Help For Tetracycline Stains At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains

Here at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman, our mission is making the smiles of all North Carolina dental patients white and bright. My name is Christopher Bowman and today we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal North Carolina water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many Charlotte adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years – and your teeth are showing the effects. Call me today at 704-307-2821 to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman for treating discolored teeth are beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates). The reason I recommend veneers is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy Charlotte veneer patients are dazzling.

My staff and I at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman also offer teeth whitening in Charlotte, dental restorations and Myers Park invisible braces. Come see why the patients of Charlotte have been improving their smiles at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman since 1996.

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

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Preventing Gum Disease At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman

Preventing Gum Disease at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman in Charlotte, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.

Our goal is to help our Dilworth dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

To schedule a deep cleaning, call 704-307-2821 . We are located at 1618 E Morehead St Ste 100 in Charlotte. In addition to providing comprehensive dental cleanings, we create mega-watt smiles for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Myers Park and Cotswold area. See http://www.smilesatisfaction.com/ for more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice.

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

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Not Happy With Your Charlotte Dentist?

Charlotte Cosmetic Dentisty Hello Dilworth dental blog visitors. Whether you stumbled upon this blog by mistake, or clicked here on purpose, welcome!

I am Dr. Christopher Bowman. My cosmetic dental practice is called Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman. We are located at 1618 E Morehead St Ste 100 in Charlotte. You can find information about my practice, services, and professional dental team at http://www.smilesatisfaction.com/.

In my Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman dental blog, I post informative articles about dentistry including new Dilworth cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about my dental practice. Many of my patients visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find useful dental information here.

Do you currently have a dentist? If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current Myers Park dentist, I invite you to visit my Charlotte office, meet my friendly staff, and discuss your dental needs.

My approach to my profession emphasizes you, the patient.

My first priority is exceeding my patient’s expectations. Before I can provide dental treatment, however, I must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first consultation will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your fears and expectations about Charlotte dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns regarding your dental needs? I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, I recommend the most conservative procedures. If you have pressing dental needs, let’s talk about your options and consider the long term consequences of each treatment. If I believe it is best to refer you to another specialist, I’ll do so without hesitation. I am committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

If you are interested in Dilworth cosmetic dentistry, I can also help you. I pursue continual training in the latest cosmetic treatments and have extensive experience performing individual tooth restorations, complete smile makeovers and everything in between. Did you know that I can completely redesign your smile if that is what you desire? Miracles are possible with cosmetic dentistry.

Please call us at 704-307-2821 to book a consultation. I am confident you will feel good about choosing Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman for your dental care.

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are critical because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

Dr. Christopher Bowman encourages patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

Brushing
Flossing
Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
Regular dental cleanings
Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prevent food particles from lodging in tiny spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can meet with Dr. Bowman about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman at 704-307-2821 to schedule a professional cleaning today! Your smile will thank you.

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

Posted in Dental Health

Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

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When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Perhaps you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. Dr. Christopher Bowman wants to remind you to think about the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.
1. Tooth decay
2. Gum disease
2. Tooth and gum pain
3. Bad breath
4. Infection
5. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced troubles.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman in Charlotte provides gentle, comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Our services include:
dental implants
adult cosmetic orthodontics
smile makeovers
sedation dentistry

Dr. Bowman is a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You can learn more about American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry at http://www.aacd.com/. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, we invite you to call us at 704-307-2821 and schedule an exam and cleaning. Our considerate team will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is no need to feel ashamed about plaque build-up or a cavity. We completely understand how stressful life can get and love helping our Charlotte area patients get back on track.

“Comfort, convenience and a stunning smile”

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

Posted in Dental Health

Want A Reason To Smile All The Time?

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If you are not happy with your smile, we invite you to think about a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover.

1. Look and feel younger.
2. Improve your oral health.
3. Increase your confidence.
4. Smile all the time!

Hello, I am Dr. Bowman. Welcome to my dental blog. I serve my patients at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte which is located at 1618 E Morehead St Ste 100 in Charlotte, North Carolina . I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1996.

There has never been a better time to practice dentistry because dental procedures unavailable just a few years ago are now commonplace. During my career, I have become proficient in a wide variety of advanced dental treatments aided by breakthroughs in techniques and tooth restoration materials. My passion is providing the highest standard of dental care for my Charlotte area patients and creating the healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible.

