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Welcomes Dr. Scott Pasieta – Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Pasieta will be the 15th doctor at PearlFection Dentistry and the 2nd on staff Periodontist.

By: Pearlfection Dentistry
FREDERICK, Md. - March 22, 2022 - PRLog -- PearlFection Dentistry is proud to announce that Dr. Scott Pasieta will be joining the PearlFection dental staff as a Periodontist, effective March 28, 2022.

With over a decade of Periodontal experience, Dr. Pasieta brings a wealth of expertise in gum disease treatment, advanced cosmetic procedures, and the placement of dental implants. In addition to supporting PearlFection Dentistry patients with non-surgical root planing and scaling treatments to clean and repair damaged tissue, Dr. Pasieta will also be using his expertise to perform dental implant surgery, crown lengthening, gum recontouring, and pocket reduction procedures.

After completing his graduate studies at the University of Maryland Dental School, Dr. Pasieta went on to earn his certificate in Periodontics from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland. As a Navy Periodontist, Dr. Pasieta was afforded the opportunity to practice and travel all over the world, gaining valuable personal and professional experience along the way. While in Hawaii, he established a private Periodontic practice and served as an attending Clinical Periodontics faculty member for the New York University Waikiki Health Clinic. This breadth of experience has contributed to Dr. Pasieta’s impressive skill set and focus on exceptional patient care.

Dr. Pasieta is a dual board-certified Periodontist, accredited by the American Board of Periodontology in the areas of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry and a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. The ICOI is the world’s largest dental implant organization and the largest provider of continuing dental implant education. Dr. Pasieta is also an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association.

Determining the best dentist, specialist(s), and support staff to meet the unique needs of each patient is essential for ensuring an optimized outcome. The addition Dr. Pasieta compliments the PearlFection commitment to comprehensive dental care with all dentistry under one roof. Dr. Pasieta will join existing Periodontist Dr. Atul Sharma to become the second Periodontist in the Frederick Maryland office. These highly qualified specialists make use of the most advanced facilities, equipment, and tools available for gum surgery and implantology, with the ultimate goal of ensuring ongoing oral health and wellness.

When not in the office caring for his patients, Dr. Pasieta enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, cooking, attending the theater, and watching sports. "I am extremely excited to join the incredible team at PearlFection Dentistry," says Dr. Pasieta. "I look forward to making wonderful connections with my patients while treating them like family."
As a Periodontist, Dr. Pasieta specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases that affect the gums and other tooth-supporting tissues. Periodontists treat cases ranging from mild gingivitis to severe gum infections and other conditions requiring aggressive periodontal therapy or surgical intervention, including the placement of dental implants.

The PearlFection Dentistry staff looks forward to the addition of Dr. Pasieta to the growing team of dentists and specialists. With all dentistry under one roof ranging from cleaning, teeth whitening, and orthodontics to complex implant-supported dentures such as restorative all-on four dentures, the skills Dr. Pasieta brings to the table as an experienced, dual board-certified Periodontist expand and enhance the PearlFection Dental portfolio of services.

About PearlFection Dentistry: PearlFection Dentistry ( has been meeting the comprehensive dental care needs of the Frederick Maryland community since 1977. Along with an additional full-service dental office located in Urbana Maryland, they strive to ensure patients receive top-quality dental treatment while enjoying a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. With 15 doctors now on staff in various specialties including pediatrics, cosmetic treatment, and everything in between, you'll be confident your oral hygiene is always in the very best hands. Call today to schedule your appointment with our friendly patient coordinator at (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are missing a tooth you may be curious about what options you have when it comes to restoring your smile. Dental implants are in many ways the best solution to tooth loss. They are meant to be a final and complete restoration of a missing tooth. This treatment will last much longer and will be stronger than other options. Learn more about dental implants in Frederick, MD, from PearlFection Dentistry.

