Dental Assistant

A Word From Dental Assistant Deanna: Why You Can’t Ignore Cavities

Posted on October 23, 2013. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Care, Dental Cavity, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , |

Deanna Roberts at Smile Savers DentistryAs Halloween approaches, it’s always tempting to eat the delicious candy that seems to appear just about everywhere you look. As we all know, sugar is directly related to cavities which are considered a disease. Cavities are decay, they damage and break down your teeth causing a hole to develop. This hole can be microscopic or it can be visible to the naked eye. It just depends on how bad the cavity is. When left untreated, cavities just get worse causing more pain and the chance of the tooth becoming so badly damaged that you lose it.
Candy and Cavities
I’ve been a dental assistant at Smile Savers Dentistry for over a year and I’ve also seen countless cases where patients wait too long to take care of a cavity and end up having to deal with needing an extraction, root canal or crown. All of these procedures will cost you more time and money along with added stress.

The main reason that I love my job at Smile Savers Dentistry so much is that I have the ability to help people. My main concern is that you are happy and healthy! I don’t want to see a simple cavity turn in to a root canal, and I especially don’t want to see anyone in pain, especially pain that could have been prevented. I would love for you to call our dentist office here in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460. to talk about your treatment options and to see what is involved with fixing cavities. I will gladly answer any questions that you have and hopefully put your fears to rest.

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A Word From Dental Assistant CJ: Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?

Posted on October 16, 2013. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Braces, Dental Care, gum disease, healthy teeth, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, Oral Health, Periodontal Disease, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth alignment, Tooth straightening | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers DentistryMalocclusion and Periodontal Disease: A Destructive Relationship

So how are these two things related, and what do they even mean? Malocclusion simply means that the teeth are not aligned properly. This can cause pressure and force on your teeth that they are not meant to handle. These extreme forces can eventually cause trauma to your teeth, such as breaking or chipping which is painful, unpleasant and involves costly dental work. It’s the same principle as a chip in your windshield. At first it’s small and doesn’t seem to matter, except for aesthetic reasons, but you hit a bad speed bump and that small chip turns into a broken windshield. This all could have been prevented if that small chip was fixed! After straightening your teeth, the chance of them breaking is greatly reduced because the force of your bite will be evenly distributed to all your teeth rather than just a few.

Periodontal disease refers to a disease relating to the gums. The more crowded your teeth are, the harder it becomes to clean them. Plaque and harmful bacteria build up on all surfaces of your teeth and below your gums. It’s difficult to remove plaque from areas in your mouth with a lot of crowding because you can’t brush or floss as well there. After straightening your teeth, you will have better access to all the surfaces of your tooth reducing the need for more in depth cleanings, bad breath and the chances for cavities.
Invisalign dentist Columbia MD
Invisalign ® is a great first step toward keeping your teeth healthy for the rest of your life. People who have healthy teeth and gums live 10 years longer than people who don’t. When periodontal disease is left untreated, you are at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke and complications with diabetes. Adverse pregnancy outcomes and respiratory diseases are also side effects of periodontal disease.

But how are these things possibly related? They are related because the same blood that travels through your whole body also travels to your teeth and gums. When bacteria are lodged below the gum line or in between your teeth they begin to eat away your tissues. This allows more bacteria to grow and eventually they enter the blood stream. When the bacteria get into your blood stream they are free to flow to any part of the body blood travels to, including your heart.

I’ve been a dental assistant here at Smile Savers Dentistry for 5 years now and the best part about my job is helping my patients become as healthy as possible. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can change someone’s quality of life simply by informing them about how important it is to keep their teeth and gums healthy. I really care about my patients and their dental health, as it truly does have an effect on your overall health. If you have any questions about Invisalign, or anything else regarding your teeth, please give me a call at our dental office in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460.

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A Word From Dental Assistant C.J.: Want to Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy?

Posted on August 1, 2012. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers Dentistry
Your teeth may be strong but they can’t compete with abuse or neglect. Here are several suggestions on things you should avoid – to keep you from heading straight to our Columbia MD dentist office well before you are due for your checkup!

Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating. You can brush away tooth enamel that has become soft after your meal. It is better to wait 30-60 minutes before you brush.

Don’t use your teeth as a tool. You can crack, chip or break a tooth by popping off bottle caps or even ripping open a bag of chips.

