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Smoking Can Affect Your Dental Health

Is your New Year’s resolution to finally quit smoking? Here’s some more motivation from your dentist to help you kick the habit for good…

We are all aware that smoking is detrimental to your health.  The serious threat of cancer and heart disease may be enough to make you kick the habit. But have you ever considered how damaging tobacco is to your teeth? We at Dr. Andrew Cobb’s office are a bit biased, but if you are struggling to find the motivation to quit smoking, there are some oral health implications that we would like you to consider:

  • An obvious one, but smoking causes bad breath and stained teeth! Trying to impress someone special? Wow them with your fresh smoke-free breath and pearly white smile.
  • Cigarettes and cigars can cause a dulled sense of taste. Imagine not being able to enjoy that cheeseburger or chocolate cake as much as you used to. Yikes!
  • Smoking can also impair the healing process after a dental procedure.
  • Smokers have a higher rate of oral cancer and gum disease than non-smokers.
  • Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of developing tobacco-related health complications.

We all know that this is easier said than done due to the highly addictive nature of nicotine. For this reason, it is incredibly important to have a plan and constantly remind yourself of your reasons for wanting to kick your smoking habit. Writing down your reasons and re-reading them every time you have a craving, exercising regularly, chewing gum, and reaching out to supportive friends and family can all be extremely beneficial in your journey to quit smoking.

Dr. Cobb and his staff care deeply about their patients and would like to remind everyone who is struggling to quit that our staff is 100% supportive of your commitment and would be happy to help you in any way!

Don’t forget to schedule your dental check ups for the new year!  Contact us with questions or request an appointment!  We are located in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington DC and convenient to Chevy Chase MD.

 

 

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentist Washington DC, Dentist Washington D.C., General Dentist Chevy Chase

Keep your mouth happy and healthy in the new year

With 2014 coming to a close and 2015 at our fingertips, now is the time that we re-think our habits and resolve to have a healthier new year. Though our personal reasons for transforming our routines to include a more balanced diet and exercise may be different, we will be happy to know that our New Year’s resolutions can have positive effects on our dental health as well. In celebration of the new year, D.C. dentist Dr. Andrew Cobb would like to remind you of some important dietary tips for a healthy smile!

Because your mouth is your body’s first point of contact with the nutrients you consume in food, it makes sense that your diet has a significant impact on your teeth and gums. Did you know that certain foods can increase your risk of developing cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis? In fact, studies supported by the American Dental Association have shown that patients who have lost teeth due to decay or bone loss tend to have diets that include less vegetables and more fat and added sugar.

If you’re looking to improve your nutrition and oral health throughout the new year, be sure to prepare meals and snacks that include the following food groups:

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  • Fruits and vegetables contain many essential vitamins and minerals and should compose about half of what you eat every day. Prepare fresh vegetables with dinner or include fruit in your yogurt or cereal for breakfast!
  • Dairy: the importance of calcium to teeth strength is not a myth. Choose low-fat or non-fat dairy options for the best overall results.
  • Lean protein such as boneless, skinless chicken, lean beef, and even legumes and eggs!
  • Grains, including oatmeal and brown rice

Sometimes what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. Keep in mind that when you’re creating stellar oral health with fruits and vegetables, it is also critical to stay away from added sugar, which can destroy tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Dr. Cobb encourages everyone to start the new year off right with a balanced diet that will make your body and your mouth happy!

And don’t forget to visit Dr. Cobb regularly for preventive dental care as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Posted in: General Dentistry, Oral Health

Dental implants can restore your dental health- and your quality of life!

Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many patients, but they also affect daily quality of life as well as overall health. Missing teeth can limit diet and alter a patient’s speech, impacting overall physical well being in the long run.

Washington, D.C. restorative dentist Dr. Cobb offers solutions for patients with one or more missing teeth, including dental implants, to restore oral health and enable a healthy diet as well as normal speech.

Dental implants help to support long term oral health by functioning much like a natural tooth and reducing bone loss often associated with lost teeth. The implanted post integrates with the bone like a tooth root and also prevents remaining teeth from shifting and changing the bite as well as the patient’s appearance due to jaw shrinkage.

Dr. Cobb has incorporated some of the latest dental technology into his Washington dentist office in order to provide more efficient, accurate and lasting treatment for missing teeth. Dr. Cobb uses cone beam CT, a more compact, faster and safer version of the regular CT that is used by dentists. Cone beam CT produces high resolution digital images displaying all types of tissue for greater accuracy in diagnosis and treatment planning.

In placing dental implants, Dr. Cobb also seeks to ensure that the bite is balanced and all parts of the occlusal system are working properly- an important factor for comfortable, lasting results.

