Now, more than ever, it’s important that you are properly caring for your smile.
With everything going on in the world it may be difficult to think about your oral care routine; however, this is actually the best time to think about it. Our Rockville, MD, dentist Dr. Mehr Tucker wants to help you and your family prevent unnecessary emergency dental situations at a moment when you have enough to worry about. Here are some simple everyday tips to follow to make sure you are keeping your smile healthy so you don’t wind up in the dentist’s chair,
Always brush and floss
As your Rockville, MD, family dentist has probably told you, how you care for your smile each and every day has the biggest impact on your smile’s long-term health. Brushing and flossing can remove plaque, as well as food and bacteria, to prevent decay and gum disease.
Make sure you are brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes at a time. You should also floss daily to remove plaque and food from between teeth. These habits alone can be major contributors to a healthy, beautiful smile.
While you’re home full time it may be challenging to avoid the kitchen. After all, that’s where all the yummy treats are; however, snacking all day long can increase plaque buildup, which also increases your risk for decay. Therefore, it’s best to limit snacks (two treats a day) and be mindful of your food choices. While snacking on cookies may sound like the ultimate comfort right now, opting for healthier options like hummus and raw veggies is a much safer choice for your teeth and gums.
Replace your toothbrush head
Chances are good it’s time to replace your toothbrush. If the bristles look worn and frayed this is a telltale sign that it needs to go. After all, a toothbrush head is only meant to last about three or four months. Just got over an illness? If so, you also need to replace your toothbrush head immediately. After all, just like everything else, toothbrush bristles can also harbor bacteria, and you don’t want to get sick again.
Wear sports guards
Are your kids about to go outside in the yard and kick a soccer ball around or play hockey? While it might seem like overkill, wearing sports guards will protect them against dental-related injuries. Just as they would wear these mouthguards if they were playing sports at school, they should wear them even if they are playing around in the backyard. This can prevent everyone from having to stress out about a knocked-out tooth or other dental emergency.
Dr. Tucker has been providing dental care to patients living in Rockville, MD, for 20 years. While our offices are no open right now due to the coronavirus, if you or a family member is dealing with a true dental emergency please give us a call right away at (301) 963-8900. Even during these times, it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to when emergencies happen.
Are your gums are healthy? This question speaks to the importance of periodontal health. At Dr. Mehr Tucker's office in Rockville, the dental team looks for signs of gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Detected early, gingivitis can be reversed. Learn more here.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an infection of the gum tissue. Also called gum disease, gingivitis stems from food residues at and below the gum line. Oral bacteria flourish in this environment, and when untreated, gingivitis progresses like an avalanche, becoming periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US, reports the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Symptoms of periodontitis include puffy, red, and tender gums, loose teeth, and deep gum pockets.
In its earliest stages, gingivitis responds well to good brushing and flossing at home and a thorough cleaning at your dentist's office in Rockville. Your hygienist gently scrapes, or scales, your teeth, removing soft plaque and hard tartar, or calculus. In some cases, antibiotics are placed at the gum line.
For more extensive periodontal problems, Dr. Tucker may recommend a deeper cleaning and root planing. As needed, gums and even bone can be grafted to replace degraded tissue.
What should you do?
As with any dental issue, prevention is best. So, brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush for two minutes. Floss daily with the product of your choice to remove sticky plaque and prevent tartar formation.
Additionally, eat a high-fiber, low-carbohydrate diet. Consume plenty of water daily to increase saliva and its beneficial antimicrobial properties. Stop all tobacco, and limit alcohol. See Dr. Tucker every six months for a cleaning and check-up. If you are prone to gum problems, your dental team may schedule more frequent appointments.
Find out more
Arm yourself against gingivitis and its very dangerous cousin, periodontal disease. Keep your best oral hygiene habits, and come see Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville for your preventive care. Phone us for an appointment at (301) 963-8900.
Looking for a cosmetic change in one or two teeth or for the best way to complete a smile makeover? Then, discover the benefits of porcelain veneers, or dental laminates. Super-thin, tooth-shaped pieces of fine ceramic, veneers disguise aesthetic defects without harming your teeth or making your gums sensitive. Placed by your dentist, Dr. Mehr Tucker, right at her Rockville, MD, office, veneers remake tooth color, shape and more.
It's a matter of confidence
Your smile tells friends, coworkers and family who you are--in other words, your smile mirrors your personality. However, if marred by stains, chips, mild alignment problems, unbalanced contours and length, your teeth are more of a liability than an asset. You can lose your self-esteem.
