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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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Study: Gum Disease Is Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis among Other Serious Conditions

June 6, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Cerina Fairfax
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It has become clear in the last few years that poor oral health doesn’t just affect your mouth; study after study points to a connection between chronic gum infections and other conditions of the body.

Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

For instance, scientists have long suspected that there’s a connection between gum disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). But researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have now identified the bacterium Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) as the common denominator between the two conditions.

The results of the study, published in Science Translational Medicine, found that the Aa bacterium was present in about half of the 196 RA patients tested. The conclusion is that Aa plays a significant part in producing the antibodies present in patients who are susceptible to Rheumatoid Arthritis.

What These Results Mean for You

Your dentist in Fairfax recognizes the impact that inflammations associated with gum disease can have on your general health and is proactive in helping patients understand the connection. When you are aware of the repercussions, you can see that gum health is about a lot more than a healthy mouth.

With that in mind, there are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of gum disease and put you back in control of your oral health.

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times; preventive services like exams and dental cleanings are your best defense against gum disease. Stay current with your six-month exams and cleaning appointments so your dentist can detect problems like gum disease and decay in their earliest stages

Even more important than professional visits is what you do between exams. If you’re not confident about your oral hygiene skills, use your routine appointment ask your hygienist for brushing and flossing tips.

Call Your Fairfax Dentist 

At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we are always more than happy to answer your questions. Please call us to arrange your next appointment so we can offer guidance and support to help you enjoy your healthiest smile.

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