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Free Custom Whitening

New Patient Special

We offer free custom whitening for all new patients who visit our office for a cleaning and checkup.  It’s important to schedule appointments twice a year to maintain good oral health.  As a service to our new patients, we will custom fit you for take-home whitening trays.

Free Custom Whitening

Whitening can be very safe and effective for a brighter smile.  It’s the most proven way to a whiter smile.  Our free custom whitening includes trays and bleaching gel.  We take impressions of your teeth to make custom fit trays.  The trays will hold against your teeth better, because they’re made to your mouth.  That’s better because the bleaching solution will adhere to your teeth better than if you were to use over the counter strips or trays.

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Taking an impression to make a custom fit bleaching tray

Brighter Smiles

We provide a bleaching product that contains carbamide peroxide.  It is the most tested bleaching product on the market.  Patients should use a small amount of bleach (about the size of a grain of rice) per each tooth in the tray.  Be careful not to put too much into the tray because it can make your gums tender, and you don’t want to waste the product.  A little goes a long way with our custom system.  I created a short video that shows you how to fill the trays, click here to view it.  The solution comes in small syringes.  We give you several, and each syringe should last 4-5 nights.  The main side effect from bleaching is sensitivity.  It can make your teeth more sensitive to cold while you’re undergoing the treatment.

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Use a small, rice-sized amount of bleach per each tooth in your trays

When to Wear Your Trays

We recommend you wear the trays at night, sleeping in them for one to two weeks.  Once you reach the desired shade of white on your teeth, you can stop using the product.  The treatment should last close to two years,  depending on how much tea and coffee you drink.  After that it’s about maintenance.  If you feel your teeth have lost some of the brightness or staining has returned, you can use the bleaching solution again for several nights.  You will keep these trays and use them again for touch ups and future treatments.

Final Thoughts

Not everyone will be a candidate for bleach trays.  Depending on the makeup of your teeth and the previous dental work you’ve had done, the whitening trays may not be an option for you.  We can discuss that during your visit.  To schedule an appointment, call our office at 864-520-2942 or book online.

 

 

 

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North Main Blood Drive

Blood Drive
The Blood Connection is returning to our office in North Main Saturday, June 1.  Drop by our family dental practice between 9:30am – 1:30pm to donate.  The bloodmobile will park at the corner of North Main Street and Stone Avenue.

Everyone who donates receives a $20 Chick-fil-A gift card.  You can also enjoy free coffee, tea and hot chocolate from the Vita Nova traveling cafe and enter to win prizes from our dental studio.

Why Blood Drives Are Important
As a family dental practice, we are focused on the overall health of our patients.  As a cancer survivor, Dr. Andy Bullard received multiple blood and platelet transfusions during treatment.  He is aware of the positive impact blood donation has on our community.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.  That is an average of 36,000 units of red blood cells per day.  On average, patients with traumatic injuries need 45 units of blood.  Blood can’t be manufactured, it must come from donors.  The Blood Connection says one donation can save up to three lives.

How Blood Drives Work
The Blood Connection staff can help put you at ease and answer your questions about the blood drive.  Allow about 45 minutes to sign in, begin your appointment and complete the process.  The actual donation time only takes 10 – 15 minutes.  You must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.  With parental consent, 16-year-olds can donate.

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We Appreciate Your Support
If you have any questions, call us at 864-520-2942.  We look forward to meeting you on Saturday, June 1!

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Avoid These Foods for Healthy Teeth

Avoid These Foods for Healthy Teeth

Your diet plays a large role in the health of your teeth.  Avoid these foods to keep your smile healthy and bright.  First on the list are sodas.  Sipping on sodas constantly feeds cavity bacteria.  The sugar and acid can destroy your enamel.   Other acidic and sugary drinks, like energy drinks, sports drinks and coffee and tea with sugar also damage teeth and feed harmful bacteria. Water is the best thing to drink throughout the day.

