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By Blue Ridge Dental
May 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Flossing could just be one of the most important things you do for your smile.oral hygiene

Most people assume that if they brush their teeth that they don’t really need to floss. If you’ve gotten out of the habit of flossing or have never done it before you better head to your local drugstore and pick up some floss. Why? Our Mount Airy dentists, Drs. Lynette and G. Bennett Smith, are here to tell you why.

Flossing is a habit that is so often forgotten. Perhaps it feels like it’s awkward to do or you just get too tired at night to do it. If you’ve made these excuses, you aren’t alone; however, if you truly want to protect your teeth from cavities and gum disease, then you must start flossing.

Fortunately, you don’t need to floss more than once a day in order to get a clean smile. That’s right! You only have to floss once a day. When you floss is really up to you. If you find that you get too tired at the end of a long day then you may decide that flossing is better for you during your morning routine. Whatever gets you flossing is what’s most important.

Why is flossing so crucial? Most people assume that their toothbrush can clean all surfaces of their teeth and gums, but if you only brush you are leaving a good portion of your teeth unclean. Food and plaque can still accumulate between teeth and along the gumline between teeth. Even your toothbrush won’t be able to fully remove plaque and food. This is where flossing comes in. Floss can get into those tight spaces and remove plaque buildup so that when you do brush, the toothpaste can reach more areas of your teeth for a more even and reliable clean.

You may be wondering what happens if you don’t floss. If you decide that flossing just isn’t necessary for you (which we hope you don’t!) then plaque will continue to build up between teeth and along the gumline. It doesn’t take long for plaque to harden into tartar if left on teeth. Tartar will irritate gums and lead to cavities and gingivitis. If you don’t come in to see your Mount Airy, MD, general dentist regularly for preventive care you may just find yourself facing full-blown gum disease if you aren’t careful. By flossing you could just protect your beautiful smile from so many dental issues in the future.

Have questions about flossing? Need to schedule a six-month dental cleaning? Then call Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, MD, today.

By Blue Ridge Dental
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Find out why a root canal might be necessary and why you shouldn’t put it off.root canals

While a root canal might not sound like music to your ears, it can be a necessary procedure if you want to protect your smile from permanent damage. If one of our Mount Airy, NC, dentists, Drs. Lynette or G. Bennett Smith, have recommended that you get root canal treatment, here’s why your smile could benefit from this procedure.

A root canal is designed to preserve a tooth and to keep the structure in tact. Since the inside of the tooth is dealing with an infected or damaged dental pulp, we will need to remove this structure to prevent the damage from taking over the entire tooth. By doing this, we can help maintain as much of your natural tooth as possible.

Why not just get a tooth extraction?

Some people don’t understand the benefits of getting a root canal in Mount Airy and think that getting a tooth extraction would actually just be easier. We are here to tell you that it really isn’t easier. A tooth extraction is only recommended if the tooth is so damaged that it cannot be preserved. However, once the tooth is removed that doesn’t mean that your treatment is done.

Now you need to consider which kind of tooth replacement you’re going to choose. After all, you can’t just leave your mouth with a wide-open gap. If you don’t replace the missing tooth then you could easily deal with a host of other issues from bone deterioration to shifting, misaligned teeth to sunken cheeks. These issues aren’t pretty, so instead of dealing with months of different dental treatments and additional expenses, just getting root canal treatment now could save you a lot of heartache and money in the future.

Whether you have questions about root canal therapy or you are experiencing a toothache, you should always turn to dental professionals you can trust. Turn to Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, for the care you need.

By Blue Ridge Dental
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   periodontics  

Periodontal disease is a dental problem that affects a large percentage of American adults. Many patients are surprised to learn that it gum diseaseaffects up to half of adults over the age of 30 and up to 70% of seniors who are 65 or older (CDC statistics). Without proper dental care, periodontitis can lead to serious oral care and even general health issues. Find out the periodontal treatment options that are available at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Poor dental hygiene is the main reason why people develop periodontal disease. You must brush and floss regularly to keep the levels of good versus bad bacteria in your mouth in balance. When there's an imbalance and bad bacteria overwhelms the gums, that bacteria begins to attack the bone tissue causing periodontal disease. The gums become visibly inflamed, painful and may begin to separate from the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal Treatment Options
Here are the most common solutions for periodontitis that are available at your Mount Airy dentist office:

  • Deep cleaning beneath the gum line.
  • Antibiotic therapy to eliminate bad bacteria.
  • Bone grafting to rebuild bone tissue.
  • Bite adjustment if there is stress on your teeth, causing them to move or loosen.

