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.


Dr. Porter and Team

Prevent Cavities and Decay with Dental Sealants By Dr. Charlie Porter on November 11, 2014

A young boy smilingDespite regular brushing and flossing, cavities may still develop. Children are especially prone to developing cavities, often as a result of excessive sugar consumption and poor oral hygiene habits. Fortunately, dental sealants can help prevent cavities and protect dental health. Dental sealants can be combined with other general dentistry treatments to ensure a healthy smile for years to come. To find out if dental sealants are right for you or your family, contact Charlotte dentist Charles Porter.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the molars to prevent cavities and decay. Dental sealants are specifically applied to the chewing surface of the molars, where cavities most commonly form. Dental sealant treatment is painless and can be completed in a single dental visit.

What to Expect During Dental Sealant Treatment

Dental sealant treatment is fast and simple. Dental sealant treatment is also well tolerated by children as it is painless and quickly performed. Treatment begins with a thorough cleaning of the teeth. The teeth are then dried and a special solution is applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. This solution is used to roughen the surface of the teeth to allow for a strong bond between the dental sealants and the teeth. The solution is then rinsed away and the teeth are dried again. Once dry, two coats of sealant will be applied to the teeth and a curing light will be used to harden the sealant. Dental sealants generally last around 10 years and can be replaced as necessary.

The Benefits of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants offer many benefits, including protection from dental decay.  Though dental sealants are most commonly used on children, adults can benefit from them as well. Some of the many benefits of dental sealants include:

  • Protects the teeth from decay: Dental sealants act as a shield guarding the chewing surfaces of the molars. This helps protect the teeth from decay and cavities.
  • Prevents the pain of tooth decay: Tooth decay and cavities can reach the nerves of the teeth, causing shooting pain. Dental sealants help protect the teeth from decay, preventing the pain associated with cavities.
  • Prevents the need for future costly dental treatments: Dental sealants help prevent dental decay which can lead to major dental problems like root canal therapy, dental fillings, and even tooth extraction. Dental sealants protect the teeth from dental decay, reducing the likelihood of future costly dental procedures.
  • Protects dental integrity: Dental decay is damaging to the teeth, weakening the natural structure of the tooth. Even if treated with a dental filling, teeth with cavities are at risk of breaking. Dental sealants help preserve the integrity and strength of the teeth by protecting them from the damage of tooth decay.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Porter

Dental sealants make an excellent addition to any oral health plan. To find out if dental sealants are suitable for you or your children, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter.

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS and Robert E. Porter, DDS

Dr. Charles Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. Working alongside his father, Dr. Robert Porter earned his DDS at UNC Adams School of Dentistry. He is certified in Spanish, and will gladly use Spanish throughout your visit if that makes you feel most comfortable. Our doctors are members 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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