Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pregnancy and oral health

Pregnancy and oral health
Pregnancy and oral health are two things that go hand in hand when you are expecting a baby. We encourage all of our patients to take good care of their dental hygiene and oral health when they become pregnant.
Most women know how vital it is that they take good care of their physical health, but often don’t consider the impact oral health has on their overall health. A surge in hormones can exasperate the way a pregnant woman’s gums react to plaque. As a result, there is an increased risk of tooth decay, loose teeth, and gum disease if proper oral hygiene isn’t maintained.
The following steps are important to follow while you are pregnant.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each session.
2. Floss your teeth regularly, preferably once a day.
3. Visit dentist David Bishop for a check-up and cleaning.
4. Inform Dr. Bishop that you are pregnant and avoid getting x-rays.
5. Avoid eating sugary snacks as it increases the risk of tooth decay.
By following these steps, pregnant women have a better chance at maintaining their good oral health during pregnancy. Contact our dentist, Dr. David Bishop in Silver Spring, MD, to discuss pregnancy and oral health in more detail.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mini Implants

Mini Implants
If you have a missing tooth, it may make you feel self-conscious, but it can also have a negative effect on other teeth. Leaving a space from a missing tooth can lead to other teeth shifting.
At Bishop & Bishop Dental, we are happy to offer you options when it comes to replacing missing teeth including mini implants. Similar to traditional implants, mini implants involve creating a post, which is inserted into the jaw bone. The post supports a restoration, such as a crown or bridge.
A mini implant is smaller than a traditional implant and requires less recovery time. The treatment process is also quicker than a conventional implant. Since the implant is smaller than a traditional implant, it works best on incisors. Small teeth of the lower jaw may also be replaced using a mini implant.
Our experienced dentists will be happy to evaluate your situation and determine if you are a good candidate for a mini implant. Individuals who are not a candidate for a mini implant may still be able to replace a missing tooth with a conventional implant.
Our team at Bishop & Bishop Dental provide comprehensive dental services including endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery and dental hygiene. We pride ourselves in providing exceptional customer service for your whole family.
For more information on mini implants or to schedule an appointment, please call 301-608-9270.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Importance of Coming in Regularly for Cleaning

Importance of Coming in Regularly for Cleaning
Although you may not think about going to the dentist until you have a problem, such as a toothache or loose filling, routine checkups are important. Coming in for a checkup and regular cleanings plays a vital role in maintaining good oral health and preventing dental problems.
Bishop & Bishop Dental offers a variety of dental services including hygiene. Regular dental cleanings involve removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line. Even if you brush your teeth and floss regularly, you still need a dental cleaning.
A professional cleaning involves the use of special tools, which helps remove tartar that brushing can’t. In addition, the hygienist and dentist can detect signs of gum disease early and recommended treatment.
Regular cleanings also allow our dentists to follow your dental health and compare your current condition with previous visits. This helps determine if gum disease is progressing.
Current research indicates gum disease may increase your chances of developing health problems, such as heart disease. Maintaining good oral health is not only about having a nice smile and white teeth. Preventing gum disease and keeping your mouth healthy can have an impact on your overall health.
For more information on dental hygiene services, or to schedule an appointment, please call Bishop & Bishop Dental at 301-608-9270.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pediatric Dental Care

Pediatric Dental Care
As a parent, you may wonder when to bring your child to the dentist. Keep in mind, good dental habits start young. According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should visit the dentist for the first time by the age of one or shortly after their first tooth erupts. After you bring your child in for their initial appointment, checkups are recommended every six months.
Our dentists at Bishop & Bishop Dental have experience working with patients of all ages including children. Seeing the dentist from a young age is important for a number of reasons including those listed below.
Identify Problems Early: Even young children can develop cavities, which need to be treated.
Acclimation: Bringing your child to the dentist when they are young helps gets them used to the routine of a dental visit. This helps decrease fear and anxiety as your child gets older.
Preventive Services: Dental sealants are an example of preventative services, which can be used to prevent cavities in children.
Develop Good Habits: Along with helping children get acclimated, starting dental visits young helps children develop good dental habits, which can last a lifetime.
Bishop & Bishop Dental offers a variety of dental services for the entire family including restorative, endodontics and orthodontics. For more information on any of our services or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 301-608-9270.