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By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
May 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  

Your dentist in Clayton, NC, can rescue your smile.

Have you forgotten about visiting your dentist? It’s easy to get busy, but your smile shouldn’t suffer. Regular dental visits are important, and if you can’t remember when you last visited your dentist, it’s probably been too long. Dr. Russell Challenger of Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, offers a full range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to treat your smile.

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, it’s time to visit your dentist:

Your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat; bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, caused by bacterial plaque infecting your gums. Untreated gum disease can turn into periodontal disease which infects the supporting bone and can cause you to lose teeth.

You have tooth pain that continues or is getting worse; tooth pain is a sign of tooth decay. Untreated tooth decay can spread into the inner part of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, and you could end up needing a root canal.

You have sharp tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages; temperature sensitivity is a sign of pulpal inflammation, which could mean you need a root canal.

You have lost teeth; when you don’t have a complete smile, you don’t chew as well. Your digestion and your overall health can be affected. Your dentist can provide many tooth replacement options to give you back your smile. You can choose from dental implants, bridgework, or dental appliances.

You want your smile to look great; cosmetic dentistry is just one of the many benefits of seeing your dentist regularly. You can take advantage of teeth whitening to brighten your smile up to 8 shades. Bonding repairs small chips and cracks, and veneers cover the fronts of your teeth to give you a perfect smile.

Don't wait when it comes to your smile! To find out more about how your dentist can rescue your smile, call Dr. Challenger of Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, at (919) 694-0694 today!

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
July 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health

You only get once chance to make a great first impression, and your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It's hard to face the world when you suffer from missing, broken, crooked or discolored teeth. The embarrassment of an unattractive smile can interfere with both your work and social life. That's why visiting a Clayton dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry can help you improve your life. Dr. Russell Challenger offers a wide variety of dentistry services to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Read on to learn about all your cosmetic dentistry options.

Teeth Whitening

No one wants yellow, stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve a bright, gleaming smile. Our Clayton dentist uses a whitening solution created from hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to bleach your teeth. This type of procedure usually takes around 60 to 90 minutes.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as the base for artificial teeth. Dental implants permanently bond with your jawbone. The artificial teeth work with dental implants to look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. This procedure is perfect for people who want to replace missing or broken teeth but don't want to wear dentures.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are false teeth made of porcelain or ceramic. They are used when you have damaged or missing teeth. A crown fits over your natural tooth like a cap. A bridge is a prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. They're usually made of porcelain.


Invisalign are clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. Made from flexible plastic, they snugly fit over your teeth. Since Invisalign are clear, they are virtually invisible. You can remove them when you want to eat, drink or brush and floss your teeth.

Schedule an Appointment with Us

Cosmetic dentistry enables you to enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Schedule an appointment with your Clayton dentist Dr. Russell Challenger to find which cosmetic dentistry services suit your needs. Contact us at 919-694-0694.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

How important is it to create a great oral hygiene routine? In case you didn’t know, some dental problems have been linked to some extremely dangerous health conditions like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Besides regular visits to your dentist, Dr. Russell Challenger of Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, here are some guidelines on developing a good oral care routine.

Starting Your Oral Care Routine

The usual practice is to brush right after you eat. However, before brushing you also need to consider what you ate. Acidic foods will temporarily soften the tooth enamel. This means that brushing after eating may remove some of the enamel, which will cause more harm than good because it makes the teeth vulnerable to decay. Brushing 30 to 60 minutes after eating would reduce the wear on your teeth.

Proper Brushing

Improper brushing is almost the same as not brushing. Aside from using the right kind of toothbrush, proper brushing means:

  1. Taking at least two minutes to brush your teeth in a gentle circular motion.
  2. Paying close attention not only to your teeth and gums, but also your tongue where bacteria buildup is present.
  3. Using a fluoride toothpaste to reinforce your teeth’s defense against decay by fighting off germs and creating a protective barrier around the teeth.
  4. Proper rinsing ensures that all the brushed off debris would leave your mouth. You should likewise use a mouthwash to rinse and reduce the acid in your mouth, clean all other areas of your mouth, and inject minerals into your teeth.
  5. Although it may be considered as a separate activity, flossing after you brush should be a part of your proper brushing technique. Flossing will help stimulate the gums, reduce the buildup of plaque, and lower incidence of inflammation. Flossing at least once a day is acceptable.

