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Why Straight Teeth Are Actually Healthier Jun 1st, 2022

Have you always wanted straighter teeth? Do you hesitate to open your mouth all the way to flash a big smile in photos?  Our board-certified general and cosmetic dentists at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, can answer your questions about modern techniques for straightening teeth.  We examine your teeth and...

Teeth Whitening: The Quickest Way to Look Instantly Younger May 1st, 2022

As we age, so does the appearance of our teeth. They start to yellow and, as a result, look unhealthy. There is no shortage of over-the-counter products promising to brighten your smile. But the truth is, none are as effective and efficient as a professional teeth whitening service from your...

What Is Tongue Scraping and Should You Be Doing It? Apr 4th, 2022

Tongue scraping is a quick and painless technique used to remove bacteria and food debris from the surface of your tongue. While this practice has been used for centuries, it’s attracted renewed interest as a natural way to combat bad breath and maintain a healthier mouth. While tongue scraping can...

Not Your Grandpa’s Dentures: These Prosthetics Have Come a Long Way Mar 1st, 2022

When you think of dentures, do you picture the classic children’s wind-up toy of chattering teeth? If so, then perhaps you need a quick primer on the many advances in these prosthetics. Although dentures have always been a careful equation of function and form, today’s dentures may leave you guessing...

What Causes Teeth Sensitivity and What You Can Do About It Feb 1st, 2022

Having sensitive teeth is a very common issue. However, experts aren’t completely sure how many people have the problem because people who don’t think it can be fixed don’t seek help.  You should know that there are treatments for sensitive teeth, and the expert providers at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic...

The Benefits of All-on-4® Dental Implants Jan 1st, 2022

You’ve lost your teeth. You may have had gum disease; that alone accounts for 70% of tooth loss. Other causes of tooth loss include severe decay, trauma from an accident, or a secondary result of a disease like diabetes.  Whether you’re missing your upper teeth, your lower teeth, or all...

7 Tips for Preventing Bad Breath This Holiday Season Dec 1st, 2021

Mouth-watering food is an integral part of holiday festivities. But some of those enticing offerings ⸺ think garlic mashed potatoes —— can also give you off-putting breath.  Dr. Haidy Messih and Dr. Basma Armanious of Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, in Leesburg, Virginia, have your back. Here she offers seven...

Are You Brushing Your Teeth All Wrong? Nov 1st, 2021

If you brush your teeth twice a day as recommended, you should be off to a good start to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Or so you assume. In reality, improper brushing techniques can thwart the benefits of your well-intentioned efforts. Poor habits like brushing too hard, using the wrong...

Does Getting a Dental Implant Hurt? Oct 1st, 2021

When you have one or more missing teeth, your oral health is affected in ways that might surprise you. For example, did you know that when you’re missing a tooth, the surrounding teeth can shift and move into the empty space? If that happens, your bite may be affected and...

Is Dental Bonding Right for You? What You Need to Know Sep 1st, 2021

Are your teeth chipped? Do your broken or cracked teeth make you feel self-conscious? Does tooth damage or tooth discoloration lead you to hide your smile? If so, dental bonding offers you a convenient, effective, cost-efficient way to repair imperfect teeth and brighten your smile. Here at Loudoun Family and...

Learn All the Ways Veneers Can Enhance Your Smile Aug 5th, 2021

Veneers are an easy, low-cost way to fix a number of tooth imperfections while enhancing your smile and your oral health, boosting your self-esteem in the process. At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, located in Leesburg, Virginia, Dr. Haidy Messih and Dr. Basma Armanious offer the latest in cosmetic dentistry...

Crowns and Bridges: All Your Questions Answered Jul 18th, 2021

Tired of looking in the mirror and seeing damaged teeth or spaces where tooth loss has left gaps? A little dentistry can go a long way to giving you your smile back. At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, Drs. Haidy Messih and Basma Armanious provide restorative dental...

I Broke My Tooth: What Should I Do? Jun 21st, 2021

If you break a tooth when biting a hard object, during sports play, or because of another accident, act quickly. Even if it seems like a minor chip or crack, you should get it looked at by a qualified emergency dental team like those found at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic...

Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant? May 6th, 2021

Tooth loss is common, with about 180 million Americans missing at least one tooth. About 40 million of them have no natural teeth at all. The spaces left behind can cause a range of oral health issues, from tooth decay to problems with the mechanics of biting, chewing, and talking. ...

5 Reasons to Invest in Professional Teeth Whitening Apr 14th, 2021

Approximately one out of every four people hate to smile because they’re not happy with their teeth. While there are many reasons you might not love your smile, yellow teeth is one of the top complaints. Our dentists Haidy Messih, DDS, and Basma Armanious, DMD, at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic...

Get Straight Teeth at Any Age With Invisalign® Mar 11th, 2021

A brilliant, sparkling smile is highly desirable. Unfortunately, few people are born with perfectly straight teeth. Issues such as crooked or crowded teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. Crooked teeth cause excess wear on the teeth and gums, as well as jaw misalignment that can lead to even...

Foods that Promote Clean, Healthy Teeth Feb 9th, 2021

The importance of a healthy diet is well-documented. From the saying “you are what you eat” to the clinically documented effects of a nutrient-rich diet compared to nutrient-deficient foods, it’s hard to find a website, blog, or magazine that doesn’t include information about what to eat. While many of these...

How to Handle the Most Common Dental Emergencies En Route to Our Office Jan 1st, 2021

No one wants to find themselves dealing with a chipped tooth, severe toothache, lost crown, or some other unanticipated dental emergency. But when it happens, there’s nothing better than having excellent on-the-spot emergency dental care nearby, and there’s nothing more important than knowing exactly what self-care measures you should take...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Dec 1st, 2020

Are you missing some or all of your teeth, but don’t feel ready to commit to dental implants? You’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million people have lost all their teeth. And these numbers...

Why Replacing a Missing Tooth Isn't Just a Cosmetic Need Nov 3rd, 2020

If you have a cracked or missing tooth, your problems go beyond just cosmetic surface-level concerns. If left untreated, a cracked or missing tooth can become the source of major whole-body health problems, in addition to making you feel insecure about your smile.  At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in...

The Dangers of Ignoring Sleep Apnea Oct 1st, 2020

That raspy, guttural sound you make when you’re sleeping isn’t just irritating to your partner and anyone else in the vicinity who’s trying to catch some zzzs. Snoring is often the first noticeable symptom of a potentially life-threatening condition called sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you don’t just...

Dental Implants: Why They are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth Sep 7th, 2020

When you think about missing teeth, your initial thoughts are probably about your smile. But, your teeth play a bigger role than that. If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth, Haidy Messih, DDS at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry recommends replacing them with dental implants. Why? Because no...

How to Keep Your Smile Bright After Teeth Whitening Aug 6th, 2020

More than 14% of Americans have had professional teeth-whitening treatments, which explains why it’s such a popular cosmetic dental procedure at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, here in Leesburg, Virginia.  And why not invest in your smile? It’s one of the first things other people notice about you. Even better...

5 Amazing Benefits of Invisalign® Jul 16th, 2020

Over 8 million people have used Invisalign® to correct their smiles — is it time for you to do the same? Whether you have an abnormal bite (the way your teeth come together when you close your mouth), overcrowded teeth, gaps between teeth, or other dental imperfections, Invisalign could be...

Invisalign Care: The Do’s and Don’ts Dec 25th, 2019

Invisalign is a particular brand of clear aligner that straightens the teeth without the hassles associated with the traditional approach. To make this possible, instead of using metal components, Invisalign utilizes clear thermoplastic material that is custom molded into trays that fit over the teeth. The good news is, thanks...

Why Should You Choose Porcelain Veneers? Nov 24th, 2019

Are you looking for a dental treatment that can address several dental issues without needing an extensive procedure? Here at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer porcelain veneers! These are a popular option for those individuals with chipped, misshapen, or gapped teeth. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of...

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Regular Dental Checkup Oct 25th, 2019

It may not seem like a big deal to skip a dental checkup. However, issues in your oral health can develop and quickly progress whether you notice it or not. You are not doing yourself a favor by skipping a dental checkup you’ve always dreaded. Remember to diligently go through...

Dental Fillings: What You Need to Know May 8th, 2019

Tooth decay is a dental health problem that frequently arises as a result of poor dental hygiene and a diet that is rich in sugar and sweetened beverages. A dental filling is used to seal the cavity and stop the decay from progressing further. The most common materials used for...

