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Dr. Dana Aubert Truesdale

Dentist

Dr. Dana Truesdale is a Dentist practicing in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Truesdale specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Dana Aubert Truesdale
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • DDS at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Do you get gum pockets with braces?

You may get gingivitis or swelling of your gums during teeth movement. The key to keeping things under control is brushing often and flossing daily. Rinse with a mouthwash to keep READ MORE
You may get gingivitis or swelling of your gums during teeth movement. The key to keeping things under control is brushing often and flossing daily. Rinse with a mouthwash to keep debris from accumulating.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Are cavities contagious?

Great question! Let’s break down what cavities are. Cavities are “holes” in teeth caused by bacteria which softens the hard tissue causing them to break down. The bacteria can READ MORE
Great question! Let’s break down what cavities are. Cavities are “holes” in teeth caused by bacteria which softens the hard tissue causing them to break down. The bacteria can and does spread from tooth to tooth over time. Sometimes the spreading of this bacteria is rapid.
I hope this helps!

Can a root canal be done through an existing crown?

Yes. The crown may have to be replaced afterwards.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Should a crowned tooth be sensitive?

Great Question. It is not unusual to experience sensitivity for a while with a new crown. There are different variations of sensitivity one may experience. If the discomfort comes READ MORE
Great Question.
It is not unusual to experience sensitivity for a while with a new crown. There are different variations of sensitivity one may experience. If the discomfort comes while chewing foods, consider returning to your dentist for an adjustment. If it is just random discomfort, you may try switching to a sensitivity toothpaste for a few weeks. Be sure and floss daily because gingivitis may cause sensitivity. I strongly advise mentioning it to your provider so that he or she can test the tooth in order to determine if further treatment is needed.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

How do I manage root canal pain without access to my dentist?

The best way to manage this type of pain is to see if there is an emergency line. Without knowing your health history or allergies,I cannot advise any medicine. You may want to READ MORE
The best way to manage this type of pain is to see if there is an emergency line. Without knowing your health history or allergies,I cannot advise any medicine. You may want to be seen at another office if your dentist is unavailable.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Can you use existing dentures for implants?

Great question! You may use your existing denture during the healing phase of implant surgery. If you have an older denture, you may want to have a new implant retained denture READ MORE
Great question!
You may use your existing denture during the healing phase of implant surgery. If you have an older denture, you may want to have a new implant retained denture made due to the wear and tear of the existing denture teeth. If you opt to keep the existing denture, you may have to be without them for a period of time while they are modified at a laboratory to be able to attach to the implants.
I hope this helps.

Why do my dentures hurt when I bite down?

Thanks for your question. It sounds like an adjustment is needed. If the dentures are new, it may take several adjustments to get your bite just right. If the dentures are older, READ MORE
Thanks for your question. It sounds like an adjustment is needed. If the dentures are new, it may take several adjustments to get your bite just right. If the dentures are older, there may be other reasons. The simple solution is to have your dentist do an examination to determine the cause and provide a solution.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Can a child with sensitive gums get braces or Invisalign?

I recommend finding out why the gums are sensitive. Is your child allergic to something he is using or eating? Does he have good brushing and flossing habits? I do not recommend READ MORE
I recommend finding out why the gums are sensitive. Is your child allergic to something he is using or eating? Does he have good brushing and flossing habits? I do not recommend putting braces on if there is anything suspicious going on on with him. Please follow up with your primary dentist for an evaluation prior to having orthodontic treatment.

Is Sensodyne Pronamel good for sensitive teeth?

Sensodyne Pronamel is highly recommended by dentists as an over-the-counter toothpaste.

Which is better Emax or zirconia?

Hi, Emax is a more esthetic restoration than zirconia. Choosing between the two is determined by multiple factors. If you are a grinder, zirconia would be better if it is a READ MORE
Hi,

Emax is a more esthetic restoration than zirconia. Choosing between the two is determined by multiple factors. If you are a grinder, zirconia would be better if it is a molar tooth. If it is an anterior tooth, emax looks nicer and it is also a strong material.
I hope this helps.

How do I keep my teeth clean after a teeth cleaning?

