VELscope® Vx - Leading the Fight Against Oral Cancer

  • By Smile Savers Dentistry
  • 15 Dec, 2016

Smile Savers Dentistry Now Offers Oral Cancer Screening With the VELscope® Vx

Columbia MD Dentist Dr. Daniel Stewart with the VELscope® Vx
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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By Smile Savers Dentistry 21 Jun, 2017
Your body depends on water to survive. Every single cell, tissue, and organ needs water to function properly. During the summer, we tend to reach for beverages more often to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, many don't reach for water and instead opt for sweeter, tastier ways to quench their thirst.

Just because something tastes good, doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for you. As a dental office , we tend to see the consequences in our patients’ mouths. When you drink sugary beverages, remember that you’re feeding the plaque that can cause problems in your mouth.

Here is a helpful list of drinks to avoid during the summer, (or at least enjoy in moderation) so you can keep those teeth healthy, white and bright!

1) Energy and Sports Drinks - These drinks are extremely high in sugar and acidity. This means they attack your tooth enamel.

2) Soda - The sugar and acid in carbonated drinks wreak havoc on your teeth. While an ok substitute now and then, keep in mind that while sparkling water is far less acidic than a soft drink, it’s more acidic than plain water.

3) Citrus/Fruit Juice - While juice can be good for your health, the acidity in the mix can permanently damage your tooth enamel.

4) Coffee and Black Tea - If you want white teeth, then you might want to cut back on that cup of coffee or tea. Green or herbal teas can offer a caffeine boost along with a ton of antioxidants without staining your teeth.

5) Alcohol - Depending on the drink, the alcohol may have sugars in it, or reduce saliva production in your mouth, affecting your dental health. The darker the wine, the more it will stain and while white wine will not stain, it is very acidic.

Along with plain old tap water, milk is also a better choice to quench your thirst. It's loaded with calcium and vitamin D, helping to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Of course there’s just one thing that will ultimately protect your teeth and gums — take care of them! Brush, floss, use mouthwash and don’t miss your regular dental checkups and cleanings here at Smile Savers Dentistry  in Columbia, MD.
By Smile Savers Dentistry 12 Jun, 2017
If you’ve been told that you have gum disease and that surgery will be required, first find out if you are a candidate for non-surgical LANAP protocol. Smile Savers Dentistry is one of the few dental practices in Columbia, Maryland that offers LANAP as an alternative to traditional gum surgery.

Cynicism has been a constant companion to the LANAP approach for non-surgical treatment of gum disease. Since the market introduction of the protocol back in 1999, it's been met with skepticism. To this day, even doctors training in the LANAP protocol find the successful results hard to believe. The typical initial reaction from doctors was “This just can’t be possible. I’ll keep track of my own results and I’ll see for myself.”
By Smile Savers Dentistry 19 May, 2017
Smile Savers Dentistry loves to stay active in the Howard County Community. This spring Smile Savers was one of the sponsors of Ellicott City's 2017 Mt. Hebron High School After-Prom.  The monetary donations of local businesses help the PTSA  each year to put on an amazing fun-filled After-Prom.

Other sponsors for this year’s After-Prom include:  The Bob Lucido Team, Antwerpen Toyota, Roma’s Pizza, Y2 Academy, Lorien Health Services, Greg’s Driving School, La Palapa Mexican Grill, Glory Day’s Grill, Lloyd Plumbing and Sport Clips.

The PTSA asks the  Mt. Hebron community to show their appreciation by patronizing the sponsoring businesses and telling them “Thank You for After-Prom.”

 You can:

-Buy a Pizza from  Roma’s Pizza on Route 40;
-Get a haircut from  Sports Clips at Turf Valley;
-If looking for a new dentist, consider either  Smile Savers  Dentistry;
-Choose  Greg’s Driving School for driver’s education;
-List with, buy from, or refer a friend to  The Bob Lucido Team Realtors;
-Shop at  Antwerpen Toyota for a new or used car;
-Prepare for the SATs by attending a  Y2 Academy prep class;
-Dine at  La Palapa’s or  Glory Days Grill;
-Get an insurance quote from  State Farm agent Keith Sigur.

Stop in or send an email thanking them for their support of the Mt. Hebron High School PTSA and After-Prom!
By Smile Savers Dentistry 03 May, 2017

If you are embarrassed by your smile because of crooked or gapped teeth and cringe at the thought of wearing traditional braces, look no further than Invisalign at Smile Savers Dentistry . We are happy to offer patients the preferred choice for achieving the smile they deserve.

At Smile Savers Dentistry , our goal is to provide the highest level of expert care possible, using the latest technology to help each our patients achieve their dental goals. This includes keeping up to date with my education with the services offered at Smile Savers Dentistry . Last fall, Dr. Daniel Stewart attended a special Invisalign group training seminar with Elite Premier Provider David Galler, DDS. Only 300 doctors in the U.S. have completed this special training… and that includes orthodontists. Dr. Stewart also recently sat in on several seminars while attending the Invisalign Experience in Costa Rica last year.

As a result, Dr. Stewart and his staff are confident that we can offer patients here at Smile Savers Dentistry a faster completion time with better results than ever before. It’s time to get the smile of your dreams and Invisalign can provide quick, convenient treatment just in time for weddings, graduations, or to simply remedy smile flaws that have always bothered you.

Right now is a great time to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign . You can save $500 off of your Invisalign treatment during our spring special if you sign up before June 17, 2017.

Call our office in Columbia, Maryland today at 410-730-6460 to schedule your Invisalign Consultation for just $99

By Smile Savers Dentistry 24 Apr, 2017

Dr. Minhkhoi Nguyen 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

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