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What causes teeth grinding? What are the consequences? What can you do to stop doing it?

Did you know that Teeth grinding can be a sign of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is when your breathing stops and starts during sleep. Studies show that people with partial airway blockage while they sleep tend to grind their teeth as a mechanism to reopen their airways and help them breathe. You may be grinding or clenching your teeth as you sleep and not even know it.

However, even though grinding your teeth can open up your airways and help you breathe, there are consequences. Grinding your teeth can cause headaches, mouth pain and can cause severe damage to your teeth. Grinding your teeth can also lessen the amount of deep sleep each night. Deep sleep is an important part of living a healthy life. Years of clenching can also damage your teeth and lead to permanent jaw damage. Mouth guards are one solution that can help protect your teeth but sometimes correcting bite issues can also help stop you from grinding your teeth. As you sleep your mouth and jaw may be working to try and correct your bite through grinding and clenching your teeth.  Correcting your bite through traditional braces or Invisilign may be an answer as well.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ruth Cange of Donti Dental to get to the bottom of this tricky problem.

Teeth grinding also goes by the name Bruxism. If you suffer from Bruxism, you may have to get a sleep study done to see if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is known to increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Anyone with anxiety and anyone who grinds their teeth at night can suffer from sleep apnea.

Not treating teeth grinding can lead to tooth damage, tissue damage, jaw pain and headaches. The new method to treat Bruxism is to treat the root of the problem that is causing it— the obstruction of the airway. Once you remove the need to grind, teeth grinding stops. You can treat sleep apnea and teeth grinding at the same time! If you treat your airway, then you’ll stop grinding your teeth.

If you suspect that you grind your teeth at night, then come in to Donti Dental! We can screen your teeth for grinding and take a look at the damage. You may need to wear a mouth guard at night or in some patients We can also help repair the damage and discuss how you can take the necessary actions to prevent further damage and stop the grinding. Donti Dental strives to treat and address all of your dental needs and concerns!

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Developing Flossing Habits: The Most Important Part to Retaining a Clean Smile!

When you go to the dentist, they typically ask you about your flossing habits. Having good flossing habits is one of the most best things you can do for your teeth in the long run. Flossing will remove plaque from your teeth that your toothbrush can not reach. It is recommended that you floss once a day, and it is even better if you can floss twice a day! Plaque is harmful to your teeth and it is very important to remove all of it when you can. Scheduling a dentist appointment every six months is a great way to make sure that your teeth stay as healthy as possible.

Brushing your teeth is only half the battle! When you brush your teeth, you are only cleaning the front and back of your teeth. It is very important that you clean in between your teeth as well, since that is where most of the plaque buildup occurs. If you do not remove this plaque in a timely manner, the plaque will colonize and can change the chemistry of your mouth. This will eventually be able to cause infections in your mouth and make your gums very weak.

You only have one set of teeth in this lifetime and it is crucial that you keep them in great shape! The easiest way to do that is by calling Donti Dental and scheduling your next appointment. Our dentists will give you tips and suggestions about the best ways to floss and brush your teeth. Remember to floss every day (or twice a day) and follow the tips that Donti Dental will provide. You will be on your way to a healthy, beautiful smile in no time. Call Donti Dental today!

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Toothbrush costs: how cheap is too cheap?

If you are looking for a new toothbrush, Dónti Dental can help you figure out the best option for your teeth! How much a toothbrush costs is indicative to how your teeth will benefit from it.

Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval when purchasing a toothbrush. This seal of approval will ensure that your toothbrush will not fall apart and will effectively brush your teeth to stop plaque buildup and prevent gum disease.

At Donti Dental, we recommend a soft or even extra soft toothbrush to clean your teeth effectively and protect sensitive gum tissue from recession. Most medium to hard bristled brushes are known for damaging teeth, especially if you tend to brush more vigorously.

We believe that if at all possible our patients should be using electric toothbrushes.  They keep teeth cleaner than a disposable toothbrush, and help patients stay away from bad habits like brushing too aggressively that can hurt tooth enamel and gum tissue.

Choosing the right toothbrush for you is important. If you tend to be harsh on your teeth, an electric toothbrush may be your best option. An electric toothbrush has the ability to control the pressure put on your teeth if you tend to over-brush.

If you have very sensitive teeth, a disposable toothbrush with soft bristles may work best for you as you will be able to control the pressure put on your teeth yourself.

Come in to Dónti Dental for a consultation today and we can help you decide which toothbrush is right for you and your teeth! We are dedicated to ensuring that our patients have all the tools they need to maintain their healthy and happy smiles. Choosing the appropriate toothbrush will save you money on dental visits so don’t wait!

