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    Beyond Brushing: Tips for Total Oral Hygiene

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Visiting your family dentist at least twice a year is important for maintaining proper dental health. But your dentist isn’t the only one in charge of maintaining your smile—you also play an important role due to your oral hygiene habits. Make sure you go beyond brushing by following these tips for total oral hygiene:

    Floss Once a Day
    Brushing and flossing go hand in hand, but a lot of people skip the second part of this oral hygiene duo. If you brush without flossing, you will clean the fronts and backs of your teeth, but you will not be able to get whatever is hiding in between your teeth. Floss gets in between teeth to remove food particles that can get left behind. You should floss at least once a day and follow proper technique to protect both your teeth and your gums.

    Use a Mouthwash
    It is always a good idea to enhance your oral hygiene routine with mouthwash. Family dentists may recommend specific mouthwashes for certain patients, but this oral hygiene product is a great addition for anyone interested in fresher breath and a healthier smile. Ask your dentist for recommendations or look at different mouthwash brands to find the one that meets your needs. Follow the instructions to include mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine.

    Drink Plenty of Water
    The foods and drinks you consume impact both the health and appearance of your smile. Even a healthy diet filled with vitamins and nutrients can leave teeth feeling less than clean. Luckily, water is a helpful tool for maintaining oral health! Drinking water is a simple way to wash away any food or beverage particles that stick to your teeth and gums during meals and snacks. This keeps teeth healthier and prevents stains caused by dark foods and drinks.

    Your family dentist at South Riding Family Dentistry can offer more tips for maintaining good oral hygiene. Find information by visiting our website or by calling our Chantilly dental clinic today at (888) 802-1571.


    Tips for Healthy Halloween Smiles

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Halloween is right around the corner! If your children are already getting ready to go trick-or-treating, it is a good idea to talk about candy, moderation, and proper oral health. Teaching your child about the importance of good dental hygiene can help him or her protect those pearly whites during Halloween season.

    As you will see in this video, it is a good idea to only keep a portion of the candy your child receives on Halloween. Sort through the pieces and pick 10 or 20 of your child’s favorites. Let your child eat candy, but make sure he or she rinses with water after the treats. Children should also brush their teeth after rinsing to remove leftover bacteria.

    Good oral hygiene is important throughout the year. Help your child maintain a healthy smile by visiting South Riding Family Dentistry. Discover our family dentists by calling us at (888) 802-1571.

    Avoid the Risks and Drawbacks of Dentures With Dental Implants

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Tooth loss is unfortunately common among seniors, which is why so many people look into getting dentures as they get older. Dentures may be the traditional option for missing teeth, but they are definitely not the best option. Dental implants offer a number of benefits, making them a great alternative to dentures. Check out some of the perks of dental implants:

    What Are Dental Implants?
    Dentures are removable devices that are uncomfortable and unstable. Unlike dentures, dental implants are placed firmly and securely into the jaw in order to provide the most realistic and comfortable solution for one or more missing teeth. These devices feature strong posts that are implanted into the jaw in spaces that teeth used to occupy. Artificial teeth or bridges can be secured on top of the posts to provide a natural looking and feeling replacement for people with missing teeth.

    What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
    Missing teeth present a number of problems that affect a person’s health as well as their appearance. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may experience difficult with chewing or speaking. Tooth loss can also negatively impact your smile’s alignment, leading to a higher risk for tooth decay. Dental implants improve oral health by realigning the smile and keeping the natural teeth as straight as possible. This cosmetic dentistry procedure results in new teeth that look and feel just like natural teeth.

    Who Should Choose Dental Implants?
    If you are unhappy with your dentures, it may be time to switch to dental implants. Cosmetic dentistry makes it easy to enjoy a natural smile that allows you to eat, speak, and breathe comfortably. People with one or more missing teeth may be good candidates for dental implants. The best candidates are in good health and are committed to practicing good oral hygiene to maintain healthy and attractive smiles.

    Learn more about dental implants by contacting South Riding Family Dentistry today! Call our Chantilly family dental clinic at (888) 802-1571 to find out if dental implants are the right choice for your smile.


    How to Floss Properly

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Dental floss is designed to clean between teeth and along the gum line, preventing plaque buildup that leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Always use a fresh piece of dental floss approximately 18 inches long. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers until only one to two inches remain, then pinch the floss between your index finger and thumb. Work the floss up between two teeth, moving it up and down while curving the floss in a “c” shape around one tooth, then the other. Make sure the floss reaches the top of the tooth where it meets the gums. Curve the floss all the way around your back molars, as plaque can easily build up in these areas. If you have trouble inserting floss between your teeth, try using waxed floss or a flossing stick to make the process easier.

    Regular flossing, brushing, and checkups with your dentist will help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for a lifetime. You can schedule your next checkup and cleaning at South Riding Family Dentistry by calling our South Riding dental office at (888) 802-1571. You can find more tips for maintaining your teeth on our blog.

    How to Reduce Your Risk of a Dental Emergency

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Dental emergencies can affect the teeth, gums, tongue, or lips. Knowing how to avoid a dental emergency and what to do if one should occur can help you prevent permanent damage to your smile. Contact your dentist immediately if you have questions or concerns about an injury or tooth pain.

    Wear a Mouth guard
    If you participate in sports, talk to your dentist about obtaining a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth, tongue, and gums while you play. Mouth guards absorb the shock from blows that might otherwise damage your teeth. If you do use a mouth guard, make sure to clean it after every use and store it in its proper container to prevent bacterial buildup that could lead to dental health problems.

    Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool
    Your teeth are designed for chewing food to aid in digestion. Never use your teeth as a tool to rip tape or open packaging and beverage containers. Avoid chewing hard items like pens, ice, hard candy, and even your fingernails. Carry items in your hands, not your teeth, and don’t hold items in your mouth rather than setting them down if you need an extra hand. Using your teeth for purposes other than chewing can result in broken teeth and tooth pain.

    Care for Your Teeth Regularly
    Toothaches are indicative of deep-seated decay or infection in a tooth. You can prevent these dental emergencies by taking the time to care for your teeth every day. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to prevent the buildup of cavity-causing plaque. Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups to identify problems when they are small and before they become an emergency.

    South Riding Family Dentistry provides same-day emergency services to address tooth pain and injuries in Chantilly, Herndon, and beyond. If you need assistance or have questions, please call our office at (888) 802-1571. Visit our website for more information about handling dental emergencies for a healthier smile. 

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