Bad Breath Treatment Richmond

Most dental patients in the Richmond and Midlothian area know that they can go to their local dentist for toothaches, cleanings, and bleeding gums (not to mention cosmetic dentistry procedures such as a smile makeover), but there are some lesser-known oral concerns that your Bon Air dentist can also help you with.

Dry mouth, technically called xerostomia, is caused by a lack of saliva and can be quite uncomfortable. It also predisposes Virginia dental patients to a host of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. There are some treatments, but a lot of Midlothian residents experience dry mouth because of certain medications or diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.

Bad breath is usually a result of bacteria build-up in the mouth, and regular trips to your Richmond dentist can help you keep your mouth clean and the bacteria count within a sweet-smelling range. But, if you have good oral hygiene and regular check-ups and cleanings, then your dentist will be crucial in helping you discover the source of your halitosis.

Jaw clicking and jaw discomfort are symptoms you should have checked with your dentist immediately as they can be a signs of serious oral issues.

We want our patients to come to us with all of their oral concerns. The friendly staff here at White & White would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about the ailments mentioned above, as well as questions about teeth whitening and Bon Air dental implants. We would love to hear from you today!

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Dental Sealants - Cavity Prevention In Bon Air

Dental patients in the Bon Air, Midlothian, and Bon Air areas know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied by your Richmond dentist. This material is a resin that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

Many Midlothian residents might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can actually be beneficial for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, speak with your Bon Air dentist. This simple dental procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

Many Virginia dental insurance providers include dental sealants as a covered benefit, so check with your provider if you are considering them. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about financing options. Because they can prevent cavities, dental sealants can save you money in the long run.

We’re Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and Darrell Guttery, an experienced Midlothian dentist. Thank you for visiting my dental blog. At our office we serve the Richmond area by offering:

Six Month Smiles
general dentistry
porcelain veneers
sedation dentistry
wisdom teeth removal

If you have any questions about these or other cosmetic dental procedures, call us today at 804-302-5592 to schedule a consultation.  Our relaxing staff would be happy to assist you.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

general dentistry Midlothian

What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and a tossed salad? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging footpath? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are looking good? If you pictured a white, healthy smile or a dental x-ray showing no tooth decay, we salute you.

At White & White, we urge everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done correctly and consistently, brushing and flossing are a fundamental component of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft bristled toothbrush to safeguard your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes and be certain you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is required for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Midlothian stores, so experiment until find one you like.

We’re Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han of White & White. As healthcare providers, we are passionate about helping each of our patients benefit from oral health and avoid tooth and gum problems that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers deliver cosmetic procedures, we also provide services that improve the esthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call White & White today at 804-302-5592 or visit https://www.relaxdental.com/about-us/our-doctors/.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Educating Midlothian Dental Patients About Little-Known Risks Hi! We’re Drs. J. Scott White DDS, Pranee White DDS, and John Han, DMD. Most every day, we can be found at our Midlothian dental practice treating dental patients with tooth and gum problems or helping patients prevent them. There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to oral health.

1) Midlothian diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk. My number is 804-302-5592.

2) A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many medications used by thousands of Bon Air and Midlothian folks, including those for high-blood pressure and depression, cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. Anti-depressants (especially SSRI’s) and anti-psychotic drugs can also trigger tooth-grinding (bruxism).

3) Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

We help many Bon Air dental patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that sometimes seem unrelated to dental health. Regular professional dental care is essential for oral health, and an important part of your overall physical health.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Periodontal Disease in Virginia Though most Virginia residents are fairly health-conscious, periodontal disease is more common than you might think. At White & White, we see patients with gum disease every day. Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until our team diagnoses it. Fortunately, it can be treated with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.

What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, more commonly called ‘gum disease’, is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss. When caught early and treated, periodontal disease can be managed and, ultimately, cured. However the best policy for Virginia dental patients is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.

One of the best ways to avoid periodontal disease is to get a regular dental check up at your local Midlothian dentist. If you don’t have a dentist, give us a call at 804-302-5592 to schedule a dental check-up and cleaning. Don’t take the risk of allowing existing dental problems like gum disease to progress. At White & White, we are committed to to the highest standard of dental care and patient satisfaction.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Preventing Tooth Decay in Virginia In Virginia, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affects adults. White & White serves people of all ages to help fight tooth decay.

Bacteria is a common cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed frequently throughout the day, tooth decay can result. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to stay around for a while and create an environment where bacteria thrive.

