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Congratulations to Angie!
Many of you know Angie from our administrative part of the practice, first as our receptionist then our hygiene coordinator. She has now been promoted to our dental assistant for Dr. Powell and Dr. Ramos. She has been trained as a dental assistant before joining our practice so she is now fulfilling her goal as being a full-time dental assistant. Please join us in congratulating Angie on her promotion!
Your Dentist in Charlotte, NC Explains how Certain Dental Habits are Dangerous for Your Smile
You may not always realize how certain dental habits can affect your smile, but it’s important to realize the best ways to take care of your teeth and gums so you can keep your natural smile for a lifetime! Whether it’s summer vacation or it’s time for the holidays, your dentist in Charlotte, NC wants you to know how your oral hygiene routine and certain habits relate to your overall dental health.
Choose Your Toothbrush Wisely
Choosing the right toothbrush goes beyond picking your favorite color. When you want the best cleaning, you’ll want to find a toothbrush that has soft, gentle bristles. It may seem like rougher toothbrush bristles are the ones that will clean better, but your teeth are more sensitive than meets the eye, so you’ll want to treat them with the best care possible.
Softer bristles are also far gentler on your gums, which can easily bleed by aggressive brushing and lack of proper care. When you do brush your teeth, it’s supposed to be an easy, but thorough scrubbing in a circular motion to ensure you’re reaching all the right areas to clean. Don’t hesitate to ask us about any recommendations for the best toothbrush for your smile.
Don’t Underestimate the Benefits of a Mouth Guard and Night Guard
All professional athletes wear the necessary gear to protect themselves when participating in their preferred sport. This should also translate to everyone! No matter if you’re playing for fun or you’re playing professionally, it’s extremely important to wear the protective gear – like mouthguards – to lower your chances of experiencing a dental emergency. You could suffer from cuts, bruises, lacerations, or even chipped or lost teeth.
Another type of guard that protects your smile is a nightguard, worn when you’re sleeping if you tend to grind your teeth unconsciously. If you’ve been waking up with headaches, or if your teeth have been more sensitive than usual, you could be unknowingly grinding your teeth as you sleep throughout the night. This could weaken your enamel, exposing the nerves and sensitive areas of your teeth and cause cavities, infections, or worse. Schedule a consultation with us to see if you’ve been wearing down your smile.
Keep Your Utensils and Toothbrush to Yourself
While sharing is caring, utensils are something you should avoid sharing too often. If you have children, it may seem natural and parent-like to put a small bite of your food on your utensil before sharing it with your baby, but the mixing of bacteria can easily get your child sick. Everyone has their own bacteria, and unfortunately, you could pass yours along with that your child can’t handle.
This sharing technique is also applicable to toothbrushes. Everyone has their own brush for a reason! The bristles are covered in your bacteria, so mixing them with someone else’s could get one of you sick faster than you realize. This is also why we suggest switching out your toothbrush after you’re sick – that bad bacteria is all over your toothbrush, so be sure to start fresh after you’ve gotten better!
There are more habits that can harm your smile than you think, which is why your dentist in Charlotte, NC is here to help! Give our office a call at (704) 541-5059 for more helpful tips on caring for your overall dental health and how we can be an integral part of your smile.
Please welcome Dr. Alex Ramos to Park Crossing Dentistry! We are very pleased to add Dr. Ramos to our practice as an associate dentist. He brings a unique level of services to our patients such as implants, root canals, and surgical extractions. Our patients who have already had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Ramos love his gentle dentistry and his friendly approach. Please visit our Meet the Team page for detailed information about Dr. Ramos’ background.
Stand Beside Your Charlotte Dentist on No Tobacco Day to Save Your Smile
On May 31, health professionals around the world will be celebrating No Tobacco Day. It’s no secret that there are countless negative side effects to tobacco usage, but it’s still one of the most common oral health issues that people face. Your teeth and gums aren’t the only parts of your body that are harmed by excessive tobacco usage, but they’re first in line when you smoke a cigarette or use dipping tobacco. Dive into the five major health complications that are tobacco related and how your Charlotte dentist can help save your smile.
Bad breath is one of the more inconvenient and embarrassing instances you can run into but can typically be solved by some chewing gum or by brushing your teeth. If you’re constantly smoking, you could suffer from bad breath constantly. Smoker’s breath, clinically known as “halitosis,” combines the tobacco with the bacteria in your mouth and clings to your gums and tongue, leaving the lingering smell of tobacco itself.
The only way to get rid of this consistent bad breath is to simply stop using tobacco! We know it’s far more difficult than it sounds, but if you continue this bad habit, your smile will continue to suffer.
Stained, Yellow Teeth
Nicotine and tar in tobacco products like cigarettes are so strong, they can stain more than your teeth. Your fingers can start showing a yellowish tint, your walls can become stained, so your teeth will be suffering the same way. The outer layer of your teeth, also known as your “enamel,” will quickly turn a dimmer, darker color as they continuously encounter nicotine and tar.
While there are multiple at-home options to brighten your smile – a whitening toothpaste, a take-home whitening kit, or a whitening treatment at our office – the shade of your smile will continue to suffer if you keep up the bad habit of tobacco use.
This bacterial infection causes your gums to become red, swollen, and can cause bleeding as the soft tissue and bone fall apart around your teeth that support them in place. Without maintaining top oral hygiene, like brushing, flossing and keeping up with your professional dental cleanings, you’re susceptible to gum disease. Smoking cigarettes and abusing tobacco products exacerbates the bacterial infection and can quickly bring your smile to a scenario that cannot be reversed.
Tobacco use is a major cause of oral cancer due to the carcinogenic chemicals that are extremely harmful to the oral tissues in your mouth. By chewing or smoking tobacco products, genetic changes may occur within the cells of your oral tissues, which will lead to this extremely harmful form of cancer.
Your risks for developing oral cancer decreases significantly when you stop using tobacco products, so why wait?
Maintain the healthiest, strongest smile you possibly can and quit tobacco products. By keeping up with your visits to your Charlotte dentist, we’ll be able to protect your teeth and gums while we work together to fight against tobacco. Celebrate No Tobacco Day with us by scheduling your cleaning today! Call (704) 541-5059 and our staff will work together to pick the best date and time for you.
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