New Bern Smiles Blog

Does TMJ Affect Your Teeth?

Have you ever experienced jaw pain, clicking sounds, or difficulty in opening and closing your mouth? These symptoms may be signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). While TMJ mainly affects the jaw joint, it can also have a big impact… - By Dr. Hoard

Preventing Gum Disease

One of the more common dental issues you may encounter is gum disease. This condition affects the soft tissues that keep your teeth in place. While early symptoms can be mild, gum disease can be severe without treatment. For example,… - By Dr. Hoard

What Happens with a Smile Makeover

A complete smile makeover is a comprehensive dental treatment plan that aims to transform a patient's smile, often through a combination of cosmetic and restorative procedures. A smile makeover aims to improve the appearance and function of a patient's teeth… - By Dr. Hoard

Common Foods that Stain Your Teeth

Maintaining a bright, healthy smile is essential for boosting your confidence and making a great first impression. While regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are essential, avoiding certain foods can also help keep your pearly whites looking their best. Certain… - By Dr. Hoard

Watch Out for Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition where there is reduced production of saliva. Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health by protecting the teeth and gums and aiding in the digestion of food. When there… - By Dr. Hoard

Cosmetic Bonding and Your Smile

If you want a non-invasive way to alter your smile as a New Year’s Resolution, talk to your dentist about cosmetic tooth bonding. Tooth bonding is a type of cosmetic resin that your dentist can use to reshape and restore… - By Dr. Hoard

Treating Frequent Headaches

Headaches can stop you in your tracks. Chronic headaches can get in the way of your life. If you suffer from chronic or frequent headaches, finding a solution to your pain is likely to take priority. Anything from hormones to… - By Dr. Hoard

Causes of Worn Teeth

Your enamel is the strongest tissue in your entire body. While it is solid and durable, it can still receive damage. Over time, your teeth can naturally wear down due to age or wear and tear. However, there are some… - By Dr. Hoard

Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth

Dental bridges are a type of false teeth that replace missing teeth. They are a popular restorative option to restore the look and function of your teeth. Dental bridges use your remaining natural teeth to secure the appliance in your… - By Dr. Hoard

3 Benefits of Routine Checkups

If you asked a group of people if they liked going to the dentist, you would probably get a lot of negative opinions. Many people don’t consider going to the dentist as a “fun” activity. While many medical exams aren’t… - By Dr. Hoard