Loza Dental Leesburg News

At Loza Dental in Leesburg, VA we pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of new tools and technology that make your visit to the dentist faster, easier and more comfortable for everything from routine checkups to cosmetic procedures. Listed below is some of the latest dentistry news from our practice, as well as any available specials.

A Beautiful Smile is the Best Gift

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... read more

How to Keep Your Teeth Stain-Free

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... read more

Get a Dazzling Smile With Our New Teeth Whitening System

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... read more

Is Sleep Apnea Keeping You Up at Night?

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... read more

Get the Most From Your Dental Coverage

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... read more

Dental Health Linked to Dementia Risk

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... read more

The Link Between Soda and Oral Health

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... read more

What You Can Do About Bad Breath

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... read more

Dry Mouth: An Important Health Indicator

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... read more

An Important Message to our Valued Patients

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... read more

Oral Hygiene and Your Overall Health

How well you care for your teeth and gums can have a powerful effect on your overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to a variety of health complications, many of which are more serious than bad breath and sore gums. But by changing certain habits, you can improve the health of your mouth and teeth and lessen your risk for more serious problems. The Role of Diet and Lifestyle in Oral Health A number of dietary habits and lifestyle factors can affect oral health, including: Sugar consumption: Having a sugar-laden diet will contribute to tooth decay and gum problems, as bacteria in the mouth thrives in this environment, producing tooth and gum-destroying enzymes and acids. Smoking: The use of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products can cause periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay and oral cancer. Cigars can also cause periodontal disease and throat, or pharyngeal, cancer. The smoke from tobacco has a toxic effect on gum tissue, and can interfere with blood flow. Drinking alcohol: Drinking can contribute to oral problems indirectly by resulting in a dehydrated mouth, which can allow bacteria to grow. In addition, people who have alcohol addiction issues are less likely to consistently follow good dental care habits. Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body To maintain your oral health—and overall good health—it’s crucial to see your dentist regularly. You should also practice good oral hygiene at home by carefully brushing and flossing your teeth regularly in order to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. Remember, there is nothing a dentist can do that a patient can’t undo by neglecting their dental care. As always,... read more

Tips for Healthy Baby Teeth

Cavities are the No. 1 chronic disease in children. And the number of preschoolers who require extensive dental work is on the rise, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Endless snacking and juice at bedtime are just two of the reasons so many preschoolers suffer from extensive dental decay. Giving a child soda or bottled water rather than fluoridated tap water also contributes to the problem. And not brushing regularly makes it worse. The result is that children often have to undergo general anesthesia to treat multiple cavities. Here are a few tips for parents to help prevent the decay of baby teeth: Take an infant to the dentist before the child’s first birthday for an assessment of cavity risk, even if the child has only a few teeth. In general, brush the teeth of children two or younger with a bit of fluoride toothpaste twice a day. At two, start to use a pea-size dollop. Reduce snacking. Eating any starchy or sugary food causes the acidity in the mouth to increase significantly, leaving teeth awash in an acid bath—which is hard on enamel—for 20 minutes until saliva reduces the acidity. The frequency of exposure to acid is more important than the sugar content of food. Do not share utensils with a child or “clean” a pacifier in your mouth, then give it to your infant. Research has shown that parents or caregivers with active tooth decay can pass cavity-causing bacteria via saliva. Brush preschoolers’ teeth for them. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call our office and schedule... read more

Is There an Increased Risk of Developing Brain Tumors Through Dental X-Rays?

A recent study has suggested that people who had frequent dental X-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor in the United States. These findings do not prove that radiation from X-rays causes the tumors. The study’s results are based on people who were exposed to much higher levels of radiation during dental X-rays in the past. Today’s advancements in technology have successfully reduced radiation from dental X-rays to very low levels. They are among the lowest levels of all medical tests. The amount of radiation you’ll get from one bitewing X-ray is the same as from one hour flying in an airplane. New technologies, like faster speed films and digital imaging, also reduce exposure to radiation. At Leesburg Dental, we use leaded aprons to protect the body and, whenever possible, thyroid collars around the neck to protect the thyroid gland. Both of these devices significantly limit radiation exposure. The American Dental Association’s long-standing position is that dentists should only order X-rays for patients after an exam and when necessary for diagnosis and treatment. This helps ensure that radiation exposure is as low as reasonably possible. It’s important to remember that there are many oral diseases that can’t be detected with just a visual or physical exam. Dental X-rays help us find cavities between your teeth or under fillings, gum and bone diseases, infection under your gums, and some types of tumors. X-rays help us catch and treat these hidden problems at an early stage before more extensive and expensive dental treatment is... read more

Leesburg Dental Offers Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April for Oral Cancer Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Almost 37,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year in the United States. Because a large number of these people are diagnosed as late-stage cancers, only about half will be alive in five years. Approximately 100 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in theUnited States every day, and someone dies of oral cancer every single hour.United States every day, and someone dies of oral cancer every single hour. Younger People at Risk While oral cancer has historically been most likely to occur after age 50 and among tobacco users, the fastest growing segment of those diagnosed are nonsmokers between the ages of 25 and 50. Evidence shows that this group is linked to oral cancer through HPV or human papilloma virus. Because of this, many health care experts now advise everyone from the age of 18 and up to get an annual oral cancer exam. More Women Diagnosed In the past, 10 men were diagnosed with oral cancer for every women diagnosed. The ratio today is now is two men to one woman. This is believed to be due primarily to the use of tobacco and alcohol by women. Factors that May Cause Oral Cancer Research has identified a number of factors that may contribute to the development of oral cancer. Whether through cigarette smoking or use of the smokeless variety, tobacco consumption in any form remains the primary risk factor for oral cancer. If current trends continue, however, HPV may become the dominant cause of oral cancer by 2022. Other factors may include poor oral hygiene, irritation caused by ill-fitting... read more

