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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.

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.

February 18, 2022
Category: Oral Health
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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.

When you are missing teeth, it is critical to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can be challenging, as well as uncomfortable. Missing teeth can also destabilize your bite. Dental implants in Urbana MD, are a great option for replacing teeth that are missing or are badly diseased. A dental implant from Pearlfection Dentistry offers relief, support, and stability to your bite, and is often the most effective option available.

Our team has helped many patients using implant dentistry in Urbana MD, restore their smiles to look more natural. Each implant is created to fit in perfectly with the look of the rest of your teeth.

Besides making your smile appear complete, dental implants have other benefits. They include:

  • Restoring your ability to properly chew food
  • Preventing your teeth from shifting and moving
  • Stabilizing your bite
  • Helping you avoid pain or discomfort

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and feel like you are a candidate for dental implants contact your Urbana, MD, 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. Give Pearlfection Dentistry a call at (301) 831-8303 or (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment. 

How orthodontics from your dentists in Urbana, MD, can give you a great smile

Straightening your smile is a big decision, and so is what kind of orthodontic treatment is best for you. Don’t make the decision about orthodontic treatment all by yourself. Your dentist can help you choose the orthodontic treatment which will work best for you. Let our team speak for itself!

Our prosthodontists are Amos Chi and Peterson Huang. Our orthodontists are Dr. Stephen Tigani and Besher Osman, our pediatric dentist is Dr. Heather Sholander. Our endodontists are Dr. Patik Patel and Dr. Joseph Lee.

At Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, they offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, specialty, and orthodontic dental care, to give you a great smile.

When you straighten your smile, it will help you in many ways by enhancing your appearance and improving your chewing ability. Consider that a straight smile will:

  • Enhance your appearance, because a straight smile is more eye-catching and appealing
  • Boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, because you know you look your best
  • Improve your chewing ability, which aids your digestion and benefits your overall health
  • Improve your oral health, because straight teeth are much easier to keep clean with brushing and flossing

Let’s take a look at the orthodontic options available at Pearlfection Dentistry:

Conventional braces, which consist of brackets and wires; are the tried-and-true choice and are often an excellent option for more complex cases. They can be customized to give you a more discreet look. You can choose from:

  • Ceramic braces, with ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Metal braces, with metal brackets and wires
  • Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth

To read more about conventional braces, click here.

Tigani aligners, which are dental appliances; you wear the aligners for a couple of weeks and then move on to the second set of aligners, which you wear for another couple of weeks. You keep progressing to a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually and comfortably move.

To read more about Tigani aligners, click here.

Payment Plans and Insurance

We offer our own special In-House Insurance to help those that are uninsured get the dental care they need. We also offer many flexible payment plans. All you need to do is talk to our financial counselor today to learn more. 

You don't have to settle for a crowded, crooked smile when your beautiful, straight smile is just a phone call away. The dentists of Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, can help you achieve an outstanding smile. To find out more about which orthodontic treatment is right for you, call Pearlfection Dentistry at 301-663-5550 and 301-831-8303. Call now!

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