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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year from Germantown Dental Care!

We wanted to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful clients for another incredible year! We wish you and your families a very happy new year! We hope that 2017 will be full of great things, exciting new adventures and lots of teeth cleaning and oral check-ups! 😉 We love serving our clients in Germantown, Maryland and look forward to continuing that in the new year. Until next year, stay safe out there!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chattering Teeth: What causes it?

Good morning!

It's a chilly morning here in Maryland with temperatures not quite above freezing just yet. You may be someone who experiences teeth chattering when it's cold outside, or you may be someone who chatters at other times. So, we want you to know, what is the cause of teeth chattering? Is it harmful for your teeth?

Photo copyright: Flickriver
In this article from The New York Times entitled 'What Makes Teeth Chatter,' the author answers a few of these very important questions! To learn what causes your teeth to chatter visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/science/12qna.html

If you think you could be having sensitivity issues or complications due to frequent teeth chattering then contact us today! Our dental office in Germantown, Maryland is open and waiting for you. With no-pressure appointments and warm personalities to greet you, what are you waiting for?

Contact us today at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ and schedule your appointment.



Monday, December 12, 2016

A dentist reveals what happens inside your mouth every time you skip a check-up

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article from http://www.independent.co.uk/ about what happens when you miss a dental check-up. This article in particular goes into the timeline of six months, one year two years and even ten years without a checkup. We can't stress how important regular check-ups are to our patients and everyone out there! We know it's not your favorite thing to do, so be sure you have a dentist you trust and feel comfortable with to make the experience much more pleasant. We are always accepting new patients here at Germantown Dental Care so feel free to call us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ or at (301) 540-5195.

A dentist reveals what happens inside your mouth every time you skip a check-up
One patient was left needing £27,000 of treatment after avoiding the dentist's chair for 10 years

"A general rule of thumb is to get your teeth inspected every six months - but people with poor mouth hygiene, previous problems, or genetic factors could need more regular supervision.

But phobias of the dentist's chair and a hectic lifestyle mean that a regular check-up can quickly slip off the radar.


While some with healthy teeth can wait as long as two years for a once-over, people who choose to skip regular check-ups could suffer rapid deterioration of their oral health - and may not even realize anything is wrong.

Even if tooth decay is not an issue, dentists also check for mouth cancer and other ailments, which could potentially save a person's life, says Dr James Goolnik, from the Bow Lane Dental Group in London.

So, what happens if you don’t visit the dentist regularly?"
 

Click here to read on and find out! 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Vices May Lead to Bruxism

Good afternoon,

As you know we are half-way through the holiday season and Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are all only weeks away! As we tell all of our wonderful patients, it's great to enjoy the holidays and the goodies that come with them. However, it's so important to keep your oral health in mind so that you don't cause problems which will give you issues in the long run.

Today we are sharing an article from Dentistry Today entitled 'Holiday Vices May Lead to Bruxism.' What is Bruxism you may ask?  Bruxism is just a fancy word for the 'involuntary or habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep.'

"According to the data, smoking tobacco can more than double to odds of bruxism. Drinking alcohol nearly doubles the odds. And, drinking more than 76 mg of caffeine increases the odds of bruxism by one and a half. Bruxism also has been linked to stress and sleep disorders, which affect many people during the holidays as well, in addition to abnormal bite."

To learn more about this and how you can help prevent it, visit the entire article source here.

If you know that you already grind your teeth at night or think you may be doing it, contact us today to take a look and see how we can help you! http://germantowndentalcare.com/


Monday, November 28, 2016

Did you know? Black Raspberries May Inhibit Oral Cancer

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing an interesting (and potentially very exciting!) article from dentistrytoday.com entitled 'Black Raspberries May Inhibit Oral Cancer.'

"Black raspberries are rich in fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals. And in a recent study at Ohio State University, they also inhibited the development of oral cancer in rats. The researchers also identified key cancer-related genes that may explain this effect. The results of the study were among the more than 140 posters presented at the American Institute for Cancer Research Conference earlier this November." 

See more and continue reading the article at: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1429-black-raspberries-may-inhibit-oral-cancer#sthash.889ifbLG.dpuf

If you are looking for a new dentist and want someone that is professional and approachable contact us today! Dr. Mansfield is currently accepting new patients at the Germantown, Maryland location.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and Dental Tips!

Good afternoon,

We want to wish all of our patients a safe and fun Thanksgiving! Today we are sharing an article from Colgate.com on some healthy Thanksgiving day tips! Take a look and remember to floss!

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips For A Tooth-Friendly Holiday


Monday, November 14, 2016

Nuts Pose Particular Dangers to Teeth

Good afternoon,

As most of you probably know there are certain foods and food groups that are potentially dangerous to your oral health and nuts are one of the big ones! We know that it's unrealistic for our patients to completely abstain from these food groups, so we just ask that you be cautious and careful. According to this article from Dentistry Today, "Patients should be aware that they should contact you (the dentist) for a dental checkup as soon as possible if they have chipped or broken a tooth."


But we know that sometimes patients are unable to get in right away for a variety of reasons. The article helps detail some steps each patient can take if they can't make it in.

"If dental care must wait, there are some first aid treatments that everyone should know. First, rinse your mouth with warm, salted water to clean and soothe it. If there’s bleeding, press a clean cloth on the area to arrest the blood flow. If there is pain, apply a cold pack to the lips, and take some pain reliever. Next, apply temporary dental cement or wax, available over the counter at a drug store, to mask the damage and protect the tongue. Finally, only eat soft foods, chewing away from the damaged tooth."

To see more and read the entire article click here!    If you have been experiencing pain or think you may have a cracked tooth, no matter how small, be sure to come in and see us as soon as it's feasible! You can reach us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, November 7, 2016

Are My Gums Receding? And Why?

Good afternoon!

As you know, here at Germantown Dental Care we think gum health is just as important as the health of your teeth. (After all, they are connected and dependent on one another!) Today we are sharing an article from Patient Connect 365 on receding gum lines.

