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3 Big Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip Routine Dental Visits

You just got a reminder from your dentist that it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning. So, you look at your calendar and wonder when you’re going to have the time. Your teeth were healthy last time, and you’ve been brushing and flossing, so skipping one appointment can’t hurt, can it?

It turns out that there are several good reasons why you shouldn’t skip routine dental visits with your Summerville dentist. You may be surprised

1. Prevent Dental Pain

It may not be possible to prevent all dental pain, but seeing us every six months allows us to monitor your oral health and reduce the risk for toothaches. When you ...

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A New Study Shows Those Closest to Us Can Affect Our Oral Health

Do those closest to you influence the decisions you make about oral health care? You have a social network of family, friends, and acquaintances, and it turns out that they may have more of an impact on your oral health than you think.

At Azalea Dental, we stress the importance of dental exams and cleanings at our Summerville, SC as the best way to maintain oral health. But there’s more to dentistry than the procedures we perform, and it turns out that trust needs to play a significant role in the care we provide.

Do Friends and Family Affect Your Oral Health?

A researcher from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental ...

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Why Routine Dental Exams Can Save You a Lot of Money

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You don't want to get sick and face large medical bills, so you know you have to take steps to keep your body healthy. You exercise every day, watch your diet, and take your vitamins and supplements in the hopes that these steps will keep your body healthy and disease-free.

But many people are surprised to know that they can approach their oral health the same way. The fact is that you should take advantage of preventive dental services like cleanings and exams; not because your dentist said so, but because they help support a problem-free smile. 

Like Your Car, Your Teeth Need Upkeep!

If you have a car, you know that you ...

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Dental Cleanings - 4 Steps to a Healthier Smile

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If you want to minimize visits to the dentist, there are two appointments you must make and keep every year. Semi-annual dental cleanings allow a skilled hygienist to examine your mouth for signs of gum disease, clean and polish your teeth, and talk to you about areas where you can improve. 

Importance of Dental Cleanings

The significance of cleanings with a hygienist can't be overstated. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in US adults over the age of 30. This bacterial infection attacks the structures that support your teeth such as gum tissue, ligaments, and bone.

Typical signs include tender, inflamed, or swollen gums and bleeding when you brush; ...

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Each Tooth Has a Purpose

Each Tooth Has a Purpose | Azalea Dental

We expect a lot from our teeth, but it’s easy to take for granted the work they do until something goes wrong and one or more is out of commission.

Your Teeth Do a Lot More Than Chew!

Losing one or more teeth means that teeth that had one specific purpose now have to take up the work of the missing tooth. Let’s take a look at what each type of tooth does so you can understand how important it is to keep them all healthy: 

Incisors are the front teeth that are most obvious when you smile. They have a flat edge that bites into food, and incisors also support your lips ...

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Aging Is Inevitable. Poor Oral Health Is Not

Oral Health as You Age | Azalea Dental

Wouldn't it be great if scientists would someday develop an easy way to minimize the effects of aging on the body? For now, however, we are stuck with the inevitable physical changes and symptoms that come along with the aging process.

Oral health is one area in particular that seniors need to pay more attention to. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that nearly 40% of older adults haven’t stepped foot in a dental office for over a year!

Protect Your Oral Health As You Age

It's a fact that decay and gum disease are more common as you age. Oral cancer also tends to peak after age 60. The good news ...

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6 Things a Dental Cleaning Can Do For You

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Dental Cleanings:

  1. Prevent cavities
    The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
  2. Stop tooth loss
    Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular ...

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