Leesburg Dental http://www.leesburgdental.com Just another Ziplocal Sites site Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:05:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Beautiful Smile is the Best Gift http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/12/04/beautiful-smile-best-gift/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/12/04/beautiful-smile-best-gift/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:57 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=420 Do you cringe when you see your smile in holiday photos […]

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Do you cringe when you see your smile in holiday photos? Do you have trouble eating the holiday foods you like without worrying about your teeth? We can help!

Teeth in a Day
You can get a full set of beautiful permanent teeth in just one day. With our new streamlined One-Day Teeth system, patients leave the office at the end of the day with a full (or half) set of new implants.

Dental implants are the best long-term solution to replace a full set of missing teeth. They will function almost like natural teeth. Dental implant-supported teeth can give you back 95 percent of your natural biting and chewing capability. You will be able to eat the foods you like without worrying about your teeth.

Beautify With Veneers
There’s no reason to put up with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. Today, a veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct nature’s mistake or the results of an injury and help you have a beautiful smile.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They’re made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by us.

Straighten with Invisalign
Very few people have naturally straight teeth. For years, braces were the only option. That is no longer the case. Invisalign is a revolutionary new way to straighten your teeth without braces. In fact, it’s so invisible you’ll be the only one that knows.

Invisalign uses a series of nearly undetectable aligners instead of brackets and wires, so it’s really hard for people to tell you’re wearing Invisalign, even up close. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months.

Whiten and Brighten
We have a product line for teeth whitening—the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. It is the most effective whitening system we have found, and is the only system recognized to significantly whiten even difficult tetracycline stained teeth within a short period of time.

As always, if you have any questions please give us a call. Have a joyous and safe holiday season, and don’t eat too many sugarplums!

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How to Keep Your Teeth Stain-Free http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/12/04/keep-teeth-stain-free/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/12/04/keep-teeth-stain-free/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:02 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=425 It’s the holiday season and everyone is tempted to eat, […]

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It’s the holiday season and everyone is tempted to eat, drink and be merry. But did you know what you eat and drink has a big impact on the whiteness of your teeth? Although some foods and drinks stain teeth, it’s less well known that others can help keep your smile bright.

Foods That Stain Your Teeth
Anything that leaves a mark on your hands or clothes can also stain your teeth. Sadly, several well-loved favorites top the list:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Red and white wine
  • Grape or cranberry juice
  • Blueberries
  • Beets
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce

You don’t have to avoid these foods altogether, but it’s a good idea to brush or rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating them.

Foods That Prevent Teeth Stains
Some common fruits and vegetables actually scrub your teeth gently while you chew them. They also make you produce saliva, which neutralizes acid and cleans your mouth. Stain-preventing fruits and vegetables include:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Cranberries

Other Ways to Keep Teeth Bright

  • Drink with a straw. When you drink soda, juice, or iced coffee or tea, using a straw helps keep the liquid away from the visible front surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush, floss, and rinse. Plaque makes your teeth sticky and gives stains something to hold on to. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouth rinse twice a day will help you fight plaque and, therefore, make your teeth less likely to stain.
  • Get your teeth professionally cleaned. At least twice a year, make an appointment for a thorough cleaning. Clean teeth look brighter.
  • Don’t smoke. Whether you chew it or smoke it, tobacco stains teeth.

When to Whiten
Still frustrated by stains? We have options! Give us a call to find out if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. Remember, proper tooth care can help keep your teeth bright. So eat, drink, and be merry—and brush your teeth regularly!

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Get a Dazzling Smile With Our New Teeth Whitening System http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/11/07/get-dazzling-smile-new-teeth-whitening-system/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/11/07/get-dazzling-smile-new-teeth-whitening-system/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:21 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=427 We are pleased to announce our new product line for tee […]

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We are pleased to announce our new product line for teeth whitening—the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. It is the most effective whitening system we have found, and is the only system recognized to significantly whiten even difficult tetracycline stained teeth within a short period of time.

The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from its whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving stain molecules.

Here are some of the benefits of this system:

  • It is effective even on dark stained teeth.
  • There is low to no sensitivity.
  • It’s a comfortable and easy process.
  • There is no need to give up coffee, tea, or red wine.
  • The results are permanent—white teeth for a lifetime!
  • It is entirely safe for teeth and gums.
  • It is perfect for ages 14 to 90.
  • Better results than a take-home whitening kit.

You will have beautiful, healthy and natural looking white teeth. Best of all, this in-office procedure is now only $500. Call our office today with questions or to set up an appointment.

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Is Sleep Apnea Keeping You Up at Night? http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/10/26/sleep-apnea-keeping-night/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/10/26/sleep-apnea-keeping-night/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:41 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=430 Do people complain about your snoring? Are you excessiv […]

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Do people complain about your snoring? Are you excessively sleepy during the day? Do you sometimes awake with a dry mouth, sore throat or headache? These are all signs of sleep apnea!

Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. When left untreated, people with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping. This may happen hundreds of times every night. The result is the brain—and the rest of the body—may not be getting enough oxygen.

Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. There are several risk factors for sleep apnea.
These include:

  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Being over age 40
  • Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
  • Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
  • Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems

What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a several serious health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks
  • Diabetes• Depression

Sleep apnea is also linked to poor performance at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea: We Can Help!

There are special devices available that are designed to prevent sleep apnea. Similar to customized athletic mouth guards, these devices are made-to-order for your mouth. They fit comfortably snug over your top and bottom teeth and prevent the jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat and restricting air passage. This helps keep your airway open and greatly reduces snoring.

We can custom fit a device designed specifically for you. It may even be covered by your insurance. Call our office for more information. We think you and your loved ones deserve a good night’s sleep!

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Get the Most From Your Dental Coverage http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/10/15/get-dental-coverage/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/10/15/get-dental-coverage/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:18 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=432 Is your dental insurance plan on a calendar year? If so […]

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Is your dental insurance plan on a calendar year? If so, it’s time to act now before the end of year. Any unused benefits will disappear January 1. Your annual deductible will also reset and you’ll start over. The first step is to call your dental insurance provider and find out the exact amount of your unspent dental benefits. That is the amount you could potentially lose.

The next step is to call us to make an appointment. The sooner you do this, the more likely we will be able to schedule you or any eligible family member covered by your dental plan before New Year’s Eve.

Next, find out what procedures will qualify under your plan. Typically preventive procedures such as cleanings, X-rays and routine exams are covered. So are fillings, crowns, bridgework and other dental procedures up to the amount allowed by your dental plan.

Even if you can’t complete a procedure this year, you can begin the process and use up any leftover benefits. Next year, when your dental plan maximum benefits and deductible reset, you can finish the work.

Saving money shouldn’t be your only motivation. Routine visits to the dentist can detect early problems like gum diseases and oral cancers. Even a small cavity or leaky filling left unattended can become a bigger, more expensive fix if you ignore it.

One final reason to act quickly: You are probably not the only person who suddenly realized you had unspent dental benefits!

Flex Spending Accounts: Use It or Lose It
If you have a flexible spending account, this is also a good time of year to take care of any dental work you’ve been putting off.

The first step is to double-check your remaining balance. Most flexible spending accounts are use-it or lose-it plans. If you don’t spend it all, not only do you miss out on the tax savings but you will also lose your remaining funds.

Any dental expense that is not reimbursed through your dental insurance can be reimbursed through your flexible spending account. If you are interested in setting up an account for 2013, remember that the end of this year is the time of year to enroll for next year.

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Dental Health Linked to Dementia Risk http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/09/25/dental-health-linked-dementia-risk/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/09/25/dental-health-linked-dementia-risk/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:13 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=434 People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regul […]

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People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a U.S. study.

Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were nearly 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.

Some studies have also found that people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than a person without Alzheimer’s. The theory is that gum disease bacteria might get into the brain, causing inflammation and brain damage.

Inflammation stoked by gum disease-related bacteria has also been implicated in a host of conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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The Link Between Soda and Oral Health http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/08/07/link-soda-oral-health/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/08/07/link-soda-oral-health/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2012 00:00:24 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=436 Whether you call it soda, pop or Coke, there’s little d […]

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Whether you call it soda, pop or Coke, there’s little debate that drinking too much can be hazardous to your oral health. While New York City is currently considering restrictions on the sale of soft drinks, the question remains: How much is too much?

Soft drinks are one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel. This contributes to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss.

Sugar-free drinks, which account for 14 percent of all soft drink consumption, are less harmful. However, they are still acidic and potentially can cause problems.

We’re Drinking More

Soft drink consumption in the United States has increased dramatically over the past several years, especially among children and teenagers. The problem is so severe that health authorities such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have begun warning parents about the dangers of soft drinks.

How many school-age children drink soft drinks? Estimates range from one in two to more than four in five consuming at least one soft drink a day. At least one in five kids consume four servings a day.

Larger serving sizes make the problem worse. From 6.5 ounces in the 1950s, the typical soft drink is now 20 ounces.

Children and adolescents aren’t the only people at risk. Long-term consumption of soft drinks has a cumulative effect on tooth enamel. As people live longer, more will be likely to experience problems.

Alternative Beverages

It’s not just soda that causes problems for our teeth. Coffee, fruit juice, sports drinks and wine may be harmful if consumed in large quantities.

Everyone can benefit from reducing the number of soft drinks they consume, as well as from available oral care therapies. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Substitute different drinks: Stock the refrigerator with beverages containing less sugar and acid such as water, milk and 100 percent fruit juice.
  • Rinse with water: After consuming a soft drink, flush your mouth with water.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse: Fluoride reduces cavities and strengthens tooth enamel, so brush with fluoride-containing toothpaste. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash also can help.
  • Get professionally applied fluoride treatment: Your dental hygienist can apply fluoride in the form of a foam, gel or rinse.

Soft drinks are hard on your teeth. By reducing the amount you drink, practicing good oral hygiene, and seeking help from your dentist and hygienist, you can counteract their effect and enjoy better oral health.

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What You Can Do About Bad Breath http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/07/25/can-bad-breath/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/07/25/can-bad-breath/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:17:09 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=438 Do you have bad breath? You are not alone. Forty millio […]

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Do you have bad breath? You are not alone. Forty million Americans suffer from bad breath on occasion, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Bad breath, or halitosis, can be an embarrassment and an impediment to your social life. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways to freshen your breath.

