Invisalign

Flex your Smile with Invisalign

We are proud to offer Invisalign for patients in Rock Hill, because we know this is a convenient, removable, nearly invisible treatment that has helped over 7 million people get the smiles of their dreams. With Invisalign, you won’t need to worry about the chunky metal or rubber-bands that come with traditional braces, and your clear aligners will gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Call us today or visit our office to get started!

Rock Hill Invisalign

Want a Straight, Beautiful Smile?

Invisalign has helped millions of people get the confident, straight smile they’ve always wanted. Whether your teeth are crowded or gapped, or you have overbite, underbite, or crossbite, Invisalign can help shift your teeth into proper position. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Seth and get started on your journey to a straight smile, call us today at (803)639-7676.

 

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

After the treatment planning phase is over and you receive your aligners, you’ll wear each set for about 2 weeks, for 20-22+ hours per day. You’ll come into our office about every 4 weeks for a quick checkup and to get your next several sets of aligners. Most patients need about 20-24 sets of aligners in order to correct their smiles, so this means that the average treatment time is about a year for most patients.

However, this can vary based on your orthodontic needs. Patients who have only minor orthodontic issues may be treated even more quickly. On the other hand, patients with more complex orthodontic problems may need to wear Invisalign for more than a year. To get an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take, we recommend scheduling an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Seth.

Will Invisalign Work For Me?

Invisalign is appropriate for most people who have minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues. If issues like gaps, slightly-crooked or crowded teeth are keeping you from a confident, healthy smile, then Invisalign is probably a great choice for you.

However, this treatment cannot be used to treat more serious orthodontic issues, like major overbites and underbites, or a mal-positioned jaw. If you have more complex orthodontic needs, traditional braces may be a better choice for you.

The best way to find out if Invisalign will work for you is to contact Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for an appointment. During your consultation, Dr. Seth will examine your mouth and help you determine if Invisalign or traditional braces may be more appropriate for your needs.

The Benefits of Invisalign

  • Removable – Invisalign is completely removable, so you don’t need to worry about dietary restrictions throughout your treatment. In addition, you can remove Invisalign to brush and floss, which makes it easier to care for your teeth.
  • Enhanced comfort – Invisalign moves your teeth gently and gradually. While some pressure and discomfort may occur when you switch to each set of new aligners as your teeth adjust to them, Invisalign tends to be much more comfortable compared to traditional braces.
  • Completely invisible – Your aligners are completely invisible when you wear them, and also do not affect your speech. Because of this, nobody has to know that you’re straightening their teeth unless you want them to, making this a much more subtle treatment compared to traditional metal braces.
  • Convenient, with less time spent at the dentist – You don’t have to go to the dentist for regular adjustments with Invisalign. Instead, you only have to come to Luck Family Dental about every 6 weeks for a quick check-up, and to get your next few sets of aligners. This saves you time, and makes your life more convenient.

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from case to case, and is dependent on how many sets of aligners you will need, as well as the extremity of your case. Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill, SC, is currently offering a $500 Off on Invisalign Cases. This offer is for limited time only because we believe in offering resources and education to help our patients keep quality dental care within their budget. Our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions you have about our payment or financing options. Give us a call or visit our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Seth and see if Invisalign is the right option for you!

 

Dental Emergency in Rock Hill

Dental Emergency in Rock Hill

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, but they always seem to strike when you are least expecting them – and completely unprepared. Moments ago, you were happily playing ball with a few friends, when the game suddenly became bowling – and your teeth are the pins. Or maybe you bit into a slice of pizza and it bit back…

Whatever the circumstances, you are in pain and you need help fast! What should you do? Call Riverwalk Smile Dentistry at (803)639-7676 for Dental Emergency in Rock Hill.

Emergency services

Every case is unique. Some problems such as a chipped tooth may be treatable in a single visit. Some problems like a toothache caused by extensive decay or gum disease might require a more complex treatment. Whatever the situation may be, we will take steps to get you out of pain ASAP, and then proceed with further treatment if necessary. Some of the most common procedures include:

  • Extractions – We want to help you keep all of your natural teeth healthy, for life. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible. If the tooth is too badly damaged to restore (or you opt to have it removed) an extraction can be a fast and comfortable solution. Once your pain is relieved, we can discuss replacement options such as a bridge, denture, or implant.
  • Root Canal Treatment – Root canal treatment is required when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. The pulp inside the tooth can become infected with bacteria because of a severe, untreated cavity. In order to save the tooth, Dr. Seth removes the pulp (living tissue), nerves and any decay. The resulting space is filled with medicated, dental materials, which restores tooth’s functionality
  • Bonding – Painful chipped or cracked teeth can often be repaired with a simple, conservative bonding procedure. This may be a temporary or permanent solution.
  • Medication – An infected tooth can cause excruciating pain, and it usually needs a root canal procedure to solve the problem. Depending on the circumstances, it may not be possible or practical to perform the procedure immediately, but antibiotics will provide temporary relief until the tooth is treated.

