Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is like a coat of armor for your teeth

For a fluoride treatment, we use a sticky varnish to paint onto the surfaces of your teeth.  The treatment delivers a high dose of fluoride directly where it is applied.  In the right situation, fluoride treatments have proven to be an effective part of treating and fighting decay .  Fluoride disrupts bacteria that cause decay.  It also makes teeth strong, so they can stand up to decay.

There are several different situations where fluoride treatments have proven to be most effective:

Children at risk of decay
The varnish used in fluoride treatments has been shown to reverse early decay.  It also stops the progression of enamel decay in primary and permanent teeth.

Orthodontics and Braces
After braces come off, fluoride treatments can help treat white spot legions that can develop on teeth.

Dry Mouth Syndrome
Saliva is a vital and natural way your body works at fighting decay.  There are hundreds of medicines that cause dry mouth.  When your natural protection is decreased, fluoride varnish can be an effective supplement.  Everyone with dry mouth is susceptible to root decay under old fillings and crowns.  Root decay moves fast and can be catastrophic for a tooth.  Fluoride treatments can help protect vulnerable, exposed root areas.

Patients who have had head and neck radiation
Radiation can kill the saliva glands that are so important at fighting decay in your teeth.

Adults at moderate risk of decay
Adults who have three areas of early decay or who have had any fillings in the last three years would benefit from a fluoride treatment.

At Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville, we are focused on the prevention of disease and fighting decay.  We will assess your risks and the possible benefits of fluoride treatments.

Blood Drive

Open House and Blood Drive
On Saturday, September 22, Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville will host a blood drive at our location in the North Main Community.  The bloodmobile will park at the corner of North Main Street and Stone Avenue, across from Rite-Aid.  The Blood Connection will set up on site from 9:30am – 1pm.

Everyone who donates receives a $20 Chick-fil-A gift card and a thank you gift from me.  We’re also hosting an open house at our dental office, so please stop by and meet our team.  We will be happy to answer your questions about family dental care and cosmetic treatments.

Why Blood Drives Are Important
As a family dental practice, we are focused on the overall health of our patients.  As a cancer survivor, I received multiple blood and platelet transfusions during treatment.  I am 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.

Hurricane Florence has increased the need for blood in the Carolinas.  “We don’t yet know what the impact will be. Hospitals are already requesting extra blood and we expect to get requests from other areas that will be affected,” said TBC President and CEO Delisa K. English.

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 weight at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.  With parental consent, 16-year-olds can donate.

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:

You can schedule in advance or stop by the day of our blood drive.

We Appreciate Your Support
I hope to see you at our blood drive and open house!  We will have refreshments, raffles and giveaways.

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

Toothpaste, Greenville Dental Studio, Dental health, Cosmetic Dental

How Does Toothpaste Work?

How Does Toothpaste Work?

Toothpaste is an important part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Let’s take a look at how it works.

There are several different ingredients in toothpaste that help clean teeth, namely detergents and abrasives. The detergents help break up debris.  Abrasives scour off stains. It is the presence of the abrasives that makes brushing gently so important.  You do not want to scour your teeth and gums away!  The main ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which makes teeth more resistant to cavities. Your teeth soak up whatever is available, either calcium or fluoride.  Fluoride is the stronger of the two and more resistant to the acid that causes cavities. You want the last few layers of a tooth to be heavily infused with fluoride. It is like a suit of armor for the tooth.  A main purpose of toothpaste is to deliver fluoride. That is why after you brush you do not want to rinse with water.  For adults, you do not want to rise away all of that good fluoride.  However, children should rinse with water after brushing. Fluoride fights sugar and acid, so use toothpaste with fluoride to keep your teeth strong.

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Calcium leaving a tooth and fluoride is available to strengthen

 

Check out the American Dental Association for more information about toothpaste. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/toothpastes

Remember to brush for two minutes twice a day.  For more information about Greenville Dental Studio please call us at 864-520-2942 or email us at info@greenvilledentalstudio.com 

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Free Oral Cancer Screenings

  Free Oral Cancer Screenings

April 8-15, 2018 is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Our office is offering free oral cancer screenings all week and throughout the year.  Approximately 110,000 people are diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancer every year in the United States.  Sadly, 66% of the time oral cancer isn’t detected until it’s in a late stage of the disease. Early detection is an important factor in treatment.  Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville will always provide free screenings by appointment.

Major risk factors for oral, head and neck cancer include tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Sun damage can also cause the lips to be become involved. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is also a major risk factor.

