Childrens Dental Health

Back to School and Your Family’s Dental Health

Posted on August 9, 2016. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Family Dental Health, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Back to School dental hygieneIt’s the most wonderful time of the year… the kids are going back to school this month!

Did you know that children with poor oral health were almost 3 times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain than those with healthy teeth and gums? According to National Institutes of Health estimates, nearly 30% of children and adolescents in the U.S. have chronic health conditions. Among the most prevalent diseases of childhood are dental caries (cavities), asthma, diabetes, and obesity. Dental caries is actually the most common issue!

So what can you do to improve your family’s dental health?

Encourage good dental hygiene habits at home. Make sure everyone is brushing and flossing twice a day, every day. It’s also important to check up on your kids on occasion. Don’t just accept “yes, I did it!”

Offer a healthy diet, and not just at mealtime. Sugary and high-starch snacks should be limited. Bacteria that causes tooth decay thrives on simple sugars. Between meals, and especially at bedtime, drink water.

examSchedule regular checkups. Schedule two (2) checkup/cleanings a year to help spot current or potential future problems before they get worse. In a recent study, 66% of the parents who reported no school absences said they had proactive dental visits within the past year! With the start of school right around the corner, schedule an appointment for you and your family now to avoid missed classes and sports activities.

Dr. Stewart and the friendly staff at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland understand how busy life can be at times, especially when school starts back up. They will work with your schedule to make sure that you and your kids can come in for your regular hygiene appointments. Remember that prevention and early detection can help you avoid pain, eating or speaking difficulties and potentially missed school or work. Call 410-730-6460 today to schedule an appointment. Smile Savers Dentistry is currently accepting new and emergency patients.

Visit our website to try out our new real time scheduling feature on our home page!

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Summer is a Great Time to Schedule Your Child’s Exam and Cleaning at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on June 1, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Exam and Cleaning, Dental Health, Dr. Daniel Stewart, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Call 410-730-6460 Today to Make a Summer Appointment Before Our Schedule Fills Up!

Summer Dental Appointment
Everyone wants to go to the beach in the summertime… but the dentist office? Sure, why not!? It’s a great time to come in to Smile Savers Dentisty in Columbia Maryland. No missed classes or tests to worry about. Well, that may be a better incentive for the parents than the kids… but you get what I’m saying.

It’s important to keep your children on a regular dental check-up schedule. The condition of a child’s teeth can change fairly rapidly. Even if their teeth were evaluated as healthy just six months prior, changes in diet or oral habits (for example, thumb sucking in younger children) can quickly render them vulnerable to decay or misalignment.

Dental X-rays are often the only way to identify tiny cavities in primary (baby) teeth. Though your child may not be feeling any pain, left unchecked, these tiny cavities can rapidly turn into large cavities, tooth decay, and eventually, childhood periodontal disease.

In addition to visual examinations, our hygienists provide thorough dental cleanings during each visit. These cleanings eradicate the plaque and debris that can build up between teeth and in other hard to reach places. Though a good homecare routine is especially important, these professional cleanings provide an additional tool to keep those smiles healthy. We may even decide to apply dental sealants to their back teeth (molars). This impenetrable liquid plastic substance is brushed onto the molars to seal out harmful debris, bacteria, and acid… an added preventive measure!

We’ve even made it easy for you to come in, you can request a dental appointment for your family online. Hope to see you and your kids in the office this summer. In the meantime, enjoy the beach!

Regards,
Dr. Daniel C. Stewart

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Smile Savers Dentistry Receives Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Posted on February 26, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, NCDHM, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Local Columbia MD DentistThe Howard County Public School System awarded Smile Savers Dentistry for their Outstanding Volunteer Service during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Staff members from Smile Savers Dentistry wrapped up NCDHM by visiting students at Lake Elkhorn Middle School in Columbia, MD. Dental hygienists Michaela Paschke and Bonnie Carroll, along with assistant Deanna Rohrman and Kelly Green talked to students about the importance of good oral hygiene. They went over important healthy home care habits such as brushing and flossing their teeth and also demonstrated what can happen if you don’t brush. They also asked a student volunteer to brush their teeth as well as they did at home and then used a disclosing tablet to show where he missed brushing. Hygienist Michaela Paschke said “I thoroughly enjoyed going to Lake Elkhorn Middle School and teaching the kids about good hygiene and the risks of bad habits. It’s rewarding knowing that the kids walked away with a new outlook on taking care of their teeth.”

