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Dental Experience
At Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry, we have been providing the very highest standard of dental care to patients across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for more than 30 years! From  general dentistry , to  cosmetic dentistry , to family dentistry, and advanced dental implant procedures, we help our patients look and feel their best. Dr. David Gordon and Dr. Leonard Gordon have been recognized by their peers and patients as “America’s Top Dentists.”

Dr. David Gordon teaches University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Leonard Gordon’s position as Clinical Advisor to Van Hook Dental Studio—one of the premier dental laboratories in the United States—allows our patients access to the finest and most current dental products and procedures; including materials that are made in America and FDA-approved.

Preventative Dentistry
At a routine dental appointment, a registered dental hygienist will clean your teeth, and screen you for gum diseases, such as gingivitis; and you’ll also have a dental exam with one of our dentists.

General Dentistry
We treat patients in need of a filling, porcelain crown, bridge, root canal, or cosmetic denture.

Cosmetic Dentistry
Our cosmetic dentistry procedures include teeth whitening, veneers, and bonding.

Dental Implants
Our dental implant procedures include implant crowns, implant bridges, and the all-on-four teeth in a day implant procedure. Dr. Leonard Gordon created the Gordon Protocol for the all-on-four dental implant procedure and lectures nationally on the subject.

Other services
Patients also seek us out for a second opinion or if they have TMJ.

Dentist Near Me
Our dental practice proudly services the greater Montgomery County Maryland area, including Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bethesda, Kentlands, North Potomac, Potomac, Germantown and Darnestown. Additionally, a significant portion of our practice is composed of patients who travel across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area including Frederick, Hagerstown, and Baltimore, as well as northern Virginia.

Contact us today if you’re looking for a dentist who will make you feel comfortable, individualize care and treatment plans, and deliver the most beautiful results.

 

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What the Experts Say About Visiting the Dentist During COVID-19

Now that dental offices are open, many patients would like to know more about visiting the dentist. As Dr. Leonard S. Gordon explains, “Going to the dentist for routine cleanings and dental work in this extended COVID-19 atmosphere is important to maintaining overall good health. At Gordon Center for General & Advanced Dentistry, we feel it’s not just going to the dentist, it’s important to go to the proper, caring dentist. We follow CDC guidelines and have instituted new, extensive COVID safety protocols to ensure your health and safety during dental treatment. So, if you are not one of our patients, ask your dentist what they are doing differently, then compare with our safety protocols. At our office, it is not enough to deliver quality, experienced dentistry, it must be quality, experienced dentistry delivered safely. To provide additional context we’ve gathered numerous articles on the subject. They’re grouped into two sections: dental offices and infectious disease prevention and dental appointments and your health. Please call or text the office at 301-258-1998 if you have any questions.   Dental Offices and Infectious Disease Prevention Dr. Matthew Messina, the dental clinic director at the Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry, said that there is no reason for people to worry about going to the dentist. “We’re kind of uniquely prepared to provide a safe, healthy environment for people to come in,” he said. “You know, dental offices have been really committed to universal precautions and high level disinfection and care for patients long before it was cool.” “We’ve been in a close space relationship with patients for years and years, and have been through a variety of (epidemics), whether it’s HIV or hepatitis or things like that,” he continued. “These are all precautions that we’ve used before, so we haven’t really had to do new things as much as modify existing protocols to provide a safe and healthy environment. The dentist’s office is a very, very safe place for patients to have their treatment done.” – Today.com Thinking about making a dentist appointment? What you need to know   Bill Miller, an epidemiologist and physician at OSU, said it’s important to remember that going to the dentist isn’t the same as going to a barber or hair salon. “Dentists are accustomed to be thinking about infectious-disease risk,” Miller said. “They’re already taking precautions.” – The Washington Post Yes, you should still go to the dentist. But be careful. Dental Appointments and Your Health But is it smart to see your dentist right now? Yes, says [American Dental Association spokesperson Cheryl Watson-Lowry, DDS,]. And it’s not just smart—it’s crucial for your overall health. “Unfortunately, dental disease, including cavities, won’t wait for COVID-19 to end,” she says. “It’s extremely important for patients to continue to see their dentist for their regular checkups and cleanings—even during this time—because the longer patients wait and go without preventative care and treatment for early disease, the more likely their untreated disease will progress. And then that can lead to more extensive problems and increase the time and the costs for necessary care.” Subpar oral hygiene, she points out, can affect more than just your mouth. “Gum disease is an inflammatory disease, and it can affect the rest of your body,” she says. Also, routine dental exams aren’t just about buffing up your pearly whites—your dentist is likely screening for oral cancer, performing a head and neck exam, and inspecting your lymph nodes, tongue, throat, gums, and other tissues in your mouth to make sure everything is healthy, says Watson-Lowry. For these reasons, you should get a regular dental checkup every six months, she says. – Glamour, What to Know Before You Go to the Dentist During COVID-19 “The study by U.S. dental surgeon Dr. Shervin Molayem and South African scientist Carla Pontes suggests COVID patients with gum disease are more susceptible to a respiratory crisis known as a cytokine storm, essentially an overreaction of the body’s immune system. “Gum disease has been linked to other breathing ailments, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, so we weren’t surprised to find a link to respiratory problems with COVID-19,” Molayem said in a press release. “What shocked us was the discovery of the protein’s devastating, life-threatening impact to patients once they’re hospitalized. One tiny, inflammatory protein robbed them of their ability to breathe!” Bacteria from inflamed gums can be aspirated and adhere to the lung epithelium, promoting infection and subsequently showing up in lung fluids. The bacteria cause secondary infections that can serve as a reservoir for the coronavirus. Mechanical ventilation decreases clearance of oral secretions, increasing the bacterial load and probability of pneumonia development. “As the death toll keeps climbing, the CDC now predicts the virus will be among the leading causes of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer,” Molayem said. “Now … we’ve confirmed periodontitis makes it even deadlier.” – International Business Times, Study Links Gum Disease To COVID-19 Deaths, Aspirated Bacteria Serve As Reservoir For Coronavirus “Many times people do not comprehend that teeth are attached to the body, to the bone and head, and that it is as important to take care of their teeth as their organs,” [Dr. Chad Gehani, the president of the American Dental Association (ADA),] said. “Most of the dental diseases are preventable and, if detected in an early stage, they are very inexpensive and they are very easily treatable. If you let the oral condition go for too long a period of time, it can become more complicated later on.” – Today.com Thinking about making a dentist appointment? What you need to know “Dentistry is not an elective procedure,” said Purnima Kumar, a professor of periodontology at Ohio State University. “They’re important to your mouth health, as well as to the health of the rest of your body.” – The Washington Post Yes, you should still go to the dentist. But be careful.   If you have any questions about visiting the dentist, you can call or text the…

