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Richard Duarte, DDS Joins McCarl Dental Group

May 25, 2016 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
Dr. Richard Duarte, DDS, a new Associate at McCarl Dental Group

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 Society
An 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!




Explore the Anatomy of Teeth

May 24, 2016 in Dental Hygiene,General dentistry by mccarl_dental

Close up of a toothYour 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.

How to Maximize Your Chances for Dental Implant Retention

May 15, 2016 in Dental Implants by mccarl_dental

Hand holding a dental implantMany 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.

The Reasons for Tooth Numbering from Your Dentist in Millersville

April 30, 2016 in Cosmetic Dentistry,General dentistry by mccarl_dental

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.

Dental Implant Continuing Education with Dr. Dennis Tarnow

April 26, 2016 in Dental Implants by mccarl_dental

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.

4 Generations of the McCarl Dental Group Family in Millersville, Maryland

March 30, 2016 in Dental Hygiene,General dentistry by mccarl_dental

Dr. Ashley McCarl rejoins the Millersville practiceYour 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.

McCarl Dental Group Offers the Top 3 Cosmetic Dentistry Services

March 23, 2016 in Cosmetic Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Woman with a beautiful smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry services in greenbelt, mdCountless studies in recent years have shown that your smile is important. From the University of California at Berkley study that revealed those people who smiled more were generally happier, lived longer, and had better marriages to the employment survey that uncovered employer discrimination based on dental damage, decay, or tooth loss, the verdict is in – the way your smile looks matters. Based on these facts, it’s no surprise that cosmetic dentistry services have gained popularity in recent years. Your experienced dentists and team at McCarl Dental Group are proud to offer the three most popular smile transforming cosmetic services: teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers.

5 Tips for Quitting Smokeless Tobacco from Your Dentist in Millersville, Maryland

March 3, 2016 in Oral Cancer Screening by mccarl_dental

Kick your smokeless tobacco habit with help from your dentist in MillersvilleWhen it comes to quitting a bad habit, the most important thing to do is get started! Tobacco use is a difficult habit to break. It is important for your oral and overall health to kick the habit. Keep reading or contact your dentist in Millersville if you are concerned about the consequences of smokeless tobacco use. Let the McCarl Dental Group team help teach you habits for optimal oral health.

McCarl Dental Group at BWMC Heartbeat for Health 2016

February 20, 2016 in General dentistry by mccarl_dental

McCarl Dental Group Dentists at Heartbeat for healthOn Saturday, February 20th, Drs. Jay and Clayton McCarl and dental hygienist, Ashley McCarl Harrison had the opportunity to show our support for community health in Severna Park Maryland as part of the 2016 Heartbeat for Health event. This expo gave community members the opportunity to learn about their current oral health and opportunities to improve dental health. We take every opportunity to give back to our community, and Heartbeat for Health is one more way we help patients get their healthiest smiles.

How Can I Tell if I Have a Cavity?

January 25, 2016 in General dentistry by mccarl_dental

Patient with a cavityDental caries, also known as cavities, are caused by breakdown of the tooth enamel which leads to tooth decay. Although cavities are often preventable, they are the most common chronic disease among children and adolescents 6 to 19 years old. Cavities are very prevalent among adults too. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, ninety two percent of adults age 20 to 64 have had dental caries in their permanent teeth.

The dentists at McCarl Dental Group strive to help patients have excellent oral health and keep healthy teeth and gums throughout their lives. We do this with a combination of excellent dental care, education, and encouragement to motivate our patients to take the best possible care of their teeth and gums. Contact our team in Millersville, Maryland at McCarl Dental Group to schedule a $55 New Patient Professional Teeth Cleaning and dental exam, including whatever x-rays are necessary.

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