Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Your Self-Esteem

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If you’re embarrassed by your smile, cosmetic dentistry might be the right solution for you! Cosmetic dentistry can transform the appearance of your teeth in both dramatic and subtle ways. Our wide range of cosmetic services can fix aesthetic tooth imperfections, give you the smile you’ve always wanted, and boost your self-esteem.

What aesthetic tooth imperfections can cosmetic dentistry fix?

One of the most common issues that cosmetic dentistry can solve is tooth discoloration. With professional teeth whitening, you can remove the stains and discoloration that appear over time, especially from drinking beverages like coffee and red wine, as well as smoking. The professional teeth whitening process involves a bleaching treatment that can be applied in an in-office session or with custom take-home trays. There are also over-the-counter whitening products, but professional whitening has more effective, longer-lasting results.

The second most common problem that cosmetic dentistry can fix is crooked, misshapen teeth. Treatment options for this issue include veneers, crowns, and orthodontics. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that can correct small gaps, chips, permanent stains, and mildly misaligned teeth. Dental Crowns are a natural-looking, tooth-colored cap that can completely cover your tooth if it is misshapen, damaged, or discolored. To correct tooth alignment, there are many orthodontic options, such as Invisalign® and traditional braces to achieve a straighter smile.

How does cosmetic dentistry boost your self-esteem?

There are many positive benefits to having a beautiful smile. It can increase your levels of social interaction and make you less self-conscious when you meet new people. With a better smile, you will also feel more confident in your workplace and be less likely to shy away from conversations with co-workers or upper management. If you’re missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry can also replace your teeth with natural-looking alternatives to complete your smile and improve your self-esteem.

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Valentine’s Day Makeover

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Give the gift of a cosmetic smile makeover to yourself or your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. Smiles often shape first impressions, and we believe everyone deserves to feel confident and secure about their teeth. At High Point Family Dentistry, we can transform smiles by changing the color, shape, and size of teeth with our cosmetic services, including teeth whitening and veneers.

Teeth Whitening

It’s not uncommon for teeth to become dull and discolored over time, and many over-the-counter whitening products don’t produce significant results. Professional teeth whitening lightens teeth safely and effectively to help you achieve a long-lasting, brighter smile. We offer one-size whitening trays, custom-fit whitening trays, and in-office whitening so you or your special someone can choose a whitening treatment that’s right for them.


If you’re unhappy with the shape, color, or size of your teeth, our veneers can cover esthetic imperfections to give you a flawless, beautiful smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells that are adhered to the front side of each tooth. With veneers, we’re able to design your smile in a way that blends in with your natural teeth for a seamless appearance. Whether you’re looking into veneers for yourself or someone else, they can be a great way to turn a dream smile into a reality.

Give the Gift of a Beautiful Smile

The gift of a cosmetic smile treatment is one that’s hard to top! Our High Point team looks forward to helping you treat your special someone to a smile makeover that will leave them smiling. To learn more about our cosmetic services, contact our office. Someone from our compassionate team would be more than happy to discuss our options with you further.

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Positive Dental Habits

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The key to developing positive dental habits is setting a solid routine. Keeping your teeth consistently clean and healthy, as well as maintaining a healthy diet, are great ways to avoid costly and painful dental procedures in the future. Here are simple ways to create a dental routine and gain positive dental habits.

1. Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly

Yes, there is a right way to brush your teeth! Try to brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, using small circles to clean every surface of your teeth effectively. Ask your dentist for tips on how to brush your teeth properly if you don’t think you have the technique down right.

2. Floss Everyday

Only a third of Americans floss their teeth daily, but it’s a necessary habit that everyone should develop! Flossing clears plaque and bacteria from tight spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach. Not flossing can put you at risk for gum disease, which starts when plaque and bacteria get trapped under the gum line and make your gums infected and inflamed.

3. Rinse Well

After you’re done brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth to wash away any bacteria and plaque that may still be sitting on the surface of your teeth. It’s a quick, simple way to take extra good care of your oral health.

4. Don’t Eat Before Bed

Eating before bed may sound like a great idea, but it can actually cause more harm than good. Our bodies restore and repair while we sleep. Our digestive systems slow down, so they can’t properly break down anything we’ve eaten right before bed. Because of this, we don’t produce as much saliva to wash away bacteria from the surface of our teeth. Try not to eat anything for two to three hours before you go to bed to avoid this. If you’re tempted to fill your belly at night, try keeping a glass of water by your bed to kill any cravings. In general, it is best to avoid sugary, acidic, and sticky foods because they more easily wear down enamel.

