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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: Four Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes for Your Oral Hygiene

Posted on June 21, 2012. Filed under: Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Electric toothbrush, Periodontal Disease, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland

  • An electric toothbrush removes up to 80% more plaque then manual toothbrushes.
  • Electric toothbrush vibrations aid in stimulating the gums to firm up tighter and healthier to the tooth, preventing periodontal progression and disease.
  • Providing your teeth and gums with a better cleaning can help save money in dental restorations for your future.
  • Electric toothbrushes are proven more effective at removing coffee, wine and tea staining compared to manual brushes.

So while the upfront cost may be more than you would like to spend, I encourage you to make the investment for your own dental health future! If you have any questions about which electric toothbrush might be a good choice for you, feel free to stop by or call me at the dental office.

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Beth: Know Your Teeth

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Dental Crown, Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth, Tooth Anatomy | Tags: , , , |

Dental Hygienist Beth at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
Do you know your teeth? Your teeth give your face its shape and add to the way you look. Not only do healthy teeth help you look good, they contribute to total body health and well-being. The shape of the arch inside of your mouth helps you talk. Many letters of the alphabet can’t be sounded without the help of teeth. Yes, your teeth do more than chew your food!

I’ve included a link to a tooth diagram as well as some definitions for the anatomy of a tooth.

    • Enamel: Hard tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth.
    • Crown: That portion of tooth covered by enamel.
    • Pulp: Contains nerves and blood vessels that feed the tooth.
    • Dentin: Part of tooth that is under enamel and cementum. It consists of microscopic channels, called dentinal tubules, which radiate toward the cementum and enamel border. These tubules contain fluid which can increase the sensation of pain (like cold sensitivity) and the rate of tooth decay.
    • Cementum: Hard tissue covering the root of the tooth, it is attached to the bone by little elastic fibers called the periodontal ligament.
    • Periodontal Ligament: Fibers that attach tooth to bone. These fibers help soften compression during chewing.

If you are overdue for a cleaning or dental exam, call the Smile Savers Dentistry office today and make an appointment to see me!

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: Benefits of Fluoride

Posted on May 2, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Fluoride Treatment, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
Fluorine (from which fluoride is derived) is actually a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods, water and in the air.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also has the ability to reverse early decay areas.

Each day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes: demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids, formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth, attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are then redeposited to the enamel layer from the foods and water we consume. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer will eventually lead to tooth decay.

Children and adults who are at low risk of dental decay can stay cavity-free through frequent exposure to small amounts of fluoride. New research indicates that topical fluoride, from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and in-office fluoride treatments, are as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth. Fluoride supplements are also available as liquids or tablets but must be prescribed by your dentist.

The following are certain conditions that may offer an increased risk of tooth decay and would therefore benefit from additional fluoride treatment:

  • Dry mouth conditions
  • Gum disease – Also called gingivitis, gum disease can expose more of your tooth and tooth roots to bacteria increasing the chance of tooth decay
  • History of frequent cavities
  • Presence of crowns and/or bridges or braces

If you have more questions about fluoride, feel free to ask me during your next visit to the office!

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Beth: Smart Snacking = Healthy Teeth

Posted on April 25, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Plaque, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Beth at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
What’s wrong with sugary snacks?
Sugary snacks are so yummy to eat – but they aren’t good for your teeth, or your body. Candies, cakes, cookies and other sugary foods can cause tooth decay, but what you may not know is that starchy snacks like potato chips can also break down into sugars once they’re in your mouth.

How do sugars attack your teeth?
Bacteria live in your mouth in plaque on the surface of the teeth. When you eat sugars, the bacteria take the sugar and turn it into acids. These acids attack the enamel on your teeth. That’s how cavities begin. If you don’t eat much sugar, the bacteria can’t produce as much of the acid that destroys enamel.

How can I protect myself from cavities?
Before you choose a snack, ask yourself what’s in the food that you’ve chosen. Is it filled with sugar? If it is, make a better choice! Chewy foods stick to your teeth and stay in your mouth longer than foods that you can quickly chew and swallow; they give your teeth a longer “acid attack.” Acid attacks can last as long as 20 minutes. This means that the more times you put sugar in your mouth during the day, the more often you fuel bacteria that cause cavities.

Right after you eat sugars … in any meal or snack … brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. And, the next time you are about to eat that cookie, eat a handful of nuts instead!

For additional questions about sugary snacks contact us at Smile Savers Dentistry near Ellicott City. We’re here to help!

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Beth: You Should Whiten Your Teeth If You …

Posted on March 21, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth Bleaching, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Whitening | Tags: , , , |

  • Have stains on your teeth – Teeth whitening will lighten the yellowish stains that have built up over the years from smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and other foods that have discolored your teeth.
  • Want to stop smoking – You won’t want to stain your bright smile with unhealthy cigarette stains after you whiten.
  • Are getting married – You should look your very best for that very special day.
  • Have a job interview – A bright smile will up your confidence and will help make that most important first impression.
  • Are attending a class reunion – Let those old classmates wonder how they over-looked your brilliant smile in high school years ago.
  • Have aging teeth – Age can cause your teeth to develop a yellowish tint that makes one look old and unhealthy.

There are a few reasons you may not be a good candidate for tooth whitening. For example, injury, certain medications, fever and root canal treatment can permanently discolor the teeth and make it difficult to get good results. Your dentist or hygienist can let you know very quickly if you are a good candidate. A beautiful white smile reflects to everyone that you are conscious of your oral hygiene and have an overall appearance of physical health. Make 2012 the year to look and feel healthy with whiter teeth, contact us today about NiteWhite Teeth Whitening.

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A Word from Office Scheduler Kelly: Hands-On Learning at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on March 15, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, Dentist Office Intern, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , |

I have been working here at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD for over a year, all the while taking classes at Anne Arundel Community College. I’m taking classes working towards becoming a dental hygienist. Everything I have been learning here at the office and in my classes has given me a great advantage. For example, I’m currently enrolled in a radiology class at the MSDA (Maryland State Dental Association). With this course I’m learning about what the X-rays do, how to properly take them and why it is important for the doctor to have dental X-rays on the patients when they come in for their appointment.

Not only have my classes been helpful in the work I do at Smile Savers, but the real advantage I have is working with a wonderful staff including two of the greatest dental assistants (CJ and Carolyn) and two of the best hygienists (Beth and Natalie) I have ever met. They take the time to show me different techniques when working with patients, whether it is by showing me different position placement for X-ray sensors or helping perio-chart for the patient.

Working in the dental office and taking classes is one of the best things I have ever done. I’m able to take my knowledge from my classes and apply them to my everyday job, along with the help of Dr. Stewart and his great dentist office.

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