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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“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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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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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Could Oral Bacteria Be Linked to an Increased Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Dental Treatment, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, pancreatic cancer, Periodontal Disease, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandThe British Dental Health Foundation published a report yesterday that gum disease and pancreatic cancer may be associated with one another. The study found that certain types of bacterium in gum disease are linked to a 2 times higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. However, this is not to be confused with oral bacteria that is not harmful. If you have been told that you have periodontal disease, please don’t wait for it to further affect your health and well-being. Smile Savers Dentistry offers an excellent, proven alternative to gum surgery… more on that in a minute.

Researchers are saying that while they can’t yet prove that gum disease increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, the new research shows there is definitely evidence that there is a significant relationship between the two. It is not certain if certain bacteria found in gum disease is a cause or a result of pancreatic cancer. Breaking this down to the simplest point … this is yet another indication that good oral hygiene is crucial to one’s overall health. Did you know that only 4% of pancreatic cancer patients live for more than 5 years?

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or feel you should be evaluated, call our Columbia dental office immediately for an appointment at 410-730-6460. Smile Savers Dentistry offers LANAP which is an FDA approved laser alternative to gum surgery. This laser-based approach to treating gum disease makes it easier for you to return your gums to health and the process is far more comfortable than gum surgery. You can visit our LANAP website for more information on this non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Snap-On Smiles

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: affordable cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Treatment, orthodontics, Smile Savers Dentistry, Snap-On Smiles, Teeth alignment, Teeth Whitening, Tooth straightening, Tooth Whitening | Tags: , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandA few of my patients have asked me about the product called Snap-On Smile over the years. I have told them that I was not sure about the merits of this product, thinking that it was just another fly-by-night, pie-in-the-sky dental product that I have witnessed over the last 23 years. But… I have recently had a change of heart.

For those who are wondering what I am talking about, the Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way by which you would be able to fix the cosmetics of your smile by snapping over top of your teeth, a custom designed set of teeth. They look realistic and you can eat with them.

The Snap-On Smile comes with a one year warranty and can last from 3-5 years. From their track record, they are a legitimate alternative for someone who wants to correct their dental appearance but doesn’t have the finances, time or willingness to get the more permanent fix done.

If you would like more information about the Snap-On Smile or want a consult about this alternative, please give our Columbia Maryland dental office a call for an appointment at 410-730-6460.

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: What is Your Mouth Telling You?

Posted on August 15, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, Gum Surgery, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry, Xerostomia | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandWhen it comes to your overall health, your mouth is a good indication of what may be going on on the inside. Head on over to the mirror every week or so and take a peek. Changes in your gums or saliva could point to some unseen health issues.

If your gums are bright red, puffy or have small abscesses it could mean that you have gum disease. If there is pus or blood when you brush you may have some sort of bacterial infection which could be a sign of something more serious. Your dentist will want to take a look to confirm if you are having serious issues.

Stick your tongue out! If it’s pale in color, you most likely have iron-deficiency anemia. If you think you may be anemic your doctor can confirm this with a simple blood test. Eating plenty of green leafy vegetables, seafood, meat and beans (or a vitamin supplement) will help increase your iron.

Prescriptions and over the counter drugs could be causing dry mouth. If your saliva is thick or stringy, then you have dry mouth (xerostomia). If dry mouth is left untreated it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and oral yeast infections. You will want to talk to your dentist or doctor about your dry mouth and medications.

If you have any questions about your oral health, feel free to stop by or call me or Dr. Stewart at the dental office here in Columbia.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: A Healthy Mouth

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandMany of you who have been with me for a while understand that prevention is the best way to keep your oral health from deteriorating. On your “new patient” visit we gather all the data and form a treatment plan that will get you into optimum health. I tell you that my goal is to get you healthy as fast as possible and then put you on a regimented maintenance program so you don’t have to worry about emergency treatment or losing teeth.

What I have found is that fifty percent of you actually do this but the other thirty percenters don’t do the maintenance part. This worries me. Why spend all of that time, money and nervous energy getting the dental work done and then don’t maintain it? Nothing in this world stays the same, just look at my hairline.

So starting this month I am making it our duty here at Smile Savers Dentistry to contact those of you who have fallen off the wagon. Don’t get mad at us if you are called a few times, just call us back and make the appointment or give us a really good excuse why you can’t. We have two great caring pro-active dental hygienists Beth and Natalie who are awesome and are here to help keep you healthy and on track.

Don’t be one of those patients who needs to call me on the weekend!

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A Word from Dr. Stewart: Happy 2012!

Posted on January 27, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

At this time of year it is hard not to be reflective. The other morning I was thinking to myself, “Why is it I am still a dentist?” I have asked many of you if you wanted to be a dentist and overwhelmingly the answer has been, “No!” Kind of funny, isn’t it?

So why am I still a dentist after 23 years? It is because I have great patients whom I enjoy taking care of; that is why. You all are fun and keep life interesting. Every day I learn something from one of you — from why the winter months are shorter, to what to expect from teenage daughters. All this information makes even the most mundane days enjoyable. I truly admire you all even if you have overactive salivary glands and an inquisitive tongue.

I guess in an obtuse way, I am saying that I am thankful for all of you and I am wishing you a Happy New Year. See you at your next appointment!

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