Dana Aubert Truesdale, DDS is the owner of Innovation Dental Center in Baltimore, Maryland. With over 11 years of experience, she specializes in general, family and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Truesdale was educated Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and completed advanced dental training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Additionally, she is certified in Clear Correct and 6 Month Smiles and was named one of Baltimore?s Top 3 Dentists.
Education and Training
DDS at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Board Certified in Clear Correct and 6 Month Smiles
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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. 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 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. READ MORE
Sensodyne Pronamel is highly recommended by dentists as an over-the-counter toothpaste. 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. 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 READ MORE
Usually after about 14 days the tenderness goes away. Sometimes it may only last a day. 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 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 READ MORE
Thanks for your question. It is not unusual to experience sensitivity following bracket removal. If you have not had an evaluation or exam completed by your dentist, I encourage you to do so. There are multiple reasons your teeth are sensitive. The simplest reason is that you may need a cleaning to reverse gingivitis. X-rays should be taken to determine if you have any cavities. If something doesn't feel right, it is better to go in for a check-up. I hope this helps! READ MORE
That is a great question. Many parents are conflicted about this. The reality is that baby teeth can get infections in them and cause bigger problems. It is a good idea to bring your child in to have it checked out. Children lose their baby teeth on average until age 12. Dana Truesdale, DDS READ MORE
The best and fastest way to get rid of this annoying canker sores is to rinse with Peroxide. Do not dilute it. Rinse for about 30 seconds several times per day. You will feel a difference after the first rinse. Dana Truesdale, DDS READ MORE
It is a good idea to express to your dentist that you prefer to be seen by a specialist. From there, you may return to your dentist to have a core build up and crown placed. Most dentists refer patients to specialists, however some dentists are very comfortable performing them. Dana Truesdale, DDS READ MORE
Great question! While brushing with baking soda can be a bit abrasive to the enamel, it may cause tooth sensitivity as well as eventual dulling of the teeth, rinsing with it balances the pH in the mouth which decreases the risk of ulcers and caries. I hope this helps! READ MORE
A black stain may have been caused by a number of things. It may be from coffee, tea, or just simply not having a professional cleaning. Black stains may also be a cavity. The best thing to do is see your dentist to have an examination to determine the best way to proceed with removing the black stain. Thanks for your question. READ MORE
I highly recommend you see your physician soon. You should have a blood test done to determine if there is some other underlying problem. This is a serious matter and you should not put off seeking medical attention. I hope this helps. Dana Truesdale, DDS READ MORE
Cavities are possible in baby teeth. It is important that children see the dentist twice yearly just as an adult would. As soon as babies get teeth they are at risk for cavities. The key is to limit sugary products and eliminate the baby going to bed with a bottle once they have teeth unless you take the time to clean their teeth after they consume the drying (milk). Please research “baby bottle tooth decay” at your leisure. READ MORE
Thanks for your inquiry. There are many factors that can contribute to bleeding gums. If he is a regular flosser and brushes, consider his diet. He may be allergic to something that he eats on a regular bases, e.g., cinnamon, which burns the gums. The best thing to do is schedule a visit with his dentist to assess the situation. It is also a good idea to use alcohol-free mouthwash after flossing. READ MORE
Great question! It is not unusual to experience discomfort for up to two weeks following oral surgery. The pain levels vary from slight to severe. If the pain level is severe, it is a good idea to return to the dentist who performed the surgery and be evaluated for dry socket or anything that is abnormal. Slight pain can be taken care of with pain medication. Swelling is also common. READ MORE
It is not uncommon to have bleeding 6 hours following an extraction. Pain is also common. It is important rest and drink lots of fluids. Anti-inflammatory medication is good for relief of pain. You can expect to see blood in your saliva for the first two days. READ MORE
There is no set period of time to wait until you are able to eat solid food. You can slowly start reintroducing soft foods into your diet after the numbness goes away. As you can tolerate more tender foods you may consume them. I would recommend leaving tough foods like steak alone for few weeks. READ MORE
Thank you for your question regarding white dots. It is not uncommon for a person to have white pimple-like spots on the tongue and cheek areas. There can be many reasons behind the white dots. I encourage you to visit your dentist and have a dental exam completed. Some white spots are completely harmless, while others can be a cause for concern. The only way to tell is to follow up with your dentist or physician. READ MORE
