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Clarksville, MD 21029

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Parmar Dentistry is proud to be a part of the great Clarksville, Maryland community. But that doesn't mean we exclusively serve residents of Clarksville. In fact, we're a great choice for families in Columbia, Maryland as well!

You may not even realize just how close we are to downtown Columbia, either.  Depending on where you're coming from, we're a quick 10 minute drive, or less, from Columbia. We're located at 12620 Clarksville Pike, so for many of our clients it's an easy drive down 29-South and 32-West to reach our office.

That means we're ideally located and highly accessible. You won't find many dental practices much closer than that, anyway. And if you aren't happy with the service or quality of treatment that you receive from the place literally right next door to your home, then why not travel a few miles down the road for a superior experience?

Our team takes customer service very seriously. That's why we strive to always keep waiting times as minimal as possible, and why we always have somebody available to pick up the phone. When you need more information, or you need to schedule or change an appointment, we'll help you as quickly as possible. We also off that same philosophy of care and attention from our Facebook page and website, where you can ask us questions or schedule an appointment.

Along the same lines, we treat all of our patients and their families like our own family members. That means you receive individualized care and treatment plans, and that we take the time to speak with you, listen to your questions and concerns, and provide you with all of the information you need.

Patient education is highly important to us as well, and as is taking a preventative approach to oral health and hygiene. It's always better to avoid bigger problems and more serious issues and procedures before they arise, when possible.

Of course, a convenient location and great customer service wouldn't make up for subpar dental care. That's why, most importantly of all, our expert team provides superior treatment for all of your dental needs, from routine checkups and examinations, to any kind of more comprehensive procedure. We utilize the latest and best new technologies and treatments, and provide alternative solutions which other practices do not.

When you're looking for a high quality, local dentist, with a great reputation and all of the features and services you've always sought, then check out Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or view patient testimonials here. You can call our office at 410.531.5639 to schedule an appointment, or browse our website to learn more about specific treatments and services.

Have you ever watched a television commercial for a new drug or medication, and just zone out as dozens of potential side effects are listed off? Well, something such as "increased risk of heart attack" is likely to catch your attention and snap you back into focus. But "dry mouth" certainly won't. Yet, dry mouth caused by medication is actually a common, and potentially severe, side effect of many popular drugs.Dry Mouth Due to Medications

It's not just a small discomfort issue. Dry mouth can directly lead to increased, and serious, tooth decay, as well as painful and severe mouth sores and infections. Maybe your attention is perked up a bit now.

These issues occur because of the important roles that regular saliva production has for your oral health. Saliva helps to fight off bacteria and tooth decay, aid in digestion, talking and swallowing, and keep the exposed tissue throughout your mouth properly hydrated. In addition, dry mouth is also known to cause bad breath, and other issues such as cracked lips.

Worse, as many as 500 different medications, from antihistamines to blood pressure medicine and just about everything in between, may cause dry mouth in certain individuals.

Not only that, but almost half of all adults take at least one daily prescription medication. And 90% of adults over the age of 65 do so, and they're the population most at risk for chronic dry mouth. The American Dental Association estimates that 25 million American adults have inadequate saliva production or composition.

So what can you do if you've been experiencing dry mouth?

The first step is to see if it's possible that medication you're taking is the cause of the problem. Read about the side effects of the medications you're using, and consult with your doctor to see if that's a likelihood, if there is alternative medication to take, or if you can try to go off the medication or not.

You can also self-manage your dry mouth with simple strategies such as increasing your fluid intake and chewing on sugarless gum. Take frequent sips of water, or even chew on ice chips. Additionally, avoid beverages which may make dry mouth worse - including alcohol, and anything with caffeine or carbonation.

There are also saliva substitutes and oral moisturizers which may be available.

If you have any questions or you'd like to schedule an appointment to discuss dry mouth and its effects on your oral health, and possible treatments, then please call our office directly at 410.531.5639.

Obamacare has been all over the news as of late, and most people are probably sick of hearing about it at this point. However, at Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we wanted to share some important information on one area of the Affordable Care Act which has gone overlooked by most, and that's the impact on the dental industry.

As with all areas of medical and healthcare, there's going to be an extended adjustment period, and the full extent of these changes and how they actually fall into practice are yet to be known. However, there are two important ways in which the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will directly affect the dental industry and dental coverage -- pediatric coverage, and excise taxes.

One of the hopefully very beneficial and impactful stipulations of Obamacare will be that all children should have dental coverage available for them. Right now, there are anywhere from 10 to 15 million children in the country who are without dental coverage and proper treatment.

The benefits to helping that many children with their oral health, preventing major problems before they start, instilling proper dental hygiene habits, and more, is huge. Dental practices may also see a surge of new patients, with so many millions of children perhaps going to the office for the first time, or the first time in a long time.

