Dr. Durning Moore is a family dentist in Charlotte, NC and offers comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages. Our practice emphasizes the importance of visiting with us at least twice a year as the foundation of lifelong oral health and wellness. Dr. Moore leads a team of dental health professionals that is dedicated to helping you and your family maintain healthy, comfortable and beautiful smiles.
We believe in the value of both communication and education, practicing “relationship dentistry” so that you can make well-informed decisions about your oral health. Family dentistry aims to make dental care more convenient for busy families, offering the opportunity for everyone to be treated under the same roof.
As a local family dentist, Dr. Moore offers general, restorative and cosmetic dental treatments that will support the long term maintenance of your smile. We take the time necessary during your routine visits to get to know you as an individual and to understand the unique risk factors affecting your oral health.
Preventive care visits include screening for common dental concerns such as tooth cavities, gum disease, and oral cancers. Our team will help you maintain your natural smile with dental exams and cleanings, personalized oral hygiene advice and recommendations for appropriate dental care when necessary.
Preventing Tooth Decay
The prevention of tooth decay and cavities is a key component of your routine dental care and the goal of daily at-home oral hygiene. Maintaining the natural structure of your teeth for as long as possible will also support the function of your bite. Dr. Moore recommends visiting twice a year so that we can look for the early warning signs of decay.
Prompt, conservative treatment for tooth decay can minimize the impact on tooth structure. We also place dental sealants to prevent decay on the larger back teeth or molars, where the multiple cusps can allow bacteria to build up and lead to decay. Dental sealants are typically placed for children when these teeth have fully erupted, but may also be recommended for adults who are prone to tooth decay.
There are lifestyle habits that can also minimize your risk for tooth decay, including a diet that is low in added sugars. Other ways to prevent decay include:
- Rinsing the mouth with water after snacks and meals.
- Chewing ADA approved sugar-free gum after meals.
- Making sure there is calcium in your diet to support healthy tooth enamel.
Children’s Dental Care in Charlotte
A lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles begins at an early age. Bringing your young child to the dentist for an initial visit before their first birthday will acquaint them with our office, the care of the teeth and the importance of dental health. During these first visits, Dr. Moore will examine the development of your child’s primary teeth and the structure of their bite. As they grow, we will monitor both so that any concerns can be addressed as early as possible.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
The healthy development and maintenance of your child’s primary teeth are important for both oral and overall health. The primary teeth serve several purposes:
- Placeholders for permanent teeth
- Supporting speech development
- Enabling normal chewing and a healthy diet
- Giving your child confidence in their appearance
Family Dentistry FAQs
What can you do to help your child when they are teething?
When your child’s teeth begin to come in they may begin to feel teething pain. As terrible as it is to watch your child go through this, it is entirely natural and we all did at one point. Baby teeth usually begin to come in around when a baby is 6 -12 months old. When their teeth begin to come in, brushing their teeth for them and etching your child good oral care habits is very important. You can give your child dentist recommended medications or give them something to chew on to help ease these pains.
How old should your child be when they first see the dentist?
It is recommended that a child first see that dentist shortly after their first teeth begin to come in. This is usually around when they anywhere between 6-12 months old. If your child’s teeth have not started to come in by their first birthday they should see the dentist around this mark to be sure that teeth are coming in and their oral health is in check.
Which toothpastes are recommended for children and what is recommended for adults?
It is recommended that children have a swallow safe toothpaste, since it is likely that they may swallow their toothpaste at some point. Also being sure to choose a toothpaste with fluoride in it for your child will help prevent their teeth from forming cavities. Fluoridated toothpaste is also recommended for adults. If teeth whitening is a concern there are many toothpastes available with whitening properties that contain fluoride.
Is there a difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist specializes in child oral care. Most pediatric dentists receive at least 2 years after dental schooling to learn how to work with children and about any dental issues that may be specific to baby teeth or children.
A family dentist sees children and adults. Most have training in working with children, but they are also comfortable and used to working with adults and parents. Family dentists specialize in children’s teeth as they grow and transform as well as their parents and other adults.
Schedule A Dental Appointment in Charlotte, NC
Looking for a family dentist in the Charlotte area? Dr. Moore welcomes new patients of all ages to our practice in Charlotte, NC. To schedule an appointment for you and the members of your family, contact our office at (704) 275-5323 or request one online.