To help prevent tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your local Midlothian dentist in Virginia for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

Hello, we are J. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han. Our practice, White & White, is located at 1690 Huguenot Rd Midlothian, Virginia.- J. Scott White, Pranee White, & John Han

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Wisdom Teeth And Your Midlothian Dentist Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars (grinding teeth) to erupt from the gum. They usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. Not all people develop these teeth while some have from one to four.

Though some Midlothian dental patients never experience any problems with these extra molars, many times wisdom teeth can create serious dental complications. If the wisdom teeth do not have the room to develop and erupt normally, they are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth may never emerge from the bone and gum, emerge only partially, or come in sideways.

Impacted teeth can damage the adjacent molar, cause infection or trigger gum disease. Sometimes these problems cause no noticeable symptoms for a period of time. To prevent these serious complications, wisdom teeth are often removed.

Wisdom teeth symptoms include pain when opening mouth, gum swelling, bad breath, and pain when chewing. These indicators can be constant or intermittent.

To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction, call 804-302-5592 to schedule an exam at White & White. Our relaxing dental team can recommend the best course of treatment.

White & White provides comprehensive dental care for Richmond area families since 2004.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

orthodontics Midlothian

Midlothian parents want what’s best for their youth, but some can’t always provide everything their children need when the family budget is tight. If your child has crooked teeth and you are on the fence about braces, we encourage you to read this post.

1. A beautiful smile with straight teeth boosts your child’s self-esteem.

Young children with crooked teeth may not notice that anything is wrong, but eventually they will realize that their teeth don’t look right. Straight teeth make the whole face more pleasing and attractive. If your child is self-conscious about an unattractive smile, he or she will be reluctant to smile. A serious demeanor could affect the way he or she is treated by peers.

2. Crooked teeth can affect the bite.

If you suspect that your child’s bite is not aligned, we invite you to make an appointment with White & White. Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and Darrell Guttery can evaluate your child’s bite and make recommendations to see a specialist if necessary.

3. Crooked teeth can affect normal speech development.

4. Correcting a child’s teeth with orthodontia is faster and easier when the jaw is young and flexible.

5. Crooked teeth can curtail your child’s power to eat a healthy diet.

Misaligned teeth can make chewing and eating difficult. Children need a variety of foods but may miss out on important nutrients if they can’t chew raw vegetables or meat, for example. If your child only eats soft foods, his/her jaw may not develop normal size and strength.

6. Misaligned teeth can damage the gums and underlying bone.

7. If crooked teeth cause malocclusion (bad bite), troubles with TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) can result.

TMD is a detrimental condition affecting the jaw joint.

8. It’s easier to clean teeth when they are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes challenging to make vital daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, troubles with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease commonly result.

9. If the child’s crooked teeth are not fixed while they are young, the issues may compound and become worse with age.

Severely crooked teeth ordinarily affect health and quality of life. For example, chewing issues can lead to ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

10. There are many new types of braces.

Ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual (invisible) braces are some of the new orthodontia options. In some circumstances, invisible braces can be just as effective at adjusting teeth as the traditional type.

To find out if your child needs braces, schedule a consultation at White & White by calling 804-302-5592.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

do I need a root canal Midlothian

Since our teeth don’t ‘grow’ and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy.

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow issues? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

Your dentist can complete root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if needed. During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build up and beautiful and functional crown.

Root canals frequently last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth? It is vital to speak with Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and Darrell Guttery of White & White immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

In addition to endodontic therapy, at White & White we are dedicated to relaxing general and cosmetic dentistry. You can count on White & White for: porcelain veneers, wisdom teeth removal, Six Month Smiles, and sedation dentistry.

Gentle Dentists – Beautiful Results

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Flossing Richmond

Most Midlothian men and women know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The value of this simple yet critical exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again. But does fear have to play a role in Richmond’s commitment to the practice?

Flossing offers a chance to remove bits and pieces that a toothbrush will undoubtedly miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may still not compel Midlothian folks to floss regularly. The fear of gingivitis and gum disease or crowns and fillings from cavities work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit between teeth cleanings.

At White & White in Midlothian, we encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh just as showering and dressing for the day is a positive way to increase motivation and initiate flossing into your established routine. Flossing can be a positive opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet. Living in health-conscious communities such as Bon Air, Midlothian, or Bon Air can also help motivate you to floss regularly. The fresh air you breath on a short walk will feel smooth as your run your tongue along the ridges of your teeth near the gums.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call us at: 804-302-5592 The relaxing dental staff at White & White knows that flossing can be a concern for their Midlothian dental patients and a brightened patient is always better than a frightened one. At White & White, we offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make a cosmetic dental appointment today to consider whether Six Month Smiles can lighten your look, general dentistry can influence your flair, and wisdom teeth removal or sedation dentistry can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it a phenomenal experience!

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113