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    Oral Health Tips for Diabetes Patients

    Last updated 4 months ago

    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.

    Oral Health History 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 4 months ago

    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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    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 5 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 5 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.

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