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Casey Family and Cosmetic Dentistry | Ask Dr. Casey in Oakton

2915 Hunter Mill Rd, Ste 20
Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 938-7773
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Question: Winter is coming and my lips get really chapped. What can I do to prevent getting chapped lips?

Unfortunately, your lips are the most exposed part of your body, and are affected by the wind, sun, cold and dry air, before any other parts of your body.

Most people get chapped lips for various reasons. Irritation from cosmetic and skin lotions, vitamin deficiency, breathing with your mouth open, dehydration, weather, and licking your lips, are all culprits.

When your lips become dry and chapped most people lick their lips to moisten them, the saliva evaporates leaving lips drier. Avoid using flavored chapstick which may cause you to lick your lips more. To enhance your lips moisture retention use natural emollients some are beeswax, almond oil, and cocoa butter.

You can apply hydrocortisone cream an over the counter medication that can help decrease lip inflammation.

Keep hydrated by drinking water and use a humidifier in your house.

If chapping is severe and does not respond to home treatment or spreads to the inside of your mouth consult your dentist, this could be an indication of an underlying problem.

Here at Casey Family Dentistry we strive for a happy healthy smile.

Dr. Todd Casey is a general dentist whose practice is geared towards cosmetics and overall family care. He is in practice with his father, Dr. George Casey, and they have been serving the greater Oakton/Vienna area for the last 30 years. If there are any questions you may have about dentistry you may contact their office at 703-938-7773 or visit www.caseyfamilydentistry.com.

Question: Dr. Casey I have noticed some bleeding when I brush my teeth, should I be concerned?

One of the most undiagnosed diseases affecting us today is gum (periodontal) disease. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, eighty percent of adults have some form of the disease, many without realizing it. Often, it is a silent condition that can result in infection and tooth loss, before it is diagnosed. There have been a number of studies that have linked the bacteria that cause gum disease with heart disease. Signs of this condition include bleeding when brushing or flossing, bad breath and receding gums. It is also something that you can inherit from your parents.

At Casey Family Dentistry, the periodontal health of our patients is one of our primary focuses. It is important to recognize the signs of gum disease early and treat it before it becomes a larger issue. We view Periodontal Treatment as a partnership between us and our patients. Our office had been recognized as a leader in Arestin antibiotic therapy. Both doctors are certified in the use of laser as an adjunct to treatment. Of equal importance is the role the patient plays in the this process. We make extraordinary efforts in patient education so they understand what is going on in their mouths and how they can best help themselves with their home care. Our goal is to treat the disease in its earliest stages and arrest its growth before it becomes a greater issue.

Dr. Todd Casey is a general dentist whose practice is geared towards cosmetics and overall family care. He is in practice with his father, Dr. George Casey, and they have been serving the greater Oakton/Vienna area for the last 30 years. If there are any questions you may have about dentistry you may contact their office at 703-938-7773 or visit www.caseyfamilydentistry.com.

Question: What should I include in a Dental Emergency Kit?

Here are the top 7 dental emergencies and what to have on hand to fix them.

  1. Temporary or perm.Dent Crown (Cap) comes off a tooth:
    Fixodent or Polygrip - Actually a denture adhesive, but it makes great ~temporary cement that allows for fool proof recementing of loose temporary crowns (caps) and bridges
  2. Lost filling:
    Dent-Temp - Moderately strong cement that includes a powder and lIquid that you mix and then insert in the "hole"; it can also be used as a second choice for crown and bridge recementing if Fixodent or Polygrip does not work. For a porcelain veneer that has come off - use Krazy Glue gel.
  3. Toothache:
    Benzodent - A topical anesthetic that can be applied to the gum.
    Advil (Ibuprofen) - Adults can take as much as 4,200mg every four hours. Make sure your physician allows you to take this; otherwise, Tylenol or Anaprox.
    Antibiotics - Have your DDS or MD call in a prescription for Penicillin, Erythromycin or Tetracycline and take it in your kit. Call your DDS from the road for advice on which one to take should you have pain and/or swelling.
  4. Knocked out tooth:
    Use an empty prescription bottle with a screw top to place the tooth in along with neutral saline solution (check the contact lens aisle) that they sell in the pharmacy (better than putting it in milk). See a DDS as soon as possible to see if the tooth can be re-implanted. Do not scrub the tooth or root with a tooth brush; you can remove important cells needed for re-implantation.
  5. Braces, brackets or wire. break or come un-done:
    Dental wax - press wax against wire or bracket to prevent poking into the cheek or lip.
  6. Foreign body Jammed Under gum and/or between teeth:
    Floss and Peroxide - Try to floss out the debris and then flush out with a mixture of half peroxide and half water. Apply Benzodent.
  7. Denture breaks:
    Denture Repair Kit - Comes with a pink powder and a liquid to mix up an acrylic material to repair cracked dentures or to re-attach a denture tooth to the prosthesis.

