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General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA
General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA

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Staying Physically Fit Can Lower Your Risk of Gum Disease
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When was the last time you exercised? If you can't remember, it may be worth implementing physical activity into your weekly routine. Believe it or not, studies suggest individuals who are physically fit are also much less likely to suffer from gum disease. Whether you take long walks, lift weights, or go bike riding, exercise is an easy and effective way to improve your overall oral health.

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Asking for Paperwork in Advance
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Filling out the necessary paperwork as a new patient can take some time. Asking the doctor's office for the paperwork in advance could speed up your wait time once you come to your appointment.

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How Do I Keep My Wisdom Teeth Clean?
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Because your wisdom teeth are located at the very back of your mouth, it can be difficult to keep them free of plaque and food debris. However, with a little bit of extra effort and dedication, preventing tooth decay and gum disease is possible. Go the extra mile when brushing and flossing your teeth and make sure to scrub the sides and backs of your wisdom teeth. In addition, make sure to rinse your mouth with a fluoride-based mouthwash and visit Alonzo M. Bell, DDS every six months for regular cleanings.

Following these guidelines may save you from having to undergo a wisdom tooth extraction.

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Are There Alternatives To Dental Veneers?
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Yes. Depending on the alignment and size of your teeth, crowns or dental bondings may be a more feasible treatment option. Veneers offer what's considered a "goldilocks option" - they reshape the teeth more than bonding, but not enough to require a crown.

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It's always good to remember that prevention is better than cure. Screenings and regular check-ups have been proven to increase life expectancy, especially among people between 30 to 49 years old. It's highly beneficial to spread awareness and start young and early; check this list to see what you can do!
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What Is Debridement?
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Debridement is the process of removing excess plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. For patients who have neglected visiting the dentist for years or more at a time, debridement is sometimes necessary in order to perform a thorough oral exam.

Whether you've recently relocated to the area or have simply been putting your oral hygiene on the backburner, regular exams and cleanings can significantly lower your risk of tooth decay and other serious oral health problems. Contact Alonzo M. Bell, DDS at The Bell Dental Group today to book an appointment.

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What Are Whitening Strips?
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Teeth whitening strips are over-the-counter products that are tape-like and incredibly thin. They're coated in a peroxide-based whitening gel and fit snugly to the surface of your teeth. When teeth whitening strips are applied on a regular basis for a series of weeks or months, they can significantly reduce staining, improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

If you're interested in learning more about your teeth whitening treatment options, contact Alonzo M. Bell, DDS at The Bell Dental Group today.

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Self-love is about focusing on self-worth and learning to have a positive attitude towards yourself. Take some time to discover your needs, wants, and wishes. It’s important to understand how to take care of yourself to benefit our overall well-being. Reward yourself, prioritize yourself and love yourself!

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What Is Local Anesthesia?
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Local anesthesia is a type of anesthesia that numbs only a specific area of the body being treated. Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic used in dental care. If you need local anesthesia, your dentist will dry a portion of your gums with air or gauze, numb the area with a topical ointment, and then inject lidocaine into your gum. Lidocaine typically lasts for three or four hours. As it begins to wear off you may experience some swelling or discomfort, but this should subside within a day or two of your treatment.

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What Is Considered "Good" Tooth Brushing Technique?
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When brushing your teeth, it's important to angle your toothbrush correctly. The Mayo Clinic recommends holding your toothbrush at a slight angle and pointing the bristles where your teeth meet your gums. Gently brush with back-and-forth motions and clean all surfaces of your teeth including the back, front, and sides.

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