Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry

 

 

Patient-Focused Dentistry

Thank you for choosing Dr. Fairfax & Associates. We believe that dental health is key to overall health, and our primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive dental care available.

The Whole Person

We take into account the whole person when caring for our patients. From routine check-ups and cleanings to emergency care, we are committed to giving you our undivided attention.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

From the moment you walk into our office, you can expect to feel at home. We foster a relaxed, inviting atmosphere with professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. Sit back, relax, and trust that your smile is in exceedingly good hands.

 
 
 

A Caring and Thorough Team

We do not believe in ‘factory-style’ dental care where patients are shuttled in and out and only see the dentist or hygienist for a few minutes during an appointment. Each appointment with us is time reserved specifically for you.

Applying the Latest Technologies

Our team is highly trained in the latest dental approaches and technologies, which allows us to provide every patient with truly personalized attention.

 

 

How Much Brushing is Too Much?

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Everyone has a different approach to their oral hygiene, but generally speaking, the biggest problem is that most of us don’t do it often enough; in a 2013 survey, the American Dental Association found that only about 57 percent of women brush, and the number drops to 50 percent for men.

Given these statistics, it may come as a shock to you that there’s anyone who would overbrush their teeth. While this may seem like a positive, proactive approach to oral hygiene, there can definitely be too much of a good thing when it comes to brushing frequency. 

The Problem with Overbrushing 

You can maintain excellent oral health by brushing twice and flossing once daily. If you brush more than three times a day or for longer than the recommended two minutes, you may be putting your oral health at risk: 

  • Dental erosion – Brushing too often or too vigorously can erode protective dental enamel and expose your teeth to decay.
  • Tooth sensitivity – If you don’t know why you have sensitive teeth, you might want to look at your brushing habits. Since overbrushing erodes dental enamel, the inner parts of your tooth can become highly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Gum damage – Brushing too much can push your gums back and lead to gum recession, which exposes the tooth root to bacteria and decay.

How Much is Enough?

Your dentist in Fairfax agrees with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that says we should brush twice a day – ideally when you wake up and before bedtime – and floss once. Combined with sensible nutrition and routine visits to Dr. Fairfax & Associates for dental cleanings exams, this should be all you need to keep your smile bright and healthy.

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