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Posts for: February, 2016

Evidence continues to support an association among periodontal
infections, atherosclerosis and vascular disease. Ongoing observational
and focused pilot intervention studies may inform the design of largescale
clinical intervention studies. Recommending periodontal treatment for
the prevention of atherosclerotic CVD is not warranted based on scientific
evidence. Periodontal treatment must be recommended on the basis of the
value of its benefits for the oral health of patients, recognizing that patients
are not healthy without good oral health. However, the emergence of periodontal
infections as a potential risk factor for CVD is leading to a convergence
in oral and medical care that can only benefit the patients and public
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Pearlfection Dentistry – Urbana Maryland – Dr EJ Stringer and Dr Joseph Mullen,  is pleased to announce their acceptance, for the second year in a row, of the prestigious Angies’ List Super Service Award.  This honor is given to recognize the top 5% of qualifying businesses per category, in each market, who maintain superior service ratings and reviews throughout the past year.  Dr Mullen and Stringer where the only dentist to receive this award in Urbana, MD for both 2012 and 2013.

When asked for comment, Dr Stringer attributed the success of the practice to great patients, who are a pleasure to work with, a team that is dedicated to the happiness and health of our patients, cutting edge technology that allows us to diagnosis and treat dental problems. Dr Stringer said “When the entire team works together, it shows, and patients appreciate the superior level of care they get here.  We truly care about our patients.”

Dr Stringer and Mullen are on call 24/7 365.  They understand that sometimes patients need care when the office is closed.  Sometimes that care can be handled over the phone but sometimes the doctors actually have to open the practice up in off hours.  That’s the type of service that allows the practice to grow and prosper.

Business Manager Stewart Stringer said “while some dental offices are struggling, we are adding staff members (7 so far in 2013), investing in equipment and looking for property to expand.  We have extended our hours and added another operatory and hired a root canal specialist.  When it comes to a good dentist, word of mouth is really important.  Dr Mullen and Dr Stringer have a great reputation in Urbana. We provide superior dentistry and we try to keep our prices reasonable.  That has made us successful over the years.  Patients like our practice and feel comfortable there and they tell their friends.”

Joseph F Mullen, DDS  and EJ Stringer, DMD have been practicing in Frederick since 1977, making this practice one of the oldest and most respected practices in the region.  Patients consistently rank Dr Mullen and Dr Stringer’s practice one of the best dentists in the region on Angies’ List and Google.   Dr Mullen says, “We practice affordable dentistry and try to treat each patient like family.”  The staff, including hygienist, dental assistance and office staff, averages 22.3 years in the dental field and prides themselves in keeping up with the latest dental technology. 

The practice provides dental care in the following areas: General Dentistry, Dental  Hygiene, Tooth Whitening, Crowns, Bridges, Fillings, Restorations, Dental Implant restoration, Invisalign Orthodontics, Root Canals (Endodontics), Pediatric Dentistry, Extractions, Checkups, Periodontics and preventative dental care, Dentures and Partial Dentures.

February 18, 2016
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PearlFection is pleased to announce that in 2016 we will continue to provide service for patients who are covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield dental insurance. We will file insurance claims as always, however, we will be changing our status to a fee for service provider instead of a network provider.

To understand exactly how this change may impact you and your family, feel free to call our office at any time.  We will provide you with an estimate of what your co-pay will be, prior to any treatment being performed.  Your benefits are determined based on your contract.  As always, any statement about how much an insurance company will pay and how much is the patient’s responsibility is always an estimate and not a determination of actual payment.  

The doctors at PearlFection believe that good dental care decisions are best made between a doctor and his/her patient with as little inference as possible from insurance corporations.  We believe that being part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield network puts an unnecessary additional layer between the doctors and their patients and that being a fee for service provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield will allow the doctors to treat patients in a manner that results in the best dental outcome for our patients.

Comfortable, Quality, In-House Oral Surgery in Urbana, MD
Look no Further than PearlFection Dentistry!

Discovering that you need to have oral surgery can feel stressful, but our team of dentists and oral surgeons can put your mind at ease.  In most traditional dental offices, you are referred out to an oral surgeon in an office that you’ve never visited before in surroundings that you are unfamiliar with.  Not at PearlFection!  We are unlike most general practices in that we are a full service dentistry office – everything is done under one roof by our professional, award winning, oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

The following procedures are offered in-house by the best oral surgeon in Maryland:

Teeth Extractions including impacted Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Dental Implants
Bone Grafting
TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorders)
Reconstruction due to Injuries to the Jaw/mouth/teeth
Malocclusion (Unequal jaw growth)
Esthetic aspects of the oral and maxillofacial regions
Sedation Dentistry
Biopsy of tissue(Usually to rule out oral cancer).

Oral Surgery in uncomfortable surroundings are a thing of the past when you visit PearlFection Dentistry.  From the amazing dentistry services offered in Urbana, MD by Dr. EJ Stringer to the comfort and support offered by our staff, you’ll need to look no further when choosing a one-stop-shop for all of your dental needs.

February 18, 2016
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Would the athlete in your family like a customized mouth guard?   We can now custom make mouth guards, specially fitted to the athlete’s mouth and have it personalized with his/her name, school logo, school colors and jersey number on it or something they create themselves for martial arts.  It’s easy!  Kids love them and if they think they are cool they are more likely to wear them and avoid dental injuries.

Sports Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of oral and facial athletic injuries and related diseases. Included in this prevention are mouth guards. The best mouth guard is custom designed and made by a dental professional with the athlete’s individual needs taken into account.

The ADA councils and promotes the importance of safety in maintaining oral health and the use of a properly fitted mouth guard as the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries. The ADA  and PearlFection are committed to oral health promotion and injury prevention for sports participants.

Custom mouth guards are made from precise models of an individual’s teeth. These appliances are made from materials that ensure a proper fit, are easy to keep clean, and do not restrict breathing. 

The Stats:

  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard. –American Dental Association
  • It is estimated that mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year. –Academy of General Dentistry
  • Sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year! – U.S. Centers for Disease Control
  • Victims of knocked out teeth may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000-$20,000 per tooth. – National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety

Pearlfection now has the ability to create these customs mouth guards! It is easy to design your own Custom Sports Mouth guard. All you have to do is just pick your favorite color, and personalize is by adding text and images to make it your own, we’ll do the rest.