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Use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year!

September 25, 2018

Smiling woman looking at tablet computerAt the end of the year, families have holiday plans, travel, they’re working around kids’ schedules in and out of school. In short, the end of the year is a busy and high stress time for everyone. We don’t want to add one more thing to your to-do list, but if you haven’t already scheduled both of your preventive dental exams this year, it’s time to get in at least one before the end of your dental insurance coverage year. The majority of dental insurance providers will reset their benefits at the end of the plan year, so if you haven’t used your available dental insurance coverage, you might lose it. Keep reading to learn more about dental insurance and how visiting your trusted Tysons dentist twice a year can help you make the most of your available benefits.

A Dentist in Tysons Discusses Breastfeeding and Dental Health

June 19, 2018

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 10:11 pm

nursing mom and babyCongratulations! Whether you’ve just had your first baby or you are busy growing your family, this is a very special time. For many moms, breastfeeding is an important decision that allows them to bond with their baby and provide the perfect nutrition. Breast milk helps your baby fight infections and reduces many health risks including asthma, ear infections, SIDS and childhood obesity. In addition, breastfeeding can have an affect on your dental health as well as your baby’s. Read on to learn what a dentist in Tysons has to say on the subject.


Effective Dental Hygiene Between Visits

June 17, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-76765623When you leave a hygiene appointment with the outstanding staff at Avanti Dentistry your teeth look and feel their best. They are completely clean, and it feels great. By the next morning, that wonderful squeaky clean smile is a thing of the past. At Avanti Dentistry we want our patients to keep their teeth feeling like they just left a hygiene appointment. Some tips and tricks for effective at-home dental hygiene can help your teeth look and feel their best. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled hygienists, at our convenient Tysons Corner, VA location.

The Basics

Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid oral health issues that can be painful, difficult to treat, and hazardous to your physical health. We all think we know how to care for our teeth at home, but what you don’t know may surprise you. Maybe you know that you’re supposed to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss between your teeth at least once each day, but did you know there are multiple brushing and flossing methods or that using mouthwash directly following brushing is not encouraged? Like so many routine activities, tooth brushing is often done in a thoughtless, automatic way, but by making a change to your routine, you can significantly improve dental health.

Most of us are taught to brush our teeth as small children, and we are instructed to use one of two brushing methods a horizontal scrub (quickly moving a brush back and forth across the surfaces of the teeth), or the preferred fone’s method of using circular strokes to clean each tooth. While these methods are great for kids, there are techniques that would be much more beneficial for adults. The horizontal scrub method is damaging to enamel over time, and the fone’s method does not always adequately clean between your teeth and gums to remove plague and reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

There are many other methods for brushing your teeth, ask our hygienists to thoroughly explain them to you at your next appointment. The key to all of the brushing methods is ensure better cleaning of the places that periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay causing bacteria are most likely to grow. This means a thorough cleaning between and behind the teeth as well as along the gum line. A fast vibrating or rolling motion from the gums upwards is often effective.

Flossing is a dreaded chore, but the results speak for themselves. Your teeth look and feel better, if you floss on a daily basis. One easy switch that can make floss less of a chore is to use a single filament floss. Multifilament floss is more common but it tends to shred or break making flossing more difficult. Single filament floss is made of one single strand that slides more easily between teeth. When flossing, remember to always move floss gently back and forth between teeth until you reach the base of each tooth. Curve the floss around each tooth and gently clean below the gum line. Then, slowly move the floss back and forth to remove it from your teeth. Remember never to snap or pull floss between teeth. Gum tissue is extremely sensitive and can easily be cut or bruised.

Mouthwash that contains fluoride is a great way to retain the strength of your bite, but it shouldn’t be part of your brushing routine. After brushing, your teeth are coated with fluoride from your toothpaste which should contain at least 1350ppm of fluoride to be effective. Using fluoride mouthwash is a great after lunch dental hygiene solution. It’s easy to find a few minutes to swish your mouth wash, and you don’t have to worry about carrying along a tooth brush to work, school, or a restaurant. Travel sized mouthwash bottles are easy to carry, and refilling them from a larger bottle makes them cost effective too. Remember not to eat or drink for 30 minutes following the use of fluoride mouthwash.

