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Oral Piercings and Dental Health

2021-03-22T16:34:40+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Dental Trends, Oral Health|

Oral Piercings and Dental Health Monroe, NC

There is no denying the fact oral piercings have become more prominent over the years. Today, you can find people of just about any age or gender who have a tongue or other oral area pierced. But even though this way of self-expression may be trendy, oral piercings can cause dental complications if they are not properly cared for. Is your piercing negatively affecting your oral health? 

All piercings need to be cleaned regularly, but for oral piercings, this cleaning needs to be extra thorough, because they can attract unwanted reactions and infections that can then cause trauma to your overall oral health. This means it is so important that you maintain a regular hygiene regimen throughout the process of having the piercing.

What sort of reactions can your mouth have to an oral piercing? There are a number of things to watch for—here are the most common:

  • Oral Infections. Since our mouths are filled with bacteria (mostly the good kind), any sort of oral piercing is subject to infection since it is in continual contact with the saliva and bacteria in your mouth. If the bacteria in your mouth manages its way into your bloodstream, through the hole your piercing is in, a condition called Endocarditis can occur. This is an oral infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers and, as you can imagine, this can cause serious health problems—beyond oral.
  • Chipped and Broken Teeth. Piercings located close to the gum tissue can rub and wear at the roots of your teeth. This may not be a noticeable problem at first, but over time this constant friction will cause your gums to recede, exposing the sensitive nerves to your teeth. From this point, as the piercing continues to rub at the base of the gum, the teeth can become brittle and begin to crack. Once there is a crack or break in the tooth it may need major dental work such as a repair filling and a root canal.

*TIP: It’s a good idea to use plastic or other softer materials for oral piercings if possible. Hard metal piercings that rub at your gums and teeth have a high possibility of causing damage.

  • Scratches and Rashes. Lip piercings and other piercings close to the jaw and gum line can cause gum tissue scratches, which do heal but the scratch itself can get infected. Rashes can also break out and other wounds, which open up the possibility for a host of oral infections.
  • Negative Reaction. Speaking of rashes and wounds, since most mouth piercings contain nickel, an allergic reaction can come about if you aren’t sure how your body reacts to the metal. This is why it is so important to make sure you are not allergic to nickel prior to getting a piercing.
  • Ingesting a Piercing. Since oral piercings are inside the mouth there is always the chance of swallowing a piercing or a piece of it. Piercing studios will tell you that swallowing a piercing is harmless, as it will safely pass through your stool, there is no guarantee this is true.
  • Complications with Swelling. Tongue piercings especially like to swell since the piercing itself is damaging nerves and tissue. Some people swell more than others, and for those who do swell a lot, this can be dangerous because the tongue can balloon up enough to make breathing difficult, or even block your airway completely. If you are thinking of getting your tongue pierced, make sure you have quick access to medical attention if needed!

 

What is Your Body Telling You?

Our bodies are amazing machines that like to communicate with us when they are healthy and when there might be something wrong. If we pay attention, our bodies are giving little tells all the time indicating our current levels of health. This information is likely nothing new, but at Adam Brown, DDS we think it’s important for you to recognize a not-so-common sign that your oral health may be in danger, whether that danger is due to a piercing or anything else.

Paying close attention to your gums is incredibly important for analyzing your own oral health. If we have piercings, we know the importance of keeping them clean, we all know the necessity of flossing and brushing and making sure those gums are not receding, but what about when areas of the gums begin to turn white? What is your body trying to tell you when this happens? White spots on the gums are more common than not, but most people do not understand the possible dangers that could arise because of them. 

Unfortunately, noticing a white coloration on your gums could mean a number of different things, and they all have varying levels of seriousness. They can be caused by irritations due to piercings, but they can also come from a lack of proper oral care. That being said, as long as you catch it in time and know the possible reasons, you can get your oral health right back where it needs to be.

Here are some possible reasons for white gums:

  • Leukoplakia: This is an oral disease where white or gray coloration appears on or around the gums. These light spots are created due to mucous membranes that are sensitive and quite painful. Think canker sores, only on your gums! Leukoplakia is often caused by long-term tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, poorly fitting dental appliances, mouth injury, or bodily maladies such as cancer and HIV. If you find painful, white sores on your gums, the best thing to do is see a dentist immediately. Whether it is leukoplakia or not, your gums should never be white.
  • Anemia: This is a tough one because it can produce in many different forms, making it difficult to identify. The best way to diagnose anemia is to notice if the white coloration on your gums is paired with any of the following happenings:

-cold hands and feet

-constant fatigue

-chronic headaches

-spells of dizziness

-shortness of breath

-bodily weakness

-spells of irregular heartbeat

Another tell to anemia is the sudden whiteness of skin beyond just the gums. Some common causes of anemia include vitamin B12 and iron deficiencies, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease. This is definitely one you want to take care of right away. If you feel any of these symptoms could be true for you, make a dental appointment as soon as possible.

