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Keep Your Teeth Healthy

DENTAL BLOG

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When asked about oral health and having a healthy mouth and smile, most people would think or talk about the brushing and flossing of their teeth. However, the majority of the oral surfaces in our mouth aren’t even our teeth! Most forget about the gums, cheeks, and tongue which actually make up the majority of our mouths.

 

Did you know that our mouths are actually home to over 700 different bacteria strains? These strains of bacteria are the culprits behind bad breath and they love to stick on all surfaces of your mouth both soft and hard. This includes your cheeks, your gums and yes even your tongue. Not only cannot cleaning your tongue surface result in you having some seriously bad breath but it can also lead to a white discoloration of your tongue. Both of these problems are caused by a coat of bacteria along with other debris that is trapped on your tongue. The surface of your tongue is covered in these tiny little bumps that are called papillae. Within the small grooves of the papillae, bacteria, dead skin cells, and other food particles are collected. This layer of debris and bacteria will remain where it is causing bad breath and leading to white discoloration of your tongue until it is cleaned off. The problem with only brushing your teeth and not cleaning your tongue is that the bacteria on your tongue will also redeposit itself onto your teeth and gums after you have already cleaned them. This not only increases the probability of plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, but it also increases your chance of developing tooth decay and or gum disease.

 

Your overall oral health depends on you cleaning all parts and surfaces of your mouth and not just your teeth. Your tongue health is that of the same importance of your teeth, and keeping your tongue clean and bacteria free is essential in trying to prevent all serious oral health problems.

 

Many people use mouthwash to help with their bad breath and they think that mouthwash is the best way to combat unpleasant breath. Unfortunately for them, this is not true, in most cases bad breath is caused by a group of bacteria that is covering the tongue. Swishing mouthwash around will help remove the outer bacteria layer on your tongue but the cells underneath will still be present and causing bad breath. In order to fully remove bad breath from your mouth, you must physically remove the layers of bacteria coating your tongue. This can be done using a special tongue brush or scraper which are commonly found in the dental hygienic section of any store. This may also possibly be completed through the use of the back of your own toothbrush. Many toothbrushes nowadays are designed and made with a built-in tongue cleaner right on the back side.

 

If you start brushing and cleaning your tongue as well as brushing your teeth and you may notice a major difference. If however you have tried these solutions and are still experiencing bad breath there could be another dental problem at hand, consult your dental hygienist as soon as possible.



While we all hear and know the importance of brushing and flossing for maintaining proper dental hygiene. But a lot of people are still confused on what to do first, brushing or flossing. While some claim flossing after brushing your teeth is the right way, others claim that flossing before brushing your teeth is more effective. Let us know which process is the most efficient in ensuring proper dental hygiene.

Brushing and flossing are both important part of the teeth and gum cleaning process as they help to remove food particles from the teeth, which are the breeding point for bacteria and other pathogens. Brushing also removes and prevents plaque from building up on the surface of the tooth while flossing removes the stuck food particles from the corners and hard to reach places of the tooth. To ensure the most effective cleaning, both brushing and flossing must be done simultaneously, as any one of them are not sufficient to ensure total cleaning of the mouth. These simple activities performed for at least two times a day, can go a long way in preventing a host of dental problems and keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Coming to the crux of the matter of whether brushing done first is better than flossing done first is better or not, then answer to the question is  a no. But this does not mean that flossing done first is better, it just means that irrespective of whatever is done earlier, it does not matter that much. It all depends on individual preferences, on what is one comfortable with, whether it be flossing before brushing or flossing after brushing. There are no scientific studies to prove that the former is better than the latter or vice versa, and there is general consensus among dentists that the order of the dental cleaning process does not matter. But they do agree on patients doing both processes together at the same time for at least two times in a span of 24 hours to ensure proper oral hygiene. If you feel that brushing before flossing is more suitable for you, then you can follow that regimen. On the other hand, if you feel that flossing before brushing helps you maintain better oral hygiene, then you should follow that regimen.

No matter whatever way of dental cleaning and caring you choose for yourself, the following tips would help you in your pursuit of making sure your mouth and teeth are clean and free of pathogens.

  •         Making sure to brush and floss your teeth at least two times per day, one after waking up in the morning and the other before going to sleep at night.
  •         Cleaning your tongue at least once per day in addition to brushing and flossing to remove any harmful germs thriving there.
  •         Replacing toothbrush every three months.
  •         Using waxed floss to ensure smoother cleaning.
  •         Usage of an electric toothbrush for more effective cleaning.
  •         Taking the time to clean your teeth thoroughly using your toothbrush.


