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

Preventing Sports Injuries: Mouth Guards

Preventing Sports Injuries: Mouth Guards As the weather warms up, a lot of us are out and about playing sports. It’s the season of soccer, baseball, softball, and many more. Even pick-up games of football, volleyball, and basketball are more common as the weather gets warmer. Did you know that the most frequent types of sports injuries to the face are dental injuries? How can you protect you and your kids from getting their teeth knocked out or even a concussion? Mouth guards ... Read more

Spring Cleaning! Why Regular Teeth Cleanings are so Important

Spring Cleaning! Why Regular Teeth Cleanings are so Important Charlotte is starting to warm up again. And you may be thinking about spring cleaning projects: cleaning the gutter, landscaping the lawn, or going through your closets. But don’t forget about yourself! Spring is great time to schedule a teeth cleaning at South Charlotte Dentistry. For achieving and maintaining good oral health, the American Dental Association recommends checkups and cleanings every six months. This helps Dr. Wells stay on top of any problem areas ... Read more

Tricks to Get your Kids to Brush

Tricks to Get your Kids to Brush Every parent knows what a task it can be to get your kids to do anything. Good brushing habits can be difficult to develop, but are vital to prevent tooth decay. Dr. James Wells at South Charlotte Dentistry has some tips on getting your children to brush their teeth.     Tell them a Story. Kids are smarter than we think sometimes. Just telling them to do something because we said so is often not good enough. “Making ... Read more

New Year, New You: Dental Edition

New Year, New You: Dental Edition It’s that time of year again to make your new year’s resolutions! Even if you don’t write them down, it can be a good time to reflect on things you may want to improve over the next 12 months. At South Charlotte Dentistry, we have come up with some resolutions that are great for your overall health plus can really improve your smile and oral health! Eat Better Losing weight is often at the top of everyone’s resolution ... Read more

Dr. Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry Expresses his Views on Dental Trends and the Economy

A recent study published by SIkka Software Corporation indicates a correlation between dental trends and the health of the economy. “There seems to be a connection between the health of our teeth and the health of our economy,” says Dr. Wells, owner and dentist at South Charlotte Dentistry. South Charlotte Dentistry, located in the Ballantyne neighborhood of Charlotte, provides family and cosmetic dentistry. “Oral health care is often sacrificed during times of economic lows,” explains Dr. Wells. The study by Sikka Software ... Read more