Many of our patients have read the most recent ground breaking report from the Associated Press (AP) stating that flossing has been removed from the Surgeon General’s five year Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 report. While we understand how this could be misleading, it’s important to note that dietary regulations are the goal of this report NOT oral hygiene guidelines. If you have questions about why we recommend daily flossing, keep reading, or ask one of our team members during your next six month checkup at McCarl Dental Group.
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It’s very rare to see a dental office that boasts 10 employees with more than 20 years of experience with the same team of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, patient advocates and receptionists. At McCarl Dental Group, Spring 2016 marked three 20 year anniversaries for our team members Fran Lawrence, Christine Stovenour, and Rachel Heineman. Next time you visit, make sure to thank them for their years of dedication. Contact our dedicated dentist and team to schedule an appointment today.
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Dr. Jay McCarl, Greenbelt Dentist and Rosemarie Lee, Dental Hygienist
We are delighted to introduce our new dental hygienist Rosemary Lee! Rosemary began working as a dental assistant at the McCarl Dental Group in Greenbelt, MD when she was sixteen. Rosemary always enjoyed helping people and discovered a passion for dentistry. Rosemary attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. In the spring of 2016 Rosemary earned an additional Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Howard Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program.
Rosemary was the recipient of the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award that recognizes excellence in patient care and is given to the most outstanding dental hygiene student. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group are impressed with Rosemary’s natural talent, dedication and attention to detail.
In her spare time Rosemary enjoys working and spending time with her family, traveling and cheering on the Terps!
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According to a recent survey of patients with dental insurance, phobia and anxiety take a back seat to funding care when it comes to keeping patients out of the dental chair. In fact, almost twice as many patients reported cancelling or avoiding dental visits due to inability to afford treatment compared to those who experience phobia. At McCarl Dental Group, your dedicated dentist and team in Millersville, MD are happy to work with each patient to create a custom treatment and financing plan that fits within their budget. Contact our team anytime with questions about financing, treatment costs, or dental insurance.
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Dr. Richard Duarte, DDS is a new associate at McCarl Dental Group
We are delighted to introduce Dr. Richard Duarte, a new associate dentist at the Greenbelt, Maryland office of McCarl Dental Group. We selected Dr. Duarte after an extensive search during which we vetted more than 30 highly qualified candidates. Dr. Duarte stood out as an excellent person and dentist. He will provide outstanding care to our dental patients.
Dr. Duarte grew up in Columbia, MD and attended The University of Maryland at College Park where he received a Bachelor of Science in General Biology in 2010 with a minor in Spanish. He attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2015. Dr. Duarte is finishing an Advanced Education Residency in General Dentistry at Chase Brexton Health Care Center in Baltimore through the New York University Lutheran Health System. The residency provides superior experience in the different aspects of general dentistry and is an invaluable asset in learning to provide the best possible patient care. Dr. Duarte has traveled to Central America twice on dental mission trips to provide care to those in need in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Panama.
Dr. Duarte has earned numerous awards, including:
The American Academy of Oral Medicine Award
For demonstrating the highest standards of care in diagnosis and treatment of medically compromised patients.
Dean’s Community Service Award
For serving 80+ hours of community service while in dental school.
The Ferdinand J. S. Gorgas Odontological Honor SocietyAn honorary student dental organization for recognition of a superior grade point average and class rank.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Award
Recognition of commitment to creating an inclusive environment and bringing dental attention and education to a local community in need.
The Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society
An honorary student dental organization for scholarship and interest in the field of prosthetic dentistry.
He is engaged to marry Claire Balkam in July 2016. They reside in Baltimore and are enjoying city life with their soft coated wheaten terrier, Ryleigh. They enjoy cheering on the O’s as well as the Terps! We know you will enjoy meeting him soon!
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Your smile is so much more than the pearly whites that immediately catch your eye. Your mouth is its own ecosystem constantly undergoing changes in temperature, bacteria growth, and beginning the digestion of nutrients to ensure whole body health. Teeth are possibly the most important parts of the mouth, and they make it possible for patients to speak clearly, digest a variety of nutrients, and smile with confidence. At McCarl Dental Group, we love teeth and enjoy helping patients get to know their unique, beautiful smiles. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental anatomy, keep reading or contact our dedicated dentists and team today.
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Many patients still think of dental implant supported tooth replacement as a new and unproven treatment, but dental implants have been common dental practice for decades. Actually, some archaeologists believe the ancient Mayans performed implant dentistry thousands of years ago. Today, dental implant placement techniques and the materials used have advanced profoundly. Those who are relatively healthy overall and who have adequate jawbone volume and density to support implant posts, have a 96% rate of success. There are some things patients can do to increase their chances for successful dental implant restoration, and the McCarl Dental Group team is happy to help.
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Visiting the dentist can often be stressful or disorienting for patients, but possibly the most disorienting part of every visit is all the numbers dentists, hygienists, and assistants say to each other throughout dental checkups. This short hand is used by dentists to refer to each of the teeth quickly. At McCarl Dental Group, we use the Universal numbering system which is the American Dental Association supported method.
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At McCarl Dental Group, we’ve been offering advanced tooth replacement services with dental implant supported prosthetics for decades. As part of our dedication to continuing education, we continually attend lectures, seminars, and trainings in advanced procedures. Recently, Dr. Dianna Lee, Dr. Jay McCarl, and Dr. Clayton McCarl attended a lecture from the preeminent dental implant expert, Dr. Dennis Tarnow. We’re proud to share some of the insights from Dr. Tarnow’s Triple Crown Study Club lecture with our patients, and look forward to continuing training to and integration of Dr. Tarnow’s dental implant research findings.
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Your Millersville, Maryland dentists and team at McCarl Dental Group are proud to work with our family for families in the communities we serve. In 1937, Dr. James W. McCarl opened the doors of his dental practice at the corner of Ridge and Gardenway in Greenbelt. Today, we have two office locations, and are proud to announce that with the return of Ashley McCarl Harrison to our dental hygiene team. It is wonderful to have a fourth generation of the McCarl family working in our dental office again. Ashley graduated from dental hygiene school in 2013, and she worked with our team right away. In 2014 Ashley moved to New Jersey where she worked in both an adult and pediatric practice. We couldn’t be more proud to welcome Ashley back to our team. She’ll be working with our Millersville office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Her work with our patients and dedication to lifelong learning, both for herself and for those she cares for, is an outstanding attribute to the oral hygiene services to our patients. Ashley received a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University in Health and Human Services where she focused on health care in the community. In addition, Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class, magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She was also inducted into the prestigious Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
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