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February 18, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Snoring  

Treating sleep apnea can help you avoid serious health complications. Unfortunately, sleep apnea treatment methods aren't always so comfortable. If your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine keeps you up at night, your Urbana, MD, dentist at PearlFection Dentistry offers a more pleasant sleep apnea treatment.

Why it's important to treat sleep apnea

If you've tried and failed to adjust to a CPAP machine, you may be reluctant to try another type of treatment. Unfortunately, if you don't treat your sleep condition, you might be more likely to develop a variety of serious health conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

In addition, sleep apnea can make you feel exhausted and irritable during the day and may even increase your risk of a car accident. Is loud snoring one of your sleep apnea symptoms? Your spouse, partner, family, or roommate will probably sleep easier if you can get your snoring under control with sleep apnea treatment.

How dentists treat sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat while you sleep. If this happens, airflow to your lungs decreases or stops completely. In fact, you can have hundreds of breathing pauses every night, each lasting several seconds. Over time, the cumulative effects of these pauses disrupt your sleep and deprive your brain of oxygen, increasing your risk of health consequences.

Although the CPAP machine is an effective way to treat sleep apnea, you may decide to stop using the machine if you find the mask uncomfortable or if the noise disrupts your sleep. Fortunately, your dentist offers a low-tech treatment option that can help you control your symptoms.

The oral appliance, worn while you sleep, repositions your tongue and moves your jaw forward, preventing your tongue from blocking your airway. During your visit to the Urbana, MD, dental office, your dentist will fit you with your custom-made appliance. Oral appliances are not only comfortable and quiet but don't require electricity or take up too much room in your luggage while you're traveling.

Are you ready to try a new sleep apnea treatment? Call your dentist at PearlFection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, at (301) 831-8303 to schedule your appointment.

May 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Learn more about how dental implants from our Urbana, MD, office can help heal your smile

Tooth loss is still a major problem for many Americans. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to half of adults over age 40 are missing at least one tooth, and over 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. In addition to the self-esteem problems and social/professional embarrassment that come with tooth loss, the condition can also lead to serious oral and even general health problems if left untreated. 

Fortunately, the dentists here at Pearlfection Dentistry, in Urbana, MD, and Frederick, MD, offer dental implants to give you back your smile and improve your oral health. Read on to learn more about this miraculous restorative treatment.

From the office of our Urbana, MD, 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 - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani.

Q: What are Dental Implants?

A: An implant, provided by your Urbana dentist, is a small, biocompatible titanium screw that anchors a dental crown or set of dentures in place. The implant is placed in the socket of the missing tooth so that it replaces the root, thus helping to prevent any bone loss following tooth loss.

Q: How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

A: Implants are designed to be a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. With proper care habits, including rigorous oral hygiene and follow-up care with your dentist, dental implants have a very high success rate.

Q: Can I Use Dental Implants if I Have Dentures?

A: Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or to support a set of dentures on the upper or lower jaw. If you already use a pair of traditional dentures, you may be able to switch to implant-supported dentures, as well.

Dental Implants From our Urbana, MD, Office

For more information about dental implants and how they can help to fix your smile and protect your oral health, contact our office in Urbana, MD, by calling (301) 831-8303 to schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons today.

 

August 27, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

It’s important to catch gum disease early to prevent further health problems.

Problems that affect your teeth don’t just affect your mouth—they often negatively other parts of the body as well. Although brushing and Gum_Diseaseflossing can go a long way to preventing gum disease, it’s important that you visit our Frederick and Urbana, 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, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, as well for regular dental cleanings.

As one of the leading causes of tooth loss today, gum disease is surprisingly common, affecting millions of American adults every year. In its earliest stages, you may notice that your gums are puffy or bleed whenever you brush and floss. These are telltale signs of gum disease and they shouldn’t go ignored. By visiting your Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentist right away for care, we can actually reverse these early gum disease stages.

However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, which not only damages your teeth and bone, but also:

 

Your Brain

That’s right—your gums and brain are linked. In fact, there is a direct link between gum disease, tooth loss, and cognitive functioning. For example, older men who have lost teeth due to gum disease are at a higher risk for cognitive decline than those with full sets. Those with periodontal disease also have an increase in beta-amyloid within the brain, which is a marker for Alzheimer’s.