There are many reasons that your gums are bleeding. This is usually a result of gingival inflammation that is caused by something acute (like trauma) or something chronic (like periodontal disease). Long term bleeding may result in loose teeth and/or bone loss. The good news is that this condition may be controlled with regular home care like brushing, flossing, and using an anti-bacterial mouthwash. It is very important to follow-up with your dentist to determine the proper treatment. Most times this is something that can be easily managed. READ MORE
Great question! It is recommended that you consult with your OB-GYN regarding dental treatment during your pregnancy. However, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists indicates dental x-rays while pregnant are safe. Proper universal precautions should be taken and if you were wearing the X-ray covering, you were properly protected. I recommend you inform the office that you are pregnant. READ MORE
A good way to reduce the irritation and promote fast healing is to rinse your mouth out/gargle with Peroxide. You should not dilute it with water. Rinse several times daily until the irritated area is gone. If the ulcer lasts longer than 14 days and your symptoms have not improved, consult your dentist. Remember, because it is peroxide, your mouth will foam for about a minute after you rinse. Only spit out the foam. Do not rinse out with water afterwards. Do not swallow the Peroxide! READ MORE
There are a few reasons this may be happening. The more common cause of this happening is the wisdom teeth are erupting or have completely erupted, and they are angled in such a way that they pinch your cheeks upon grinding your food. Shifting of the teeth or any recent dental changes may also cause you to alter your bite and this too may cause involuntary cheek-biting. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Baltimore's Top 3 Dentists
- Advanced Dental Training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
What do you attribute your success to?
- Her parents, her upbringing instilled in her the value of serving others, her life experiences were humbling and she makes every one of her patients feel welcomed and special.
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Favorite professional publications
- Dentaltown Magazine, Dental Economics
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Great service! My entire family love going to Dr. Truesdale.
Dr. Truesdale is amazing. She has to be the nicest and most gentle dentist I have ever seen. You can tell she really cares about her patients and I would recommend her to everyone I know.
They are always professional and do a good job. Very friendly and approachable!
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Five stars! Highly recommended!
Kind,professional, and a great dentist. Love the location and the office!
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This is my second time coming see Dr Truesdale, so far so good. Dr Truesdale makes you feel very comfortable. Can't wait to get my six month smile.
Dr.Truesdale wonderful her team as well, they make you welcome and you even feel like your at the dentist.
Get to know Dentist Dr. Dana Aubert Truesdale, who serves the population of Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Dana Aubert Truesdale is a highly trained and qualified dentist with an extensive expertise in all facets of her work, especially general, family, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Truesdale has been in practice for 13 years and is currently serving patients within her own private practice, Innovation Dental Center, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Truesdale attended Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating with her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2004. Following her graduation, Dr. Truesdale subsequently completed her residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Truesdale serves as Captain in the United States Army National Guard, and received a Diploma of Ministerial Studies from the Spirit of Faith Bible Institute. She is a Certified Provider in Clear Correct and 6 Month Smiles, and attributes her success to her parents, her upbringing, and her life experiences. Dr. Truesdale is a member of the Dream Makers Network Foundation, which encourages personal self-development, and is also a Community Service Advocate. She is very passionate about serving others and helping them achieve healthy, beautiful smiles, and was recognized as one of Baltimore’s Top 3 Dentists. In her free time, Dr. Truesdale enjoys traveling. General dentists provide a wide array of services that are vital to patients’ continued health. These services include: preventive services — helping to maintain good oral health by stopping disease before it takes hold in the mouth; restorative services — receiving timely and appropriate treatment when a problem is identified; as well as cosmetic services — performing a range of cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding – even porcelain veneers. General dentists also address overall health concerns, as oral health is seen as the mirror of general health. In fact, some dental problems may reflect issues in other parts of the body and vice versa.
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