Avoiding Gum Disease in the Future
Periodontal disease is avoidable. Take these important steps to ensure that you never have a problem with gum disease again after it's treated:

  • Be meticulous about your brushing and flossing habits. Flossing in particular is important because it removes plaque from around the gumline.
  • Reduce your consumption of sugar and eat a diet that's richer in green leafy vegetables, calcium to strengthen bone tissue and crunchy fruits like apples and pears.
  • Quit smoking because the tar can accelerate the growth of bad bacteria.
  • See your dentist at least once every three months for check ups and maintenance after you have had periodontal treatment.

Get Treatment Right Away
If you have any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, it's important that you get treatment as soon as possible. Call Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC at (336) 789-5306 today to set a time and date for an exam.

By Blue Ridge Dental
November 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canals   tooth decay  

Some people think, “Yikes!” when they hear the words root canal. However, getting a root canal doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, root root canalscanals provide many benefits, not the least of which is preserving your natural teeth so that your dentist doesn’t have to pull them out due to decay. At Blue Ridge Dental, Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith, your Mount Airy, NC root canal specialists, will examine your problem teeth and determine if they can be saved by performing a root canal.

What is a Root Canal?

The interior of healthy teeth contains a soft tissue material known as pulp. The pulp extends from the center of the tooth down into the root. When a tooth begins to decay, the pulp can get infected. If left untreated, infected pulp can result in the development of an abscess below a tooth’s root. There are two main options for treating severe tooth decay in which the pulp has become infected: The tooth can be pulled out or a root canal can be performed. Root canals are the best option for patients who want to keep their natural teeth.

The root canal procedure is very similar to that of filling cavities. Just as the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, cleaned and filled when there is a cavity, with a root canal the infected pulp is also removed, cleaned and filled in. This process helps prevent further decay so that the tooth can be preserved. Once the area has been filled in and sealed, a dental crown can be placed on top of the entire tooth to protect against additional decay in the future. Your Mount Airy, NC, root canal dentist will tell you if a crown is recommended in your situation.


Root canals provide several important benefits. They preserve decaying teeth so that they do not need to be removed and they restore normal tooth function. Furthermore, they protect the other teeth that surround the decaying one. Patients tend to avoid biting or chewing with the affected tooth, especially if they are experiencing pain or sensitivity. When a tooth is not being used, the other teeth around it have to do more work. This can lead to overuse and puts additional strain on those teeth. A root canal makes it possible to use the problem tooth again.

Root canals might seem scary and leave you wanting to scream, “Yikes!” However, the procedure isn’t scary at all and is very similar to having a cavity filled. Additionally, a root canal allows you to keep a previously decaying tooth rather than having it removed. To schedule a root canal in Mount Airy, NC, contact Blue Ridge Dental by calling (336) 789-5306.

By Blue Ridge Dental
September 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Despite the wide availability of over the counter tooth whitening products, and cosmetic dental procedures for fixing everything from cosmetic dentistrytooth discoloration and staining to chips and unevenly spaced teeth, many adults report some degree of dissatisfaction with how their smile looks. Feeling insecure and uncomfortable with the state of our teeth can have a negative impact on virtually every aspect of life.

There are many benefits to visiting a cosmetic dentist. A simple treatment like a professional teeth whitening, or a set of porcelain dental veneers can transform the look and function of damaged teeth, and even make people look younger in many cases.

Cosmetic Smile Enhancement and Restoration in Mount Airy, NC

Even healthy teeth fall victim to wear and tear. While most people worry about what lifestyle habits like smoking and indulging in sweets and drinks like coffee and red wine will do to their waistline and heart, our teeth are typically the first part of the body to show the effects of the food we eat. In addition to diagnosing and treating dental and oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease, the dentists at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC offer solutions to the most common cosmetic dental problems.

Cosmetic dental procedures consist of:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Crowns and bridgework
  • Composite bonding
  • Enamel/tooth colored fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dental implants

How can cosmetic dentistry help you?

  • Clear tooth stains and discolorations
  • Fix chipped, cracked, and broken teeth
  • Repair minor spacing and alignment problems
  • Missing teeth
  • Replace older amalgam (metallic) fillings

Small cosmetic improvements can be an affordable, minimally invasive way to make over your entire smile.

Find a Dentist in Mount Airy, NC

To learn more about cosmetic smile restoration and to find the procedure that is right for you, contact Blue Ridge Dental by calling (336) 789-5306 to schedule an appointment today.

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