The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is crucial not just for your teeth and gums but also for keeping your mind and body healthy and strong. Problems with your teeth and gum can lead to diseases in other parts of your body — including dementia and heart disease. Regular visits to your dentist can do more than just…

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) Treatment

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a non-invasive, antimicrobial liquid medication used by dentists to prevent cavities and help with sensitivity. It is considered one of the best alternative treatments to filling cavities in teeth. Most SDF products are colorless and odorless, except some brands such as Advantage Arrest which have a blue tint. Compared to...

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple and non-invasive dental treatment that changes the color of tooth enamel to improve your smile. Teeth whitening is ideal if you have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Teeth with yellow tones respond best to whitening treatment. According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, “close to...

Teeth Grinding/Bruxism

You can be diagnosed with teeth grinding – medically known as bruxism – if you excessively grind, clench, or gnash your teeth. Teeth grinding can happen while you are awake (awake bruxism) or sleeping (sleep bruxism), but you are much less likely to know that you grind your teeth while sleeping. About 10% of the…

Mobile Dental Clinic Provides Free Care in Bailey’s Crossroads

Check out this NBC Washington​ recent video story: Mobile Dental Clinic Provides Free Care in Bailey’s Crossroads See if you can spot our mobile clinic, Dr. Julie and Joon Coe in the video! DIVA is an active partner with The Fenwick Foundation​ and its Project ADAPT dental treatment program for low-resource seniors and immigrant community…

Periodontal Disease Stages and How It’s Treated

Periodontal disease happens when your gums become infected with bacteria. There are various periodontal disease stages, each with its worst (and best) case scenarios. Let's go through each stage of periodontal disease so you and your dentist can determine the best way to treat it and prevent future problems.  RELATED: Three Tooth Replacement Options What's Periodontal...

Root Canal Therapy Explained

Root canal therapy is a common and effective treatment used to repair or preserve teeth that have damaged or infected pulp (nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular inside of the root canal). Root canal therapy is also known as root canal, root canal procedure, endodontic therapy, endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment. In a...

Pain in the Jaw – TMJ Disorder (TMD)

Do you feel pain or tenderness in or around your jaw joints or muscles, or in and around your ear? Do you have difficulty or pain while chewing? Does your jaw occasionally lock, making it difficult to open or close your mouth? The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the two joints connecting the jawbone to the…

All About Dentures

Our teeth play such a significant role in our lives. Every time we smile, talk or eat, we use our mouths and teeth. They help us look our best and enjoy our favorite foods. If you have missing teeth either due to disease or injury, dentures can be a great teeth replacement option. A denture…

What are Dental Implants?

Missing teeth can negatively affect a person's self-confidence, and their ability to eat and speak. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69 percent of US adults between the ages of 35 to 44 have lost one tooth. Today, dental implants are available and are a popular solution for missing teeth. They...