Oral Health

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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Your Oral Health is Important to Us at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on October 13, 2014. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , |

Oral Health Smile Savers DentistryWhen we think about our health, we usually worry about our weight, our heart, or our blood pressure. Very few people realize that oral health plays into our overall physical health. Oral health is not just about taking care of bad breath or yellow teeth. Cavities, tooth loss and gum disease are inevitable complications caused by poor oral hygiene. And gum disease has been linked to heart disease and diabetes, among other health complications.

Good dental hygiene for oral health really begins at home. We can’t say this enough … brush and floss your teeth twice, daily. Use an antibacterial mouth rinse for an even cleaner mouth. Focus on a diet rich in fiber, and avoid foods and activities (like smoking) that speed up the wear-and-tear of your teeth. Oral hygiene should be thought of as being just as important as taking regular showers and eating balanced meals.

And it should go without saying that regular cleanings and exams at Smile Savers Dentistry, with one of the friendly dental hygienists, should be made an essential part of your dental health regimen. If you are overdue for your exam and cleaning or have other dental issues that you would like to have addressed, contact our office at 410-730-6460. We are currently accepting both new and emergency patients in our Columbia, MD dentist office.

New patients to our office can mention this blog article to receive $99 off their first exam and cleaning at Smile Savers Dentistry! [Offer expires: Dec. 31, 2014] Request your appointment online.

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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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The Periodic Oral Exam – by Dr. Daniel C. Stewart

Posted on August 25, 2014. Filed under: Dental Health, Dr. Daniel Stewart, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandMany times patients think they are just coming in for their six month cleaning. While that may be true, the more important reason for coming in is the periodic oral exam. If you come in every 6 months for your “cleaning,” good for you! If you don’t, think about the following.

I have found over the last 25 years that most people believe that if there is no pain in their mouth, then all is well and there is no need to see me. While this may be true for a muscle or joint, this is not the case for the mouth.

Teeth and gums are really resilient. You can eat ice cream and then drink coffee with little effects. You can eat crusty bread without tearing up your mouth. Your teeth are made to be tough. So when there is pain when you eat, it is usually too late to keep it simple. By the time a tooth hurts, infection is usually in the nerve. By the time your gums hurt because of gum disease, so much bone has been eaten away, the tooth may need to be extracted.

So, don’t skip your periodic evaluations. It could save you some unnecessary pain and expense down the line. If you are due (or OVER due) for your next exam, call the Smile Savers Dentistry office today and make an appointment at 410-730-6460.

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LANAP for Gum Disease, A Better Alternative to Surgery

Posted on June 9, 2014. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

If you are looking for help in correcting your gum disease, come in to our Columbia dentist office for a LANAP consultation.
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At Smile Savers Dentistry, we have a dental laser that treats periodontal disease without all of the cutting, sutures, and discomfort of traditional, aggressive gum surgery. We have seen miraculous results over the past four years with LANAP. We had a patient say that in one month post-op that he couldn’t remember the last time when he didn’t see bleeding when he brushed! Another patient told us her previous dentist would have had all her teeth extracted and dentures placed. But after LANAP, she still has all of her teeth and they are healthy again.

Quite simply, the FDA approved laser is able to form a clean, closed, and stable environment which allows the body to heal itself naturally and regenerate lost bone. 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.

LANAP is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Courmadin or Cyclosyporin. The laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional gum surgery. However, gum disease treatment plans will always vary with the stage of your periodontal disease, bone loss, and chartings.

If you would like to learn more about LANAP and see if you are a candidate for this safe and gentle treatment for gum disease, please call the Smile Savers Dentistry office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Stewart: 410-730-6460.

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Invisalign ® and Oral Health

Posted on March 17, 2014. Filed under: cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, Oral Health | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandYou may have thought straightening your teeth was purely a cosmetic issue, but the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. It can actually significantly affect your overall dental health.

Picture your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of them, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

With Invisalign®, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against periodontal problems. Invisalign’s aligners gently move your teeth into the proper position.
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Invisalign® aligners make daily oral hygiene easier. One of the biggest challenges of having traditional braces is successfully removing all the food that gets trapped. This often leads to plaque buildup and tooth decay. With Invisalign®, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to brush and floss your teeth the way you normally do.

Correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign® effectively addresses all of these issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.

If you think you are a candidate for Invisalign®, call the Smile Savers Dentistry office and schedule a consultation with me. I will be more than happy to answer all of your Invisalign® questions!

Regards, Dr. Daniel Stewart

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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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Healthy Teeth Tips For Your Thanksgiving Dinner from Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on November 25, 2013. Filed under: Dental Health, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Healthy Teeth Advice from Smile Savers DentistryThe Thanksgiving holiday is a time to enjoy the company of your family and friends, and of course to enjoy (sometimes too much) delicious food. It’s really not the time to think of your diet or your oral health, for that matter. Don’t worry, we’re not going to be the voice of doom and gloom for the holidays.

Bacteria just loves sugar and starch! They feed on the sugar that enters your mouth and it causes the enamel of your teeth to break down, which results in sensitivity and pain! So, as you indulge this Thursday, try to follow some of these tips so that we don’t see you in the office until you are due for your next cleaning!

Avoid Grazing: It’s easy to graze during a holiday feast like Thanksgiving. The problem with grazing is two-fold. Because you are aimlessly reaching for appetizers and cookies, you have no real measure of the amount of food you are eating, which does not help your waistline. The sugars from the food can also sit in the plaque on your teeth. Try to rinse your mouth with warm water after snacking.

Say No Thanks to Sugary Drinks: Opt for water or unsweetened tea. Not only will your teeth thank you for being so protective, your waistline will thank you too. Another idea is to make a low-sugar, sparkling cranberry punch to serve with dinner.

Limit Teeth Staining Foods and Drinks: If you plan to be drinking red wine, pair it with some cheese cubes. Cheese provides a protective barrier between your tooth enamel and the red wine. Antioxidant-rich, brightly colored fruits and veggies, and coffee and tea can also cause staining.

Add Some Veggies and Crunch To Your Plate: Make a veggie platter to satisfy you and your guests as appetizers, over the more fattening options of chips and crackers. Prepare an inviting salad to enjoy before, or with, dinner. The crunchy veggies help in removing the plaque from your teeth and won’t add inches to your waistline. Substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes instead and serve fiber-rich broccoli for Thanksgiving dinner. These foods will aid in saliva secretion that helps in flushing out the accumulated acid from the other food.

After Dinner Drinks Do’s and Don’ts: Sorry coffee lovers, it’s better to choose tea over coffee after dinner. The polyphenols within the tea can help the veggies to get rid of the harmful acid producing bacteria in your mouth.

Carry a Toothbrush: If you’re not enjoying Thanksgiving at home, toss a toothbrush in your purse or coat jacket. Duck in to the bathroom and rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your way to a nice, fresh mouth for the end of the evening.

Remember, proper nutrition is essential to maintaining good oral health but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the holiday food offerings! And of course it goes without saying, make sure you are scheduled for your routine checkup and cleaning here at Smile Savers Dentistry to avoid future dental issues. Call the office today at 410-730-6460 to make your 2014 appointment.

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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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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.
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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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