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Oral Hygiene Tips & More

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Personal hygiene is so important when it comes to your overall health. Of course, this includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings, but what else can you do to support your oral health? Mouthwash is something people often overlook. Mouthwash is an effective way to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape while helping to limit visits to the dentist. Mouthwash is not a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, but it is beneficial to add to your daily routine to help reach areas not easily accessible by a toothbrush or floss. Here are just a few reasons why mouthwash should be considered a necessary component of your daily routine.

 

  • Specific Oral Health Concerns – You might be dealing with challenges to maintain a clean mouth. If cavities are a problem, a fluoride mouthwash can be a big help. Antiseptics are the most common and usually contain alcohol to fight bacteria. Natural ingredient mouthwashes are becoming more popular, especially because many have little to no burning sensation. Other types, including specialty brands or prescriptions, might work best for you depending on your mouth
  • Keep Clean Between Brushing – Let’s face it; we can’t always get to a sink with a toothbrush and toothpaste at the ready when we need to. Sometimes, we’re in a rush after lunch and don’t have time to brush after a meal. Mouthwash can be a convenient and practical way to freshen your breath in those moments. It is by no means a substitute for brushing, but it is a worthwhile compliment.
  • Cleans The Entire Mouth – A toothbrush works on the surface of teeth plus areas of the gums, while flossing gets the job done in between them, but what about everything else? Using mouthwash reaches parts of the mouth that are difficult to get to with a standard brush. Whatever reason you use it for, make sure to do so correctly. Wait for at least a half-hour after brushing to allow the toothpaste to do its job. For best results, rinse with mouthwash following flossing to flush out any food particles loosened up in the process.

 

There are many more benefits to using mouthwash than just these listed. With proper use, it can become an essential component of a good oral health routine. If you are having trouble deciding which type and brand of mouthwash are best for you. Contact Belvedere Family Dentistry at 704-927-5499. We are here to help you make decisions to improve your oral health.



Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health? Our gut and oral cavity are the largest and second-largest microbiomes, in the human body. Together, the two microbiomes are linked to your overall health. Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and how it can have a direct impact on your gut health and vice versa.

Your mouth is key to your overall health. Everything that you put into your mouth has an impact on your bodies well-being. If you want to have good gut health, it’s important to first look in the mouth. If you want to have good oral health, it is important to pay attention to what you are eating and how it is getting broken down.

Saliva is a major transporter of oral bacteria. Saliva helps keep your mouth hydrated and helps you break down and digest food. Oral bacterial travels with saliva throughout your body, including your gut. It is important to eat certain foods for a healthy mouth and gut microbe. A few foods to incorporate into your daily diet are yogurt, garlic, apples, onions, berries, oats, and citrus. Eating a diet that is rich in whole foods, helps to keep your gut bacteria thriving. Systems that often signal an unbalanced oral microbe induce bad breath, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, and tooth decay. Pay attention to when you experience any of these issues and think back to what you ate. For example, sugary foods like candy and sweets can often cause ulcers to appear. Stress can also play a role in an unbalanced microbiome. Stress plays an important role in salivary function, as well as muscular control, and overall tooth and gum health. Stress can contribute to gridding your teeth. Constant grinding can wear down your enamel and cause your teeth to become sensitive. Try to incorporate yoga and mediation to improve your breathing and stress levels.

Contact Belvedere Family Dentistry at 704-927-5499 to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning. If you have any questions about the impact poor oral health can have on your overall health, feel free to ask any member of our team during your next visit.


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Spring has sprung, but unfortunately, so have seasonal allergies. A change in season means itchy eyes, sneezing, stuffy noses, and sinus headaches for those with allergies.

Below we have put together ways that seasonal allergies can affect your oral health, along with our top tips to help you reduce exposure and symptoms to allergens.

Dry Mouth – People who suffer from allergies often get stuffy noses and have to rely more heavily on mouth breathing. Having a dry mouth can be a major problem when it comes to your oral health. The dryer the mouth, the more prone you are to cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis. Saliva is a key component in the prevention of tooth decay.

Tooth Pain – If you are experiencing toothaches – mostly around your upper molars – this could be due to seasonal allergies. Sinus pressure builds up on the maxillary sinuses and pushes down on the roots of your upper molars, creating pain and discomfort.

