COVID-19: Office Updates

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Oral Hygiene Routine

Woman practicing a good Oral Hygiene Routine before her dental cleaning at Carolina Smiles Family DentistryThere are few things more beautiful than a happy, open smile. However, without proper oral hygiene, your smile may be at risk. Over half of all American adults suffer from periodontal disease, an infection of the gums that is caused by poor oral hygiene. Not having a good oral hygiene regimen in place can also lead to tooth decay. Over time, you may find yourself struggling with cavities or tooth pain. Loss of your teeth may soon follow.

We here at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry strongly believe that one of the best gifts our patients can give themselves is a good oral hygiene routine, not only to keep their smiles attractive and bright but to prevent needless pain and discomfort associated with gum disease and tooth decay.

Brushing and Flossing: The Basics

Many American struggles with taking good care of their teeth. Despite the best of intentions, nearly 60 percent of us are not flossing often enough. Nearly 25 percent of Americans went two or more days without brushing their teeth. That simply will not do! You need to take care of your teeth, not only to protect your smile, but to prevent lasting and dangerous complications that can arise from chronic poor oral hygiene, such as heart attack, cancer, stroke, and even death.

To brush properly, you need to first start with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Then, add a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste onto those bristles. Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to your gums using gentle pressure and short strokes. You need to brush for at least two minutes, both morning and evening, to get your teeth nice and clean. Do not forget to gently brush your tongue afterward to remove any bacteria that may be trapped on it.

After you are done brushing your teeth, you need to floss then. Effective flossing starts with a piece of dental floss that is 18 inches long. You will want to work the floss in a C-shape up between your teeth and underneath your gumline. This is to remove all trapped food particles, debris, and bacteria from around your teeth. After you finish with one tooth, move to a clean section of floss and move on to another. This helps prevent spreading germs from tooth to tooth.

You can finish up with an antibacterial mouthwash after you brush and floss. However, mouthwash is never a replacement for proper brushing and flossing your teeth!

It is All About Teamwork

While brushing and flossing are important parts of a good oral hygiene routine, you cannot skip your appointments with us, either. We need you to see us twice a year, every six months, for a routine checkup and a cleaning.

We will thoroughly assess your oral health during your appointment and let you know how you are doing on taking care of your teeth. We will also perform a cleaning on your teeth during your appointment, which will also help in preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

If it has been longer than six months since your last dental appointment, or you are interested in learning more about how to take good care of your smile, please give us here at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry a call at (803) 310-4707 today!

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3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169-3428

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