"Have you ever noticed you're often in the dark about having put on weight until the day you need to don that dress or suit that's been hiding in the closet since last year? Progressive change can be difficult to notice, especially when it occurs to us and not someone else.  Changes that occur along our gum line certainly fall into this category, and given the measurement used to gauge erosion is measured in millimeters, it's no wonder it's easy to miss. So, how much erosion is normal, and what causes it?"

(photo credit: www.patientconnect365.com)

Click here to continue reading more about receding gum lines and what you can do! 

If you are having problems with your gums and would like a professional to take a look at them in a non-judgmental, warm way, contact us today! www.germantowndentalcare.com

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween from Germantown Dental Care!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Germantown Dental Care! Wishing everyone a fun and safe Halloween today! And for those of you trick-or-treating tonight, don't forget about your teeth when you are eating all of that candy! :)


Monday, October 24, 2016

Common Personality Traits Patients Want From Their Dentist

Today we are sharing an article which talks about some common personality traits that patients expect from their dentists.

"Dentistry is an unusual profession because while dentists are mostly focused on patient care, they also often own and run their own businesses. Many dentists have a diverse set of personality traits that allow them to work both closely with patients and be successful managers of their practices."

Here at Germantown Dental Care, Dr. Mansfield and his staff treat every patient like family and work hard to ensure that each patient feels at home every time they visit.  Dr. Mansfield also takes your comfort seriously. He knows that not everyone’s idea of a perfect day is sitting in the dentist chair and that many people fear the possibility of pain or discomfort related to dental procedures. Ask any of his patients and they will tell you how much of a difference it makes that Dr. Mansfield cares for and addresses these concerns. Contact Dr. Mansfield today at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


So, what are some of these common personality traits that Dr. Mansfield and other good dentists possess?

  • Comfortable with close personal interaction  
  • Easy to talk to 
  • Trustworthy
  • Passionate about providing care to those in need
  • Caring and concerned about how the patient feels during procedures
  • Good communicator

 To learn more about these traits and others, visit the article link here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Part 2: A Top 10 list for water flossing

Good morning,

As you know last week on our blog we talked a little bit about waterflossing and what it is. Today we are sharing an article from http://www.rdhmag.com/ entitled 'A Top 10 list for water flossing.' Here are some of the reasons to consider waterflossing if you have trouble with traditional flossing methods:

  • It reduces the periodontal infection.
  • It reduces the inflammation.
  • It helps people with diabetes.
  • It is safe and gentle around implants.
  • There is nothing better for cleaning around orthodontic appliances.

To learn other reasons for water flossing, visit the full article link here. To talk with a professional about which type of flossing may be best for your oral care routine, visit us today! http://germantowndentalcare.com/



Monday, October 10, 2016

To Waterfoss or Not to Waterfloss? Part 1

Good morning,

Today we would like to talk about another alternative to traditional flossing: water flossing. Of course we always recommend that each of our patients still use traditional flossing daily for the health benefits. However, some patients have a very difficult time or special circumstances which make it harder for them to use the regular flossing methods. For those cases, another alternative is water flossing.  What is water flossing you may ask?

"For those that don’t know, a water flosser (also known as an oral irrigator or waterpik water flosser) is a device that is essentially able to floss between your teeth by pressuring water through a small hose and nozzle. 

It is able to reach places that a toothbrush never could, and can provide a more comfortable experience than using standard string. Basically, it’s just a small pressure washer for your mouth, but the pressure is low enough so that it doesn’t hurt your gums and often provides a much better cleaning than using floss string (testingteam.net)." 

To talk with us about which flossing method may be best suited for your oral health routine, come visit us! Schedule your appointment at http://germantowndentalcare.com/  We are accepting new patients of all ages! Come find out why we treat our patients like family!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month!

Good afternoonm

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we are very thankful for our hygienist Christie! Be sure to say something to her next time you visit us! Don't have an appointment? Not a problem! Schedule one today by visiting our website,  http://germantowndentalcare.com/.

Dr. Mansfield and his wonderful staff have a long history of taking care of their patients like family. This means your satisfaction really is their top priority! His attention to detail assures you will spend as little time as possible having to return to the dentist’s chair to address the same issues over and over again.


Photo credit: Kara RDH



Monday, September 26, 2016

Could Your Sensitive Teeth Be Trying To Tell You Something?

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article on something that several of our patients experience regularly, tooth sensitivity. "Many people suffer from toothache caused by sensitivity, but for many this could be a warning sign of something more serious." Are you unsure of why you are experiencing tooth sensitivity? Is it a general feeling or over one tooth in particular? It's best that you come have a friendly, caring professional take a look and help you figure out the cause of your sensitivity! Learn more about us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ and schedule your consultation today!

To continue reading the article on tooth sensitivity to find out some of the more serious underlying causes click: http://www.toothpick.com/blog/could-your-sensitive-teeth-be-trying-to-tell-you-something/

Monday, September 19, 2016

10 TRUTHS ABOUT THE TOOTH


Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing this cute (yet informative!) graphic on 10 truths about our teeth from Televox. As you probably know, there’s more to our teeth than meets the eye. 'From modern day fact to Middle Age customs, there are a number of truths about the tooth.' Here are 10 of their favorites! See which ones you may already know and learn something new!

If it's time to schedule your bi-annual cleaning or you want to have a kind, caring professional check out your teeth, contact us today! http://germantowndentalcare.com/


Monday, September 12, 2016

GUM DISEASE IN CHILDREN

Good afternoon,

Today we are continuing our topic of gum disease and talking about gum disease in children. Yes, children too can sometimes get gum disease! (It's not just something that can happen to adults!) Take a look at the excerpt from the American Academy of Periodontology on gum disease and children. Then follow the link below for signs of the disease and advice for parents!

GUM DISEASE IN CHILDREN
Chronic gingivitis. aggressive periodontitis and generalized aggressive periodontitis are types of gum disease in children.

TYPES OF PERIODONTAL DISEASES IN CHILDREN
Chronic gingivitis is common in children. It usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed easily. Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing and professional dental care. However, left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.

