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Posts for: November, 2015


As a parent, you have plenty of questions about your child’s health. One we hear quite often is when dental care should begin for a child.

The short answer is when their first tooth comes in, usually at six months to a year of age: that’s when you should begin brushing at home. But there’s also the matter of when to begin your child’s regular dental visits: we recommend the first visit around the child’s first birthday. Here are 4 reasons why this is the right time to start.

Prevention. First and foremost, starting visits at age one gives your child the best start for preventing tooth decay through cleanings, topical fluoride or, in some cases, sealants. Preventive care for primary teeth may not seem that important since they’ll eventually give way to the permanent teeth. But primary teeth also serve as guides for the next teeth’s ultimate position in the mouth — if a primary tooth is lost prematurely, it could affect your child’s bite in later years.

Development. Early dental visits give us a chance to keep an eye on bite and jaw development. If we notice a developing malocclusion (bad bite) or conditions favorable for it, we can refer you to an orthodontist for consultation or interventional therapy to reduce the possibility or extent of future treatment.

Support. Your child’s regular dental visits can also help you as a parent. We can advise you on all aspects of dental care, including brushing and flossing techniques, nutrition dos and don’ts, and how to handle situations like late thumb sucking.

Familiarization. Dental visits starting at age one will help your child become familiar and comfortable with visiting the dentist that might be more difficult to achieve if they’re older. Dental visit anxiety is a major reason why many people don’t maintain regular visits later in life. Children who come to realize that dental visits are a normal, even pleasant experience are more likely to continue the practice into adulthood.

Caring for your child’s teeth is just as important as other aspects of their health. Getting an early start can head off brewing problems now and set the course for healthy teeth and gums tomorrow.

If you would like more information on pediatric dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Age One Dental Visit.”

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
November 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Denise A. Perrotta, D.M.D
November 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Find out if bonding could improve the look of your smile painlessly.

You don’t need to go through hours of invasive dental procedures to get that fabulous smile. Find out how your BondingWinston Salem, NC dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta can easily improve small dental flaws to give you a healthier-looking smile.

What is dental bonding?

To cover minor dental imperfections, your Winston Salem dentist applies a tooth-colored plastic resin to your teeth, which is then hardened using a special laser to help bond the material to your tooth.

What issues can dental bonding fix?

Dental bonding can be a great option for these common situations:

  • Small chips and cracks
  • Discolorations
  • Gaps between teeth
  • To change the shape or size of a tooth
  • To fill a tooth after a cavity

If you are dealing with any of these problems then dental bonding might be the best treatment for you, so talk to your cosmetic dentist in Winston Salem to learn more.

What should I expect when I get dental bonding in Winston Salem?

What makes this a popular treatment for many of our patients is that it requires little to no tooth preparation. In fact, unless you are having a tooth filled after treating a cavity dental bonding won’t require anesthesia at all. This cosmetic treatment is completely painless and non-invasive.

We will help you decide which resin shade will best match your smile. Once we’ve matched the resin we will roughen the surface of the tooth and then apply a special liquid, which will help the resin bond with the tooth. Then we will apply this putty-like resin over your tooth and begin to contour and shape it until we have the desired look. Once complete, we will harden the resin with a laser and make any last minute adjustments before polishing it.

This whole process only takes between 30 minutes to one hour to complete and is completely painless. So, what are you waiting for? If you want to find out if dental bonding is the right dental treatment then turn to your Winston Salem, NC cosmetic dentist today.

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