5. See Your Dentist Regularly

Just because you carefully brush and floss your teeth doesn’t mean you’re clear of any dental issues. Your dentist will be able to give you a thorough examination and take X-rays of your teeth and gums to rule out any potential issues.

Make it your goal to create positive dental habits in the new year! Our staff at High Point Family Dentistry is committed to providing you with the best oral care and are more than happy to help answer any questions that you may have.

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What Are Those Things in the Dentist’s Office?

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Ever wondered what dentists use to clean and examine your teeth? You’re not alone! It’s daunting to sit in the dentist’s chair and not understand the instruments that the hygienist and dentist are using. Let’s take a look at the most popular dental tools and their purposes.

Mouth Mirror

The mouth mirror is a small, circular mirror attached to a long handle. Your dentist uses it to look at tight spaces in your mouth, paying close attention to areas that have tartar buildup. Another use for the mouth mirror is to simply push your tongue or cheek away to get a better look at your teeth!

Saliva Ejector

What’s that little vacuum that sucks up your spit during a treatment? That’s the saliva ejector, which dries your mouth so the dentist can better perform their work.


Scalers are the hooked instruments that your hygienist uses to scrape plaque and tartar off your teeth. It makes what many think is a very unpleasant scraping sound. While temporarily uncomfortable, you may quickly feel the difference between not having your teeth scaled compared to having them scaled!


Have a cavity? Chances are you’ll have some time with the drill, which removes the area of decay and prepares the tooth for a filling.


Your dentist uses a probe to examine your gums and check for signs of gum disease.

Intraoral Camera

Want to know what your dentist is looking at? At High Point Family Dentistry, we use intraoral cameras so our patients can take a look at their teeth and see what the dentist sees! Now you never have to wonder what we’re seeing during an examination.


Another high-tech feature that High Point Family Dentistry is proud to use is the Isolite patient comfort system. It simultaneously holds your mouth open for you and keeps it illuminated so your dentist can see their work. It even sucks away fluids!

X-Ray Machine

If you’re a new patient or haven’t had X-rays taken in a while, your dentist will want to have new X-rays taken during your visit. We use digital X-rays because they emit less radiation than regular X-rays and are quick.

Next time you visit the dentist, don’t be frightened by the different instruments that your dentist uses. At High Point Family Dentistry, we only utilize the most up-to-date technologies so our patients can enjoy a faster and more accurate appointment. Contact us today and see the difference for yourself!

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Should I Be Brushing My Pet’s Teeth?

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In the same way that it’s vital for humans to brush their teeth to practice good oral health, it’s important that your pet gets the same treatment to maintain a healthy mouth.

Why You Should Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

When you brush your pet’s teeth, you are removing plaque and tartar from their teeth. If left untreated, the tartar and plaque can build up and cause serious dental issues, such as gingivitis, cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and more, not to mention bad breath. These oral issues can even lead to serious conditions in other parts of your pet’s body. This includes liver, heart, and kidney problems that can cause chronic pain and a short lifespan. By brushing your pet’s teeth, you are taking care of body their oral health and their overall health.

How You Should Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Unfortunately, brushing your pet’s teeth is not particularly enjoyable. That’s why it’s important to establish a routine and brush their teeth at least three times a week. Start by finding a time when your pet is relaxed and comfortable. You also need to come prepared. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste made especially for pets.

Getting Used to It

When you have all of your tools and your pet is calm, kneel or sit in front of them. Never stand above them or hold them down as this will make them anxious and upset. Next, test your pet’s willingness to have you near their mouth by rubbing your finger along their teeth and gums using light pressure. If your pet is comfortable with that, spread a bit of toothpaste on your finger and hold it out for them to taste. This will help them get used to the toothpaste.

The Technique

Once your pet is used to the taste of the toothpaste and the feel of something in their mouth, it’s time to start brushing! Lift your pet’s upper lip and gently massage the gum line and teeth with the toothbrush, brushing in small circles. Start with a few teeth at a time, working through the entire mouth for two minutes total. It’s most important to hit the outsides of the canine and back teeth, which is where plaque tends to build up. Some light bleeding might occur, and that’s ok. If you notice anything more, you are either brushing too aggressively or your pet might be showing signs of gum disease. Talk to your vet right away if this is the case.


