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Mar 16

Let’s say you have a dental emergency. Do you go to the hospital or to Pearl Dental Care? Where you go for treatment will depend on the type of emergency and where the problem area is. Accidents such as jaw fractures, major lacerations to the face, trouble breathing or swallowing, or jaw dislocation require immediate […]

Jan 19

A crown is a commonly used dental term that patients may not actually understand the meaning of. A crown, also known as a “cap”, is technically a prosthesis for a natural tooth. Crowns are generally indicated when a tooth is weak and needs protection. After endodontic therapy (root canal) is performed, a crown is usually […]

Dec 20

Bruxism is the grinding of teeth and/or clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is considered a parafunctional habit because it is not a normal healthy function. Prevalence of bruxism has been estimated to be up to 30% of the population. Some of the consequences of bruxism include excessive wear of teeth, sensitivity of teeth, damage to […]

Aug 14

A recent CBS online article highlighted 8 tips for a healthy transition back to school. One of the tips was to get a dental check-up. “According to the CDC, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions among children and results in a staggering number of missed school days. Good oral hygiene is […]

Apr 23

In its list of 10 symptoms of overstress, Prevention Magazine (4/22) reports that a sore mouth or jaw, and bleeding gums may be two such symptoms. A sore jaw can be a sign of teeth grinding. A custom made night guard can protect teeth and prevent headaches. In addition, high stress is related to increased cortisol […]

Nov 04

A new survey from Delta Dental shows that about 43% of pregnant women in the US aren’t visiting the dentist. Pregnant women should visit the dentist for routine examinations, cleanings, and for any pain or changes in the mouth. Hormone changes during pregnancy can result in swollen or painful gums that can bleed. Special attention […]

Nov 04

One thing that may go overlooked during the crazy first year of parenthood is the first dental visit. Getting off on the right foot with excellent dental care will help ensure a lifetime of oral health. So when should the first dentist appointment be for your baby? The answer is between 6 months and 1 year, […]

Oct 10

The ADA does not officially support the use of activated charcoal products in dentistry. A fad these days is the use of charcoal for whitening. Some people are even brushing their teeth with charcoal. Many brands claim that activated charcoal results in whiter teeth. Does it actually work? Is the water-charcoal slurry mixture worth it? […]

Aug 19

A recent article in USA Today describes how new protocols in dental offices make it extremely safe, practically as safe as anywhere else you can go. New barriers, infection control protocols, and techniques have changed for the better the safety of dentistry.  Source:

Aug 08

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken our community and we have made adaptations to ensure dental care that is safer and better than ever. Since March here are some of the upgrades we have made to our office: UV Light and improved filters for the HVAV System Air purifiers in every operatory and throughout the office […]

Jul 26

The COVID-19 pandemic is unfortunately still with us. While the vaccinations are surely helping we still have several protocols in place: Air filters run continuously throughout the office Temperatures checked Patients are still asked to wait in their cars and text/ call us when they have arrived to minimize the waiting room presence Changes to […]

Jul 15

Enamel, the outer surface of teeth and the hardest substance in the body, can be damaged by acidic foods or liquids over time. The wear of enamel due to acid is called erosion.  Acid commonly comes from foods, drinks, acid reflux, or vomit. Eating acidic fruits multiple times per day and drinking soda or sports […]

Jul 09

Tooth loss is considered a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia. The cognitive impairment increases with each tooth lost. The use of dentures may offer some protection but not fully. Having a full set of healthy is not only important for nutrition but overall psychological well being.  Source- Tooth loss is a risk factor for […]

Jun 15

A recent study published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology examined the effect of the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis on conception in women. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, severe chronic periodontitis is the sixth most common medical condition. Periodontal disease has been associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and premature birth. The systemic effects […]

Jun 15

Dr. Gary Pearl proudly announces the joining of his son, Dr. Scott Pearl, to the Pearl Dental Care team in Hamden. Dr. Pearl attended dental school at UConn School of Dental Medicine and completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. While patients may have seen Dr. Pearl around the office since […]