Do You Have A Thumbsucking Toddler?

Open Bite For years, parents have been warned that thumb sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of the pediatric dentistry problems we see at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte is called an open bite.

An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward, often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite has been caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

Tongue thrusting refers to a swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we diagnose bite problems as part of our pediatric dentistry. If treatment is started early, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, 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
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


Baby Teeth Are A Big Deal: Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte

Kid-friendly Carlotte dentist

How important are baby teeth? Why bother taking care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question, and The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte has a good answer.

Baby teeth are more important than you might think. They’re needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later. Without proper attention they can decay, just like adult teeth. And that could lead to gingivitis.

Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for Carlotte parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag’.

You can expect your baby to get his or her first tooth between the ages of six months and one year. That’s when we want to see them for their first checkup. Even if one tooth is barely showing, we like to examine it and the surrounding gum tissue, to make sure everything is developing as it should.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we love seeing babies and toddlers, and their big brothers and sisters too. We provide pediatric dentistry, along with 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
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Impacted? Wisdom Teeth Removal in Charlotte

Wisdom teeth don’t have much to do with actual wisdom. If they did, not as many people would want them pulled! They’re called wisdom teeth because for most people, they come in during the late teens or early twenties, that time of life when we are supposedly gaining our adult wisdom. At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we’ve made wisdom teeth one of our specialties.

For some people, wisdom teeth are never a problem. Unfortunately, they’re in the minority. Wisdom teeth have a way of coming in crooked, which can crowd the gums and jaws, leading to pain, and even disease.

They are not really necessary, and most people have them pulled. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends having wisdom teeth examined as soon as they come in – even before, through X-rays – to determine whether they should be extracted.

Since they’re way in the back of the jaw, wisdom teeth are the hardest teeth to reach when you brush and floss. Using a long and slender toothbrush can help. But they are still more vulnerable to decay than your other teeth.

Other problems are associated with wisdom teeth. If they don’t come in all the way, and remain covered by gum tissue, they can become impacted. Cysts may form beneath these impacted teeth, which can cause bone loss and pressure on the jaw’s nerves.

So, there are a lot of good reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted. An extraction is a fairly routine procedure. The reason we recommend having wisdom teeth extracted no later than around the age of twenty is that there are fewer complications, because the roots are less developed.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte offers wisdom teeth removal. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and emergency dental care. Make an appointment 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

 


Let’s Talk About It

cosmetic dental Carlotte

At the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we’re devoted to healthy, beautiful smiles through general and cosmetic dentistry. Few physical improvements have such a dramatic effect on attractiveness and self-confidence as a smile makeover. Excellent oral health and a pleasing smile contribute to overall physical health and a high quality of life.

Cosmetic dentistry is a group of procedures used to create a positive change to your teeth and smile. One or more of these procedures can produce dramatics results on your appearance, boosting your confidence and self-esteem.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, it begins with a consultation, where we will review the following issues:

  • Your goals for how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The status of your oral health.
  • The specific aspects of your teeth and gums that you wish to fix.
  • Which individual treatments are needed.
  • A detailed explanation of each necessary process (e.g. porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, braces, or teeth whitening).
  • You can see before and after pictures of smile transformation patients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the care (all at once or over time).
  • Information about oral conscious sedation.
  • Answers to any questions or concerns.
  • Cosmetic dentistry costs and financing options.

Our cosmetic dentistry offerings include porcelain veneers, dental implants, and dental crowns and bridges. We also provide Invisalign clear braces and traditional metal braces. Schedule an appointment with The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte 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

 


Your Charlotte Dentist Asks: Do You Have A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Charlotte Diet Maintaining healthy teeth for patients is an important concern of the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte. We want to help you take care of your teeth, so they remain healthy.

Maintaining healthy teeth requires a cleaning regimen that includes thorough brushing and flossing twice per day. Regular visits to our office is another essential component.

A healthy diet is also good for your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones also helps you develop healthy gums and teeth. We recommend foods that are rich in vitamin B, such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is vital to healthy teeth because it assists in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production, as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution!

Here’s something you probably know, but it always bears repeating. Food and drinks that are high in sugars are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. Soda and energy drinks are among the big culprits, along with candy. Limiting your consumption of sugar lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and cutting back on sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Carlotte area, contact The Steele Creek Dentist for a checkup and cleaning. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and other services.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273