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A large number of patients visiting Natural Horizons Wellness Centers opt for sedation dentistry. This is a suitable option if you feel nervous visiting the dentist. If you are preparing for your first sedation dentistry experience, you may want to know what it involves, how it benefits you and why people with phobias opt for this increasingly popular service. Asking our dentist these questions can help you reach a relaxed state, even before your procedure.

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Each year in the United States, more than 100 million dental fillings are fitted in dental patients’ mouths. This form of restorative dentistry can be designed to match the exact color and shape of your teeth. Mercury-free fillings offer a host of benefits for the wearer, such as increased confidence, dental treatment and enhanced comfort. Despite the advantages, fillings can wear down over time as a result of eating, drinking, nail biting, and general wear and tear. Chips, cracks and gaps...

Visits to the dentist can be scary. There's no denying it. However, sedation dentistry can help you overcome that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach when you have to go to the dentist. Sedation dentistry allows patients who dislike dental procedures to have their teeth cleaned and worked on while they are asleep. Instead of using a local anesthetic, the patient is put into a light sleep using medication before the procedure begins and is gently awakened afterward.

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The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., Obamacare) has certainly fueled a national discussion on health care, and few people have remained neutral on the subject. However, one of the bright points in the program is that it provides for free dental coverage for children under the age of 19. Poor dental health is linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and even Alzheimer's disease. It makes sense to invest in good dental health children to help maintain optimal health as they grow. For...

The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., Obamacare) has raised many questions for individuals seeking health insurance. Even among those that understand what it means for their medical insurance, some may wonder what their dental insurance options are under the Affordable Care Act. Although each state's program is somewhat different, all 50 states allow for citizens to purchase dental coverage in conjunction with their health insurance plan. The best aspect of this part of the program is that...

Oral care during cancer care is extremely important to maintaining overall health and a strong immune system. According to the National Institutes of Health, one third of cancer patients suffer with oral complications when undergoing treatment, even if no pre-treatment dental issues are present. Mild oral health issues during cancer treatment may not have a major impact on the patient’s life, but serious cases can make simple tasks such as eating, talking and swallowing troublesome. From an...

There are many unfortunate side effects of cancer treatment. One that many patients have the most issues with is dry mouth, as some chemotherapy and radiation treatments can damage the salivary glands. Although, on the surface, this sounds like a relatively minor issue, it can become a major one when it’s a constant occurrence. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment and you are experiencing chronic dry mouth, there are several things you can do to lessen your discomfort.

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A nice, bright smile is important. It makes a great impression and is a vital part of your self-confidence. With a plethora of tooth-whitening treatments on the market and each one guaranteeing the whitest teeth possible, how do you separate fact from fiction?

Fact: Not All Tooth Whitening Claims Are True

The truth is that many of these products do not, in fact, deliver a brilliant white smile. In fact, some can be downright dangerous. Some of the chemicals involved, while technically...

 

Mercury fillings result in up to 340 tons of mercury traveling into the environment each year, according to this infographic from The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Think about that for a minute: 340 tons of a toxic metal entering our air as a gas or seeping into our soil and waterways. And we put this stuff in our mouths? Natural Horizons provides mercury free dentist services in Fairfax, Virginia. We've listened to hundreds of concerned parents, health care...

On April 7th, 2011, The Federal Drug administration sent out a warning to all doctors, pharmacists and consumers "that the FDA continues to receive reports of methemoglobinemia, a serious and potentially fatal adverse effect, associated with benzocaine products both as a spray, used during medical procedures to numb the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, and benzocaine gels and liquids sold over-the-counter and used to relieve pain from a variety of conditions, such as...

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