Smile Savers Dentistry

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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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 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 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 Dr. Stewart: Snap-On Smiles

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: affordable cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Treatment, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Snap-On Smiles, Teeth alignment, Teeth Whitening, Tooth straightening, Tooth Whitening | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandA few of my patients have asked me about the product called Snap-On Smile over the years. I have told them that I was not sure about the merits of this product, thinking that it was just another fly-by-night, pie-in-the-sky dental product that I have witnessed over the last 23 years. But… I have recently had a change of heart.

For those who are wondering what I am talking about, the Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way by which you would be able to fix the cosmetics of your smile by snapping over top of your teeth, a custom designed set of teeth. They look realistic and you can eat with them.

The Snap-On Smile comes with a one year warranty and can last from 3-5 years. From their track record, they are a legitimate alternative for someone who wants to correct their dental appearance but doesn’t have the finances, time or willingness to get the more permanent fix done.

If you would like more information about the Snap-On Smile or want a consult about this alternative, please give our Columbia Maryland dental office a call for an appointment at 410-730-6460.

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: What is Your Mouth Telling You?

Posted on August 15, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, Gum Surgery, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry, Xerostomia | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandWhen it comes to your overall health, your mouth is a good indication of what may be going on on the inside. Head on over to the mirror every week or so and take a peek. Changes in your gums or saliva could point to some unseen health issues.

If your gums are bright red, puffy or have small abscesses it could mean that you have gum disease. If there is pus or blood when you brush you may have some sort of bacterial infection which could be a sign of something more serious. Your dentist will want to take a look to confirm if you are having serious issues.

Stick your tongue out! If it’s pale in color, you most likely have iron-deficiency anemia. If you think you may be anemic your doctor can confirm this with a simple blood test. Eating plenty of green leafy vegetables, seafood, meat and beans (or a vitamin supplement) will help increase your iron.

Prescriptions and over the counter drugs could be causing dry mouth. If your saliva is thick or stringy, then you have dry mouth (xerostomia). If dry mouth is left untreated it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and oral yeast infections. You will want to talk to your dentist or doctor about your dry mouth and medications.

If you have any questions about your oral health, feel free to stop by or call me or Dr. Stewart at the dental office here in Columbia.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: We Did It!

Posted on August 8, 2012. Filed under: General Dentistry, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandJust wait until you see the new Smile Savers Dentistry reception area in person. We have been told that it feels like a spa. Calming and soothing, like a dental office should be. And don’t forget the coffee bar and free Wi-Fi while you wait!

Yes, we remodeled the front desk in only one week. With the help of the staff and Dream Design and Build Remodeling we were able to bring the front desk and reception area into the present time and man, I am still shocked when I open the front door in the morning!

Besides a more esthetic and functional front desk, I have also updated the back by installing wireless intraoral cameras. These cameras allow you and me to see more clearly how healthy you are. Many recent new
patients are amazed at how advanced and modern our dental office is, and how much they learn about their oral health when they come here.

This is optimum dentistry in a comfortable environment, something for which I have strived for over … gulp … 24 years. So, if you know of anyone who needs help – get them in here to experience excellent dentistry in a “spa-like” environment. We will take great care of them!

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A Word From Dental Assistant C.J.: Want to Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy?

Posted on August 1, 2012. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , |

CJ Burwell at Smile Savers Dentistry
Your teeth may be strong but they can’t compete with abuse or neglect. Here are several suggestions on things you should avoid – to keep you from heading straight to our Columbia MD dentist office well before you are due for your checkup!

Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating. You can brush away tooth enamel that has become soft after your meal. It is better to wait 30-60 minutes before you brush.

Don’t use your teeth as a tool. You can crack, chip or break a tooth by popping off bottle caps or even ripping open a bag of chips.

Don’t skip your checkups! Check in with your dentist every six months. Allowing more time between visits will give plaque a chance to form tartar and the plaque will then go deeper into your gums.

Don’t overindulge in a lot of sugary sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices. Also watch your coffee, tea and red wine intake. Drink water and when possible … use a straw to avoid tooth staining.

Don’t smoke! Smoking is bad for your teeth and gums. And the nicotine stains can make teeth more susceptible to bacteria. Smoking can also lead to periodontal and bone disease.

Don’t pierce your tongue. You can chip or crack your front teeth. Just by talking you are moving your tongue around with the metal piercing constantly hitting in to your teeth.

If you are experiencing any dental issues, don’t hesitate to contact us at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia so we can take a look. Otherwise, I’ll see you at your next checkup!

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Is Invisalign Right for You?

Posted on July 25, 2012. Filed under: Dental Braces, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, Invisalign, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
You can get straight teeth without braces with Invisalign clear aligners. Unlike traditional dental braces, Invisalign aligners are clear, comfortable and removable. And no matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how this cutting-edge approach to treatment has so little affect on how you live but has a significant and positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.

There are a lot of people who are under the impression that Invisalign is only effective for minor orthodontic issues. Invisalign has a 96% patient satisfaction rate that ranges from a broad range of cases, from overly crowded teeth to jaw problems and tooth misalignment, just to name a few. While each case is different, treatment with Invisalign generally takes a year for adults. The treatment is more comparable to braces for teens. And while the end result may appear the same, when you actually compare Invisalign to other teeth-straightening options. the advantages become very apparent.

Of course the bottom line for most patients is … what is this going to cost me? The cost for Invisalign is based on the specifics of your needs and ranges from $5,000 to $8,000. Factors include the complexity of your case, the length of the treatment and your orthodontic insurance coverage. Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would other orthodontic treatments like braces. If your insurance does not cover all of your treatment costs or if cost is a concern for you, please talk to us about payment options.

And one other thing to know about having properly aligned teeth… According to the ADA, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. A smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not a healthy smile! Fortunately, with Invisalign, having a beautiful, confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand. If you think you are a candidate for Invisalign, call our office today to schedule a consultation with me. I will be more than happy to answer all of your Invisalign questions!

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