Blog Archive

The Worst Drinks for Your Oral Health Nov 8th, 2022

Your teeth are some of the most important bones in your body. They make sure you can chew, speak, and smile. Without your teeth, your nutrition, self-esteem, and facial structure would all suffer. Drinking the wrong beverages can put those pearly whites at risk. Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili of Fairfax Family...

6 Problems That Veneers Correct Oct 11th, 2022

Not quite in a place where you feel you need major cosmetic dentistry, but not really happy with your smile, either? Veneers are a great way to cover over small imperfections and give you the smile of your dreams without breaking the bank. At the dental practice of Dr. Padmaja...

Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge? Sep 14th, 2022

A missing tooth or several missing teeth can leave an unsightly gap, disable the arch of your teeth, make it difficult to smile, chew food, or speak, and even negatively impact your self-esteem. Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili of Fairfax Family Dentist in Fairfax, Virginia, can install a bridge to restore your smile and give you a...

What’s Staining My Teeth? Aug 9th, 2022

If your teeth are noticeably yellow, over-the-counter whitening treatments and charcoal toothpaste might not provide the results you want. Your tooth enamel should be bright, white, and pearlescent … right? Unfortunately, for many people, struggles with tooth discoloration are just a fact of life. While you might think it’s just...

When Is Dental Bonding the Best Solution? Jul 13th, 2022

Have a chipped or cracked smile? Dental bonding can help fix your grin or at least repair it temporarily while you and your dentist decide how to proceed on a rehabilitation. Dental bonding is a simple and speedy procedure that uses a strong, safe, sterile material to correct flaws. At...

I Chipped My Tooth: Is This Considered a Dental Emergency? Jun 1st, 2022

An injury to your mouth or teeth is usually accompanied by shock and pain, and you may think you need to rush to the emergency room. However, many minor dental mishaps aren’t a true emergency, and of those that are, seeing your dentist is highly preferable than sitting in the...

How You Can Help Prepare Your Child for the Dentist May 1st, 2022

Going to the dentist can be a positive, fun experience for your child, especially if you ensure their first few visits are easy and fun. There’s really no need for children in this day and age to be afraid of their friendly children’s dentist! At the dental practice of Dr....

Understanding Your Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options Apr 4th, 2022

Your teeth don’t have to be perfect to be healthy, but it’s natural to want a photogenic smile. Even minor adjustments can transform your teeth, boosting your self confidence and improving your first impressions. With cosmetic dentistry, you can correct everything from missing teeth to yellowing and discoloration.  Dr. Padmaja...

Why Invisalign Might Be the Right Choice for You Mar 3rd, 2022

If you dream of showing off your smile but crooked or oddly spaced teeth keep your mouth closed, Invisalign® may help you open up. Patients enjoy the comfort, convenience and appearance (or, more accurately, disappearance) of Invisalign. Plus, treatment wraps up an average of 30% sooner than treatment with traditional...

How to Prevent Cavities in Children Feb 1st, 2022

Children learn from their parents, so it’s important to set an example when it comes to lifelong responsibilities. Once your child’s baby teeth are gone, it’s up to them to maintain their adult set. As soon as your child is ready to handle their own toothbrush, you can begin teaching...

The Veneer Process: What to Expect Jan 6th, 2022

Cosmetic dentistry can be expensive, especially if you need multiple procedures done. If your teeth are cracked, crooked, misshapen, or discolored, veneers can help you achieve a picture-perfect smile with less time and money and fewer recovery days.  At the dental practice of Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili in Fairfax, Virginia, you...

Are Dental Crowns Permanent? Dec 8th, 2021

When dealing with teeth, few things are permanent. Even the sturdiest fixtures can eventually fail and require replacement. A good crown can last for decades, but calling them permanent would be skirting around the truth. However, if your tooth has been damaged, a crown can save it from extraction and...

What to Do About a Gum Injury Nov 9th, 2021

Most oral health can be maintained with a decent at-home hygiene regimen and regular dental visits. However, an injury to the gums can be unexpected and cause infection. If you hurt your gums, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible to safeguard your oral health.   At the...

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe? Oct 8th, 2021

An estimated four out of five Americans have some form of dental anxiety. However, you shouldn’t let worries over visiting the dentist keep you from showing up for your appointment.   At the dental practice of Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili in Fairfax, Virginia, nitrous oxide is used both for adult patients who...

How to Correct Your Smile When You Are Missing Teeth Sep 8th, 2021

Approximately 178 million Americans are missing teeth, and the number of teeth missing tends to go up with age. While a single missing tooth might not seem like a big deal, placement matters. Front teeth are on display every time we smile, and dark gaps are immediately noticeable. In addition,...

How to Floss Around a Dental Bridge Aug 10th, 2021

If you don’t want to undergo surgery for a dental implant, a bridge is a great way to fill the gap in the meantime. However, dental bridges require a unique flossing technique. If you’re planning on receiving a bridge, already have one, or just want to improve your dental hygiene,...

Tips to Prevent Teeth Stains Jul 20th, 2021

Coffee, tea, and wine may be some of our simplest pleasures, but they can lead to stained teeth. This shouldn’t come as a surprise: Wine stains carpet and clothing, coffee can leave rings behind on paper and tables, and tea can be used to dye fabric.  The enamel of our...

How to Care for Veneers Jun 18th, 2021

Veneers are an easy, effective way to get the smile you’ve always wanted. They can fill gaps in your smile, hide discoloration, and transform worn-down or misshapen teeth. However, once they’re in place, it’s up to you to care for your veneers and keep them looking beautiful.  Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili...