Great question! The key is to brush, floss, and use a mouthwash at least twice daily. It will also be highly beneficial to drink lots of water. Drinks like coffee, tea, and red READ MORE
Great question! The key is to brush, floss, and use a mouthwash at least twice daily. It will also be highly beneficial to drink lots of water. Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wines stain teeth. Dry mouth increases staining and allows food to stick to the surfaces.
I hope this helps!

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Are dental implants a long-term solution?

Yes Sir!!! Implants are very similar to having your natural teeth again. You still have to floss and get dental cleanings. It is the ideal treatment for missing teeth. Dana Truesdale, READ MORE
Yes Sir!!! Implants are very similar to having your natural teeth again. You still have to floss and get dental cleanings. It is the ideal treatment for missing teeth.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

What to eat after filling a cavity?

If you are having a filling that requires you to be numb, it is a good idea to eat something light prior to the appointment. It is a good idea no withstand from eating while any READ MORE
If you are having a filling that requires you to be numb, it is a good idea to eat something light prior to the appointment. It is a good idea no withstand from eating while any part of the mouth is numb because you can injure yourself and not feel it until the anesthesia wears off. The anesthesia usually lasts about 2 hours. Afterwards, you are free to eat.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Do all dentists provide anesthesiology for nervous patients?

Not all dentist provide sedation. For the initial exam you should not be sedated because we have to get an accurate health history and to discuss your dental needs. Dana Truesdale, READ MORE
Not all dentist provide sedation. For the initial exam you should not be sedated because we have to get an accurate health history and to discuss your dental needs.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Will I have to floss my dentures?

Hello, The best way to clean the dentures is to soak the dentures in a denture cleanser like Efferdent or Polident for 15-20 minutes. After soaking them, use a denture brush READ MORE
Hello,

The best way to clean the dentures is to soak the dentures in a denture cleanser like Efferdent or Polident for 15-20 minutes. After soaking them, use a denture brush and remove all debris as best as possible. It is important that you clean them off following every meal. Stay hydrated as much as possible (with water). When dentures become dry, they tend to
accumulate plaque and tarter. This will carry an odor. If you have full dentures, you still have to do oral rinses with mouthwash. Be sure and clean off the top surface of your tongue daily. You may also schedule a dental appointment and have your dentures professionally cleaned.
I hope this helps.

Can a crown last a long time?

Great question! Crowns normally last 10 years to a lifetime. I’ve seen 40 year-old crowns. If all conditions are favorable, they are there for the long haul. Dana Truesdale, DDS READ MORE
Great question! Crowns normally last 10 years to a lifetime. I’ve seen 40 year-old crowns. If all conditions are favorable, they are there for the long haul.

Dana Truesdale, DDS

Can an infected root canal tooth be saved?

Great question. Every situation is different. There is a possibility the tooth may still be saved. You will need to return to the provider who completed the root canal or any Endodontist READ MORE
Great question. Every situation is different. There is a possibility the tooth may still be saved. You will need to return to the provider who completed the root canal or any Endodontist specialist for a retreatment. I advise that you take immediate action to prevent damage to the surrounding areas. If there is too much damage, the treatment of choice is extract the tooth and replace it with an implant, bridge, or removable prosthesis.


Dana Truesdale, DDS

How long does it take for dental implants to heal?

Usually after about 14 days the tenderness goes away. Sometimes it may only last a day.

Is baking soda safe for whitening teeth?

Great question. Baking soda can be a bit abrasive the teeth if used regularly. My recommendation is to have your dental provider perform an exam and cleaning. From there you may READ MORE
Great question.
Baking soda can be a bit abrasive the teeth if used regularly. My recommendation is to have your dental provider perform an exam and cleaning. From there you may use over the counter whitening products or products purchased from a dental professional.


Dana Truesdale, DDS

How do dental onlays differ from crowns?

Having an inlay preserves more of your actual tooth structure. Sometimes insurance companies will not pay for a crown if not enough tooth structure is damaged. Onlays work well. Dana READ MORE
Having an inlay preserves more of your actual tooth structure. Sometimes insurance companies will not pay for a crown if not enough tooth structure is damaged. Onlays work well.

Dana Truesdale, DDS