Important tip: Travel with a copy of your most recent dental x-rays. If your dentist has digital x-rays, they will be on plain photo copy paper; otherwise, a duplicate set on x-ray film will work just fine. This way if you wind up in a grass hut seeing the local witchdoctor/dentist/voo-doo man, they will at least know what kind of dental work you have in your mouth and which teeth are real and which are prosthetic .. such as bridge work, implants and crowns.

Dr. Todd Casey is a general dentist whose practice is geared towards cosmetics and overall family care. He is in practice with his father, Dr. George Casey, and they have been serving the greater Oakton/Vienna area for the last 30 years. If there are any questions you may have about dentistry you may contact their office at 703-938-7773 or visit www.caseyfamilydentistry.com.

Question: What age should I bring my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Dentistry recommends children should see the dentist when they get their first tooth, usually around six months. However, at Casey Family Dentistry the first visit should be around two to three years old, unless the child has risk factors, such as sleeping with a filled bottle of juice, milk, or formula, thumb sucking etc…

On the first visit to the office we try to acclimate your child to the dental office forming a bond of friendship and trust, reducing anxiety and fear.

We like to schedule appointments for your child in the morning while he or she is fresh and alert. What will take place is an exam of the teeth and gums to monitor growth and development, followed by a cleaning and assessment of any future dental needs. I will gladly answer any questions that you might have to make you and your child feel comfortable.

By setting a good example and letting your child watch you brush and floss your teeth and having routine visits to the dentist, they can have a lifetime of good oral health.

Dr. Todd Casey is a general dentist whose practice is geared towards cosmetics and overall family care. He is in practice with his father, Dr. George Casey, and they have been serving the greater Oakton/Vienna area for the last 30 years. If there are any questions you may have about dentistry you may contact their office at 703-938-7773 or visit www.caseyfamilydentistry.com.

Question: I’ve heard horrible stories about Root Canals, should I be worried?

Today with modern technology and better anesthetics, root canal treatments are no more painful than a filling.

A root canal is a dental procedure to fix a tooth that can not be filled or restored any other way. Three indications a root canal is needed:

  1. pain
  2. long term infection
  3. save the root(s) for a restoration of the tooth


At our office we us the Tulsa Protaper System to make your visit as efficient and painless as possible: knowing what to expect can help ease the anxiety.

Dr. Todd Casey is a general dentist whose practice is geared towards cosmetics and overall family care. He is in practice with his father, Dr. George Casey, and they have been serving the greater Oakton/Vienna area for the last 30 years. If there are any questions you may have about dentistry you may contact their office at 703-938-7773 or visit www.caseyfamilydentistry.com.

Question: My dentist recommends treatment that my dental insurance does not pay for. Does this mean the treatment isn’t necessary?

Some dental plans will only provide for the least expensive way to treat a dental need, regardless of what the best treatment should be. It is common for dental plans to exclude necessary treatment. Patients need to be aware of the exclusions and limitations of their dental plan, but should not let these determine treatment.

At Dr. Casey’s we work with you as a team to determine the course of treatment, and utilization of your dental benefits.

Dr. Todd Casey is a general dentist whose practice is geared towards cosmetics and overall family care. He is in practice with his father, Dr. George Casey, and they have been serving the greater Oakton/Vienna area for the last 30 years. If there are any questions you may have about dentistry you may contact their office at 703-938-7773 or visit www.caseyfamilydentistry.com.

 
 
 
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