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Are Sports & Energy Drinks Bad for Teeth?

December 22, 2018

In recent years people have started consuming more sports and energy drinks. While these drinks may seem harmless, researchers from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) published a 2012 study indicating that the increased consumption of sports and energy drinks along with a decrease in water consumption may be leading to a greater risk for cavities. Keep reading to learn more about the potentially negative impact of sports and energy drinks on oral health and how you can maintain your healthiest smile.
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New Year, New You! – Smile Makeover Resolutions

October 8, 2018

Man with a perfect white smile looking awayWhen it comes to New Year’s resolutions, people tend to set goals for their health and financial wellness. While oral health care may not immediately come to mind, making some changes to your dental care routine can be an easy way to get healthier and save money in the New Year. In this post, we’ll walk through how you can improve your oral health and your budget with regular, preventive dental checkups and teeth cleaning appointments with your Tysons area dentist.
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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.

Preventive Dentistry for Tysons Corner and Nearby Communities

April 17, 2014

Diagnosing and treating the most common dental problems as early as possible is important. That’s why our doctors at Avanti Dentistry put a special focus on preventive dentistry. Through preventive dentistry, we hope to find and proactively treat issues that could harm your smile if left untreated.

Why place such a special emphasis on treating problems early? Because providing early care will make it possible for us to treat your smile without making major changes to your smile. Fewer changes to your teeth mean enjoying more of your natural smile for longer. Early care is also more comfortable, more affordable, and less time-consuming.

The best way for us to deliver preventive dentistry is to see you regularly. We recommend that patients come in for a visit at least twice a year. During your visit, a hygienist will help you clean bacteria and plaque away from your teeth while one of our doctors assesses your oral health needs. If we find anything during your appointment, we will be happy to recommend a treatment plan. If you have any questions about the plan we recommend, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Is it time for your next regular visit with Avanti Dentistry? Call us today for an appointment. Our office is located in the same building with the Walmart and the 24 Hour Fitness and serves patients from Tysons Corner, Vienna, Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, Washington D.C., and nearby Virginia communities. We look forward to helping you!