Patient Testimonials
  • Azalea Dental is, without a doubt, the best dentist office I have ever been to. The staff is professional, courteous, and very easy to talk to and work with. They have televisions on the ceiling for crying out loud (I'm a former Army guy, so anything beyond whiskey and a stick to squeeze is good. Televisions on the ceiling is exceeding the standard).
    Dan B.
  • Dr. Riley and all of the staff are amazing! Between Jenna and Debbie at the front desk, the hygienist Jodie, and Dr. Riley my appointments have always been quick, easy and most importantly, painless. I would refer any of my family or friends to Azalea Dental! Thank you guys for always offering 5 star service!
    Libby L.
  • The best dental practice I have ever experienced, and I have experienced several.They are friendly, thorough and experienced, I wouldn't consider going any where else for my dental health .
    Jeff
  • I have chosen Azalea Dental for many years as our family dentist. Our first impression was great and we have continued with Dr Riley and staff ever since. They have state of art equipment and knowledgeable professional staff. I am and always will recommend this office. They are the best in the area!
    Carolyn O.

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3 Big Differences between Good Dentists and Great Dentists

Differences between Good Dentists and Great Dentists | Azalea Dental
If you have recently relocated or are just looking for a new dentist, there are lots of things to consider. Some important questions you need to ask are:Does this office treat family members of all ages?Do they offer treatments that are important to my family?What kind of education does the dentist have?If you have an emergency, can you expect prompt treatment?The answers to many of these practical questions can be found by visiting the dentist’s website or with a quick call to their office. Another good source is online reviews because they offer up-to-date information about the quality of service a practice provides.A Good Dentist vs. A Great DentistHowever, there ...

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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 AgeIt'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

Dental Cleanings | Summerville SC
Dental Cleanings:Prevent cavitiesThe 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.Stop tooth lossGum 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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3 Signs That Mean It Might Be Time for a Root Canal

Summerville SC Root Canals
Nobody likes to talk about root canals because they have the unfortunate reputation of being challenging and uncomfortable. However, with updated techniques and technology, your Summerville dentist can perform root canals that are no more complicated than having a tooth filled.And while lots of people associate root canals with pain, but the truth is that root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.Timely Treatment is EssentialWhile we understand that you would rather not think about a root canal, it’s important for you to know the signs of root canal infection. By the time you notice any of these signs, the disease has already damaged your tooth. If we don’t ...

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Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile

Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile | Azalea Dental
If you believe you are doing everything right with your oral health but still get diagnosed with cavities, the soft drinks you consume may be the culprit.Colas and other soft drinks are by far the worst drinks because they are loaded with sugar. For instance, a 21 oz. bottle of cola contains 44 grams of sugar. Just to put this in perspective, adults need only 32 grams of sugar per day to maintain good health.If you regularly consume energy drinks, it’s time to rethink your choices. Many energy drinks contain unhealthy levels of caffeine, but they are also filled with acid and sugar. There is not much good to be ...

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The Health of Your Kidneys and Your Gums May Be Linked

Kidney and Gum Health Blog | Azalea Dental
As your Summerville, SC dentist, Dr. Thomas Riley makes it a point to stay current with the latest research in dentistry that affects your overall health and wellness. In recent years, one area that’s getting a lot of attention is the link between your oral health and the health of your body.Gum Disease and Chronic Kidney DiseaseThere is enough research to connect chronic inflammation from gum disease to an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory illness, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.However, a study published recently in the Journal of Periodontology set out to observe the long-term effects of gum disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study, conducted by ...

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