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5 Tips for Preserving Your Dental Veneers

Man with dental veneers smiles at North River Dental Care, cosmetic dentist in Fredericksburg, VA

Whether you’re looking to mask stains, chips, or other imperfections, few treatments provide an instant upgrade to your smile like dental veneers. While veneers deliver a smile that’s ready for the red carpet, it’s up to you whether your veneers go the distance. With proper care and diligence, veneers can last upwards of 12 to 25 years. Today, Dr. Bailey and our team share five tips that will extend the longevity of your dental veneers.

1. Maintain Daily Oral Hygiene Routine at Home

Dental veneers require the same oral hygiene standard as teeth without veneers. A good oral hygiene routine has several elements: brushing, flossing, good technique, and consistency. You ...

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Are Root Canals Painful?

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For many patients, root canals are the scariest dental treatment they can think of. Movies and TV shows depict the procedure as painful and intimidating. Thankfully, modern root canals are not something to worry about! In fact, you’ll feel much more comfortable after your treatment since it will eliminate the cause of your pain.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Inside each tooth, there’s a soft center full of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This soft bundle is called the pulp. Root canal therapy is a treatment for when a tooth’s pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to injury or tooth decay. Pulp inflammation and infection can cause pain, sensitivity, and ...

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What Is the Dental Crown Procedure?

A dental crown procedure is a simple and easy way to address a variety of dental issues, from repairing a broken tooth to restoring function after root canal therapy. In this blog post, we’ll let you know what a crown is and why you might need one. Keep reading to learn more!

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is also known as a “cap”. It is a restoration that entirely covers an existing tooth or tops a dental implant. The crown itself is custom-made to blend right in with the rest of your teeth. It not only allows you to have a natural-looking smile, but you'll be able to eat ...

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How to Handle a Dental Emergency While Traveling

Dental emergencies can be really frightening. When you’re traveling, they are especially unpleasant because you’re trying to have a good time and now your plans are interrupted. Here are tips on how to handle a dental emergency while traveling:

Know What a Dental Emergency Is

Knowing what constitutes a dental emergency is important. Toothaches are common if you’re traveling by plane because of the change in air pressure. However, if the toothache persists even after you get off the plane and you’ve taken a painkiller and rinsed out your mouth, you should consider seeing a dentist. Other dental emergencies include cracked or chipped teeth, lost crowns and fillings, broken dentures, and permanent ...

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Warning Signs of Serious Dental Problems

It’s important not to ignore oral health issues because they indicate something is wrong that needs treatment! Let us know if you're experiencing any of the following:

1. Toothache

Sometimes a toothache is simply caused by a pesky popcorn kernel or piece of spinach stuck between your teeth. But other times, a toothache means you have advanced tooth decay or a tooth infection that requires root canal therapy. You may also have an impacted wisdom tooth.

2. Bleeding or Sore Gums

Sore or bleeding gums can be a warning sign of early-stage gum disease. Gingivitis, characterized by mild gum inflammation and irritation, is the initial and reversible stage of gum disease. Advanced ...

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Tooth Decay 101

Brunette woman smiles and holds a magnifying glass over her smile free of cavities and tooth decay

Fall is here, which means cooler winds, falling leaves, and holiday traditions. Some of these holiday traditions may include foods that aren’t the best for your oral health. As we head into the cozy season of Halloween candy, pumpkin pie, gingerbread, and candy canes, it’s important to protect yourself against tooth decay. Read on to learn how tooth decay develops. We also suggest a few cavity prevention tips.

How Tooth Decay Occurs

Enamel, the outer layer of teeth, demineralizes and breaks down with poor oral hygiene and an unhealthy diet. When oral bacteria consume your dietary sugar, they produce damaging acids that erode enamel. These bacteria accumulate into a sticky film called ...

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Tips to Reduce the Chance of Cavities

Doesn’t it feel like a nice achievement when you visit the dentist and they tell you that you don’t have any cavities? We want you to always enjoy that feeling and a cavity-free smile! To help guide you to a future without dental decay, here are some cavity-prevention tips you can keep in mind:

1. Brush & Floss Daily

Seem like an obvious one? Maybe so, but it works. Brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis is really the best thing you can do to reduce your chance of developing tooth decay and cavities. To take it a step further, make sure you're using proper technique with your brushing and ...

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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Brunette woman cringes in pain and touches her cheek due to tooth sensitivity

Do your teeth feel sensitive when you sip a hot coffee or when you have a bite of ice cream? If so, you could be suffering from tooth sensitivity. But what does that mean and is tooth sensitivity a sign of something worse?

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

First, let’s discuss what tooth sensitivity is. Tooth sensitivity is a painful sensation that occurs when you consume certain foods or drinks (like those that are very hot or very cold) because your tooth’s dentin or cementum is exposed. Dentin is the layer underneath your tooth’s enamel, the hard shell that covers and protects your teeth, and cementum is the material that protects the roots ...

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Why Do My Teeth Feel Rough?

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Have you ever had the experience where your teeth feel rough? If so, it could be an indication that your tooth enamel may be eroding. Here, we’ll explain what it means if your teeth feel rough and what exactly enamel erosion is.

What Is Tooth Enamel?

Before we dive into enamel erosion, let’s talk about enamel itself. Tooth enamel is the hard, outermost layer of your teeth that protects them against all kinds of damage, such as decay and trauma from impact. Though it is incredibly strong, enamel is not impervious to acids, which wear away at and erode your enamel and lead to tooth decay.

What Causes Enamel Erosion?

There are a number ...

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Simple Ways to Care for Your Child's Teeth

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If you have children, it’s important to teach them as early as possible to take good care of their teeth and gums. Read on for a few simple suggestions!

1. Provide Your Child with a Healthy Diet

Help your child have a healthy body and healthy mouth by providing them with a balanced diet high in essential vitamins and minerals, like calcium and phosphorus. These minerals help remineralize enamel and will make their teeth stronger. Teach them to moderate their intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, which can lead to tooth decay. And whenever possible, encourage them to drink water or milk instead of acidic and sugary drinks.

2. Stop Pacifier Use & ...

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