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Preventive Dentistry in Simpsonville
Proper preventive care is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy at Pearl Dental Studio. Routine cleanings help prevent cavities and gum disease, and regular visits give us the opportunity to recognize signs of potential health issues like oral cancer. Brushing and flossing are critical for dental care at home, but must be supplemented by professional care. Whether it has been six months or six years since your last dental appointment, call us today to schedule a preventive visit with an expert dentist in Simpsonville!
Six-Month Dental Cleanings
Cleanings and oral exams are the cornerstone of any preventive dentistry routine. Visiting Dr. Cash every six months will ensure that any small oral health issues are caught early. During routine cleanings, we’ll remove plaque and tartar from your mouth, which will reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other common problems. If you’re overdue for a routine cleaning with a dentist in Simpsonville, contact us today to book your next appointment.
If we find that your enamel has been weakened by high levels of oral bacteria and acid, fluoride treatments are a great way to restore your teeth and prevent cavities. This non-invasive, painless treatment encourages minerals like fluoride and phosphate to bond to the surface of your enamel and strengthen the outer layers of your teeth.
The process of fluoride treatment takes only a few minutes, and simply involves the application of a highly-fluoridate gel or paste directly to your teeth. After treatment, your enamel will absorb the minerals, which strengthen teeth and can reverse the early stages of decay.
Sealants are a great way to fight back against cavities. Dental sealants consist of a special type of dental resin that is applied directly to your teeth (usually your rear molars, since these teeth are most susceptible to cavities). After it is applied, the dental resin hardens into a clear, plastic barrier which prevents oral bacteria, acid, and food particles from directly contacting your teeth. In turn, this prevents the formation of cavities.
Peace of Mind
Oral Cancer Screenings
At every routine oral exam, Dr. Cash will thoroughly examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, such as lesions, discoloration, bumps, and irregular patches of tissue. Oral cancer is often very hard to recognize until it progresses, but regular screenings at our Simpsonville office will ensure that this oral issue is caught as early as possible. Call today to schedule a preventive appointment! Our office is located at 117 Batesville Road Suite 202, Simpsonville, SC 29681.
Why is Preventive Care
There are a few reasons that preventive care is so important for you and your family. First, it helps you maintain a healthy mouth. Preventing oral health problems like cavities and gum disease is always the best option, and frequent teeth cleanings and oral exams allow Dr. Cash to check for early signs of these issues, and take the necessary steps to keep your smile healthy.
In the same way, preventive care can save you a lot of time and money. Routine six-month check-ups and oral exams are typically 100% covered by dental insurance, and even if you don’t have insurance, they are very affordable. And with routine care, you’ll avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral health complications that may require more complex, invasive, and expensive care.
Finally, you’ll also get peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about your oral health, and you’ll know that you and your family have healthy mouths. And if Dr. Cerdas ever notices an issue that requires a follow-up treatment, you’ll be able to schedule the care you need right away, and take care of it before the problem gets worse.
For all of these reasons, preventive care is very important. So don’t skip your six-month visits with our dentists in Simpsonville, and if you’re overdue for a teeth cleaning and an oral exam in Simpsonville, get in touch with us now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lindsey Cerdas.
Protect your Teeth
Is Fluoride Safe?
Yes. Fluoride is 100% safe and effective. Its safety and effectiveness have been tested hundreds of times by clinical studies, and these reputable sources have confirmed both its safety and how effective it is at preventing tooth decay. There are no reliable studies that indicate that fluoride is dangerous when used as directed by dentists. Rumors of fluoride being unsafe are based on faulty science.
Why is fluoride so essential for your oral health? Because this chemical compound has the unique ability to strengthen your teeth. When it’s applied to your enamel, the chemical makeup of fluoride attracts calcium and phosphates to your teeth in a process called “remineralization.”
This reverses the “demineralization” caused by oral bacteria and acid, strengthening your teeth. By consistently brushing with fluoride toothpaste, you can reverse the damage done by acid throughout the day, and keep your smile healthy and bright.
So make sure you use fluoride toothpaste that’s accepted by the ADA. And skip bottled water, too! Tap water has a very small amount of fluoride added, and is helpful for protecting your oral health.
For the Whole Family
At Pearl Dental Studio, Dr. Cerdas is an experienced family dentist, and can treat patients of all ages. From toddlers to teens, young adults, middle-aged people, and seniors, Dr. Cash is here to serve you and your family with the expert care you need in Simpsonville.
So don’t wait. Remember, regular six-month visits to the dentist are the best way to protect your oral health, no matter your age. Everyone in your family should see the dentist regularly for check-ups, so contact us now to schedule your next consultation in Simpsonville.
Should I floss Before or After Brushing?
While most people tend to brush and then floss in that order, studies show that flossing before you brush your teeth is more effective at removing plaque from between the teeth as well as better fluoride retention.
This reduces your risk of cavities and mineralizes or strengthens your teeth. The reason it’s better to floss before you brush is that you remove all of the food particles and plaque that are stuck between the teeth and then brushing ensures that you get the residue that is left behind on your teeth.
When you do flossing second, the food particles and bacteria that you are dislodging from between your teeth aren’t getting washed away with fluoride toothpaste and they will linger in the mouth until the next time you brush your teeth.
This means you are potentially exposing your teeth to sugar and acid attacks all night and day in between your oral hygiene routine. However, the most important thing is that you brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes and that you floss once a day.
While studies have found that doing it in a certain order can slightly improve cavity and gum disease prevention, it’s mostly up to personal preference. Patients who brush and floss often enough and do it in the reverse order have a better chance of preventing oral health problems than patients who do not frequently brush and floss but do it in the recommended order.
Is the type of toothbrush I use important?
Ultimately, you can use whatever toothbrush you want and this is up to personal preference. However, it is important that you only use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean your teeth. It is much less abrasive than hard bristles and will protect your teeth from damage.
There’s no need to brush your teeth very hard. Brushing gently in circular motions with a soft bristle toothbrush is thorough enough to remove food particles and plaque. It can also be helpful to select a toothbrush with a smaller head to reach crevices toward the back that are harder to maneuver.
Rotating-oscillating electric toothbrushes are marginally better at plaque removal than using a manual toothbrush. However, brushing for 2-3 minutes per day at a 45-degree angle is the most important factor in maintaining good oral hygiene.
Electric toothbrushes are recommended for patients with limited dexterity, but a traditional toothbrush is more affordable and accessible to people. Use what works best for you as long as you are brushing thoroughly twice a day.
How do I clean my tongue?
You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth, but this is often overlooked. Your tongue can harbor bacteria and volatile sulfur compounds that contribute to bad breath and cavity risk.
While you can brush your tongue using a traditional toothbrush or a specialized tongue scraper, studies show that using a tongue scraper is more effective. However, if you don’t have a tongue scraper, using a toothbrush is better than not brushing at all.
To clean your tongue, stick out your tongue as far as you can and drag your tongue scraper or toothbrush down the surface of the tongue back and forth repeatedly. You might also consider introducing a mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine to remove even more bacteria and freshen your breath.