In recent times, dentists have started recommending the use of mouthwashes in addition to brushing and flossing in order to ensure complete oral hygiene. But still, a large part of Americans do not know about the benefits offered by mouthwashes. We discuss about the benefits of using mouthwash and how it can help to prevent and protect us from dental diseases.

Mouthwashes offer a plethora of benefits, the most important being that it kills the pathogens and bacteria present in the mouth. These bacteria are responsible for causing cavities in the teeth as well as for other dental ailments including gingivitis and bad breath. Mouthwashes also have minerals which help rebuild the enamel of the tooth, which makes it stronger and more resistant to attacks from pathogens and acids from food items. Mouthwashes also help in disinfecting the mouth as well as getting rid of sores and other infections that may have formed due to bacterial and fungal attacks. In addition, mouthwashes are lightly scented, which helps them to reduce and get rid of bad breath or halitosis, thereby giving one more confidence in expressing themselves freely without being judged or given weird looks.

 

While mouthwashes offer a plethora of benefits they have some side effects too. For example, the chemicals used in mouthwashes can lead to the increase in canker sores in the mouth for some people, while for some others it could lead to tissue damage and even bleeding. Some critics also argue against mouthwashes by saying that they act as a blanket against halitosis and do not act against the root cause of bad breath. Some people also claim that the chemicals used in mouthwashes can lead to a variety of diseases, a claim which has not yet been proven. Nevertheless, the ADA, or the American Dental Association, calls mouthwashes to be safe for use.

The open market means that there are several types of mouthwash available in the market today, all made by different companies, which makes one spoilt for choice in choosing the best mouthwash. The mouthwashes available in the market can be categorized in the following types.

Fluoridated: As the name implies, these mouthwashes contain fluoride, which makes them act as a restorative force and helps them to strengthen and restore the outer layer of our teeth.

Antiseptic: These mouthwashes are highly efficient in getting rid of the bacteria and other germs thriving in our mouth and can also prevent gum diseases or cavities from causing more pain and discomfort.

Total Care: These mouthwashes have the good points of all other kinds of mouthwashes and they help in the all-around protection of the teeth, gums and surrounding tissues.

Natural: These mouthwashes are made from natural ingredients and are suitable for those who are generally sensitive to chemicals.

Cosmetic: These mouthwashes are generally used to cover up bad breath and have no other major function.

Mouthwashes can act as a great supplement to protect the teeth and fight against germs and other pathogens present in the mouth and can help us maintain healthier oral lifestyle. The professionals at Weddington Dental can also help one maintain a superior oral lifestyle free of dental issues and ailments.



When we talk about oral and dental health, we generally think about the teeth and the gums. But there is another important yet overlooked organ which is an extremely vital part of our oral system. That’s right, the tongue is generally overlooked and not cared for that well by many people, but they are an extremely important part of the oral system as well as the digestive system. Hence, it becomes imperative to practise proper tongue hygiene and we will discuss about the ways and methods by which we can practise proper tongue hygiene for a superior oral health.

A clean tongue can go a long way in preventing bad breath as well as help maintain proper dental health. Cleaning your tongue also means that plaque as well as other materials causing damage to the teeth and the gums are removed as well as the pathogens thriving on these particles are removed from the mouth for good, giving them no chance to attack the teeth.

Tongue cleaning is simple and no special tools are needed in order to clean your tongue. You just need your toothbrush with the tongue cleaner attachment built in it to clean your tongue. You should start the cleaning process from the back of your tongue and then move forward and side to side in a circular fashion to get the debris and other particles off the tongue. The circular motions would help to get the rigid and textured surface of the tongue be clear of particles. Care must be taken to ensure that you clean your tongue gently, as rough brushing can lead to tearing of taste buds. After clearing your tongue with the toothbrush for a few seconds, you can wash it off using water. A tongue cleaner can also help to clean the tongue as they are custom designed keeping in mind the contours as well as the general texture of the tongue. Cleaning the tongue also provides a therapeutic effect in addition to the freshness that is experienced. Toothpaste can be used to coat the tongue before the cleaning process as it helps to neutralize the bacteria and other germs as well as allows for easy removal of debris from the tongue.

