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Many things affect the cleanliness of our teeth from what we eat to how often we brush them. Things like the length of time you brush your teeth and your brushing technique also affect how clean your teeth are overall. Were you aware that the type of toothbrush you use also has a direct effect on how well you remove plaque from your teeth while brushing? Many people wouldn’t think about what type of toothbrush they use makes a difference or is a big deal, but they are wrong. Electric toothbrushes are better at plaque removal compared to your standard manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are also easier to use than a standard manual toothbrush and for this reason, many people have switched to electric toothbrushes.

 

Different types of toothbrushes require different techniques to correctly clean your teeth. A standard manual toothbrush requires you to manually provide all of the brushing motion. You must gently move your toothbrush in a circular motion back and forth around your teeth. With an electric toothbrush, the toothbrush does the brushing motion for you by gently spinning in place which allows the user to gently hold the toothbrush against each tooth and allow it to clean the tooth for them. All you are required to do with an electric toothbrush is gently guide it from one tooth to another after cleaning each of them.

 

One of the most common and largest problems people face while using a standard toothbrush is not brushing for a full two minutes with the correct brushing technique. The end result is a mouth full of teeth that are not as clean as they ideally could be. Many electric toothbrushes, however, have a two-minute timer built in. Using this timer will help to remind you to brush your teeth for the full recommended amount of time that is required to keep each of your teeth as clean as possible. Electric toothbrushes are also often built to help protect your gums as well as clean them. Many electric toothbrushes have a pressure sensor that is built right in that will notify you if you are pushing or brushing too hard.

 

Electric toothbrushes can also be a great way to get your kids more interested in brushing their teeth and overall oral health care. Not only are electric toothbrushes easier to use which may result in your kids enjoying brushing their teeth more, but many toothbrush brands also offer electric toothbrushes featuring your kids’ favorite tv show or movie character which might be just what they need to get them interested in keeping their teeth clean. Just always make sure you check the age recommendation and requirements on the toothbrush packaging before purchasing one or allowing your child to use it.

 

In many ways, an electric toothbrush is superior to the standard toothbrush. Other benefits of the electric toothbrush, compared to a regular toothbrush include removing stains that are caused by smoking cigarettes or drinking tea, coffee and wine.


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This question has been one of the most frequently asked and debated upon questions. Should you just brush your teeth twice a day? Should you brush your teeth after every meal? Exactly, how often should you brush your teeth per day? Today, we’re going to explore what the answer to that question is.

To start, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day. Yep, just twice a day. But there’s more. Between brushing your teeth twice a day, you should also be flossing and rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash. You only need to do that once per day. To top off your oral care, you should also chew sugar-free gum throughout the day, between your meals, in order to decrease the amount of build-up on your teeth. These are great ways to prevent cavities and other gum diseases as a basic daily oral care routine.

In terms of visiting your dentist, you should come in for a dental cleaning at least twice a year. This is assuming that you are coming in for your annual check-ups, x-rays, cleanings, and other preventative care. If there are pains, aches, or other concerns that you have, of course, come in more often.

This is how often we recommend that you brush your teeth and come in for your dental care.

But of course, what if you forget to brush your teeth. You don’t need to brush your teeth at the same time every day, although that’s what we recommend. If you forgot to brush your teeth, simply brush it when you remember. There’s nothing wrong with brushing your teeth at a different hour of the day. Don’t let forgetting to brush your teeth become a habit because your teeth and gums will both suffer, as a result.

Make sure that brushing your teeth becomes a part of your daily grooming habit. When you use the bathroom in the morning, take a quick detour to brush your teeth. Make it a part of your routine so it becomes easier to remember.

Other things that you can also do in order to maintain great oral hygiene is to carry mini toothbrushes in your purse. These can be the type to substitute brushing your teeth when you are out and about just in case you need to brush your teeth and forgot in the morning. Carrying sugar-free gum is also another great way to keep your teeth nice and clean.

So how often should you brush your teeth?

The short answer? Do it twice a day, along with flossing and mouthwashing. You should also chew sugar-free gum, throughout the day, in order to maintain your pearly whites. It’s not a big deal if you forget to brush your teeth, just do it as soon as you can remember.

You should also visit your dentist at least twice a year for preventative maintenance and cleanings. If you need other tips or strategies to keep your oral hygeine at its best, feel free to contact us.