Don’t Chew Ice

Chewing ice can fracture teeth and dental work. For many, chewing ice is a habit. It’s one habit you should avoid.  Even though ice doesn’t contain sugar, it can still wear down your teeth and lead to expensive dental work.

Avoid chewing ice

A Warning About Sticky Foods

Many dried fruits are sticky and will hold sugar against your teeth for an extended period of time.  This increases your chance of getting cavities.  This might surprise you, but raisins can be worse for your teeth than chocolate.  If you like to snack on trail mix containing dried fruit, be sure to brush and floss after you eat.

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Limit Citrus Intake

Lemon water or other citrus flavored water is refreshing, but it can lead to an increase in cavities.  Be mindful of your citrus intake and rinse with water after eating acidic fruits, such as oranges, limes, grapefruit and lemons.  The American Dental Association suggests you eat acidic foods as part of a meal instead of by themselves.  This includes tomatoes.

Hard Candy Danger

Hard candy is sticky and sugary.  This is awful for your teeth.  I’m talking about mints with sugar, lollipops and your other favorites in the candy aisle. Breath mints that contain sugar are no different than any other type of candy.  Therefore, select sugar free mints.

Limits Sweets

Limit sweets in general.  What’s good for your body is also good for your teeth.  As you’ve heard before, everything in moderation.  As always, brush and floss to keep those teeth happy and healthy.

Checkups are Important

Regular visits to the dentist keep you aware of how your teeth are doing.  I recommend checkups twice a year.  This professional examination can identify problem areas and help form a checklist to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.  We are accepting new patients.  You can call us to schedule at 864-520-2942 or click here to request an appointment.

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Yappy Hour With Us!

Join us for Yappy Hour

Yappy Hour is on through the end of October!  We are proud to sponsor this monthly gathering that brings dog lovers together for a good cause.

Supporting Partners in Animal Care

On the 4th Sunday of the month between April and October, Partners in Animal Care hosts a great party at Brewery 85. You can bring your 4-legged friends to listen to music, meet new people and enjoy food and drinks from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Sponsor tables are also set up to shop and enjoy some fun, free items.

Benefiting Greenville Animal Care

Proceeds from Yappy Hour benefit Greenville Animal Care, the state’s largest open-admission animal shelter.  Their mission is to save more homeless animals and create a no kill community.  Our family dental practice is proud to support Greenville Animal Care.

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Help End Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This is the month to help end oral cancer.  We encourage you to get screened.  Our family dental team is offering free screenings all month and throughout the year, by appointment.  You don’t have to be a patient to get checked, just contact our office.

Risk Factors

While smoking and and tobacco use are major risk factors for oral cancer, the fastest growing group of patients might surprise you.  They’re young, healthy and non-smokers.  This is due to the connection to the HPV virus.  About 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Any sore or ulcer that hasn’t healed in two weeks
  • A red, black or white discoloration in the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched
  • A lump or hard spot in the tissue, usually border of the tongue
  • A growth
  • A sore under a denture that does not heal
  • A lump or thickening in the mouth
  • You notice a painless, firm, fixed lump on the outside of the neck for at least two weeks

Help End Oral Cancer

I encourage you to get screened because it’s a key step in early detection.  To prevent oral cancer, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine.  Men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than women. Smokers and excessive alcohol drinkers older than 50 are the most at-risk.  All it takes is three to seven minutes to get screened.  Everyone over the age of 18 should get checked annually, according to The Oral Cancer Foundation.

Free Screenings

As a cancer survivor, and a health care professional, I understand the importance of early detection and treatment.  To help better understand the screening process, I created a short video that demonstrates how it works, click here.  The process is painless and quick, and it doesn’t cost a thing.  I’m available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call my office.  You can schedule an appointment by dialing 864-520-2942 or you can book online.

 

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Pet Adoption Saves Lives

Dogs Who Need Loving Homes

We want to thank everyone who stopped by our open house Saturday, March 30 to consider pet adoption.  Our team brought dogs and smiles together for a good cause.  At Greenville Animal Care adoptions only cost $35.  That includes spay and neuter, microchip and registration, along with vaccinations and other medical treatment.

