Welcome
Our practice is dedicated to delivering the best quality state-of-the-art dental care for our patients in a relaxed, comfortable and friendly environment. We help patients understand and attain the benefits of modern dentistry and good oral health. We also make all of our patients feel special by exceeding their expectations, both clinically and with exceptional customer service.
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9:30-7:00 :: TUE
8:00-1:00 :: SAT (biweekly)
Call 410-769-9333 for an appointment
Latest News
Digital Radiography
Team News
UnderArmour Performance Mouthware
Exciting New Services
Gum Disease Affects Whole Body
More Tidbits About Gum Disease
Tooth-Colored Fillings
Water Line Safety

Gioia (Joy) Retires after 20 years of service in the dental field
After more than twenty years in the dental field, Gioia (Joy), has officially retired from our dental practice. She misses all of our loyal patients. Her new free time is spent renewing friendships and enjoying her new grandchildren in her expanding family.

Digital Radiography ( X-rays )
Providing the best dental care requires that Dr. Sawchuk and the entire staff must keep up with the latest information on materials and techniques. Having the most modern technology is also essential to providing the best dentistry. Recently we have converted our conventional intraoral x-rays to digital x-rays.

Converting to digital x-rays was expensive and time consuming, but we knew it would be a good investment for the future. There are many advantages to having digital x-rays:
  • The actual radiation exposure is only one third the dosage with conventional x-rays
  • We no longer use films inside the mouth (we use special electronic sensors)
  • We no longer need processing chemicals (developer and fixer) for the films
  • We see the x-ray picture immediately (as opposed to waiting several minutes)
  • You can see exactly what the doctor sees on the monitor
  • We can electronically enhance the picture in seconds
  • We can easily print paper copies or email these pictures anywhere with a few clicks of the mouse
Another advantage of the digital x-rays is the safety aspect due to the extremely short exposure time. For example, it would require 1800 digital dental x-rays to equal the same dosage you would get from just one conventional mammogram! This latest technology is very impressive!

Team News
This year has been a busy one for us taking courses on the newest dental materials, implants (artificial roots in teeth), OSHA updates regarding patient protection procedures, geriatric dentistry, HIPAA, and temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and disease. Did you know that one of every three adults exhibit some TMJ symptoms? There are several courses that Dr. Sawchuk and his staff are planning to take over the next few months. Stay tuned and we'll keep you informed!

Dr. Sawchuk has been an active member of several study clubs. These study clubs are groups of local dentists who gather together several times each year to take courses from leading national authorities on a variety of dental subjects. It takes a lot of time to stay up-to-date in this constantly changing field of dentistry, but it is necessary so that we can provide our patients with the best dentistry now and into the twenty-first century.

UnderArmour Performance Mouthware
Did you know that your jaw and bite can influence your athletic performance and strength in physical activities? Your jaw is the key to "unlock" the power you never knew was there! UnderArmour Performance Mouthware is designed and engineered to work for both contact sports and non-contact activities. Athletes in any sport--from football, baseball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, cycling, wrestling, running and martial arts--can capitalize on this innovation that makes you stronger, faster and better. These custom made mouthpieces deliver a host of physical benefits that help you train harder and compete at a higher level than ever before. These amazing appliances can increase your strength, increase endurance, speed up reaction time, reduce athletic stress and reduce impact of blows to the jaw. You don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from this new technology--even someone who visits the local fitness center for a leisurely workout can benefit from these UnderArmour Performance Mouthware appliances.

As an authorized provider of UnderArmour Performance Mouthware, Dr. Sawchuk has begun fitting area athletes with UnderArmour's innovative new line of custom mouthpieces and mouthguards designed to improve athletic performance. These appliances use the same technology used by hundreds of professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes. The patented mouthware also relieves pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and prevents the excessive production of performance-sapping hormones. The easy and completely painless custom-fitting process typically takes less than 20 minutes.

For more information on UnderArmour Performance Mouthware, or to schedule a custom fitting, call us at 410-769-9333.



Exciting New Services
We would like to tell you about a few other new exciting services that we can provide in addition to routine family and cosmetic dentistry. These services deal with tooth bleaching, bad breath, snoring, dry mouth and tooth sensitivity.

