Monday, December 18, 2017

A little Christmas Fun...

It's almost Christmas and the holidays are here! We wanted to have a little fun this morning and share this cute, '12 Days of a Dental Christmas' with you written by Lisa from Portofino Dental.

PC: Google Images
The 12 Days of a Dental Christmas!

"On the 12th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

-12 Invislaign

-11 Tubes of Toothpaste

-10 Toothbrushes

-9 Mouthrinses

-8 Stim-u-dents

-7 Waterpicks

-6 Tubes of Fluoride

-5 Rolls of Floss

-4 Sealants

-3 Proxybrushes

-2 Trays of Whitening

and a brand new Rotadent!"

Monday, December 11, 2017

Can Fluoride Really Help Adults?

Good morning everyone!

We all know that when young kids and teens visit the dentist each year a fluoride treatment is almost always done to help ensure top protection for their teeth. But you might be wondering what about adults? Can fluoride really help adults too? Well we have some news for you...fluoride isn't just for children! "Everyone should use fluoride toothpaste every day. But some adults are at higher risk of decay than others. They might need more intensive use of fluoride." To find out if you might be one of them take a look at this informative article from colgate.com. 

Photo credit: Colgate.com
If you are ready to come in for your check up and learn more of the benefits of fluoride then visit us online today at www.germantowndentalcare.com.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kids' Healthy Teeth During The Holidays

With the holidays coming up in a matter of weeks you might be wondering how to keep your kids' teeth in tip-top shape while allowing them to enjoy all of the festive goodies that come with them!

"Chances are good that visions of cookies, desserts and candy canes may be dancing in your children's heads this holiday season. While you will do what you can to limit their intake of these sugary treats, your kids will probably be eating their fair share of sugar at your family holiday parties. Despite their consumption of sugar, there are ways to keep your kids' healthy teeth and gums in shape and to minimize damage to their dental health."

To read more and learn about how you can help your children this holiday season visit the article link here.  If you want to get a cleaning for your child before or after the holidays to help prevent cavities and sugar-decay, contact us today! www.germantowndentalcare.com

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Looking for a new dentist in 2018? Give us a try!

Thinking of switching to a new dentist in 2018? Start your research here with Germantown Dental Care, located in Montgomery County, Maryland. At Germantown Dental Care, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle compassionate care that you deserve.  We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

We also believe that patients should have sufficient information to make educated decisions about their oral health, treatment options and choice of dentist.

Not only are we a leading dentist in Germantown, we are a full-service practice providing for all of your dental needs. Our services include:

  • General Dentistry
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Preventive Care
  • Periodontal Exams

To set up your appointment with us, please contact us at: (301) 540-5195 or online at: http://www.germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wanted to take a minute to wish all of our clients and their families a Happy Thanksgiving holiday this week! Also, don't forget to brush and floss after all of those yummy Thanksgiving foods :)

To schedule your dental checkup be sure to visit us online at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/ or call the office at: (301) 540-5195.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fluoride is Important!

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." (Learn more by visiting: https://www.deltadental.com/Public/Study/StudyFluoride.jsp)

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, November 6, 2017

Four Common Dental Problems During Winter and How to Avoid Them

Good morning!

Winter is almost here and with that are some common problems associated with your dental health that can arise. Today's article share from allaboutsmile.com talks briefly about these four problems and how you can help to avoid them.

To learn more about cold sores, dry mouth, tooth sensitivity to cold and gum infection visit the link here. 

To have your mouth checked over by a caring dentist who wants nothing but the best for you, learn more about Dr. Mansfield here:


Monday, October 30, 2017

National Brush Day (Cont.)

Don't forget...Wednesday is National Brush Day! If you want to take the pledge to help our kids learn the importance of brushing click on the link below;


“It’s National Brush Day! I pledge to help keep kids’ mouths healthy by brushing #2min2x a day! #NatlBrushDay

Monday, October 23, 2017

After Halloween, Celebrate National Brushing Day!

Did you know that the day after Halloween is the first-ever NATIONAL BRUSH DAY? That's right! There's a new day for us dental professionals to celebrate the importance of brushing your teeth!
Thanks to this great article from Colgate.com, you can learn more and learn how to help your kids the day after the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year!

"What better time to celebrate the first-ever National Brush Day than the day after Halloween—after you’ve eaten all of your trick-or-treat goodies?

