Oral Hygiene


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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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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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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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 Pinhole Surgery
Immediatly After Pinhole Surgery
 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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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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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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X-rays don’t cost you, they save you!


X-rays save you money!

When you take your x-rays on time, Dr. DuPuis is able to locate small areas of decay between your teeth, even when they are just beginning! At this stage they are silent and painless to you! Being able to fix these areas with fillings instead of root canals, crowns and implants can save you thousands of dollars. One missed bad cavity could cost more than the price of your x-rays over your lifetime!

Dr. DuPuis’ office uses an advanced digital x-ray machine which reduces your exposure to radiation by 80%!

It costs you way more NOT to have your x-rays taken!

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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


Address: 142 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210

Email: info@dentalcolumbiasc.com