Meet Your Gaithersburg Dentist


Smiling Photo of Dr. Chan
Photo of Dr. Chan

Get Acquainted with Dr. Gerald W. Chan

Dr. Chan is a distinguished graduate of the University of California at Berkley. He has practiced dentistry in Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village since 1984. He received his dental education from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine and graduated in the top 20 percent of his class.

Dr. Chan continues his education and has completed many advanced cosmetic dentistry programs as well as a year-long program in implant dentistry.  He is also an Invisalign Preferred Provider.

Dr. Chan gives attention to the unique details of your dental care. His emphasis on preventive dentistry educates you about the solutions that promote wellness.  Should you require them, Dr. Chan also offers a comprehensive array of other dental services:

  • General dentistry is the normal procedures used to diagnose and restore the health of your teeth and gums.
  • Cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile and eliminate risks to the health of your teeth and gums.
  • Restorative dentistry repairs the damage caused by tooth loss, dental decay, trauma or neglect.
  • A variety of special dentistry solutions are available including screening for oral cancer, sleep apnea treatment and bone grafts.

 

 

Meet Your Gaithersburg Dental Hygienist


Jenn dental hygienist gaithersburg dental care
Jenn, Dental Hygienist

Get acquainted with Jennifer

Jennifer grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2007, she graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. Along with being a full-time member of our office, Jen loves to volunteer at local schools and daycares, educating kids on oral hygiene. In her spare time, Jen enjoys playing sports–Lacrosse–working out and cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hygienist Questions

Do I really need dental x-rays?

Dental X-rays are important for many reasons.  They are used to help diagnose damage and disease areas in your mouth.  Dental X-rays can detect several oral health issues at their earliest stages, such as cavities/recurrent decay, gum disease, bone loss and infection.  Detecting these issues early can help prevent issues from becoming larger problems in the future.

How often should you get x-rays? Great question.  As a new patient, a full mouth series is recommended to do a complete exam and have a baseline for future visits.  Frequency after your initial visit is based on an individual’s health, risk factors, signs of dental health and age.

Is a power toothbrush better than my regular toothbrush?

Brushing your teeth is the foundation for overall health, prevention and good oral care.  The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.  Both the power and manual toothbrushes are effective in removing plaque and bacteria that cause tooth decay and disease, here are some advantages of using the power toothbrush:

      • Decrease in plaque and gingivitis
      • Built-in timer
      • Pressure indicator
      • Improved oral health with orthodontic appliances
      • Easier to use with limited mobility

Our office offers the Oral B Genius 8000, using blue-tooth technology to provide customized real-time feedback on your brushing technique and habits to ensure you don’t miss a spot.  Ask one of our team members on how you can take a test drive!

What is Periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and supporting bone structure.  In the early stages of Periodontal disease, called Gingivitis, your gums may be swollen, red and bleeding.  This stage is reversible and can be treated with regular hygiene visits and proper homecare including brushing and flossing.  If left untreated, the infection can cause permanent bone loss and/or possible tooth loss.  Periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for some systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and breast cancer.

Signs of the disease include:

      • Swollen, red and bleeding gums
      • Bad breath
      • Tender to touch
      • Loose teeth
      • Painful chewing

Our office may refer you to a specialist to treat more advanced stages of Periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing your Dentist and Dental Hygienist on a regular basis and following recommend treatment plans.

Why do I need a Fluoride treatment?

Here at Gaithersburg Dental Care, all our patients are offered a fluoride treatment if you are at risk of tooth decay.  Research has shown that using a fluoride varnish is extremely effective against tooth decay when applied twice a year during the routine cleaning.  Fluoride can also be effective in adults, especially for those with conditions that predispose them to decay.  Conditions such as exposed root surfaces, xerostomia (dry mouth) caused by medications, open crown margins and high-risk patients.  High-risk patients are those who have been diagnosed with decay within the last 24 months.  These treatments are good for 6 months and are recommend twice a year with your dental cleaning and exam.  Fluoride treatments are very easy to apply and take less than a minute- no added time to your appointment!  Considering a fluoride treatment at your next appointment?  Feel free to ask Jennifer, your dental hygienist!

Meet Your Dental Assistant in Gaithersburg


Maria is a clinical assistant at Gaithersburg Dental Care, in Kentlands
Maria, Clinical Assistant

Maria, Clinical Assistant
Maria has been a dental assistant since 2004 and with Dr. Chan’s team since 2013. She loves being an assistant and enjoys her role in helping change your smile and life through dentistry.

Meet Your Front Office Business Assistant in Gaithersburg


Samantha is the Business Assistant at Gaithersburg Dental Care in Kentlands.
Samantha, Business Assistant

Samantha, Business Assistant
Samantha earned her Certificate in Dental Assisting and has experience in the clinical and business side of dentistry since 2009. She coordinates insurance processing, billing, and dental coding.
Samantha assures you an exceptional experience through her knowledge of healthcare administration and patient service and her professional demeanor. She enjoys fitness, traveling, and time with her family and friends.

Hygienist Questions

Do I really need dental x-rays?

Dental X-rays are important for many reasons.  They are used to help diagnose damage and disease areas in your mouth.  Dental X-rays can detect several oral health issues at their earliest stages, such as cavities/recurrent decay, gum disease, bone loss and infection.  Detecting these issues early can help prevent issues from becoming larger problems in the future.

How often should you get x-rays? Great question.  As a new patient, a full mouth series is recommended to do a complete exam and have a baseline for future visits.  Frequency after your initial visit is based on an individual’s health, risk factors, signs of dental health and age.

Is a power toothbrush better than my regular toothbrush?

Brushing your teeth is the foundation for overall health, prevention and good oral care.  The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.  Both the power and manual toothbrushes are effective in removing plaque and bacteria that cause tooth decay and disease, here are some advantages of using the power toothbrush:

      • Decrease in plaque and gingivitis
      • Built-in timer
      • Pressure indicator
      • Improved oral health with orthodontic appliances
      • Easier to use with limited mobility

Our office offers the Oral B Genius 8000, using blue-tooth technology to provide customized real-time feedback on your brushing technique and habits to ensure you don’t miss a spot.  Ask one of our team members on how you can take a test drive!

What is Periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and supporting bone structure.  In the early stages of Periodontal disease, called Gingivitis, your gums may be swollen, red and bleeding.  This stage is reversible and can be treated with regular hygiene visits and proper homecare including brushing and flossing.  If left untreated, the infection can cause permanent bone loss and/or possible tooth loss.  Periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for some systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and breast cancer.

Signs of the disease include:

      • Swollen, red and bleeding gums
      • Bad breath
      • Tender to touch
      • Loose teeth
      • Painful chewing

Our office may refer you to a specialist to treat more advanced stages of Periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing your Dentist and Dental Hygienist on a regular basis and following recommend treatment plans.

Why do I need a Fluoride treatment?

Here at Gaithersburg Dental Care, all our patients are offered a fluoride treatment if you are at risk of tooth decay.  Research has shown that using a fluoride varnish is extremely effective against tooth decay when applied twice a year during the routine cleaning.  Fluoride can also be effective in adults, especially for those with conditions that predispose them to decay.  Conditions such as exposed root surfaces, xerostomia (dry mouth) caused by medications, open crown margins and high-risk patients.  High-risk patients are those who have been diagnosed with decay within the last 24 months.  These treatments are good for 6 months and are recommend twice a year with your dental cleaning and exam.  Fluoride treatments are very easy to apply and take less than a minute- no added time to your appointment!  Considering a fluoride treatment at your next appointment?  Feel free to ask Jennifer, your dental hygienist!