Dr. Rief Talks About Dentistry As A Career

THE OTHER DAY I WAS IN A REFLECTIVE MOOD, THINKING ABOUT my career in dentistry, and the reasons why I became a dentist with a practice here in Owings MillsI love what I do each day. I know there are lots of people in the world who can’t honestly say that about their job—so, I feel really blessed to be able to say that.


 

Then, I thought about all of YOU, my valued patients, and how much I appreciate the trust you place both in me and in our team.

Finally, I starting thinking about our team. I’m honored to work each day with such talented, great friends.

I know that some of you are in the early stages of choosing your own career paths—OR, you may have children or grandchildren who are making career decisions right now.

If I can ever be of help to you—or to somebody you care about—in answering questions about the varied careers in the dental profession, please let us know.

Some of the things I love most about being a dentist is the mix between science, management, engineering, and artistry. Each day is different, and I love the challenges.

Another thing I really enjoy is the continuing education component of what I do. Technological advances in the dental profession happen every day as techniques, materials used, and procedures become increasingly advanced. The opportunities to learn and improve are endless.

But most of all, the thing I probably like best, is the opportunity to help people and to make a difference in their lives. It may not seem like much, but the personal fulfillment that comes from being a dentist and helping people feel better about their smile and/or oral health is fantastic. Sometimes “feeling better” means “physically” better (if someone is uncomfortable or in pain). Sometimes “feeling better” means“emotionally” better (such as helping someone have the self confidence to smile again).

Thanks again for being friends of our dental practice. And, once again, I extend the invitation to you or someone you care about to visit with me about careers in the dental profession.

In case you’re interested, I’ve attached BOTH a brochure AND a short video below that will help you learn more about careers in dentistry.

(You can click directly on the brochure to read it or download it.)

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10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Beautiful Smile Design With Dr. Joanne Rief


LET’S FACE IT…
 Not all of us are super excited about the way our genetics have made our smiles look. It’s understandable. Add to that the wear and tear that naturally takes place over the years and many of us end up with a less-than-appreciated smile. That’s where cosmetic dentistry here at Crossroads Dental Arts in Owings Millscan make a difference.

Cosmetic dentistry, also referred to as smile design, really includes any procedure that is used to improve the look of your smile. Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and dental implants are a few of the treatments Dr. Rief and her experienced, friendly team provide.

“Smile Design” utilizes the artistic skills and leading-edge techniques and knowledge Dr. Joanne Rief has developed—combined with her eye for aesthetic appeal that creates smiles her patients display with pride. Because Dr. Rief strives for perfection in every service we offer, the cosmetic dentistry options are no different. Your complete satisfaction and confidence with your new smile is our highest priority.

Studies show that one of the easiest, least invasive things you can do to improve your self confidence is invest in your smile. Do you remember ABC’s Extreme Makeover show a few years ago? Many times when makeover recipients were asked, “What is the one thing you did that made the biggest difference in the way you feel about yourself?” they replied “My smile makeover.”

OK…  Few of us can look like the movie stars below, but think of the self confidence you could have if you loved your smile.

Custom-designed cosmetic dentistry procedures are tailored to your needs after an initial consultation with Dr. Rief. Call (410) 363-2121 or eMail us today to learn more about what we can do for you—and that drop-dead gorgeous smile that awaits.

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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When You Have Braces, Clean Your Teeth Special Care

DO YOU HAVE BRACES? Or, does someone you love have braces? Underneath all that metal, your pearly whites are inching you ever closer each day toward an absolutely fantastic smile! Wouldn’t it be a shame, if once your braces came off, you had a bunch of cavities under there!? That would be just awful!

Dr. Rief says, “Don’t let that happen!”

All the gadgetry in your mouth—from the springs and wires to the rubber bands and spacers—can attract food AND plaque. Dr. Rief reminds each of us with braces, “It’s important to brush your teeth properly and to use floss and/or mouthwash per your orthodontist’s recommendations. When plaque is left behind on your teeth, and around your braces, it can cause your gums to swell, your teeth to become discolored, chronic bad breath and even (sometimes) cavities.”