What Are the Steps Involved in Getting Implants May 4th, 2021

Dental implants function, feel, and look just like natural teeth. For those looking to fill in the gaps in their smile, implants provide a proper replacement that will last forever. Dental implants require several steps to complete, however, to prepare yourself for the journey to a perfect smile. Dr. Padmaja...

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? Apr 1st, 2021

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, the last thing you want to do is sit in a crowded hospital ER. If your dentist provides emergency care, it’s highly preferable to get your problem attended to by someone who is already familiar with your mouth. Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili of Fairfax Family...

What Foods Must I Avoid with Invisalign?® Mar 2nd, 2021

Wish your smile was straighter and more even and presented a polished look of perfection? Have you looked into braces but can’t stand the idea of metal in your mouth? Invisalign® can give you the smile you deserve in less time than traditional braces. No wires, no hassle — just...

5 Problems That Resolve with Veneers Feb 2nd, 2021

If you have been staring at your mouth in the mirror, unwilling to smile or grin in public due to difficulties with your smile, you’re not alone. Thousands of Americans worry about how their smile looks, since it’s the first thing people often see when they meet you. Veneers can...

The Difference Between Crowns and Bridges Jan 1st, 2021

When it comes to dental restorations and prosthodontics, everything has a special purpose. Dental restorative techniques include installing crowns and bridges, two different restorations used to help maintain your oral health. If you’re missing parts or entire teeth, crowns and bridges can be used to fix your teeth and allow...

When Should I Begin Dental Care for My Child? Dec 1st, 2020

Are you wondering if it’s too early to worry about your child’s oral health? It’s not. You should be making sure your child’s oral and dental health are on track from early on in childhood, so they grow up with proper dental care being an ingrained habit. At the dental...

Help! My Teeth Are Yellow Nov 2nd, 2020

Are you dreading holiday pictures? Yellow teeth can make you reluctant to smile, laugh, or even be in social situations. Teeth whitening can completely change your look and your outlook, making you feel confident and capable of smiling freely once again.  At the dental practice of Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili in...

Act Fast To Save Your Knocked Out Tooth Oct 21st, 2020

Somewhere in the neighborhood of five million teeth get knocked out every year. Causes can range from car accidents to falling off a bike to playing sports. Kids and adults are at almost equal risk of having a tooth knocked out At the dental practice of Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili in...

What You Need to Know About Nitrous Oxide Sep 21st, 2020

Does going to the dentist make you or your child nervous? You're not alone; it's estimated that 80% of Americans suffer some level of dental anxiety. Fortunately, there are options that can make going to the dentist less stressful for you or your child.  At the dental practice of Dr....

Should I Get Veneers or Dental Bonding? Aug 12th, 2020

Damage to your tooth enamel such as chipping, cracking, or staining can be visible on front facing teeth and affect the quality of your smile. How can you restore your confidence and beauty without a complete smile restoration? Bonding or veneers can help give you back the smile you deserve. ...

What's the Difference Between Professional Teeth Whitening and At-Home Kits? Mar 13th, 2020

Americans spend around $140 million a year at their dentist’s office on tooth whitening. This accounts for whitening done in office, and whitening done with dentist-prescribed pre-filled bleaching trays you can take home to do your teeth in.  That doesn’t include the millions more spent on DIY at-home whitening kits,...

How a Missing Tooth Impacts Your Health Feb 25th, 2020

Have you lost a tooth to decay, disease, or trauma? Maybe you bit down on a cherry stone, or were playing sports, or perhaps you ignored a cavity a little too long. Whatever the reason, you're now missing a tooth, and the problem seems to be spreading. At Fairfax Family...

5 Reasons You Should Consider Veneers Jan 14th, 2020

If your New Year's goals this year include improving the appearance of your smile or strengthening your overall dental health, it might be time for you to look into veneers. Dental veneers cover the front surface of your teeth for potentially transformative results. In addition to aesthetic improvements, veneers can...

Know the Warning Signs of Gum Disease Dec 4th, 2019

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your gums on an ongoing basis, you could be suffering from gum disease. Gum disease is something that many of our patients deal with. It’s Dr. Yalamanchili’s top priority and goal to provide dental treatment in a caring and professional manner, especially when...

How Age Can Affect Your Dental Health Nov 1st, 2019

Age affects all parts of your body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. Most people probably don’t think about their teeth in regard to aging, other than to hope they don’t need to get dentures some day, but your age affects your dental health...

The Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Your Teeth Oct 4th, 2019

You’ve heard it a million times: Eating candy rots your teeth. But does it really? And do you have to give up sweet treats entirely? In this blog, Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS, PC, in Fairfax, Virginia, discusses which kinds of candy to eat and which ones to skip. Candy and your...

Should Adults Get Fluoride Treatments? Sep 19th, 2019

Every day, your tooth enamel loses the minerals that make it strong. Acid and bacteria from foods and beverages degrade your enamel, causing cavities that make your teeth susceptible to infection. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all bodies of water, including oceans and rivers, and also in...

Our Guide for Maintaining a Healthy Smile at Every Age Aug 20th, 2019

For the best results, dental health professionals recommend focusing on the well-being of your teeth and gums from infancy through your senior years. After all, you and your teeth have a long way to go together. It’s never too late, though, to start a regimen that protects your oral health...