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gogreenAs a part of our ongoing process, Charlotte Dentistry® continues to look for ways to make our business greener and more sustainable. We look for ways to better care for our world, we’re not just caring for our patients’ teeth – we’re caring and preparing for the generations to come.

Many businesses have taken advantage of electronics to reduce the need for as much paper and to speed up operations.  Dentistry is also working toward “chartless” operations.  There are many benefits to this—both for the environment and for patients.

Electronic storage of patient records makes it easier for dental professionals to access key information and determine the best patient treatments.  It also allows for easier record updates and it dramatically reduces the space required for records—a single patient record can contain dozens of pages.

Electronics also speed up information gathering and allow us to treat patients with fewer delays.  Charlotte Dentistry® offers patients the option to schedule appointments online through our website for speed and convenience, and we access their records electronically so everything’s ready when they arrive at the office.  New patients can download forms at home, complete the forms before coming to their appointment —not completely paperless, but it still speeds up the process.  Patients can also email the completed form to the office prior to their arrival.

And for dentists, digital isn’t just about paper.  Digital x-ray technology eliminates the need to process and store x-ray films.  Digital x-rays also expose patients to a fraction of the radiation of old technologies, and, since digital images are easier to understand than film, they make it simpler for patients to choose treatment options as the dentist explains them.  Digital x-ray images can also be transferred immediately to other dental offices in case of a referral—or an emergency.

The dental industry is continually changing, and Charlotte Dentistry has always been a leader in bringing in new technologies that offer benefits to our patients.  Learn more on our website—you can even use the “Ask the Expert” feature to get specific details if you’d like.

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Tooth whitening techniques have given millions of people bright, gleaming, “movie star” smiles. Smiling Woman

But are these teeth really healthy?

If you’re just making sure your teeth are white, but aren’t doing other things for good dental hygiene like regular professional cleanings and checkups, you could be asking for trouble.

Whitening systems may keep your teeth sparkling, but they may also be masking plaque and tartar buildup, which can cause gum inflammation and lead to both tooth and gum problems.

Many people think that since their smile is still bright, they can postpone a dental visit for a cleaning until their teeth start to dim.  But teeth still should be professionally cleaned (preferably every six months) not just to help keep them bright, but to remove deposits that cause problems.

So if you’re proud of your smile, but haven’t been for a checkup in a while, it’s a good thing to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Because you want to keep your smile not just white, but also healthy.

To learn more about how to make your smile as bright and healthy as possible, visit our website, and use the “Ask the Expert” feature to get your questions answered.

Invisalign Elite TOP 1%Taquana “Tabby” Sears: My Invisalign® Ride: And The Ride Goes On. . .

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign® invisible braces, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

At last weeks visit, I picked up trays 7-9. HOPEFULLY these are the last trays to complete my Invisalign journey. The one stubborn tooth has finally begun to move and make some real progress! I can definitely see the positioning of this tooth improving.

This has been an incredible ride. People who don’t know I have been wearing Invisalign still can’t tell. I constantly get compliments on my smile!
People always ask, “Who IS your dentist?” I proudly say with my new smile beaming – “Dr. Armstrong at Charlotte Dentistry is MY dentist and I love what he and Invisalign have accomplished with my smile!”

Since I’m an adult working in the Charlotte corporate scene, I know Invisalign was definitely the right choice for me as opposed to non-removable braces. I can conduct meetings without my braces being a distraction. Also, Invisalign doesn’t cut or scrap lips, gum and inside of your cheeks as wire braces tend to do.
This entire journey has been with almost NO discomfort. Yes, in the beginning, there were times when I experienced a good amount of tightness. This was typically on the first day I changed out to a new tray. However, the next day, all was fine again. The tightness would decrease and I was totally fine! No complaints from me. I am thoroughly pleased with the results I have today. Looking forward to continuing life with my new beautiful smile!

Thinking about getting Invisalign? Drop me line. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
You can also get answers on Invisalign by using the “Ask The Expert” feature on the Charlotte Dentistry website. Click here.

Taquana “Tabby” Sears, a Charlotte Dentistry® patient, has agreed to share her Invisalign® experience with us on a regular basis. For the last several months, she’s given us reports on how she’s doing with Invisalign®, including ups and downs. Below is her latest blog entry.

I hoped on this visit that I would be completely finished with my Invisalign treatment.  But I’m not quite there yet.

I learned that one of my upper teeth—number 11—is being very stubborn. New upper trays are needed to move this tooth into proper alignment. AlignerMy bottom teeth are perfect, so I’m very happy about that.
In the past, to get new trays, the dentist would have to take messy, putty like impressions of my teeth (that sometime make you gag). But time it was different—and really cool!

