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    What Your Dentist Looks for in An X-Ray

    Last updated 4 months ago

    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
    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.

    Impacted Teeth
    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.

    Sports Safety for Your Smile

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Participating in sports raises your risk for injuries to the mouth. Dental injuries incurred during sports most often affect the front teeth, tongue, and cheeks. Whenever you take part in physical activities, it’s important to take steps to protect your smile. Talk to your dentist about wearing a mouth guard when you play sports. Mouth guards can be purchased in a sporting goods store or custom-fabricated by your dentist. These plastic appliances fit over your teeth and offer protection from blows or falls. If you play a sport that requires a helmet with a face cage, always wear your helmet and make sure it fits properly. If you do sustain an injury to your mouth, visit your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. A knocked-out tooth should be rinsed—but not scrubbed—in clean water and saved in a glass of milk or salt water until you can reach your dentist.

    South Riding Family Dentistry can help your family protect your dental health. Call (888) 802-1571 to schedule an appointment to discuss mouth guards and other sports safety with your family dentist. You’ll find more information about sports safety and dental health on our website.


    How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Your Self-Esteem

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your smile is one of the first things that others notice about you. While nearly 100% of Americans believe that a smile is an essential asset in social relations, only 50% are satisfied with the look of their own teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry focusing on the appearance of the teeth and gums. Improving the look of your smile can make you look younger, healthier, and help you to feel more confident.

    A Younger-Looking Face
    There are many cosmetic treatments that prevent or eliminate wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. However, many people neglect to consider how discolored, worn, or missing teeth can age the face as well. Cosmetic dentistry treatments offer you a healthy, bright, and youthful smile that immediately takes years off your appearance. Knowing that your smile looks as young and vibrant as you feel provides an instant boost to your confidence.

    A Better First Impression
    You only have one chance to make a good first impression. A bright and healthy smile shows your dedication to taking care of yourself and looking your best. Improving your teeth through cosmetic dentistry will help you to present yourself more confidently when meeting others. When you like the look of your smile, you are more likely to share it rather than avoid smiling and laughing. Studies have shown that feeling confident about your smile can also improve your chances of success at work and improve your social life. Those who are confident in their appearance seek out others instead of avoiding social interactions.

    Worry about the look of your teeth can lower your self-esteem and reduce your enjoyment of social situations. If you are ready to enjoy your life to the fullest and feel more confident every day, call South Riding Family Dentistry at (888) 802-1571. We offer a variety of cosmetic services including Zoom2! Whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and Invisalign orthodontics. Take a look through our blog to learn more about the benefits of a healthy and confident smile.

    How to Take Care of Your Teeth

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Maintaining a healthy mouth will prevent cavities and gum disease that threaten the appearance and the longevity of your teeth. The keys to a beautiful smile include eating a healthy diet, visiting your dentist regularly, and practicing good oral hygiene.

    This video discusses how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse with mouthwash to remove plaque and bacteria. Make sure you are brushing for a full two minutes to ensure you are cleaning your teeth completely. If you aren’t sure which dental care products are best for you, ask your dentist for recommendations during your next visit.

    At South Riding Family Dentistry, we are here to help your entire family enjoy lifelong healthy smiles. Call us today at (888) 802-1571 to schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning. You can find more helpful oral health tips on our blog.

    Caring for Toddlers' and Preschoolers' Teeth

    Last updated 5 months ago

    As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s dental health. Taking the right steps to care for your child’s teeth will help him to cultivate healthy habits that will benefit him for a lifetime. Your family dentist is here to help you ensure your child’s smile is bright, healthy, and happy.

    Eliminate Bedtime Bottles
    Many parents put their child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. However, these liquids contain sugar that bathe your child’s teeth and promote tooth decay while he sleeps. Juices are also acidic, weakening the enamel that protects your child’s teeth. Never put your child to bed with a bottle of any liquid that is not water. If your child prefers to sleep with a pacifier, never dip it in sugar or honey to make it more appealing.

    Brush and Floss
    As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, begin brushing twice a day. Once your child has adjacent teeth, you should floss between them. Until your child is older, you should brush and floss for him. Use a child-sized toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Young children should not be given fluoride toothpaste unless you are there to ensure it is spit out rather than swallowed. If you have any questions about daily oral care or the right products for your child, ask your family dentist for more information.

    Consider Sealants
    The chewing surfaces of the back molars can easily trap food and provide an inviting environment for cavity-causing bacteria. Dental sealants made from a thin plastic coating provide an added layer of protection for your child’s teeth that will last for years. Your dentist can place sealants during a quick and easy procedure that does not require anesthetic.

    South Riding Family Dentistry is pleased to offer comprehensive, quality-focused dental care for children and adults in South Riding, Chantilly, Brambleton and Aldie. Visit us on the web to find out more about how we can provide your child with a positive dental experience. You can schedule your child’s first visit by calling (888) 802-1571.

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