Find A Solution For Bleeding Gums

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Bleeding Gums New Bern NC Do your gums bleed during regular brushing or flossing?

If you are experiencing bleeding gums on a daily basis during your oral hygiene routine, you may want to schedule a visit to your dentist. Bleeding gums can sometimes be an early warning sign of gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissue that supports your teeth. When the gums are infected, you may notice symptoms like receding gums, swollen gums, red gums, halitosis, and sensitive teeth. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to loose, shifting teeth and eventually tooth loss. Treating gum disease in its earliest stage gives patients the chance of receiving a more conservative, minimally invasive dental treatment.

Regular dental checkups can help patients keep their smile healthy. New Bern, NC dentist Dr. J. Stephen Hoard offers comprehensive exams during each visit to screen patients for complex dental problems, including gum disease. If gum disease is discovered during your dental exam, Dr. Hoard can work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses all your dental needs. If you haven’t visited the dentist for one of your biannual dental exams or have a dental concern you would like addressed, contact family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Hoard.

Gum Disease Treatment In New Bern, NC

Finding the right solution to address your dental concerns can improve the health and function of your smile. It is important to receive treatment for gum disease as soon as possible to minimize the chance of developing a more advanced dental issue. During your visit, Dr. Hoard will examine your teeth, mouth, and gums to determine which periodontal therapy service will restore health back to your smile. Depending on your needs, and the stage of gum disease, Dr. Hoard may suggest one or more of restorative or general dentistry service to treat your smile.

In the earliest stage of gum disease called gingivitis, Dr. Hoard may be able to treat your smile by performing a procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is an extensive deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. Scaling and root planning may need to be performed multiple times to restore health back into your smile.

In the most advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis, in order to restore health back into your smile, you may need surgical treatment. Laser Dentistry may be an ideal treatment option for patients with gum disease. During Laser dentistry, a dental laser can be used to remove infected tissue and eliminate the infection. With laser dentistry, patients experience minimal bleeding and discomfort, resulting in speedier recovery time.

Dr. Hoard can work with you to find the right solution for your dental needs. Patients should keep in mind that to have a healthy smile they must follow a healthy oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist regularly. During your preventive care visits, Dr. Hoard can examine your smile to check for any complex dental problems. During their visit, patients also receive a dental cleaning that helps remove plaque buildup from the teeth.

Posted in: Gum Disease

Keep Your Smile Healthy This Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

During the holiday season, many people are busy making plans with family, attending holiday parties, and preparing special holiday treats. With all these plans, it is easy to forget to take care of your smile. What if we told you there is a way to enjoy all the joys of the holiday season while maintaining a healthy smile!

Cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard is an experienced dentist in New Bern, NC. Dr. Hoard has dedicate hours of advanced training to ensure he provides patients with high-quality, comprehensive dental treatments and procedures. Dr. Hoard is dedicated to helping patients achieve excellent oral health through complete dentistry. He works with each patient to provide them with the tools they need to improve there smile. At our New Bern dental office, we understand that the holidays season can be a busy tme, so we have listed a few tips to make sure you enjoy your holiday season and take care of your smile.

Healthy Teeth During The Holidays

  • Try to avoid or limit the number of sweets you consume. The holiday season is full of tasty treats and drinks. But certain sweet foods can damage your teeth. If you are consuming sugary drinks, try to drink through a straw to limit the amount of sugar that passes through the teeth. Drinks like wine and soda can stain the teeth.
  • Drink water. Drinking water helps remove debris and sugar from sticking to the teeth. When sugar sticks to the teeth, it can harm the tooth enamel and lead to cavities and tooth decay. Drinking water helps keep your teeth protected and eliminate some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • Don’t neglect your oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing in the morning and at night only takes a few minutes out of your routine. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season affect your oral health. Maintaining your oral hygiene routine can minimize your chance of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Visit Our New Bern, NC Dental Office

Take care of your smile this holiday season. You only get one set of natural teeth, so it is crucial you take the necessary steps to keep them protected, healthy, and functional. As the new year rolls around, don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside, finish this year up strong and show your dentist all the progress you made in the new year. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard, you can contact our New Bern dental office.

