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.

How Floss Threaders Can Make Flossing Easier
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
How Floss Threaders Can Make Flossing EasierWe cannot overemphasize the importance of flossing. Our dentists regularly advise all our patients and their family members to floss at least once a day. It can clean up parts of your teeth that normal brushing - however diligent they are - cannot reach. It can also clean the surfaces of plaque and other infection-causing bacteria. But when you start wearing braces or when your teeth are incredibly close together, flossing can be more like a Herculean task.

Flossing While Facing Obstacles


Quite simply, how do you get across those wires? For those with braces, flossing may seem like an unnecessary problem that's best avoided. But it's important to realize the importance of flossing when wearing braces.

The same goes if you have incredibly tight teeth. Flossing can be difficult, sometimes even painful. While normal dental floss will seem daunting, there's no need to give up, as there are effective alternatives, including, floss threaders and air and water flossers.

How do Floss Threaders Work?


Unlike the normal dental floss, floss threaders come with plastic loops. Once you fix floss to these loops, you can approach these areas and gently clean your teeth one at a time. Whereas with the regular floss you won't be able to reach deep between teeth, with a threader, you will be able to clean up to the surface of the gum.

Should You Start Using Floss Threaders?


If you have had a dental procedure like braces, our dentists will give you a thorough and systematic dental care plan that will include advice on flossing. You will be shown the correct procedure of using floss threaders and soon you will realize that obstacles won't be able to stand between you and healthier teeth. Call us today to set up a consultation where we can show you how easy flossing can be despite obstacles that could stand in your way.

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EMAIL
carolinasmilesc@gmail.com

LOCATION
3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169-3428


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