Ending Your Day

To close your daily routine, you need to make sure that you brush your teeth before you go to bed. The general recommendation is to brush your teeth at least two times daily. Make sure that the one time would always be before you go to bed. This helps eliminate the germs and plaque that have built up in your mouth during the entire day.

Role of Dentists

Bi-annual visits to your Clayton, NC, dentist must likewise be included in your routine. These regular visits would give you the opportunity to discuss diagnosis and treatment options for any dental or medical conditions you may have.


Need Help Creating Your Oral Care Routine? Talk to Us

Dial (919) 694-0694 to arrange your visit with our dentist, Dr. Russell Challenger of Challenger Family Dental here in Clayton, NC.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
May 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bonding  

Are you interested in getting dental bondings from your Clayton, NC, dentist?

"More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. These numbers are expected to grow in the next two decades. Tooth loss happens from decay and gums disease, and as a result of injury, cancer, or simply wear," according to the the American College of Prosthodontists.

One of the best ways to combat tooth loss is by using preventative measures, like dental bonding. Bondings are tooth-colored materials made of plastic or resin that hide minor unappealing defects in a tooth, like chips, discoloration, and dental gaps. It's impossible to distinguish the bonded tooth from your natural teeth and, although they won't last as long as dental veneers, it's an economical choice and you get to avoid drilling.

The Bonding Process

The procedure lasts about 30 to 60 minutes.

  1. Your Clayton dentist cleans your teeth and makes sure they're plaque-free.
  2. Then they etch the surface with an acidic gel then rinses it off with liquid composite resin to fill in pores in your teeth.
  3. A curing light hardens the bonding material and then teeth are polished.
  4. Your doctor layers the bonding material and shapes it into the proper mold that will hide dental imperfections.

Caring for Bonded Teeth

You should get a dental examination at your dentist's office every six months. In addition to visiting your doctor, you need to maintain a healthy dental regiment: brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush; floss daily before going to bed; drink plenty of water to wash away food debris; use fluoride-containing products to prevent dental decay and reduce plaque buildup.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental bondings, you need to call your Clayton, NC, dentist, today!

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
August 03, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Oral HygieneGood oral hygiene keeps your teeth and gums healthy and bright. While you should see your dentist in Clayton, NC, Dr. H. Russell Challenger, every six months for a check-up and hygienic cleaning, your at-home practices are the real mainstay of preventive dentistry. Learn here what you should do to keep the best oral hygiene habits possible.

Brushing, flossing, diet, and more

The American Dental Association (ADA) advises that young children through senior adults brush their teeth with a soft-bristled brush at least twice a day. Use an ADA-approved toothpaste (non-fluoridated for babies and toddlers), and rinse well with clear water or any mouth rinse Dr. Challenger recommends. Twice daily brushing removes food particles and plaque, freshens your breath and stimulates your gum tissue.

Besides brushing, everyone should floss daily. Parents, floss your children's teeth for them until they have the dexterity and discipline to do it for themselves. Select any flossing product that you will use consistently, and carefully go around your mouth to remove plaque from the gum line and in between your teeth.

Plaque can harden into tartar. Both substances lead to tooth decay and gum disease, the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States, says the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Gum disease not only impacts your oral health, it can damage your systemic health, contributing to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, and more.

Finally, regarding your diet, eliminate as much processed sugar and carbohydrates as possible. Concentrate on fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, whole grains, and water.

Water helps keep your teeth and gums clean. It also increases saliva and its digestive, antibacterial and moisturizing benefits.

In-office hygiene

Again, be sure to visit Challenger Family Dental in Clayton semi-annually for an oral examination, digital X-rays, and professional cleaning. Besides the many health checks your dentist provides during your routine appointment, your hygienist gently scales your teeth, removing toxic plaque and tartar. She also flosses and polishes your teeth for a super-squeaky clean.

Good hygiene = good oral health

At Challenger Family Dental, your dedicated team encourages all aspects of preventive dentistry. The goal? It's healthy, attractive smiles which last for life. If it's time for your routine exam and cleaning in Clayton, NC, please call the office at (919) 694-0694. We'll see you soon!

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