Monday, October 8, 2018

Halloween Candy Survival Guide

Halloween is right around the corner which means lots of fun outdoor activities and events all leading up to the big night. Whether your child is participating in trick-or-treating, having a classroom celebration or hosting a party of your own, choosing which Halloween candy is best for their health (and their oral health) can be tricky! We all know about some of the obvious choices, but here is a great 'Halloween Candy Survival Guide' from our friends over at Mouth Healthy.

PC: Mouthhealthy.org

"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.”

'To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth: Halloween Candy Survival Guide Article! (Mouthhealthy.org)."

To have your child's pre-Halloween or post-Halloween dental checkup, come see Germantown Dental Care today! www.germantowndentalcare.com  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month!!!

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month??  October is marked as this special month in "an effort to celebrate the work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health (ADA.org)." We have a wonderful and kind hygienist, Christie, who works each and every day to help our patients be their best! So thank you Christie!

And remember it's important to follow the 'Daily 4' to maintain great oral health! Need a reminder? Here is a fun poster to help everyone stay on track thanks to the ADHA!

If you're looking for a new dentist who cares about your dental hygiene, come see Dr. Mansfield and hygienist Christie today! www.germantowndentalcare.com

Learning More About Dental Sealants

"Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.' 

'Still, there’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity (Mouth Healthy.org)."

Take a few minutes to watch this quick video to learn all about dental sealants and see if it might be the right decision in your oral health plan!

If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants or other oral health topics, contact Dr. Mansfield today! At Germantown Dental Care, you will find a warm, caring and non-judgemental group of people willing to help you get your mouth on the right track!

Getting Wise About Wisdom Teeth!

"With age comes wisdom. Specifically, wisdom teeth.

'Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.'

'When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you have pain, see your dentist immediately (mouthhealhty.org)."

Take a look at this brief and informative video from the ADA (American Dental Association) and Mouth Healthy to become wise about your wisdom teeth, all in less than 2 minutes!

If you think you are having pain or problems with your wisdom teeth, or aren't sure if yours have come in fully yet, come visit Dr. Mansfield for a quick evaluation! He can help you assess your oral health and come up with a plan of action. Learn more by visiting: www.germantowndentalcare.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What Our Clients Are Saying: Part 2

Today are continuing our mini-series where we share some of the feedback we've gotten from clients over the past year. Maintaining great relationships with our clients and providing top-notch dental care is our #1 priority! Here are a few more things we've been told:

"Dr. Mansfield is not only the best at what he does, the atmosphere he and his staff provide make going to the dentist a lot less stressful. Every time I leave his office, I know I just got the best in the business and my teeth and gums are a reflection of that." - Kirk W.

"I love them so much. Everyone is so nice and holds my hand when I need Novocaine (thanks Jennifer)." - Corey H.

"I just want to thank Dr. Mansfield, Jennifer, and Christie for the continued support, help, and wonderful service over the years! You guys are #1!" - Benjamin V.

Learn more about Dr. Mansfield and staff by visiting, www.germantowndentalcare.com! Give us a call today to stop in and see for yoruself what our clients are talking about. 

What Our Clients Are Saying: Part 1

Good afternoon!

We hope that you were able to enjoy your holiday weekend. Today we wanted to start a new mini-series where we share some of the feedback we've gotten from clients over the past year. Maintaining great relationships with our clients and providing top-notch dental care is our #1 priority! So without further ado, here are the first few reviews!

"I don't think you can find a dentist in the area who cares more than Dr. Mansfield! THE best service you can find in Washington metropolitan area." -Abbas M.

"I have been a patient of Dr. Mansfield's for 30 years. His staff is the best! Dr. Mansfield takes his time and thinks thru my dental issues. I trust his opinions when it comes to what is best for my teeth as well as my families." - Janet M.

"Dr Mansfield is a very caring and qualified dentist.He and his staff are exceptional.
I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a dentist." Meredith D.

