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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 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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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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2015 Oral Health Resolutions

Posted on January 7, 2015. Filed under: Dental Cavity, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Plaque | Tags: , , , , , |

Oral Health at Smile Savers DentistryPeople often start their new year with New Year’s Resolutions, many of which involve our health. When deciding on a New Year’s Resolution, keep your oral health in mind.

There are several good habits you can keep at home to make your dental visits easier and less costly.

A basic principle to oral health care at home is to brush and floss regularly and correctly. The goal of your home care is to combat the buildup of plaque in and around your teeth and gums, and to fight bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Once plaque builds up, infections can occur in the tissue around your teeth. This can cause your gums to become red and inflamed. Plaque is a film laden with bacteria.

Eventually, it will lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you neglect your dental visits, that plaque can cause destruction of bone and other tissues supporting your teeth and you could lose your teeth. We can help you prevent plaque buildup, but only if you come in!

So make sure you add your oral health care as a part of your 2015 New Year Resolutions and come in to Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD for an exam and cleaning if you are due!

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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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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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Are You at Risk for Tooth Loss as You Get Older?

Posted on February 24, 2014. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health and Nutrition, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

When you think about your oral health, do you have visions of emergency dental extractions, dentures floating in a glass, hours in a dental chair, enduring expensive dental implants, etc.? Although tooth loss is somewhat common, it’s not an inevitable part of the natural aging process.

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Dental Exam – Columbia, MD

Many times the loss of a tooth is through our own doing, either from poor oral hygiene, by using them as a tool, or from disease. Your teeth should never be used as a tool for things like removing lids or tearing off tags. Other no-nos include cracking ice cubes or nut shells, chewing on pencils or cutting thread.

Diseases like diabetes, arthritis and hypertension can put you at risk for periodontal disease and tooth loss. Poor nutrition and smoking can also contribute to the health factors that can cause dental problems. It’s also important to have regular, quality dental check-ups if you are pregnant because of changing hormones.

Coming in to the dentist office on a regular basis for cleanings and exams helps to prevent tooth loss. Generally, unless you are told you have periodontal disease, appointments twice a year should do the trick as long as you are receiving a complete evaluation during one of those visits. If you are due for a dental exam and cleaning, call Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460. We are accepting new and emergency dental patients.

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Teeth Grinding and Your Oral Health

Posted on February 5, 2014. Filed under: bruxism, Dental Care, Dental Health, dental night guard, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, mouth guard, teeth grinding | Tags: , , , , , |

Smile Savers Dentistry Columbia MDOccasional teeth grinding (bruxism) doesn’t generally cause harm, but when it is occurring on a regular basis, your teeth can become damaged and other oral health complications could develop.

Most people grind or clench their teeth from time to time, and although grinding can be caused by anxiety or stress, most times it occurs while asleep and is most likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing/misaligned teeth. Most people are usually unaware that they grind their teeth because it generally occurs while they are sleeping. But a sore jaw or constant, dull headache can be signs of bruxism.

Chronic teeth grinding can often lead to fracturing, loosening or loss of teeth. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to expensive dental work like bridges, crowns, root canals and even dentures. It can also affect your jaw or result in hearing loss, and it could even change the appearance of your face.

There are a few solutions you can try to help prevent grinding like avoiding caffeine and alcohol and training yourself to not clench or grind your teeth during the day. If stress seems to be the cause of the grinding, perhaps start an exercise program or seek stress counseling. Another solution is to get fitted with a night guard. The night guard will protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep.

If you suspect you are grinding your teeth (or are being told that you are!), come in to the office for an exam. Call Smile Savers Dentistry at 410-730-6460 to make an appointment and to take advantage of our special offer for February: $100 off a custom night guard.

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Offer Expires: 2/28/14

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Smile Savers Dentistry is Celebrating 25 Years in Columbia, MD

Posted on January 8, 2014. Filed under: Dr. Daniel Stewart, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandHappy New Year!

December 2013 was a special month for me. Not only was it my birthday month, but this year it also kicks off my twenty-fifth year of practicing dentistry. Yes, twenty five years ago I opened the dental practice here in Maryland. Starting with two chairs and three employees (including me) and with no patients, Smile Savers Dentistry was born.
Smile Savers Dentistry Columbia MD
After twenty five years, I have calculated that I have treated over 62,500 dental patients here in Columbia. Considering the wear and tear from that, my body still feels pretty good! And if you can believe it, I still really enjoy my profession and I am excited to come in to work each day. With the help of my great staff and great patients, it makes it pretty easy!

I am looking forward to this anniversary year. It’s going to be special. Thanks to everyone along the way who has helped get me here and I am looking forward to the future.

Regards,
Dr. Daniel Stewart

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