Why it’s important to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth

istock 1152179371 1 Brushing the teeth and gums each day will ensure a healthy smile, but are you aware that the tongue should also receive special care? The tongue in the mouth has a rough surface that can be the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and grow. This bacteria can spread and contribute to the potential for periodontal disease and tooth decay. Also, this bacteria on the tongue can cause patients to experience halitosis, or chronic bad breath. At the practice of Dr. Joseph Cavallo, patients will learn the importance of brushing the tongue with the teeth and gums!

Why should I brush my tongue?

Brushing the tongue is an effective way to remove sugars, acids, and food debris that may stick to the tongue due to its rough surface. It should be brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Patients  should start on the back of the tongue and work their way forward, ensuring they get the sides of the tongue as well.

How often should I brush my tongue?

Another question patients ask about brushing the tongue is how often it should be done. Our team recommends brushing the tongue every time you brush and floss your teeth. It should become part of one’s oral health routine between dental visits. Patients who brush their tongue and still deal with problems such as halitosis may want to ask their dentist about the use of specialized mouthwashes or the use of tongue scrapers. These are tools that may help reduce bad breath while keeping the smile healthy.

What if I still deal with halitosis?

Patients with chronic bad breath may have another underlying condition that requires further evaluation. If you struggle with halitosis even after brushing your tongue and improving your oral hygiene routine, talk to your dentist about alternative solutions.

Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo today!

Woodbridge, VA area patients who are interested in learning more about ways of caring for the smile are welcome to call the practice of Dr. Joseph Cavallo to request a consultation appointment. The practice is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and can be reached by calling (703) 490-5888. Our facility is always accepting new patients into the facility for comprehensive dental care.

What to expect when undergoing sedation dentistry

istock 1158808108 1 Dr. Joseph Cavallo is a dentist in the area of Woodbridge, VA who understands the importance of comfort when undergoing dental procedures. In addition to providing necessary anesthetics, he also offers sedation for patients undergoing long or extensive procedures. Sedation is a method of relaxing a patient and controlling anxiety levels, while ensures patients are relaxed throughout their treatment. At our practice, we proudly offer IV sedation administered and monitored by our board-certified anesthesiologist for safety and effectiveness.

What can I expect from IV sedation?

When patients are having dental procedures performed and are going to be going under with IV sedation, our board-certified anesthesiologist arrives at the practice to prepare the patient for their procedure. Patients are advised as to what they can expect with IV sedation. Patients will fall into a deep sleep during their treatment, allowing Dr. Joseph Cavallo to perform several treatments at once or successfully perform oral surgery.

  • Before – before the procedure is performed, patients are educated on how IV sedation works. They may have to follow certain instructions prior to their procedure, such as stopping certain medications or habits (smoking or alcohol drinking) before they can have their treatment done. Patients will also want to stop eating or drinking past a certain time the night before to ensure they have an empty stomach for their sedation.
  • During – during sedation, patients often fall asleep during their dental appointment, allowing Dr. Joseph Cavallo to get to work providing the necessary treatments discussed.
  • After – when the IV sedation is stopped, patients will awaken in our recovery room. Patients will then be given after-care instructions and will be sent home with the individual they arranged for transportation to and from their visit. A follow-up appointment may be made before patients leave the office.

Are you interested in learning more about IV sedation?

If you have an upcoming surgical procedure, or want to relax while your dentist completes several dental services at once, we strongly encourage you to learn more about the advantages of IV sedation with Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team. He is conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and can be reached for an appointment by calling (703) 490-5888. Our professionals are dedicated to ensuring patients have access to the best possible care in our state-of-the-art dental facility serving patients in the area of Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding communities.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

istock 1224234487 Dental implants have been around for quite some time, and they are gaining in popularity each year. Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA are excited to provide these restorations for patients considering tooth replacement options. Dental implants are one of the most desirable solutions and rightfully so—they have many advantages when compared to alternative tooth replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges.

What is a dental implant?