 

Dental first aid

You can minimize the pain, and sometimes prevent further damage, with a few simple first aid steps. If you have:

  • Swelling – Use a cold compress on the affected area.
  • Pain – Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, according to package directions. Don’t take too much, or place the pill against your tooth or gums. Clove oil can be applied topically for fast relief.
  • Bleeding – Apply gentle pressure to the wound using a bit of sterile gauze. If the bleeding is severe, visit the hospital ER.
  • Lost restorations – Denture adhesive or sugar-free gum can temporarily hold a crown or bridge in place.
  • Knocked out tooth – Rinse your mouth and the tooth very gently, being careful not to damage any tissue still attached to the root. Place your tooth back in the socket, or in a container of milk, and bring it to the office with you.

Get help!

In any situation, call us ASAP! We are open Monday through Friday for your convenience. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Remember, for same day dental emergency in Rock Hill call (803)639-7676. We will get you out of pain and give you a reason to smile!

 

Rock Hill Invisalign

Invisalign Provider in Rock Hill SC

There’s never been a better time to straighten your teeth with the most advanced clear aligner in the world. Our office is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign clear aligners, which give you a clear, convenient, and comfortable option to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Currently, we are offering $500 discount off Invisalign treatment for a limited time. Hurry, call your Rock Hill Certified Invisalign provider at (803)639-7676 today to book a free Invisalign consultation.

Why Invisalign treatment?

  • Faster treatment : With weekly aligner changes, you’re on your way to the smile you want even faster. Depending on your response to treatment, particularly in mature adults, we may consider longer periods between aligner changes.
  • Proven results : SmartTrack® material and SmartForce® features are clinically proven to improve control of tooth movement with Invisalign clear aligners
  • Better fit : Aligners made from SmartTrack material are comfortable, fit well, and are easy to put on and take off.
  • Effective : Invisalign clear aligners can treat a wide range of teeth-straightening conditions, including crossbites, crowding, open bites, gapped teeth, overbites, and underbites.
  • Virtually invisible: Most people won’t even know you’re going through treatment, because Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible!
  • Comfortable : Invisalign clear aligner trays are not only smooth and comfortable to wear, but they’re also removable. That means you can continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing to eating whatever you like.
  • Convenient : Invisalign treatment is ideal for your busy schedule, since you only need to visit our office every six weeks.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

Your First Consultation

At your initial consultation, we will discuss your orthodontic needs and evaluate whether Invisalign treatment is right for you.

Your Custom Treatment Plan

We will use a scanner such as the iTero® digital scanning system to create fast, precise 3D digital images of your teeth. Then we will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth and how long your treatment will be. You’ll even get to see how your teeth will move and preview your new smile.

Your Invisalign Clear Aligners

Your custom-made aligners will be made of Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack® material. They’re virtually invisible, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them during your teeth straightening.

Wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results, and take them out only to eat, brush, and floss.

Your Progress

As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. We may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule checkups every six weeks or so.

Taking Care of Your New Smile

When your treatment is complete, ask us about a Vivera® retainer. Vivera retainers are custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners.

To learn more about the Invisalign system and all your orthodontic treatment options, please feel free to schedule an appointment at our dental office in Rock Hill. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a smile that’s made to move.

Riverwalk Smile Dentistry is offering a $500 off discount for limited time only on Invisalign cases. Dr. Sethis the #1 Rock Hill Invisalign dental provider. With her experience, you will be in and out of treatment as quick as possible with amazing results. Call our office at (803)639-7676 for a free consultation.

Emergency Dentist in Rock Hill

To begin, we would like to provide a friendly reminder that Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill is available for emergency dentistry between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, even during lunch. Dr. Seth, Dr. Bishop and Dr. Kamodia are rated best emergency dentist in Rock Hill. We’ve an experienced team of professionals and with the state of art modern technology we seek to provide exceptional care to our Emergency dental patients living in Rock Hill area. Call us now at (803)639-7676 to schedule your dental appointment now with your local emergency dentist in Rock Hill.

