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

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Fluoride Treatments

Children and some adults are particularly susceptible to tooth decay, which can compromise teeth and be a hassle to address.

Fluoride protects teeth from erosion and, in turn, reduces the risk of cavities.

That sounds great! But how does it work?

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How Fluoride Keeps Teeth Strong

Prevents Decay

By making teeth more resistant to the acids found in plaque, fluoride can protect you from cavities and reverse early decay.

Provides More Concentrated Treatment

Though fluoride is often found in toothpastes and mouth rinses, it is delivered at a higher concentration in professional gels, solutions, and varnishes

Protects Adults and Children Alike

While most often recommended for children, fluoride can benefit adults who are more vulnerable to cavities, including those with gum disease, dry mouth conditions, or restorations.

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If You or Your Child are Prone to Cavities, You Have the Power to Fight Them

*According to research on children and adults published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

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Why Pay for Preventive Care When I Can Treat a Cavity?

The cost of a typical fluoride application is about $30 to $50. In contrast, fillings generally cost about $90 to $250, and crowns about $500 to $2,500 per tooth. 

While a crown can take up to two weeks to fabricate and place, varnish takes only a few minutes to apply.

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Choose Your Method of Delivery

Fluoride treatment comes in many forms. If you would prefer to avoid trays and gel, your dentist can use varnish. This is gently painted on the front, back, and top of teeth and will harden in seconds. The entire procedure takes no more than two minutes. Simply leave the varnish on for six hours (you can return to normal activities immediately), and remove it with a toothbrush later in the day.

Fluoride treatment is a quick and easy way to protect the health and longevity of your or your child’s smile. At such a low cost, it is a no-brainer! Talk to your dentist today to learn more.

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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