Why do I wake up with a headache?

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

headaches tmj jaw pain treatment for tmj new bern ncDid you know that if you suffer from daily headaches, they may be related to your dental health?

If you wake up with headaches nearly every morning and find little relief from over the counter pain medications,  you may have TMD. Temporomandibular Disorder affects many patients, often goes undiagnosed and is commonly mistreated. Patients become frustrated by painful symptoms, headaches, and chronic fatigue.

New Bern, NC Dentist Dr. J. Stephen Hoard provides patients with comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. TMJ has no one cause but is common in patients who grind their teeth in their sleep. Pinpointing the underlying cause of TMJ can allow for more effective treatment that minimizes discomfort.

Do I have TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, used for speaking and eating, is the delicate joint that attaches the skull to the jaw. The jaw joint can be easily damaged or may become misaligned or overused. Patients who grind their teeth while they sleep put added pressure on the joint. Patients typically grind their teeth in their sleep which prevents the joint and surrounding muscles from relaxing and having time to regenerate. Teeth grinding is a common cause of TMD and headaches.

  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Jaw pain and dysfunction (clicking, popping and locking)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Ear pain or loss of hearing

Dr. Hoard evaluates occlusion during all routine visits and look for signs of teeth grinding. Typicall signs that a patient may grind their teeth include excessively worn or damaged teeth.

Headaches caused by teeth grinding can be reduced with the introduction of an oral sleep appliance. An oral sleep appliance is a custom designed to reduce the tension in the TMJ caused by malocclusion or teeth grinding. The oral appliance repositions the jaw into a comfortable bite allowing the will alleviate headaches and other possible symptoms. This can be accomplished with appropriate treatment- addressing the underlying cause for lasting comfort and a healthy smile.

If you have been experiencing recurring headaches or migraines with no relief from traditional treatment options, discuss your concerns with Dr. Hoard at your next visit, or make an appointment. You may have an undiagnosed bite TMJ disorder.

Call our office or go online today.

Posted in: TMJ, tmj symptoms, TMJ Therapy, TMJ Therapy New Bern

Test Your Oral Health Knowledge

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Testing dental knowledge new bern nc How much do you know about oral health? Dr. Stephen Hoard is an experienced dentist in New Bern, NC who is dedicated to patient education, preventive dental care, and healthy smiles. To educate patients on healthier oral habits, we encourage you to test your knowledge on our New Bern dental office’s True or False quiz!

Dental Knowledge: True or False

Bleeding gums are a common sign or gum disease. True or False?

  • (True) Bleeding gums are one of the signs of gum disease. Gum disease is a progressive oral health concern that affects the health and function of the gums. When gum disease is caught early, patients can receive a more conservative, comprehensive treatment option. New Bern dentist Dr. Hoard offers a full range of periodontal therapy solution for patients with mild to advanced stages of gum disease.

You should brush your teeth immediately after eating. True or False?

  • (False) You should avoid brushing the teeth for at least 30 minutes to an hour after you eat. Certain foods create acids in the mouth that attack the enamel. Your teeth are the most sensitive after eating so brushing can weaken the enamel.

If you brush your teeth, you don’t need to floss. True or False?

  • (False) Brushing is an effective way to clean the teeth and freshen the breath. However, brushing (alone) cannot effectively remove debris and bacteria between the teeth. Flossing is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine. Flossing can even help minimize your risk of developing gum disease. Flossing should be performed at least once a day.

You only need to visit the dentist if there is a problem with your oral health. True or False?

  • (False) Most dentists recommend patients should visit the dentist biannually (twice a year) for preventive care exams. Preventive care visits allow Dr. Hoard to carefully examine the teeth, gums, muscles, and jaw joints to ensure they are are functioning appropriately. Dr. Hoard will also screen for complex dental problems like oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Preventive dental care is a vital part of maintaining a healthy smile.

Missing teeth do not need to be replaced right away. True or False?

  • (False) Missing teeth should be addressed as soon as possible. If left untreated, missing teeth can lead to facial sagging, bone deterioration, and infection. Dr. Hoard offers a full range of tooth replacement options in the comfort of our New Bern, NC dental facility. We offer dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants to restore missing teeth in our New Bern dental office.

Visit Our New Bern, NC Dental Office

If you are searching for a highly skilled dentist in New Bern, NC, visit Dr. Stephen Hoard. To learn more about our services, call 252.507.0373 or request an appointment online.

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Treating Broken Teeth in New Bern, NC

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Broken Teeth New Bern NC As a highly trained dentist, Dr. Stephen Hoard has extensive experience treating a wide range of dental concerns. As a Dawson Academy trained dentist, Dr. Hoard never over treats his patients. Dr. Hoard takes the time to examine the entire masticatory system to check for any signs of dysfunction. It is essential that all parts of the masticatory system are working in harmony to produce a stable bite. If TMJ disorder or another bite disorder is the underlying cause of tooth damage, Dr. Hoard offers advanced, effective solutions to treat bite disorders.

