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    What's the Most Difficult Tooth Stain to Remove?

    Last updated 1 day 15 hours ago

    Millions of Americans aspire to have a set of white, perfect teeth. However, many are unwilling to give up coffee, red wine, cigarettes, and other common causes of tooth stains. Fortunately, teeth whitening can remove many of these stains.  

    Extrinsic stains affect the surfaces of the teeth. These stains are caused by the food you eat and your lifestyle habits; in other words, you can prevent these stains if you choose to. Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, are stains that occur from the inside out. Intrinsic stains may be caused by tooth trauma or too much exposure to fluoride. Intrinsic stains are much more difficult to remove, especially with over-the-counter whitening products. However, you may be able to lighten intrinsic stains if you opt for professional teeth whitening.

    South Riding Family Dentistry provides a number of cosmetic dentistry services, including Zoom2! Whitening and porcelain veneers. You can learn all about our dentistry services by calling our South Riding dental office at (888) 802-1571.  

    Remedies to Help You Stop Grinding Your Teeth

    Last updated 3 days 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 8 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 10 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 15 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. 

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