Ellicott City Smiles Blog
November 22, 2023
Some people are afraid to go to the dentist because of the instruments, others are afraid because of money. When it comes time to pay, dental insurance can make the process complicated. This fear has cost Americans over 100 billion dollars in unused insurance per year. Dental insurance is vital to your oral health, and you should make the most of it.
If you want to learn five practical tips to help you optimize your coverage, save money, and maintain a healthy smile, continue reading.(more…)
July 9, 2023
Nothing is more exciting than a loose tooth as a child because it means the Tooth Fairy will be making a stop. However, if a tooth wiggles as an adult, it is a reason to worry. You only get one set of permanent teeth, which is why you need to get to an emergency dentist right away. If you delay treatment, you just might lose your tooth.
February 2, 2023
Invisalign aligners have become an incredibly popular orthodontic treatment. They’re remarkably discreet, and their removability means that you can enjoy all the same foods that you could before you started the treatment.
However, with Valentine’s around the corner, you may be wondering how Invisalign can affect the impression you make on a first date. If you’re curious, here are a few things you should know about dating with Invisalign.(more…)
January 4, 2023
If you have an upcoming dental visit that you’re feeling a little apathetic about, you might be wondering if there’s anything that can be done to ensure a smooth and stress-free visit. Fortunately, oral conscious sedation is one available option that is proven to help patients who struggle to sit in the dental chair, regardless of the reason for their difficulty. Keep reading to learn a little more about this innovative treatment option and how to know if you’re a good candidate for it.(more…)
December 18, 2022
If your palms sweat when it’s time to visit the dentist or you need a lengthy procedure, sedation dentistry can keep you comfortable during your appointment. However, there are many myths and rumors about dental sedation. Don’t let misconceptions about sedation dentistry prevent you from seeing your dentist. Here are the answers to 6 common questions to determine if it’s the right option for you.
October 7, 2022
Many people avoid dentists or delay treatments due to their fear of pain. Dental sedation has been a wonderful tool to soothe anxieties so you can take care of your oral health. Oral conscious, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation have paved the way for you to have your most beautiful, healthy smile! But did you know that these dental sedations help more than just anxiety? Here are five ways these calming treatments can benefit you and your smile!(more…)
September 16, 2022
Having a toothache can be a real stressor. The discomfort may make it difficult to eat, spend time with loved ones, work, and even fall asleep. Depending on what’s causing the pain, your dentist may recommend getting a root canal to repair the tooth. But if your pain suddenly disappears, this may seem like a welcome break. Though you may think this means you no longer need treatment, is that really the case? Read on to learn if you will still need to get a root canal if your tooth stops hurting.(more…)
August 17, 2022
Do you have gums that are sore, red, and bleed easily? Gum disease is very common. In fact, approximately half of Americans over the age of 30 are suffering from gum disease at one severity or another. However, there is all sorts of misinformation floating around online, so it can be difficult to know what is reliable. Continue reading to learn about some of the most common myths out there and why they are incorrect.(more…)
August 3, 2022
Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them; and they often occur when it’s incredibly inconvenient! But sometimes, something like a toothache might not seem very urgent or bothersome—so is it okay to ignore it? Not at all! Here’s more from your emergency dentist about what causes toothaches and how they can lead to some pretty severe consequences if left untreated.(more…)
July 3, 2022
You inherit many different traits from your parents—virtually everything from your eye color to the length of your pinky toe is determined by genetics. But did you know that your genes can also leave you more vulnerable to certain medical conditions, including gum disease? Believe it or not, this condition isn’t just the result of poor oral habits! Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about how genetics can contribute to gum disease along with some tips for protecting your smile.(more…)