Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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Today’s article is for individuals who are discouraged because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. The dentists at the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA encourage you to keep trying, and assure you that we’re eager to help.

Keep Trying To Floss

Many individuals are faithful about brushing and believe that it makes up for lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, lead to tooth loss.

We encourage everyone to make it a habit to floss correctly every day. If you are not sure how to floss correctly, any one of the dental hygienists at Center for Dental Anesthesia would be happy to teach you.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups can have dangerous, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe cavities or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential dangers.

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Dental anxiety affects a significant portion of the population. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage it so you can undergo an exam and any necessary services. Talk to us if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety. Center for Dental Anesthesia delivers sedation and other help for distressed patients.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is just as detrimental for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop the practice, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the troubles caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.

Many smokers do not overcome the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than present users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!

The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria VA provides family dentistry and many other services. 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

 


Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria: It’s Not About Vanity!

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Since 2015, the Center for Dental Anesthesia has provided confidence and dignity to our Alexandria patients through sedation dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

Not everyone is blessed with bright eyes and a beautiful smile. If only! We want you to be on the same footing as your friends, colleagues and customers. Wanting to look your best and feel your best is not about vanity, it’s about reality in any professional community. A dazzling smile, achieved with cosmetic dentistry, creates a favorable first impression and demonstrates polish and attention to detail. These are advantages in every line of work.

At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we also offer teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental implants to improve your confidence and security. We offer a range of sedation options, practice family and pediatric dentistry, and provide special needs dentistry.

The Center for Dental Anesthesia is only a phone call away at. Book a consultation today!

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Are You Smiling?

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Hello Alexandria! Welcome to Center for Dental Anesthesia, and we have been here serving the Alexandria area since 2015. We are constantly striving to cater to the oral health needs of our patients, and we hope that you might be one of these patients soon!

One innovative way that we keep our patients and others informed is by this blog, the Center for Dental Anesthesia blog. We want to keep families informed about how they can have healthy, beautiful smiles.

A central goal of this blog is to encourage everyone to develop more effective oral health habits, such as proper brushing and flossing. We also want to promote the use of quality dental products.

Cosmetic dentistry is another essential topic that we like to address. We offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and gum contouring. We hope to educate Alexandria residents on what these procedures are and how they can help you to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions, please call us at 703-379-6400 and a member of our professional staff can schedule an appointment for you. Whether you want to know more about in-office teeth whitening, problems such as dry mouth, dental implants, or invisible braces, we can help.

Call today!

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Center for Dental Anesthesia

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1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition. If you have already experienced dental complications related to diabetes, schedule a consultation with Zeyad Mady by calling 703-379-6400.
8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. Zeyad Mady can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many Alexandria dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.
10. If you are looking for an excellent dentist in the Alexandria area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dentist Zeyad Mady at Center for Dental Anesthesia. At Center for Dental Anesthesia, we provide gentle, quality care for children and adults. Talk to us about preventative, restorative, cosmetic, or children’s dentistry. We look forward to serving you.

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia: 703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Dental Checkup: — How Often?

Alexandria dentist When was the last time you had a dental check-up? Most people need a dental check-up every six months. If you have a higher risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

Welcome to Center for Dental Anesthesia

Zeyad Mady, DDS, of Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria is accepting new patients. If you do not currently have a dentist or are not happy with your provider, we invite you to learn about our practice and meet our team. We are confident that you will like what you find. Many patients entrust us with their dental health and we are grateful for the relationships we have with them.

Give us a call at 703-379-6400 to make an appointment. You can also visit our website at http://snoozedentistry.net/blog/ for more information about our services.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene practices, or suffer from medical conditions that influence your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is critical to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked soon.

Dr. Mady scrutinizes many factors to determine the state of your oral health and the outlook for your future. We want you to have the healthiest teeth possible so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life. The philosophy ‘”Ignore it and it will go away,” does not apply to a tooth or gum problem.

Call 703-379-6400 to schedule a check-up. We hope to hear from you soon.

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia: 703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Get Those Teeth In Shape!

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Dental bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, and it’s not difficult to see why. Dentists treat many common dental problems with bonding.

Bonding uses a very sturdy resin material the same shade as your teeth. Your dentist applies the material to your teeth while soft and set with a special light. This hardens the material which then bonds with the tooth and can be shaped and polished.

Dentists will often consider dental bonding in the following cases:

1. Repairing decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth

2. Filling in spaces between teeth

3. Protecting teeth after gums recede

4. Changing the general shape of teeth

5. Repairing discoloration as part of a complete smile transformation.

Hello, my name is Dr. Zeyad Mady and I am a dentist located at 5284 Dawes Ave in Alexandria. My practice, Center for Dental Anesthesia, offers the following services:

comfort dentistry
teeth whitening
orthodontics
sedation dentistry

And more! So, if you are in the northern Virgina, Fairfax, or Prince William County area and are in need of dental care or would like more information about cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 703-379-6400.

We invite you to schedule an appointment today.

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on October 9, 2014

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Center for Dental Anesthesia Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Alexandria Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

I find that many of my patients get a couple of dental terms mixed up. Today, I would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb for dental patients is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. Got it?

I hope you’ve found this helpful, and if you’re in the northern Virgina, Fairfax, or Prince William County area and are in need of quality dental care, call our office at 703-379-6400 to schedule an appointment today.

Our professional staff would love to answer any questions you have about our services, including cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and veneers.

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia: 703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Restorative dentistry has progressed considerably over the years and there are now several effective ways to correct decayed teeth. In today’s post, we are going to focus on two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive substitute for a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are created in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

An inlay is used to repair the surface of a damaged tooth, usually to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are tough and look very natural because the color can be matched exactly to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is precisely fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions like the former tooth.

An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are commonly applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are accurately fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay. As mentioned before, inlays and onlays serve an important role in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

At Center for Dental Anesthesia, we provide unmatched dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call 703-379-6400 to make an appointment today.

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia: 703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

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When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Maybe you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. We want to remind you to think about the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.
1. Tooth decay
2. Gum disease
2. Tooth and gum pain
3. Bad breath
4. Infection
5. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced problems.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria provides gentle, comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Our services include:
orthodontics
restorative dentistry
comfort dentistry
sedation dentistry

Dr. Mady is a member of American Dental Association. You can learn more about American Dental Association at http://www.ada.org/en/. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, we invite you to call us at 703-379-6400 and schedule an exam and cleaning. Our friendly team will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is no need to feel ashamed about plaque build-up or a cavity. We completely understand how stressful life can get and love helping our Alexandria area patients get back on track.

Wake Up With a Smile.

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:

703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311

 


Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population?

The Good News:

The rate of dental caries in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.1

The Bad News:
25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth2
Nearly 20% have untreated dental caries3
10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What essential factors will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three required components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we are passionate about providing our elderly patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that affect seniors. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

We want our elderly patients to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well. Many of our senior patients have elected to improve their smiles with procedures such as crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and tooth whitening. The majority of our smile makeover patients are thrilled with their new smile and report that it has improved their life immensely. They feel happier, more attractive, and more confident in social settings.

Our professional team provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services for Alexandria area patients of all ages.

1“Periodontal Disease in Seniors (Age 65 and Over),” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/PeriodontaldiseaseSeniors65over.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

2Oral Health for Older Americans,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adult_older.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

3Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db197.htm, accessed on November 24, 2015

 

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia: 703-379-6400

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia
22311