Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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This post from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte explains how specific foods and eating behaviors affect our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack enamel and initiate decay for men and women of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really forbidden. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. It is a good idea to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will encourage tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by picking healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, the dental health of each patient is our primary concern. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is generally the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if required.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. Schedule your next 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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Both Smoking And Vaping Put Your Smile At Risk

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A recent study on the impact of e-cigarettes on oral health has more bad news for those who believe vaping is less dangerous than regular cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, researchers determined that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and permanent cellular degeneration. These conditions, in turn, can result in periodontitis, oral cancer, and tooth loss.

E-cigarettes, as defined by the FDA, “are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.”

Before e-cigarettes emerged on the scene in 2005, the number of individuals who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unanticipated rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has generated a substantial health risk, especially for the nation’s adolescents.

Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, we treat patients suffering from smoking-related oral health problems with expertise and compassion. We also strive to deliver reliable information about public health issues. Our services include pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule 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

 


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

 


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

 


Baby Teeth Are A Big Deal: Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte

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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

 


Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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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

 


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:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, 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

 


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:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273