The “F” Word… No, not that one… FLOSS!

Do you dread being asked this question when you go to the dentist? Do you start flossing two weeks before your appointment to avoid this topic? Or is flossing just too time consuming to do? If you are anything like I used to be, you’ve answered yes to one of these questions.
I’ll let you in on a little secret… By flossing at least once a day, you can save yourself tons of time and money in the future!

No, your eyes did not deceive you. You can actually save yourself time by flossing everyday. Here’s the explanation. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the most common disease worldwide. The worst part is that once it strikes, flossing one time a day is no longer enough. Frequently, people have to floss two to three times a day just to keep their gum disease from coming back! I don’t know about you, but I would rather floss once a day rather than three. So, by flossing everyday you can avoid the dreaded periodontal disease.

Flossing not only protects your gums, it also prevents cavities from forming between your teeth. If you don’t take the time to floss everyday you could end up with cavities and consequently fillings between your teeth! Unfortunately, it takes more flossing to keep a filling or crown clean than a healthy tooth. Just like maintenance for your car, there is required maintenance for your mouth. This means, the more dental work you have in your mouth, the more flossing you have to do just to maintain it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to save time and money.

I try to find creative ways to fit my daily flossing in without having to allot time just for that. If I am checking email, catching a 30 minute news reel, or watching the kids be cute, I try to fit in flossing. So really, you don’t have to set up a separate time to do this, just work it into the usual schedule!

Next time you come in for your checkup, you can get the gold star in the form of time AND money and not have to worry about those bleeding gums anymore! Afterall, your arm doesn’t bleed when you just touch it, does it?


Cheers to a healthy smile!
Dr. Reeves

Serving Broadlands, Loudoun Estates, Brambleton, and surrounding areas.

Baby Dental Care Tips for Moms in Ashburn, VA

imageThere’s so much to think about when a new baby arrives. It can be pretty daunting! When your baby is a newborn, dental care might be the last thing on your mind. Or like many people, you may think that baby teeth aren’t that important since they’ll eventually fall out.

But pediatric dental care in Ashburn should begin even before that first precious tooth appears. Start out by using a soft cloth and gently wipe his gums when you’re giving him his bath. When his teeth start to appear, use a soft baby toothbrush and a tiny drop of non-fluoride toothpaste to gently brush his teeth twice a day.

If your infant knocks out a baby tooth, don’t worry—a permanent tooth will eventually grow in its place. But take him to the dentist to make sure that no underlying teeth were damaged and will still have space to grow in. Baby teeth are important because they help your child eat and speak and because they hold a spot in your child’s mouth for his permanent teeth to come in properly.

Your baby should have a first dental checkup about the time of his or her first birthday. Starting early with routine dental care will help your child develop a lifetime of good habits. And don’t neglect your own dental care! Call our dental office in Ashburn for your checkup at 571-465-2114.

Set Your Child on the Right Path to Dental Health

Oh, when those first tiny teeth emerge in our babies! So much of our children’s development is measured by the progress in tooth development—first teeth, losing them to make way for adult teeth, braces. It’s important to start sound dental routines as soon as possible, in fact, as soon as that first precious tooth appears!

At First Impression Dental, Dr. Carter Reeves treats your entire family, including children at least 1 year old. If he notices that your family members are at risk for more cavities or other dental problems, he can take prophylactic measures to head those problems off before they start.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you clean your baby’s gums after feeding, using a clean, wet piece of gauze or washcloth. Begin brushing your child’s teeth with a little bit of water from the very start, but ask your dentist if you’re considering using toothpaste before your child turns 2. Even flossing should begin early, as soon as any two teeth touch.

You’ll want to supervise teeth brushing to make sure your child doesn’t swallow the toothpaste, and uses a just a little bit on a child-sized toothbrush. By the time they’re 6 or 7, they’ll be able to brush, rinse, and spit on their own.

The ADA recommends that you can start regular dental visits by the time your child reaches his or her first birthday. If you think your child is having dental problems, please call our office at 571-465-2114 to schedule an exam.