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Eating Disorders and Oral Health - Affecting nearly 10 million Americans, eating disorders are dangerous diseases that can also lead to some serious health concerns. Whether anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, every eating disorder increases the chance of heart failure, decreases bone density, and causes muscle loss. At my Nokesville dental office, we want to inform our neighbors of some of the oral health problems also associated with eating disorders. Teeth and Eating Disorders When someone has an eating disorder, they’re not getting all of the necessary nutrients the body needs to function properly. This includes your mouth. Oftentimes an eating disorder can cause salivary glands to produce less saliva, leading to dry mouth. Dry mouth is linked to bad breath, decay, and gum disease. A lack of crucial nutrients can also cause sores to develop. These often bleed easily and can be quite painful. If vomiting is a symptom, a whole host of other concerns arise. The constant exposure to stomach acid can erode enamel and

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Smile More, Stay Healthy - We all smile when we hear something funny, when we’re happy, and sometimes we even fake it when we meet someone new. But a smile is much more than an expression. It can actually help keep you healthy. At my dental office in Nokesville, we want to talk about the powerful benefits of smiling and why you should do it more. It’s All About the Endorphins Endorphins are chemicals in your brain that, when released, create a feeling of happiness. This release is caused by movements in the facial muscles, like smiling. Not only do these powerful neurotransmitters cause us to feel happy, they’re also our bodies’ natural pain killer. This may be where the expression “laugh off the pain” comes from, because it really can work. Smiling Kills Stress Endorphins not only help the happy come out, they also squash stress and anxiety. When we’re stressed, our bodies produce more of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol makes us feel all the unpleasant emotions we experience when stress levels are

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Get Your Teeth as White as Winter’s Snow - There’s nothing more pristine and white than fresh winter snow. But it doesn’t take much, and before you know it, the snow looks dingy and dirty. The same can be said for your teeth! But don’t worry, the friendly team at my Nokesville dental office is ready to help take your smile from drab to dazzling quicker than you can say blizzard. In the meantime, try these tips to help keep your smile bright! Rethink Your Food and Drink Now’s the time of year when we tend to enjoy delicious drinks and foods that can lead to not-so-pearly whites. Red wine, soda, berry juices, coffee, and black tea are all common beverage offenders. Sauces, gravies, and sweet treats will also leave a little something behind. To help your smile stay snowy white, try drinking through a straw. Swallow quick without allowing your beverages and foods to linger too long. Brushing Up on the Basics We can’t stress enough how important it is to remain vigilant about your daily brushing routine. Even if you stil

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Kissing Under the Mistletoe – Prepare to Pucker Up - ‘Tis the season for festive festivities and reminiscing with family and friends. Whether you’re standing under the mistletoe or possibly planting a smooch on a loved one’s lips, my dental office in Nokesville wants to help ensure your kiss is fresh and clean this holiday season. Brushing and Flossing Be sure to spread holiday cheer not jeers this season by making sure to not skip your regular, daily brushing and flossing routine. Food and treats are usually pretty plentiful this time of year, so it’s important to make sure your teeth are consistently clean. Proper care helps wash away food debris while attacking plaque build-up head on to maintain fresh breath. Don’t forget to brush twice and floss once daily to keep bad breath at bay. If you do this correctly, your breath will be fresh and ready to share a kiss or a conversation. Tongue Tied While brushing and flossing help keep breath smelling great, don’t forget about your tongue.  This magnificent muscle helps us eat

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Alcohol Use and Oral Health - Nearly a quarter of all U.S. adults 18 and older have engaged in one or more nights of excessive drinking this past year. Excessive drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men, and four or more drinks for women. While some may only see this as a concern for your overall health, at my Nokesville dental office, we’d like to explain how it can also be detrimental to your oral health. Why Is Alcohol Dangerous? Alcohol is naturally drying, and that’s bad news for your mouth. The mouth needs saliva to stay healthy. Without it, dangerous bacteria can linger around and cause problems. Alcohol is also acidic, and acid causes enamel to soften and makes them more susceptible to attacks. What Could Happen If someone abuses alcohol, it could result in several dental problems. While some are much more serious than others, they can all lead to extensive dental damage and even whole-body concerns. Some of these problems include: Tooth Decay Gum Disease Chronic Bad Breath Oral, Throat, and