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diastema correction

Do you have a gap in your smile? Dónti Dental can help with diastema correction.

Some people love a gap-toothed smile, also called a diastema. Others hate having a gap in their teeth and wish it away. Diastema correction is a simple dental procedure, but do you really need it?

Celebrities like Michael Strahan, Madonna and Eddie Murphy rock their gap-toothed smiles. Models like Lily Aldridge and Lara Stone aren’t seen on the runway without flashing their beautiful smiles.

However, some people find their gap uncomfortable and are too self conscious to smile. Some celebrities have chosen to close the gap, such as Zac Efron, George Clooney and Victoria Beckham. The decision to correct your diastema is entirely up to you!

Diastema correction is an easy fix, so if you decide to close your gap, come in for a visit. Orthodontic care such as braces or Invisalign can be used to quickly fix the gap in your smile in as fast as just a few weeks, depending on the size of the gap!

Another option for fixing the gap is porcelain veneers, which are bonded to the outside of your teeth to look like your real teeth are touching together and closing the gap.

Whatever you decide, Dónti Dental can help you. Schedule an informative consultation today and we can provide you with options to fix the gap in your teeth. We can also give you the answers to any questions you may have about time frames, cost, and maintenance concerns. Your smile is already beautiful, so make your confidence soar by visiting Dónti Dental today!

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Whiten teeth fast with teeth whitening toothpaste, but at what cost? The truth about teeth whitening toothpaste:

Did you know that the whitening toothpaste you’re using to whiten your teeth could actually be hurting your teeth instead of helping them?

Teeth whitening is a popular beauty regimen. It can be done easily and inexpensively with products from a drug store. What most don’t know, however, is that teeth whitening toothpaste could actually be the root of all of your problems.

Teeth whitening toothpaste causes sensitivity 

Does it feel like you have a cavity despite brushing your teeth daily? The sensitivity you feel when you eat or drink something cold may be because of the toothpaste you’re using. There are other toothpaste options made specifically for sensitive teeth that have whitening formulas in them.

Other options for teeth whitening

If you are sick of yellowing teeth and want to see whiter teeth with painless results, look for teeth whitening products made specifically for sensitive teeth, or better yet, come in for a consultation for professional teeth whitening!

Other reasons for sensitive teeth

Your teeth sensitivity doesn’t come from just teeth whitening products. Other causes for teeth sensitivity include: grinding your teeth at night, having a cavity, or brushing too vigorously. If you grind your teeth at night, then you should get fitted for a mouth guard that will protect your teeth from being worn down. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings to ensure that you don’t have a cavity that could be causing your teeth sensitivity.

The best option for teeth whitening

Professional whitening is the safest way to get the perfect smile that you’ve been dreaming of. We provide in-office whitening and professional take-home whitening trays. The best result comes from the in-office whitening, which can lighten your teeth by 6 to 8 shades in a single visit. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dónti Dental today. Now accepting new patients!

It is possible to get whiter teeth without putting them at risk for more sensitivity. At Dónti Dental we are committed to making the teeth whitening process as easy, painless and pleasant as possible for our patients! Call us today and we can set up an appointment for you to come in for a professional teeth whitening consultation. We want you to have that healthy and beautiful smile that you deserve!

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Did you know that your tooth enamel is the strongest tissue in your body?

Your tooth enamel is much more important than you think. Enamel is the thin outer layer of the teeth that protects them from daily wear and tear. Temperature changes and daily use such as chewing, grinding and biting all take a toll on your teeth. Taking care of your tooth enamel is important for your dental health!

Enamel erosion is more common than you would think. Many everyday foods, drinks, and substances can wear down your enamel, such as soda, coffee, tea, red wine and even cigarettes. Tooth enamel erosion can also result from stress, diet and genetics.

Knowing how to protect your teeth from enamel erosion is the key! If you notice any changes to your teeth such as discoloration, increased sensitivity, or cracks/chips, then you may have enamel erosion. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings to ensure that your enamel remains strong enough so that you won’t have to give up your morning cup of coffee!

One way to protect your teeth from enamel erosion is to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride strengthens teeth and protects them from harmful chemicals and acidic foods. Eliminating highly acidic foods and drinks from your diet can also aid in preventing tooth enamel erosion.

Pronamel toothpaste by Sensodyne is a great brand of toothpaste to use to help reverse damage done by tooth erosion. Replacing your whitening toothpaste with this will also help if you’re experiencing any sensitivity.

Make sure you are brushing your teeth regularly after meals and visiting your dentist at least twice a year. A good, professional cleaning can make all the difference if you’re struggling with keeping your armor strong!

