April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

  • By Smile Savers Dentistry
  • 30 Mar, 2017

Oral Cancer Screenings Offered at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD.

Oral Cancer Screening Columbia MD
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and while no one wants to spend time thinking about oral cancer, it's a great time to remind you to get screened. Nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. alone will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. In the fight against life-threatening oral cancer, early detection is a crucial factor. Smile Savers Dentistry offers oral cancer screening in our Columbia, MD office with the VELscope® Vx as part of your routine dental hygiene cleaning and exam .

Early Detection is Key.

While the chance of someone being diagnosed with oral cancer is small, every adult should be screened once a year. Oral cancer can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening in our dental office. When discovered early, the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer patients is about 83%. While the VELscope® Vx does not diagnose cancer, it alerts us to areas of concern earlier than ever before. If we do happen to find a suspicious area during the exam, we’ll talk to you about the next steps. And if a VELscope® Vx exam that shows normal, healthy tissue can instantly give you peace of mind.

Smile Savers Dentistry is devoted to promoting your oral health. Dr. Daniel Stewart and his staff are constantly driven by the need to offer the utmost in quality care and service that's tailored to meet the needs of our patients, while adopting cutting edge technology. The VELscope® Vx is one of the many innovative ways through which we continue to provide outstanding oral health care to our patients. If you are overdue for your regular dental exam, call Smile Savers Dentistry at 410-730-6460 to schedule an appointment today. Our office accepts new and emergency dental patients in the Howard County area.

Oral Cancer Foundation

Smile Savers Dentistry – The Office of Dr. Daniel C. Stewart

By Smile Savers Dentistry 24 Apr, 2017

Dr. Minhkhoi Nhuyen recently joined Dr. Daniel Stewart and his team at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD. He is a Maryland native, hailing from Silver Spring. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. "Dr. Khoi" then went on to attend dental school at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. 

While in Richmond, he balanced his focus on dental education with a strong passion for organized dentistry and dental missions. He participated in and helped organize over twelve missions to deliver care to the underserved throughout the state, and held multiple leadership positions in various student organizations at VCU. He now serves as a part-time faculty at the School of Dentistry during the fall and spring semesters. 

In his free time, Dr. Khoi enjoys cycling, reading and hosting cookouts with his family. 

Dr. Stewart said, "Dr. Khoi is an excellent clinician who has a great chair side manner.  His is kind and caring and fits right in with the rest of us at Smile Savers Dentistry!"

Please join us in making Dr. Khoi feel welcome in his new position as Associate Dentist at Smile Savers Dentistry !

By Smile Savers Dentistry 05 Apr, 2017

The Maryland Chapter of Drug-Free World visited the children and young adults of the Boys and Girls Club of Baltimore in March 2017. Dr. Daniel Stewart, Summer Andrade and Judy De Libera presented a documentary about the dangers of drugs, in particular, Marijauna, to the children and teens. The documentary was narrated by former drug addicts. 

After the movie, there was lively discussion about the types of things that can happen to a person if they start taking drugs and how quickly one can become addicted to drugs. After the discussion the students signed a pledge to live a drug-free life, to be a leader and encourage their friends and family members not to take drugs and to help educate others about the dangers of taking drugs. 

At the end of the event, each student received several Truth About Drugs booklets to read and to distribute to their friends and family members. Learn more at drugfreeworldmaryland.org .

By Smile Savers Dentistry 30 Mar, 2017
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and while no one wants to spend time thinking about oral cancer, it's a great time to remind you to get screened. Nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. alone will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. In the fight against life-threatening oral cancer, early detection is a crucial factor. Smile Savers Dentistry offers oral cancer screening in our Columbia, MD office with the VELscope® Vx as part of your routine dental hygiene cleaning and exam .
By Smile Savers Dentistry 07 Mar, 2017
It's been said that a smile is a universal welcome. A beautiful smile is an important part of making a great first impression, and having a great smile can give you the confidence you need to succeed.

