Adult & Family Dentistry

Adult and Family Dentistry

The mouth is the gateway to the body

At Dr. Deborah Anders dental office you will find:

  • Holistic Dentistry and Mercury Safe Practices
  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Nearly painless injection
  • Advanced technology like digital x-rays, oral pathogen testing and more!
Preventive Dentistry

  • Teeth Cleanings
  • Annual Dr. Exams
  • Diagnostic Radiographs
  • Periodontal Maintenance
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions
  • Sealants

Preventive Dentistry

A Healthy Outside Starts from the Inside

The key to preventative dentistry is how well you take care of your teeth when you’re not in the dental office! Knowing how to care for your teeth properly is the best way to prevent problems and keep a healthy mouth. At your regular preventative appointments you will be shown good brushing techniques and instructed on how to floss effectively. Your hygienist will chart your dental fitness and keep you up on the latest research and trends in oral health. 

Your annual examination with Dr. Anders will always include an oral cancer screening and an evaluation of your overall oral health. Any issues that are discovered will be discussed with you including options for treatment. She will also take the time to discuss with you the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy heart.

Digital X-Rays is Less Radiation

Dental x-rays are an essential diagnostic tool used to detect hidden abnormalities and decay. Digital X-ray technology uses an electronic sensor that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, making it much faster and    easier to detect problems.  Digital X-Rays are used exclusively in our practice which means less time for you in our chair and less exposure to radiation.

Digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure 75-80% compared to the already low exposure of  traditional dental x-rays.  Even though digital x-rays produce a very low level of radiation  (one third that of traditional x-rays), we take additional precautions to limit your exposure  to radiation. We do not take unnecessary x-rays and we always use a lead apron to shield  and protect your body and thyroid area.

Dental X-Rays May Reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss of the jaw that supports the teeth
  • Cancerous and noncancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
  • Defects of the jaw joint
  • Impacted teeth
  • Congenitally missing teeth
  • Hardened plaque hidden under gums

Holistic Dentistry

As IAOMT and SMART-Certified doctors, Dr. Anders and Armistead are practicing Holistic Dentistry has changed the way doctors have used modern medicine. Becoming more efficient with her practice, Dr. Anders has implemented holistic dentistry into her practice.

Making Black Mountain more healthy, which includes safer practices such as:

 

  • Using only Biocompatible Materials
  • Removing Unsafe Materials like Silver Mercury
  • Fluoride Free
  • Ozone Therapy

Our Services

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

  • Starting at age 6
  • Ortho Tain
  • No silver/mercury fillings
  • Wisdom Tooth Extraction

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

  • Bridges
  • Composite Fillings (tooth colored)
  • Gold and Porcelain Crowns
  • Dental Implant Restoration
  • Dentures and partial dentures
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

  • Teeth Whitening
  • Veneers
  • Cosmetic recontouring
  • Removable orthodontic appliances
  • Invisalign

Adult & Family Dentistry FAQ

1. Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?
You should floss to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. There are millions of these microscopic creatures feeding on food particles left on your teeth. These bacteria live in plaque which can be removed by flossing. Brushing your teeth gets rid of about half of the bacteria in your mouth. Flossing gets rid of the bacteria your toothbrush can’t get to, the bacteria hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth. Brushing without flossing is like washing only half your face.

If you do not floss, eventually it hardens into tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing or flossing. Only your hygienist can remove tartar.

Ask your hygienist to show you the proper way to floss. You will both notice the difference at your next cleaning appointment.

2. What is Xylitol and how can it reduce decay?
Current research is now promoting the use of xylitol to decrease the incidence of dental decay. Xylitol is not an artificial sweetener, but a naturally occurring five-carbon sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohol is neither sugar nor alcohol. It is a carbohydrate that resembles sugar but without the harmful effects of sugar. It is derived from fibrous parts of plants, vegetables, and berry-type fruit.

The average American consumes large amounts of sugar per day. The cavity- causing bacteria in our mouth, feed on sugar and then multiply rapidly. The bacteria excrete the acidic plaque film that sticks to the teeth and causes decay. Unlike sugar, xylitol is not a food source for the bacteria and actually inhibits the production of plaque. The less plaque build-up, the less bacteria which results in far less decay. Research has shown that xylitol is most effective if consumed throughout the day. Since xylitol is available not only as a sugar substitute but can also be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, candies, mints and chewing gum, it is a way to help keep our teeth decay free.

3. What are cavity-fighting sealants?

The American Dental Association points out sealants are an effective weapon in the arsenal against tooth decay. Sealants are a thin coating applied on chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria.

Sealants have proven effective with both adults and children, but are most commonly used with children. Despite the fact that sealants are about one fourth the cost of fillings, only a small percentage of school-aged children have sealants on their permanent teeth.

Our hygienist can pinpoint teeth that are good candidates for sealants or whether your tooth already has a small cavity.  Ask your dentist or hygienist whether sealants are a good choice for you or your children.