To help make the inaugural National Brush Day on Nov. 1 a success, the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives want as many supporters as possible to make a pledge on social media.

National Brush Day highlights the importance in making sure kids brush for 2 minutes, twice a day (http://2min2x.org/), every day of the year.

Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of any good oral hygiene routine. It’s recommended to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your toothbrush should fit your mouth and allow you to reach all areas easily."

To read more and learn other brushing tips visit the article link here.  To schedule a post-Halloween dental checkup for you or someone in your family, come visit us in Germantown at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Candy Survival Guide!

Good morning all!

October is in full-swing and Halloween will be here before you know it! As one of kids' favorite holidays every year, this one can be a real headache for both parents and dentists. Sugars and candies are not only bad for your child's health, but especially for their oral health! However we know it's okay to have some every once in awhile and Halloween is too much fun to resist! So, thanks to this article from Mouthhealthy.org we have a few "Halloween Candy Survival Tips" to share with you by talking about how some of the most popular candies can have an impact on  your teeth.

"With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. 

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities. 

But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long."

CLICK HERE to view the article and learn about chocolate, sticky gummies and candies, hard candy, sour candy and more!  Be sure to give us a call after Halloween to have a check up or if you or your child encounters any problems when enjoying this holiday!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Healthy Habits for Teens

Good afternoon all,

Today's article share is for our teenagers out there! We know that being a teen in today's society isn't always the easiest but one thing that should be easy to do is keep up with your oral health. "Want to avoid cavities? Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, flossing once a day, and limiting sugary snacks and beverages is how you do it. It’s simple but sometimes life gets busy and you might be tempted to skip it. Don’t. A bright smile makes you feel good inside and out. Make sure to see your dentist regularly, too. (Mouth Healthy)"

To learn about some other good oral habits you should regularly practice visit the article link here.  To schedule your next appointment with us visit www.germantowndentalcare.com 

Monday, October 2, 2017

How to Get a Picture-Perfect Wedding Smile

Hi everyone!

Fall is one of the most popular times to get married here in the United States. With the changing leaves, the cooler temperatures and golden sunsets who can resist? We know that weddings are a special time in someone's life and most brides want every detail to be perfect. However one detail that can sometimes go overlooked is your smile!

Brides spend hundreds on makeup application & hair so it's important to remember your smile. Good dental health every day is imperative but for those of you who might be big coffee drinkers or have residual stains from other things, professional dental whitening might be the help you have waited for! Don't wait until your big day, call us to schedule your dental whitening consultation. We offer the service in-house and free of judgement.  To get some wedding whitening tips, take a look at this article from Mouth Healthy entitled 'How to Get a Picture-Perfect Wedding Smile.'

To schedule your professional wedding whitening appointment here in  Germantown, Maryland contact us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, September 25, 2017

Halitosis vs. Bad Breath And How You Can Handle It!

Good afternoon,

Today we are talking about a subject that can be very uncomfortable for some people: Halitosis. Halitosis is more than just bad breath and a lot of times can be an indicator of an underlying problem. Some causes for Halitosis are:

  • Cavities and Gum Disease
  •  Mouth, Nose or Throat infections/problems
  • Dry Mouth
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use
  • Other chronic problems

However, there is hope! There are several ways to handle Halitosis and get your mouth on the right track.  Here is an article from MouthHealthy.org to give you a bit of information to learn about these particular causes. If you are ready to get your Halitosis and underlying causes back under control and consult with a kind, caring professional, contact Dr. Mansfield today!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Finding the Right Fit For You!

Are you the kind of person that believes if you are going to take the time out of your busy day to get something done, that it should be done right, and done right the first time?

Do you want to have a smile you are proud of? Do you think that a visit to the dentist ought to be pleasant and relaxing without the expense and complication of sedation? If so, then Dr. Raymond Mansfield, DDS is your TOP choice!

Germantown, Maryland dentist 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.

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.

Give us a call today to schedule your initial exam and see if Dr. Mansfield is the right fit for you! 

#(301) 540-5195

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Importance of Dental X-Rays!

Good afternoon!

We sometimes have patients ask us if they can skip their dental x-ray, or why it is so important to have them. This is because Dr. Mansfield (and other dentists) work hard to provide the best possible care to our patients, but sometimes an oral examination doesn't tell the whole picture. Dental X-rays are so important so the dentist can get a full picture of what is going on in your mouth.

