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What is the Purpose of a Face Shield?

June 16, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 3:59 pm
a female dentist wearing a face mask, protective eyewear, and face shield while speaking to a patient

You walk into your dentist’s office to see staff members donning the traditional face mask. Smiling, you walk toward the treatment room and wait for your dentist to arrive. Expecting to see them in gloves and a face mask, you see they’ve added another layer of protection – a face shield. What is the purpose of this piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), and how is it keeping you safe? Let’s find out.

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Refining Personal Hygiene Within the Dentist’s Office

June 3, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 3:38 pm
a dental staff member washing their hands prior to seeing a patient

Good hand hygiene isn’t the only thing your dentist is concerned about when it comes to keeping everyone safe from COVID-19. Yes, washing with soap and water is necessary and vitally important during this time but so is maintaining optimal health. Whether it is showering regularly, keeping teeth and gums free of harmful bacteria, or wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while working, all of these efforts combine to ensure both staff and patients are safe. If you are preparing for an upcoming appointment and want to know what your dentist is doing to maintain personal cleanliness, read on.

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5 Ways Your Dentist is Prioritizing Your Wellbeing During COVID-19

May 26, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 2:16 pm
dentist sanitizing waiting room chairs

This month, dental practices across the nation are reopening their doors so patients can get the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services that they need. The uncertainty of COVID-19 can make a simple dental visit seem risky, especially if you’re not aware of what safety precautions your dentist in Reston is taking to keep you safe. With 18 new safety protocols in place, you’re sure to feel comfortable and confident that your dentist truly is prioritizing your health. Read on to learn about five of the ways they’re making the dental office safer during COVID-19.

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Getting Creative With Touch-Free Greetings

May 20, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 2:51 pm
people waving at each other

The threat of COVID-19 is real, but that doesn’t mean you have to dilute your affection when you get to see your friends, family, or dentist again! If you’re a hugger like so many other people, it can be tempting to not jump in for a good old bear squeeze. Unfortunately, that direct close contact can increase your risk of becoming sick. Plus, with social distancing practices still in place, it’s important to remain at least six feet away from people whenever possible. Read on for some creative greeting ideas to keep yourself safe but still express your excitement when you get to see somebody after weeks of being in quarantine.

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Bleeding Gums and COVID-19: When to Seek Professional Care

March 21, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 4:13 pm
a person’s mouth held open to expose their bleeding gums

Bleeding gums are never something to take lightly. In fact, it is one of the most identifiable signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). If left untreated, you could be faced with various oral and health-related conditions and problems. So, what should you do if you notice the signs? As the world battles a current pandemic, COVID-19, let a dentist explain when you should treat your problem at home and when to seek the help of a licensed professional.

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At-Home or Emergency Care: How COVID-19 is Impacting Your Oral Health

March 12, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 2:20 pm
a young woman at home holding her cheek in pain as a result of a dental emergency

It is certainly a strange time in our world right now, as billions of people are being told to stay home in an attempt to combat the infectious respiratory disease now known as COVID-19. Also referred to as Coronavirus, it is having a major impact on businesses both large and small as well as hospitals and even your local dentist’s offices. So, what should you do if you are facing a dental crisis and need an emergency dentist? Learn just how impactful COVID-19 is to your oral health and what the ADA recommends you should do depending on the severity of your individual problem.

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4 Important Factors When Choosing an Emergency Dentist

February 24, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 3:19 pm
Female dentist treating female patient with a toothache

You should already have a good idea who your emergency dentist is; when you or a loved one breaks a tooth or is suffering from a painful infection, you need to know who to call right away to have the problem properly addressed. But how will you know when you’ve found the right practice to turn to in the worst-case scenario? Keep these 4 factors in mind whenever you’re searching for a new emergency dentist.

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Red, Bleeding Gums? Learn About Gum Disease and Its Symptoms

January 16, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 5:52 pm
a woman with red gums

Unless you work in a dentist’s office, you may be unfamiliar with the term “periodontal disease.” Considered a clinical term for what is otherwise known as “gum disease,” this harmful dental problem can wreak havoc on not only your oral health but your overall well-being, too. What you think is only affecting your mouth can actually lead to serious health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s and Dementia. As someone who relies on the expertise of dental professionals to know the appropriate terms and provide quality care, take a few minutes to learn more about this common oral disease and what you can do to prevent it.

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What Can You Do If You Have Sensitive Teeth?

January 5, 2020

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 5:14 pm
a man experiencing sensitive teeth while eating a popsicle

The moment you take a bite of that delicious chocolate ice cream you feel it…that nagging, piercing pain shooting through your tooth. Grabbing your lip, you cringe. While contemplating trying to eat the ice cream on the other side of your mouth, the thought quickly dissipates as you continue to experience the effects of your most recent bite. Tooth sensitivity is a common problem for many adults in the United States, but why? What causes your pearly whites to feel fine one minute and then have you pushing away anything hot or cold the next? To find out, hear from a dentist who explains its causes and what can be done to address it.

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What Causes Morning Breath?

December 20, 2019

Filed under: Reston Cosmetic Dentistry — dr_myles @ 5:06 pm
woman with bad breath

You wake up in the morning and feel like greeting your bed partner with a kiss. As soon as they catch a whiff of your breath, however, they turn away. Does this sound familiar? If so, you have experienced the unfortunate circumstance known as morning breath. Why do we get morning breath? Read on as a dentist explains the causes of this phenomenon and how to prevent it.

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