Make an appointment with us to schedule and talk about your next fluoride treatment. Dónti Dental is dedicated to making sure that our patients have healthy and happy smiles. We also provide general and preventive dentistry as well as routine dental care for you and your entire family!

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Fluoride Guide

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This Fluoride Guide will tell you everything that you need to know.

Our fluoride guide will explain how fluoride works and its purpose. Tooth decay affects more than 80 percent of Americans by the time that they reach their adult years.  You may have heard of children getting fluoride treatments at the dentist to help strengthen their teeth. However, this fluoride guide will show you how fluoride can be used in your everyday life.

Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel of your teeth. It helps repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorus to keep your teeth hard. These minerals deposited into your teeth help strengthen them to prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride helps to reduce tooth decay among children and adults and helps save money by reducing the need for fillings and other dental treatments. Fluoride is vital for children because they are more prone to tooth decay. Thus why they receive fluoride treatments at their cleanings. After the treatment they are not allowed to eat or drink for 30 minutes and then they are able to use their newly protected teeth freely.

Fluoridated water is beneficial for our teeth. While most sugary drinks can potentially cause tooth decay, fluoridated water protects our teeth. About 75% of people in the U.S. receive fluoridated water in their public tap supply. Fluoridated water has been named one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. In Loudoun County we add fluoride to tap water to prevent tooth decay. Since the natural waters in this area have minimal levels of fluoride in them, Loudoun Water adds additional fluoride. The water that is fluoridated has a fluoride content between 0.8 and 1.2 mg/L of fluoride. If you do not have access to public fluoridated tap water because you have a well or for other reasons, you can opt for fluoride tablets. You can get fluoride tablets from any general dental office.

Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste is recommend especially if you are not receiving fluoride in your water supply. However, anyone can benefit from using a fluoride toothpaste. For children, start them off with a fluoride tooth paste at age 3 to decrease their chances of getting cavities.

There are two forms of fluoride: topical and systemic. The topical forms would be toothpastes and professional dental fluoride treatments. Systemic fluorides are those that are ingested into the body such as fluoridated water or fluoride tablets. Using a source of both could be beneficial especially for developing children. It all comes down to how prone your mouth is to cavities. At Donti Dental we recommend a topical fluoride treatment at each 6 month cleaning visit. Make an appointment today and we can also discuss any additional fluoride supplements you may need in addition to these treatments.

Despite the common misconception, fluoride can benefit everyone. At Donti Dental we will lead you in the right direction when it comes to preventing tooth decay. Come talk to us about prescribing you fluoride tablets or fluoride toothpaste. We want to help strengthen your tooth enamel so that the only reason we’ll need to see you is for a regular cleaning!

Burnt Tongue

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Heal that Pesky Burnt Tongue Fast!

Have you ever sipped a cup of hot coffee and felt that burning sensation on your tongue? That burnt tongue feeling is quite irritating and it seems to last all day or sometimes even longer.

A surprisingly helpful cure is sugar! The glucose in sugar helps soothe the flesh of the tongue. Its a very sensitive area of your mouth and the heat can be easily absorbed by the pores of your tongue. The sugar provides instant relief and always feeds your sweet tooth. Just make sure to brush your teeth afterwards!

Ice is also a useful remedy. Just go into your freezer and grab an ice cube. Your burnt tongue will subside as longs as the cubes are covering it. You can also try massaging the cubes over your burnt tongue as well.

One of our personal favorites is mint toothpaste. This works best if you have a severely burnt tongue and are unable to talk. Just make sure that the toothpaste does not contain any fluoride. Try to keep your tongue out of your mouth until the toothpaste dries. Then wash it with cold water and add a little honey. You could also use honey alone to help soothe your tongue.

Water is typically easily accessible. If you can find a glass of cold water, try gargling it. This works best if you’re out at a restaurant. You can run to the restroom quickly, gargle it an then return back to your meal.

If you don’t have anything at hand to cure your tongue, take your tongue out of your mouth completely and let the cool air do the job. Cover your tongue with a layer of saliva and breathe through your mouth. This may not be the most effective cure, but if you have no other resources then its worth a try!

Anti-septic sore cream is your last result if the home remedies do not work. You can use an oral cream for tongue sores. Apply it all over the tongue. If your tongue has turned bright red and continuously in pain then you may need to see a doctor. Most of the time this step will not be necessary considering that fact that a burnt tongue is typically not that serious. The sooner you take care of your burnt tongue, you’ll be smiling again in no time!

The ultimate goal is to keep your mouth looking and feeling it’s best! If you ever have any concerns about your mouth or you’re just in need of a routine dental appointment, stop by our Donti Dental Office.

