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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.

Incognito Braces are a hidden, and effective, orthodontic solution.

May 15, 2015

Filed under: cosmetic dentistry,Orthodontics,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 8:20 pm

Incognito Braces are glued to the back side of the teeth, concealing them from view.Does the look of traditional orthodontic braces stop you from getting treatment for your teenager? Incognito Braces are concealed behind the teeth, presenting a hardware-free smile to the world.

You believe your teenager needs orthodontic treatment, but with so many different kinds of braces available today, you wonder what’s best. Traditional metal brackets and wires aren’t the most attractive treatment, especially for a teen. And, clear aligners–what if the patient forgets to wear them or just doesn’t want to?

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The Phenomenal Orthodontic Treatment in Tyson’s Corner, VA

April 15, 2015

Filed under: Orthodontics — Tags: , , , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 8:41 pm

Do you have perfectly straight teeth? If the answer is no, do not feel bad. Most people do not come close to having straight teeth. As teeth grow in, they press against each other, crowd together, push apart, and ultimately, become misaligned. We all dream of having a beautiful, straight smile, but it’s very improbable that it will happen naturally. Braces are the go-to answer for straightening teeth, but many adults do not want to deal with metal brackets and wires. For those who live in Tyson’s Corner, VA, Avanti Dentistry offers orthodontic alternative to straighten teeth and provide a magnificent smile.

Great Alternatives to Traditional Braces

The expert doctors and practitioners at our office understand that the idea of braces or orthodontic treatment may not sound very appealing, but our orthodontic alternatives will make you reconsider. Our office is equipped with new breakthroughs in dentistry, and we can provide fantastic, natural-looking options for straightening teeth, including:

  • Invisalign: Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not require brackets or wires. After the dentist takes 3D images of your mouth, teeth, and gums, a certified Invisalign laboratory crafts sets of customized aligners. The aligners fit around the teeth, and each set will be worn for a specified amount of time. Over time, through small pressure, your teeth will begin to line up in perfect position. With Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions. The aligners can be removed when eating, brushing your teeth, etc.
  • Hidden Braces: Also known as lingual braces, are similar to regular braces, except they are mounted on the inside (lingual side) of the teeth. This style of treatment is essentially non-visible to others, and a patient can undergo a complete treatment without feeling self-conscious about the aesthetics.
  • Accelerated Orthodontics: Sometimes called “high speed braces” or “six month braces,” these braces move teeth into position in a short amount of time (six to nine months). The brackets and wires are white and clear, making them blend in with the color of your teeth.

Let Us Give You a Perfect Smile

Are you ready to get a set of perfectly straight teeth? Call our office in Tyson’s Corner, VA and schedule a consultation with our caring professionals. Our office doors are wide open and ready to accept patients residing in Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, Fairfax, Washington D.C., Arlington, McLean, and the surrounding Virginia areas.

Painless, Professional Endodontics in Tyson’s Corner, VA

April 7, 2015

Filed under: Endodontics — Tags: , , , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 8:41 pm

Do you feel a constant, intense pain throbbing in your tooth? Does your tooth have a lingering pain after you eat or drink something cold? These can be signs of an infected or inflamed tooth. When a tooth becomes infected and causes incredible pain, there is one solution to fix the problem and relieve the pain: root canal therapy. We know the term can strike fear, since it’s infamous for being unpleasant, but with dental advancements and modern technology, the procedure is essentially painless. Our Endodontic Specialist at Avanti Dentistry in Tyson’s Corner, VA can perform a professional root canal treatment and remove the infection from your tooth.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Brushing, flossing, and rinsing is imperative for proper oral health, but even a regular routine of cleaning can still miss problem spots. When you miss those hard-to-read spots, plaque and bacteria will buildup, and tartar will form. Without a regular, thorough cleaning by our team of skilled dental masters, the tartar can cause infections within the tooth, which causes incredible pain and forms abscesses. When this happens, root canal therapy is necessary. But worry not, as our Endodontic Specialist can perform the procedure without causing any pain or discomfort.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Inside of the tooth, there lies soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and it helps grow the root of the tooth during developmental stages. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, it must be removed from the tooth in order to save it. Our Specialist will apply an anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, and then drill a small hole into the tooth. The pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully disinfected and cleaned with a special solution. The hole is filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, and the tooth is restored with a crown. After the procedure, the tooth will function like your other teeth.

I Need a Specialist to Look at my Problem Tooth.

Do not let a troubled tooth cause you any more grief. Contact our office to schedule your consultation with our staff of amazing, attentive professionals. We are genuinely proud to provide our service to Tyson’s Corner, VA, Vienna, Fairfax, Washington D.C., Arlington, McLean, and the neighboring communities.

Superb Orthodontics in Tyson’s Corner, VA

March 23, 2015

Filed under: Orthodontics — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Farshad Farhoumand @ 6:46 pm

A beautiful, white, bright smile can still a room, turn heads, and make jaws hit the floor. Unfortunately, not everyone has the “perfect” smile. Many teens and adults are stuck with crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth. Understandably, many are self-conscious about their smiles, because of the pattern their teeth formed. Instead of feeling embarrassed of your teeth, why not elevate your smile and achieve the perfection that filled your dreams? With the phenomenal care and technique of the Avanti Dentistry team, you can finally feel comfortable showing off your ideal grin.

Are You Talking About Braces?

We are talking about braces. Now, don’t let the idea scare you away. With the latest trends in the dental world, braces are not the metal face-gear they once were. When you come in for your consultation, or doctors will examine your mouth, map it out, and make a mold. Our team will then decide how our five-star orthodontic treatment can help you. If you decided to proceed, we will answer any questions you have and fit you for braces. Of course, we will provide you with an estimate of the time it will take to complete the treatment.

How Does It Work?

Small metal squares, called brackets, are bonded to the front of the teeth. The brackets act like handles, holding wires that connect each one. The wires apply continuous, fixed pressure to the teeth over a period of time, which forces them to slowly move into the proper position. If a very specific movement is needed for a tooth, or a group of teeth, spacers or springs may be fastened to the wires or teeth to further push or pull in a certain direction. Periodically, you will check in with your dentist or orthodontist to make sure the progression is on track, and if needed, the doctor will adjust the wires, spacers, springs, etc.

Can I Talk To a Doctor Before I Start?

Of course! This is a big decision, and you deserve all of the information necessary to make it. Call our office to schedule your consultation with our expert staff. Just remember, it may have to wear braces for a little while, but the results will last a lifetime! We provide our excellent orthodontics services to Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, McLean, Arlington, Washington D.C., Fairfax and all of the surrounding areas.