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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?

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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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Study: Tooth Loss Linked to Depression

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Vienna, VA dentists Dr. Ardalan Sanati and Dr. Shoreh Shahram know that losing a tooth is a devastating event for many people. Recent studies by the American Association of Implant Dentistry show that depression and anxiety over tooth loss affect nearly half of those who have lost a tooth.The Effects of Tooth LossGenuine grief over the loss of a tooth is common. Other effects include feelings of embarrassment and the inability to accept the changes to their appearance caused by tooth loss. As a result, they experience reduced self-confidence, shame over tooth loss, and the need to keep the “secret” to themselves.These are terrible burdens to carry. At Tysons ...

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5 Signs That Might Mean You Need An Extraction

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At our Vienna, VA dental office, Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram make every effort to save a tooth from extraction. But sometimes, despite your best efforts to maintain good oral health, a tooth may need to be extracted.The news can be devastating – many of us take our oral health for granted when there are no problems. So it can be a shock to get to the point where there’s no longer a choice; the tooth needs to come out.How to tell if you need a tooth extractionHow will you know if you need a tooth extraction? Here are five signs to look for:A tooth with a root canal ...

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Will You Need a Root Canal in the Future?

Root Canals | Tysons Dentistry
There’s nothing like the mere thought of a root canal to strike fear in the hearts of most dental patients. Although the reality is that the pain that brings you into the dentist's office for a root canal is far worse than the procedure itself, people still have a fear of this common dental procedure.Dental science continues to make breakthroughs, however, and now there are studies that show how stem cells might actually have the potential to restore damaged tooth roots.Let’s take a look at what it might mean to get a root canal today versus in the future at the office of your Vienna, VA, dentist, Dr. Ardalan ...

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