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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!


Leesburg Family Dentist Crushes Myths about Bad Breath

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Woman smiling because she got rid of her bad breathBad breath, or halitosis, is an embarrassing problem that affects many people. If bad breath is recurrent, however, it can be the indication of a more serious underlying problem. The good news is that bad breath can often be prevented with some simple steps, as well as regular visits to your Loudoun family dentist. Bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When you don’t brush and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell. Certain foods, especially ones like garlic and onions that contain pungent oils, can contribute to bad breath because the oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth. Smoking is also a major cause of bad breath, as well as a serious contributor to potential gum disease.

There are lots of myths about taking care of bad breath. Here are three things you may have heard about bad breath that are not true:

Myth #1: Mouthwash will make bad breath go away.  Mouthwash only gets rid of bad breath temporarily. If you do use mouthwash, look for an antiseptic (kills the germs that cause bad breath) and plaque-reducing one. Also, ask our dental hygienist for her recommendations on your next visit.

Myth #2: As long as you brush your teeth, you shouldn’t have bad breath.  The truth is that most people only brush their teeth for 30 to 45 seconds, which just isn’t long enough. To sufficiently clean all the surfaces of your teeth, you should brush for at least 2 minutes at least twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue too; bacteria love to hang out there, and many toothbrushes now have a specific tongue cleaner on the back. It’s equally important to floss because brushing alone won’t remove harmful plaque and food particles that become stuck between your teeth and gums. Get a cleaning from a professional dental hygiene specialist on a regular basis.

Myth #3: If you breathe into your hand, you’ll know when you have bad breath.  Wrong! When you breathe, you don’t use your throat the same way you do when you talk. When you talk, you tend to bring out the odors from the back of your mouth (where bad breath originates), which simply breathing doesn’t do. Also, because we tend to get used to our own smells, it’s hard for a person to tell if he or she has bad breath. If you’re concerned about bad breath, one of the most important preventions is to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth and mouth properly.

Regular visits to your Leesburg dentist office are an important part of ensuring that your dental hygiene is strong enough to combat bad breath. If you already brush and floss properly and visit Loudoun Dental Smiles for regular cleanings but your bad breath persists, then you may have a medical problem like sinusitis or gum disease, so speak to your doctor about it on your next visit. Come see us at Loudoun Dental Smiles for more information.

Children’s Dentistry – It Starts at Home!

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Loudoun County Children's Dentistry | Kid's Oral Health In order for children to develop healthy dental hygiene habits, parents need to lead by example, and pick the right toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash that are the best fit for their family. Everything from the taste and ingredients of the toothpaste can affect the way your family brushes their teeth and maintains outstanding oral health. In essence, the way you and your children brush their teeth is the foundation of cosmetic dentistry and your children’s dentistry. Making your teeth and smile presentable and clean can and should begin at home.

In addition to brushing and flossing, which are the backbones of a healthy mouth, choosing an effective mouthwash is just as important. When combined with brushing and flossing, the American Dental Association (ADA) says that mouthwash can reduce the bacteria in plaque and help reduce the risk of gingivitis.

And when you are choosing the perfect mouthwash for your family, it would be wise to pick one that contains fluoride. Children’s dentistry experts will tell you that children often don’t receive enough fluoride. Bottled water contains no fluoride and can lead to soft spots and cavities. Fluoride re-mineralizes teeth and hardens enamel to fight cavities.

Even if you have had cosmetic dentistry done, maintaining that beautiful smile in the long-term is done by properly brushing, flossing, and using an oral rinse.

Most mouthwashes contain alcohol so they are not all recommended for children under the age of six. If you have any questions about the dental products you or members of your family are using, our children’s dentistry experts are more than happy to recommend some great products.

Find a mouthwash that works for you, and contact Loudoun Dental Smiles, your family dentist in Loudoun, VA, with any questions or concerns! We’re here to help!


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