We are aware of the recommendations from Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health. They have advised that dental offices can reopen. We look forward to welcoming you back with the highest standards of safety and comfort. These have always been key priorities for us, and they remain so during this pandemic and beyond. With this is mind, we will take the remainder of the week and possibly a day or two next week, to ensure our office and staff are fully up to date with all recommendations and that we have all of the necessary equipment and protocols in place to protect every member of the Gordon Center community, including our office team. We will keep you updated on new developments. We look forward to seeing you once we reopen!
If a lack of teeth or chewing function are affecting your son or daughter’s quality of life, you may want to discuss dental implants with them. It can be helpful to have some information to share, so we’ve pulled together a short list of articles with more information. Am I the right age for dental implants? Are dental implants safe? What is the recovery like from all-on-4 dental implant surgery? What can I eat with dental implants? There are other options as well for missing teeth, so your child can eat and smile comfortably, which will improve their health and make them more comfortable in a variety of settings. As always, you can contact us for a free consultation, and we will take the time to answer all of your questions and your children’s questions so they can select the best treatment option for them.
Your parent may be interested to know how going to the dentist contributes to overall health and longevity. Recent studies show that bacteria from the mouth has been linked as a cause for an increase in heart disease, pancreatic and colorectal cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Regular dental cleaning visits in addition to proper home care limit bacteria in the mouth. As teeth are lost and chewing power decreases, there is an increase in memory loss. Not to mention, if they can’t chew, it will limit the healthy foods they can eat. Dental implants allow for the same chewing force as natural teeth, and we’ve restored implants on patients up to 87 years old. Even if nothing is bothering your parent, a comprehensive exam and necessary X-rays can reveal what, if left untreated, could cause problems in the future. If the root of their hesitance is a fear of the dentist, they are not alone. One in ten people have some fear of the dentist and we specialize in making our patients feel comfortable. The dental hygienists and Dr.’s Gordon will not rush your parent and will answer any questions they have. Click to schedule an appointment or call 301-258-1998.
There are three main reasons to search for a second opinion: 1) You need to switch practices: Perhaps you moved, or maybe your dentist sold his practice to someone else–and the new dentist proposes a lot of new dental work that “needs” to be done. The second opinion is to see if the work is needed. 2) Your dentist proposes a lengthy, expensive, esthetically complex treatment plan: In this case, a second opinion is to see whether different options can achieve the same results, or if another clinician can show you, from their experiences and work, a more pleasing or favorable result. 3) You get a gut sense that, “something doesn’t seem right”: With insurance companies reimbursing participating dentists, in-network dentists may develop a more aggressive philosophy in order to produce more dentistry from the available pool of patients At Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry, we evaluate patients’ needs from an experienced, time-developed view point. Since we are non-participating providers, we develop treatment or non-treatment based on current research. Over the years, our patients often wind up receiving less dental treatment and consequently incur less out of pocket payments. Call 301-258-1998 or click here to schedule a free second opinion appointment.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums in your mouth. Proper brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist and dental hygienist every six months for a dental cleaning will treat or prevent gingivitis from occurring. Periodontitis is destruction of the bone under the gums due to buildup of calculus (tartar) and caused by a colonization of a destructive type of bacteria. This is due to lack of (or improper) brushing, flossing, and a failure to have your dentist or dental hygienist remove the calculus on a three-to-six month basis. Some reports detail that the destructive bacteria can be transmitted through kissing or an infected person’s toothbrush. Here again, the solution is keep your regularly scheduled dental hygiene appointments. Oral cancer can occur on the tongue, gums, cheeks, roof of the mouth, and throat. Increased risk to get oral cancer has been attributed to the Papilloma virus, smokeless tobacco, alcohol and cigarette use, cigars, and ill-fitting dentures or partial dentures. At every dental hygiene appointment, we do a gum diseases and oral cancer screening. We welcome new patients, so even if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a dentist, call 301-258-1998 to schedule an appointment so we can help you get back on track.
Sometimes the hardest step is making the first call! Doing your research ahead of time will help you feel more comfortable. Ask friends for referrals, and choose an office with great patient reviews and a warm, welcoming staff. Often people choose a dentist based who accepts their insurance, but if you haven’t been to a dentist in a really long time it’s in your best interest to choose an expert office that won’t try to oversell you. Forging a long-lasting relationship with the right dental office will help you avoid unnecessary dental work. Call 301-258-1998 or click here to schedule an appointment.
If a dentist who takes your insurance recommends a procedure that you’re not sure you need, bring your X-rays to Gordon Center for General & Advanced Dentistry for a free second opinion consultation. Few dental decisions on treatment need to be acted on immediately. Dr.’s Leonard and David Gordon will give you information that will allow you to make the decision that is best for you. We are able to provide an expert and impartial diagnosis, because of our unique vantage point: (1) Dr. Leonard Gordon and Dr. David Gordon have nearly 50 years of combined dental experience, so they’ve likely seen a case—or several—like yours before. (2) Because the Doctors Gordon do not participate with insurance, we are not under the same pressure to produce a certain amount of work, and therefore only recommend necessary treatments. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Dental Implants and crowns have the same chewing force as natural teeth—and you’ll be able to chew even more than before if your teeth were compromised by gum disease or badly broken. Watch Pearl’s testimonial to learn more and click here or call 301-258-1998 to request an appointment.
Washingtonian Magazine just released its list of 2019 TOP Dentists and both Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Leonard Gordon were selected as excellent again this year by their peers! As Washingtonian explains, the list is pulled together by polling area dentists and asking them to rank local dentists “on a scale from 1-5, with 5 being excellent.” They’re asked to rank other dental professionals based on experience, continuing education, use of technology, patient satisfaction, and quality of their work. Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Leonard Gordon possess nearly 50 years of combined experience, use the latest technology, and achieve beautiful results. Call 301-258-1998 or click here to schedule an appointment.
One fun way to motivate children of all ages is to use technology. For small children, this can mean playing a fun song or video when they brush their teeth, like this one featuring Elmo. And there’s always the traditional approach of using an “egg timer.” Younger children, older children, and adults should all brush for two minutes. For older teens, Dentistry IQ has a list of cool tools they can use to brush and floss their teeth and braces. If your teen still seems uninterested in brushing their teeth, schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning. This way they can hear why brushing and flossing are so important from our dentists and hygienists .