 Dr. Joseph Cavallo describes the dental implant as an artificial tooth root. Just like the root of a tooth is held in the mouth by the bone of the jaw, the dental implant functions in exactly the same way. This small metal post, made of biocompatible titanium, is placed during oral surgery into the space left behind from the lost tooth. The bone of the jaw grows around the implant to give it the proper foundation through a process known as osseointegration. Once the dental implant is held in place with bone, it can then be restored with a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. This is what gives dental implants their versatility.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • Maintain natural bone to avoid bone resorption
  • Stimulate bone growth to hold them firmly in place
  • Are often lifetime restorations that do not need to be replaced
  • Last many years, often a lifetime, with proper care
  • Provide a natural-looking solution for tooth loss
  • Cost more than alternatives, but provide better value over the years
  • Are strong and durable
  • Are not removable, staying in place long-term

Am I a candidate?

The best candidate for dental implants is a patient free from periodontal disease and cavities with sufficient bone in place to ensure a successful implantation. Many patients will undergo x-rays to decide if the dental implant is right for them.

Ready to discuss the benefits of dental implants with your provider?

Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team of professionals in Woodbridge, VA are here to help you address a wide range of dental concerns, including tooth loss. If you want to speak to him about dental implants, call (703) 490-5888 to request an appointment. His practice is conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and is available for new and current patients of the community. 

Four things every patient with dentures needs to know

istock 1198265959 While dentures are the ideal solution for many patients with missing teeth, it is not the only option available. Some patients may also find that dentures are not the best for their unique situation. Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his associates in Woodbridge, VA are committed to helping patients determine what tooth replacement restoration is the most advantageous for their needs. Below is a list of four things every patient considering dentures should ask:

  • How often should I clean my dentures? Both partial and full dentures are removable to allow for simple cleaning and care. Our team encourages patients to learn the correct way to clean their dentures and how often, which should be approximately twice a day as a good rule of thumb.
  • What products should I avoid using with my dentures? Patients should ask their dentist about the best products to buy for caring for their dentures including cleansers and adhesives, as some may damage the denture instead of protect it. Patients should also avoid using any bleaching products on their dentures as these can weaken them and cause them to be more susceptible to damage.
  • Should I wear my dentures when I sleep? In most cases, dentists will advise against wearing dentures during the night. Instead, patients can use this time to soak and clean their dentures in denture cleaning solutions. This also helps keep them moist and readily available when patients wake up in the morning.
  • Will my dentures look natural? Many patients considering dentures may be worried about fake-looking restorations that detract from their smile’s appearance. With Dr. Joseph Cavallo, patients can rest easy that their smile will look natural and beautiful with careful attention given to the creation of the dentures. We work hard to ensure the dentures match the patient’s existing smile for seamless integration and a more aesthetic appearance.

Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo today!

Woodbridge, VA area patients considering full or partial dentures should speak to a professional about their needs before determining if they should move forward with these treatments. The practice of Dr. Joseph Cavallo is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and can be reached by phone at (703) 490-5888.

How dental implants can restore an entire arch of teeth

istock 1167775436 When patients research dental implants, they may find that they are commonly used to replace a single tooth within the smile. However, this is not where their purpose ends! In fact, dental implants are extremely versatile and can provide patients with full arch restoration. Woodbridge, VA area patients who are interested in finding out more about this method of repair are encouraged to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team.

What are dental implants?

Knowing how dental implants function is the first step in finding out more about full smile restoration. Dental implants are titanium posts. They are implanted during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw where a tooth has been lost. Osseointegration stimulates bone growth around the implant which provides reliable stability. Once the implant is firmly held in place, patients can restore the implant over the abutment in a variety of different ways. While most patients are replacing a single tooth with a dental crown over the top, another option includes implant-retained dentures.

How do implant-retained dentures work?

Implant-retained dentures are unique dentures that are fabricated to be placed over the dental implant which provides stability. A series of dental implants, commonly three to four, are placed around the dental arch and made to fit the new restorations. The full denture snaps into place using the dental implants as anchors, allowing patients the opportunity to enjoy all their favorite foods without having to worry about their denture coming loose!

Who is a candidate for implant-retained dentures?

Dr. Joseph Cavallo finds that implant-retained dentures are not appropriate for all patients. These dentures work best for patients who have sufficient jaw bone available for the placement of the implants, and those with an otherwise healthy smile free from periodontal disease and tooth decay. A thorough evaluation will help patients decide if this solution is best for their needs.

Consult with Dr. Joseph Cavallo today!