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At Donti Dental family dentistry in Ashburn, VA we know that bad breath can be one of the most embarrassing and annoying things in life. It can ruin dates, important meetings with clients, and gives you a reputation of poor hygiene. Nothing is worse than having people remember you for your bad breath! Our dentists at Donti Dental know exactly what causes bad breath and we can help you get rid of it.

Here are some of the major causes of bad breath:

  • One of the ways to get bad breath is by bacteria building up in your mouth which releases an odor. When you eat food, some of it builds up on your teeth and gums. Bacteria can grow quickly on your teeth and gums and it is important to brush your teeth between meals.
  • Using tobacco products. Not only does this cause bad breath, but it can also lead to more mouth, throat, and lung damage.
  • Xerostomia is a fancy word that dentists use to identify dry mouth. This can be caused by salivary gland issues and even just continuously breathing through your mouth.

Here are the top six things that you can do to get rid of bad breath:

1.) Brush and floss your teeth regularly.

Believe it or not, this is the best way to get rid of bad breath! It gets rid of the leftover food that is stuck in your mouth. Not only will it give you a whiter smile, but people will be more willing to have a conversation with you because you are not pushing them away with bad breath. When brushing your teeth it is essential that you brush where your gums meet your teeth because that is where food likes to hide. When flossing try to scoop near your gums instead of just rubbing the dental floss between your teeth. Make it a priority to brush every morning to get rid of the notorious morning breath. If you really want to eliminate bad breath, brush your teeth after every meal. You never know who you’ll run into.  Don’t for the dentist to tell you that you need to brush and floss your teeth.

2.) Don’t forget to clean your tongue, too!

Cleaning your tongue is also important because it scrubs away the bacteria and food particles left over. This is simply done by gently brushing your tongue with the bristles of your tooth brush. Another way to clean your tongue is by using a tongue scraper. A tongue scraper removes the thin layer of mucus on your tongue that houses those bad breath bacteria.

3.) Drinking lots of water can get rid of bad breath.

Staying hydrated is important not only help get rid of bad breath but it is something that is good for your overall health. Hydrating your mouth will help with Xerostomia, or dry mouth. Your saliva breaks down food and kills some bacteria. By drinking water you are helping your saliva fight off the bacteria breath and washes away any food particles left in your mouth.

4.) Cut back on tobacco products or learn how you can quit.

Surprise, surprise! Tobacco products  not only damage your teeth and gums, it also gives you bad breath! If you haven’t noticed this already, you need to start. Bad breath can be an early sign of oral cancer. Tobacco addiction is not easy to break, but it is possible. Talk to your doctor about an evaluation and ways to stop using tobacco.

5.) Check for tonsil stones. 

Have you ever noticed the little white things in the back of your mouth?  They are called tonsil stones. Bacteria and debris can build up and harden forming the tonsil stones. Simple home remedies such as: Gargling with salt water, and drinking lemon juice, can help you get rid of these. But any concerns should be brought to your doctor, and your dentist immediately.

6.) Set regular dentist appointments to fight bad breath

Know what’s going on with your mouth from a trusted dentist. Regular check-ups keep your mouth healthy and gives you a beautiful smile! Schedule your next check-up at Donti Dental!

We will make sure that your mouth is healthy, clean.  Donti Dental takes a wide range of dental insurance plans including Aetna Health Keepers Plus and Smiles for Children. We would love to see your whole family for checkups and any type of dental needs! You can check our website for the wide range of insurance coverage we accept. Our office is conveniently located in Ashburn, Virginia.

 

 

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Dental Insurance is a tricky thing

 

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A man walks into a grocery store and buys a dozen eggs. He eats five of them over the next two weeks, and they get pushed to the back of his fridge. He forgets about them till two weeks later when he wants to make some scrambled eggs, but the eggs are rotten. Seems like a waste?

That’s because it was a waste. This may seem like a silly analogy, but just like you wouldn’t want to waste a few eggs you paid for, why then would you allow your dental insurance benefits to go to waste? Thousands of American’s let their unused dental benefits expire each year, and these are benefits they have already paid for!  At Donti Dental, we proudly accept a wide variety of dental insurance providers for the convenience of our customers. By working closely with our patents, we help them set up payment plans that work for their budget.

You can save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the year ends! Once the year has gone by, all of your unused dental benefits don’t rollover to the following year.

A great way to take advantage of your unused dental benefits is by scheduling preventive or hygiene care. Taking care of your teeth only benefits you.

We want to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits, have an amazing smile, and get all the dental work you want or need!

You can schedule an appointment on our website, or give us a call to talk about your remaining benefits. You can also contact your insurance provider to check on your remaining benefits. Located in Ashburn, VA.

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