Dr. Cobb will work with a local periodontist or oral surgeon for the surgical phase of the dental implant procedure, coordinating care and following up with the patient before placing the final restoration in his dentist office.101857060

Dental implants are often considered the “gold standard” of tooth replacement and have an over 95% success rate among patients due to their comfort, natural appearance and longevity. They do not require daily maintenance other than regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing.

Your smile is part of who you are and often what people remember most about you! If you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb to discuss your options and bring back your smile.

Posted in: Restorative Dentistry

National Dental Hygiene Month- tips for a healthy smile!

In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Cobb and his staff remind us of the importance of maintaining good oral health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Our dental health can have an affect- good and bad- on our physical well being, raising the risk of a variety of health issues including cardiovascular disease. Healthy teeth and gums not only brighten our smile, they are also supporting our overall condition.477975641

Long term oral health depends largely on two important things:

  • Regular preventive care visits
  • Daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing

Practicing both of these goes a long way toward preventing the development of complex dental problems that may require restorative procedures to fix. Routine visits with Dr. Cobb and his staff give them the opportunity to spot developing dental problems in their early stages when conservative measures are effective.

Oral hygiene tips:

  • Brush twice a day with a soft bristled tooth brush: checkout 2x2min.org for some fun tips for kids to encourage daily tooth brushing.
  • Floss once a day between all teeth to remove trapped food particles and reduce tartar build up.
  • Rinse with water or chew sugarless gum after a meal to reduce bacteria in the mouth that produce plaque.

During routine visits, Dr. Cobb and his staff will make recommendations for at home care to address any oral health issues and they may suggest an additional cleaning for patients with gum disease to avoid larger problems down the road. These are all preventive measures to reduce the need for more extensive dental treatment later on. Maintaining the integrity of the natural teeth is the focus of modern dentistry and has proven important in helping patients to have a good quality of life as they age.

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Why your dental health matters.

For many, a routine dental visit often seems like a chore and feels unnecessary: why have to pay to have your teeth cleaned when you do it daily at home?

Dentistry doesn’t always seem as important as those regular physicals with the family doc. But it is!495780253

What most people don’t realize is the strong connection between dental health and overall physical health. Poor dental health can affect and be affected by bigger health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. In most cases, patients don’t realize they have a developing oral health issue until it has become either an emergency or is causing additional dental health issues.

Visiting the dentist regularly for preventive care offers many benefits and is important for overall health. It is an investment in your healthcare that will “pay off” in the future.

Benefits of preventive dentistry:

  • Dental cleanings are more thorough than at home brushing: our dental hygienists will clean all tooth surfaces and polish the enamel, noting if teeth appear worn or damaged.
  • Dental exams and x-rays can spot possible problems in the early stage.
  • Oral health can often be a window into overall health: larger problems may be spotted early on as they begin to affect dental health, often apparent in gum health.
  • Patients who visit the dentist twice per year as recommended experience better long term dental health and quality of life.

Avoiding the dentist and allowing dental problems to go untreated for long periods of time can eventually lead to complex problems- even tooth loss.

For the adult and senior patient, a healthy smile can directly affect daily routines: patients with missing teeth or poor oral health may have to make dietary adjustments and may avoid social situations if speech has been affected.

Maintain your smile. It is an important part of you – and your overall health!

Posted in: General Dentist Washington D.C., General Dentistry, Routine Cleanings

Porcelain veneers may be the solution for your smile makeover!

Dr. Andrew Cobb, a cosmetic and general dentist in Washington, DC, offers a variety of cosmetic procedures to his patients who are either in need of restorative dental work or want to improve their smile!

For patients who want a smile makeover to correct chipped, damaged or slightly crooked teeth, Dr. Cobb offers porcelain veneers for high quality, long lasting results. Porcelain veneers provide patients with the smile they desire and are expertly crafted to fit in with the rest of their natural teeth. Many patients will choose porcelain veneers when looking to improve the appearance of the front teeth, or those that are seen most prominently when smiling.

Dr. Cobb will prepare the tooth surface for veneers in a conservative fashion, removing only as much of the surface as necessary for a lasting and comfortable fit. The process will take place over several appointments and the veneers will be custom made for each patient from impressions taken in Dr. Cobb’s Washington dental office. The final restorations will be placed after the custom veneers are fabricated in a dental lab.

As an alternative to porcelain veneers, Dr. Cobb also offers tooth bonding for patients who want to cover a chip or crack in a tooth that is noticeable when smiling. Dr. Cobb, a member of the AACD, is an experienced cosmetic dentist and can offer patients excellent results with this more cost effective alternative when it is a suitable option.

Tooth bonding is called a “direct restoration” and is a process where a cosmetic resin material is attached directly to the affected area of the tooth. The material is matched to a patient’s natural tooth color, providing aesthetically appealing results for correction of minor cosmetic issues.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers

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

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.

Posted in: bleeding gums, Dentist Washington D.C., Gum Disease, laser dentistry, periodontal therapy washington dc, Sore Gums

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