Galligan Family Dentistry Blog

Letting Kids Enjoy The Halloween Experience

As Halloween approaches us again, we’re all thinking about how to be healthy during this trick or treating season. Dressing up, being out late and getting candy makes Halloween a favorite time of year for kids! So how can you have a healthy experience without stopping your kids from having fun? Here are some tips from dentist Raleigh NC, Dr. Ryan Galligan. 1. Trick or Treat With Safety As always, it’s important to be safe when you’re out and trick or treating. Always accompany your children, particularly the younger ones, and then plan out your route beforehand and only go to houses that are lit. Use the bathroom before you go, and remember to wear comfortable shoes. Lastly, make sure to go through the collected candy yourself to make sure there’s nothing harmful in their goody bag. You can explain to them that, while the experience is fun, it’s very important to be cautious. 2.. Teach Moderation To continue to train your children healthily, you might want to go through […]

Why should you always have an emergency dentist?


A general dentist takes care of routine cleanings, preventative examinations, and cosmetic services. Emergencies can happen day or night, requiring the attention of a skilled dental professional. No person should be without a dentist for situations that can arise at any moment. Any serious injury to the mouth is considered a dental emergency due to the potential for permanent damage and severe symptoms, including pain and swelling. Common Types Of Dental Emergencies: Broken or Knocked-out Tooth – A dental emergency can happen in an instant, causing teeth to become suddenly removed, cracked or chipped. Although this is considered a cosmetic concern for many patients, it can also cause pain and infection when not cared for properly. Toothache – Beginning as a minor annoyance, am untreated toothache can progress into swelling, severe pain, and infection. An emergency dentist can only find the underlying cause through examination. Broken Braces Wires – Wire that has broken is extremely dangerous to the surrounding cheek, gums, and tongue it may come in contact with. It […]

What is Gum Disease?

An unnecessarily high percentage of adults in the United States have periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontitis literally means there is an infection around the teeth within the gum and bony tissues. The severity of gum disease varies, but even mild cases need to be treated as soon as possible. When you have mild gum disease, the tissues in your gums are inflamed, but a dentist can help you address the problem before it gets worse. If you don’t take steps to resolve the infection and prevent further inflammation, your gum disease can worsen to the point that it weakens the bone that supports your teeth, and that means you will permanently lose your teeth. Main causes of Gum disease. There are a number of reasons for periodontitis, but the major cause is the calcification of bacteria laden plaque into tartar.  Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth help remove the plaque, but brushing and flossing alone, even regularly, rarely gets rid of all the plaque and accumulating tartar. The plaque […]

The Benefits of a Beautiful Healthy Smile

The Benefits of a Beautiful Healthy Smile

Maintaining an attractive white smile is an important factor to the overall appearance, attractiveness, and professionalism of the individual. A great smile allows others to feel comfortable and displays the approachability of that person. It not only makes you feel good, but allows others to feel more positive about their day and their surroundings. Here are The Benefits of a Beautiful Healthy Smile: 1. Smiling Can Reduce Stress When tensions rise, smiling is a proven method that works to reduce stress levels and increase your positivity. 2. It Can Extend Your Life Smiling can extend your life with less stress and improvement with physical health for an act that will add years to your life. 3. It Leads to Success Making a habit of smiling can lead to success with a career, as most people want to be around someone who is happy and makes them feel good. 4. Become More Attractive Frowns or unhappy faces immediately detract from the beauty of attractive people, showing the power they have with […]

How Do You Know if You Have a Cavity?


Did you know that the vast majority of the population has been affected by dental cavities, but many people don’t even know it?  When caught early, cavities are easily repaired with minimal damage to the tooth. However, when treatment is delayed, costly and painful procedures are needed. How do you know if you have a cavity? Here are the common causes and symptoms to look for. What is a Cavity? A cavity is a hole in the tooth, which is caused by bacterial plaque dissolving the tooth minerals.  Plaque bacteria that live in the mouth infiltrate the developing hole and live off of sugars that are consumed through foods. As they multiply, the bacteria destroys more and more of the tooth. How Do You Know if You Have a Cavity? While many people realize that darkened areas may indicate a cavity, there are other symptoms as well. Some early warning symptoms of a cavity include: Experiencing pain while chewing, especially when pain is concentrated on a certain tooth. Feeling sensitivity […]

What makes a good dental hygienist?

