General Dentistry

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 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.
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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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Facing Your Dental Fears by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on June 26, 2013. Filed under: Dental Emergency, dental fear, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, fear of dentist, General Dentistry, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandFearing the dentist and dental procedures affect a significant amount of adults in the US to differing degrees. About 5 to 10% of US adults are so fearful of receiving dental treatment that they will avoid dental care at all costs. But dental issues that are left untreated can lead to serious health problems, so overcoming this fear is a must for good oral, and overall, health.

Emergency dental patients welcome at Smile Savers Dentistry Columbia MD

Don’t live with dental pain due to your fear of the dentist.

There are several levels of fear about going to the dentist, and there is a difference between anxiety, fear and phobia. Dental anxiety is basically a fear of the unknown. Most people experience some degree of dental anxiety, especially if they’re about to have a procedure that they’ve never experienced before. Dental fear is a reaction to a known or experienced danger (“I know what the dentist is going to do, and I’m really scared!”). Dental phobia is a more intense form of dental fear. It can be so intense that it causes a person to feel sick and/or overwhelmed.

Fear not! We’ve learned many techniques to help our patients overcome their fears. The staff at Smile Savers Dentistry provides a fun, caring and nurturing environment. The biggest step is to let us know if you are having any fear or anxiety about your dental appointment so that we can help put you at ease. We’ll explain your procedure step-by-step and answer all of your dental questions and concerns.

“Wonderful people! Haven’t been to a dentist in years – too scared! But Dr. Stewart and his assistant CJ made my fears a better experience than expected. Will be back for additional work. Great staff!” E.G. of Columbia, MD

Smile Savers Dentistry is a “judgement-free zone.” If you are experiencing a dental emergency or are simply looking for a new dentist office, call our dental practice in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460 to make an appointment.

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“So, do you really need that crown?” by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on June 12, 2013. Filed under: affordable cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Crown, Dental Health, General Dentistry, Gold Crown, Gold Dental Crown, Porcelain Crown, Same Day Dental Crown | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandDentistry can be preventive, if people would only look at it that way. While your family doctor can’t look at you and say, you’re going to get sick next month… in dentistry we can tell our patients, if you don’t fix that tooth, it will start hurting soon. Unfortunately, many people wait until that tooth starts hurting to take care of it!

If you have teeth that are severely damaged due to trauma, decay, or gum disease, you should consider restoring the look and function of your smile with dental crowns. Dental crowns are placed for several reasons. Usually the tooth has been broken or severely damaged by decay. As a result, a filling can’t replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. A crown may hold together parts of a cracked tooth and can also be used to hold a bridge in place.

There are several benefits to dental crowns. They can improve the look of broken, cracked, misshapen, or severely discolored teeth. Attached to an implant of dental bridge, a dental crown can also replace a missing tooth, restoring the look of your smile. Patients can restore their damaged or missing teeth and give the illusion of always having a healthy, bright smile.

Dental crowns should last between five to fifteen years, depending on how you take care of them. And unlike dentures, which can shift and slide, crowns stay in place because they are either cemented over your damaged tooth or implant, or anchored in place with a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth. Crowns are a superior choice over full or partial dentures, which can cause pain and discomfort because they sit on top of the jawbone and gums and can also shift around in the mouth. Crowns, on the other hand, are stable and do not irritate the gums.

Missing teeth can cause the jaw bone to shrink, which can affect a patient’s speech. Restoring missing teeth with crowns can help a patient speak confidently, in a relaxed tone. A dental crown can also restore confidence to patients who feel self-conscious about their “broken” smile as well as restoring full function of your damaged tooth!

If you are considering dental crowns, call our dentist office in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460 to make an appointment. And please visit the Smile Savers Dentistry website, we have a special $200 OFF a crown offer in our June 2013 newsletter.

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Allergens and Dentistry by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on April 24, 2013. Filed under: Dental Care, General Dentistry, sensitive teeth, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandIt’s spring and the pollen levels are high here in Maryland as well as across the country. A fairly mild and warm winter has caused noses to be much more sensitive to pollen and other allergens that are floating around. At Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland, we have had an influx of patients dropping by our dental office with sensitive teeth. Although the teeth have been mostly fine, quite often what is happening is that some of the tooth roots lie in the sinus cavity and when your sinuses are inflamed and irritated due to spring allergens, it can make your teeth ache.
Dentistry for AllergiesIf you are experiencing sensitive teeth from “out of the blue,” call the office and I can help determine whether your toothache is related to a sinus problem or if it is an actual dental issue. I can diagnose the difference between tooth pain due to decay; or a dead nerve, versus a tooth that is simply being aggravated by your allergies!

