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How to Make Your Teeth Whitening Last Longer

Brunette woman smiles after professional teeth whitening in Fredericksburg VA

While professional teeth whitening is a simple and affordable way to boost the brightness of your smile, it’s not a permanent treatment. But don’t worry—aside from getting whitening touch-ups at your dentist—there are steps you can take to prolong the effects of your teeth whitening treatment By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll get the best value out of this cosmetic procedure!

Rinse with Water After Consuming Foods & Drinks That Stain

Coffee, tea, wine, and tomato products are some of the most common culprits that can discolor your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water after enjoying them, or you can make it a habit to brush your teeth about 30 minutes ...

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How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Brunette man clenching his teeth struggles with chronic teeth grinding, or bruxism

Chronic teeth grinding and teeth clenching, or bruxism, can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, stress and anxiety are common contributing factors. Effects of teeth grinding include jaw pain, headaches, damaged teeth, and an increased risk of discoloration, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Not all hope is lost, however — there are simple ways that you can combat teeth grinding and save your teeth.

1. Cut Back on Caffeine

Caffeine can make some patients more anxious or resistant to healthy sleep, so if you consume a lot of caffeine, try to curb your consumption to help ease your teeth grinding and improve your sleep quality. Whenever possible, drink water instead. ...

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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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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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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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How Does Aging Affect Your Teeth?

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It’s a fact of life that with aging there comes changes to your body, and your teeth are no exception to that rule. While everyone’s situation is unique, there are a couple common changes to your teeth you can expect as you get older.

Changes in Enamel

It shouldn’t be surprising that a lifetime of wear and tear can leave some effects on your teeth. All that biting and chewing and grinding you do over the years can wear down your enamel, the outer layer of ...

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What Causes Dry Mouth?

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Does your mouth feel like a desert? Saliva plays an important role in digestion, your ability to taste, and protecting your teeth against harmful bacteria left behind by food particles. A decrease in your saliva production is not only a nuisance, but it can negatively impact your oral health. Here, we’ll discuss some of the most common causes of dry mouth and a few best practices to correct it.

1. Medicinal Side Effects

Medications used to treat a variety of health issues can cause dry mouth. These medications are not ...

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Tips for Eating & Drinking After Oral Surgery

If you undergo dental surgery, it is important to diligently follow your post-operative instructions to promote a smooth, healthy recovery and to avoid painful complications. Of course, follow any instructions from your doctor about what you should or should not eat and drink, but Dr. Bailey and our team have also put together the following list of tips to aid your recovery!

1. Stick to Soft Foods

At first, you’ll need to only eat softer foods. We recommend Greek yogurt (less added sugar than regular yogurt), smoothies, pureed soups (like tomato soup or this yummy black bean soup from Our Best Bites), mashed bananas, and mashed veggies (like mashed sweet potatoes). ...

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