Dental Care

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Everyone feels bad when they miss a cleaning appointment. But don’t dread calling us back and getting scheduled because you can’t maintain your oral health if you miss cleanings! Preventive maintenance is the absolute best way to keep yourself healthy!

A few helpful ways to stay on schedule:

  1. Make your next cleaning appointment before you leave our office! We can pick a date and time that is best suited for you! (And don’t worry because we do call to confirm it the day before and we can also send you text or email reminders about the appointment!)
  2. If you don’t like to schedule so far in advance, fill out a postcard before you leave and we will mail it to you 1 month before you are due! You can call to schedule when you receive it!
  3. Just call! We are always here to help, so give us a ring and we can get you back on schedule! 803-731-9556
  4. Send us an email! Let us know some times that work for you and we will get you an appointment right away! Click HERE to schedule an appointment or email us at info@dentalcolumbiasc.com .

Cutting corners on your health never pays off!

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The HEART of the Matter

What does my dental health have to do with my heart?

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Healthy gums make for a healthier heart! If you have gum disease then a protein is released into your blood that increases plaque formation in your blood vessels. This can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke!

Warning Signs

Gum disease affects 80% of American adults and often the condition goes undiagnosed. Warning signs that you may have gum disease include:

  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose or separating from each other

Proactive prevention

While regular dental exams and cleanings are necessary to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar and detect early signs of gum disease, you can play a major role in preventing gum disease every day. The best way to be proactive in maintaining your oral and overall health is scheduling regular dental checkups, getting professional cleanings and regular brushing and flossing. Taking steps to stop gum disease at the source is the best way to keep your smile beautiful at any age. Call our office today to schedule your cleaning and check up!

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You only clean 2/3 of your teeth??

No one wants to talk about flossing. As a matter of fact, this will most likely be our least read blog! But did you realize that if you don’t floss you are missing 1/3 of your teeth and leaving plaque and bacteria there to  do damage and cause cavities to begin!

77b85a3b3beeddc695afec336723d6a2There are 4 steps to proper flossing and you can use any kind of floss (waxed, unwaxed, spongy floss, dental tape, etc.):

  1. Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  2. Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  3. Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  4. Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

There is also a device similar to an electric tooth brush that can help you floss! It’s called an AirFlosser! AirFloss is a new device developed by Philips Sonicare to remove plaque biofilm from between the teeth. It uses a rapid burst of air and water droplets to disrupt the biofilm from between the teeth. Using an AirFloss only takes about 60 seconds!

So which is better, regular flossing or AirFloss? Good question. Most likely the real answer will be that both are effective tools for interproximal cleaning…all you have to do is use the one you like better!

AirFloss isAir FLosser available at the office for $79.99. Click on the photo for more information!

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Do You Have A Dental Retirement Plan?

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For retirement to be fulfilling, it takes planning! And you can’t forget about your pearly whites! Not many people are planning for their dental care when they are planning for retirement, but we assure you that you don’t want to go into retirement without them!

The BEST retirement dental strategy is to get the longest lasting dentistry before you retire!

Most employers today don’t continue dental benefits after retirement, and most people don’t plan ahead for the treatment they will need to keep their teeth in optimal health for their lifetime!

Dental benefits haven’t changed much from the usual and customary $1,000 per year that was set back in the 1960’s, so most people will need to plan 5-8 years in advance of retirement. You will also want to get your treatment done in ways that are the absolute best for your health and the longest lasting possible so that when you are retired, your teeth are in the best possible state that they can be!

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Dr. DuPuis can help you during this time of planning by being proactive on any treatment you may need and also making sure we get your cleanings and exams scheduled before you lose your insurance benefits. Dental problems can be silent and are always progressive so catching them early is always to your benefit.

Let Dr. DuPuis know about all your concerns so that he can help you make retirement even more fun and healthy for you!

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Oral Cancer

April Oral Cancer MonthApril is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. DuPuis wanted you to know what we do in our office to check you EVERY SINGLE TIME you have your teeth cleaned!

It’s called Vel Scope!

This 1-2 minute scan is painless, has no rinses or dye, and is completely free every time you have your teeth cleaned at our office. When found early, oral cancer’s five year survival rate is 80-85% and that number drops to 50% when found late. Vel Scope is the earliest detector and can discover oral cancer that is completely  invisible to the naked eye.

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The new machine in the office!

Have you heard a new sound in the office when you visited us lately? Sometimes it even plays music!! That machine is called a CEREC and it is here to make your appointments so much easier. CEREC allows us mill out all your crowns and onlays in the office so that you don’t have to wait for them to come back from the lab!

