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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.



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Are Cavities Caused by Sugar? Or Bacteria?

July 22, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Cerina Fairfax
Dental Cleaning Fairfax, VA

You know that consuming a lot of sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s not the sugar itself that causes cavities. It’s the series of events that occur after you eat. If you want your family to enjoy optimal oral health, it’s a good idea to have some understanding of the process that takes place in your mouth when you eat.

It’s the Acid that Does the Damage

Throughout your day, food debris and saliva collect on your teeth and develop a sticky biofilm called plaque. Plaque is made up of different microbes, including bacteria, which love to feed on sugar. When you eat a sweet snack, bacteria metabolize the sugar and produce acid as a byproduct.

Dental enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even harder than bone. But as strong as enamel is, it is no match for the acid that immediately starts breaking down your enamel in a process called demineralization. Demineralization occurs when the acidity in your mouth increases after eating.

Breaking the Cycle

Every time you eat, the demineralization process takes place. However, just like other parts of the body, our teeth can repair themselves, and demineralization and remineralization is a natural cycle that occurs regularly throughout the day. If you rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after eating, you neutralize the acid, and the process of remineralization begins.

The real problem occurs when you nurse sugary drinks or eat candy throughout the day. If you don’t’ break the cycle and neutralize the acid, your teeth don’t have a chance to remineralize, and the acid keeps destroying healthy dental enamel and causing cavities.

Call Us to Learn More

Hopefully, now you have enough information to help you understand what happens in your mouth and how you can prevent decay. If you live in the 22031 area, please call top dentist Dr. Cerina Fairfax to learn more about cavities and the ways you can protect your oral health.

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