Dr. Stewart Completes Exclusive Invisalign Training Seminars

Posted on September 14, 2016. Filed under: cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, Invisalign Preferred Provider | Tags: , , , , |

invisalign-topDr. Daniel C. Stewart attended a special Invisalign group training seminar with Elite Premier Provider David Galler, DDS last month. His invitation was due to the amount of cases he has treated at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD – and the great results his patients have been receiving with Invisalign.

Only 300 doctors in the entire United States have completed this special training… including orthodontists. As a result, Dr. Stewart has been able to offer his patients faster completion times and better results – usually in less than one year due to the methods he learned.

Invisalign Provider Dentist Columbia MD

Earlier this year, Dr. Stewart also attended the Invisalign Experience in Costa Rica where he was able to tour Invisalign’s Align Treat Facility and attend several seminars.

Most Invisalign cases at other offices in this area are $5500. Smile Savers Dentistry offers the Invisalign treatment plus 8 years worth of retainers and whitening for $6000 total. Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment just as they would other orthodontic treatments.

If you have been considering Invisalign and would like to see if you are a candidate, please call the office at 410-730-4640 and schedule a free consult with Dr. Stewart during the month of September 2016. New patients are welcome.

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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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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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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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Halloween Tips from the FDA and ADA

Posted on October 27, 2014. Filed under: Childrens Dental Health, Dental Care, Dental Health, healthy teeth, Kids Dental Health, Kids Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , , |

Halloween Dental and Safety TipsTrick-or-Treating is coming up fast, so we thought we would share some of the FDA’s Halloween Food Safety Tips. Most of these handy tips are a “no-brainer” but it’s always a good idea for a quick checklist to go over with your kids before they head out for their free goodies.

  • Kids shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Insist that they wait until they get home for you to have a chance to inspect the contents of their bag. To help prevent them from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out. Don’t send them out on an empty stomach.
  • Tell children not to accept; and especially not to eat, anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.

And here are a few Halloween dental tips from the ADA as well.

  • Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
  • Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Unless it’s a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.
  • Eat Halloween candy with, or shortly after, meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

And of course, regular check-ups can help prevent dental problems from occurring or catch those that do occur early, when they are easier to “treat.” If you or your family members are overdue for an exam and cleaning, call the Smile Savers Dentistry office at 410-730-6460 and make an appointment today.

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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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What Can a Dental X-Ray Really Tell Us?

Posted on July 2, 2014. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygienist, Dental X-ray, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , |

dental x-ray at Smile Savers DentistryAt Smile Savers Dentistry we use digital X-ray technology, which means the images are sent to a computer and saved, rather than the more traditional method where they are stored on film. This technology allows the amount of radiation transmitted during the X-ray procedure to be less than traditional methods.

Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them that help us find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination.

Dental X-rays are usually done as part of your routine hygiene appointment and allows us catch dental issues before they start and even have a chance to get worse. Dental X-rays are scheduled when you need them based on your age, risk for disease, and signs of disease.

If you are due for your hygiene appointment or are looking for a new dentist in the Columbia, MD area, call our office today to schedule your appointment: 410-730-6460.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: We Did It!

Posted on August 8, 2012. Filed under: General Dentistry, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandJust wait until you see the new Smile Savers Dentistry reception area in person. We have been told that it feels like a spa. Calming and soothing, like a dental office should be. And don’t forget the coffee bar and free Wi-Fi while you wait!

Yes, we remodeled the front desk in only one week. With the help of the staff and Dream Design and Build Remodeling we were able to bring the front desk and reception area into the present time and man, I am still shocked when I open the front door in the morning!

Besides a more esthetic and functional front desk, I have also updated the back by installing wireless intraoral cameras. These cameras allow you and me to see more clearly how healthy you are. Many recent new
patients are amazed at how advanced and modern our dental office is, and how much they learn about their oral health when they come here.

This is optimum dentistry in a comfortable environment, something for which I have strived for over … gulp … 24 years. So, if you know of anyone who needs help – get them in here to experience excellent dentistry in a “spa-like” environment. We will take great care of them!

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