To learn more about types of dental x-rays and why x-rays are necessary for good oral health, visit this article from colgate.com entitled 'The Importance Of Dental X-Rays'.

If you haven't had oral x-rays in awhile and want to come see a caring dentist who can help you get your smile back on track, come visit us in our Germantown, Maryland office! You can contact us and learn more at: www.germnatowndentalcare.com 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Biggest Two-Letter Reason for Why You Get Cavities

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing a few points from a great article on patientconnect365.com! It's entitled 'The Biggest Two-Letter Reason for Why You Get Cavities.'

If you are scratching your head wondering what we might be referring to... the answer is pH!

"Isn’t it interesting how one person can do a wonderful job brushing and flossing their teeth each day and still end up with cavities, while someone with poor habits can sidestep cavities altogether? In the few minutes it’ll take you to read this article, you’ll get a glimpse into one reason this happens. We’ll start by making a bold statement. That is: the primary reason people get cavities has a lot less to do with brushing and flossing, and a lot more to do with something most of us know little to nothing about: pH. We promise to make this easy on you – understanding pH is simpler than you think. No need to dust off your high school chemistry book!" 

If you want to understand more about pH and how it affects your oral health, take a look at the article link here!

To have a quick and painless check up to see how your teeth are doing, come visit us in Germantown Maryland! We are currently accepting new patients and our door is open for you! http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, August 21, 2017

What to expect during your initial oral exam!

Good morning!

Many new patients who call us often ask what they can expect at their first initial oral exam, so we thought we would do a quick blog post about it!

Here at Germantown Dental Care, your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, and diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.  All of this is painless and nothing to worry about! We are non-judgmental and work hard to help support our patients in the best oral care possible.

So, what are you waiting for?  Visit us online and contact us today at: www.germantowndentalcare.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some Toothbrushing Tunes Kids Will Love!

Good morning,

As we continue our 'Back to School theme,' we want to share some toothbrushing tunes that we think your kids might love! Getting kids into the habit of properly brushing and flossing is so important, so if you have been struggling to get your kids to brush, here are a few that might help!

And remember if you need a checkup for your child before school, and want a warm, caring dentist who is great with kids...come see us in Germantown! Call today at:  (301) 540-5195

Monday, August 7, 2017

5 Questions to Ask at Your Child’s Back-to-School Dental Visit

It's almost that time of year again...! Most schools are starting in a few short weeks and that means it's time to get your child prepared for back to school. As important as getting their yearly physical for school, visiting your child's dentist should also be top priority on the list!

Thanks to this informative yet concise article from mouthhealthy.org, we are talking about five good questions (among many!) which you can ask your child's dentist. (Especially if you don't know where to start!)

To learn more about these important questions visit the original article link here.

To schedule a checkup for your children in Germantown Maryland, come visit Dr. Mansfield! We are now scheduling our back to school checkups!

Visit www.germantowndentalcare.com to learn more today or call (301) 540-5195

Monday, July 31, 2017

Your Teeth Are Amazing! 5 Fascinating Facts

Good morning,

Today we are sharing a fun and interesting read from Mouthhealthy.org entitled 'Your Teeth Are Amazing! 5 Fascinating Facts.'

Five Fascinating Facts About Your Teeth
"They help you chew, speak and smile, but how much do you really know about your teeth?" This article talks about five things you may have not heard of before! For example, did you know that as a society we have been caring for our teeth in some shape or form for centuries?

Enjoy and call us in Germantown, MD to care for YOUR teeth TODAY!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Importance of Dental Protection for Kids Who Play Sports

Good morning!

With the weeks of summer flying by many kids are getting ready to start back with fall sports practices. With that comes the responsibility for protecting your child's teeth! It's easy to think about all the safety gear that goes into fall sports... shoulder pads, knee pads, helmets, etc. However it can be easy to overlook dental protection.

Today's article share from Dentistry Today talks about the importance of using mouth guards and other dental protectors for your kids. If you want to take a look click on the article link here.