You should also avoid eating food items that tend to stain the tongue, as these staining agents attract bacteria and other pathogens, which in turn, release acids that can affect the teeth and gums. They also lead to bad breath and poor oral health. White patches on your tongue can be removed by cleaning your tongue, but if they persist even after cleaning, it may be a sign of fungal infection which can be treated using ointments and medicines. Drinking lots of water also helps the tongue stay hydrated and clean.

The team at Weddington Dental can help you devise ways and methods to ensure proper dental and oral hygiene. They can also help you in the treatment of your dental and oral ailments while ensuring the best levels of care and professionalism. Their clinic is open to people of all age groups.



Emergencies often happen without warning and they do not give us time to be prepared for it. They can happen at any place and at any time. An emergency situation can often be brought under control only after split second decisions. While we cannot stop emergencies from happening at all, we can be prepared for emergencies so that we can take split second decisions without panicking in case of real emergencies. Dental emergency can often happen at any time, but we can all agree on the fact that the worst time to have dental emergency is when we are travelling. So here’s what you can do during a dental emergency when travelling.

Generally, while flying, one can experience toothaches. This is normal and is due to changes in air pressure while flying as air enters the cracks and crevices in the teeth and expands in low pressure mid-flight causing pain and discomfort. This pain should go away after landing and generally it only affects those who have some pre-existing dental condition. In case the pain does not go away even after landing, you can floss and brush your teeth to dislodge any food particles that may be causing the pain. You can also take some painkillers to get rid of the pain, but in case the pain does not subside or comes back after the effect of the painkiller gets over, you would need to see a dentist.

A broken or a cracked tooth is a big dental emergency, which requires immediate medical attention. The preliminary steps in case of a cracked or broken tooth is to wash the affected region thoroughly and then to apply a cold compress on the outside of your cheek to reduce pain and swelling. You would also need to visit the dentist or a nearby hospital immediately. In case of a dislodged tooth, one first needs to hold the tooth at the crown and clean it thoroughly and then to immediately visit the dentist as the probability to save a tooth decreases considerably after the first 30 minutes.

As is well known, taking precautions can go a long way in avoiding emergencies. The same applies to dental emergencies when travelling, as a proper dental check up prior to your travels can help you pinpoint impending dental issues as well as get a cure for it. Your dentist can also advise you on tips and tricks for ensuring proper oral care while travelling. You can also get a special dental insurance for your overseas travels to stay protected financially in terms of any mishap. Taking care of your diet is extremely essential during travel, as bad foods may have adverse and even irreversible effect on the teeth and can spoil your travel plans for good.

Overall, proper care and planning can go a long way in circumventing dental emergencies as well as other health emergencies. The dental professionals at Weddington Dental can help you with tips and guidelines for proper dental and oral care during your travels. They specialize in a variety of dental procedures and put their patients first before anything else to ensure holistic and effective treatment.



Plaque and tartar left on the teeth can lead to a variety of issues, as they are themselves a hotbed of thriving bacteria and other pathogens. These bacteria then cause gum inflammation which makes them more sensitive to bleeding and tearing issues. This bleeding and tearing is the first stage of the gum disease, called gingivitis. In this stage, the dentist may just perform scaling and polishing to get rid of the plaque and tartar and explain you the ways and methods to floss and brush your teeth in an more effective manner. But in case gingivitis is left without any treatment, it can become worse and develop into periodontitis, causing the formation of pockets full of pathogens which can cause significant tooth damage. Gum diseases break down the bone structure of the teeth making them loose. While this breakdown is irreversible, but gum damage can be treated with deep cleaning, which is also known as periodontal cleaning.

Dental deep cleaning, or periodontal cleaning is done in order to get rid of bacteria and other pathogens which thrive in hard to reach pockets. While scaling is just the removal of tartar from the surface of the teeth, root planing is the process where root surfaces are smoothened in order to clear those gum pockets. Generally both processes are performed in tandem for smoother and healthier teeth.

The dentist may numb the area to minimise pain for you by either using injectable anaesthetics or by using gel based anaesthetics in order to clean those gum pockets which are too deep. In some cases, though, it may cause little to no discomfort, especially when the pockets are shallow.

In order to ensure shorter times, the dentist may break up the cleaning process into parts or quarters, which are then spread over appointments in a number of days. The dentist would also use antibiotic gels and other medicines in order to completely get rid of bacteria and other pathogens.

