There are three key components to achieving optimal oral health: nutrition, daily oral care, and routine professional care.
At the dental office of Dr. Trinkner and Dr. Keefer in Columbia, SC, we offer comprehensive preventive care services to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Routine visits to our Columbia, SC dental office will include a thorough dental cleaning and complete examination.
Our dental care team will screen for some of the most common dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, occlusal instability, and TMJ dysfunction.
Patient-Centered Dentistry in Columbia, SC
One of the reasons why patients choose Dr. Trinker or Dr. Keefer as their dentist is because of the time they spend listening to their personal needs and goals. We believe that patients have the right to be informed of all their options and our team will help you choose the treatment that will provide you with the best results for your long-term goals.
The number one priority at our Columbia, SC dental office is meeting patient needs with conservative treatment plans that help strengthen and support natural tooth structure. We give patients the tools they need to take care of their teeth for a lifetime.
A routine dental visit includes a thorough evaluation of your oral health and screenings for common concerns:
- Screening for cavities and decay
- Periodontal screening for gum disease
- Oral cancer screening
- Professional tooth cleaning
- A dental and occlusal exam
Routine dental visits are the foundation of lifelong oral health. Dental checkups provide Dr. Trinkner with the opportunity to look for and monitor and treat dental concerns before they become bigger problems. In the long run, this can save you both time and money, enabling us to work with you on the long-term maintenance of a healthy and functional smile.
Dental Health Affects Overall Health
There have been numerous recently published studies that show a link between gum disease and other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Also, gum disease can be a serious problem for pregnant women and may contribute to low birth weight and premature birth.
While gum disease is highly prevalent, affecting as many as 3 out of every four adults (according to the American Dental Association), it is also highly preventable and treatable.
Regular visits and periodontal screenings are critical to preventing and treating gum disease. They also enable us to get to know you and understand your unique risk factors for gum disease so that we can offer personalized oral hygiene care and advice.
In the early stages, gum disease is easily treated through special cleaning procedures and anti-bacterial rinses. Dr. Trinkner or Dr. Keefer can advise you on additional techniques and tools that you can use at home to ensure that your gums remain healthy. Request an appointment online today.
Preventive Care FAQs
What should I do about my tooth pain?
The best course of action is to call your dentist for advice or request an appointment to be seen. Toothaches can be a sign of various dental issues. The most common problem that patients have when visiting the dentist with a toothache is an unaddressed cavity.
When you try to alleviate the pain at home with medications, you are only masking the issue. Not visiting the dentist can cause more harm and damage to your teeth because the root cause is left untreated.
What do I do if my tooth gets knocked out?
If your tooth is abruptly extracted due to an accident, locate it and save it. The best thing to do is to put it in a glass of milk or your own saliva to keep it healthy. Your dentist can reattach it if it is still in good condition. If you can’t find it, we can replace your missing tooth with various restorative solutions.
How can I prevent cavities while wearing braces?
We know that teeth can be tricky to brush and clean while wearing braces. The best thing you can do is to maintain an excellent oral health routine! Pay a little more attention to your teeth while brushing and flossing. If you are considering getting braces, try Invisalign instead of traditional braces.
Invisalign treatment allows you to remove your clear aligners before every meal so that you can brush and floss effectively before putting them back on.