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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Information on missing teeth and your options

Causes of Missing Teeth

To better understand how to treat missing teeth/tooth, you must first understand the reason for dental loss first. There are several reasons people may lose teeth. Some of them include:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Injuries caused by playing sports or any other accident
  • Genetic condition where people are born without certain teeth

Treatment Options

You must replace missing teeth to restore functions like chewing of food, jaw support and the stability of remaining teeth.

  • Dentures: Dentures are oral appliances, usually made of plastic resin, used by individuals who have lost some or all their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
     
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants consist of a titanium post inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth. Dental implants create stability and strengthens the jawbone when the post osseointegrates (fuses) with the bone.

Keeping Teeth Clean

The best preventative measure is caring for your teeth. You need to brush and floss on a daily basis to remove bacteria and plaque. This eliminates tartar buildup and prevents cavity formation. Make sure you brush twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss once before going to bed.

You should also stay away from sugary foods and beverages like fruit juice and candy because they help fester cavity-producing bacteria. Opt for healthy foods, fruits and vegetables, to avoid bacterial growth. Another interesting fact about eating fruits like apples is that they actually scrape off plaque from teeth surfaces to help keep teeth clean.

Need a consultation?

Whether you choose dental implants or dentures, you need to speak with Dr. Susan Pearson of Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 649-2203 to figure out what is the best course of action.

How your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, can help you have a healthy smile

Did you know that having a healthy smile can help you maintain a healthy body? It’s true. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, keeping your mouth healthy can lower your risk of diabetes, alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and heart disease.

So, how you do maintain a healthy smile? The key is at-home dental care and regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist for preventive care. Here at Dr. Susan Pearson's office in Silver Spring, MD, we offer a full range of preventive dental care services to help you have a healthy smile—read on to learn more.

Proper Dental Care

At-home dental care is essential to your oral health. After all, the more frequently you clean the plaque off of your teeth, the lower your bacterial levels. It’s this harmful bacteria that causes gum/periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Remember to:

  • Brush after meals and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride. Gently clean the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline, using a circular motion.
  • Floss at least once each day; be sure to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. By wrapping the floss, you keep the floss next to the tooth surface for better cleaning.
  • Visit your dentist every six to twelve months for a preventive dental examination and x-rays. Regular visits help keep dental problems small, helping you avoid tooth pain and unnecessary expenses.
  • Visit your dental hygienist once every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning. Your dental hygienist can help prevent gum and periodontal disease through these appointments, and show you the latest tools and techniques so you can practice excellent at-home dental care.

To learn more about the importance of proper oral care, call Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, Maryland at (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
June 25, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Examination  

Oral ExaminationHaving a checkup at the dentist isn't just for kids. Dr. Susan Pearson, your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, sees patients of all ages, and encourages her adult patients to maintain good dental hygiene by scheduling dental exams twice a year. If it's been awhile since you've had a dental checkup, allow us to walk you through the process so you know what to expect.

Cleaning

Our trained dental hygienists will start by scaling your teeth, a process in which they use hand-held tools to remove any tartar that has built up. Tartar is hardened plaque and cannot be removed by brushing or flossing at home. It can lead to decay and gum disease if it is not periodically removed at your Silver Spring dentist's office. Your hygienist will also make notations in your chart for Dr. Pearson to assess later.

X-rays

Once a year, your Silver Spring dentist will recommend having X-rays taken. This is done to check for any cavities that may have developed between the teeth, as well as to monitor any bone loss if you have missing teeth or gum disease. Young adults will also benefit from X-rays as their wisdom teeth begin to emerge; their growth pattern can be evaluated by Dr. Pearson to see if removal is necessary.

Doctor evaluation

After your X-rays, your Silver Spring dentist will come in to talk with you and check your teeth and gums based on information gleaned from the X-rays and cleaning. If any problems have arisen, such as gingivitis or cavities, Dr. Pearson will work with you to determine a treatment plan. Most people will also schedule another cleaning for six months later.

To update your charts and refresh your smile at your Silver Spring dentist's office, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Susan Pearson today!

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
June 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Need advice from your Silver Spring dentist?oral hygiene

Dental hygiene is essential for your oral health. Severe dental issues may result if you don't maintain a healthy dental routine. Dr. Susan Pearson has tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent serious dental issues.

If you want to prevent the issues mentioned above, here are some tips your Silver Spring dentist would advise you do to maintain dental restorations:

  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
  • Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, or drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas, and flossing before bed to remove food debris from between your teeth.
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea.

There are several procedures you may need if you don't take care of your teeth. Root canal therapy, which is a dental restoration needed when someone has an infected or inflamed tooth that needs to be cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. Dental implants, which are another restorative procedure that replaces your tooth root with a titanium post when you've suffered from tooth loss. Veneers, which are porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface of teeth to hide unappealing issues like crack, dents, and yellowed teeth. Crowns, which are are dental caps that fit over weak and/or unsightly teeth to improve your smile and reinforce teeth that are weakened due to dental restorations or dislodged fillings, and bridges, which can close gaps from losing a tooth.

If you have any questions, or concerns, about good oral hygiene habits and taking care of your dental restorations, just call Dr. Pearson at her Silver Spring, MD, office today. Call (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
March 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Know the best ways to keep your oral health in the best of shape.oral hygiene

You want a smile that will last forever, so why not give your mouth the care it needs in order to thrive? With tooth loss, gum disease and decay causing so many issues it can feel as if there is nothing you can do to prevent it, but our Silver Spring, MD, dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, is happy to tell you that there is actually a lot you can do.

Don’t Put off Routine Cleanings

There is a reason our Silver Spring general dentist recommends coming in every six months for preventive checkups and cleanings. We are properly trained to be able to pinpoint issues that you might not be able to catch on your own. The sooner we detect a problem the better.‚Äč

Don’t Forget About Floss

Most people don’t find flossing exciting or fun, but it’s a necessary part of a good oral health routine. It’s a fact of life that food and plaque will buildup on teeth and along the gumline, but they can easily be removed with the proper techniques and tools. While brushing is great for cleaning most surfaces of your teeth, they won’t be able to thoroughly clean between teeth. By flossing prior to brushing you can prevent decay from ruining your smile.

Think About What You Eat

Your diet also impacts your oral health, so if you want to have healthy chompers and pink, beautiful gums then you will want to ensure that your diet is doing only good things for your smile. Avoid snacking between meals, particularly reaching for sugary, starchy snacks like candy or potato chips, and make sure you are getting the proper nutrients for a healthy smile. Sure, we know that broccoli and fish aren’t the most exciting foods you could eat, but they will certainly protect your smile for the long run.

If it’s time to schedule your routine cleaning or if you have questions about caring for your smile don’t hesitate to contact our Silver Spring, MD, dental office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Pearson.



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