Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (admin@blakeneysmiles.com), one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.

Best,

Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Why Eating Healthy Snacks is Great for Your Teeth By SEO Admin on January 28, 2013

Parents often ask our Charlotte dentists what their children should snack on for healthy teeth. Most parents already know that junk food will rot teeth. On their own, kids will eat candy and other cavity-causing foods whenever they can. For this reason, parents should steer their children toward the healthy snacks listed below as part of a healthy dental hygiene regimen.

Healthy Proteins

Low-fat, dense sources of protein, such as pork chops, fish and chicken breast, are all excellent snacks in small portions. Lunch meats may be more convenient, but they're loaded with preservatives and sodium. Still, both lunch meats and the other meats listed above all contain little or no sugar.

Skip Processed Options

One of the main reasons sugar is bad for dental hygiene is that it sticks to the teeth. Many processed foods, such as breakfast bars, are actually full of refined sugar, corn syrup and honey. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if a food has been changed from its natural form and then packaged, it's probably also full of ingredients that are bad for teeth.

Drinks

Many people think that fruit juices are healthy, but they're almost always concentrated sources of natural and sometimes artificial sugars and are best avoided. If you ask about the best drinks at your local dental office, you'll hear about drinking calcium-rich milk and plenty of mineral-rich tap or bottled water.

Natural Options

Foods you know are healthy are also usually the best for teeth. Fresh veggies and fruits, nut butters and natural cheese are all great choices.

When your kids are hungry between meals, give them something wholesome and you'll see the results next time you visit the dental office.If you have any questions or would like more information about the best foods for optimal dental health, please contact ourCharlotte dentist officeat 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient onlineappointment request form.

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