We know no one enjoys filling out paperwork, but in any medical environment, all those questions about your medications and medical history are incredibly important. Most people acknowledge that they need to fill out paperwork at places like their GP or orthopedic, but at dental offices, paperwork is often left ignored and unfinished. Because people typically come to the dentist twice a year, it can feel more routine than going to other medical offices. This translates to people not feeling the need to mention things like new medications or recent surgeries. Your teeth don’t have much to do with the rest of your body, right? In reality, your overall health has a strong impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Even small changes to your medical history can impact how we approach your dental treatment options.
Almost all medications — even over-the-counter drugs — come with long lists of side effects. Most decongestants and many antihistamines can severely reduce saliva production. Saliva helps keep your teeth “clean” in-between brushing by washing away harmful bacteria. If we know that you’re on a medication that affects saliva production, we can take some proactive measures to ensure your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible.
Some other medications that may affect your saliva production include painkillers, diuretics, and antidepressants. If you’re taking any kind of medication regularly, make sure your dentist knows — even if you don’t think it’s affecting your teeth or mouth directly. With anything medical, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Your mouth is a gateway for harmful bacteria, allowing them to easily move from your teeth and gums to affect the rest of your body. Poor oral health can exacerbate, and even cause, certain conditions, including endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. Letting your dentist know about your health conditions — including your family’s health history — is vital. If endocarditis runs in your family, your dentist may recommend coming in for three or four cleanings a year instead of two, just to make sure there are no bacteria that can wind up near your heart.
Your oral health can also impact pregnancy. Recent studies link periodontal disease to low birth weights and premature births. We typically recommend that pregnant women come in for cleanings every three months instead of every six months if they’re struggling with their gum health.
Other conditions that relate to your oral health include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis. These illnesses can make the mouth more susceptible to gum disease, mucosal lesions, and tooth loss respectively. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to tell your dentist exactly what sort of conditions you have so they can create a treatment plan that works for you.
Surgeries and injuries — on any part of the body — can affect oral surgeries and treatments. At our office, we approach every case with individual, personalized care. If we don’t know your medical history, we could make a mistake. Keep us in the loop on any and all changes by filling out all requested paperwork and talking to your dentist while you’re in the office. We want every visit to our office to be beneficial and worthwhile to you but for that to be possible, we need your help.
Every year, Cary Magazine recognizes some of the top businesses in the Triangle area with the prestigious Maggy Awards. The awards honor all kinds of businesses and business owners with categories like “Best Real-Estate Agent,” “Best Bakery,” and, of course, “Best Dentist.” Dr. Bobbi Stanley has won Best Dentist numerous years in a row and we hope to grab that esteemed title again in 2021! To do so, we need your help.
To vote for Dr. Bobbi Stanley, just click on this link, go to the third page of nominations, and go down to “Best Dentist.” It’s that simple! Make sure to write in nominations for some of your other favorite Triangle businesses. Voting for awards and writing Google reviews are great and easy ways to help small businesses. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but a few awards and five-star reviews can make a huge difference for an office like ours.
At Stanley Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being one of the oldest family-owned dental offices in the Triangle. Dr. Bobbi Stanley opened the practice back in 1995 so we’ve been operating for twenty-five years. During those twenty-five years, Dr. Bobbi’s husband, Dr. Robert Stanley, decided to go to dental school as well and joined the practice as our surgeon and dental implantologist. Today, we also have Dr. David Baronowski along with two hygienists, a talented lineup of dental assistants, front desk staff, and a marketing team.
We’ve overcome everything from the 2008 recession to this year’s catastrophic COVID-19 shutdown and we always come back stronger than before. How do we do that? It’s all about our team and our patients. Everyone who works in our office, from the assistants to the doctors, is incredibly passionate about helping as many people as possible obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. We truly love helping people find their “smile confidence”. When you have that sort of pure passion, people tend to notice, which is how we’ve managed to create such an amazing patient base. Many of our patients have been with us since 1995 because they know the care we provide is unparalleled.
A lot of businesses use the saying “When you’re here, you’re family,” but at Stanley Dentistry, it’s more than just a saying. Our office is a solidified part of a Cary community. For us, this is home and the patients who come into our office every six months are our family. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay here and serve the Triangle for over two decades and we hope to continue to serve for as long as our team is able. Help our small business stick around by voting for Dr. Bobbi Stanley in the Maggy Awards! Just one vote goes a long way.
“Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”
Norma has been to dentist after dentist, looking for the right team of people to help heal her smile. After finding Stanley, she now commutes over 4 hours to come visit her family here at Stanley.