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What is Emergency Dental Care?

Emergency dental care is an incredibly important service, one that we strive to make available to our customers living in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and adjoining areas

Sudden toothaches are very painful, so much so that it can even hinder you from getting to your local dentist who can solve the problem. Toothache symptoms might include:

  • Sharp tooth pain that feels like someone is stabbing at your tooth with something pointed, like a pick
  • Throbbing tooth pain where you might feel like your tooth has its own heartbeat
  • Inflammation around the tooth, such as in the gumline
  • Red, irritated gums
  • Generalized mouth pain that is hard to pinpoint

Tooth pain can be a symptom of another larger issue, such as tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can be seriously difficult and expensive problem to treat. If you have other serious symptoms, such as fever and chills, trouble swallowing or breathing, or a foul tasting discharge, there is a chance you have more serious dental issues that need to be addressed immediately.

We understand tooth pain is not something to take lightly, so we wanted to provide some quick pain relief techniques using natural remedies to hold the pain at bay until you can get help. These are helpful because many of the items used to provide the relief can be found in almost every household.

Note: these pain relief techniques are only temporary and are in no way a substitute for seeking dental advice or help. We are incredibly grateful to our large, committed, and experienced staff that allows us to remain available outside regular business hours to help our customers in emergency situations.

How to Stop a Toothache with Home Remedies

If you are unable to have your toothache examined right away by a dental professional, you’re still likely seeking relief from the pain. Luckily, many items you can find right in your home can help!

Note: We do not recommend this method for patients under the age of 21 under any circumstances. Use below home remedies at your discretion making sure you are not allergic to them. It’s recommended to call your provider and check with them in any situation.

 Salt + Hot Water

The most common, and arguably the easiest, method for relieving tooth pain can be accomplished easily with just salt and water, something everyone has in their kitchen. Salt and hot water has long been known to provide relief for toothaches. This solution will draw out the fluids from the gums that are causing the irritation and help reduce the aching sensation.

Mixing a single tablespoon (1 tbsp) of salt in a glass of hot or warm water and then rinsing/gargling will provide the relief, which can be repeated if necessary.

Ice or Cold Compress

Probably the most obvious and easiest to do method of pain relief, using ice or a cold compress on the inside or outside of the side of your mouth that has the hurting tooth.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Not only does apple cider vinegar have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, but because it is acidic, it also kills the bacteria causing your toothache. You can use apple cider vinegar for pain by soaking a cotton ball in it and pressing it gently on the tooth.

Peppermint Leaves, Peppermint Extract, or Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is known for its ability to reduce swelling and soreness, so it’s no wonder there are so many ways you can utilize it to help with a toothache! If you have fresh peppermint leaves, you can chew them to help with the pain, or if they are dry, simply hold them against the tooth.

If you have peppermint extract on hand, soak a cotton ball or a Q-tip in it and hold it on the affected tooth for a brief time.

Finally, you can use peppermint in tea with just a few dry leaves in a cup of warm water. Simply steep them for 20 minutes and swish some in your mouth.

Vanilla, Almond, Or Lemon Extract

Soaking a cotton ball or cotton swab (Q-Tip) in any of these extracts will provide temporary pain relief to an aching tooth or mouth. Simply hold the extract-soaked cotton to the pained area for a short period of time.

Oils

There are several oils that contain pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to temporarily reduce toothache pain. Methods of application can be rinsing your mouth with a small amount of oil combined with water, or applying the oil directly to a cotton swab or cotton ball.

Here is a list of oils that can be used for tooth pain relief:

  • Sunflower oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Oregano oil
  • Nutmeg oil
  • Clove oil
  • Tea tree oil

Leaves & Roots

Plantain leaves, ginger root, and garlic are all able to reduce pain similarly to the above mentioned temporary treatments. The leaves have anti inflammatory properties and the roots have antibacterial properties, both of which will help relieve pain to the sore area(s).

Plantain leaves relieve tooth pain easily. To release the anti inflammatory agents, you will need to chew the leaves. Once this is done, hold the pieces of leaves over the sore area(s) to continue aiding in the pain relief process.

To use garlic for relief, crush a garlic clove into a paste. For additional pain reduction, you can mix rock salt into the paste and then apply directly to the sore area.

Using ginger to relieve pain is much a much simpler process. Like with the plantain leaves, all you need to do is take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it. Doing this should bring pain relief shortly.

