The American Dental Association estimates that 91 percent of Americans over age 20 had cavities at some point in life. It also found that 27 percent of adults over the age of 20 also have untreated caries or cavities.
Making sure your smile is cavity-free is just one small part of what your general dentist in Charlotte does for your oral health. Effective dental hygiene plays an extremely important role in general and preventive dental care, as well!
Building a Foundation for Overall Health
Everyone wants themselves and their families to remain in optimal health throughout their entire lifetime. We go on special diets. We drink fancy juices. We workout. We do so much for ourselves and oftentimes don’t put the same emphasis on our oral health. It’s important to understand there’s a lot your mouth, teeth, and gums can tell you about what might be going on elsewhere in your body. It can go the other way too — issues in your mouth could be negatively affecting your overall health as well.
This is why seeing your general dentist in Charlotte every six months and taking care of your dental hygiene are essential for outstanding oral and overall health. While daily brushing and flossing are generally enough to keep your smile bacteria-free, without that added boost of proper dental hygiene, bacteria can set up shop and causes infections, decay, and gum disease.
We love seeing you and your smile at the office. We hope you’ll continue taking care of your teeth and gums so that they are:
- Free from decay or disease
If you have any questions about your general or preventive dentistry needs. Please don’t hesitate to reach to your general dentist in Charlotte. Dr. Robertson and the team are always ready to listen and answer your questions.
Having an exam with your general dentist in Charlotte twice every year is truly necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We are always trying to prevent any dental issues before they can take over your tooth or teeth and do some significant damage. During your exam, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss both your current and past medical history. This is our opportunity to learn more about you and your smile. During your comprehensive exam, your dentist will thoroughly check your mouth for signs of decay or cavities. He’ll conduct a visual/manual screening for oral cancer. We also take into consideration certain risk factors that are associated with illnesses such as bone loss or periodontal or gum disease. Your general dentist in Charlotte will check your bite and administer advanced digital x-rays so we can really see what’s going on inside your mouth. We want to find any issues as early as possible when they’re still easily treatable.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer can show up in many forms as:
- Mouth cancer
- Tonsil cancer
- Throat cancer
Despite a common misconception that oral cancers are rarely diagnosed, your general dentist in Charlotte will tell you differently. The American Cancer Society says that at least 100 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every day right here in the U.S. When you come to our office for a comprehensive exam and dental hygiene, be sure we’re always on the lookout for any signs of oral cancer. We conduct a thorough visual and manual screening of the inside of your mouth. We look at your gums, cheeks, tonsils, tongue — pretty much every square in your mouth. One of the most important things to remember about oral cancer that if it’s detected at a very early stage, chances of remission and survival are very good. This just another good reason to see your general dentist in Charlotte for regular visits so we can monitor your oral health closely.
Dental x-rays have come a long way over the years. Your general dentist in Charlotte uses state-of-the-art digital and panoramic scanners to take an even deeper look at your smile health. Our x-rays offer several advantages over the old film-based x-rays of the past:
- They’re safer than traditional x-rays because of the reduction in exposure to radiation.
- The images are available right away so you and your dentist can see what’s going on together.
- Digital x-rays are better for the environment because there are no messy or harmful chemicals to process film images.
Because we rely on these powerful diagnostic tools, we can detect and find issues earlier than ever. This means you spend less time in the dental chair and less time worrying about your bank balance. It can save you money and these x-rays can even save your life!
During your cleaning, your dental hygienist will use a Sonic Scaler. This powerful, yet gentle device uses state-of-the-art ultrasonic wave technology to clean teeth, instead of all those metal tools from the past. Do you know why your teeth feel so amazing after a cleaning with us? Because when you’ve completed your dental hygiene cleaning, we’ve already:
- Removed all of the plaque from in and around all of your teeth. This is the sticky substance that likes to sit on teeth causing decay, bad breath, and issues with your gums.
- Removed calculus and tartar. This is simply plaque that’s hardened over time.
- Polished your teeth to ensure they’re stain-free and smooth.
Dental hygiene is an extremely important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy enough to last a lifetime. It’s also one of the best ways to keep your smile free from bacteria-causing debris.
