Iris L Shields DDS - Professional Dental Associates

If you are looking for a caring, qualified dentist in Bel Air, then look no further. From your first contact with our office, you will notice that Iris L.

Shields DDS - Professional Dental Associates is not your typical dentistry. We've worked hard to build an exceptional team of dedicated, caring and experienced professionals committed to the dental health of you and your family. At Iris L. Shields DDS, your comfort and confidence are just as important as your teeth. That's why we take great care of both the smile and the person behind it. Our miss

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Follow These Tips for Cleaner and Healthier Teeth and Gums - Iris L. Shields, DDS 10/22/2021

Follow These Tips for Cleaner and Healthier Teeth and Gums - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Follow These Tips for Cleaner and Healthier Teeth and Gums - Iris L. Shields, DDS It gradually dawned on our ancient ancestors that a healthy mouth was usually a clean one. To achieve that blessed oral state, they chewed on tree bark or employed primitive toothbrushes like bamboo sticks with hog hair bristles attached to their ends.Today, we have better tools and methods for achi

Here's Good Advice for Your College Student To Protect Their Dental Health - Iris L. Shields, DDS 10/12/2021

Here's Good Advice for Your College Student To Protect Their Dental Health - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Here's Good Advice for Your College Student To Protect Their Dental Health - Iris L. Shields, DDS As summer wanes, thousands of high school grads will begin the new adventure called college. For many of these "freshmen," it will also be their first taste of true independence—mom and dad and the guidance they normally provide will be far away.This is generally a good thing. But there are al

What You Need To Know To Choose the Right Dental Crown - Iris L. Shields, DDS 10/02/2021

What You Need To Know To Choose the Right Dental Crown - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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What You Need To Know To Choose the Right Dental Crown - Iris L. Shields, DDS In the realm of dental restorations, not all crowns are alike. And, one type isn't necessarily superior to the others. One type of crown may work better for a particular tooth, while a different crown is better suited to another.Therefore, knowing your options can help you make a more informed choic

Buffalo Bills' Stefon Diggs Knows There's Never a Bad Place to Floss - Iris L. Shields, DDS 09/22/2021

Buffalo Bills' Stefon Diggs Knows There's Never a Bad Place to Floss - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Buffalo Bills' Stefon Diggs Knows There's Never a Bad Place to Floss - Iris L. Shields, DDS Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs wrapped up the NFL regular season in January, setting single-season records in both catches and receiving yards. The Bills handily beat the Miami Dolphins, earning themselves the second seed in the AFC playoffs, and Diggs certainly did his part, making 7 catc

See Your Dentist First Before Using a Home Teeth Whitening Kit - Iris L. Shields, DDS 09/12/2021

See Your Dentist First Before Using a Home Teeth Whitening Kit - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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See Your Dentist First Before Using a Home Teeth Whitening Kit - Iris L. Shields, DDS Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist'

Stop Tooth Decay Before It Derails Your Child's Dental Development - Iris L. Shields, DDS 09/02/2021

Stop Tooth Decay Before It Derails Your Child's Dental Development - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Stop Tooth Decay Before It Derails Your Child's Dental Development - Iris L. Shields, DDS From birth to early adulthood, your child's teeth, gums and jaws develop at a rapid pace. And, for the most part, nature takes its course without our help.But tooth decay can derail that development. The result of bacterial acid eroding enamel, tooth decay is the top cause for premature primary toot

Which Implant Crown Attachment Method is Best for You? - Iris L. Shields, DDS 08/23/2021

Which Implant Crown Attachment Method is Best for You? - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Which Implant Crown Attachment Method is Best for You? - Iris L. Shields, DDS If you've decided on a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you've made a great choice. Implants are a big favorite of both dentists and patients, not only for their life-likeness, but also their durability. Studies show that more than 95% of implants survive after ten years.As you may know, s

How You Too Could Have Lindsey Vonn's Viral Video Smile Makeover - Iris L. Shields, DDS 08/13/2021

