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Sports drinks may affect dental health.

Exercise is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, but for many the consumption of sports drinks and sport gels or snacks has become a part of their nutrition during a workout or training session. Although our bodies need the calories and hydration, especially with endurance training, dentists are noticing what the added sugars are doing to our oral health.

A Washington area dentist, Dr. Cobb emphasizes to his patients the importance of both reducing sugar consumption and flushing the mouth after a meal, snack or sugary drink to remove harmful bacteria and prevent the onset of tooth decay. 496663581

It is important to drink water after a sports drink or snack to help rinse the mouth and reduce the bacteria that can promote tooth decay and cavities. Chewing sugarless gum after a workout can increase saliva production and reduce bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth and around the gum line. This is, of course, in addition to regular brushing and flossing as part of a healthy oral hygiene routine.

Dr. Cobb may recommend additional at home oral hygiene practices or products for patients who show consistent signs of tooth decay or have developed gum disease as a result of a diet high in added sugars, as can be found in sports drinks.

Posted in: Dentist Washington D.C., Oral Health, sports drinks and teeth

T-Scan® technology : accurate diagnosis for better treatment results.

Dr. Cobb uses T-Scan® for diagnosing bite disorders in his patients, enabling him to make more accurate diagnoses of imbalances in the bite.

Recently recommended by the Dawson Academy as the preferred malocclusion diagnostic tool, T-Scan has been proven to be more effective than the traditional methods such as marking paper. Dr. Cobb, a Dawson trained dentist, has incorporated this technology into his Washington DC dental office as part of a dental exam to ensure that his patients receive the dental care they need for optimal oral health: an imbalanced bite or malocclusion, can lead to a variety of dental health problems down the road if not diagnosed and treated effectively.tscan

The T-Scan device is a thin sensor that provides Dr. Cobb with an accurate reading of the forces of a patient’s bite when they bite down on it. The computer generated analysis can aid in treatment planning, often enabling Dr. Cobb to spot potential future problems and correct them before they fully develop and cause damage to the teeth or gums.

Dr. Cobb understands that a balanced bite is the foundation for a healthy smile. Dental technology, such as the T-Scan® offers many benefits to dental patients and can help keep the natural teeth strong for the long run.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentist Washington D.C., Cosmetic Dentistry, D.C. Dentist, Digital Impressions, Tek Scan, TMJ

Gum disease can affect your dental health.

Gum disease is one of the most common dental health issues with more than 75% of adults having some form of the disease at some point in their lives.

Treating gum disease is important for both dental health and overall health as many studies have shown the relationship between poor oral health and physical health issues such as heart disease and diabetes, among others. Patients with gum disease may not realize that they have until they visit Dr. Cobb for a regular visit or come in for an emergency visit due to a more serious problem. In advanced stages, gum disease can even lead to tooth loss.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis: this is the earliest stage of gum disease and when it is the most treatable. Gingivitis may be characterized by sensitive or bleeding gums because the soft tissue has become somewhat inflamed due to the presence of harmful bacteria.

Periodontitis: the later form of gum disease, periodontitis develops when gum disease has advanced enough to cause substantial irritation and swelling, creating pockets around the teeth where bacteria can get in and affect the tooth structure, often leading to loose or lost teeth.

Dr. Cobb offers periodontal therapy to treat gum disease and restore oral health. For patients with gingivitis, or the earliest signs of gum disease, a thorough cleaning may be sufficient. In some cases a procedure called scaling and root planing, an intense cleaning and scraping of the deeper recesses of the gums, is required to remove plaque and prevent further damage.

For patients who have more advanced gum disease such as periodontitis, Dr. Cobb may recommend a more complex procedure such as laser surgery on the affected tissue.

Restoring gum health is important in order to keep the teeth strong and healthy- maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home is also a part of keeping gum disease from developing or returning.

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Could your facial pain be a sign of TMJ?

Facial pain, tenderness and frequent headaches can often be a sign of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ. These bite disorders are a result of an imbalance in the masticatory system and can be difficult to diagnose without the proper expertise and diagnostic tools.


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Washington dentist Dr. Andrew Cobb specializes in complex dental problems and the diagnosis of bite disorders such as TMJ. He will perform a thorough exam using some of the latest on dental technology and determine where the imbalance is before recommending a course of treatment. Dr. Cobb provides a wide variety of treatment options for patients with complex bite disorders like TMJ, including oral appliance therapy.