Steps in the veneer treatment
Customized to cover and strengthen the front of defective teeth, dental laminates bond directly to the existing tooth structure. Your dentist may recommend veneers singly or as part of a comprehensive cosmetic care plan when you meet with her at her office in Rockville, MD.
Dr. Tucker will perform an oral examination to rule out any health problems before addressing your cosmetic goals. Be sure to articulate those goals clearly so you can both agree to treatment which makes sense for you.
If veneers are the right choice, Dr. Tucker will begin your treatment with enamel reduction. She'll remove 1/2 millimeter of tooth structure to facilitate the placement and fit of your new veneers.
Also, oral impressions and detailed instructions accompany photos and X-rays to the dental lab. There, a technician creates each laminate one by one, coloring and shaping them to suit your smile. On your return visit, your dentist will bond the new veneers in place with a light-sensitive resin.
Benefits of porcelain veneers
- They are lifelike and complimentary to your smile and facial features.
- Veneers are durable and actually make natural tooth structure more resilient.
- They last for many years with consistent oral hygiene at home, in-office exams and cleanings and gentle treatment (No candy apples or peanut brittle, please!).
- Veneers require far less enamel removal than a crown. As such, they are a conservative--and very popular--aesthetic service.
- Veneers do not decay and rarely stain or cause lasting sensitivity issues.
A fantastic smile
Show one to the world when you get beautiful porcelain veneers from Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD. Call today to arrange a consultation. Veneers combine state of the art design and materials with true artistry for outstanding results. Call (301) 963-8900.
How a root canal from your dentist in Rockville, MD, can eliminate tooth pain
Have you been struggling with recurrent tooth pain? If so, there is a good chance that tooth decay may be to blame. Fortunately, root canal therapy is available to help save both your tooth and your smile! Here at Dr. Mehr Tucker's office in Rockville, MD, we offer root canal treatment to eliminate tooth pain and give your tooth a second chance. Read on to learn more!
What root canal therapy can do for you
When you give your tooth a second chance, you are eliminating the need for expensive tooth replacement like dental appliances, dental bridgework, and dental implants. Instead, you are keeping your natural tooth in place, and thus maintaining full chewing function as well as your natural smile.
You may need a root canal because the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, has been damaged or bruised. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to your tooth are located. When the pulp is damaged, inflammation begins, leading to fluid buildup, pressure, and pain. You may also notice signs and symptoms such as:
- Increased pain when you consume foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
- Pain that continues even after a filling or dental crown is placed
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you chew or bite down
- A red or white bump that appears on your gums next to a tooth root
- Drainage, including blood or pus, coming from the bump on your gums
Other times, you may not feel any pain or notice any symptoms but may still require a root canal. In these cases, the only way to know that a root canal is necessary is to visit our Rockville office.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you want to give your painful tooth a second chance, it’s time to think about root canal therapy. To learn more about how you can eliminate tooth pain with a root canal, call Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD, today at (301) 963-8900
It's estimated that almost half of the adult population in the United States has some degree of gum disease. However, just because it's a common issue doesn't mean it's normal, and if you're in Rockville, MD, Dr. Mehr Tucker wants to help change those odds! She's a dentist who has received special training in the field of gum-related issues, called periodontics, and she's provided some information to her patients who are concerned that they might be have gum disease.
How does periodontal disease happen?
The bacteria-filled plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities also causes problems for your gums. That's because the acid that forms from the bacteria interacting with starchy food particles creates an acid that breaks down the structure of the gum tissue, leading to gum disease. There are two levels of periodontal disease that your Rockville, MD, dentist will diagnose: gingivitis is the milder form that only affects the gum tissue, while periodontitis is more advanced and includes damage to the bone that holds the teeth in place.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Healthy gum tissue is a medium pink color and lays flat against the teeth. If you have periodontal disease, your gums will typically appear red and swollen due to inflammation. They may also bleed easily when you brush or floss. Many people that are in the beginning stages of periodontitis (the more serious form of gum disease) begin to feel tooth sensitivity as the gums recede and the roots of the tooth are exposed to the air. You may even lose teeth if the bone has become damaged enough.
Can periodontal disease be fixed?
The good news is that periodontal disease is a treatable condition. However, it's more easily treated in its early stages. The teeth can be cleaned behind the edges of the gums in a procedure called root planing, and antibiotic rinses and medications can help discourage the growth of bacteria. For more severe periodontitis, gum tissue can be grafted onto areas where it has receded, and bone grafts can restore the damaged bone to allow for restoration options like implants. The most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to stay current on checkups with your Rockville dentist.
If you're concerned about periodontal disease, contact your dentist in Rockville, MD, Dr. Mehr Tucker, to make an appointment today. Call (301) 963-8900 or email at [email protected]
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