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The Connection Between Healthy Gums and Overall Health Sep 1st, 2021

If you’ve ever neglected your teeth and ended up with sore, red gums, you already know how quickly infection can set in. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to keep gum disease at bay, which protects not only your teeth, but your overall health as well. Here’s a...

When Is a Bridge Appropriate? Aug 9th, 2021

Dental bridges can provide a valuable alternative to dental implants for those who want to avoid implant surgery, cannot afford implants, or just want to fill the gap in their smile. If you’re currently considering replacement options for your missing tooth, a dental bridge might be the perfect solution for...

What Can I Expect at My Veneer Appointment? Jul 27th, 2021

If you are unhappy with the shape, size, and color of your teeth, veneers are a great way to correct all of the cosmetic issues at once. The process is less intense than undergoing multiple procedures, and it might be the cheaper option to achieve the perfect smile. That said,...

Take These Steps Immediately If You Knocked Out Your Tooth Jun 15th, 2021

If you’ve taken a hard fall, gotten hit in the face, or been in some kind of accident, you might be startled and upset when you find out you’ve knocked out a tooth. In these situations, staying calm and acting quickly can help you save your tooth and avoid extensive...

What’s in a Filling? May 3rd, 2021

Has a tooth been affected by a cavity, or been cracked or chipped slightly? If so, you may be a candidate for a filling. You may be thinking that you don’t like the metal look of gold or silver colored fillings, but rest assured, those days are gone. Today’s fillings...

Should I Get Dental Implants? Apr 1st, 2021

Nearly 70% of adults between the ages of 35-44 have lost at least one tooth, and the rate of tooth loss only rises the older people get. In fact, a single missing tooth can lead to instability in the entire jaw, increasing your risk of losing your other teeth as...

What Is Restorative Dentistry? Mar 11th, 2021

Losing your teeth impacts more than just your smile. When your jaw loses a tooth, it can cause a host of other issues, including bone loss and higher rates of decay. This is why restorative dentistry is vital to oral health; it helps you protect your other teeth, improve your...

8 Signs You Could Have Sleep Apnea Feb 2nd, 2021

Feeling fatigued after eight hours of sleep isn’t abnormal, but it can be a sign that something is wrong with your lifestyle, health, or sleeping patterns. If you regularly find yourself tired during the day and have a partner that complains about your snoring, there’s a good chance that you’re...

I'm Anxious About My Upcoming Dental Appointment Jan 1st, 2021

Anxiety associated with the dentist is a common phenomenon. Approximately 3-16% of adults experience dental phobia, ranging from a general unease to outright panic. This anxiety can stem from a number of things, including feelings of fear and/or shame. If you’ve been avoiding going to the dentist due to anxiety,...

What You Should Know About Preventive Dental Care Dec 1st, 2020

The more diligently you maintain your teeth, the healthier and stronger they will be when you get older. This is why it’s important to stay on top of your dental care, especially when it comes to brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. Having a reliable dentist check up on your...

Help! My Teeth Are Yellow Nov 1st, 2020

Your teeth are exposed to plenty of chemicals and staining agents every time you eat or drink. This can lead to yellowing and discoloration that you’d rather not show off when you smile. If you’re avoiding photos and dreading social situations because of your yellow teeth, don’t worry. It’s easier...

Benefits of Fluoride Treatment Oct 1st, 2020

Dentists have been using fluoride treatments for decades, and fluoridated toothpaste and water also helps with improving the health and durability of your teeth. However, fluoride has been the center of many controversies. We can dispel the myths surrounding fluoride and explain why it’s vital to healthy teeth. Dr. Margaret...

Bridges vs Implants: Which Should I Choose? Sep 16th, 2020

When deciding what dental restoration to choose, you’ll need to consider multiple factors. What state describes your teeth, gums, and jawbone? What is your budget and your timeframe for treatment? Are you worried about having to repeat treatment in years to come?  Bridges and implants serve similar purposes, but they’re...

How Flossing Well Can Lower Your Risk for Gum Disease Aug 19th, 2020

The CDC reports that nearly 50% of the population over the age of 30 has some form of periodontal disease. Luckily, the early stages of gum disease can be alleviated and reversed with proper dental hygiene, including flossing. Despite this fact, many people don’t floss regularly or properly, leaving themselves...

The Risks of Delaying a Root Canal Jul 15th, 2020

Dentists perform 15 million root canals a year, but even more people than that need a root canal and put off their appointment until it’s too late. Are you among the “root canal delayers”? If so, you may need to rethink your approach. At the Washington, DC, dental practice of...

How Veneers Can Brighten Your Smile and Boost Your Confidence Jun 24th, 2020

Straight, white teeth are considered the epitome of dental hygiene, but this makes many people self-conscious of their crooked, chipped, or yellowed teeth. Frequent whitening sessions can be difficult to maintain, and certain aesthetic issues might require big changes. Veneers are a fast, easy solution that gives you a beautiful...

The Many Benefits of Restorative Dentistry May 26th, 2020

If your smile needs an update, maybe it’s time to look into restorative dentistry. Whether your issues are cosmetic or functional, a restorative dentist can create the smile of your dreams.  At Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC, in Washington, DC, Dr. Culotta Norton and Dr. Peter Grinc can recommend the best...

How Should I Take Care of My Teeth At Home? Apr 17th, 2020

Are you taking proper care of your teeth at home? Research shows that one out of five Americans may have gone two whole days without brushing their teeth, and the same percentage never bother to floss at all. At Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC, in Washington, DC, regular checkups and dental...

Ouch! Do I Need a Root Canal to Save My Tooth? Mar 13th, 2020

Do you think you need a root canal but are too afraid of the dentist to have your tooth checked out? Don't be. More than 15 million root canals are performed every year, and this simple procedure can eliminate your tooth pain and even save your tooth.  At the Washington,...

Don't Ignore the Snore: The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Feb 1st, 2020

An estimated 38 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which is a condition that causes you to stop breathing momentarily, and then jolt back into a normal breathing pattern with a snore, snort, or gasp. In order to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, your periods of nonbreathing must last for...

New Year, New Smile: 5 Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Dentistry Jan 7th, 2020

A great smile often enhances your first impression of a new acquaintance, and you may wonder how effective your own smile is at showcasing the real you. When you’ve got the basics of dental care under control — cavities, tartar control, and hygiene — there’s plenty I can do to...

General Health Preparation for Successful Implant Placement Dec 2nd, 2019

Getting dental implants can be a big decision, one that can take time and consideration. Once you do decide to get dental implants, however, preparing with your dentist is an important part of the process before you ever move toward the surgery. You should know what to expect before, during,...

Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth Nov 1st, 2019

Straighter teeth are usually considered to be a matter of aesthetics. We live in an image-driven society, and studies have found that bad teeth can impact everything from your social life to your job prospects. But straight teeth are about more than looking good in selfies or impressing friends, potential...

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt? Oct 9th, 2019

Do you have a badly damaged or missing tooth? If so, you may be thinking about getting dental implant surgery. You may also be wondering what’s involved and if it hurts. Every case is different, but you should know that you have nothing to fear with modern implant surgery. You...

Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Bi-Annual Dental Exam Sep 26th, 2019

It’s hard to see the value in bi-annual dental exams, especially if you’re pain-free and have good dental hygiene habits. Given your busy lifestyle, those dental exams may slip lower and lower on your priority list until you realized you’ve gone a couple of years without darkening a dentist’s door....