Columbia dentistIt’s important for children to learn the importance of proper oral hygiene. Poor oral care behavior in under 12 year-olds contributes to many American children having cavities. Tooth decay is the number one chronic illness in children with over 51 million school hours lost each year due to dental problems. Research shows that if a child’s tooth decay goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, speech problems and even loss of self-esteem. According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),31 percent of kindergarten and third grade children in Maryland have tooth decay that, if left untreated, can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. Fortunately, with good oral health care habits, tooth decay can be prevented.

Our dental office is located in Columbia, MD and we’ve been serving the dental needs of Howard County residents for over 25 years. The goal of Dr. Daniel C. Stewart and his staff is to educate and serve their patients in a fun and engaging environment. Each staff member receives specific training and education to fully address the dental and oral health needs of their patients. Smile Savers Dentistry is accepting new patients, if you are looking for a new dentist in the Howard County area, you can call the office at 410-730-6460 to schedule an appointment, or request one online at smilesaversdentistry.com.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted on February 11, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, NCDHM, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

NCDHM 2015Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is also important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can stay healthy and strong throughout their entire lifetime.

Many parents issue a common refrain at dinnertime: “You’d better eat that – it’s good for you! And the other favorite: “Don’t eat that – it’ll rot your teeth!” Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices – from fresh produce to sugar-laden processed convenience meals and snacks. What kids eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health but also their oral health.

Almost all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from our diet. Many of these foods contain important nutrients and add enjoyment to eating. But there is a risk for tooth decay from a diet high in sugars and starches. Americans are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. The average teenage boy in the U.S. drinks 81 gallons of soft drinks each year! A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth, especially among those who
snack throughout the day.

So what can you do to reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay?

• Sugar and sugary drinks should only be consumed at meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
• Limit between-meal snacks. If kids want a snack, offer a nutritious one.
• If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food.
• Monitor beverage consumption – Instead of soft drinks all day, children should also choose water and low-fat milk.
• Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.
• And of course … Schedule regular dental visits!

During the month of February we are offering the Oral-B Pro-Health For Me Power Bundle for only $35. The bundle contains a rechargeable child’s toothbrush with 2 brush heads, mouth rinse, toothpaste, timer and floss picks. It comes in a nifty backpack. Call the Smile Savers Dentistry office near Ellicott City MD at 410-730-6460 to order one.

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Halloween Tips from the FDA and ADA

Posted on October 27, 2014. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , , |

Halloween Dental and Safety TipsTrick-or-Treating is coming up fast, so we thought we would share some of the FDA’s Halloween Food Safety Tips. Most of these handy tips are a “no-brainer” but it’s always a good idea for a quick checklist to go over with your kids before they head out for their free goodies.

  • Kids shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Insist that they wait until they get home for you to have a chance to inspect the contents of their bag. To help prevent them from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out. Don’t send them out on an empty stomach.
  • Tell children not to accept; and especially not to eat, anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.

And here are a few Halloween dental tips from the ADA as well.

  • Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
  • Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Unless it’s a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.
  • Eat Halloween candy with, or shortly after, meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

And of course, regular check-ups can help prevent dental problems from occurring or catch those that do occur early, when they are easier to “treat.” If you or your family members are overdue for an exam and cleaning, call the Smile Savers Dentistry office at 410-730-6460 and make an appointment today.

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Posted on October 1, 2014. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, gum disease, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, National Dental Hygiene Month, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Bonnie CarrollOctober is National Dental Hygiene Month, so it’s a great time of the year for me to remind you about the importance of your oral health care. Did you know that in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth daily, using an antiseptic mouthwash will also help improve your oral health? It’s true!

Rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouth rinse every day is an important step that you can take to help prevent gum disease. If you stop and think about it, your teeth only account for less than half of your mouth! So, twice daily brushing and flossing alone can’t get rid of all plaque and germs.

Be sure to finish your daily oral health care routine with an antiseptic mouthwash that carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You can also talk to me during your next appointment to determine which mouth rinse is best for you.

And if I haven’t seen you in my chair in a while, now is the time to make your appointment for your periodic exam. Remember, skipping your regular exams and cleanings could cause you some unnecessary pain and expense down the road. Call the Smile Savers Dentistry office today and make an appointment at 410-730-6460.

Bonnie Carroll is a Dental Hygienist at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland.

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When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?

Posted on July 16, 2014. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Currently, 30% of all children suffer from tooth decay. A recent study was conducted of nearly 500 parents with kids under the age of 12, to see how much or little they knew about dentistry. The results showed that about half of the parents didn’t take their kids to visit the dentist on a regular basis.
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Only half of dads and 63% of moms made sure that their children regularly brushed their teeth. 20% of the parents incorrectly thought that they only had to take their children to the dentist when their teeth appeared. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your child in to see us by his/her first birthday. Although this may sound early, we can teach you proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, check for cavities, and watch for developmental problems.