Aggressive periodontitis can affect young people who are otherwise healthy. Localized aggressive periodontitis is found in teenagers and young adults and mainly affects the first molars and incisors. It is characterized by the severe loss of alveolar bone, and ironically, patients generally form very little dental plaque or calculus.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis may begin around puberty and involve the entire mouth. It is marked by inflammation of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually it can cause the teeth to become loose.

To continue reading the article visit the source at: https://www.perio.org/consumer/children.htm

If you would like to have your child's gums checked in a calm, safe, friendly environment we are here to help! We specialize in treating all of our patients like family and are ready to help you and your child get on the right track to great oral health. Visit us today at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


Monday, August 29, 2016

Types of Gum Disease, an article from the American Academy of Periodontology

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from the American Academy of Periodontology which talks about the different types of gum disease. No one likes to talk about gum disease, let alone think about it. But it's important for us to educate our patients on the realities of gum disease so they can be diligent in working to prevent them. After all, the best cure is prevention!

The two types of gum disease mentioned in the article are:

  • GINGIVITIS
  • PERIODONTITIS
Gingivitis is the milder form (or early stages) of Periodontitis. "It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene."

"Untreated gingivitis can advance to Periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed."
To read more about the risk factors and learn how you can help prevent these two types of gum disease, visit: https://www.perio.org/consumer/types-gum-disease.html

**If you want to have your gums looked at, or are concerned that you may be experiencing signs of either of these diseases, come see us! We can help you in a friendly, non-judgmental environment. We treat our patients like family and only want the best for them. Schedule your first visit today at:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Oral Health Matters: Especially During Pregnancy

Today we are sharing an informational pdf from Crest Oral Professionals, on the importance of good oral health during pregnancy and some facts many don't realize. Many women know to take vitamins, watch their diet and exercise as much as they can while pregnant, but it's also important not to overlook your teeth!

If you are pregnant and would like a check up to make sure you are doing everything you can for your oral health, visit us today!  http://germantowndentalcare.com/

http://www.dentalcare.com/media/en-US/patient/pregnancy/WBH_Fact_Sheet_Patients.pdf

Monday, August 15, 2016

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Good afternoon!

You may be wondering if we consider teeth whitening safe- well the answer is yes, but it depends! With so many teeth whitening options out there, it can be a bit confusing to navigate the best choice for your smile. According to the American Dental Association "The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a bleaching product, you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment. The dentist and patient together can determine the most appropriate treatment. The dentist may then advise the patient and supervise the use of bleaching agents within the context of a comprehensive, appropriately sequenced treatment plan."

We do offer professional whitening services here at Germantown Dental Care and would be more than happy to talk to you about your teeth and whitening options. Schedule your appointment today at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


To learn more about the different whitening products and how they work, visit: http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/tooth-whitening-safety-and-effectiveness

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sorry Haters, But You Can’t Stop Flossing Your Teeth Just Yet

You may or may not be aware of all of the latest buzz in today's news about flossing. This article below does a great job of explaining why we encourage all of our patients to continue flossing! One recent study doesn't necessarily undue years of practice. Please take a look at the article below and keep flossing!! 

If you have any questions you can visit us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ 

"For years, dentists have recommended flossing as an essential element of dental hygiene. But according to a new report by the Associated Press, the medical benefits of flossing may be total bunk.

The news made the rounds Tuesday, causing nothing short of a media uproar. Everyone from the Department of Health and Human Services to the American Dental Association has recommended daily flossing to prevent plaque buildup, gum disease and cavities, but according to the AP, these claims have been based on research with major flaws, such as outdated testing methods and all-too-brief study lengths.

But dental professionals say it’s not quite time to ditch the floss. A lack of good research doesn’t prove something is ineffective ― just that it hasn’t been a priority for research funding."



Monday, July 25, 2016

9 Toothbrushing Mistakes -- and How to Fix Them

It may come as a surprise to some people that there are actually incorrect and correct ways to brush your teeth. Do you know that you could be using the incorrect type of toothbrush? What about the fact that you can actually brush your teeth too much? If these things surprise you, or you want to evaluate your current tooth-brushing habits, take a look at this article.

Shared today from www.webmd.com, the article '9 Toothbrushing Mistakes' talks about nine things that could be affecting your oral health when it comes to brushing teeth. Take a look and see what you think!  http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/brushing-teeth-mistakes


If you have questions about what type of toothbrush is right for you, or if your oral routine needs to be tweaked, come in and see us! We will help you get back on the right track with no judgments!  Visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ today to schedule your appointment! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

One-Third of American Adults Never Floss, Study Says

Good afternoon,

Here at Germantown Dental Care we always encourage all of our patients to floss daily, but a recent study finds that 1 in 3 adults still never floss.

 "The study looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine the percentage of American adults who neglect to floss their teeth. Researchers examined self-reports of more than 9,000 adults, ages 30 and older, who gave the number of days they flossed the week before. The results showed that 32.4% of adults reported no flossing, 37.3% reported less than daily flossing and 30.3% reported daily flossing in the past week."

We can't stress enough to our patients the benefits of flossing several times a day, every day can have! It is important that patients educate themselves to know the long-term effects that not flossing can have on their overall health and the main key, prevention! If you haven't flossed in years or want an oral examination to evaluate your teeth and gums, we are here to help! We are not here as a judge but rather an encouraging friend, who can help you get back into the daily routine. Please visit us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ today to set up your appointment with our caring and friendly staff! We realize not everyone is perfect with their oral health, but that doesn't mean it's too late to start today on a better path!

To read the full article from CNN.com, visit: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/08/health/adults-flossing-teeth/index.html



Monday, July 11, 2016

New! Connected Philips Sonicare For Kids Power Toothbrush Helps Get Kids Excited about Brushing

Are you a parent struggling to get your child to brush his or her teeth and floss regularly? Have you told them a million times over how imperative it is for their oral health and it doesn't seem to sink in? Now Philips Sonicare has developed a new power toothbrush which could help your kids get excited about brushing again!

