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Dr Leslie Oakes, board certified pediatric dentist will join PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland, serving the children of the region with exception dental care. With this addition of a pediatric dentist, PearlFection Dentistry now has all general dentists and dental specialists under one roof, including pedodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, prosthodontists and periodontists. Please help us welcome Dr Oakes to our team.

FREDERICK, Md. - June 11, 2019 - PRLog -- PearlFection Dentistry is pleased to announce that we have hired Dr Leslie Oakes, a board-certified pediatric dentist, also known as a pedodontist, who will begin seeing children and adolescent dental patients. We are pleased to announce this new addition to our dental team and we extend a warm welcome for our patients to schedule dental appointments for their children. The team at Pearlfection Dentistry is thrilled to have this additional resource in house.

Board-Certified in pediatric dental care, Dr Leslie Oakes brings with her the skills to see special needs dental patients, young children and adolescent. Dr Oakes is able to perform the most complicated and technically challenging procedures on children, from crowns and bridges, to fillings, cleanings and sedation. This Board-Certified Pedodontist is supported by the entire PearlFection team of general and cosmetic dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists, and prosthodontist and support staff.

When it comes to providing superior dental care, PearlFection is always looking for the best talent, and with the addition of Dr Oakes, our team is that much stronger. Dr Oakes, will lead the pedodontist team, preforming and overseeing children's dental cases that our general doctors feel would be better served by a pedodontist specialist. To learn more about dental care for children and the other services we offer at our Frederick dental center or our Urbana dental center, visit our Frederick Maryland dentist website https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/pediatric-dentist.html or call (301) 663-5550 or visit our Urbana Maryland Dentist website at https://www.pearlfectionurbana.com/services.html or call (301) 831-8303

Dr Oakes will work closely with our general dentist and especially with our orthodontist, Dr Tigani and oral surgeon, Dr Chang to develop comprehensive treatment plans for our child dental patients.

Dr. Leslie Oakes is a board-certified pediatric dentist and also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Dr. Oakes graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Biomedical Sciences after which she then went on to earn her dental degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, Dr. Oakes completed a 1 year Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Ft. Carson, Colorado and practiced as a general dentist for several years prior to pursing her passion in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Oakes was competitively selected among her peers to represent the Army in a civilian program and earned her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. While rotating through Children's Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas, she had the opportunity to treat a variety of children from healthy to severely medically compromised. She considers it a privilege and an honor to welcome all kids into her practice and looks forward to creating a "dental home" for the children in the Frederick Maryland community.

Dr Oakes has presented papers on pediatric dentistry in international forums in countries from Germany and the United States to Korea and with subjects ranging from sugars in juices to general dentistry to trauma.

Dr Oakes is currently the department chief serving the United States Army at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. In additional to serving as a pediatric dentist at Walter Reed, Dr Oakes has served with distinction at pediatric dental clinics at Camp Humphreys, South Korea; Stuttgart, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; and Mannheim, Germany.

Dr. Oakes practices both traditional and minimally invasive dentistry, and has experience treating children under nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), oral sedation and general anesthesia. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

We asked PearlFection Dentistry for a comment as to why they brought Dr Oakes to Frederick and Urbana to provide child dental care. PearlFection General Manager, Stewart Stringer commented, saying "We have been searching a long time for the final piece to our comprehensive dental care puzzle. We have general dentists, emergency dentists, endodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists and denture specialists, we even have periodontists and orthodontists. With the addition of a pediatric doctor we now have all the specialists under one roof. We were still sending out special needs and some kids to pediatric specialist. Patients wanted us to serve their kids and now we can. We can offer 100% comprehensive care to the entire family for any type of dental care. It is rare for a practice to have such a wide and deep team. We provide exceptional dental care in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland and patients from all over Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania seek us out because of our reputation of providing exception dental care with excellent customer service. I'm proud of our team and I'm proud of the level of care we provide. It has taken us a long time to get here and with the addition of Dr Oakes at the helm of our pediatric department, we have finally reached a goal we have had for 10 years."

If you would like to learn more about pediatric dental care, special needs dental care, or other dental care options for children available at PearlFection Dentistry, please call our office at (301) 663-5550 (Frederick Maryland Dentist) and (301) 831-8303 (Urbana Maryland Dentist).