Better Support

The key difference between dental implants and other methods of restoration, such as bridges and dentures, has to do with the way in which they are supported. Dental bridges depend on adjacent teeth to serve as support for the tooth they are replacing. To accomplish this, these healthy teeth need to be reshaped so that a crown can be attached to them, then they will hold your new tooth in place.

Dentures depend on suction as their main method of support. These require a proper fit to perform at their best. So many of the common complaints people have regarding dentures are due to this factor. A dental implant is supported in a very similar way to your natural teeth. They use a titanium post that is permanently implanted onto the bone of your jaw, and it's onto this that your new tooth will be attached.

Dental Implants in Frederick, MD

One downside to dental implants is that they do require a longer initial investment of time, as the implanted post can take months to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they don't need any special treatment when it comes to hygiene or diet, although good dental habits remain key to maintaining your smile.

If you're ready to restore a single missing tooth or a complete smile, find out if you're a candidate for dental implants. Call (301) 663-5550 to schedule a consultation in Frederick, MD, from our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Jared Lawson, 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 - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani of PearlFection Dentistry.

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 07, 2022
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Skipping your daily or nightly teeth brushing regime may seem like an innocent thing to do, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Your oral hygiene affects your overall health and if you have a history of certain health issues in your family, your oral health shouldn’t be overlooked.

Tooth decay is more than a cosmetic issue, it is an indicator your gums aren’t healthy. This article will review the most recent studies found linking oral hygiene to physical health, as well as an inside look into more severe cases, and tips on how you can keep your oral health in top condition.

How Oral Hygiene Affects Physical Health 2022

How are Oral Health and Physical Health Connected?

Like every aspect of your physical body, your mouth contains many different bacterias. Because your mouth is the starting point for your digestive and respiratory systems some bacteria can cause diseases.

Paired with your body’s natural defenses having a healthy oral hygiene regimen will stop the harmful bacteria from spreading. Brushing your teeth and flossing are preventative measures that keep these bacteria under control in less than 6 minutes per day.

What Health Conditions does Oral Hygiene affect?

There are many conditions linked to your oral health, some of which include:

  • Respiratory Infections - Your mouth is the entry point for your respiratory system. As air is pulled through your mouth to your lungs if harmful bacteria isn’t stopped before it goes straight to your lungs. The linked health concerns are COPD, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
  • Cardiovascular Disease - Inflamed gums can be from periodontal disease, the bacteria that cause this can get into your bloodstream and cause your arteries to build up with plaque. These lead to blood flow issues, heart blockages, which increase the likelihood of other severe health problems like a heart attack.

Other cardiovascular concerns include hypertension, increased risk for strokes, and often fatal endocarditis.

  • Cancer - Poor oral health has been linked to pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, and blood cancers. Not to mention the oral and throat cancers that are more common in those who use tobacco products.

If you are battling cancer right now, here are some measures to take to ensure your oral hygiene is working with your treatment.

  • Kidney Disease - If you have gum disease you are more likely to develop chronic kidney disease. These affect not only the kidneys, but your heart, blood pressure, and bones as well. These diseases can be fatal, even more so if it turns into cardiovascular disease or kidney failure.
  • Infertility - There is a link between infertility in women and poor oral hygiene. Women who have gum disease can take a longer time to conceive compared to those in good oral health.
  • Pregnancy Complications - If you are expecting oral hygiene is vital for the health of not on you, but your baby as well. Tooth decay can lead to gum disease which can lead to many more severe health concerns.

According to the CDC 60 - 75% of expecting mothers have gingivitis, an early warning sign for periodontal disease.

Can Health Affect my Oral Health Too?

Yes, different medical diagnoses are linked to oral health issues.

  • Diabetes - Patients who have diabetes are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease. This disease leads to heart complications including plaque build-ups and calcification, blood cancers, and much more.
  • Dementia - Your mouth and brain are very close to each other in your body. Studies suggest the bacteria that causes gum disease is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Because periodontal disease is linked to so many of these health issues, you must understand what it is. Periodontal disease, otherwise known as perio or periodontitis, is an inflammation or infection in your gums.

