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

Preventing Bad Breath: Causes and Treatments By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on December 11, 2014

A woman covering her mouth It's pretty common to experience bad breath after eating certain foods, but did you know that persistent bad breath can actually be a sign of something more serious? Bad breath isn't always caused by the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. It can also be caused by oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Dr. Charles A. Porter offers a variety of  restorative dentistry options to repair dental damage and restore oral health. Though restorative dentistry treatments can reduce bad breath symptoms, in order to effectively treat bad breath, it is important to determine the cause. Read on to learn more about the causes of bad breath and treatment options available to our Charlotte patients.

Bad Breath Causes

Bad breath can happen to anyone, especially given the right meal. Though garlic-filled spaghetti or a nice slice of onion on a cheeseburger can make for a delicious meal, they also cause bad breath. Food is a major culprit of bad breath but it's actually the least severe cause. Other causes of bad breath are health-related, which is why chronic bad breath should not be ignored. Health issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and even diabetes can result in bad breath. The most common causes of bad breath include:

  • Foods and drinks: Odorous foods and drinks, like onions, garlic, coffee, and alcohol, can cause bad breath. Bad breath caused by food and drink goes away once fully digested.
  • Smoking: Smoking can cause bad breath and affect the health of your entire body.
  • Gum disease: Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to foul smelling breath.
  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay can cause bad breath as a result of the infection.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes is another, more serious cause of bad breath, and may be suspected in cases of chronic bad breath.
  • Respiratory tract infections: Bad breath can be a sign of respiratory tract infection.
  • Oral yeast infections: Oral yeast infections can occur in adults as a result of smoking, denture wear, diabetes, and prolonged use of antibiotics. One symptom of oral yeast infection is bad breath.
  • Acid reflux: Acid reflux occurs when stomach acids move up the esophagus, causing bad breath.

Treating Bad Breath

In order to properly and effectively treat bad breath, it is important to determine the cause. A thorough dental exam will be needed to personalize your bad breath treatment. In cases in which bad breath appears to be caused by general health issues, patients will need to see their primary care physician for further treatment. Though treating bad breath requires individualized assessment, some ways to reduce bad breath include:

  • Skip certain foods and drinks
  • Give up smoking
  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • See your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Floss everyday
  • Drink water regularly to wash food and bacteria away
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating
  • Seek treatment for gum disease and tooth decay

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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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