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By Atlantic Dentistry
December 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  

When we think of clean teeth, we think about our toothbrushes and toothpaste. Essential as they are, you also need daily flossing, says flossingthe American Dental Association. Flossing removes sticky, germ-filled plaque from between your teeth and at the gum line--places your toothbrush might miss. Your OBX, NC, dentists in Kitty Hawk and Manteo, Dr. Markus Heyder and Dr. Gunther Heyder, ask their patients at Atlantic Dentistry not to neglect to floss so their oral health says strong and their overall well-being remains vibrant.

The beneficial flossing routine

Do it daily, says the American Academy of Periodontology. This association of dentists who study and treat gum disease says that floss is an excellent tool to remove the food residues which accumulate on and between our teeth. Also called plaque and tartar, food residues cause tooth decay and inflammation related to gum disease. Brushing alone doesn't take care of the problem.

Flossing, on the other hand, gets into hard to reach places. Whether you floss in the morning or at bedtime, regular practice of this easy oral hygiene routine can greatly reduce decay and gum inflammation.

How to floss

Be gentle, and never snap your floss against your tender gum tissue. Start by winding an 18-inch length of floss around opposite index fingers. Pull it tight between your hands, and insert it between two teeth. Move the floss up and down, touching the gums, but not abrading them. Move on to the next interdental space, using a clean section of floss. When finished, rinse your mouth with warm water and dispose of the floss.

As a side note, some people prefer using interproximal brushes (they look like little bottle brushes), Y-shaped flossers or water flossers. Ask your hygienist what tool may work best for you, particularly if you have crowns, bridgework or braces.

Keep all your teeth

The National Institutes of Health reports that flossing definitely improves the results of brushing alone in reducing bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. So, your OBX, NC, dentists in Kitty Hawk and Manteo and their team at Atlantic Dentistry recommend it for patients of all ages, including the youngest of children. It's simple insurance against gum disease, tooth decay, and eventual tooth loss.

If it's time for your six-month cleaning and oral exam, please call Atlantic Dentistry for an appointment in the OBX, NC area. Your smile can stay strong and bright! For our Kitty Hawk office, call (252) 261-7700, and for Manteo, phone (252) 475-9841.

By Atlantic Dentistry
March 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

How often do you get dental cleanings? You should visit the dentist every six months for dental cleanings.Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. dental cleaningsJohn Farneth and Dr. Gunther Heyder at Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk, NC, offer a full range of dental services. Here are five things a teeth cleaning can do for you.

1. Prevent Tartar Buildup

Tartar is a hard buildup of plaque that forms on the teeth. Tartar forms below and above the gum line. The only way to remove tartar is to see a Kitty Hawk dentist for a dental cleaning.

2. Brighten Your Smile

Using tobacco or drinking dark-colored beverages can stain your teeth. A teeth cleaning will remove the stains on your teeth and leave you with polished teeth. The result? A brighter, whiter smile.

3. Prevent Cavities

Dental plaque is the leading cause of tooth decay. The bacterial in dental plaque produces acids that eat away at the enamel on your teeth and can lead to dental cavities. Dental plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and getting regular teeth cleanings.

4. Stop Tooth Loss

A buildup of plaque can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As periodontal disease advances, your teeth may loosen and eventually fall out. You can prevent this from happening with good dental hygiene habits and regular teeth cleanings.

5. Freshen Your Breath

Good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent bad breath. Even if you floss and brush your teeth regularly, getting regular teeth cleanings is a great way to keep your mouth odor-free and healthy.

Regular visits to a dentist will get you on the road to good oral health. Call Atlantic Dentistry at (252) 261-7700 to schedule a dental appointment in Kitty Hawk, NC. Remember, a healthy smile is a gorgeous smile!

By Atlantic Dentistry
December 12, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

The most common dental emergencies tend to be a broken or knocked out tooth. Pain and swelling, which often result from an infection dental emergencyor an abscessed tooth, are also considered emergencies. Although they are non-life threatening, certain dental injuries require immediate treatment in order to prevent nerve damage or loss of the affected tooth/teeth. The dentists at Atlantic Dentistry serving OBX, NC offer treatment for dental issues that require timely dental care.

Dental Emergency Treatment in OBX, NC

Emergency oral health treatment covers injuries that do not require a trip to the hospital emergency room but may not be able to wait until your dentist has an opening days or even weeks in the future.

Atlantic Dentistry advises patients to plan ahead and have a dental emergency plan in place in order to save precious time in the event of an accident or injury. Because gum disease and poor oral health can lead to serious dental problems that can cause acute symptoms like swelling or loose teeth, preventive dental care should be part of a comprehensive dental and oral healthcare plan.

What Is Considered A Dental Emergency

The following symptoms generally require immediate dental care:

  • Pain
  • A tooth becomes loose or is completely knocked out
  • Pus/foul smelling discharge/signs of infection
  • Soft tissue injuries (cuts and lacerations to the gums, tongue, or cheeks)

When treated in time, a tooth can often be saved even if it is completely knocked out. If possible, try to keep the tooth in the socket until you can get to the dentist. Otherwise, try to keep the tooth clean and do not let it dry out (soaking in milk is advisable). When in doubt, speak to a dentist to determine whether your case is an emergency.

