Last updated 6 days ago
If you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, you may have a common condition called sleep apnea. Unfortunately, the condition is difficult to diagnose, as doctors have trouble detecting symptoms during regular office visits. If you do suffer from sleep apnea, it means that you experience frequent pauses in breathing throughout the course of the night. Continue reading to find out more about this condition.
Breathing pauses associated with sleep apnea can last a few seconds or minutes, possibly occurring more than 30 times an hour. Once you begin to breathe normally again, your breath usually comes with a loud snort or choking sound. It can be difficult to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea because you usually just fall back asleep once normal breathing resumes. However, when you wake up, you will feel tired throughout the day because your body was unable to achieve deep, restful sleep throughout the night.
There are two different types of sleep apnea—obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, your airway collapses or becomes blocked while you sleep. This blockage eventually triggers the shallow breathing and interrupted sleep. As you try to breathe, remaining air pushes past the blockage, creating a loud snoring sound. If you suffer from central sleep apnea, the portion of your brain responsible for breathing fails to signal your breathing muscles, which results in the breathing pauses.
Even though you may have difficulty detecting sleep apnea, your partner may notice your interrupted sleep throughout the night. Sleep apnea can affect anyone, but you have a greater risk for obstructive sleep apnea if you are overweight. You are more likely to suffer from central sleep apnea if you have certain medical conditions or are currently taking certain medications.
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, your dentist can provide a sleep appliance to help alleviate the condition. At South Riding Family Dentistry in Chantilly, each member of our dental staff strives to provide the best patient care and education. For more information, give us a call at (888) 802-1571.
Last updated 8 days ago
Having strong, healthy baby teeth helps your child chew food, speak, and have plenty of space for the adult teeth to grow. Unfortunately, many of the foods and beverages your child consumes are full of sugar, which helps facilitate bacterial growth and tooth decay. As a parent, there are steps you can take to lower your child’s risk of tooth decay before his or her baby teeth even erupt.
Keep Baby’s Mouth Clean
Using a washcloth, gently wipe your baby’s gums each day. Once the first tooth starts to emerge from the gums, you can begin cleaning it with a soft baby toothbrush and water. When your child is between 12 and 24 months of age, you should brush his or her teeth at least twice a day. Generally, the best times to brush your baby’s teeth are after breakfast and right before going to bed.
Teach Your Child to Drink from a Regular Cup
Drinking from a sippy cup or bottle allows liquid to build up around your child’s teeth. For this reason, you shouldn’t let your child use a sippy cup or bottle as a pacifier, as this results in long-term exposure to the liquid. When your child is between the ages of 12 and 15 months, you can start teaching him or her to drink from a regular cup.
Avoid Sweet and Sticky Foods
Eating candy, gummies, cookies, and fruit snacks increases your child’s chances of developing tooth decay, especially if he or she snacks on them throughout the day. If you do allow sweets, only offer them at mealtimes and remember to help your child brush away the leftover sugar.
South Riding Family Dentistry offers a range of cosmetic dentistry services in Chantilly, VA. Our receptionists can also assist with any questions you have about insurance coverage issues. You can learn more about our family and cosmetic dentistry services by calling (888) 802-1571.
Last updated 13 days ago
In order to provide the highest quality of care for our patients, South Riding Family Dentistry seeks highly skilled dentists who are committed to their profession. Our dentists continuously seek the latest medical skills and knowledge so that they can continue to provide comprehensive patient education and care. We allow our patients to participate fully in their treatment and treat each person like a member of our own family.
Originally from Poland, Dr. Anna Murphy grew up in Springfield before receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her DDS from the Medical College of Virginia. In 2008, Dr. Murphy joined the South Riding Family Dentistry team. Dr. Murphy is particularly interested in restorative dentistry and children’s dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and cooking. Dr. Murphy currently lives in Reston with her husband and their son and daughter.
If you would like to get to know the team at South Riding Family Dentistry, give us a call at (888) 802-1571. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services in Chantilly, VA, including crowns, veneers, tooth whitening, and periodontal care.
Last updated 15 days ago
No matter how regularly you practice good oral hygiene, bacteria still remain in your mouth. These bacteria combine with leftover food particles to form a sticky film known as plaque. In as little as 26 hours, plaque left on your teeth can harden into tartar, which requires removal by a dental professional.
Makes It Difficult To Brush and Floss
Every time you eat, the bacteria in plaque create an acid byproduct that can wear away your tooth enamel. In addition, the acids can trigger gum inflammation and infection. While plaque is easily removable with regular brushing and flossing, your family dentist needs to remove tartar. As soon as tartar forms, it will be more difficult for you to effectively brush and floss.
Irritates the Gum Line
Along the gum line, tartar buildup is especially dangerous, as the lingering bacteria can irritate your gums. If the bacteria irritate your gums, you will likely notice inflammation, which can lead to progressive gum disease. At its earliest stage, you can usually reverse gum disease by carefully brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular cleanings with your Herndon family dentist.
Progresses into Gum Disease
Failing to treat gum disease in its early stage can lead to a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. If you develop periodontitis, pockets can form in between your gums and teeth. These pockets typically fill with bacteria that gets trapped beneath the gum line. Your body will respond by releasing chemicals to fight the bacteria. Unfortunately, these chemicals combined with the bacterial substances can damage the bone and gum tissue holding your teeth in place. Left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss.
At South Riding Family Dentistry, we retain a highly skilled staff committed to providing comprehensive patient care and education. Our receptionists know our patients by name and make an effort to schedule appointments that are convenient and informative. To schedule an appointment with our family dentist in Chantilly, VA, please call (888) 802-1571.
Last updated 20 days ago
Thanks to advances in dental technology, metal brackets and wires are no longer the only option for straightening your teeth. Invisalign is a modern approach to orthodontic care that uses custom-made aligners to slowly bring the teeth into alignment. In addition to being nearly invisible, the Invisalign aligner trays are smoother and more comfortable than metal braces.
In this video, a mom shares her reasons for choosing Invisalign treatment for herself and her children. With Invisalign, patients can remove their custom aligner trays each time they eat and brush their teeth. This allows Invisalign patients to maintain their oral hygiene while subtly straightening their teeth in an average of one year.
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry services in Chantilly, VA, please call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571. We retain a highly skilled team of doctors and support staff and are committed to providing comprehensive patient care.