3 Dental Dangers For Toddlers

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Keeping babies and toddlers safe and healthy is an ongoing thing. You clip them snuggly in their car seats, baby-proof your medicine cabinet, and take them to the doctor. At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte we specialize in children’s dentistry.

Too often, we fall into the trap of thinking tooth decay happens because we don’t brush and floss often enough. There is truth to that, but unforunately it isn’t that simple, especially when it comes to children.

Children should see us no later than their first birthday. If you wait longer than that, tooth decay may have already started. About forty percent of kids ages two to five already have at least one cavity.

There are some things every parent should do to minimize the risk.

  1. Don’t put babies to bed with a bottle. The sugar in baby formulas, and even breast milk, should never be allowed to stay on teeth for extended periods of time.
  2. Don’t allow little ones to drink juice continually during the day. Even natural sugars in juice coat the teeth and can lead to cavities.
  3. Prevent frequent snacking on sugary foods. Notice a theme here? Sugar is a major villain when it comes to tooth decay.

Parents should begin cleaning their babies’ mouths even before they have teeth. Early on it’s enough to wipe them out with a warm wet cloth. When teeth come in they need to be brushed, though toothpaste isn’t necessary right away.

Once your kids have several teeth, they should be brushed. Parents need to do it at first, because brushing begins before most kids can manage it on their own. Be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, our pediatric dentistry can protect your child’s teeth and gums. We have extended evening and Saturday hours that fit any busy schedule. Call us for 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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A Toothache The Size Of Charlotte

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Ever get a toothache? Of course you have; who hasn’t? At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we stress the importance of good dental care to all our patients. But Murphy’s Law assures us that if something can go wrong, it will. And that includes getting a toothache.

What Causes a Toothache?

The most common cause of a toothache, by far, is decay. Better known as cavities, decay happens when acids produced by bacteria destroy a tooth’s enamel and the dentin beneath it. Once the dentin is damaged, a tooth becomes very sensitive. That means that a cavity has developed.

If the decay gets too advanced it can affect the tooth at its root. At that point there is a high probability that the tooth will become infected. That will take the toothache to a whole new level of pain, and is a very serious matter. Call us right away.

Other Causes

As common as cavities are, they are not, of course, the only cause of a toothache. Tooth pain may also be caused by gum disease. A more common symptom of gum disease is a dull pain in your mouth, and sensitive, bleeding gums. But tooth pain often accompanies this. Even if there isn’t any tooth pain, if you suspect gum disease you should call us.

Teeth can also get hairline cracks that may not be visible to the naked eye, but will give you pain. The pain could indicate a crack that has made it down to the middle of the tooth, where the root is. It might be the result of some kind of accident, and it won’t necessarily give you pain right away.

What To Do?

For each of these issues, we recommend, very srongly, that you come in to see us as soon as possible. In the short term, though, you might relieve pain with one of the following:

  • A cold pack, such as an icebag or a bag of frozen vegetables
  • An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen
  • A salt water rinse with warm water

But don’t do any of the above until you have scheduled an appointment with us. Mild toothaches are irritating, but it could be something more serious that we’ll want to treat immediately. Don’t take any chances!

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Energy Drink Warning For Charlotte

Griers Fork Smile RedesignThe subject of this blog post is energy drinks and how they can weaken your teeth. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we are seeing more and more patients with tooth enamel erosion caused by repeated consumption of sports drinks.

Most of these men and women take good care of their teeth, brush and floss, and come into The Steele Creek Dentist for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning.

But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice oral hygiene.

Beverages like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding ingredients. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

We are concerned by this significant oral health risk.

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN story: “Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

We need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can weaken teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, The Steele Creek Dentist can restore your smile with 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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Rather Have A Root Canal?

Carlotte Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At The Steele Creek Dentist, we perform root canal therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is about the same as getting a filling.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, our goal is to help our patients avoid the necessity of root canals by providing critical dental care. However, if it becomes necessary to preserve a tooth, we provide the most advanced endodontic treatment in North Carolina.

How do you know if you need a root canal? Your first clue is a persistent toothache. If you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, gum swelling and pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage, call us right away. In some cases there are no symptoms. That is why it is essential to visit us regularly for a thorough dental examination and cleaning.

In addition to root canals, The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and many other services. 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
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Minimize Sweets At Parties? Cavity Filling in Charlotte

Here are three sure-fire ways to keep yourself from having too many sweets at parties, so you don’t need cavity fillings from the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte:

1. Lock yourself in a closet.
2. Tape your mouth shut.
3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles.

At The Steele Creek Dentist we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets at birthday parties and other sugar-filled gatherings. We encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of our Charlotte patients.

Moderation in candy intake can help prevent cavities. So can consistent brushing and flossing, and regular cleanings and check-ups at your Charlotte family dentist. (That’s probably the best approach.) Keeping the mouth clean and being meticulous are strong indicators for a happy mouth.

We’re not here to tell you to avoid sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Eat as much as your child will let you. Just be sure and brush thoroughly afterward. (Keep in mind that eating a candy bar and then brushing is better than sucking on a lollipop for a half hour.)

Whatever you do, keep regular checkups and cleanings with The Steele Creek Dentist a part of your dental health program. We provide our Charlotte patients with general and cosmetic dentistry, and look forward to serving you.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273