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Due to the recent outbreak we are currently working on a modified schedule. Please contact us to schedule your next visit
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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.

Why You Need to Make Sure You Take Your Oral Health Seriously

Posted on 3/20/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Why You Need to Make Sure You Take Your Oral Health SeriouslyYou know that you need to brush your teeth regularly if you want to fight off cavities and decay. What you might not know is that taking care of your oral health is serious business. Failure to do so can lead to a variety of health issues.

A Healthy Mouth for a Healthy Heart

Did you know that researchers have found a connection between gum disease and an increased risk for heart disease? It is true. Studies show that people with gum disease are at a heightened risk of heart disease and are twice as likely to experience a fatal heart attack when compared to those without gum disease.

Diabetes and Blood Sugar

There is also a connection between gum disease and diabetes. Diabetes is frequently associated with infection, and some studies show that gum disease may make it harder for the body to control blood sugar levels. Other research shows that treating gum disease can actually improve some of the symptoms of diabetes.

Memory Impairment
Newer researcher suggests that there may be a connection between poor dental health and increased dementia risk. Experts believe that oral bacteria may move through the brain into the cranial nerves, and this could contribute to the plaque that's been associated with Alzheimer's.

Breathing Troubles
Gum disease might also affect your risk of respiratory infections, including pneumonia and COPD. Oral bacteria may cause these infections if they are inhaled into the lungs, leading to inflammation within the airways.

While brushing and flossing are essential for good oral health, remember that you also need regular dental cleanings. We recommend that you visit our office once every six months to have your teeth cleaned and inspected. We look forward to helping you maintain the good oral health that will keep the rest of your body healthy.

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West Columbia, SC 29169-3428

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