More Ways To Fight Decay

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Most moms and dads make sure their kids brush their teeth. They do their best to limit candy and sugary drinks. And they make sure their son or daughter consumes sufficient amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Some parents go even further and limit between-meal snacks. And yet, The Steele Creek Dentist treats tooth decay in young patients daily.

Parents should be aware that there are four additional weapons for preventing cavities in children and adolescents.

  • Sealants
  • Fluoride Supplements
  • Oral Rinses
  • Professional dental cleanings

The first children to benefit from dental sealants are in their fifties and sixties now. Since then, dental sealants have proven to be effective at reducing pit and fissure dental caries.

Resin dental sealants are applied in our office. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, preserving the pits and fissures from decay.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth before they appear. Note that if you have fluoridated water, your pediatric dentist may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Make sure you select one specifically created for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash may not contain fluoride. And they probably contain alcohol.

Oral rinses work best when children and adolescents swish after they brush and floss at night. The rinse should be the last substance to make contact with teeth before bed. This helps teeth re-mineralize during sleep.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we make sure all our young patients have healthy teeth and gums. We offer pediatric dentistry for kids, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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You Won’t Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces

You Won't Miss The Metal With Invisible Braces In Charlotte

Do you have crooked teeth? Do you wish you would have had braces as a kid, but feel it is too late now? Maybe you’d feel self-conscious smiling with a mouth full of metal. Good news! At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we offer clear braces.

The main advantage of clear braces is that it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. Some people even call them invisible. The results, however, are definitely noticeable.

Don’t let the absence of metal fool you. The clear removable aligners effectively correct the misalignment and crowding that can affect the health of your teeth.

Clear braces look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. While they are removable, you need to wear them at least twenty-two hours a day to get the best results. But they can come out at mealtime and when you brush and floss. Gone are the days of food particles stuck in old-fashioned metal braces.

Please call The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte to schedule an orthodontic consultation. We offer clear braces from Invisalign. We also offer a full range of dental services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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The Value of Dental Health

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we place a lot of importance on the dental health of each and every one of our patients. Too often dental health is not taken seriously enough, even by people who should know better. In this post, we are going to review some of the most important reasons for taking good care of your teeth and gums at home, and seeing us for a checkup twice a year.

First, let’s get to the most obvious ones. A healthy mouth helps to prevent:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath

Those are three very good reasons. But there are lots of other reasons why you should prioritize your dental health.

Poor dental hygiene may put you at greater risk of the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

You may wonder: why does my mouth have so much to do with my overall health? The answer? If your eyes are the windows to the soul, the mouth is a window to the rest of your body.

An examination of the mouth, and saliva in particular, can reveal the presence of systemic conditions such as AIDS and diabetes. Incredible as it may seem, more than ninety percent of systemic diseases reveal themselves in the mouth. Saliva testing can also reveal the presence of environmental toxins that indicate hepatitis and other serious illnesses.

Brushing and flossing may not help you ward off systemic conditions, but they can be detected by a dental exam.

We’ll wrap up this post with a predictable reminder: never go to bed without brushing and flossing your teeth first. Remember to brush for at least two minutes and to thoroughly brush the inside and outside of your teeth. And don’t forget your tongue!

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we want all our patients to have happy mouths – good dental health, in other words. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Straight Teeth For Young Smiles And Not-So-Young Smiles

There are few dental advancements that are more appreciated than modern braces. At The Steele Creek Denteist in Charlotte we offer clear braces that are so discreet, some people like to call them invisible.

Teeth straightening hardware of the past had many drawbacks. It often involved a whole orthodontic toolkit—metal bands, headgear, elastics, spacers, and wires poking every which way. If you played an instrument that required the use of your mouth, well, it wasn’t easy.

Many orthodontic patients found those old metal braces downright uncomfortable, bulky, and ugly. They also created many hidden nooks and crannies for bacteria to quietly drill into your enamel.

We’re happy to say that there is now a better option. At the Steele Creek Dentist we offer clear braces that are more properly called aligners. They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. You wear a series of these clear braces over many months to gradually bring your teeth into proper alignment.

Clear braces are more than just discreet. They are also removeable. That means you can slide them out at mealtime, and when it’s time to floss and brush. You still need to wear them most of the time: most experts agree that aligners should be worn at least twenty-two hours a day.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte offers clear braces from Invisalign. They can straighten the teeth of teenagers and adults alike. Call our office to learn more, or to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Getting Soft: Your Toothbrush and You

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we almost always tell our patients to use a soft-bristled toothbrush on their teeth. Our recommendation is usually enough, but sometimes patients ask, why? Why soft? We’ll use this blog post to explain.

The short answer is that soft-bristled toothbruses are gentle on your gums, but at the same time are rigid enough to clean plaque and other debris off of your teeth. That’s the main goal of brushing: removing plaque. If it’s left on your teeth it can harden into tartar. This can cause cavities and also lead to gum disease.

If soft-bristled toothbrushes are so much better for you, why do toothbrush companies even bother making medium and hard-bristled brushes? The answer is that harder bristles are preferred in some cases. An example is someone with an artificial tooth or dentures. Soft bristles may not get them clean enough. The same holds true for people with braces.

