill the Easter basket? Because of their high sugar content and sticky nature, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps can be some of the worst candies for teeth. Not only can they cause cavities, they can get stuck in your dental crowns and other work as well. Stick with the chocolate (preferably dark) …

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 53,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Smoking and tobacco use are the major risk factors; in fact, the typical profile of the person who develops oral cancer had always been someone who smoked and drank heavily. However, that profile is …

Should Adults Get Sealants?

You might typically think of dental sealants as a procedure for children, but did you know that adults can choose to have sealants applied as well? Sealants can prevent food and plaque from building up in the molars, so adults who do not already have fillings or decay can definitely benefit. What Are Dental Sealants? …

Why Gums Recede and What You Can Do About It

You may think that as you age, the only receding thing you need to worry about is your hairline. Unfortunately, your gums may recede, too. Gum recession is most common in adults age 40 and over. What Is Gum Recession? The margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth can wear away and expose …

National Children’s Dental Health Month: Are You Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth Correctly?

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and a recent study has highlighted how we may be starting kids out all wrong when they are brushing their teeth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed a survey on brushing habits and found that children are using too much toothpaste. The harm in that is …

Canker Sores: What They Are and What to Do about Them

You might notice during the winter months that you have that telltale burning and tingling in your mouth that indicates a canker sore — possibly caused by the types of foods and drinks that you indulge in during the holidays and cold weather. Spicy foods and foods high in acid (such as that warm and …

Safe Treatment for Pain after Oral Surgery

Winter is here, and many people use this time of year to have their wisdom teeth removed or other dental procedures so they can snuggle up on the couch for a few days with no guilt. Typically, pain after oral surgery is treated with a combination of prescription pain medication along with ibuprofen and acetaminophen. …