Don’t skip your checkups! Check in with your dentist every six months. Allowing more time between visits will give plaque a chance to form tartar and the plaque will then go deeper into your gums.

Don’t overindulge in a lot of sugary sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices. Also watch your coffee, tea and red wine intake. Drink water and when possible … use a straw to avoid tooth staining.

Don’t smoke! Smoking is bad for your teeth and gums. And the nicotine stains can make teeth more susceptible to bacteria. Smoking can also lead to periodontal and bone disease.

Don’t pierce your tongue. You can chip or crack your front teeth. Just by talking you are moving your tongue around with the metal piercing constantly hitting in to your teeth.

If you are experiencing any dental issues, don’t hesitate to contact us at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia so we can take a look. Otherwise, I’ll see you at your next checkup!

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A Word From Dental Assistant Carolyn: Facial Pain

Posted on May 16, 2012. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Health, dental night guard, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ, TMJ Disorder | Tags: , , , , , |

Dental Assistant Caroyln at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandDo you ever wake up with headaches and neck pain? Do you ever hear clicking or popping noises when you open and close your mouth? These things can be very annoying and painful, but you don’t have to put up with them forever. Many times they are symptoms of a TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder.

The TMJ is made up of muscles, ligaments and the lower jaw bone and there is one on each side of your head, near the ear. Together they allow you to open and close your mouth to chew and speak. Stress, grinding/clenching, misalignment of teeth and injury are factors that can contribute to TMJ disorder.

It is important to see a dentist for a complete exam and dental X-rays to be properly diagnosed before beginning any treatment. Sometimes the dentist will take models and a bite registration of your upper and lower teeth in order to evaluate how your teeth fit together. Treatment can include a night guard (we are having a special on those this month!) that prevents teeth grinding and clenching, orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, and also stress-reducing exercises. Your willingness to follow through with the prescribed treatment will determine how well and how quickly your TMJ responds.

There is no need to continue in pain if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Call our dental office in Columbia, MD today for an appointment. Proper diagnosis and treatment of TMJ can have you waking up refreshed and pain free in no time!

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A Word From Dental Assistant C.J.: New Crown Materials

Posted on April 18, 2012. Filed under: Ceramic Crown, Dental Assistant, Dental Crown, Dental Health, Dental Implant, Gold Crown, Gold Dental Crown, Porcelain Crown, Same Day Dental Crown | Tags: , , , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers Dentistry
Tired of metal showing in your crowns? Skeptical about having metal in your mouth at all?

Here at Smile Savers Dentistry, we have found that metal in crowns can start to show through porcelain after time, changing the aesthetics and making the crown itself weaker. Also, you may have or may develop an allergy to the metal sitting on the actual prepped tooth.

Worry no more, because here at Smile Savers Dentistry we only use ceramics and all gold crowns. One of the ceramics we use is Zirconia; the strongest and most aesthetic ceramic crown available. It’s also used to make engine blocks, just in case you wanted an example of how strong it is! The other ceramic used is IPS e.max, which has great aesthetic properties and is known for its precision fit. We have had slim to no issues since switching to these two ceramics.

Of course good old gold is still used time to time for posterior crowns, which is still the strongest material used to make a crown and has long lasting durability properties. You can’t go wrong using one of these 3 materials for a future crown. We hope to see you here at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD soon!

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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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A Word From Dental Assistant Carolyn: The Role of Dental Assistants

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

The dental assistant has one of the most interesting and varied jobs in the dental office. It requires good interpersonal communication skills as well as good technical skills, which are regulated by the Dental Examiners Board. She/he is often the first person you will encounter in the treatment room when you visit and will try to make you feel comfortable while you are there.

In addition to assisting the dentist during your treatment, the assistant takes X-rays, gives oral care instruction after your dental treatment, including surgery, and applies topical anesthetic and fluoride treatments. Assistants take impressions for study models, whitening kits and retainers and fabricate whitening trays, retainers and temporary crowns. Dental assistants maintain infection control and sterilization of instruments and equipment using the OSHA guidelines for dental offices. Dental assistants take continuing education classes to stay current in dental trends and to keep their skills updated.

You can expect more efficient care from your dentist when he has a good assistant working at his side. Dental assistants are an excellent resource for information regarding your personal dental care treatment and are happy to answer all of your questions. We enjoy seeing our patients each day and hope that your visit to our office will be a pleasant one.

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