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    How to Set an Effective Brushing Routine

    Last updated 12 months ago

    We all know that brushing our teeth at least twice every day is essential to maintaining a healthy smile—but are you brushing your teeth in the correct way? In this video, we take a closer look at how dental patients can create an effective brushing routine. Do you keep getting cavities despite brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste? If you notice that you are getting cavities in the same areas, you may be missing these spots when you brush. Watch the video to learn how to confront this problem.

    Give the Springfield pediatric and family dentists with Northern Virginia Dental Associates a call at (888) 862-0095 to schedule a comprehensive dental cleaning. For more information, be sure to visit us at our website. 

    Signs that Your Teeth Are Sustaining Damage While You Sleep

    Last updated 1 year ago

    We all know that brushing our teeth with fluoride toothpaste and flossing before going to bed can significantly improve our overall health. However, the things you do while you sleep can also have a direct impact on the condition and integrity of your teeth. Sleep bruxism, for example, is a condition characterized by nocturnal tooth grinding or clenching, and can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms. This article will take a closer look at the signs that you may be clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep.

    Early Wear and Tear
    Your teeth are designed to withstand large amounts of pressure as you bite and chew food items, but that does not mean that they are completely resistant to damage. The pressure sustained when clenching and grinding your teeth can eventually break down the enamel or harder outer portion of your teeth, ultimately leading to early wear and tear, chips, and tooth fractures.

    Tenderness
    Many people who grind their teeth experience tenderness upon waking. This soreness or tenderness may affect the teeth, gums, jaws, and face muscles.

    Headaches and Earaches
    In addition to early wear and tenderness, the continual pressure exerted on your teeth, jaws, and facial muscles while grinding your teeth can cause the pain to radiate into other areas of your face. For this reason, many individuals who suffer from sleep bruxism tend to experience chronic headaches, earaches, and TMJ disorders affecting the jaw joint.

    The sooner you seek treatment for bruxism, the better your chances of avoiding damage to your oral health. The family dentists with Northern Virginia Dental Associates offer a number of professional services to fit your individual needs, including sleep appliances to offset the effects of grinding and clenching. We also offer preventative care, restorative care, and pediatric dentistry. Contact our Springfield office online or call (888) 862-0095 to get started today! 

    Ways to Keep Your Breath Fresh During the Day

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Taking care of your oral health is not just about reducing your chances of tooth decay and periodontal disease, but also reducing the amount of bacteria that leads to chronic bad breath or halitosis. You can help keep your breath under control during the day by brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste each morning and night, flossing your teeth once every day, and using alcohol-free mouthwash.

    Another way to manage bad breath is to chew sugar-free gum throughout the day. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which can reduce the acid content in your mouth and wash away odor-causing particles. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can also help manage both acid content and odor-causing bacteria. You may also consider limiting your consumption of extremely pungent foods such as onions, garlic, and curry. 

    Don’t let your breath interfere with your self-confidence. You can get more tips for fresher breath and improved oral hygiene by calling Northern Virginia Dental Associates at (888) 862-0095. Our family dentists offer routine cleanings and preventive care, restorative care, and pediatric dentistry services. 

    Why Your Visits to the Dentist are Important

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Many people believe that brushing and flossing their teeth on a daily basis allows them to skip routine visits with their family dentist. However, visiting your dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining your overall health. Continue reading to learn more about the importance of visiting the dentist at least twice every year.

    Professional Cleaning
    Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth. If not removed during daily brushing and flossing, this plaque can harden and form what is known as tartar or calculus. Unlike normal plaque, tartar cannot be removed by your toothbrush and requires the care of a qualified dentist. During a comprehensive dental cleaning, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar before cleaning, polishing, and flossing your teeth.

    Evaluation of Overall Oral Health
    In addition to cleaning your teeth, routine dental care allows your dentist to examine your mouth and assess your risk for tooth decay and gum disease—both of which may not show symptoms during the early stages. If left untreated, these conditions may result in gum recession, infection, tooth loss, and other serious oral complications. Dental visits also allow your family dentist to identify other problems such as chipped or fractured teeth, damaged fillings, and disorders of the temporomandibular joint.

    Oral Cancer Screening
    One of the most important reasons to visit your dentist regularly is to undergo an oral cancer screening. During this time, your dentist will inspect your mouth and lips for early signs of cancer, including lumps or rough patches of tissue, red or white sores, changes in bite, and swelling. 

    Can you remember the last time you saw your dentist? For more information on the benefits of routine dental care, contact the family and cosmetic dentists with Northern Virginia Dental Associates at (888) 862-0095. You can also learn more about our Springfield services by checking out our website. 

    "both very personable and professional!!" - Awesome Review of Northern Virginia Dental Associates

    Last updated 1 year ago

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    • I have been fortunate to have the Northern Virginia Dental Associates as my dentist since 1983. My last appointment yesterday was, like all the others, excellent. The dental technician and the dentist were both very personable and professional!! When I was a kid, I was really nervous about going to the dentist, but now I look forward to it.... More

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