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

When is the Right Time to Take Your Child to the Dentist? By SEO Admin on February 04, 2013

Many parents are under the impression that primary teeth, or "baby teeth" are less of a concern because they are temporary and will be replaced by permanent teeth in a few years. However, it should be known that primary teeth are just as important to maintain as the teeth that the child will have as an adult. These "baby teeth" are actually holding the place that adult teeth will grow into. If they are allowed to shift and grow incorrectly, they can drastically affect the teeth that come later.

Tooth decay is often present in children who have water with too much fluoride in it, diets high in starches and sugars, or are on certain medications. It can also be found in toddlers whose parents allow them to fall asleep with bottles and sippy cups in their mouth, or without brushing their teeth. Some parents also think that tooth decay is not an issue with primary teeth, as they will fall out. This is simply not true. Teeth that are lost prematurely due to tooth decay can also cause the gap left to close or shrink, affecting the growth and positioning of adult teeth. Saving baby teeth can prevent a malocclusion that needs surgical remedy later in life. This decay can also cause bad breath. Decayed teeth, once they break and chip, can painfully cut the inside of a child's mouth which leaves it open to infection from the bacteria causing the decay in the first place.

Decay of baby teeth can cause a child's chewing, jaw growth, and self-esteem to be affected. It does not have to happen. There are plenty of pediatric dentists in Charlotte who can provide children with the dental treatment needed while making a trip to the dentist's office a fun event rather than a scary one. Contacting your dentist in a timely manner can make the difference between major dental complications and restoring a child's brilliant smile.

Provide your comments and questions below letting us know your feedback on when the right time to take your child to see a Family Dentist of Pediatric Dentist. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact ourCharlotte dentist officeat 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient onlineappointment request form.

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