If you and your family are looking for a new, family-friendly dentist for your children, come see Dr. Mansfield today! His patient, caring approach is perfect for getting your young ones used to a healthy dental checkup routine. Learn more about Dr. Mansfield here: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kid-Tested, Dentist-Approved: 6 Teeth Cleaning Tips from Dentist Parents

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing a wonderful article from mouthhealthy.org with tips for all parents out there, about how to get your kids to brush and floss. As you know, it's imperative that good oral health begins early.

"As a parent, you may have more in common with your dentist than you think. Many moms and dads—even dentists—struggle to keep their children’s mouths and teeth clean. ADA dentist Dr. Gene Romo is a father of four – ages 13, 10, 8 and 2. “As you can imagine, there can be a wide range of behavior on who wants to brush and who doesn’t in our house,” he says. “I’m not just a dentist, I’m their dad, so making sure they’re establishing good habits early on is important to me.”

To keep your family’s smiles strong, try some of tricks of the trade from dentist moms and dads: 
  • Establish a Fun Family Routine
  • Try a New Angle
  • Bigger Kids, Bigger Challenges 
  • Play Detective
  • Above All, Don’t Give Up"  

  • To read the full article and get details on each one of these tips, click here!  

    To schedule a dental checkup for your child with a caring and gentle dentist, call Dr. Mansfield today! www.germantowndentalcare.com 

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Probiotics and Your Teeth

    "The body’s ability to protect itself from harm is quite an incredible thing. And just as blood goes through a clotting process to foil unfettered bleeding without us asking for its assistance, probiotics are working to keep bad bacteria at bay, not only in our gut, but in our mouth as well!" 

    To learn more about what probiotics are and how they can help your mouth's health, visit the article link from PatientConnect today!

    We are accepting new patients in our Germantown office today! Visit us at: www.germantowndentalcare.com to learn more today!  

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles for Your Kids

    Good afternoon!

    "Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:

    • Staying on a Routine
    • Say No to Sugary Drinks & Snacks 
    • Make your back-to-school dental visit a little early  
    Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.” (To read more of the article and learn specifically what you can do to help your kids this summer, click here.)

    To schedule a summer checkup or cleaning call us today!  (301) 540-5195

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday to Dr. Mansfield!

    If you haven't had a chance to wish Dr. Mansfield a 'Happy Birthday' yet, now is the chance! Last week was his birthday and we want to continue with the celebration by sending him birthday wishes on here too!

    Christiana, Dr. Mansfield and Jenn 

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Flossing 101

    Good afternoon bloggers!

    Today we want to share with you a brief article and video tutorial on flossing. Yes, we're at it again and talking about flossing...This is because it's so important!

    "Although some have questioned the benefits of cleaning between your teeth, using an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also said flossing is "an important oral hygiene practice" in an August 2016 statement."

    We often have patients ask how often they should floss or what is the best way to floss. Well thanks to this great video from MouthHealthy.org, produced by the American Dental Association, you can learn:

    If you want in-person health or an oral evaluation for your teeth and gums we are here to help! Come stop by our office in Germantown, Maryland or call us today at (301) 540-5195.

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Dental Anxiety... You CAN stop fearing the dentist!

    Good afternoon!

    As much as we are saddened to say, we know that a lot of people out there suffer from dental anxiety. In fact, according to sources at Colgate.com "Dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That's about 30 million to 40 million people."

    If you find yourself nervous or avoiding the dentist because of dental fears, this message is for you! First off, you're not alone and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. We are here to HELP our patients, not judge them. you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re scared the visit might hurt or you haven’t been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find, and that's okay too. However take comfort in knowing that the only way to move forward is to address things found and to take it one step at a time.

    If you are looking for ways to help cope with dental anxiety, you can visit this great article from Mouth Healthy at the link here. 

    If you are looking for a kind, caring dentist who won't judge you and is only out there to help please contact us today! Our warm staff is waiting for your call at (301) 540-5195. You can also visit us online at www.germantowndentalcare.com

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    New Guidelines on Fruit Juice: Less for Kids and None for Babies

    Good morning,

    Today we are sharing an article from parents.com that cautions against giving kids too much fruit juices. Of course there is no one way to raise a child and we recommend talking to your pediatrician but from a dental prospective, too much fruit juices can be bad for your kids' dental health. As you may or may not know, most fruit juices contain high amounts of sugar. Therefore "frequently sipping on juice also puts kids at higher risk for cavities, as the carbohydrates wash over the teeth and can cause decay."
    Aynur_sib/Getty Images

    To read more of the article visit the link here. To contact us today to help your child in a non-judgmental, friendly environment visit us at www.germantowndentalcare.com or call us at: (301) 540-5195.