Charlotte Dentistry has a great new piece of equipment, the iTero Digital Impression machine. It takes 3-D images of my teeth. As the pictures are taken, they appear on a computer screen and even tell the operator if the tooth or area needs to be re-scanned.  It built a 3D model of my teeth right before my eyes!

VERY high-tech.

And the accuracy of the models made from these 3-D images is better than regular impressions. The new trays should arrive in 4 weeks. So the Invisalign ride goes on…..

Dr. Armstrong did some smoothing and shaping of a few teeth and also provided bleaching solution and instructions on how to use it. Now I will have a BRIGHT white, straight smile!

The Charlotte Dentistry team and Dr. Armstrong have made my Invisalign journey a wonderful experience. I’m so pleased with the result so far. I can hardly wait to see the finished product – MY beautiful smile!

I’m always glad to share my experience so if you’re considering orthodontics, drop me a line!

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects more than one million Americans, many of them undiagnosed.  The clinical definition of CFS is severe fatigue lasting six or more months with other causes excluded by diagnosis.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from CFS, only a medical professional can make an accurate diagnosis, typically after ruling out a number of other potential Fatiguecauses.  The disease can be quite debilitating and adversely affect the patient’s quality of life, so a proper diagnosis is essential.

CFS can create a variety of dental issues, including jaw pain and dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay.  In addition, the medications used to treat CFS can contribute to other oral conditions.  It is especially important for people diagnosed with CFS to take good care of their teeth.

Dentists accommodate patients with CFS by making sure checkups are scheduled when the patient’s energy level is high enough to manage the treatment, and the dentist will consult closely with the patient’s physician on treatments such as oral surgery that require extra recovery time and care.

Have further questions about CFS and dental health?  Use the “Ask The Expert” feature of our website to get answers.

Many people take anticoagulant or blood thinning medications (Warfarin(Coumadin), Plavix, Heparin, Lovenox, Fragmin or even aspirin, for example) to treat conditions or to avoid medical problems like Anticoagulants Digital Imagevascular disease or strokes.  These medications can make people hesitant to get dental care because of the potential for excessive bleeding or bruising.

A great deal of research has been done on this topic, and dentists have a variety of procedures and techniques in place to help patients properly manage their medication—and get the dental treatments they need.

The consensus among dental and medical professionals is that medications should NOT be altered before most dental procedures.  In some cases, with specific dental surgery, it may be necessary to review medications in advance to avoid bleeding issues.

But for most routine dental procedures, it’s possible to stay on your meds and get the treatment you need.

Always advise your dentist of any medications you are taking, and if you have specific questions, be sure to ask them.  You can also use the “Ask the Expert” feature of our website to get answers.

If you take anticoagulants, it’s still important to take care of your teeth.  And your dentist can help you do that while making sure your medications are properly managed.

It used to be that toothpaste pretty much came in one flavor—an undistinguished mint that freshened your mouth, but didn’t really get you very excited. And if you or a child in the family didn’t like the flavor—that’s too bad. This discouraged many people from brushing as often as they should.

But today, there is a surprising variety of toothpaste flavors available! In fact, the range may have gone a little too far.

In addition to the mint varieties, many toothpaste companies offer flavors like citrus and other refreshing options. There are also specialty flavors that cater to children’s tastes! As well as specialty toothpastes for Tooth Sensitivity and teeth whitening!

And if you want to go really crazy, there’s licorice flavored toothpaste, monkey banana, outrageous orange mango, pumpkin pudding, bubble gum, cola, Indian curry and a whole lot more!

Obviously some of these are way outside what most of us would consider to be good toothpaste choices, but the point is this: If you like your toothpaste, chances are you or your family members are more inclined to brush, and most likely, brush a little longer. And if you don’t like your current toothpaste, there are many other choices out there to try!

This can be a very good thing!

So it might not be a bad idea to add a little variety to your life and pick up a couple of different toothpaste flavors. You grown-ups can even try some of the kid’s choices.

Because the more fun (And Better Tasting) you have brushing, the healthier your smile can be!

If you have any questions please feel free to Ask the Experts HERE and one of our dentists will respond back ASAP.

PS: For children, the benefit of fluoride in the toothpaste is minimal (Fluoride in the water is the most important). For adults, fluoride in the toothpaste has practically no affect on tooth structure or resistance to decay. It is the action of brushing thoroughly AND flossing that prevents decay and gum disease.

It used to be that toothpaste pretty much came in one flavor—an undistinguished mint that freshened your mouth, but didn’t really get you very excited.  And if you or a child in the family didn’toothpasteflavorst like the flavor—that’s too bad.  This discouraged many people from brushing as often as they should.