ADA.org lists the following as possible signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer:

          – a lump or thickening of oral soft tissues

          – soreness or a feeling that something is caught in the throat

          – difficulty chewing or swallowing

          – ear pain

          – difficulty moving jaw or tongue

          – hoarseness

          – numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth

          – swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable

Here is a look at an oral screening with Dr. Andy Bullard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ehHXV3PfI0

Check out these websites for more information: http://www.entnet.org/OHANCAW,  https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/oral-cancer

Call our office today to schedule your free screening 864-520-2942 or email us at info@greenvilledentalstudio.com 

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Toothbrush, Clean Teeth, Dental Health, Greenville Dentist

NEW STUDY FINDS 30% OF MILLENNNIALS BRUSH THEIR TEETH ONCE PER DAY?

New Study Finds 30% of Millennials Brush Their Teeth Once Per Day?

In a recent survey conducted by a polling company and a toothpaste company, it was found that 30% of people aged 18-34 brush their teeth once per day.  The study does not state whether this is different from previous generations in this age range or whether people tend to get better at brushing as they age.  Either way, it underscores the task facing dentists every day — trying to get people to change their habits.

As we know, changing habits can be difficult.  Imagine every evening, just as you are ready to tumble into bed, having to unload the dishwasher or fold and put away a load of laundry.  These tasks take generally the same amount of time it takes to properly brush and floss your teeth.  It may often seem like too high of a mountain to climb.  This is one reason I recommend an electric toothbrush.  Grab your brush and walk around for the time it runs.  The time will pass so much faster.  Another good idea is to brush after your last meal of the evening.  You don’t have to wait until just before bedtime to brush.  You could also keep a toothbrush and a cup of water by your computer or TV.  That way you won’t have to stand and stare at yourself in the mirror for two minutes in your bathroom.

The important thing is to keep and maintain a high level of health.  Form good habits in adulthood to avoid problems down the road.  If you are someone who has found it difficult to make the habit of brushing twice a day, try some of these techniques.

To recap: Try an electric toothbrush that runs for two minutes

Walk around while you brush

Brush before you get tired

Brush in front of the TV or computer

The goal: Brush twice a day

Floss at night

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What Is A Cavity?

What Is A Cavity?

A dental cavity is where a part of the tooth has been broken down by acid and become soft. The main way to fix a cavity is to drill away and remove the ruined part of the tooth to get down to good solid tooth structure and then replace what was removed with filling material.

How does a cavity form?

Bacteria + sugar = acid. There is a certain kind of bacteria that eats sugar and makes acid, and when the acid is able to sit on your teeth it starts dissolving the tooth structure. It is not always known why some people are more susceptible to getting cavities. Certainly brushing and flossing properly plays a major role in preventing tooth decay but sometimes people who brush the same get cavities at different rates. It is possible there may be different strains of the same bacteria, some more aggressive than others, or certain people may naturally have teeth that are more resistant to acid or each person’s type of saliva may play a role. Diet also has a major effect on cavities. Diets that are high in sugar and/or acids (like sodas) play a major role in weakening teeth and feeding the bacteria so they can keep their acid producing machinery in full production. With each introduction of sugar the bad bacteria can produce acid for about 30 minutes, which makes sipping on sugary drinks throughout the day particularly dangerous.

Let’s take a look at how a cavity forms

The crown of the tooth (the part of the tooth we can see in the mouth) is made of different layers. The outer layer is the enamel shell. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and is the most acid resistant part of the tooth. It has no feeling and no innate ability to repair itself, though it can potentially be repaired, and indeed strengthened, with Fluoride. Under the enamel is the dentin. Dentin is softer than enamel but it does have a small amount of ability to repair itself, or at least react to the presence of a cavity. In the middle of the tooth is the pulp, where nerves and blood vessels are. This is the living tissue of a tooth. If decay reaches the pulp a root canal is usually necessary.

 

 

 

 

A cavity usually begins by making a small hole in the hard enamel and then spreading out and speeding up when it reaches the softer dentin.

Once decay reaches the dentin something needs to be done and that something is generally a filling. A filling removes all of the infective bacteria and the irreparable damage that has been done, getting down to good solid tooth structure and then replacing what was removed.

How can we prevent cavities from forming?

Fluoride. Regular and proper brushing will help remove the damaging bacteria, sugar and acid from your teeth, and fluoride is the best thing we have to help keep teeth cavity free. Teeth will soak up either calcium or fluoride and fluoride is harder and stronger than calcium. A tooth that is infused with fluoride will be more acid resistant and fluoride can sometimes even repair small acid damaged areas. That is why you want to have the proper amount of fluoride available for your teeth to absorb.

Tooth decay is one of the most common maladies that affects human beings. Visit your dentist twice a year to check for cavities and have a professional cleaning.

If it is time for your cleaning and check up call us today!

