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    When Should You Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened?

    Last updated 11 months ago

    While some people naturally have yellow teeth, other people’s teeth simply begin to yellow over time. One of the most common sources of yellowing teeth is surface stains, which can appear from drinking beverages like tea, coffee, red wine, or colas. Through professional teeth whitening, people can remove these surface stains and restore a healthy, white smile before major events and special occasions, such as the following.


    One of the most common reasons why people choose this cosmetic dentistry treatment is to prepare for an upcoming wedding. Whether someone is getting married or is a member of the wedding party, the event will involve lots of smiling, talking, and posing for pictures. Professional teeth whitening can help people feel more comfortable and confident interacting in such a highly social event.

    Job Interviews

    During a job interview, a candidate needs to convince a potential employer that he or she is the right fit for the position. Not only does this require knowledge and experience, but it also requires a high level of self-confidence. It can be difficult for someone to feel confident in this situation when he or she has stained or discolored teeth. Professional teeth whitening can help someone reverse years of teeth staining or yellowing before a job interview.

    Professional Pictures

    Many families choose to take professional pictures each year to include in holiday cards for loved ones. Some families also schedule professional pictures to commemorate special events such as an anniversary. These pictures will likely be seen by many loved ones and hung up around various family homes. Scheduling professional teeth whitening before a family photo can help someone appear younger, healthier, and happier. This boost in self-esteem can ultimately translate into a better picture.

    If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, please contact South Riding Family Dentistry at (703) 327-0327. Our Virginia dental office offers a range of services, from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. Our reception team is happy to assist you if you have any questions about your coverage.   

    How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

    Last updated 11 months ago

    You may know that stress can affect your heart, blood pressure, and overall bodily health, but you may not realize that it can also take a toll on your oral health. A common side effect of stress is bruxism, a condition in which you grind your teeth at night. Bruxism can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and chipped or fractured teeth.

    If you suffer from bruxism, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your family dentist. As this video explains, your dentist may be able to create a custom mouth guard, which will help stop you from grinding your teeth at night. You can also help alleviate the stress that causes bruxism through exercise and counseling. 

    Call (703) 327-0327 to schedule a consultation with South Riding Family Dentistry. Our staff members get to know our patients by face, helping to ensure that your appointments are both convenient and informative. 

    Warning Signs of an Abscessed Tooth

    Last updated 12 months ago

    An abscessed tooth occurs when the root of a tooth or the area between the gum and a tooth becomes infected. In most cases of abscessed teeth, severe tooth decay is responsible for the infection, but tooth trauma and gum disease can also cause a tooth abscess to form. 

    If an infection is left untreated, the bacteria can spread from the root of the tooth toward the bones that support the teeth, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. One of the first signs of an abscessed tooth is a severe toothache that creates throbbing sensations. In addition, a tooth abscess can trigger fever, pain when chewing, a bitter taste in the mouth, or swollen neck glands. Sometimes, a tooth abscess results in an overall feeling of discomfort or uneasiness throughout the body. The toothache can sometimes stop if the abscess causes the tooth’s root to die, but that doesn’t mean the infection is healed. If the tooth’s root dies, the bacteria can still spread to the nearby tissue.

    If you’ve noticed signs of an abscessed tooth, you should immediately schedule a dental appointment. You can schedule an appointment with South Riding Family Dentistry in Virginia by calling (703) 327-0327.

    Understanding the Truth About Root Canals

    Last updated 12 months ago

    A root canal is a common dental procedure used to save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal, a dentist will remove the infected nerve and pulp from inside of the tooth, clean the area, and then seal the tooth. Even though undergoing a root canal procedure is no more painful than receiving a dental filling, root canals still have a false reputation of being uncomfortable. Continue reading to learn about the truth behind root canals.

    Root Canal Treatment Relieves Pain

    One of the most common misconceptions regarding root canals is that the procedure causes considerable pain. In reality, root canals relieve pain. Most people seek dental care when they have developed a severe toothache, which can be caused by damaged tissues inside of the tooth. During a root canal, a dentist removes the damaged tissue, thereby removing the source of pain.

    Root Canal Treatment is Safe

    There is no valid, scientific evidence showing that a root canal treatment causes illness or disease in other parts of the body. In fact, decades of research since the 1930s have contradicted the common root canal myth that treatment results in disease. Severe tooth infections require root canals in order to remove bacteria inside of the infected root canal. The sealant used during a root canal procedure also prevents another bacterial infection from forming.

    Root Canal Treatment is Often the Best Option

    Saving a person’s natural tooth is generally the better option when compared to tooth extraction. In addition, root canals are usually less expensive than tooth extraction and the subsequent placement of a bridge or dental implant. Saving the natural tooth also provides health benefits, and helps patients maintain the natural appearance of their smiles.

    If you have a severe toothache or notice swelling and tenderness in your gums, these are all signs that you may need to schedule a root canal. At South Riding Family Dentistry, we provide comprehensive patient care and education so that you can take an active role in maintaining your oral health. Contact us online or call (703) 327-0327 to schedule an appointment with our Virginia cosmetic dentist. 

    Get to Know Dr. Carl Steger

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A Fairfax, Virginia, native and graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Carl Steger is committed to providing both comprehensive patient care and education. After receiving his DDS with honors, Dr. Steger served with the United States Air Force for three years. During that time, Dr. Steger completed his Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency before honorably separating in 2002.

    In 2005, Dr. Steger began his own dental practice in Cary, North Carolina. Even though the move from Virginia was a welcome change for him and his family, they always considered Virginia home. After five years in practice, Dr. Steger sold his start-up and returned to Northern Virginia. Dr. Steger is a proud Dawson Academy Alumnus with experience in complex restorative and esthetic dentistry as well as implant restoration. He and his wife live together with their young daughter in Fairfax.

    To learn more about Dr. Carl Steger and the team at South Riding Family Dentistry, please call (703) 327-0327. We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services in our Northern Virginia office. 

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