There are certain skills a dental hygienist must have to excel and provide quality service to patients. This is what makes a good dental hygienist.

The dental hygienist is a healthcare professional that is part of a professional dental team that provides high-quality dental care. The responsibility of dental hygienists is giving advice and information to patients on how to maintain proper oral health, preventing oral diseases, and treating varying conditions of gum disease. Dental hygienists have undertaken extensive schooling and training to provide good dental hygiene care. An Associate of Arts degree from college is the minimum requirement to apply for Dental Hygiene school where 2 years of demanding education combines classroom knowledge and clinical practice. A good dental hygienist needs to have: High ethical values Thorough knowledge of dental sciences Excellent clinical dexterity Friendly one-on-one communication skills Critical judgment and decision making skills Ability to multi-task In addition to all the above mention it is very important to patients that a hygienist possesses pleasant and respectful chair side manner. A good dental hygienist has suitable physical stamina to provide preventive and therapeutic treatment routinely throughout a given day.  Other skills include: Self-motivation and […]

What to Expect at Your Professional Dental Cleaning

As you know, oral health is important to our daily lives. Each year, millions of adults and children head to the dental office for a check up, cancer screening, and a thorough professional dental cleaning. Here is what to expect at your professional dental cleaning. Kick back and relax… Most dental cleanings take between 30 minutes and an hour and are vital to removing gum disease causing tartar that cannot be removed without professional assistance. Your dental hygienist will initially review your dental history, ask questions about your daily dental routines, ask about any unusual oral troubles and discuss previous dental problems. Let them know if you’re taking any medications or have changes to your medical history. If the cleaning is part of a yearly check-up, the dentist may take X-rays to assess areas our your mouth that are only detectable using this technology. A professional dental cleaning is an ongoing preventive procedure that should be very comfortable in the absence of progressive gum inflammation. If you have evident gum […]

Invisalign Cost Vs. Braces Cost

Choosing the type of orthodontic treatment that’s right for you is a big decision. Improving your smile is an important investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The perfect smile you’ve always wanted can be achieved with regular braces or Invisalign ®, at either your general dentist or orthodontist office. However, the level of comfort, duration or cost is not the same. The end results may look and feel the same, but the process is significantly different. Braces Invisalign Corrects Most Malocclusions Yes Yes Time Average 18 mo. Average 12 mo. Removable No Yes Uses No Yes Maintenance Office visits every 4-6 weeks. Office visits every 4-6 weeks. Clear No Yes Eating Habits Many food restrictions Eat whatever you want Hygiene Difficult to remove cavity causing food and plaque Easily brush and floss as usual Average cost $5400 $4700 If compared, Invisalign offers more advantages and fewer disadvantages: comfort, esthetically pleasing, convenient, less prone to decay and better for maintaining good oral hygiene. The Cost of Invisalign Vs. The Cost Of Braces […]

How to Find The Best Dentist?

Finding the best dentist is your area is not easily, but is certainly important. The question is, How to find the best dentist that is right for you? People discover that there are many choices, but not all will fit for their dental needs. When searching for a great dentist, the American Dental Association makes the following suggestions: Word of Mouth: The most common way to find a dentist is through references. Recommendations from family, friends, new neighbors, or co-workers are usually the most trusted sources. If someone you know is happy with the service of a specific dentist they will endorse him or her. Go Online: A dentist’s website is a great place to start. If it looks friendly and full of information, people are more inclined to choose that dentist. Reading reviews and testimonials can help. The best dentist will have great reviews online. The ADA provides a list of local and state dental societies on its web site Visit the Dental Office & Meet the Staff: […]

What it takes to become a great dentist

Great Dentist

Not everyone is destined to be a dentist. It takes a special kind of person to pursue a career in dentistry and have the heart to care for patients. There’s no question that a dentist must have an extensive level of education, master the art and sciences, and understand the multitude of procedures in order to practice quality dentistry.  A great dentist must not only have the knowledge to carry out the duties of his or her profession, but must also have, or develop, a series of characteristics, skills and other intrinsic qualities, as well. Characteristics of a great dentist: A key component of a great dentist is a sincere and thorough inquiry with a patient about their state of oral health. They work with patients that have concerns and fears when undergoing dental work. They take all complaint of pain seriously and strive to provide a definitive solution to a concern. After thoroughly reviewing a patient’s health status they provide patients prevention and treatment options while explaining the risks and […]