Call Them What You Will, Just Keep Them Healthy

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Chompers. Pearly Whites. Dents. Gnashers. Grill. While you can switch up what you call them, the dentist at the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA remind you to never switch up a well-engrained oral health routine.

Practicing proper oral hygiene daily with pay off throughout your life. You’ll prevent tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath (something friends, family, and coworkers will also appreciate).

  • By brushing your teeth twice every day, you remove the plaque that causes cavities. Plaque is that soft and sticky film that builds up on your teeth, a process that happens around the clock. It’s caused by food debris and bacteria.
  • It’s just as important to floss at least once a day. Flossing gets the plaque between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Scheduling twice-yearly checkups at our office is also very important. Regular checkups can prevent cavities and gum disease. Each checkup also includes an oral cancer screening.

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime! At The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. Our services include family dentistry, and special needs dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Alexandria Oral DentistryAt the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we are sometimes asked if gum sweetened with xylitol is an effective substitute for brushing your teeth, and regular dental exams.

Before answering that question, let us tell you a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually useful for your teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that xylitol prevents the growth of the bacteria that initiates decay. It also lessens plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For our patients that notice frequent dry mouth, we recommend xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva production while safeguarding against cavities.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start. We offer a wide range of servicers, from family and cosmetic dentistry, to special needs dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Center for Dental Anesthesia In Alexandria Wants You To Be Healthy And Happy

Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria Cares For TeethAt the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we are dedeicated to the dental health of each of our patients. Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of complete physical and mental health.

An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrasment, and make eating and speaking difficult. Our team wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your stamina in any way.

We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which are often called ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. The full set of twenty primary teeth are usually in by the age of five.

Primary teeth will eventually fall out and new permanent teeth will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6 for most Alexandria residents, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.

Caring for all of your teeth – whether you are young and have 20 primary teeth or are an adult and have 28 to 32 permanent teeth – is necessary for total health. At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth. Our services include family and cosmetic  dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

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We all go to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups, but there are other, less-obvious issues that we can help you with. In this post from the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we look at some common conditions you can discuss with us.

  1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath can be treated. It is usually associated with bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating dental caries. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this condition. (Your friends will appreciate it.)
  2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very irritating and can predispose dental patients to a host of troubles such as dental caries and gum disease. Some people experience it because of prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment
  3. Jaw Issues. If you notice inexplicable jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.
  4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep), discuss it with your dentist. A simple appliance can guard your teeth. If you have sufferred damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you information about restorative dentistry.

At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we provide a wide range of services: from family to special needs dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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This post from the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA is about tooth enamel.

Our teeth work hard and are constantly under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body.

Sadly, enamel erosion is extremely pervasive, though largely preventable. Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal ailments, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At Center for Dental Anesthesia, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and prevent further erosion if some has already occurred.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

  1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been eroded, it can’t be regenerated.
  2. According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion.
  3. Vigorous brushing can hurt enamel.
  4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous as sugared sodas.
  5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, there are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been affected. Call the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA. Services include family and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Choosing A Toothbrush For Your Child

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At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we are sometimes asked how to select a toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush can be as hard as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store, you know what we mean. To name just a few of the available types, there are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.

Choosing a Toothbrush for a Child

When selecting a toothbrush for a child, it’s important to make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized toothbrush. Some kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush. If you are unsure, ask us.

Is your child’s toothbrush and brushing technique doing the job? Schedule an exam with us to find out. Our hygienists help our patients of all ages learn proper brushing techniques.

Beware of Firm Bristles

One crucial factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. But this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can weaken your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to wipe plaque, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

Schedule a Dental Cleaning

At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we recommend coming in for a dental cleaning every six months. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future

Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Center for Dental Anesthesia

It has now been over 150 years since the first dental license was issued to Sir John Tomes. Our patients at the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria should be grateful for the advances made in dentistry since then.

There was a time when blacksmiths and wig makers would also extract teeth with forceps to make a little extra money. Anyone could call themselves a dentist. Often these untrained people broke the jaws of the person they were trying to help. Ouch!

At Center for Dental Anesthesia, we celebrate with the dental community and marvel at the many advances made in the history of dentistry, particularly cosmetic dentistry.

One of the modern treatments that has helped countless Alexandria patients is invisible braces. This non-visible orthodontic therapy is custom made for each patient. They are transparent and removable and will help you achieve your desired smile in about 3 to 18 months.

If you have dreamed of a cosmetic improvement to your smile, we invite you to make an appointment with us to discuss a smile makeover. Complete smile transformations are performed as quickly and professionally as possible – sometimes in just one visit!

The Center for Dental Anesthesia offers family and cosmetic dentistry, and many other services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

Alexandria Teeth WhiteningAt the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we restore decayed teeth to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable.

Tooth decay is the most common dental problem in the United States and the second most common disease in the nation (number one is the common cold). An astonishing ninety-two percent of people between the ages of twenty and sixty-four have had at least one cavity in one of their permanent teeth. Another twenty-six percent – more than one-fourth – are walking around with untreated cavities.

If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.

Fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns are used to restore teeth. Even the most basic procedure – filling a cavity – has evolved. There are several types of new materials available including porcelain and composite resin. Each has specific strengths and aesthetic considerations. Alexandria patients who replace silver amalgam with tooth-colored fillings love getting the metal out of their smile.

Inlays and onlays are more extensive restorations. There are two types: direct or indirect. Direct inlays and onlays are made in your northern Virgina cosmetic dental office on the spot and applied in one visit. Indirect inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab. They usually require a second visit but the results are well worth the extra trip.

When a patient has a tooth that cannot be restored with an inlay or an onlay, a natural-looking crown is the answer. At Center for Dental Anesthesia, we create crowns that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Let us show you some photos of patients who have received smile makeovers – you will not see any “Chiclet” crowns that stick out like a sore thumb. In fact, you won’t be able to tell which of our Alexandria dental patients have crowns.

At The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, services include family and special needs dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In this post from the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find exceptional dental care. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us  today.

1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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Let Us Ease Your Dental Anxiety

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Are you worried about seeing the dentist? Do you struggle to discuss your smile? At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA, we can help. Settling into the reality of what you are prepared to discuss is the first step to relief.

1. Talk To Us:
Whether you want to have a dental implant or restorative dentistry done, call now to schedule a consultation. We can describe everything that is involved with your procedure, answer any questions you may have, and put your mind at ease.

2. Choose a Dentist:
The next step is making a choice. Keep in mind that Center for Dental Anesthesia offers competitive pricing and affordable options. The reality is that we service the Prince William County, northern Virgina, Fairfax areas with pleasure and look forward to treating your dental concerns with accuracy, gentleness and care.

3. Go Forward with Confidence:
The final step to relief is just smiling.

At The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, the state of your smile is always our top priority. Services include family and cosmetic dentistry. We are also one of the few practices offering special needs dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 

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