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.
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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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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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The Many Causes of Halitosis by Dr. Daniel Stewart of Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on July 17, 2013. Filed under: Bad Breath Causes, Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Treatment, Halitosis, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandA frequent question we get at Smile Savers Dentistry is “What Causes Bad Breath?” And believe it or not, the question about bad breath is usually not from the offender, but actually from a long-time suffering family member or spouse. Unfortunately, there are many causes of bad breath, which is called “halitosis” – some serious and some not. Many people decide to just live with it, but the good news is that diagnosing and treating bad breath is easy.

So to answer the question as best as I can, here is a brief list of causes; in no particular order.

Food Containing Pungent Oils Garlic and onions may be extremely healthy, but they also contain oils which may cause an unhealthy reaction to those around you. These odors come from the lungs, last up to 72 hours and can be tough to cover up. Mints, gum and rinses are your best bet for your breath.

Dry Mouth A dry mouth allows dead cells to accumulate on your gums, tongue and cheeks. And while morning breath is a perfectly normal phenomenon due to lower salivary activity at night, it shouldn’t last all day. Those who snore, mouth-breathe, take certain medicines, or even those in their middle ages are prone to dry mouth.

Smoking Smoking dries out your mouth and also, tobacco just plain stinks. If lung cancer and heart disease aren’t reason enough to give up the cigarettes, maybe a constant foul mouth will help you make that life-saving decision?

Routine Illness Colds, sore throats, coughs and sinus infections all cause mucus to get trapped in our mouths, throats or noses, which causes foul breath until the illness is gone.

Chronic Disease or Condition Many serious diseases such as lung infections, kidney failures, diabetes, cancer, anorexia, bulemia and other diseases can cause very specific types of halitosis. The good news is that these are on the rare side, but if anything along these lines is suspected, seek the appropriate doctor.

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad Breath Alert!

Poor Dental Hygiene and Gum Disease Ahhhh… this our favorite at Smile Savers Dentistry. Not because we like people to have poor dental hygiene and gum disease, but because these are very common causes of bad breath and we can usually treat them quite easily here in our Columbia MD dentist office. It’s important that you don’t wait too long. Gum disease, which usually starts with poor brushing and flossing habits as well as a lack of routine dental visits, can do much more than just make your mouth smell.

In just a short period of time, gum disease can advance and eat away at the gums and bone which hold your teeth in place. The result? Loose, unstable teeth which will eventually be lost if not treated. Catching gum disease early is great as treatment is typically conservative. But wait too long and it gets much more difficult and extensive.

So to wrap up, bad breath is not normal! Seeing your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis is your best bet for making sure your teeth and gums stay healthy, your smile stays bright, and your breath doesn’t cause others to run for cover in the opposite direction.

If you have any questions about halitosis or any other oral health or dental topic concerning you or someone you care about, please feel free to give our office a call at 410-730-6460. My fantastic, caring dental team at Smile Savers Dentistry are here to help you. You can also visit the Smile Savers Dentistry website for more information about our dental practice. My team and I strive to be the best dentist office in Howard County!

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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.

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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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The Relationship Between Sugar and Oral Health by Dr. Daniel Stewart

Posted on May 22, 2013. Filed under: Figure Savers, Ideal Protein, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandMy wife, Judy, and I just got back from a two day seminar about diet and health with the executives of Ideal Protein and boy, did we learn a lot! Being a dentist, I take it for granted the insidiousness of carbohydrates and added sugar in our diets.

Did you know that if you are a diabetic you have a fifty percent greater chance of getting dentures? Did you know that children born after 2010 are more likely to have a lesser life span than their parents due to the effects of too many carbohydrates? Many of my patients are on the classic meds for high blood pressure, diabetes and blood thinners and guess what – these diseases all stem back to food!

Children are now getting diabetes before their teens. It is an epidemic and yes, I see this in my dental population. Decay is on a massive increase. Most 5 year olds now have at least one cavity. When I first opened the dental practice, I rarely saw this. The benefits of fluoride can no longer compete.

If this worries you and you would like more information about what to do about this, attend an Ideal Protein seminar here at Smile Savers Dentistry. Judy and I put these on at 6:15 every Wednesday night right here in our Columbia, MD dental office. The information you will learn will change your life and give you more control of you oral and physical health. Call the office today at 410-730-6460 and reserve a seat at one of our upcoming free Ideal Protein workshops.

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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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