3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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Hi. We’re Drs. Pranee White and John Han, experienced dentists here in Midlothian. It is our goal to help patients have optimum oral health, and today we would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Bon Air, Midlothian, or Bon Air dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the Midlothian dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, we want our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 1690 Huguenot Rd and you can reach us for an appointment at 804-302-5592.

Call a member of our relaxing staff today!


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Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds.

We are Drs. Pranee White and John Han with White & White writing to offer our patients 6 ways to add vital dental care to each day in 60 seconds or less.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can suppress the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to build consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and wash away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Scrutinize gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will suppress discoloration.

Call White & White.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with us and our relaxing staff. We will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

We can answer questions about the cost of sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants. Trusted since 2004 to promote healthy smiles and educated hygiene, we will take care of all your dental needs.


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1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia


Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the White & White guide to treating teeth grinding.

Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

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Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Drs. Pranee White and John Han through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at White & White we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community from Richmond to Midlothian deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s no problem to come down to our office at 1690 Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, Virginia 23113 and consult with Drs. John Han about this or any other dental concern. Call 804-302-5592 today to schedule an appointment.

We are dedicated to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants. Ask about porcelain veneers, wisdom teeth removal, Six Month Smiles, or general dentistry. Your needs are essential to us.

Contact our relaxing staff at 804-302-5592 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers vital knowledge and the highest quality of care.


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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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Many of Drs. Pranee White and John Han’s patients walk in for sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants. Many for routine checkups and cleanings. And most really want to know if they are brushing correctly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. At White & White we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will accomplish the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are soft and pliant before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to clean the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow dental caries to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve extraordinary dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is essential. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

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Call 804-302-5592
Visit 1690 Huguenot Rd in Midlothian, Virginia 23113
See us online at http://www.relaxdental.com/about-us/our-doctors/

Here at White & White we understand that nature has dealt crooked teeth, sensitive teeth, and weak teeth to many patients. When you schedule an appointment to communicate with Drs. John Han, you will be advised on ways to repair your smile.

We provide our patients with the following services and many more: sedation dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and Six Month Smiles.


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No Dental Insurance? Prioritize Spending For Dental Care

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Millions of Americans don’t have dental insurance, and many Virginia employer plans have limited benefits. Some Midlothian people who fail to get adequate dental care say “It’s too expensive.”

If you are really living below poverty level, this excuse may be valid – but if you have an average income, you can probably shift your priorities to find money in your budget to invest in a healthy smile.

You have probably heard of the “Latte Factor” which refers to the surprising amount of income that adds up if you buy an expensive caffeinated beverage every morning. Even if you don’t drink coffee, you probably have a personal habit that costs a few dollars daily but adds up to hundreds of dollars a year. Soda pop, beer, an eight-dollar deli sandwich, a game of golf. How about personal grooming – manis, pedis, facials, and professional hair coloring. What about the money you spend for convenience – pizza delivery, ATM fees, heat-and-eat meals. How much do you spend on premium cable, video game rentals, full-price movies, and season tickets to Richmond sporting events?

If you have foregone dental exams, cleanings and treatments because you think it’s too expensive, I hope this White & White dental blog post has opened your eyes to purchases that may be far less vital than a healthy smile. Remember, if you ignore dental problems, eventually they will require more extensive treatments. Filling a cavity is relatively inexpensive, a root canal costs more, and a dental implant is a major investment. What is a tooth worth? Every single one is priceless. And don’t forget that dental issues impact the vitality of your entire body.

White & White in Midlothian provides competitively priced quality dental care including veneers, crowns, bonding, orthodontia, and teeth whitening. Ask us about dental financing options.

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1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia

Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as important to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Some Midlothian parents we meet at White & White hold the misconception that the care of primary teeth is secondary to adult teeth, since they will eventually fall out.

The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

A dislike for brushing is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

If it is problematic to get your child to brush willingly, Dr. John Han has several suggestions.