If you have been suffering with facial pain and headaches, discuss these symptoms with Dr. Cobb and begin to restore your oral and overall health!

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Dental bonding can transform chipped, cracked and discolored teeth!

Crooked, damaged and chipped teeth can be straightened, repaired and restored quickly with tooth bonding. Dr. Andrew Cobb, a Washington, DC cosmetic dentist, offers a variety of tooth bonding procedures to correct your dental problems and give you the smile you desire.

Tooth bonding can serve as an economical transition to a more permanent solution, such as porcelain veneers. Tooth bonding is not permanent and can be removed if necessary or so desired for additional cosmetic treatment.

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This short video shows how tooth bonding is not only effective, but a relatively painless and easy procedure that can provide excellent results. Dr. Cobb is an experienced cosmetic dentist who can offer tooth bonding results that look and feel natural, blending with your adjacent natural teeth and providing a comfortable smile. Tooth bonding that looks and feels natural, enhancing a patient’s smile, is accomplished by an experienced cosmetic dentist who can skillfully apply the bonding compound to the tooth’s surface.

Tooth bonding, both transitional and direct, typically lasts about 5 years when the teeth are cared for with routine preventive visits with Dr. Cobb in his Washington DC office- and good oral hygiene at home.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentist Washington D.C., Cosmetic Dentistry, Direct Bonding Dentistry, tooth bonding

Washington cosmetic dentist: how can dental implants help you?

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Dental implants offer many benefits to patients who have lost a tooth (or teeth), including supporting better long term oral health. A Washington, DC cosmetic and restorative dentist offering dental implants, Dr. Cobb will meet with you to discuss your personal goals and examine your oral health before recommending treatment to replace a lost tooth or secure loose dentures with implants.

While dental implants can provide patients with a natural looking and functioning “new tooth” that blends with their natural smile, a dental implant also helps to reduce bone loss in the jaw- a common side effect of losing a tooth that can eventually cause more complex dental health issues.

When placing a dental implant, Dr. Cobb does not have to prepare adjacent teeth, as is typical in the use of a dental bridge or appliance. When healthy teeth have to be affected to accommodate an appliance they may lose some of their structural integrity, putting them at greater risk of needing additional restorative treatment in the future.

Patients have enjoyed a greater than 90% satisfaction rate with dental implants, which allow them to eat, speak and go about their typical daily routine without dietary changes or the use of adhesives and special cleaners!

Dr. Cobb will go over the entire dental implant process with you, coordinating care with a local oral surgeon and following up to ensure that your treatment is successful. Dr. Cobb will place the final restoration and will monitor the long term results at regular preventive care visits to his Washington dental office.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentist Washington D.C., Cosmetic Dentistry, D.C. Dentist, Dental Implants, Missing Teeth, Restorative Dentistry, Uncategorized

Washington dentist offers oral hygiene tips.

Regular preventive care visits with Washington dentist Dr. Cobb are an important part of maintaining life long oral health, but good oral hygiene between visits can be just as important!

Understanding the best ways to care for your teeth at home can help to prevent dental health problems such as gum disease and tooth decay- common issues that can lead to bigger oral health problems if untreated!

Good oral hygiene should include:

Commit to a daily oral hygiene routine: brushing, flossing and using dental care products that will keep your smile healthy between visits is key to long term oral health. Dr. Cobb will often recommend appropriate hygiene products to patients who are having a health issue.

Use fluoride products: this applies to both children AND adults! Fluoride helps keep tooth enamel strong and healthy.

Brush and floss: practicing these daily helps to reduce the development of gum disease and tooth decay.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet with limited sugar: added sugars have caused an increase in both oral and overall health issues for today’a dental patients. Limiting sugar is important for overall good health and will also reduce tooth decay.

Stop the use of tobacco: smoking contributes to halitosis, damaged and stained teeth as well as gum disease- if possible, quit smoking!

Perform oral exams at home: looking for and informing Washington dentist Dr. Cobb of changes in the teeth and gums on a regular basis can mean quicker treatment of developing dental problems.

Posted in: D.C. Dentist, Dentist Washington D.C., Family Dentist Washington D.C., Oral Health, Routine Cleanings, Uncategorized

Oral cancer screening can be a life saver! Get screened. | Washington, DC

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month- are you aware of the common signs and symptoms?

