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Maintain the Health of Your Smile with Regular Teeth Cleanings

In conjunction with at-home care, undergoing a teeth cleaning every six months can help you avoid serious and costly oral health issues. Regular teeth cleanings can also benefit your overall health. At the Charleston Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Charleston, SC, our team of hygienists work closely with Dr. John Rink to provide the preventive care necessary to help you and your family experience the many benefits of excellent oral health.

Why Cleanings are Important

Regular teeth cleanings allow your hygienist to remove any bacteria and plaque that may have accumulated. When bacteria and plaque remain unaddressed, they can place your teeth and gums at risk of developing decay or periodontal issues. While regular brushing and flossing can eradicate most plaque and bacteria, most of us experience at least some degree of buildup that requires the help of a professional.

Meanwhile, many do not realize that conditions such as gum disease are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory diseases, among other complications. Since teeth cleanings are completely covered by most insurance plans, they are among the most economical and effective ways to safeguard your health.

If you are new to the area, or simply need to establish a routine of regular checkups and teeth cleanings with a caring practice, we would love to meet you and your family.

What to Expect

Professional teeth cleanings can be simple and comfortable. Before the cleaning, your hygienist will perform a visual exam to check your teeth and gums for any obvious concerns. Next, he or she will remove any plaque and tartar around the gum line and between your teeth.

When your teeth are free from buildup, your hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush to clean and polish your teeth with a special toothpaste. Next, the teeth are flossed. This part of the check-up can identify places you may be missing when you floss at home. You may also need a fluoride treatment.

We will also administer x-rays to check for any issues with underlying structures, such as the jaw and temporomandibular joints. When the hygienist has finished your cleaning, Dr. Rink will also conduct an examination, recommending any necessary treatment options based on their findings.

During your appointment, your hygienist will discuss how you can improve your oral hygiene routine at home. Regular brushing and flossing are key to protecting your smile.

A Healthy Smile Can Last a Lifetime

The best way to protect the long-term health and well-being of your smile is to combine consistent at-home care with regular teeth cleanings.

In-office consultations can identify problems before they worsen, saving you time and money down the line. The team at the Charleston Center is dedicated to maintaining the health of your smile by identifying and treating your specific needs. If you are new to the area, or simply need to establish a routine of regular checkups and teeth cleanings with a caring practice, we would love to meet you and your family. Contact our office online or call (843) 242-0284 to schedule a cleaning today.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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