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The Benefits of Summer Break and Dental Appointments

Ah Summer, a time of relaxation, vacation, and don’t forget that last dental appointment before the next school year begins. Summer is the perfect time to bring your kids in because let’s be honest… having to deal with the obstacle of makeup work and the obstacle of school can be difficult on both you and your kids.

Regular cleanings and check-ups are extremely important to a long road towards healthy teeth for your children. When your child is in the middle of the school year they spend about six hours a day for five out of the seven day week occupied with education. Sadly, those hours take up a big portion of time that a dentist office is open. Although you do have the option of taking your child out of school to go to a dental appointment, but then you risk your child missing an important lesson, test, or work that could affect them academically.

Summer may bring summer activities or even summer school but the commitment time is not nearly as bad as during the school year. Dental visits may not be the best summer activity, but it will definitely be more efficient for your Childs schedule. Regular teeth cleanings are recommended by your dentist. Even when your child has baby teeth, the way you care for baby teeth can affect the adult teeth that are soon to come. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with a dental professional today.

Trident General Dentistry located in Charleston, SC has 4 different locations and is willing to help you with whatever questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to contact a professional at Trident General Dentistry today.

Flossing Tips | Trident General Dentistry | Charleston SC

Tips To Follow When Flossing

Sometimes we are caught in a rush to get out of the door, or we are ‘too tired’ to preform all of the proper steps one should have in their dental routine. One of the most commonly forgotten about steps as well as one of the most important parts to anyones dental routine is flossing.

A lot of the time we think that our toothbrush is the only step we need towards having good oral health, but we couldn’t be more wrong. When it comes to brushing our teeth a tooth brush does a great job at cleaning the seen surfaces of our teeth, but although our teeth may look clean on the outside there are many areas of the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. This is where flossing comes in. In order for flossing to be effective, flossing needs to be done properly.

Important Tips When Flossing:

  • Make sure you’re using the right amount of floss which is about 18 inches.
  • When flossing, grip is important. You want to be sure to wrap the floss around the middle fingers of both hands.
  • Hold the floss tightly. To provide the best control place between the thumb and second finger.
  • Make sure to direct pilot the floss down the sides using a rubbing motion for each tooth. As the floss moves closer to the gym line, form the floss into a “C” shape.
  • When flossing each tooth do your best to use a fresh section of the floss.

When it comes to your oral health there are a few warning signs aside from regular checkups that you may need to visit a dentist office. These warning signs include the following:

  • Sudden Mouth Pain
  • Swelling in your face
  • Bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing

As usual, please do not hesitate to contact one of our 4 Trident General Dentistry locations with any questions or concerns you may have.

Bad Breath, Why You?

Falling victim too bad breath can be a hassle that we’d rather not have to deal with. But sometimes a medical condition can be the cause of your unwanted smelly breath. It’s common that stinky breath is actually cause by dental or gum issues that have been left untreated. We want to help educate you on the stinky truth about your smelly breath. Listed below are a few reasons that may be causing your unwanted bad breath.

Leftover Bacteria

The main culprit to smelly breath is usually a dental condition. It begins with bad bacteria that isn’t removed, avoiding foods that are sticky, brushing your teeth after meals along with flossing once a day can help you avoid bacteria build-up. Surprisingly, there are hundreds of different types of bacteria that are found in your mouth. Unfortunately poor dental hygiene can cause proliferation of the bacteria that can cause your unwanted bad breath.


Gingivitis is a mild gum disease that aside from it causing smelly breath because of bacteria build-up on your gums, it is a precursor to advanced gum disease. Gingivitis can cause inflammation, redness around the base of your gums, as well as gum irritation. You can diminish the symptoms of bad breath by rinsing with an antiseptic mouth wash.


Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease. Continuous bad breath is a good indication of gum disease and it requires attention form a dental professional in order to correct. Opening the pockets and reding the gums between the gum line and the teeth will begin the process of you losing teeth, misaligned teeth, and unfortunately horrible bad breath.

Plaque Build-Up

Build-up of bacteria from sugary and sticky foods that leave stinky, soft film on the teeth is what causes plaque build-up on the teeth. When plaque is not properly removed by brushing your teeth daily, it will become hardened and turn into tartar. Plaque bacteria, tartar and food particles will continue to build up and bush back the gums which cause bad breath and gum disease.

If you noticed the reoccurrence of bad breath, throughout the day or even after you’ve brushed and rinsed your teeth you could be in the early or even advanced stages of gum disease. Early detection is possible by visiting your dentist at-least two times a year. Looking for a great dental office in the Charleston area? Call Trident General Dentistry Today!


Tooth Colored Fillings, Why We Use Them Over Silver Fillings

When dental fillings come to mind, what do you think of? A lot of people may think that means a silver or amalgam filling that will stick out like a sore thumb. Luckily, the majority of dentists push more towards their patients choosing tooth-colored fillings, which are prepared from synthetic fillings.

You may be asking yourself, ‘How can tooth-colored fillings benefit me more than the normal amalgam / silver fillings?’. Fortunately, we have the answer: Strength, Aesthetics, and Simplicity.

Advantage #1: Strength

The resin composite used in making the tooth colored fillings can restore the strength of the affect tooth. In-fact, it restores the strength by 91 percent, making them stronger. Tooth-colored fillings meld with your teeth better than amalgam or silver by a far. Luckily, resin fillings need less of the natural tooth to be extracted than the metal fillings do. The more natural teeth you can keep, the better.

Advantage #2: Aesthetics

If your goal is to keep your teeth white, than choosing tooth-colored fillings is the right choice for you. Tooth-colored composite fillings are FAR less noticeable than those metal fillings. The amalgam and silver fillings are a lot easier to pick out because of the difference in color between the fillings and your natural teeth.

Advantage #3: Simplicity

When it comes to dental work, resin composite fillings are a lot easier to work with. It is much easier to fit the resin into every crevice due to the mixture being a resin when injected. It is also a lot simpler to replace a resin composite filling than amalgam fillings, which being removed may actually injure your teeth.

Always advise with your dental professional when dealing with your dental care. Ask any questions you may have about your treatment options. Here at Trident General Dentistry we treat every patient like our family. Educating our patients on their treatment options and coming together to make the best decision for each patients needs is a main goal of ours. Are you looking for a dental team who provides only the top care? Schedule your visit with Trident General Dentistry today.


Yes, Dental Cleanings Are Important!

When is the last time you had your teeth cleaned? The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), recommends dental cleanings at least once every 6 months.  Professional dental cleaning complements your home oral health regimen of flossing and brushing. It also affords your dentist an opportunity to locate areas in your mouth that need some medical attention. At Trident General Dentistry in Charleston, SC we believe in education our patients.

So why should you have a professional dental cleaning?

• Early detection of oral problems: Professional dental cleanings enable the early detection of oral problems such as cavities, broken fillings, oral cancer, and gum disease. Early detection allows for the conditions to be effectively treated and reversed. 

• Helps you track your dental health: Regular professional cleanings help keep track of your dental health trend. Your orthodontist can compare your previous visits with your current one and point out anything unusual.  

• Prevents escalation of secondary ailments: Dental cleaning goes beyond maintaining peak oral health. There are some ailments such as dementia which is strongly linked to poor dental hygiene. Regular dental cleaning can help you avoid such. 

• Helps you achieve a better smile: Over time, depending on your diet and oral hygiene, your teeth may discolor. Dental cleaning can reverse the discoloration helping you achieve a brighter smile. 

Has it been awhile since your last dental cleaning? No problem, our caring staff at one of our 5 locations in Charleston, SC are here to assist you. Call today or learn more about our office here.