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By PearlFection Dentistry
March 31, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Hygiene   Dental Care  

It's important to establish good dental health habits for children at an early age. your child's smile needs protection because even baby teeth serve a very important purpose. They will depend on you and their dentist to help them maintain a healthy smile. If you want to learn more, contact your pediatric dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, and Frederick, MD.

Dental Hygiene at Every Stage

Even before your child's very first teeth have erupted, dentists recommend that a baby's gums be cleaned after each feeding. Because there are no teeth present, a soft damp cloth should be enough to stop bacteria from accumulating.

Bacteria is what we're battling against with good dental hygiene, even as adults. The bacteria that linger on our teeth in the form of plaque expel acids that damage the enamel on our teeth and our gums.

As your child ages and teeth begin coming in, you can switch from the washcloth to an infant toothbrush. Dentists suggest beginning to use fluoride toothpaste at this point; about the size of a grain of rice should be enough.

You can increase the amount of toothpaste used as your child grows, but they should be monitored to make sure they don't swallow it and that they do a good job on their own until they're ready to do it by themselves which is typically around the age of eight.

Pediatric Dentists in Urbana, and Frederick, MD

Your child's pediatric dentist plays a very large role in keeping your child's smile healthy as they grow. Temporary teeth help guide permanent teeth into place, which is why it's important to make sure they don't fall out too early. Keeping these teeth cavity-free will help a great deal with your child's nutrition and confidence. The ADA recommends that children have their first dentist appointment around their first birthday.

Keep your child's smile healthy at Perlfection Dentistry. We have two convenient locations in Urbana, and Frederick, MD. Schedule an appointment today with our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD, Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon, Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS, and Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani. You can reach us at (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

When snoring or sleep apnea impacts your life and health, we’re here to help.

Are you dealing with chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? If so, you may be surprised to discover that our dental team may be able to help you manage your symptoms. From the office of our Urbana and Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, an endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, here’s how the team at PearlFection Dentistry can help you manage these sleep problems and get a better night’s rest.

Are there ways to prevent sleep apnea and snoring?

You might be surprised to discover that there are ways to reduce your risk of developing sleep apnea. Some of these preventive measures include,

  • Maintaining a healthy weight (those who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for developing OSA)
  • Avoiding alcohol, stimulants, and sedatives
  • Quitting smoking
  • Making sure that you get enough sleep every night
  • Sleeping on your side with your head slightly raised

If you are dealing with nasal congestion or obstruction it’s important to address this issue with a qualified ENT doctor, as this problem could increase your risk for snoring or sleep apnea symptoms. For minor nasal issues, you may want to try a neti pot to clean out the sinuses or wear nasal strips to bed.

How can a dentist help with my snoring and sleep apnea symptoms?

A dentist probably isn’t the first person you’d think of when it comes to treating these sleep issues; however, our Urbana and Frederick, MD, family dentists specialize in sleep dentistry. This means that we can provide custom oral appliances that can be used to combat both snoring and sleep apnea.

This simple dental device is worn over the upper and lower teeth (similar to a nightguard) when you sleep and helps to keep the airways open so that you don’t deal with obstructions and pauses in breathing. Oral appliance therapy is ideal for patients dealing with non-sleep apnea-related snoring, as well as mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Here at PearlFection Dentistry, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists have been able to help countless individuals dealing with chronic snoring and OSA manage their symptoms and improve their sleep hygiene and overall health. To find out how we can help you, simply call us at (301) 663-5550 to schedule a sleep dentistry evaluation.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

Do you have crowded teeth? Maybe you have an underbite? The staff at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD offers orthodontics and can assist you in straightening your teeth and recorrecting any dentition that might have moved out of position.

How orthodontics can change your smile

Changing your smile can be dramatic or it can be more subtle, but orthodontics can help you create the smile that you want.

Orthodontics makes it possible to achieve optimal jaw alignment which helps with chewing, bruising, and reshaping the face.

By utilizing orthodontics, your teeth can be straightened -- you will experience less crowding, overbite, and other misalignments that you may face.

With advances in techniques and technology, aligning your teeth has never been more discreet. If you want to straighten your teeth and do not mind wearing trays, Invisalign is a solid option for those who do not want to call attention to their teeth being realigned. Lingual braces, that is, braces that are installed on the tongue side of the teeth instead of the lip are also an option for those who want to be a little more discreet.

One of the boons of orthodontics is how customized they are. Because each mouth and each jaw is different, your dentist has to know how to best accommodate your specific size, shape, or any other characteristic.

Another benefit is that you can utilize orthodontics as many times as you want. If you needed braces as a child, had straight teeth as an adult but have realized that you have some teeth that are starting to move around, you can still obtain orthodontics to recorrect that alignment in your mouth.

No need to hide your smile anymore. Explore what orthodontics can do for you by contacting our staff at (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgery  

You might be sitting there in pain because of an impacted wisdom tooth, or getting ready to have a gum graft. To treat these conditions and more, you will need oral surgery. Dr. EJ Stringer offers professional, licensed care at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, and provides oral surgery to those who need it.

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is when your dentist performs surgery of the mouth. Why would you need oral surgery?

  • A patient may need this procedure if they have too much gum tissue exposed, some sort of dental emergency that requires immediate attention, and deep tooth decay that is not easily treated.

What Happens During An Oral Surgery?

Treatments like laser gum treatment reduce the gum tissue to show more of the tooth. Sometimes teeth break through the gum, and the patient opts to have surgery to fix a gummy smile. The most familiar oral surgery that most individuals know is probably a root canal. Different procedures require different steps.

On Average, How Long Does It Take?

The length of oral surgery depends on details like the condition addressed. Dentists also consider which type of surgery to deploy, as well as the patient’s vitals and lifestyle habits. Usually, dentists complete oral surgery within a couple of hours, and the patient can start recovery at home that same day.

How Do I Get Ready For My Surgery?

Be sure you are well fed and hydrated before your arrival. Remember to share with your dentist If you are allergic to anesthesia. Try to stay away from excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use before your surgery. Alcohol thins the blood and makes it harder to stop bleeding. Tobacco use contributes to infections at the site of operation due to inflammation. Above all, remain as calm as possible.

Contact Dr. Stringer for your oral surgery at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick MD. Find us at (301) 663-5550.

 

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

In some cases, snoring can be caused by overweight, cold, alcohol use, or old age. But snoring can also be caused by an underlying condition known as sleep apnea. The team of dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Fredrick, MD is dedicated to offering the best quality dental services, general, pediatric, and cosmetic dental treatments as well as oral surgery.

What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

While most Fredrick residents who snore do not suffer from sleep apnea, typically people who do have sleep apnea snore quite loudly. This condition can be dangerous if it is not treated. Sleep apnea occurs when your normal breathing pattern is interrupted during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: causing the airflow to lessen or stop completely.
  • Central sleep apnea: the brain sends incorrect signals to the brain, disrupting breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a much more common form.

Who Is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?

You may be at a higher risk of sleep apnea if:

  • You are overweight or obese
  • You are over the age of 60
  • You are a woman
  • You have an enlarged tongue or narrow throat
  • You drink alcohol
  • You smoke

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Signs and symptoms of this condition include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping during sleep
  • Frequent waking during the night
  • Night sweats
  • Dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep

If left untreated, over time, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, which increases your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

In many cases, making some simple lifestyle changes is all it takes to resolve sleep apnea. In other more severe cases, a CPAP machine may be helpful. In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the dental specialists at Pearlfection Dentistry, call the Fredrick office at (301) 663-5550.