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    Wow! Sugar-Free Gum Could Save $4.1 Billion in Dental Costs

    Good morning,

    Today we are sharing an article from dentistrytoday.com which talks about how millions of patients each year could save billions of dollars if they switched to chewing sugar-free gum. Isn't that incredible?

    "If current consumers of sugar-free chewing gum increase their consumption by just one piece per day, $4.1 billion could be saved worldwide on dental expenditures from treating tooth decay each year, according to the Institute of Empirical Health Economics (IEHE). These savings would include $2.07 billion in the United States, $1.1 billion in Europe, and $149 million in China.'

    'Chewing increases salivary flow, which helps remove leftover food debris while neutralizing and washing away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on teeth. This acid can break down tooth enamel. Also, the increased saliva provides more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen the enamel.'

    Did you know that 'according to the ADA, chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent tooth decay. While sugarless gum should not replace brushing and flossing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing once a day, the ADA reports, it can be an effective adjunct to oral care."

    To see more and learn about how switching to sugar-free gum can make a huge difference visit: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1998-sugar-free-gum-could-save-4-1-billion-in-dental-costs#sthash.BDPYnksC.dpuf

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    8 Non-Dairy, Calcium-Rich Foods for Your Teeth

    Good morning,

    Everyone knows that calcium is great for strong bones and strong teeth! However some of our lactose intolerant patients can't get normal sources of dairy in their diet. Does this mean that their oral health has to suffer? Absolutely not! If you are like the thousands of Americans who are diagnosed with lactose intolerance, there is hope!

    In this great article from mouthhealthy.org, it talks about eight other sources of calcium for your teeth. For example, did you know that Almonds have high levels of calcium?

    Take a look and see for yourself by visiting the article link here.  If you are looking for an oral evaluation or help getting your smile back on track, visit us today in Germantown, Maryland!

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Can Gummy Vitamins Harm Your Child's Teeth?

    Good morning,

    Today we want to talk about something most kids out there enjoy... gummy vitamins! Gummy vitamins are a great invention to help our growing children get the vitamins they need. However, since most people put them into the "healthy category," they don't often think about the potential negative side effects.

    "Kids hate vitamins – we know. That’s why if you ask parents, gummy vitamins will rank as one of the best kid inventions of all time. Kids love ‘em! Kids want more of ‘em! Kids steal them and bring them to school! Wait. What? Yes. Gummy vitamins are a fantastic way to get your kids into the habit of healthy supplementation. Unfortunately, being sticky as all get-out (and enjoyably sweet), they come with a few side notes from us dental-folk."

    So, what can you do to help your kids get their vitamins but not cause problems for their teeth? Take a look at the article here to learn what 6 steps they recommend!

    If you are looking for a new dentist for your child and want someone who is kind and understanding, contact us today! We enjoy all of our patients the same, but especially appreciate our younger ones!

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    A routine visit to her dentist saved her life...

    Good afternoon,

    Yesterday wrapped up Oral Cancer Awareness Month but wanted to share one more quick article. Joana Breckner never smoked or drank a day in her life and was a routinely healthy person. Thanks to a routine visit with her dentist, she was able to spot white cancerous cells on the back of her tongue.

    "The biopsy was benign, but for the next seven years I was monitored by Dr. Sacks and my doctor. My first tumor, small and contained, was removed in 2007. Four years later, my cancer returned. I underwent a 10-hour surgery removing half my tongue, which was rebuilt with grafts from my forearm, followed up by radiation and chemotherapy. A year later cancer reoccurred on my jugular vein. More surgery, more chemotherapy, more radiation. 

    Four years later, my story has a happy ending, and by sharing it I hope to raise awareness of oral cancer and screenings."  (To read the full article, click here.) 

    If Joana hadn't gone to her dentist they might of never been able to find the cancer and she might not be here today to tell this story. We are so happy to hear that she is on the mend now, but can't stress how important it is for regular visits to your dentist! Most people think only about getting their teeth cleaned but your dentist can help with so much more of your oral health!

    "Here are easy, potentially lifesaving steps to take charge of your oral health. 

