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.

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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.

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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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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Happy National Dentist Day!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

NDD-posters8Happy National Dentist Day! We are so excited to celebrate with all our amazing patients. If you want to join the celebration you can schedule your 6 month check up with our dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard. Our New Bern, NC dental care team is always happy to greet you and treat you. Hoard Family Dentistry focuses on the well-being of our patients of all ages.

Our Patients Say It Best…

Dr. Hoard : Keeping New Bern, NC Smiles Bright

Dr. Hoard is a compassionate dentist who focuses on the well-being of his patients. With an emphasis on oral hygiene and preventative dental care, Dr. Hoard provides comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dentistry for all stages of oral development. Dr. Hoard has dedicated his dental career to creating dream smiles with the latest dental technology and technique. With over 21 years of experience, Dr. Hoard brings his patients experience and a carefully trained aesthetic eye for creating balanced, beautiful and healthy smiles.

Schedule A Consultation

Schedule your consultation at our New Bern dentist office to see what everyone is talking about. Our compassionate staff is 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. Whether you are looking for a simple tooth whitening procedure or a total smile makeover, Dr. Hoard can help.

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Why Do Gums Bleed?

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

ThinkstockPhotos-465695921If your gums are bleeding you may have scratched your gums on crunchy food or you may have flossed too vigorously. As long as the bleeding is minimal and does not occur frequently, there is little need for any concern. However, if you are experiencing bleeding gums on a regular or daily basis, they may be a sign of a more serious dental health concern. New Bern, NC dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard recommends patients experiencing frequent bleeding gums to schedule a visit the dentist.

How Do I know If I have Gum Disease?

Bleeding gums is a common sign of gum disease. Gum disease is a common advanced dental concern caused by a bacterial infection in the gums. Gum disease is progressive and when left untreated can lead to systemic health concerns. It is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent gum disease from developing into more complex concerns.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. This common but mild form of gum disease affects more than half of the population. Gingivitis can cause swollen, bleeding or irritated gums and often can be detected by chronic halitosis. Regular dental cleanings can help to keep gingivitis under control by removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums.

Periodontitis is advanced gum disease that has been linked to serious medical conditions like heart disease, inflammation and Alzheimer’s. Diagnosing and treating periodontitis as early as possible can help prevent the need for costly and time consuming restorative dental procedures- and even tooth loss. Dr. Hoard offers routine dental cleanings, scaling and root planing and laser dentistry for the treatment of periodontist.

Know The Signs of Gum Disease Bluffton

Schedule A Consultation

Daily oral hygiene is key to maintaining a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing twice a day can keep your teeth and gums healthy. Just make sure you are not brushing or flossing too hard. Routine oral health is the best prevention against developing gum disease. Bi annual dental check ups can also help keep your teeth and gums in top shape, and allows for early detection and intervention of advanced oral health concerns. If you think you may have gum disease at any stage, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard for a complete oral health checkup.

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Replace Your Missing Teeth

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Oral health, halitosis, New Bern, NCIf you are feeling defeated by your missing teeth, or overwhelmed by the idea of visiting the dentist, Dr. Stephen Hoard can help. With advances in modern dentistry, replacing missing teeth has become a standard in quality dentistry. Our New Bern, NC dentist office offers a full range of dental restorations for the treatment of missing teeth. Utilizing the latest in dental technology, and with years of quality dental experience, Dr. Hoard can restore your smile so you may enjoy a better life.

Missing Teeth Replacements New Bern, NC

  • Dental Bridge: This cost effective dental treatment option is ideal for replacing several missing teeth. Dental bridges can be made removable or can be fixed using a dental implant.
  • Dental Implant: This is a permanent, highly successful and durable option for replacing missing teeth. Though not all patients will qualify, dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred method for missing teeth replacements. The sooner you seek dental care after missing a tooth, the better your chances are for qualifying for a dental implant.
  • Denture: Long used as the only method of tooth replacement, dentures have improved in aesthetics and quality. Advancements in dental technology have improved the denture materials and allow for a better fit for your optimal comfort. Dentures can also be permanently attached using All on Four.
  • All On Four: All On Four is a state of the art dental technique. This procedure allows Dr. Hoard to provide a full mouth restoration with dental implants in patients with minimal bone structure. This procedure has made durable, stable dental implants a possibility for a wider range of patients.

Why Choose Dr. Hoard New Bern, NC Dentist

At our New Bern dentist office, we approach each patient as an individual and provide personalized care tailored to your oral health needs and cosmetic concerns. Dr. Hoard partners with a highly qualified team of specialist to ensure you are receiving the most comprehensive oral treatment.

Schedule An Appointment New Bern, NC

To learn more about how preventive dentistry can help you maintain your best oral health, contact our New Bern dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment with our convenient online form.

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