Overall Health: Yet Another Reason to Choose Invisalign

Posted on March 16, 2016. Filed under: Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider, Oral Health, Teeth alignment | Tags: , , , , |

Invisalign Dentist Columbia MarylandOur dental office in Columbia, MD sees more and more adults who want their teeth straightened with Invisalign. One of the top advantages of these clear aligners is that the Invisalign trays are removable, which enable you to take great care of your teeth and gums. And if you’re taking good care of your teeth and gums, you’re most likely taking care of the rest of your body.

With Invisalign®, having a healthy, confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.

A study by the University of Florida Department of Orthodontics showed that the periodontal health of patients using Invisalign can actually improve during treatment. In the study, both gum pocket depth and bleeding were reduced in patients using Invisalign! Having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced can lead to swollen, red gums. When teeth are in proper alignment, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth and this allows for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign comes in.

Invisalign Provider Dentist Columbia MDThe American Dental Association also agrees that straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall health. Studies by the ADA have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and Type 2 diabetes. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of these possible problems. Properly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite which include speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these issues, so you’ll have increase the likelihood of improved oral health and the confidence of a great smile!

If you would like to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign, please call our dental office at 410-730-6460 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Stewart. Smile Savers Dentistry is a preferred Invisalign provider in Howard County, Maryland and look forward to helping you keep your healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. 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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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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Why is the LANAP® Procedure Better for the Treatment of Gum Disease?

Posted on December 18, 2015. Filed under: Dental Treatment, gum disease, LANAP, Oral Health, Periodontal Disease | Tags: , , , , , , |

LANAP Treatment Columbia MD

Why is the LANAP® Procedure Better for the Treatment of Gum Disease?

So let’s define gum disease. It’s an infection; that happens over time, of the tissues that surround and support your teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not even know that you have it. Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, you do not have to resort to painful surgery.

With the LANAP® Procedure there’s no surgery – no cutting or suturing.

Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) available in Howard County, MD is a surgical therapy for the treatment of gum disease, intended to work through regeneration rather than resection. There’s much less discomfort with the LANAP® Protocol than with standard surgery for gum disease – both during and after the procedure. LANAP® also takes less time than traditional, invasive surgery. All it generally takes is two 2-hour visits with the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional gum disease surgery requires four sessions, with follow-up visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.

LANAP® gives better, longer-lasting results.

Your dentist will probably recommend a soft diet for a day or two after the procedure; and common sense should prevail, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything they want right afterwards. And 98% of LANAP® treated patients remain stable after five years!

Following the invasive, traditional gum disease surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks during which time patients can experience considerable pain and swelling, where they may be restricted to liquid or soft diets.

There’s less than 24 hour recovery period with LANAP®, so you won’t lose time from work.

The LANAP® Procedure is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin. Watch this LANAP® video presented by Smile Savers Dentistry for more information.

If you have been told that you have gum disease and would like to see if you are a candidate for LANAP®, please contact Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland at 410-343-9900 for a free consultation with Dr. Daniel C. Stewart before December 31, 2015.

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First Impressions are Everything

Posted on June 29, 2015. Filed under: cosmetic dentistry, Dental Braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider | Tags: , , , , , |

perfect invisalign smileFrom hair and skin to clothes and shoes, one’s appearance is a constant trigger of snap judgments. Whether interviewing for a job or just looking to make a good first impression, a perception study conducted by Kelton for Invisalign®, proved that even the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence, and general health.

Like it or not, we are often judged by our appearance and your smile has more of an effect on what others perceive about you than you think. A recent study revealed that 61% of us have been attracted to someone by their smile alone! Given the emphasis placed on straight teeth, Invisalign is a modern way for both adults and teens to straighten their teeth, and it can be done without most people even knowing they are in treatment.

Clear aligners such as Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® straighten teeth just like metal braces, yet they are more comfortable, less intrusive to one’s lifestyle and make maintaining good hygiene much easier because they are removable. This means no food restrictions, the ability to easily maintain healthy dental brushing habits, minimal interference with sports or other activities, and teeth get straightened without most people knowing you are in treatment.