Cleaning Your Braces The Right Way Is A Chore, But It’s Well Worth It

The purpose of today’s post isn’t to go over all the details of caring for teeth with braces. We just want to talk about cleaning them. Your orthodontist has likely told you lots of do’s and don’ts. But here are a couple little reminders… There are foods you should probably just avoid including taffy, caramels, and hard nuts. And don’t chew ice or bubble gum. Be careful with things that are hard to bite like bagels and apples. If you have any questions, contact us!

Millions of people today are wearing braces. If you’re one of them (or your child) be sure to take the time to pay attention to detail. While it requires spending a little more effort before bedtime… In the long run it WILL be worth it.

Take a minute to learn from this video created by the good folks at Howcast:

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Understanding Dental Implants From Dr. Rief

IF YOU’RE LIKE MOST OF OUR VALUED PATIENTS, you may still feel a little unsure of exactly what dental implants are—and why they can be such a wonderful solution for your own tooth loss circumstance. Don’t be embarrassed about that! Dr. Rief understands. Talking about dental implants isn’t exactly common social conversation! Let us help.

Simply stated, dental implants start with small, sturdy titanium posts which function as a “root structure” for a crown, bridge, or denture. Under anesthetic, these small posts are surgically placed in either your upper or lower jaw. After several weeks of healing, these small implants fuse with your bone to produce a strong anchor—supported by your surrounding gum tissue. During the healing time, you’ll wear a temporary crown above the implant. Then, a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture can be securely attached to the small metal post which creates a natural-looking, long-lasting, hassle-free solution—AND a beautiful, confident smile!

 

Here is a short list of benefits:

Enjoy Eating Again! — Dental implants can provide biting force similar to natural teeth because the implant is anchored in the bone.

Save Healthy Neighboring Teeth! — In most cases, adjacent teeth are not altered or harmed in any way.

Easily Maintenance! — Brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth.

A Permanent Solution! — Dental implants can last a lifetime!

Very High Success Rate! — Dental implants are one of the most successful options available for replacing missing teeth. With proper hygiene, clinical research suggests that the success rate is around 95%.

Let Dr. Rief help determine that you’re a good candidate for dental implants. She is extremely qualified and experienced in dental implant procedures.

Thank you for the trust you place in our practice. Make an appointment to visit with us! We look forward to helping your achieve a beautiful, functional, confident smile.

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video credit: Dental Implants Guide

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Some Thoughts About Dental Emergencies

AT CROSSROADS DENTAL ARTS, WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your oral health. Unfortunately, no matter how careful all of us are, or how much we try, sometimes life hands us emergencies. It’s a fact. So we just wanted to touch on dental emergencies for a minute…

Although it may seem like a minor thing to you, a dental injury to your teeth or gums should not be ignored as it can be potentially serious—with risks of more permanent damage, OR more extensive (and expensive) repair down the road.

Here are some thoughts from Dr. Rief and her team:

Toothache?

Rinse with warm water and be sure nothing is lodged. Apply an ice pack if needed to reduce the swelling, and call us as soon as possible. We probably need to take a look.

Lose A Filling?

Believe it or not, as a temporary measure until you can get in here to see us, you can stick a piece of sugarless chewing gum into the hole. Then, call us!

Lost A Crown?

Come in as soon as possible and be sure to bring the crown. In the meantime, slip the crown back in if you can, or use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area.

Chipped & Broken Tooth?

Although it may sound sorta gross, save the pieces of the tooth if you can. Apply gauze pressure if you’re bleeding. See us as soon as you can.

A Tooth Knocked Out?

“Time is of the essence” in trying to save a tooth. (watch the video below)

A Dislodged Tooth?

Apply a cold compress to help if there’s pain. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. Call us, and get in here to see us right away.

Something Caught Between Your Teeth?

Gently try dental floss first, and never use a sharp object. If you can’t dislodge it, call us right away.

Broken Brace Wire?

If the wire sticks out and is poking you (ouch), try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a comfortable position. If you can’t do that, cover it with orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze until you can see us or your orthodontist. Don’t try to cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or (worse) breathing it in.
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Hey, be careful out there! And wear a mouthguard to help prevent an injury! We want to help you keep ALL of your teeth—FOR LIFE!