If the toothpaste is the issue, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing tooth decay. Toothpaste is not needed for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to Dr. John Han about fluoride supplements.

Take your child to the store and have him or her elect a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which toothbrush to use each time he or she brushes.

Let your child do the brushing, then check and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you and your spouse are brushing your teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly prolong the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some children. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the important first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some Virginia parents have had success with setting a timer.

Compliment your child on their wonderful effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to keep a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their attractive smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are important parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be passionate about a habit that will impact their health throughout their life.

If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may consider sealants. Sealants are beneficial protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant aids in preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush – typically in the pits and grooves in the molars in the back of the mouth.

Call 804-302-5592 to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Pranee White, and Dr. John Han about your child’s oral hygiene or any other concern.


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Midlothian, Virginia


If Only I Had Taken Care Of My Teeth…

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Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will sound so simple when you have dentures.

How many times have you said, “If only!” “If only I had changed my oil,” “If only I had stayed in college,” ‘If only I had worn sunscreen.”

We hope you don’t ever say, “If only I had taken care of my teeth!” If you have neglected your teeth, we invite you to let us help you get back on track to oral health. At White & White, we are devoted to helping patients establish and maintain dental health. We help all of our patients feel relaxed and comfortable in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere.

We have treated countless Midlothian area patients who avoided the dentist in years past but have recommitted themselves to healthy oral habits. We can promise you that your overall physical health and happiness will increase if you start taking care of your teeth today.

We have an extensive menu of effective treatments for any dental problems you may currently have: cavities, stained teeth, chipped teeth, gum disease, broken crowns, old unsightly fillings, and even missing teeth.

Professional dental treatment is a critical investment in your most precious possession – your health. If you are worried about the cost of dental treatment, talk to us about dental financing. If you need extensive dental work, we can develop a treatment plan to get the work done over time and schedule it to fit your budget.

Whatever concerns have kept you from seeing a dentist – fear, finances, or the fact that you are just too busy – we hope you will recommit to your smile. We are here to help.

Call White & White today at 804-302-5592!

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Bad Breath Q & A

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We’re J. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han of White & White. Today’s post offers some answers to frequent questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is repulsive, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can increase and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can consider other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not eliminate food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and emits a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can lead to gross breath. Antihistamines can cut down post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth hydrated, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production, and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can lead to bad breath?
A. As addressed before, any condition that lessens saliva production frequently causes halitosis. It is also a persistent side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my wife’s breath became dreadful when she went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were probably the culprit. Ketones are generated when the body digests fat – which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, she was probably not cheating!

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Save Your Breath

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Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most frequent cause is substandard oral hygiene. Often, halitosis ensues midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food bits on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many factors can contribute to or worsen the issue. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be needed.

For example, a salivary gland trouble or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or tooth decay
An infected root canal
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath persists despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

If you don’t have a regular dentist or are not satisfied with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Han at White & White in Midlothian. Dr. Han has been serving patients in the Richmond area since 2004. The relaxing team of dental professionals at White & White provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including Six Month Smiles, general dentistry and porcelain veneers.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.relaxdental.com/about-us/our-doctors/ for more specifics on Drs. John Han’s services. Thanks for visiting our blog.


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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth in the 23113 zip code area? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

Such irregularities are usually simple to repair, reverse or bypass and with few exceptions a smart smile makeover move! Everyone in Midlothian wants a winning smile.

Call for a consultation today! 804-302-5592

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The relaxing staff at White & White have distinctive, professional experience dating back to 2004. Let them review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants when you need us. See http://www.relaxdental.com/about-us/our-doctors/ for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with us and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would equal the same results from the dentist? Affordable dentistry is available.

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth.

Smooth, consistent color
Straighter, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Get clear, easy answers about veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign braces, tooth implants, crowns and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, the cost of porcelain veneers, the cost of wisdom teeth removal, the price for Six Month Smiles, sedation dentistry or general dentistry – just ask the experts at White & White!



Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia