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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
March 30, 2022
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Gingivitis  

Unless you're aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease and how it's caused, you may have unknowingly developed it. Often painless, gum disease -- or periodontal disease -- becomes progressively more serious when left untreated. As you learn more about the common causes of gum disease, you'll be better equipped to maintain the best oral health possible. To learn more, just come in and see Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD.

Gingivitis & Periodontitis: Common Causes of Gum Disease

  • Bacteria & Plaque. Bacteria in the mouth create a sticky film over the teeth. Good hygiene practices help remove the bacteria and the plaque they cause. When plaque is not removed, it develops into a rock-like substance called tartar. This can only be removed by a dental professional.
  • Smoking & Tobacco. If you're a smoker or use tobacco, you face a higher risk of developing gum disease. Additionally, tobacco use can lead to stained teeth, bad breath, and an increased risk of oral cancers.
  • Certain Medications. Some medications that are taken for other health conditions can increase a person's risk of developing gum disease. If you take steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, certain cancer therapy medications, or oral contraceptives, speak to the dentist about how to maintain healthy gums.
  • Medical Conditions. Certain medical conditions can impact the health of your gums. For instance, diabetics face an increased risk of gum disease due to the inflammatory chemicals present in their bodies. Always talk to our team about other health conditions to ensure we take that into account when treating you.

Take a Proactive Stance

Good oral hygiene practices and regular visits to Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD, can help you eliminate or reduce the risks of developing gum disease. Thorough cleaning with your toothbrush and dental floss should take about three to five minutes. Brush your teeth a minimum of twice per day and floss at least once each day. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be ready to prevent gum disease. Call 301-963-8900.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
March 30, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. You don't have to worry when you visit Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD.

  • Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

  • The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

  • Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. And that is welcome news, indeed! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD, call 301-963-8900.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
November 18, 2021
Tags: Dental Veneers  

If you admire the near-perfect teeth of actors, Instagram models, and news anchors, you'd be happy to hear that you can get them too. Veneers in Rockville, MD, can fix lots of oral problems so that your smile becomes flawless. Your dentist, Dr. Mehr Tucker, can help you achieve that perfect smile.

What Problems Can Dental Veneers Fix?

Teeth Discolorations

Teeth discolorations can appear over time due to foods, drinks, smoking, medications, and tooth decay. Your genes also contribute to your natural teeth color. When your dentist glues the porcelain veneers to your teeth, your teeth discolorations become history. Even if you have teeth stains that resist teeth whitening, you can still get brilliant teeth with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers also reduce your chances of developing more teeth stains because they resist stains.

Teeth Gaps

If you'd prefer to close the gap in your teeth, your dentist can help you. Installing veneers in Rockville, MD, can cover the gaps to even out your smile.

Crooked Teeth

Veneers can help you correct mildly crooked teeth. Therefore, by getting veneers you bypass the long process of getting orthodontic treatment for your teeth. Properly aligned teeth can be yours in minimal time. Veneers can also correct other dental misalignment problems including overbite and underbite.

Worn Teeth

Your teeth can become worn out due to your uneven jawline, abrasive toothpaste, or acidic drinks. Worn teeth can cause jaw discomfort. Thankfully, when you install porcelain veneers, they can help balance your teeth.

Uneven Teeth

Do some of your teeth look odd when compared with the rest? Porcelain veneers can help your teeth that look too narrow or too short blend in with the rest. The perfectly even smile you desire can be yours when you get veneers.

Cracked or Chipped Teeth

Accidents happen and can chip your tooth's edge or create a crack. Veneers can hide the uneven edges and cracks on your teeth.

Tooth Sensitivity

Veneers provide an extra layer of protection for your sensitive teeth. Hence, it'll help reduce your discomfort.

If you'd love to learn more about how you can benefit from getting veneers in Rockville, MD, call (301) 963-8900 to schedule your dental consultation with your dentist, Dr. Tucker today.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
October 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gingivitis   Bleeding Gums  

Dr. Mehr Tucker treats patients with gingivitis in Rockville, MD. Gum disease can wreak havoc on your mouth if you don't treat your bleeding gums. Keep reading about gum disease and come see us if your gums are bleeding!

Gum disease

Anyone can have bleeding gums if they brush or floss too hard, but if your gums are bleeding easily when you brush and floss, this is a sign of gum disease. Gum disease happens when plaque and tartar build up on the surfaces of the teeth. The bacteria irritate the gums, and they become red and inflamed and start to pull away from the teeth. When you have gingivitis in Rockville, MD, you'll want to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Why you need to treat bleeding gums

It's important to treat your gums as soon as you notice bleeding. When you don't treat gum disease it only progresses. The advanced stage of gum disease also called periodontitis, is when patients start to notice loose teeth, which can easily become shifted or lost teeth.

Your dentist may treat your bleeding gums with a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling removes all the plaque and tartar from your teeth and root planing reshapes the surfaces of your teeth near the gums so they can grow back around your teeth properly. Gum surgery may be recommended in some cases.

Oral hygiene

Your best defense against gum disease will always be keeping up a great oral hygiene routine at home and scheduling regular teeth cleaning visits. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and coming in for professional teeth cleaning appointments twice a year.

Dr. Tucker loves to see patients keeping their smiles and gums healthy with great oral hygiene. If you have gingivitis in Rockville, MD, come see us to treat your bleeding gums. Contact us for an appointment at (301) 963-8900.

4ThingsYouCanDoToMakeSureYourChildsBiteIsontheRightTrack

So, how's your child's bite? No, not how well they clamp down on things (like fingers—yikes!), but how the teeth on both jaws interact with each other. It's important to know because a bite problem can be a serious health concern.

A poor bite can lead to more than an unattractive smile. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, which can increase the risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. Poor bites also lower the efficiency of chewing and food processing, making it harder for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs for optimum health. And, a poor bite can adversely affect the airway, which could lead to problems with obstructive sleep apnea later in life.

But finding out that your child's bite is going off course is a good thing—provided you discover it in its initial stages of development, that is. Early detection opens the door for interventions that could "right the ship," so to speak. In recognition of National Orthodontic Health Month this October, here are 4 things you can do to make that possible with a developing bite problem.

Get a bite evaluation. Although an abnormal bite develops gradually, it often provides early, subtle signs. An orthodontist or pediatric dentist can often detect these before the bite problem becomes too pronounced. It's a good idea, then, to have your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6.

Be alert to abnormalities. You may also be able to pick up some of these signs of abnormal bite development yourself. For example, if all the upper teeth don't slightly overlap the lower, something could be amiss. Likewise, crooked teeth, excessive gaps between teeth, or front teeth jutting too far forward are causes for concern. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Seek early treatment. You don't always have to wait until the teen years to start orthodontic treatment. Depending on the type of bite problem, interventional treatments can lessen or even stop poor bite development—in some cases, you may even be able to avoid future treatments like braces. As mentioned before, a bite evaluation around age 6 will facilitate the most treatment options.

Follow through on treatments. Orthodontic treatments are a lot like running a marathon—even after a long race, you're only truly successful if you cross the finish line. With bite correction, that finish line isn't necessarily when the braces come off—treatment continues with retainers to ensure there isn't a reversal of all that's been accomplished.

A bite problem can reverberate throughout a person's lifetime. But it doesn't have to! Being alert to your child's developing bite and taking prompt action can ensure they'll enjoy straighter teeth, more efficient dental function and an attractive smile.

If you would like more information about your child's orthodontic health, please contact us or schedule a consultation.





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