Bad Breath – Post-nasal drip can result in bad breath and cause a sore throat and swollen tonsils. Post-nasal drip can become infected, which can cause a build-up of bacteria in your mouth. Swollen gums can make it difficult to brush effectively, also leading to bad breath.

Try these steps to help reduce your exposure and symptoms:

  • Keep saliva flowing by drinking plenty of water and eating foods that require a lot of chewing, like apples, celery, and carrots.
  • Swish with a warm salt-water rinse to relieve mucus buildup.
  • See important allergy and weather information to help you plan ahead. Typically, pollen counts are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and again at dusk. Plan workouts and yard work at times of the day when pollen levels are low.
  • Rinse your nasal passages with a saline solution to flush out mucus and allergens from your nose.
  • As always, maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing as normal.

If you experience any pain or discomfort from seasonal allergies, please call our front desk at 704-927-5499 or submit a request for your desired appointment time and date through our easy online scheduler! Our team at Belvedere Family Dentistry is always here to help and to ensure your oral health remains in tip-top shape.


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If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear and anxiety. A bad experience, the sights, smells, and the buzzing and drilling sounds can be overwhelming. If this sounds like you, continue to keep reading. Our team at Belvedere has come up with a few easy ways to help manage your anxiety in our practice.

Common reasons people fear going to the dentist.

There are several reasons why people fear the dentist. A few include: a painful or unpleasant experience, a fear of sharp tools or needles, or embarrassment. Here at Belvedere, we are here to help make visiting the dentist a comfortable experience. Below are a few tips we think are important to help make your
experience less stressful.

  1. Talk with your dentist at Belvedere about your fears and anxiety. Let us know what makes you feel more comfortable and less anxious. Ask your dentist to explain what’s happening at every stage of the appointment so that you know upfront.
  2. Ask your dentist to take breaks. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break and breath. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for a few minutes to yourself.
  3. Book early appointments. We open at 8 AM Monday and Wednesday and 7 AM Tuesday and Thursday. When scheduling an appointment request for an earlier time. You and your dentist will be able to handle stress better when things aren’t as busy.
  4. Avoid any caffeinated beverages. Skip your morning coffee before you visit the dentist. This will help you feel less anxious and shaky. Eat a healthy breakfast and drink lots of water before coming in.
  5. Bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment. Let a family member or friend drive you to your appointment and wait in the waiting room with you. Having someone close to you will help with any anxiety and stress.

If you have any further questions about dental anxiety, feel free to call us at 704-927-5499. Schedule an appointment today with our easy online scheduler. We look forward to helping improve your oral health!


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Good standing oral health takes more than just brushing and flossing – improving your toothbrushing technique, ditching sweets, and scheduling a regular checkup at Belvedere are just a few important ways to maintain good oral health.

  1. Schedule a visit at Belvedere. If you have been putting off your regular routine check-up to the dentist, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If you are neglecting your visit due to financial reasons, we have membership plans to help alleviate any stress around your dental needs. Scheduling a yearly visit can catch problems like decay, cavities, and gum disease at an early stage. You can call Belvedere at (704) 927-5499 or visit here to submit an appointment request.
  2. Cut The Sugar. Sugar is a major culprit to cavities and tooth decay. Our mouths are full of bacteria. Some bacteria is good and others not so much. The harmful bacteria feed on the sugar and can easily turn into a bacterial infection. The first step is being mindful of your sugar intake, that includes soda and energy drinks, it would be wise to consume water instead. When you do eat sugar, it is important to brush afterward.
  3. Improve Brushing Techniques. Don’t neglect brushing your teeth and gums twice a day. If you can brush after eating, please do it. Brushing removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth. When brushing remember to brush across your teeth using a small circular motion at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Don’t forget to give your tongue a gentle brush. This helps freshen your breath and remove any bacteria build up. Also don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three months.
  4. Floss Your Teeth. We know that flossing can be a hassle and many people forget this important process. Try putting floss or flossing picks near your bedside or on your bathroom counter to remind yourself to floss. Flossing helps remove any food or plaque that burrows itself between your teeth. If food and plaque are not removed, they can harden into tartar.
  5. Eat A Balanced Diet. Diet plays an important role in one’s mental, oral and physical health. Eating a balanced diet and limiting processed foods is important for dental health. Always read the list of ingredients on the label when grocery shopping. Gravitate towards products with minimal, clean ingredients and shop the premier of the grocery store and load up on fresh products.