    Be sure your dentist or qualified hygienist “cleans and screens” at every routine visit. This visual and manual screening takes less than five minutes 
    There is a strong link between HPV and oral cancer. Ask your children’s pediatrician and dentist for more information about the HPV vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends boys and girls receive the HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12. 
    If a sore throat or swallowing problems persist for more than two weeks, contact your doctor." 

    If you are looking for a new dentist who is kind, caring and willing to listen, call us today for your new patient appointment at (301) 540-5195 or visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Coffee or Tea? Which is better for your dental health?

    Good morning,

    It's Monday again and like most of us, you might be dragging from the weekend. Not too mention this dreary spring weather we are experiencing today in Maryland. If you are like most of Americans you start your Monday off with a big cup of coffee or tea. However, when you go to take those first sips do you ever think about your oral health?

    Some people might think that coffee is worse for your teeth and tends to stain them more. But actually "tea might be even more likely to stain your teeth than coffee due to its higher tannin content."

    Photo credit: KidneyBuzz.com
    We know that life is busy and so "ff you don't want to give up drinking coffee or tea, it is important to look after your teeth in order to keep staining to a minimum." According to care2.com, here are some things you can do to help prevent staining:

    1.) Use a straw.
    2.) Add something milky.
    3.) Rinse or brush immediately after.
    4.) Floss and brush routinely.
    5.) Brush with baking soda.
    6.) Chew sugar-free gum afterwards.
    7.) Natural whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains.

    If you are still looking for help with your teeth and staining, come see us today to ask about our professional in-house whitening services! http://germantowndentalcare.com/

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    When Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

    Good morning!

    We hope that everyone had a Happy Easter and enjoyed the beautiful weather we had in Maryland this past weekend. Today we want to talk a little bit about toothbrushes. For those of you who still prefer to use manual brushes, did you know that "the ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use?" A lot of patients aren't aware that their toothbrushes are ready for replacement, but this is extremely important!

    Just as important as timely replacement, storage and care for your toothbrush are essential for keeping it clean and able to properly do it's job.  Besides the obvious things such as not sharing toothbrushes, did you know that it's best to not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers?

    To learn more helpful tips about properly caring for your toothbrush visit the ADA site here:

    If you or someone you  know wants to schedule an oral checkup or cleaning, we would love to have you! Visit us online at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    All About Mouthguards!

    Good morning,

    Today we want to talk a little bit about something all athletes or people in high contact sports should consider wearing... mouthguards! "When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.

    While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating."

    Mouthguards aren't just for patients who want to protect their braces or implants, and are equally as important for all of our patients who play athletic sports.

    If you want to learn more about this invaluable piece of equipment, and how we can help you figure out which type of mouthguard is best for you... visit us today at: www.germantowndentalcare.com.

    Dr. Mansfield and one of his younger patients
    To read more of the article from mouthhealthy.org and some other types of mouthguards, visit the article link here.

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

    Good afternoon!

    Did you know that April is 'Oral Cancer Awareness Month?' That means that today we want to share an article which talks about the top 7 risk factors for oral cancer. It's important to know if you potentially have any of these risk factors so you can talk with your dentist today to prevent oral cancer! Here at Germantown Dental Care, we care about each and every patient and want to make sure we are helping them maintain the best oral health possible. (Without judgement!!)

    Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer 

    Take a look at the article link here to learn more!

    Contact us today at (301) 540-5195 to talk about keeping your smile healthy! 


    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Learning About Porcelain Veneers

    Good morning,

    Today we are sharing some information on a topic some patients bring up, porcelain veneers. You might have already heard about them but are unsure of what they really are, or what type of patients are good candidates for veneers.

    "Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Individually crafted for each patient, these cosmetic enhancements are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel. Dentists can use veneers for an impressive number of cosmetic corrections, ranging from teeth whitening to orthodontic adjustments." 

