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5 Common Questions Patients Ask About Dental Care

It may not surprise you to know that most patients ask the same basic questions about their oral health. If you are curious about your smile, do not hesitate to talk to your dentist. Patient education is an important part of the job. Below, Dr. Russell W. Phillips, our experienced dentist in Washington, D.C., provides answers to the questions his patients most frequently ask. What You Want to Know About Your Oral Health 1.       Why should I visit the dentist  if I do not have tooth pain? Annual exams are critical for the early detection of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. It is possible to have these conditions without tooth pain. Regular dental cleanings are also necessary to keep decay and bacteria from harming the health of your smile. 2.       What is gum disease? Gum, or periodontal, disease is an infection caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. These bacteria are typically cleared away with routine oral care but if denta ...

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Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

With so many over the counter options available, why should you choose professional teeth whitening? Learn about the benefits here!

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Everything You Need to Know About TMD

TMJ pain or tooth grinding? Learn more about this condition and what we can do to help!

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The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

Keeping your oral health on track is critical for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Learn about preventive dentistry here!

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Fight Gum Disease with These 5 Foods

What you eat can have significant impact on your body's health and wellness. Check out our list of recommended smile-friendly foods!

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Invisalign® Vs. Traditional Braces

The choice to straighten your teeth is an exciting one with great benefits for your oral health and confidence. Ultimately, your doctor will let you know if you’re a candidate for traditional braces or Invisalign® in Washington, D.C.. The next step is to learn about your options. Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces aim to straighten teeth for optimal health and function, but they do so in very different ways! Getting Started Traditional braces consist of brackets that are fixed onto the teeth. Wires and rubber bands attach to the brackets to help with the straightening process. The brackets are offered in metal and tooth-colored ceramic, but the wire is metal. Invisalign offers clear plastic trays that are nearly invisible as they are custom fitted over the teeth. The trays are worn 20 to 22 hours per day, taken out for tasks like brushing teeth and eating. With traditional braces, taking out the braces is not an option. Thus, it is up to the patient wearing Invisalign to make sure to ...

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Tooth Extraction 101

Tooth extraction is a routine procedure, but the unknown can certainly be frightening. Learn what to expect and more here!

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Bone Grafting FAQ

Bone grafting is a common, safe procedure that can be beneficial for many dental patients. Learn how it can help prepare your smile for dental implants!

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4 Tips to a Healthy Mouth

Dr. Russell Phillips, an experienced dentist in Washington, D.C., provides four effective tips to improve your dental health. 

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Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you have a chronic toothache, you may need a root canal. Find out what that means in this blog post!

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8 Things You Should Know Before Getting Dental Implants

We know that choosing the right doctor to place your dental implant can be intimidating. We want to make choosing the right doctor for you as easy as possible! Complete the form below to download your FREE copy of the 8 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Dental Implant article.