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Dental Care at Home During Social Distancing and Shelter in Place

Brushing and Flossing Dental home care during social distancing or shelter in place is important to maintain good oral hygiene and good overall health. If you have been having good checkups, try to maintain the same routine of brushing and flossing. It’s been our experience that sometimes when people change their routine, they become lax in their dental home care. Vacations, retirement, or new babies thrown into the mix often have changes in brushing and flossing habits, that lead to gum inflammation or tooth decay.   Working From Home and Dental Care Working at home due to social distancing can elicit a change  in dietary habits. An increase in snacking and not brushing after allows more food particles to stay in the mouth, which could lead to an increase in plaque and calculus. This, in turn, could lead to inflamed gums and more cavities. Increased access to sugary foods from the pantry (raisins, fruit roll ups, candy, gum with sugar, more sugary drinks–soda, or drinking coffee with sugars all day long) , can cause cavities in as short a time as two months. (A more sugary diet causes additional issues if you are pre-diabetic.) The solution is two-fold: Try to limit your intake of additional sugary foods and drinks, and when you consume them, try to do so in one sitting and brush your teeth once you’ve finished.   Running out of Floss If  you run out of dental floss, there are some substitutes that can be used. Keep in mind: In most cases, flossing removes more bacteria and food particles between the teeth. Tooth picks or oral irrigators are acceptable alternatives but a word of caution with each. Tooth picks when used too aggressively between teeth can blunt back gum between the teeth causing a bigger space for food to get stuck. In upper and especially lower front teeth, twirling a toothpick in and out can cause an “hourglass shape “ at the gum on the root of the tooth. Water Piks are good for some people who cant floss at all. However, if used on a high setting, it can cause irritation. Even on a low setting, the pulsating water has the capacity to wash out cement under crowns or bridges. One should never “recycle” floss use. Bacteria can grow on floss and be reintroduced between the teeth causing gingival inflammation. Sewing thread should never be used as a substitute for floss. There is no telling what type of bacteria is seeded on different threads. Also, skinny thread can break between the teeth and become wedged. If it gets lodged in the gum, that irritation can cause a gum abscess. If you run out floss, continue brushing as you usually would.   Running out of Toothpaste If you run out of toothpaste, don’t fret. Toothpaste is not necessary to remove dental plaque from your teeth. The mechanical action of the bristles on teeth and the use of dental floss, disrupts the organization of dental plaque that would lead to gum disease and cavities. Active ingredients in toothpaste, fluoride being the main one, helps remove the bacteria that causes bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The internet is full of at home homeopathic toothpaste that you can make. The easiest one calls for a teaspoon of baking soda and a half of teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide mixed to a paste like consistency.   Related: Now that dental offices have reopened, it’s recommended to keep up your regularly scheduled dental cleaning to stay healthy and prevent gum disease. Our office has implemented extensive safety protocols include and beyond social distancing, PPE, HEPA filters, screening questions, text to skip the waiting room and more. What the Experts Say About Visiting the Dentist During COVID-19 What Can I Expect When I Come for My Dental Appointment?  

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