Dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition that can lead to chronic bad breath and an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, adequate saliva production is vital for good oral health — the substance washes away the acids and bacteria that cause dental problems, and it also balances the pH level in the mouth and aids in digestion. There are several factors influencing the amount of saliva your mouth produces. Your dentist in Leesburg lists some of the most common causes of dry mouth below.
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January 6, 2016
Dr. David S. Groy and his Leesburg, VA team are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles. By emphasizing preventive dental checkups twice a year rather than responsive appointments made after pain or damage, we help patients take steps toward optimal oral health. However, even the best dental treatment plan won’t succeed unless patients’ at home care is up to par. Making sure you’re brushing and flossing properly may just be the difference between keeping your natural smile for life and trying on a pair of prosthetic teeth. Keep reading to find out more about proper brushing and flossing, or contact our team to find out more today.
December 9, 2015
Congratulations! Whether you are expecting your first child or your fifth, Dr. David S. Groy and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants in Leesburg, VA, want to wish you a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy. Actually, by continuing to see Dr. Groy regularly, we can help you and your baby. In addition to your visits to the obstetrician, planning the nursery and adjusting to the idea of motherhood, dental checkups are an important component of maintaining your health during these very special nine months.
November 17, 2015
These days, pretty much everyone knows what foods are good for the body. Whether we eat them or not, we’re aware that fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products keep us feeling energetic and looking our best. But what about when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy? There are some nutritional guidelines to keep in mind at the grocery store and in front of the pantry for optimal oral health, too. Your Leesburg dentist, Dr. David S. Groy, is here to help advise you on the best foods to eat for a strong, healthy smile.
September 16, 2015
Dr. David S. Groy and his team are dedicated to educating young patients. By teaching great at-home care habits, our dental practice helps Leesburg area young people maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime. With early, consistent, preventive care, more patients than ever before are able to retain their natural teeth their entire lives.
August 6, 2015
It’s hard to believe, but estimates are that some 75 percent of American adults have some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Furthermore, for the many who don’t attend regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams, they may not even know they have this chronic condition which has been linked to other bodily ailments. So, for the sake of your oral health as well as your general health, Dr. David S. Groy and our team in Leesburg, VA, are dedicated to carefully assessing and monitoring the health of your gums.
July 9, 2015
Your mouth is the main gateway to the rest of your body. So, it should come as no surprise that the condition of your oral health affects your overall health. In fact, reliable research proves the oral-systemic connection and that several illnesses and diseases can result from poor oral hygiene. Therefore, the importance of taking care of your teeth, gums and oral health cannot be overstated. Leesburg dentist Dr. David S. Groy and his staff of dental hygienists and dental assistants are here to help you maintain your oral and general health.
First, what are some of the diseases and conditions linked to oral health? These include, but are not limited to:
Diabetes. Not only are people with type 2 diabetes more likely to have gum disease, but recent research shows that patients with periodontitis have an increased risk of developing diabetes as compared to people with little or no gum disease.
Heart disease. Once again, periodontal bacteria are the culprit. The “bad” bacteria that is associated with gum disease can enter your bloodstream, lodge inside blood vessels and lead to blockages, heart attack or even heart failure.
Low birth weight and pre-term deliveries. Several studies have found a link between gum disease, pre-term birth and low birth weight. In fact, one study concludes that women who develop periodontitis between 21 and 24 weeks gestation are four to seven times more likely to deliver before week 37.
Enjoying Good Oral and Overall Health
To avoid these and other health concerns, Dr. Groy recommends an effective at-home oral hygiene routine, as well as regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings. At least twice each day, brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line and brush in small circular motions. Be sure to brush the outside, inside and biting surface of each tooth, using a short back-and-forth motion. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too.
Finally, floss between your teeth at least once a day. Flossing helps to remove sticky plaque, which is where the bacteria that causes gum disease hides.
Call Our Office Today
In addition to brushing and flossing at home, Leesburg family dentist Dr. Groy recommends twice yearly dental checkups at which we’ll clean your teeth, remove plaque and tartar, assess the health of your gums, check for tooth decay and conduct an oral cancer screening. Our state-of-the-art dental practice welcomes patients from Leesburg, VA, and the surrounding areas, including Middleburg, Lovettsville, Hamilton, Ashburn, Purcellville, and beyond.
June 9, 2015
Ah, summer. That time of year when the pace slows a bit and you plan some fun activities for you and your family. And there’s so much to do in and around Leesburg, VA—take the kids to Leesburg Animal Park, tour Outlands Historic House & Garden, relive a piece of history at Ball’s Bluff Battlefield or drive into D.C. to visit one of the Smithsonian Museums or enjoy a Nationals game. Whatever you do, there are sure to be lots of smiles this summer and lots of photo opportunities. You can be certain that your smile is always camera ready with teeth whitening from Groy Family Dentistry.
If your teeth are stained or discolored, then you can count yourself among millions of Americans. Maintaining perfectly white teeth is no easy task considering all of the things that can darken teeth:
- The foods and beverages we love, such as chocolate, tomatoes, carrots, coffee, tea and red wine to name only a few
- Micro-thin cracks that hide stain-causing food particles
- Teeth grinding and clenching, which can darken the biting surfaces of your teeth
- Certain medications, such as the antibiotic tetracycline
- Your genetic predisposition to teeth that are more yellow, brown or gray in color
- The unavoidable aging process
Two Types of Teeth Whitening Systems
At Groy Family Dentistry we offer two types of teeth whitening systems, one of which is certain to accommodate your needs and schedule. For the fastest results in the least amount of time, there’s in-office teeth whitening. In this case, we apply gel that will be absorbed deep into your teeth to remove stains. After about only one hour, you’ll look in the mirror and see a new smile that is several shades whiter and brighter.
