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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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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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted on February 11, 2015. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, NCDHM, Oral Health, Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

NCDHM 2015Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is also important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can stay healthy and strong throughout their entire lifetime.

Many parents issue a common refrain at dinnertime: “You’d better eat that – it’s good for you! And the other favorite: “Don’t eat that – it’ll rot your teeth!” Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices – from fresh produce to sugar-laden processed convenience meals and snacks. What kids eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health but also their oral health.

Almost all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from our diet. Many of these foods contain important nutrients and add enjoyment to eating. But there is a risk for tooth decay from a diet high in sugars and starches. Americans are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. The average teenage boy in the U.S. drinks 81 gallons of soft drinks each year! A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth, especially among those who
snack throughout the day.

So what can you do to reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay?

• Sugar and sugary drinks should only be consumed at meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
• Limit between-meal snacks. If kids want a snack, offer a nutritious one.
• If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food.
• Monitor beverage consumption – Instead of soft drinks all day, children should also choose water and low-fat milk.
• Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.
• And of course … Schedule regular dental visits!

During the month of February we are offering the Oral-B Pro-Health For Me Power Bundle for only $35. The bundle contains a rechargeable child’s toothbrush with 2 brush heads, mouth rinse, toothpaste, timer and floss picks. It comes in a nifty backpack. Call the Smile Savers Dentistry office near Ellicott City MD at 410-730-6460 to order one.

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2015 Oral Health Resolutions

Posted on January 7, 2015. Filed under: Dental Cavity, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Plaque | Tags: , , , , , |

Oral Health at Smile Savers DentistryPeople often start their new year with New Year’s Resolutions, many of which involve our health. When deciding on a New Year’s Resolution, keep your oral health in mind.

There are several good habits you can keep at home to make your dental visits easier and less costly.

A basic principle to oral health care at home is to brush and floss regularly and correctly. The goal of your home care is to combat the buildup of plaque in and around your teeth and gums, and to fight bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Once plaque builds up, infections can occur in the tissue around your teeth. This can cause your gums to become red and inflamed. Plaque is a film laden with bacteria.

Eventually, it will lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you neglect your dental visits, that plaque can cause destruction of bone and other tissues supporting your teeth and you could lose your teeth. We can help you prevent plaque buildup, but only if you come in!

So make sure you add your oral health care as a part of your 2015 New Year Resolutions and come in to Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD for an exam and cleaning if you are due!

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Your Oral Health is Important to Us at Smile Savers Dentistry

Posted on October 13, 2014. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Health, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , |

Oral Health Smile Savers DentistryWhen we think about our health, we usually worry about our weight, our heart, or our blood pressure. Very few people realize that oral health plays into our overall physical health. Oral health is not just about taking care of bad breath or yellow teeth. Cavities, tooth loss and gum disease are inevitable complications caused by poor oral hygiene. And gum disease has been linked to heart disease and diabetes, among other health complications.

Good dental hygiene for oral health really begins at home. We can’t say this enough … brush and floss your teeth twice, daily. Use an antibacterial mouth rinse for an even cleaner mouth. Focus on a diet rich in fiber, and avoid foods and activities (like smoking) that speed up the wear-and-tear of your teeth. Oral hygiene should be thought of as being just as important as taking regular showers and eating balanced meals.

And it should go without saying that regular cleanings and exams at Smile Savers Dentistry, with one of the friendly dental hygienists, should be made an essential part of your dental health regimen. If you are overdue for your exam and cleaning or have other dental issues that you would like to have addressed, contact our office at 410-730-6460. We are currently accepting both new and emergency patients in our Columbia, MD dentist office.

New patients to our office can mention this blog article to receive $99 off their first exam and cleaning at Smile Savers Dentistry! [Offer expires: Dec. 31, 2014] Request your appointment online.

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Posted on October 1, 2014. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, gum disease, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, National Dental Hygiene Month, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Bonnie CarrollOctober is National Dental Hygiene Month, so it’s a great time of the year for me to remind you about the importance of your oral health care. Did you know that in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth daily, using an antiseptic mouthwash will also help improve your oral health? It’s true!

Rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouth rinse every day is an important step that you can take to help prevent gum disease. If you stop and think about it, your teeth only account for less than half of your mouth! So, twice daily brushing and flossing alone can’t get rid of all plaque and germs.

Be sure to finish your daily oral health care routine with an antiseptic mouthwash that carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You can also talk to me during your next appointment to determine which mouth rinse is best for you.

And if I haven’t seen you in my chair in a while, now is the time to make your appointment for your periodic exam. Remember, skipping your regular exams and cleanings could cause you some unnecessary pain and expense down the road. Call the Smile Savers Dentistry office today and make an appointment at 410-730-6460.

Bonnie Carroll is a Dental Hygienist at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland.

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The Periodic Oral Exam – by Dr. Daniel C. Stewart

Posted on August 25, 2014. Filed under: Dental Health, Dr. Daniel Stewart, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandMany times patients think they are just coming in for their six month cleaning. While that may be true, the more important reason for coming in is the periodic oral exam. If you come in every 6 months for your “cleaning,” good for you! If you don’t, think about the following.

I have found over the last 25 years that most people believe that if there is no pain in their mouth, then all is well and there is no need to see me. While this may be true for a muscle or joint, this is not the case for the mouth.

Teeth and gums are really resilient. You can eat ice cream and then drink coffee with little effects. You can eat crusty bread without tearing up your mouth. Your teeth are made to be tough. So when there is pain when you eat, it is usually too late to keep it simple. By the time a tooth hurts, infection is usually in the nerve. By the time your gums hurt because of gum disease, so much bone has been eaten away, the tooth may need to be extracted.

So, don’t skip your periodic evaluations. It could save you some unnecessary pain and expense down the line. If you are due (or OVER due) for your next exam, call the Smile Savers Dentistry office today and make an appointment at 410-730-6460.

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