  • Mouth Ulcers: noticing white spots on your gums could indicate oncoming ulcers. This is much less serious than the previous causes of white gums, but these sores are no fun at all. If you feel the white spots on your gums could be connected to ulcers, it’s a good idea to begin washing your mouth out with saltwater. This is a great way to keep them away and the inside of your mouth healthy. Some causes of mouth ulcers are sugary foods and drinks, as well as, tobacco use. There is no need to completely cut these out of your diet, but regulation is a must.
  • Gingivitis: this is a mild form of gum disease that is fairly common among American adults. If you notice your gums beginning to recede and turn white, gingivitis is most likely the culprit. A few other signs include swollen and bleeding gums, even painful irritation, and loose teeth. The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral care, so if you have fallen off the wagon a bit, it’s best to get right back into the routine of brushing and flossing regularly to keep from this uncomfortable situation.
  • Lichen Planus: this chronic autoimmune condition can inflame the gums and begin to turn them white in lacy patches. Symptoms of lichen planus are similar to gingivitis, but regular dental check-ups can keep this condition from inflammation.
  • Candidiasis: simply put, this is a yeast infection that causes creamy white sores on the gums. This type of infection is usually seen in babies and older adults and is often brought on by diabetes. If you happen to fit any of these categories, it is best to maintain a strict teeth-and-gum cleaning schedule and keep up with your dental appointments. Two appointments a year is recommended, but in this case, you might benefit more from three or four check-ups a year.
  • Oral Cancer: if you ever notice white bumps or growths on your gums, or if you suddenly find it difficult to chew or swallow, see a dentist right away. Most importantly, though, don’t panic. White growths or raised sections on the gums do not always equate to cancer, and even if they do, the faster you get them looked at the better your chances of having them safely removed.

Oral piercings or not, it is of the utmost importance to keep up on proper oral health. Whenever in doubt to what your body is telling you, contact us at Adam Brown, DDS. We are always here to help!

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Sensodyne or the Knock-Offs: Which Sensitivity Toothpaste Should You be Using?

2021-02-23T20:03:45+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Oral Health, Sensitive Toothpaste|

Sensitive Toothpaste

Sensodyne, though a little pricier than the average sensitivity toothpaste brand, is worth the extra cost, and we can tell you why. 

At Adam Brown, DDS we recommend Sensodyne to all of our customers. Whatever your experience with sensitivity is, it is always a good idea to safeguard yourself against potential pains since there are no negative effects of using a sensitivity toothpaste. Not only does Sensodyne protect against pain, but it also comes without the addition of added chemicals that can erode enamel and damage your gums.

But more on the health benefits of using Sensodyne here in a bit. Let’s look at that price difference.

At Adam Brown, DDS we took to the internet to find out how Sensodyne typically compares with a leading sensitivity competitor, Aquafresh sensitive. The first thing we looked at is the difference in price between the two kinds of toothpaste:

  • Sensodyne rings up at just over $4.00 at Walmart, where Aquafresh runs at about $2.75.

That price difference can be enough to initially turn you off to the idea of using Sensodyne, but it’s important to remember that sometimes with higher prices you are paying for higher quality—and this is one of those times.

In order to analyze the quality of each toothpaste, we had different reviewers use the two different kinds of toothpaste for one week each. Each of the reviewers spent one week with Sensodyne, switched to their normal toothpaste for one week then used Aquafresh for a week.

The results ended up being a great indication as to which one of the brands provided the best sensitivity relief. One reviewer, who had suffered from sensitive teeth before trying the kinds of toothpaste, wrote “With Sensodyne, you can feel the sensitivity going away with the very first brush stroke. My teeth have never felt better! I couldn’t feel any difference after the first use of the Aquafresh, and after a week I felt very little sensitivity relief compared to what I had felt before using Aquafresh.”

One reason Sensodyne is so effective is its ingredients, including those not included. Since Aquafresh includes whitening agents in its toothpaste—“Gently whitens while you brush!”—there is the danger of these agents eroding your enamel, causing sensitivity issues. So, ironically, this sensitivity toothpaste could end up causing more problems with tooth sensitivity.

This isn’t to say you should not whiten your teeth. It can be safe to use whitening products, but this is best done under the supervision of a dentist like Adam Brown. It is especially harmful to use whitening products if you already have sensitive teeth since whitening products tend to exacerbate sensitivity.

 

What About the Taste?

