According to the American Dental Association, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, making this issue much bigger than simple sore gums. However, learning to spot the early signs and symptoms of gum disease allows you to treat it early when its effects are more easily reversible. Find out more about gum disease and its non-surgical treatments with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when bacteria which live on the teeth harden into plaque and tartar. These substances grow under the gum, irritating it and causing an infection. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, a mild condition normally reversible with a professional dental cleaning followed by proper oral hygiene. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis, which can cause serious issues. Periodontitis requires more invasive, complex care to treat.
Do I have gum disease?
If you have one of the following symptoms, you may have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease:
- swollen gums
- bleeding gums
- sore gums
- red gums
Though many people mistakenly believe that bleeding gums mean they should stop flossing their teeth, this actually indicates that the gums are infected by plaque and bacteria, which require regular flossing to remove.
If you have one of the following symptoms, you may have periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease:
- loosened teeth
- painful gums
- sensitive teeth
- receding gums
- unexplained bad breath
Gum Disease Treatments in Charlotte, NC
If you think you have gum disease in any stage, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner your dentist begins treating your gum disease, the better. Reversing the symptoms of mild forms of gingivitis require a professional teeth cleaning followed by routine brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. However, more serious forms of the disease may require a periodontal cleaning or even flap surgery to reverse its effects. Your dentist can help you determine the best course of treatment for your gum disease.
For more information on gum disease and what it means for your teeth, please contact Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC. Call (704) 541-5059 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
Recently, Dr. Bateman and his wife were at a restaurant and noticed a gentleman by the bar looking peculiar. He was leaning against the bar and they thought he might have been “over-served”. Then suddenly, the gentleman turned a gray color and started sweating profusely. His legs gave way and he fell to the floor. He looked like he was having a heart attack so Dr. Bateman rushed over, fully prepared to do CPR, and checked the gentleman. The guy was looking around confused so Dr. Bateman asked him a few questions that he should know (like “What day is it?”, etc.). He got him to make eye contact to answer questions then checked his pulse. A nurse at the restaurant rushed over and started to help. Between the two of them, they got him responsive without using CPR. They got him standing and ready to leave, either to go home or to the doctor. Dr. Bateman is convinced the gentleman was dehydrated and probably had too many drinks, but he is happy the gentleman walked away without hitting his head or needing a hospital visit. That’s our Dr. Bateman…always wanting to help people!
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can be easy with the proper measures in place.
We’re pretty sure that just about everyone would agree that they would rather prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental issues rather than just handling the problem once it rears its ugly head. Our South Charlotte, NC, dentists Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer and Dr. Emerald Powell most certainly believe in the benefits of preventive dentistry. Here’s why.
What is preventive dentistry?
In order to understand the importance of preventive dentistry, it’s first important to understand what is involved in this specific dental care. As you might be able to tell from the name alone, preventive dental care is focused on maintaining a healthy smile and implementing the proper dental care to prevent issues from happening in the first place.
Everyone, from children to seniors should practice preventive dentistry. The earlier you start your child on a preventive dentistry plan the better. So, what is involved in preventive dentistry? It’s pretty simple, actually:
- Make sure to brush twice a day
- Floss your teeth daily
- Visit your South Charlotte, NC, general dentist twice a year
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Get sealants or fluoride treatment (to reduce the risk of cavities in children)
- Limit sugar intake
- Quit smoking
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth
Why is preventive dentistry important?
If you neglect your general health it puts you at a great risk for dealing with certain health problems, some of which can be serious. The same principle holds true if you don’t care for your oral health. As you can see from the list above, caring for your smile really doesn’t have to be that difficult or confusing.
Plus, an unhealthy smile also affects other areas of the body, as well. That’s right, your oral health and systemic health are interconnected. By visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings you can avoid dental problems altogether.
Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, is dedicated to providing your whole family with the dental care they deserve, no matter if you need to schedule a routine cleaning or discuss treatment options to handle your tooth loss. Call us today and let us know how we can help you.
Find out why you and your loved ones should turn to a family dentist for oral care.
Prevent Dental Problems
When you have a family dentist that you trust, it’s easy to schedule routine checkups and dental cleanings for your whole family. This translates to everyone getting the proper dental care they need to protect their teeth and gums from any issues. From creating a sports mouthguard for your active child to prescribing a medicated mouth rinse that prevents cavities, we can do it all.
Receive Comprehensive Dental Care
Did you know that a family dentist can provide your entire family with all the dental services you need for a healthy smile? There is no need to worry about taking your child to one dentist while you go to a separate one. Right here in South Charlotte, NC, our dentist provides thorough dental care for patients of all ages. We have received the specialized training we need to be able to meet all of your health needs.
Early Detection of Issues
Again, when you have a family dentist that you trust, it’s easy to keep up with your routine checkups, as you should. Staying up to date on your dental checkups means that our dentist will be able to detect any problems early on when they are usually much easier and less expensive to treat. From a simple exam to X-rays, these tools can help us pinpoint everything from cavities and gum disease to teeth grinding and jaw problems.
We Work with You
We know that your schedule is probably chock full of to-dos but we believe it shouldn’t be difficult or stressful to make time for the dentist. After all, if you maintain good oral hygiene you’ll only have to come in every six months. Plus, since everyone in your family can come in for care this means that we can work with your schedule to book appointments that don’t interfere with your life. In most cases we can book all of your family’s cleanings on the very same day.
If you are looking for a family dentist in South Charlotte, NC, to care for you and your growing family’s smiles, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. Call Park Crossing Dentistry today to learn more about the dental services we offer or to schedule an appointment.
When you’re wearing metal braces, it is almost impossible to hide them from the world. Even if you try to hide them when you talk or laugh, the metal parts will be noticeable. This is why many patients want Invisalign braces instead. Depending on your orthodontic concerns, an Invisalign treatment at Park Crossing Dentistry, in South Charlotte, NC, may help you straighten your teeth and get a much more attractive smile.
What Is Invisalign?
Though they are firmly rooted, the teeth can be adjusted with gentle force over a period of time. The traditional way to achieve this is by using metal brackets and wires, but there is another option that has become very popular with patients. Invisalign is a treatment that substitutes those metal braces with clear plastic trays that align the teeth. The more you wear these trays, the more your teeth settle into the well-defined grooves until your whole smile has realigned.
Would It Help You?
Your dentist may be able to help your smile with “invisible” aligners if you have a relatively minor orthodontic problem. Examples of treatable issues are small gaps between the teeth or a tooth that is positioned higher than another on the gum line. Tooth crowding and overlapping can also be resolved with aligning trays. If you have a strong desire to have a better-looking smile but really don’t feel comfortable wearing braces for a long period of time, visit your South Charlotte cosmetic dentistry office to see if you're a candidate for Invisalign.
Starting an Invisalign Treatment
There’s no need to worry about any discomfort or inconvenience when you begin an Invisalign treatment. The first step is getting pictures and impressions of your smile so that a before-and-after plan can be mapped out by your orthodontist. The dentist will send your impressions to a special lab where your custom trays will be created in a matter of days. You must visit your orthodontist's office regularly to pick up each new tray and consult with your dentist about the progress of your treatment.
Getting Your Trays
You may be surprised by how quickly you will be wearing your first Invisalign tray after visiting Park Crossing Dentistry, a cosmetic dentistry office in South Charlotte, NC, that's focused on providing patients with high levels of care. Schedule your initial consultation today by calling 704-541-5059 for an appointment with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, or Dr. Emerald Powell.
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