The Techno-Toothbrush

Are electric toothbrushes any better at cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes? The answer depends on who you ask, because both have their advocates. In this article from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we aren’t going to recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a look at the world of the electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have evolved considerably since then. When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But advocates say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush used properly does a perfectly fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, what we really want is for each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include 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

 


Developing Good Dental Habits

Developing Good Dental Habits In Steele Creek

Benjamin Franklin once said that it’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we think this holds true for almost everything in life, including dental care. For parents, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will benefit their smile throughout their life.

If you wait too long to teach your child the right way to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they do it enough, you’re setting yourself (and them) up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be established, and their dental health ensured.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. We offer children’s dentistry, along with general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment for yourself, or for your child, 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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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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Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

Toothbrush Wars in Charlotte

It may surprise you to know that some men and women have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is best, manual or electric. The Steele Creek Dentist is happy so long as all our patients brush, but is  one better than the other?

Most dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used thoroughly, are effective at removing plaque. Choosing which kind you prefer is really up to you.

We want to give you some extra information about toothbrushes to help you choose which kind is right for you or your child.

You need to consider cost and convenience.
Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more expensive, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be challenging when buying replacement heads. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack (and batteries are not necessary).

The pressure you put on your gums with either type of toothbrush is vital. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with electric toothbrushes, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums than when they use manual brushes. You may want to try them both to ascertain your brushing style. Then you can discuss it with your dentist.

Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Most dentists guide their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern of parents.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

The Steele Creek Dentist provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Make 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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Eating Got You Down?

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Anyone with missing teeth knows chewing can be problematic and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants and feel uncertain about whether this is the step you ought to take, come see The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for men and women whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile cosmetically beyond just functional needs can also be discussed during an informative consultation. The Steele Creek Dentist offers dependable advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come consider the possibilities, including the cost of cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

If you have missing teeth, come see The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte to find out about dental implants. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Peace Begins With A Smile

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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:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

Carlotte, North Carolina Residents Visit the DentistWe are The Steele Creek Dentist, located at 4815 Berewick Town Center Dr in Carlotte. If you are looking for an experienced family dentist, we invite you to come in for a consultation.

Nervous? You Are Not Alone

The very idea of visiting a dentist makes a lot of people anxious. If that sounds like you, here are a few recommendations that may help ease you into regular dental checkups and put you on the path toward enriched oral health and quality of life.

Choose a dentist who is appropriate for your needs. If you decide to schedule an appointment with us, we will ask you many questions. We want to get to know you, and help you get to know us, so you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Knowledge is Necessary for Effective Treatment

Be prepared to provide us with essential information about your lifestyle and health. Many men and women become intimidated in the office environment and avoid expressing pain or disclosing sensitive issues. As dentists, we need to know your history and everything you are experiencing. We will be better prepared to help if we have accurate and complete information. Bringing notes can be helpful in case you forget something you want to discuss.

The best way to have a favorable experience is to communicate. Let us know what you are experiencing so that we can make adjustments and help you feel more comfortable and secure. If we discover that you are going to need a dental procedure more extensive than filling a cavity, let’s discuss conscious sedation.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, our convenient staff will work to make your dental experience a pleasant one. In addition to checkups and cleanings, we also provide cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. We’ll do what we can to make you feel comfortable, secure, and among caring friends.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273