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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.

Avoid chewing ice

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.

Dried fruit leaves sugar on your teeth

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.

Limits Sweets

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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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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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.

Checkup, cleaning

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.