Chew Away Tooth Decay!

Do you find yourself constantly chewing minty gum throughout the day due to boredom or just shear habit? Well, gum addicts, this is one habit not to stress over; clinical studies supported by the American Dental Association have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help fend off tooth decay.155326361

Choosing the correct chewing gum is crucial for reaping these benefits, Charlotte North Carolina dentist Dr. Van Gurp and his staff would like to offer some insight on this hot topic.

Chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which has a number of positive effects on your oral health. Saliva washes away residual food debris, neutralizes the acidity of certain foods and beverages, and coats the mouth with disease-fighting substances. Saliva also carries calcium and phosphate, which are vitally important for strengthening tooth enamel.

Remember, always look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval when selecting your new favorite sugarless gum. Without the ADA seal, you cannot be sure that the gum is truly sugarless and it could end up causing cavities rather than preventing them. Truly sugarless gum contains non-cavity causing sweeteners such as xylitol, sorbitol, or mannitol rather than true sugar.

Chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices; it is purely a supplementary method for preventing tooth decay. The ADA still recommends flossing regularly and brushing twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.

If you have any questions regarding sugarless gum or need help finding an ADA-approved toothpaste, please feel free to discuss it with Dr. Van Gurp during your next visit!

Speaking of your next visit; have you scheduled your check up for the new year?  Contact us today and make appointments for the whole family.  Dr. Van Gurp provides general, cosmetic, and restorative services for all your dental needs.

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Top Dentist 2014 awarded to Dr. Van Gurp.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Van Gurp who was recently recognized by his fellow dentists as one of Charlotte’s Top Dentists for 2014. The recognition was featured in a recent issue of Charlotte Magazine.

Top Dentist 2014 photo 2Dentists and specialists in the Charlotte area were asked to take into consideration the following: years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and, of course, physical results.

Dr. Van Gurp has been providing family, cosmetic and restorative dentistry to his Charlotte area patients for over 25 years. As both a practitioner and educator in the field of dentistry, Dr. Van Gurp devotes hours each year to continuing education in order to offer the latest in dental techniques and treatment. Dr. Van Gurp treats patients like family, taking the time to get to know them and understand their personal concerns and goals as a partner in their health care.

Well done Dr. Van Gurp!!

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Transform your smile with innovative laser technology

Healthy and symmetrical gums are an integral part of an aesthetic smile; they should act to complement a person’s smile rather than distract from it. Even the beauty of straight, white teeth can be diminished with gums that extend past the normal margins, leading to feelings of self-consciousness in children and adults alike. In the past, these “gummy smiles” were corrected with painful surgery that involved an extensive healing process. Currently, Charlotte, N.C. dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp is revolutionizing this procedure with non-invasive laser technology. Dr. Van Gurp is at the forefront of this procedure and is one of few dentists in the area to offer this new alternative to traditional gum contouring.



Laser gum contouring is virtually painless and can be completed as quickly as one visit. In order to eliminate any pain or discomfort, a patient seeking a gum contouring procedure will have his or her mouth numbed with a local anesthetic prior to the beginning of the surgery. Once the area is anesthetized, the patient’s gums will be gently sculpted with a diode laser that cauterizes while it cuts, reducing the opportunity for infection.


Following a gum contouring procedure, you may experience tender gums for up to one week, though discomfort is minimal and will not interfere with daily activities such as speaking or eating. Dr. Van Gurp is specially trained to perform gum lifting treatment and therefore, the risks of this procedure are very low.

Laser gum contouring is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to transform your smile. If you feel that your smile could be widened and your self confidence improved through laser gum contouring, please speak with Dr. Van Gurp about this procedure during your next visit!

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HSA dollars can be used for dental services that will keep you smiling!

Many patients do not realize that their HSA dollars can be used for dental expenses that are considered part of maintaining the health of the teeth and gums. This includes not only routine preventive dental care, but also restorative, periodontal and orthodontic services deemed necessary for long term oral health.

HSA dollars cannot be spent on elective cosmetic dentistry, but can be used for tooth bonding or corrective cosmetic dentistry to address tooth damage or a dental problem.

