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

Is Stress Wearing You Down? Your Teeth May Show Signs By Dr. Bobby Porter on October 22, 2020

Dental treatment to restore teeth damaged by bruxism (tooth grinding).

 

Yesterday, I saw a patient who knew she was grinding her teeth at night. She, like many, has found herself under more stress, and told me she was waking up with little pieces of broken teeth in her mouth. I was so glad she recognized this as a problem, and came to our office for help. Grinding habits often go unnoticed, and teeth can wear down without a patient experiencing any symptoms. I informed her many patients are noticing similar issues with their teeth due to elevated stress. The American Dental Association even shared an article published by NPR that touches on this rising issue. You may be able to see signs of grinding in rough or flattened edges of teeth, as you may have noticed in the picture from her appointment.  

There are many reasons teeth could appear worn, and patients may see signs of wear at any stage of life. Sometimes the types of foods and beverages in our diet can lead to broken down tooth surfaces. Very acidic foods, carbonated water or soft drinks, and rough foods (coarse nuts or chewing ice) can cause teeth to wear or break over time. Some health conditions like acid reflux, and various genetic conditions, can predispose patients to vulnerable, misshaped teeth.

If you catch yourself clenching or sliding your teeth side-to-side at night, you may be experiencing a form of grinding called nocturnal bruxism.  Nocturnal bruxism can easily go unnoticed, since it happens unconsciously for some people while they sleep. If you, or a loved one, suspect your teeth may be showing signs of wear, it is important to schedule an appointment with a dentist. As we mentioned, causes of tooth wear are varied, so it’s important to investigate with a dental exam and open conversation with your dentist. Depending on what may be causing your tooth wear, there are options available.

Yesterday’s patient chose to have some tooth-colored material placed to rebuild the broken teeth, and a night guard. This was an excellent option for her treatment. In some cases, Invisalign can help move teeth into more favorable positions, so teeth bear forces more equally. If bruxism is diagnosed early, a night guard alone could protect teeth from wearing down. These are only a few of many excellent options to help address and prevent further wear. We diagnose and treat many dental conditions, and we are honored to help manage your oral health. Please don't let concerns of your teeth wear you down! We can take care of it.

Keep brushing and flossing!

 

Dr. Porter

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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