After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Hoard will determine if an underlying dental concern causes your tooth damage, Dr. Hoard will address the underlying dental issues before addressing any cosmetic dental problems. Our goal is to help you restore and maintain a healthy smile.

Treating Broken Teeth in New Bern, NC

We offer a wide range of cosmetic and restorative treatments to restore broken teeth. We can work with you to create a custom-made treatment plan to improve the appearance and function of your smile. Depending on the extent of damage, Dr. Hoard may suggest one or more of these treatments to restore your smile.

Dr. Hoard will work with you one on one to discuss your cosmetic dental goals and determine which solution best suits your needs.

Schedule An Appointment

If you are looking for treatment for broken teeth, visit our New Bern, NC dental office. Dr. Hoard and our dental care team can work with you to find the most natural looking, effective solution to treat your dental concern. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 252.507.0373 or schedule an appointment online.

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Dental Care in New Bern, NC

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Office Tour Dr. J Stephen Hoard, DDS New Bern dentist Dr. J. Stephen Hoard is committed to providing state of the art, high-quality dental care to each of his patients. Dr. Hoard undergoes continuous education to stay up to date on the current technology, techniques, and practices in dental care. Earlier this year, Dr. Hoard attended the Seattle Study Club symposium in California where he learned about the future of dentistry. Dr. Hoard undergoes continuous education to improve the patient experience in our New Bern dental office. Ensuring that our patients are receiving the highest standard of dental care they need in safe, comfortable environment is one of our top priorities. Dr. Hoard and our dental care team are dedicated to helping each patient achieve a healthier smile.

If you are looking for a dentist who can address a wide range of dental concerns from routine to complex dental problems, visit our New Bern dental office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard.  Dr. Hoard offers a wide selection of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services. We also offer convenient hours and work closely with patients to get the dental care they need to enhance their smile. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our New Bern, NC dental office or schedule an appointment online.
Check out what some our patients are saying about their experience in our New Bern, NC dental office.

Dr. Hoard and his staff are the most efficient and friendly I have encountered in my many years. I lost some teeth and Dr. Hoard came up with a plan that was affordable for me and I am very pleased with the outcome. The quality of the materials and replacement teeth are remarkable. I can smile again and feel confident. -Zipper C.

I was introduced to Dr. Hoard a little over a year ago after an unexpected dental issue arose. He came highly recommended to me by multiple people. He has recently completed some cosmetic dentistry for me, and I must say that I am more than pleased!! Dr. Hoard and his entire staff are incredibly knowledgeable, caring, and understanding. -Kim B.

When I needed major, extensive repair work and ultimately an entire bite adjustment- he was the man for the job. The work took numerous consultations, a mature dose of patience and many years. Dr. Hoard made the most conservative decisions to ensure my original dental work was as preserved as possible but confidently advised me when we needed to proceed with invasive treatment. I was never uncomfortable. -Anna B

Posted in: Dental Care

Oral Cancer Screening in New Bern, NC

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Oral Cancer Screening New Bern NC Getting routine screenings for complex dental problems can save your life. Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer because it is often diagnosed in the most advanced stages. However, visiting your dentist for bi-annual dental check-ups and knowing the signs of oral cancer can help you get the treatment you need to possibly save your life.

Dr. J. Stephen Hoard offers routine screenings for complex dental problems, including oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings are quick, noninvasive, and may help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need to restore your health. Dr. Hoard is a highly skilled dentist, trained in spotting signs of oral cancer and other complex dental problems. If you have not scheduled a biannual dental exam, we suggest you visit our New Bern dental office for the dental care you need.

Why Get Screened For Oral Cancer?

Better safe than sorry! Getting screened for oral cancer can help your dentist spot any early warning sigs. The earlier oral cancer is caught, the more options you may have for treatment. Dr. Hoard takes his time to thoroughly examine all aspect of your oral cavity, face, and neck. During your screening, Dr. Hoard will check for signs like sores, lesions, lumps, swelling, pain, numbness, and tenderness in any part of your oral cavity, throat, and face.
If oral cancer is suspected, Dr. Hoard may order a biopsy to confirm the presence of oral cancer. If oral cancer is found, Dr. Hoard will work with a specialist to coordinate your treatment.

Schedule A Screening For Oral Cancer in New Bern, NC

It is vital that patients schedule regular dental checkups. Dr. Hoard offers a wide range of services to treat patients with mild to advanced dental issues. Routine dental checkups can help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need to maintain a healthy smile and body. If you need to schedule an appointment, you can contact our New Bern Dental office or schedule an appointment online.

Posted in: Oral Cancer Screening

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.

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