How You Too Could Have Lindsey Vonn's Viral Video Smile Makeover - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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How You Too Could Have Lindsey Vonn's Viral Video Smile Makeover - Iris L. Shields, DDS Instagram, America's humongous digital photo and video album, is chock-full of the silly, mundane, and poignant moments of people's everyday lives. That includes celebrities: Tom Hanks buying a used car; Ryan Reynolds sporting tiny sunglasses; Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran taking a hike. And then ther

Don't Ignore Chronic Mouth Breathing - It Could Disrupt Jaw Development - Iris L. Shields, DDS 08/03/2021

Don't Ignore Chronic Mouth Breathing - It Could Disrupt Jaw Development - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Don't Ignore Chronic Mouth Breathing - It Could Disrupt Jaw Development - Iris L. Shields, DDS Although the air we breathe has one destination—the lungs—it can arrive there via two possible routes: through the nose or the mouth. In terms of survival, it matters little through which path air travels—just so it travels one of them!In terms of health, though, breathing through

Periodontal Probing Can Tell Us a Lot About the Severity of a Gum Infection - Iris L. Shields, DDS 07/24/2021

Periodontal Probing Can Tell Us a Lot About the Severity of a Gum Infection - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Periodontal Probing Can Tell Us a Lot About the Severity of a Gum Infection - Iris L. Shields, DDS The red and puffy gums that sometimes accompany the onset of periodontal (gum) disease don't always catch your attention. You may not even get any symptoms at all, in fact, until the disease has become well advanced.That's why regular dental visits are so important for gum health: For while you may

Never Use This Numbing Agent to Relieve Teething Pain in Young Children - Iris L. Shields, DDS 07/14/2021

Never Use This Numbing Agent to Relieve Teething Pain in Young Children - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Never Use This Numbing Agent to Relieve Teething Pain in Young Children - Iris L. Shields, DDS Parents will do just about anything to relieve their children's discomfort when they're in pain. When a toddler is suffering through a teething episode, it's tempting to turn to a topical numbing ointment to soothe their gums.But there can be a hidden danger for kids if you use certain over-the-coun

How Celine Dion Overcame Her Smile Obstacle - Iris L. Shields, DDS 07/04/2021

How Celine Dion Overcame Her Smile Obstacle - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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How Celine Dion Overcame Her Smile Obstacle - Iris L. Shields, DDS For over three decades, Celine Dion has amazed audiences and fans with her powerful singing voice. Best known for her recording of "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song for the movie Titanic, Dion has amassed global record sales topping 200 million. In her early singing days, though, she struggled w

3 Quick Dental Procedures to Put the Dazzle in Your Wedding Day Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS 06/24/2021

3 Quick Dental Procedures to Put the Dazzle in Your Wedding Day Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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3 Quick Dental Procedures to Put the Dazzle in Your Wedding Day Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS The traditional June wedding season hit a bump last year during the COVID-19 pandemic as many couples down-scaled or postponed their ceremonies. But with hopes that the virus is finally waning, this year the early summer tradition shows signs of reviving. If you're one of those happy couples, you're

Managing Oral Health Is an Important Priority for HIV-AID Patients - Iris L. Shields, DDS 06/14/2021

Managing Oral Health Is an Important Priority for HIV-AID Patients - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Managing Oral Health Is an Important Priority for HIV-AID Patients - Iris L. Shields, DDS Forty years have passed since the first reported case of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and it and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes it are still with us. About 1.2 million Americans are currently infected with HIV, with 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year.The emergenc

Refined Sugar Could Be Harming More Than Your Teeth - Iris L. Shields, DDS 06/04/2021

Refined Sugar Could Be Harming More Than Your Teeth - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Refined Sugar Could Be Harming More Than Your Teeth - Iris L. Shields, DDS You've probably heard your dentist say more than once to cut back on sweets. That's good advice not only for keeping your teeth healthy, but your whole body as well.As a carbohydrate, a macronutrient that helps supply energy to the body's cells, sugar is prevalent naturally in many foods, particular