Post the process, the teeth may become more sensitive to temperature changes. There may also be some bleeding as well as some discomfort might be felt. In these cases, brushing and flossing is to be done softly in order to prevent inflammation of the affected area and to give time for healing.

In case the pocket has been formed in an inaccessible location, the dentist may need to perform periodontal surgery in order to reach the inner pockets and perform cleaning. The surgery is done after giving anesthetic. This can be avoided if proper care is taken to clean the teeth properly as well as maintaining proper dental hygiene in general. You can ask your dentist for ways and methods to ensuring proper dental hygiene. Weddington associates have been providing deep clean and other dental services for their patients since a number of years and specialize in every dental procedures. They aim to provide the best dental care for their patients while ensuring proper care and efficiency as well as promoting a sense of inclusiveness and dental awareness.



While good dental and oral care are absolutely necessary for an overall healthy lifestyle, smiling and laughing can go a long way in boosting those feel good hormones and making you feel happy and content. No matter what your teeth is like, smiling and laughing can go a long way in boosting confidence and inducing an overall sense of physical and most importantly, mental well-being. Today, we will discuss about ways and measures on how to smile and laugh more for a healthier and happier lifestyle.

A great way to relax

Smiling and laughing have been found out to release endorphins, which is the hormone that regulates our mood and makes us feel happier. While we generally smile while talking or interacting with someone we love or doing something that interests us, smiling even during times when we are in a bad mood can work wonders in lifting spirits up and giving one a better feeling overall. In these times, smiling can trick the brain, with different studies showing the same observations, and this can become a great counter-reacting strategy to sticky situations. One can also make smiling a full blown stimulation exercise by laughing fully, with effects of this stimulation lasting around an hour after the laugh, making one feel relaxed and at ease.

Sociable

While helping you feel positive, smiling and laughing can also induce a positive aura around you allowing people near you to feel better too. Smiling makes you approachable in the eyes of other people. You would be viewed as a good person. People generally stay clear of people with a bad mood. The more you interact with people the more experiences and insights you would gain, which would make you happier. Sharing laughs and smiles with people help you develop new connections and bonds with others and even have healthy relationships.

Productivity Boost

Smiling and laughing gives a mental boost by soothing the brain and helps to release stress and tension. This in turn, charges up the brain and makes it more receptive to ideas and concentrate more at the given task at hand. This focus significantly increases productivity and makes you even more efficient in the things you do. This in turn gives you more time to do things you like and love, which itself, in turn makes you smile even more.

Overall Health Benefits

Smiling and laughing also releases enzymes and hormones which help to regulate bodily functions better. It also increases the blood flow to all the parts of the body as well as allows for greater air exchange in the lungs. All this combined can be extremely beneficial for the body and can help to maintain a healthy outlook. Laughing and smiling also help in lowering blood pressure and reduce complications related to the heart.

To sum it up, smiling and laughing provide a great deal of benefits and take little to no effort. They can go a long way in improving your outlook with life in general too. Weddington General aims to make your smiles the best by providing comprehensive oral and dental care to people of all age groups, with their caring staff going the mile to give you the dental experience you totally deserve.


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Choosing a family dentist can be quite a difficult task especially here in Concord, North Carolina. It is hard to choose just one option when you have so many choices in front of you. Many people face this problem while looking for a credible dentist because a good dentist is simply not easy to find. With that being said, there are some factors which can help you choose a credible family dentist. In this article, we will try to elaborate the most important factors which determine whether you are at the right place for the dental treatment or not.

 

  • Check the experience and Credentials

 

The very first thing that you should try to find out is the experience as well as the credentials of the dentist. The dentist should be certified from a well known institute and he should have enough experience to handle your dental health problem. You can find it out by going on to the dentist’s website or by asking him personally. You also need to know if the doctor has continued his education after graduation. That’s because new discoveries are being made in the field of dentistry every day and it is your right to be treated in the best way possible. Additionally, while talking about the experience, you can also ask the dentist about:    

 

  • Areas of specialty

 

Every dentist has a particular area of specialty. Some dentists are certified for treating specific dental health problems while others cover a huge range of services. So it is always better to know if the dentist that you are planning to go for is suitable for the treatment of your dental problem or not.

 

  • Dental Services

 

It is better to know the type of services a particular dental clinic provides. It could be that they don’t provide the particular service that you are looking for. So it is always better to know beforehand what you are going for.

 

  • What is the policy of clinic in emergency situations:

 

Patients with severe dental conditions need to get treated immediately. You must know the policy of the clinic in case of emergency situations.