If you or your child is in need of a check up and routine cleaning we are here to help! Dr. Mansfield and his wonderful staff have a long history of taking care of their patients, especially children, like family. This means your satisfaction really is their top priority!
Visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ today to learn more and schedule your appointment!

"Philips Sonicare, the most often recommended sonic toothbrush brand by dental professionals worldwide, is announcing the Canadian launch of the NEW Philips Sonicare For Kids rechargeable toothbrush, equipped with Bluetooth® wireless technology that connects to a fun, interactive coaching app that helps motivate kids ages three and up to learn to brush their teeth effectively.

Teaching kids proper oral care habits can be a challenge for parents – and getting kids excited about brushing their teeth is even more difficult. To make teeth brushing a more positive experience, Bluetooth® wireless technology connects the Philips Sonicare For Kids power toothbrush directly to its customizable FREE coaching app, which helps kids develop good oral care habits with the help of their (adorable!) personal brushing coach "Sparkly”. Sparkly teaches proper brushing techniques and rewards kids for doing a thorough job each time they brush. Fun, educational games encourage kids to brush longer each time, building up to the dental professional-recommended two minutes, while getting them excited about the daily activity. In addition, a separate dashboard in the app allows parents to monitor their child's performance and progress as well as set up custom milestones and incentives to keep them motivated."

To continue reading more about this new toothbrush technology visit: http://www.usa.philips.com/a-w/about/news/archive/standard/news/press/2016/20160429-New-Connected-Philips-Sonicare-For-Kids-Power-Toothbrush-Helps-Get-Kids-Excited-about-Brushing.html

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Effect of Vaping and Your Oral Health

"Vaping has become a trend in American society, especially to the younger population who often don’t think about the long term oral and overall health risks. It may be harder to identify those patients who use ENDS versus conventional cigarettes, but awareness on the clinician’s part and education can make the difference in life and overall health for years to come."
Today we are sharing an article entitled 'The oral effects of vaping: Patient education' from http://www.dentistryiq.com/.

Vaping and using e-cigarettes has become popular all over the world and most recently, in the United States. These devices 'utilize a nicotine-containing liquid that also includes propylene glycol, glycerin, an array of flavoring choices, and other ingredients.' What most users in today's society don't realize is the overall effect on their oral health. Because they are not cigarettes, many people think that they are being "healthier" and won't have a lasting effect on their oral health. "The effects on the oral cavity can vary depending on the frequency, type, and individual response. Clinically, I have seen everything from stomatitis to what appears as chemical burns. The most common effects of vaping I see are in the form of xerostomia, and often the patient may complain of a dry cough as well. They don’t realize the cough can be related to the inhalation of the vaporized liquid’s effect on the bronchioles of the lungs. Stomatitis will appear on the palate and looks similar to dark colored “pin pricks.” It is usually not sensitive to the patient. Ulcerations and what appear to be burns on the palate are often more sensitive but patients often don’t relate them to e-cigarette use since they don’t perceive the habit as harmful."

If you are a vape user or have concerns about your oral health and want a check-up by a friendly, caring professional, Dr. Mansfield at Germantown Dental Care is here for you! Please call us or schedule an appointment by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


Monday, June 27, 2016

Is Your Swimming Pool Safe For Your Teeth?

Good morning,

As you know summer is in full swing and kids are officially out of school! With that means lot of pool time for many families whether at a public pool, or for a lot of people, in their own back yards. Water safety is always on the forefront of our minds but did you know that improper pH levels can cause permanent damage to your teeth? If not, keep reading this article from NYU about the effects that improperly maintained pools can have on your teeth!


Is Your Swimming Pool Safe For Your Teeth? 


NYU College of Dentistry Researchers Warn about the Dangers of Improperly Maintained Pools

New York University College of Dentistry’s Dr. Leila Jahangiri warns about the dangers of severe and rapid erosion of dental enamel from improperly maintained backyard swimming pools.

This summer season, tens of thousands of folks will be enjoying a respite in their backyard pools.  These pools could be putting their family’s dental health at risk for permanent damage to their teeth.

“Improperly maintained pool chlorination in swimming pools can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel,” warned Jahangiri, a clinical associate professor and the Chair of NYUCD’s Department of Prosthodontics.

“It is a difficult balance to maintain home pools properly,” Jahangiri contends.  “Proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis”

“Maintenance by a professional pool service may cost thousands of dollars a season, so many homeowners try and maintain their pools themselves,” Jahangiri said.  “Improper pH levels can result in irreversible damage to one’s teeth,” she added.

Jahangiri has observed first-hand the effects of improper pH levels.  She and her NYUCD colleagues Steven Pigliacelli and Dr. Ross Kerr, authored a paper this spring, “Severe and Rapid Erosion of Dental Enamel from Swimming: A Clinical Report[l1] .” (not yet published)

The paper was based upon a 52 year old male patient whose main complaints included “extremely sensitive teeth,” dark staining, and rapid enamel loss over a very short five-month period beginning in May of 2010.

Jahangiri and her team concluded that the enamel loss was a direct result of the patient’s 90 minute swimming exercise routine he started earlier that summer.  Since he had never hired professional service to maintain his pool, given the timing coincidence and the lack of other possible causes, improper pool chlorination was ruled to be responsible for the patient’s dental erosion.

 “If the chemical levels are not properly maintained, pool water contact with teeth can cause serious enamel erosion,” Jahangiri said. Case studies show that the effect occurs when the pH of the water ranges between 2.7 and 7.

While the Center for Disease Control and various dental journals have already encountered cases of dental enamel erosion due to swimming pool chlorination, Jahangiri’s team believes that common awareness of the subject is insufficient.

“This case really worried me,” Jahangiri said.  “Given all the owner-maintained backyard swimming pools there are, the possibilities for people to harm their own teeth are staggering,” she said.

About New York University College of Dentistry Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
College of Dentistry, Applied Research

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

To view the original article click here.

