As with most professions, dentistry comes with its own terminology. An understanding of basic terms can be very helpful when you and I are discussing your oral and dental health. As your Leesburg dentist, I want to make sure you comprehend any course of treatment that is recommended. With this in mind, I’d like to define 7 common dental terms.
Groy Family Dentistry Blog
January 11, 2018
December 17, 2017
Fighting tooth decay is a constant and challenging battle for everyone, but especially for children. Just like adults, kids have millions of oral bacteria that can lead to cavities. Moreover, those little hands can have a tough time brushing and flossing their teeth well. Therefore, as your dentist in Leesburg, I like to routinely apply dental sealants. But children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from these protective coatings. If you are prone to tooth decay, then I may suggest that you have sealants, too.
November 11, 2017
I don’t need to tell you that you are what you eat. You already know that what you put in your mouth affects the condition of your body. For example, you can have chips and dip or veggie sticks and hummus for a snack. You can choose to smoke… or not. These choices matter to your overall health. But did you also know that just the condition of your mouth plays a direct role in the health of your body? As your dentist in Leesburg, I want to help you have a healthy mouth so you can also enjoy the benefits of good general health. Read on to learn more about the connection between oral and overall health.
October 11, 2017
Before you see your baby’s precious smile, those little white teeth must break through the gums. This process, called teething, can cause soreness and swelling—not a happy situation for you or your child. Fortunately, I can give you a few ideas on how to ease your baby’s discomfort until the tooth breaks the skin. Read on to learn the signs of teething, when teething starts and what you can do to help.
September 15, 2017
Has this ever happened to you? You’re enjoying a meal and then all of the sudden as you’re chewing you bite down on the inside of your lip or cheek. Within hours, you have a canker sore. Most of the time, this type of mouth sore will heal on its own in a few days. But there are other types that can be persistent. Read on to find out about the different kinds of mouth sores and what can be done to prevent and treat them.
August 7, 2017
Sucking is literally a life-sustaining force when a baby is born. That impulse to suck is what allows an infant to nurse or have a bottle. Thumb sucking by extension can also be a way that babies self-soothe when they are fussy, tired or bored. However, if thumb sucking or the use of a pacifier continues beyond the ages of two to four, then it can lead to dental problems. As your Leesburg family dentist, I’d like to help you help your child break the habit. Please read on to learn about the consequences of long-term thumb sucking and how to help your child stop.
July 21, 2017
Do you remember the name of your very first dentist? Here’s a hint: it wasn’t me. Chances are you called your first dentist Mommy or Daddy. Now that you’re a parent, it’s your job to make sure your children’s smiles are as healthy as they are adorable. Of course, my staff and I are here to help you in every way we can. Think of us as the family dentist in Leesburg that loves taking care of kids’ smiles. Please read on to learn about how you and I can make sure their teeth and gums are healthy.
April 30, 2017
Whether you and your family are currently part of a dental plan or you are in the market for insurance, selecting an in-network dentist can be beneficial to your smile and your budget. As an in-network provider with Delta Dental and Blue Cross Blue Shield, Leesburg dentist Dr. Groy provides a comprehensive menu of covered preventive and restorative services. Read on to find out more about the advantages of seeing a dentist that is in-network on your dental insurance plan.
April 17, 2017
If you’ve ever had a toothache, then I don’t need to tell you how painful one can be. Depending on the severity, you may be unable to work or sleep. What causes a toothache? There are a number of possibilities. For example, people with gum disease often experience pain, especially if the disease is advanced. Other times, the discomfort is what’s known as referred pain from a sinus infection that can make the teeth along your upper arch ache. But the most common reason is linked to the nerve that is deep inside a tooth. In this case, the pain is often unbearable and endodontic care or a root canal is required.
February 21, 2017
During the last 20 years, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. What started out as means of remedying tooth discoloration due to traumatic injury or endodontic therapy, has changed as a result of dentist-prescribed, in-office and home-applied bleaching. Read on to find out more about this burgeoning component of dentistry.