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Case Studies: Before and After with LANAP & LAPIP

Posted on January 11, 2017. Filed under: gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations to Dr. Allen Honigman
(LANAP Clinician since 2006)
and his patient!
LANAP CASE STUDY
Congratulations to Dr. Tom McCawley
(LANAP Clinician since 2008)
and his patient!
CASE STUDY LANAP

Smile Savers Dentistry is one of the few practices in the Columbia, Maryland area that offers LANAP (short for “Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure”) as an alternative to traditional gum surgery. Learn more about LANAP by visiting our website at smilesaversdentistry.com or call our office in Columbia, MD for a consultation.

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Back to School and Your Family’s Dental Health

Posted on August 9, 2016. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Family Dental Health, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Back to School dental hygieneIt’s the most wonderful time of the year… the kids are going back to school this month!

Did you know that children with poor oral health were almost 3 times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain than those with healthy teeth and gums? According to National Institutes of Health estimates, nearly 30% of children and adolescents in the U.S. have chronic health conditions. Among the most prevalent diseases of childhood are dental caries (cavities), asthma, diabetes, and obesity. Dental caries is actually the most common issue!

So what can you do to improve your family’s dental health?

Encourage good dental hygiene habits at home. Make sure everyone is brushing and flossing twice a day, every day. It’s also important to check up on your kids on occasion. Don’t just accept “yes, I did it!”

Offer a healthy diet, and not just at mealtime. Sugary and high-starch snacks should be limited. Bacteria that causes tooth decay thrives on simple sugars. Between meals, and especially at bedtime, drink water.

examSchedule regular checkups. Schedule two (2) checkup/cleanings a year to help spot current or potential future problems before they get worse. In a recent study, 66% of the parents who reported no school absences said they had proactive dental visits within the past year! With the start of school right around the corner, schedule an appointment for you and your family now to avoid missed classes and sports activities.

Dr. Stewart and the friendly staff at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland understand how busy life can be at times, especially when school starts back up. They will work with your schedule to make sure that you and your kids can come in for your regular hygiene appointments. Remember that prevention and early detection can help you avoid pain, eating or speaking difficulties and potentially missed school or work. Call 410-730-6460 today to schedule an appointment. Smile Savers Dentistry is currently accepting new and emergency patients.

Visit our website to try out our new real time scheduling feature on our home page!

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Regular Dental Visits – Why Are They Important?

Posted on February 10, 2016. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Exam and Cleaning, Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, Oral Health, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

hygiene-blogWhy do we want to see you every 6 months? Yes, we truly enjoy catching up with you but more importantly, regular dental visits are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime! You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months for optimum oral health.

There are actually two parts to your regular dental visit.

One part is the check-up, the other is the cleaning. If X-rays are needed, these will be done first. A visual examination doesn’t tell us everything we need to know. Our hygienist will then check for cavities and to see if there is plaque or tartar on your teeth. If it’s not removed, it can harden and become tartar. You can’t remove tartar simply with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar are left to build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases. The hygienest also checks your gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper.

During the cleaning part of your office visit, your hygienist will use special tools to remove tartar. After your teeth are scaled, they are then polished. In most cases, a gritty paste is used for this. It helps to remove any surface stains on your teeth. Your hygienist will then use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean before Dr. Daniel Stewart comes in for the final check.

At Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD, we care about your oral and overall health so please be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between your regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can get rid of it by brushing and flossing regularly! If you are overdue for your next dental exam and cleaning, please call the dental office today at 410-730-6460 and get on our hygiene schedule. You can also request a dental appointment online.

Smile Savers Dentistry is currently accepting new and emergency patients. Dr. Daniel Stewart and his friendly staff strive to be the best dentist office in Howard County.

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No Dental Insurance = No Appointment?

Posted on January 19, 2016. Filed under: Dental Benefits, dental health insurance, Dental Insurance, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Are you avoiding the dentist due to lack of insurance?

Dental-Plan-BenefitsA study from the Institute of Medicine shows that people who do not have dental insurance are 2/3 less likely to have visited a dentist in the last year than those who have dental insurance. This same study shows that most people are aware that their oral health is closely related to their overall health.

So why do so many people avoid going to the dentist?

Not surprisingly, it turns out that cost is the most commonly cited reason for those that do not have dental insurance. But statistics show that the less you go to the dentist, the more it ends up costing you in the long run. It turns out that those being seen less often, by the time they did go in due to pain or infection, the treatment was much more intensive, and costly.

Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland offers several payment options for those in Howard County with and without dental insurance plans. Accepted methods of payment include major credit cards, cash and checks. Low- and no-interest financing options are also available at Smile Savers Dentistry through Care Credit, Springstone Patient Financing and Prosper Healthcare Lending.

If special arrangements are needed for your dental care, please talk to our office manager, Summer Andrade, prior to receiving service. We want to help you get the oral health care and treatment that you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime. Schedule a dentist appointment today in our Columbia dental office at 410-730-6460.

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