Monday, June 20, 2016

What To Do About A Lost Filling Or Crown

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing some information from Colgate.com about what to do if you lose a filling or a crown. "Fillings are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth. Crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth. Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because there is decay underneath it. The decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling."

Want to know what you can do if it ever happens to you? First, make sure your crown is in a safe place (if you know where you lost it or feel it come out). Second, call your dentist right away to make an appointment! If you are looking for help with a lost filling or crown and haven't been to a dentist in years, be sure to give us a call at: (301) 540-5195 or visit us online at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/Dr. Mansfield and his wonderful staff have a long history of taking care of their patients like family so stop by and see us in Germantown, Maryland!

What about fillings? Click on the link here to learn more in the article!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Oral bacteria linked to risk of pancreatic cancer

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article from The Modern Dental Network at http://www.dentalproductsreport.com/ on a serious topic, which needs to be mentioned. Most everyone has heard about how bad oral hygiene, plaque and bacteria can lead to other medical conditions and how important it is to take care of your moth. Recent studies in this article talk about an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer with the latest findings. The disease is the latest in a string of medical conditions that have been connected to poor oral health.

"Oral bacteria have been linked to a slew of medical conditions, including heart attack, stroke, breast cancer and more, and researchers believe pancreatic cancer can be added to the list. In a recent study from the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at the NYU Langune Medical Center, researchers discovered that the presence of two specific types of bacteria, Porphyromonas gigivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, significantly raised the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer. Both bacteria have previously been tied to periodontitis and other oral diseases."
To continue reading the rest of this article to learn more click here.  

If you are concerned about your oral health or want to take steps today to help prevent other serious medical conditions, contact us today! We are here to help you, not scare you and get you on the right track for good oral health. Dr. Mansfield also takes your comfort seriously. He knows that not everyone’s idea of a perfect day is sitting in the dentist chair and that many people fear the possibility of pain or discomfort related to dental procedures. Ask any of his patients and they will tell you how much of a difference it makes that Dr. Mansfield cares for and addresses these concerns.




Monday, June 6, 2016

First Aid: Children's Teeth Injuries

Good evening!

Continuing our theme of children's oral care today we want to share some quick information from kidshealth.org, on what to do if your child has a dental emergency!

If your child prematurely loses a baby tooth, there's no need to try to replace it. But if a permanent tooth is dislodged, it's a dental emergency. Permanent teeth have the best chance of survival if replaced within 15-20 minutes. So it's important to act quickly and follow the guidelines below.

Image source: Parents Canada
First Aid
Many other dental injuries are less urgent, but may need to be looked at by a dentist. Most dental injuries in preschool and school-age kids occur from falls, while dental injuries in teens are often sports related.

What to Do
If a baby, toddler, or young child injures the gums or baby teeth:
-Apply pressure to the area (if it's bleeding) with a piece of cold, wet gauze. If your child is old enough to follow directions, ask him or her to bite down on the gauze.

-Offer an ice pop to suck on to reduce swelling, or hold an ice-pack wrapped in a washcloth to the cheek.
-Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for pain.
-Call a dentist.
-Watch for swelling of the gums, pain, fever, or a change in the color of the tooth.

If a permanent tooth is chipped or broken:
-Collect all pieces of the tooth.
-Rinse the mouth with warm water.
-Call a dentist right away to schedule a visit.
-Seek Medical Care

If a Permanent Tooth Is Knocked Out:
-Go to the dentist or emergency room right away after following these steps:
-Find the tooth. Call a dentist or emergency room right away if you aren't sure if it's a permanent tooth (baby teeth have smooth edges).
-Hold the tooth by the crown (the "chewing" end of the tooth) — not the root.
-Place the tooth in a balanced salt solution (a commercially available sterile product), if you have it. --If not, place the tooth in a container of milk or your child's saliva. You also can place the tooth between your lower lip and gum. Do not store it in tap water.

For older kids and teens, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. Have your child bite down on gauze to help keep it in place.

If the tooth is stored in a container (rather than back in the socket), have your child bite down on a gauze pad or handkerchief to relieve bleeding and pain.

Think Prevention!
Make sure kids wear mouthguards and protective gear for contact sports and helmets while biking, skateboarding, and inline skating. Childproof your house to prevent falls.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
To view the original article from kidshealth.org visi: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/tooth-sheet.html?WT.ac=p-ra

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Good afternoon,

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." 
(http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/healthy.html

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.

Photograph Credit: Alamy. Shared from The Guardian.com



Monday, May 23, 2016

Talking About Gingivitis!

Good morning,

Today we are talking about something that we see which many patients don't realize they have or recognize the beginning stages of...Gingivitis. According to The Mayo Clinic, "Gingivitis — an inflammation of the gums — is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque - the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums. If the plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gum tissue, causing gingivitis. At this early stage in gum disease, damage can be reversed, since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are not yet affected. Left untreated, however, gingivitis can become periodontitis and cause permanent damage to your teeth and jaw."
If you are wondering, what are the signs of Gingivitis and how can I recognize it, you are in luck! "Classic signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush. Another sign of gum disease is gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance. Gum disease can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums, where plaque and food debris collect. Some people may experience recurring bad breath or a bad taste in their mouth, even if the disease is not advanced."

This may seem overwhelming at first but the good news is that Gingivitis is totally preventable! That's right!  You can help stop gingivitis before it develops by:

  • Proper brushing and flossing to remove plaque and debris and control tartar buildup
  • Eating right to ensure proper nutrition for your jawbone and teeth
  • Avoiding cigarettes and other forms of tobacco
  • And of course, scheduling regular checkups with your dentist!

