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By ALEXANDRIA SMILES DENTISTRY
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Do you want to flash a perfect smile? The Invisalign System is the clear alternative to regular braces. Dr. Moutaz Abdeen at Alexandria invisalignSmiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign for a straighter smile. Read on to learn about some of the key differences between Invisalign and regular braces.

Comfortable to Wear

With Invisalign aligners, you will not have to worry about the discomfort that metal braces can cause. While regular braces are effective in repositioning the teeth, metal archwires, bands and brackets can be uncomfortable to wear, pressing against your teeth and irritating your gums. Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable to wear than traditional metal braces.

Eat The Foods You Love

With conventional metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods like chewing gum, candy, popcorn and nuts because they can become stuck next to your teeth. With Invisalign aligners, you're free to eat all the foods you love and never have to worry about your diet damaging your aligners.

Improve Your Oral Health

Invisalign aligners are removable for good oral hygiene. With Invisalign, you can floss and brush your teeth normally, which can help prevent dental cavities and periodontal disease. Research shows that periodontal tissue health may improve with the treatment of the Invisalign System.

Create A Beautiful Smile

You don't need unattractive metal bands, archwires and brackets to correct crowded or crooked teeth. The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to improve your smile. Straightening your smile with Invisalign will give you the confidence to show off your healthy, beautiful smile.

Millions of people around the world have straightened their teeth with the Invisalign System. Perhaps it's time you joined them? Call Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA at (703) 671-0626 right now to book your consultation today. It's never too late for a gorgeous smile.


By Alexandria Smiles Dentistry
January 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ExpertAdviceVivicaAFoxonKissingandOralhealth

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.


By Alexandria Smiles Dentistry
January 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   blood pressure  
ThereareGoodReasonstoCheckYourBloodPressureDuringDentalVisits

There are a lot of opportunities to have your blood pressure checked: your doctor's office, of course; your local pharmacy; health fairs; and the dentist's office. The last one might surprise you, but blood pressure monitoring before a dental examination or office visit has become quite routine.

Why all this attention to blood pressure? Because chronic high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major cause for cardiovascular disease (CVD), a family of life-threatening conditions that affects 80 million people in the United States. And, you may not even be aware you have it.

That's why avenues for blood pressure screening are on the rise, and the dental office is a prime opportunity. Since you see us regularly for cleanings and checkups (you do, don't you?), there's a good chance we might help you become aware you have a problem if we perform blood pressure readings.

One study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association, for example, followed a group of dental patients with no previous risk factors of CVD, and who had not seen a doctor in the previous twelve months. Through blood pressure screening at their dental visits, 17% discovered they had high blood pressure and at risk for a cardiovascular event.

Your blood pressure can also have an effect on your oral health, especially if you're taking medication to control it. Some medications can cause reduced saliva flow, which could drastically increase your chances of developing tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. We would also need to exercise care during dental procedures with certain local anesthetics: some may cause both your pulse and blood pressure to rise.

Although we're primarily focused on your dental care, we also know it's only one aspect of your overall health. By simply including blood pressure checks during your checkup, we may help you identify a problem before it causes you greater health problems in the future.

If you would like more information on blood pressure and dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Monitoring Blood Pressure.”