Finally, end the tooth brushing experience by rewarding your pet. Give them a treat, some extra love, or playtime. It’s important that they see this as something to look forward to or something that they’ll be rewarded for doing.

While it’s very important to take care of your pet’s teeth, be sure to take care of yours, as well! At High Point Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best oral care. Call us today to make an appointment!

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Dental Veneers FAQs

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Ever wonder how your favorite celebrities have perfect smiles? The answer is likely dental veneers, which are thin sheets of porcelain that can mask chips, wide gaps, and discoloration for a brighter and more beautiful smile. If you’re considering veneers, we’ve put together answers to some of your most pressing questions.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom made to fit over your teeth. They can cover up tooth discoloration, cracks, and gaps, and can also lengthen your teeth. Dental veneers are a permanent procedure, so it is important to think carefully about whether or not you would like to proceed with getting them.

What Is the Dental Veneers Process?

First, you’ll have a smile design consultation with your dentist to map out what your needs are. Your dentist will then design the perfect smile for you. Once the plan is drawn up, they will shave some of the enamel from your teeth to create space for the veneers so they feel as natural and comfortable as possible. After that, they will take impressions of your teeth to send to a lab that will design your veneers.

When your veneers are ready, you will return to the dentist’s office for a final fitting. Once you approve of the look and fit, your dentist will bond your veneers to your teeth.

How Do I Take Care of Veneers?

Veneers function just like natural teeth, so you don’t need to do anything differently to maintain them. Just brush and floss them as you normally would!

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The cost of veneers depends on the number you get and the material used. After your initial consultation, we will go over cost and financing options with you. We offer CareCredit® and an in-house Dental Savers Plan that can help you save 20-40% on cosmetic treatments.

At High Point Family Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you have a beautiful smile that you are proud of showing off. If you are interested in dental veneers, our staff is happy to assist you.

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5 Things Every Bathroom Needs for Great Oral Health

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You know that oral health is important, but do you know what you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy? Here are 5 things your bathroom needs to ensure you’re taking care of your smile.


One of the most important dental tools in your bathroom, your toothbrush is your battle sword against bacteria and plaque. But what kind of toothbrush should you be using?

Most dentists agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing debris and plaque from your teeth and along your gum line. The shape and grip of the toothbrush is less important. Just pick whatever helps you brush most thoroughly! Speaking of thorough, many find electric toothbrushes are able to remove more plaque from your mouth than your average toothbrush. As long as you’re dedicated to a comprehensive brush every time, though, a regular toothbrush should work just fine. Be sure to replace your toothbrush as soon as you notice wear, or about every three months, whichever comes first.


At one time, you’ve probably stood in the drugstore looking at all of the toothpaste choices wondering which to buy. As a rule of thumb, look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which works to strengthen the outer enamel of your teeth. If you want to whiten your teeth, there are some important ingredients to look for. Ingredients like magnesium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, and calcium carbonate, hydrogen peroxide, or carbamide peroxide all have whitening capabilities.


Floss is another must-have for good oral hygiene. You should be flossing every day, twice a day. Standard floss is a slightly better choice because it can curve to get between teeth at the gumline. Floss picks are also effective, though. Just make sure to thoroughly clean between teeth and gums.


According to the American Dental Association (ADA), mouthwash has a number of benefits to help keep your mouth clean. It can reduce gingivitis, prevent tooth decay, slow down the formation of tartar on teeth, and, of course, freshen breath. Mouthwash shouldn’t be used in place of brushing or flossing, but it’s a great source of additional protection for teeth.


Where and how you store these vital tools is as important as how well and often you use them. It should seem fairly obvious, but make sure you are storing your toothbrush away from the toilet. You don’t want to risk anything unsavory comingling with the toothbrush that goes in your mouth! It’s also important to note that you should store your toothbrush somewhere dry. Keeping your toothbrush somewhere that is vulnerable to moisture can lead to a moldy brush.

At High Point Family Dentistry, we want to help you practice good oral hygiene. While your at-home care is vital to your dental health, it’s important that you don’t miss your regular cleanings.

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Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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If you have to have a tooth extracted, whether it’s one of your main teeth or you’re having your wisdom teeth removed, you may be worried about caring for the area afterward. There are a number of things you can do to help prevent infection and ensure you heal fast.

