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Summer Oral Health Tips to Prevent Dental Emergencies

June 10, 2021

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family posing on the beach during summer vacation

Summer is here, and vacation is right around the corner! Whether you’re planning for a weekend getaway or an international excursion, going on a family trip involves making several preparations. You may think you have all the bases covered but might have overlooked a dental emergency. Luckily, taking simple precautions can prevent them from derailing your plans – here are a few to keep in mind.  


3 Reasons Summer Is the Perfect Time to Get Dental Implants

May 28, 2021

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Mature couple smiling on beach together

The field of dentistry has advanced exponentially in the last decade or so alone. As a result, problems like tooth loss don’t have to be permanent! Thanks to dental implants, one tooth or an entire arch can be replaced with lifelike, durable, long-lasting replacements that are both beautiful and functional. If you’ve been waiting to invest in this smile-rebuilding solution, the time has come! Here are a few reasons why you should get dental implants in the summer.


How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

December 29, 2020

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Aligners for Invisalign in Fairfax on top of calendar

Patience is a virtue, but we live in a fast-paced society — and no one wants to wait unless it’s absolutely necessary. The faster we can accomplish our goals, the better. If you are thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is only natural if you want to straighten your teeth as quickly as possible. Hence, you may wonder, “How long does Invisalign in Fairfax take? Is it faster than traditional braces?” Let’s talk about the answers to these important questions.


4 Freedoms You Can Enjoy with Invisalign

December 19, 2020

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Smiling woman enjoying freedoms of Invisalign in Fairfax

Traditional metal braces have many advantages. However, many individuals who have worn them have more than a few complaints to make about the treatment. You may hear them say that the braces feel like a ball and chain because of the many restrictions they come with. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment has evolved in recent years. Invisalign in Fairfax is a viable option for most people who suffer from dental misalignment — and it allows patients a much greater degree of freedom than traditional treatments. Let’s talk about some of the ways in which Invisalign can allow you to enjoy your life to the fullest.


Why the End of the Year Is the Perfect Time to Start Invisalign Treatment

November 24, 2020

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Dentist smiling while holding Invisalign tray

Do you have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth? Decades prior, these imperfections would necessitate years of treatment with metal brackets and pesky wires. However, thanks to Invisalign in Fairfax, you can discreetly achieve perfectly straight teeth with their virtually undetectable, completely removable, made-for-comfort aligners. Plus, there is no time like the present to schedule your initial consultation and get your treatment underway before the new year! Here’s why.


Learn How Our Sedation Methods Can Help You Overcome Dentist Jitters

June 23, 2020

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In today’s virtual world, many people no doubt wish their dental appointments could be done virtually, especially if they start to feel jittery and nervous every time they have to go to the dentist’s office. While you can do many amazing things with technology, no one has yet figured out how to clean, examine, or repair your teeth without actually visiting the dentist.


Start the Summer Off Right with Pearly White Veneers

May 27, 2020

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There’s something about summer that makes it perfect for photos. After all, it’s the season of cookouts, swimming pools, and warm nights spent with friends and family — all occasions worthy of a few group shots. But what if you don’t like your smile? If you have damaged or discolored teeth, those photos can bring anxiety instead of fun.


5 Home Oral Hygiene Habits You Need to Pick Up

April 23, 2020

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Are you fully satisfied with your oral health? If you’re like most people, you probably think there are some areas for improvement. According to a 2018 Delta Dental survey, 85% of Americans think oral health is very or extremely important to overall health.


How Restorative Dentistry Can Put a Smile on Your Face

March 4, 2020

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If you were to Google “dentist near me,” you’d probably find that a lot of dental practices like to add specialties to their name. Sometimes these names have meaning, and in other cases they may not. For example, the “family” in MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry lets customers know we work with patients of all ages, not just adults.


With Gum Disease, Early Intervention Is Key

February 1, 2020

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If you’re being honest, there may be a difference between what you tell your dentist about how frequently you floss and how often you actually clean the spaces between your teeth. Some people want to avoid getting a stern talking-to from the dentist. In fact, an American Academy of Periodontology study found that 27% of people lie to their dentist about their flossing habits. 

Flossing may seem like a lot of work, especially in the early morning or right before bed. But flossing is a key part of preventing periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. When left untreated, periodontitis can lead to bleeding gums, chewing problems, and even tooth loss. Catching gum disease in the early stages can help you save your smile.

Are you experiencing symptoms that you think may be related to gum disease? The team at MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help determine if your oral health needs a helping hand. Malcolm Murray, DDS, and Ranya Ghumrawi, DMD, work with you to create a custom plan to beat back gum disease. Our practice is proud to offer high-quality professional dental services and a comprehensive approach to healthy maintenance of your mouth, teeth, muscles, and aesthetics.

What is gum disease?

Flossing is so important because it helps remove plaque between teeth that your toothbrush bristles may miss. Plaque is a sticky film that forms from leftover food particles and your saliva. It’s composed mainly of bacteria but doesn’t pose any problems when it’s removed before it has a chance to harden.

How gum disease progresses

Once plaque hardens, however, it turns into bacteria-filled tartar, which can cause inflammation and irritation to your gums. If the inflammation persists, it can form pockets between your teeth that fill with more plaque, tartar, and bacteria. This is when gum disease starts — if left untreated, infections can cause a loss of tissue and bone, resulting in tooth loss.

Symptoms of gum disease

Gingivitis is a precursor to the more dangerous periodontal disease. Symptoms of gum disease and gingivitis include: 

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Very bad breath that remains after brushing/flossing/using mouthwash
  • Teeth that feel looser
  • Teeth that appear longer over time

At MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we aim to catch gum disease at the earliest stage possible with the help of in-depth screenings during appointments.

Why early intervention is important

The more advanced the gum disease, the more complicated it is to treat. When periodontitis is caught early, as gingivitis, a good professional cleaning and proper home care — including regular flossing — can send gum disease packing. Low-level gum disease can be treated this way as well.

Once gum disease becomes more intense and reaches a moderate or high level, cleanings start to lose their effectiveness and scaling and root planing becomes necessary. During this in-depth procedure, your dentist eliminates tartar and plaque from underneath the gumline and on the surface of the tooth roots.

This decreases inflammation and allows your gums to reattach to your teeth. Our practice uses the advanced NV Soft Tissue Microlaser to remove bacteria and diseased tissue during the scaling and root planing treatment. This results in a much more comfortable procedure than the traditional scalpel method.

If you believe you may have gum disease or are concerned about your oral health, schedule a visit at MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Call or request an appointment at our Fairfax, Virginia, office today.

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