Here at Germantown Dental Care we can help you keep your teeth and gums plaque-free and come up with a plan to stop Gingivitis before it fully develops.  To schedule your appointment today and have your gums looked at, visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/




©1998-2016 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. Photo shared from Google.com/images 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Yellow, Brown, or Dead—Will They Whiten? More about tooth discoloring and staining

Good morning,

One of the many services we offer here at Germantown Dental Care is in-office tooth whitening. Many times, clients ask us what causes tooth discoloring and staining? Well, there are many reasons and factors why teeth are not as white as our patients would like. Keep reading below and follow the link to an article which goes into more detail on why teeth get discolored and what you can do about it!
"When it comes to teeth whitening, it's important for you to understand the causes behind discoloration or staining so you and your dentist can choose the whitening treatment that will provide the best results."
https://www.opalescence.com/en-us/pages/press-room.aspx?article-name=Yellow%2C+Brown%2C+or+Dead%E2%80%94Will+They+Whiten%3F

If you want to have a consultation for an in-office tooth whitening session you can contact us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/




Monday, May 9, 2016

It's never too late for a visit to your dentist!

Whether it's your first time or your first time in the last thirty years, it's never too late to make a difference in your oral healthcare and visit the dentist! Here at Germantown Dental Care we offer a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. We can also help you come up with a plan to get back on the right track, at your pace. Here are just a few of the services we provide:


  • Bonding
  • Cosmetic Contouring
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Specialty Dentures
  • Cosmetic Fillings
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Sealants
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Extractions
  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Dentures
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Dental Implants

To come visit us, or set up your next appointment please call: (301) 540-5195 today! Our friendly and patient staff are ready to help you today! Visit us online at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


Monday, May 2, 2016

5 Reasons Why Flossing is Extremely Important

Good afternoon!

Today we would like to share with you an article from www.howstuffworks.com on most patients least favorite topic, flossing! "If you're like a lot of people, your first response to your dentist's flossing recommendation may be "I brush my teeth, so I'm fine." While brushing your teeth twice a day will go a long way toward maintaining oral health, you're not getting the optimal cleaning if you leave the floss unused in the back of your medicine cabinet."

Here are five reasons why flossing is essential to your overall health:

  1. Flossing Prevents Tartar Buildup
  2. Flossing and Brushing Are More Effective Than Brushing Alone
  3. Flossing Protects Your Gums, Too
  4. Flossing Can Save You Money  (yes, that's right!) 
  5. Flossing Helps Prevent Other Diseases
To read in-depth about each one of these important reasons to floss, visit: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/products/5-reasons-flossing-is-important.htm

We suspect that this lady is imagining all the health and cost benefits she'll reap from flossing daily.
HERBERT/STRINGER/ARCHIVE PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES


Monday, April 25, 2016

The Facts About Fluoride!

It's Monday and today we are talking about fluoride! We find that some patients overlook the fluoride in their daily oral routines and don't realize the full benefits from it. Thanks to an article from Delta Dental we are sharing some more information which may help answer any questions you may have!

First off, you may be wondering...what exactly is fluoride?  
"Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral compound found in water and soil. It is also present in foods and beverages at varying concentrations. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the entire tooth surface more resistant to acid attacks from the bacteria that live in the plaque on your teeth. Fluoride also promotes remineralization (adding minerals such as calcium back in to your teeth), which aids in repairing early decay before a cavity (hole) forms in the tooth. There are two ways to increase fluoride protection: topical and systemic applications."

Click here to learn more about topical vs. systemic fluoride and why you should use it!  Also, if you are looking to improve or change something about your own oral healthcare routine, be sure to schedule a consultation with us today by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


 

Monday, April 18, 2016

What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Buy? Learning More About Toothbrushes

Good afternoon everyone!

Everyone knows that brushing your teeth regularly is important for your oral health. However, with so many toothbrush options out there and an overwhelming sense of product marketing, how do you know which one to choose? We have our regular favorites here at Germantown Dental Care, but this quick article from the American Dental Association sheds some insight into the different types of toothbrushes and some important things to consider when buying one. For example, do you know if a manual or powered toothbrush is better to use? What about when is the best time to brush your teeth?

Check out the article link below to learn the answers to these questions and more!
http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/product-category-
information/toothbrushes

If you are looking for a new dentist in Germantown, Maryland that is professional, reliable and honest be sure to schedule your consultation with us today! http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, April 11, 2016

10 Biggest Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from everydayhealth.com on 10 possible causes for tooth sensitivity (and what you can do about it!)  If you are personally experiencing tooth sensitivity and want to be looked at by a caring, trusting professional please visit us in Germantown, MD. You can also learn more at our website: http://germantowndentalcare.com/!

"Does eating frozen yogurt make you say “ouch” — or do you find yourself wincing when you brush or floss? You could have what’s known as tooth sensitivity.

But you don’t have to put up with the pain. In fact, there are things you can do to lessen tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health says Leslie Seldin, DDS, a dentist in New York City and a spokesman for the American Dental Association."

As mentioned in the article some of the top causes are:

  • Brushing with too much gusto
  • Eating acidic foods
  • Grinding your teeth 
  • Some tooth-whitening toothpastes
  • Gum disease
  • Excessive plaque
  • Having a recent dental procedure
  • Cracked tooth
  • Decay around edges
  • Decay around fillings
To read more in detail about each of these things visit the original article here: http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/10-biggest-causes-of-tooth-sensitivity.aspx

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Best and Worst Foods for Healthy Teeth

Good morning!

Do you ever take a second to think before you eat something? If so, are you thinking about your overall health? What about the health of your teeth?

Today we are sharing an article from greatist.com on foods that are good and also ones that are not so good for your teeth. We think that this so important for our patients to think about if they want to maintain strong, healthy teeth and good dental hygiene. This article entitled, ' The Best and Worst Foods for Healthy Teeth' highlights just some food choices to think about. Be sure to take a look and see if you already knew about the foods the article mentions! (Hint: We would like to bet there is at least one you weren't aware of!)  Click: http://greatist.com/health/healthy-teeth-foods to find out more!

And remember if you or someone you know is looking for a new dentist in Germantown, MD we are always accepting new patients! Visit us on the web at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ to set up your first appointment with us!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Gum Disease: Causes and How to Prevent It!

