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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, Harvest Hope, Christmas, Giving Back, Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville

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!

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!

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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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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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