A Few Tough Choices

Between visits there’s really only one other way to keep your teeth healthier and cleaner, and that’s to make a few tough choices about the food and drinks you consume. Foods and beverages that are high in sugar, acid or color can cause long-term damage to your teeth. Building a habit of rinsing with mouth wash or brushing immediately following meals is one way to combat the potential damage, but if you consistently struggle with tooth decay or gum disease, it may be time to start considering eliminating problem foods from your diet.

If you experience a dental emergency (lost tooth, abscess tooth, severe cut of mouth or tongue, etc.) try to visit us as soon as possible, but hygiene is essential to avoid bacterial growth that can lead to infection or decay. Be sure to clean any affected area with warm water, and slow blood flow with a cold compress or ice. Never remove debris from between your teeth with anything other than floss. Until you are able to schedule an office visit, continue to clean the damaged area as part of your hygiene routine, but take special care not to reopen cuts or further damage teeth.

Finally, if all the extra cleaning and change in diet still don’t give you the movie star grin you desire, we have numerous cosmetic dentistry services that will brighten any smile. Often a simple whitening treatment can change your entire smile. Call today to schedule a consultation to determine if any of our cosmetic dentistry options might be right for you.

Make a Dental Hygiene Appointment Today

If you still have questions about the most effective ways to keep your teeth clean between hygiene visits, call us today to schedule an appointment. Avanti Dentistry’s friendly staff at your Tysons Corner, VA practice are here to help. We welcome patients form Tysons Corner and beyond including Vienna, Arlington, Fairfax, Washington, D.C., and McLean.

End Tooth Pain with Tyson’s Corner Endodontics at Avanti Dentistry

October 10, 2014

Once upon a time, the only solution for a badly decayed tooth was extraction. Thankfully, that is not necessarily the case today. Very often, a tooth can be saved with endodontic therapy, also known as root canal treatment. The dentists at Avanti Dentistry in Tyson’s Corner, VA, are trained in root canal treatment and, in an emergency situation, can alleviate the pain of a badly decaying tooth with a same day appointment.

Symptoms of Endodontic Problems

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then endodontic therapy may be required.

  • Extreme tooth discomfort and pain
  • Lingering tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that are tender to the touch and when chewing
  • Tooth discoloration

These symptoms may indicate an endodontic infection. Such an infection affects the tooth pulp, which is the soft tissue containing nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues that run through the dentin, or hard tissue inside the tooth. This pulp extends from the top of the tooth down to the tip of the root in the jaw bone.

Endodontic Treatment

At Avanti Dentistry, our endodontic specialist is ready to examine and treat your toothache with root canal therapy—same day if necessary. A root canal involves removing the nerve and pulp inside the tooth. Then the root is carefully cleaned, filled and sealed. Without root canal therapy, the infection inside the tooth can spread, leading to abscesses, bone loss and ultimately loss of the tooth. After the root canal, a crown or another type of restoration on the tooth may be required to protect it.

Contact Us Today for Endodontic Treatment and other Services in Tyson’s Corner, VA

If you are experiencing a toothache that does not go away, now is the time to call the office of Avanti Dentistry to determine if endodontic therapy is required. Our dentists will be happy to consult with you about this or any other dental concern. We are the Tyson’s Corner orthodontist, prosthodontist and general dentist. Avanti Dentistry serves patients in Tyson’s Corner, VA, Washington D.C., Fairfax, McLean, Arlington and Vienna, too.


There is Nothing to Fear with Sedation Dentistry

September 20, 2014

It’s estimated that over 30% of the population avoids dental care due to fear. Today, there are a variety of methods available with Sedation Dentistry that can get you through a dental treatment without any pain or anxiety. If you suffer from apprehension brought on by a dental phobia make an appointment today with Avanti Dentistry. The dentists at Avanti Dentistry always provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for their patients. Sedation Dentistry services are available for patients in Tysons Corner, VA, Washington, D.C., McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Vienna and surrounding areas.

