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During National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to help parents teach their kids how to brush their teeth the right way and how to have fun doing it! Check out some helpful tips from the ADA: https://bit.ly/2DTHaXv
Seeing a dentist regularly is an essential aspect of keeping you and your family’s oral health in great shape. However, a busy home life can quickly cause you to put off scheduling cleanings or just forget about an appointment altogether. Luckily, a family dentist can help you maintain your family’s oral health, benefiting you in more ways than one. Find out more about family dentistry and what it can mean for your family with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC.
What is a family dentist?
Family dentistry focuses on treating patients of all ages and dental situations while performing a variety of procedures. Though other dentists specialize in certain areas of dentistry or focus mainly on certain age groups, a family dentist does it all, from performing a child's dental exam to doing an extraction in an older individual.
How can a family dentist help my family?
A family dentist is particularly interesting for people with busy families since it allows you to consolidate your or your children’s appointments into a single day or timeframe. This can save you a trip, eliminating the need to take extra days off work or school to ensure everyone makes their dental appointments. Additionally, family dentists keep your whole family’s records in one place, giving you easy access if you ever needed them.
Family Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC
The American Dental Association recommends that anyone, regardless of age or dental needs, see their dentist at least twice a year for routine dental examinations and cleanings. These visits allow your dentist to find and treat issues like teeth decay and gum disease in their earliest stages with the least invasive procedures available. Regular cleanings remove any plaque or tartar from the teeth, a process which stops the early stages of teeth decay before they become an issue like a cavity.
For more information on family dentistry, 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 your appointment with your family dentist today!
We know your time is valuable and we make it our priority to be on time for all appointments. We are currently at 96% on-time appointments and are working hard to take every patient back at or before their appointment time. Occasionally we run behind because of an emergency but we will always keep you informed if we think we are going to be late.
Find out when your child should start getting regular dental care in South Charlotte, NC.
When it comes to being a first-time parent, you are often learning new things about your little one as you go along. You’ve gotten tons of advice from family members, friends with kids and even doctors. Of course, it’s normal to have a million questions about how to keep your little one safe and healthy. Have you thought about your child’s oral health? If not, don’t worry. Our South Charlotte, NC, family dentists Dr. Richard Bateman Dr. Joshua Neubauer and Dr. Emerald Powell are here to help care for your child’s growing smile.
The first dental visit will really involve our dental team getting to know you and your child and taking the time to discuss their health, lifestyle and certain habits that could impact their oral health. We can also answer any questions you might have about at-home oral care.
After your child’s first visit, they should start coming in every six months for routine checkups and cleanings, as this is the best way to protect against cavities and gum disease.
How should I care for my child’s teeth?
Even before your child’s teeth come in you should still be cleaning their gums between feedings to reduce plaque buildup. All you need to do is use a soft damp cloth to gently wipe the gums after each feeding.
Once your child’s first tooth comes in then it’s time to purchase a small soft-bristled toothbrush designed for babies and toddlers. At this point, you will only want to apply toothpaste that is no larger than a grain of rice to the toothbrush to clean your baby’s tooth. Once your child is 3 years old then you can apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to their toothbrush. Not sure how to begin brushing your child’s teeth? Just ask us during your child’s checkup; we would be happy to show you!
Many childhood cavities form because teeth aren’t properly cleaned or because parents often leave a baby bottle filled with juice in the crib. This means that your child’s teeth may be exposed to sugar all night long, which can cause decay. To prevent this from happening, either remove the bottle while your child is asleep or only put water in the bottle before bedtime (no sugary drinks!).
Need to schedule your child’s next dental checkup? If so, it’s the perfect time to call Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC.
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!