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When you’ve got a great smile, you don’t want to keep it to yourself. So spread the word!

For each new patient you refer to our office, you will receive a $5 Target Gift Card and be entered into our quarterly drawing for a $250 gift card to Target, Amazon or anywhere you'd like!

How does it work? It’s simple!

  1. Spread the word about Padonia Dental Associates! You can also pick up our Sharing Smiles Referral Cards at the office and pass them along to people you know—friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else! 

  2. Tell your friends and family to give your name when scheduling their first visit or have them bring in our Sharing Smiles Referral Card with your name on it. 

  3. When a person you sent comes in for their first appointment, you receive a gift card and are entered in the quarterly drawing for a $250 gift card of your choice! 

The referral of your friends and family is the greatest compliment we can receive. We are truly thankful for the continued trust you place in our office. 

*Gift cards and entries into quarterly drawing are limited to 2 members of the same immediate family. Referral patient (new patient) must provide referring patient name when scheduling first appointment to receive a Referral Reward. Rewards will be given out after new patient’s first appointment. This promotion is available to existing patients only (existing patients are those whom have been seen by our practice within the last 36 months). Rewards are non-transferrable. Family members of employees are not eligible. Must be 18 years or older to receive Rewards. This program is subject to change and can be discontinued at any time.

 

By Padonia Dental Associates
August 18, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Cavity   Dentist   Cavities  

Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!

A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Cockeysville, MD dentist for the answers you need.Dentist in Cockeysville, MD

What is a cavity?

Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.

What causes cavities?

A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.

The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A black stain on your tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
 
What complications can arise if left untreated?

If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:

  • Chronic or severe dental pain
  • An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
  • Pain or problems chewing food
  • An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth

If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.

Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.

Keeping You Safe

We have exciting news! Padonia Dental Associates is now open for elective procedures. We want to reassure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and team members. It is important not to put your oral healthcare needs on hold during this time as neglect could lead to more severe problems in the future. We also have telemedicine options if you prefer a consultation with our doctors from home. 

We have implemented rigorous measures and infection control protocols in the office to ensure your safety, including the following: 

  • PPE will be worn by all of our providers, including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and hair covers; masks will be worn by all other team members
  • Office and treatment rooms will be sanitized between appointments and constantly throughout the day
  • Team members and patients' temperature will be taken before entering the building
  • To reduce face to face interaction, insurance and financial related inquiries, medical history and a COVID 19 screening will be handled before your visit
  • Please call our office if you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or chills
  • Patients will call the office upon arrival and wait in their cars until their appointment time
  • Patients are required to wear a mask upon entering the building
  • Adults accompanying other adults must wait in their car unless their assistance is medically necessary
  • Children under 18 may be accompanied by one parental guardian
  • Please remain 6 feet from any other patient while you are in building and follow social distance markings
  • A peroxyl rinse will be done before every appointment to reduce bacterial and viral counts in the mouth

We will help guide you through your appointment and ensure your safety as well as ours. If you have an appointment that was cancelled, we will be giving you a call to reschedule. If you would like to schedule a routine or elective procedure or if you have a dental emergency, please give our office a call at 410-560-1400 so we can get you scheduled.

We may look a little different the next time we see you, but we assure you we are still smiling under our masks! We look forward to seeing you!

~ Padonia Dental Associates

EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH easier to deal with if we’ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It’s true that a dental emergency isn’t quite the same as a food shortage or a flat tire, but we can still make plans for what to do.

If A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

Call the dentist right away if your child loses a baby tooth in an accident, especially if it wasn’t loose beforehand. In most cases, we won’t put the tooth back in because it could create problems for the incoming permanent tooth. Since that tooth will be replaced eventually anyway, this might not seem like a big deal, but there may be other, less obvious damage.

If A Tooth Gets Broken…

In the event of a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, get straight to a dentist. The sooner treatment happens, the better. What you can do beforehand is find the broken tooth fragments and place them in cold milk to preserve them. You can also rinse your mouth out with water.

Never ignore a crack or chip, because if the damage is deep enough to expose the dental pulp, the tooth is in danger of infection, which can lead to the death of the pulp, a painful dental abscess, bone loss, and worse.

If An Adult Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

If an entire permanent tooth is knocked out, get to the dentist as fast as you safely can, because the clock is ticking on the fate of that tooth. If the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident, the tooth can usually be saved. You can improve the tooth’s chances by putting it back in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back in, storing it in cold milk will also help.

Do NOT handle a knocked out tooth by the root. Do NOT let it dry out. Do NOT scrub it clean or use any soap, alcohol, or peroxide on this. Doing any of these things will kill the root, and then it will be much harder or even impossible to successfully replant.

It’s too bad we can’t just regrow adult teeth, isn’t it?

We’re Ready To Help In Case Of Emergencies!

In addition to being familiar with common types of dental emergencies, it’s essential to know where you’re going to go for help! Our practice is ready to help any patient with an unexpected dental problem. We hope that you’ll never need to use this information and that the only time we’ll see you will be for regular appointments, but it’s always good to be prepared!

You can rely on our practice!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

By Padonia Dental Associates
June 12, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Would you prefer keeping your orthodontic treatment private? Thanks to Invisalign, you can improve your smile without metal wires and invisalignbrackets. The Invisalign system realigns teeth with removable aligner trays that are practically invisible. The dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, offer Invisalign and other treatments that improve the appearance and health of your teeth.

How does the Invisalign system straighten teeth?

Constant pressure is the key to realigning your teeth. Unlike metal braces, the Invisalign system doesn't use a system of wires and brackets to provide pressure. When you choose Invisalign, you'll wear a series of clear, removable aligner trays that constantly exert gentle pressure on your teeth. Trays are replaced every two weeks and are worn for about 22 hours per day.

Digital images, impressions, and X-rays are taken of your teeth during the first step in the process. The Invisalign software combines the digital information into a three-dimensional image that can be manipulated to approximate the effect of the aligners on your teeth throughout your treatment. This technology allows your dentist to create trays that correct your specific orthodontic issues without drawing unwanted attention to your smile.

Do I have to give up my favorite foods to wear the aligner trays?

Food restrictions are necessary when you wear metal or ceramic braces. If you're not careful, hard, tough, or sticky foods can damage wires or brackets. There are no restrictions with the Invisalign system. You'll take your trays out before you eat, rinse them, then put them back after your meal.

You'll also remove the aligner trays before you brush or floss your teeth. Once the trays have been removed, you'll simply follow your usual oral hygiene routine.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a good option for many people. The system can straighten teeth, improve spacing problems, and treat common bite problems, such as underbites and overbites. Although metal braces are a better option if you have a severe orthodontic problem, Invisalign is an excellent, effective option if you have mild or moderate issues.

Straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign! Call the Cockeysville, MD, dentists at Padonia Dental Associates at (410) 560-1400 to schedule your appointment.