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Orthodontic Retainers – Your Key to Maintaining Straight Teeth

Orthodontic retainers Columbia SCOrthodontic retainers…Do you really know how important they are? Okay, so you decided to invest in the straightening of your teeth. Your smile is perfect and you are absolutely delighted with your results from Boyd Orthodontics. Now what?

Orthodontic retainers that were made specifically for you are the most important key to you maintaining that new gorgeous smile. Do you have to wear them? YES…If you want to keep your teeth straight and perfect like they are now.Read More

Tooth Decay – Less Is Better

Tooth Decay Columbia SCTooth decay…Did you know that for over a century dentists removed both healthy and diseased portions of tooth structure when treating patients as a preventative measure to avoid future decay? However, in the 1970s, a new treatment options emerged, in the dental field known as “Minimally Invasive Dentistry” (MID) attempts to preserve as much of the healthy structure as possible.

Before MID, dentists offered treatment protocol developed in the 19th Century where dentists remove healthy structure considered vulnerable to decay. This practice resulted in reducing the tooth’s volume and by today’s standards, created larger than necessary fillings.Read More

Oral Hygiene – What Is It?

Oral Hygiene Columbia SCOral Hygiene … Okay we all know what oral means and the definition of hygiene is “conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness”. Therefore it means taking care of your mouth and teeth. All dentists and Orthodontists like those at Boyd Orthodontics recommend being attentive to your teeth and your overall oral health.

Oral hygiene and good oral health knows no age limits. From infants to seniors oral hygiene is important to your whole health picture.Read More

Dental Abscess – Why And What To Do

Dental Abscess Columbia SC

A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. The abscess typically originates from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth.

Bacteria exist in plaque, a by-product of food, saliva and bacteria in the mouth which sticks to the teeth and damages them, as well as the gums. If the plaque is not removed by regular and proper tooth brushing and flossing the bacteria may spread within the soft tissue inside the tooth or gums, eventually resulting in an abscess.Read More

Don’t Use Your Teeth As A Tool – Ask Jimmy Fallon

Protect your teeth Columbia SCCare for your teeth! Have you ever been frustrated opening a bottle, container, prying open a lid, or ripping open a package with your hands? Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show” tried prying open a tube of scar tissue repair gel with disastrous results.

For the 40 year old comedian, what happened next wasn’t funny: when trying to open the gel, Fallon chipped his front tooth, on top of another medical problem, a serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks resulting in trying to open the scar cream. Moral of the Story… Always use the right tool for the job… and your teeth are never the right tool!Read More