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5 Tips for Keeping Your Child's Smile Healthy

Children's oral health | mother and daughter | vienna VA
There’s no doubt that kids come with a ton of responsibilities! Keeping up with school activities, athletics, and family obligations while also managing their health – it’s no wonder as parents that sometimes good habits fall by the wayside!One responsibility that seems to get glossed over in all the hustle and bustle is being proactive with kids’ oral health. For this reason, we are offering a refresher course on what it takes to make sure your kids enjoy the benefits of a problem-free smile:Monitor your child’s brushing habits – You will need to brush and floss your child’s teeth until they are about three or four and they can hold ...

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Ready to Floss Like a Pro? Follow These 3 Tips

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Proper brushing and flossing are essential if you want a healthy smile. If you are being proactive with your oral hygiene efforts, we applaud you! But it can be easy to slide into bad habits over time, and we want your efforts to be productive.Flossing can be particularly problematic for many people. Even if your hygienist has shown you the proper steps, you may have trouble applying them to your daily routine.One question patients ask is, “Am I flossing too much?” The fact is that, while brushing two or three times a day is recommended, you really only need to floss once. The reason is that, unlike the surfaces of ...

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Could Fillings Last Even Longer? A New Study

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Dental fillings are one of the most common procedures performed by dentists. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that nearly 80% of us have at least one filling in our mouths!Today fillings are made using a strong, durable composite resin material. With normal wear and tear, you can expect a resin filling to last for about seven to ten years. But at some point, it will fracture and your dentist will need to replace it so your tooth is adequately protected.Pine Tree Bark Does What?But what if there was a way to increase the lifespan of fillings? A recent study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago undertook ...

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Considering Dental Implants? What You Need to Know

Dental Implants | tysons dentistry | vienna va dentist
Losing a tooth is not something any of us want to face. The event can leave you feeling frustrated and discouraged, and whatever the reason for the loss, when it happens it is always unsettling.This is understandable, but you shouldn't spend a lot of time regretting what has happened; your job now is to find a tooth replacement that suits your needs because replacing a missing tooth as quickly as possible is critical for your oral health and your self-esteem!One tooth replacement option that is receiving a lot of intention lately is dental implants. They have been used successfully for over 40 years and changed the lives of millions of ...

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3 Facts to Consider before You Bite into a Candy Bar

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It’s 3 PM, you are starting to fade, and the candy bar in your desk is calling your name. You know there is a healthier choice out there somewhere, but you just can't break away long enough to find it.What You Need to KnowWe have all been there, and we don’t blame you for being tempted. Candy is usually readily available, so it’s easy to give in. But before you bite into that candy bar, here are a few things to consider.You already know candy bars are loaded with sugar, but do you have any idea how much sugar you actually consume? A Snickers bar, for example, contains nearly eight ...

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Oral Health – What This Means to Your Dentist

Oral Health | Tysons Corner dentist
Until recently, the definition of oral health has been the absence of disease. But a recent article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association discusses an updated definition of oral health.Why do we need a new definition for oral health?Researchers are increasingly finding connections between good dental health and numerous other areas of our lives. If you have ever lived with damaged or missing teeth, you know it affects a lot more than your oral health. Good oral health, or the lack thereof, affects your confidence, your mental health, and your overall physical health.A new definition was needed to include the full scope of health and well-being ...

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Two Factors That Contribute to Cavities in Kids

children's dentistry | vienna va dentist
Unfortunately, your child’s mouth is a haven for bacteria. The moist, warm environment creates a perfect breeding ground, resulting in thousands of bacteria. Since bacteria love to feed on sugar, the more sugar your child has in their mouth, the more bacteria will develop.Bacteria and Tooth DecayFor a long time, the bacteria Streptococcus mutans has been blamed for tooth decay. But recently, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia authored a study that Candida albicans, a yeast bacteria is almost always present in the plaque of children with cavities. This finding suggests that the cause of dental caries may be a combination of the two. ...

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