Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Good morning,

Did you know that what you eat can help prevent tooth decay? It might seem obvious that cutting down on sugars, hard candies and sodas can help keep your teeth in top shape, but there is a lot more to it than that. "Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health." Learn more from the article by clicking the original link here.

Photo credit: Mouthhealthy.org
If you are looking for a new dentist visit Dr. Mansfield today! Located in Germantown, Maryland right off of Rt. 270. Accepting new patients of all ages!! Learn more by visiting: www.germantowndentalcare.com

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Facts About Dry Mouth

You may have noticed that your dry mouth can be more common in the wintertime due to having closed windows and the dry air coming from the heat running in your house. However dry mouth can occur any time of year and can lead to more serious conditions if not treated properly. Although more common in the elderly, dry mouth can happen to anyone regardless of age. What causes dry mouth? Sometimes it can be caused by long-term use of prescriptions or other medications. Dehydration can be another contributing factor. So what can you do about your dry mouth? Learn more by reading this quick and comprehensive article from colgate.com by clicking here.

If you are suffering from dry mouth or any other oral condition and want help from a dedicated and caring dentist, come see Dr. Mansfield!! Located in Germantown, Maryland right off of Rt. 270. Learn more about Dr. Mansfield and the rest of the Germantown Dental Care staff by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Selecting the Dental Products Best for You

Good morning everyone,

Today we are sharing an article from colgate.com entitled 'Selecting Dental Products.' You may think that a toothbrush is just a toothbrush or that there are no real differences in floss or mouthwash, but actually there are! Just like choosing the right tools and equipment for other jobs, work or hobbies, it is important to choose the best dental products for your personal health.

To read the article and learn what type of toothbrush and other dental products are right for you visit the article link here. 

To visit a caring, patient dentist in Germantown Maryland then come see Dr. Mansfield! Conveniently located just minutes off of I-270, Dr. Mansfield sees patients of all ages. Learn more about Germantown Dental Care here: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Keeping Kids Teeth Healthy for the Long Run

Today we are talking about how to care for your children's teeth! As a parent, we know that you have so much to think about, so much to do, and so much to worry about when it comes to raising children and we want to make sure that your child's dental healthcare isn't something to stress about!

When should you start caring for your child's teeth? The answer is, the sooner the better! Many people don't realize that parents can start cleaning their infant’s mouth and gums with a wet washcloth before their teeth seven tart to appear. Then, as soon as your child develops his or her first tooth, which usually happens in the 5-10-month range, you should start brushing with a small, very soft toothbrush or one of the custom finger toothbrushes designed for children.

The following information from kidshealth.org shows even more how you can help your children from the start!

"Good dental care begins before a baby's first tooth appears. Just because you can't see the teeth doesn't mean they aren't there. Teeth actually begin to form in the second trimester of pregnancy. At birth, your baby has 20 primary teeth, some of which are fully developed in the jaw.

Here's when and how to care for those little choppers:

Even before your baby starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria.

Once your baby gets teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). Use fluoride toothpaste that carries the American Dental Association's (ADA) seal of acceptance. (If you are using baby toothpaste without the fluoride, keep it to the same amount because you still want to minimize any toothpaste that is swallowed.)

Once your baby's teeth touch, you can begin flossing in between them.

Around age 2, your child should learn to spit while brushing. Avoid giving your child water to swish and spit because this might make swallowing toothpaste more likely.

Kids ages 3 and up should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Always supervise kids younger than 6 while brushing, as they are more likely to swallow toothpaste." 

To schedule your child's first dental visit with us at Germantown Dental Care, please visit our website at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ or call us at, (301) 540-5195.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

5 Fun Tooth Facts

Good morning!

Although we find it fascinating, talking about dental health isn't always the most exciting. Today however, we are sharing a brief article from Mouth Healthy with some really fun facts about your teeth that you probably didn't know!

For example, did you know that our teeth can live for hundreds of years? Or that your enamel is the hardest substance in your body? Take a look at some other fun facts here!

If you are looking for a caring, patient dentist that wants nothing else than to help you have the best oral health possible, then contact Dr. Mansfield today! At Germantown Dental Care we treat our patients like family. Call us today at: (301) 540-5195.

Monday, February 5, 2018

February is National Children's Dental Health Month!

February is National Children's Dental Health Month! Become part of the Tooth Team, and share with your children the posters and activity sheets below, supported by the ADA and Crest + Oral-B, to teach the little ones in your life about caring for their teeth. If you are looking for a dentist who is not only good with children but specializes in compassionate care, contact Dr. Mansfield today!

To set up your appointment with Dr. Mansfield visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ 

To download the posters and activity sheets for your kids visit: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/tooth-team?source=promospots&medium=rotator&content=ToothTeam

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Learn More About Dr. Mansfield!!

It's a new year and you might be considering switching to a new dentist. If so, consider Dr. Mansfield!

Dr. Raymond J. Mansfield was born in Washington DC. He studied at the University of Maryland and received his dental degree in 1976 from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.  Since graduation, Dr. Mansfield has continued his education in an effort to stay current with the rapidly changing advances in technology in the field of dentistry.  Every year he completes between 15-25 hours of continuing education classes.  This helps to ensure excellent dental care and quality service to all of his Germantown patients.  Dr. Mansfield has also achieved lifetime membership status in the ADA, MSDA and Southern Maryland Dental Society.

In his spare time, Dr. Mansfield enjoys horses. He and his wife and two daughters and their families own a farm where one of his daughters teaches riding, trains horses and competes in various equestrian events.  Dr. Mansfield enjoys working with his hands and spends most of his spare time building, repairing, and generally maintaining the family farm.  If there is any time left, he will be found out on the trails riding. He says it's great because he can spend time with most of his family and grandchildren every day.

To come meet Dr. Mansfield in person and schedule your next dental appointment, visit: http://www.germantowndentalcare.com/