Good afternoon! Today we are sharing some quick information on something we see more than we'd like to in some patients, gum disease. Take a look at the information below, shared from www.colgate.com to learn more. If you think you may have gum disease or another related issue with your gums, please come in and see us! We have a long history of taking care of our patients like family. This means your satisfaction and dental health really is our top priority! To find out more information about us, visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


What exactly is gum disease? 
According to colgate.com, "Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis."

What are some signs and symptoms of gum disease? 
Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms:


  • Gums that easily bleed when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth come together
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures
  • Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums
  • Sharp or dull pains when chewing foods
  • Teeth that are overly sensitive to cold or hot temperatures
What can you do to help prevent gum disease?
Proper brushing and flossing go a long way toward keeping gum disease at bay. Using an antibacterial toothpaste or mouth rinse can kill bacteria and lessen the amount of plaque in your mouth. Removing dental plaque is the key to preventing gum disease and improved mouth health.

To view the original article, click here. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

What To Do About A Lost Filling Or Crown

In our many years of practicing dentistry here Germantown Dental Care we have seen all kinds of dental emergencies arise. One of those such emergencies is when a filling or crown accidentally comes out. Do you know what to do if this were to happen to your teeth? If not, take a look at the article below, shared from Colgate.com on what to do about a lost filling or crown. And remember, if you are looking for a dentist that cares and takes the time to do your teeth right the first time, contact us at: www.germantowndentalcare.com!

"Fillings are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth. Crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth. Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because there is decay underneath it. The decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling.

What You Can Do

A lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency. However, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. If you lose a crown, put it in a safe place and make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can.

Don't wait too long. What is left of the tooth will not be as strong as your crown. It could be damaged more without the crown to protect it. Also, when a crown is missing for a long time, your teeth may move into the space where the crown was. If this happens, your crown may no longer fit.

Before you see the dentist, here's what you can do:

Apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area with a cotton swab. This will give you pain relief. You can buy clove oil in drugstores or in the spice aisles of many supermarkets. 

If you still have the crown, you may be able to slip it back over the tooth. Before you do that, clean the inside of the crown. Then coat the inside of the crown with tooth "cement," which you can buy in the dental section of your pharmacy. Some tooth cements need to be mixed; others don't. If you can't find tooth cement, you can use denture adhesive or even petroleum jelly. These aren't permanent solutions, but they will help to hold the crown in place until you can see your dentist. You should not use any household glues. They are not safe to put in your mouth. They can damage the tooth and crown. 

If you've lost the filling or crown, you can put dental cement directly on the tooth surface. This will help to protect and seal the area until you're able to see your dentist. 

What Your Dentist Will Do

Decay may have changed the shape of your tooth. Usually, this means that your dentist will need to prepare the tooth again to ensure the new crown will fit. If the crown does not fit securely, it will come off again.

If you lose a filling, your dentist will remove the decay that developed between the old filling and the tooth, and place a new filling."



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Monday, March 14, 2016

A closer look into our office!

Good afternoon,

We know how important it is for patients to not only know what type of service they will be receiving when they visit the dentist, but also what type of environment they are coming in to.
 
Here at Germantown Dental Care we pride ourselves in having a inviting, cozy office environment for our patients to be welcomed to while they wait for their service. We want to make sure that every visit to Germantown Dental Care is not only pleasant, but done right the first time around. Last week we snapped a few more photos of our office so that our patients, and anyone looking for a new dentist in Germantown can know what to expect when they come in! 







 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Are you a Candidate for In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening?

Happy Leap Day 2016!

Today we are sharing some information from www.yourdentistryguide.com on one of our most popular services, in-office professional teeth whitening. Take a look at the information below to learn a little bit more about this service and contact us today if you want to set up an appointment to have your teeth professionally whitened!

"Some advantages to in-office teeth whitening are:

  • No other teeth whitening procedure produces faster results.
  • This is the safest form of tooth bleaching.
  • Gum and tooth sensitivity (formerly drawbacks to in-office bleaching) are more controllable today due to thicker peroxide gels (that don't soak into the teeth as much as previous gels) and the use of desensitizers such as potassium nitrate and fluoride."
"Some types of stains that are best removed with in-office whitening:

  • Aging. Over time, the teeth darken with a yellow, brown, green or grey cast (which may be due to heredity and/or eating habits). Yellowed teeth tend to whiten most readily.
  • Consumption of certain foods (notably coffee, red wine, sodas and dark-colored vegetables and fruits).
  • Tobacco use."
So, are you a candidate for in-office teeth whitening? "This procedure is not suitable for those with the following conditions:
  • Tooth and gum hypersensitivity. To avoid a hypersensitive reaction, your dentist is likely to recommend take-home bleaching trays with a low concentration of carbamide peroxide – which is not as potent as hydrogen peroxide.
  • Deep and intractable staining. Some stains are resistant to high-concentration in-office bleaches. In such cases, dentists may recommend a supervised regimen of intensive take-home bleaching or alternatives to peroxide bleaching such as bonding, crowns or porcelain veneers.
  • Teeth that have become transparent with age. This is particularly true of the front teeth, which are thin to begin with."
If professional, in-office teeth whitening is something that you are interested in, please contact us today at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ to schedule your initial consultation and whitening visit! We would be more than happy to help! 


Monday, February 22, 2016

How often should I have my teeth cleaned? Sharing an article from The Dental Wellness Institute

Today we are sharing a brief article from The Dental Wellness Institute on how often you should have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Article #QA100, February, 2005

Question:
“My hygienist keeps telling me I should have my teeth cleaned every two months. But for years I’ve heard that you should go to the dentist every 6 months. What should I believe?” D. Kinsley, Los Angeles, CA.

Answer:
This is a very good question and one, with variations, that I’ve been asked hundreds of times. The simple answer is that you should have your teeth cleaned as often as your hygienist or dentist recommends. The more detailed answer is that it depends on the health of your gums and how committed you are to your oral hygiene program.