Visit one of our dentists here at Belvedere Family Dentistry located in Charlotte, North Carolina, to find out how we can help your oral hygiene. If you have any questions give us a call at 704-927-5499.


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Traditional metal braces and Invisalign both work to straighten your teeth. At Belvedere Family Dentistry we have worked together to provide you with information on the two most popular methods, braces vs. Invisalign, to achieve the smiles you want.

How Do Braces Work?

For decades braces have been the traditional form of treatment used by most orthodontists. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, bands, and wires. The surface of each tooth gets a metal bracket bonded to the tooth. Flexible wires or arch wires hold the brackets together in place. The wires exert pressure on the brackets which gradually move and correct the position of teeth over time. Patients with braces are requested to visit the orthodontist every six to ten weeks, to have the wires tightened and adjusted. The average braces treatment tends to be anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. Once teeth are in the patient’s desired position, braces will be removed. Following the removal of braces, patients are fitted for a removable retainer to help their teeth stay aligned for many years to come.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign straightens patients’ teeth without wires, bands, and brackets. Invisalign is a series of clear, thin, custom-made, removable, tray aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. The aligners are worn every day and are replaced every two weeks. Each tray will feel different because it gradually moves and shifts the teeth to the desired position. You can remove it before eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and special occasions. Many people don’t realize you’re wearing them because they are virtually invisible. The total treatment time takes around 6 to 18 months to complete. Just like braces, patients are fitted for a removable retainer to wear only at night to help keep teeth aligned.

Both Invisalign and braces work to give you straight teeth and improve your overall smile, but determining which is best depends on your needs and preferences. When determining to go with braces or Invisalign it is important to start with a consultation. That is why we have partnered with Burrow & Welchel to offer orthodontic services in our office. Please reach out to (704) 334-7202 or set up a consult today by emailing us through the link HERE. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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Finding the right orthodontist can be complicated if you have never been through it. Like all patients, you want peace of mind knowing that you selected the proper orthodontist for your unique oral healthcare needs. Orthodontic treatment has the potential to be a lengthy process, so it is crucial to find someone who not only makes you feel comfortable, but someone who you can trust.

The first step in finding the right orthodontic practice is asking for a recommendation from someone who has gone through the process. Whether that be a close friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker. Chances are, someone in your circle will have a recommendation that they trust. The next step is to get online and do the research. Reading reviews is a great place to start. At Belvedere Family Dentistry we have over 100 Google reviews to help you make the right choice. We have included one example below of what you should look for.

“Brought my daughters here and they are absolutely the first dentist that took their time and explained what they were doing and also explained to the girl’s the importance of taking care of their teeth. Also very convenient with the orthodontist for my 13 yr old who will be getting braces, highly recommended.”

Reviews are a good way to see what patients liked and disliked about the services they received. Next, compare prices and find the best one that fits your needs and budget. Lastly, upon considering different orthodontists, you need to determine if your top orthodontists have completed the American Board of Orthodontics Specialty Certification exams. Choosing a board-certified orthodontist can assure you that you will receive the complete treatment and care you need. Here at Belvedere we have partnered with Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics to offer their services at our office. Dr. Jack Burrow, Dr. Sam Burrow, and Dr. Britney Welchel are all Board Certified Orthodontists and have been in Charlotte for over 30 years.

Once you have narrowed down your list and done your research, the next step is scheduling consultations. Most orthodontists will provide you with a free consultation for first-time patients. This will allow you to meet the orthodontist and their team. Scheduling a consultation will allow you to also get a good feel of their office environment. You can schedule your FREE consult today with Burrow & Welchel by calling (704) 334-7202 or by emailing us.

Before leaving the consultation it is important to ask questions. The more informed you are about your orthodontic needs, the easier it will be for you to choose the right orthodontist.

Please call our front desk at 704-927-5499 and one of our Belvedere team members can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding orthodontics.


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Your smile means a lot to our team here at Belvedere. That is why we have partnered with Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics to offer their services at our office. Dr. Burrow and his partners have been in Charlotte for over 30 years, helping patients achieve the beautiful smile they want. You can now have all of your oral health needs taken care of under one roof.

Orthodontists specialize in the examination, prevention, and reconstruction of misaligned teeth and jaws. Dr. Jack Burrow, Dr. Sam Burrow, and Dr. Britney Welchel are all Board Certified Orthodontists, nationally less than half of all orthodontists are. They are trained to diagnose and treat teeth, gum, and mouth conditions like jaw malocclusions, palette expansion, or tooth overcrowding. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, one of our dental professionals may refer you for a visit at Dr. Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics.

