Preventive Dentistry in Columbia, SC
Keeping up with your preventive care is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. In addition to routine cleanings, there are a number of available treatments to boost your dental health and ward off future restorative care. Upon your initial examination, our team will recommend a treatment that best fits your specific dental needs.
Attending routine cleanings twice a year allows our team to carefully monitor any changes in your dental health. Your visit will include a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, as well as an oral cancer screening. Once problem areas are addressed, we will conduct a thorough cleaning and provide you with specific tips for improving your dental health.
Fluoride is a mineral that works to protect your teeth and prevent cavities. You may find it in your toothpaste, mouthwash, and even your drinking water. However, a fluoride treatment at the dentist contains a much larger amount. After your cleaning, we can apply the treatment to your teeth and add an extra layer of protection from decay.
Participating in sports and other extracurriculars can sometimes lead to a dental injury if you’re not wearing the proper protective gear. We offer custom mouthguards to wear when participating in any physical activity. This lessens the risk of you breaking, chipping, or knocking out a tooth. Scenarios like these are considered dental emergencies and often produce a great deal of stress when they occur. It’s best to avoid them, if possible, by wearing a custom mouthguard.
If you’re someone who grinds their teeth at night while they sleep, investing in a custom protective nightguard can make a positive, significant impact on your oral health. If left untreated, chronic teeth grinding can cause headaches, severe tooth damage, TMD, gum recession, and increased tooth sensitivity. The use of a custom oral appliance at night can prevent irreconcilable damage. Our nightguards add a thick barrier between your upper and lower arch of teeth to keep them safe if grinding occurs.
Taking preventive measures against tooth decay is important for maintaining optimal oral health. Dental sealants are a thin coat of plastic-like materials that are applied to your teeth—typically the molars—to protect you from cavities. The coating prevents leftover food particles and bacteria from settling on your teeth and causing decay. Treatment is simple, stress-free, and can be used on both children and adults.