Posted in: oral health, oral hygiene

Everything You Need To Know About Cosmetic Bonding

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Cosmetic Bonding New Bern NC Cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard offers a variety of dental services that can help improve the appearance and quality of your smile, including cosmetic bonding.  Cosmetic bonding can be an excellent solution for patients who have damaged teeth due to dental trauma, tooth decay, or infection. Dr. Hoard will address any underlying issues before he performs the cosmetic bonding to ensure he is creating a healthy, stable foundation for your cosmetic procedure to last. Cosmetic bonding is a quick, effective solution for your dental needs. Visit our New Bern dental office to schedule an appointment and get the dental care you need.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding can be used to correct dental concerns, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Change the shape of teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Discolored teeth

Cosmetic bonding only requires one visit to our New Bern dental office. Dr. Hoard will examine your teeth to determine if cosmetic bonding is the right solution for your specific case. If not, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry service that may be able to address your dental problems. If cosmetic bonding is the right solution for you, Dr. Hoard will begin the procedure by removing a small amount of tooth enamel from your tooth. We then coat the tooth with a small amount of conditioning liquid that is used as an adhesive for the composite resin material. We use a high-quality composite resin that can be shaped and color matched to match your natural smile. Once the composite resin has been molded into the desired shape, Dr. Hoard will use a special light to cure the composite resin onto the tooth.

To ensure that your cosmetic bonding lasts, it is vital that patients practice a proper oral hygiene routine and visit our New Bern dental office biannually for preventive care exams. Preventive care exams allow Dr. Hoard to thoroughly examine the teeth and identify any early signs of complex dental problems. To schedule an appointment, contact our North Carolina dental office.

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October Is National Oral Hygiene Month!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Cosmetic Dentistry, New Bern, NC Help us celebrate National Oral Hygiene month by improving your oral hygiene routine and visiting our New Bern, NC dentist office. General dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard encourages patients to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine in order to retain optimal oral health. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Hoard has diagnosed and treated a range of dental concerns. Most dental issues can be avoided if you practice an excellent oral hygiene routine. Take the time to take care of your teeth to prevent dental problems in the future. Our goal is to help patients maintain a strong, beautiful smile.

Improving Your Oral Hygiene

Maintaining an excellent oral hygiene routine only takes a few minutes out of your day, but offers a lifetime of dental benefits. When developing a proper oral hygiene routine, keep in mind these four points: brush, floss, rinse, and chew.

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes a day, twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth to get rid of debris hiding between the teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash to fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Chew sugarless gum to promote saliva productivity.

Following these quick and easy steps to improve your oral hygiene routine will help strengthen your teeth and fight against the development of complex dental problems. Dr. Hoard also suggests that patients visit his New Bern dentist office at least twice a year for routine dental check-ups. Routine preventive care exams allow Dr. Hoard to thoroughly examine the teeth, make a diagnosis, and offer a treatment plan to improve the overall health and function of your smile.

Schedule An Appointment

Having a healthy smile can benefit you in the long run. Make sure you are taking the proper steps to improve your oral health and avoid complications in the future. Dr. Hoard can work with you to ensure your smile is not only beautiful but functional, too. If you would like to address any dental concerns or have to schedule a preventive care exam, visit our New Bern, NC dentist office. Patients can call our New Bern dentist office to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online.

Posted in: oral health, oral hygiene

Teeth Grinding

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Most patients don’t realize they grind their teeth because tooth grinding usually happens while you are asleep. During a comprehensive exam, restorative dentist Dr. J. Stephen Hoard can thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and gums and look for any signs of complex dental problems. After the comprehensive exam, Dr. Hoard can provide a more detailed treatment plan to repair the damage done by teeth grinding and alleviate any symptoms.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can be caused by stress or may even be an indicator of a more complex dnetal problem like TMJ. Symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and teeth grinding can be related to a bite disorder. To alleviate some of those symptoms, it is important you visit our New Bern NC dental office a routine dental exam.

Symptoms of teeth grinding often include:

  • Worn teeth
  • Dull teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Persistent earache
  • A headache or facial pain

Treatment for Teeth Grinding

Your treatment is dependent on the cause of your teeth grinding. Dr. Hoard will do a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and jawbone to determine which treatment best suits your needs. Dr. Hoard may provide treatments like:

  • Dental bonding
  • Dental crowns or veneers
  • Orthodontics
  • Bite equilibrium
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Mouthguards

Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing any symptoms of teeth grinding visit our New Bern, NC dental office. Dr. Hoard will work with you to address your dental concerns and provide a treatment to restore beauty and function back to your smile. Patients can call 252.507.0373  to schedule an appointment or contact us online.

Posted in: teeth grinding

Dental Implants

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

It is imperative that patients who are missing teeth find a replacement option as soon as possible to minimize their chance of further damaging their smile. Dental implants can be a convenient and durable solution for your missing teeth. New Bern, NC Dentist  Dr. J. Stephen Hoard offers a range of tooth replacement options, including dental implants. During your first visit, Dr. Hoard will examine your teeth, gum, and bone structure to determine if dental implants are right for you. Traditionally, patients will need to have a substantial amount of healthy jaw bone structure to receive dental implants. During your consultation, Dr. Hoard will discuss your options and find a replacement option that suits your needs. If you want to explore your tooth replacement options, visit New Bern Dental office. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 252.507.0373

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium post that is surgically attached to the jawbone. Dental implants mimic your natural tooth root, making it a firm foundation for a denture, dental bridge, or dental crown. Dr. Hoard will is an experienced dentist who is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality dental care to each of his patients.