 

  • Research the References

 

Positive references can tell you a lot about the work of a dentist. You must try to get reviews about the dentist before deciding to visit him. You can use the dentist’s website or other social media forums to get reviews from his former patients. Believe it or not, but these reviews can reveal all the information that you need to know about the dentist.     

 

  • Check out the office Environment

 

Environment of clinic matters way more than you can imagine. You need to keenly observe everything in the office, the tools and the equipment being used in the office, the behavior of staff and the professionalism of the dentist. A dental office should feel comfortable to the patients of every age group. Location of the clinic also matters. It should be located in a place which can be approached easily. That is so that you can regularly go there for the treatment without much trouble.

These are some of the factors which define a reasonable dental health care center. If you ever happen to be looking for a dental clinic to visit then these guidelines could help you get to the desired place.


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Are you receiving good dental care in Concord, NC? Here at Weddington Dentistry, we are one of the best dental offices in Concord, North Carolina. Today we are going to be discussing signs to see if you are keeping up with your dental care. We are also going to include when you should come into the office and see us.

Looking for Dental Care in Concord, NC

When you start searching for dental care in Concord, NC you will find us. Our team and staff members are well trained to handle all your dental needs. Here are some signs that you have been keeping up with your dental care.

·        Tooth pain – If you are having any kind of pain in your mouth this can be a sign that you haven’t been keeping up with your dental care. Tooth pain can be excruciating and could be a sign that you may be getting a cavity. But not to worry, here at Weddington Dentistry, we provide the best dental care in Concord, NC and we would love to take care of all of your dental needs. But if you don’t have any tooth pain then your well on your way to having great dental care.

·        Discoloration – If you happen to notice any discoloration or growths in your teeth or in any part of your mouth, that can be a sign that you are not taking good dental care of your teeth. If you see anything like this we urge you to pick up the phone and call us so we can get you back on track to having great dental care in Concord, NC. If you don’t have any discoloration or growths in your mouth, then you are doing great with your dental care.

·        Sore gums – Have your gums been getting sore recently? Yet another sign that you haven’t been keeping up with your dental care. Sore gums can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. This is another reason you should consider coming into the office, so we can get ahead of this awful disease. If you don’t have any sore, bleeding or red gums then this means that you have been taking really good care of your teeth and that makes us extremely happy.

We Can Help You Improve Your Dental Care

Those are just some of the signs that you have been taking really good care of your teeth. But if you happened to have any pain or notices something weird going on in your mouth, give us a call. Here at Weddington Dentistry, we strive to give our each one of our patients the best care that suits their needs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your teeth, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re always here to help in any way we can. 


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We have seen a lot of patients for teeth whitening in Concord, NC. Here at Weddington Dentistry, we are one of the best dental offices in Concord, NC. We fix your teeth if they are discolored, broken, missing, or fractured. We also do many different kinds of dental work, but today we are going to be talking about how teeth whitening in Concord, NC can improve your life.

Are You Looking for Teeth Whitening in Concord, NC?

Look no further than here when you search for teeth whitening in Concord, NC. Here at Weddington Dentistry, we take pride in our work. Here are some of the ways that professional teeth whitening can help 

When you use those over the counter teeth whitening strips they may be doing a good job for someone else but not for you. Everyone’s teeth are different.

·        A thorough whitening – During the professional whitening procedure what we do is we take whitening gel and cover each and every one of your teeth evenly and then we use a special lamp on your teeth so that way all of your teeth can get the same level and shade of brightness.

·        Professional power – The gel that we use to whiten your teeth is very powerful. It contains 30-30 percent peroxide in to whiten your teeth better than over the counter products. The gel actually penetrated through your enamel to remove even the toughest stains from your teeth. The treatment that we use can whiten your teeth by up to 5-10 shades in just one visit.

·        Quickness – We know that you are in a hurry and that you don’t want to spend all day at the office. With our latest technology of teeth whitening we can have you in and out of the office in about an hour.

If You Want to Find Out More, Call Us Today!

These are just a few of the perks that you can get by stopping by for a professional tooth whitening in concord, NC at Weddington Dentistry. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us today. Our mission is to give you the best patient care possible.


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We are honored that you have chosen Weddington Family Dentistry and we appreciate the trust you have placed in us.

We are committed to being your partner in good oral health. We believe in establishing a long term relationship so we can get to know your unique needs and design a customized treatment program that will help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life.

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