 

Your Heart

There is also a correlation between heart disease and gum disease. While someone with one disease won’t necessarily have the other, these two often appear together. Additionally, those who smoke or drink heavily are also more likely to develop both of these issues.

While research is still being conducted to figure out the correlation, some doctors believe that the connection is due to inflammation. As inflammation progresses it damages organs and tissues within the body including the cardiovascular system.

 

Cancer Risk

One study also found that there was a small, but exponentially increasing, risk of cancer in people with periodontal disease. More specifically, there was a significant link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. The link? A type of bacteria that’s found in both gum disease and in tumors of the intestinal system.

 

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are dealing with the symptoms of gum disease and are looking for a dental team that can provide you with care in Frederick and Urbana, MD, then call Pearlfection Dentistry today. We are only 45 minutes from Washington DC and Baltimore, making it convenient to get dental cleanings and care either before or after work. Call our office at (301) 663-5550 (Frederick) or (301) 831-8303 (Urbana).

By Pearlfection Dentistry
September 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: brushing  

Not sure if your child’s oral routine is up to par? Find out now!

You want your child to maintain the healthiest smile they can, so it’s important that you do your part to keep cavities and other issues at children's oral healthbay. Our Urbana, MD pediatric dentists are also here to help. Find out more about how you and your child should care for their smile.

The minute your child’s teeth come in it’s time to start keeping them clean. Our Urbana dentist can help go through all the instructions and steps necessary to maintain good oral health in your little one. At some point you can swap out cleaning your baby’s mouth with your finger and start using a toothbrush.

Here are some tips for caring for your child’s growing smile:

  • Always choose a child-sized toothbrush that can comfortably and easily fit into their mouths. Opt for soft bristles that will still get your child’s teeth clean but will also be less aggressive on healthy enamel.
  • Choose a fluoridated toothpaste that is ADA recommended. Fluoride is a great way to protect child’s teeth from cavities. Child over the age of 6 years old can start getting fluoride treatment.
  • Your child should always brush their teeth twice a day. Ideally, these brushing sessions should occur first thing in the morning and right at bedtime. Each time they brush they should shoot for a minimum of 2 minutes. And if you aren’t sure if they are brushing for a full 2 minutes you can set a timer for them.
  • It’s also a good idea to replace a toothbrush or a toothbrush head after your child has traveled with it or if your child just gotten over an illness.
  • Even if your child is a great brusher they still need to come in at less twice a year to our Urbana, MD dental office for maintenance care and exams. This is particularly important since your child’s mouth is still developing and sometimes only we are able to pinpoint issues early on when they are simpler to treat.

Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD is dedicated to making sure that children grow up with beautiful, cavity-free smiles. If it’s time for your child’s six-month dental cleaning then call us today. We will work with your busy schedule to make sure your child always gets the care they deserve.

By Pearlfection Dentistry
July 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontics  

Orthodontics are like a bridge between cosmetic and general dentistry. Although we tend to mostly focus on the aesthetic results of braces or Invisalign - noticeably straighter and symmetrical teeth - their main purpose is to correct bite and alignment problems that can impact both our oral and general health if left untreated.Braces

Orthodontics Treatment in Urbana

Depending on the type and severity, malocclusions (bite and alignment problems with the teeth and jaw) can cause a range of issues, from difficulty chewing, to jaw pain and facial deformities in extreme cases. Spacing and overcrowding of the teeth can also interfere with effective oral hygiene, potentially increasing the risks of tooth decay and gum disease (periodontitis) as a result.

Crooked Teeth or Malocclusion? How to Know When Orthodontics are Necessary

The dentists at Urbana, MD-based Pearlfection Dentistry can diagnose and treat potential bite problems before the teeth have fully developed, which is why orthodontia is so common in childhood and early adolescence (however it is never too late to invest in oral health, and braces are appropriate and often necessary in adulthood as well).

It might sound counterintuitive, but orthodontics actually encourage better oral hygiene and nutrition. Daily brushing and flossing are especially important while wearing braces, and certain foods like hard, sugary candy, gum, and any foods that can get stuck in or crack a wire or bracket need to be avoided, which can help children and teenagers establish healthy oral and general health habits. Orthodontics are an investment and commitment in strong, healthy, and attractive teeth, and maintaining them usually becomes a priority long after the braces are finally removed.

Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Urbana, MD

For more information on pediatric and adult orthodontics treatment, contact Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD by calling 301-831-8303 to schedule an appointment today.