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    Cosmetic Dentistry 101 [INFOGRPAHIC]

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Do you feel stuck with a smile you’d rather hide? If so, you have simple, smile-saving options to get a grin you’ll love to show off. Everything from in-office teeth whitening treatments to nearly invisible tooth-straightening solutions are available, so you don’t have to live with a smile you don’t feel great about. Have a conversation with your cosmetic dentist about your dental troubles and start exploring your treatment options. Chantilly’s South Riding Family Dentistry put together this infographic to highlight some of your options for cosmetic dental care. No one should suffer with self-confidence issues because of their teeth, so please help spread the word by sharing this infographic with your friends.

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    Root Canal 101

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The first thing you should know about the root canal procedure is that most patients report that it is not painful and no harder to tolerate than a standard filling. Root canals are performed to clear away decay or infection within the center of a tooth.

    To learn exactly what to expect from a root canal, watch this video. You’ll see how dentists clean decay out of the root canals in the tooth and then fill the tooth so that bacteria cannot enter the cleaned area. You will also see what a successful root canal looks like and find out what to expect after treatment.

    South Riding Family Dentistry performs root canals in our office for your convenience. We offer comprehensive preventative, general, and cosmetic dental care for patients of all ages. To make an appointment at our Northern VA office, call (888) 802-1571. 

    Factors that May Increase Your Risk for Oral Cancer

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, tongue, and throat. Since 2007, cases of oral cancer have been steadily on the increase in the US. Most people don’t know the signs of oral cancer or what ups their risk of developing the disease. However, your dentist will check for oral cancer during your regular appointments—one more reason why regular dental check-ups are so important. Are you at risk of getting oral cancer? Here are some factors that increase your odds:

    Tobacco Use
    Tobacco use increases your risk for most cancers, and it causes your chances of getting oral cancer to skyrocket. It is the biggest oral cancer risk factor. Different types of tobacco use are linked to different types of oral cancers. Pipe smokers have a high risk of getting cancer on their lips. If you use chewing tobacco or snuff, your risk of getting cancer on the inside of your cheeks or on your gums is much greater than that of a non-user. The majority of people with oral cancer are tobacco users.

    Alcohol Consumption
    Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of all kinds of oral cancers. When frequent, heavy drinking is combined with tobacco use, the risk goes up even more. According to the American Cancer Society, seven out of 10 people with oral cancer drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Being a heavy drinker and a smoker makes you as much as 100 times more likely to get oral cancer.

    HPV Infection
    There are more than 150 variants of human papilloma virus, or HPV. HPV16, one of these strains, is associated with oral cancer. HPV16 is most likely to cause throat cancer. Oral HPV infections can be passed through sexual contact and open-mouth kissing.

    Are you concerned about oral cancer? Discuss your risk factors with the team at South Riding Family Dentistry. Our dentists can perform oral cancer screenings to catch any issues in their early, most treatable stages. Schedule an appointment at our Herndon-area dental office by calling (888) 802-1571.   

    What Is Acid Erosion?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Acid erosion could be to blame. This type of tooth wear is caused by acidic food and drinks. The acids in these foods and drinks soften teeth and demineralize the surfaces. The result is an increase in tooth sensitivity and decay.

    Minor acid erosion is common. Everything from your morning juice to enzymes from your stomach cause some degree of erosion. Salvia helps to neutralize this effect and re-mineralize the tooth enamel to prevent damage. However, the repair process is slow, and many people consume high-acid foods and drinks on such a frequent basis that the salvia doesn’t have chance to stop the damage. When this happens, significant erosion can occur. If you sip soda regularly, snack often, eat a large amount of citrus fruits, or have gastric reflux, you could be at risk for acid erosion.

    Talk to your dentist at South Riding Family Dentistry about your risk of acid erosion and what you can do to prevent it. Call us now at (888) 802-1571 to schedule a check-up and dental cleaning.


    A Look at the Different Materials Used for Dental Fillings

    Last updated 7 months ago

    When tooth decay leads to a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and replace it with a dental filling. There are several different types of materials that can be used to make fillings. Here is a look at some of your dental filling options:

    Silver Amalgam
    Silver amalgam fillings are durable and cost-effective. Although they are very common, they are usually not the first choice for many patients since they are highly visible against teeth. Another downside of silver amalgam fillings is that they tend to contract and expand over the years. These changes can lead to tooth cracks that may need to be treated with additional fillings or a dental crown.

    Gold is a non-corrosive metal, which makes it ideal for fillings. Some patients also prefer the look of gold fillings, particularly to silver amalgam. However, gold fillings can be extremely expensive. One gold filling costs approximately 10 times more than a silver amalgam filling. If you choose gold, you will need to have multiple dentist visits for it to be fit properly to your tooth.

    If you prefer a natural-looking filling over silver or gold, composite is a good choice for you. Composite fillings are strong and can be matched exactly to your tooth color. Although they are more expensive than silver amalgam fillings, composite fillings are not as pricey as gold. Your dentist can match the composite material closely to your existing tooth color, so people will be unable to detect the filling in your mouth.

    If you need a filling, call South Riding Family Dentistry. We specialize in tooth-colored fillings so you can retain your natural, beautiful smile. We offer preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental care for your whole family in our Chantilly-area dentist office. Call (888) 802-1571 to schedule an appointment.

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