Are You a Candidate for Lumineers?

Posted on November 10, 2016. Filed under: cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Daniel Stewart, Lumineers, Veneers | Tags: , , , , , |

lumineers-dr-stewartSmile Savers Dentistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel C. Stewart recently completed Lumineers certification training and is now the only certified dentist in Howard County providing Lumineers for patients wishing to enhance their smile through cosmetic dentistry. With Lumineers, the number one patient-requested veneer, Dr. Stewart is able to dramatically improve a patient’s smile while still maintaining a natural appearance.

“I am thrilled to be able to offer Lumineers in the office. They are extremely strong and really thin, like a contact lens. The results are amazing – immediate, dramatic, and long-lasting,” stated Dr. Stewart. “You can have the smile you’ve always wanted in less time and with far more comfort than you ever imagined.”

Lumineers is a painless, permanent cosmetic dental solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth. The benefit with Lumineers is that they require no tooth preparation, no novocaine and no temporaries! Lumineers are made of a very thin layer of porcelain applied to the front of the teeth. Unlike crowns or traditional veneers, Lumineers don’t require the removal of much tooth structure.

Advantages of Lumineers:

• It’s Fast! 2 easy dentist visits
• No shots
• No drilling of sensitive tooth structure
• Instant whitening that lasts
• Extraordinarily strong
• Natural-looking
• No uncomfortable temporaries
• Reversible
• No age restrictions
• Backed by over 20 years of clinical research

LUMIsmile before and after

LUMIsmile Before and After.
*Actual results may vary.

While many dentists in the Howard County area offer veneers, not all dentists are certified to deliver the benefits of Lumineers, call Smile Savers Dentistry today at 410-730-6460 for a free consultation before the end of the year.

Your complimentary Lumineers consultation with Dr. Stewart will include an eye-opening before-and-after LUMISmile digital comparison of how incredible your smile can be with Lumineers. Before you leave our Columbia, MD dental office, you will receive an image portfolio with your new, perfect Lumineers smile.

Source: http://www.lumineers.com

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The Relationship Between Sugar And Your Oral Health

Posted on October 13, 2016. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Cavity, Dental Hygiene Tips, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , |

pumpkin-cookieFall is in the air and it seems you can’t go anywhere without pumpkin-flavored something or other staring you in the face. And around the corner is Halloween, the unofficial kickoff for celebrating all things sweet and sugary. 

Most people think that sugars in their food and drink are what play a major role in the development of tooth decay. But it’s not the sugar itself that does the damage. Certain bacteria feed on the sugars, use it as energy and then release acid, which gradually dissolves tooth enamel. The acid produced by plaque can eventually create a small hole in the enamel. Left untreated, dental cavities can eventually progress into the deeper layers of the tooth to the nerve, causing pain and possible tooth loss.

Dental caries (tooth decay) are the most common cause of tooth loss in young people. While everyone is at risk of tooth decay, children and teens are most at risk. 

One needs to stay on their toes to avoid the negative effects of sugar on teeth. The first step is to pay attention to the amount of time your teeth are exposed to sugar. Eating a cookie is much better for your teeth than drinking a soda or fruit juice, as it is a shorter exposure to the sugar.

• Brush and floss twice a day.
• Avoid snacking on sticky-sugary items (ex: gummy bears, fruit chews)
• Reduce your consumption of sugary drinks.
• Limit sugary foods to mealtimes.
• Rinse with water after eating sugary foods.
• Maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Add regular dental visits to the mix, and you and your loved ones have the best shot at winning the battle against tooth decay.

Call the Smile Savers Dentistry office in Columbia, MD today to schedule your dental hygiene appointment at 410-730-6460. We want you to keep your teeth healthy for your lifetime. We’re currently accepting new and emergency dental patients in the Howard County area.