Science and technology has made lives considerably easier as well as hassle-free. They have provided benefit to mankind in every single way and in every single field. In the field of healthcare and medicine, technology has been immensely beneficial, one such gain offered is the electric toothbrush, which has changed the way of oral cleaning and maintaining proper oral hygiene.

As the name implies, an electric toothbrush uses electricity in order to allow for the motion of the bristles in to and fro or rotational manner in order to clean the teeth and gums of debris and germs. The motions of the bristles are brought about using an electric motor or piezoelectric crystals.

The first electric toothbrush was invented in Switzerland by Dr Philip Guy Woog, who marketed the product as “Broxodent”. The toothbrush had a plug which connected to the mains power supply in order to function, and was intended for patients with limited motor skills and for those who have had dental surgery or braces. The first wireless toothbrush was produced by General Electric in the 1960s, with the power from the device coming from rechargeable batteries. As time passed and regulations became stricter on electric toothbrushes using mains voltage for being unsafe, battery operated toothbrushes gained credence and nowadays every modern electric toothbrush runs on battery power due to the portability and the ease of use provided by batteries.

Electric toothbrushes can be classified on the basis of their motion or on the basis of their speed. Electric toothbrushes are either vibration based or rotation based depending upon the type of motion they employ to clean the teeth. A vibrating toothbrush is to be used in a similar manner as a regular toothbrush, while a rotation toothbrush involves the user to move the brush slowly from teeth to teeth to let it perform its cleaning action.

On the basis of speed, electric toothbrushes can be classified as standard power, sonic or ultrasonic toothbrushes. Standard toothbrushes operate below 20 Hz, while sonic toothbrushes operate between the ranges of 20 to 20,000 Hz. Ultrasonic toothbrushes operate beyond 20,000 Hz. These different toothbrushes have different cleaning speeds to ensure that the teeth and the gums are effectively cleaned.

Modern electric toothbrushes also contain a variety of other features, which includes a timer which reminds the user if they spend too much of time brushing their teeth. They may also have LED lights or LCD screens to display battery levels as well as other important information. Electric toothbrushes also have pressure sensors which detects if the user is applying too much of force while cleaning their teeth and sends out a warning in the form of a buzz sound. They also have switches and buttons to increase or decrease the intensity of the motion or speed at which the toothbrush cleans the teeth.

A variety of options are available in the market today, which makes it difficult to decide the correct electric toothbrush according to our needs. The dental professionals at Belvedere Family Dentistry can help you with your dental queries as well as your dental ailments with their knowledgeable yet caring staff.



We all have heard about the root canal procedure done by dentists to get rid of dental problems and to ensure healthier teeth. We will have a look at how the root canal treatment is done in detail as well as the things you need to keep in mind while going for a root canal treatment for your dental ailment.

Root canal treatment is generally done by a root canal specialist, called endodontist, who works in conjunction with your dentist. The treatment involves several steps, which are discussed in detail below.

The first step of the treatment procedure involves the dentist performing a series of X-Rays on the region where the root canal is needed to be done. These x-rays help the dentist to know the extent of the damage as well as helps him deduce the correct way to move forward in order to perform the treatment. The second step involves the administration of a local anaesthetic which numbs the specific region of the mouth where the procedure is to be performed to ensure minimal or negligible pain to the patient.

The next step involves the dentist putting a mat like thing on the affected region, to ensure that the teeth remains dry during the process. This mat is usually made of waterproof material like rubber or plastic. This mat also prevents the patient from swallowing undesirable substances which is used during the treatment process. The dentist would then remove the crown in order to gain access to the soft pulp to remove the infected tissues. If he or she finds any abscesses during the procedure it would be drained to provide long lasting relief.

Post the clean-up, the dentist would enlarge the canal so that it can be easily filled. To do so, the dentist would use an assortment of files which would make the region easier to be filled in as well as would give it a proper shape. This part of the process is long winded and it may take more than a single session to pass through this stage of the treatment process. The dentist would apply some medicine in the region between treatment sessions to ensure that the pathogens do not come back to attack the affected region. Antibiotics may also be provided to ward off any allergies or fever that may arise due to the process.

The last part of the treatment involves the sealing of the root canal to prevent further infection as well as the placement of a crown to prevent breakage or other damage. In some cases, the dentist may also suggest a treatment for the discolouration that may occur due to root canal.

Post the root canal treatment process, it becomes extremely important to practise proper oral hygiene to ensure that the teeth survives longer. Generally, teeth which go through the root canal process, survive a minimum of 8 years if proper care is taken.