Another one of our reviewers commented on the taste of Sensodyne compared to Aquafresh, stating “The Sensodyne has a strong taste, but it is still pleasant despite its strength. The aftertaste is great too. That toothpaste flavor goes away shortly after brushing but isn’t terrible while you’re waiting for it to go away. The Aquafresh had a much grittier and unpleasant taste. The aftertaste was equally strong.”

Reviewers on Amazon.com tend to agree. Sensodyne has nothing but good reviews: “Almost overnight I had two teeth become so sensitive to sweet, cold, heat, even just breathing through my mouth that just eating was painful. After two days of Sensodyne things were much better and after four days almost back to normal. Very happy with the results.” –Michael Sean

Even other dentists recommend the use of Sensodyne: “My dentist recommended his and I’ve been using it for three years now. The sensitivity of my teeth has definitely improved and I can’t imagine not continuing with it forever.” –Stevenzac (Long Island), Amazon.com

Sensodyne is the most trusted brand here at Adam Brown, DDS and we highly recommend it for your home as well. Visit our website or contact us directly with any of your oral healthcare questions.

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Adam Brown, DDS: A Safe Return to Routine Dental Care 

2020-09-21T16:23:59+00:00September 9th, 2020|Adam Brown DDS|

Delaying oral care such as routine teeth cleanings can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and even heart disease, and with restrictions slowly being lifted, why continue to put your oral health at risk? Schedule an appointment with us at Adam Brown, DDS today to get your mouth clean and healthy. 

As the country slowly comes down off of high alert, there arise questions of what should and should not be done, where we can go and where we can’t. But with North Carolina going from Phase 2 to Phase 2.5, we have more clarity on what activities are safe, and which ones we should get back to right away—like going to the dentist.

But is it safe to go back to the dentist? Thankfully we have clear guidance on this issue, and from a trusted source: The American Dental Association. This association of respected professionals, who are a constant help in providing accurate science and practice procedures within the dental field, recommend keeping up on routine dental procedures.

The ADA has worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make sure all decisions and recommendations are made concerning the health of all Americans. In March of 2020, the ADA called for practitioners to push all non-emergency care to a later date in order to limit the possible spread of Covid-19. This decision by the dental community not only limited the spread of the virus, but it also allowed hospitals access to more personal protective equipment and, in turn, saved lives.

In May, experts at the ADA—working closely with the CDC—called for the reopening of dental practices under new safety guidelines, encouraging everyone to get back on track with routine dental appointments.  

 

Is It Safe?

Nothing these days is one hundred percent safe, but with the right safety procedures in place, it is a good idea to go to the dentist. In fact, no Covid-19 cases have been traced to a dental office so far.

The dangers of forgoing regular checkups for a prolonged period can cause severe problems, especially during a pandemic since we are confined to small areas and tend to eat more tooth-decaying foods and exercising less. Throw in a few carbonated drinks and sweet snacks every day and it won’t take long for your oral health to drastically deteriorate. Even dentists have noticed dirtier mouths since the beginning of the pandemic.

If you have visited your dentist lately, you have certainly noticed the difference in your appointment—the change in procedure starts before you even enter the office.

After setting an appointment, patients complete a pre-screening questionnaire, which asks general questions about your current health status, and if you have been around anyone lately who has tested positive for Covid-19.

You may have also noticed fewer times slots for appointments. This is because dentists are seeing fewer patients each day so that each person who enters the office for a dental appointment won’t have to worry about getting too close to others.

Once you enter the office for your appointment, the nurse will take your temperature before you wait for the dentist.

 

Keeping Your Teeth Clean During Covid-19                                                                

Clearly, it’s time to get back to the dentist, but until you can make your appointment with us at Adam Brown, DDS there are plenty of things you can do on your own, during this unprecedented time, to maintain your oral health.                                                       

In order to maintain a pleasant smile during a pandemic, set a regime of brushing twice a day. According to www.mayoclinic.org, it’s important to brush your teeth in the morning and at night with fluoride toothpaste. In the morning it’s a good idea to begin with mouth wash, which breaks down plaque and food particles. Then thoroughly floss between each tooth to get those spots your toothbrush won’t reach. When brushing, hold the toothbrush at an angle pointing the bristles towards the gums. Brush, using back-and-forth motions on both the inside and outside of the teeth, making sure not to scrub too vigorously. Brushing too hard can cause the gums to recede and expose sensitive areas of the teeth. It is strongly advised to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush for two minutes a side and repeat the same process at night. 

