Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

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When it comes to infant oral care, new parents may be surprised by the  recommendations from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill. We advise parents to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge.

Brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth. Use a warm, wet cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, the time has come to brush them at least twice a day.

It is vital to select the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft-bristled brush with a small amount of toothpaste is best. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are beneficial.

If your child can’t stand the taste of toothpaste, it’s okay to brush without it for a while. The goal is to remove food bits that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is essential to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most kids don’t develop before age six or seven. As with brushing, parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Your child’s first dental visit should be as soon as the first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday. Please call us at Town Dental Group to schedule your child’s first cleaning and checkup. We specialize in pediatric dentistry. Call today!

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-800-0255

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 

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Sealants Prevent Cavities For Kids

Town Dental Group Sealants Prevent Cavities For Mint Hill KidsYour child’s first dental exam at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill should occur when the first teeth are in, usually between six months and one year of age.

During this first check-up we can discuss sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth.

Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught and breed dangerous bacteria They are especially effective on the back teeth, where most cavities occur.

The application process takes only one short visit. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.

If properly cared for, sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages. Sealants can also be re-applied, as necessary.

Dental sealants from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill are an added barrier of protection for your child’s teeth. We offer pediatric dentistry, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-800-0255

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 

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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Dentist

Visit Your Mint Hill DentistYou smile deserves regular attention. If you haven’t seen a dentist at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill lately, consider these important reasons why you should:

  1. Check Up: It’s time, and this is the best way to head off any dental problems.
  2. Clean Up: Our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up: If it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in for a refresher course on correct dental hygiene.
  4. Avoid Pain: If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now, because we specialize in relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings: We can find and fill all your dental cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you abstain from more painful issues down the road, and helps some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent Gum Disease: We’ll assess the health of your gums and suggest treatments or practices that are available to help you improve the health of your gums.
  7. A Whiter Smile: We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will enhance your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic Dentistry: Considering making improvements to your smile? We can help you evaluate the options.
  10. Confidence: Nothing brings you more confidence than a healthy,  smile.

The team at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill provides the cleanings and checkups that give you peace of mind. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 

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Re-Contour Your Teeth

Re-Contour Your Teeth At Town Dental Group

If your crooked, tarnished teeth keep you from smiling and you feel like there is nothing you can do about it, please give us a call! Cosmetic dentistry from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill can turn your smile into a thing of beauty.

If your teeth are uneven, Town Dental Group has several options to fix that. We can re-contour your teeth by removing a small portion of your enamel to change the length or shape. If more is required to improve your smile we can offer veneers or bonding.

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth, correcting cosmetic imperfections. They can last longer than dental bonding and preserve more natural tooth structure than crowns.

Many men and women have teeth that have become stained by drinking colas, tea, or coffee. If you have stained teeth and dream of having pearly white teeth then check out the many teeth whitening options.

At Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry for the kids. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Protection For Mint Hill Kids

Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Tooth Protection For Wyndemere Crossing Kids

Most parents know the basics of children’s oral health: limit sugar, make sure they brush and floss regularly, discourage between-meal snacking, and take them to the dentist for twice-yearly exams and cleanings. At Town Dental Group, your children’s dentist in Mint Hill, we’d add to make sure  they get enough calcium and Vitamin D. Many parents also give their kids fluoride supplements if their municipal water supply has an inadequate level of fluoride.

Is there anything else a concerned parent can do to promote children’s oral health? Yes! Have children use an oral rinse that contains fluoride.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but fluoride rinses help teeth that have already come in. A fluoride rinse is an added measure of protection.

We recommend North Carolina children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss. They should swish it around in their mouth for thirty seconds or so, and then spit it out. (Make sure your child doesn’t swallow it!) This should be the last substance in their mouth before they go to bed. The fluoride will remain on the teeth and help prevent new cavities from forming. It can also help stop any demineralization that has already begun by accumulating in the tiny fissures and fortifying the enamel.

Town Dental Group in Mint Hill provides children’s dentistry, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment for you and your kids today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


Saliva And Dental Health

Saliva And Mint Hill

This post explores the importance of saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, the dentists at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill remind you that saliva is critical for dental health.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The prime pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a critical factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel of the teeth. Its immunoproteins curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate the salivary glands. But some cope with dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health troubles occur.

Town Dental Group in Mint Hill can help patients with dry mouth. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and have evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277

 


Kids Who Like Dental Visits? Mint Hill Pediatric Dentistry

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At Town Dental Group, we are proud of the fact that the majority of our young patients like visiting our office for their checkups, cleanings, and treatments. We provide excellent pediatric dentistry, and believe that developing a relationship with an experienced, friendly dentist is an integral responsibility for parents.

The Oral Health-Physical Health Connection

Optimal physical health for children is impossible without the oral health component. Though this seems obvious, tooth decay in children is a national epidemic, and, for the most part, is preventable. Regular checkups are just as important as physicals and immunizations.

The health of your child’s teeth and gums influences their speech development, eating habits, academic success, mental health, and social relationships. At Town Dental Group, we love working with you and your child to establish habits that ensure a healthy smile for life.

The Good News

Today’s children are far less fearful of the dentist than their grandparents’ generation. Part of the reason is that today’s dental tools have progressed considerably and rarely cause any pain. If you are old enough to remember the whining dental drills of fifty years ago, you probably have a greater appreciation for the technological developments that make dental treatment far more pleasant than in years past.

When Should A Child Have Their First Dental Checkup?

We advise parents to bring their toddler in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

In addition to pediatric dentistry, Town Dental Group in Mint Hill offers general and cosmetic dentistry, and treatment for issues such as teeth grinding and impacted wisdom teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Town Dental Group:

704-815-5105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6820 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, North Carolina
28277