Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Gum Disease Treatment Can Improve Oral Health and Protect the Teeth By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on September 21, 2014

Embracing older couple, both with white, healthy teethMost dental patients are very concerned with the health and appearance of their teeth. While healthy teeth are extremely important, it is just as important to care for the gums. The teeth and gums can be described as having a codependent relationship. Healthy gums will likely lead to healthy teeth, just as unhealthy gums will likely lead to unhealthy teeth. Dr. Charles a Porter is a restorative dentist who works to improve the health of both the teeth and gums so that patients have a smile that is healthy, structurally sound, and beautiful. Gum disease is the most common condition that affects the health of the gums, and therefore, the teeth. Dr. Porter offers his Charlotte patients gum disease treatment that restores the health of the gums and protects the teeth from the unhealthy side effects of this condition.

Gum Disease Treatments

Gum disease is a progressive condition that begins with the buildup of plaque and tartar. Just as plaque and tartar eat away at healthy tooth enamel, they also can destroy healthy gum tissue. Over time, if the condition is left untreated, gum disease may result in pain, infection, a receding gum line, and even tooth loss, just to name a few. In order to keep the gums, teeth, and mouth healthy, it is important to treat gum disease as early as possible. Below are some common gum disease treatments:

  • Dental cleaning and fluoride treatment: At the very earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, a regular dental cleaning, along with a fluoride treatment may be enough to treat gum disease. At a professional dental cleaning, we can eliminate plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line, often reaching places that are too difficult for patients to clean with regular brushing. A fluoride treatment further ensures that the mouth has been rid of harmful bacteria.
  • Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment for gum disease. This is a thorough cleaning that allows Dr. Porter to clean not only the visible surface of the teeth and gums, but also the area beneath the gum line, extending all the way down to the root of the tooth. This eliminates deep-set plaque and tartar and also creates a smooth surface on the roots of the tooth so that it makes it more difficult for bacteria to cling to the tooth. Often accompanied by an anti-bacterial treatment, scaling and root planing is an effective treatment that can improve the oral health of those who suffer from mild to advanced stages of gum disease.
  • Surgery: In the most severe stages, surgery may be the best gum disease treatment. Oral surgery is often a last resort after other treatment options have proven ineffective. Oral surgery for gum disease can reduce the presence of pockets at the gum line and can help to promote the growth of healthy new bone and gum tissue.

Contact Us

Dr. Charles A. Porter offers a comprehensive range of dental services that can meet the needs of any of his dental patients. Whether you are looking to repair a damaged tooth, treat gum disease, or simply want to improve the aesthetics of your smile, Dr. Porter and his team can help. Contact us to learn more about our dental services and how we can help you create a picture-perfect smile. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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