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At Carolina Oaks Dental Care, we want all our patients to have beautiful smiles and healthy teeth—for life! If your family’s teeth are important to you, dental exams are a must for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. From the youngest patient to the oldest, we view every dental appointment as a valuable opportunity to share useful information and prevent conditions that can hinder your quality of life.

Don’t make the common mistake of waiting for a toothache to call the dentist! Bring your family in and we will do everything in our power to make sure your teeth stay clean, healthy, and cavity-free!

Call Carolina Oaks if you need a dentist in Clemson, SC. Drs. Molly Netzler and Tait Carpenter provide gentle, customized care for every member of your family. Contact our office online or at 864-654-6700 to make an appointment.

Why You Need Dental Exams

Teeth are unlike any other part of your body in the simple fact they are totally unable to heal themselves. Our bodies are great at fighting infection, repairing damaged tissues, and even healing broken bones—but the one thing they can’t do is repair a cavity in your enamel.

As dentists, we emphasize prevention as the best medicine, but when cavities occur (and for most people, they will), prompt treatment is the only way to make sure decay does not spread or lead to painful infections.

Regular dental exams give us the opportunity to:

  • Prevent Tooth Decay
  • Catch and Treat Cavities Early
  • Remove Calculus from Hard-to-Brush Areas
  • Learn About Medical Conditions that My Affect Your Teeth and Gums
  • Screen Patients for Signs of TMJ Disorder, Bruxism, and Gum Disease
  • Screen Patients for Signs of Oral Cancers

We aim to provide personalized care, to give our patients everything they need for healthy teeth and gums. In order to do this, we need to see you every six months to check for early signs of cavities, and apply preventive treatments such as fluoride gel and sealants. When it comes to cavities, you want us to catch them as early as possible, when only minor fillings may be needed. Let a cavity go untreated too long, and you may wind up with a painful toothache and in need of a root canal procedure.

Dental cleanings are a valuable part of cavity prevention. Even patients with the best brushing and flossing habits will have hard-to-reach areas of their teeth where calculus (tartar) can develop. That’s just the nature of human mouths. If any amount of plaque is not removed from your teeth, it can harden into insoluble calculus, which can only be removed with the use of professional dental instruments. It’s important to have one of our skilled hygienists give you a dental cleaning every six months to make sure tartar accumulation doesn’t lead to new cavities.

Partners in Your Oral Health

As partners in your health, we view every dental exam as an opportunity to get to know you better. There are several oral health conditions besides cavities that can affect your teeth and gums, and we take the time to make sure we’ve checked you for everything. Conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding), TMJ disorder, and gum disease can lead to tooth damage and loss, as well as chronic pain. Dental exams give us the opportunity to learn about your life and habits, and see if any of your symptoms may indicate a health condition that can be diagnosed and treated.

Medical conditions such as pregnancy, acid reflux, and diabetes can also affect the health of your mouth. Seeing a dentist regularly gives you the chance to learn how to prevent possible dental and periodontal effects of such conditions. We help you best when we see you regularly!

Dental Exams for Every Stage of Life

Whether you are a child, teen, adult, or senior–dental exams are a necessary part of good oral health. Each stage of life comes with unique factors that affect your teeth and gum tissue. Dentists and dental professionals are the best people to help you understand those unique factors and keep your smiles healthy and bright. If someone in your family hasn’t been getting the regular dental appointments they need, it’s never too late to get back on track.

Contact our office online or at 864-654-6700 to make an appointment with Dr. Molly Netzler or Dr. Tait Carpenter. Carolina Oaks Dental Care believes a great dental office is a judgment-free zone, where we can work together with you for the best outcomes. if you need a dentist in Clemson, SC, call us today to learn more!


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