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(301) 441-8686

Opening Hours

Tues-Fri: 8:00 A.M - 4:30 PM

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Periodontist

Dr. Mary Alexander, DDS, DMSc

Periodontist

Dr. Alexander received extensive training in dental implantology, periodontal plastic surgery, bone regenerative procedures and sedation dentistry. All aspects of Dr. Alexander’s training are incorporated in her periodontal practice assuring patient’s thorough and comprehensive periodontal treatment.

Dr. Mary Alexander Periodontist

Periodontal Services

Commonly used to expose more tooth structure. Crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue and/or bone to expose more of a tooth’s structure.

Commonly used to treat root exposure resulting from receded gum tissue. Tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth or from gum tissue near the tooth and stitched into the area needing gingival repair.

The replacement or enhancement of bone around teeth. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone collapses. Bone grafting is performed to reverse bone loss or enhance bone. The bone can be taken from parts of the body or from synthetic material. Bone grafting allows for proper support of dental implants or prostheses.

This procedure is used to regenerate lost bone around existing teeth, or in an area where teeth have been extracted. This procedure is often performed to protect your existing teeth and the tissues that keep them in place from bacterial plaque. The gingival tissue is folded back to remove the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes, bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage the body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.

A surgical procedure used to smooth and reshape affected bone under the gum tissue. This procedure is performed when a pocket around a tooth (or teeth) has not responded to other treatments. It creates a shallow pocket, making it difficult for bacteria to survive and damage bone, which results in bone loss and, ultimately, tooth loss.

A surgical procedure used to smooth and reshape affected bone under the gum tissue. This procedure is performed when a pocket around a tooth (or teeth) has not responded to other treatments. It creates a shallow pocket, making it difficult for bacteria to survive and damage bone, which results in bone loss and, ultimately, tooth loss.

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.

Home care is an extremely important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but even excellent home care cannot prevent bacteria and plaque. If the plaque is not removed, it can harden, becoming calculus. We will recommend a periodontal maintenance program that is best for you based on how quickly you develop calculus and your past and current periodontal health. During your maintenance visits we will perform and oral examination as well as a dental cleaning.

During an oral examination, a visual inspection is performed to detect normal and abnormal structures of the entire mouth, head and neck. Along with radiographs, an examination detects cavities, abnormalities in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession and any other abnormal findings within the mouth, head and neck

Involves placing a regenerative bone grafting material into empty tooth sockets to rebuild bone where an extraction has left an empty, weakened area. This process encourages your body’s natural capacity to regenerate bone.

A tooth that can not be saved with restorative materials may need to be removed. Before removing your tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is then loosened using a special dental instrument known as an elevator. After it is loosened from the socket, it is gently removed by a forcep, a dental instrument commonly used in dental extractions. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.

The smooth, pink skin lining the mouth is called mucosa.  Abnormalities in the color or texture of this skin can sometimes indicate pathology.  Any concerns with the skin in the mouth, a sore that is not healing properly or a lump on the inside of the cheeks, palate, gums or lips may merit a biopsy so that the tissue sample can be tested for oral cancer.  Please do not ignore these warning signs and mention any concerns you may have during your visit.

Patient Education

  1. Use soft toothbrush for the next 2 weeks and brush for a minimum of 4 minutes.
  2. Start using a water flosser daily especially at night.
  3. Use interproximal cleaner (soft picks, sulca brush or interproximal brush with toothpaste daily especially at night).
  4. DO NOT floss for the next 2 weeks.
  5. Continue to avoid foods with small particulate matter such as kernals, seeds or grains for the next 2 weeks.
  6. There may be minimal bleeding when doing home care but don’t let that deter you from the regimen. A little bleeding is normal after suture removal.
  7. Call us if you have any questions.
  8. Your next visit is in 4 weeks for a Periodontal maintenance with a hygienist and a re-evaluation with Dr. Alexander

SOUPS

TOFU

KEFIR

YOGURT

COTTAGE CHEESE

JELLO

EGG SALAD

TUNA SALAD

MASHED POTATOES

MAC & CHEESE

PASTA

RICE

NOODLES

PUDDING

APPLESAUCE

SCRAMBLED EGGS

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Why the Health of Our Gums Matters

Gum disease can kill more than your smile

Increased Risk of Heart Disease

When gums are inflamed, bacteria can enter the bloodstream which increases the risk in the formation of clumps on the walls of blood vessels. Keeping your gums healthy will reduce the chance of heart-stopping clots from forming.

Risk of Stroke

40% of bacteria found in fatty deposits that cause strokes originate from the mouth when gums are inflamed. Regular checkups help identify inflamed gums and reduce the risk of stroke by treating inflamed gum tissues.

Risk of Respiratory Disease

Dental plaque harbors many respiratory pathogens that can be aspirated, which in turn increases the risk in susceptible patients for pneumonia, emphysema, and chronic obstructive lung disease. Respiratory diseases are the 3rd leading cause of death.

Relation to Diabetes

95% of US adults with diabetes have periodontal disease. The presences of any gum inflammation make it difficult for patients with diabetes to control their blood sugar level. Elimination of any gum inflammation can directly improve diabetic control.

Ulcers

The bacteria that collect in your mouth when gum disease is present are the same bacteria that cause gastric ulcers. If the bacteria count is high in the mouth, these bacteria can be continually traveling down to the stomach, causing the return of ulcers.

Pre-Term Birth

Women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low birth weight babies. Researchers believe that low-grade gum inflammation causes the body to release chemicals which are linked to pre-term birth.

Testimonial from Whoopi Goldberg on Gum Disease

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