You may be asking yourself, “when is the right time to visit an orthodontist?” It is recommended for children to have a check-up with an orthodontist post-baby teeth, no later than the age of 7. This allows orthodontists to recommend treatment before problems become more serious and complicated to treat. If you are an adult looking to get orthodontic treatment, do not worry about age as an issue. Healthy teeth can be moved at any time! The average orthodontic treatment lasts for 2 years, but can take longer depending on your procedure and the severity of your misalignment.

We understand that orthodontic treatment can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Doctors Burrow and Welchel are here to ensure that your teeth properly function and to create beautiful smiles. Not everyone is born with perfectly aligned teeth, and that is perfectly fine! Crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, and tooth gaps or overcrowding can be easily fixed. Here at Belvedere, we want our patients to be confident about their smiles and have access to all of the proper oral healthcare they need, all under one roof!

If you have further questions about our orthodontic services, please feel free to contact (704) 334-7202 or set up a FREE consult today by emailing us through the link HERE. Looking for preventive dental care? Schedule an appointment today with our dentist through our online scheduler. We look forward to helping improve your oral health!


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Whether you just completed your dental crown procedure, or are wondering what to expect before committing to the procedure, it’s important to have a complete understanding of what’s needed from you for proper dental crown aftercare. Crowns are meant to look and function like your natural teeth, so they also require the same oral hygiene routine and regular dentist appointments. If you have chosen to move forward with a dental crown that matches your smile, that material can still stain and chip the same way all of your other teeth do.

If you neglect your crown, it may not be as high-functioning or long lasting as it is meant to be. The average crown tends to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, but you can extend the longevity of your new dental crown with proper care and attention. Below we have put together our top 5 tips to help you extend the lifespan of your crown through good dental crown aftercare:

  • We shouldn’t have to put this one on the list, but the number one thing to maintain good oral health is brushing your teeth twice daily!
  • You may experience more sensitivity to hot and/or cold sensations with your new dental crown than you did with your natural tooth. After your procedure could be a good time to switch to using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Continue to floss regularly! This will help to ensure that nothing gets stuck or builds up between your crown and your natural teeth.
  • Try to avoid chewing hard foods like ice and candy. Biting down on a hard item could cause your crown to crack, especially if it is porcelain.
  • If you have a history of grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, you should ask your dentist or hygienist for a night guard to protect your crown and its surrounding teeth.

If you experience any pain or discomfort after your dental crown procedure, please call our front desk immediately at 704-927-5499. Our team at Belvedere Family Dentistry is always here to help and to ensure your oral health remains in tip-top shape.


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Once our team of dental experts has determined that you are a good candidate for a dental crown, we will need to schedule an appointment to prepare your tooth for your new crown, as well as an appointment for the crown to actually be placed. At Belvedere Family Dentistry, we understand that dental services like this can feel intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to expect. We are here to help explain all that goes on during your dental crown procedure so you feel more at ease in our care!

In order to place a dental crown, the tooth first must be thoroughly examined and x-rayed to ensure that there is no need for a root canal. If tooth decay, any injury to the tooth’s pulp or a risk of infection seems to be present, these issues will need to be cleared through root canal therapy prior to crown placement.

After the tooth has been cleared of potential damage or health concerns, it will be filed across the top and sides to make room for the crown itself. In instances where a crown is needed due to damage or decay, we are also able to fill in that missing structure for the crown to cover the area properly. When the tooth has been correctly shaped through filing or adding a filling, we take an impression of that shape and use it to create your permanent crown. This ensures that your bite is not negatively impacted and that the shape of your smile is natural and congruent. While you are waiting for the permanent dental crown, we place a temporary crown to cover and protect the freshly prepared tooth.

About two weeks later, you will come in for your second appointment when the permanent crown is ready. First, our team will remove the temporary materials. Next, we triple check that the shape and color match with your natural teeth. When everything looks good to go, the area will be numbed to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible, and the dental crown is permanently cemented in place.

If you have any further questions about your dental crown procedure, feel free to call us at 704-927-5499. Ready to move forward with crown placement? Schedule an appointment today with our easy online scheduler. We look forward to helping improve for your oral health!






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