Last updated 5 days ago
With the proper oral care, your teeth and gums should last your lifetime. However, many people aren’t quite sure how to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home. Your first step is to use the right tools. A soft-bristled toothbrush is preferable to a hard-bristled toothbrush. It will clean your teeth more effectively, and it’s much less damaging to your gums and enamel. You should also make sure you floss at least once every day by gently gliding the floss along the inner surface of each tooth.
For more helpful tips on having a beautiful, healthy smile, watch this video. You’ll hear a dentist explain why it’s important to schedule a professional cleaning and check-up twice per year. You’ll also learn why you should wait 30 minutes to brush after each meal.
The family dentists of Premiere Dental Arts pride themselves on exceptional patient care and a commitment to furthering patient education. To learn more about our treatments, call our practice at (240) 215-3510. We are located in Frederick, MD and are proud to offer trusted dental care to patients of all ages.
Last updated 13 days ago
Have you ever caught yourself clenching your jaw when you encountered a stressful situation? Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth is known as bruxism, and it is highly damaging to your teeth. While it typically occurs when you’re asleep, you may also grind your teeth during the day. Bruxism can cause your teeth to chip, wear unevenly, and even fracture, among other problems. If you suspect you could have bruxism, schedule a dentist visit right away. Your family dentist might recommend the following treatment options.
Your family dentist can create a customized acrylic mouthguard, which you’ll wear while you sleep. This prevents contact between the teeth of the upper and lower jaws. Even if you clench your jaws as you sleep, the mouthguard minimizes the damage. Mouthguards also increase the stability of your bite pattern.
Your family dentist may recommend a Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition tension suppression system (NTI-tss). Unlike a mouthguard, this device only provides coverage for the front teeth. It helps limit the action of your jaw muscle to prevent grinding on your rear molar teeth.
Botox is well-known for its use in wrinkle treatment; however, it also has clinical benefits. If you have trouble wearing a mouthguard, your family dentist might recommend Botox injections around the jaw area to prevent your muscles from contracting excessively. This treatment does not interfere with proper eating and speaking.
Since stress is often a factor in the development of bruxism, many dental patients can benefit from learning proper stress management techniques. You might consider seeing a therapist or counselor, signing up for a meditation class, or working with a biofeedback therapy specialist to control your bodily responses to stress. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet also lend themselves to better stress management.
Learn more about these treatment options available at Premiere Dental Arts of Frederick, Maryland. Our dental team offers state-of-the-art treatments and preventative dental care. Schedule your appointment with a family dentist today by calling (240) 215-3510.
Last updated 13 days ago
For those of you who do not know Carla Watts, she is the lovely lady on the right. Carla, one of our fantastic hygienists, suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease. This condition causes the kidney to lose function and eventually stop working. Without a kidney transplant, Carla would need to be on kidney dialysis for the rest of her life.
Enter the lady appearing on the left of the picture, Deanna Henderson. Carla and Sherry Levy, our clinical supervisor, walked into the M&T Bank at Worman's Mill. After a pleasant exchange with Deanna, who works at M&T, Deanna asked if the two needed anything else. Sherry said, "Well, Carla could use a new kidney."
According to Sherry, Deanna said, "Well, I'm not going on a mission trip this year, so . . . I'll give you one of mine."
The decision to donate a kidney is, of course, a commitment of monumental proportions. It is however, just an entrance into a long and arduous process of pokings and proddings that lead to more testing which may even conclude that there is no match. And Carla had a rare blood type.
Deanna did commit to donate. Deanna's kidney turned out to be a match, and, earlier this year, Carla received one of Deanna's kidneys. It turned out that she received it just in time because her only functioning kidney dropped well below 18%.
So now we have a bright and shiny new Carla, and all of us are very thankful for that. Look around this Thanksgiving. Look beyond the typically terrible news trumpeting in your ears and bombarding your eyes. In every shop, grocery store, factory, research facility, and bank in this land there are angels in human form who, when called, will give - generously and without thought - something of themselves that, for someone else, cannot be manufactured or priced. That is just how we roll in America. Happy Thanksgiving
For the full story, please refer to the Hagerstown Herald
Last updated 18 days ago
Do you know how your oral health can affect your overall health? Did you know that eating more sugar doesn’t necessarily lead to tooth decay? It’s true! In this infographic from your Frederick family dentist, you’ll learn what every dental patient should know about their dental health. For example, more than 90% of systemic diseases produce oral symptoms, and up to 18% of preterm, low-weight births are connected to oral health. If you want to keep your mouth and body in good condition, visit your dentist twice per year and practice a good dental hygiene routine at home. At Premiere Dental Arts in Frederick, we will take great care of your family’s teeth. Please share this infographic with your friends and family, and spread your new knowledge far and wide!