Dental Hygienist

Regular Dental Visits – Why Are They Important?

Posted on February 10, 2016. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Exam and Cleaning, Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, Oral Health, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

hygiene-blogWhy do we want to see you every 6 months? Yes, we truly enjoy catching up with you but more importantly, regular dental visits are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime! You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months for optimum oral health.

There are actually two parts to your regular dental visit.

One part is the check-up, the other is the cleaning. If X-rays are needed, these will be done first. A visual examination doesn’t tell us everything we need to know. Our hygienist will then check for cavities and to see if there is plaque or tartar on your teeth. If it’s not removed, it can harden and become tartar. You can’t remove tartar simply with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar are left to build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases. The hygienest also checks your gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper.

During the cleaning part of your office visit, your hygienist will use special tools to remove tartar. After your teeth are scaled, they are then polished. In most cases, a gritty paste is used for this. It helps to remove any surface stains on your teeth. Your hygienist will then use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean before Dr. Daniel Stewart comes in for the final check.

At Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD, we care about your oral and overall health so please be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between your regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can get rid of it by brushing and flossing regularly! If you are overdue for your next dental exam and cleaning, please call the dental office today at 410-730-6460 and get on our hygiene schedule. You can also request a dental appointment online.

Smile Savers Dentistry is currently accepting new and emergency patients. Dr. Daniel Stewart and his friendly staff strive to be the best dentist office in Howard County.

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Smile Savers Dentistry Provides Quality Dental Care and Patient Education

Posted on March 25, 2015. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Oral Health, Patient Education, Quality Dental Care | Tags: , , , , , , |

Bonnie Carroll, RDH and Michaela Pashke, RDH

Bonnie Carroll, RDH and Michaela Pashke, RDH, Smile Savers Dentistry

Here at Smile Savers Dentistry we strive to provide quality care and education to our patients. Regular dental visits and proper home care practices are not only important for your teeth and gums, but also your heart! Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria that can potentially be harmful. If left undisturbed, this bacteria can lead to periodontal disease – chronic inflammation that causes bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Recent studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD). It was found on average, the risk for a CVD “event” (e.g. heart attack, stroke) was increased by 40% if periodontal disease is present. The reasoning behind this discovery is that the inflamed periodontal pocket forms an open wound in which harmful bacteria (plaque) from your mouth can enter the blood stream. Inflammation in general, as well as bacteremia (bacteria in the blood), can trigger a heightened amount of fats in the blood. Bottom line: minimizing the inflammation in your gums can reduce the rise of bacteremia and improves the overall health of your vascular system, which lessens your chance of a CVD event.

At Smile Savers Dentistry, we are proud to be proactive in the fight against periodontal disease. We recommend all of our patients stick to their regular six month check-up appointments and may even suggest seeing at-risk patients more frequently (3 or 4 month cleaning and check-up appointments). Call the office at 410-730-6460 today and get on our dental hygiene schedule. Hope to see you soon!

Bonnie Carroll, RDH • Michaela Pashke, RDH

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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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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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What Can a Dental X-Ray Really Tell Us?

Posted on July 2, 2014. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, Dental X-ray, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , |

dental x-ray at Smile Savers DentistryAt Smile Savers Dentistry we use digital X-ray technology, which means the images are sent to a computer and saved, rather than the more traditional method where they are stored on film. This technology allows the amount of radiation transmitted during the X-ray procedure to be less than traditional methods.

Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them that help us find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination.

Dental X-rays are usually done as part of your routine hygiene appointment and allows us catch dental issues before they start and even have a chance to get worse. Dental X-rays are scheduled when you need them based on your age, risk for disease, and signs of disease.

If you are due for your hygiene appointment or are looking for a new dentist in the Columbia, MD area, call our office today to schedule your appointment: 410-730-6460.

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A Word from Dental Hygienist Bonnie Carroll, RDH: The Importance of Dental Hygiene

Posted on December 11, 2013. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , |

Bonnie Carroll at Smile Savers DentistryWe like to educate our patients on the importance of keeping up with your regular dental cleaning visits. At Smile Savers Dentistry, we use the latest technology and take the time to gather information about your oral health status.

Your oral hygiene is not only important for the health of your teeth and gums, but also for the health of your entire body! Your mouth acts as a portal of all things traveling through your body. More than 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease (gum disease), but only 60% are aware of the problem. Periodontal disease has been linked to many systemic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease to name a few.

When patients come in for their cleanings, there are many things that the dentist and hygienist look at to advise the patient about their oral care. At Smile Savers Dentistry we perform several procedures for diagnostic purposes.

One of the procedures that is used to help keep you at optimal oral health are X-rays (bite wings and a panoramic). The bite wings are taken once a year and they are used to check the spaces between your teeth for decay and bone levels around the teeth. The panoramic X-ray is taken every 3 years and this X-ray shows us the whole mouth and your joints and sinuses.
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Then there is periodontal charting which is done once a year to measure the bone level around the teeth by doing this regularly your dental professionals are able to catch periodontal disease in its early stages and design a proper treatment plan to get you back to optimal oral health. As for the microscope evaluation, we use this as a tool to take a sample of the plaque bacteria that is in your mouth and blow it up to viewing size under the microscope showing you what is exactly going on at a microscopic level in your mouth.

Last but not least is a periodic exam that Dr. Stewart performs for your routine oral health and cancer screening. It’s also to evaluate X-rays and treatment that may be needed to keep your teeth and gums healthy, as well as your entire body.

