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Posts for: February, 2016

SupportYourChildsTeethDevelopmentwithProperHygieneandDentalCare

Between infancy and the onset of puberty, your child will grow one set of teeth, lose it and grow another; their jaw structure will also change dramatically. This rapid development sets the course for their oral health later in life.

That’s why it’s so important to care for their teeth and gums in these early stages through daily hygiene and regular dental visits for disease prevention and treatment. Hygiene is the cornerstone of this care, and should begin in earnest when your child’s first tooth erupts in the gums, by first gently cleaning around the newly erupted teeth and gums after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad.

As they pass their first birthday you can switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Children should begin learning to brush around age 2, first by modeling you as you brush together. They should be adept enough by age 6 to brush on their own, at which time you can introduce flossing. We’re more than happy to advise you on technique for both of these hygiene tasks.

Age one is also the time for them to begin regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. This will help us stay ahead of any developing decay or other issues and perform preventive treatments like dental sealants or fluoride applications. It will also help your child become comfortable with the dental office, which can make it easier for them to develop a long-term habit of regular dental care.

There are also habits you should practice (or avoid) that support good oral health for your child. For example, you shouldn’t allow them to sleep with a pacifier or a bottle filled with anything but water. Breast milk and formula contain some forms of sugar that bacteria can feed on; if this becomes too frequent it can result in higher acid levels that soften enamel and lead to decay. You should also take preventive actions to protect your child from teeth-damaging injuries like playing too close to hard furniture.

All these common sense measures support your child’s oral development. You can then let Nature takes its course as your child develops a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

If you would like more information on oral care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”


By The Dental Spa
February 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
NoahGallowaysDentallyDangerousDancing

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”


By The Dental Spa
February 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Could you be the perfect candidate for invisible braces? Let’s find out!

Maybe you think you are too old for braces and that ship to a straighter smile has sailed, but what if your Woodbridge, VA dentists--Dr. invisalignMarv Thomas, Dr. Armen Zarookian and Dr. Melanie Allgeyer--told you that you could have a straighter smile without having to sport a metal mouth for a year or more? Doesn’t that sound amazing? Well, it’s all possible with Invisalign, the nearly invisible way to get a straighter smile.

How complex are your dental issues?

While Invisalign can handle a wide variety of mild to more severe cases, it can’t do everything traditional braces can. If you need more complicated tooth movements or if you have jaw abnormalities, then Invisalign may not be the best choice. However, the only way to know is by seeing your restorative dentist in Woodbridge to determine if Invisalign is right for your dental goals.

How old are you?

Are you a late teen or adult? If so, Invisalign could be the right option. While children can’t benefit from these invisible aligners, late teens and adults who have lost all of their baby teeth and whose second molars have come through completely are often great candidates.

How dedicated are you to your treatment?

Because Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners, this means you are responsible for your treatment. If you don’t wear your aligners often enough (about 20-22 hours a day), then you won’t get the results you want and you’ll delay your treatment. If you are ready to be responsible for caring and cleaning your aligners, then you may be right for Invisalign treatment.

Do you have health insurance?

One major factor that helps people determine whether Invisalign is the right choice is to take a look at their finances. Because Invisalign can be a bit pricier than traditional braces, it’s important to know that you have the budget for your aligners, have health insurance that may cover a portion of it, or have talked to us about a payment plan.

Turn to our Woodbridge, VA cosmetic dentists at The Dental Spa to get the smile you’ve always wanted. If Invisalign sounds like the right treatment for you, then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with us today.




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