Sources:
http://www.actiononsugar.org/Sugar%20and%20Health/Sugar%20and%20dental%20caries/151885.html
http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cavities/article/what-are-the-effects-of-sugar-on-teeth-1214
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-surprising-relationship-between-sugar-and-tooth-decay-232927761.html

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Smile Savers Dentistry Launches New Branding and Mission Statement

Posted on September 6, 2016. Filed under: Dr. Daniel Stewart, Office News, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , |

Smile Savers Dentistry Columbia MDJust What is Smile Savers Dentistry?

Smile Savers Dentistry is dedicated to high-quality, personalized care for every patient. At Smile Savers we never consider you to be a number, a procedure or an insurance code. Every one of you is an individual person and deserves individualized dental care. We honor the trust given us by each patient to have expert dental care.

Our mission is to help people get over their dental worries and fears so they can receive the real help they need. By providing our patients with comfortable and expert care, they will each be able to overcome any dental issues which may have been troubling them – or even haunting them for perhaps years.

We believe that a relaxed approach to each patient’s dental needs is what works best. We encourage our patients, and help them all along the way, rather than being rushed into a schedule for that next procedure. We even make it a policy to try to remove the typical sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice; to make our patients feel at home. We’re proud that we even have a cozy fireplace to make things especially warm and welcoming during the cold winter months!

Because of our personal and individual approach, Smile Savers can seem like a very different dental office. We’d like to think we are! Consider us a throwback to that earlier time — when things were friendlier, and you knew your doctor and his staff like friends. A time when relationships mattered.

The real point is that we value each one of our patients. Each patient is a part of our lives and we’re part of theirs. We’re here to provide you with the highest level of dental care possible, using the latest technology. Speaking on behalf of every member of our team, there is no greater reward or honor for each of us than to see our patients happy, healthy and smiling with confidence.

Well, we’ve been looking things over lately and decided we wanted to undergo a bit of change in our mission statement, (see other side) to better communicate our goals and our commitment to you. And we’re starting out with a brand new logo!

With this new symbol, it’s our hope to better represent who we really are at Smile Savers Dentistry and why we care about you.

We welcome your feedback. Let us know what you think! Thank you, and I hope to see you in the office soon.

Regards,
Dr. Stewart

Dr. Stewart and Staff

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help people put their past bad dental experiences behind them. We accomplish this through care, understanding and knowledge. We strive to make our patients comfortable and relaxed, and free of all excess pain. When a patient comes to us, possibly frightened or embarrassed about dental problems or a lack of regular dental care, our goal is to make them immediately comfortable. Over time, we aim to completely remove their fears of dentistry and to fully restore each of our patients to optimum dental health. We know that in doing so, we are helping each of our patients toward the goal of a healthier and happier life.

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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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Invisalign for a Healthier Smile

Posted on July 12, 2016. Filed under: Dental Health, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider | Tags: , , , , |

A smile can hardly be perfect if it’s not healthy.

Invisalign dentist Columbia MDAccording to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Tooth decay that is left untreated can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. And studies by the ADA have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious health ailments such as pneumonia, heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

Properly aligned teeth can also alleviate other 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!

With Invisalign you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.

Invisalign Provider Dentist Columbia MDComfortable and clear Invisalign aligners gently and gradually move your teeth into the proper position, without unsightly brackets and wires. The Invisalign aligners also make daily oral hygiene easier, which reduces the risk of possible health problems. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you usually do.

Smile Savers Dentistry is a preferred Invisalign provider in Howard County, Maryland. If you would like to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign, please call our office at 410-730-6460 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Stewart. 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 and look forward to seeing you in the office.

Source: http://www.invisalign.com/why-invisalign/dental-hygiene

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Gatorade Erodes Teeth Faster than Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Fruit Juice

Posted on May 9, 2016. Filed under: Dental Health, healthy teeth, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , |

Healthy drinks for your teethGatorade may be the go-to sports drink for many athletes — both recreational and professional — but while the sugar in the drink helps fuel your body, it’s pretty horrible for your teeth.

