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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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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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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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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More Ways To Fight Decay

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Most moms and dads make sure their kids brush their teeth. They do their best to limit candy and sugary drinks. And they make sure their son or daughter consumes sufficient amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Some parents go even further and limit between-meal snacks. And yet, The Steele Creek Dentist treats tooth decay in young patients daily.

Parents should be aware that there are four additional weapons for preventing cavities in children and adolescents.

  • Sealants
  • Fluoride Supplements
  • Oral Rinses
  • Professional dental cleanings

The first children to benefit from dental sealants are in their fifties and sixties now. Since then, dental sealants have proven to be effective at reducing pit and fissure dental caries.

Resin dental sealants are applied in our office. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, preserving the pits and fissures from decay.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth before they appear. Note that if you have fluoridated water, your pediatric dentist may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Make sure you select one specifically created for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash may not contain fluoride. And they probably contain alcohol.

Oral rinses work best when children and adolescents swish after they brush and floss at night. The rinse should be the last substance to make contact with teeth before bed. This helps teeth re-mineralize during sleep.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we make sure all our young patients have healthy teeth and gums. We offer pediatric dentistry for kids, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule 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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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:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Hello Charlotte! Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, cosmetic dentistry from The Steele Creek Dentist can help.

Maybe your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks such as red wine or coffee, maybe smoking has left your teeth brown and dull. Whatever the cause, we can enhance your teeth and brighten your smile.

Maybe you have injured a tooth causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is ideal for your teeth.

Your smile the first thing people notice. We will make sure yours is brilliant and absolutely stunning!

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry for our youngest patients. Schedule 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

 


Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy

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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:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, 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:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273