Dr. Hoard is an experienced dentist who is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality dental care to each of his patients. It is important to find a trusted, experienced dentist when it comes to finding a tooth replacement option that is right for your smile.

What is the procedure like for dental implants?
Restorative dentist Dr. Hoard will coordinate treatment with a local surgeon who will skillfully attach your dental implants. Over the course of 3 to 6 months, your dental implants will integrate and heal into the jawbone. After the dental implants heal, Dr. Hoard will carefully attach your chosen restoration. For single missing teeth, Dr. Hoard will attach a dental crown. Dental crowns provide a natural looking, durable restoration for your missing teeth. For multiple missing teeth, Dr. Hoard may attach a dental bridge or denture, depending on the number of teeth you’re missing and their location.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?
To receive dental implants, patients will need to have an adequate amount of healthy jaw bone structure. During your consultation, Dr. Hoard will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if dental implants are right for you. If dental implants are not the right for you, Dr. Hoard offers other options to help restore your smile.

How long do dental implants last?
With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last 10 – 20 years or more. It is important to visit our New Bern dental office twice a year for preventive care visits. Practicing proper oral hygiene and regularly visiting our office may help improve the longevity of your dental implants.


Posted in: Dental Implants

Tips To Help Cope With Dental Fear

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Dealing with dental fear can be a tough situation to deal with. Dental fear also inhibits patients from receiving the dental care they need. Dr. Stephen Hoard understands dental fear can be a debilitating issue and works closely with patients to help them feel comfortable and relaxed in his New Bern dental office. Our New Bern, NC dental office is committed to helping patients receive the care they need in a comfortable environment. Our dedicated dental staff offers compassionate care to help patients feel right at home in our New Bern dental office. If you haven’t visited the dentist for a preventive care examine or you are experiencing a dental concern, visit Dr. Hoard. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 252.507.0373

Tips to help manage dental fear

Dental fear may stop you from visiting the dentist, which can have negative effects on your oral health. When dealing with dental fear, it is important to find a dentist that you feel comfortable with. Dr. Hoard is a respected, trusted dentist in New Bern, NC, who listens to his patient’s needs and concerns to help provide exceptional, patient focused dental care. Dr. Hoard encourages patients to visit the dentist for preventive care visits so that he can properly check their mouth, teeth, and gums. Dr. Hoard understands this may be difficult for patients with dental fear, but it can also eliminate the need for complex dental treatments in the future. For your convenience, we have compiled a few tips to help alleviate dental fear and get the treatment you need.

Tip #1: Let us know if you suffer from dental fear. Letting Dr. Hoard or one of his caring staff members know that you suffer from dental fear can help alleviate some of your anxiety. If we are aware of your dental fear, we can better cater to your needs. We will keep your relaxed, comfortable, and well informed during your dental treatment.

Tip #2: Practice relaxation techniques. Breathing exercise is a great way to relieve some of the stress you may feel. Deep breathing can help lower your heart rate and keep you more relaxed and calm.

Tip #3: Try listening to music or your favorite podcast while Dr. Hoard is working your smile. listening to something you enjoy is a great way to keep your mind focused on something else besides your dental fear or anxiety.

Visting the dentist doesn’t have to be scary, as long as you find a dentist you can trust. Dr. Hoard is committed to helping you improve your smile in a comfortable, stress-free environment.

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The Importance Of Flossing

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Are you flossing? If your answer is no, you are not alone. Many patients forget to floss or don’t understand the importance of daily flossing. Like brushing, flossing helps remove bacteria and debris that is left in the mouth after eating. More specifically, flossing removes plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth. Without flossing, complex dental problems like gum disease and cavities will begin to develop. New Bern dentist Dr. J. Stephen Hoard believes prevention is one of dentistry greatest tools. At Hoard Dentistry, we encourage patients to develop an excellent oral hygiene routine at home and schedule biannual preventive exam visits to avoid developing complex dental issues.

Benefits Of Flossing
Daily flossing should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing reaches places in your mouth that brushing can not reach. It is difficult for toothbrushes to thoroughly clean in between your teeth. But flossing can properly clean in between the teeth and remove bacteria you thought you cleaned with your toothbrush.

  • Flossing protects your gums. Debris between the teeth can turn into plaque and tartar. An accumulation of tartar can lead to the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. Most patients don’t realize they have gum disease because sometimes gum disease doesn’t reveal any symptoms.
  • Flossing can save you money in the long run. Having an excellent oral hygiene routine is part of preventive dental care. Preventive dental care is set into place to avoid developing complex dental issue which may require pricey dental treatments.
  • Flossing keeps your teeth healthy. Flossing should part of your daily hygiene, just like brushing and mouth wash. Skipping out of flossing can have negative effects on your smile in the long run. The goal of dentistry is to prevent future dental issues and to keep your smile as healthy as possible.