Have you ever wished that your teeth were whiter or brighter? We now carry the latest and best bleaching system available to get your teeth their whitest and brightest. Unlike some of the older systems, this new bleaching material requires much less time with the bleaching trays which makes it easy and quick. Contact us and we would be happy to tell you about the latest in bleaching today.

Snoring is a condition that affects about 25 percent of all adults. For some people, it can be an occasional, inconvenient habit; but for others, it can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you have OSA, your breathing can be interrupted or even stopped while you sleep. This can lead to symptoms of choking, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, irresistible urge to nap or sleep during the day, limbs "jerking" during sleep and waking up tired or thirsty. Today, there are simple non-surgical ways to treat this disorder. We can make you a simple appliance, worn only during sleeping, which allows your upper airway to remain open and permits you to breathe more easily and naturally while you're asleep. In fact, many users say they wake up feeling more rested and energetic in the mornings! Call us for more details....

Another common problem many of us have is a condition called "dry mouth," or xerostomia. Does your mouth always feel dry? Do you have very little saliva? This is a common condition, particularly in older individuals. For example, this affliction can be caused by certain medications, or people who have had radiation or chemotherapy for some types of cancer. There are several kinds of new artificial saliva substitutes and mouth "moisteners" that are now available. If you are affected by this condition, or you know someone who is, then call Dr. Sawchuk for additional information on this topic.

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? This is a common problem. Cold food, liquids or the air we breathe can cause momentary pain. Sensitive teeth can be caused by several factors, but it's usually caused by receding gums. Receding gums are frequently caused by gum disease or by brushing your teeth too hard, which exposes open dentinal tubules or pores. The first strategy to combat sensitivity is to use a soft nylon toothbrush gently. Sensitive toothpastes can also help after a few weeks with daily use. Bonding agents can help by sealing up the pores in the teeth. Last but not least, high fluoride varnishes can be applied to chemically desensitize these teeth.

Gum Disease Affects Whole Body
Every month new articles are appearing in newspapers and magazines discussing the relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and heart attacks. In fact, people with periodontal disease have 1.7 times the risk of heart disease, and 2.2 times the risk of death. Periodontal disease may rank above stress, sedentary lifestyle and obesity as a contributor to heart ailments. It has also been implicated as a risk factor in other diseases such as colitis, brain abscesses and pancreatic cancer. If you are not on a regular dental maintenance program, or you have active periodontal disease, we would highly recommend that you come see us. Hopefully we'll find your gums in a healthy state. If you have mild gum disease, treatment can be simple, inexpensive, and totally comfortable. (These days, surgical treatment is not usually necessary with mild gum disease.) It is also a good idea to get regular oral cancer screenings. When did you have your last oral cancer screening? There is no charge for an oral cancer screening in our office.

More Tidbits About Gum Disease
Did you know that women with advanced gum disease are more likely to give birth to an underweight or preterm baby? Did you know that oral microbes can cross the placental barrier, exposing the fetus to infection?

Did you know...

Chronic periodontal disease can disrupt diabetic control.
Smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by 20 times.
People with type II diabetes are 3 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than are non-diabetics.

Do you have adult periodontitis? What are you doing about it? Ask Dr. Sawchuk for a complete periodontal evaluation and the latest developments in treating gum disease.

Tooth-Colored Fillings
Until recently, tooth-colored filling materials were primarily available for front teeth only. Now, Dr. Sawchuk can offer you an alternative to the metal filling materials used in back teeth. These new fillings have the strength to endure the additional pressure put on back teeth while offering the natural appearance of tooth structure. Ask Dr. Sawchuk about these new fillings.

Water Line Safety
In the past couple years, there has been a growing concern about the purity of water systems and water lines that are used in dental offices across the country. Specifically, some water lines have been shown to contain elevated levels of bacteria. This should not be a concern to our patients. In our office, we have a separate water system for our equipment that uses distilled water. Routinely, we disinfect this system to ensure the water is not just "safe," but very pure. There are very few dental offices that have separate water systems like ours that use pure distilled water. Your safety and health are our main concerns.
 
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