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At   StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville, MD dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

“I have been a patient of Dr. Seifi since 1996 and I have never had a dentist before that I don't mind having an appointment with. Before I looked at going to the dentist as a necessary evil. I no longer have to look at a dentist visit in that way. She has always been absolutely honest and professional with me on the health of my mouth and genuinely cares about her patients. Her staff is professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Overall this is a fantastic dentist and fantastic dental office.”   ~ W.P., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 28 Feb, 2017

If a tooth goes bad, you expect to maybe get a toothache. If a gum is swollen, maybe you swish your mouth with salt water and hope it gets better. What you may not realize is that dental issues like swollen gums or toothaches could be the start of a much more serious illness – including some illnesses that could cost you your life. Let’s look at the connection between dental health and your overall health.

The relationship between your dental condition and overall health runs in two directions. Dental issues may open the door to more serious health problems – and conversely, serious health problems can affect the health of your mouth, resulting in dental problems. That’s why it’s important for your dentist to be involved in your healthcare. Your   dentist   will know when to refer you to a medical doctor or specialist to rule out any serious health conditions or bring them under treatment. Without that referral, you might be developing a life-threatening health problem you know nothing about.

Health Problems Your Dentist May be Able to Detect

Through regular dental exams, your   dentist   can detect these signs and refer you for care:

  • Acid reflux disease which can result in stomach acids attacking your teeth – most often your bottom teeth. Your dentist can find erosion in these teeth early and inform you so you can take action to treat acid reflux.
  • Periodontal disease (an inflammatory disease of gums and structures supporting the teeth) can change the body’s metabolism which can contribute to pre-diabetes and, eventually, diabetes.
  • Raised bumps or recurring canker sores on your gums that could indicate Crohn’s disease.
  • Poor oral or dental care or chronic inflammation in the mouth which can contribute to mouth cancers.
  • Bacteria from infections in the mouth which can slow the growth of a fetus, resulting in low birth weight and lower survival rates.

Other Health Problems Related to Dental Issues

Here’s some of the other relationships between dental health and overall health that research has revealed:

  • Missing teeth or missing bone around a tooth has been associated with a greater risk of having a stroke.
  • Diseases like diabetes or chronic stress conditions can make oral tissues more susceptible to infection.
  • Regular dental care by those already suffering from diabetes was found to be associated with a lower number of diabetes-related hospital visits.
  • Periodontal disease showing up in a person who takes good care of their teeth could be a sign of heart disease and a higher risk of heart attack.
  • Swelling and pain in the jaw can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis because early involvement of the temporomandibular joint (where the jawbone fits into the skull near the ear) is common.
  • Hundreds of medications that a person might be taking for a health condition cause dry mouth as a side effect and this affects the health of one’s mouth and teeth. To find out if a drug you are taking could be affecting the saliva your body produces, visit this page: .
  • Your dentist can also spot slight discoloration of tissues around your tongue or in the back of your throat that can be signs of oral cancer.

We hope you get the picture that your dentist is an important person to have on   your team   for your overall health! Please make sure you maintain a regular schedule of hygiene and exam visits and follow your dentist’s recommendations. We invite you to visit us for any of your oral hygiene needs. Please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070 .

By StarBrite Dental 16 Feb, 2017

At   StarBrite Dental, the Office of Dr. Maryam Seifi, we very much value when our patients take the time to write about their personal experience in our Rockville, MD dentist office.

Actual Patient Review

"My Smile Looks Amazing!"

“I started Invisalign because my teeth were chipping due to how crowded they were and the way my bite came together. My lower right tooth was cracking more and more from the stress, which meant I would need a crown. I also had several other things going on with my teeth and jaw which I hadn’t put together as having anything to do with my teeth crowding or my bite. For instance, I had signs of gum disease developing. Also, I would also grind my teeth at night and wake up with jaw aches and I used to get regular migraine headaches. My jaw was tight and hurt, and sometimes I couldn’t open my mouth without severe pain.

After Invisalign, my gums are now perfect and healthy and I haven’t had a migraine headache in over a year—a major plus I was not expecting. My jaw pain and tightness ceased almost immediately and I have not had any issues since starting Invisalign.

And the results are just awesome. Along with all the above health benefits, my smile actually looks amazing! Thank you, Doctor
Seifi! I see all the miracles you produce every day and am so glad I have had the benefit of being one of them.”   ~ K., Rockville, MD

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or simply need to schedule an appointment for a routine exam or cleaning, please give the office a call at   (301) 770-1070.

By StarBrite Dental 15 Feb, 2017

Now more than ever, people seem to be concerned with the appearance of their teeth. Perhaps it’s because first impressions are made largely based on one’s smile, per recent studies. That may be why people suffering from crooked teeth tend to hide their smiles. But crooked teeth do more than cause one embarrassment. They pose health risks including gum disease, broken teeth and chronic pain. If you have crooked teeth, don’t be discouraged—you can have beautifully straight teeth and better oral health with Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a tooth-straightening procedure which uses custom alignment trays to cover the teeth. These trays, made of clear plastic, gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment. Because they are invisible, people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. And, unlike metal braces, you can eat whatever you like. When treatment is complete, you’ll have the gorgeous smile you’ve been dreaming of.

How Invisalign Works

Where to begin? Here are the four steps to a brand new smile:

  1. Free Consultation: Come in for a free consultation with Dr. Seifi to discuss any concerns about your teeth and how you want them to look. Dr. Seifi is well-known for her outstanding work in cosmetic dentistry and has utilized Invisalign to help hundreds of patients. She’ll listen closely to your needs and tell you honestly what Invisalign can do for you.
  2. Treatment Plan: Once you get started, Dr. Seifi will use imaging technology to create a virtual representation of how your teeth will look during treatment and the amazing final result. She’ll also let you
    know how long the treatment will be.
  3. Invisalign Aligners: Based on your treatment plan, a series of customized clear aligners will be created for you. Just wear the aligners through the day and remove them to eat and clean your teeth. You’ll change to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks. As time goes on, you’ll notice your teeth gradually shifting into their properplace.
  4. Smile! Treatment is done and it’s time to celebrate your gorgeous new smile.

You can have the smile of your dreams with  Invisalign . Call  (301) 770-1070  to schedule your free consultation today.

By StarBrite Dental 09 Feb, 2017

A common complaint from patients is that they are unhappy with their smiles. Very often, it’s because their teeth are misaligned or crooked, which makes the patient self-conscious. Unfortunately, crooked teeth are more than a cosmetic issue; they actually create health problems—one of the most serious being gum disease.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection which harms the gums, erodes the jawbone, causes tooth loss and can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other illness. People with crooked teeth are at a higher risk of gum disease because the teeth are very difficult to properly clean. As a result, bacteria can grow freely and gum disease sets in. Misaligned teeth also put undue strain on the mouth and jaw which can cause head or jaw pain. Additionally, excessive pressure can may cause teeth to chip, break or wear down.

There is no reason to suffer with misaligned, crooked or overcrowded teeth. Invisalign invisible braces give you the beautifully straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without the downside of traditional braces. I've delivered Invisalign to hundreds of patients and get fantastic results. I invite you to see me and discuss how Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Call  (301) 770-1070  today.

Maryam Seifi
Dr. Maryam Seifi, DDS

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