This Halloween Share Your Treats with Our Troops!

This Halloween donate some of that extra Halloween candy to our troops! 

Fusion Dental-Reston is joining the program “Treats for Troops.”  Treats for Troops collects all that uneaten Halloween candy that our kids (and we!) have left over after October 31st – and distributes it worldwide to U.S. military troops.  

It’s easy.  Just bring us your unopened Halloween candy between November 1st and November 9th  to our office at 11503 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston, Virginia. We will match your candy with toothbrushes and toothpaste to send to the troops as well.  Feel free to write a letter, or card, and enclose a photo or two. Our troops are always looking for news from home to brighten their day and make them feel like they are not forgotten.

Pediatric dentists Dr. Averne and Dr. Fernandes are joining me and Patient Scheduling Manager Willette Boyette in coordinating the Treats for Troops program, and any of us can provide more details or answer any questions.  

On behalf of Fusion Dental – Reston, thank you for remembering our troops this Halloween through Treats for Troops!  Have a safe and happy Halloween! 

Fusion Dental Opens New Laurel Office

I’m very excited to announce the grand opening of the new Fusion Dental office in Laurel, Maryland! This is the fifth location in Maryland for our practice, in addition to offices in Bethesda, Columbia/Clarksburg, Eldersburg/Sykesville, and Waldorf – along with our two Northern Virginia offices, in Ashburn and Reston.

Our Laurel office, located at 14722 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 103, has state-of-the-art facilities, and a welcoming setting and layout designed to provide a superior and comfortable experience for you and your family. We’re opening this additional office in Northern Prince George’s County to continue providing dental services to Maryland patients in convenient locations.  

Our general dentist Dr. Michael Brown is looking forward to providing you a wide range of dental services in the Laurel office, including: 

  • General Dentistry
  • Dentistry for Children and Adolescents
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Implants

Our new Laurel office offers extended hours Monday through Friday and will be open one Saturday a month to meet your family’s needs. Fusion Dental is a network provider with numerous dental insurance programs, and we’ll gladly assist you with filing claims with other insurance carriers.  

Please check our webpage for more information about Fusion Dental-Laurel. Feel free to call us at 240-607-8515, and we’ll be happy to assist you with any of your questions.

We look forward to seeing you in Laurel soon! 

Your Mouth Says a Lot about Your General Health

You may be reading more and more in the news about the connection between oral health and overall health. That’s because scientists continue to discover concrete evidence of the link between the two.

According to the Mayo Clinic, oral health can offer clues about your overall health. They say that studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with severe gum disease might play a role in some diseases. In addition, the Mayo Clinic maintains that certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe. 

Research has also found an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. Evidently, the mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both gum disease and RA is similar.

Chronic inflammation from gum disease has also been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems like heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes.

Additionally, adults with gingivitis performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths, according to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Those with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly on two tests that measured skills used in everyday life; delayed verbal recall and subtraction.

Good oral hygiene, visiting your dentist on a regular basis, and eating a balanced diet will reduce your risks of gum disease – and improve your overall health and well-being!