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.

If you have any questions, be sure to askWe love visiting with you—our friends and patients.

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We look forward to the next time we see you. Thanks.

 

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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 Our Version Of Midnight Madness!

YOU’VE HEARD OF MIDNIGHT MADNESS IN SHOPPING MALLS, RIGHT? Well, we’re bringing “Dental” Midnight Madness to Crossroads Dental Arts! Why? To better accommodate you—our valued patients and friends!

We know that sometimes it isn’t easy to conform to a “regular” schedule. Perhaps you work late each day and it is difficult for you to make your dental appointments during typical business hours.

On Wednesday evening, December 15th, we extended our hours into the evening to help many of our patients with their busy holiday schedules.

 

The event was so successful that we’re considering doing this more often! So let us know what you think. Would this be helpful for you?


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As always, thanks again for the trust you place in our dental practice.

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Straight Teeth Without All The Metal

WHAT IF, ONE DAY, YOU DISCOVERED A GENIE IN A BOTTLE, willing to grant you three wishes. Would one of your valuable wishes be for metal braces?Absurd! Nobody wants braces—we just suffer through them to have beautiful, straight teeth! A real wish that you may consider would be for magically straight teeth.

What if Dr. Rief told you about a way to straighten your teeth without braces? No magic genie? Let’s go with the next best thing—Invisalign.

Invisalign is the “magic way” to straighten your teeth without bulky metal braces.

We use a series of clear trays that Dr. Rief custom designs for your unique mouth. The best thing about this process is that you can take them out for meals, to brush and floss, and for those special occasions. The added bonus is that when you AREwearing them they’re nearly invisible.


With Invisalign, the process is simple and efficient. If you want to know more about this procedure, or even if you just have questions about Invisalign, feel free to contact us and set up a time to come in and visit with Dr. Rief or a member of her team. And don’t forget to LIKE of our Facebook microsite! It’s a great way to stay in touch with us—or, send us a message on Twitter—whatever works best for you.

We look forward to visiting with you about OUR genie, Invisalign. 

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Simple Basics About Dental Implants From Dr. Rief

FROM COMMON THINGS LIKE WEAR AND TEAR, TO TRAUMA OR DISEASE,there are lots of adults who have experienced permanent tooth loss. Are you one of them?Regardless of the level of loss, discomfort and/or a lack of confidence are so often the most common results. Of course, permanent tooth loss is something Dr. Rief and her team are always do their very best to PREVENT. However, sometimes it just isn’t possible. The good news is that today there are beautiful and highly functional solutions.

Implant dentistry is not new, although from its origins in the 50’s it’s come a long way. Initial discoveries came when scientists learned how bones can fuse with titanium, making natural bone support possible. Today, Dr. Joanne Block Rief uses this original discovery to copy the root and tooth system that your mouth naturally has.

Implants are first placed within the gum line—then, they’re usually given 3–6 months healing time to ensure complete and proper fusion to your jawbone structure. After the implants heal, the custom crown, bridge, or dentures can be placed. This type of placement solution (unlike traditional dentures or bridges) is much stronger and longer lasting, giving you the confident smile you desire.

As with most dental procedures, dental implants begin with a consultation with Dr. Rief to help with any questions and allow her the chance to create a custom-tailored plan that best meets your needs.

Here is a simple illustration of how dental implants work:

To learn more about how implant dentistry corrects and enhances smiles, schedule an appointment to visit with us.

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Like Us On Facebook

DO YOU GET TIRED OF BUSINESSES SCREAMING, “HEY!!! WE’RE ON FACEBOOK!” when it doesn’t really mean anything FOR YOU!?

So are we. It just seems goofy. Lots of businesses have “jumped on the bandwagon” because they think they’re “supposed” to be on Facebook. They really don’t think it through from YOUR point of view.

Refreshingly, we HAVE thought it through from YOUR point of view…

Here are three direct benefits of “Liking” our Facebook page:

1. Content That’s Relevant

We provide short, concise information and wall posts about your (and/or your family’s) comfort, health, and appearance—things you’ll actually use and find interesting. Meaningful content at your fingertips without having to search.

