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While many people think that crooked teeth are primarily a cosmetic problem, the truth is that misaligned teeth can affect your overall health. Teeth that are poorly aligned are more difficult to clean, raising your risk of developing dental problems.
Up to 74% of American adults suffer from some form of malocclusion. Over time, crooked teeth can lead to an increased incidence of cavities and gum disease. Gum disease has been linked with other systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. You can learn more about how crooked teeth affect your dental and overall health by watching this video.
It’s never too late to correct a crooked bite. South Riding Family Dentistry offers Invisalign orthodontics for teens and adults in South Riding, Chantilly, Herndon, Reston, and Centreville. Click through our website or call (888) 802-1571 to learn more about the benefits of straighter teeth.
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Although tooth enamel provides a tough layer of protection against cavities and decay, enamel is also quite porous. Over time, your teeth can absorb pigments from the foods and drinks you enjoy. If you are concerned about tooth discoloration caused by foods and drinks, medications, or other factors, South Riding Family Dentistry offers Zoom2! teeth whitening for a brighter smile.
Brightly-colored berries contain pigments that can easily stain the teeth. Some of the worst offenders among fruits include blueberries, cranberries, cherries, blackberries, and pomegranates. Juices, jams, smoothies, pies, and other foods prepared with these fruits can also cause tooth discoloration when consumed.
Many sauces added to popular foods are common sources of tooth stains. Tomato sauce and salad dressings that contain vinegar are highly acidic. Acids weaken your tooth enamel and making it easier for stains to set in. Other deeply-colored sauces that cause tooth discoloration include soy sauce and curry.
Wine and Tea
Although many people believe that coffee is largely responsible for tooth discoloration, wine and tea are more likely to cause stains on the teeth. Red wines and black teas contain pigments called tannins, which are particularly effective at causing visible stains. While white wine is not colored, it does contain acid that erodes tooth enamel and increases your susceptibility to stains from other foods and drinks
Candies and Sweets
The high sugar content of candies and sweets provide food for the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Tooth decay results in weakened enamel that provides less protection for the teeth and is more likely to absorb stains. Many candies and sweets also contain artificial coloring that affect the teeth. If your mouth turns a bright color after candy is consumed, it is a sign that tooth-staining pigments are present.
A healthy smile is a beautiful, confident smile. If you’d like to explore your cosmetic dentistry options in South Riding, contact your dentist at South Riding Family Dentistry by calling (888) 802-1571. Check out our blog for more information about preventing and eliminating tooth stains.
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Diabetes is a systemic disease that can affect your dental health. Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, thrush, and dry mouth. If you have diabetes, talk to your dentist about your daily oral care routine. You should floss at least once a day to remove bacteria from between your teeth and along the gum line. Brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes to prevent plaque buildup. A mouth rinse can further reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and help you prevent gum disease. You should maintain a regular schedule of biannual dental cleanings to remove built-up tartar and monitor your overall oral health. If you notice that your gums are tender, discolored, or bleed when brushing and flossing, contact your dentist for a checkup.
Your dentist at South Riding Family Dentistry can help you develop a personalized oral care plan to maintain excellent dental health. We offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services including periodontal care and options for anxious patients. Visit us on the web or call (888) 802-1571 to learn more about our South Riding dental practice.
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Dental checkups at your cosmetic dentist’s office involve high-tech treatments and instruments, but dental care wasn’t always so precise and has evolved over a long, storied history. References to dental care date all the way back to the Egyptians, and restorative dental care was first performed in ancient Rome. In later years, many of the developments in oral health have been in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening, veneers, and more have all boomed in popularity. Take a tour of oral health and cosmetic dentistry history with this infographic from Chantilly’s South Riding Family Dentistry. Please share this fascinating peek at the development of modern dentistry with your friends and family.
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During a preventive dental exam, your dentist takes X-rays to monitor your oral health. X-rays allow your dentist to look between adjacent teeth and beneath the gums to spot issues that are invisible during a normal visual examination. Your dental health and other factors will determine how often your dentist takes X-rays as part of your preventive care.
X-rays show areas of tooth decay that may be invisible to the naked eye, allowing your dentist to treat cavities while they are small. Large cavities can destroy significant portions of a tooth and lead to sensitivity, pain, and the need for more invasive treatment. When a cavity is small, your dentist only needs to remove and restore a small area of the tooth, preserving more of its natural and healthy structure.
Abscesses or Tumors
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that forms inside the gums or pulp of the teeth as a result of infection. X-rays allow your dentist to see inside the teeth and gums to identify infected areas that must be treated. Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the gums and jaw are also visible on an X-ray; tumors may not be detectable via other forms of examination.
The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge from the gums, often erupting in adulthood. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain or damage adjacent teeth. Your dentist uses X-rays to reveal the location of your wisdom teeth and determine whether they could pose a concern. In the event that you require surgical removal of your wisdom teeth, X-rays are used to guide your dentist during the extraction procedure.
If you have questions or concerns about dental X-rays, your family dentist has the answers you need about the role they play in your oral health. Call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571 for more information about preventive dental care. Click through our website to find out about our cosmetic, periodontal, and orthodontic treatment options as well.