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By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Health  

What do you think when you see a person who has a bright, white, sparkling smile? Probably that they take good care of themselves and their teeth. If you want your smile to sparkle, talk to a dentist at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA about teeth whitening, cleaning, and polishing. It can give your smile a major boost in just an hour’s time.

Why Patients Want Whiter Teeth
A survey conducted by Kelton Research found that having white teeth can have significant social benefits. It can lead to more successful results in a person’s career and love life. Besides the obvious aesthetic improvement, a teeth whitening treatment can give a person a renewed perspective and motivation when navigating daily life. Knowing your smile is white and more attractive will give you more confidence to interact with others and participate in social activities.

Teeth Whitening: What to Expect
At Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, your teeth can be whitened professionally by a dentist with a procedure that takes about 60-90 minutes. Many people decide to schedule this visit on a lunch break. Your gums and lips are protected with a retracting device, and then a dental whitening bleach is applied to each of your front teeth. The dentist may apply a light to the teeth to achieve the desired level of whitening.

A Sparkling Smile
In addition to whitening your smile, your dentist will also make it shine and sparkle by polishing it to perfection. You are also responsible for extending the improved appearance of your teeth. The more regularly you brush your teeth (preferably with an enamel strengthening and whitening paste) the better. Using a straw to drink beverages that could stain your teeth could also help. Seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups is also key.

A Better Smile Within 24 Hours
Because of the dental technology behind teeth whitening treatments, you don’t have to wait weeks to have a better-looking smile. Your teeth can sparkle after just an hour spent at the dentist’s office. Call (757) 345-5500 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
April 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Your jaw is an important part of what makes up your facial structure. It defines the shape of your face and allows you to chew and bite intojaw pain your food. When there is intense pain in the jaw, ignoring it is not always an option. Jaw pain interferes with your ability to eat, talk, and sleep comfortably. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, find out what your dentists Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, can do to give you some relief.

Jaw Pain Symptoms
Jaw pain may start off as mild, but soon it can become difficult to even open your mouth. If you feel hesitant to chew your food thoroughly, you should be concerned. Jaw pain may be accompanied by clicking and popping sounds when you open and close your mouth. In some cases, there may be swelling around the point where the jaw hinges come together.

TMJ Disorder 
One of the most common causes of jaw pain is a condition called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. It affects between five to 12 percent of the population according to statistics published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. It is an irritation of the joints that connect the upper and lower jaws. It is often caused by an injury, such as whiplash. Grinding and clenching the teeth (bruxism) also affects the stability of the jaw. TMJ disorder may also be caused by opening the mouth too wide to yell or take a bite out of something. Any joint problem is also common in patients who struggle with arthritis. TMJ problems can be resolved by a dentist at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA.

Relieving Jaw Pain
The method of healing your jaw pain will depend on the severity of the problem and the cause. In many cases, patients get some relief by simply wearing a dental device that supports and balances the jawline at night. It prevents jaw clenching. It also gives the joints a chance to heal and restore themselves. An orthodontic treatment to adjust the bite might also help.

Simple Dental Solutions for Jaw Pain
You may have been putting up with TMJ jaw pain all this time for no good reason. A dental device could be the best solution. Call 757-345-5500 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, or Dr. Omar Hasham at their office in Williamsburg, VA.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
August 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseyDiscussesBabyBottleToothDecay

Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavities. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
July 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
UsetheSamePreventionStrategytoDefeatToothDecayandGumDisease

Archeologists can tell us quite a bit about our primitive ancestors. For example, because of their coarse, abrasive diet and a primitive understanding of oral hygiene, their teeth had a rough go of it. They simply wore out faster — a contributing factor, no doubt, to their short life spans of thirty or forty years.

But thanks to improvements in lifestyle, healthcare and diet, people live much longer today. And so do their teeth, thanks to advances in dental care and disease prevention. While teeth still wear to some degree as we age, if we care for them properly with daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, we can keep that wear to a minimum. Teeth truly can last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, it's still all too common for people to lose their teeth prematurely. The main reason: the two most prevalent dental diseases, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Tooth decay arises from high concentrations of mouth acid that erode enamel, teeth's irreplaceable protective shell. Gum disease is an infection that damages the bone supporting tissues as it infiltrates deep below the visible gum line.

While they occur by different mechanisms, the two diseases have some commonalities. They both, of course, can lead to tooth loss. And, they're both triggered by oral bacteria found in dental plaque, a thin film of food particles built up on tooth and gum surfaces. Multiplying bacteria feed on plaque and produce acid as a by-product. And certain bacterial strains infect gum tissues.

Both of these diseases can be treated successfully, especially if detected early. But the better approach is to prevent them in the first place. This introduces another commonality — they share the same prevention strategy of daily, comprehensive brushing and flossing for plaque removal, regular dental cleanings and checkups, and a sharp eye for any signs of disease like bleeding gums or tooth pain.

With diligent dental care and close attention to your oral health, you increase your chances of avoiding the full threat of these diseases. And with healthy teeth, you have a better chance of living a long and healthy life.

If you would like more information on minimizing tooth wear, 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 “How and Why Teeth Wear.”

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
July 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
NancyODellonMakingOralHygieneFunforKids

When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”