Last updated 2 days 18 hours ago
Over time, your teeth accumulate stains that affect the look of your smile. In order to get the best results from your tooth whitening treatment, it’s important to get the facts behind bleaching.
This video dispels common myths about whitening. You will learn that not all teeth whiten the same. Bleaching once won’t keep your teeth white for life, so you’ll need to use over-the-counter products or schedule future dental visits to keep your smile bright. Maintaining your look with a whitening toothpaste is a safe way to keep teeth looking their best.
If you have questions about teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental treatments, contact Northern Virginia Dental Associates at (888) 862-0095. We provide a variety of family and cosmetic dentistry services in Springfield and Burke. You can find out more about maintaining a bright smile on our blog.
Last updated 4 days ago
Your dental health is important throughout every stage of your life. The steps you take today can have a positive impact on the health of your gums and teeth tomorrow. At Northern Virginia Dental Associates, were are here to provide you with the information you need to maintain your healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Practice Good Daily Oral Care
Good dental care begins at home. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time to remove all plaque from your teeth. Floss at least once a day, taking time to clean between each tooth and behind your back molars. Use a fluoride toothpaste and an alcohol-free mouth rinse. If you aren’t sure whether you’re brushing or flossing correctly, check with your dentist during your next visit for tips on your technique.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
The foods and drinks you choose today affect your overall health and your dental health. Opt for water, tea, or milk instead of sodas and energy drinks. Choose healthy snacks packed with nutrients such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables rather than sweets or chips. If you do opt for dessert, eat your cookie or cake with a glass of milk—it will help to neutralize acids on your teeth and prevent decay.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Your dentist is your best friend when it comes to maintaining your smile. Regular checkups are essential to catching dental problems early or monitoring ongoing conditions. Professional cleanings remove tartar that your toothbrush cannot, preventing gum disease and cavities. Visit your dentist twice a year and keep him up-to-date on your health and any medications you may be taking.
Begin caring for your teeth today for a healthy tomorrow by scheduling your appointment at Northern Virginia Dental Associates. Our experienced dentists provide a variety of treatment options including pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We also have comfortable treatment options for anxious patients. Please visit our website or call (888) 862-0095 for more information or to become our newest patient.
Last updated 9 days ago
If you suffer from bruxism, you clench or grind your teeth as you sleep. A night guard protects your teeth while you sleep, so keeping it clean and in good repair is essential. Your dentist will provide a hard case for storage—make sure to place your night guard in its case whenever it’s not in use. Avoid wrapping it in a napkin or leaving it out where it could be accidentally thrown away or damaged. Don’t store your case in areas that receive direct sunlight. Clean your night guard each morning after use. Rinse it with cool water and let it air dry in its case. You can brush it once a week with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. You may also wish to rinse it in mouthwash once or twice a week. Talk to your dentist if you’re not sure which products are safe for use on your appliance.
Your dentist at Northern Virginia Dental Associates can answer all of your questions about bruxism and night guards for better dental health and restful sleep. Call us today at (888) 862-0095 to schedule an appointment or check out our website for more information.
Last updated 11 days ago
As you grow and change, so do your dental needs. Now that your dental health is solely in your hands, following a few simple tips will keep your smile looking great. It’s still important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings for a little extra help in maintaining your teeth.
Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing are still the most important things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It may be tempting to skip these activities, but it can affect the way you look, feel, and smell! Bad breath often comes from poor dental hygiene, so make sure to brush your teeth for a full two minutes when you get up each morning. Brush again for a full two minutes before you go to bed at night. Floss at least once a day to remove food that could be stuck between your teeth, which can cause bad breath and gum disease that affects your smile later on.
Wear a Mouth Guard
No one wants to get taken out of the game for a dental emergency. If you play sports, talk to your dentist about wearing a mouth guard. Just as you wear a helmet to protect your head, mouth guards protect your teeth and gums from accidents such as blows or falls. This will prevent knocked-out teeth that could affect the way you look and your ability to eat and speak.
Practice Healthy Habits
Did you know that the foods you eat can affect your dental health? Avoid eating or drinking too many sugary foods and beverages, including sodas and energy drinks. Drink plenty of water and milk and choose healthy snacks such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco, and avoid getting piercings on your lips or tongue.
If you have questions about your dental health and how your habits affect your smile, talk to your family dentist at Northern Virginia Dental Associates. Our Springfield practice offers a variety of services, including pediatric and teen dentistry and Invisalign orthodontics. Call (888) 862-0095 or click on our website today!
Last updated 16 days ago
During pregnancy, you work hard to keep your body healthy. However, did you know that it’s just as important to keep your mouth healthy?
This video explains the importance and benefits of prenatal dental care. Healthy teeth and gums have a positive impact on your child’s health as well as your own. Make sure to eat a nutritious diet as well as floss and brush every day. Continue to visit your dentist and let him know if you experience signs of gingivitis, such as gums that are sore or bleed.
For more dental health tips to benefit you and your family at all stages of life, visit Northern Virginia Dental Associates today. Our dentists provide personalized, comprehensive care for children, teens, and adults. Check us out on the web or call (888) 862-0095 to learn about or Springfield dental services today.