To Our Family of Patients:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming state-of-the-art periodontal care for our patients. 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. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. Our staff is using the highest level of PPE available and our providers and staff are taking extraordinary precautions to ensure the safety of everyone. 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).

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We have made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. 

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask Covid 19 screening questions. You can find the screening questionnaire here and risk aknowledgement form here. Once you arrive for your scheduled appointment, please call the office (843)571-0853 and remain in your car. A temperature will be taken as an additional screening measure. 
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will see it throughout the office for your use as needed.
  • We clean and disinfect all non-operatory touch points on a systematic basis.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the office at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (843)571-0853 or request an appointment here

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, friends, and neighbors.

Sincerely,

Chris, Ed, Daulton, and Team


We specialize in dental implants along with treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. Using the latest technology, we work in conjunction with your general dentist to provide you with the best overall dental care. Our experienced staff works together as a team to give you exceptional quality treatment in a comfortable, professional environment.

Dental implants are artificial roots that are placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reasons. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the surrounding structures to the teeth. It is often silent, meaning symptoms, particularly pain, may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. However, you should still be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of the disease.

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month


October is National Dental Hygiene Month! 
This year's motto is Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew. 

All four of those steps are very important puzzle pieces to keeping your smile healthy. 

Of course, brushing your teeth atleast twice a day is a very effective tool in removing plaque, biofilm and food particles that may be stuck to your teeth. Proper brushing technique involves brushing along the gumline, and not just the teeth. Be sure to change your toothbrush every three months or if the bristles are frayed- whichever comes sooner. 

Flossing your teeth atleast once a day (more if possible) is also an incredibly effective tool for keeping your smile healthy. When you floss your teeth, you remove biofilm that has settled below the gumline and between the teeth. This cannot be reached by a toothbrush and without flossing will stay put and cause big problems for you and your teeth. If this biofilm is not removed, it will begin to attract bacteria. The bacteria will colonize below your gumline and begin to eat away at the healthy gum tissue, slowly pushing it away from the roots of the teeth. This can eventually move into the bone which your teeth are rooted in, and cause your teeth to loosen and even fall out. By flossing regularly, you can prevent this from happening to you!  Oh what a big job a simple little piece of string can do! 

Using an antiseptic  mouth rinse can effectively wash out any remaining small particles, as well as kill bacteria  that may be hanging out in your mouth. Mouth rinse has the ability to penetrate the area between your teeth, and coat the interior of the mouth - this is just another step to a healthy mouth. 

Chewing sugar free gum after eating is clinically proven to stimulate saliva production, which neutralizes acids and also helps fight cavities. 

For more information on oral care, please visit the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) . 

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When Should You Brush Your Teeth?


Brushing your teeth right after a meal or a drink may be doing more harm than good. Many foods and drinks contain a fair amount of acid - brushing while the acid is still in your mouth can cause increased damage to your teeth. Rinsing with water- a pH of 7.0 - helps to reduce the acidity of your mouth quickly. 
The best thing to do is to rinse your mouth with water immediately following a meal or a drink, wait 30 minutes, then brush. 
Chewing on certain foods and gums can also reduce the acidic environment in your mouth. 
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