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Easy Ways to Improve Your Dental Hygiene

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It doesn't take a bunch of time or money to maintain healthy teeth and strong gums! Here are four simple ways to improve your dental hygiene:

Floss Every Day

Daily flossing is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your oral health. Flossing removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth and under your gums where your toothbrush can’t reach. Doing so will reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which is the #1 of adult tooth loss. We recommend finding the method of flossing that you will actually do every day! This could be string flossing, water flossing, a floss pick, or a ...

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Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can affect your cheeks, lips, throat, tongue, gums, and roof/floor of the mouth. To protect yourself, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and scheduling regular preventive checkups with your dentist.

Staying proactive about your health can prevent many problems from occurring, as well as help you identify and get treatment for issues while they are minor before they worsen. Knowledge is power, so knowing what oral cancer can look and feel like can prompt you to seek treatment earlier than you would otherwise. Early treatment means a better outcome!

Possible Red Flags for Oral Cancer

  • Ringing and/or a feeling of fullness in the ears
  • Difficult and ...

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The Best Ways to Treat Sensitive Teeth

Do you remember those long summer days of your youth when you could easily devour an ice cream cone without cringing in pain?

Children rarely experience sensitive teeth. But as some patients age to adulthood, they can start to experience sensitivity. It could be that they were born with thin enamel or maybe over time the enamel got prematurely worn down due to a medical condition, chronic teeth grinding and clenching, or aggressive toothbrushing. Certain dental issues can also contribute to sensitivity, such as exposed tooth roots, chipped teeth, and gum disease.

While you can’t turn back time and get back the more robust teeth of your younger self, there are a ...

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When Is the Right Time to Consider Dentures?

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Dentures can be a great tooth replacement solution for many different ages of patients, not just seniors! Modern dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. To help you decide whether you should consider dentures to replace your missing teeth, we’ve answered frequently asked questions about this beneficial restorative treatment:

Why Should I Consider Dentures?

Not only are missing teeth a major disruption to your appearance, but they can also negatively impact your ability to talk, chew, and perform other daily activities. Along with dental implants, dentures are a common treatment for missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, dentures are not invasive and do not require any surgery. They’re also ...

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What Are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?

Black man cringes in pain and touches his cheek during a dental emergency in Fredericksburg, VA

There’s never a good time for a dental emergency. However, knowing what to do in advance can help you calmly and confidently take the right steps to help yourself and your loved ones. Here is a brief guide about what to do for common dental emergencies:

Toothache

When you have a toothache, it could mean several things. It might be a sign that your tooth is infected or your gums are irritated. Whether the pain is mild or severe, don't ignore it! Gargle with warm saltwater or apply a cold compress for pain relief while you call our office to schedule an appointment.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If a permanent tooth gets knocked out, there’s a ...

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How to Protect Your Teeth During Sports

Two mouthguards from the dentist to protect teeth in Fredericksburg, VA

Sports are a great way to have fun and get physical exercise. Participating in sports can also result in unfortunate dental injuries that are painful and expensive to fix. That’s why wearing the proper safety equipment, including an athletic mouthguard, is so important.

Sports-Related Dental Injuries

Trauma to the mouth can happen during sports that may involve contact with other players, equipment, or the ground. This can include football, soccer, hockey, rugby, basketball, baseball, softball, skateboarding, gymnastics, martial arts, racquetball, and more. A cracked tooth, chipped tooth, fractured root, or a knocked-out tooth are common dental emergencies during sports. An “intrusion” is an injury where impact pushes a tooth back into ...

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Signs You May Need a Dental Filling

A tooth with a white dental filling

A dental filling is a common treatment for cavities. For this restorative treatment, the compromised tooth material is removed, the area is cleaned, and the hole is filled with a special tooth-colored dental material. The filling seals your tooth and prevents the decay from spreading further. This will decrease your pain and preserve your ability to use your natural tooth.

While Dr. Bailey and our team will examine your teeth for cavities during your routine visits to our office, we want to share some of the warning signs that you may need a dental filling.

You Have a Toothache

While not all tooth pain is caused by tooth decay, ...

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Can a Missing Tooth Lead to Bone Loss?

Drawing of the upper arch of teeth missing a front tooth, leaving a gap that will cause bone loss

Missing a tooth? You might think that replacing it is not worth the cost and effort, and that you’ll be just fine with the gap. However, you’re actually putting yourself at risk for bone loss by not addressing the missing tooth.

Yes, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss! When a tooth is missing and you’re left with a gap, that area of the jawbone does not receive the stimulation that the natural tooth provided. Because the activity of bone-remodeling/degrading cells (called osteoclasts) outpaces the activity of bone-building cells (called osteoblasts), your jaw can start to deteriorate as a result.

Preventing Bone Loss with Dental Implants

If you need to have a ...

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Are Dentures Right for Me?

Different configurations of dentures

If you are missing a few teeth or many teeth, you may be considering dentures as an option for replacing these teeth. But are dentures right for you, and what kind of dentures would be the best for your unique smile?

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are custom restorations that are designed to replace a few missing teeth on the same arch. They can be a great option for patients who are missing several teeth and don’t want to have several single dental implants placed. Each partial denture has metal clasps that attach securely to the nearby teeth to hold the denture in place. Partial dentures are completely removable, and they ...

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What Types of Dental Problems Can Preventive Services Save You From?

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Taking care of your teeth with brushing and flossing is important, but you also need to visit the dentist every six months! Our office has a range of preventive services designed to keep your oral health in great shape. In this blog post, we discuss the types of dental problems preventive dentistry can help you avoid.

Tooth Decay

You can avoid decay with good brushing and flossing, but professional cleanings are needed, too. We also offer treatments like fluoride and dental sealants. While cavity-fighting fluoride is found in toothpaste and mouthwash, a professional fluoride treatment contains a stronger concentration. It’s applied right to your enamel (no messy trays involved) and ...

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