Preventative Care2023-01-25T14:13:04+00:00
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Preventive Care for a Healthy Smile


In James Island & Charleston

Preventative Dental Care

Routine exams and cleanings in James Island and Charleston can help prevent a number of common dental concerns from developing.

Routine preventative care, including cleanings and examinations, will help you avoid common dental issues like decay and gum disease. Regular exams also help us identify any problems that do develop in their earliest stages so they can be treated with simple and comfortable conservative therapie



We make it easy and convenient to schedule appointments and make payments online with our patient connect portal.

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Advanced Technology

We have the latest dental technology to care for all of your dental needs in-house.


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We strive to create a stress-free experience curated by our friendly and welcoming staff.

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Based on 209 reviews
William Patton
William Patton
January 24, 2022.
Great experience! This is painless dentistry at its best. Can recommend without reservations.
January 10, 2022.
Been coming here for years. Great staff and great outcomes for my dental care!!
Jason Jenkins
Jason Jenkins
January 5, 2022.
Best dentist ever!!! James Thomas always provides the best service for my family and I. His staff is top notch and there is nowhere else I’d go for routine service and the bigger issues that arise.
Harvey Loew
Harvey Loew
January 5, 2022.
This dental office combines a high level of professional care with the right personal touch. It is consistently demonstrated by the dentist, hygienists, assistants and office management. I would suggest more feedback from the dentist even when things are not problematic. I would like to know what else to be aware of as an aging patient in how to be more preventative and proactive in addition to brushing and flossing.
Alison Mistretta
Alison Mistretta
December 8, 2021.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Thomas for about 8+ years now. Everyone from the front office staff, the hygienist, and Dr. Thomas have been wonderful without exception. I’ve recommended and will continue to recommend his practice.


Why do my gums bleed and teeth hurt when I brush and floss?2021-08-11T20:49:46+00:00

Bleeding gums can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, blood in the sink when you brush can indicate that you are developing gum disease. In other cases, it might be an indication that you are brushing too aggressively or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm. Brushing aggressively can lead to gum recession, so it’s important to make sure that you are using good technique when you brush.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day – in the morning after breakfast and at night prior to going to bed. We also recommend flossing daily.

When brushing for two minutes in small circular movements with a soft bristle toothbrush, you are using good technique. When flossing, make sure the floss is smoothly gliding between the teeth, underneath the gums, and hugging the sides of each tooth.

If both of these techniques are followed for one week, sensitive bleeding gums will feel and look much healthier.

Schedule A Dental Appointment

If you don’t experience any improvement, please reach out to us and schedule an exam. You could be developing gum disease, and the earlier we can put the brakes on this serious and chronic condition, the better!

What are the signs of gum disease?2021-08-11T20:48:49+00:00

Gum disease is widespread in the U.S., and estimates indicate that nearly half of all adults over age 30 have it. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis and is easy to treat and reverse. The reason it’s so prevalent is that many people don’t recognize the signs.

At James Island Dental Associates, we’ve seen the severe consequences of untreated gum disease. By making you aware of its symptoms, our dentists in Charleston, SC hope to motivate you to seek the prompt treatment you need.

Signs of Gum Disease to Look For

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects your gum tissue and, eventually, the bone that supports your teeth. Signs to look for are:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush
  • Swollen, inflamed, or irritated gums
  • A change in the way your dental bite feels
  • Bad breath that mouthwash can’t resolve
  • Teeth that feel loose to the touch

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning in Charleston, SC

If you notice any of these, you may have gingivitis. Our dentists in Charleston will first need to perform an exam to determine the extent of gum disease. Based on those findings, we will develop a treatment plan to get the infection under control.

Please call us at (843) 762-1234 to schedule your next dental cleaning!

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?2021-08-11T20:48:02+00:00

While brushing and flossing at home are important elements of keeping your teeth healthy, preventative dentistry doesn’t stop there.

It is a general rule to have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined by a dentist every six months.

Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

Why every six months? Even with outstanding brushing habits, plaque can still build up in some areas that are difficult to reach. If the plaque is allowed to remain there for an extended period of time, it will calcify into tartar, which can only be removed with a hygienist’s professional tools and technique. Seeing us every six months keeps plaque and tartar build-up to a minimum and offers you a fresh start with perfectly clean, healthy teeth.

Seeing you twice yearly also allows us to keep tabs on your oral health. Certain issues can develop under the radar, without symptoms. If you wait to see the dentist until you experience symptoms, more complex treatment may be required. Identifying problems in their earliest stages allows for more conservative treatment options. Your hygienist is often your first defense against gum disease. Not only will a professional cleaning help prevent gum disease, hygienists are also skilled at identifying the first signs – signs that you are likely to miss.


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