4. What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting jaw bone structure. If left untreated, it can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies and pre-term delivery, respiratory disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer. An advanced stage of periodontal disease exhibits inflamed gums pulling away from your bone and teeth. Other signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth or teeth that have shifted
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pus coming from around the teeth
  • Pain on chewing
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums

Treatment of early periodontal disease can be performed in-office. However, advanced stages may require surgery. Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing your dentist and dental hygienist regularly and following recommended therapy plans.

5. What causes canker sores?

 The exact cause of canker sores is unknown. Some factors may include genetics, allergies, stress, as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Trauma to the inside of the mouth can result in the development of canker sores. Ill-fitting dentures or braces, toothbrush trauma from brushing too hard, or biting your cheek, may produce canker sores.

Certain foods may also be a factor. Citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse. Foods like chips, pretzels and hard candies have sharp edges that can nick and injure the soft tissue of the mouth.

To treat a small canker sore, rinse your mouth with antimicrobial mouthwash or warm water and salt. Over the counter treatments are also available.

If the canker sore is large or painful, see your dentist. Ask our staff for more information about prescriptions available and/or about receiving an Ozone treatment in office.  Ozone can kill the virus that causes canker sores, offering immediate relief.  Prescriptions and Ozone therapy can greatly improve healing and decrease pain. 

6. Why should I use a mouthguard?
A mouthguard can prevent injuries to your face, teeth, and brain. Most people benefit from wearing a mouthguard when playing any sport. You should wear one whether you are playing professionally or just on weekends. The best mouthguards are custom-fitted by your dentist. This is especially important if you wear braces or have fixed bridgework.

Commercial, ready-made mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. They are relatively inexpensive but they are also less effective. In either case, rinse your mouthguard with water or mouthwash after each use. With proper care, it should last for several months.

Ask your dentist which kind of mouthguard you should use.

7. I am undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment, how can this affect my mouth?
Chemotherapy and Radiation can cause a number of problems in the mouth. These can include: mouth sores, infections, dry mouth, bleeding of the gums and lining of the mouth and general soreness and pain of the mouth. It can be harder to control these things while undergoing treatment as the immune system is generally compromised as a result of the treatment. It is very important to see your Dentist before treatment begins and then to continue with recommended follow-up care. These treatments can cause ongoing dry mouth, and recommendations might be made for additional care both in-office and at home. There are some special mouth rinses that can be prescribed to help with discomfort during treatment.
8. I have diabetes. Why is my dentist concerned?
Research today suggests a link between gum disease and diabetes. Research has established that people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. If blood glucose levels are poorly controlled you may be more likely to develop gum disease and could potentially lose teeth. Like all infections, gum disease can be a factor in causing blood sugar levels to rise and make diabetes harder to control. Be sure to see your Dentist regularly for checkups and follow home care recommendations. If you notice other conditions such as dry mouth or bleeding gums be sure to talk with your dentist, and don’t forget to mention any changes in medications.

Testimonials

I just wanted to say how much my wife and I enjoyed Caroline’s personality. She was such a joy to work with. She made our 3.5 hr drive well worth it. Don’t get me wrong, everyone I encountered in the practice was kind and had good energy, but she really radiated goodness. I am grateful to have met her in my journey. My only detractor is the fact that covid is still a thing and I couldn’t see everyone’s smiles. Thank you so much!

M. Miller

They are always so nice when I go in. They listen to what I have to say. They make me feel extremely comfortable and relaxed. They are the only dentist I will go too!!

Cassandra Davis

Google Review

My 1st visit today was also somewhat urgent in that I had significant pain that was escalating. I couldn’t have been more fortunate to find your office. It was thorough, efficient, safe, clean and patient friendly. Dr. Armistead and “belle” were awesome. Hats off to Rebecca as well. Having worked in healthcare for decades in hospitals, clinics, and my own private psychotherapy practice allows me a little insight and all I can say is “perfect”. I now have a dental office here in Black Mountain. Thank you!

John Parker

Google Review

Fantastic experience as a new patient. They took good care of me, listened, and explained their procedures. I had a filling pop out in the middle of a pandemic and they were cautious, understanding, and pain free.

Excellent work.

Alex Rogowski

Love this practice! I’m always treated with care and courtesy; their processes are efficient and designed for comfort & reassurance. Even during this difficult time of taking extra care due to COVID, they made it easy & earned my trust and confidence in their approach. Great job, team – thank you so much!

Karen Vernon

Great visit and was treated very well. Dr. Anders and her staff made me feel welcome even though it was my first visit. I am glad I they worked me in on such a short notice. Thank you.

Jim

Dr. Anders is incredibly professional and supportive. This was the first time a dentist ever spoke with me about the relationship between my dental condition and overall health. This practice is committed to improving quality of life for patients.

Amanda Venturella

I was recommended to Dr. Anders by a retired dentist who had moved to the area. I have not been disappointed. Dr. Anders and her staff are caring, friendly, professional individuals who attend to the details of dental care.

Martha Campbell

I’ve been the happiest with Dr. Anders dental work than any other DDS I’ve seen in my 64 years. She has been gentle, caring and thorough and made both temporary and permanent crowns that fit well and look good.

Donna Kelly

Love these women! Best dentist I have EVER been to! Always so friendly! Love the sign Jeremiah 29:11!

Denise Stewman