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By Park Crossing Dentistry
April 02, 2019
Category: Oral Health

While the current percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes is the lowest it’s been in decades, those who continue the habit remain at risk for heart and lung disease. Additionally, while we know smoking is also bad for our oral health, most don’t understand just how bad it is…

More Than Just Stained Teeth

From its seemingly mild side effects (bad breath, tooth discoloration, buildup of plaque and tartar), to the more sinister (increased risk of oral cancer, loss of bone within the jaw, gum disease and any number of resulting complications) – tobacco is indeed an oral health risk. Tobacco can cause serious health issues by breaking down the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. Because of this breakdown, the use of tobacco makes smokers much more susceptible to infection and diseases. In fact, 90% of people who have cancer of the mouth, throat, or gums admit to using tobacco in some form.

Cigarettes, cigars and pipes aren’t the only culprits; smokeless tobacco can be just as detrimental to oral health, if not worse. In fact, there are twenty-eight chemicals found in chewing tobacco alone that are proven to increase the risk of cancer in the mouth, throat, and esophagus. Chewing tobacco and snuff contain higher levels of nicotine than those found in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Use of these products can expose the root surfaces and ultimately make teeth more susceptible to decay. Signs of smokeless tobacco use that we see in our patients include increased tooth decay in the chew area, changes in soft tissue, and redness with white patchy irritated skin in the cheek area.

Help is Just Next Door

The only way to help eliminate these risks is to never start using tobacco products, or to quit if you do. In fact, simply reducing tobacco use is proven to help lower your risks. If you feel that now is time to reduce your risk of cancer, gum disease, infection and other oral complications, your doctor can help you create a plan to help you quit using tobacco, along with prescribing certain medicines or programs to help you kick the habit. For patients who have quit using tobacco products, our team at Park Crossing Dentistry has noticed great improvements in their oral health, including a decreased rate of decay and dry mouth, less straining of teeth, healthier gum tissue, and fresher breath. Here at Park Crossing Dentistry, the information we have shared with patients has helped make a difference in their lives, while helping protect their health at the same time.

Remember, it is never too late to quit!

By Park Crossing Dentistry
March 26, 2019
Category: Oral Health
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Your Charlotte Dentist Shares Why Proper Nutrition Goes Hand in Hand with Your Smile

When you brush your teeth every morning and night, you know that this is an integral part of your oral and dental health. Skipping this step can be dangerous and can allow bacteria to form, causing cavities, decay, and other potential issues. As you’re ensuring that your dental routine is up to par, your Charlotte dentist urges you to do the same with your daily diet!

The nutrition you consume plays a huge part in your dental health and can start to show negative side effects if your diet doesn’t include enough healthy and beneficial foods. A balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, protein-rich foods, calcium-rich foods, and other beneficial factors will give you the right nutrients that can only make your teeth stronger, your smile wider, and your overall health simply better!

Calcium-Rich Foods
With the help of these calcium rich-foods, you’ll be able to both strengthen your teeth and bones:

  • Low-fat/fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Almonds
  • Salmon
  • Soy drinks/tofu

Vitamin C Foods and Drinks
To better your gum health, integrate some of these naturally sweet and tasty items:

  • Citrus fruits and natural citrus beverages
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes

Remember, too much of a good thing can also be dangerous, so don’t hesitate to ask us how to enjoy these things moderately to get the most out of their helpful ingredients and resources. For example, while citrus fruits have plenty of natural Vitamin C, they’re also extremely abrasive and can weaken and erode your enamel. Without the protective surface of your tooth, you’re exposing the root of the tooth, which holds the nerves and can cause sharp pains when in contact with foods and drinks of varying temperatures and ingredients.

What to Know about Snacking
We know that there are countless snacks out there that promote healthy living, but not all these snacks apply to the healthiness of your teeth and gums. The act of snacking in between meals can be extremely harmful by itself – the more often you eat, especially in between your major meals like breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the more likely you are to expose your teeth to acidic, damaging ingredients that weaken your smile.

If you do choose to snack, be careful about what you pick! Fresh produce is some of the best options, like celery, carrots, peppers, and cucumbers. Dried fruit, while convenient, is packed with sugary ingredients for longevity and sucked of their natural, truly beneficial aspects. Many naturally grown fruits already contain water, a beneficial factor for your smile, and dried fruit removes this to preserve the snack for longer periods of time. Trust us – still to the natural stuff!

Looking for more ways to maintain a healthy smile? Give your Charlotte dentist a call at (704) 541-5059 and schedule a consultation with our office. Every smile is unique, and our goal is to give you the best treatment that’s right for your teeth!

By Park Crossing Dentistry
February 26, 2019
Category: Oral Health
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By Park Crossing Dentistry
January 17, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental savings  

We have you covered! As a service to our patients who do not have dental insurance, we proudly offer our Dental Savings Plan (DSP). DSP is a yearly membership program offered exclusively by Park Crossing Dentistry for those who want to maintain their dental health but are without insurance. It is a reduced-fee plan for families and individuals that allows members quality dental services at greatly reduced fees. For 12 months from the date of signup, each member gets 2 regular cleanings, 2 exams, 1 set of cavity-detecting x-rays and 20% off any dental procedures.  We are happy to report that the price for this plan will not increase in 2019. For more information, give us a call at 704-541-5059 or visit our website at parkcrossingdentistry.com

By Park Crossing Dentistry
August 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache   dental filling  

Toothaches are associated with pain and discomfort, which can make it difficult to bite and chew food. Since a toothache can be a sign of toothachetooth decay, gum disease, or another oral health concern, it is important to see a dentist so the problem can be identified and treated before it progresses. During a dental exam, the dentist can determine what is causing the toothache and treat the problem. At Park Crossing Dentistry, Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell are your South Charlotte, NC, dentists for treating toothaches.

Causes of Toothaches

There are several possible causes of toothaches. In some cases, a toothache is a sign of a more serious oral health problem, such as the formation of an abscess below the affected tooth. Your South Charlotte, NC, dentist can identify the cause of the toothache and recommend the appropriate course of treatment. A toothache can be caused by any of the following conditions or habits:

  • Clenching or grinding the teeth frequently
  • An abscess below the affected tooth
  • An impacted wisdom tooth
  • Damaged dental fillings
  • A fractured tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

Treating Toothaches

The method or procedure used to treat your toothache will depend on what is causing the toothache. Toothaches due to decay can be treated by removing infected areas inside the tooth, cleaning out the tooth, and filling it it with dental filling. The tooth will be restored and the aching will subside. A similar procedure is performed to treat an abscessed tooth. Infected areas inside the tooth and root are removed. The tooth is then cleaned and filled in.

Once the source of the toothache is treated, the aching will diminish. Toothaches caused by impacted teeth can be treated by extracting the tooth. Aches caused by damaged dental fillings can be treated by replacing the filling. In cases of fractured teeth, once the fracture is repaired, the toothache should stop. For toothaches caused by frequent grinding or clenching of the teeth, mouth guards can be worn to protect the teeth from excess wear and tear, which can help the aching to subside. A dentist can determine what type of treatment is needed in your case.

A toothache can be caused by several different factors or conditions. Whether your toothache is caused by tooth decay, a fracture, or some other factor, see a dentist for relief from the pain and discomfort. For treatment of your toothache, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bateman, Dr. Neubauer, or Dr. Powell, your South Charlotte, NC, dentists, by calling Park Crossing Dentistry at (704) 541-5059.



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