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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Smiles Are A Work Of Art


Answer: The Principle of Divine Proportion

THOUGH IT MAY SEEM ODD, HIGHLY SKILLED COSMETIC DENTISTS LIKE DR. RIEF often use Leonardo da Vinci’s “Principle of Divine Proportion” when designing gorgeous new smiles!

When designing something as important as a smile, many factors have to be taken into account besides the natural truisms of our teeth, including the patient’s lifestyle, age, and physical characteristics.

Much like a fine oil painter working on a canvas, Dr. Rief turns her artistic inspiration and experience and into unforgettable smiles. Sometimes, veneers are considered to widen your teeth and broaden your smile, while others require procedural and design techniques that include tooth lengthening or shortening. Crowns can bring subtle, yet totally different dimensions to a patient’s facial proportions. You won’t believe the huge difference even the smallest adjustments can make. It’s a fusion of art and science.

Just for kicks, take a few minutes, look into a mirror and ask yourself the following questions:

> Can I draw a line vertically from my pupil to a corner of my mouth?
> Does the lower third of my face divide into thirds (from nose to chin)?
> Does my face divide into thirds horizontally?
> Does my face divide into fifths vertically (5 times the width of one eye)?

You’ll be surprised to see mother nature’s “divine” and intricate connections to artistic principles.

Dr. Rief adds, “Cosmetic dental procedures to improve your smile are absolutely worth the investment. There are few things more fulfilling for me, and our team, than witnessing the life-changing transformations that smile makeovers can create.”

Have you ever wondered how your life would change with a truly beautiful smile? What would a new smile do to your self-confidence? How would that increased self confidence affect your relationships or career? Come in and visit with us! You’ll wonder why you ever waited so long.

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We look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

 

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Lifelong Care For Your Teeth

PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE AND MAINTENANCE ON YOUR on your teeth and gums is important for several reasons. First, devoting small amounts of attention to your teeth and gums will help you keep your smile glowing for the rest of your life. We want you to be proud of what the world sees when they look at you, but it’s also about your health and the way you feel.

Daily care of your teeth, with proper brushing and flossing techniques dramatically reduce your risk of gum disease. However, we understand that certain things can’t be helped, such as accidentally losing a filling when you bite into an apple. At times like these, Dr. Rief will be right there to help!

We know we’ve said it a million times—Be sure to schedule you’re regular dental checkups! However, there’s a lot more to it than just a free toothbrush. Studies have been continuing to link your oral health to your overall health, making a visit to Dr. Rief just as important as a visit to your family physician.

It’s well-known that diseases like gingivitis and oral cancer manifest themselves in your mouth, but there are actually a ton of other diseases that can be detected through your mouth as well! Visiting Dr. Rief regularly can help us catch these before they get out of hand! You may not even realize something’s wrong.

Here at Crossroads Dental Arts, we stare into mouths every day, so we’ll know if something is amiss. Be sure to keep those regularly scheduled visits so we can check in on you! We want to help keep you healthy.

Whoopie’s right. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can kill you. In case you missed her appearance on The View, you can see Whoopie talk about her experience with gum disease and tooth loss below:

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Problems with TMJ? Dr. Rief Can Help

DO YOU EXPERIENCE  PAIN IN YOUR FACE OR JAW? If so, is it occasional or constant? Don’t let yourself suffer—we can help! Dr. Rief and her team use principles of “neuromuscular dentistry” to improve your oral health and physical condition. In traditional dentistry, doctors are primarily concerned with your teeth, bones and joints. Neuromuscular dentistry, on the other hand, involves focused consideration of the muscles and nerves in and around your jaw attempts to correctly position your jaw to improve your overall oral health.

Because this approach is more inclusive, it can help resolve painful conditions such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome), also referred to as MPD (myofascial pain dysfunction) or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). This solution alsoprovides longer lasting solutions and increased comfort in regards to other dental needs such as smile makeovers and dentures.

