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Straight Teeth at Any Age

Do you live with crooked or crowded teeth because you think you are too old or because you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of traditional braces? Lots of adults feel the same way - they know their smile could look better but feel the opportunity to improve it passed them by.But the days are gone when orthodontic treatment was limited just to teenagers. Today, with innovative Invisalign treatment at our Vienna, VA dental office, we can create beautiful smiles for anyone at any age.Benefits of InvisalignInvisalign clear braces have helped millions of people enjoy a straighter, more attractive smile. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages ...

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5 Easy Ways to Deal with Bad Breath

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It only takes one or two people to back away from you while you speak for you to know you have bad breath. Everyone gets bad breath, or halitosis, occasionally, but it’s usually the result of consuming foods like onions and garlic that have strong odors.However, chronic bad breath is a common problem that takes a toll on your self-esteem and your social life. Using breath mints or gargling with mouthwash will temporarily mask the odor, but what you really need is to address the underlying cause.Here are some tips from Vienna, VA dentist Dr. Ardalan Sanati for banishing bad breath:Brush and floss twice a day - This should go ...

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Fighting Back against a Genetic Sweet Tooth

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Do you have a sweet tooth and wonder if there’s anything you can do to curb it? If you find it impossible to pass up candy or other sweet treats, your genes may be to blame.Our Vienna, VA dentists want you to be informed about news that affects your oral health. A study published recently in Cell Metabolism Journal set out to determine how cravings for sweets occurs at the cellular level.Of the 6,500 subjects tested in the study, researchers found that those who harbored a variant of a gene called FGF21 were about 20 percent more likely to enjoy and seek out sugary foods.Don’t take this news as ...

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Why Taking Care of Your Teeth Is So Important

You’ve heard it a thousand times – if you want healthy teeth, you need to brush and floss twice a day, visit our Vienna dentist for regular checkups, and eat a healthy diet. It’s a sensible approach because it’s far easier to spend a few hours each year in a dental chair protecting your oral health than spending years trying to get it back on track.Now you have even more reason to make sure your healthy teeth stay that way. There is a connection between what’s happening in your mouth and your overall health, and it’s called the oral-systemic link.Multiple studies have demonstrated a link between poor oral health and systemic ...

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Ancient People Didn't Brush... But They Also Didn't Get Cavities!

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Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it?We can trace the first ancient toothbrush back to around 3,000 BC, so it looks like folks back then were aware that they needed to keep their teeth clean. In general, though, there was no oral hygiene, but guess what? They didn’t need it!Why Is That?It all boils down to diet and lifestyle habits. In ancient times, there was no processed food and no drive-thru at McDonald’s. Our ancestors’ diets consisted of all-natural, unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruits, wheat, and rice. These foods contained no chemicals or preservatives and were rich in the vitamins and nutrients that make teeth resistant to decay and other dental infections.Ancient people ...

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What Is an Occlusal Splint? And Why Did We Recommend It?

Occlusal Splints | Vienna VA Dentist
Have you noticed an increase in tooth pain or sensitivity? Both could be a sign that you are grinding and clenching your teeth.Chronic teeth grinding and clenching, or bruxism, can lead to headaches, tension in your shoulders and neck, and pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Like many people, you may grind your teeth while you sleep without being aware that you are doing so.How Occlusal Splints WorkAt our Vienna, VA dental office, we recommend occlusal splints to our patients to provide relief from the painful symptoms that result from grinding your teeth during sleep. These devices are customized to fit your mouth perfectly and prevent the upper and lower jaw ...

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Is Your Child at Risk for the Most Common Chronic Illness?

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If you were asked about the most common childhood illness, what would you say? You might guess something like ear infections, which are common. But dental caries (cavities), which are highly preventable, are the number one chronic disease of children between ages 6 and 11.Vienna, VA dentists Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram know that it isn’t necessary for kids to suffer from unhealthy teeth. Minimizing your child’s risk for decay isn’t just essential for their oral health. Children with unhealthy teeth experience discomfort, which leads to difficulties eating and speaking properly and missed time from school.Your Child's Oral CareProper oral health care for children is crucial, and it’s our ...

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