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    Remedies to Help You Stop Grinding Your Teeth

    Last updated 1 day 10 hours ago

    Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a condition that affects millions of Americans. Bruxism is especially troublesome because it often happens at night, when sufferers don’t even realize they’re doing it. If you or your partner suspects that you’re grinding your teeth at night, you should speak with your dentist about possible solutions. Here are a few simple remedies to get you started.

    Stress Relief

    Stress is one of the chief reasons why people grind their teeth. If you’ve been feeling stressed out at work or at home, you should take some steps to help you relax. For example, you might reduce your caffeine intake, start exercising, take up a calming new hobby, or take a long, warm bath before bed. Letting your cares float away as you drift off to sleep can go a long way toward protecting your teeth.

    Better Posture

    It’s equally important to be mindful of the way your jaw is aligned during the day. If you regularly chew gum, consider cutting back—or at least try to chew with both sides of your mouth equally. Believe it or not, your posture can also have an effect on how straight your jaw is. For help reducing pressure on your jaw, buy an office chair that encourages you to sit up straight.

    Mouth Guard

    While the above measures can help, the only surefire way to prevent your teeth from damage is to wear a mouth guard while you sleep. If you visit a skilled dentist, you can have a mouth guard custom made for your teeth, providing maximum comfort while you sleep. Your teeth and jaw are too important to fall victim to bruxism—for the sake of your oral health and overall wellbeing, talk to your dentist about tooth grinding solutions.

    The dentists at South Riding Family Dentistry will gladly discuss ways you can address bruxism and protect your teeth. If your teeth have already suffered some damage, we can provide a range of cosmetic dentistry solutions. Call (888) 802-1571 to make an appointment with a South Riding cosmetic dentist. 

    When to Call Your Dentist

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Though you may not realize it, your teeth are an important part of your digestive system. They’re responsible for chewing your food into small, easily digestible pieces. If your teeth are in pain or otherwise compromised, they can prevent you from chewing your food properly, which can lead to a host of other health problems. Instead of letting tooth issues go unresolved, you should call your dentist at your earliest convenience. 

    If your tooth is causing you any kind of pain, you should call the dentist. Even a small amount of pain can indicate a serious problem with the nerves in your teeth. It’s also a good idea to call the dentist if you suffer a chip or lose a tooth—if you act quickly, the dentist may be able to save your damaged tooth.

    South Riding Family Dentistry provides same-day appointments for dental emergencies. We also offer cosmetic dental services for patients who wish to improve their smile. Call our South Riding dental practice at (888) 802-1571 to make an appointment.

    Reasons to Have Access to Emergency Dental Services

    Last updated 8 days ago

    If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist regularly, you might think you’re safe from dental problems. However, accidents happen all the time, and virtually anyone can suffer a dental emergency. Instead of visiting the emergency room for your damaged tooth, which can cost hundreds of dollars, you should visit a dentist who provides emergency dental services.

    Lower Cost

    Though most emergency rooms are versatile in terms of which ailments they can treat, they are notoriously expensive. According to one estimate, a visit to the emergency room can cost ten times the cost of normal preventative care from a dentist. If you have a broken jaw, you should visit the emergency room—if you lose a tooth, however, you’re best off going to the dentist. You’ll find the bill from your dentist to be much more manageable—especially if you have insurance.

    More Options

    You’ll find that a dentist who provides emergency services offers many more options than your average emergency room. Again, hospital emergency rooms must be prepared for a wide range of injuries and ailments. This breadth of service does not allow much room for specialized care in any one medical discipline. If you visit a dentist with a toothache, you can receive a more precise diagnosis and a more effective treatment.

    Better Service

    Dentists go to medical school to learn about the teeth and mouth. ER doctors, on the other hand, usually have a more general knowledge of dentistry. If you suffer a lost tooth, chip, or major toothache, it’s a good idea to find a dentist who provides same-day appointments for dental emergencies. If you visit a dentist, there’s a better chance that your issue will be resolved once and for all.

    Call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571 if you ever experience a dental emergency. You might also consider our dental office if you’re looking for a new family dentist or a skilled provider of cosmetic dental services. We’re proud to serve the families of South Riding, Chantilly, Herndon, and elsewhere in the area.

    Why a Healthy Body Begins with a Healthy Mouth

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Like most Americans, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your oral health. However, remembering to brush and floss every day is extremely important; according to a recent report, about 1 in 2 adults have gingivitis.

    In this video, Dr. Travis Stork of TV’s “The Doctors” explains how your oral health is linked with your overall wellbeing. He says that about 2/3 of people with diabetes and about 70% of pregnant women have gum disease. Mild gum disease is completely reversible with regular brushing and flossing, while advanced periodontitis can lead to irreversible tooth and bone loss. 

    If you suspect that you have gingivitis, call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571. We’re proud to provide cosmetic and general dentistry services to patients in South Riding, Chantilly, and surrounding areas. 

    Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

    Last updated 14 days ago

    If you got a cavity a few years ago, you would have to settle for a metal filling. While metal is a perfectly acceptable filling material, the silver color is very conspicuous. Every time you throw your head back and laugh, everyone can see that you have a metal filling. Thanks to advances in dental care, tooth-colored fillings are more sophisticated than ever. Here are just a few of their advantages.  

    Easy Installation

    Generally speaking, tooth-colored fillings are easier to install than metal fillings. When a dentist installs a metal filling, he has to drill a considerable amount from your natural tooth in order to create a “ledge” for the filling to take hold. Tooth-colored composite fillings, on the other hand, are more viscous, and can take the shape of your natural tooth more easily. This means that your dentist won’t have to remove as much from your existing tooth.

    Attractive Appearance

    A filling should be an effective treatment for your cavity, not an embarrassing reminder that you didn’t brush your teeth enough. If you opt for a tooth-colored composite or porcelain filling, you won’t have to face a glaring reminder of your cavity. In fact, no one will know about your cavity unless you choose to tell them.

    Tooth Flexibility

    Though your teeth are strong, they’re not completely rigid structures. When you bite down on hard objects, your teeth have a little give, which makes chewing more comfortable. Metal fillings tend to be more rigid, and can create a different sensation when chewing. Composite and porcelain fillings, on the other hand, better mimic the texture of your natural teeth, allowing you to continue chewing as normal without any discernable difference in feeling.  

    For more information about tooth-colored dental fillings, call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571. Our cosmetic dentists will gladly answer your questions about fillings, veneers, implants, and whatever else you wish to know about. We strive to make our appointments as convenient and informative as possible for our Chantilly, South Riding, and Herndon patients.

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