LIFE SAVING DENTAL CLEANINGS – Tips from your Springfield Family Dentist

LIFE SAVING DENTAL CLEANINGS – Tips from your Springfield Family Dentist

Dental Cleaning done at the dentist is a special “deep” dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally.   Many people unfortunately regard professional dental cleanings as not so useful procedures.  They think if they brush their teeth twice a day, nothing wrong can happen.  However, the dental cleaning done at the dentist is a special “deep” dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally. Two dental checkups per year are of primordial importance, and so are at least two professional dental cleanings.  Here are the main reasons for which you should not skip even one dental cleaning: According to the Oral Cancer foundation, every single hour of every day, there is one patient...

Dental Health Tips – Foods That Promote Dental Health & Foods to Avoid

Dental Health Tips – Foods That Promote Dental Health & Foods to Avoid

Diet is an important factor to maintain good oral health and prevent cavities. Changes in the mouth begin to occur the second you consume certain foods. Oral bacteria converts sugars from foods into acids, and these acids begin the decay process by attacking the enamel on teeth. Certain foods exacerbate this process, while others contain vitamins and nutrients that actually strengthen the teeth and gums. Foods to Avoid High-sugar foods, like candy or soda, send oral bacteria on a feeding frenzy, producing acid and leading to decay. Sticky, chewy foods stay on the teeth longer, leading to an increase in decay. Sticky particles from these foods, like gum, taffy or toffee, can stay on the teeth even after rinsing or brushing. Acidic foods, like citrus fruits, wine or...

Is Losing Just One Tooth A Big Deal?

 Is Losing Just One Tooth A Big Deal? (Single Tooth Implant) It depends on who you talk to.  If a front tooth is lost, almost everyone is motivated to replace it because it affects one’s confidence, pride and speech. Society values a nice smile, and misjudges those without teeth, so people often hesitate to smile or speak in social settings if the front ones are gone.  The situation is quite different for molars. Because a missing molar is unseen, it is also de-valued.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Granted, the absence of one tooth may not seem impact one’s ability to chew or speak, and it usually does not.  But it may cause healthy teeth nearby to move around in the wrong directions, without any discomfort, so it goes unnoticed.  For...

Importance of Oral Cancer Screening & Early Detection

In the United States an estimated 36,450 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity are diagnosed annually.  Nearly 7,880 people die of cancer of the oral cavity each year. As a Falls Church VA Dentist, Dr. Qureshi stresses the importance of oral cancer screening to his patients. Risk Factors Traditional risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco and alcohol use.  High-risk sites in the oral cavity that have a higher rate of malignant transformation include the tongue and floor of the mouth.  Cancer of the gingival (gum tissue) is less common. Symptoms Oral cancer can present with many different symptoms.  Often, a non-healing ulcer (wound), whether or not it is painful, is the first presenting symptom. Other symptoms that should raise suspicion of an oral...

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