(864)520-2942

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Sealant, Dental Health, Cosmetic Dental, Greenville Dentist

What are dental Sealants, and are they necessary?

What Are Dental Sealants, And Are They Necessary?

     A dental sealant is a coating that is used to fill in and cover the grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Their purpose is to form a physical barrier, not allowing sugar or harmful bacteria to touch the surface of the tooth, hopefully preventing a cavity from forming. Sometimes the groove of a tooth can be so deep and so narrow that even a toothbrush bristle cannot reach the bottom of it. That allows bacteria to hang out in a protected area, making it only a matter of time before a cavity develops. First molars usually come in around the age of six and second molars usually around the age of twelve and sealants are placed when the teeth have erupted enough to be able to access the grooves.

I have gone back and forth over the last 20 years on the usefulness of sealants. They can be very difficult and unpredictable to place on kids with small mouths and a case of the squirmies :). It is confusing to figure out who is covered up to what age and how often as all the insurance plans are different. They are necessarily a thin layer on the chewing surfaces of teeth and can be prone to popping off or wearing away. Even with those challenges though I am a firm believer that sealants are a good and proper treatment.

At Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville we guarantee the sealants we place for as long as that person is in our practice. This is not a guarantee that any tooth with a sealant will never get a cavity, but we take extra steps to ensure that the sealants we place will last and at future cleanings, if we notice a sealant needs touching up or replacing we will do that at no charge. That is the level of trust we have in the quality of our work and in the importance of prevention. Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville is a family practice focused on prevention and education. The less dental work needed, the better. Anything we can do to prevent disease, we will do vigorously. Studies show that there are windows of time when people tend to be more prone to developing cavities and one of those times is through the teenage years into the early twenties. 80% of people have a cavity by the age of twenty and 90% of those cavities are in the grooves of back teeth; just what sealants are designed to protect. The wear rate of sealant material has also improved over the years, helping them stand up to the forces of chewing better and better.

We are going to be focused on keeping sealants in place up through the late teenage years because of our strong belief in taking all steps to prevent dental disease from occurring. We will certainly do whatever work needs to be done and being Comprehensive is how we ensure that work is done to the highest possible standards, however Comprehensive also means a dedication to prevention. Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville is dedicated to reaching and/or maintaining stability for our patients and sealants are one tool in our toolbox that can help us out.

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Is An Electric Toothbrush Really Better?

IS AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH REALLY BETTER?

 

 

It is my belief that just about every adult patient (and every young patient in braces) should have an electric toothbrush. There are 2 reasons for this: time spent brushing and force of brushing. When I was a student in Dental School I had a professor that said a manual toothbrush could be as effective as an electric brush if used properlyand technically that is true. What I have realized after looking at teeth for 20 years is that we are simply too impatient, in the morning in too much of a rush and in the evening too tired, to use a manual brush properly and it is really difficult to change our habits.

If you use a manual brush time yourself brushing. The proper amount of time to brush is 2 minutes, at least 2 minutes. For many people this will seem an eternity. One of the major benefits of an electric toothbrush is that most of them run for 2 minutes, so you turn it on and you know you are done when it turns off. Still, it can be a challenge to stand there and stare at yourself in the mirror and wait for the full 2 minutes, so I recommend walking around while you brush so you give yourself the full time. Sometimes in the evenings, when you are not so rushed getting out of the door to start your day you may want to do 3 or 4 minutes of brushing, especially if you have a lot of fillings or crowns, which can hold bacteria more than enamel. If you have issues with receding gums or have had gum grafts or have sensitive teeth it is better to stick to the 2 minutes because you can actually brush too much, or rather too hard; which brings us to the next major benefit of an electric toothbrush.

Not only can electric toothbrushes clear away bacteria well, they can also be more gentle. Most people brush way too hard, which can cause gum recession and even can wear away your teeth. With an electric toothbrush you just hold it against your teeth and gums and it does the work, removing the need for hard scrubbing. Most toothpastes are abrasive, especially some of the whitening toothpastes. Most whitening toothpastes do not bleach your teeth, they make them whiter by scouring stains off. There was a study done with a toothbrush on a mechanical arm brushing against teeth for a couple of hundred thousand cycles. When only water was used there was no damage to the teeth, but when toothpaste was added large notches were worn in the teeth. Now, toothpaste is vital as a carrier for fluoride, but especially if you have gum recession or sensitive teeth sometimes the plainer the better; just plain paste or gel. Many manual toothbrushes also have medium or firm bristles. Never buy anything but a soft bristled toothbrush. The brushing motion should not involve hard scrubbing. Brushing should be thorough, not forceful. Time spent brushing is much more important than heavy force. Again, brushing too hard is often a difficult habit to break, thus increasing the value of an electric toothbrush.