New ‘One-Day Teeth’ System Now Available: Permanent Teeth in One Day

Did you know that more than 35 million people in the United States—about one in nine—are missing all of their teeth on either the upper or lower arch (or both)? It is also estimated that an additional 30 million people have bad teeth or periodontal disease and face the prospect of losing all of their teeth? Traditionally, the only solution for these patients was to get full dentures or go through the lengthy, painful and expensive process of getting implants. But what if you could 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. Teeth in a Day One of the drawbacks to dental implants has always been that the procedure involved several different specialists working over a period of several months. At Leesburg Dental, we now provide all the services you need in one place. If you choose to get implants, you will not need to go anywhere else. Why Not Dentures? The replacement of missing teeth has traditionally been done through a full set of dentures. Dentures, which are artificial teeth that rest on the gum line, can often provide an excellent cosmetic result. There are potential problems with dentures, however. They are not fixed in place and may slip, move and even fall out. This is the reason there is such a huge market for denture adhesives and creams. Dentures also can be uncomfortable, given that they rest on the gums. This often makes eating difficult. With... read more

With Waterlase, the Dentist is Drill-Free and Pain-Free

How would you like to visit the dentist without having to endure the sound of the drill in your ear? With our new state-of-the-art Waterlase system, drills are now a thing of the past. A revolutionary new dental device, Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to perform a variety of basic tooth and gum procedures safely and efficiently—and quietly! For those who hate needles, there is more good news. With Waterlase, there is no need for sedation. So, not only will you hear the difference, you will feel the difference. And the best news of all: There are no additional costs for our patients associated with this new technology. Better Dentistry With Waterlase, we’ve taken our dental practice to a new level. We are able to gently and precisely remove dental decay with no shots, no drill, and no pain in most cases. This laser technology significantly improves patient comfort because it does not cause heat or vibration in the mouth. This helps to ease the pain and anxiety of some patients who fear the high-pitched whine of traditional drills Healthier Teeth Cavities happen to most people at one time or another. With Waterlase, we are able to remove decay precisely. This allows you to keep healthy tooth structure and have healthier teeth longer. No more worries Fear and anxiety, whether mild or severe, can sometimes prevent people from seeking the dental treatment they need. Studies show that as many as 70 percent of adults in the U.S. experience some degree of dental fear. With Waterlase, there is nothing to fear and no reason to... read more

Wellness-Based Dentistry is our Philosophy

Wellness based dentistry is our philosophy. All branches of medicine are moving from a disease-based model to a wellness based model – one that is centered upon prevention, education and early detection. In our dental offices we now have the ability to provide our patients with the most conservative approach along with less invasive treatments. Dentistry embraces this wellness-based model because our profession is literally on the front lines of total body health and wellness. Our water lasers won’t grind away vital tooth enamel, and that is better dentistry. We know that a healthy mouth is the cornerstone of a healthy person. The health of your mouth is linked to your whole body health. Research suggests that periodontal disease may be related to other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Researches are trying to find out just how periodontal bacteria are related to overall health. Some people have periodontal disease with few warning signs, or none at all. If you notice any of the following signs, please see your dentist, and dental hygienist. Gums that bleed when you brush or floss Red swollen or tender gums Gums that have pulled away from your teeth Bad breath that doesn’t go away Pus between your teeth and gums Loose or separating teeth A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite A change in the fit of partial dentures Our dental offices are environmentally conscious, and we are always striving to reduce waste and prevent pollution by becoming increasingly more computerized. We have converted our conventional X-rays to digital imaging. This change completely eliminates the need... read more

Waterlase Dentistry™ at Loza Dental

Loza Dental Health & Wellness utilizes the high-tech, high-comfort Waterlase Dentistry™ technology from Biolase. This laser-based technology offers several benefits to our clients when it comes to dental procedures: Reduces patient fear and anxiety of injections and drills (no drill is used in Waterlase Dentistry!) Perform minimally invasive restorations Perform everyday procedures more efficiently Perform more types of procedures and refer out fewer procedures We are one of the few practices in the area to offer this technology, and we feel you should experience the benefits yourself. There’s no reason to be uncomfortable at the dentist office! Call today and book your appointment for a more enjoyable dental... read more

The iTero Digital Impression System

This video highlights the use of the iTero Digital Impression System at Loza Dental Health & Wellness Group in their Leesburg, VA location. Dr. Juan Loza discusses the advantages of using a digital 3-D system over traditional, gooey, messy molds. Creating 3-D, digital models of a patient’s teeth allows for a much more accurate crown to be made, usually resulting in a perfect fit on the first try. The entire experience for the patient is much more comfortable and relaxing than traditional methods as... read more

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