495780253Charlotte dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp understands the financial concerns that many patients, and potential patients, have when it comes to dental care and he and his experienced staff will work with them to maximize benefits available or create a financing plan that suits their budget. In many cases where there are complex dental problems, treatment can be strategically staged to accommodate budget concerns while restoring oral health for the long run. In this way, patients can plan for dental expenses and efficiently use their HSA funds to coordinate care.

Dr. Van Gurp emphasizes the important role that good oral health plays in overall physical well being- and daily quality of life! Poor dental health, often a result of neglect, can have a direct effect on the development or severity of many health concerns such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Routine dental care goes a long way toward preventing the onset of tooth decay and gum disease- the two most common dental health concerns that can also lead to larger problems if untreated. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adult patients.

If you have been avoiding the dentist due to concerns over cost of dental care, come in for a visit with Dr. Van Gurp and learn more about both the benefits of a healthy smile and the payment options available.

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Dr. Van Gurp awarded Dawson Scholar status.

Restorative dentistry today offers patients treatment options that can help them maintain a beautiful, functional smile for a lifetime. We understand more today than ever before about the importance of lifelong dental health for a better quality of life and its role in supporting overall well being.

Charlotte restorative dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp is an alumnus of the prestigious Dawson Academy and has recently been awarded “Scholar” status as a testament to his dedication to continued learning in the field of dentistry to provide his patients with the benefits of complete dentistry.

Dr. VanGurp receiving his award from Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS and Kim Daxon

Dr. VanGurp receiving his award from Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS and Kim Daxon

Choosing the right dentist can be a daunting task. Not all dentists are the same. So how do you choose? The foundation of Dr. Richard Van Gurp’s dental practice has been built on ethics, trust, technical excellence and community service.

What is a Dawson Dentist?

The Dawson Academy is an organization of higher learning founded by world-renowned dentist, Dr. Peter Dawson. Dr. Dawson is considered to be one of the most influential and prominent dentists and teachers in the history of the dental profession. His concept of “complete care dentistry” not only focuses on ethical treatment of patients, but how to truly achieve long term dental health through dentistry that lasts.

As a Dawson Dentist with Scholar status, Dr. Richard Van Gurp has reached a very high level of expertise in providing “complete care dentistry” for his patients. In fact, there are less than a handful of dentists with this status in all of North Carolina. You can learn more about this honor by visiting

Accolades are fine, but what does that mean for you? As a patient of Dr. Richard Van Gurp, you can be assured that you will receive the highest quality of dental care, whether that care involves simple prevention and maintenance or treating complicated dental problems such as cosmetic or bite issues, or concerns with TMJ. Above all, you will find Dr. Van Gurp and his staff to be of the highest ethical standards. Dr. Van Gurp’s patients have included dentists and others in the dental profession, which speaks to the standard of care he strives to provide for all of his patients.

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Why Choose Dr. VanGurp? Let our patients tell you..

Choosing a dentist can often be challenging, especially if you have complex dental problems that need to be addressed. While many people will consider location and insurance benefits when looking for the right dentist, education, experience and credentials should be an important part of the decision. At some point in their lives, many patients either need or desire a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure and the choice of dentist may have a direct affect on long term results.

Charlotte dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp has over 25 years of experience and has devoted countless hours to continuing education in his field in order to be accepted into some of the most prestigious dental associations and to provide his patients with high quality dentistry and comfortable, lasting results. Dr. Van Gurp believes it is important to address underlying dental problems and ensure that there is balance in the bite to prevent additional problems from developing down the road.Charlotte Dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp

A member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dr. Van Gurp is committed to learning about the latest technologies and techniques and incorporating them into his Charlotte Dentist office.

The testimonials of his patients say it best…

“Cosmetic dentistry has been an investment in me with rewards that go far beyond the cost. Dr. Van Gurp is an artist in the field of cosmetic dentistry. With state of the art equipment and the latest technology, my smile is something that makes me proud. No detail was overlooked and the level of personal attention he gave me was great! Dr. Van Gurp is a kind and compassionate man who cares about you as an individual. The staff shares his commitment and professionalism, giving one hundred percent to every patient.”

Beth S.