Some people are born with beautiful smiles. However, with ceramic veneers, almost anyone can achieve a dazzling smile. At Smile Savers Dentistry, Dr. Daniel C. Stewart is the only certified dentist in Howard County providing Lumineers® for patients wishing to enhance their smile through cosmetic dentistry.
By Smile Savers Dentistry 01 Feb, 2017
Daniel Stewart, DDS of Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD recently completed proficiency training for the LANAP protocol, and is now a certified LANAP Regenerative Specialist according to the curriculum guidelines and standards for Dental Laser Education and the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry.

Gum Disease affects 85% of US adults and is the number one cause of tooth loss. The LANAP protocol helps keep your teeth – and helps your mouth become healthier. Imagine if you could re-grow parts of your body like the salamander… now, we can!
By Smile Savers Dentistry 16 Jan, 2017
Smile Savers Dentistry is proud to stay on top of the advances in dental technology and offer them to our patients. The iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner is a new digital technology in our office that replaces the old, traditional tray and putty dental impressions.

The older technique, admittedly, was a bit awkward. It required a gooey compound to make impressions and sometimes triggered the gag reflex. It typically resulted in our having to take several rounds of impressions that might be rejected, fragmented, or misplaced. However, with the new iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner, we are able to take precise digital impressions of your teeth and jaw. You see your teeth instantly in 3-D! The scanner ensures a comfortable, more accurate impression from your first appointment, resulting in faster and safer treatment.

What are the Benefits?
With the Intraoral Scanner you will breathe and swallow as you normally would, and there's no unpleasant taste or smell. The need to retake impressions is eliminated. Invisalign cases that start with an iTero scan® have seven times fewer fit issues than those started with traditional impressions. With this advance in 3-D dental technology, the Smile Savers dental team can educate you about the health of your teeth and gums more efficiently and accurately.

To see if you are a candidate for Invisalign, call Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460 to request a consultation with Dr. Daniel C. Stewart . It includes an iTero scan® that will show you exactly what your teeth will look like after your completed Invisalign treatment. The $99* consult fee will be applied towards your accepted treatment plan. 

Sources: DentistryIQ.com, itero.com, aligntech.com

By Smile Savers Dentistry 11 Jan, 2017
Smile Savers Dentistry is one of the few dental practices in the Columbia, Maryland area that offers LANAP (short for “Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure”) as an alternative to traditional gum surgery. LANAP is an FDA-cleared laser treatment for gum disease which offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional surgery. 

We are happy to showcase two case studies that show the success of the LANAP procedure. Please click here to view the before and after photos for patients of Dr. Allen Honigman and Dr. Tom McCawley.
By Smile Savers Dentistry 20 Dec, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation of YOU, our patient. At Smile Savers Dentistry , you aren’t just a number, a procedure or an insurance code. You’re an individual person and deserve individualized dental care. We believe that you are just as much a part of our lives as we are of yours.

We will continue to provide you with the highest level of expert care possible in 2017. It's important to Dr. Stewart; along with the entire Smile Savers Dentistry team , to keep up with the latest dental technology and training. 2016 also saw the launch of our new logo, website and uniforms!

It is the result of your kind referrals and confidence in our practice that we continue to grow, as we are now helping to improve the oral health of many of your friends and family members. Thank you for your trust, confidence and allowing us to care for your oral health needs. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Dr. Stewart and the Smile Savers Dentistry Team  
Columbia, Maryland

By Smile Savers Dentistry 19 Dec, 2016

Oral health is an integral part of overall wellbeing, and should not be trivialized, particularly when considering the pervasiveness of various oral conditions. In the United States, there is an alarmingly high rate of gum disease, with 80% of adults suffering from an assortment of gum diseases, with varying degree of severity. When surgery becomes the most viable treatment option for gum disease, it becomes imperative to know the facts about laser gum surgery and traditional gum surgery. Understanding the major differences between the two forms of surgeries would certainly help you make a more informed and favorable decision.