Learn more about Dr. Mansfield and staff by visiting, www.germantowndentalcare.com! Give us a call today to stop in and see for yoruself what our clients are talking about. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Confirmation: Fluoride is Fantastic!

Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for good reason. Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay.

So how exactly does fluoride help? Our friends from the ADA and Mouth Healthy are here to explain further!

"Before teeth break through the gums, the fluoride taken in from foods, beverages and dietary supplements makes tooth enamel (the hard surface of the tooth) stronger, making it easier to resist tooth decay. This provides what is called a "systemic" benefit.'

'After teeth erupt, fluoride helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and reverses early signs of tooth decay. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, the fluoride is applied to the surface of your teeth. This provides what is called a "topical" benefit.'

'In addition, the fluoride you take in from foods and beverages continues to provide a topical benefit because it becomes part of your saliva, constantly bathing the teeth with tiny amounts of fluoride that help rebuild weakened tooth enamel (American Dental Association)."

If you want to have an oral checkup or think you need to change your fluoride routine, come see us today and learn more at: www.germantowndentalcare.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Four Ways To Keep Up Good Dental Hygiene As You Get Older

Here at Germantown Dental Care we see patients of all ages. We know how important it is to alter your oral care routine throughout the various stages of life, and how a person's oral needs can change as life goes on. "Good dental hygiene and oral care habits are important at any age. But as you get older, you might find yourself wondering if your dental routine needs some tweaking, or if certain life changes have also caused changes in your mouth. Whether you have all of your original teeth, some of them or a full set of dentures, diligently caring for your mouth is just as important when you get older as it was when you were a kid (Colgate.com)."

We work with patients one-on-one to discuss openly (not be judgmental) their lifestyles and suggest how their oral health can be improved. Today we are sharing an article from Colgate.com targeted for our 55+ patients entitled 'Four Ways To Keep Up Good Dental Hygiene As You Get Older.' To read the article and learn about these four tips click here.

To schedule your dental visit with Dr. Mansfield visit www.germantowndentalcare.com today! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Why Bring Your Child to the Dentist Early?

Some people may wonder why it's so important to start bringing your children to the dentist at an early age. Thanks to our friends at GP General Dentistry Information, here are three great things you’re accomplishing by bringing your child to the dentist regularly at a young age.

#1) You’re allowing a professional to make sure their teeth are developing correctly and are problem-free. These early appointments can easily catch small issues before they become large ones, saving both you and your child from having to go through more extensive (and potentially expensive) treatments in the future.

#2) It sends a strong message to your child about how important it is for them to take care of their teeth. We’re sure you cover this at home, but sometimes it helps a child to hear this information from an adult that isn’t a parent or teacher. Your dentist can also discuss how their diet can affect their smile, which is information that can prove invaluable as your child progresses to choosing their own food.

#3). The appointment will also give them a fresh and clean smile they can be truly confident about, which is not only great for their self-esteem, but their school performance as well. More and more research is showing that a child’s self-confidence is one of the biggest indicators of how they’ll do in school, and for many people (both children and adults), that confidence all starts with the smile. (DP General Dentistry)

So if you're looking to find a caring dentist that your child can start their oral health with, come see Dr. Mansfield at Germantown Dental Care today! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

8 Travel Tips for Your Teeth

It's summertime which means vacation time! There are only a few weeks left before school begins so families are all set to take that much-needed vacation. It's important to plan ahead before a vacation from travel, expenses, activities planned all the way down to what to pack. But did you ever think about your teeth and oral routine while you're away?

Thanks to our friends from the American Dental Association and MouthHealthy.org, here is a great article with 8 Travelling Tips for your Teeth!

To schedule your checkup today and learn more about how to keep your oral routine up while on vacation, visit us at: www.germantowndentalcare.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New School Year? Time for Your Child to See the Dentist!