PearlFection Dentistry’s orthodontist and orthodontic team have made the decision to expand their operating hours to accommodate patient demand in the Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland areas.  With this decision, PearlFection Dentistry will now have orthodontic hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

PearlFction’s General Manager Stewart Stringer attributes the growing demand for orthodontic services at the practice to several factors.  Firstly, he believes that having one of the best orthodontists in the region, who also is very personable, is a huge asset, chairside manner matters to patients.  Second, having multiple disciplines including Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and General Dentistry, under one roof makes patient care easier for both patient and the dental team the third reason we believe we are busy and need to expand hours, is the fact that we have such a strong reputation in the community.  In fact, we are the number one reviewed dentist in Maryland. The 4th and finally thing that makes PearlFection different is our attention to exceptional customer service.  Those attributes have helped propel PearlFection Orthodontics to be one of the leading providers of orthodontic services in the Frederick and Urbana Maryland areas

Dr Tigani and his orthodontic team offer both traditional braces, Invisalign and Tigani clear aligners.  The choice of which orthodontic technology to use will be a decision made between the doctor and the patient, every situation is different.  Some patients what clear aligners, others want blue brackets, others want the braces not to show  or to show as little as possible.  There is  no one size fits all.

We will see new orthodontic patients, we will see orthodontic patients who are referred by other general dentists, we will see complicated orthodontic cases, we will see easy  orthodontic cases, we will see orthodontic cases where all the patient needs is a retainer and we will see orthodontic patients who simply need a night guard.  We will see adults who need orthodontic care and we will children who need orthodontic care. We will see orthodontic patents who only need a little movement in the front teeth to close a diastema who will be in braces for 2 months and we will see orthodontic patients who have teeth coming out of the middle of their pallet who will be in braces for years.  Bottom line, we will see any orthodontic patient and we will give them exception dental and orthodontic care. 

The really unique thing about PearlFection Dentistry, is that we don’t need a patient to go outside our practice to have specialty procedures done before beginning orthodontic treatment.  Sometimes an orthodontist will need a few teeth pulled.  No problem, Dr Brian Chang, PearlFection’s Oral Surgeon, will step in to do the extractions. Sometimes an orthodontic patient will need to have a periodontal issue cleared up before orthodontic treatment or braces can be started.   No problem, Dr Ashley Seals, PearlFection’s periodontist will do an evaluation and perform any periodontal surgery, deep cleaning or some other periodontal procedure so orthodontic treatment can begin.  Sometimes orthodontic work requires both orthodontic work and prosthodontic or dentures or partials dentures or even implant supported dentures.  When this happens, it can be incredibly complicated coordinating between so many specialists.  Not to fear, at PearlFection Dentistry, you will have one primary doctor who will act as the quarterback and coordinate all the specialists so you get the treatment and outcome you deserve without things getting lost in the cracks.

We encourage anyone in the Maryland, Virginia and DC area to come in for a free orthodontic consultation.  Our orthodontist, Dr Tigani, will spend some time with you and your family, he will work with you to determine the best orthodontic appliances for you, and then work toward a cost effective solution that gets you to the outcome you want.  We even offer orthodontic financing if necessary.  When it comes to orthodontic treatment in Frederick Maryland or Urbana Maryland, we strive for excellent outcomes and happy people with straight, healthy teeth, we stand behind out work and we can be your dentist for life.  Call us for an appointment in Frederick Maryland 301-663-5550 or Urbana Maryland 301-831-8303

www.pearlfectiondentistry.com – Frederick Dental Practice

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February 06, 2019
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Does Gum Disease Increase Risk of Heart Disease?

Overview

Recently, dentists, researchers, and doctors have begun to examine the link between oral health and overall health. One area they’ve focused on is the relationship between gum disease and heart disease.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is inflammation of the gums. It can lead to the breakdown of the gums, teeth, and bone tissues that hold them in place. Heart disease refers to a broad set of conditions, including heart attack and stroke. Heart disease is caused by the narrowing or blockage of important blood vessels.

Keep reading to learn more about how these two conditions are related and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Gum diseases and other diseases

Gum disease and oral health may be related to other conditions, as well, such as:

  • Osteoporosis: Some research suggests that lower bone density leads to bone loss in the jaw. This may eventually lead to tooth loss due to a weaker underlying bone.
  • Respiratory disease: Bacteria in the mouth can move to the lungs and cause infections such as pneumonia. This is more common for people with periodontal disease.
  • Cancer: Some research suggests that gum disease may increase the risk of certain forms of cancer, such as kidney, pancreatic, and blood cancers. More research is needed in this area.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): Early research shows an association between RA and gum disease. However, more research is needed.

There are also some conditions that may increase your risk of developing gum disease. Research indicates that people with diabetes are at increased risk of developing gum disease. This is likely due to increased inflammation and greater risk of infections in general. The risk lowers if you manage your diabetes.

Pregnant women are also at increased risk of gum disease due to hormonal changes and increased blood flow.

