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10 Pantry Items That Can Treat a Toothache in Quarantine

April 16, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — cdldentistry @ 3:07 am
Man with toothache in quarantine needs emergency dentistry

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep their patients safe, most dental practices have temporarily closed. Thankfully, many dentists are still providing emergency dentistry for issues like severe toothaches. However, if you have mild to moderate tooth pain, it may be safer for you to treat it at home until social distancing orders have been lifted. Here are 10 common household items that can help you manage your discomfort until you can see your Raleigh dentist.


Ask a Dentist: What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?

March 24, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — cdldentistry @ 3:20 pm
woman in pain who needs emergency dentist

Have you ever had really intense tooth pain seemingly out of nowhere? Have you ever been chowing down on something crunchy and accidentally chipped a tooth? Have you ever noticed your face swelling up all of a sudden? All of these situations warrant a visit to your dentist because you have a dental emergency on your hands. But what can you do until your emergency appointment time rolls around? Your dentist is here with some answers on how to handle common dental emergencies until you can reach the office.


Are Dental Implants Right for You?

February 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — cdldentistry @ 6:28 pm
dental implant diagram

Maybe you’re tired of having a gap or two in your smile after having to get teeth pulled due to decay or injury. Or perhaps you’ve had dentures for a while now, but have gotten sick of them always slipping and sliding around when you’re just trying to live your life. Whatever the case may be, dental implants can help. These biocompatible titanium posts perfectly mimic the roots of your lost teeth. They are then topped with a prosthetic tooth or teeth so lifelike that no one but your implant dentist will be able to tell they’re not your natural pearly whites! In today’s post, we go into a little more detail on how exactly implants can help you, no matter how big the gap in your grin.


Discover Which Foods Can Positively Impact Your Gum Health

February 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — cdldentistry @ 2:44 pm
a young man pointing to his teeth and gums with only the lower half of his face showing

It should come as no surprise that the foods you eat can either positively or negatively impact your oral and overall health. Enjoy eating lots of candy and potato chips? Get ready for your waistband to expand and your teeth to become decayed. Prefer to snack on fruits and vegetables? Watch as your body reaps the reward of healthy vitamins and minerals and your gums maintain their beautiful pink color. It can be easy to deviate from what we know is good for us and instead, choose options that simply satisfy our cravings. Unfortunately, this can backfire when it comes to gum disease, which is why your dentist is happy to provide food recommendations that will keep both your mouth and body on track.


Can Activated Charcoal Really Whiten Your Smile?

January 28, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — cdldentistry @ 12:37 am
Activated charcoal on white toothbrush

If you’ve recently typed “how to whiten my teeth” into your favorite internet search bar, you may have discovered some strange results. For instance, pictures of people smiling while smearing a dark colored substance all over their teeth. Lately, using activated charcoal as a teeth whitening treatment has become very popular on social media. But does using this black mineral to brighten your smile really work?

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