Belvedere Family Dentistry specialize the root canal treatment process as well as other dental procedures to help you get relief from your dental ailments. Their team is helpful yet professional and ensures that their patients have happier and healthier smiles.



A popular cosmetic procedure, teeth whitening can go a long way in helping people get whiter and better smiles. It makes the teeth look healthier and pristine and even boosts people’s confidence, making them smile and laugh more and enjoy the big and little things in life. But as with all things, you need to know about all the aspects of teeth whitening and be aware of the risks before getting your teeth whitened as teeth whitening involves the use of strong chemicals.

 

Some dangers of teeth whitening include –

  • Irritation and discomfort in the gums, tongue and other oral muscles due to the chemicals used for whitening teeth. The chemicals may also lead the teeth to become even more sensitive to changes in temperature and thereby causing pain.
  • The chemicals causing stomach ache, nausea and other digestive problems if swallowed. If teeth whitening chemicals are swallowed by pregnant women, it may cause issues with the teeth of the unborn child.
  • Some dental whitening procedures may also lead to blistering and burning of the lips and can even cause tooth damage and tooth decay if used incorrectly.

 

The chemical which is majorly used for tooth whitening is hydrogen peroxide. Other peroxides such as carbamide peroxides may also be used. Peroxides, in general are strong chemicals and if used without care and in improper quantities may lead to oral ailments. These oral ailments include burns, sores and even ulcers in the soft tissues of the mouth. Generally the most common side effect of teeth whitening, the amount of discomfort and pain is dependent on your tissues’ sensitivity as well as the concentration and potency of the chemicals used. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can also lead to major damage if used incorrectly, as is often the case. While the sores do heal over a period of few days, some may take even weeks to recover. The best course of action to avoid these sores and burns is to make sure the products being used are FDA or ADA certified.

 

Tooth sensitivity is also a big issue which occurs due to teeth whitening. The tooth becomes sensitive to temperature changes due to the tooth enamel getting worn out due to the chemical used for teeth whitening. Although this sensitivity goes away within a week, some people may suffer due to increased sensitivity to external stimuli. The discomfort associated with sensitivity can be removed by using painkillers or specialized toothpaste or dental creams made to relieve sensitivity and lessen irritation. You may also want to hold off from eating too hot or too cold food items during this period.

 

Home remedies, while sounding tame, also has a plethora of side effects. It is said that the majority of complications arising from teeth whitening is due to the improper use of home remedies without proper supervision or guidelines. Some home remedies for teeth whitening are quite abrasive, for example, baking soda, and can cause a host of oral and dental issues. Some fruit acids used for teeth whitening can also increase the risk of teeth having cavities.

 

Overall, it can be said that teeth whitening is a safe process when performed by skilled personnel, or in this case, dentists, as they know the limits as well as can help you even better in getting whiter teeth. The dentists are Belvedere Family Dentistry are well accustomed to teeth whitening procedures and have helped a large number of their patients in the procedure as well as other dental procedures.



Diabetes is a serious disease with a wide variety of negative implications on the human body. The negative effects of diabetes include effects on the teeth and gums. We take a look at oral problems to be aware of when living with diabetes.

Gum Disease

There are two major types of gum diseases which are common in diabetic patients – gingivitis and periodontitis. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, but if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis. While gingivitis can be prevented or controlled by proper gum care, periodontitis cannot be treated using the process as the body’s fighting ability to infections becomes inhibited due to diabetes. Thus, immediate dental supervision by a dentist is needed as having gum disease can lead to the body unable to regulate its glucose levels, which in turn, would worsen the diabetic condition.

Cavities and Dry Mouth

Cavities are caused when pathogens attack and invade the tooth. They start by eroding the enamel and progressing forward even attack the inner tooth layers and the blood vessels and nerves. Diabetics are more susceptible to having cavities due to the fact that they produce less saliva, which protects the teeth and inhibits the attacking power of the pathogens. Another reason for diabetics being more susceptible is the presence of excess glucose in their body, which cannot be regulated properly due to the lack of insulin.

Dry mouth is also a major reason for cavity formation, and diabetics have to ensure that their mouth is not dry all the time. In addition, dry mouth can lead to bad breath. Hence diabetics are advised to use mouth fresheners and mints to ensure freshness.

