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Susan Pearson, DDS
1131 University Blvd. West, Ste 103
Silver Spring, MD 20902
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Posts for: January, 2015

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 27, 2015
Tags: TMJ  

Each time you talk, eat or yawn, you are utilizing your temporomandibular joint. This hinge joint is responsible for many important functions, yet can also be a source of pain and discomfort in those who experience temporomandibular disorders (TMD) -- or the TMJcondition is often called TMJ in reference to the troublesome joint.

We see many TMD sufferers at out Silver Springs dentist office who experience symptoms such as pain at the joint, a feeling of the joint locking in place, clicking when you open and close your mouth or facial swelling. If you experience these symptoms, we can help.

TMJ or TMD treatments can vary based on the severity of your symptoms. For example, many patients can resolve their symptoms with at-home treatments. These can include refraining from eating tough or chewy foods, applying ice packs to your swelling jaws and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

If these are not effective in helping you find relieve from TMJ pain, Dr. Pearson can create a customized mouthpiece for you. This mouthpiece is designed to prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth -- two common causes associated with TMJ pain. Because the mouthpiece is specifically designed for your teeth, it will not slip or slide out of place as you sleep at night and can be worn comfortably. We can also show you physical therapy exercises that are designed to stretch and strengthen tight or uncomfortable jaw muscles.

The good news is, most TMJ sufferers can find relief from their pain without the need for invasive procedures. While options such as injections or surgery are available, the condition is frequently relieved through customized treatments to address what is causing your pain in the first place.

If you experience TMJ pain, please call our Silver Springs dentist’s office at (301) 649-2203. We can listen and evaluate your unique health conditions to help you feel better.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cleanings  

People looking to whiten their teeth generally have two options: Take the do-it-yourself approach or seek professional treatment through their dentist offices. Over-the-counter whitening kits are fairly inexpensive and easy to use, which is what makes them so popular, but in-office whitening treatments offer several advantages for people seeking a brighter smile, as well.

Nearly all adults (99.7%) think a white smile is important to their social lives, and 74% think discolored teeth can hurt career ambitions, according to a survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The good news is both in-office and over-the-counter teeth-whitening solutions will help you achieve that whiter smile you desire. They employ similar processes, but you should be aware of the differences before deciding what treatment you'd like to pursue. The experts at the dental office of Dr. Susan Pearson in Silver Spring, MD, can answer any questions about professional or in-home teeth-whitening solutions.


It's nice to have the option of whitening your teeth at home, while washing the dishes or watching TV, which is one of the most attractive aspects of over-the-counter whitening treatments. Such products include whitening agents you paint onto your teeth, whitening strips, bleach trays and whitening toothpaste.

Visiting the dentist may not be as easy as whitening your teeth from the comfort of your own home, but it's still a simple process to schedule and undergo.


Professional whitening services provide the most long-lasting and drastic improvements, because dentists can deliver the treatment with precision and expertise required to achieve the maximum results. Over-the-counter treatments can help you whiten your teeth by several shades, as well, in a convenient, low-cost way.


Some tooth-whitening agents, like those found in tooth-whitening toothpaste, can increase tooth sensitivity and even wear down tooth enamel.

Dentist-supervised whitening allows adjustments to accommodate the most sensitive of teeth, as well as make adjustments to a variety of treatments to ensure comfort. Professional whitening allows you to receive custom-fit trays and deliver the whitening agents in a way that will not irritate your gums or other parts of your mouth.

Finding the best way to improve your smile is a conversation you should have with your dentist, no matter the route you choose. For more information on professional teeth whitening services in the Silver Spring, MD, area,, call Dr. Susan Pearson's office at (301) 649-2203.












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