Summer is halfway over and before you know it, the kids will be back in school. It seems like a little while ago you were just getting used pool time and relaxed schedules, but now it’s full speed ahead to get your child organized for the first day of school in a couple of weeks. While you’re picking up their school supplies and buying new clothes, it’s also a great idea to schedule an appointment with your family dentist.

"Before you know it, your child will be laden with homework, after school activities, friends, and all sorts of things that will eat up all of their time. That’s why now, at the beginning of the school year, it’s the best time to schedule a dental appointment for them. You and your child still have the time to come in before things get really busy, and this will make things much less stressful for both of you.

Plus, by getting a checkup and cleaning now, you’ll be doing a tremendous amount of good making sure they have a positive experience at school (DP General Dentistry)."

Schedule your child's dental appointment with us in the next couple of weeks!

 Learn more about us at www.germantowndentalcare.com!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summer Teeth Quiz Fun!

Today we are sharing a fun (and interactive) quiz from our friends over at Mouth Healthy about some summer teeth issues. Test your knowledge on whether it's fact or fiction on topics like chewing ice, mouth guard usage and more! 

  Click here to begin the quiz!  And visit us at www.germantowndentalcare.com to set up your summer dental checkup! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Gingivitis 101

Good afternoon all!

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 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(Mayoclinic.com)."

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 (MayoClinic.com)."

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 starts 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/

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thumb Sucking and Kids' Teeth

Good morning all!

Today's quick information session is especially for all of those parents with young children out there. Here at Germantown Dental Care, we see patients of all ages but especially take extra special care to cater to our youngest patients. So today's article from the American Dental Associations '2 minutes 2 times per day' campaign, is on thumb sucking and how it can relate to a young child's oral health.

"Usually kids stop sucking their thumbs between 2 and 4 years old, or by the time the adult front teeth are ready to break through their gums.

'After your kid’s permanent adult teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of their mouth and teeth alignment. Vigorous thumb sucking may also cause problems with baby teeth. If you notice changes in your kid’s baby teeth, please talk to your dentist.

'Using pacifiers at a later age can be as much of a problem as sucking fingers and thumbs, but it’s usually an easier habit to break (2min2x.com)." 

For more information and the ADA's tips to help stop thumb sucking visit the article link here. To schedule an appointment for your young child and start their oral health off on the right track, visit us at: www.germantowndentalcare.com

Monday, July 2, 2018

Safe and Happy 4th of July!!

We wanted to take a minute to wish all of our clients and their families a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!!

Learn more about us by visiting: www.germantowndentalcare.com

Monday, June 25, 2018

New Patient Info

Good afternoon!

Are you thinking of switching dentists or looking to see a dentist after some time away? Dr. Mansfield is accepting new patients of all ages to our practice in Germantown Maryland!

Your first visit to Germantown Dental Care involves a few special steps so that we can get to know you. To understand what to expect, please read through this page. You’ll find all the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, practice hours, payment policies and more. You can save some time by printing out and completing the patient forms in advance of your appointment.

We also want to share our Mission Statement to help you get a better understanding of who we are.

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.
You can also access our new patient forms to help speed up  your first visits check in process by visiting our new patient page here.  If this sounds like the type of dental practice you are looking for then give us a call today! (301) 540-5195 We are here to help you be your best self! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sensitive Teeth: Possible Causes and Ways to Help

Hello all,

Today we want to talk about sensitive teeth. We're pretty sure most people have experienced tooth sensitivity at one point or another. Whether you drank or ate something too hot or too cold, or had a minor dental issue that was extra sensitive. Or perhaps you have just always felt that your teeth are extra sensitive and have been learning to deal with it. 

Well, there can be many causes for oral sensitivity and thanks to our friends at Mouth Healthy we have a great informational article we'd like to share. 

"Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.
Possible causes include:
  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity (Mouthhealthy.org)."

CLICK HERE for a quick video about sensitivity, from the American Dental Association.

