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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

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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

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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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Straight Teeth at Any Age

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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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