2. Take Advantage Of Exclusive Offers

By Liking our page, you’ll take advantage of promotions, offers, drawings and contests that are ONLY available to our Facebook fans.

3. Being Part Of Our Practice Culture Is Easy And Fun

Fun? A dental practice… fun? YES! What’s cool about connecting with us on Facebook is that it’s honest, transparent, and spontaneous. The best way to BE ASSURED you’re with the right dentist is by getting to know us in this untraditional, and “un-staged” way. Indeed, it’s unexpected and fun! The fact is, we all prefer associating with people we ENJOY being around. It’s just human nature. YOU’LL get to know our practice culture better, and WE’LL get to know YOU better too.

So take a moment right now to “Like” our page by clicking on the Facebook icon below:

And again, THANKS for being our valued patients and friends.

 

 

 

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Follow Us On Twitter

OK… If you’re already a Twitter user, you get it… So, just follow us!

If you’re NOT using Twitter yet, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Twitter, and why should I care?!”

We understand, and here’s a quick course:

Twitter Is A Real-Time Information Network…

that connects you with information you find interesting. Small bursts of information (140 characters in length) called Tweets share a lot in a little space. Connected to each Tweet are linked rich details, deeper context, and embedded media.

You Don’t Have To Tweet To Get Value From Twitter

Whether YOU CHOOSE to tweet a lot, OR NEVER, you still have access to the voices and information that interests you. You can contribute, or just listen in and retrieve.

Why Follow Our Dental Practice On Twitter?

You may be asking yourself, “Why use Twitter at all, when there are already so many other distractions in my life?” Good question. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn from little tiny snippets. Life is busy. Sometimes there’s no time to sit down and read a newspaper article, magazine story, or lengthy blog post. You may be sitting, waiting for somebody, and have a couple minutes. Our Twitter stream provides meaningful info and/or links to things you can consume and benefit from in a minute or two.

Whether or not you are already a Twitter user, you can click on the icon below to see our Twitter feed. Then, you can decide if you’d like to sign up for your own Twitter account:

As your lifelong oral health partner, we want to be accessible to you in as many ways as possible, and to connect with you in whatever ways are BEST FOR YOU! As always, thanks for being our valued patient.

 

 

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Watch Us On Youtube

What Comes To Your Mind When You Think About YouTube?

If you’re like most people, the first thing you probably think is, “The place for funny, viral videos.” But did you know that YouTube is now the #2 search engine on the web? That’s right. People love watching videos—not just for entertainment, but also to better digest the information they’re looking for.

On our practice’s YouTube channel, we try to create, and/or aggregate, some of the very best thinking in dentistry today. We do that so you can reference a hub of useful, relevant information about your oral health, your dental comfort, and your appearance.

And sometimes, we just like to have a little fun too.

So take a moment to browse the videos on our YouTube channel. We go out and collect a lot of the best thinking on the web so you don’t have to spend hours searching, or wondering about the credibility of what you’re watching.

You can see our channel by clicking on the link below:

And as always, THANKS for the trust you place in our dental practice, and for being our valued patient.

 

 

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
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Review Us On Yelp

Do You Use Yelp? If Not, Are You Wondering What It Is? We Can Help…

Yelp is an online city guide that helps people find cool businesses to support based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the know. Yelp is a fun, free, easy way for people to find, review and talk about what’s great.

If you love our dental practice, would you consider doing us a favor and writing a short review about us? We really appreciate it when patients are willing to take a moment out of their busy lives to help our practice grow through word-of-mouth.

If you’re considering becoming one of our valued patients, be sure to check out our Yelp reviews by clicking on the icon below:

Thanks, in advance, for submitting your own review of our dental practice!

 

 

 

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Crossroads Dental Arts

10 Crossroads Dr #203
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Phone: (410) 363-2121
URL of Map