If you are overdue for your exam and cleaning, call Smile Savers Dentistry at 410-730-6460 for your appointment. I look forward to seeing you!

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Could Oral Bacteria Be Linked to an Increased Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Dental Treatment, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, pancreatic cancer, Periodontal Disease, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandThe British Dental Health Foundation published a report yesterday that gum disease and pancreatic cancer may be associated with one another. The study found that certain types of bacterium in gum disease are linked to a 2 times higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. However, this is not to be confused with oral bacteria that is not harmful. If you have been told that you have periodontal disease, please don’t wait for it to further affect your health and well-being. Smile Savers Dentistry offers an excellent, proven alternative to gum surgery… more on that in a minute.

Researchers are saying that while they can’t yet prove that gum disease increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, the new research shows there is definitely evidence that there is a significant relationship between the two. It is not certain if certain bacteria found in gum disease is a cause or a result of pancreatic cancer. Breaking this down to the simplest point … this is yet another indication that good oral hygiene is crucial to one’s overall health. Did you know that only 4% of pancreatic cancer patients live for more than 5 years?

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or feel you should be evaluated, call our Columbia dental office immediately for an appointment at 410-730-6460. Smile Savers Dentistry offers LANAP which is an FDA approved laser alternative to gum surgery. This laser-based approach to treating gum disease makes it easier for you to return your gums to health and the process is far more comfortable than gum surgery. You can visit our LANAP website for more information on this non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease.

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Liz: Prescription Toothpaste Now Available at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on September 12, 2012. Filed under: Clinpro 5000, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Fluoride Treatment, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Prescription Toothpaste, Teeth | Tags: , , , , |

Friendly Dental Hygienist at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandWe are excited to now be offering prescription anti-cavity toothpaste right here at Smile Savers Dentistry. Clinpro 5000 toothpaste delivers more fluoride, helps strengthen enamel and repairs early lesions better than conventional 5000 ppm prescription fluoride toothpastes. This prescription toothpaste helps to eliminate sensitivity, can reduce sensitivity before whitening, strengthens enamel, helps reverse white spot lestions and helps further prevent caries for high caries risk patients.

The optimized formula in Clinpro 5000 toothpaste makes it an outstanding choice. It contains fluoride as well as calcium and phosphate, which are components naturally found in saliva. Clinpro 5000 inhibits demineralization and enhances remineralization. The flouride in the toothpaste inhibits the process by which bacteria metabolize carbs and sugars to help reduce the formation of caries. Clinpro 5000 delivers more fluoride to the tooth than other leading brands tested!

Please ask me about this toothpaste during your next cleaning or, if you don’t want to wait, call or stop by the Smile Savers Dentistry office for a tube. We are offering the 4 oz. flip-top tube in the pleasant tasting, spearmint flavored paste for $25. Cheaper than Amazon!

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Dental Treatment, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth, Teeth Sensitivity, Tooth Sensitivity | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandTooth sensitivity can come and go over time. If your teeth or a single tooth is sensitive or even painful when breathing in cold air – or with hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks, then you have sensitive teeth. Almost half the world’s population suffers from tooth sensitivity. However, tooth sensitivity issues can be treated with either in-office or at-home treatments. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity.

First, it’s important to share with your dentist or dental hygienist if you have a sensitive tooth so that your mouth can be examined to see if the problem is in fact tooth sensitivity (dentin hypersensitivity). If it is, they will help you choose the best form of treatment. Your dentist/hygienist may recommend that you use a low abrasion toothpaste that is made especially for sensitive teeth. You will have to brush with this paste twice a day to achieve results.

Your dentist may instead prescribe an inexpensive brush-on fluoride gel or a fluoride rinse, or a high fluoride level toothpaste that is formulated to make your teeth less sensitive and provides extra protection against decay. These tooth sensitivity treatments are done at home when you are brushing your teeth.

There are other treatments for sensitive teeth that your dentist or dental hygienist can provide in the dental office. These include treatments that are painted onto the teeth and fillings – such as fluoride varnish sealants and plastic resins.

You can reduce your chances of getting tooth sensitivity by keeping your mouth as healthy as possible with good oral hygiene to help prevent periodontal disease. Call our dental office in Columbia today if you are overdue for a cleaning or exam, or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity.

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Beth: Fluoride Varnish

Posted on July 11, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Fluoride Treatment, Fluoride Varnish, General Dentistry, Xerostomia | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Beth at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
What is Fluoride Varnish?

Fluoride varnish is a sticky substance that is painted on to the teeth with a tiny brush to prevent new cavities and stop cavities that have already started. It is quick, painless and doesn’t have a bad taste. The protection from fluoride varnish can last for several months after application.

Who should get Fluoride Varnish Treatments?

Fluoride is safe and recommended for children of all ages – you should know children as young as 12 to 18 months can get cavities!

But fluoride isn’t just for children. Adults can also benefit from fluoride varnish. Some reasons adults may require additional fluoride:

  • Tooth decay in the past (susceptible get more)
  • Head and neck radiation / Xerostomia patients (more susceptible to decay because of the lack of saliva)
  • Gum recession (roots are exposed and could be targeted by bacteria)
  • Bridge or crowns (margins can be hiding places for bacteria that cause decay)
  • Braces (catch food and bacteria that can harm and discolor the teeth)

We know now that people can keep their teeth for much longer than was previously possible. With the use of fluoride and good oral hygiene practices you can ensure that your teeth remain healthy as you age. Start today – ask your favorite Smile Savers dental hygienist for a fluoride varnish!

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