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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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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.
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Tysons Corner oral surgeon Dr. Farshad Farhoumand presents the finest in advanced dental care

October 14, 2015

Woman receiving dental care from your Tysons Corner oral surgeonWhat are the characteristics of a great oral surgeon? What makes his office the best in his geographic area? Check out the credentials, skills and one-stop dental office of Dr. Farshad Farhoumand.
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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.

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.

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.

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!