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen: A Celebrity Couple's Secrets for a Beautiful Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS 05/25/2021

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen: A Celebrity Couple's Secrets for a Beautiful Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen: A Celebrity Couple's Secrets for a Beautiful Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS Love at first sight—it's an endearing notion found in movies and novels, but perhaps we're a little skeptical about it happening in real life. Then again, maybe it does once in a blue moon. According to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, something definitely happened the first time she met pro

Knowing How the Mouth and Face Grow Can Improve Bite Treatment - Iris L. Shields, DDS 05/15/2021

Knowing How the Mouth and Face Grow Can Improve Bite Treatment - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Knowing How the Mouth and Face Grow Can Improve Bite Treatment - Iris L. Shields, DDS Correcting a bite problem involves more than applying braces. Orthodontists must consider a wide range of factors, including the type of bite problem involved, complications like impacted or missing teeth, and their patient's overall dental condition.Orthodontists must also keep in mind the future&m

You May Not Need Permanent Tooth Alteration With These Ultra-Thin Veneers - Iris L. Shields, DDS 05/05/2021

You May Not Need Permanent Tooth Alteration With These Ultra-Thin Veneers - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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You May Not Need Permanent Tooth Alteration With These Ultra-Thin Veneers - Iris L. Shields, DDS If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact do

Practical Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean While Wearing Braces - Iris L. Shields, DDS 04/25/2021

Practical Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean While Wearing Braces - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Practical Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean While Wearing Braces - Iris L. Shields, DDS Wearing braces can pose challenges for your daily life and habits. One in particular is trying to keep your teeth and gums clean.Braces or not, your oral hygiene needs to be thorough. Every day, your teeth accumulate a thin film of bacteria and food particles called dental plaque that can cause toot

Zac Efron's Smile Transformation Could Happen to You - Iris L. Shields, DDS 04/15/2021

Zac Efron's Smile Transformation Could Happen to You - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Zac Efron's Smile Transformation Could Happen to You - Iris L. Shields, DDS Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial k

A New Dental Pain Management Approach Reduces the Need for Narcotics - Iris L. Shields, DDS 04/05/2021

A New Dental Pain Management Approach Reduces the Need for Narcotics - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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A New Dental Pain Management Approach Reduces the Need for Narcotics - Iris L. Shields, DDS Narcotics have long played an important role in easing severe pain caused by disease, trauma or treatment. Healthcare professionals, including dentists, continue to prescribe them as a matter of course.But narcotics are also addictive and can be dangerous if abused. Although addictions often arise f

This Orthodontic Device Could Stop a Poor Bite From Developing - Iris L. Shields, DDS 03/26/2021

This Orthodontic Device Could Stop a Poor Bite From Developing - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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This Orthodontic Device Could Stop a Poor Bite From Developing - Iris L. Shields, DDS “Orthodontic treatment” and “braces” almost seem like synonymous terms. But while braces certainly are orthodontic, it isn't the only tool in an orthodontist's toolkit.A good example is a device is known as a Herbst appliance. It's used in situations where the upper jaw is ou

Acid Reflux Could Be Damaging Your Teeth - Iris L. Shields, DDS 03/16/2021

Acid Reflux Could Be Damaging Your Teeth - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Acid Reflux Could Be Damaging Your Teeth - Iris L. Shields, DDS Your tooth enamel is often under assault from oral acid produced by bacteria and certain foods. Unless neutralized, acid can erode your enamel, and lead to destructive tooth decay.But there's another type of acid that may be even more destructive—the acid produced in your stomach. Although imp

Mike Tyson: The Prizefighter Prizes His Unique Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS 03/06/2021

Mike Tyson: The Prizefighter Prizes His Unique Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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Mike Tyson: The Prizefighter Prizes His Unique Smile - Iris L. Shields, DDS Mike Tyson made a splash when he faced off against sharks during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020. But there's bigger news for fans of the former undisputed world heavyweight champion: After a 15-year absence, he will enter the ring again for two exhibition matches in the Fall. However, it's