    Who might be a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

    "Patients who are considering porcelain veneers are typically looking to address multiple structural or cosmetic issues with their teeth, such as:
    -Gaps between teeth
    -Minor misalignment

    In order to have porcelain veneers placed, patients should:
    -Have good periodontal and overall oral health
    -Be committed to proper oral care and hygiene
    -Have specific cosmetic goals, which they can articulate to their dentists at their initial consultations, as well as realistic expectations
    -Have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel, as dentists usually remove a thin layer of enamel before placing veneers"

    Of course we encourage everyone to strive for good oral health from the start, so the cost and procedure of porcelain veneers isn't needed, but of course each patient's health and needs are unique to their own selves so it's important to talk to your dentist before making a decision. Contact us today to discuss your oral health and some options you might have by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

    To learn more about the veneers you can visit the article link here.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    6 Smart Actions for Your Dental Health

    Good morning,

    Today is World Oral Health Day!! We love all of our patients and love to keep them as informed as possible. After all, the best way to keep a healthy mouth is to take preventative action! This article shared from mouthhealthy.org talks about six actions you can take for good dental health.  Besides visiting your dentist regularly and brushing/flossing daily, there might be a few tips on here you may not have previously known, or have forgotten!

    Visit the link below to learn more:


    To schedule an appointment or checkup with us today, visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Lack of Sleep Can Affect Your Oral Health Too!

    Good afternoon!

    With this being the end of National Sleep Awareness Week, we thought it would be appropriate to share an article on how sleep, or lack thereof, can affect your oral health. It seems to be common knowledge to most people that a chronic lack of sleep can damage your overall health and increase your risks for things like heart attack and stroke. You may have also experienced firsthand how it affects your ability to make clear decisions and focus. But what most people aren't aware of is that a chronic lack of sleep can also change your oral health.. for the worse!

    "Chronic sleep deprivation can also raise your risk of gum disease – or make existing perio problems worse. In fact, research suggests that it’s more damaging than either chronic stress or daily alcohol use. Only smoking – the number one risk factor for gum disease – has a bigger impact.

    In general, the risk goes up for those who sleep 6 hours a night or less – a figure in line with the latest guidelines released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They recommend 7 to 8 hours minimum for healthy adults to keep their risk low of any health problems associated with chronic sleep debt – and give no upper limit for sleep."

    So, are you getting enough zzzs each night?

    Learn more by reading the entire article here.

    If you are concerned about your sleep patterns and the health of your gums... come visit us for a friendly, non-judgmental checkup. www.germantowndentalcare.com 

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Does Your Child Have a Toothache?

    Good afternoon,

    As our last week in February and National Children's Dental Health Month, we are sharing one final video with you all about what to do if your child has a toothache. "Growing pains” are part of childhood, and teething can be the cause of some discomfort in your child’s mouth. ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell reveals one thing to check for before taking your child to the dentist for a toothache."

    Click on the video link to learn more and feel free to call us to have your child looked at! http://germantowndentalcare.com/

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Best drinks for your child's teeth? Choose tap water!

    Good morning,

    As National Children's Dental Health month continues, today we want to talk briefly about what types of drinks are best for your child's teeth. "Drinks loaded with added sugar are not healthy choices and should be avoided! Drinks with some added sugars and sweeteners should only be chosen occasionally.  The healthiest beverages have no added sugar or artificial sweeteners" and are things like tap water and low-fat milk. If you are concerned about your child's oral health, then come see us! We can help your child get their oral health back on track in a warm, caring environment.  Visit us online at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/  or call us at (301) 540-5195.

    Thanks to The American Dental Association we also have this fun activity page for you and your child to do together!

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

    Good morning,

    As you may have heard February is National Children's Dental month! So today we are sharing an article which contains a great, informative video about when to brush your baby's teeth. It’s never too early to care for your baby's teeth and in the video ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell discusses how you can keep your child’s smile healthy from the start Take a look!

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    Need Dental Work Done When Pregnant? Double Check Your Medications!

    Good afternoon!

    If you need to have a dental procedure that requires medication while pregnant or nursing, check with your dentist, personal physician and pediatrician to make sure it is safe for your baby. “It’s important to know there are antibiotics we can give you that won’t hurt the baby,” Dr. Sahota says. “It’s not only safe to go to the dentist while you’re pregnant and while you’re nursing, it’s very important to do so for the best health of your child.” (Source: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en)

    Another helpful resource for nursing moms is the U.S National Library of Medicine’s Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed). Simply search for any medication and get information about how it affects your supply, your baby and if there’s an alternative available. Talk to your doctor about what you find!

    If you are pregnant or nursing and looking to get your oral health under control for your baby's sake, contact us today! http://germantowndentalcare.com/