Charleston Smiles 2018

34 | CS 2 | • Bonding • Cosmetic Contouring • Crowns and Bridges • Cosmetic Fillings • Implants • Veneers • Zoom Whitening • Sealants • Extractions • Scaling and Root Planing • Dentures • Cosmetic Dentistry • Jaw/TMJ • Oral health screenings • Implant retained dentures From the latest cosmetic techniques in dentistry to gentle restorative procedures and preventative hygiene services, trust 23 years of experience and comprehensive dental training. Cynthia Garner, DDS 1059 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 843.884.6002 Mon-Thurs 8-5 ABOUT THE COVER... We are excited about this edition of Charleston Smiles ! Primary care doctors recommend that patients make oral health a priority. We wondered why family practitioners would speak about oral health so highly. Our feature on oral health equaling overall health says it all. There is a definite link to many other processes in the body connected with how we care for our teeth. We also decided to cover the topic of baby teeth and what their real purpose is – especially since we lose them all at such a young age. Turns out, those tiny teeth do serve their due diligence, and it is important to care for them properly starting from day one. And we couldn’t resist talking about one of the best holidays of the year and how our teeth can be affected by that day – Halloween! Children love this holiday. We wondered if there was any way people can enjoy their candy without feeling too guilty and putting our teeth through too much stress. We were also lucky enough to have four featured dentists adorn our cover – Drs. Dorothy Baker, Katie Stroud Bullwinkel and Katie Polley of Summerville Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, as well as Dr. Candice Vinson of Advanced Dentistry in Mount Pleasant. Without their expertise and the expertise of many other fantastic oral health doctors in our area, this special section would not have been possible. We appreciate their insight and their service to the oral health of our community. Thank you as well to our writers, designer, editor and publisher for helping to put this together for you – our wonderful readers! To Health and Happiness, Theresa Stratford, Managing Editor ORAL HEALTH CHARLESTON Publishedby HEALTHLINKS CHARLESTON SMILES C H A R L E S T O N Charleston’s Exclusive Oral Health Online Network • ORAL HEALTH = OVERALL HEALTH p.54 HALLOWEEN: A SPOOKY TIME FOR TEETH p.39 WHY WE HAVE BABY TEETH p. 50 2018 EDITION