Dental Hygiene

When you’re looking for the best Columbia dentist that you can trust with regular dental hygiene check-ups, contact the team at Carolina Aesthetics and Restorative Dentistry! With years of experience working in the Columbia SC area, we have developed so many relationships with local families and individuals as their trusted Columbia dentist.

Dental Hygiene is important to maintain not only to perfect a naturally beautiful smile but also to keep the teeth and gums healthy long-term! Our team of professional dentists are well versed in providing dental hygiene services that utilize advanced technology in order to provide the best dental services in Columbia SC.

The best way to maintain proper dental hygiene is to schedule regular visits with a dental professional every 6 months. Our professional dental hygiene services include cleaning, fluoride treatments, and sealants, as well as other dental services specific to your needs. We also provide dental cleanings for children with periodontal cleanings, scaling and root planning, as well as ultrasonic scaling.

To schedule an appointment with our team of dental professionals, Contact Us!

Professional Cleaning

If you want to keep teeth in great condition, professional teeth cleanings are critical in maintaining teeth that are healthy and plaque-free. Most people believe that brushing and flossing is enough to preserve a beautiful smile. It actually requires regular deep cleaning of the teeth to remove hidden tartar, plaque, and bacteria that is invisible to the naked eye. Although your teeth may feel or appear clean, plaque and disease-causing bacteria build up between teeth and under your gums. It takes professional teeth cleanings by a hygienist to remove unwanted plaque and bacteria. This is essential in preventing cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Routine cleanings should be done at least every six months or more frequently. At Carolina Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry we are committed to enhancing people’s lives by way of dental health. Please contact us so we can figure out a professional cleaning plan that is right for you.

Periodontal cleanings, Scaling and Root Planning, Ultrasonic Scaling

Periodontal or gum disease is caused by bacteria that is below the gum line. Often times you can visibly see the buildup of the bacteria on the tooth known as calculus. Periodontal disease is often painless at first but when left untreated can cause bad breath, red, swollen gums and eventually bone destruction, tooth loss, and pain.

Periodontal scaling and root planning is used to treat gum disease. Anesthesia is used to anesthetize and numb the areas so the hygienist can effectively clean around the tooth and underneath the gum tissue. An ultrasonic scaler with water as well as an antimicrobial rinse is used to gently remove the calculus and bacteria. To determine the need of any of these treatments please contact us so we can figure out a plan that is right for you.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatment helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. This is especially important for children in the six to sixteen age range as fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride treatment also helps speed remineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.

Sealants

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the surfaces of teeth, typically the back teeth (premolars and molars), used to prevent tooth decay. After the sealant is applied, it quickly bonds into the grooves of the teeth forming a protective buffer over the enamel of each tooth.
Even with regular and thorough brushing and flossing to remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, getting into the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque can be very difficult. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.