Whether you are in need of implant-retained dentures, or just want to weigh your options for smile replacement, contact Dr. Joseph Cavallo’s practice to discuss solutions. The office is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, VA and can be reached by phone to request a consultation appointment by calling (703) 490-5888.

What should I do about bleeding gums?

Taking care of the smile is critical to maintaining good oral health. However, when patients are not brushing and flossing as expected, they are putting their smile at risk of developing a wide range of problems. One of those is bleeding gums. Bleeding gums may be an indication of an infection called periodontal disease. It requires immediate evaluation and diagnosis to effective treat.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a condition that can cause irreversible damage to the teeth, gum tissues, and bone. It is often referred to as gum disease, as the first symptoms often begin in the soft tissues of the mouth. Bleeding gums is just one of the early signs. Other symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen gum tissues
  • Sore gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pockets between gums and teeth
  • Loose teeth

When these symptoms appear, patients should request an appointment with Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA for a comprehensive examination. If the condition is present, action can be taken to bring the smile back to health and address the problems that are related to the condition as soon as possible.

What will a dentist do once periodontal disease has been diagnosed?

After a proper diagnosis, patients will want to work with their dentist to determine the best course of action for treatment. The earlier stages of periodontal disease often require a deep cleaning by our dental hygienists. Later stages often require more aggressive treatment, including a procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a thorough cleaning that removes plaque, tartar, and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth and applies antibiotics to address the actual infection.

Can periodontal disease be cured?

Periodontal disease is an avoidable condition. However, if it develops, it cannot be cured—only controlled. Because of this, our dental team strongly urges patients to take good care of their teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and dental examinations.

If you are dealing with bleeding gums, it is time to make a dental appointment today!

Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, IA to discuss your oral health and address concerns as they arise. His office is conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, VA and can be reached by calling (703) 490-5888.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

We use our toothbrushes several times a day, but when was the last time you changed your toothbrush out for a new one? Most men and women throw out food that has expired and restock certain medications after a certain period of time. However, many patients forget about the tooth we use to maintain our oral health, and how often they should be replaced.

When should I change out my toothbrush?

The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends patients change their toothbrush every three months. This is because a toothbrush experiences normal wear and tear, just like anything else we use every day. When the toothbrush is worn or frayed, it is no longer effectively removing plaque, tartar, sugars, and acids from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. Most patients will notice dramatic changes in their toothbrushes around the three month mark, which is a great indication that the toothbrush should be replaced with a new one.

Additionally, patients should also consider the need to change out a toothbrush due to the spread of germs. Bacteria can hide within the bristles of the toothbrush. When you have had a recent cold, flu, or other condition and you do not replace your toothbrush, you are putting yourself at risk of reinfection. In other situations, the physical appearance of the toothbrush will be an indication to change it. A toothbrush that has frayed and broken bristles will need replacement sooner rather than later.

What will happen if I do not replace my toothbrush often?

It’s no surprise that bacteria, mold, and fungus can build up on a toothbrush over time, especially since they are stored in a moist room such as a bathroom. Patients put themselves at risk of developing cavities and disease when their toothbrush is no longer effective, and may also reinfect themselves with an illness or with mold that can make you sick.

Do you want to educate yourself further on dental health?

Contact Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team today to discuss the advantages of caring for your smile! The practice is conveniently located at 12505-A Lake Ridge Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia and can be reached to request an appointment at (703) 490-5888.

Understanding dry mouth

While it’s common for individuals to deal with dry mouth every now and then, particularly when they are under a lot of stress or nervous, it is not normal to experience dry mouth all the time. In addition to being uncomfortable and bothersome, it can also lead to other dental health problems. Dry mouth, known medically as xerostomia, can be extremely problematic if it occurs as a chronic condition without treatment. It is essential that patients understand that dry mouth can have many different causes, and is not a natural part of aging. Dry mouth can occur when saliva glands do not function properly, and may develop when patients are dealing with:

  • Increased levels of stress
  • Prescription medications
  • Cancer treatments including chemotherapy and radiation
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Regular cigarette smoking

When there is not enough saliva in the mouth, patients will often experience:

  • Cracked, dry lips
  • Dry, sticky feeling in the mouth
  • Difficulty in speaking, tasting, swallowing, or even chewing
  • A dry throat
  • Infections in the mouth (periodontal disease)
  • Mouth sores

Saliva is so important, because it helps in keeping the mouth wet and comfortable. It makes it possible to chew and swallow. But it also plays a role in a healthy mouth. Saliva protects the teeth from cavities and also prevents infection, including periodontal disease, from forming by controlling the levels of bacteria in the mouth.