When your gums aren’t healthy, it truly puts your teeth in danger. That’s why periodontal therapy courtesy of your general dentist in Charlotte is absolutely key in your oral and overall health. Periodontal or gum disease occurs when there’s an infection present caused by tartar and plaque. Sometimes patients need periodontal therapy because the inflammation has turned into something called gingivitis. When this sets in, your gums become:
- Prone to bad breath
None of that sounds appealing! That’s why we help patients prevent and treat gingivitis with excellent dental hygiene, both in the office and at your home. While all treatments are different based on your personal needs, periodontal therapy usually involves a very thorough cleaning of all the spaces below and above your gum line. It’s a process you might hear your general dentist in Charlotte refer to as scaling and root planing.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that’s been found to help strengthen your smile. Did you know fluoride is commonly present in fortified toothpaste, oral rinses, some tap waters, soil, rocks, and plants? Don’t worry! You won’t have to put those things in your mouth when you’ve got your general dentist in Charlotte in charge of your smile. He’ll tell you that it’s not just for kids too. Adult smiles can also benefit big time from fluoride treatments. In our dental office, we use a specially-made varnish that’s brushed onto your teeth. Gone are the days of messy treatments that never really tasted like the strawberry flavor the dentists always said it would. It’s important in the treatment of oral health issues because fluoride is able to reach growing bones and teeth, both baby and adult. This can harden your tooth enamel before your teeth even erupt. It’s effective for adult teeth because it can harden your enamel too, no matter what age or stage of life. You’ll have added protection against sugars, bacteria, and cavities.
Sports Mouthguards – You don’t need those boil-and-bite options from the sporting goods store. Ask your general dentist in Charlotte to custom create a sports mouthguard for your little one. Its added layer of protection to their smile you’ve already invested so much in. Protect them and their teeth!
Nightguards – Bruxism is a condition where patients (could be any age) grind their teeth at night. Most likely they have no clue they’re evening doing it. Your nightguard is custom-fitted for comfort because no one wants to be struggling when trying to sleep. Wearing a nightguard protects your teeth from damage and can even help to eliminate sensitivity and pain caused by breaks and chips to your enamel.
Sometimes our teeth require more complex treatment or multiple treatments to get them healthy again. Your general dentist in Charlotte wants you to be comfortable and pain-free every time you sit in the dental chair. To help make procedures run more smoothly, we’ll generally rely on topical and local anesthesia to numb the area so you’ll never have to worry about feeling pain. If you’re someone who just can’t bear the thought of sitting for long periods of time and having work done, talk to us about our oral sedation options. Oral sedation is commonly used in dentistry today to help nervous patients get the care they need and deserve. Oral sedation simply means you’ve been prescribed a pill that you take about an hour before you come to see us. You’ll be relaxed and feeling fine by the time you arrive. We never want a patient to struggle with pain or fear at the dentist. Talk to us about your anesthesia options, and we can help you determine what works best.
Experiencing a dental emergency? They come in all forms such as:
- A deep cavity or severe decay
- An impacted tooth
- Broken or lost tooth
- Infections and abscesses
Unfortunately, these things happen, and it’s always when you least expect it. The first thing you need to do is call your general dentist in Charlotte. We’ll go out of our way to get in the office as soon as we can and, more importantly, help you get out of pain and feel better. We’ll sit down and create a plan of action together about how we can get your smile back on track and healthy. No one wants to deal with something like a dental emergency! We understand how frightening and frustrating it can be to get the help you truly need. In the event that something does happen to your smile, please don’t hesitate to call us right away. However, if you’re experiencing an emergency that’s life-threatening, please head to the nearest emergency room.
From dental hygiene and cleanings to complete smile makeovers, your general dentist in Charlotte knows the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest technology. All of this high-tech equipment is designed to deliver you dental care that’s way more comfortable and precise than ever before. Our advanced intraoral camera can take high-definition photos of your mouth, giving you and the dentist a true view of your oral health. We can finally see in all of those hard to reach places that the naked eye might miss. Your dentist also relies on a powerful, pain-free tool that uses electrically-generated heat energy to help fix ailing gums, frenectomies in children, and to minimize the potential for any bleeding. If you have questions about how any of the technology works at our office, never hesitate to ask. We’re happy to play show and tell to give you an idea of how amazing these dental technologies truly are.