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Call Us

(301) 441-8686

Opening Hours

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

Request an Appointment

Request your appointment with us today!

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

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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.

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