South Charlotte Family Dentist

South Charlotte Family Dentist

As a Dentist in South Charlotte for the past 15 years, Dr. Marti Cherry knows that children’s teeth are the building blocks for dental health throughout life.

Studies show that one out of five children ages 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth, and one out of seven adolescents ages 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth – and the statistics are much worse for low-income children.

Studies show that one out of five children ages 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth, and one out of seven adolescents ages 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth – and the statistics are much worse for low-income children.

Many cavities can be avoided by consistent dental care, which starts at home with regular brushing and flossing. Also, remember that cavities often get their start when we drink sugary soft drinks or food that lingers on our teeth and begins the decaying process.

Longtime Family Dentist in South Charlotte, NC

 Dr. Cherry and his friendly staff provide consistent, compassionate care to patients of all ages at his office, 2620 West Arrowood Road, Suite 100, South Charlotte.

Dr. Cherry says parents of newborns can set the groundwork even before an infant’s first tooth emerges: Wipe the baby’s gums every morning and evening to kill bacteria and sugars that can cause cavities.

When the baby’s first teeth pop through the gums, the parents should start brushing the twice a day with a soft, small‑bristled toothbrush and plain water, as the Centers for Disease Control recommend.

Pediatric dentistry clinic in South Charlotte, NC

Bring the child for a dental exam before his or her first birthday. Dr. Cherry and his team will conduct a gentle examination to make sure the jaw and teeth are developing properly.  He will clean your child’s teeth, answer your questions and give you suggestions for daily care.

These suggestions include teaching children to brush their teeth twice a day when they are old enough. The brushing should last two minutes and be done with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Children can also learn how to floss, which is vital to good health for teeth and gums.

Drinking fluoridated water has been found to be very effective in preventing cavities. The American Dental Association reports studies have found that communities with fluoridated drinking water have 25 percent fewer cavities in children and adults!

Fluoridated varnish also can be applied to teeth to protect them.

Dental care in South Charlotte area

 In addition to his experience, Dr. Cherry has a strong educational background. He completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program after he graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. A North Carolina native, he earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University.

Dr. Cherry’s patients come from Charlotte, South Charlotte, Pineville, Steel Cree, Myers Park, Whitehall, Ayrsley and other communities.

Dr. Cherry and his team look forward to giving your child’s teeth a great start in life.

February 2020 is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

The ADA offers these tips for parents bringing a child to the dentist:

  • ”Don’t schedule an appointment during naptime. Instead, pick a time your child is usually well rested and cooperative.
  • ”Make sure your child has had a light meal and brushes their teeth before their appointment so they won’t be hungry during their visit.
  • ”Save snacks for after the visit so they aren’t on your child’s teeth during the exam.
  • ”Think of the appointment as a happy and fun experience. If your child becomes upset during the visit, work with your dentist to calm your child. You’re on the same team.”