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Welcome to Holt Family Dentistry where patient comfort is our number one priority. At Holt
Family Dentistry we strive to provide our patients with gentle and caring dental treatment in a
state of the art dental office. Our multi-lingual staff will make sure your concerns are
understood and addressed. We strive to provide you with the best quality dental care
possible and to stay abreast of the latest technologies and techniques. We are here not only
to treat your teeth, but also to treat you! We will do whatever it takes to make your visits
comfortable and relaxing, instead of hectic and hurried. We will take the time to get to know
you and your dental needs. Overall, we want to enjoy a long-term relationship with you and
We look forward to having you become part of our family!
Located in the Ballantyne area!
To request an appointment, please contact our office. We confirm all appointments 48 hours
in advance. We understand in this day and age everyone has extremely busy and everchanging schedules. If at any time you need to reschedule, or change your appointment, 48
hours notice is required to avoid a cancellation fee.
Email us at Sheila@holtfamilydentistry.com
12105 Copper Way Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28277
What is gum disease?
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting
the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Basically the bone supporting the roots of the teeth
is destroyed and the tooth or teeth get loose over time. Because gum disease is usually painless,
however, you may not know you have it. For this reason
periodontal disease is very dangerous because it often goes
undetected by the patient and untreated until a severe
problem develops. That’s why routine cleanings and
examination by your dentist are so important for early
detection and treatment of problems before they get
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria
that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create
toxins that can damage the gums and acids that attack the
enamel of the teeth and cause “cavities” or “tooth decay”.
Healthy gums are nice and coral pink, do not bleed at all when brushed or flossed. In the early stages
of gum disease, called “gingivitis”, the gums can become red, swollen, and bleed easily. The good
news is at this stage the disease is totally reversible and can usually be eliminated by effective oral
hygiene (at least twice daily brushing and flossing). The bad news is, left untreated; the disease will
progress to some amount of bone loss. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called
“periodontitis”, the gums and the bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The
teeth become loose over time, often without the patient’s awareness until the problem is severe.
Because periodontitis is a slow chronic problem there is no acute pain episode to alert the patient to
the problem until severe destruction has already occurred. The teeth become loose, can fall out, or
often ultimately have to be removed by a dentist. Bone loss “periodontitis” around teeth is irreversible
and can only be corrected with some type of surgery.
What are the signs of gum disease/periodontitis? If you notice any of the following signs of gum
disease, see your dentist immediately:
Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
Red, swollen, or tender gums
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
Bad breath that doesn’t go away
Pus between your teeth and gums
Loose teeth to any degree
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A change in the fit of removable partial dentures
Normal healthy gums do not bleed and the teeth are firmly anchored in place by the healthy
supporting bone. Unremoved, plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As plaque and calculus
continue to build up, the gums begin to recede (pull away) from the teeth, and “pockets” form
between the teeth and gums. This creates an environment/niche for more plaque and
impacted food and debris to increase the problem.
When should my child first go to the dentist?
Because some cavities are unavoidable even in the presence
of excellent oral hygiene and a good diet, your child should
see the dentist within one year of the eruption of the first
tooth. At Holt Family Dentistry we prefer to see kids at age 4
and above. At this visit Dr. Holt will check your child’s teeth
and give you prevention strategies to help ensure a lifetime of
healthy teeth and gums.
The first visit will start with a review of your child’s medical and dental history. You are
welcome to accompany your child into the treatment area for our initial exam. After a
comprehensive examination of your child, any dental findings and treatment will be directly
discussed with you. Dental x-rays are then taken if necessary followed by oral hygiene
instruction and cleaning. If very young patients are reluctant for either the cleaning or x-rays,
we may postpone that portion of the appointment. We want to make your child’s first
appointment a positive experience in order to set the tone for future appointments.
Tips for a successful first visit
Practice opening wide and looking at or counting teeth
Don’t use “bad” words such as hurt, pain, drill and shot, as your child may dwell on
Don’t tell your child about unpleasant dental experiences you may have had as a
youngster (you will be surprised how different dentistry is now!)
Tips for a preventing cavities
Brush twice a day and floss once a day
Help or supervise your child’s brushing and flossing until he/she can do it well (usually
age 7 for brushing and 9 for flossing)
Eat balanced meals
Avoid constant snacking throughout the day
Avoid sipping on sweet drinks (juice, soda, Gatorade) for long periods of time
Using an electric toothbrush is encouraged
What is a Crown?