Citrus

They may be a bit sour, but lemons and limes can also provide relief from a toothache. High amounts of citric acid and vitamin C present in both fruits work to destroy bacteria and support the immune system. To use lemons and limes for tooth pain relief, prepare the lemons and limes by cutting them into slices, bite into them partially to release the juice, and then place into sore areas.

Cucumber

You have probably heard before that using cucumber as a household remedy for pain and inflammation is popular, but how about using it on a sore tooth? A chilled cucumber or slice of fresh cucumber can be held against the tooth that hurts. Also, like other methods that use food, try mashing some of the cucumber into a paste and applying it to the area.

Tooth Pain Relief is in Sight!

Again, all of the above are temporary methods of toothache relief that can be achieved with household items, and are not intended to replace a dental check-up to diagnose the cause of the pain. So if you have a dental emergency, please don’t wait to call your local dentist in Rock Hill now. We are your trusted Rock Hill dentist, currently, we are offering $59 Emergency special for patient who don’t have dental insurance.

Lastly, you should always call us in an emergency if at all possible.

If you have any questions about our services, hours of operation, or would simply like to set up
an appointment with one of our dentists, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately or by calling (803)639-7676 or visit us at https://www.riverwalksmiledentistry.com.

Invisalign – Dentist in Rock Hill SC

Do you have questions about Invisalign Treatment? Do you want to know how much it costs? Do you want to know that there have been 6 million cases where Invisalign treatment options have helped patients? We are your #1 trusted dentist in Rock Hill SC area and a certified Invisalign provider. Today we will try to talk through some of the common questions that comes to our patient’s mind while hearing or talking about Invisalign treatment options. Our patients living in Rock Hill, Fort Mill area have been so amazed with the outcomes that Invisalign has to offer, that we have decided to offer $500 discount off Invisalign treatment for a limited time. Hurry, call your Rock Hill Dentist at (803)639-7676 today to book a free Invisalign consultation.

What is Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.

What are Invisalign clear aligners made of and what do they look like?
Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack created exclusively for Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign clear aligners are FDA-approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. They are thin, clear, and fit snugly over your teeth, making them virtually invisible.

How will Invisalign treatment straighten my teeth?
Your doctor will create a unique, digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign clear aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan. Your doctor will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible — people may not even notice you’re wearing them. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break, sending you to your doctor for an emergency visit.
Unlike other brands, Invisalign clear aligners are made from patented SmartTrack material, which is more comfortable and provides a better fit.1 Invisalign aligners are also trimmed based on your gum line for comfort and appearance. As the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, we have successfully improved over 6 million smiles, including 1.4 million teen smiles.

Am I guaranteed to have straight teeth with Invisalign treatment?
Every smile is unique, which is why your Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation. During your consultation, your doctor will help you determine what Invisalign treatment can do for your smile. We cannot guarantee a particular treatment outcome, but encourage you to share your treatment goals with your doctor at your consultation.

What is the treatment process?
Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.
Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?
In most cases, the cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to the cost of braces. Your doctor will determine the cost of your treatment based on how complex your case is and how many aligners you need.
There are several options to make Invisalign treatment more affordable for you, from using insurance and tax-free dollars to a monthly payment plan

Is Invisalign treatment more expensive than braces?
Invisalign treatment typically costs about the same as braces.

Will my insurance cover Invisalign treatment?
Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment the same way they cover braces. Your insurance may pay for a certain percentage of your Invisalign treatment, or it may pay for a certain dollar amount.

What payment options are available for Invisalign treatment?
Many doctors offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, which allow you to make small payments through the course of your Invisalign treatment rather than all at once.
Doctors may also offer financing through CareCredit. Specifically designed for healthcare expenses, CareCredit is a third-party patient financing program that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need.
Additionally, you can use your FSA or HSA to pay for Invisalign treatment using tax-free dollars. For more information about payment options available with Invisalign treatment.
Have you ever wondered if Invisalign is right for you or someone in your family? Riverwalk Smile Dentistry is offering a $500 off discount for limited time only on Invisalign cases. Dr. Seth is the #1 Invisalign dental provider in Rock Hill area. With her experience, you will be in and out of treatment as quick as possible with amazing results. Call our office at (803)639-7676 for a free consultation.

 

Dentist in Rock Hill South Carolina

Fear of the dentist can keep many patients away from visiting a dental office which can result in poor oral health and dental problems. At Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill South Carolina, Dr. Seth and our staff are dedicated to our patients in understanding their fears, personal concerns and goals. Dr. Seth take time to explain many benefits of restoring your dental health to our patients. Our goal is to make these routine appointments as stress-free for you as possible. We offer sedation dentistry options that can make it possible for you to receive the dental care you need or desire while completely relaxed from start to finish.

