Dental Anxiety Solutions in Midlothian VA

Some of our patients at White & White in Midlothian VA experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment.They aren’t alone: far from it. As many as one of every four adult Americans cope with dental anxiety, to one degree or another.

It’s a serious matter, because it might keep you from seeing us every six months for a cleaning and checkup. We encourage brushing and flossing at home, but that alone isn’t enough.

The causes of dental anxiety are diverse: the fear of pain, a fear of injections, and the sense of loss of control are some of the more common. Whatever might be causing,though, we have several types of sedation dentistry that can get most dental anxiety patients through their appointment.

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It may or may not make you laugh, but it will put you in a state of relaxation. Most many patients, it’s enough to overcome their anxiety.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation involves taking a sedative about an hour before the scheduled procedure. It acts quickly, is very effective, and has virtually no side effects. You won’t be asleep, but you won’t be aware of most of what’s going on. You’ll need a ride home when it’s over.
  • IV Sedation is administered intravenously. It won’t put you to sleep, either, but will make you very drowsy. As with oral conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home.

If you have avoided the dentist due to dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for. White & White, in Midlothian VA, also provides general and family dentistry, and is a mercury free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

No Worries: Root Canals in Midllothian VA

 

There are two words that can strike fear into the stoutest of hearts: root canal. But at White & White in Midlothian VA, root canals are performed with the patient’s comfort uppermost in mind.

A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of a tooth. It becomes necessary when a cavity infects a tooth’s interior, which can cause a whole lot of pain.

The technical word for a root canal is endodontic therapy. In short, it works like this: after an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. What remains is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.

No one likes going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have the reputation of being painful. We have sedation dentistry for those who need it, including IV sedation. It won’t put you completely to sleep, but will make you feel much more at ease. (You’ll need a ride home afterward.)

In addition to root canals, White & White in Midlothian VA offers general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and other services.  Call today to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

15 Things About Teeth, From Your Midlothian Dentist

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This won’t surprise you: at White & White in Midlothian VA, teeth are our business. We’re dentists, after all. We’ve come to have a deep appreciation for teeth, and would like to share some lesser-known facts about them.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can still get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as important as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of tooth decay.
  5. Some home tap water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay.
  7. Heartburn can be bad for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) can partially regenerate.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth (!!).
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss, even if no decay is present.

We could go on. At White & White in Midlothian, we understand that teeth are living organisms with a complex supply of nerves and blood vessels. And that’s why, as dentists, we urge our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We provide general and family dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Preventive Dentistry For Dental Health in Midlothian VA

tooth decay pictures at http://www.relaxdental.com/ Are you a parent of young children? Do you want them to have better oral hygiene habits than you did when you were young? Many adults have a mouth full of fillings and want to start their kids on a road to better dental health. At White & White in Midlothian VA, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care.

Patients of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, we’ll establish a prevention plan just for you.

A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. It involves affordable preventative services, twice-yearly exams, and professional cleanings that help prevent a multitude of serious dental issues.

Dental health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing is essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body, not just your teeth.

At White & White in Midlothian VA, the dental health of our patients is our primary concern. If you suspect you have a cavity or some other issue, call us before it gets worse. We provide general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and are a mercury-free practice.

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Keep Kids Smiling! Dental Health in Midlothian VA

Dentistry For Child White & White in Midlothian serves patients of all ages with general and family dentistry. Our relaxing staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

We Pamper Our Youngest Patients

Being extra gentle with our young patients is important. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the examination room. We make sure they understand which procedures are required and answer their questions.

Children’s dentistry requires more than just comfort, however. Drs. Pranee White and John Han understand how children’s dentistry differs from the treatment for older patients. If you have questions about any of our procedures, please feel free to call and set up a consultation.

The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their child to a dentist when their first tooth appears, usually around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits early, and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce essential oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

In addition to children’s dentistry, White & White offers:

We are currently accepting new patients of all ages. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

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.

Swish.
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.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

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.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

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!

Gentle Dentists – Beautiful Results

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Bad Breath Q & A

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We’re 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!

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

Do You Have Xerostomia?

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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