Understanding Sedation Dentistry

It’s important to understand that sedation dentistry and anesthesia are two different procedures. General anesthesia, where patients are actually put to asleep, is typically only provided in the hospital. Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state, while maintaining consciousness. There are three methods the dentist may use to sedate you before a dental procedure:

  • Nitrous Oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is one option the dentist may use to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It will not put you to sleep and you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. You will be asked to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few minutes you will feel the effects of the nitrous oxide gas. You may feel light-headed or a tingling or heaviness in your arms and legs. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
  • IV Sedation gives the dentist optimal control of the amount of medication administered and allows them to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably. The dentist may require that you don’t eat or drink eight hours prior to the appointment. IV Sedation provides a faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you’ll be able to feel the effects of the medication rather quickly. IV Sedation can benefit you if you have a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods of time. You’ll be unaware of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. Patients usually remember little if anything of their appointment by the next day.
  • Oral Sedation is an increasingly popular treatment option for many people because it does not require the use of needles. The medications can be swallowed whole or crushed and administered by the dentist under the tongue. The type of sedative the dentist prescribes depends on the procedure being performed, the patient’s medical condition and any other drugs they take. In most cases the dentist uses a class of sedative medication called benzodiazepines. Examples of benzodiazepines include diazepam, lorazepam and triazolam. Sedative medication helps relax patients by slowing the action of the central nervous system. People remain aware of their surroundings, but are less responsive to external stimuli.

Sedation Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA

In addition to sedation, the dentist will also administer a local anesthetic. This local anesthetic will temporarily block pain impulses from the affected teeth and gum tissue. However, this injection will only occur after you are already sedated and comfortable. The dentists at Avanti Dentistry offer Sedation Dentistry services that can help you overcome your dental phobias and get you started with the dental care you need. Make an appointment with Avanti dentistry today to experience the difference yourself. Avanti Dentistry serves all of Tysons Corner, VA, Washington, D.C., McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Vienna and surrounding cities.

How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health?

September 12, 2014

You probably already know that smoking is bad for your health. But you may not know that it is also bad for your teeth and gums. Smoking can cause tooth decay, bone loss in the jaw, inflammation of the salivary glands and delayed healing from oral and other surgeries. Smokers are also more prone to oral cancers than nonsmokers. If you smoke, make an appointment with the experienced and gentle dentists of Avanti Dentistry. They can help you treat the effects of smoking and improve your overall oral health. Avanti Dentistry is conveniently located in Tysons Corner, VA, serving patients from nearby Washington, D.C., Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, Vienna.

Smoking and Gum Disease

Not only do tobacco products stain your teeth and give you bad breath, they can also lead to periodontal disease (gum disease). Smoking may be responsible for up to 75% of gum disease experienced by adults. If you choose to smoke, you are seven times more likely to develop gum disease than a nonsmoker. Smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers vulnerable to infections and also impairs blood flow to the gums which may affect wound healing.

Smokeless Tobacco Products

Smokeless tobacco products like snuff and chewing tobacco are just as harmful as cigarettes to your teeth and gums. Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing it to recede or pull away from your teeth. Once the gum tissue recedes, your tooth roots become exposed, creating an increased risk of tooth decay. Exposed roots are also more sensitive to hot and cold, making eating and drinking uncomfortable. Smokeless tobacco products contain at least twenty eight chemicals that have been shown to increase the risk of oral cancer and cancer of the throat and esophagus. Chewing tobacco actually contains higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes. In fact, one can of snuff contains more nicotine than sixty cigarettes.

Treatment for Smoking Related Oral Health Problems in Tysons Corner, VA

One of the cosmetic effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in tobacco. It can make the teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking. If you use tobacco products, you should make an appointment with Avanti Dentistry today. The dentists at Avanti Dentistry can readily assess your oral health needs with their state of the art periodontal treatments. You can also take advantage of their teeth whitening promotions to combat the affects of tobacco staining. Avanti Dentistry proudly serves patients throughout Tysons Corner, VA, Vienna, McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding communities.

Sleep Apnea Treatment: Stop Snoring and Improve Your Health with Avanti Dentistry

August 10, 2014

Snoring is a common problem that can affect various facets of your life, interrupting your partner’s sleep and making nighttime uncomfortable for you as well. While snoring is undoubtedly a nuisance that warrants your attention, there may be an underlying cause that is even more serious. Sleep apnea affects millions of men and women in America, putting them at risk for health complications when not treated properly. At Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA, our team of doctors helps patients suffering from sleep apnea find a solution that fits their lifestyle.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

When a patient suffers from sleep apnea, the tongue and the soft tissues of the mouth and throat obstruct the airway during sleep. The patient may cease breathing entirely for up to a minute in some cases, drastically reducing blood oxygen levels throughout the night. Untreated sleep apnea has been shown to contribute to many seemingly unrelated health conditions, including the following:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Difficulty recovering following surgery
  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Glaucoma
  • Seizures
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Asthma
  • Depression and anxiety

A customized oral appliance (often called a snore guard, mouthguard, or night guard) can be worn while the patient sleeps to position the jaws and tongue properly. This comfortable appliance stops snoring and allows the patient to breathe continuously throughout the night.