 

Quick Tip: How to Enjoy Sweets Without Killing Your Teeth                                                         

There’s no denying it, it is really hard to stay away from sweets and drinks that are bad for our teeth. And, whether in fresh cocktails to be enjoyed outdoors, or in cakes, candies, and cookies, sugar seems to be one of the main ingredients. Just how do these sweets affect your teeth and gums? What happens when we eat a lot of sugary treats or sip on too many cocktails, is the sugar combines with any plaque (hard or soft) in the mouth to create an acid. This acid then eats away at your teeth. And though this is a serious matter, as no one wants her teeth to be eaten away, it can be prevented. 

If you are regularly and correctly caring for your teeth twice a day, there are ways to still enjoy sweet foods and fresh drinks without damaging your teeth. If you are eating something high in sugar, gargle with mouthwash or water after you are finished. This will not completely clean the teeth and gums, but it can clear away enough unwanted matter before you brush next. As for drinks, try and find or make ones with fruit as a substitute for sugar. And, as with sugary treats, it’s a good idea to gargle or have a glass of water after.  

It’s best to see the dentist for a cleaning at least every six months. Here are four reasons why:  

  1. Removing Hardened Plaque. You know when you visit the dentist and he gets that sharp, silver hook tool and scrapes it against your teeth? Sometimes, he has to press extra hard and poke and prod. What he is doing is removing plaque from your teeth. You see, though flossing and brushing twice a day can get most of it from your teeth, little bits of plaque can remain and harden. In time, that plaque will discolor and can cause damage to the teeth and gums if it’s not removed. Visiting your dentist twice a year will keep this hardened substance from accumulating.
  2. Preventing Gum Disease. Bacteria in the mouth can cause gum disease, and most times it is not noticeable to the individual who has it until it’s festered. However, your dentist can help prevent gum disease from ever occurring by professionally cleaning your teeth and gums. And if signs of gum disease show up, he can recommend the proper medication to help illuminate it.
  3. Preventing Cavities. Plaque and food particles can create cavities, which eat away at the teeth. And like gum disease, cavities can be difficult to notice right away. Unless you see a dentist, that is. If they are found, cavities can be removed and the damaged tooth repaired, or, in extreme cases, the tooth will have to be pulled. Regardless, it is of the utmost importance that cavities are taken care of right away, as they can lead to more serious oral maladies.
  4. Preventing Oral Cancer. The thought of cancer can be scary, but it’s something that should not be ignored. Instead, it should be prevented. Seeing your dentist twice a year and having an oral exam can greatly help reduce your chances of contracting cancer of the mouth.

Besides have a bright smile while we wait for things to slowly become normal again, there are other reasons to keep your mouth clean. For instance, did you know cavities and gum disease, if left alone, could lead to serious medical problems such as heart disease? This is why it’s so important to be sure you are caring for your teeth and gums correctly. 

We are happy to be back to work, and we can’t wait to help you get your mouth back into shape. Visit us online today and schedule your next teeth cleaning appointment. 

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New Look, Same Great Family   

2020-09-09T14:55:17+00:00August 21st, 2020|Adam Brown DDS|

Dr. Brown and his team of dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants have been providing quality dental services in Monroe for over 37 years. Adam Brown, DDS (Formerly Carolina’s Dental Choice), now owned and operated by Doctor Adam Brown, will to continue with excellent services and innovative practice. Our patients have found that professional dental procedures, no matter how intricate, can be stress-free thanks to our team of professionals.

Dr. Adam Brown grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and continues to make the Carolinas his home, currently living in Charlotte.  

After getting a bachelor’s degree in construction management from East Carolina University, Dr. Brown established a career in residential home building and real estate industries. But after a 13-year career, Dr. Brown felt the call to dentistry. It wasn’t a far stretch for him to go from managing a successful career in the building industry to becoming a dentist, since his father—Dr. Don Brown who founded Carolina’s Dental Choice (now Adam Brown, DDS)—has been a celebrated dentist for many years.

Dr. Brown made his decision and headed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. And once his schooling was complete, and he obtained his doctoral degree, he joined the family practice.

In November of 2020, Dr. Adam Brown purchased Carolina’s Dental Choice from Dr. Don Brown. After taking over the practice, Dr. Brown has transformed Carolina’s Dental Choice into Adam Brown, DDS.

Dr. Brown is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, two kids, and two labs. In his free time, you can find him spending time with friends and family, especially if it’s on the lake or at the golf course.

 

About Us

At Adam Brown, DDS we have expert technology (designed not to inflict pain, but rather to perfect your smile), great customer care, and an interesting, fun staff.

One great aspect of our office is that it’s unique. To begin with, notice the structure of our building. Doesn’t look like a dental practice, does it? That’s because our office is housed in a…well, a house. We even have a porch! Our physical structure matches the overall goal of our practice: we want you to feel as though you are family. Inside, our friendly office is completely new. Freshly painted walls and trim. Beautiful wood floors. Soft lighting and light music to set the mood. Doesn’t sound like your typical dental practice, does it? That’s because we aren’t.

 

What Sets Us Apart

How much we care! Not only does our family atmosphere immediately put you at ease, our variety of services offered, and the technology used, provide the highest quality of dental work you will find. When it comes to practices such as teeth whitening, preventative care, and restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we have the latest, newest technology to complete all services quickly, easily, and professionally. Here are just a few of the services we offer:

 

 

Another quality that makes us different is our ability to conduct high-level restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry is an intricate procedure, often left for those few specialty dentists with steady hands and a vast knowledge of the practice. Luckily for us, Dr. Brown is one of these specialists. 

What is restorative dentistry, exactly? It is the concept of reproducing or repairing teeth and adjoining bones and tissue through the use of metal and ceramic materials in order to make them whole again. This is a process that can be completed by filling, onlay, crowns, or implants. Dr. Brown and his team are one of the best practices that offer full mouth veneers and crowns. Custom veneers can be a tricky process to grasp. But, between 1-2 visits, you can have the smile you deserve and gain back the confidence that was once lost.

Dr. Brown’s expertise in performing difficult, intricate dental procedures, and his wonderful rapport with patients, provides a perfectly rounded practice. And, in order to establish Adam Brown, DDS as the best practice in Monroe, Dr. Brown has hired a staff that shares in his desire for perfection on all fronts of customer care. From our office manager and patient service operator to our fellow dentists and assistants, all are trained and excited to offer you excellent dental service.

 

A Few Tips for Great Oral HealthAdam Brown DDS Staff

Before you come to visit us for your regular cleaning, or to have other dental procedures done, here are a few tips to help maintain your oral health:

 

  1. Get the Right Toothpaste

A lot of people like to rush right to the whitening toothpastes. It makes sense, who doesn’t want white teeth? But when you are juicing the acid that does come into contact with your teeth (and no matter what you do, there will be a least a tiny bit that does) makes them softer, more sensitive. And when you combine the harsh chemicals in whitening toothpaste, it can cause a lot of discomfort. It’s better to use toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth. This will clean the teeth well without hurting them. And, honestly, brushing twice a day will do well at keeping your teeth white. If you feel you need something more there are plenty of products out there that do not hurt the teeth, even sensitive strips and mouthwashes that can advance your whitening.

 

  1. Avoid Over-Brushing

Never thought you could brush too much, did you? Well, you can. Too much brushing can actually help the acid erode the enamel off your teeth. As previously said, juicing can leave your teeth extra sensitive. To go and brush excessively after that can cause some problems. It is best to stick to the twice a day standard. And when you do brush, use a soft or medium bristle. Brush lightly, and use a mechanical toothbrush if possible. These are made to get to those hard-to-reach places and they put the perfect amount of pressure on your teeth and gums. And nowadays, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get one. There are plenty of reasonably priced electric toothbrushes out there. You just have to do a bit of research.

 

  1. Use Mouthwash Regularly

Just like flossing and brushing, the twice a day rule is all you need with mouthwash. If you feel the need to rinse more than that use water. But once in the morning, then again at night, can do wonders to clean the mouth. Mouthwash also helps keep your teeth white and your breath fresh.

 

  1. Drink Through Straws Whenever Possible

When drinking your favorite blended healthy concoction, it is possible to keep most of the liquid from having too much contact with your teeth. And, this is true, especially with thicker drinks. By using a straw, you can keep even more liquid from hitting your teeth. That’s why it’s a good idea to have many different types of straws around. A wide straw for thick juices, and narrow or regular-sized for normal densities, and a bendy straw just because they’re fun. Do stay away from those trendy metal straws though, as they can chip your teeth. Basically, any way of transferring your juice directly from the cup to your throat without touching anything (besides the straw), the better. Just be careful, using a straw makes drinking a lot of liquid much easier. You don’t want to overdo it on the juicing!

 

  1. Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year

This is one of the most important things to do. One visit to the dentist every six months is the perfect way to gauge how well your teeth are handling the juicing. A dentist can tell you if your teeth are becoming too sensitive or stained and advise you on what to do. It’s also good because you get a professional cleaning where someone is meticulously searching your mouth for cavities, bits of food, or anything else.

 

Come Join Our Family!

Though we may have a new name, we are still the same family here to provide excellent dental services. Set up your next dental appointment, no matter what it is you need to be done, with Adam Brown, DDS today.