Oral Care for Diabetic Patients

The increased risk of oral problems due to diabetes makes it extremely important to practise ways and measures for proper oral and dental hygiene. Some tips for maintaining oral hygiene for diabetics include-

  1.    Brushing and flossing your teeth – One should brush their teeth at least twice per day, preferably after waking up in the morning and before heading to sleep for the night. One should also floss their teeth at least once a day. These measures will prevent plaque build-up and help to avoid tooth and gum issues.
  2.    Managing diet – Patients with diabetes already have a plethora of restrictions on their food, with a lot of food items barred for consumption as it could lead to complications. On top of these restrictions, making sure to avoid foods rich in sugar would also help to maintain oral health and prevent tooth decay.
  3.    Making your dentist aware – An extremely important step is to let your dentist know about your diabetes as it would help him or her to schedule your dental appointments better as diabetics are more susceptible to oral and dental diseases and better scheduling would help them detects problems early on.

Belvedere Family Dentistry specializes in oral and dental treatments for diabetic patients as well as non-diabetic patients of all age groups. Their team involves professional and caring staff that is quick yet efficient in providing the best care for your tooth and gums.



After a visit to your dentist’s office, you leave with a radiant, confident smile. So, how do you  keep that smile working for you all year round? The trick is to keep up with your dental hygiene routine but to also avoid foods that can stain your teeth. That’s right- there are foods out there that can do damage to your teeth, giving them the appearance of being dull and yellow.

A person’s self-esteem and confidence is so tightly tied to the color of their teeth and oral health that it’s worth it to avoid foods that will make your teeth stained. Here are a few foods that you should avoid:

Acidic foods with citric acid

One of the biggest culprits of yellowing teeth is from nutritious citric fruits. Sure, these fruits are packed with vitamin c and are great for your health, but go easy on them. The wonderful fruits can erode away your enamel, making your teeth sensitive to cold and heat. When your enamel is eroded away, you also reveal dentin, which is a yellowish tissue underneath your enamel.

Sugary foods and drinks

Both sugary foods and drinks will stain your teeth because the sugars create a playground for bacteria to feed off of. The more sugary foods and drinks you take in, the more bacteria will wear away at your teeth, causing holes. These bacterias release acids that cause things like tooth decay, which will definitely put you on the fast track to stain your teeth a much darker color. Reduce the amount of sugary foods and drinks you put into your mouth to avoid stained teeth.

Coffee

Coffee is another culprit when it comes to acidic foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. Experts advise drinking coffee with a top lid instead of a straw or an open cup, in order to reduce the amount of coffee that makes contact with your teeth. Like the other acidic foods and drinks mentioned about, coffee also erodes away at the teeth’s enamel and allows other foods to continue to do damage, staining your teeth.

Wine

Yet another delicious treat that we need to talk about, wine can actually create holes in your teeth that help other foods stain your teeth, just like coffee. On top of that, wine is known to give your teeth a dull, gray colored stain, which is more difficult to remove than yellow stains. The plus side is that red wine is thought to help prevent cavities, so keep your wine drinking in moderation.

Keep these foods in mind while protecting your teeth

Foods that stain your teeth can do incredible damage to both your smile and your self-esteem. Avoiding the foods and drinks talked about above is the best way for you to maintain a wonderful smile year round. Also, remember to come to Belvedere Dentistry for your yearly cleaning and for a dental check up. We will help you keep your smile radiantly confident, stain-free, and welcoming throughout the year.


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What the Belvedere Family Dentistry values the most is to facilitate our patients in a compassionate way. The Charlotte North Carolina Dentists deeply care about a patient’s dental health and aspire to provide the best dental health care services in the whole of NC. It is not about competition; rather it is about building strong and compassionate relationships with our patients and bringing superior value to the dentistry at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Almost every one of us faces one issue or another with our dental health at one point in time. We believe that dental health is something that should never be neglected. Weak dental health can cost quite a lot in the long run and there is no denying that. If you are suffering from any kind of dental illness or unease then the Belvedere Family Dentistry are always available at your service. They love to help patients achieve beautiful smile and we believe in doing it in the most compassionate and creative way.

Services and Values Offered By Belvedere Dentist Family:

A mesmerizing smile can be quite influential in everyday dealings whether it is a routine chat with a peer or some important discussion with a business partner and even with a potential date. It can bring a person closer and make him feel at home with you or push them away. So, there is no doubt about how important dental health really is.

The Charlotte Dentists team dedicated to put their whole heart and soul in their work and try to reflect our core values in the things that they do. They understand the importance of having an appealing smile and we consider it our duty to bring that inner and hidden dental beauty out. With our latest and reliable equipment, experienced staff and versatile services, Belvedere Dentist family aim to expand all across NC, helping people with their dental health issues.