Prevention Dentistry

Dr. Hoard offers a variety of dental services in his New Bern, NC dental office. biannual visits to our New Bern Dental office helps keep your smile bright and healthy. Although we encourage patients to uphold a great oral hygiene routine at home, we have state of the art dental tools that help us properly clean and analyze your teeth. During your biannual comprehensive exams, Dr. Hoard will skillfully check your mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of dysfunction. With his years of field experience, Dr.Hoard can develop a dental plan that is right for you. Please feel free to schedule an appointment online or call 252.507.0373

Posted in: preventive care, Uncategorized

Revamp Your Smile

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Dental veneers new bern ncDo you ever find yourself covering your mouth when you smile? Are you self-conscious of chips, cracks or discoloration that disrupt the aesthetics of your smile? If you are looking for a way to revamp your beautiful smile, New Bern, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard may have the solution to your cosmetic dental concerns.

Porcelain Veneers use the latest in dental technology and material to provide stunning and natural looking results. Dental veneers are a very thin porcelain shield that Dr. Hoard will adhere to the front and sides of your tooth. Porcelain veneers are designed to be a permanent restoration and can improve both the look and health of your smile.

Dental Veneers For A Smile Makeover

Dental veneers can change the look of your smile while maintaining its natural beauty. Veneers are made of a highly durable and tooth-like material. The porcelain reflects light just like natural teeth allowing your veneers to blend seamlessly with your smile. The material is both highly resistant to stains and decay and can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene.

Porcelain veneers are versatile and can be used to address a range of dental concerns:

  • Close small gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Whiten discolored teeth
  • Repair small chips or cracks
  • Reshape teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Re-alignment of crooked teeth

Porcelain veneers are permanent and are an investment in the aesthetics and health of your smile. Many patients will use porcelain veneers to correct one or two teeth, while some use them for a total smile makeover. The veneer treatment requires Dr. Hoard to remove the surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer. Once prepped, the veneer will be permanetly bonded to the teeth.

Bonding As An Alternative

If you are not ready to make the financial commitment of dental veneers, tooth bonding may be an excellent alternative. Tooth bonding can address similar cosmetic concerns but are more cost efficient. Tooth bonding is highly durable and long lasting but will need to be maintained 3-10 years after treatment. Tooth bonding requires less tooth preparation and can be removed.

Schedule A Consultation

If you do not know which cosmetic treatment is right for you, Dr. Hoard will be happy to help you. Contact our New Bern dentist office to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your confidence in your smile while protecting your oral health.

Posted in: dental veneers

Be Aware of Sugary Beverages

Monday, April 10th, 2017

155823508-700x466With the longer days and warmer weather many of us take to the outdoors. But with BBQs, family gatherings, and more physical activity comes sports drinks, sodas, and fruity cocktails. That means a huge upswing in sugar intake. Dr. Stephen Hoard reminds patients to be cautious of how many sugar-laden beverages they consume. Our New Bern, NC dentist office sees an increase in tooth decay and other oral health concerns in patients who report a diet with higher sugar intake.

The Truth About Sugary Beverages

The problem with sugar is that it hides in more drinks and foods than we realize. Fruit juice is packed with sugars and one glass of juice could meet your total sugar intake for the day. So when we start factoring in a soda with lunch, a sports drink after your run and a margarita with dinner, that is a lot of sugar. Sugar is both damaging to your health and your oral health.

Sugar & Your Oral Health

Sugar sticks to your teeth and harmful bacteria feeds off of it leaving behind acid byproduct. The acid is what causes enamel erosion and tooth decay. Sugar that sits on the teeth can lead to complex oral health concerns and even eventual tooth loss. If you do drink a sugary drink, be sure to wash it down with water. You can also try drinking it in one sitting so the sugar does not linger like it would if you slowly sip on it. For sugar-free alternatives try water, milk, unsweet tea or plain soda water.

Dr. Hoard encourages patients to practice diligent oral hygiene to help keep their teeth and gums healthy. Good oral health is essential in maintaining a high quality of life. The health of your mouth is directly correlated to your overall health. Bi-annual dental check-ups and teeth cleanings with Dr. Hoard can keep your mouth fresh and healthy for years to come.

Schedule A Consultation

Schedule your consultation at our New Bern dentist office to see what everyone is talking about. Our compassionate staff are here to help you get started on a path to a natural, comfortable and beautiful smile. Stable and quality dental health can improve your life with a restored sense of confidence.

Posted in: Dentist Office New Bern