Category: Hickory Dentist Blog

Hickory Dentist Explains Possible Diagnoses for That Annoying Bump in Your Mouth

As dentists, we spend most of our time working on teeth—so it may surprise you to learn that, as an oral healthcare specialist, your dentist is the most qualified to diagnose any painful, mysterious bumps that may have appeared in your mouth. Keep reading to learn about some possible oral health issues that result in […]

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What is a Tooth Abscess? Ask Our Hickory NC Oral Surgeon

Tooth abscess symptoms include severe, throbbing pain; swollen lymph nodes, and difficulty breathing/swallowing. If you believe that you have developed a tooth abscess, contact our emergency dentist office immediately. If you are not currently suffering from a tooth abscess, keep reading to learn more about this painful condition, and how to prevent one from developing. […]

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Understanding 6 Common Dental Tools Used by Our Hickory Dentist!  

“What is that thing?” That’s a question we hear a lot at our Hickory dentist office. And it’s perfectly understandable—having a foreign object inserted into your mouth can be pretty scary, even if you don’t have a dental phobia. Below is more information about the instruments most commonly used in the dentist’s office, and how […]

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Oral Bacteria: Understanding the Ecosystem in Your Mouth!

Our teeth might sometimes seem like rocks or seashells—things which are “dead” and nonliving. However, our mouths are actually a very active and complex ecosystem of both good and bad bacteria. Understanding how these bacteria live, grow, and die can help us take care of our oral health and keep our teeth strong and healthy. […]

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Our Hickory Dentist Explains How Fluoride Protects Tooth Enamel 

Fluoride is a natural mineral, like calcium or salt, that has been repeatedly shown to be able to strengthen tooth enamel. Due to this property, fluoride has been added to municipal water systems in developed countries for about 70 years. For those curious about the efficacy of fluoride and how it works, here is more […]

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Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost? Ask Our Hickory NC Dentist

Dental implants are not cheap, usually costing from $2,000 to $4,000 a tooth. And to make matters worse, most insurance companies offer little, if any, coverage for them. They also, like any other surgical procedure, come with risks and an uncomfortable recovery period. So, are they worth all the expense and hassle? You have probably already […]

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Happy National Dental Hygiene Month from Viewmont Family Dentistry in Hickory!

You probably already know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everyone knows that this is the month of Halloween. However, you probably didn’t know that October is also National Dental Hygiene Month. First established in 2009 by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), this month is dedicated to thanking dental hygienists for […]

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Things Your Hickory NC Dentist Wants You to Know

You probably already know that you should brush and floss at least twice a day, but a few dental tips are less well-known. Here are a few things about your teeth, mouth and dental care that might surprise you from our Hickory NC dentist office. Even if nothing hurts, there could still be a problem. […]

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Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Hot or Cold Drinks & Food? We Can Help!

Many people suffer the discomfort associated with having one or more sensitive teeth during their lifetime. Teeth are encapsulated by a hard enamel covering that usually protects and seals the top and sides of teeth while gum tissue surrounds lower teeth structures. Inside each tooth, there is a soft pulp layer that contains numerous microscopic […]

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Our Hickory Dentist Explains Why Regular Dental Exams are Important

Ideally, you should be visiting a local dentist office every six to 12 months. There are many ways that you can benefit from getting dental exams on a regular basis. Prevent Gum Disease Gum disease is one of the many things that your general dentist will look for during an exam. If gum disease is […]

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