Preventive Dentistry – Mount Pleasant, SC

Your Key to a Worry-Free Smile

At our dental office, we would much rather help you avoid dental issues altogether than have to fix them later. With this approach, you will spend less time in our dental office and more time simply enjoying your smile. To accomplish this, we can offer you an array of options for preventive dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC. With just two appointments each year, our Smile Carolina Dental Group team, led by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, can help you not just achieve a beautiful smile, but also maintain it for many years to come. Call us today to set up your visit!

Why Choose Smile Carolina Dental Group for Preventive Dentistry?

  • 100% Digital X-Rays for Maximum Safety
  • Highly Advanced Cavity Detection System
  • Focus on Patient Personalized Education

Dental Cleanings

For teeth to last a lifetime, they need to be frequently cleaned by a professional. During a six-month dental hygiene appointment, our team will remove the plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup that can cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Plaque is clear, sticky, and constantly forming on the surface of your teeth. When it is not removed thoroughly every day, it turns into yellow tartar. The acids and bacteria in plaque and tartar can combine with the bacteria that are naturally present in your mouth and cause an infection. So, their frequent removal is important for sustained oral health.

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Regular Dental Checkups and Patient Education

Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned during your six-month appointment, our dental team will examine your smile for the presence of decay, infection, worn dental work, and even oral cancer because early detection aids in successful treatment.

One-on-one patient education is another important part of helping you on your journey to a lifetime of consistent dental and oral health. Our team will discuss how you can take better care of your teeth at home. During your appointment, feel free to ask any questions you have regarding your oral health.

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Fluoride Treatments

When you leave your routine checkup, we want you to feel confident that your smile will remain healthy until your next one. To that end, we offer topical applications of extra-strength fluoride after we have cleaned your pearly whites. Your teeth are probably exposed to plenty of fluorides through various foods, your toothpaste, and even your drinking water, but some patients could benefit from some additional protection. Once applied to the teeth, fluoride makes the enamel stronger and more resilient to cavities.

Dental Sealants

Compared to the teeth toward the front of the mouth, the molars and premolars are at an increased risk of decay due to their rough, grooved chewing surfaces. They can easily trap food particles, attracting cavity-causing bacteria. One easy way to greatly reduce this risk is by taking just a few minutes to apply dental sealants. We simply paint a thin, clear layer of plastic resin over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, which creates a protective barrier that can last for up to 10 years.

Oral Cancer Screening

The prevalence of oral cancer is rising – and it is one of the deadliest cancers. Oral cancer is defined as that affecting the tongue, lips, throat, cheeks, gums, or anywhere in the mouth. Early detection of oral cancer increases the chances of successful treatment. Adults of all ages should undergo an oral cancer screening at least once a year, which we can perform during your regular checkup. People who are at a higher risk of developing the disease include men over the age of 55, tobacco users, and people who have had frequent exposure to UV light.

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Nightguards for Bruxism

People who grind their teeth at night (a condition known as bruxism) often experience headaches and ear/neck pain, and they may notice their teeth beginning to chip or wear down. A custom-fitted nightguard can protect your tooth enamel and help you achieve relaxing, restful sleep.

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Athletic Mouthguards

Just as you would wear a helmet to protect your head when you play contact sports, you should also protect your smile by wearing an athletic mouthguard. When worn over the teeth, this device cushions any impact, greatly reducing the risk that any of your teeth will break or get knocked out. Although you can find athletic mouthguards at the sporting goods store, they will not be nearly as effective (or comfortable) as one that Dr. Johnson can design just for you.

Halitosis/Breath Treatment

There is no quick fix for chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis. Maybe it is what you eat or the result of insufficient dental hygiene. If you (and others) are suffering as a result of your bad breath, Dr. Johnson can help by creating a breath treatment plan built for your specific case.

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