It can easily be identified by multiple factors. The gums will be raised and curved on the parts where they touch your teeth. These are called pockets, these pockets are filled with the perio infection. Another identifier is bad breath, if you try to use mouthwash but cannot get that minty fresh smell you want, this could be an indicator of a more serious matter.

Lastly, if you brush your teeth and your gums bleed, this is either a sign of brushing too hard or gingivitis. Healthy gums do not bleed. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal disease. If you catch gingivitis at an early stage is it possible to be reversed before it turns into perio.

When you have periodontitis instead of getting a normal dental cleaning you have to go to a dental specialist called a periodontist. This doctor measures pockets in your gums to see how deep the infection has spread. Once the severity has been established your doctor does what is referred to as “deep cleaning.”

This cleaning consists of separating your gum from your tooth so they can go inside to scrape away the infection, plaque, and tartar that has built up underneath the gums.

Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral health isn’t hard to accomplish. You can complete the preventative measures in less time than it takes you to finish a cup of coffee.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for only 2 minutes each. Brush in circular motions.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush and replace it every 3 months or sooner if the edges start to fray.
  • Floss your teeth daily.
  • Use mouthwash to get rid of any particles left behind after brushing and flossing.
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Avoid tobacco products of all kinds.


Your oral hygiene and physical health are directly connected. The best way to prevent your body from falling ill is by taking preventative measures. Simply follow the advice provided by your dental specialist to prevent tooth decay.

Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. Once in the morning and once before bed. These small steps will help you get and keep healthy gums as well as your teeth for as long as possible.

By PearlFection Dentistry
March 04, 2022
Category: Our Doctors
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Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, DDS, MS

FREDERICK, Md. - March 3, 2022 - PRLog -- Frederick, MDPearlFection Dentistry today announced that Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, or Dr. B, will be officially joining the full-time PearlFection dental staff as a General Dentist, effective March 7, 2022.

Dr. Badakhshan will be joining the company from Bethesda Family Dentistry, where she was a General Dentist for 7 years. Dr. Badakhshan will be bringing her experience in dentistry to PearlFection Dentistry full time in Frederick, MD.

Additionally, Dr. B's experiences that will benefit PearlFection Dentistry moving forward include:

  • Inclusive bedside manner which allows patients to feel more comfortable about the procedures and options moving forward in their oral health.
  • Botox licensing which is not only cosmetic but also relieves patients who suffer from TMJ, clenching, and teeth grinding.
  • The ability to fluently speak Farsi opens up opportunities for Farsi speakers to get the top-quality dental care PearlFection provides.

"I love it. I think dentistry is really rewarding," says Dr. Badakhshan. "You get to help people achieve a beautiful smile. Whether that's just by cleaning their teeth, doing a couple of fillings, or cosmetic treatment."

"We're excited to have Dr. Badakhshan join us full time," says Stew Stringer, Office Manager at PearlFection Dentistry. "Our practice has everything under one roof from pediatric dentistry, to oral surgery, to endodontics, to orthodontics, to prosthodontists and the skills Dr. B brings to the General Dentistry in both her dental work and patient experience is the backbone of our company."

"When I come to a practice, I stay for a long time and build lasting relationships with my patients. I feel it is very important to have that patient-doctor relationship." Dr. Badakhshan

About PearlFection Dentistry: PearlFection Dentistry ( has been serving Frederick, MD for their entire dental needs since 1977. They strive to ensure their patients get top-quality dental treatment while enjoying a relaxed atmosphere. With over 15 doctors on staff in various specialties from pediatrics, to cosmetic and everything in between you'll know your oral hygiene is in the best care with them. Call today to schedule your appointment with our friendly patient coordinator (301) 663-5550.