“I’m Norma Aguilar. I’m from Lenoir, North Carolina and I’m about 45 minutes from Boone, North Carolina. I’m on the west side. It takes me about 4 hours to drive here, and you’re the only place from now on that I’m coming. [I drive over] four hours, because my other dentist has not given me the information or done what you guys have done for me. Since I first came, you made me feel like I was your sister or brother.
I’ve gotten more understanding about my mouth than when I had cellulitis of the bloodstream because of a dental problem. You know when you feel comfortable, and you feel safe, and you feel like the truth is being given to you. Other dentists I’ve been to…I’ve not been that fortunate. I’ve had a lot of problems medically with my mouth that have put me in the hospital or in the ICU. I haven’t had [any of those problems] here. You’re very cautious and you’re very protective. That confidence makes you feel like you’re really appreciated and that you really want to do the right thing for me. And you handle it personally. I’m not just another person coming in the door and saying, ‘Oh we’re gonna get this done, and we can do this and this and make this money…’ You’re not about that. That’s the difference.
I’ve been here since [I moved from] Florida. Over the years, I’ve been to about 5 different dentists. I haven’t had [this level of] information, even [after] asking, they didn’t tell me [everything about my treatment.] Here, they tell me what’s the problem and what the cost is, and the prevention as well. So, this is my home. If I have to drive for hours to come every six months, I’m [still] coming. I’m not going to another dentist.
It would be [the] number [dentist] on my list. and I would tell them it would be worth the money to travel if they had to travel. They’d be foolish not to because you take care of the people like they are your mother or brother or sister, your cousin, your uncle. You don’t take care of them like they are another patient coming in that you can make money [off of]. That’s not the question here. The question here is ‘how can we help you? What would make you happy? How do your teeth feel? What can we do to make you improve as a person?’ There’s a difference when you walk in and a dentist says, ‘You got this, this, and this,’ but someone comes in and says, ‘How can we help you with your mouth? We know that money’s an issue but the real issue is what can we do for your health?’ Now that was the first question I had never heard in my life, said to me here by Dr. Bobbi. So I know that this is the place.”
Tired of hiding your smile? Frustrated by mounting dental bills for cavities, root canals, and extractions? Our office specializes in clear, simple treatment plans that allow patients to get long-term solutions quickly and easily. Our talented team can do everything from full-mouth restorations to Omega Teeth dental implants — all under the same roof. In just a few appointments, you’ll be able to show off your smile again. Give us a call at (919) 460-9665 to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors. We’ll see you soon!
“I’m a big wuss. So, I need somebody that’s going to take care of my teeth on the painless dentistry side. I was looking for somebody who practices that. I heard about Dr. Stanley — the dentist to the stars. So, I came in and, once again, I never looked back. It’s an easy experience. I don’t mind coming to the dentist anymore.
Each and every time I’ve gotten more comfortable coming here. I’ve never been sedated — but I did get needles in the gums, which is fine. Both Stanleys, the docs, they’re great. I tell everybody — come on down.
They’re very professional at all times. Very friendly and easy-going. [They] explain to you everything that’s going on. They make sure that you’re comfortable with it. It’s just a great overall experience every time you come in the chair. Never an issue. They’re there for you the whole time — even afterward. Whatever work you have done — you can call them, they’ll call you. You’re going away, they’ll give you someone to talk to when you’re going away — if god forbid something should happen. They’re great people.
Absolutely. You gotta come down and see the Stanleys. Both of them. I got two screws [dental implants] in my mouth so I’ll say I got screwed by Drs. Stanley. Everything was good. It was awesome. That’s about it. I can’t say enough. Great job, guys!”
At Stanley Dentistry, we know getting dental work done (and sometimes, just entering a dental office) can be difficult for some people. Dental anxiety is a very real phenomenon for many of our patients which is why we take it so seriously. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we will do everything we can to make your dental visits as stress and pain-free as possible. Our hygienists, dental assistants, and doctors are experts on minimizing discomfort during dental procedures (even ones as simple as routine cleanings). When you’re here, we want you to be as comfortable as possible so if there’s ever anything that makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, please let us know. We’re here to help improve your health — not progress your anxiety.
If you’re ready to get started on your dental treatment, feel free to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors. They’ll go over your different options and how they can help improve the health and function of your teeth. We’ll see you soon!