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Visiting the Dentist: Preparing Your Children for the New Normal

2020-09-09T14:55:26+00:00July 21st, 2020|Children's Health|

Going to the dentist can be scary for a child. Even a routine teeth cleaning can seem like a tooth extraction if a child is already apprehensive about having someone tooling around in his or her mouth. Add in the layers of personal protective equipment that are now required of those working in any business or essential service, and a simple trip to the dentist can seem even scarier. This is why it is important to let your children know that though things may look different, and maybe even a little strange, there is no need to be scared.

 

Getting used to the new norm of wearing masks and face shields will take time for us adults, but imagine being a child and observing such a drastic change in our world. Even with detailed explanations of what is happening, it is still off-putting for a child to communicate, or even get close to, someone whose face is partially covered. Getting your kid to sit still in the dentist’s chair just got harder, but there are ways to get your young ones to understand that everything is going to be okay.

 

Show, Don’t Tell

Trying to explain to your child what he’s about to walk into before a trip to the dentist will surely scare him, no matter how nicely you try and say it. Chances are, children will hear something like this: “Someone with a face mask and shield and gown is going to stick sharp, metal objects in your mouth,” even if you literally say something like this: “The dentist will have a face covering and gown, but he is not scary and he won’t hurt you.”

Instead of starting with an explanation, try to show what the experience will be like as much as possible. Put on your mask (and shield if you have one) and have your child sit in a chair like he or she would during a visit to the dentist. With your mask still on, mimic the movements of a teeth cleaning, maybe even get a toothbrush and brush your child’s teeth.

Try and make it fun, but also mention that this is what it will be like going to see the real dentist. Let your child ask questions and keep the conversation open—you know that little mind will be thinking about this for much longer.

 

There’s a Person Under That Mask

Before making the trip to see the dentist, pull up a picture of the entire dental team and show your child. Explain that even though their faces will be mostly covered while you are there, this is what they actually look like. Along with your child, take special note of the hair and eye color of each individual. Since these two aspects will be visible during the appointment, your child should be able to recognize who is hovering over him or her.

It is also important to encourage your child to talk to and ask questions of the staff. Anything that can be done to highlight the fact that it’s a real person beneath the personal protective equipment is helpful—and you can definitely count on the dental staff to engage in conversation as much as possible, so you are not completely alone in your quest to normalize a trip to the dentist.

At Adam Brown DDS, we understand that a trip to the dentist can be especially scary for young ones these days. If you find your child is struggling to understand why going to the dentist is so different than before, take the time to show what it will look like and explain that underneath those masks are nothing but big, bright smiles.

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Dental Innovation: The Impressive Presence of Implant Overdentures

2020-06-11T13:20:58+00:00January 13th, 2020|Dental Implants, Dentures|

 Implant Overdentures, or “Snap-On Dentures,” are the newest and most innovative methods for replacing teeth. What makes them so great? No more adhesives, no more slippage with clunky mouthpieces. Carolina’s Dental Choice is happy to announce that we know offer the Implant Overdenture procedure, and we can’t wait to share the incredible benefits we are already seeing.

 

Our mouths are filled with a mixture of both soft and hard tissues. The hard tissue areas, such as the teeth and jaw, are connected to soft tissue areas like the gums and tongue. Sometimes, whether due to an accident or occurring naturally, problems can arise with the tissues in the mouth. These problems consist of missing or broken teeth, improperly seated jaw joints, faulty bites, gum and jawbone damage, warn-down dental work, and even some mouth diseases. Reconstructive dentistry, such as Implant Overdentures, is the procedure of replacing missing teeth with materials that are just as durable and long-lasting as the real thing—if not better. 

Before implants came along, individuals with missing teeth had to wear dentures or bridges, which simply sit in the mouth. These devices can move around, stick to food, and even fall out since they are not permanently connected to the gums and jaw. Implants, however, are fused to the patient’s jawbone to ensure they do not budge. Once they are in, it’s virtually impossible to tell they are not original. As a matter of fact, it won’t take long at all for you to forget they are implants as well.

 

What Exactly Are Implant Overdentures?Implant Overdentures

Overdentures are full implants made of titanium anchors and they are permanently placed into the upper and/or lower jawbone. Time is given for the implants to fuse with the bone—which is critical, as this melding of metal of bone is what keeps the implants from moving. Once the implant is fully integrated into the jawbone, the foundation is set for the dentures to be put into place. Now the patient has a full set of beautiful teeth that are impossible to differentiate from natural teeth.

The process may seem a bit arduous, with multiple visits and healing times needed, but the end result is more than worth it: teeth that look, feel, and operate like new.

 

How Do They Work?

It’s not difficult to think of what led to the creation of Implant Overdentures. Imagine having a set of teeth glued to your gums. A tooth becomes loose or falls out; the entire rack slips around while you talk or chew. It’s not fun, and often it’s embarrassing and distracting. With Implant Overdentures, the negative aspects of dentures are eliminated.