A potential concern however will be if adults now have to choose between their own dental coverage and treatment, and that of their children's. In tight financial times, this is the type of tough decision which many families may have to make, although we don't know how this will play out exactly as of yet.

Secondly, the 2.3% excise tax which went into effect at the start of 2013 applies to medical equipment. While it's applied on the manufacturer's end, this cost is then likely passed down in most cases to the dentist and his or her own practice.

This is important not only for dentists as they manage their own capital purchases and investments, but also on their patients. Will their increased costs either force them to pass down the costs to the end patient, or instead, discourage them from the purchases of the latest and most advanced and up to date equipment?

It's another issue which is only beginning to be explored, so the answers are unclear at this time.

Feel free to call our office at 410.531.5639 or use our contact form if you have any questions about your dental coverage and the Affordable Care Act, or to schedule an appointment today.

Each and every day is an opportunity to maintain and improve your dental health and hygiene. Big improvements can made in a short period of time when you take action and start following a better routine and regimen for your teeth and your overall dental health.

It's a multi-step program though that includes several important tasks, including one you're almost surely not doing right now -- even if you otherwise consider yourself on top of your dental hygiene!A woman brushing her teeth

1. Brushing - The health of your teeth certainly begins with brushing, although it doesn't end there, as you'll see below. Still, brushing at least twice per day is a crucial element of your dental health, and it shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, it's actually recommended that you brush three times per day. Don't forget to cover all of the surfaces and sides of all of your teeth. Keep in mind that effective, thorough brushing should take between two and three minutes.

2. Flossing - Do you know why most patients hate it when the dentists clean and floss their teeth? It's because they don't regularly floss at home! When flossing is a regular part of your dental routine, pain, bleeding and irritation from the process will be quickly eliminated. Meanwhile, you'll be amazed at how much healthier your teeth and gums will be, and how much hidden plaque and debris you remove from in between your teeth each day.

3. Mouthwash - Most people these days understand how important mouthwash can be for your dental hygiene. Even with thorough brushing and flossing, there are places you simply can't get to, surfaces too small or too far removed, and more. Using a  is a great way to round out your game plan for dental hygiene. It's important to use a product such as Listerine, for instance, as opposed to a mouthwash which is purely "cosmetic" -- meaning it just addresses fresh breath without killing bacteria and germs.

4. Brush Your Tongue - Here's the hidden step that you probably aren't currently doing, even if you regularly practice steps 1-3 above. Brushing your tongue as you brush your teeth will remove trapped bacteria from the surface of your gum, along with other germs, and will also markedly freshen your breath, an added bonus of course. There are also special tongue scrapers you can purchase, and many tooth brushes today come with specially designed surfaces which are effective for tongue brushing.

Brush, floss, mouthwash, and brush your tongue, and you'll be displaying tip-top dental health and hygiene in no time at all.

 

 


Many of our patients have an attitude of "what's the worst that could happen" when it comes to oral health and hygiene. The worst they envision is maybe a cavity or two. However, that's a great misconception, and untreated oral health issues can quickly become serious total health and wellness problems, including life-threatening conditions.

Preventative Dental CareProactive care is the key to maintaining proper health, and this is true for oral hygiene, as well as the rest of your body. If you go to the doctor for routine checkups, why wouldn't you go to your semi-annual dentist appointments for cleanup, care and maintenance?

At Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are firm believers that prevention is the key to success and health. This includes education about potential dangers and conditions, as well as a proper treatment plan, at-home health strategy for maintenance, and more.

For example, sleep apnea is something that millions of Americans are battling, although many others aren't even fully aware of it. The problem can cause a myriad range of negative health effects, and we aren't just talking about snoring. There are dangers of sleep apnea that can be life-threatening, such as high blood pressure, obesity, hormone disruption, and increased risk of strokes or heart attack.

Unfortunately, this is something that I was personally affected by and reminded of recently. One of my best friend's husbands had a stroke, and thankfully, his recovery is expected to be 100%.

However, the stroke likely could have been prevented. He had blood pressure which ranged from 160/100 to 180/120, which falls between moderate and severely high blood pressure. This could have been proactively treated in various ways, including proper oral health, and the elimination of sleep apnea, which he exhibited problems of for years as he routinely would get less than 5 hours of sleep per night.

It's also a reminder to be aware of serious health concerns when you see them, so that swift, emergency treatment can be provided. In the case of strokes, look out for fast face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. It's a time critical issue, and the sooner help arrives, the greater the chance for effective and successful treatment.

But before that emergency occurs, be sure to take every step you can to live a healthy lifestyle. That includes prevention and regular trips to the dentist, to help spot and treat serious oral health issues which can turn into life-threatening conditions.

Make a dental appointment online or by calling us at 410.531.5639 to schedule your proactive, preventative visit.