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Preventative Dentistry Can Help You Achieve and Maintain Optimal Oral Health

Preventive dental care can save you time and money, and guard against the development of painful and serious health conditions. By keeping up with your regular dental visits, you can halt the advancement of most problems with simple measures, rather than needing to undergo invasive and expensive procedures. Routine care is about more than cleaning your teeth every day. Preventative dentistry keeps your jaw, soft tissues, and entire mouth healthy. Make a sound investment in your oral and overall wellness by choosing preventative dentistry with Dr. John Rink. Contact us at our Charleston, SC practice today, and set up your appointment with our friendly staff.

Preventative care involves daily brushing and flossing at home, as well as routine checkups.

Professional Cleanings and Exams

Your regular cleanings and exams are important foundations of preventative dentistry. These visits are typically scheduled twice a year, although patients with certain conditions, like a predisposition to gum disease, may need to come in more frequently.

Your professional cleaning is designed to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. When it is not removed, plaque can calcify into tartar, which can cause bad breath and receding gums. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional using specialized equipment.

During a routine dental visit, our team will do more than clean your teeth. Your dentist will carefully check your gums for signs of periodontal disease. Any existing restorations will be examined to ensure that they are strong and functioning properly. Your jaw, palate, soft tissues, and tongue will be reviewed for conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and oral cancer. In this way, regular dental visits keep your mouth clean and healthy, and allow for early intervention and treatment of several common concerns.

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Good At-home Dental Care

Most of us are aware that brushing twice a day and flossing daily are mainstays of good at-home hygiene. There are also some finer points to keep in mind, including:

Choosing toothpaste with fluoride

This mineral is known to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities. Toothpaste fortified with fluoride is a simple and effective way to improve the health of your teeth, and ward off decay.

Your toothbrush bristles

Like many of our patients, you might not realize your toothbrush has frayed or jagged bristles. These damaged bristles can irritate and even harm your gums. To keep your gums in good condition, patients should replace their toothbrushes every three months, and choose brushes with softer bristles.

Eating a healthy diet

Certain minerals, like phosphate and calcium, help keep your teeth strong. Eating foods and drinking beverages with high levels of sugar can fuel the production of oral bacteria and acids which can destroy tooth enamel. For these reasons, it is important to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet that restricts sugar intake.

Other Preventative Treatments

In addition to regular dental exams, fluoride treatments and sealants can help prevent decay and the formation of cavities. Fluoride is topically applied to the teeth, and can easily be added onto your regular exam. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars, where they deter bacteria and acid from penetrating the teeth. Sealants are especially beneficial for children and patients who are prone to cavities.

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Dr. Rink and his staff can help you achieve and maintain great oral health with preventative dentistry treatments. Contact our office today to schedule your next visit.

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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