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

Tooth Erosion Causes and Treatments: Acidic Damage to the Teeth By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on December 21, 2014

A young man at home smilingWhen you meet with Dr. Charles A. Porter III at his office in Charlotte, you can expect the very best in advanced cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry treatments that improve dental health and the appearance of the smile. In addition, our team will share tips that can help your smile stay healthy and look lovely for years to come.

With the idea of prevention and at-home dental care, we'd like to consider the issue of tooth erosion, what it is, and what can be done about it.

What is tooth erosion?

Tooth erosion refers to the weakening and damage of the enamel layers of the teeth caused by an acidic oral pH. The condition is also known as dental erosion and acidic erosion.

Left untreated, tooth erosion can lead to the loss of a patient's tooth enamel, causing teeth to become weaker, yellow in color, stubby or shorter, and more like to to chip, crack, or fracture. Tooth erosion can also increase chances of root canal infection, which can lead to major dental health and general wellness problems down the road.

How does tooth erosion differ from tooth decay?

While many people think tooth erosion and tooth decay are the same thing, the face of the matter is that these are different conditions. While tooth erosion is caused by acidic oral pH, tooth decay is caused by a substance known as plaque which is produced by oral bacteria. This plaque clings to the teeth and eats into the tooth structure, causing cavities to form.

Common Causes of Tooth Erosion

Some of the most common causes of tooth erosion include the following substances:

  • Soft drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sugary foods
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Processed meat products
  • Gastric fluid

With regard to gastric fluid, this is simply a term for the stomach acid and other substances in the digestive tract that aid in digestion. Tooth erosion is often a common sign of alcoholism and bulimia. If you should notice any warning signs of bulimia and alcoholism as well as yellowing of a loved one's smile or other dental problems, be sure to intervene and help your loved one receive the professional help that he or she needs.

Treatment Options for Tooth Erosion

When it comes to treating tooth erosion, the most common treatment options involve the use of dental restorations (i.e., fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns) to rebuild the compromised or damaged enamel. The type of restoration that's ideal for you will be determined by the nature and extent of the dental erosion.

In serious cases of tooth erosion, a tooth may not be able to be saved. In these cases, the ideal option is often tooth extraction and replacement of the tooth with a bridge or implant-supported crown.

Tooth Erosion Prevention Tips

To prevent tooth erosion, we recommend the following:

  • Drink water to remain hydrated and maintain a more alkaline oral pH
  • Reduce consumption of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Drink with a straw so potentially harmful liquids bypass the teeth
  • Wait an hour after meals with acidic substances to avoid wearing away tooth enamel
  • Floss after every meal to remove acidic substances between the teeth

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Charles A. Porter III

To learn more about tooth erosion and the treatments available for other kinds of serious dental problems, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Charles A. Porter III and his entire team look forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your dental care goals.

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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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