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 Sealants

Because children are still growing and have not mastered a dental routine yet, they are especially vulnerable to cavities.

Made of a thin plastic coating, dental sealants act as literal shields against decay-causing bacteria so that your child’s smile stays healthy.

But why do children need dental sealants at all?

Understanding How Dental Sealants Help

Prevent Cavities

By acting as a physical barrier, a dental sealant can protect teeth from bacteria and decay. They are most often applied to the molars, which are especially vulnerable. 

Lower the Cost of Dental Care

The fewer cavities your child gets, the less you have to pay for restorative treatments like fillings and crowns.

Establish Long-Term Dental Health

Children do not always brush and floss their teeth properly, which makes it easier for cavities to develop. A little extra protection can lay the foundations for good oral health in the future.

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How Many Children Have Cavities?

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Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Sealants?

In most cases, dental insurance will cover some if not all of the cost of dental sealants. But the treatment is worth investing in either way. Prevention can go a long way when it comes to protecting your smile, and dental sealants are a key part of that. By waiting for a problem to develop, you may actually end up paying more than you would for preventive treatment alone.

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What Should You Expect at the Office?

In most cases, your doctor can place a dental sealant after a regular cleaning in thirty minutes or less. They will:

Clean the tooth

Apply etching gel to enamel to prepare the tooth and rinse it off

Paint on liquid sealant

Set sealant with curing light

The doctor will typically recommend waiting at least thirty minutes before eating or drinking to ensure that the sealants set completely.

How to Further Protect Your Child's Smile

Because dental sealants are cost-effective, safe, and easily applied, there is not much need for alternative treatment. However, in many cases, your doctor may recommend fluoride treatments to further strengthen your child's smile. While fluoride is an important element of dental protection, it is not a replacement for dental sealants. Instead, the two work together: if sealants provide physical protection, fluoride reinforces the strength of the natural tooth.

Dental sealants are an easy, safe, and cost-effective method for protecting vulnerable teeth from decay. Safeguard your child’s dental health for a lifetime and schedule an appointment with the doctor today.

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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