Archive for August, 2011

Oral Care and Cancer Treatment

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

When you have cancer, the treatment to save your life can also create other health issues. Both chemotherapy and radiation can produce negative results in your mouth. Though these treatments are designed to eradicate the disease, the therapies also affect healthy areas in your body. Understanding the problems and taking a proactive approach can help you protect your smile and win the fight against cancer.

See your dentist first
Before you start chemotherapy, visit your dentist for a thorough checkup. This way, the hygienist can perform a cleaning to get your teeth and gums in top shape. Additionally, your dentist can handle any repairs, such as fillings or crowns, before your treatment begins.

Form a partnership
Make sure your dentist and oncologist work together. Keep them both informed about how your mouth responds to treatment so that they can coordinate your care if complications arise relating to your oral health.

Take care of your mouth
Following consistent home care practices are particularly important during chemotherapy. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will keep your mouth healthy.

Watch what you eat
Certain acidic foods, spicy dishes, and anything with sharp edges can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth. Avoiding these options during chemo will prevent extra discomfort.

Mention any problems
Some patients experience side effects from the medication, such as ulcers, vomiting, bleeding, or dry mouth. These issues can contribute to oral concerns like tooth decay or gum disease. To combat any problems, your dentist may suggest special rinses or fluoride applications.

We care about your oral health at Richmond, VA dental office – Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Over time, daily life can take a toll on your smile. Decay, breakage, disease, and missing teeth can negatively affect your mouth. Restorative dentistry focuses on repairing damage and renewing the integrity of your smile. With today’s advanced technology and high-quality materials, you can enjoy strong, attractive restorations. Don’t put off necessary dental work any longer.

Common restorative procedures include:

Composite fillings
To repair teeth damaged brought on by decay, your dentist will likely choose an all-white filling. Tooth-colored fillings produce solids restorations that blend in with your natural teeth and allow for less removal of healthy tooth structure.

Dental Crowns
When you have a larger area of decay than a regular filling can fix, your dentist may suggest a dental crown. Also called a cap, a dental crown covers the area above the gum line, re-establishing the strength and appearance of the injured tooth. Usually, it takes two visits to receive your custom crown. During the first appointment, your dentist will remove the decay, take impressions for the crown, and fit you with a temporary. You will return for permanent placement a few weeks later.

If you have lost teeth, your oral health and self-esteem may suffer. Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth, giving you back a complete smile. Implants include a metal post that functions as an artificial tooth root and a prosthetic crown that is cemented on top to complete the restoration.

Porcelain Veneers
Often considered a cosmetic choice, porcelain veneers can also cover chipped or broken teeth. Made from fine dental porcelain, veneers are permanently attached to front teeth, creating a flawless image. Your dentist will select the right veneers to fit your features, personality, and budget.

We can give you a reason to smile at Brown, Reynolds & Snow for your cosmetic dental needs. Richmond Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Questions and Answers about Halitosis

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Also known as bad breath, halitosis can negatively impact your personal and professional life. In some cases, people don’t even realize they have an issue. Though dealing with bad breath can be frustrating, your dentist can help you find a solution to correct the problem. Learn more about halitosis with the following Q and A.

What causes bad breath?

A variety of factors can contribute to halitosis. Sometimes, we eat pungent foods like garlic and onions that create short-term issues with bad breath. Chronic halitosis usually occurs because of an underlying problem such as gum disease, certain medical conditions, poor oral hygiene, or tobacco use.

What can I do about halitosis?

To successfully deal with bad breath, you need to address the root cause. For instance, you need to brush and floss regularly to keep your oral health on track. If you have gum disease, your dentist can recommend therapy to stop damage and restore your smile. Increase fluid intake and try sugarless gum if you suffer from dry mouth.

Where can I find products that help with halitosis?

Professional treatment for bad breath can only come from a dentist. After a thorough exam, your doctor can decide on the right product to help combat your problem. Stay away from over-the-counter mouthwashes or breath mints because these products actually dry out your mouth, which can make halitosis worse.

We care about your dental health at our Richmond, VA dental office – Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry.

Jazz Up Your Smile For the Fall

Monday, August 15th, 2011

As the summer weather makes way for cool autumn days, many people are preparing for the beginning of school and the end of vacation. To welcome in the change of seasons, consider giving some attention to your smile. Talk with your dentist about the variety of options available to renew your radiant image, including:

Checkups and Cleanings

If you haven’t been to the dentist recently, now is the prefect time to schedule that appointment. At this visit, the hygienist will remove tartar build up and polish your teeth so that they feel clean and look great. Your dentist will also perform a complete exam to make sure your teeth and gums are in good condition.

Restorative Procedures

Often, people put off necessary repairs and their smiles suffer. Not only will you feel self-conscious about your appearance, but leaving issues untreated can cause more problems, resulting in additional expenses and more time in the dental chair for you. Tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns will strength teeth and keep your smile looking beautiful.

Teeth Whitening

Enjoy a more youthful glow with professional teeth whitening. Both in-office Zoom Advanced teeth whitening and at-home custom whitening trays can remove stains and lighten teeth up to 10 shades. Friends and family won’t believe your dazzling smile.


To achieve a straight, flawless smile, consider Invisalign clear braces. Using a series of custom, acrylic trays, Invisalign moves teeth into the optimal position. Virtually imperceptible, the Invisalign aligners allow you to enhance your smile without compromising your mature image.

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