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Partnering with Greenville Animal Care

Greenville Animal Care

Our friends brought Lucy and Jack Sparrow to our family event.  These dogs deserve good homes.  Greenville Animal Care is the largest open-admission animal facility in South Carolina with a care capacity of approximately 400 dogs and cats.  At the end of March, the shelter was full of dogs who need to find families who will love and care for them.

Pet Adoption

If you’re considering pet adoption, you can view adoptable dogs here.  You can look at cats here.

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Building a No Kill Community

Greenville Animal Care is building a No Kill Community, but they need help.  You can join in their Tails & Trails 5K run and walk May 11.

Proud to Support Great Causes

At our family dental studio, we’re proud to support many local organizations.  From local schools and Harvest Hope to Operation Gratitude and Greenville Animal Care, we want to give back to our great community.

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Open House March 2019

 

 

 

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Dogs + Smiles = Open House

Open House at the Dental Studio

Our family dentistry team is hosting an open house to bring dogs and smiles together!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 30.  We hope you’ll stop by to tour our office and enjoy some refreshments.  Our friends from Greenville Animal Care will also have dogs on site who need forever homes.

Greenville Animal Care

Greenville County Animal Care is the largest open-admission animal facility in South Carolina.  All dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are only $35 to adopt.  This includes vaccines, testing, spay/neuter and a microchip.  Greenville County Animal Care is located at 328 Furman Hall Road, but they’ll be able to bring some adoptable pets for you to meet, during our open house.

Healthy Smiles

Our goal is to provide quality and affordable dental care to patients at every stage of life.  From cleanings and filings to crowns and root canals, we are here to work with you.  We also provide cosmetic dentistry, and first time patients receive free, custom take-home whitening kits.  If you’re looking for a dentist, we encourage you to drop in for a visit.  We will have gifts for everyone, and you can enter to win some great prizes.

My team and I look forward to meeting you March 30, and we hope to place some wonderful dogs in their forever homes!

Serving the Upstate

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio opened in the heart of Greenville in the summer of 2017.  For 20 years, I’ve practiced general dentistry in the Upstate.  If you have questions for me or want to schedule an appointment, call 864-520-2942 or book online.

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Flossing Before Bed Is Important

Why Flossing is Important

If you want your teeth to last, you must make brushing and flossing a daily habit, along with regular professional cleanings at the dentist.

There’s a saying in dentistry, “only floss the ones you want to keep.”

Take a second to think about that that.  Would you want to lose any of your teeth?

Flossing is a crucial step in the care of your teeth, because brushing twice a day is not enough.

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It’s important to floss before bed

Flossing is a must.  Why?  Because brushing does not clean the whole tooth.  Brushing alone only cleans 60% of a tooth, but flossing can reach the surfaces your toothbrush can’t reach.

Flossing Helps Fight Cavities

When food particles are left between your teeth, bacteria can use that decaying food to form cavities in those areas.

Cavities between teeth are difficult to fix and can lead to crowns and root canals.  These procedures are time consuming and costly.

Food debris left between your teeth can also lead to bad breath.

You can also make your teeth look brighter by keeping stains from developing between your teeth.

Many people may use water flossers, such as the name brand Waterpik, to clean between their teeth.  These are good for removing bacteria around your gums and under bridges and dental work, but you still need to use traditional floss to protect against cavities between teeth.

What You Should Know

Follow these steps to make sure you’re getting the most out of flossing:

Hug the floss tight to the side of your tooth
Rub the floss gently up and down against the side of each tooth
Make sure the floss reaches the base of each tooth

You can view a demonstration from the American Dental Association.

Healthy teeth increase your quality of life.  Your daily routine should include brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing before bed.  If you don’t already do this, it’s time to start.  I know it can be difficult to change dental hygiene habits, but it’s far worse to lose teeth to decay and disease.