Dentistry for Seniors: What You Need to Know May 1st, 2019

It turns out that everything you learned about dental hygiene as a child still applies in your golden years. As a senior, you are at higher risk for many dental problems but it is still possible for you to keep your smile bright and healthy. After all, caring for your...

Top 3 Causes of Child Tooth Decay Apr 24th, 2019

It’s never too early to start caring about your child’s teeth. Starting them on a path to good oral healthy helps ensure that they’ll enjoy a bright, healthy smile when they’re older by reducing the risk of many dental problems later on. Of course, their road to protecting their pearly...

Methods To Whiten Your Teeth Apr 17th, 2019

Whiter teeth can improve your smile and appearance, so it’s no wonder that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options. Discoloration of teeth can be caused by the build-up of surface stains acquired from using tobacco products and consuming certain foods or drinks. Teeth whitening methods...

Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays? Apr 8th, 2019

Standard dental exams help ensure your oral health. A dental exam allows your dentist to give tips on minding to your teeth and to distinguish any issues early when they’re generally treatable. Standard dental exams are a critical piece of preventive health care. A dental exam, the dentist or hygienist...

What is Periodontal Disease and How to Prevent it? Mar 18th, 2019

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is comprised of two separate words: perio which means around and dontal, meaning teeth. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum that surrounds the teeth. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that can destroy soft tissue rapidly.The leading cause of gum disease or...

Habits That Harm Your Teeth Mar 8th, 2019

Common Habits That Can Harm Your Teeth We are living in a hectic and busy life, and hence we all tend to fell prey to various bad habits. Most of the time we fail to find the harm behind these habits. Most of the time, these habits initially appear less...

Is Chewing Gum Good or Bad For Your Teeth & Overall Health? Feb 27th, 2019

If you ask several people whether chewing gum is good for your health or detrimental to it, you are likely to get several different answers. This is because chewing gum is a mixed bag when it comes to your dental and overall health. In order to answer this important question,...

Top 5 Best Home Whitening Kits Feb 20th, 2019

The most frequent question about tooth whitening kits is, “Do they really work?” Whether you’ve had expensive tooth whitening treatments done at your local dentist or have simply been putting up with increasingly dull-looking teeth that have long since lost their shine, perhaps a take home tooth whitening kit could...

What is Oil Pulling, And Does It Actually Work? Feb 10th, 2019

Oil pulling as we know it today has been around for thousands of years and originated in ancient India as an Ayurvedic practice used for “purifying” the body by “pulling” toxins out through the gums and mouth using oil as an adsorption (pulling) medium. Right off the bat, you are...

10 Things Your Dentist Would Want You to Know About Dental Exams Jan 31st, 2019

Everyone knows regular dental appointments are important to dental health. But perhaps you haven’t really considered the many benefits to routine dental appointments, or the things you can do between appointments to help maintain good dental health and keep the dentist’s work – and your bills – to a minimum!...

What Can You Expect Before, During, and After a Dental Implant Surgery? Jan 24th, 2019

In the initial planning and consultation stages, your dental surgeon will visually inspect the area in your mouth where the dental implant would go, should it be decided that you need one. They will also examine the area using dental imaging technology such as X-rays and CT scans. Your dental...

How Straighter Teeth Can Improve both Oral Health and Overall Wellness Aug 27th, 2018

Science has established a link between poor oral hygiene or gum disease and systemic illness. For teeth to benefit from proper brushing and flossing, the surfaces of the teeth must be reachable. Teeth that overlap prevent thorough cleaning and increase the risk of many dental issues.  How Crooked Teeth Impact...

What to Do In Case of a Dental Emergency Aug 27th, 2018

Prevent most dental emergencies means maintaining proper oral hygiene at home and visiting the dentist regularly. Protecting your teeth while playing sports or participating in other risky activities is another important part of avoiding damage to your smile. If you do experience a dental emergency, there are steps you can...

The Link between Systemic Disease and Your Oral Health Aug 13th, 2018

The best way to keep your smile healthy is by brushing and flossing properly and seeing the dentist regularly. In addition to maintaining ideal oral health, there are additional benefits to making sure your teeth and gums are in good condition. When you keep your routinely scheduled dental appointments, the...