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Stop Stressing, Protect your Mouth - As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, we’re faced with the stress of going here and there, buying presents, cooking food, visiting family, and the seemingly never-ending whirlwind that happens every year around this time. While we all know stress isn’t good for overall health, my dental practice in Nokesville, wants to let you know how it can also affect your mouth. Clenching & Grinding Whenever stress is a factor in someone’s life, they’re at increased risk for clenching and grinding. Both habits can cause some serious tooth problems including chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth. They have also been linked to TMJ disorder, which brings its own host of problems. If you notice any signs of clenching or grinding like worn-down teeth or jaw pain, give your Nokesville dentist a call. Gum Disease Research shows a link between stress and the development of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition that not only affects your mouth, but your whole body as w

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Chew Gum for Better Dental Health - By now, you have probably heard about Xylitol gum, but you aren t sure why it is such a big deal. Isn t it just another artificial sweetener? Not at all! While Xylitol looks and tastes much like sugar, it will not raise blood sugar levels the way sugar does. And since it’s found in many fruits and vegetables, Xylitol is considered natural. You even produce a little of it in your metabolism process! But here is where the team at my dental office in Nokesville gets really excited about Xylitol: Xylitol has powerful benefits for your oral health! Chewing a piece of Xylitol gum instead of choosing sugary snacks can: Prevent tooth decay Starve bacteria Prevent oral inflammation Reduce your risk for gum disease It s true! How does it work? Well, one of the most common causes of oral health problems is a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans the bacteria mostly responsible for plaque. Sugar and other carbohydrates feed this bacteria. Or, in other words, this bacteria ingests the sugar we ea

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Alternative Uses for Dental Floss - Dental floss. If you’re a patient at my Nokesville dental practice, we know for sure that you have it in your medicine cabinet for use during routine, at-home dental hygiene. But did you know that it might be a good idea to keep some rolls in other rooms of the house as well? You might even want to keep it in your glove compartment! Why? Because floss has to be strong and flexible enough to fit in between your teeth without breaking, and it’s strong and flexible enough to perform all kinds of other tasks that string or thread might not be capable of handling. Of course we have our own favorite uses for dental floss, but we have also scoured the internet for creative and handy tips for even more uses. Here are a few of our favorites: Protect your walls: Use it instead of wire to hang pictures. Dental floss will not scratch or scrape paint the way wire does. Support delicate plants: Floss is strong and slightly stretchy, making it the ideal way to tie your plants and vines to a supp

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Can Mouthwash Replace Brushing? - Most of us have done it we’re running late, don’t have time to brush our teeth, and reach for the mouthwash instead of the toothbrush for a quick swish and spit. But can a habit of using mouthwash instead of brushing affect your oral health? My dental office in Nokesville has the answer. Not Brushing is… Pretty Gross Your mouth is exposed to a lot of food, acid, and bacteria throughout the day. If you bypass a brushing, all of it is left there to eat away at tooth enamel. And if it’s left to fester overnight, it can be even worse. Brushing twice and flossing once a day, every day, is the only recommended way to remove the dangerous debris and protect your mouth against decay, cavities, and even gum disease. What Does Bad Breath Mean? While there are times when it’s normal to experience bad breath, like following a garlic-packed dinner, eating a dish filled with onions, or after your morning coffee, you should not have bad breath all the time. Persistent bad breath is a clue

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5 Ways You’re Harming Your Teeth - Even if you brush and floss everyday, there are still many things that cause damage to your smile. At my dental office in Nokesville, we’re all about keeping teeth healthy and being dedicated to educating our patients on all the ways to keep their ...
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