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Yes, We Are Open!

Open for Cleanings and All Dental Work

After more than a month of treating dental emergencies, we are happy to announce we are open for cleanings and all dental work. We want to thank our patients for their patience and understanding during the pandemic. Everyone has been so understanding. For more than a month we treated emergencies, but regular appointments were put on hold. This no more! We are now looking forward to seeing EVERYONE again.

Rescheduling Cleanings and Dental Work

Our team is working to get in touch with patients who missed appointments from late March through early May. We will call you, but if you want to reach out, please feel free to give us a call at 864-520-2942 or click here to send a message through our website. We are dedicated to following all CDC, DHEC and dental association guidelines to keep everyone safe during this time.

New Patients Are Always Welcome

We are conveniently located in Downtown Greenville in the North Main area, and free parking is provided. We work hard to make sure you are happy and healthy. We want it to be easy to become a patient in our practice. Our office participates in most insurance plans and offers evening and Saturday appointments for new patients.

Greenville Dental Studio participates in most insurance plans.
Our dental office wants to make it easy to become a patient.
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We Are Here For You

We Are Here For You

While we are practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, know that we are here for you, our patients, through phone calls, emails, messaging, and in person, for dental emergencies. If you have questions or concerns about your oral health during this time, please reach out to us.

Emergency Appointments

Dental checkups and cleanings are on hold for now.  We will call to reschedule your appointments when our office fully reopens.  For now, if you experience pain or swelling, don’t hesitate to call us.  If you chip or break a tooth, call us: 864-520-2942.

Healthy Smiles At Home

And please remember to brush and floss daily.  It’s important to maintain a healthy smile.  We recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes, and flossing once a day, before you go to bed.

Take care of yourself during this time and look out for each other.

Sincerely,

Dr. Andy Bullard

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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!

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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.

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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.

Avoid These Foods

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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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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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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Is An Electric Toothbrush Really Better?

Is an Electric Toothbrush Really Better?

A lot of people ask “is an electric toothbrush really better?” Well, 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 when we brush our teeth.  In the morning we’re in too much of a rush and in the evening we’re too tired to use a manual brush properly, and it is really difficult to change our habits.

Brush for Two Minutes

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 like 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. Sometimes in the evenings, and 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.  The dental work can hold bacteria more than tooth enamel.

Be Gentle on Your Gums

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).  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.

Picking the Correct Toothpaste

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 the plainer pastes and gels are better for you, especially if you have gum recession or sensitive teeth.

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Don’t Use Too Much Force

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.

Start Shopping

So if you do not yet have an electric toothbrush, start checking them out. I think you’ll be pleased with the results! To schedule a checkup and cleaning, call our office at 864-520-2942 or request an appointment online.

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Checkup time!

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Now Open! – Greenville Dental Studio

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Dr. Andy Bullard, DMD

Now Open! – Greenville Dental Studio

The day has finally arrived and we are pleased to announce that Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville has opened its doors to serve you and your family’s dental needs. Our goal is to be the best possible partner for you in your healthcare; to place all of our knowledge and all of our skill at your service. Please stop in and see just how much we have to offer. We will provide a warm, caring and professional environment to ensure your satisfaction.

Our new location is at:

644 N.Main St., Building A, Suite 111

Greenville  SC 29609

Thank you for visiting Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville. Please feel free to call us at 864-520-2942 or you contact us at info@greenvilledentalstudio.com.