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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.

Dental Facts & Your Pets

Did you know by three, most dogs and cats already have early-stage gum disease? Left untreated it causes bad breath, loose teeth, trouble eating and pain. What else didn’t you know about your pets dental health? April 11th is National Pet Day. As it approaches, let’s make a decision to learn more about our pets’ teeth and gums.

1. Gum Disease Is an Immune Response
When you, or your dog, let plaque on the teeth and under the gumline, it harbors lots of bacteria. Your immune system sees these bacteria as foreign invaders. The immune system uses inflammation to try to kill it and flush it out. But, overwhelmed, that inflammation causes a lot of pain, lost teeth and often other health problems in the heart, sinuses, joints and more.

2. They Won’t Tell You They’re in Pain
Your pet’s ancestors lived in the wild where crying in pain would draw in predators. Most dogs and cats try to hide their pain unless it’s overwhelming.

This makes it hard for you to know they need to see the vet.

3. You Can Identify Pet Dental Problems
Be aware of the warning signs:

Trouble picking up food
Bleeding gums
Loose teeth
Blood in the water bowl
Bad breath (No, it’s not just normal!)

4. Prevention is Key
Brush their teeth. Start early if possible. But if you’re gentle, you can teach an older dog or cat to enjoy brushing. Feed them hard food unless gum disease is already advanced. Give dogs plenty of toys to chew on. Take your furry friend for regular dental screenings at your vet and while you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule your own.

We love every member of our family at Trident General Dentistry. While we don’t see pets we do provide great dental care for all those humans in your life. Call today to schedule your dental care appointment or learn more about our special offers here.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

What if the germiest item in your bathroom was your toothbrush? It could be, especially as flu season rages on. That’s why you should take care to periodically replace your toothbrush and those of your family members.

The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three months, or more often if the bristles are bent. If they’re not straight, they’re probably not making good contact with the surface of your teeth.

If you share bathroom space with one or more other people, you need to be even more careful. That’s especially true if you store a cluster of toothbrushes together. Or if you’ve been sick, in which case you must replace your toothbrush immediately.

If one of you is sick and the bristles touch, you’re likely to swap germs the next time you brush your teeth. Little kids are even more negligent when it comes to trading bacteria strains this way. After all, they have no problem sneezing into each others’ faces, so they’re unlikely to be too squeamish about letting toothbrush bristles touch.

There is some good news in the toothbrush hygiene front. If you store yours with bristles up and exposed to the air, as many of us do, you don’t have to worry much about bacteria. Your bristles might catch the germs in the bathroom environment, but the cooties will likely die in the open air. In fact, you’re better off storing your toothbrushes out in the open like this than by keeping toothbrushes capped in plastic tubes. When you do that, you’re creating an incubator for germs.

However it is that you store the family toothbrushes, the important thing is to replace them regularly–at least every three months, and more often than that if you’ve been ill or the bristles are damaged. They’re not doing your smile much good if they are.

Looking for a great dentist in the Charleston area? Trident General Dentistry is now accepting new patients. So call today to schedule and recieve your complimentary toothbrush at your hygiene appointment.

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ClearCorrect, Is It The Right Choice For You?

ClearCorrect is the completely discreet way to get the straighter, easier-to-clean, aesthetically-pleasing teeth you’ve always wanted. Unlike metal braces or a traditional retainer, it’s clear, blending into your teeth. Unless you tell people, most won’t notice you wear it. Let’s find out if you’re a good candidate and what to expect during your treatment.

Am I a Good Candidate for ClearCorrect

The best candidate for ClearCorrect has:

  • Minor misalignments
  • Minor crowding
  • Minor relapses after previous braces (e.g., you didn’t wear your retainer per doctor’s orders)
  • Need for single-arch alignment, which means that only the top or bottom teeth need treatment

Some candidates are less ideal but can still benefit for ClearCorrect as long as they realize that the process may take longer. These include:

  • Moderate misalignments
  • Moderate crowding
  • Minor or moderate overbite or underbite

Bruxism (teeth grinding) and sleep apnea that requires a nighttime device called a CPAP may reduce your chances of being a good candidate because they can make it harder to wear the ClearCorrect properly.

What Can I Expect with ClearCorrect Treatment

Once you’ve been fitted for a ClearCorrect aligner, you’ll wear it at least 22 hours a day, taking it out only when you eat or need to wear a mouth guard, such as may be the case if you play a contact sport.

During check-ups, your doctor assesses your progress. When you’re ready, you’ll graduate to the next level of aligner. Each level normally lasts 2-3 weeks and gets you closer to that perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Your treatment may take only a few months of a few years depending on the complexity of movement needed in your mouth.