To continue reading the article and learn about some possible ways to help your tooth sensitivity visit the article link here.  To have your teeth looked at by a professional, caring dentist in Germantown Maryland, visit Dr. Mansfield today! http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Monday, June 11, 2018

Why Wait? Its NEVER too late to visit a dentist!

Good morning,

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/

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Teething 101

Good morning all,

Today's blog topic is for all of our new parents out there: teething 101. We have talked before about the importance of brushing your baby/toddlers teeth even before their first dental visit. But when can you know their teeth are coming in? And what are some things you can do to help?

"It’s not hard to tell when your baby starts teething. He or she may irritable during the day and sleepless at night. (And you might be too!) Here’s what to expect and how to keep your baby comfortable.'

'Your baby was born with all 20 primary teeth below their gumline. They typically start to come through between 6 and 12 months. Children usually have their full set of baby teeth in place by age 3 (Mouth Healthy)."

To learn more about signs, symptoms and when teething symptoms aren't normal, visit the original article link here. If you have any questions about how to relieve your child’s teething symptoms, talk to your dentist or pediatrician.

Learn more about how we cater to children (and patients of all ages!) here at Germantown Dental Care by visiting: www.germantowndentalcare.com!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Good Foods for Dental Health

Good morning!

Most people can probably guess which foods and drinks are bad for your oral health. Sugary drinks, hard and sticky candies, gummies, etc. all aren't great for your teeth. But have you ever wondered what foods are good for your oral health? Which things you can eat and drink which will help decrease your chances of cavities, gum disease, staining and more? Thanks to our friends over at mouthhealthy.org here is an article entitled 'Good Foods for Dental Health.' Click on the link to learn a few which can benefit your oral health!

To lean more about our family-like dental practice and get personal recommendations for your oral health, visit us today! www.germantowndentalcare.com

5 Steps to a Flawless Floss

Good morning,

Flossing is imperative to good oral health. We also know that we should floss at least once a day, but not everyone knows the right way to do it. Thanks to our friends at Mouth Healthy you can use this step-by-step guide to find out how to properly floss your teeth. Visit the article link here and see if you are flossing correctly!

If you are looking for a professionals help to get your oral health back on track, or maybe just a check up to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your smile, visit us today! Dr. Mansfield is located in Germantown, Maryland and is currently accepting new patients into our family-like practice. Learn more at: www.germantowndentalcare.com or call (301) 540-5195.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Why Do I Need to Share My Medical History with My Dentist?

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an informative article from "Know Your Teeth" entitled 'Why Do I Need to Share My Medical History with My Dentist?' A lot of people might wonder why your full medical history is important to your dentist. It's not uncommon for people to separate their oral health from the rest of their physical health but in truth they are connected and vital to each other!

"During your first dental visit, your dentist will ask for a thorough medical history, which typically is included on a patient registration. This section may include questions about lifestyle (such as smoking or involvement in high-risk sports) and family medical history. This history, combined with the results of your initial clinical examination, will help to assess your immediate dental-care needs and recommend the best treatment approach."

It is important to "mention everything about your health, even if you don't think it relates to your mouth. If you have had surgery or a major illness, be sure to include this information in the medical history of your patient information section.'

 'Many diseases can have significant effects on your mouth and teeth, and researchers continue to discover ways in which oral health is related to overall health. Diabetes, for instance, can increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease." (KnowYourTeeth.com)

To read the rest of the article and learn about some things worth mentioning at your next dental visit, click here for the article link.

To learn more about Germantown Dental Care and how we can help you get back on track with your oral health visit us at: www.germantowndentalcare.com today!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Choosing YOUR dentist!

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

12 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

Good morning,

Has it been awhile since you have seen a dentist? Do you have a fear of the dentist that is holding you back? Have you recently moved and left your previous dentist? No matter what the reason is, seeing a dentist regularly is vital to your overall health and well being. However here are 12 signs that you might need to see a dentist sooner rather than later: 12 Signs You Need to See a Dentist.