Your teeth, muscles, nerves, and joints all combine forces to ensure that your jaw is properly functioned and aligned. TMJ and other serious dental problems can develop when any part of this delicate equation isn’t doing its job correctly.

 

The hard and soft tissues in our jaw have a complex relationship, and Dr. Rief works to make sure that relationship is in complete harmony. When your jaw is misaligned it can lead to many physiological problems including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • etc . . .

TMJ is affecting millions of people everyday. Through neuromuscular dentistry, modern technologies and strategies are utilized to precisely determine the proper positioning of the jaw and place it in an optimal position, ultimately relieving the symptoms associated with TMJ.

If you think you have TMJ, make an appointment to talk about the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry with Dr. Rief. Let us help get rid of that unnecessary pain!

As always, thank you for being a valued patient and friend. We don’t forget who keeps us in business.

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Snow, Romance… And Your Teeth!

FOR A SHORT TIME LAST FEBRUARY, there was snow on the ground in all fifty states—possibly the first time that has happened in the U.S. since weather statistics have been recorded!

So even though people in the Northeast were trapped inside for days and weeks, everyone in the country was affected somewhat by this unusual weather. So why bring it up now? Dr. Rief explains…

It seems that the snowy winter of 2010 has caused birth rates to rise this fall.

Why? Hmmm… Let’s see if you can figure that out! And with all the excitement in the air, we have been getting this question asked a little more than usual, “Is it safe to have dental treatment during pregnancy?”

A recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association has shown that routine dental treatment, including the use of dental anesthetics, is totally safe during pregnancy. So don’t put off having your dental visits and cleanings taken care of due to the fact that you’re brushing for two. Make your appointment now.

But here’s something really amazing.

Another recent study, reported in The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, reports that women who are free from gum disease have a much lower chance of having premature and low birth weight babies.

The irony of this is that the hormonal changes which occur during pregnancy actually can heighten the chances of gum disease. So not only is it safe to maintain an excellent regimen of brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist when you’re expecting, it can actually contribute to the health of your baby!

At Crossroads Dental Arts, our goal is to keep every single one of our patients in excellent dental health, including having beautiful gums which are free from bleeding and inflammation. If you have any questions or are overdue for your routine dental appointment, please call (410) 363-2121 right away so that we can get you taken care of as soon as possible!

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Dr. Rief Talks About Links Between Gum Disease & Heart Disease

IF YOU’RE LIKE OUR OTHER PATIENTS HERE AT CROSSROADS DENTAL ARTS,you likely want to take the very best care of your heart, right? Of course you do! Did you know that your lowly toothbrush could rank right up there with your gym membership in keeping your heart healthy? It’s true! According to Dr. Rief“There are a number of recent studies that suggest gum disease—and perhaps other oral health issues—may be DIRECTLY related to problems with your heart.”

A recent AAP (American Academy of Periodontology) study reported that people who have periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to also have heart disease. Another study found that common oral health problems, including cavities, missing teeth, gingivitis, etc. may be as good at predicting heart disease as are bad cholesterol levels! Now that’s surprising!

There is certainly a LOT MORE research to be done about these connections, but the evidence seems to be mounting all the time. Dr. Rief adds, “We know bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream through your gums. These same bacteria have been found clumped in artery plaques. A theory that’s gaining more acceptance is that they stick to the fatty plaques in your bloodstream, which may directly contribute to blockages.”

There are other theories that revolve around your body’s defenses against bacteria, including the natural response of inflammation. Oral bacteria traveling through your bloodstream can cause blood cells to swell, which can lead to artery narrowing and clot risks.


These EXACT relationships between cardiovascular and periodontal disease are still unclear, but research continues to conclude that there’s definitely a connection. Now DON’T ignore all of the other things you can do to keep your heart healthy, while just focusing on brushing! Keep eating healthy foods, exercise regularly, and take care of risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

And, when it’s SO EASY to clear up any periodontal disease problems WITH DR. RIEF AND HER ENTIRE TEAM’S HELP Be sure to do that too! It makes good common sense! And don’t forget that PREVENTION goes a long way in preventing problems in the future.

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
URL of Map