Monday, July 16, 2018

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

What are the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder? 

-Jaw pain or soreness, more noticeable in the morning or afternoon 
-Jaw pain while chewing, biting or yawning
-Earache without infection, sometimes spreading into the face 
-Soreness in front of the ear
-A clicking or grinding noise while opening and closing your mouth 
-Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
-A stiff jaw when eating, talking, or yawning 
-Sensitive teeth without any signs of dental problems 
-Aching on the side of the mouth/tongue
-A burning sensation in the mouth/tongue
-Grinding of your teeth
-Restricted range of jaw movement or "locking" of the jaw in an open or closed position

A thorough dental examination is the first step toward finding a solution. Depending on the diagnosis, treatments may include reshaping teeth or  bite guards. 

If you have questions regarding TMJ, please call our office at (410) 535-5055 or email us at 

Example of a commonly used bite guard

Monday, July 2, 2018

When Should I Start Brushing My Baby's Teeth?

When should I start cleaning my baby's teeth?

This is a good habit to start early! The sooner you introduce brushing into your child's routine the easier the habit will be to maintain.  The teeth must be cleaned as they erupt. Use a damp wash cloth or an age appropriate tooth brush.

If your health care provider and/or dentist agrees, use a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste. Tooth brushing needs to be a parent's job in the preschool years. Children are usually able to brush their teeth on their own when they are 8 years old, but double checking is always recommended. 

Be sure to check your child's teeth regularly for any brown/dark or white chalky spots which could be the beginning of tooth decay.

If you have questions regarding your baby's teeth, please call our office at (410)535-5055 or email us at 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Berry Good Proposition: Black Raspberries May Fight Oral Cancer

In the the mood for something sweet? Consider a handful of black raspberries. Researchers at Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital have shown that black raspberries may not only help prevent colon  and esophageal cancer, but help battle oral cancer as well. Lab tests show that this delicious fruit reduced tumor on the mouth by up to 44 percent. Unfortunately, there are a couple of problems...

First off, black raspberries are very difficult to come by in  your regular grocery store, even when in season. having access to them year-round could be quite a task. Second, studies show that you would have to eat 4 whole cups a day to enjoy the full heath benefits. Very few of us actually eat the recommended 5 servings of fruit a day. Find the time, and stomach, to eat 4 cups of raspberries could be difficult, no matter how delicious they are. 

Fortunately, scientists are working on a solution: lozenges. They hope that concentrating the cancer-fighting chemicals in black raspberries into more manageable lozenges will prove to be as successful in the fight against oral cancer as eating the whole fruit ( though nutritionists will tell you the whole fruit is always better for you). If researchers find that certain genes respond to the berry extract in them., it could someday mean a simple new way to fight cancer. The biggest plus is that they would be available year-round. 

It should be noted that fruit is part of a healthy diet, and therefore good for your teeth. Highly acidic fruits, like lemons, can actually harm tooth enamel, however, so try to rinse your mouth out with warm water or brush your teeth after you eat them. Also, stay away from high-sugar snacks, like candy and soda (and yes, even black raspberry cobbler ). 

Lucky for us we live in an area that offers a lot of different choices for farm fresh fruit. Linked below is one of the many farms that opens its fields to the public to be able to pick your own fruit! The best part is they grow black raspberries and they are currently in season. Not only is it a fun family outing but you would be supporting our local farms.

As always if you have any questions about dental health, please don't hesitate to call our office at (410) 535-5055 or email us at 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Our Office Renovation

Our office renovations have now been completed. Please don't hesitate to stop by and check out our brand new, state of the art oral surgery clinic. Feel free to call us at 410-535-5055 for a tour of our office. As always the greatest compliment we can receive is a referral from our patients.

Best Regards,
Prince Frederick Dental Center

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is one of the best ways to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.  It helps prevent future problems with tooth decay or gum disease.  Detecting signs of gum disease or cavities are easier to treat earlier on and usually less expensive.  By catching issues early on, this potentially could save a lot of money in periodontal or prosthetic work.  Our office recommends an oral exam twice a year.  This includes a cleaning with one of our hygienists, an oral screening for cavities, oral cancer, gum diseases and other problems with the mouth.   One of the most important parts of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is brushing and flossing.  Using toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association, as well as flossing daily is always recommended by our doctors and hygienists.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Do you have a less than perfect smile?  Do you have unwanted spaces between your teeth?  You may be a perfect candidate for Invisalign.  Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces.  Our patients enjoy the clear, removable custom trays provided for the straightening process.  Traditional metal braces can irritate the gums and cheeks and even leave spots on teeth once the brackets are removed.  The Invisalign trays, also known as aligners can be removed at your convenience leaving no food restrictions.  Since the trays can be easily removed, patients are able to brush and floss normally keeping up with their daily oral hygiene routine.   Give our office a call to see if you are a great candidate for Invisalign.   

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What To Eat After Tooth Extractions

“What can I eat after having my teeth extracted,” is a common question asked by our patients.  Hopefully this blog will help our patients suffering from swelling and tenderness after having extractions come up with a new menu during their healing process.  Our office stresses to avoid spicy, acidic, hard, sharp and seedy foods.  Smoothies are a great meal supplement.  Be sure when making smoothies, stay away from fruits and vegetables that contain seeds (i.e. strawberries, blackberries, etc.).  Soups and mashed potatoes are also meals strongly suggested during your healing process.  Making mousses, puddings, jellos, ice creams, cottage cheeses, Hummus, applesauce, pancakes, eggs and waffles are some foods to have. During this limited diet, please be sure that you get adequate nutrition. Make sure your diet includes protein and vitamin C. Ensure, Boost or Carnation Instant Breakfast are highly recommended during this time.