“From the time I entered your office to when I finished my treatment, the health and look of my teeth made a 180 degree turn for the better. Not only did you and your staff nurse my teeth and gums back to health, but you gave me an awesome smile that makes me proud. It was worth it driving from Georgia to come to your office. Dr. Van Gurp, I can’t thank you enough!”

Jimmy R.

“Having been retired for several years, I am amazed at the technological advances that have taken place in dentistry. Your willingness to stay current in the profession and embrace these positive changes sets you apart as a leader in the profession and gives you the opportunity to provide your patients, including myself, with the best dentistry available.”

William P., DDS (Dentist)

Your smile is part of who you are and is often what people may remember most about you! Dr. Van Gurp will be a partner in your dental care and help you maintain or enhance your natural smile.

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Porcelain veneers offer many benefits for dental health | Charlotte Dentist

Dental veneers can have many applications and can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain. Porcelain veneers, although more costly up front, can offer patients many benefits in the long run.

Charlotte cosmetic dentist Dr. Van Gurp recommends porcelain veneers for a variety of cosmetic and dental concerns:

  • Damaged or broken teeth
  • Gaps between teeth in the smile zone
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Discolored teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening treatment

Porcelain veneers provide a permanent solution that is natural looking, comfortable and durable. Porcelain veneers, made from a translucent material that reflects light like a natural tooth, are stain resistant and custom made to fit and function like a natural tooth.

Dr. Van Gurp will create a personalized treatment plan for the placement of dental veneers to correct a cosmetic concern or dental health issue. In many cases, Dr. Van Gurp will use CEREC technology to design and fabricate a porcelain restoration in a single visit.

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Are sports drinks bad for your dental health?

Our healthy lifestyle may have an adverse affect on dental health because of the added sugars and sweeteners added to most sports drinks and snacks.

Dr. Van Gurp discusses the oral health risks associated with sports drinks and offers some great tips on how to protect the teeth when consuming them.

Looking for more great information on Dr. Van Gurp’s Charlotte dentistry practice? Check out our Youtube page!

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Cosmetic dentistry: an important part of long term dental health!

Modern dentistry emphasizes the importance of keeping the natural teeth as long as possible through a combination of good oral hygiene, preventive dental care and cosmetic and restorative dental procedures.

Charlotte cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp often recommends a cosmetic treatment to not only enhance a patient’s smile but also improve their oral health. Cosmetic dentistry can strengthen the natural teeth and support keeping them strong and healthy for the long run.101857060

Patients who maintain their smile as they age are also more likely to experience a good quality of life in later years without having to compromise their diet or ability to speak well because of lost teeth or oral appliances. Being able to maintain the natural teeth is also important for bone retention in the jaw – lost teeth can lead to bone shrinkage which gives an older appearance to the face. Patients who feel confident about their smile will smile more often!

Dr. Van Gurp offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatment options:

After a thorough exam and consultation, Dr. Van Gurp will make treatment recommendations based on a patient’s dental health as well as their cosmetic concerns and goals: it is important for any underlying dental problems to be addressed for dentistry to offer lasting and comfortable results.

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Make your dentistry last!

From the desk of Dr. Van Gurp:

For the meticulous dentist, protecting your dentistry starts at the examination appointment. That’s right. Prior to any definitive dentistry, whether it’s crowns, veneers or fillings, steps should be taken to evaluate what can be done to protect any dentistry you are considering.

Concerned about her front teeth wearing down and chipping, this patient came to us with the hopes that we could improve her smile. Our examination indeed showed that she was causing a considerable amount of damage to her teeth. An important part of the examination process was to determine the cause of the problems in the first place and controlling those issues before proceeding with definitive treatment. I completely agreed with the patient that if we did not address the underlying cause of the problem first, she would risk damaging her new dentistry in the same way that she damaged her natural teeth.

We want our patients to not only be happy with their new smile in the short term but for many years to come!

Having had significant post-graduate training regarding the details of a proper and healthy bite, I was able to detect and then correct imbalances in her bite, which had led to her significant teeth grinding habit. After some in depth discussion regarding her priorities and what she wanted her new smile to look like, we developed a game plan to suit her needs and desires. At the completion of treatment, she had a bite that was very comfortable and a smile she was happy with as well.

If your teeth are wearing down or chipping and you want the best possible chance to make your dentistry last, give our office a call.

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