We always tell our patients to brush their teeth twice a day — or, even better, after every meal. While brushing your teeth isn’t a difficult task, it does take time away from your daily schedule so we understand why frequent brushing may be a little annoying. However, the tried-and-true rule of brushing right after waking up and right before bed is non-negotiable if you want to keep tooth decay and periodontal disease at bay. Here’s why:
Brushing your teeth after waking up in the morning doesn’t just knock out morning breath — it also disturbs any plaque that managed to begin growing overnight. Plaque is a sticky white film that forms over your teeth. It’s made out of harmful bacteria that, when left alone for long enough, can produce acid that can then break down tooth enamel, causing cavities. During the day, drinking water and eating foods that contain a lot of water (like cucumbers, lettuce, and spinach) can somewhat slow the growth of plaque. At night, plaque is able to grow uninhibited for an extended period of time. This is why skipping a morning brush can be dangerous. If you don’t get rid of that plaque in the morning, after the bacteria had the chance to multiply, you increase your risk of the plaque becoming strong enough to break down your tooth enamel.
Do you have trouble remembering to brush in the morning? As with a lot of things, brushing your teeth has to become a habit. If you wake up and take a shower first thing in the morning, try brushing your teeth first, right before hopping in the shower. Make sure your toothbrush and toothpaste are sitting out on the counter, ready to go. You can also try writing a little sticky-note and putting it on your mirror as a daily reminder. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you’re brushing in the morning. It could very well mean the difference between needing a filling at your next appointment and not.
So, if you brush your teeth in the morning (and do a good job), why do you have to brush again before you go to sleep for the night? If you don’t brush your teeth after every meal, brushing your teeth before bed is necessary to remove any leftover food particles that can encourage the growth of bacteria (and thus plaque). Neglecting to brush your teeth at night is just like if you went for a run, came back to your house all sweaty, and didn’t take a shower. Your teeth need to be cleaned after encountering sugary and acidic foods and drinks throughout the day.
If you’re having trouble remembering to brush at night, remember that it needs to become part of your routine. If you put on face lotion before bed, brush your teeth first. Get into the habit of brushing before bed and before you know it, you’ll be doing it on autopilot.
If you are prone to cavities or you want to take your oral and dental health to the next level, try brushing your teeth after every meal with a soft bristle brush. This will remove any dangerous sugars or acids from your teeth’s many jagged surfaces before they have the chance to become plaque. If you eat or drink something acidic, drink some water and wait at least half an hour before brushing. Immediately brushing after ingesting acids can actually hurt your dental enamel instead of helping it.
We encourage you to use a soft bristle brush because excess use of a harder bristle brush can wear down enamel over time. Brushing too often and too vigorously can be just as bad for your teeth as rarely brushing.
Drinking water is good for your whole body — your teeth included. We recommend that all of our patients drink about two liters (or eight 8-ounce glasses) of water every day in order to keep their teeth in tip-top shape. So, how does water affect teeth? And why does your dentist recommend the tried-and-true 8×8 rule? It all has to do (as gross as it sounds) with saliva.
Tooth decay and periodontal disease occur where there’s a build-up of dangerous bacteria in the mouth. If you don’t manage to remove that bacteria through brushing or flossing, it can eat away at your teeth and gums. While at-home oral care (brushing, mouthwash, flossing, etc.), is the real key to ridding your mouth of that bacteria, your saliva also plays a very important part. Saliva is constantly working to remove bacteria and prevent infection and decay. It’s your mouth’s natural way to clean and protect your teeth.
When you drink water, you supplement your saliva and give your teeth a cleansing “shower” that washes away some of that harmful bacteria. Drinking water throughout the day allows your body to create the necessary amount of saliva so, even when you aren’t actively drinking water, your mouth can still stay as clean as possible. If you don’t have a toothbrush nearby after eating, try taking a few sips of water to remove any leftover food particles. It’s an easy and useful way to inhibit the growth of food-borne bacteria and keep your pearly whites as pearly as possible.
Struggle with remembering to drink water throughout the day? You’re not alone. A large percentage of the population drinks less than the recommended two liters a day. Luckily, drinking water is a habit so once you begin drinking more water, it will become a natural part of your routine. Here are a few ways to get into the habit of drinking water:
In response to the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, our office has decided to postpone all elective treatment until May 11th. Your health and wellness is always our number one priority. Elective treatment includes cleanings and new patient consultations. As always, we will still be open for emergencies and for major procedures that could not be rescheduled. We will also be conducting virtual consultations for people who would like to start their dental treatment while in the safety and comfort of their homes. Simply go to our Make an Appointment page and let us know that you’re interested in setting up virtual consultation. We will call you shortly to schedule.
Like our in-person consultations, our virtual consultations are 100% free. They offer patients some time with the doctors to ask questions about different procedures. The doctor may ask you to take some pictures of your smile so they can start putting together a customized treatment plan. Once our office opens back up, you can come in and immediately get started with whatever procedures the doctor has recommended.
