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.

Dentistry For Kids

Group of kids smiling with healthy teethMost of us adults understand immediately the importance of regular dental checkups. Having a healthy and attractive smile is something that we all strive for, and we know we can help attain that when we make sure to pencil in dental appointments every six months. However, did you know that your children also need to stay on top of their routine dental appointments, too?

Even if your child does not have their permanent adult teeth in yet, they can benefit from regular appointments with us here at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry. Whether it is your child’s first dental appointment, or they are already well acquainted with our office, we strongly believe that taking your child to see us every six months is one of the best things you can do for their health and their smile!

Why Your Child Needs to See Us

Just because your little one still has their primary (baby) teeth does not mean that they can skip coming to see us. While these teeth will eventually be replaced by their permanent teeth, they can still benefit from regular dental appointments.

Your child’s baby teeth are placeholders for their adult teeth. Taking good care of those teeth, and preventing decay, is essential to help ensure that their adult teeth grow in healthy. Regular checkups with us can not only help make sure your child’s baby teeth are not developing cavities; it can also help spot any early problems with gum disease (such as gingivitis and periodontitis). Your child can develop gum disease even without a full set of teeth, which is why it is so important to teach them good oral hygiene practices at an early age.

We can also check for any signs that your child may be developing issues with their jaw or dental alignment. The sooner we intervene on any malocclusion, the better the outcome will be for your child. Introducing us to your child at an early age can also help them develop a lifelong relationship with us and prevent dentophobia (the fear of dentists and going to the dentist) from occurring later on in life. This helps establish a good precedent for a healthy mouth for the rest of their life!

What Happens at A Child’s Dental Appointment?

Both little ones and their parents may understandably have questions about what will happen during a child’s dental appointment. We want to make sure you understand, so both you and your child are comfortable with us.

During your child’s appointment, we will address both the parent and the child. We will discuss how to practice good oral hygiene with mom and dad, and we will also help teach your child about brushing and flossing. If they are too young to benefit from this advice, we can also teach you about how to prevent problems from pacifier use or baby-bottle tooth decay. We may also recommend dental X-rays to give us a better idea of their dental health and development.

Your child should meet us before their first birthday, right around when they start to get their first tooth. If you would like to learn more about dentistry for kids, or you are ready to set up an appointment with us for yourself or your child, please give us here at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry a call today at (803) 310-4707!

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3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169-3428

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