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

Dental Exams and Cleanings: Why They Are So Important By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on November 21, 2014

A smiling woman gives a thumbs upDr. Charles A. Porter III has been helping patients throughout the greater Charlotte area get the smile of their dreams. While cosmetic and restorative procedures are an important part of this, general dentistry is the cornerstone of good dental care, allowing for preventative procedures to be performed as well as essential services that make your smile its healthiest.

Regular Dental Visits Can Make a Major Difference

Visiting the dentist every six months can make a major difference to your overall dental health and wellness. You may not even realize it. A dentist does so much to enhance your dental health, performing cleanings and providing services that simply cannot be done at home. These services will treat current dental problems and also help prevent more serious issues down the road.

Taking X-Rays to Examine Structural Issues

X-rays are a common part of dental visits. These are taken so that dentists are able to analyze the internal structures of a tooth as well as the jawbone and other parts of the mouth. By doing this, problems that are not visible on the surface can be identified and addressed.

A Professional Cleaning and Polishing

A professional cleaning offers greater care and attention that you give give yourself at home. A dental hygienist will polish your teeth with an electric brush and will also floss your teeth. This allows the hard to reach and access places of your smile to get the attention they deserve. Your dentist will also use a scraper to get rid of any built up tarter or plaque.

Checking the Teeth and Gums

Once the teeth are cleaned, your dentist will then check the teeth and gums for any problems that are immediately visible. This will allow for the identification of tooth decay and gum disease or gum recession as well as any lesions that may be the sign of another health issue.

Discussing Concerns About Your Dental Health

During your dental visit, you will also be able to discuss any health issues that are not readily apparent. This includes dry mouth, problems with persistent/chronic bad breath, jaw pain, lockjaw, and so forth. Be sure to make these issues known to your dentist as they may be the sign of a more serious dental problem of general wellness issue that we can address.

Making Plans for Future Dental Treatments

Regular checkups are a way to plan for future dental health needs. Your dentist will go over any additional care that is required, making sure that you are prepared for a future procedure and know the risks and benefits that you may face.

Giving You Tips for Improving Dental Hygiene and Wellness

In addition to all of the above, your dentist will provide you with helpful tips to improve the overall quality of your dental hygiene and dental wellness at home. This includes knowing what kinds of dental care products to buy and what foods and beverages to be wary about.

Schedule a Dental Visit Today

To schedule a dental visit and have your dental health greatly enhanced, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Porter and the entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve exceptional dental health and wellness.

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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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