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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
Category: Uncategorized
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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.

By PearlFection Dentistry
February 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Dr. EJ Stringer at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, will put all your concerns to rest. Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. And that is welcome news, indeed! Please call Dr. Stringer at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, today at (301) 663-5550 for an appointment!

By PearlFection Dentistry
January 12, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Many different things can cause missing teeth. Tooth decay, gum disease, or injury are just a few possible reasons that your teeth may fall out. If you are searching for a way to restore missing teeth, dental implants in Frederick, MD, can be a good option. The staff at PearlFection Dentistry can help you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great way of restoring missing teeth. They replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that we surgically place into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the implant, and a final restoration is placed on top of the abutment. We then cement it into place to create the crown of your tooth.

The main difference between dental implants and other ways of replacing teeth is that we anchor them into your jawbone. This means that you will not have to worry about problems such as shifting or jaw pain.

Why Should You Get Dental Implants?

There are many reasons to opt for dental implants in Frederick, MD. They are a more comfortable and natural option to replace teeth. You don't need to take them out at night, and you will be able to eat all of your favorite foods. Dental implants also help to keep your jawbone healthy and strong.

You can care for them simply by brushing and flossing them like you would your other teeth. Dental implants can last for many years with proper care. You must visit our dental office for follow-up appointments.

When you visit our office for a consultation, we will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Our staff will examine your mouth and jaw to make sure you have enough bone density to support the implant.

If you are missing teeth, don't wait any longer. Come to PearlFection Dentistry for dental implants in Frederick, MD. Call us at (301) 663-5550 for a consultation to find out if dental implants are the right choice for you. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have.

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