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New Year, New Smile: Visit Our Loudoun Dentist Office Today

Dental health is a very important aspect of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to fulfill resolutions for improving your health. Scheduling a dental checkup in Loudoun at our office is a great way to start the New Year!

Winter break is already over for many students and school is in full swing. Children that had their dental checkups over winter break and are back with bright and smiling faces. However, it is not too late to schedule an appointment if you didn’t have time during the busy holiday season. Here at Loudoun Dental Smiles, we offer appointments on Saturdays so there will be no conflict with school!

Colleges are starting to get back in session for some students, but there are still more lingering in the area. Now is a great time to bring your college undergrad into our family dentistry practice in Loudoun County!

Now we know that visiting a dental office isn’t on the top of every college student’s to do list, but the odds of them visiting the dentist on their own in a college town are slim to none. Do your child a favor and have them swing by our dentist office in Loudoun County for a quick checkup. It will save them time, money, and possible tooth pain if they visit our office now rather than waiting for something to happen or worsen over time.

Our dentist office in Loudoun County is friendly, convenient, and will have your college undergrad in tip top shape in no time. Call our office today!

Operation Christmas Child and Loudoun Dental Smiles

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Every year when the holiday season comes along, the question of “what do I want?” is on most people’s mind. Whether it be a new laptop, the season’s latest handbag, or tickets to a concert, many of us are blessed with the opportunity to be able to ask for items like these. Unfortunately, many fail to remember those who aren’t able to afford such luxurious items, and this is where Loudoun Dental Smiles comes into play.

For many years, Loudoun Dental Smiles has given back to the community during holiday season. We believe that every child should have access to proper dental hygiene products; when in fact, many children in the world don’t even own a toothbrush. Over the past 10 years, Loudoun Dental Smiles has donated toothbrushes and oral hygiene kits to Operation Christmas Child, a branch of Samaritans Purse which is an international aid organization run by Billy Graham’s oldest son, Franklin Graham,

Every year, Operation Christmas Child gathers volunteers all over the country to stuff shoe boxes with little Christmas gifts and then sends these packages to children in third world countries at Christmas. Loudoun Dental Smiles works with a student club CRU at Marymount and American University, to sponsor a holiday outreach party that invites college students to come help in making these shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Since we began working with CRU, it has been amazing to see the college community come together for a greater cause. Last year, one of the students, named Akachi Komohwo, from Africa was involved in the effort. He actually remembers getting a shoebox for Christmas when he was a child. He wanted to experience the other end of this charitable effort, and came to CRU’s event to help stuff the boxes.photo

This effort has become an annual Christmas event in the office, supported by the owner, staff, and patients of Loudoun Dental Smiles who so kindly have allowed our practice to give the gift of health to those children less fortunate than we are. We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come, and that it helps inspire others to give back just as we have.

 

 

Where Did “Brushing Your Teeth” Come From?

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mother brushing son's teeth in Loudoun VAToday we are going to take a step back in time and look at the history of tooth brushing. There are so many inventions, practices and habits that people have, but we often forget to take a look back at where they actually came from and why we continue to do them today! We all know that brushing our teeth is a necessary habit, but who figured that out? As the original form of cosmetic dentistry, tooth brushing has come a long way from its humble beginnings and is just one of the many ways in which we keep our teeth and mouth healthy. We also can’t forget about flossing, mouthwash, and receiving family dental services.

As long ago as 3,000 BC, Egyptians were known to create toothbrushes from twigs and leaves. The Greeks, Romans and Indians even followed suit and would even fray the end of twigs to reach in between their teeth more effectively. Cosmetic dentistry at its finest!

The habit of regularly brushing teeth originated in Europe in the 17th century with the first mass-produced toothbrush going into development in 1780. Family dental services were limited in the United States at the time. Toothbrushes were available at the end of the 19th century in the US but it didn’t become an important habit for many years. Finally, after the Second World War, troops began brushing their teeth regularly because the military required them to do so while they were in service!