Learn more: 5 ways to prevent and treat pregnancy gingivitis »

Symptoms and diagnosis

Gum disease symptoms

Regular visits to your dentist can help with early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. You should also let your dentist know if you have any symptoms of gum disease, including:

  • persistent bad breath
  • swollen, red gums
  • tender gums that bleed easily
  • pain with chewing
  • highly sensitive teeth
  • receding gums or sunken teeth
  • loose teeth or changes in bite

Just because you have one or several of these symptoms doesn’t mean you have gum disease. A dentist will make a formal diagnosis by reviewing the severity and duration of your symptoms. They will also evaluate your teeth and review your medical history. During your visit, they may:

  • measure your gums with a tiny ruler to check pocket depth
  • evaluate your gums for signs of inflammation and plaque buildup
  • take X-rays of underlying jaw bone to look for bone loss
  • examine sensitive teeth for receding gums

Heart disease symptoms

If your doctor suspects heart disease, they will make a diagnosis based on your medical history, the severity and duration of your symptoms, and the results of a physical examination. The following are common symptoms of heart disease:

  • chest pain, also known as angina, resulting from your heart not getting enough oxygen
  • arrhythmia, also known as irregular heart beat
  • shortness of breath
  • unexpected fatigue
  • dizziness and lightheadedness
  • sudden confusion or impaired thinking
  • excess buildup of fluid, known as edema
  • heart attack

The doctor will also evaluate your blood and examine risk factors for heart disease, such as family history and body weight. They can confirm a diagnosis with the following tests:

  • EKG to record the heart’s electrical activity
  • chest X-ray to visualize the heart and other organs in the chest
  • blood tests to evaluate levels of proteins, lipids, and glucose
  • stress test to document abnormal changes in your heart beat and breathing during exercise

What’s the outlook?

Research shows some connection between gum disease and heart disease. Bacteria buildup and inflammation in the oral cavity eventually leads to narrowing and blockage of blood vessels. However, more research is needed to better understand the connection.

Prevention

There are many healthy lifestyle habits you can use to maintain good oral hygiene and reduce your risk of gum and heart diseases.

  • Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste. Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct technique for brushing.
  • Floss between your teeth and gums at least once per day.
  • Use mouthwash regularly.
  • Only use teeth cleaning products that have the American Dentist Association’s seal of approval.
  • Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Drink water that contains fluoride.
  • Eat a diet high in vegetables, high-fiber foods, low-sugar fruits, and vegetable-based proteins.
  • Maintain healthy levels of blood sugar, especially if you have diabetes.
  • See a dentist twice per year for regular cleanings and checkups.
  • Be mindful of early signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums and constant bad breath. Let your dentist know if you have any of these symptoms.

Q&A: Gum disease

Q:

Can I reverse the damage caused by gum disease?

A:

Yes, gum disease can still be reversed if you are in the gingivitis stage of the disease, but not from the advanced form of the disease. To improve your gum health, brush your teeth twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss regularly using string floss, a water flosser, or special dental brushes and picks. Use mouth rinses, and have regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.

If gum disease is in the more advanced form, called periodontitis, you can take measures to control it. Scaling and root planning (deep cleaning), reduction of gum pockets (surgical treatment), and medication may be necessary.

- Christine Frank, DDS

Answers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.

February 06, 2019
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Gum infection linked to Alzheimer's disease, new study suggests

Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by a gum infection, according to a new study.

The study, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances, suggests the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis that destroys gum tissue in the mouth is linked to dementia and Alzheimer's.

Researchers observed the bacteria in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. They also conducted tests on mice that showed the gum infection led to an increased production of amyloid beta, a part of the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.

"Despite significant funding and the best efforts of academic, industry, and advocacy communities, clinical progress against Alzheimer's has been frustratingly slow," Casey Lynch, author on the paper and CEO of pharmaceutical company Cortexyme, said in a statement. "The Science Advances publication sheds light on an unexpected driver of Alzheimer's pathology."

Cortexyme, which funded the research, is designing a series of therapies to treat the gum infection that plan to go to Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials.

More: A blood test may detect whether Alzheimer's will develop 16 years before symptoms show, study says

In this file photo, the brain of an older individual shows the early stages Alzheimer's disease. A new study suggestions a gum infection might be linked to the disease. (Photo: NONE, XXX DEPARTMENT OF ANATOMY AND NE)

While there have been previous studies linking periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s, researchers who aren't affiliated with the paper say there isn't clear enough evidence linking the two.

"In research we’ve supported to uncover the key risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, gum disease hasn’t emerged as a major cause for concern," James Pickett, the head of research at Alzheimer’s Society who was not involved in the paper, said in a statement.