University of Iowa researchers found that Gatorade was significantly more corrosive than both Red Bull and Coke on tooth enamel. Red Bull and Coke were found to be significantly more corrosive than Diet Coke and apple juice. On the roots of the teeth, Gatorade was much more corrosive than Red Bull. Coke, apple juice and Diet Coke followed in that order.

However, what matters most isn’t which beverage you drink. It’s how and when you drink it. Sugared drinks can cause cavities but the frequency of exposure is key. If you drink a beverage during meals, the saliva stimulated by your chewing will buffer the acid. But if you are constantly drinking a Gatorade or Coke, your teeth are exposed to acid throughout the day.

Just because Gatorade is bad for your teeth doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ever drink it. As with most things, moderation is key. Just don’t make Gatorade your primary choice of staying hydrated. Water is a much healthier choice – for both your body and your teeth.

At Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD, we care about your oral and overall health. 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 both new and emergency patients. Dr. Daniel Stewart and his friendly, caring staff strive to be the best dentist office in Columbia, MD.

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The Benefit of Implant Supported Dentures

Posted on April 11, 2016. Filed under: Dental Implant, Dentures, Implant-Supported Dentures | Tags: , , , , |

Dental Implant DenturesThose with dentures know that they are difficult to wear, at best. Did you know that dental implants can be used underneath removable dentures to eliminate many of the issues associated with denture wear?

Implant-Supported Dentures

An implant-supported denture is simply a type of over-denture that is supported by, and attached to, dental implants. While a regular denture rests on the gums, an implant-supported denture is used when a person has enough bone in their jaw to support dental implants. Four dental implants under an upper denture can hold it securely so that the size of the plate can be reduced, removing the palate from the denture altogether. Just two implants are all that’s needed under a lower denture!

Non-removable implant supported dentures may be an option for those who don’t want to take their dentures out every day. This option requires more dental implants than a removable implant denture. With non-removable implant supported dentures the denture is actually screwed onto the dental implants. The final result is a much more natural feeling with one’s normal chewing forces completely restored… and you never have to take it out.

Patients at Smile Savers Dentistry say that the improved ability to chew their food is one of the biggest benefits of their implant-supported denture. Since the dentures anchor on the implants instead of merely resting on the gums, they allow patients to bite much harder with no discomfort. Another benefit of implant supported dentures – no messy adhesives!

If you would like to see if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures, please call our office at 410-730-6460 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Daniel Stewart during the month of April. Smile Savers Dentistry is looks 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 from Columbia and surrounding communities. Dr. Daniel Stewart and his friendly staff strive to be the best dentist office in Howard County.

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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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When Is a Dental Crown Appropriate?

Posted on January 4, 2016. Filed under: Ceramic Crown, Dental Crown, Porcelain Crown, Quality Dental Care | Tags: , , , , |

dental crown in columbia mdSmile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD offers a wide range of dentistry services to Howard County residents. Dental crowns are some of our more popular procedures, as they’re crafted from porcelain and they last for years. A dental crown is often called a “cap” and it covers all of the visible parts of the tooth and has many functions and reasons for placement.

So when are dental crowns appropriate? Dr. Daniel Stewart believes strongly that patients should only undergo procedures that are right for them. He’ll thoroughly examine the state of your dental health to determine if a crown is right for.

Dental crowns are usually recommended:

  • If you have weakened teeth that need to be protected from further damage
  • To restore the appearance of, or strengthen a broken tooth
  • When dental bridges that need anchoring
  • You receive dental implants

Getting a crown typically requires two appointments. The first is a preparation with impressions, shaping, and placing a temporary. The permanent, porcelain crown creation takes about two weeks and you will come in for a short appointment for final placement.

Dr. Stewart has years of experience with dental crowns, so he understands when they’re required and when they’re not appropriate. You can always count on his skill and experience to keep you on the right track to good dental health. If you want to learn more about dental crowns and see if you are a candidate for them, please contact Smile Savers Dentistry today at 410-730-6460. Our Columbia, MD dentist office is convenient to Ellicott City, Hanover, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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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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