As we near the end of summer, it is time to start thinking about heading back to school. The very thought of the new school year prompts visits to the shopping mall for the perfect first-day outfit, and a stop at the closest office supply store for fresh school supplies. You want to look great on the first day of school, and this includes a bright, white smile. It may be a good time to look into cosmetic teeth whitening.
Today there are an overwhelming amount of options available for teeth whitening services. Over the counter teeth whitening products have flooded the market, but they might not always be the most effective option.
Teeth whitening is a great way to boost your self esteem and have a happy, healthy smile for the beginning of the school year and the fall season. Contact Loudoun Dental Smiles to get started today or see a list of our other cosmetic and dental solutions!
Summer is in full swing, causing people to head to the gym, go tanning, and believe it or not, straighten their smile. If you are an adult, improving your smile can be a difficult decision as you might feel braces are typically for children. Your local Leesburg dentist at Loudoun Dental Smiles has the perfect solution for you.
For those who don’t know what Invisalign dentistry is, it is a clear plastic mold that is custom fit to your teeth. Invisalign dentistry has many benefits, especially for adults who are looking to conceal their misaligned teeth.
As you can see, Invisalign dentistry is an incredible solution for those looking to continue the joys of life without the self consciousness of having traditional metal braces. Stop by our Leesburg dentist office for an Invisalign consultation, and Loudoun Dental Smiles will give you that great smile you’ve always wanted! Schedule an appointment today!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which means it’s time to brush up on your children’s and pediatric dentistry knowledge, and learn a few tips to keeping your children’s teeth and oral hygiene up to par.
When dealing with children’s or pediatric dentistry, you may have heard of dental sealants. Sealants are thin, plastic coats that are simply brushed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are incredibly easy to apply and also painless. After “painting” on the clear liquid around a child’s tooth or teeth, the liquid quickly hardens and creates a shield over the tooth to protect from tooth decay. Tooth decay often leads to cavities or even worse problems such as gingivitis.
Sealants protect what the fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water cannot. The constant chewing and grinding of food between your children’s back teeth means that they are being used twice as much as front teeth. This is why cavities are so common in molars. Having dental sealants applied by your children’s or pediatric dentist can help save you money on having dental fillings, caps and crowns applied due to tooth decay.
Sealants last up to 10 years but need to be checked on by your children’s or pediatric dentist to assure that there are no chips in the sealant. Any chips or natural wear and tear can be fixed by simply adding more of the sealant liquid to the damaged area.
Having dental sealants applied by your children’s or pediatric dentist can keep your child from having cavities filled at such a young age. If dental sealants aren’t right for you, use toothpaste or mouthwash that list fluoride as an ingredient. Also tap water contains fluoride as well, so constantly drinking bottled water may be healthy for your body, but it provides zero anti-cavity components. Of course, dental cleanings and checkups are always necessary.
Fluoride is delivered in many forms. The most common is in toothpaste and mouthwash. You should always use toothpaste or mouthwash that list fluoride as an ingredient. Water is another form of fluoride delivery. Most municipalities in the area put fluoride in the drinking tap water. This is not true for well water or bottled water. Drinking bottled water may be healthy for your body, but it provides zero anti-cavity components. Many families may not know that bottled water does not contain fluoride and by only drinking it can cause the enamel on your teeth to become weak and susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Well water should be tested for its fluoride content because it often does not contain the minimum required by the ADA to be effective. In these cases, fluoride supplements may be used as they attract minerals to strengthen tooth enamel and fight cavities. A final way is to have your dentist apply it at your child’s 6 month check up right after the cleaning. This fluoride is of far greater strength than what is in in over the counter dental products. Therefore it must be applied by a dental professional and is more effective.
Of course, regular 6 month dental cleanings and checkups are always necessary.
Visit us at Loudoun Dental Smiles and we will be happy to speak with you about dental sealants, and fluoride as a way to start establishing healthy habits and practices for your children’s dental needs. Schedule an appointment with Loudoun Dental Smiles today. Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!
Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more.
Following are ten important reasons to maintain our recommended schedule of dental cleanings. Consider this our wish list for the Holiday season.
Stay Safe Out There!
Enjoy the fun adventure of dressing up, walking around the neighborhood with your friends and family, collecting all that wonderful candy. It always feels like a boatload of candy when you get home and dump it out to inspect your haul. Remember to inspect your child’s candy to ensure that it hasn’t been tampered with. Also remember that too much candy and not enough brushing could cost you all in the long run! Rationing candy, or donating some of it are both great ideas.
Pick out your favorite candy for yourself and bring the rest to us. We would love to buy it from you and send it to those less fortunate than us like those who many not be able to afford it, or soldiers deployed overseas. It’s part of our philosophy to give back to the community that has given us so much.
Our dentist office in Loudoun County is also well-known for the way we treat our patients and the personal care that we offer. If you are looking for a local, caring dental office in Loudoun County, Loudoun Dental Smiles is a perfect fit for you and your family.
Most importantly, we hope that all of our patients and local residents stay safe this Halloween. We hope to see you in our dental office in Loudoun County soon!
Knowing the risk factors causing tooth decay could help you improve your oral health and avoid a truly spooky toothache.
So, in the spirit of Halloween and helping you avoid future cavities, here’s a list of the many risk factors
It may seem like there’s no way to win against toothaches and cavities, but many of your risks can be lowered by making certain choices. Cutting back on sugary foods, using tooth care products that contain fluoride, and regularly visiting your dentist are some simple steps that make a big difference. Don’t let yourself get caught with a toothache! For all of your dental needs, but especially if you get a toothache, call the dentists at Loudoun Dental Smiles today! We promise, no ghouls allowed!
Happy Halloween everyone!