Do you want straighter, easier-to-care-for teeth? Contact our office for a consult to find out in ClearCorrect is a good fit for you. Trident General Dentistry has 5 convenient locations in Charleston, SC.


Dental Sealants, Does My Child Need Them?


Having your children brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day is a great way to lower the risk of tooth decay. Regular dental cleanings are another effective way to reduce this risk as well. However, there’s one more step you should take to prevent cavities in your children’s teeth. Dental sealants provide even more protection from tooth decay. 

What Are Dental Sealants?

These are thin coatings that go over your children’s molars in order to keep bacteria off of them. Molars have many grooves that bacteria can gather in, which increases the risk of having plaque build up and lead to decay. Keeping molars free of bacteria with brushing can be difficult for children to do, since the grooves in these teeth are harder to reach. Placing sealants on them means that food particles and bacteria can’t accumulate in the grooves. 

What to Expect from Dental Sealants

Your children might be nervous about having dental sealants put on, but the process is fast and does not cause any discomfort. Your children’s dentist will apply a gel on the teeth, then rinse it off before putting the sealant on. The sealant bonds to the surface of your children’s molars and provides them protection from bacteria and tooth decay. 

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

Dental sealants are safe to use except in rare instances when children have an allergy to the materials that are used. These sealants typically remain bonded to teeth for several years. Your children’s dentist can check them during regular cleanings and reapply them if needed. This helps ensure that your children continue to have a lower risk of tooth decay.

Are you looking for a great dental practice for your family?  Call Trident General Dentistry today to schedule your dental appointment.



The Connection Between Oral Health and Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, which is a good time to think about oral health. While they might not seem related, there is a connection between having a healthy heart and having a healthy mouth. Find out more about how your dental health can have an impact on your heart health.

Gum Disease

Having gums that are in poor condition can raise your chance of developing heart problems. Gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, is associated with an increased risk of having heart disease, stroke and heart inflammation known as endocarditis. When you have gum disease, especially when it’s left untreated, the bacteria from your mouth can enter your bloodstream and reach other parts of your body, such as your heart. Managing gum problems is an important part of lowering these risks. 

Signs of Oral Health Problems

How do you know if you have gum problems that could affect your heart? You might have red or swollen gums, such as when you have gingivitis. In more advanced cases of gum disease, you might have gums that easily bleed when you brush your teeth. You might also have receding gums, chronic bad breath caused by oral bacteria and teeth that start becoming loose. 

Protecting Your Oral and Heart Health

Seeing your dentist for cleanings and exams regularly helps prevent gum problems from occurring. Brushing and flossing, as well as having dental problems treated early, are also essential parts of helping your heart and mouth stay in good health. 

Looking for a great dental practice for you and your family? Schedule your visit today with Trident General Dentistry.


The Stinky Truth About Bad Breath

Sometimes a medical condition is the cause of bad breath. More often than not, bad breath is caused by dental or gum problems that have been left untreated. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), diabetes, acid reflux, or sinus conditions can contribute to bad breath. But here are 4 conditions in the mouth that are the leading causes of bad breath.

4 Causes Of Bad Breath

Bacteria Left in the Mouth

When bad breath is the result of a dental condition, it usually starts with bad bacteria that is not removed by stellar dental hygiene – avoiding sticky foods, flossing, brushing after meals, and an antiseptic rinse. Hundreds of different species of bacteria are found in the mouth, but poor dental hygiene will cause a proliferation of the bad bacteria that leads to bad breath or halitosis.

Plaque Build-up on Teeth

Dental plaque is the accumulation of bacteria from sugary and sticky foods that leaves a smelly, soft film on teeth. When plaque is not removed by daily brushing, it will harden into tartar. Tartar, plaque, bacteria, and food particles will continue to build, pushing back gums and cause bad breath and gingivitis.

Mild Gum Disease – Gingivitis

Apart from causing bad breath due to the bacteria that is building on the gums, gingivitis, an precursor to advanced gum disease, can cause gum irritation, inflammation, and redness around the base of the gums. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouth wash will diminish symptoms of bad breath, but unless you reverse the bacterial growth with aggressive dental care, advanced gum disease will result. 

Advanced Gum Disease – Periodontitis

Constant bad breath is an indication of gum disease and requires the attention of a dental profession to correct. Receding gums and open pockets between the gum line and the teeth will start the process of losing teeth, misaligned teeth, and extreme bad breath. 

If you have noticed recurring bad breath, even after brushing and rinsing, you could be in the early or advanced stages of gum disease. To detect early gum disease visit your dentist at least twice per year. To prevent the loss of teeth or complicated dental surgeries such root canals, due to bacterial infections have dental plaque removed and any stage of gum disease treated. Don’t have a dentist or looking for a great dental office in the Charleston area, call Trident General Dentistry today!