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    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. 

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    Stain Removal Tips for a Brighter Smile

    Last updated 1 year ago

    As we age, our teeth often become darker as the naturally yellow-colored dentin beneath the enamel begins to show through. However, the things we do on a daily basis can interfere with the color of our teeth, including consuming darkly colored liquids and foods, smoking, and failing to brush our teeth twice a day.

    This video takes a closer look at the whitening and bleaching methods available for a brighter smile. Whitening methods are used to remove surface stains, while bleaching treatments use hydrogen peroxide to oxidize the stains from within, ultimately making the teeth several shades lighter than they actually were before. Watch the full clip to learn more about different methods of tooth whitening.

    If you are interested in Zoom! Whitening, contact the skilled cosmetic dentists with Northern Virginia Dental Associates. Get on the road to a brighter smile today by calling our Springfield office at (888) 862-0095. 

    Conditions That May Be Treated with Dental Veneers

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A dental veneer refers to a thin, custom-made shell which is adhered to the front surface of the teeth in order to improve its appearance or function. These veneers may be made of porcelain or composite resin, and can be created to match the existing color of your teeth. While your Springfield cosmetic dentist can determine if dental veneers are right for you, it is important to consider which conditions are commonly treated using veneers.

    Discoloration and Staining
    Your teeth become stained or discolored over time for a number of reasons, including poor oral hygiene habits, consuming dark foods or liquids, smoking, taking certain medications, and the presence of old restorations. Teeth may also become discolored due to acid erosion, which allows the naturally yellow-colored dentin beneath the enamel to show through. Dental veneers can often be used to conceal tooth discolorations and improve the color of your teeth.

    Early Wear and Tear
    Individuals who chew on pens, pencils, their fingernails, or grind their teeth in their sleep are all at risk for early wear and tear. Teeth that have become overly worn down, chipped, or broken by these habits can all be concealed and stabilized using dental veneers.

    Gaps Between Teeth
    Many people think that the only solution for spaces or gaps between their teeth is orthodontic treatment—and while orthodontics can treat a wide variety of malocclusions, you don’t necessarily need braces to fix small gaps. In fact, dental veneers can be placed in such a way that they close the spaces between teeth, eliminating the need for more invasive treatment.

    With years of experience, the cosmetic and family dentists with Northern Virginia Dental Associates are ready to answer all of your questions about dental veneers. Give our Springfield dental office a call at (888) 862-0095 to set up an initial consultation. You can also contact our pediatric dentists by checking out our website.

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