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Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding: Which Is Right For You?

August 11, 2020

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Woman smiling at her reflection in the mirrorDid you know that the first signs of cosmetic dentistry date back to ancient times? In fact, evidence points to previous generations using their own urine to achieve a whiter smile! Luckily, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way since then. Today, patients with discoloration, chips, cracks, and gaps in their smile can turn to dental bonding and veneers that are safe, effective, and can restore your smile in as little as one visit. But how do you know which one is right for you? To help you decide, a dentist is sharing the difference between veneers and bonding!

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What Is That Smell? 5 Tips for Preventing Bad Breath

July 11, 2020

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Woman covering her mouth with her handIt is a picturesque morning. You slowly awaken to a subtle ray of sunlight peering through your window and smell the delicious aroma of freshly baked waffles coming through your door. After relaxing for a few more minutes, you follow your nose to the kitchen and see your significant other with a cup of coffee already made. As you open your mouth to say good morning, you immediately regret your decision when you smell the foul odor coming from your mouth. Not so picturesque after all.

If this sounds familiar, then you are not alone. In fact, 80 million people suffer from chronic bad breath! If you are a part of this statistic and want to prevent it from happening in the future, then read on for five tips from a dentist.

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Should I Drink Sports Drinks This Summer?

June 22, 2020

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Couple exercising with sports drinks

Now that it’s finally warm enough to enjoy your time outdoors, staying active has been one of your favorite pastimes. However, when you’re working up a sweat, you will need something to keep you hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important for your health, but choosing colorful sports drinks probably isn’t your best option. A 32 oz sports drink contains between 56 and 76 grams of sugar on average which can be destructive for your smile. Continue reading to learn what your dentist has to say about sports drinks and the harmful effects they have on your smile.

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How Does Handwashing and Sanitizing Beat COVID-19?

May 9, 2020

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Man washing hands according to dentistIn order to combat COVID-19, you have spent the majority of your time at home and made many adjustments to your busy life. Now, as many businesses and practices are opening up again and you find yourself needing to be out and about more often, it’s important you are taking every step you can to avoid contracting the Coronavirus. Keeping your hands clean is an effective measure to take to limit your contact with the virus. Your dentist can give you instructions on how to properly disinfect your hands with soap or hand sanitizer.

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Choosing an Emergency Dentist? Look for These 4 Factors

April 16, 2020

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Woman with hand on cheek visits her Falls Church emergency dentistDental emergencies rarely happen at a convenient time. In fact, they’re typically sudden, alarming, and somewhat overwhelming. Knowing where to go during these scary situations can sometimes make all the difference in saving your smile. To get the quality urgent dental care you need, it’s important that you choose the right emergency dentist ahead of time. Here are four important factors you should look out for when choosing an emergency dentist in Falls Church.

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8 Healthy Habits to Practice During Quarantine

March 22, 2020

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Happy, healthy family of four at home during quarantineSocial distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of the current COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s a strange and somewhat overwhelming time, many people are viewing quarantine as an opportunity to try new things like learning a new language, teaching their pets new tricks, and baking homemade bread. While there are plenty of good ways to spend your extra time at home, why not make a few simple but important lifestyle changes? Now is an excellent time to focus on these eight healthy habits you may not have thought much about before.

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Regain Your Confidence with a Beautiful Smile!

February 7, 2020

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Confident man smiling after seeing his cosmetic dentistHave you laughed today? It’s estimated that the average American adult laughs about 16 times daily. Unfortunately, if the look of your teeth has you giggling behind your hands, you may find it difficult to fully enjoy the moment. In fact, a growing amount of research indicates that the impact your smile has on your confidence spreads to multiple areas of your life. Read on to find out how a dazzling, self-assured set of pearly whites from your cosmetic dentist could improve your personal happiness, social perception, and career advancement!

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Better Oral Health

January 6, 2020

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toothpaste in the shape of a tooth

Most people’s New Year’s resolutions have something to do with their health, whether that be mental or physical. However, a lot of people don’t consider taking care of their teeth and gums to be as important as hitting the gym. Since your dental health can affect your general health in many ways, it’s imperative that you take care of your mouth. Here are five ideas from a dentist for resolutions to keep your pearly whites shining brightly in the new year.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy Over the Holidays

December 16, 2019

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Smiling couple during holidaysThe holidays are normally filled with family fun, but if you overindulge on sugary treats or crack your tooth trying to open a package or a nut, it can bring the celebrations to an abrupt halt. Your emergency dentist can help you save your damaged teeth and stop your pain, but of course, the best solution for any oral health issue is to make sure it never happens in the first place! Follow these 4 tips to keep your smile safe during the most wonderful time of the year.

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Can Cold and Flu Remedies Harm Your Teeth?

November 9, 2019

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woman blowing her nose

Autumn is in full swing, which unfortunately means that cold and flu season is upon us. That can mean lots of sleepless nights where you’re unable to breathe through your nose, mountains of used tissues piling up, and days spent at home with a terrible fever. Of course, there are store-bought and home remedies you can use, but just how do these medications affect your teeth? A dentist is here with the answers.

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