So if you do not yet have an electric toothbrush start checking them out. I think your check ups will thank you.

Great Check Up!

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What Is The Purpose Of A Bite Guard?

We make our own bite guards to ensure their quality

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A BITE GUARD?

 

The purpose of a bite guard is to protect the teeth, the jaw muscles and the jaw joints. The main destructive forces that a bite guard is designed to reduce are wear of teeth, sore or painful jaw muscles and damage to the jaw joints. These pathologies can be progressive, meaning they get worse over time and people are generally unaware that any damage is occurring.

Wear is one of the most destructive forces that can shorten the life of a tooth, or indeed an entire dentition. Teeth are designed for chewing, speaking and swallowing, what we call functional habits. The enamel of a tooth is the hardest substance in the body and is well designed to handle functional forces. Tooth wear does not generally come from these functional forces, but from the parafunctional forces of clenching and grinding. For the most part people tend to clench during the day and grind at night. As the back teeth wear down they are not able to protect the front teeth properly and the front teeth become involved, often resulting in thinning or chipping, rough edges. Most people do grind their teeth at night and most people are unaware of doing it. These parafunctional clenching and grinding forces are what cause teeth to break and are a major cause of broken dental work as well. Grinding forces are exponentially higher that chewing forces, meaning we grind much harder than we chew and if tooth structure or dental work gets in the way it will lose, meaning it will break. One function of a bite guard is to separate the teeth, so they are not able to grind against each other.

Another function of a bite guard is to reduce jaw muscle activity during grinding. A bite guard cannot stop someone from grinding, but it can reduce the muscle strength used to do so resulting in much less wear and tear. Signs and symptoms of grinding can be overdeveloped size of jaw muscles, waking up with sore or tight jaw muscles, or jaw pain or tension headaches at the end of the day. If the jaw muscles are overactive and working hard at night they are at risk to become sore or painful at some point, often during a stressful time that pushes them over the edge. Anyone who has experienced muscle related jaw pain knows it can be a debilitating condition. A bite guard helps to ensure the muscles do not reach that point. Increased risks for nighttime grinding are snoring, acid reflux, sleep apnea, and certain anti anxiety medications.

The jaw joints are two of the most complex joints in the body. Clicking, popping or crunching in either joint is not normal, but means there has been some level of destruction within the joint. Most people’s teeth do not line up perfectly when they bite together, resulting in the joints being out of place and the muscles having to work to hold the jaw in place and with the muscles having to activate both they and the joint become stretched and stressed. The ligaments around the joint are not like rubber bands; they do not rebound back when they stretch but instead remain at the stretched length. A proper bite guard is designed to take the stress off of the joint and it’s supporting structures.

Not all bite guards are created equal. Most bite guards are protective only, separating the teeth but not helping (and maybe hurting) the joints and muscles. These are 80% of the bite guards made by dentists and are generally clear and can be softened when placed in warm water. To be truly functional a bite guard should be rigid to provide a solid platform to control the bite, for only then can the muscles and joints be protected with less stress. Bite guards at Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville are custom made on site to the highest specifications ensuring that all three phases of potential destruction are addressed: the teeth, the muscles and the joints.

 

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Why Comprehensive?

WHY COMPREHENSIVE?

 

Comprehensive is a long word to say when answering the phone and a long word to spell on a sign. So why was it made the flagship word of the practice? Identity

Comprehensive means several different things, but overall it describes the foundation of what this practice strives to be. It’s accounting for all the factors that affect oral health. Our goal is to reach or maintain stability for all of our patient’s oral health in comfort, function, and esthetics. The best way to do that is to ensure that everything that can influence comfort, function, or esthetics is known and analyzed. We are not fans of guesswork or hoping everything is ok.

That is why sometimes within the first few appointments we may take some more time. This is not so we can do extra work, unnecessary work or take time from anyone’s busy schedule, but so we can sleep well at night knowing our patients are getting the best possible oral health care. It is an amazing responsibility to be entrusted with the care of another human being, and being comprehensive is a way we take that very seriously.

Comprehensive with respect to treatment means using the best material and methods to know exactly where we are going and how to get there before ever beginning. For those who have had a lot of dental work, you know it can be difficult to arrive at a place that looks, acts and feels entirely comfortable. Dental work is incredibly detailed and it demands a comprehensive approach to ensure that it is done with the best outcome.

Comprehensive with respect to the patient experience means that we do everything we can to make being a patient here as easy, smooth and hassle free as possible. We will always be focused on the patient experience and providing a pleasant office environment.

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville is a general care office for the whole family. We are focused on prevention and stability for the entire family at an affordable price.

 

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