Benefits of Good Oral Health

The state of your oral health impacts not only your smile, but your overall health and well being. Poor oral health can contribute to the development of many physical health issues including cardiovascular and systemic diseases.

If you have been suffering with a deteriorating smile due to dental anxiety, we have solutions to help you get back to enjoying a good quality of life. Dr. Seth will meet with you to determine how to address your fears and anxiety so that you can feel calm and confident during your recommended dental treatment in our Riverwalk Smile Dentistry office. Restoring a healthy smile will not only improve your overall well being, it will boost your confidence.

Sedation Options: Relax At The Dentist

At Riverwalk Smile Dentistry, we have options for sedation that will enable you to be responsive and in control of your bodily functions while in a relaxed state. You will feel no pain and have little or no memory of your procedure afterwards. Our sedation options are:

  • Inhalation sedation: Nitrous Oxide commonly called “laughing gas” is a tasteless, odorless gas to induce a deeply relaxed state, so you can still work with your dentist but will feel no anxiety or pain. Since it wears off almost immediately, patients can drive themselves to and from our office for treatment.
  • Oral sedation: Oral conscious sedation is taken by mouth, often including an at home dose to begin to relax you. This pill form of sedation will gradually take effect and takes time to completely wear off. For this reason, you will need an escort to and from your appointment.

Schedule A Visit

We want to help you get back to enjoying life with a healthy smile. If you are suffering with dental anxiety, come in for a visit at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill SC. We welcome new patients and are convenient to Indian Land, Tega Cay, Charlotte and many local communities. Contact our office at (803) 639-7676 to schedule your appointment.

Dental Emergency Dentist in Rock Hill SC

Dental Emergency Dentist in Rock Hill SC

In life accidents happen, and knowing what you should do or not can help you SAVE or LOOSE a tooth. For ALL Emergency Dental situations like tooth ache, pain in your jaws, it’s important you schedule a visit to your Rock Hill dentist as soon as possible. We do keep some spots on our schedule open to accommodate dental emergency.

Top 2 common Dental Emergencies

  • Crack tooth – Immediately rinse mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold pack on the face to keep any swelling down
  • Tooth Ache – Rinse with warm water to clean. Use dental floss if any food is caught between your teeth. If pain persists, contact your dentist in Rock Hill SC 29730

For any Dental emergency or tooth ache or cracked tooth Call your Dental Office in Rock Hill SC – Riverwalk Smile Dentistry at (803) 639-7676 or visit us at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry to discuss. We are located in Riverwalk Carolinas right above Riverwalk YMCA.

Bridges and crowns in Rock Hill SC

Bridges and crowns

Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift resulting in a bad bite. This can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders. Bridges are commonly used if you’re missing one or more teeth. They cover the space where the teeth are missing and are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space. Call us at (803) 639-7676 to learn more about Bridges and Crowns. Riverwalk Smile Dentistry is your #1 Dental office in Rock Hill SC that cares about YOU.

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Reference: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bridges-and-crowns

Bubbles Will Be Blowing at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry – Rock Hill SC

Bubbles Will Be Blowing at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry During the Oral Cancer Cause’s Second Annual Bubble Gum Challenge

Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill SC is pleased to announce its participation in the Second Annual Bubble Gum Challenge to increase public awareness of oral cancer and help cancer patients through financial support. Created by Oral Cancer Cause, Inc. (OCC), a non-profit organization that is in its fifth year of improving the lives of oral cancer patients and their families, the Challenge is a whimsical way to draw attention to a devastating disease with a 50 percent mortality rate.

Approximately 60,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. The Bubble Gum Challenge seeks to raise awareness about the incidence of oral cancer, the significant impacts of treatment and the necessity of early diagnosis and treatment. It also focuses on raising funds to enable OCC to continue providing financial assistance to patients and their families, enhancing their quality of life during and after treatment.

“Oral cancer is a silent killer that results in one death every hour. At Riverwalk Smile Dentistry, our values align with OCC’s as we strive to raise awareness about oral cancer, while seeking ways to reduce its prevalence,” said Dr. Seth of Riverwalk Smile Dentistry. “The OCC’s Bubble Gum Challenge is a fun and engaging way to raise awareness of a deadly disease whose treatment can forever alter the lives of survivors.”