We treat each patient individually and tailor the treatment exactly suited for that particular patient. Belvedere Dentist Family offers services like Dental Implants, Dental Bridges, teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign and crowning.

Your smile is your one of the most valuable assets and maintaining its health is our job. Our experienced Dentist staff can guide you through the steps that you need to take in order to maximize your oral health. Keeping your teeth and mouth clean is very important. You may be suggested certain diets or oral treatments that can improve your dental health.

If you feel any kind of unease regarding your dental health then we urge you not to take it lightly and contact us so that your problem can be addressed in a proper way. Our Dentists our well known for their compassionate behavior towards the patient and our primary focus has always been on restoring the beauty of your smile using latest as well as conventional ways as per the requirement. Our patient’s point of view is considered to be of extreme importance and we believe in treating our patients in a comfortable environment. Our values are what drives the quality of our services and we aspire to keep following them in the coming future.


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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night or go throughout the day with a dry mouth? Having dry mouth is a condition with your salivary glands where they don’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist and wet. Here at Belvedere Family Dentistry we see all kinds of people with this condition and we want you to know that we can help you. We are one of the best dental offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and today in this article we are going to be discussing the signs and symptoms of dry mouth.

Signs and Symptoms of Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is often a side effect of certain kinds of medication that you take, or you can also get dry mouth from radiation therapy for cancer. Dry mouth can also be caused by a condition that you have that affects your glands. Your saliva helps protect your teeth from tooth decay by killing the acid that is produced by bacteria and it also prevents the growth of bacteria by cleaning the food particles in your mouth.

Your saliva also improves how you taste your food and it can make your food softer and easier to chew and swallow. Not having a lot of saliva and having an extremely dry mouth can cause very bad health problems and can have a severe effect on your teeth and gums. It can also change the way you love your food and your appetite. Here are the signs and symptoms of dry mouth.

·        Sometimes you can get a dry, sticky feeling in your mouth.

·        Thick and stringy saliva.

·        Having foul breath.

·        You may have trouble talking, chewing, and swallowing.

·        Your voice may become horse with a sore throat and dry mouth.

·        You can have a very dry feeling on your tongue and could also feel like it has grooves on it,

·        Your food can taste different.

·        It may be difficult to ware dentures.

We Can Help with Dry Mouth

Now that you are aware of the signs and symptoms of dry mouth we urge you to come in for a visit so we can help you treat this condition. Here at Belvedere Family Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, we take pride in our work and strive to give each of your patients the best care suited for their needs. If you were to have any questions or concerns, please drop by for a visit or call us anytime!


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Foods like veggies, dairy products, and leafy greens are not just good for your body, but it also helps naturally clean your teeth while eating them. Here at Belvedere Family Dentistry we are all about staying healthy and keeping your teeth healthy as well. In this article, we are going to be discussing what kinds of food help naturally clean your teeth.

Foods that Naturally Clean Your Teeth

Keeping your teeth clean is very important and choosing the right foods to eat can also help naturally clean your teeth along with brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Here is a list of foods that can naturally clean your teeth.

·        Vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, sweet potatoes, celery, and broccoli are really important for your teeth. They contain vitamin A and that is necessary for the formations of your enamel. Crunchy and crisp veggies such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and cucumbers help clean your gums and teeth because of the increased chewing that it takes to break down the food, it helps scrub off the plaque and bacteria that’s on your teeth. Celery also protects your teeth by producing more saliva and that can neutralize acid that can cause cavities and tooth decay.

·        Fruits such as strawberries, apples, and kiwis have vitamin C. This is the vitamin that holds all your cells together and it is vital for your enamel on your teeth and gums. Without this vitamin the cells in your gums can break down, causing your gums to be weak and tender. Apples are great for cleaning your teeth the outer layer of the apple acts as a toothbrush by scrubbing the bacteria away from your mouth.

·        Eating fresh herbs by chewing on specific herbs, such as cilantro, parsley, and mint can help minimize any of the odor causing bacteria, which can help make your breath fresher.

See For Yourself How These Foods Naturally Clean Your Teeth

Now that you some of the foods that can naturally clean your teeth, put it to the test. We recommend that you try to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet to help your body stay healthy and to help keep your teeth clean. We here at Belvedere Family Dentistry we strive to give you the best patient care possible and since we are one of the best dentists in Charlotte, North Carolina. We take pride in our work. Please call us if you happen to have any questions or concerns. 






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