Now, family dental services are available to everyone throughout the United States, and brushing your teeth is more important than ever. Cosmetic dentistry also plays an important role in giving individuals the healthy happy smile they have always wanted. Aren’t you grateful for technology? I know I am! Visit Loudoun Dental Smiles, your local Loudoun family dentist. Your teeth will thank you!

Sedation Dentistry in Loudoun County

When thinking about scheduling your next dental appointment, there’s often that little thought in the back of your mind that keeps you from doing it. Whatever that thought may be, it can leave you feeling uneasy, stressed and even anxious.

The dentists at Loudoun Dental Smiles understand your concerns and do everything they can make your trip to the dentist office comfortable and relaxing. To help you through the dental procedure, we may suggest that you use sedation dentistry.

patient at dentist office in Loudoun County, VASedation dentistry combines an oral sedative with nitrous oxide. Although the sedative will allow you to remain conscious during the procedure, you will still feel very drowsy and remember very little about the actual procedure. By using sedation dentistry, we are able to perform several general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry procedures within a single visit. This can eliminate the number of trips to the dentist office you have to make, which means more convenient scheduling for you as well.

Sedation dentistry is an ideal choice for patients with:

  • Fear and stress about their dental office visit
  • A need for several procedures but have a tight schedule
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Unrelated dental pain that makes it difficult to find comfort
  • Difficulty numbing with local anesthetic

If you’re still feeling a little uneasy and sedation dentistry doesn’t seem like quite the right fit for you, we also work with board certified anesthesiologists for patients wishing to be completely asleep during their dental procedure. We want to do whatever we can to make our patients comfortable, and if that includes winding down to relax in our personal massage chairs after your visit, then we want you to do just that.

Loudoun Dental Smiles is here to make your dental visits as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Don’t let your fear keep you from good dental health, let sedation dentistry in Leesburg, VA help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grinding Teeth: What You Need To Know

woman using night guard to prevent grinding teethMany patients that we see in our Loudoun County family dental office react to stress by grinding their teeth unconsciously. The grinding most commonly occurs while sleeping, but some do grind their teeth during the day. The constant pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition, known as bruxism, can be remedied with a night guard.

The Facts About Clenching & Grinding Your Teeth

Common symptoms of bruxism include a sore jaw, headaches, or earaches. Causes vary, but may include stress, anxiety, tension, misaligned teeth, posture, diet, sleeping habits, and other factors. Bruxism is most prevalent in women and generally found in about one-third of the population.

Individuals who react to stress with anger, pain, frustration, aggression, or competition are most commonly affected. People with bruxism may have other biting habits, such as biting fingernails, pencils, lips, or the insides of their cheeks, and damages can even require cosmetic dentistry.

Constant clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause not only the aforementioned symptoms, but it may also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has a long list of side effects associated with pain in the head and neck. Teeth rubbing together consistently will result in surface wear over time, causing dental problems, and could ultimately require cosmetic dentistry to correct. Insomnia, eating disorders, and depression can result from bruxism if left untreated.

The Solution: Evaluation, Night Guards, Cosmetic Therapy Guard Impression

How can you stop an unconscious habit? A thorough evaluation will allow us to check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. If we determine that you suffer from bruxism, we’ll create an orthodontic appliance, also called a night guard or splint, to prevent grinding and clenching and help you avoid cosmetic dentistry in the future. Many types of night guards exist, and patients react differently to the various styles. If one appliance does not work, another may. In many cases, simply wearing a night guard will eliminate the problem. However, if the condition persists, we can prescribe alternative therapies to correct the issue.

Some practices that can relieve symptoms of bruxism include stress and anxiety management, focused facial relaxation, massage and stretching of face and neck muscles, applying ice or wet heat, proper rest, eating soft foods, and hydrating the body. If your teeth were damaged because of bruxism, or if we find TMJ to be a factor, our Leesburg dentistry team will repair and treat you to provide complete relief through cosmetic dentistry. Visit our Loudoun County Dentist Office for more information!

 

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