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Greenville Dentist Dr Andy Bullard, teeth whitening, hosts The Blood Connection

Neighborhood Blood Drive

Neighborhood Blood Drive

Stop by our office Saturday, January 25 to join in our neighborhood blood drive.  Rain or shine, our friends at The Blood Connection will be parked outside our dental studio, taking donations.  Our office is in the North Main Community at the corner of North Main Street and Stone Avenue in Greenville.  You don’t need an appointment to donate, just walk up between 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Every Donor is a Life Saver

Everyone who donates will receive $20 VISA gift card and a thank you gift from our team at Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville.  As a family dental practice, we are focused on the overall health of our patients.  And as a cancer survivor who has received multiple blood and platelet transfusions, I’m aware of the positive impact blood donation can have on a community.

Making a Lifetime of Difference By Donating One Day

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood for an average of 36,000 units of red blood cells per day.  On average, 45 units of blood are needed for traumatic injuries.  One donation can save up to three lives.  Please allow about 45 minutes for the sign in and donation process.  You must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old to give.  We hope to see you there!

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Join Our Candy Give-Back

Join Our Candy Give-Back

After Halloween, consider joining our Candy Give-Back program and donating your leftovers!  When you donate, we’ll ship your candy to Operation Gratitude, and they’ll use it to make care packages for veterans, troops and first responders.  It’s a great way to say thank you to those who serve and protect us.

Operation Gratitude

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville will collect your unused Halloween candy on these dates: Saturday, November 2, Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5.  Your donations will be sent to Operation Gratitude. This great organization creates care packages for service members, veterans and first responders.

Care Packages

By joining our Candy Give-Back event, you’ll help ensure that sweet treats are included in every care package Operation Gratitude ships out. Since 2003, the organization has delivered nearly 2.5 million care packages to people serving our country and local communities.  What type of candy do we take?  Anything that’s wrapped and left over from Halloween.  Snack size is great!

When you donate at our office, we will also have thank you notes for you to personalize and sign to show your appreciation to those who serve and protect all of us.  We are happy to make our candy collection an annual tradition, and we want to make donating convenient for you.

Candy Give-Back Location

Our family dental office is located at the corner of North Main Street and Stone Avenue, 644 N. Main Street, Suite 111, Greenville, South Carolina.  We have plenty of free, off-street parking in the lot and garage behind our building, so it’s easy to donate.

Your donations to our Candy Give-Back can be made during our regular business hours Saturday, November 2 – Tuesday, November 5.  Please call us, if you have any questions or would like to schedule an alternate donation time, 864-520-2942.

Thank you for your support!

Donating to our troops, veterans and first responders!

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Halloween Candy and Your Teeth

Halloween Candy and Your Teeth

With Halloween just around the corner, and lots of temptation all around us, let’s talk about Halloween candy and your teeth.  When it comes to your oral health, sweets in moderation are okay, as long as you also brush twice a day and floss before bed.

Tooth Decay

What you want to avoid is tooth decay that can lead to cavities or even tooth loss.  Bacteria in your mouth can cause decay.  And guess what? SUGAR fuels the bacteria, and bacteria produces acid that eats away at your teeth.

Best and Worst Candy

The worst candy for your teeth are those sticky ones.  Think about taffy, caramels and anything else that really hangs on to your teeth.  Candy that dissolves quickly and doesn’t get wedged between teeth is better because it doesn’t stick around for bacteria to grab hold to.
Of course, it’s not just about decay.  Hard candy can be a problem if it just breaks your teeth or dental work.

Enjoy the Holiday

Enjoying Halloween candy on October 31 and in the days before and after the holiday is something most of us enjoy and look forward to, especially the kids.  So, have fun and enjoy life, just remember to brush and floss, and visit the dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and checkups.
The goal is to form healthy habits taking care of your teeth, and helping kids do the same.  If you do that, you can enjoy those sweet treats.

Visit the Dentist

To schedule a dental visit, give us a call at 864-520-2942 or click here.  Our office is located at the corner of North Main St. and Stone Ave.

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Brush twice a day

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Are You Using the Right Kind of Mouthwash?

ARE YOU USING THE RIGHT KIND OF MOUTHWASH?

There are two main types of over-the-counter mouthwash we recommend.  Are you using the right kind of mouthwash? Here’s what you need to know:  one is for your gums to fight the bacteria that cause gingivitis and the other is for your teeth to help strengthen against cavities. Both can be used as a breath freshener. There are also some mouthwashes that are only for fresh breath and have no therapeutic effect.

DECIDING WHICH ONE TO USE

In consultation with your dentist, deciding which type of mouthwash to use may depend on whether you’re more susceptible to gingivitis or decay.  If you have bleeding gums, then the antibacterial rinses to fight gingivitis would be most effective.  If you have a lot of filings and crowns, fluoride might be the best choice.  If fresh breath is all you’re after, the antimicrobials used to fight gingivitis will also work to control bad breath because bad breath is usually caused by bacteria.

AVOID MOUTHWASH WITH ALCOHOL

A common ingredient in many mouth rinses is alcohol.  We recommend finding a rinse without alcohol because it can be harsh on the tissue in your mouth and increase dry mouth.

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE MOUTHWASH?

We don’t recommend using mouthwash directly after brushing your teeth because you’ll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste.  We suggest you also read the recommendations and directions listed on the product you chose to use.

ARE YOU USING THE RIGHT KIND OF MOUTHWASH?

You will want to use mouthwashes that have the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance.  And remember that mouthwashes do not take the place of brushing and flossing.    It’s important to visit the dentist twice a year.  To schedule a checkup, click on the link or call our office at 864-520-2942.

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Dental Cleaning is one of the most important functions we provide is to use our instruments as a supplement to your brushing and flossing.

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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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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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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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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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