If you have been considering Invisalign® for you or your teen, please make an appointment to see me for a consultation at my dental office in Columbia, MD. If Invisalign® is a good option for treating your particular situation, you can also use this opportunity to have your questions answered, including how long the process will take, how much it will cost, and how Invisalign® will fit into your life. Smile Savers Dentistry is a Premier Preferred Invisalign Provider.

Regards, Dr. Stewart

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Summer is a Great Time to Schedule Your Child’s Exam and Cleaning at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on June 1, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Exam and Cleaning, Dental Health, Dr. Daniel Stewart, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Call 410-730-6460 Today to Make a Summer Appointment Before Our Schedule Fills Up!

Summer Dental Appointment
Everyone wants to go to the beach in the summertime… but the dentist office? Sure, why not!? It’s a great time to come in to Smile Savers Dentisty in Columbia Maryland. No missed classes or tests to worry about. Well, that may be a better incentive for the parents than the kids… but you get what I’m saying.

It’s important to keep your children on a regular dental check-up schedule. The condition of a child’s teeth can change fairly rapidly. Even if their teeth were evaluated as healthy just six months prior, changes in diet or oral habits (for example, thumb sucking in younger children) can quickly render them vulnerable to decay or misalignment.

Dental X-rays are often the only way to identify tiny cavities in primary (baby) teeth. Though your child may not be feeling any pain, left unchecked, these tiny cavities can rapidly turn into large cavities, tooth decay, and eventually, childhood periodontal disease.

In addition to visual examinations, our hygienists provide thorough dental cleanings during each visit. These cleanings eradicate the plaque and debris that can build up between teeth and in other hard to reach places. Though a good homecare routine is especially important, these professional cleanings provide an additional tool to keep those smiles healthy. We may even decide to apply dental sealants to their back teeth (molars). This impenetrable liquid plastic substance is brushed onto the molars to seal out harmful debris, bacteria, and acid… an added preventive measure!

We’ve even made it easy for you to come in, you can request a dental appointment for your family online. Hope to see you and your kids in the office this summer. In the meantime, enjoy the beach!

Regards,
Dr. Daniel C. Stewart

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The Top Signs/Reasons That You Should See A Dentist

Posted on May 20, 2015. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , |

Dental Care at Smile Savers DentistryFor one reason or another, over 100 million people in the United States neglect to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease.

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is important because some medical conditions or diseases have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. You could have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will also help prevent problems from developing. Remember: keeping your mouth healthy is an important key to your overall health.

Here are 16 signs that you should see a dentist*:

• Your tooth or teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
• You have persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
• Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
• You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
• You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
• You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
• You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
• You have a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, an eating disorder, or are HIV positive
• Your mouth is often dry
• You smoke or use other tobacco products
• You don’t like the way that your smile or teeth look
• You are pregnant
• You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
• Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up
• You have an uneven bite
• You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away

At Smile Savers Dentistry, Dr. Daniel C. Stewart and his staff are proud to be proactive in dental care. We recommend that all of our patients stick to their regular six month check-up appointments and might even suggest seeing our at-risk patients more frequently. Call our Columbia, MD dental office at 410-730-6460 today and get on our dental hygiene schedule. We are currently accepting new and emergency patients. Hope to see you in the office soon!

*SOURCE: American Dental Association

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Laser Periodontal Therapy for Bone Regeneration

Posted on May 6, 2015. Filed under: Dr. Daniel Stewart, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Periodontal Disease, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

My patients know that I am committed to delivering the most precise, comfortable, and time-efficient treatments to each and every person who comes in to Smile Savers Dentistry. To achieve this, I implement only cutting-edge technology and tools that have been proven to produce brilliant results.

One such technology is the PerioLase® Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP. This technology vastly exceeds traditional periodontal therapy because it’s implemented by sophisticated laser design to help patients regenerate significant bone loss due to periodontal disease. PerioLase® is the only dental laser to have a 100% success rate in tissue reconstruction!