Visit the Dentist Twice a Year

In additional to taking care of your teeth and gums at home, it’s important to visit the dentist twice a year.  You can get directions to our office and schedule a checkup on our website.  We accept all major insurance and work with your schedule for morning, evening, weekend and emergency appointments.  Call us anytime at 864-520-2942.

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Office Manager Jackie Johnston welcoming patients

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Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental health Month, so it’s a good time to talk about building healthy habits from an early age.

Teaching kids to properly care for their teeth will help them develop healthy habits from the start, and not struggle to brush and floss regularly, like most adults.

Tooth Decay

Dental disease is preventable, and prevention is always better than treatment.

Children’s Dental Health Month is a time to raise awareness that cavities can be prevented, and healthy habits begin at home with parents and caregivers.

Tooth decay, which we also call cavities, is the most common chronic disease in children.  Kids get cavities because they’re not brushing properlyTheir diets may also contain too much sugar.

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What Parents Should Know

Parents should be actively involved in brushing their children’s teeth up through the age of eight years old.  This means parents should be in the room with their kids, thoroughly brushing their children’s teeth for two minutes, twice a day.  Start the flossing habit each night before bedtime too, as soon as your kids have two teeth that touch.

It’s good to get young children involved in brushing their teeth, but children below the age of eight are generally not able to properly brush and care for their teeth by themselves.

Family Dentistry

Our practice is focused on family dentistry.  You can book a checkup and a cleaning on our website or by calling 864-520-2942.  We work with your schedule to provide morning, evening, weekend and emergency appointments, and all major insurance is accepted.  We created a video to show you what a checkup with x-rays will look like, click here.

Important Recommendations

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) encourages parents to implement mouth care routines beginning as early as infancy, before a child’s first tooth even appears. Here’s what DHEC recommends for parents:

  • Begin oral care during infancy by wiping a baby’s gums and mouth with a soft cloth
  • Brush a child’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes. Children under the age of three should use a smear of toothpaste, and children over three should use a pea-sized amount.
  • Take their children for regular dentist visits beginning at the age of one.
  • Talk to a pediatrician, family doctor, nurse or dentist about putting fluoride varnish on children’s teeth as soon as they get their first tooth.
  • Limit a child’s consumption of sugary snacks and drinks.
  • Ask their child’s dentist about dental sealants that protect teeth from decay.
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Regular Cleanings and Checkups Can Save You $

Cleanings and Checkups

Let me tell you how important it is to visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

You can catch problems earlier or prevent them from happening at all, with regular visits.  Once cavities reach a certain stage, they’ll only continue to grow, and you can end up with a root canal or having to pull a tooth.

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The hard buildup around your teeth by the gum line won’t go away on its own.  Brushing and flossing won’t remove it, but your family dentist can knock it out with special instruments.

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That buildup is called tartar, and it can lead to decay and gum disease.  Take a look at the before and after pictures from a recent cleaning in Dr. Bullard’s office:

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Before

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After

According to the American Dental Association, almost half of adults over 30 have some form of gum disease.  You simply do not want to miss checkups.  Your problem areas won’t go away, and they will cost you more money down the road.  Imagine the bill for a routine cleaning and checkup compared to a root canal and crown.

Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have dental health problems.  Small cavities and gum disease often go unnoticed if you’re not feeling any pain.

Use Your Dental Benefits

If you have dental benefits, you are already paying to see your dentist twice a year, so you may as well schedule an appointment, and show up!

Dental cleanings and checkups are part of your overall health and wellness.  Studies show there is a link between a healthy mouth and a healthy heart.  Dental checkups fit right in with exercise and eating well to keep your body in top shape.

Fresher Breath and Whiter Teeth

You can have whiter teeth and fresher breath.  At your dental cleanings, your hygienist or dentist will remove stains from your teeth that are impossible to brush away at home.  A professional cleaning will also remove bacteria that cause bad breath.  Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you.  Don’t you just love how your teeth feel after a cleaning?  Doesn’t it make the day seem brighter?

Book an Appointment

To schedule your next checkup, click here.  You can also call our office at 864-520-2942.

 

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