The holiday season brings with it parties, family gatherings, fun, and food! However, this can be a challenging time for your teeth since you may eat and drink things you normally wouldn’t. Believe it or not, many people experience dental emergencies during the holidays due to Grandma’s famous peanut brittle, or find themselves with cavities in the New Year due to the extra sugar intake. Your dentist in Columbia offers some helpful tips on keeping your teeth healthy during the holidays.
Columbia Healthy Smiles Blog
December 3, 2017
October 20, 2017
The end of the year is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Now is the time to start thinking about that Christmas gift list and your party plans. You should also make sure you’ve taken advantage of every last dollar your dental insurance benefits provide. If you haven’t, then don’t waste any time—schedule a dental checkup or any other kind of covered treatment you or another family member needs. Your dentist in Columbia, Dr. Batson, wants you to use all of the benefits you’re entitled to receive so you enjoy the gift of a healthy and happy smile this holiday season.
September 12, 2017
Are you afraid to visit the dentist? Imagine how a child might feel if mommy or daddy talks down about visiting the dental office.
One of the best things you can do to ensure your child will have a healthy, beautiful smile is put your fears and apprehensions aside to bring your child to the dentist. Helping your child understand that their children’s dentist in Columbia is here to help them, not hurt them, is key to providing a stable oral health foundation for years to come.
June 6, 2017
Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your crooked teeth? You have probably considered orthodontics in the past but feel that metal wires and brackets will only add to your insecurities. Now, you can get the straight, confident smile you have always wanted using a nearly invisible option. With Invisalign in Columbia, you will correct the alignment of your teeth using a sophisticated treatment so you no longer need to feel embarrassed.
April 11, 2017
Have you been seeing burgundy and white ribbons around more often? A lot of them can be randomly spotted tied around tree trunks at the park or bumper stickers on the backs of people’s cars. It’s because dentists and citizens alike are trying to spread awareness of a dark reality that tends to be overlooked: oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 49,750 patients will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017, probably causing about 9, 750 deaths. That’s roughly 1 death per hour, 24 hours a day! April is National Oral Cancer Awareness month and it’s important that patients know how to prevent themselves and their loved ones from it. Your Columbia dentist is here to inform you about high-risk factors, symptoms, and how visiting Columbia Healthy Smiles for checkups, cleanings, and oral cancer screenings can help prevent your family from ever suffering from this deadly disease.
March 8, 2017
There are not many situations that are more stressful and frightening than a dental emergency, and you can bet it won’t happen at a convenient time. The good news is Columbia Healthy Smiles is here for you, and with the right team on your side you have nothing to worry about when a dental emergency occurs. Your dentist in Columbia discusses what to do in a dental emergency.
January 11, 2017
Have you decided that 2017 is the year you’ll reach your goals? Did you know that your smile could help you do this? This is because a beautiful smile gives you confidence, and confidence helps you achieve great things! Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for improving your teeth, and Dr. Philip Batson, your dentist in Columbia can help brighten your smile for the New Year! Here are some of the cosmetic options we have for you.
December 22, 2016
While the holidays bring with them fun times with friends and family, they also can feel overwhelming. Shopping for gifts, holiday parties, and family gatherings raise many people’s stress levels. Some patients deal with elevated stress levels by clenching and grinding their teeth at night, also known as bruxism. This may not sound like such a big deal, however bruxism can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and wear on your teeth. Dr. Philip Batson, your dentist in Columbia, discusses the link between stress from the holidays and bruxism.
November 24, 2016
As the end of the year approaches, you have plenty of things on your “to-do” list before the start of the new year, but is visiting the dentist also on your list? Now is the perfect time to visit the dentist before the year ends to maximize the value of your dental benefits. As a family dentist in Columbia, we will help you make the most of your dental benefits before they expire at the end of the year.
October 21, 2016
Sugary sweets are part of Harvest time. Candy, gum, soda pop–they show up in trick or treat bags or school parties. How can parents and kids limit sugar consumption and still enjoy this fun time of year? Dr. Philip A. Baston, dentist in Columbia, suggests ways to hold the line on junk food and to keep smiles strong and healthy.