Did you know? October is National Oral Hygiene Month. While we do not do any dental check ups or cleanings in our office, oral hygiene plays a huge part in our office every single day. Many of the oral procedures and surgeries that we perform in our office on a daily basis can be prevented just by doing a better job of cleaning your teeth each day.
What Oral Health Problems Does Good Oral Hygiene Prevent?
Some of the biggest oral health problems that we deal with in our office due to poor oral hygiene include:
* Tooth Decay &/or loss
* Gum Disease
All three of these can lead to tooth loss or affect the bones that support your teeth in your jaw. Our team is adept at handling teeth extractions, bone grafting, and dental implants—but wouldn’t you rather incorporate good oral hygiene practices in your life instead to avoid these issues?
What Oral Hygiene Practices Should I Implement in My Life?
* Brush your teeth at least twice a day
* Floss your teeth daily
* Use mouthwash and toothpaste products that contain fluoride
* Limit the number of sugary foods and drinks that you consume
* Visit the dentist regularly
By going to the dentist twice a year (every six months), you’re also practicing good oral hygiene. Your dentist will be able to easily spot any potential problem spots and through x-ray, will notice things under the surface that might cause you pain later, such as an impacted tooth. For teenagers and young adults, these x-rays can spot when your wisdom teeth first begin showing up and your dentist can go ahead and refer you over to our office to have them removed.
If you haven’t seen your dentist lately, be sure to call and schedule an appointment in their office today! Even if you have excellent oral hygiene, there are still some issues that they can help detect early on. The earlier any issue is detected, the easier it is for Dr. Hairr and our team to help you get back to 100%!
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Fall is almost here—are you ready for it?
Summer has come and gone, school is back in session, and the theatre scene is just getting going for the season. This fall, we’re proud to be a community sponsor of Fig Columbia’s Arts & Culture Issue. It’s an issue filled with all kinds of local artists, makers, and creatives from those that make the art to those who embrace the art.
If you pick up an issue in our office, you might see a familiar face!
Our team was happy to partner with the Chapin Theatre Company to share their upcoming fall schedule with our community. Have you been to Chapin Theatre before? It’s a wonderful local theatre just down the road from us that puts on incredible plays each season. This fall, they’re bringing two great ones to the stage:
Things My Mother Taught Me
September 28 – October 7, 2018
Olivia and Gabe are moving in together—new city, new jobs, new apartment. Things get interesting when both sets of parents decide to visit!
A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 29 – December 9, 2018
The Peanuts gang discovers the true meaning of Christmas. This will be a holiday classic in Chapin!
Visit Chapin Theatre Company’s website to learn more about their shows this fall and to purchase tickets. We’ll see you at the theatre!
It may have never occurred to you before, but your teeth have the ability to affect your entire body. A missing tooth can not only affect your bite, but it’ll affect your speech and your eating choices as well. It can also lead to headaches, jaw pain, or additional premature tooth decay or loss. When you have a mouth full of healthy teeth, you lead a much healthier life!
Don’t let your appearance or your health begin to deteriorate because of a missing tooth. That’s where our team at Chapin Oral can help you out. Our team fully believes that dental implants can be life changing—for the better!
A dental implant acts just like your natural teeth. They will safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health, and appearance and they have the added benefit of being the most comfortable and permanent tooth-loss solution out there. We even bet that nobody will know the difference between your regular teeth and your implant!
Dental implants are right for you if:
* You have lost a permanent tooth
* If a permanent tooth is decayed
* If a permanent tooth has been damaged beyond repair
It doesn’t matter your age—a permanent tooth lost for any reason at any age is a great tooth to replace with a dental implant. Why sacrifice your quality of life because you feel like you are “too old” to spend the money on a replacement? You’re never too old to have a full mouth of teeth to help you eat well and continue to communicate with your family and friends.
If you believe you are a candidate for dental implants, our team would love to meet with you! We can walk you through the process and answer any questions that you might have. Call us today to schedule your appointment, 803-816-2795.
Feeling and seeing the affects of age these days? Did you know that we can help smooth some of those wrinkles and fine lines away for you? Here at Chapin Oral, we proudly offer Juvéderm to our clients! Juvéderm can not only smooth out your skin, but these injections can help fill out hollow cheeks or thin lips to help you look younger and more vibrant. Who doesn’t love that?
Dr. Hairr is answering a few frequently asked questions for you today in regards to Juvéderm.
What exactly is Juvéderm and why would I be interested in it?