Keep the Area Clean

The number one thing you can do to help healing go quickly is to keep the area very clean. Brushing gently and rinsing regularly are key to keeping food particles and bacteria away from the surgery site. If you don’t keep the area clean and free from bacteria, you run the risk of getting an infection, which will only cause you more pain and require another procedure.

Pain Management

Tooth extraction is a type of oral surgery, and there will likely be an incision site that, once the numbness wears off, causes you pain. Proactive pain management is important to ensure that you’re not suffering needlessly. If we prescribe you pain medication, make sure you take it as prescribed to stay ahead of any pain. If you’re sticking with aspirin or acetaminophen, take that regularly. Whatever your pain management technique, it’s important to be proactive because it’s easier to keep pain at bay than it is to stop pain once it starts.

Stay in Touch

Let us know how you’re doing! If you’re in a lot of pain or are noticing bleeding from the incision site, call us right away. We may bring you back in or we may give you some tips for fighting the problem. It’s important to keep us informed because we can’t help you if we don’t know what’s going on.

We always send you home with aftercare instructions when we extract a tooth. Follow those instructions carefully, but again, don’t be afraid to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

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Oral Surgery Procedures

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At High Point Family Dentistry, we serve our patients not just with preventive care, but also with exceptional restorative care. Our very own in-house surgeon handles all dental surgeries in our office, so you don’t have to run around town seeing different specialists and making separate appointments. Dr. Jason Schrotenboer takes into account the unique needs of each individual patient, and crafts a treatment plan that works just for you. Our oral surgery procedures will have you smiling again in no time.

What Is Dental Surgery?

Dental surgery is the medical procedure that takes place when you need a treatment that may include:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Dental implants

Waiting on treatments can lead to problems down the road. If you need oral surgery, it’s important to call us right away to schedule an appointment. An infected tooth that needs removed or replaced can turn into a serious issue if left untreated for too long. Infection can spread and not only cause you pain, but also damage to your oral health.

Sedation During Oral Surgery

Surgery may sound like a scary undertaking, especially when it comes to surgery on your teeth, but we want you to rest assured that these above procedures are common and more straightforward than you may realize. Also, we want you to stay comfortable, and we offer gentle anesthesia and sedation options, including:

  • Pain-free dental care with DentalVibe®
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

Our sedation options and comfortable amenities will keep you cozy and comfortable throughout your treatment.

Affordable Oral Surgery

If you’re worried about the cost of your dental procedure, don’t worry, we have options for you. We have numerous payment options, including payment plans and discounts through our dental membership plan.

Our office is clean, modern, and comfortable, and you’ll feel right at home when you schedule an oral surgery with us. For other questions or concerns about our oral surgery procedures, do not hesitate to contact us! Call our office or contact us online.

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Gum Disease: The Silent Killer

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You’ve probably heard the term “gingivitis” at the dentist and in toothpaste commercials, but you might not have given it a second thought. You really should, though. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease or gum disease. It’s often overlooked, but if it’s not treated, it can lead to gum and bone recession and even tooth loss. Gum disease is also linked to other conditions like heart disease and stroke, so learning to recognize its symptoms is key to stopping it in its tracks.

Stages of Gum Disease

Don’t worry. You won’t just wake up one morning with advanced-stage periodontitis without any warning signs. They may be difficult to spot if you’re not looking for them, but the signs are there, and gum disease progresses through stages.

First up is gingivitis, which typically involves red or inflamed gums and bleeding when you brush and floss. If you notice either of these signs, let us know at your next appointment so we can take a closer look and begin treatment if necessary. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to the formation of periodontal pockets, which are spaces between the teeth and gums. These pockets become infected as they deepen, and they also allow gum tissue and bone to be destroyed. The final stage is periodontitis. Here, bone and gum loss are extensive and teeth are often so loose that they must be extracted.

Gum Disease Symptoms

If you notice any of these symptoms, call our office to schedule an appointment.

  • Red, swollen, or sensitive gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth or a change in the way they line up
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Bad breath or constant metallic taste

Is All Hope Lost?

Definitely not! It’s important that you see us as soon as you can, though, to begin treatment. Studies have shown a link, though not a cause-and-effect relationship yet, between your periodontal health and your heart health, so keeping those gums in shape in important. If you suspect that you have early stage gum disease, contact High Point Family Dentistry. Dr. Kong will gladly take a look and recommend a treatment plan that will keep you healthy.

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