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How We Treat a Dead Tooth

In the simplest terms, a tooth is dead when it no longer has access to blood flow.Your teeth are made up of three layers; enamel, the hardest substance in the human body; dentin, the softer layer under enamel; and pulp, the innermost area of your tooth that carries nerves and blood supply that keep it alive and healthy.Causes of a Dead ToothThe two primary reasons a tooth dies is tooth decay or dental trauma.Tooth decay – When decay is not treated, it continues to penetrate the tooth until it reaches the pulp or nerve, causing it to die. Your immune system is trying to rid your body of the bacteria ...

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4 Tips for a Clean Retainer

If you have just completed Invisalign treatment, your dentist probably explained that wearing your retainer afterward is crucial. You have made the investment in your smile, and you love your beautiful new appearance; not wearing your retainer as instructed puts you at risk for undoing the results you worked so hard to achieve.Your retainer prevents relapsing because it helps maintains proper alignment, but that means it spends hours in your mouth. You may be surprised to learn that your retainer collects plaque and bacteria in the same way your natural teeth do, so you need to take steps to ensure that it stays clean.Helpful Tips for a Clean RetainerAt ...

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Don't Lose Your Crown to Candy! Foods to Think Twice about if You Wear a Crown

Crowns and Candy | Dental crowns | vienna va dentist
Remember back when you were a kid and your teeth could handle just about anything you threw at them? Popcorn, gummies, and Tootsie Rolls were all easy to enjoy because your teeth were all healthy and intact.You Aren't a Kid Anymore!As an adult, you may have had your share of dental wear and tear that involved having restorations like fillings, crowns, and bridges to repair. These are all solutions that restore function and appearance, and while they may feel like a natural tooth, you still need to take special care with them.The dental cement that dentists use to secure a restoration like a crown can last for decades but is ...

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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

flossing tips | mouth with floss | Vienna VA
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

dental fillings | mouth | vienna va dentist
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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