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Although tooth decay is commonly associated with younger individuals, people of any age can develop it. It’s important to visit your dentist at least every six months. A professional cleaning can help prevent tooth decay. Your dentist can also examine any dental restorations you may have. As you grow older, these restorations can become weakened. This can create crevices in the area, which lends itself to plaque accumulation and subsequently, tooth decay.
When you watch this video, you’ll hear a dentist explain a few of the factors that can contribute to tooth decay among older adults, such as trauma and heredity. She also discusses the basic anatomy of the tooth and offers some oral care tips.
Northern Virginia Dental Associates welcomes children and adults, and encourages families in the Springfield and Burke areas to take advantage of our cosmetic and pediatric dentistry services. To learn more about our dentistry services, call (888) 862-0095.
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Even if you brush twice daily and visit your family dentist regularly, your teeth can still become discolored from common foods and beverages. As a general rule of thumb, any food or beverage that will stain a tablecloth can also stain your teeth. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to minimize the damage. Try sipping beverages with a straw and rinse your mouth with water after eating pigmented foods. Additionally, schedule a trip to your dentist’s office for a professional whitening treatment to beautify your pearly whites.
Tea contains powerful antioxidants which can boost your overall health. Unfortunately, it also creates unsightly stains on your teeth. Green and black teas appear to be more potent in terms of causing stains; however, any type of tea can discolor your smile. Furthermore, tea is a mildly acidic beverage, which means that it can soften the enamel and increase your risk of tooth decay.
Dentists advise against drinking highly acidic beverages, such as energy drinks, because of the damage they can inflict on your enamel. Energy drinks can also cause tooth staining, as can sports drinks and soft drinks. Consider switching to plain water instead.
Berries are healthy fruits; however, their deep pigmentation adheres strongly to your enamel. These include cherries, blackberries, and blueberries. If you drink a berry smoothie or a berry juice, dentists recommend using a straw.
Curry is well-known for its brilliant yellow color. Unfortunately, that color readily adheres to your teeth. Your dentist may recommend limiting the amount of curry you eat or pairing your curry dish with a food that helps protect tooth enamel, such as spinach.
If you’re bothered by the appearance of discolored teeth, schedule an appointment with Northern Virginia Dental Associates. Our friendly team offers in-office whitening treatments in addition to our other cosmetic and preventive dentistry services. Residents of the Burke and Springfield areas can reach us at (888) 862-0095 to learn more.
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Dentists often remind patients to ensure they brush each surface area of each tooth. In practice; however, it can be challenging to brush teeth thoroughly. The Tooth Brushing Motivator app offers a unique spin on oral hygiene motivation. The app marks the different surface areas of each tooth with a different color. When you download this app, you can use color visualization strategies to “transfer” these colors onto each tooth.
This app may be particularly appealing for children because they may see it was a virtual painting game. Adults may use the app as a type of meditation aid to enable a positive, enjoyable tooth brushing experience.
At Northern Virginia Dental Associates of Springfield, our team of family dentists and oral hygienists can help you learn how to better protect your smile. Schedule a checkup with a dentist today by calling (888) 862-0095.
Last updated 12 days ago
Although it seems like a relatively new invention, the electric toothbrush was actually first marketed in the U.S. in 1960. During subsequent decades, many more companies have introduced new versions with considerable improvements. Dentists note that many patients have switched to electric toothbrushes out of the belief that they provide superior teeth cleaning power. If you’re thinking of making the switch, consider talking to a local dentist to determine if a power toothbrush is right for you.
Anyone may switch to an electric toothbrush. However, the benefits of a power toothbrush may be particularly noticeable for certain people. For example, if you’re a senior or if you have a medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, you may have trouble holding and manipulating your regular toothbrush. An electric toothbrush removes this obstacle to good oral hygiene by performing the brush strokes for you. These models typically have larger grips, making them easier to hold. Electric toothbrushes may also be well-suited to children who need some enticement to brush their teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily. A child who is easily bored with a manual toothbrush may find an electric toothbrush a fun way to clean his or her teeth.
Some dentists have noted that their patients enjoy reduced plaque with electric toothbrushes. The other benefits of electric toothbrushes range widely, depending on the specific brand and model you choose. Compare various models to determine what each is capable of. For example, if you have trouble remembering to brush for at least two minutes, choose a model that features a timer. If you tend to brush your teeth too aggressively, choose a model with a sensor to let you know when you’re exerting too much pressure.
Despite the many benefits of electric toothbrushes, dentists often remind patients that their brushing technique matters more than the tool. Furthermore, you’ll still need to floss at least once daily and see your dentist regularly.
The friendly team at Northern Virginia Dental Associates looks forward to meeting you and discussing how we can help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile! You can schedule an appointment with one of our family dentists by calling our office in Springfield at (888) 862-0095. Be sure to ask us about our cosmetic dentistry services, which include teeth whitening and veneers.
Last updated 17 days ago
Many people visit cosmetic dentists for teeth whitening treatments to enjoy a brighter, whiter smile. However, sometimes whiteness on the teeth indicates an underlying problem. If you notice unusually bright spots on your teeth, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist to determine what could be causing them.
Sometimes, a white spot can indicate the impending development of a cavity. When you consume foods and beverages that are acidic, such as soft drinks, tomatoes, and salad dressings, the acidity level weakens the enamel of your teeth. This weakened enamel is more susceptible to the effects of bacteria, making tooth decay more likely. In other cases, a white spot on the tooth is caused by weakened enamel when the tooth was developing. This may occur due to trauma to the area.
Protect your pearly whites by scheduling a dentist visit today. Residents of the Springfield and Burke areas can call Northern Virginia Dental Associates at (888) 862-0095 for an appointment.