And if your child is active in sports as they get older, we highly recommend a custom-made mouthguard. According to the ADA, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer dental harm when not wearing one of these protective devices. At Smile Savers Dentistry, we can have a mouthguard custom-made specifically for your child using a model of his or her teeth that will offer greater protection than an off-the-shelf model.

Read more about pediatric dentistry. And if it is time for your kiddos to visit the dentist, give us a call at 410-730-6460.

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year to Everyone!, Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on December 31, 2012. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandMay 2013 be happy, healthy and prosperous!

It’s that time of the year again … and as I see my Smile Savers Dentistry patients on this last day of 2012, I thought it would be a good idea to offer you all some dental resolutions. Hopefully you can add some or all of these to your own list. Most can be easily worked in to your routine with little to no effort. Keeping these tips/resolutions can ensure a fantastic and healthy smile for throughout the New Year.

    1. Increase your toothbrushing time to 2 minutes, 2 times a day. The average person does not spend the correct amount of time brushing their teeth and it really does take at least 2 minutes to adequately clean your teeth and mouth.
    2. Don’t forget about your tongue! A few quick swipes with your brush across your tongue is all you really need to do.
    3. Flossing is not just meant to be done right before your dental appointment! A large percentage of cavaties can start in areas that are missed by tooth brushing alone.
    4. Use mouthwash regularly to enjoy a clean, fresh mouth and to kill bacteria.
    5. You hear this all the time … drink more water! Not only is it good for your health, it can help reduce tooth staining from coffee or wine if you take a few sips afterwards.
    6. Eat healthy – hopefully this is already one of your resolutions! Don’t overindulge in candies and sweets. Not only will this reduce the chance of cavities, it will also help you maintain or possibly even lose weight.
    7. Quit smoking – or chewing. Not only will this stain your teeth, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
    8. Make sure you visit our dental office in Columbia regularly. Prevention is key! Regular visits will benefit both your teeth and your health in so many ways.
    9. If something feels wrong, large or small … fix it! Don’t ignore it or wait and hope that it gets better. Usually, it gets much worse. Procrastination is not good for your teeth or your health, and it is also not very good for your bank account.

Enjoy the holidays and the new year … and make your dental health a priority! I’ll see you here at Smile Savers Dentistry in 2013.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Sugars, Carbs and Oral Health

Posted on April 4, 2012. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , |

Since opening our diet center Figure Savers, I have really begun to take a harder look at what is being put in our bodies as a form of nutrition. We have always been told that to keep our teeth healthy and cavity free we should minimize our sugar intake and refrain from in between meal snacks. But what I have witnessed is that most people don’t have a real understanding what a sugar is so they can’t minimize it.

All carbohydrates are sugars. Pastas, flour, potatoes and breads are examples. The body takes in carbohydrates and turns it into sugar. It doesn’t differentiate. Four grams of carbohydrates equal one teaspoon of table sugar. Fruit juices and fruits are sugar. Orange juice is pretty much all sugar. One 8 oz glass contains 26 grams which equals to 6 and a half teaspoons of sugar… pretty eye opening!

When I first opened the dental office 24 years ago, the average teenager had maybe one cavity, now I am seeing 3-5 as the average. Decay is rampant again and I believe it is from all of the sugars that we are consuming without knowing about it. I say count those carbohydrates and divide by four and put it in terms of teaspoons… and you will take control of your tooth decay as well as your belly.

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A Word From Dental Assistant C.J.: When to Take Your Child to the Dentist for the First Time

Posted on March 7, 2012. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Assistant, Dental Health, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , |

Many parents ask, “What age should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?” The answer is three years old. What we have found is, at the age of three, all 20 primary teeth are present and your child can be coached to cooperate enough to get through the appointment successfully. Since it is the first dental appointment, we like to keep it short and sweet. Three and four year olds only receive an exam and cleaning. Five year olds and up will receive an exam and cleaning as well, but will also have a Panoramic X-ray taken to give us the big picture. (Jaw joints, all teeth, sinuses, and chin.)

Here at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland we like to make a child’s first (and every) visit as pleasant as possible. Kids wear cool sunglasses to keep the light out of their eyes and get to help us out by holding Mr. Thirsty (suction straw) so they have some sense of control. We have a playroom specifically for kids filled with toys and a TV, not to mention everyone in the office is extremely child friendly. All kids 10 years and under receive a special goodie bag including kids toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, stickers, and a SMILEY FACE BALLOON! During National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, we even treated our younger patients to a frog plushie.

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