If you are not familiar with the latest revolutionary dental procedures, you might not realize what cosmetic and restorative dentistry can achieve. A total smile redesign involves a combination of cosmetic dental procedures which may include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, tooth implants, inlays and onlays, gum contouring, teeth whitening and, in some cases, orthodontia.

If you have dental anxiety, we can help. Sleep dentistry, sometimes called conscious sedation, will calm your nerves and help you relax while you undergo your smile redesign.

If you are in the Charlotte Myers Park, Cotswold, or South Park area and have cosmetic dentistry questions, schedule a consultation by calling us at 704-307-2821 .

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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Dr. Christopher Bowman is dedicated to the prevention of tooth decay, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are crucial for keeping your smile bright and free of tooth decay. There are some places, however, where enamel damage can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is important, an additional safeguard against tooth decay is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier that Dr. Bowman can apply. The sealants are placed over the top of each tooth, to prevent bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.

Many Charlotte parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults in the Dilworth area are having them applied to help fight tooth decay and protect enamel. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied as necessary.

Are they cost effective? Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative procedures that may be necessary in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To keep a healthy smile, follow these essential steps:

Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months
Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal
Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
Visit Dr. Bowman at least once a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

People all over the Dilworth area trust Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman in Charlotte for their family’s dental care. Dr. Bowman, DDS, specializes in smile makeovers, restorative dentistry and dental implants.

Call today for an appointment at 704-307-2821 and trust the friendly team at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman to help keep you smiling.

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Give Me Some Air

Air Abrasion Dentists How long have dentists been drilling teeth? Would you believe 9,000 years? In an ancient graveyard in Pakistan, archaeologists unearthed skulls containing teeth that had undergone drilling. The stone-age dentists removed decay using drills constructed of sharpened flint.

Though advanced dentistry would not be possible without drilling, the sound of a dental drill can make many Charlotte patient’s hearts pound. However, there is another way your Cotswold cosmetic dentists can remove decay. This technique is known as air abrasion or drill-less dentistry. An air abrasion instrument removes material by spraying tiny aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. The particles work like a sandblaster spraying away the affected tooth structure.

The many advantages of air abrasion make it a popular procedure for South Park family dentists. Because air abrasion is usually pain free, the need for anesthesia is reduced. The air abrasion instrument does not create vibrations or pressure. Dilworth cosmetic dentistry patients appreciate the fact that air abrasion instruments don’t produce that whiny drill sound that rings in your ears and makes your palms sweat. Because of this, air abrasion can be a less-frightening option for young Myers Park dentistry patients. Air abrasion is often quicker and more precise than traditional drilling, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact.

At Christopher A. Bowman, DDS, PA, we provide anxiety-free dentistry. If you would like to learn more about air abrasion, dentistry sedation or tooth implant cost, call us at 704-307-2821 . We are located at 1618 E Morehead St Ste 100 in Charlotte. The friendly staff at Christopher A. Bowman, DDS, PA is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction.

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You May Have Gingivitis

Affordable Charlotte Dentistry Every person’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are committed to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t affect your health. However, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause problems.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

Gingivitis is the term for Stage 1 gum disease. At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman, we routinely discover gingivitis in patients who are not even aware that they have the condition.

It is important for people to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are a tip off that something is wrong.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the Dilworth area, call Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman at 704-307-2821 .

Dr.Bowman will complete a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you.

Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman is a full-service dental practice at 1618 E Morehead St Ste 100 in Charlotte. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for patients who live in Charlotte and the nearby communities of Myers Park, Cotswold and South Park.

During your dental consultation, we can look at any cosmetic or restorative services in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to obtain unforgettable smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, we invite you to schedule a thorough cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who perform the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand.  Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-307-2821 .

 

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

Posted in Dental Health

Stick Out Your Tongue!

Dilworth oral cancer exams As health professionals, we know that Dilworth dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums, but we sometimes overlook the importance of the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When Christopher Bowman performs exams, the tongue is always checked for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products in Dilworth. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. I have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local Dilworth grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Many of my Dilworth patients have asked me about tongue-scraping. I recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact my office at 704-307-2821 .

 

Contact Christopher A. Bowman, DDS, PA:

704-307-2821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina
28207

 

Posted in General Dentistry

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