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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.



When we read or hear the words dental tools, we sometimes get a little bit freaked out, but not to worry. The dental tools that we use in our professional cleanings don’t hurt. Belvedere Family Dentistry is one of the best dentist office’s in Charlotte, North Carolina. We make sure you are completely satisfied with your care before you leave the office. We take pride in our work and most of all we strive to give you the best dental care possible. In this article we will be discussing what type of dental tools we use for our professional cleanings.

Dental Tools that We Use for Cleanings

As dentists and dental hygienists, we aim to remove plaque, tarter and stains that have built up on your teeth. Even if you brush and floss your teeth and gums regularly each day the tarter can still build up on your teeth. Getting a professional cleaning is an important part of great oral hygiene and is really needed to help your teeth stay clean and tarter free. We actually recommend that you come into the office for a dental cleaning once every 6-12 months, so that way we can prevent periodontal disease from progressing. We ask that you to still maintain good oral hygiene at home in between cleanings to help reduce the buildup of tarter. Here is a list of the dental tools that we will be using to clean your teeth.

·        Depending on how much tarter and plaque is on your teeth, we will be using a dental tool called an ultrasonic. What this does is that it vibrates your teeth to break up and remove the tarter and plaque that’s on your teeth.

·        After we use the ultrasonic and all that plaque is loose, we will be using a scraper to scrape off all the remaining buildup of plaque and tarter that’s on your teeth.

·        Next, we will be using a polisher that is electric. What this does is after your teeth have been scraped and all the plaque is removed we will polish them. The polisher will have a gritty paste applied to it and then the paste will be massaged onto your teeth. After the polishing is done your teeth will feel really smooth and clean.

·        We will then use a dental tool that is called a saliva ejector. The saliva ejector removes the remnants of the process and will also remove the saliva that you have built up.

·        The last dental tool that we will be using is fluoride. We will gently apply fluoride to your teeth so it can help strengthen your enamel and will also help prevent tooth decay.

Find Out More By Visiting Our Office

So now that you have an understanding of the dental tools that we will be using for your cleaning, give us a call and make an appointment with us. Here at Belvedere Family Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, we look forward to helping with all of your dental needs.



Porcelain Veneers – Enhance Your Smile & Protect Your Teeth It is your smile that helps create the first impression. Your teeth play the most important role in having the perfect smile. Eventually, it comes down to your dental health and how confident you feel to put their teeth on display. An increasing number of people are realizing the benefits of veneers that help hide all the flaws and enhance your smile.



Even though April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, this form of cancer does not receive as much attention as other forms of cancer, such as skin cancer. However, the mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than the other types of cancer people hear about more often. The reason oral cancer has such a higher mortality rate is because it is often diagnosed in the later stages. That is why it is extremely important to get regular oral cancer screenings from one of the family dentists in Charlotte. Oral cancer screenings can help diagnose the condition while it is in its early stages. Screenings can also help reduce your risk of developing oral cancer.



Unsightly dental work performed in the past can hinder a person’s confidence and make them self-conscious about their appearance. Bad dental work also results in poor occlusion, improper mastication, infections and tooth loss. Our Charlotte dentists offer several methods of improving a patient’s smile and facial esthetics through specialized cosmetic dentistry solutions as noted below:



Wisdom teeth surgery is often downplayed as a minor procedure. However, Wisdom tooth removal can put a great deal of strain on you. It can involve hard tugging, numerous injections and even cutting in the worst cases. Skilled Uptown Charlotte dentists can take steps to minimize the amount of pain you feel, however. The following are some things that you can do to prepare for the extraction, get through it and decrease your recovery time.






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We do our best to make it easy for you to get the beautiful smile you deserve! Our office accepts nearly all major insurance plans. Even though dental insurance is a private arrangement between you and your company, we will file your claim, handle all the paperwork, and help you get maximum insurance benefits.


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