This treatment sterilizes the gum pocket around the tooth and removes bacteria from the inside of the pocket. By creating a clean, sealed, and stable environment, the PerioLase® procedure promotes a regenerative healing process that culminates in creating an environment that best supports the regeneration of bone in your mouth. Restoring the bone mass and structure in your mouth is vital in strengthening your gums, teeth, and overall oral health.

Bone Regrowth with LANAPThe image on the left is a before and after photo set of a patient’s case. In the photo of the patient’s radiograph on the left, you’ll notice the large open space in-between the center tooth’s roots. When such a space exists it indicates a loss of bone. It’s most often brought about by periodontal disease. As you can see in the photo on the right (taken just 2 months after treatment), the tooth was saved due to proper
bone rengeneration.

You can learn more by visiting our Youtube channel: youtube.com/smilesaversdentistry, or call 410-730-6460 to reserve a seat in our free May informational seminar here at the Smile Savers Dentistry office in Columbia Maryland.

Regards, Dr. Stewart

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Save Face: April is National Facial Protection Month

Posted on April 15, 2015. Filed under: mouth guard, National National Facial Protection Month, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , |

Save Face with a Mouth GuardThis month we’re spreading the word to remind both kids and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head. Many oral and facial sports-related injuries can be easily prevented with the use of helmets and mouth guards. Did you know that just by wearing a mouth guard, you reduce the risk of knocking out teeth or breaking your jaw?

Chances are if your kids play in organized sports, their coach, or the organization itself, may already require that they wear a mouth guard. Any time that you’re engaged in an activity where your face can come in contact with something hard – another player, a ball, the pavement – it’s a time that you should be wearing a mouth guard!

Mouth guards are a smart investment in your dental health. Repairing the teeth and jaw can be painful and can cost thousands of dollars. Many injuries can be far less severe or even prevented altogether by the simple act of wearing a mouth guard.

There are three types of mouth guards available:

Stock or commercial mouth guards: Inexpensive and sold in major department and sporting goods stores. These cannot be modified to fit the individual’s mouth. Least effective in terms of protection.

Mouth-formed or “Boil-and-Bite”: Cost effective. Available from department and sporting goods stores. Tend to wear quickly and may need to be replaced during the sports season.

Custom-made: Made from a full mouth impression taken in the dentist’s office. Provides the most protection and comfort (Covers all teeth and cushions the jaw.) but is also more expensive than commercially made sports guards.

Protect your smile! Mouth guards are a good idea all year long. Because different sports involve risk and potential injury, talk to us at Smile Savers Dentistry near Ellicott City MD before selecting a mouth guard to meet the needs of your child’s specific activity. Call 410-730-6460 to make an appointment.

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Smile Savers Dentistry Provides Quality Dental Care and Patient Education

Posted on March 25, 2015. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Oral Health, Patient Education, Quality Dental Care | Tags: , , , , , , |

Bonnie Carroll, RDH and Michaela Pashke, RDH

Bonnie Carroll, RDH and Michaela Pashke, RDH, Smile Savers Dentistry

Here at Smile Savers Dentistry we strive to provide quality care and education to our patients. Regular dental visits and proper home care practices are not only important for your teeth and gums, but also your heart! Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria that can potentially be harmful. If left undisturbed, this bacteria can lead to periodontal disease – chronic inflammation that causes bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Recent studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD). It was found on average, the risk for a CVD “event” (e.g. heart attack, stroke) was increased by 40% if periodontal disease is present. The reasoning behind this discovery is that the inflamed periodontal pocket forms an open wound in which harmful bacteria (plaque) from your mouth can enter the blood stream. Inflammation in general, as well as bacteremia (bacteria in the blood), can trigger a heightened amount of fats in the blood. Bottom line: minimizing the inflammation in your gums can reduce the rise of bacteremia and improves the overall health of your vascular system, which lessens your chance of a CVD event.

At Smile Savers Dentistry, we are proud to be proactive in the fight against periodontal disease. We recommend all of our patients stick to their regular six month check-up appointments and may even suggest seeing at-risk patients more frequently (3 or 4 month cleaning and check-up appointments). Call the office at 410-730-6460 today and get on our dental hygiene schedule. Hope to see you soon!

Bonnie Carroll, RDH • Michaela Pashke, RDH

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