Family Dentistry Charlotte, NC

Dr. Durning Moore is a Family Dentist in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care and family dentistry for patients of all ages. Our practice emphasizes the importance of visiting with us at least twice a year.

Dr. Moore leads a team of friendly staff and dental health professionals. We dedicate ourselves each day to helping you and your family maintain healthy, comfortable and beautiful smiles.

We believe in the value of both communication and education. Dr. Moore practices “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. This gives the opportunity for your entire family to visit the dentist under the same roof.

As a local family dentist in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Moore offers general dental care, restorative dental treatments, and cosmetic dental services to 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. We truly care about understanding 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.

Dr. Durning Moore and his family

Preventing Tooth Decay

The prevention of tooth decay and cavities is a key component of your routine dental care. It should also be the goal of your 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 us for family dental services 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. This is where the multiple cusps can allow bacteria to build up and lead to decay.

A dentist places dental sealants on fully-erupted teeth in children. However, he may also provide this service to 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 family dentist for an initial visit 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 we fix any concerns 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. Baby teeth usually begin to come in 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?

The ADA recommends that a child first see a 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. We need to be sure that teeth are coming in, and their oral health is not at risk.

Which toothpastes are best for children and best for adults?

Dentists recommend that children have a swallow-safe toothpaste; since it is likely that they may swallow their toothpaste at some point. Also make sure to choose a toothpaste with fluoride in it to help prevent their teeth from forming cavities.

Adults should also use fluoridated toothpaste. 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 of training after dental school. This is when they learn how to work with children and learn 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.

Are you looking for a family dentist in the Charlotte area near you? Dr. Moore welcomes new patients of all ages to our comprehensive dental practice in Charlotte, NC. To schedule an appointment for you and the members of your family, contact our office at (704) 459-7235 or request an appointment online anytime.