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    Questions to Ask Your Dentist on the First Visit

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Whether you’re switching dentists or scheduling your first visit after a long hiatus, it’s important to be prepared for your dentist visit. Many dental offices offer new patient forms on their websites so you can fill them out in advance. It’s also a good idea to brainstorm a list of questions you would like to ask your new dentist. Here’s a sampling of questions you might ask:

    Do My Medical Conditions Affect My Treatment?
    Always provide your dentist with your complete medical history. This includes any medical conditions you have or medications you take, as they can affect your oral health. Also, tell your dentist about any previous treatments or surgeries you’ve had. If you plan to undergo a new procedure, such as dental implants, ask whether your medical history affects your treatment. Additionally, inform your dentist about any relevant lifestyle factors, such as smoking.

    What’s the Best Check-Up Schedule for Me?
    Dentists recommend that most patients schedule appointments every six months. However, you might benefit from more frequent visits if you have certain risk factors for oral health problems or if you’re particularly prone to cavity development.

    How Can I Improve My Oral Care Routine?
    Dentists place a high value on patient education, as one’s at-home care routine significantly affects oral health. Tell the dentist how often you brush and floss, and ask him or her to demonstrate the proper techniques. You might also ask for recommendations of dental products.

    Is a Particular Dental Issue Cause for Concern?
    If you notice any abnormalities with your mouth, promptly bring them to the dentist’s attention. You should speak up if you think you’ve been clenching your jaw, for example, or if your teeth no longer fit together as they once did.

    At Northern Virginia Dental Associates, we welcome new patients and pride ourselves on providing the very best in dental care. Please call our Springfield practice today at (703) 451-8332 with any questions you have. You could also visit our website to learn more about our dentistry services.

    Oral Care Tips for Adults

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Dentists strongly recommend a solid oral hygiene routine. You can prevent gum disease and tooth decay by brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily. It’s also important to schedule visits to your dentist’s office every six months. Talk to your dentist about following a smile-friendly meal plan to discourage dental problems.

    For more information on the importance of preventative care, watch this video. This expert explains the surprising link between poor oral care and serious medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

    Call Northern Virginia Dental Associates today at (703) 451-8332 and ask us how we can help you keep your smile healthy. You could also visit our website to learn more about the dentistry services offered at our Springfield practice.

    What Does Your Diet Have to Do with Your Dental Care?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you see your dentist every six months and follow a good oral hygiene routine at home, you’re already building the foundation for good oral health. You can take your oral hygiene a step further by evaluating the foods and beverages you consume and how they might affect your teeth. At your next checkup, talk to your family dentist about the relationship between oral health and the following types of foods:

    Sugary Foods
    The bacteria in your mouth thrive when exposed to sugary substances, and they produce acids as a byproduct. These acids attack the enamel of your teeth, which invites tooth decay and cavities. If your dentist diagnoses you with a cavity, he or she might recommend cutting back on sugary treats. In particular, you should limit sugary foods and beverages that can have prolonged contact with the teeth, such as lollipops or soda. This prolonged contact significantly increases your risk of oral problems.

    Acidic Foods
    Although dentists often recommend brushing your teeth immediately after eating, this is not a good idea with acidic foods. When you consume citrus fruits, soda, vinegar, and other acidic foods, the acid encourages enamel breakdown. By brushing your teeth immediately after consuming these foods, you’re actually encouraging further damage. Dentists recommend waiting about 20 to 40 minutes to brush after consuming acidic foods.

    Beneficial Foods
    Not all foods are harmful to your dental health. Some foods, such as cheese, can actually improve the integrity of your teeth. Cheese contains calcium, which is essential for strong teeth and bones, and casein, which may help remineralize your teeth. After a meal, chew a piece of sugar-free gum that contains xylitol. The xylitol in gum can prevent acid production inside your mouth.

    For more information on keeping your smile healthy, schedule an appointment with Northern Virginia Dental Associates. Our family dentists welcome new patients who are interested in preventative care and cosmetic dentistry services. You can reach our practice in Springfield by calling (703) 451-8332.

    What Northern Virginia Dental Associates Has to Offer to Military Families

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Military families face enormous challenges. For instance, frequent moves require family members to establish relationships with new healthcare professionals. At Northern Virginia Dental Associates, we recognize the sacrifices that military families make every day, and we wish to honor you in any way we can. When you schedule your first appointment, ask us about our 20 percent discount for active military families. For retired military families, we accept Delta Dental for your dentistry needs.

    Some of the services that your family can take advantage of at Northern Virginia Dental Associates include pediatric dentistry, preventative care, and periodontal care. We also offer cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening, dental implants, and dental veneers. Please ask us about our current rates. Most of our services are covered under our discount for military families.

    For any questions you might have, please call Northern Virginia Dental Associates at (703) 451-8332. Our dentistry practice in Springfield strives to help each patient feel comfortable and relaxed.

    A Look at the Effects that Smoking Can Have on Your Smile

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Smokers are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to oral health. They have a higher risk of serious dental complications, including oral cancer. If you smoke, you likely suffer from halitosis, or bad breath, as a result of your habit. When you visit your dentist, they will almost certainly note significant teeth discoloration. Your dentist might also diagnose you with one of the following dental complications:

    Gum Disease
    If you smoke, you’re at a much higher risk of developing gum disease. Additionally, continuing to smoke can lessen the rate of success for gum disease treatment. Smoking inhibits the proper function of the cells in your gum tissues, which increases the likelihood of infections. In the early stage of gum disease, you’ll notice that your gums appear more red and inflamed, and tend to bleed easily. As gum disease progresses, you’re more at risk of losing your teeth.

    Oral Cancer
    Every time you visit your dentist for a checkup, they should perform an oral cancer screening. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), about 42,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral or throat cancer every year. If you notice any of the possible symptoms of oral cancer, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. Signs may include mouth sores, pain, and numbness. You might also notice that your teeth don’t seem to fit together as they once did.

    Bone Deterioration
    Just as smoking increases the risk of gum disease, so can it increase the risk of jawbone deterioration. As the bone that anchors the teeth deteriorate, your teeth will begin to loosen and fall out. If the bone loss is severe, you may be unable to have dental implants because of insufficient bone mass.

    If you’re at a higher risk of dental problems, you can benefit from frequent dentist visits. Schedule your appointment today with Northern Virginia Dental Associates in Springfield. Contact us at (703) 451-8332 with any questions you might have or visit our website for more information about our dentistry services.

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