Unless you are experiencing an emergency, we recommend scheduling a virtual consultation at this time. We may not be able to give a diagnosis, but we will be able to answer some of your questions and begin your journey to a healthier, brighter smile. So many of our patients go into their first consultation thinking they need one thing and, after talking to the doctor, leave knowing they need something completely different. This virtual consultation is a time to clear the air and get both the patient and the doctor on the same page.
We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone. We’re more than willing to work with you when it comes to choosing a good platform for your virtual consultation. If you have an iPhone, we recommend using FaceTime. If that doesn’t work, we are open to using other platforms including Zoom and Skype.
We are also offering virtual consults that do not need to be scheduled. For these, you can simply send in a description of your smile along with a few pictures. One of our doctors will create a short video for you explaining a good course of treatment. If this style of consult interests you, please click here.
This is the easy part! To schedule a virtual consultation with one of our doctors, you can either call 919-371-4454 or you can go to our Make an Appointment page and request one. We’ll handle it from there!
Lives are busy. From school and work to relationships and families, there’s little time left to do things like go to the dentist. The fact that most people hate the mere sight of their hygienist means that dreaded six-month visit gets demoted to the bottom of the to-do list, right behind going to the DMV and redoing the kitchen.
We know going to the dentist twice a year isn’t anywhere near fun but it is incredibly important to your overall health — something that a lot of busy people like to ignore. “Dental health” is a misleading term because it makes it sound as if the health of your teeth and mouth doesn’t affect the rest of your body (which is far, far from the truth). Dental decay and infection can spread to other parts of the body, causing widespread problems. The only way to combat these potential health risks is surprisingly simple: semi-annual cleanings.
A lot of our patients don’t understand why they have to go to the dentist to get their teeth cleaned. They brush twice a day, floss regularly, and seem to take excellent care of their teeth. They don’t feel any dental discomfort so they assume everything must be fine.
Unlike many other parts of your body, your teeth cannot keep themselves healthy on their own, nor can they always tell you when they’re suffering from an infection. Regular brushing and flossing can’t always keep your teeth in their prime. Plaque build-up, which eventually becomes dangerous tartar buildup, is difficult to remove with just a toothbrush and toothpaste. Hygienists use special tools to scrape away plaque and tartar without damaging the tooth’s enamel. Brushing and flossing can help prevent plaque build-up, but once you have it, it’s very difficult to remove at home.
The examination that the dentist completes is just as important as the cleaning itself. Just because you don’t feel any dental-related pain, doesn’t mean you’re decay or infection-free. Cavities and periodontal disease (gum disease) are frequently painless but they can lead to significant problems including severe tooth decay, tooth loss, and bone loss. A quick examination could be the difference between keeping or losing one or more of your natural teeth.
If you’re going to the dentist once a year, you’re headed in the right direction! Millions of people shelve going to the dentist for decades so if you’re a “once a year” kind of person, you’re better than most. Still, we strongly recommend that you get a cleaning every six months — principally because of plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque builds up quickly on the teeth, even under a regimented dental hygiene schedule. Missing a mid-year dentist appointment means six more months of consistent and dangerous plaque buildup.
Six-month cleanings also mean more regular oral cancer screenings. The American Cancer Society estimates that 53,260 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2020 and 10,750 people will die of these cancers (source). There has been a steady rise in oral cancer-related deaths over the past nine years. It’s always better to be safe than sorry which is why we recommend that all of our patients get oral cancer screenings every time they come into the office.
Six-month dental appointments aren’t going to hurt your wallet. If you have dental insurance, your insurance will almost always cover two cleanings a year. A lot of our patients pay their dental insurance company to have two cleanings a year but end up not using them, effectively wasting their money since dental insurance doesn’t rollover.
If you don’t have dental insurance, ask about our annual plan which includes two cleanings for a discounted price. Call (919) 460-9665 to schedule an appointment today.
When you go to a dentist for anything from a regular cleaning to a root canal, chances are they’ll use a small, hand-held concave mirror to help with the examination portion of the appointment. Sometimes, patients will ask us why we use concave mirrors instead of some other kind of mirror. As with most things in dentistry, it comes down to being able to see the teeth better. Sometimes it’s hard for the dentist to get an accurate look at the teeth located in the back of the mouth (the molars). A concave mirror gives the dentist a magnified reflection of the mouth while also refracting a bit of light. This means the image in the mirror is larger, brighter, and, for the dentist, easier to see.
Another plus of using a concave mirror is that the image in the mirror isn’t inverted. What the dentist sees is exactly what’s actually there — just a bit larger. All of this makes seeing things like cavities much, much easier! Without a concave mirror, we would end up missing a lot of treatable problems.