How to Temporarily Relieve Tooth Pain

How to Temporarily Relieve Tooth Pain Tooth pain is some of the worst pain humans’ experience. How many of us related to Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway when he was desperate for a dentist? Thankfully, we aren’t stuck on a deserted island and can easily get to dentist’s office. However, how many of us put it off like Don Draper did in Mad Men? Or some of us would gladly go to the dentist to get relief but the office is closed? What ... Read more

How to Avoid Sweets this Holiday Season!

How to Avoid Sweets this Holiday Season! We love the holidays but the amount of sweets can be detrimental to our teeth and waistline! If you have a sweet tooth- then this time of year can be especially hard. And no, Dr. Wells has figured out a way to extract your sweet tooth- but he’s working on it. Tips on Avoiding Sweets: • Take Care of your Emotions- This may sound a little sensitive, but we often reach for sweets when we are feeling ... Read more

Dr. Wells Agrees with Ancient Romans

Charlotte, NC- Recently, it has been discovered that Ancient Romans living in Pompeii had impressively healthy teeth because they didn’t eat a one certain food- sugar. “I’ve been saying this for years- avoid sugar!” says Dr. Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry, “I’m happy to learn that history agrees with me. A low-sugar diet will help keep your teeth healthy.” Scientists used CAT scans to examine 30 people who lived in Pompeii in AD79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Their bodies were persevered in ... Read more

How to Get a Hollywood Smile

How to Get a Hollywood Smile Have you ever wanted a Hollywood smile? Have you ever thought that celebrities seem to have perfect teeth? Well, South Charlotte Dentistry can help you achieve the same look with dental veneers. “A lot of actors have veneers and that’s why look teeth always look camera-ready,” says Dr. James Wells. What are Veneers? Veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of your teeth. They are wafer-thin and are made of tooth-colored materials- either ... Read more

Should I have my Silver Fillings Replaced?

Should I have my Silver Fillings Replaced? This is a question Dr. Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry gets asked a lot. You may be wondering if silver fillings are safe and should they be replaced? Are They Safe? A lot of us still have silver fillings, also referred to as amalgams. And many of us might have watched an episode of the Dr. Oz show that encourage people to get their silver/ amalgam fillings replaced immediately. Dr. Oz and others have suggested that the ... Read more

How to Tell if You Have a Cavity

How to Tell if You Have a Cavity Cavities are the biggest dental problem, affecting more than 90% of the population. Cavities are holes in your tooth’s outer layers- the dentin and enamel. A lot of times, our cavities are so small they go unnoticed, but larger cavities can wreak havoc if not properly treated. But how do you know if you have a cavity? The first sign is PAIN. As the cavity enlarges, you may start to notice pain in your tooth out ... Read more

How to Start a Flossing Habit

How to Start a Flossing Habit Flossing is a habit that a lot of us just don't do. According to the American Dental Association, nearly 60% of us don’t floss daily and 20% of us never floss. Even though flossing is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, a lot of us can’t seem to make it a habit. Dr. Wells encourages all his patients to floss at least once a day and not just when we feel ... Read more

A Dental Exam Shows More than the Health of your Teeth

A Dental Exam Shows More than the Health of your Teeth We often put off going to the dentist until we have an emergency like a toothache that just won’t go away. Some of us have a dental phobia or anxiety about going to the dentist, but others just forget to make an appointment. However, getting your regular checkups at the dentist can show things about your overall health- not just the health of your teeth. “The mouth often shows warning sign of ... Read more

Dr. Wells Offers Solutions for Older Patients

Unlike years ago, more and more people are keeping their own teeth into their senior years, according the CDC. “Because dental technology and patient care has improved, more patients are able to keep their own teeth instead of getting dentures,” says Dr. James Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry. Although keeping their own teeth longer is a good thing, senior dental patients have special concerns. Dr. James Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry is now offering solutions for his older patients. “Although our older ... Read more

When to See the Dentist

When to See the Dentist Some of us avoid seeing the dentist like the plague. Even if we force our children to go every six month for their check-ups, as adults a lot of us push off going to the dentist. We blame our busy work schedule or hectic family life, but going to the dentist on a regular basis can actually save you from some serious and costly procedures down the road. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day and ... Read more