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:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

comprehensive dental deep cleanings CharlotteNo matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an important part of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! At the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we’re here to help.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best methods for preventative care.

At each check up, our hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth and gums will receive a comprehensive analysis. They will be inspected for cavities, recession, excessive wear, and other problems. Catching them early is crucial so  they don’t turn into larger issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving swiftly, so it’s essential to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. If a problem is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be designed.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

Checkups and cleanings at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are essential to your dental health. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy

Carlotte Pediatric Dentistry

Your child’s dental health is vital to overall health and vitality. At The Steele Creek Dentist, our pediatric dentist loves working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life. Why? The health of your child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

Pediatric dental care is vital, and that is why we recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that impact your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities. Call us immediately if your child has a dental emergency or tooth injury.

In addition to offering experienced pediatric dentistry, we are a full-service North Carolina dental practice. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry including family dentistry and kids dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Peace Begins With A Smile

Steele Creek cosmetic dental veneers

Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? You can improve it with cosmetic dentistry from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups can prevent runaway decay and costly corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to us about how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte agrees that peace can begin with a smile. If you are not content with the appearance or condition of your teeth, gums, or bite, schedule a cosmetic dental consultation with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. If it’s caught early by The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, it is treatable.

Gum infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the dangerous material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will occur.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related problems. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal issues.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will occur, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is vital to practice preventive dental care daily at home and have regular visits to the dentist. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the critical knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. It is also very important to see your dentist immediately if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you see any other changes.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention

Dental Sealants - Another Tool For Cavity Prevention In Steele Creek

Dental patients in Charlotte and the surrounding areas know that brushing and flossing,along with regular checkups with the Steele Creek Dentist, are essential to good oral health.

However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied during your checkup. It bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

Many Charlotte residents might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can  be good for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, ask us. This simple procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides dental sealants during checkups and cleanings. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Before Problems Occur: Dental Checkups in Charlotte

Taking good care of your teeth is one of the best things you can do for yourself. That means a daily dental health regimen of brushing and flossing, and seeing The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte twice a year for a cleaning and dental checkup.

Dental checkups are all about preventive care – that is, seeing us before any problems occur. Ideally, we’ll see you every six months; that way we can track your dental health, and your teeth will stay cleaner and last longer.

Checkups typically begin with a cleaning from one of our hygienists. We use specialized equipment that does a much more thorough job cleaning your teeth than you can do at home. We can scrape any plaque and tartar from below the gum line, polish and floss your teeth, and look closely for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease.

We also track your dental health with regular dental X-rays. These allow us to see problems that are not visible to the naked eye, such as developing cavities, impacted teeth, and damage to the jaw bone.

If your teeth are in good shape, we’ll thank you for coming in and schedule your next appointment. If we’ve discovered a cavity or are recommending another procedure, such as a wisdom tooth extraction, we’ll discuss and schedule that.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, your dental health is our primary concern, and regular cleanings and checkups are how we stay on top of it. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273


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:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Checkups in Charlotte: The Steele Creek Dentist

Have you scheduled your next dental cleaning and checkup? As a matter of dental health, you should see us at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte every six months to make sure your teeth and gums are in good shape.

No one really looks forward to going to the dentist. What they look forward to is getting it over with. But taking good care of your teeth is one the best things you can do. Not only is it ideal to have healthy teeth and gums, but there is a direct connection between your dental health and your overall health.

Here are four very good reasons why you should see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tartar. We’ll give you a thorough, professional teeth cleaning. The simple fact is that your toothbrush and dental floss can’t do it all, even with the most committed routine. Keeping your teeth clean of plaque and tarter puts you on the road to dental health.
  • X-rays. The dental x-rays we take allow us to spots potential problems we can’t see with a simple visual inspection. Identifying them early is the best way to treat them.
  • Oral cancer. We perform oral cancer screenings. Again, identifying this early will lead to the best outcome.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease is preventable, which is one of the reasons why your home dental care routine is so important. Checking your gums in our office every six months is the best way to catch problems early.

Notice the common theme? Prevention. When it comes to your dental health, prevention is the key.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we advise all our patients to schedule their next six month cleaning and checkup, even as they leave our office after the last one. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and of course, cleanings and checkups. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273


Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

Carlotte should I use waterpik?

This post takes a close look at the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we consider it an excellent supplement to brushing and flossing.

The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was developed in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The device is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its introduction, numerous other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: The Steele Creek Dentist does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

A water irrigation instrument oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out fragments of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water drain out as you guide the stream around the gumline, pausing momentarily at each gap between teeth.

Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of water flossing, and The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte agrees they are an excellent, if not critical, part of any dental health care regimen. So is brushing and flossing, and seeing us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273