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Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Great Oral Health

January 24, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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New Year’s resolutions may actually go all the way back to the time of Julius Caesar. It makes sense that, at the beginning of a new year, we would want to start fresh with a clean slate, and while many people in the US focus resolutions on improving their health, few consider making changes to keep their smiles healthy. If you’re looking for a new year’s resolution you can keep, consider one of the following oral health related resolutions that you can start on right away.


Diabetes & Tooth Loss – Everything You Need to Know

January 14, 2020 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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If you’re working with a physician to get your diabetes under control, you have probably already heard about the whole body health issues that can occur due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels, including organ failure and severe infection. What many doctors neglect to tell their patients is that diabetes can also lead to numerous oral health concerns that dramatically increase risk for tooth loss. In this blog, we walk through some of the basics, but if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should talk to your dentist about how best to care for your smile.


Is There a Link Between Arthritis & Gum Disease?

December 14, 2019 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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When you visit the dentist and receive an oral exam, your dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate the health of your gums and teeth. If there are signs of gum disease, most commonly gingivitis or periodontitis, you will need a complete periodontal exam which includes evaluation of plaque, marginal bleeding, gum attachment loss or dental pockets and number of teeth present. Periodontitis is an infection caused by bacteria in the dental biofilm which leads to chronic inflammation and causes destruction of both connective tissues surrounding your teeth and resulting bone loss.

Periodontitis and other common chronic inflammatory diseases, including arthritis, share many modifiable risk factors. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, also characterized by chronic inflammation, that is also associated with deterioration of joint connective tissue and bone.

In this blog, we explore the connection between periodontal (gum) disease or periodontitis and arthritis. Many of the lifestyle changes that improve oral health and hygiene can also improve your rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  


Understanding the Relationship Between Heart Disease & Oral Health

December 4, 2019 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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For decades, the link between poor oral health and heart disease has been a subject of extensive research. While even the most recent research is still inconclusive, there are some indications that maintaining your oral health could decrease risk of heart disease. In this blog, we take a closer look at how poor oral health may indicate risk for heart disease and discuss some of the warning signs your dentist may see when they look at your smile.


5 Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns

November 14, 2019 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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When we decide to incorporate a new dentistry technique or technology into our dental office, we look for tools that make dentistry easier, faster, more comfortable, and more affordable for our dental patients. The Glidewell same-day dental crown system offers all of these benefits and more. Keep reading to learn about the many advantages of one-visit dental restorations in our blog.


Toddler Habits that Impact Oral Health

October 25, 2019 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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Dentists field questions regularly about pacifier use, thumb sucking, and other self-soothing toddler habits that can negatively impact a child’s oral health. It’s important for parents to remember that most thumb sucking and other self-soothing behaviors are not damaging, and they may be helping your child to feel safe and secure. The individual development of the child needs to be the determining factor when it comes to decisions about intervening with self-soothing habits, so when it comes to your child’s pacifier use or thumb sucking, there’s no such thing as “normal” or an exact age when it’s time to stop. Your child’s best interest is always our top priority when you visit us for children’s dentistry services. You can watch our video about toddler habits to hear directly from Dr. Jay McCarl about how pacifier usage and thumb sucking can impact kids. Keep reading our blog below for a little more detail.


(Updated) Cracked or Broken Teeth Symptoms, Causes & Solutions

October 16, 2019 in Dental Emergencies,Dentistry by mccarl_dental

Severley Broken Teeth Requiring RC & Crown from McCarl Dental group the emergency dentist greenbelt trustsCracked or broken teeth are more than uncomfortable, they can also be unsightly and detrimental to oral health. Yet, many patients choose to live with cracked or broken teeth rather than seeking immediate treatment. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, don’t postpone your dental care. Without seeking emergency dental services as soon as possible, your tooth and surrounding teeth may be severely damaged or lost.


Happy Dental Hygiene Month!

October 5, 2019 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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There’s no better way to celebrate Dental Hygiene Month each October than to share a healthy, happy smile! If you’re struggling to maintain the optimal level of oral hygiene, your dentist can recommend steps you to improve your daily at-home routine for effective dental hygiene in Greenbelt. Don’t forget to schedule your biannual dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings to ensure your smile stays healthy for life.


How Stress Impacts Your Teeth

September 17, 2019 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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If you’ve ever dealt with stress for more than the few a days or hours before a big job interview or other event, you know that it can negatively impact your body. People under stress experience head and body aches, struggle to maintain a typical sleep schedule, and are often at greater risk for health issues as the immune system is overtaxed in bodies with an elevated level of stress. Unfortunately, your smile isn’t immune to stress either. For many people, oral health issues related to stress are found during regular preventive dentistry visits, and for some, this is a wakeup call that encourages them to make some changes in their daily life and reduce stress levels. Some stress can’t be avoided, but the long term impact on oral and overall health can be detrimental. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress at home, work, or school, finding different ways to manage your stresses may be an important part of protecting your smile and overall health. In this blog, we review some of the common oral health conditions diagnosed in people who are under stress.


Cracked or Broken Dental Crown? We Can Help!

September 10, 2019 in Dentistry by mccarl_dental
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If you’ve cracked or broken a dental crown or other restoration, your Greenbelt dentist may be able to help. In some cases, we can replace the dislodged dental crown, but no matter what the situation, we can create a personalized plan to repair your damaged smile as quickly as possible. In this blog, we walk through the process to restore your smile after a dental crown has been damaged.


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