Oral cancer treatments often leave patients unable to do many activities others take for granted, such as the ability to chew gum or blow bubbles. As a Bubble Gum Challenge participating practice, Riverwalk Smile Dentistry will raise awareness of oral cancer by posting photos and videos on social media of its team blowing bubbles for survivors who cannot.

“We are thrilled at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry’s participation in the Bubble Gum Challenge,” said Robin Morrison, who co-founded OCC with Linda Miles in memory of two family members who lost their battles with oral cancer. “They will play an important role in achieving our shared goals of ensuring patients can live with peace and dignity throughout and after their treatments.”

Call your Dentist in Rock Hill SC – Riverwalk Smile Dentistry at (803) 639-7676 to discuss.

Oral health care facts – Dentist in Rock Hill SC

Oral health care facts

Below oral health care facts are from Colgate. For more detail information on how to maintain your dental health care, contact your family dental office in Rock Hill at (803)-639 7676 located in Riverwalk Carolinas (right above Riverwalk YMCA) in 29730.

Healthy Lifestyles Make Healthy Smiles

Research from the Journal of Periodontology suggests regular exercise and a healthy diet decreases the chances of developing gum disease. A poor diet filled with sugary foods and liquids can lead to cavities.

Good Oral Hygiene Takes Time

A white smile doesn’t happen overnight. Several small positive changes in your routine will contribute to this gradual process. Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria constantly forming at the gum line and on the surfaces of your teeth, can take time to remove. Brush your teeth two to three minutes at a time, and twice daily. Consider using a timer to help ensure you’re spending enough time at the sink, or play a song of the same length encouraging everyone in the house to do the same. Interdental tools such as floss reach many areas of the mouth that your toothbrush can’t and should be used at least once daily before bedtime. Finish your routine by rinsing with mouthwash according to label directions to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Proper Technique with the Proper Products

Toothbrushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but choose one that fits in your mouth comfortably. Correct brushing technique means placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gum line and gently moving the bristles back and forth in short strokes. Make sure to brush the outer, inner and biting surfaces of all your teeth. Brush your tongue as well, or use a tongue cleaner to kill the bacteria that are there. The Colgate® 360°® toothbrush makes it easy with a convenient tongue cleaner attached to the back of the toothbrush. Consider portable toothbrushes, such as the Colgate Wisp®, when you have to keep your teeth clean on the go.

Toothpaste is available with a variety of active ingredients that can help protect you from specific dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease, bad breath, tartar buildup, stains or sensitivity. Mouthwash can be used as an additional aid for a healthy mouth, but it does not replace brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Like toothpaste, it is also available with a variety of active ingredients, such as fluoride to protect the teeth, and antimicrobials to reduce plaque and gingivitis. Consult with your dental professional to see which types of products are right for you.

The Importance of Floss

Don’t skimp on the floss. Use a long piece, about an arms-length, that provides enough grip to access the spaces between every tooth, front and back. Wind up most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand and the rest around the middle finger of the other. Use your thumbs and index fingers to grip the floss, and gently slide it between each tooth down to the gum line. Move the floss against the tooth in an up-and-down motion before you go on to the next area. As you move from one tooth to the next, unroll and grip a fresh section of floss to avoid transferring the plaque back on to your teeth.
If you find it difficult to use floss, don’t skip cleaning between your teeth altogether. There are other tools you can use, such as a floss holder, wooden sticks, plastic picks and small interdental brushes.

Start Healthy Habits Early

As soon as your child’s baby teeth appear, they’re at risk of cavities — also known as dental caries. Cavity-causing bacteria can be transferred to a baby’s mouth from a parent, often from using the same spoon or sharing a toothbrush. Just as cavities can distract you from work, they can make it difficult for children to pay attention in school. So look after your child’s teeth as if they’re your own. Using a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush gets them off to a healthy start. They’ll need help though, so brush your child’s teeth until you’re comfortable that he or she can brush without you. You’ll probably recognize this transition at seven or eight years of age.

When your child has two teeth touching, it’s time to introduce daily flossing. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste for children three or younger, and then a “pea-size” amount for children ages three through six. Discuss your child’s fluoride needs with your dentist or pediatrician and prepare to take your child to see a dentist by his or her first birthday.

See Dental Experts Regularly

Don’t wait until it’s too late! See your dentist and dental hygienist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup. Trained to prevent oral diseases, dental professionals will find the hidden problems you may not be able to see, keeping you aware of the little dental health facts that make big differences in your family’s life.

Reference: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/six-dental-health-facts-you-need-to-know-0714