Overdentures are implanted over a multi-step treatment process:

  • As mentioned earlier, Overdenture implants are first screwed into the jaw and left to adhere to the bone for two months or so. This allows the bone to grow to the implant at a cellular level. A few months sounds like a lot of healing time, but this is the most important part. Also, during this period of time, the patient will be given a temporary set of dentures that covers the gums until it is time for the Overdentures.
  • While you are waiting for your gums to heal, a customized set of Overdentures will be made so that they can perfectly fit in your mouth. This set, or sets, of Overdentures is created to precisely mimic the color and shape of your natural teeth, so there is no worry of looking or sounding different once the procedure is completed.
  • The final step is to have the implants securely attached—they snap right in—and inspected. Then your new smile is completed.Implant Overdentures

 

At Carolina’s Dental Choice, we offer three types of Overdentures:

 

  1. Implant-Retained, Gum Supported

This treatment is known as the minimum standard for those in need of a full set of new teeth. Implant-Retained Overdentures sit right on your gums and are kept in place by fastening to the jawbone—upper and/or lower. This Overdenture is removable, as it is secured to the gums with retentive attachments built into the denture itself.

 

  1. Bar-Retained, Implant SupportedImplant Overdentures

Bar-Retained means that a metal bar is fastened to the gums and is connected to the bone for stability, much like the Implant-Retained. The Overdenture itself is created with attachments that slide onto the bar and lock-in. These are easy to remove and place back in and are typically a bit sturdier than an Implant-Retained Overdenture.

 

  1. Fixed, Implant Supported

With this treatment, the connecting piece and the Overdenture and combined into one piece. This piece is then attached to the jawbone (with screws), and the only way to have the Fixed Overdenture removed is by scheduling an appointment with a dental clinician. Patients typically like this method most because it is the closest to having natural teeth—no metal bars or brackets that slide or snap into place. It’s one, solid piece that perfectly fits right in.

 

But Are They Worth It?Implant Overdentures

There’s a lot more to Overdentures than the old-fashioned ones that are glued to the gums. It is a serious procedure, but so many patients are going this route because the benefits are so much better than any other method. For one, they are much easier to clean, as they are brushed and flossed just as regular teeth are—whether you choose to clean them while they are inside your mouth, or if you pop them out and clean them that way.

Another benefit is that those with severe bone loss due to an accident or simply due to old age, the Implant Overdentures can actually provide additional bone support. The titanium screws used to secure the implants can fill in the space where the bone once was, and this creates added facial stability.

 

What About Cost?

Just the Implants themselves can cost around $2,500 to $3,000 each, and the dentures could be anywhere from $1,700 to $1,800. This is a lot of money, but a lot rides on the type of insurance the individual has. Luckily, most full dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, which usually means that up to 50% of the cost can be covered. Your best option is to first contact your insurance provider to see what is covered. It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment with us to come in and receive a diagnosis and cost estimate. This way you know exactly what you need and what it will cost.

 

Implants for Individual Teeth

Not only do we offer Overdenture Implants, but we can also replace individual teeth for those who don’t need a complete overhaul. We offer both types of implants because what’s nice about them is that they do not require any further care than one would provide for natural teeth, such as rinsing, flossing, and brushing a few times a day.

After consulting with a dentist, the dental implant procedure is completed in only three steps (similar to the procedure for Overdenture implants):

  • To begin, the gums are opened and the implant is screwed atop the jawbone. Once it is secure, the gums are replaced and left to heal for a few months.
  • Next, what is called a “post” is applied to the implant. For this to happen, the gums are separated again at the location of where the implant was connected to the jawbone. The post is attached, which acts as a base for the replacement tooth, and is this is then left to heal.
  • Lastly, a crown is made and fitted perfectly to match the rest of the teeth.

 

Though some patients may feel a bit of reluctance to this type of surgery, due to the idea of having titanium pieces applied to the jaw, this really is the healthiest and most successful method of replacing missing teeth. The titanium components meld perfectly with the bone and gums without causing a threat to oral health. As for the stability of the new tooth/teeth, they are just as secure and strong as the surrounding natural teeth.

 

What Sets Us Apart

You will not find a dental practice that cares about you and your well-being more than we do at Carolina’s Dental Choice. Not only does our family atmosphere immediately put you at ease, our variety of services offered, and the technology used, provide the highest quality of dental work you will find. When it comes to practices such as teeth whitening, preventative care, and restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we have the latest, newest technology to complete all services quickly, easily, and professionally. Here are just a few of the other services we offer:

 

One thing other dental practices do not want you to know about us is our ability to conduct difficult, in-depth dental procedures. These types of procedures are often left for those few specialty dentists with steady hands and a vast knowledge of the practice. Like us!