No cure currently exists for Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia. The disease that begins with memory loss affects as many as 5 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Frederick Area Dental Practice is the #1 Reviewed Dentist in the State of Maryland

On January 17th 2019 PearlFection Dentistry crossed a milestone.  They became the first dentist in the State of Maryland and perhaps in the United States to cross the 500th review on Google, while maintaining a 5-star rating.  It took them 8 year to accomplish this goal.

How did they accomplish this feat, when industry statistics say an average person is 10 times more likely to write a negative review on-line than a positive review and when so many people have a fear of dentists?   

We went searching for answers as to what makes PearlFection Dentistry different and here’s what we learned about the practice:PearlFection Dentistry have never paid a patient to write a review

  1. For 8 years PearlFection Dentistry has maintained a 4.9-star review on Google
  2. PearlFection’s has 9 dentists working at the practices including four general dentists, an endodontist, an oral surgeon, an orthodontist, a periodontist and a prosthodontist and every one of these doctors has received 5-star reviews.  Having all these specialists means PearlFection Dentistry almost never needs to send a patient to an outside specialist, because all dental work can be done at the same place.
  3. PearlFection Dentistry is open 6 days per week and one of their practices, in either Urbana Maryland or Frederick Maryland is open approximately 12 hours per day and they do dental care on Saturdays and weekends
  4. PearlFection’s dental team is obsessed with customer service, from the first phone call to making sure that they don’t overbook, patient’s time and care is of the utmost concern.
  5. PearlFection takes all PPO Insurances, including Delta Dental, Cigna and United Concordia
  6. In December of 2017 PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick opened a state-of-the-art dental facility on Thomas Johnson Drive with 14 operatories and 2 surgical suites.  The practice grew over the years and needed more room.  They moved from 196 Thomas Johnson Drive, where they had been for approximately 20 years, to just down the road to 60 Thomas Johnson Drive. The practice bought the new building so they could control their own destiny and designed it, the parking area and landscaping and views with patient comfort in mind.
  7. PearlFection Dentistry can perform all levels of sedation dentistry for Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland regional patients including IV sedation, oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation.
  8. PearlFection Dentistry treats pediatric patients, adults, and seniors.  Many of the nursing homes in Frederick send their residence to PearlFection Dentistry for care.
  9. PearlFection Dentistry tries to reserve same day dentistry open slots for emergency patients.  It’s not always possible but emergencies are given preferential treatment.
  10. PearlFection Dentistry is owned by their local doctors and has rejected offers by corporate, Wall Street types for any type of buyout because the owner doctors believe that corporate dentistry might sacrifice quality of dental care
  11. PearlFection Dentistry does not let insurance companies dictate treatment of patients and has successfully remained independent from State and private insurance carriers

With these facts under our belt, we caught up with Stewart Stringer, PearlFection Dentistry’s general manager and asked him, “Why, in this age of insurance driven healthcare, is PearlFection Dentistry able to provide such high-quality dental care, at fees below the regional average, and with such high customer satisfaction that you have over 500 reviews on Google?”  

Stew’s answer was, “It’s pretty simple, we have a great team, totally dedicated to an exception customer experience.”  

We continued, “but certainly lot of dental practices have great teams, what makes you different.”  

Stew answered, “Over the past 8 years, we have worked to bring together the best general dentists, the best hygienists, the best oral surgeons, the best orthodontists, the best periodontists, the best prosthodontists and the best endodontists, we eventually hit a tipping point, where it all jelled and almost all our dentistry was performed under one roof, by a team that was in constant communication, what happened next was simple exception dental care.  The doctors knew each other’s style and the result was some of the best dentistry in Maryland and for that matter in the region.  We don’t cut corners when it comes to care. We use the best equipment, the best labs and the best doctors and the result is great dental care.  The beneficiaries are our patients. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great dentists and specialists in this area, and we sometimes refer to them, but we have a unique practice.”

Some dental practices are content with a solid doctor team, but PearlFection Dentistry goes beyond that.  Each front desk member, each assistant and each hygienist spend hours and hours in training to not only provide great professional work but also exception customer service. At PearlFection Dentistry, it’s a total experience, from the first phone call to establish a new patient, to the clinical results, we want to provide an exception experience.

Sign me up!  500 patients who took time out of their busy schedule to write a review and tell the world about this hidden gem, right in our little town of Frederick and Urbana Maryland, can’t be wrong.

If you want to schedule an appointment at PearlFection Dentistry for either general dentistry, emergency dentistry, orthodontic or braces, wisdom teeth extractions, crowns, bridges, tooth whitening, even root canals or Botox, give them a call, Frederick’s phone number is (301) 663-5550 Urbana’s Phone number is (301) 831-8303.