But today, there is a surprising variety of toothpaste flavors available!  In fact, the range may have gone a little too far.

In addition to the mint varieties, many toothpaste companies offer flavors like citrus and other refreshing options.  There are also specialty flavors that cater to children’s tastes! As well as specialty toothpastes for Tooth Sensitivity and teeth whitening!

And if you want to go really crazy, there’s licorice flavored toothpaste, monkey banana, outrageous orange mango, pumpkin pudding, bubble gum, cola, Indian curry and a whole lot more!

Obviously some of these are way outside what most of us would consider to be good toothpaste choices, but the point is this:  If you like your toothpaste, chances are you or your family members are more inclined to brush, and most likely, brush a little longer. And if you don’t like your current toothpaste, there are many other choices out there to try!

This can be a very good thing!

So it might not be a bad idea to add a little variety to your life and pick up a couple of different toothpaste flavors.  You grown-ups can even try some of the kid’s choices.

Because the more fun (And Better Tasting) you have brushing, the healthier your smile can be!

If you have any questions please feel free to Ask the Experts HERE and one of our dentists will respond back ASAP.

PS: For children, the benefit of fluoride in the toothpaste is minimal (Fluoride in the water is the most important). For adults, fluoride in the toothpaste has practically no affect on tooth structure or resistance to decay. It is the action of brushing thoroughly AND flossing that prevents decay and gum disease.

 

It’s something most of us consider routine—getting our teeth cleaned professionally at the dentist’s office twice a year.  “But I Am Very Good About Brushing AND Flossing At Least Twice A Day“. And if you are very conscientious about brushing and flossing, “What’s Really So Important About A Professional Cleaning” you might ask?

Well there are several answers to that question. First: Even people who are very good at brushing and flossing, typically can’t remove everything from their teeth. And plaque usually starts building up at the gum line, where it can do the most damage. Professional cleanings helps remove these small deposits before they start irritating the gums and causing larger problems like gingivitis, which can cause significant complications if left untreated.

The second big value of professional cleaning: Is that it also is a way for your dentist to diagnose problems early on, before they become painful or costly.  A small cavity, crack, or chip is usually no big deal if caught quickly enough.  Remember, your teeth need to last you decades, and that’s a lot of wear and tear!  Regular checkups can help make sure you keep the teeth God gave you for life.

And the third reason for professional cleanings is obvious: You look better afterward!  Your teeth can be whiter, your smile brighter, combine those together and it will help build your confidence to take on the world.  Charlotte Dentistry® offers whitening methods that can give you the brightest smile possible.

So, do you have an appointment for your next cleaning?  If you don’t and your already a patient then click HERE to set one up.

If Your Not a Patient and are Looking for a Dentist, You wont find any better than the ones working at Charlotte Dentistry®! We are NOW Offering a New Patient Special! Just click on the Link HERE to get started!

A good plan is to schedule BOTH your cleanings for the year, at the beginning of the year. This also ensures that you use all your annual dental insurance preventative benefits.

The teenage years can be very trying for lots of reasons.  And for many teenagers, the roller coaster ride of emotions, new experiences, and school mean that good dental health practicesYoung Peolpe get neglected.

In this high-tech fast paced world teens are busier than ever! And sometimes brushing can be overlooked. We all love junk foods but some teens can be notorious consumers of it—which creates a “perfect storm” type of environment inside their mouths for tooth problems.  If a GOOD brushing and flossing routine is not maintained,  it’s not surprising that teenagers have high instances of cavities.

But as a parent, you find yourself more limited in how much you can bug your teen about brushing—natural rebellion may make them LESS likely to brush should you bring it up.  However, there are still some things you can do to help your young adult keep a good smile.

  1. Set a good example yourself.  If you’re going the extra mile, your teen can’t push back too hard when you offer reminders.
  2. Make it extra convenient.  Keep extra brushes around (teenagers lose a LOT of stuff, including toothbrushes).  If your family is really on the go, it might be wise to keep duplicate brushes in all the bathrooms maybe even in the kitchen. That was they are always on hand.
  3. Control the junk food.  You can’t stop it all, but you can make sure snacks at home are nutritious and tooth-healthy. Need some ideas for some tasty snacks? Check out these GREAT suggestions by clicking  HERE.
  4. Point out that your teen isn’t just brushing for himself/herself.  Brushing is really for that girl or boy they’d like to meet.  You might be surprised at how quickly your young man or woman reaches for a brush and floss.

Have other questions about teen dental health, including cleanings and braces? Why not  Ask the Expert or call 704.376-6470 for an appointment.

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