What in-depth procedures do we conduct, exactly? A process called restorative dentistry is one. This is any process by which extremely damaged teeth are repaired by adhering bone and tissue with metal and ceramic materials in order to make them whole again. Once the materials are adjoined to the teeth, they are sanded and smoothed to perfectly match the other healthy teeth. And, over time, your mouth begins to accept these new materials and strengthen them by growing new bone and tissue around the restored teeth. Needless to say, this process requires a steady and experienced hand. Lucky for us, we have multiple dentists who excel in this type of procedure.

At Carolina’s Dental Choice, our expert team is ready to perfect your smile. If you have missing teeth and are ready to get your beautiful smile back, come let us take care of you. Using our top-of-the-line technology and equipment, we can create dental implants to fit perfectly in your mouth and fill those voids where teeth used to be. 

 

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Staff Spotlight: Thank You for 20+ Years of Excellence

2021-02-25T14:58:50+00:00December 19th, 2019|Adam Brown DDS|

With over twenty years of excellence in Dentistry, Doctor Brown credits his staff for the success of Carolina’s Dental Choice. A good dentist is a must, but just as important is a good experience—one that is established by each and every staff member passionately going above and beyond for every client.

 

April Landino-Purser, a Carolina’s Dental Choice patient, states: “Our entire family were patients of Dr. Sassano for about 20 years before Carolinas Dental Choice took over the practice.  We absolutely love Dr. Brown and staff and would recommend anyone searching for great quality care to try them. Affordable and compassionate care in a great location!”

Similarly, Sandra Kendall—another proud CDC patient—says, “If you’re searching for a new dentist, start with Don Brown and Associates. Superior service, excellent customer care, and a pleasant environment from an awesome dentist and staff… not just one time, but every single time.”

These are only two of the many reviews found on Google (every one of them positive), all citing the same thing: it’s Dr. Brown and staff who create such a wonderful experience for customers. It truly takes a team to run an effective dental office, and Carolina’s Dental Choice has one of the best in the business. Let’s spotlight a few of our staff members who help create and maintain excellence.

 

Meet Our Staff!

Best Staff

  • Lexi Keaton, Patient Services:

Lexi is a part of our Administrative team and uses her passion and knowledge of dental assisting to aid in her skills at the front desk.  She enjoys welcoming patients and having them leave with a smile.  Lexi and her boyfriend, Zach, have two dogs named Duke and Bandit. They love going to the lake, fishing and traveling to West Virginia to visit family.

  • Skylar Williams, Patient Services:

Skylar was born and raised in Monroe, N.C. In 2015 she graduated from Union Academy High School and then attended the Dental Staff Institute of Charlotte, graduating in 2016. Although a Dental Assistant by trade, Skylar is also a vital piece of the administrative team. With a smile on her face, Skylar always strives to provide patients with the best care making sure their experience at Carolina’s Dental Choice is nothing short of fantastic.

  • Benita Watts, Administrative Assistant:

Benita is a native of Union County. Benita has been a part of the dental community for more than three decades. Her dental experience and knowledge working with our patient’s daily has helped provide excellent service to all. Knowing from the beginning that dentistry was a great fit for her, Benita’s passion quickly grew into a true love for every facet of her position with patient care high on her list of priorities.

Through sincerity and a pleasant demeanor, these three women keep our patients happy and coming back—as well as, generate new ones!

 

The Power of a Good Team

Let’s be honest, most people aren’t naturally excited to have dental work done. Despite the fact modern dental practices have come a long way and are rarely pain-inducing, sitting in a chair with your mouth open while a dentist and assistant peer inside and poke around can incite a bit of nervousness. But an excellent staff can dispel all apprehension. It only takes a smile and kind words, showing confidence in the practice and care for the patients, to make you want to come back.

Our success as a practice is from excellent work, but also from a patients-first attitude. Ask anyone who frequents Carolina’s Dental Choice and they’ll agree: when you are here, it’s you and your needs that come first—always.

One of our customers, Sandra Kendall, had this to say about her experience at Carolina’s Dental Choice: “If you’re searching for a new dentist, start with Don Brown and Associates. Superior service, excellent customer care, and a pleasant environment from an awesome dentist and staff… not just one time, but every single time.”

“Superior service,” “Excellent customer care,”—these are what bring about 20+ years of excellence. Looking over our Google reviews, you won’t find one negative word. But you will find, over and over again, patients sharing examples of wonderful service and care, and this is most important to us.

Whether you are coming in for the first time or a regular check-up, we can’t wait to serve and provide the best care possible to you and your family.

 

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