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Susan Pearson, DDS
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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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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.


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.


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.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
May 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Soda  

It's probably not a surprise that soda, in addition to being high in calories and low in nutritional value, is bad for your teeth. But the way soda damages your teeth may be something you didn't realize. Your Silver Spring, MD dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, believes in educating Sodaher patients about the decisions they can make about their dental health. She helps shed some light on the dangers of soda here.

How does soda affect my teeth?

Surprisingly, the sugar content of your favorite pop, orange sodas and lemon-lime soft drinks aren't the most pervasive threat against your teeth. Rather, it's the acidity contained in each one that wreaks havoc on your smile. Undiluted vinegar is essentially the only liquid higher in acid content than cola. To put it another way, most sodas have a pH level that is about 10,000 times stronger than water. This means that colas literally eat away at the enamel on your teeth, making them discolored, sensitive to hot and cold stimuli, and more prone to decay. Your Silver Spring dentist often seems patients with severe enamel damage as the result of a soda drinking habit.

What about diet soda?

Diet soda was created as a way for people diagnosed with diabetes to enjoy soft drinks. However, over time, diet soda has been touted as a "healthy" alternative to regular soda, both for weight maintenance and dental care. Unfortunately, with all its non-nutritive chemicals, diet soda packs the same amount of acidity as regular soda, making it just as harmful for your teeth.

Like many things, any flavor or type of soda enjoyed in moderation isn't likely to be harmful to your health or your teeth. But the caffeine in soda can be addictive, and a daily - or even hourly - habit can be very detrimental. If you think you may need an evaluation, we encourage you to call Susan Pearson, DDS in Silver Spring, MD for an evaluation today!

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
March 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sugar  

With Girl Scout Day coming up in March, it’s important to acknowledge how sugary treats can affect your oral health.

March sets off a whirlwind week of Girl Scout celebrations from March 8th through the 14th, ending with the official Girl Scout TeethBirthday on March 12th. This year marks the Girl Scout’s 103rd birthday! The Girl Scout organization helps instill confidence, leadership and service in young women all over America. However, what might come to mind when you think about Girl Scouts are the delicious boxes of cookies that are sold each year. You may dream of refreshing thin mints or a mouthwatering box of samoas; however, this year when you purchase your boxes of cookies your Silver Spring dentist recommends putting your oral health first.

How does sugar affect your smile?

Sugar gets a bad rap; however, it’s important to note that it isn’t the sugar itself that actually causes cavities. Instead, sugar creates an environment that helps the bacteria that cause cavities to thrive.

Every time you consume sugar the bacteria in your mouth starts to break it down, converting it to acid. It’s the acid that attacks the enamel of your teeth, causing decay and cavities to form.

Caring for Teeth After Sugar

While we can acknowledge the problems sugar can cause for our smile it’s hard to give it up altogether. In fact, you can still enjoy sugar every once and a while. Just be sure to follow these helpful hints for caring for your teeth after consuming sweets:

Brush your teeth right after eating anything with sugar. This will prevent sugar from staying on teeth too long and eroding enamel. The only time you won’t want to brush right after eating is if your sugary snack is also acidic. If you eat acidic treats wait about a half hour before brushing your teeth.

If you can’t reach for your toothbrush you’ll want to at least rinse your mouth out right after. This is one way to remove acid from your teeth to ward off tooth enamel erosion. Also, you can pop a piece of sugarless gum in your mouth, which will stimulate saliva to wash away sugar and food particles from your teeth.

Be sure to floss at least once a day, aiming to floss before you brush your teeth. By flossing before you brush your teeth you allow the fluoridated toothpaste to reach those hard-to-clean spots between teeth, giving you a more thorough clean.

As always, it’s important to see your Silver Spring dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. If it’s time to see your dentist, then contact Dr. Susan Pearson, DDS to get a deep-down clean you’ll notice.












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