There is a plurality of traditional gum surgeries with Gingival flap surgery being one of the most commonly used in the treatment of gum disease. Gingival flap surgery involves using a scalpel to push back gum that obstructs the clear view and access to pockets. When the gums are pushed back, the dentist has unrestrained access to clean and moderate the depth of pockets, which often involves the removal of relevant tissues. As a remedial measure, bone graft augmentation is required to facilitate the regeneration of bones and tissues that have been damaged due to inflammation of the gum around the tooth called periodontitis. Traditional gum surgery is completed by sewing the gums into their original positions. Evidently, the processes involved in traditional gum surgery have a direct impact that would inevitably leave people with some level of pain, which is often mitigated with the use of anesthetic. Additionally, traditional gum surgery in some cases may engender concomitant complications such as bleeding and inflammation of gum.   

LANAP periodontal surgery is a thoroughly inclusive oral procedure that is conveniently completed with two arranged visits that lasts for a period not more than two hours.  The LANAP® periodontal procedure is certified by the FDA as an effective treatment option that facilitates regeneration with tissues and bones that have been damaged by gum disease. Laser Assisted Regeneration procedure has the distinctive advantage of being a highly targeted operation which is particularly relevant in combating inflammations directly without endangering gum tissues that are healthy. Comparatively speaking, LANAP procedure significantly reduces and stops attachment loss while decreasing pocket depth. LANAP eliminates the damage and pain caused by stitches that are often required at the end of traditional gum surgery, which is pivotal in expediting the recovery process.

 Unarguably, LANAP offers incredibly tremendous benefits that are superior to traditional gum surgery in a number of interesting ways that are aptly validated by being painless, and having a remarkably shorter recovery period after treatment. Call Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD at 410-730-6460 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stewart today.

By Smile Savers Dentistry 15 Dec, 2016
Using one of the most advanced technological improvements, Smile Savers Dentistry has adopted an anticipatory approach in the fight to maintain healthy dental hygiene by incorporating the routine use of VELscope Vx for a thorough dental hygiene cleaning and exam. VELscope has the distinctive advantage of uncovering some of the most imperceptible diseased tissues that are ingrained below the surface, allowing for these affected tissues to be detected very early, before they become noticeable to the naked eye. VELscope has empowered experts with a tool that favorably repositions them in the fight against cancerous and precancerous growth. VELscope helps with early detection which dramatically enhances the odds of curing the disease by 80 percent which could conclusive in most cases.

There is an alarming rate of oral cancer in America with a projection of 48000 oral or pharyngeal diagnoses by the end of this year. On a global scale, the statistics is all the more disturbing with 450,000 new cases being discovered annually. The surreptitious nature of oral cancer is one of its deadliest traits. Oral cancer is often unnoticeable and painless in its early phase which leaves unsuspecting patients with no clue of its presence. The furtive nature of oral cancer allows it to develop undetected and unrestrained until it is advanced and lethal. Sadly, when oral cancer reaches the advanced stage, the chances of survival dwindle significantly with most advanced oral cancer cases resulting in mortality.

Early Detection is Pivotal

In the fight against the life-threatening scourge of oral cancer, early detection is a crucial factor. There is an 83percent chance of 5years survival rate when oral cancer is detected early. VELscope has the remarkable advantage of identifying some of the most inconspicuous signs of oral cancer. It is imperative to point out that VELscope does not diagnose oral cancer; however it is effectively instrumental in detecting conditions that may indicate the onset of oral cancer which is helpful in informing doctors on the earliest signs. VELscope Vx functions by projecting harmless blue light into the mouth which is subsequently soaked up by the molecules in the mouth. VELscope Vx is very advantageous in a number of interesting ways which are largely centered on the fact that it is fast, harmless and painless. Taking the VELscope Vx test is certainly a step in the right direction as it would help eliminate fears if there are no signs and all the tissues are healthy. On the other hand, if there are signs that indicate the possibility of oral cancer, then proactive measures can be implemented which could be lifesaving.

Smile Savers Dentistry is entirely devoted to promoting your oral health, with doctors that are constantly driven by the need to offer impeccable quality service that is tailored to meet the peculiar needs of patients while adopting cutting edge technology for the betterment of the Howard county community. VELscope® Vx is one of the many innovative ways through which we continue to provide outstanding oral health care. Call the office at 410-730-6460 to schedule an appointment today.
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