Finally Get the Rest You Deserve

If you or your partner suffers from any of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, we invite you to contact our office in Tysons Corner today to schedule your consultation. Our doctors are standing by and ready to help you overcome sleep apnea so that you can rest easily, sleep well, and reduce your risk of developing serious health conditions associated with OSA. Our conveniently located dental practice happily welcomes families from Tysons Corner and nearby communities in Washington, D.C., Arlington, McLean, Vienna, Fairfax, and beyond.

Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health: Vital Information from Avanti Dentistry

May 12, 2014

Do your gums ever bleed when you brush your teeth or floss? Have you noticed that your teeth seem to appear longer than they once were or that your gums seem swollen and red? It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of adults in America suffer from some form of periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease. At Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA, our team of experienced doctors offers comprehensive periodontal therapy to help patients improve their oral health as well as their general physical wellness.

The Mouth-Body Connection

When a patient suffers from gum disease, the mouth isn’t the only part of the anatomy that is affected. Bacteria have been shown to travel from the mouth to other areas of the body, wreaking havoc on other organs and tissues. While these complications don’t always necessarily present themselves in the form of noticeable symptoms, they can be incredibly serious if not addressed. Some of the health concerns associated with untreated gum disease include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Complications during pregnancy, including low birth weight
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory problems
  • Dementia
  • Pancreatic cancer

Fortunately, gum disease can be treated effectively with the advanced periodontal therapy at Avanti Dentistry. Undergoing periodontal therapy can substantially reduce your risk of developing complications like these, thereby improving overall health and general well-being.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you or anyone in your family has exhibited the common signs of gum disease, contact our office in Tysons Corner today and schedule your consultation with our caring, compassionate team. Our guarantee to you is that we will always take the time to listen to your questions and concerns, working with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your unique situation. Our conveniently located practice happily serves families from throughout Tysons Corner, Arlington, McLean, Fairfax, Vienna, Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Treat Decay with General Dentistry

April 30, 2014

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 2:38 pm

In our last post, we introduced the term preventive dentistry and talked about what it means. In this post, we want to continue that thread a little by talking about some of the services we use to provide effective preventive and general dentistry.

Our general dentistry services include:

  • White Fillings
  • Ceramic Inlays and Onlays
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Implant Crowns

With these services, we can help our patients from Tysons Corner and beyond overcome decay or damage to teeth in one or sometimes two visits, depending on your needs.

Depending on what your doctor finds, we will create a personalized treatment plan using one of these services, or possibly one of the many other great services we offer. If you have any questions about what we recommend, we’re happy to answer them.

Treating decay is essential to enjoying good oral health. When decay becomes more advanced, patients can experience uncomfortable symptoms and reduced functionality. With enough time, it’s possible for decayed teeth to break or become infected.

Do you want to learn more about our general dentistry services? Call Avanti Dentistry today. Our office serves patients from Tysons Corner, Vienna, Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, Washington D.C., and nearby Virginia communities.

Welcome to the Blog for Avanti Dentistry

March 4, 2014

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 4:17 pm

If you’re looking for helpful information about dentistry or about the services offered at Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corner, you’ve come to the right place. As the months go by, we’ll be discussing the services we provide and offering helpful tips to help our patients enjoy better oral health.

At Avanti Dentistry, we put a lot of emphasis on preventive and general dental care. Diagnosing and treating common oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, TMJ trouble, and more will help our Tysons Corner patients enjoy a lifetime of good oral and overall wellbeing. What’s more, we treat children and adults alike, because even very young patients are susceptible to common oral health problems.

Our services include:

To make sure that you and your family are enjoying good oral health, our Tysons Corner team recommends coming in at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. These appointments give us a chance to get to know you and your smile. We can clean your teeth, talk to you about any services you might be interested in, and help you come up with a personalized treatment plan if you need any extra help. We can also talk to you about effective home care techniques so you’re next appointment is problem-free.

Are you ready to schedule an appointment with our helpful dental team? Call us today to schedule your next appointment. Avanti Dentistry services families from Tysons Corner, Vienna, Fairfax, Washington D.C., Arlington, McLean, and nearby areas in Virginia.