Yes…that means you only have ONE appointment to receive your restorations!

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Most restorations are only one appointment now so you’ll only have to take off work one time! More great news: this also means no more impressions for you!  Dr. DuPuis is always up on the latest technology available to make your visits easier, faster and more comfortable!

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Pin Hole Surgery

Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST) is a  gentle, noninvasive form of surgery to make your gums less likely to recede further and to cover as much of the exposed root of your tooth as possible. It requires no tissue from the roof of your mouth like previous surgeries called grafting. It is done through small pinholes so there are no incisions and almost never requires sutures.  Since there is no incision, the side effects of discomfort, swelling and bleeding are kept to a minimum.  The procedure is done with only local anesthesia and takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half depending on how many areas are treated. The result is immediate! These are our actual patient’s photos:
Before:
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 This video will show you how gum surgery used to be done and how much easier PST makes this procedure:
 

What are the benefits of this innovative way to treat gum recession for our patients?

  • No Incisions No need to cut and graft tissue
  • No Sutures Tissues held in place with collagen rather than sutures
  • Minimal Side Effects Since there is no incision, patients will experience little to no discomfort, swelling, and bleeding during and after the procedure.
  • Instant Results The PST procedure appointment is much shorter than the traditional gum surgery and because of minimal side effects, most patients return to work the very next day.
  • Cosmetic Results – PST procedures give an instantly noticeable cosmetic result. The small entry opening is barely noticeable and is usually healed within days.

Call us today if you need to hear more about this amazing procedure!

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APRIL SPECIAL ON BLEACHING

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Bleaching Bleaching is our patient’s most appreciated dental procedure! Everyone feels better when they have a white smile!

And right now we have a big special going on for Dr. DuPuis’ current patients that you are not going to want to miss! For the month of April, if you start bleaching, Dr. DuPuis is doing bleaching for HALF PRICE! Top and bottom arches!!!

Fill out the form below or call and schedule your appointment today to get started! Your first appointment only takes half an hour and we can have you started bleaching within a week! If you aren’t already a patient of Dr. DuPuis’ and you’d like to get in on this deal, call us and schedule to come meet us and become a patient of record this month and we will honor the special for you too!

We can’t wait to see your beautiful new smile!

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It’s never too late!!

f03044f5786c3938f6e3066639a2755dDo you have that  small piece of your smile that you  don’t like? Is there a place you always see when you look in the mirror where your teeth are just a little crooked? You’re probably thinking, “Well, it’s small…I can just ignore it!” or “I’m too old to go into braces!” But did you know that Dr. DuPuis can straighten your smile for you? Dr. DuPuis offers Invisalign which is an easy alternative to braces!

ap3This modern approach to braces uses no wires and clear aligners that slide over your teeth! It’s easy and most of the time, no one even knows you are wearing the retainers! Come by for a consult with Dr. DuPuis to discuss how we can get you on your way to your radiant smile, just the way you want it!

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What happens at my cleaning?

508b678b23ebe2ebfec1126d4aa2ff74Don’t you love how your teeth feel after a cleaning? So smoooooth and shiney! Our patients tell us that in our office you are treated like you are the only patient in the office! We are almost always on time and we make our schedule so that you are the VIP (Very Important Patient) at your scheduled time!

Your cleanings include lots of things you probably don’t even realize! Of course we clean your teeth with the utmost of care and sensitivity, but did you know that we are giving you much more care as part of your cleaning? Every 12-18 months, we take the necessary digital x-rays to keep you well aware of everything that is going on in your mouth! We also do an oral cancer screening with VelScope, at every single appointment! Oral cancer is the #11 cause for cancer mortality and this simple screening is the best early detector for cancer in your mouth.  Our experienced and friendly hygienist also perform periodontal pocket screenings while you are here for your cleaning. Recording these pockets helps us keep track of your gum health and also allows us to catch any changes! Also at every single cleaning appointment, you receive a doctors oral exam from Dr. DuPuis, which includes cavity and decay detection as well as allowing Dr. DuPuis to personally check in with you at every visit.

It’s all for you and its all available at every cleaning at Dr. DuPuis’ office!

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Hours Of Operation

  • Monday: 07:30am - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday: 08:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 08:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 08:00am - 1:00pm
  • Friday: 08:00am - 1:00pm

Contact Us

803-731-9556

Address: 142 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210

Email: info@dentalcolumbiasc.com