(843) 556-1655 info@ccd4kids.com

ABOUT OUR PRACTICE

Cornerstone Children’s Dentistry was established in December 2005 by Dr. Paul Galloway.  While Dr. Paul’s advanced training in pediatric dentistry sets him apart from other general dentists, he is committed to focusing on making every child and their parents enjoy a positive experience each and every time they come to the dentist. With movies, video games, Lego table, colorful murals and the best team in the world, your child will have a blast coming to the dentist. And, that will put your mind at ease!

Free initial visit for children under 2 years of age. These visits are priority; includes a new patient exam and dental cleaning. Call us for details. (843) 556-1655

OUR VALUES

As a team, we value and appreciate your time and your commitment to your
child’s well-being.  Therefore, Dr. Paul and staff take great pride in
scheduling your child’s appointment with care and understanding of your
child’s specific needs.  From checking your insurance policy, to
detailed treatment plans, to a fun, kid-friendly environment and a
nurturing staff, Dr. Paul’s attention to detail will ensure your visit
to the dentist is a success.  The commitment to providing advanced,
timely and nurturing pediatric dental care and education for your child
sets us far above the rest.

OUR VALUES

Why choose Cornerstone Children’s Dentistry:

  • Free Initial Visit/cleaning for children under two
  • High Tech – Digital X-Rays, Oral Cancer Detection and more
  • Infant Dental Well-Check
  • Oral hygiene and dietary counseling
  • Kid-friendly environment and staff
  • Parents are always welcome in hygiene and treatment areas
  • Orthodontic screening
  • Space maintenance and interceptive orthodontics
  • Athletic mouthguards

Come see for yourself why Cornerstone Children’s Dentistry is the best choice for your child’s pediatric dental care. Call us today or stop by the office to take a tour! 843-556-1655

We are the most dedicated and dependable team and know you will feel the same way!

Paul Galloway - DMD

 

Dr. Paul graduated with honors from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003, and then completed his post-doctoral specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at MUSC in 2005. During his dental education, he received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named a Hinman Scholar, induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence, and the Excellence in Academic Achievement award from Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity annually given to the top honor graduate. Since completing his dental education, Dr. Paul has continued his commitment to excellence by attaining national board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the South Carolina Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He has also served as the SCDA’s Coastal District Chairman for Children’s Dental Health Month.

Dr. Paul and his wife Libby reside in West Ashley and have three beautiful children – Noah (age 10), Samuel (age 8) and Sarah (age 5). They are active members of Centerpoint Church and have participated in many overseas medical and dental mission projects through their involvement in Medical Campus Outreach and Dental Community Fellowship. He enjoys being a mentor to dental students and leads a weekly Bible study for students in his home. A former college and professional baseball player, Dr. Paul was a member of the Clemson Tigers baseball team that played in the College World Series in 1995 and 1996. When not at the office, he enjoys exercising, going out to eat with family, working in the yard, playing and watching sports of any kind, and coaching youth baseball and basketball.

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Megan Colson

 

An Expanded-Duty Dental Assistant, Megan Colson has worked exclusively in pediatric dentistry since graduating from Trident Technical College in 2006 and has been a part of our team since 2010. She lives in Summerville with her husband, Rob, and four sons – Brandon, Preston, Easton, and Eli. In her spare time, Megan loves spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and cheering for her favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. She enjoys watching her patients grow up while teaching them how to establish life-long healthy dental habits.

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Rebecca Pruitt

 

An Expanded-Duty Dental Assistant, Rebecca Pruitt joined our team in February 2015. Originally from Missouri, she now lives in Summerville with her husband Tyler and their two dogs, Lucy and Kane. Rebecca enjoys spending time outdoors, music, and traveling with her husband.

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Kayla Schlaefer

 

An Expanded-Duty Dental Assistant, Kayla Schlaefer joined the CCD team in August 2015. Kayla is a native of Charleston and lives with her husband Jeremy and son Jace. She has a passion for helping people and especially enjoys being around children. In her free time, Kayla enjoys going to the beach with her family, listening to music, and loves to explore the many restaurants that Charleston has to offer.

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Kaileigh Rao

 

Our Front Office/Financial Coordinator, Kaileigh Rao, joined our team in October 2013.  Originally from Indiana, she now lives in Charleston with her husband, Dave, and their two dogs, Wrigley and Yankee.  Kaileigh enjoys getting to know our patients and their families and strives to make the initial dental visit as efficient and stress-free as possible.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

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Leigh Ann Blackman

 

Leigh Ann started with CCD in June 2016 and loves working with children! She loves going to the beach with her son and family. After graduating from Campbell University with a degree in Psychology, she taught golf for a few years before entering the medical management and business development industry. She can’t wait to see you and your children for a pleasant and fun time at CCD. 

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First Dental Visit

 

 

Your Child’s First Dental Visit
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday.  Making the first and every visit enjoyable and positive for your child starts at home.  Inform your child of the visit and that they are welcome to ask any questions.  Giving your child information regarding the visit even at a young age will help relieve their fear of the unknown.  You may tell your child that he/she will likely have their teeth brushed, counted, and pictures taken of their teeth.  And, that they will sit in the “big girl” or “big boy” chair to have their teeth all shiny and clean! 