Juvéderm is hylauronic acid, which is a substance that is naturally found in our tissues. It is found in many places, but especially within the “ground substance” of soft tissue. It simply serves to add volume to areas where volume has been lost, It is naturally broken down by our bodies into water. As people lose tissue volume with aging, Juvéderm can restore that volume that has been lost. People who are concerned with the look of deep lines, flat lips, or hollow facial appearance may also benefit from Juvéderm injections.
Is this a surgical procedure?
No, Juvéderm is not a surgical procedure. It is simply administered as an injection.
I thought that you just focused on oral surgeries like wisdom teeth extractions and dental implants. How are you qualified to do Juvéderm injections?
All oral surgeons are trained in facial anatomy and we are trained on how to do head and neck surgeries. Facial filler injections are a part of our speciality training and I have also completed some additional training for fillers.
What areas are commonly treated with Juvéderm?
The most common treatment areas are lips, marionette lines, nasolabial lines, tear troughs (under eyes) and cheeks.
How long does a Juvéderm treatment last?
Typically, Juvéderm lasts around 6-12 months per treatment. It may last for a shorter duration in lips.
Have any other questions about Juvéderm, the procedure, or how it works? Feel free to give our office a call. We would be more than happy to talk to you more about the process and to answer any additional questions that you might have.
Did you know? Nearly 75% of all Americans experience some degree of dental fear and between 5-10% are so afraid of having any dental work done, that they’ll completely avoid it all together.
Here at Chapin Oral, we don’t want you to fall under the “too afraid” statistic when it comes to taking care of your oral and dental needs. Our team is here to help ease you through any oral procedure or surgery that you have completed under our care. We strive to always make sure that each patient feels at ease when they’re in our office, but we know that sometimes anxiety can get the best of us.
Here are some ways that we suggest to reduce any anxiety that you may have about an upcoming oral procedure or surgery:
Create a relaxing playlist.
Put together the perfect relaxing playlist to listen to on your way to our office or while in our waiting room. The right music can ease your mind and reduce any stress you might have.
If an early morning workout puts you in the right mindset for the day, don’t skip it! However, we suggest modifying it to a low intensity activity such as a walk around the neighborhood with your pup so that you avoid dehydration prior to surgery.
Get some extra sleep the night before.
Hit the hay a little earlier the night before your scheduled appointment in our office. A well-rested mind is one that tends to be less stressed.
Give us a call.
At the end of the day, we want you to be as prepared and relaxed as possible when you come into our office. Are you feeling worried because you’re not 100% sure about the process? While going over the process is a part of our consultation with you, we know that sometimes it can be a lot to take in all at once. Give us a call. We are more than happy to walk you through the process again and to answer any questions that you might have.
How do you relax or reduce your anxiety? We’d love to hear your tips!
- Continuous EKG — this shows a patient’s heart rate and any arrhythmias
- Blood Pressure
- Continuous end tidal CO2 monitoring — this shows a patient is breathing
- Pulse oximetry — this measures the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood
- Precordial Stethoscope — this allows Dr. Hairr to hear sounds of breathing, irritation, or spasm of vocal cords
One of the best parts of having your wisdom teeth removed is all of the ice cream, milkshakes, and smoothies that you get to enjoy during recovery. It’s ok to treat yourself after surgery—especially since the cold, soft treats will help soothe inflamed tissue and because it will help to promote a quickly recovery.
Where is your favorite place to grab a scoop or two of ice cream? Here are a few places around our community that we love to visit for ice cream or a milkshake.
Chapin – Zesto’s
Is there anything more iconic in Chapin than Vanilla Dipped in Chocolate cone from Zesto’s? They keep things classic here with vanilla or chocolate ice cream and chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry milkshakes.
Newberry – The Corner Scoop
With over 48 flavors of ice cream, floats, and old fashioned snow cones, there is plenty to choose from at The Corner Scoop.
Lexington – Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs
Sandy’s is known for more than just their hot dogs: their ice cream is absolutely divine! They have over 32 flavors to choose from and range from the classic vanilla and strawberry to Mackinaw Island Fudge, Bubble Gum, and Rocky Road.
Irmo – Marble Slab
You truly can find originality in every scoop of ice cream from Marble Slab, but we suggest holding off on the mix-ins until your mouth heals a little bit. Grab one of their shakes or smoothies to go if you’re on the run!
Columbia – Sweet Cream
Sweet Cream, located in the 1600 block of Main Street near Mast General Store, is a perfect spot to pick up a pint of fun flavors like Madagascar Vanilla, Blueberry Cheesecake, French Toast, and more.
If you have a wisdom tooth extraction coming up, start making plans for all of the delicious ice cream that you want to enjoy! It’s the sweetest part of the recovery process. Just remember, skip the straw and use a spoon for your milkshake!