Oral cancer symptoms can include:

  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in the throat or neck
  • Persistent earache- often in both ears
  • Numbness in or around the mouth

Many of the early signs or symptoms of oral cancer can be noticed by Dr. Cobb during routine preventive care in his Washington, DC dental office: early symptoms are usually subtle and difficult for patients to notice. Oral cancer is on the rise in the U.S. and unfortunately leads to approximately 8,000 deaths per year. While smoking and tobacco use has long been considered the major cause of oral cancers, the rise of the HPV virus has led to an increase in the number of cases worldwide and is now considered to be a leading cause of this type of cancer. Unfortunately, oral cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages and is difficult to treat and cure. Dentists like Dr. Cobb, who screen for oral cancer during routine visits, are trying to reduce the number of patients who fall into this category.

Oral cancer screening is quick and painless- and can save your life!

Preventive dental care is even more important when patients consider that these visits offer Dr. Cobb the opportunity to spot developing health issues in their earliest stages, offering the best chance for successful treatment. Preventive care not only helps to support good dental health, but is a part of maintaining overall health and well being: there is often a correlation between a patient’s oral health condition and the state of their physical health.

Be a part of the solution to the problem of rising oral cancer rates: schedule a routine visit with Dr. Cobb and get screened!

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Smart Moves invisible braces may be the right move for you! | Washington, DC

Washington, DC cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrew Cobb is a Smart Moves invisible braces provider and offers his dental patients this treatment option for a variety of dental health and cosmetic issues:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Mild underbite or overbite

Smart Moves invisible braces offer patients many benefits, but most patients will appreciate the “invisibility” factor: no one has to know that you are receiving orthodontic treatment! Smart Moves will gradually realign your teeth with clear, removable retainers that are customized to your treatment plan by Dr. Cobb.

Smart Moves enables patients to brush and floss normally because the retainers are removable, and regular dental exams and cleanings can be done during treatment. This helps to reduce the possibility of plaque build up and teeth staining which can occur with traditional metal braces.

Smart Moves allows patients to eat normally, with no diet restrictions: there are no wires to break while chewing and food cannot become lodged within metal brackets! For patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, Smart Moves offers hassle-free treatment with excellent results.

The smooth, plastic of the Smart Moves clear retainers greatly reduces gum and soft tissue irritation, a common side effect of treatment with traditional metal braces. Dr. Cobb uses specially designed software to design custom fit retainers that are comfortable and flexible- you will forget you are wearing them!

Smart Moves invisible braces provides effective orthodontic treatment that can both enhance and straighten your natural smile and improve overall oral health. Misaligned teeth can frequently lead to additional dental problems down the road that may require restorative procedures to correct. Problems like TMJ, worn or broken teeth and gum disease can develop when there is an imbalance in the bite due to teeth that are out of alignment.

Dr. Cobb can your personal dental health issues or concerns as well as your cosmetic goals during a consultation about the Smart Moves system.

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Laser dentistry: what are the benefits for patients? | Washington, DC

Are you ready to experience a dental procedure performed without a drill, a scalpel or a needle!

Laser dentistry enables Dr. Andrew Cobb, a cosmetic and general dentist in Washington, DC, to treat patients for a variety of dental problems with less pain, less bleeding, fewer side effects and a faster recovery. Dr. Cobb uses a state of the art dental lasers that enables him to more accurately treat the soft tissues of the mouth, such as gum tissue, without a metal scalpel.

The dental laser allows Dr. Cobb to create accurate incisions with minimized bleeding and swelling: the heat and energy created by the dental laser can both numb the treated area and coagulate blood quickly to reduce bleeding and swelling. For patients, this can mean less pain and a speedier recovery: in many cases there is no need for anesthetics at all! Laser dentistry can effectively be used for treating gum disease, placing dental implants and other dental procedures that would traditionally require a surgical incision. The use of laser dentistry reduces or eliminates the need for using sutures- which frequently require a return trip to the dentist for removal.

For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, the use of laser dentistry can provide a much more predictable experience with less noise and discomfort during treatment. If you have been avoiding the dentist due to feeling anxious about possible treatment, Dr. Cobb can discuss how laser dentistry may enhance your dental treatment and allow you to feel relaxed and comfortable.

Dental technology continues to offer patients a better experience with more accurate results and fewer side effects. Dr. Cobb, a nationally recognized cosmetic dentist, uses some of the latest dental technologies in his Washington dental office, enabling him to perform many cosmetic and restorative dental procedures more effectively with better outcomes and less pain!

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