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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Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? While it’s better to use a floss pick than not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we recommend traditional floss or tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. But teeth are rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just won’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional, string floss.

By wrapping string floss completely around a tooth, you can clean plaque off your teeth far more effectively. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Flossing, The Right Way

Here is a guide to proper flossing:

  • Cut a segment of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth.
  • Some people find it simpler to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch.

If you don’t usually floss, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means daily flossing and brushing, and a checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Does Your Dentist Conjure Up Cavities?

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Cavities can be filled, but it is better to prevent them in the first place. If your dentist seems to conjure up cavities at every visit, then it’s up to you to break the cycle. At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte we are here to help you.

How can you lift the cavity curse? Call our office to schedule a checkup! Along with daily brushing and flossing, regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

A cleaning removes any built-up plaque. Plaque is that sticky, filmy stuff that forms on teeth. It is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

After the cleaning, it’s time for the checkup itself. We’ll look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, prevention is always the best medicine. Dentists never conjure up cavities but we take care of any that might be there. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and Saturday hours for your convenience. Call 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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Super Smiles For Life

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Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and good dental health begins with pediatric dentistry from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte!

We recommend a child’s first dental visit when as soon as the first tooth comes in, or by the first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing troubles and setting the stage for lifelong dental health.

As children begin this lifelong journey, we start keeping meticulous records of their dental health, including the development of their jaws. This usually includes dental x-rays. We also share information with parents.

The condition of a child’s teeth can change fairly quickly. A slight change in diet or habit, like thumb sucking, may be noticeable after just six months. Suh issues can make the child vulnerable to tooth decay or jaw development problems, so the sooner we can identify them, the better.

Lots of parents wait too long to start bringing their children in for a checkup. This can have serious consequences. Kids should see the dentist twice a year, just like their parents should.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, pediatric dentistry can identify problems before they get serious. We want all our young patients to enjoy excellent dental health – now, and throughout their lives. For the grownups, we also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call 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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Oral Health In Childhood Has A Lifelong Impact

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Keeping your child’s teeth healthy is important while they are young. Regular checkups with The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are essential!

Tooth decay and gum disease can hamper speech development. It can make it more difficult for the child to eat healthy food. Unhealthy teeth reduce a child’s self-confidence. This, in turn, puts mental health at risk. Mouth pain can also influence school performance.

Maintaining oral health in childhood is essential for a high quality of life.

The Health Benefits Continue Into Adulthood

When your son or daughter moves into adulthood, oral health should still be a priority.

You may be surprised that inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of several diseases:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Blood Cancers
  • Lung Cancer

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we help children and adolescents maintain healthy teeth and gums. We also detect problems in the early stages when they are easier to fix. Pediatric dentistry is among our specialties. We have extended evening and weekend hours to fit any busy schedule. Call 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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5 Tips For Treating Mouth Sores

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When our patients at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte get mouth sores, we advise them to evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. By following these tips, you too can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food—plenty of adult dishes fit the bill:

cream soups
yogurt
hot cereal
mashed potatoes
puddings

2. Keep your meals bland for a while. It’s humdrum, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.

3. Also, keep it cool. Only eat foods served at room temperature or chilled.

4. Use a straw so that whatever you are drinking can avert the mouth sore altogether.

5. Try to moisten dry foods. You can add sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

We hope that these suggestions will help you the next time you suffer from a mouth sore.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Call our office to schedule 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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Choosing A Toothbrush For Your Child

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At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we are often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush can be as hard as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your grocery store lately, you know what we mean. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.

Choosing a Toothbrush for a Child

When picking a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized toothbrush. Some kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush. If you are unsure, ask us.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, our services include children’s dentistry. Getting your youngster in for a checkup is a little easier with our extended evening and weekend hours. Call 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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Our Top Priority At The Steele Creek Dentist In Charlotte

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At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, our top priority has always been our patients, and nothing is ever going to change that. Not only do we want want each one of you to enjoy excellent dental health, we want you to have a positive experience in our office.

What do we mean by a positive experience? No one really enjoys going to the dentist, and we understand that. Most of the procedures we offer aren’t painful, but no one likes having a bunch of tools in their mouths. One of the things we always aim for is efficiency. Rest assured, we’ll be thorough. But we won’t have you in the chair any longer than is necessary.

We always want to get to know you as a person. We know there are practices that try to rush patients through a checkup like they’re a car going through a carwash. That is just not the way we do things. No one wants to be treated like they’re just another patient!

Above all, we will keep you fully informed about what we’re doing. There is time and expense involved in your appointments, and part of our job is explaining to you everything we’re doing. Dentistry is a science with a lot of big words, but we’ll always make sure you know what’s involved with your unique situation.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, each patient is our top priority. We want you to be happy with your experience here. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we are committed to helping our patients have good oral health. This post focuses on something mouth-related that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out, healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds. Here are some tips to help you better enjoy all the flavors and textures that can make each meal a delight.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your dentist. Adequate saliva is also necessary for avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.

2) Steer clear of salt- and fat-heavy processed food with artificial flavors. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for many serious health problems, but many men and women don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke. Olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we want all of our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Please call us to schedule your next checkup 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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