Find a Dentist in OBX, NC

Practicing good oral hygiene and making regular visits to the dentist is the most effective way to prevent common dental emergencies like pain and infections caused by tooth decay and inflammation. For more information on preventive dental care and emergency treatment in Outer Banks (OBX), NC, contact Atlantic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

By Atlantic Dentistry
September 26, 2014
Category: Oral Health
September is fruits and veggies – more matters month, which means it is important to watch what you eat. Just like regular brushing, flossing, and semi-annual dental checkups, proper nutrition plays a critical role in the development of your child's teeth. A proper, balanced diet is one of the best things you can do as a parent to help ensure your child grows up with strong teeth and gums, and a healthy smile. A healthy diet is a balanced diet that naturally supplies all the nutrients your child needs to grow. This includes fruits and vegetables; breads and cereals; milk and dairy products; meat, fish, and eggs.

Healthy Snacks for Your Child

Fruit And Your TeethServing healthy snacks to our children is important to providing good nutrition for growth and development, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and preventing costly and potentially disabling diseases.  Snacks are a bigger part of kids’ diets than they have been previously.  Depending on the choices we offer, snacks can make positive or negative contributions to kids’ diets and protect their teeth.  When preparing snacks choose from the following:
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy grains
  • Low-fat dairy foods
Maintain a Healthy Diet
A diet high in certain kinds of carbohydrates, such as sugar and starches, may place your child at extra risk of tooth decay. Harmful starchy foods include breads, crackers, pasta, and such snacks as pretzels and potato chips.  Even fruits, a few vegetables and most milk products have at least one type of sugar. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for example, not only has sugar in the jelly, but may have sugar added to the peanut butter. Sugar is also added to such condiments as catsup and salad dressings.
Kids who consume too much soda and not enough nutritional beverages are prone to tooth decay in addition to serious ailments later in life, such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Drinking carbonated soft drinks regularly can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel.
Soft drinks contain sticky sugars that bacteria in our mouths use as an energy source. They break down into acids and adhere to tooth surfaces. Using a straw when drinking soda can help keep sugar away from teeth. Remind your child to rinse his or her mouth with water after meals, especially during school, in order to leave their teeth free of sugar and acid. That is why good care and a balanced diet is essential for healthy smile

The essentials of a proper diet include:

  • Eat a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables; breads and cereals; milk and dairy products; meat, fish and eggs. 
  • Minimize starchy foods such as breads, crackers, pasta, pretzels and potato chips.
  • Be aware that some presumably healthy foods, such as peanut butter, jelly, raisins, and granola bars contain sugars that can break down and promote tooth decay.  Ensure that your child brushes their teeth after eating these kinds of snacks. 
A proper, balanced diet is one of the best things you can do to ensure your child grows up with strong teeth and gums. Request an appointment to talk to your Kitty Hawk dentist for more information on creating a proper diet for your child. 
Kids don't always eat their fruits & vegetables. How do you make sure that they are eating the right foods? We would love to hear what creative tips you have!
By Atlantic Dentistry
May 20, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tobacco   Kitty Hawk   Dentist  
dentist kitty hawkAt Atlantic Dentistry, Dr. Markus Heyder and our staff encourage each of our patients to participate in World No Tobacco Day on Saturday, May 31st. As you may be aware, tobacco can not only cause lung cancer and other complications, but it can also cause oral cancer, tooth staining and a decrease in oral health.
If you are a smoker, our dentist in Kitty Hawk, NC, Dr. Heyder, encourages you to quit. Take advantage of May 31st as a step in the right direction for your oral and overall health by not smoking. Cigarette packages display a warning that if you quit now, it will greatly reduce serious risks to your health.  Smoking does cause lung cancer, and emphysema, but smoking also causes half of periodontal disease in smokers, as well. And when you suffer from chronic gum disease, it can lead to the loss of your teeth.

I Am a Smoker—Now What?

If you are a smoker, your dental care needs are considerably more demanding than those of a non-smoker. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of tooth loss and also increases your risk for periodontal disease, loss of bone structure, inflammation of the salivary gland, leukoplakia and development of the lung, throat or oral cancer. Additionally, other factors for smokers to consider are:
  • A consistent build-up of plaque and tartar
  • Stained teeth
  • Bad breath
  • The loss of taste and smell
With a decreased flow of saliva in smokers, they have been shown to have more tartar build-up than non-smokers. Smoking tobacco products can make gum disease worsen more quickly, as several studies have stated that smokers were three to six times more likely to have gum destruction than non-smokers.  Additionally, smokers had severe bone loss that was five times greater among current or former heavy smokers.
As a smoker, your teeth are highly susceptible to various oral health problems and diseases. Only Dr. Markus Heyder, our Kitty Hawk, NC dentist, can help you prevent periodontal disease and other diseases, but it is very important to quit smoking as well. Your oral health and overall health will depend on it.
Take charge of your health and participate in World No Tobacco Day on May 31st—it may be just what you need to finally quit smoking.

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