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Why has Gum Disease Been Linked to Severe Cases of COVID-19?

March 30, 2021 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Since the first cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), medical professionals have warned patients with systemic health concerns that they may be at greater risk to contract severe or life threatening cases of COVID-19. Recent research indicates that periodontal (gum) disease is one of the high risk conditions related to increased COVID-19 risks. In this blog, we’ll talk through some of the oral health concerns that seem to be connected with an increase in COVID-19 cases and the severity of this condition.


Can Porcelain Veneers Give You Straight Teeth?

February 11, 2021 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
Before - After No Prep Veneers

Porcelain veneers have a wide range of uses from concealing dental discoloration to decreasing sensitivity after gum tissue recession, porcelain veneers don’t only deliver smiles that look great, they also promote improved oral health. Before we answer the question about whether or not porcelain veneers can give you straight teeth, it’s important to understand just what they are. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of tooth-colored material that are fitted over the front facing parts of teeth to create a flawless smile with minimal impact to healthy tooth structures. Once in place, porcelain veneers improve the appearance of numerous cosmetic smile flaws, including correcting minor orthodontic concerns.


Getting Porcelain Veneers: The Step-by-Step Process

January 25, 2021 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
Before - After No Prep Veneers

Most people have one or more things they want to change about their smiles, but they worry that cosmetic dentistry will be complicated, painful, or look unnatural. Porcelain veneers offer a simple cosmetic dentistry option that can be completed in just a few visits to our dental office, the treatment is comfortable and conservative, and the results are gorgeous. Many people who choose porcelain veneers say they never thought such an easy procedure could completely transform their appearance. In this blog, we’ll walk through the quick and conservative porcelain veneer treatment process.


Can Your Dentist Cure Gum Disease?

December 20, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Many people think of periodontal (gum) disease as simply being an infection or inflammation in the soft tissue, but actually, this complex condition can negatively impact a patient’s entire smile, leading to serious repercussions for a person’s oral health and overall wellness. While gum disease can be effectively treated in the early stages, advanced periodontal disease, often called periodontitis, can’t be reversed. Keep reading to learn more about what you may experience in the various stages of gum disease. It’s always important to let your dentist know as soon as possible if you notice any changes in your oral health.


Top 5 Ways for to Appreciate Your Teeth this Thanksgiving

November 22, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Stopping oral health concerns before they begin is essential year round, but during Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it’s especially important to show your smile a little appreciation by taking extra preventive dentistry steps. Keep reading to the learn the top five tips from our dentists to keep your smile healthy at Thanksgiving, through the holiday season, and year round.


Your 2020 Halloween Candy Guide for Healthy Smiles

October 12, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Every October, we celebrate a really important holiday – National Dental Hygiene Month! It’s a big deal at McCarl Dental Group, but for a lot of other families, another holiday overshadows this annual awareness month dedicated to oral health – Halloween. Kids go trick or treating and get bag loads of candy. It’s fun and candy is delicious, but it’s not great for oral and overall health. In this blog, you can learn more about the candies that are best and worst for teeth and how to help kids make good candy choices this Halloween. Don’t forget to bring kids to see us at McCarl dental Group to preserve their healthy smiles with regular children’s dentistry visits.


The Importance of Keeping Up with Oral Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 30, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
Closeup of toothpaste applied to toothbrush

Maintaining your health is a top priority during this pandemic. Keep reading to learn more about why visiting the dentist for preventive and restorative dentistry during the pandemic is still important. Delaying or avoiding a small dental concern may lead to a more significant dental problem. You can also learn more about the efforts of the McCarl Dental Group to make your visit to the dentist safe and comfortable.


Why We’re Delaying Our “Fun Visits” for Kids

July 21, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
Little girl practicing tooth brushing in the dental office

The McCarl Dental Group team is happy to be welcoming the majority of our dentistry patients back to the office for regular, preventive dentistry visits, but we’re still encouraging those patients who are considered higher risk to postpone non-essential dental office trips for the time being. This includes delaying “fun visits” for kids. In this blog, we’ll talk about why it’s important to postpone these appointments for young patients and how you can care for your child’s smile until fun visits are available again.


Tooth Decay on the Root Surface

June 23, 2020 in Dentistry,Periodontal Treatment,White Fillings by mccarl_dental

Tooth decay on the root surface of teeth may also be called root cavities, root decay, or root caries. It is a potentially detrimental oral health problem that needs immediate treatment to prevent severe dental damage. In this blog, you can learn more about what root decay is, why it happens, how it’s connected to gum disease and soft tissue recession, and what treatments are available to repair your teeth and soft tissue. If you’re concerned you have decay on your tooth’s root surface, contact your dentist in Greenbelt, MD as soon as possible to begin repairs.


How We’re Prioritizing Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 17, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental

The McCarl Dental Group team is serious about the safety measures our dental offices are implementing during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. We appreciate and value our loyal patients and want to share some updates about new procedures. This is especially important now that non-emergency patients are returning to the dental office. Although we are seeing fewer patients than pre-COVID, we’re having more patients return for dental care than during the last few months. We’re taking even more precautions to keep our dental patients, our employees, and the Greenbelt community safe. You can learn more about the updates to our protocols by watching our video from Dr. Richard Duarte and reading this blog.


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