Brush and floss
One of the main causes of bad breath is plaque, the sticky build-up on teeth that harbors bacteria. Food left between teeth adds to the problem. All of us should brush at least twice a day and floss daily. If you’re worried about your breath, brush and floss a little more often. But don’t overdo it. Brushing too aggressively can erode enamel, which makes your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.

Scrape your Tongue
The coating that normally forms on the tongue can also contain unpleasant-smelling bacteria. To eliminate them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush. Some people find that toothbrushes are too big to comfortably reach the back of the tongue. In that case, try a tongue scraper. They’re designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area, removing bacteria, food debris, and dead cells that brushing alone can’t remove.

Avoid Offensive Food
Onions and garlic are the prime offenders. Unfortunately, brushing after you eat onions or garlic doesn’t help. The volatile substances they contain make their way into your blood stream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out. The only way to avoid the problem is to avoid eating onions and garlic, especially before social or work occasions when you’re concerned about your breath.

Kick the Habit
Bad breath is just one of many reasons not to smoke. Smoking damages gum tissue and stains teeth. It also increases your risk of oral cancer. Over-the-counter nicotine patches can help tame the urge to smoke.

Rinse Your Mouth
In addition to freshening your breath, anti-bacterial mouthwashes add extra protection by reducing plaque-causing bacteria. If you don’t have access to mouthwash after eating, swish your mouth with plain water to help freshen your breath and eliminate food particles.

Chew Gum
A stick of sugarless gum will promote saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against plaque acids. These acids cause bad breath, as well as tooth decay. Avoid sugary candy, which promotes the growth of bacteria in your mouth and adds to bad breath problems.

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Dry Mouth: An Important Health Indicator http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/07/11/dry-mouth-important-health-indicator/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/07/11/dry-mouth-important-health-indicator/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:00:06 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=440 Your mouth is a barometer of your overall health. One o […]

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Your mouth is a barometer of your overall health. One of the ways it is an indicator of well-being is through your level of saliva. Not enough saliva is a sign of a condition known as dry mouth.

Dry mouth affects about one in every four adults. It is more common in women, and its likelihood increases with age. By the age of 60, about forty percent of adults will suffer (or have suffered) from dry mouth at some point.

What are the Symptoms?

There are many symptoms of dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia. These include:

  • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • Frequent thirst
  • Sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth; cracked lips
  • A dry feeling in the throat
  • A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue
  • A dry, red, raw tongue
  • Problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing and swallowing
  • Hoarseness, dry nasal passages and sore throat
  • Bad breath

What Causes Dry Mouth?
There are several causes of dry mouth. One of the most common culprits is medication.

Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs, including medication used to treat depression, pain, allergies, colds, obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension, diarrhea, psychotic disorders, urinary incontinence and asthma. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of muscle relaxants and sedatives.

Certain medical conditions are linked to dry mouth, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, anemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension and Parkinson’s disease.

Dry mouth also may be a side effect of certain medical treatments, such as radiation to the head and neck and chemotherapy treatments for cancer, which can reduce the amount of saliva produced. It also may be the result of nerve damage to the head and neck area from an injury or surgery.

Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking or chewing tobacco, can affect saliva production and aggravate dry mouth.

Why Is This a Problem?
Besides causing the aggravating symptoms previously mentioned, dry mouth also increases a person’s risk of gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, and mouth infections such as thrush. Dry mouth can also make it difficult to wear dentures.This condition can cause difficulty in speech and eating. It also leads to a dramatic rise in the number of cavities, as the protective effect of saliva’s re-mineralizing the enamel is no longer present. This can make the mucosa and periodontal tissue of the mouth more vulnerable to infection.How Is Dry Mouth Treated?Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for dry mouth. If you think your dry mouth is caused by certain medication you are taking, talk to your doctor. He or she may adjust the dose you are taking or switch you to a different drug that doesn’t cause dry mouth.In addition, an oral rinse to restore mouth moisture may be prescribed. If that doesn’t help a medication that stimulates saliva production, called Salagen, may be prescribed.

Other steps you can take that may help improve saliva flow include:

  • Sucking on sugar-free candy or chewing sugar-free gum
  • Drinking plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist
  • Protecting your teeth by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, using a fluoride rinse, and visiting your dentist regularly
  • Breathing through your nose, not your mouth, as much as possible
  • Using a room vaporizer to add moisture to the bedroom air
  • Using an over-the-counter artificial saliva substitute

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An Important Message to our Valued Patients http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/06/22/important-message-valued-patients/ http://www.leesburgdental.com/2012/06/22/important-message-valued-patients/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:00:17 +0000 http://leesburgdental.ziplocalsites.com/?p=442 To avoid any confusion, we want you to know that Leesbu […]

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To avoid any confusion, we want you to know that Leesburg Dental is not affiliated in any way with Leesburg Dental Care, a practice that was recently cited for insurance fraud. At Leesburg Dental, we maintain the highest standards of integrity in all of our business practices.

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