Category: Dental Health


Study Reveals How Likely Richmonders Are to Visit the Dentist

On average, 64.4% of American adults visit the dentist at least once a year. Connecticut had the highest percentage, 74.9%, and West Virginia had the lowest, 54.2%. As proud Virginians and Richmonders, how do we stack up? More importantly, how does Richmond compare to surrounding cities and counties? Let’s find out. Every few years, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) conducts surveys to gauge the current state of health for Virginians. One of the survey questions asks participants whether they …

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Can Oil Pulling Cure Cavities? Separating The Facts and Fiction of Oil Pulling

While the practice of oil pulling may be thousands of years old, oil pulling for improving oral health has only become a widespread trend in the past few years. Advocates of oil pulling claim that by swishing coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil around in the mouth for 10-20 minutes each day, you can remove plaque and prevent, or even cure, caries (commonly called cavities). How much of this claim is true? A lack of thorough clinical studies stops experts from …

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4 Benefits of Brushing with an Electric Toothbrush

If you aren’t currently brushing with an electric toothbrush, we highly recommend that you give it a try. Electric toothbrushes (sometimes referred to as power brushes) have a number of benefits and many patients report that once they start using an  electric brush they never want to switch back to a manual brush! Even though power brushes are typically more expensive and must be recharged, we believe that the benefits of power toothbrushes far outweigh the negatives. 1. Electric Toothbrushes …

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Mouthwash: The Missing Link to Great Oral Hygiene

For most of us, we tend to keep our oral hygiene rituals relatively simple. Often we stop at brushing and flossing our teeth, making it easy to overlook key steps we could be missing. One important addition that gets overlooked is mouthwash. By routinely using mouthwash, you can greatly improve your oral health and smile. But for such a simple step, there are many questions people have on how to best use it. Should you rinse before or after you …

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Everything You Need to Know About Implant Supported Dentures

An implant supported denture is a prosthetic dental appliance that is essentially a hybrid of dentures and dental implants. As the name suggests, it is a denture that is secured by dental implants for stability instead of just resting on the gums, as a traditional denture does. Many people aren’t aware of this treatment option and have many questions when their dentist recommends an implant supported denture. Implant Supported Dentures Are More Comfortable One of the biggest complaints of denture …

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

When a patient is missing a tooth or a series of teeth often our dentists may recommend dental implants as a preferred treatment plan. In many situations there may be alternative treatment options, such as bridges, dentures, or partial dentures, yet none of these dental treatments have the benefits that dental implants do. You may be wondering what makes dental implants our recommended treatment method when treating missing or broken teeth as opposed to these other treatment options. We have …

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Valentines Day Alternatives That Are Good For Your Smile

There are many things we love about Valentine’s Day, but cavities aren’t one of them. Even though this is the one day of the year that eating chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner is totally acceptable, is it really worth the damage it may cause to your teeth in the long run? Worry not! You can still have a fabulous Valentine’s Day without sacrificing your smile. We have put together a list of Valentine’s Day alternatives that are good for …

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3 Secrets to a Younger Looking Smile

Many people begin using a variety of anti-aging products as they grow older. However, very few people realize that one of the easiest things they can do is to just focus on their teeth. Check out these 3 secrets to a younger looking smile. You may be surprised at the difference they can make! 1. Take Your Oral Hygiene Seriously When it comes to getting a younger looking smile, the first step is to get back to the basics of your oral hygiene. …

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Top 5 Dental Infographics of 2014

Sometimes the easiest way to learn something new is to see it in the form of a picture, so we have compiled the best infographics of 2014 to help teach you more about your dental health. These simple infographics provide you with tips on preventative dental care, facts about oral procedures, and information about how dental hygiene affects your body. Click on the following infographics to see them at a more suitable size. #5: Top 10 Ways to Fight Bad …

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The Scary Truth About Postponing Dental Treatment

It can be unnerving to hear from your dentist that you are in need of restorative dental work, especially if  you aren’t currently experiencing any pain. After all, if the tooth isn’t causing you any day-to-day problems then why should you make dental treatment a priority? We get this question from patients all the time so we want to help you understand just how important it is to not postpone your dental treatment. Dental Problems Get Worse With Time The most important …

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