If squeezing one more appointment into your schedule just doesn’t seem possible, then we can give you one of our take-home whitening kits. You’ll receive custom-fitted mouth trays and whitening gel. All you have to do is fill the trays with gel and wear them according to Dr. Groy’s instructions. You may begin to see results after the first application, but the most dazzling smile will likely appear in two weeks.
Call Our Office Today
If you’d like to learn more about the cosmetic dentist Leesburg turns to for teeth whitening, then call Dr. David S. Groy. Our state-of-the-art dental practice gladly welcomes patients from Leesburg, VA, and the surrounding areas, including Middleburg, Lovettsville, Hamilton, Ashburn, Purcellville, and beyond.
May 9, 2015
Have you ever had an emergency that happened at just the right time? Of course not. By definition, emergencies happen unexpectedly. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for an emergency, dental or otherwise. One way to help prepare for dental emergencies is to have a dentist who is available beyond the hours of 9 to 5. This is where Dr. David S. Groy and the team at Groy Family Dentistry in Leesburg, VA, can help.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency—and basically that includes any problem that necessitates urgent care in order to save a tooth, to stop continuous tissue bleeding or to relieve serious pain—then call our office at 703-777-5600. We will assess your emergency over the phone, provide guidance and determine the best course of action. If necessary, we will try to see you in the office as soon as possible. If your emergency happens after regular business hours, then call the same number and you will be given a phone number to contact us directly.
Emergency Dental Care for Your Family
When people think of a dental emergency, the first situation that may come to mind is a knocked out tooth. And while that certainly is serious (did you know that you stand a better chance of saving a tooth that’s been knocked out if you see a dentist within 30 minutes?), the far more common emergency is a toothache. Not all toothaches are serious. Try to think back—did you bite down on something hard recently? If so, then your tooth may simply be irritated and need time to recover. If you can’t recall eating something hard, or if the pain is getting worse, then it’s time to call Dr. Groy.
Decay, infection and traumatic injury are the most common causes of tooth pain. In the case of infection, seeing Dr. Groy as soon as possible is important, so that he can examine the tooth and determine whether or not root canal therapy is necessary. Left untreated, an infected tooth can develop an abscess and actually become a life-threatening condition.
For any toothache, be alert to the following symptoms that indicate you should call our office:
- Pain when you chew
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Bleeding or another kind of discharge from around a tooth or your gums
- Swollen tissue around a tooth or near your jaw
- Obvious injury to the area
Other dental emergencies that warrant a phone call to Groy Family Dentistry include:
- A loose tooth or a tooth that is suddenly out of alignment
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A tear, laceration or puncture wound to your lips, cheek, mouth or tongue.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re looking for a dentist in Leesburg, VA, who has the expertise and skill to care for your entire family, contact our office today to schedule a dental hygiene appointment, emergency treatment or a consultation about any of our oral health options. Your comfort and care are our top priority. We genuinely look forward to serving you in our state-of-the-art dental practice. We welcome patients from Leesburg, VA, and the surrounding areas, including Middleburg, Lovettsville, Hamilton, Ashburn, Purcellville, and beyond.
April 9, 2015
While tooth enamel is the strongest natural substance in the human body, it is still susceptible to damage caused by acid-producing bacteria. When these bacteria are allowed to reach the inner chambers of a tooth’s roots, the results may be exceptionally painful and detrimental to your everyday quality of life. At Groy Family Dentistry, our team offers an extensive range of general and restorative dentistry solutions, including root canal therapy for the treatment of this type of infection.
How Do I Know if I Need Root Canal Treatment?
When the sensitive nerves within a tooth’s root become infected, repairing the damage as soon as possible is of vital importance. This is because an untreated root canal infection can lead to a variety of even more severe oral health consequences, including the loss of the tooth itself. While a thorough exam and x-ray with our team is the only definitive way to diagnose an infection of this nature, there are some symptoms you can look out for between visits to our office. These include:
- Severe pain or pressure in a localized area
- Sensitivity to touch
- Persistent throbbing
- Pain in the presence of heat or cold
- The tooth gradually changes color (usually to a dull gray)
- Swelling in the gums
- A recurring pimple on the gums near a particular tooth
Root canal therapy is performed in order to preserve your natural teeth and to alleviate the painful symptoms associated with infection. Thanks to today’s advanced dental technology, it is now possible to perform a root canal treatment in a way that results in no more discomfort than a common filling.
Schedule Your Next Visit Today
If you are suffering from the many undesirable effects of a root canal infection, don’t spend another day in pain. Contact our office in Leesburg, VA today, and schedule your consultation with our skilled and highly trained team. We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that specifically addresses your unique needs, always keeping your comfort at the forefront of our minds. We genuinely look forward to serving you! Our state-of-the-art dental practice happily welcomes patients from Leesburg, VA and the surrounding areas, including Middleburg, Lovettsville, Hamilton, Ashburn, Purcellville, and beyond.