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The WaterPik is Back!

July 21, 2020

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Waterpik Water flosser kit

WaterPiks were all the rage after their introduction in the mid 1960s, and when they became a little more affordable in the 1980s and 90s, it seemed like just about everyone bought one to try out. These days, you’re less likely to see a WaterPik or other water flossers in people’s homes, but new research indicates that oral irrigation (water flossing) may be the best way to maintain oral health for those who replace one or more missing teeth with dental implant supported restorations, which is bringing the WaterPik back in vogue. Keep reading to learn more about WaterPiks and other water flossing tools and how using a WaterPik can improve your oral health.


Vaping & Oral Health

July 11, 2020

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Dental hygienist discussing oral health impact of vaping with dental patient

In the early days of vaping, this habit was promoted as a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco. Today, we know that vaping is NOT safe! Vaping may be just as bad for people or even more dangerous. Electronic cigarettes are as addictive as regular cigarettes and many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine from vaping than from tobacco. Vaping products may contain fewer toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes, but there have been many lung injuries and deaths associated with vaping.


How We’re Prioritizing Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 17, 2020

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Since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the McCarl Dental Group has met or exceeded every safety recommendation from the Maryland Department of Health, American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We know this is not the first time you’re hearing about this from our team, and it probably won’t be the last. It’s very important to us to make sure our patients know that their health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. Now that non-emergency patients are back in the dental office, there will be larger numbers of people in and out of the practice, so we will continue to adjust our safety protocols to protect our patients, employees, and the Millersville Community. To learn more about the most recent changes in our COVID-19 safety protocols, watch the video from Dr. Jay McCarl or continue reading this blog.


Why did We Update Our Pre-Rinse During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

June 7, 2020

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Dental team member wearing personal protective equipment

If you’re one of the many longtime patients of the McCarl Dental Group, you’re likely already familiar with our use of pre-rinses to reduce oral bacteria before we start dental treatments or preventive dentistry appointments. However, before the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, few of our patients knew that this rinse was doing more than just freshening their breath. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of talk about the use of pre-rinses to combat the spread of this virus during dental treatments. It seems like there are just as many supporters of pre-rinsing as there are opponents, and we know that all the misinformation and conflicting data can be confusing for our patients. We want to make sure that our patients understand why we’re continuing to use pre-rinses and why we switched to a product that actually exceeds the pre-rinse recommendations of the American Dental Association  (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We’ve taken some time to discuss the benefits of pre-rinses in this blog.


Your Dentist Takes Extra Precautions to Minimize COVID-19 Risks

May 26, 2020

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Sign describing coronavirus dental appointment procedures

Why are they taking my temperature at the dentist’s office? Why can’t I bring my gloves inside? Why do I have to wear a mask? You don’t feel sick, so why do you have to take so many extra precautions? It may seem silly, but these steps play a big role in keeping you and our community safe during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Keep reading to learn a little more about the steps our dentists are taking to protect your health and safety as we welcome patients back into the dental office to see us.


How is Social Distancing Possible at the Dental Office?

May 6, 2020

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Entrance of McCarl Dental Group in Millersville with social distancing instructions on sign

Just when we all got used to our “new normal” during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, everything is changing again. We’re thrilled to be able to open the doors of the McCarl Dental Group office in Millersville, but we know that many of our patients are feeling a little worried about their safety during dental appointments, trips to the grocery store, and other everyday tasks we used to take for granted. During this uncertain time, social distancing is one of the main ways you can prevent exposure to COVID-19, but how can you maintain a 6-foot distance from others when you’re visiting the dentist? We’ve come up with great ways to keep you safe and practice social distancing in our Millersville dental office. Read this blog to find out about them!


Top 10 Tips for Sanitizing Your Toothbrush

April 25, 2020

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Philips Sonicare toothbrush system

Brushing your teeth is important, but if you’re not keeping your toothbrush clean, you may be introducing new bacteria, germs, fungus, and mold into your mouth. In this blog, we explain why it’s so important to keep your toothbrush sanitized and provide tips to decontaminate your toothbrush.


Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy Until the Dental Office Reopens

April 5, 2020

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Young boy flossing teeth

If you’re one of our dedicated dental patients who come to see us in our Millersville dental office every six months like clockwork, you know how passionate our dentists are about helping patients keep their smiles healthy with preventive dentistry services. We can’t wait to see you in our dental office for regular preventive dental checkups and teeth cleanings, but to protect our communities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we are currently limiting dental care to only emergency patients. Read our blog to learn a little more about our response during the COVID-19 pandemic and get some tips to keep your mouth healthy until we see you again.


Celebrate National Nutrition Month with a Healthier Smile

March 17, 2020

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We’ve all heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” While many of the idioms we hear from our parents aren’t necessarily supported by science, this one is basically true. The nutrients derived from the foods and drinks we consume each day help us to repair and replace healthy cells, leading to improved health and wellbeing. Your oral health is also impacted by nutrition. In addition to good at-home oral hygiene and regular preventive dentistry visits, eating certain foods can help keep your teeth stronger and healthier as well as benefitting your overall wellness. To celebrate National Nutrition Month, we’re taking some time to discuss better eating habits for healthy smiles.


How Does Gum Disease Impact Heart Health?

February 2, 2020

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Doctor holding up a red heart

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health concerns, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults over the age of 35. While many people know that gum disease can dramatically impact oral health, they aren’t always aware that periodontal disease is also linked to a number of whole body health concerns like heart disease. February is Heart Disease Awareness Month and Gum Disease Awareness Month, so there’s no time like the present to explore the ways that poor oral health can increase risk for cardiovascular disease.

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