Dentistry for Kids

At Tatum Dentistry, Dr. Vicki Tatum and her team provide exceptional dental care for children of all ages…from toddlers to college students.

Our love of children and Pediatric Dentistry encompasses areas in orthodontics, oral surgery, growth and development, preventive dentistry, and emergency dental services.

As you browse through our website, we hope you will find answers to your dental questions. Our philosophy is simple…we provide your child with the very best dental care possible.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits, which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn’t brush, but because they’re too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don’t want that. So Dr. Tatum will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

Tooth-Colored White Fillings

Tooth colored fillings are dental fillings used to restore teeth that are fractured or decayed. Made from durable plastics called composite resins, tooth colored fillings closely match your natural tooth’s color, appearance, and texture. In addition, they can cosmetically alter the size and shape of teeth by closing gaps, repairing chips, and giving the appearance of straighter teeth.

The benefits of tooth colored fillings extend beyond the cosmetic advantages, though. They are strong, harden quickly, don’t expand/contract in extreme hot and cold temperatures, and create a better seal over your teeth than traditional, silver/amalgam fillings.

Whether you’re in need of new fillings or are considering replacing your traditional fillings, tooth colored fillings are an ideal solution.

Root Canal Therapy

When the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection, root canal therapy is used to save the tooth. By and large, people wince when they hear the term “root canal,” but root canal therapy is a safe, effective, and low-pain option for saving teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted. And, in fact, is the preferred treatment.

Why is this when a tooth extraction seems so much simpler? Tooth extractions tend to cause problems for the adjacent teeth and, when dental implants and bridges are taken into consideration, are ultimately more expensive. Root canal therapy isn’t a scary procedure, and most patients experience little-to-no pain.

The process consists of numbing the area around the affected tooth, removing the pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any existing decay that is present. In order to restore the tooth to its full function, the resulting space is then filled with special medicated dental materials. While some soreness may be present following the procedure, over-the-counter painkillers are typically enough to remedy the discomfort.

Root canal therapy is a highly successful, routine treatment. If you are experiencing pain, contact Victoria Tatum, DMD, to set up a consultation.

Dentistry for Diabetes

What do brushing and flossing have to do with diabetes? Plenty. If you have diabetes, here’s why dental care matters — and how to take care of your teeth and gums.

When you have diabetes, high blood sugar can take a toll on your entire body — including your teeth and gums. The good news? Prevention is in your hands. Learn what you’re up against, and then take charge of your dental health.

Cavities and Gum Disease

Whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, managing your blood sugar level is key. The higher your blood sugar level, the higher your risk of:

  • Tooth decay (cavities). Your mouth naturally contains many types of bacteria,but when the acids in plaque attack the hard, outer surface of your teeth (enamel), this can lead to cavities. The higher your blood sugar level, the greater the supply of sugars and starches — and the more acid wearing away at your teeth.
  • Early gum disease (gingivitis). Diabetes reduces your ability to fight bacteria. If you don’t remove plaque with regular brushing and flossing, it’ll harden under your gumline into a substance called tartar (calculus). The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more they irritate the gingiva — the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. In time, your gums become swollen and bleed easily. This is gingivitis.
  • Advanced gum disease (periodontitis). Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious infection called periodontitis, which destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. Eventually, periodontitis causes your gums to pull away from your teeth and your teeth to loosen and even fall out. Periodontitis tends to be more severe among people who have diabetes because diabetes lowers the ability to resist infection and slows healing. An infection such as periodontitis may also cause your blood sugar level to rise, which makes your diabetes more difficult to control. Preventing and treating periodontitis can help improve blood sugar control.

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Tatum Dentistry

92 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-6453


Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: Closed

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