For example, if your gums are healthy and you follow a sound oral hygiene program, you may not need to have to have your teeth cleaned every six months, or even every year. I’ve had patients who take such good care of their gums and teeth that they could go two years or more without needing a cleaning. Admittedly, because gum disease is so prevalent, this is an exception. But it is possible. (Even if your teeth do not need cleaning every 6 months, I strongly recommend that everyone go twice a year to be checked for oral cancer and signs of other diseases whose symptoms first appear in the mouth.

Teeth Cleaning Every Month?

On the other hand, if someone has moderate to advanced gum disease and isn’t willing to actively participate in a oral hygiene program, it may be necessary—if he wants any hope of keeping his teeth—to have them cleaned every month. And if he refuses to spend any time taking care of them at home, even having them cleaned every month will not be enough.

There is another scenario that will dictate how often you should have your teeth cleaned—when you’ve discovered that you have gum disease, have made the decision to have it treated, and have committed to a sound home prevention program. In this case, your hygienist may recommend having your teeth cleaned every month or so for the first 3 to 6 months. The actual frequency will depend on the severity of your gum infection and how effective you are at doing your part. There is a big difference between you and the person who is unwilling to commit to home care. In your case, once the gums have healed and the hygienist has determined that you are able to keep your gums healthy, she will recommend that you extend your cleaning appointments to every 3 months or even longer.

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned: Listen to Your Dental Hygienist

In summary, there are many factors that determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned. As long as long as you have gum disease, there is no doubt that the hygienist is the one best suited to determine how often. She knows how to evaluate the health of your gums and after a few appointments can determine how committed you are to taking care of your oral health.

So while I strongly urge you to let your hygienist be the judge, you should know that how often she will recommend having your teeth cleaned will ultimately be up to you and you alone! Your hygienist can only support you while you are in the dental office. She won’t be following you home and taking care of your gums and teeth between visits—that’s your responsibility. It’s important to remember that treatment is what is done to you; prevention is something that is done by you!

In Health,

Dr. Tom
To view the original article source click here. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Common Dental Health Troublemakers

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing an article from everydayhealth.com on 10 bad habits that can ruin your teeth.

'Are you wrecking your teeth without even knowing it? If you suck your thumb or suck on lemons, you’re doing your pearly whites wrong. And did you know that biting your nails is not only bad for your fingers, it can actually hurt your teeth, too?

While some of these dental health “don’ts” can do immediate damage to your teeth (by cracking or breaking them), the effects of others may add up over time, harming your dental health in the long run. So put all 10 of these bad habits to rest — for your teeth’s sake.'

Follow the link to read the article and see what 10 things you can do now to improve your general tooth health: http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health-pictures/bad-habits-that-can-harm-your-teeth.aspx#01
Photo courtesy of Pinterest


If you have trouble with your teeth and think that some of these things could have caused damage to your mouth, please come see us! We can help you to have a pleasant and relaxing experience without overwhelming you.  Dr. Mansfield also takes your comfort seriously. He knows that not everyone’s idea of a perfect day is sitting in the dentist chair and that many people fear the possibility of pain or discomfort related to dental procedures. Schedule your appointment today at our Germantown, Maryland office by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, February 8, 2016

Signs/Symptoms You May Have a Cavity (And need to go see your dentist!)

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from the Colgate Oral Health Care Center talking about one of the most common dental problems that we see arise...cavities! Have you ever wondered what exactly are cavities? According to the site, 'Cavities refer to tooth decay, which occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin.'

Here are some common symptoms and signs that you may have a cavity:

  • Toothache
  • Sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Pain when chewing
To continue reading more about cavities and what you and your dentist can do about them, click:

*If you have any of the above symptoms and suspect that you may have a cavity, please come see us! We can help you to have a pleasant and relaxing experience without overwhelming you.  Dr. Mansfield also takes your comfort seriously. He knows that not everyone’s idea of a perfect day is sitting in the dentist chair and that many people fear the possibility of pain or discomfort related to dental procedures. Schedule your appointment today at our Germantown, Maryland office by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/


Monday, February 1, 2016

'Meet Our Staff' Part 2, Christie!

Good afternoon!

Continuing our 'Meet Our Staff' series, today we want to feature Christiana! Christie, as she prefers to go by, has been with Dr. Mansfield for a little over 2 years and has been an excellent addition to the staff as our main hygienist.  In her spare time she enjoys her animals, music, and playing the flute. We are all very excited for Christie as she is also making plans for her upcoming wedding in 2016.

Christie working on a patient 




Monday, January 25, 2016

More About Our Staff: Meet Jennifer, "Jenn"

Good morning,

One of the many reasons we treat our customers like family is because here at Germantown Dental Care we have our own small, family-like environment with our wonderful staff. Dr. Mansfield and his staff work hard to ensure each customer's satisfaction and ease at each and every appointment. Today we would like to tell you a little more about our staff members, starting with Jennifer!

Jennifer is Dr. Mansfield’s right hand, and the woman who does everything! When patients call, they talk to Jennifer. Jenn, as she prefers to go by, has been with Dr. Mansfield for 28 years and is indispensable. When not running the office, she likes spending time with her family (including her dog!), cooking and outdoor activities.

Jenn and Dr. Mansfield in the office 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Did you know? Our Mission Statement

Good afternoon everyone!

Although our Groupon deal has ended, that doesn't mean that services have! Do you know what our mission here is at Germantown Dental Care? If not, keep reading!

Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in dentistry. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:

  • Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
  • Earning the trust and respect of patients, other professionals and the community.
  • Exceeding your expectations.
  • Ensuring a compassionate professional environment.
  • Striving for continuous improvement at all levels.
We are constantly working to keep our clients happy while providing them with top-quality dental services. Here at Germantown Dental Care, we have a long history of taking care of our patients like family. This means your satisfaction really is our top priority! Dr. Mansfield's attention to detail assures you will spend as little time as possible having to return to the dentist’s chair to address the same issues over and over again.  Want to experience this type of care for yourself? Schedule your consultation with us today! You can find out more at our website by visiting, http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Dr. Mansfield and staff member Jennifer