Dental Exams and Check-Ups

How Important is Oral Hygiene?

Photo of Charleston SC Dentist Dr. Marvil and PatientOral hygiene is necessary to eliminate over 300 types of bacteria from the mouth that make up dental plaque. As plaque builds up a harder layer of mineral based calculus, or tartar, accumulates and leads to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease if it is not removed. Our trained dental hygienists specialize in removing plaque and tartar with ultrasonic tools and dental hand instruments. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth plaque free and healthy to prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.

Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current tooth, bone, and tissue health, examine your methods of dental care, and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities, gum disease, oral cancers, and other pathogens. They allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.

How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams should take place at least every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined and professionally cleaned, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease. Insurance providers often cover exams every 3 or 4 months for more severe oral conditions and diseases. To make a dental exam appointment, please call our office at: James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry Phone Number 843-795-1111.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?

At a typical dental exam, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains and mineral deposits (calculus) that are more difficult to remove than plaque and require the assistance of professional dental instruments. We will also check for signs of decay, cancers, or gum disease. An X-ray may be performed to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to help more closely identify any problems. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, whether you use a toothpaste with fluoride, if you have any facial pain from grinding, etc. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health. To make a dental exam appointment, please call our office at: James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry Phone Number 843-795-1111.

How Can You Prepare For a Dental Exam?

The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. You do NOT have to clean your teeth before your appointment but may. We provide disposable toothbrushes for patients that would like to brush there teeth at our office before their exams or treatments; while our hygienists will be cleaning your teeth for you, it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage, and current dental care methods with us. Lastly, don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure healthy smile!

James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry

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Enjoyed my tech and doc. Both were excellent.

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I have been using their office for the last 10 years! They are the best and will recommend without hesitation!

- Sophie M

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Wonderful! I had the best care from some truly compassionate people today! Thank you so much for easing my anxiety!

- Anonymous

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They always exceed my expectations- very professional, knowledgeable and friendly- I will definitely recommend them to others!

- Julie M

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Best Dental visit in a long time

- Richard C

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Very thorough in making sure I understood everything.

- James H

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Neven a complaint about anyone. Been going to this office for YEARS and YEARS. Always highly recommend it.

- Jennifer P

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I feel like everyone there is a friend more than just providing a service. I always hated going to the dentist but now I enjoy it.

- Chris E

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Everyone great, determined I had root canal problem, referred me to Dr. Chandler who did procedure - second time I have needed his services. Wonderful team and, having suffered all weekend, it was a very pleasant experience.

- Carter H

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Excellent service. Staff very helpfull

- Antoon R

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This was my first visit to a dentist in 10 years. I was quite self-conscious about revealing the condition of my teeth to the doctors because of severe enamel erosion caused by bulimia when I was in my twenties and a number of missing or broken-off teeth. Both the hygienist and the doctor were very kind and professional in their assessment of my teeth, assuring me that they took pleasure from the job of helping people. Both were also very thorough in their attention to my teeth and their explanations to me of what they observed. To the extent that I can afford it, I hope to move forward with a plan to get veneers or crowns to restore some of the long-lost luster to my smile.

- David L

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I choose this office based on the excellent online reviews. They were absolutely correct! Very thorough exam, friendly staff, and welcoming office visit. So glad to have this as my new dental office!

- jacquelyn a

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Doc, you're the best! Honest, concerned, pleasure meeting you!

- Kasim S

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Always friendly faces and comfortability!

- Missy R

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From the time you come through the door til you leave it is by far THE BEST experience i have ever had!

- margaret g

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Going to see Dr. Beall is always a pleasant experience for me. We have a lot in common, and he always asked about my kids. Never places high pressure for having a certain procedure; simply gives you your options and guides you to a sound decision. His staff is friendly and professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Beall and his team to anyone seeking a competent, professional dental group.

- Randy M

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Friendly and professional staff.

- Kazia P

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Staff is always very friendly and accommodating- they even let me bring my baby. Service is professional and I am very happy with the care I receive.

- Tyler P

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Recommend this place to everyone!

- Lee C

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Carrie is wonderful!!!

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