PC: mouthhealthy.org

If you are looking for a kind, compassionate dentist who will listen and not judge then come visit Dr. Mansfield and Germantown Dental Care! Our small dental practice treats each and every one of our customers like family. Learn more by visiting: www.germantowndentalcare.com 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What 10 Common Mouth Issues Really Look Like (photos)

Good morning all,

Today we are sharing an article from Mouth Healthy which shows pictures of 10 common dental problems that patients often have. "You know good dental habits can help prevent things like cavities and gingivitis, but you may not know what conditions like these really look like or how they can affect your mouth. Use this visual guide to learn more about some of the most common dental health issues, symptoms to watch for and the potential treatments that are available."  **Please note: This content is for informational purposes only. Only a dentist, physician or other qualified health care professional can make a diagnosis.** Click here to see the article link with the photos!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Mansfield and schedule your first appointment for an oral checkup today!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

It's Oral Cancer Awareness month and we are sharing an article today from Mouth Healthy talking about a few of the risk factors. If there was ever a reason to regularly visit your dentist, possible early detection of oral cancers, is it.

"You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them. Read on to find out the top risk factors."

Click here to read the original article and learn more about the top seven risk factors for oral cancer. To visit a dentist and get checked over to make sure your mouth is in top shape, come visit Germantown Dental Care today! www.germantowndentalcare.com

Monday, April 9, 2018

Thinking of a new dentist? Take a closer look into our office!

Good morning all!

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!

Contact us today at  (301) 540-5195 to set up your appointment! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Looking Your Best In the New Season: Is Whitening Your Teeth Safe?

Good morning!

With spring officially here you, like many others, might feel renewed with energy to freshen up your look or work toward a new goal. Part of that fresh start means you might be considering whitening your teeth. But what about teeth whitening? Is it 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 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 the link from ADA Here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health

Good morning!

With spring officially started and warmer temperatures around the corner, we are sharing a great article from Delta Dental about seasonal allergies and how they can affect your oral health. "When allergy season is in full swing, your dental health may not be on the top of your mind. But a case of hay fever can make an impact on your teeth and gums. Here’s what to look out for and how to protect your mouth."

Here are some things that can happen due to those pesky seasonal allergies:

  • Tooth pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Dehydration
To learn more about each one of these things and how you can help prevent them click here for the article. To learn more about Dr. Mansfield and Germantown Dental Care visit us at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dental Benefits And Paying for Dental Care

Good morning,

Today we are talking about dental insurance and benefits thanks to an article we want to share from Mouth Healthy. If you are looking for better dental coverage or just a better understanding of your own current dental benefits, then this article can help! Click on the link below for some resources on decoding your dental insurance and benefits plan.

"Good oral care habits are about more than just your teeth—a healthy mouth means a healthy body. That’s why it’s so important to see your ADA dentist regularly. Those visits can help prevent and monitor dental health issues that could lead to more serious conditions and require more expensive treatment, such as cavities, tooth removal, root canals and even oral cancer.

But shopping for a dental plan—or any type of healthcare coverage, for that matter—can be an intimidating process. There are endless options to choose from with different types of plans, levels of coverage and costs. Even when you think you know what type of plan you want, the paperwork can be full of unfamiliar terms and acronyms that make the terms of the plan hard to understand.

Dental plans also function differently than most health insurance plans, adding another layer of complexity to the process. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find resources to help you through every step of the way, including figuring out how much coverage you need, what common insurance and dental terms mean and additional resources for finding affordable dental coverage."  Click here for article link.

If you are looking for a new dentist who takes insurance and can help you, contact Dr. Mansfield today! Germantown Dental Care provides trusted dentistry for the entire family. Germantown Dental Care has years of experience with crown and bridge work, implants, veneers, root canals & more! We value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle compassionate care that you deserve. Learn more at: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Good morning,

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

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Facts About Dry Mouth

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

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Selecting the Dental Products Best for You

Good morning everyone,

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Keeping Kids Teeth Healthy for the Long Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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