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Posts for: April, 2018

By Dennis Lockney, DDS
April 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

You have one doctor for your children and another one for you. Then, Mom and Dad yet another physician, and a podiatrist. Must you run family dentistall over town for your dental care, too? You don't have to if Dr. Dennis Lockney and Dr. Tyler Lockney are your family dentists in Concord, NC. Part of the same family themselves, these caring professionals provide state-of-the-art oral health treatments for patients of all ages. In other words, your whole family can see our dentists for preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry.

Prevent problems

Good oral health starts at home with regular brushing and flossing and a nutritious diet. Plus, your family dentist extends preventive care with six-month cleanings, digital X-rays, and exams beginning when children receive their primary teeth.

Additionally, our dentists check patients from the teen years on up for oral cancer. Bite checks, assessment of restorations, and protective plastic sealants and fluoride care round out routine preventive dentistry.

Restoring problems

Thankfully, both dental decay and tooth loss have declined in patients of all ages since the 1960s, says the American Dental Association. Vigilant dental care from family dentists in Concord and across the country are in large part responsible for that encouraging report.

As such, Dr. Dennis Lockney and Dr. Tyler Lockney and their team deliver premiere restorative care, including:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental crowns and bridgework
  • Root canal therapy
  • Scaling and root planing (gum disease therapy)
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Emergency visits as needed
  • Dental extractions, including wisdom teeth in adolescents

Children, adolescents, and adults, too, may be evaluated for orthodontic correction so smiles are straight, easy to clean, healthy, and attractive.

Cosmetic goals

Few people have perfect smiles, especially as years go on. Your family dentists understand that you want to look your best. So they provide many cosmetic dental treatments, the most popular of which is professional teeth whitening.

Additionally, the doctors offer composite resin bonding and porcelain veneers to repair obvious defects in tooth shape.

Great smiles for everyone

Achieve them for the whole family with outstanding dental care from Dr. Dennis Lockney and Dr. Tyler Lockney in Concord, NC. We have appointments convenient for busy kids, teens, parents, and grandparents. Call today: (704) 788-4144.

By Dennis Lockney, DDS
April 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   toothbrush  

If there’s one essential tool for dental health, it’s the toothbrush. But though simple in basic design, manufacturers have nonetheless created a dizzying array of choices that often muddy the decision waters for consumers.

It doesn’t need to be that way—you can choose the right toothbrush like a boss. First, though, you need to know a toothbrush’s purpose expressed as two basic tasks: removing dental plaque, the thin biofilm that causes most dental disease; and stimulating the gums to maintain good health.

So what should you look for in a toothbrush to effectively perform these tasks? Here are 3 important factors to consider when buying this essential dental care tool.

Bristle quality. First, it’s a myth that bristles should be hard and stiff to be effective—in fact harder bristles can damage the gums. Opt instead for “soft” bristles that are also rounded on the ends. And look for bristling with different levels of length—shorter length sections work better around the gum line; longer sections help clean back teeth more effectively.

A “Just right” size. Toothbrushes aren’t uniform—you’ll need to choose a size and shape that works well for you personally. You might find an angled neck or a tapered head easier for getting into your mouth’s hard to reach places. If you have problems with dexterity, look for a brush with large handles. And be sure to ask us at the dental office for recommendations on brush dimensions that are right for you.

ADA Seal of Acceptance. Just like toothpaste brands, the American Dental Association assigns its seal of approval to toothbrushes they’ve evaluated and found to meet certain standards. Although you can find high quality toothbrushes that haven’t sought this evaluation, an ADA seal means it’s been independently tested and found safe and effective for use.

Of course, no matter how high quality the toothbrush you buy, it’ll only be as effective as your brushing technique. So, be sure to use gentle circular or oval motions along all your teeth and gumline surfaces—it should take you about two minutes. We’ll be happy to show you the proper technique in more detail, so you’ll be able to get the most out of your chosen toothbrush.

If you would like more information on effective daily hygiene practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Your baby will grow into an adult so rapidly it will seem like they're changing right before your eyes. And some of the biggest changes will happen with their teeth, gums and jaw structure.

Unfortunately, disease or a traumatic accident could short-circuit this natural process and potentially create future dental problems. Here are 4 things you should be doing now to protect your baby's long-term dental health.

Start oral hygiene now. Even if your baby has no visible teeth, there may still be something else in their mouth—bacteria, which could trigger future tooth decay. To reduce bacteria clean their gums with a clean, wet cloth after each feeding. When teeth begin to appear switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on the brush to minimize what they swallow.

Make your baby's first dental appointment. Beginning dental visits around your baby's first birthday will not only give us a head start on preventing or treating tooth decay, but could also give us a better chance of detecting other developing issues like a poor bite (malocclusion). Early dental visits also help get your child used to them as routine and increase the likelihood they'll continue the habit as adults.

Watch their sugar. Bacteria love sugar. So much so, they'll multiply—and more bacteria mean an increase in one of their by-products, mouth acid. Increased mouth acid can erode tooth enamel and open the way for decay. So, limit sugary snacks to only meal time and don't give them sugary drinks (including juices, breast milk or formula) in a bottle immediately before or while they sleep.

Childproof your home. A number of studies have shown that half of all accidents to teeth in children younger than 7 happen from falling on home furniture. So, take precautions by covering sharp edges or hard surfaces on chairs, tables or sofas, or situate your child's play areas away from furniture. And when they get older and wish to participate in sports activities purchase a custom mouthguard to protect their teeth from hard knocks—an investment well worth the cost.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”