A crown (also called a cap) is a man-made cover that
protects the tooth. It may be used to restore and preserve
decayed, broken or cracked teeth. Crowns can also
improve your overall appearance.
Why you may need a crown?
Your dentist may advise you to get a crown if you have:
A decayed tooth that needs to be restored to its
normal shape and size
A cracked tooth with large cavities or worn fillings
A poor-fitting crown
A root canal treated tooth
A cosmetic problem
A bite problem
Types of Crowns:
Metal:These are made of gold or other metals. It is very
strong and won’t break. Because this type isn’t tooth
colored, it may not be the best for a front tooth.
Porcelain: This is a tooth colored crown made of porcelain or
re-inforced resin. It comes in a range of shades to blend with
your other teeth. This type of crown may be more likely to
chip than a metal crown.
Types of Crowns
Combination: This is a porcelain fused to metal crown. With porcelain on top re-inforced by
metal in the inner surface of the crown. The metal makes the base stronger than a porcelain
crown, but it is not as strong as a metal crown.
Tooth Preparation: Before preparing your tooth for a crown, your dentist may numb the area
with a local anesthetic. Then, the tooth is reduced and shaped. Any decay is removed. Your
tooth may also need rebuilding if larger parts are missing. A mold is taken for the prepared
tooth and the surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is applied to protect the prepared tooth
Whitening, also referred to as bleaching is a procedure which is designed to lighten the color
of your teeth. When done properly, whitening will not harm your teeth or gums. Significant
lightening can be achieved in the vast majority of cases, but the RESULTS CANNOT BE
GUARANTEED. Whitening, like any other treatment, has some inherent risks and limitations.
These are seldom serious enough to discourage you from having your teeth whitened, but
should be considered in making a decision to have the treatment.
In addition, there are variables, such as the type of discoloration that affects your teeth, the
degree to which you follow our instructions, the overall condition of your teeth, etc., that
affect the outcome of treatment.
CANDIDATES FOR WHITENING
Just about anyone is a candidate for whitening. However, people with dark yellow or yellowbrown teeth tend to bleach better than people with gray or bluish-gray teeth. Multicolored
teeth, especially if stained due to tetracycline, do not bleach very well. In addition, teeth with
many fillings, cavities, chips, etc., are usually best treated by bonding, porcelain veneers, or
Known allergies to carbamide peroxide
Pregnancy and nursing
What can I do if I have stained or discolored teeth?
Many people achieve a whiter, brighter smile with our simple whitening procedures. And
unlike over the counter products, our prescription level products are designed to treat your
teeth and gums gently, while achieving the whitest smile possible.
What do you use to whiten smiles?
If you’re like most of Dr. Holt’s patients, you want a simple yet effective method for whitening
your smile. For the ultimate in effectiveness, convenience and comfort, we use ZOOM! a
revolutionary tooth whitening procedure.
A state-of-the-art in-office whitening system, ZOOM!, (as seen on ABC’s Extreme Makeover)
dramatically whitens your teeth in about one hour, making it the perfect choice for the busy
The procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. Then
we’ll apply the ZOOM! Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth
typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride
treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get
even whiter the first few days after the procedure.
To make the whitening experience even better, Dr. Holt gives all her smile-whitening guests
take-home whitening trays and gel. She’ll make an impression of your smile before the inoffice process begins, so you’ll have ultimate comfort from trays that were designed to fit your
How long will the results last?
Your bright, new smile should last a very long time, sometimes years before a touch-up is
required. The take home kit that is provided with our smile whitening process will give you the
freedom and convenience to touch up your smile whenever you wish. Heavy consumption of
coffee, tea, colas or other staining agents may accelerate re-staining of your teeth, so you may
choose to apply a touch-up application for a session or two.
We take impressions of your teeth and make clear custom trays. We provide you with a
special bleaching agent that you put into the clear, almost invisible trays. With only a few
hours of wear per day, our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in
a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When
your teeth reach the brightness you want, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain
your new smile. We’ll want to take “after” photos at your next appointment.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct many tooth discolorations. These discolorations may
have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in
bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful, “brilliant” smile. In
cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. But because
of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a try.
Other whitening systems don’t compare to the Zoom! Chair side Whitening System.
Nothing whitens better or faster.
Compare to other