Blog Archive

Extractions Don't Have to Be a Pain Jun 20th, 2019

Extractions are necessary for many reasons. By following some simple tips, you can avoid many post-op complications and lessen your healing time to get back to normal as quickly as possible. If a tooth is cracked below the gum, has a root fracture, or is periodontally involved and can’t be...

When Milk Doesn’t Do a Body Good: Calcium-Rich Alternatives for Strong Teeth and Bones Jun 18th, 2019

Calcium is an important mineral essential for the development and maintenance of strong teeth and bones. The FDA recommends getting between 1,000-1,200 mg of calcium every day depending on your age and activity level. In the past, cow’s milk was touted as the be-all and end-all way to get the...

Tooth Sensitivity Can Be a Real Pain Jun 3rd, 2019

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are many treatments available that can have you enjoying your favorite foods again in no time. Tooth sensitivity can have many causes including: Enamel loss along the gum line – Clenching, grinding, and brushing too hard...

Why Healthy Teeth Are so Important May 16th, 2019

It’s children’s oral health month, and that means Peter Pearlywhites and his Family are ready to show your children how to deal a decisive blow to tooth decay. Read on to discover how to join the fight for a healthy smile today! Strong, healthy teeth help you chew the right...

Resolve to Make Your Oral Health a Priority in the New Year! Dec 31st, 2018

The holiday season is over, and everything is slowly returning to normal. Now is a great time to focus on your New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making general resolutions like wanting to lose weight or saying you want to be healthier, why not get specific and resolve to support your...

Make Way for Effective Fluoride Treatments Jun 20th, 2018

If you are supplementing properly with fluoride, you can ensure your teeth are better protected against dental erosion and tooth decay. Make way for effective fluoride treatments with a few things you should know. Due to fluoride’s aptitude to protect the tooth enamel that surrounds your teeth, it can be...

A Caregiver’s Guide to Keeping Your Loved One’s Mouth Healthy Jun 20th, 2018

There comes a time when the tides change, and we become a caregiver to those that raised us, drove us to soccer practice, dance recitals, and music lessons. They helped us brush our hair and taught us to brush our teeth. Now we are the ones helping with shopping, shuttling...

Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Don’t Let Your Dental Benefits Go to Waste May 17th, 2018

For most patients, dental benefits renew each January, while others renew on an enrollment date or fiscal year. Studies have shown under 3% of PPO dental plan members use all of their allotted benefits each year. This could mean thousands of wasted hard-earned dollars per family. Most traditional dental benefit...

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby Apr 20th, 2018

Pregnancy is an exciting time for any woman, but it is also full of a seemingly endless list of do’s and don’ts. Thankfully, there have been incredible advancements in the dental field that help make your dental experience while you’re expecting more pleasant. Between morning sickness and the excitement of...

Not Just Pulp Fiction: The Truth About Dental Abscesses Mar 20th, 2018

What is an Abscess? An abscess is an infection. There are two types of dental abscesses. A periapical abscess, which happens at the root of a tooth and a periodontal abscess which happens in the gum. A periapical abscess can occur when decay gets into the nerve chamber, killing the...

Electric Toothbrushes Offer One More Reason to Smile Feb 20th, 2018

Little has changed design-wise in the 2,000-plus years since toothbrushes have been around. Even the Ancient Babylonians knew the importance and attractiveness of clean teeth. From their thin, frayed-end twigs to the hog-hair bristled bamboo brushes used by the Chinese in the 15th century, they all have the same general...

Why do Some Dental Cleanings Cost More? Feb 20th, 2018

Not all dental cleanings are created equal. Find out why some hygiene appointments cost more than others and learn how you can save time and money in the dental chair. A “regular” cleaning is clinically called prophylaxis or a prophy cleaning and is a preventative measure to prevent periodontal disease....

Minor Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Your Chances of Developing Future Dental Stains Jan 20th, 2018

Your tooth enamel often has microscopic pores on the surface. When you consume dark beverages or occasionally use tobacco tiny stains can start to accumulate in these textured surfaces. If they are not removed when you brush your teeth, these surface stains can gradually start to saturate your tooth enamel....

Is A New Smile This Easy? Jan 20th, 2018

Your smile sends messages to everyone you meet. Studies show that your teeth are the main physical characteristic that people notice first, and a friendly smile sets the tone for every relationship in your personal and business life. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, dental veneers may...

Replace Lost or Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges Dec 20th, 2017

Although you may be familiar with dentures, did you know there is also permanent tooth replacement treatments that can be used to improve an incomplete smile beyond dentures? Dental bridges are highly effective tooth replacement treatments designed to replace missing or lost teeth. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are designed as...

What is Scaling and Root Planing? Nov 20th, 2017

Gum disease affects approximately half of the adult population in the United States. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and the second stage is called periodontitis. The sooner gum disease is detected and treated, the better off you will be since it can lead to tooth loss,...

How Do I Know Which Whitening Kit is for Me? Oct 20th, 2017

When it comes to over-the-counter whitening kits, there are many available and each one can affect your smile differently. When choosing a kit for your teeth, it’s important to know what you’re looking for so you can achieve the smile results you desire. To help you choose the best whitening...

Oral Hygiene Topic: Healthy Food Choices Sep 20th, 2017

Did you know that you can enhance your oral health via your eating habits? Not only can you keep your mouth safer and healthier by avoiding unwholesome products such as those high in sugars, but you can also eat foods that can help strengthen the thin defensive layer on your...

Why is Flossing Important? Aug 20th, 2017

There are many people who do not like flossing. As a result, their smile suffers many painful and costly consequences. Flossing is a vital tool when it comes to fighting off gum disease and keeping your smile in healthy and happy shape. Here at Dental Group of Tysons in McLean,...

A Chipped Tooth Needs to Be Examined and Repaired to Prevent a New Cavity May 20th, 2017

There are many different things that can carry enough force to chip a tooth. This can come in the form of a sports injury, improvising your teeth as tools or nibbling on a writing instrument. If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis without the protection of...