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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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    We care for patients of all ages

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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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Blood Drive January 12

Blood Drive
We will host a blood drive January 12 at our office in Greenville.  You can be a blood donor, just drop by our family dental practice between 10:30am – 2:30pm.  The bloodmobile will park at the corner of North Main Street and Stone Avenue, across from Rite-Aid.

Everyone who donates receives a $20 movie pass or a sweatshirt, along with a thank you gift from our team at Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville.

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New donor item for 2019!

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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The bloodmobile at Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville

How to Register
To sign up, please call us at 864-520-2942 or email  Greenville Dental Studio at info@greenvilledentalstudio.com .

You can also scan below to join our blood drive:

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$20 Movie Pass or sweatshirt for all donors who give on January 12

We Appreciate Your Support
We hope to see you at our blood drive!  Refreshments will be served.

We’ll have Chick-fil-A, Krispy Kreme, smoothies and coffee!

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Holiday Food Drive

Help stock the pantry at Harvest Hope Food Bank this Christmas by donating to our Holiday Food Drive at Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville.

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Holiday Food Drive 2018

We are collecting donations between November 19 – December 14 at our Greenville office, 644 North Main Street, Suite 111.

The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.

Most Needed Items

Some of the most needed items this time of year include canned meats, vegetables, soup, beans, broth, rice, pasta, sauce, boxed stuffing mix, evaporated milk, cereal, diapers and wipes and hygiene products.

Other needed items:

Instant mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce
Low sugar fruit cups
Snack bars
Toiletries
Plastic grocery bags

Cans with pop-top lids are extremely helpful to the clients at Harvest Hope.

Donation Hours 

We look forward to starting a new tradition of giving at Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville.  Join us in making a difference!
You can make donations any time during our office hours or by appointment.

Office hours:
Monday – 8:30am – 6pm
Tuesday – 9am – 3pm
Wednesday – 11am – 8pm
Thursday – 8:30am – 6pm
Friday – 9am – 3pm

Call Jackie at 864-520-2942, if you have questions or want to schedule a drop off time outside our normal business hours.  We want to make it easy to give this Christmas.

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Taking care of your teeth

Taking Care of your Teeth Between Cleanings at the Dentist

Tips for Taking Care of Your Teeth at Home

It is best to get a professional cleaning from your dentist every six months.  In between those cleanings, though, what is the best way to care for your teeth?  Certainly brushing and flossing are the most important things.  Let’s talk about how to do those properly.

Brushing for the Proper Amount of Time

Two minutes is the amount of time you should brush your teeth.  Time yourself to make sure you are reaching that goal.  Sometimes it is easier to walk around while you brush rather than staring at yourself in the mirror for two minutes.  Most of us tend to get impatient, so just take a walk.

Brushing with the Proper Amount of Force

Brushing should be done gently with a soft bristled toothbrush.  You do not need a medium or hard bristled toothbrush.  Brushing with too much force can lead to gum recession and root issues.

Flossing Once Per Day

Even with great brushing, there will still be plaque and bacteria between your teeth.  Cavities between teeth are more difficult to fix.  Make sure to pop some floss between your teeth at night to break up that plague.

Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Simply put, fluoride is the best thing that exists to prevent tooth decay.  Use it.

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Fluoride Toothpaste Prevents Decay

Avoid Sodas and Other Sugary Drinks and Foods

Our diet plays a large role in taking care of your teeth.  What we eat can fuel cavity bugs, the bacteria that cause decay.  Drinks and foods with sugar and acid send cavity bugs into full production.

Schedule Cleanings Twice a Year 

At Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville, we are focused on the prevention of disease and fighting decay.  To schedule a cleaning, call us at 864-520-2942.  We have flexible hours to work with your schedule.

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Donate Your Halloween Treats to our Candy Give-Back Program

2018 Candy Give-Back Program

Join us in making a difference by participating in our Candy Give-Back Program for Veterans, Troops and First Responders.  Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville is working with Operation Gratitude to create care packages for those who help take care of our community.  In addition to collecting your leftover Halloween candy, you can sign a thank you note to show your appreciation for the men and women who serve our country and our local communities.

You can donate between November 1 – 7 at Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville.  We are located at 644 North Main Street Suite 111 in Greenville.  Parking is provided.

Office hours:
Monday – 8:30am – 6pm
Tuesday – 9am – 3pm
Wednesday – 11am – 8pm
Thursday – 8:30am – 6pm
Friday – 9am – 3pm

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville is happy to start a new tradition with the Candy Give-Back Program.  We will mail your donations and thank you notes to Operation Gratitude.  This non-profit organization has delivered more than 2.1 million Care Packages.  Last year, Operation Gratitude volunteers collected more than 400,000 pounds of candy, distributing it to U.S. Troops serving far away from home, Veterans and First Responders.

2018 Candy Give-Back Program

It’s sweet to give!

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