How You Can Prevent Teeth Grinding From Damaging Your Oral Health - Iris L. Shields, DDS 02/24/2021

How You Can Prevent Teeth Grinding From Damaging Your Oral Health - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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How You Can Prevent Teeth Grinding From Damaging Your Oral Health - Iris L. Shields, DDS Life has changed dramatically over the centuries. But although our ancient forebears wouldn't recognize much of our modern world, they would be well acquainted with one particular oral habit that still persists. There's some evidence from archeological dental examinations that our ancestors also cle

We May Be Able To Treat Some Bite Problems Early - Iris L. Shields, DDS 02/14/2021

We May Be Able To Treat Some Bite Problems Early - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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We May Be Able To Treat Some Bite Problems Early - Iris L. Shields, DDS In any given year, 4 million tweens and teens are in the process of having their teeth straightened with braces or clear aligners. It's so common we tend to consider orthodontic treatment for young people as a rite of passage into adulthood.But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way—it mig

What To Do and Not Do for These 3 Common Childhood Dental Problems - Iris L. Shields, DDS 02/04/2021

What To Do and Not Do for These 3 Common Childhood Dental Problems - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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What To Do and Not Do for These 3 Common Childhood Dental Problems - Iris L. Shields, DDS Knowing what to do—and what not to do—when your child is sick can greatly affect their health and well-being. That's especially true with dental problems.Here then are some Dos and Don'ts for 3 common problems children experience with their teeth and gums.Teething. An infant's first teet

What's That on Your Teeth, Nick Jonas? How to Avoid a Similar Smile Oops - Iris L. Shields, DDS 01/25/2021

What's That on Your Teeth, Nick Jonas? How to Avoid a Similar Smile Oops - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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What's That on Your Teeth, Nick Jonas? How to Avoid a Similar Smile Oops - Iris L. Shields, DDS Think no one is looking at your smile when you’re out in public? Nick Jonas’ recent experience might convince you otherwise. While the Jonas Brothers were performing during the 2020 Grammys, fans watching on television picked up on some dark matter between his teeth.To say Twitter lit up

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Tips for Winter Tooth Sensitivity - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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irislshieldsdds.com If a breath of crisp winter air makes you say, “Ouch!” you're not alone. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, one of every eight people suffers from tooth sensitivity. And for those individuals, winter can be a particularly challenging time of

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3 Reasons For Preserving a Decayed Baby Tooth - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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irislshieldsdds.com Tooth decay can be a big problem for children's primary (baby) teeth. It doesn't take long for a tooth to become infected and the infection spread to their neighbors.But since it will eventually give way to a permanent tooth, why not just pull a diseased primary tooth? Although that sounds sensible,

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Boost Your Dental Health With Soon-To-Expire FSA Funds - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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irislshieldsdds.com If you're among the estimated 14 million families with a healthcare flexible spending account (FSA), New Year's Eve has an added meaning—that's typically the deadline for using any current year funds. Since any remaining money in your FSA could go p**f at the stroke of midnight on December 31s

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The Real Truth Behind Ed Helms' Missing Tooth in "The Hangover" - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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irislshieldsdds.com Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip

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This Odd Tongue Condition Isn't Something To Fret Over - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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irislshieldsdds.com If you're intrigued by the strange and bizarre, here's one to pique your interest: geographic tongue. It's a rare condition that causes the appearance of red patches on the tongue surface, surrounded by grayish-white borders, and which look a lot like continents on a map (hence the name). But althou

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Eliminating an Infant's Lip or Tongue Tie Can Make Breastfeeding Easier - Iris L. Shields, DDS

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irislshieldsdds.com Most babies come into the world ready and able to nourish at their mother's breast—no training required! About one in ten children, though, may have a structural abnormality with their tongue or lip that makes it difficult for them to breastfeed.The abnormality involves a small strip of tissue

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