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “drill”, or “hurt”.  Pediatric dental offices make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

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6-Month Preventative Cleanings

 

At Cornerstone Children’s Dentistry, our primary focus is on preventive oral healthcare for your child. We believe that through dental education of the parent and child, routine dental exams and cleanings, and other preventive services such as fluoride and sealants, many dental problems may be avoided.
Digital radiographs allow earlier diagnosis of cavities between teeth while also reducing the amount of radiation exposure to the patient. By focusing on prevention, the need for restorative treatment is decreased, thereby reducing out-of-pocket costs while also helping your child to have a positive experience at the dentist.

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Comprehensive Oral Exams

 

During routine dental visits, Dr. Paul will complete a comprehensive oral exam to ensure your child’s oral health is on the right track.  During this time, Dr. Paul will be available to answer any and all of your questions! 

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Topical Fluoride Varnish

 

Fluoride is an element that has been shown to be beneficial to teeth.  However, too little or too much fluoride can be detrimental to the teeth. During your child’s exam, Dr. Paul will evaluate and discuss your child’s fluoride intake and determine whether or not in office treatment is necessary. Here are two great articles discussing the dos and dont’s for Fluoride treatment. (AAPD and AAP)

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Sealants

 

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where four out of five cavities in children are found. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth.

Before Sealant Applied | After Sealant Applied

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Recent studies have shown just how important and necessary sealants are for preventing decay for a long life of great oral health. Here is an article for your reading: (Article from Dr. Paul)

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Digital Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)

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Radiographs (X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed.

Radiographs detect much more than cavities. For example, radiographs may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment.

Radiographs allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs and examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay.  On average, most pediatric dentists request bitewing radiographs approximately once a year.  Approximately every 3 years, it is a good idea to obtain a complete set of radiographs, either a panoramic and bitewings or periapicals and bitewings.  

Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation.  With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental radiograph examination is extremely small and the risk is negligible.  In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.  Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child.  Today’s equipment filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest. Digital radiographs and proper shielding assure that your child receives a minimal amount of radiation exposure.

If you have any questions regarding the frequency or usage of radiographs and your child’s dental care, please call our office to discuss further.  The team is happy to answer any and all of your questions. 

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Restorative Treatment

 

Although new technologies in dentistry and a focus on prevention of dental disease has reduced the number of cavities in children, the fact remains that many children will require restorative treatment for dental decay at some point during their childhood years.  Childhood is also a time of dental emergencies that may require restorative treatment or potentially an extraction of traumatized teeth.

Neglected cavities can and often do result in problems that may affect developing permanent teeth.  They can also lead to dental infections which may be accompanied by pain and lead to other more serious health issues. Therefore, cavities in both primary and permanent teeth should be treated promptly and appropriately.

The following restorative treatment is provided in our office:

• Tooth-colored fillings (composite resin)
• Crowns
• Pulpotomy (nerve treatment)
• Pulpectomy (root canal)
• Extractions
• Space maintainers
• Management of dental trauma/emergency

For more information regarding restorative dentistry please visit healthyteeth.org.

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Orthodontic Screenings

 

Dr. Paul is specially trained in a child’s overall oral and facial development. Together we can determine when it is best for your family to see an Orthodontist for evaluation and treatment.  Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.  Check out these articles discussing Orthodontic treatment and early detection. (article from AAO and AAPD)

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Athletic Mouth Guards

 

When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuries can occur.  A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s smile, and should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth.  Mouth guards help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw.  A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe.  Please do not hesitate to call or visit our office with any questions. 

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Sedation Dentistry

 

One of the challenges of pediatric dentistry is to consistently provide effective and efficient restorative treatment in a manner that is safe and comfortable for the child.  At Cornerstone Children’s Dentistry, the commitment to providing excellent care and a positive dental experience is held in high regard.  Many patients may benefit from the use of sedation to help alleviate anxiety and increase cooperation during their treatment.  By offering differing levels of sedation, depending on the specific needs of the child, the ability to complete necessary treatment increases significantly.  Dr. Paul will recommend sedation dentistry only when it is beneficial for the patient. 

Option 1: Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) inhalation provides a safe method of analgesia (pain relief) and reduction of anxiety associated with dental procedures.  In this minimal sedation technique, a disposable scented mask fits over the child’s nose, allowing the patient to breathe a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen.  The use of nitrous oxide is very effective in limiting the discomfort associated with the injection of local anesthetic (“Novacaine”) used to numb the mouth.  Most school-age children and those with only mild anxiety about restorative treatment will cooperate fully and even enjoy their dental visit with the use of nitrous oxide.

Option 2: Conscious sedation is a technique in which a sedative medication is administered in addition to nitrous oxide inhalation which provides mild to moderate sedation for the young or fearful child.  The specific sedative used is determined by the age of the child, medical history, extent of treatment, and degree of anxiety and uncooperative behavior.  Conscious sedation medications may be given by either an oral or intranasal route depending on the particular sedative.  These medications are administered in the office so that the patient may be appropriately monitored before, during, and after treatment.

If your child needs restorative treatment, Dr. Paul will discuss with you the options of sedation and share his recommendation for making it a positive dental experience for your child.  Regardless of what level of sedation is used, parents are always allowed and encouraged to accompany the child to the treatment area. (insert picture of mom in focus) 

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