Presidential dentures, a kid-sized dental chair, and interactive brushing instruction are some of the permanent exhibits spanning the space's two floors. The museum also boasts a life-size narwhal model, an exposé on saliva, and a celebration of our country's best dental schools. This upcoming season, stop in to pay homage to the tooth fairy for Tooth Fairy Day, or get a mouthful of mammals on Jaws and Paws Day. View a listing of upcoming events here. Take the whole family (admission for children ages 3–18 is $3, and those less than 2 are free), bring a bad-breathed date for a tutorial on mouth management, or instill yourself with a new sense of appreciation for the dentist.
Your Groupon covers a cleaning to get your pretzel-snappers as white as really good typing paper. The hygienists at Ashton customize cleanings for your specific gum and bone health, using medicated gels and prescription mouth rinses when necessary to ensure optimum cleanliness and minimal discomfort. You’ll also get an x-ray evaluation to see if any of the tooth fairy’s vengeful hexes have taken root. Ashton uses digital x-rays, which provide a high level of accuracy and use less radiation than traditional methods, such as pixies with magnifying glasses, and hunches. Finally, your Groupon covers an exam by one of Ashton’s friendly and professional dentists.
Continuing-education courses keep Dr. Edward Sharkey abreast of the latest innovations in the fields of periodontal, surgical, and cosmetic dental care. By updating his dental know-how, he can offer his patients these treatments, including checking for cavities with a diagnostic laser, taking digital tooth impressions with a 3-D imaging program, or making smiles brighter than a radioactive snowflake with the Zoom whitening system. When he’s not treating patients at his clinic, Dr. Sharkey also serves on the surgical staff at Howard County General Hospital and donates his scuba-diving skills to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
The experience of working in a dental clinic while earning his master's of public health program gave Duane L. Archer, MPH, DDS, a personal view of how oral health can affect community members of all ages. The time spent working with patients inspired him to attain his degree in dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, memorize orthodontia incantations scrawled by the white-toothed wizards of old, and open Precision Dentistry. As a loving father of four, he welcomes each new patient as he would a member of his own family—by carefully explaining dental options and procedures, answering any questions, and gussying teeth with comprehensive treatments.
Dr. Keisha Judd, who received her dental degree from Tufts University and completed advanced training at the University of Pennsylvania, helms a team of technicians who solve dental problems based on individual needs. To begin the treatment, patients make themselves comfortable in cushy dental chairs before a hygienist x-rays ivory soldiers to assess their position, identify decay, and formulate further treatment plans. Hygienists then cleanse teeth of grime and plaque before bestowing guests with oral hygiene instructions to keep smiles as bright as the buckle of Orion's belt. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.