Treatment for dry mouth

If patients have chronic dry mouth, it is important that they work with a professional to find a solution. Medications that list dry mouth as a side effect might be changed or reduced in dosage. Patients might be dealing with dehydration, so sipping water or other appropriate drinks throughout the day can help. Patients should avoid sodas, tea, and coffee which can work against them. Additionally, some patients find that chewing on sugarless gum helps stimulate the flow of saliva and keeps the mouth moisturized. Speaking with a professional is one way to learn more about treatment options that might assist you.

Are you dealing with dry mouth on a daily basis?

It may be time to talk to your dental health provider and discuss ways to treat your condition. Call Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA at (703) 490-5888 to request an appointment. The office, conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive, is available for new and current patients.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Replacing missing teeth is easy with the help of the right dentist. When patients have experienced tooth loss or extraction, they need to work with a dental provider such as Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA to decide the solution most appropriate for their unique situation. Oftentimes, our team may recommend the use of dental implants to replace one or more teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. These restorations are titanium posts that Dr. Joseph Cavallo places into the jawbone to provide the proper foundation for a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture.

What are the advantages of using dental implants?

Dental implants have several benefits for our patients to consider. Dental implants:

  • Provide unsurpassed strength and stability
  • Are biocompatible with the body
  • Maintain natural bone structure and reduce bone resorption
  • Are solid and stable to restore as desired by the patient
  • Last a lifetime with proper care
  • Stabilize full dentures, allowing denture-wearers to worry less about their dentures

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are known for maintaining natural bone of the jaw through osseointegration after placement. However, patients still need to have enough bone to successfully place the implant before restoration. X-rays are taken of the patient to ensure the dental implant procedure will be successful for them. Patients who have experienced dental resorption may want to consider the advantages of undergoing bone grafting first to prepare the smile for the placement of a dental implant in the future.

How many teeth can a dental implant replace?

This depends greatly on the restoration patients are considering. For example, a single tooth can be replaced with a dental implant covered by a crown. Multiple teeth may be replaced by using the implant to support one or both ends of a dental bridge, or using a full denture to replace the entire arch of teeth.

Discover the advantages of using dental implants to enhance your smile!

Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team are here to assist patients in learning more about dental implants and other restorative solutions available in his facility. Call (703) 490-5888 today and speak to our front office team to schedule your appointment. We are conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and assist patients in and around the area of Woodbridge, Virginia.

When do you need deep dental cleanings?

Dentists often agree that deep dental cleanings performed at the dental office is one of the best ways to not only treat patients who have chronic gum disease issues, but to act as a preventive to ensure the smile is protected against damage from both disease and decay. However, this cleaning, referred to as scaling and root planing, is often recommended for patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. This particular treatment allows the dentist to remove the plaque and bacteria from below the gumline to prevent bone loss, treat disease, and protect the smile overall.

What are the signs that I may require a deep dental cleaning?

Traditional cleanings help in removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the visible surfaces of the teeth and gums, but scaling and root planing is much more thorough. Because of this, it is often recommended to patients who have:

  • Pockets between the gums and teeth that are deeper than 4 millimeters
  • X-rays show proof of bone loss
  • Patients have inflammation of the gums that have continued for long periods of time

In situations such as this, Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA may recommend patients consider the added benefits of a more thorough, deeper dental cleaning for their smile.

How often should my teeth be cleaned?

All patients who visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation will benefit from having their teeth cleaned by our dental hygienists. Once this is done, the patients can have a thorough examination done by Dr. Joseph Cavallo, which gives him the chance to look for signs of symptoms of decay or disease. Deep dental cleanings, such as scaling and root planing, may be done instead during recall visits, especially if the patient has been dealing with disease for an extended period of time.

Ready to learn more about dental cleanings?

Contact Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA to discuss the need for cleanings and other preventive care solutions for the smile. His practice is located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and is accepting new patients. Call (703) 490-5888 today to request an appointment and get started taking charge of your oral health with cleanings and routine examinations!



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