North Charleston, SC Dentist
Alford L Craig DDS
8730 North Park Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 572-1033
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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
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Stop Annoying Canker Sores with These Effective Treatments
...For more serious outbreaks we can also prescribe topical steroids in gels or rinses, injections or other medications...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth
...Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications...

Treating Teeth Grinding Now Could Help Prevent Excessive Tooth Wear Later
... Certain medications seem to contribute to teeth grinding, particularly psychoactive drugs like amphetamines...

Manage Your Osteoporosis Medication to Avoid Jawbone Problems
...Forces generated by chewing normally help stimulate jawbone growth, but the medications in question can inhibit that stimulus...

4 Dental Care Areas to Keep in Mind for the Senior Adult in Your Life
...For example, an older person can develop lower saliva flow, often due to medications they’re taking...

See Your Dentist if You Have one of these Top 3 Oral Problems
...It's a constant inadequate flow of saliva often caused by medications or certain systemic conditions...

Keep an Eye on Your Teeth and Gum Health During Cancer Treatment
...Since some medications also contribute to dry mouth, you should speak with your physician about the prescriptions you’re taking: if any have dry mouth side effects ask if there’s an alternative drug without these side effects...

Keep Alert to These Signs of Impending Tooth Decay
...“Dry mouth” can occur from a number of causes, including some medications and chemotherapy treatments...

How we Treat your Jaw Pain Depends on the Cause
...We may also prescribe medications like ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and swelling relief, and sometimes muscle relaxers to reduce spasms...

How to Handle 3 Common Injuries to Your Child's Mouth
...Don't apply bleach, aspirin or similar medications to open wounds...

Oral Sedation Helps Reduce Anxiety During Dental Treatment
... We’ve incorporated a number of sedative medications in dentistry like Valium or Ativan that work well to reduce anxiety before and during treatment...

Take These Steps to Alleviate Chronic Dry Mouth
...Because seniors tend to take more medications than other age groups, xerostomia is a more common problem for them...

Nitrous Oxide
...Before beginning treatment, we will take a complete medical history, including your use of both prescription and non-prescription medications...

TMD
...Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Nitrous Oxide for Children
...Before your child is treated, you will be asked for a complete medical history, including any medications your child is taking...

Pregnancy & Your Child's Developing Teeth
... Seek Guidance on Dietary Supplementation & Medications If you feel your diet is inadequate in some nutrients during your pregnancy, it's best to seek professional medical advice on what supplements you may need...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... The Flap Surgery Procedure Flap surgery is typically done under local anesthesia, sometimes accompanied by oral anti-anxiety medications; alternatively, it may be performed under intravenous conscious sedation...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
Millions of people regularly take anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications (sometimes called “blood thinners”) to help prevent heart attack and stroke, and to manage a variety of medical conditions including cardiac arrhythmia and stent placement...

Headaches & Migraines
...Gentle stretching exercises, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
...Over the past two decades, antiviral medications have been developed to help prevent outbreaks and speed healing...

Sedation Dentistry
... Before any particular sedative is recommended, you will be asked to provide your complete health history, including any medications you are currently taking — both prescription and over-the-counter...

Aging & Dental Health
...It's possible that medications prescribed for other diseases can adversely affect a person's oral health; it's also possible that a decline in oral health can worsen existing maladies (such as diabetes), or even cause systemic (whole-body) inflammation...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... Guidelines for Antibiotic Premedication Prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended before dental procedures if you have one or more of the following heart conditions: A heart transplant Artificial heart valves A history of infective endocarditis Some types of congenital heart problems - particularly if they haven't been completely repaired, or if their treatment involves prosthetic material If you have undergone a joint replacement procedure, prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended if you also have one or more of the following risk factors: A systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosis A weakened immune system resulting from HIV, cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, or another cause Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia A history of previous infection in a prosthetic joint Undernourishment or malnourishment There are other circumstances where taking prophylactic antibiotics would be a prudent step; there are also a number of situations where these medications might have been recommended in the past, but aren't currently required in all cases...

Bad Breath
...A chronically dry mouth (xerostomia), which is often a side effect of certain medications, and tobacco use can also contribute to this problem...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
Before prescribing any medications — even lifesaving ones, such as those used to reduce blood pressure or prevent epileptic seizures — your health care professionals carefully weigh the benefits a drug offers against the possible risks of taking it, including its potential side effects...

Dry Mouth
... Possible Causes There are several possible causes for xerostomia, including: Medications...

Osteoporosis & Oral Health
...For this to occur, that bone must be relatively healthy; yet osteoporosis — and certain medications used to treat it — may affect your oral health...

Stress & Oral Habits
...Additionally, teeth grinding is believed to be an uncommon side effect of certain medications...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
... Before an apicoectomy procedure, diagnostic images (such as X-rays) of the affected tooth and surrounding bone, a careful review of your medical history including medications you take (both prescription and non-prescription), and other factors are reviewed...

Root Canal Treatment
...Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are generally effective in relieving discomfort, but prescription medications may also be given if needed...

Oral Surgery
...It's always important to let your healthcare providers know what medications you are taking (both prescription and over-the-counter), any chronic health conditions you have, and whether you smoke...