At Smile Savers Dentistry, we take the time to correctly diagnose whatever it is that may be causing you to be in pain. After we have an accurate diagnosis, we work on treating your teeth properly and correctly. My experienced staff help me to provide the highest quality of care amongst that sea of dentists here in Columbia, MD.

Please make an appointment to see us if you are having dental sensitivity. Call our dentist office at 410-730-6460. Enjoy spring and stay healthy and happy!

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A Healthy Dental Practice by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on January 30, 2013. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Quality Dental Care, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandFrom time to time you may have noticed that I have an associate working on Thursdays and I am nowhere to be found. Well, I am not hiding under my desk at the office nor am I golfing. I am delivering seminars to dentists around the country who need help with their dental offices.

Because of how well run our office is, I was asked by a national dental consulting company to deliver introductory seminars to dentists throughout the United States. It has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have seen all types of dental practices and have seen the common pitfalls that cause many dentists to dislike the profession.

For a majority of the dentists I have met, it is not the actual dentistry profession, it is managing the business part of it. I have come to the conclusion that when one has a healthy, well run dentist office, then the dentist and the staff are healthy and most importantly they have made their patients healthy through great care. You all are a product of that. We give great care here at Smile Savers Dentistry near Ellicott City Maryland and that is why you are healthy. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends about us. Good, quality dental care is hard to find in this day and age.

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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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At Smile Savers Dentistry You’ve Entered the No Judgement Zone: by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: dental fear, Dental Health, fear of dentist, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandToo often when a new (sometimes emergency) dental patient comes in, we are told it has been two, three … maybe even up to 5 years since their last cleaning or exam. When asked why they have waited so long, the main reason given is actually a tie. They have either had a bad prior experience with another dentist … or it has been so long since their last visit that they were too embarrassed to come in, so they continued to put it off until something was wrong.

The simple fact is, that as dentists, we really do see a lot of bad teeth … all of the time. Although you may think that your teeth need a lot of work, this is not new or unusual to what we see, sometimes on a daily basis. If shame, embarrassment or even guilt are keeping you away from making an appointment with a dentist, you’ve got a lot of company. That being said, don’t let any of those issues get in the way of getting the dental help you need and deserve.

At Smile Savers Dentistry, we don’t judge, yell or lecture. Our friendly and caring Columbia, MD dental staff wants all of our patients to be healthier and happier during and after their treatment. We believe that a healthy mouth helps to make a healthy body! We will help you take care of your oral health and keep your teeth looking beautiful and feeling healthy for as long as you are a patient of ours. After visiting our dentist office, you will have a healthy mouth and you can then feel proud that you overcame something that once seemed impossible!

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A Word From Dental Assistant CJ: Tooth Fractures

Posted on September 19, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry, Tooth extraction, Tooth fracture | Tags: , , , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers DentistryAlthough your teeth are remarkably strong, they can chip, crack or even break. Believe it or not, it might not even hurt when you chip or break a tooth. Minor tooth fractures usually don’t cause pain, but if a large piece of a tooth breaks off, it will most likely hurt. This is because the nerve inside the tooth could be damaged.

Unfortunately, there is just no way to treat a cracked tooth at home. Sometimes the tooth may appear to be fine, but it hurts when you eat or when the temperature in your mouth changes. And if your tooth hurts all of the time, it may have a damaged nerve or blood vessels. Constant tooth pain is a serious warning sign that your tooth needs to be looked at.

If you do have a broken or chipped tooth, come see us as soon as possible. Dr. Stewart can figure out if the break was caused by cavities, and if the tooth’s nerve is in any danger. A damaged nerve usually will require root canal treatment. Minor chips don’t always need treatment. But with a vertical break, split root, or extensive decay, the tooth will most likely have to be removed. Don’t wait around, call the Smile Savers Dentistry office in Columbia MD today.

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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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