For most people, though, soft is better. Hard bristles can actually damage the gums and the enamel of your teeth, especially if you’re a vigorous brusher. Even medium bristles can do that kind of damage. That’s why for the majority of our patients, we recommend soft-bristle brushes.

But don’t buy just any old soft-bristle brush. Get one that you like. Some toothbrushes are going to feel better in your hand. If you like your brush, you’re more apt to do a good job brushing.

When you’re at the store you’ll see a lot of different types of brushes. Don’t be afraid to shop around and try different types of brushes. Eventually you’ll find the one that’s right for you.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next checkup and cleaning today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Between-Meal Cleaning

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we constantly remind our patients to brush and floss their teeth after every meal. And most of our patients take that advice to heart. But what are you supposed to do in the middle of the day? You’re out and about, and your usual stuff – that favorite toothpaste, the container of dental floss – is at home in the bathroom.

What’s the best way to keep your teeth clean between meals?

One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with water after you eat. That alone will give your whole mouth a quick cleansing.

A quick brushing is good, too. An excellent trick is what we call dry brushing. That means brushing your teeth without toothpaste. Yes, it sounds a bit strange – but it’s effective, especially if you can use a little water, too. (We know of other dentists who do it themselves.) It isn’t the way you would brush at home, of course, but it’s going to clean the surfaces of your teeth – and that’s half the battle.

The other half of the battle is the stuff that gets between your teeth. A good solution here is using floss picks. They’re no substitute for regular dental floss, but because they have a little handle, you can do it one-handed and without the aid of a mirror. (Just be sure you use regular floss later on, before bed.)

Another effective trick is chewing sugarless gum. It only takes about five minutes of chewing to get the benefits. The gum will remove a lot of the surface debris from your teeth. It also gets your saliva going, which in turn promotes re-mineralization. That’s the process of replacing minerals in your teeth.

Still another good idea is to eat healthy snacks. Raw vegetables and nuts are always a better choice than a cookie or candy bar, or some other sugary treat. Not only that, these rough-textured foods help to scrub your teeth as you chew.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we want each of our patients to keep their teeth clean during the day, and hope these suggestions help. We would also like to see you in the office every six months. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup and cleaning with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Best Practices For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

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Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become somewhat lax about taking care of yours. In this message from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, our goal is for you to evaluate where you stand and consider whether you could step it up a notch. Committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and benefit your quality of life.

Brushing

Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth properly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss properly before bed.

Dental Checkups

Good: See the dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year even if you don’t notice any dental problems.
Best: Twice-yearly, have an intensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at The Steele Creek Dentist.

A White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an OTC whitening product at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office whitening treatment.

Missing Tooth

Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, stable, and natural-functioning dental implant. (Consult with Dentist Dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for an implant.)

Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a nutritious diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a sensible diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, minimize sugar-filled foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.

For Young Smiles

Good: Never put your infant to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous counsel and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, talk to us about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure he/she wears a protective mouthguard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte wants all of our patients to enjoy good dental health, and to see us for a checkup and cleaning twice a year. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Look Younger With A Smile Makeover

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Maybe you have heard that cosmetic dentistry can totally transform a smile. You may be a little skeptical of the claims, after all, the promise of total transformation is a tall order. But at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we work miracles with modern cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry uses the tools of the dentist to create positive changes to your smile. If you have had problems with yours, such as cavities, stains, chipped teeth, old silver fillings, or misaligned teeth, you may suppose that a smile makeover would take many hours and several visits. The truth is, the smile re-designs are quicker and easier than ever before.

There are few physical features that bring continual long-term pleasure and satisfaction like a perfect smile. Our smile makeover patients at The Steele Creek Dentist feel younger, more attractive, and more self-confident with their smile transformations. Services include porcelain veneers and white fillings. Call our Charlotte office to schedule an appointment.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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This post from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte focuses on an article that appeared on ScienceDaily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients’ needs four to five times a week,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.”

He went on: “Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity. This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. If a member of your family has serious health matters, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition.

Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is vital for everyone. Some patients have an inaccurate view of oral health – they seem to have the notion that it exists autonomously. It is actually interdependent with general physical health.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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It’s A Great Time To Have Ugly Teeth!

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Huh? A great time for ugly teeth? Yep, it’s true. It’s a great time because state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry from The Steele Creek Dentist provides several procedures to turn ugly to unbelievably beautiful.

A case in point: if your teeth are slightly crooked or have small chips or cracks, minimally-invasive porcelain veneers could be the answer. A veneer is a translucent, wafer-thin cover that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Many people get veneers on the upper front teeth for a fabulous smile metamorphosis.

Have your gums receded and thereby exposed the metal base of an old dental crown? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can correct this common problem.

A missing tooth detracts from your smile, even if your other teeth look great. Many men and women have benefited from dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the natural-looking crown. Dental implants can also anchor full or partial dentures and significantly improve life for denture wearers.

If your teeth have extreme alignment problems, we encourage you to think about braces. Dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and transform their smile. The newest braces are faster, less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services that can transform ugly teeth into spectactular teeth. We also provide children’s dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us  today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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