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Top Dangers of Gum Disease

Many people mistakenly think of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) as a minor annoyance that causes embarrassing symptoms like bad breath. However, if treatment is not sought for gum disease in Arlington, VA, a variety of dangerous symptoms can develop.

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Learn More About the Advantages of Getting Dental Implants

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, know that you don’t have to settle for a lackluster smile or compromised oral health. Dr. Duke H. Kim and the rest of us here at Ballston Dental Arts would like to show you the many advantages of choosing to get dental implants.

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Root Canal: What to Expect After Surgery

Learn what to expect after getting a root canal.  Click on the link above to learn more from our dentist, Dr. Duke Kim.

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A Quick Guide to TruDenta® Technology

Don't let TMJ symptoms go untreated. Dr. Duke Kim is here to explain what TruDenta® is and the benefits of this treatment. Click the link above to schedule an appointment.

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It's Not JUST a Cleaning

We hear it all of the time:  "It's just a cleaning...it’s not that important".  Well, that's where most patients are wrong.  Your overall health IS that important to us, and should be just as important to you.  Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?  Your oral health might affect, be affected by, or contribute to various diseases and conditions, including: Endocarditis. Cardiovascular disease. Pregnancy and birth. Diabetes. HIV/AIDS. Osteoporosis. Alzheimer's disease. At Ballston Dental Arts, your Dentist and Hygienist perform more than "just a cleaning" at every visit:  Your Dentist:  Examines the health and function of the jaw joint Assesses the soft tissues around your mouth Looks for early signs of oral cancer Documents the position of the teeth and bite Assesses the fit and condition of oral appliances ...

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The Trust We Place In Insurance

WE CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP FOLKS!!   At BDA, we strive to be "on top" of everything.  That includes learning about changes in dental plans and researching new options for helping patients afford their care.  How much faith do you put into your dental plan and the representatives who are supposed to understand and explain your policy to you?  To prepare for a patients upcoming visit, I contacted their insurance company to get a better understanding of their coverage. To my surprise, the company representatives were ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS about the plan they sponsor for a large corporation of thousands of employees.  Yes…. thousands.  If that statement doesn’t scare you…this will.    I managed to speak with three representatives who all told me three different answers to each of my same questions.  My heart almost stopped when one representative explained her understanding of a “Missing Tooth Clause”.   ...

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Have You Heard About Same Day Crowns?

At Ballston Dental Arts, we offer all of the latest technologies in patient care.  The CEREC is just one of the many tools we utilize in providing superior patient satisfaction.  The CEREC is the unique CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) system for individual, all-ceramic restorations in one single appointment.  This process allows dentists to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations all in one single appointment, rather than over multiple appointments with lab work & weeks in between appointments. Patients who need an onlay, inlay, or crown on their first molars are perfect candidates for the CEREC.  During treatment, the dentist carries out all the steps, from digital impressions and computer-based construction of the restoration to the milling process, inside their office. The preparation for the restoration is similar to the preparation process of a traditional crown and onlay. Once the preparation has occurre ...

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Fluoride- Important Protection For Adults Too!


Have you ever wondered why your dental hygienist ALWAYS recommends a fluoride treatment at each dental checkup? You’re thinking: fluoride is for kids.  I’m an adult.  I don’t need extra fluoride.  My teeth are already strong.  Well, that’s where you are wrong.  

Even as adults, our teeth need extra help maintaining their strength.  The common misconception is fluoride is only for kids.  As children, we get cavities, but during our mid-adult years, we are more prone to gum disease, followed by susceptibility to root decay  later in life.  This is why fluoride is so important - to help slow down and even prevent tooth problems at every stage of our lives.   

Fluoride is a nutrient naturally found in our drinking water, even in bottled water, but not at the optimal level to protect our teeth.  When present at the right level, fluoride has two beneficial effects:  preventing tooth decay and contributing to healthy bones.  Fluoride is similar to calcium.  Ever wonder why your doctor recommends a daily calcium supplement as we age? Again, to help keep our bones healthy and strong.   

Dentists have used in-office fluoride treatments for decades to help maintain and/or improve their patients oral health; especially for those patients who are at a higher risk for developing cavities.  Some factors that contribute to a patients risk for developing tooth decay are:  

*poor oral hygiene
*active decay
*eating disorders
*drug or alcohol abuse
*lack of regular professional dental care
*active orthodontic treatment combined with poor oral hygiene
*high levels of decay-causing bacteria in the mouth
*exposed root surfaces of teeth
*decreased salivary flow, resulting in dry mouth
*poor diet
*existing fillings
*tooth enamel defects
*undergoing head and neck radiation therapy  

The in-office fluoride treatment is a stronger, concentrated form than that of the fluoride found in over the counter toothpastes and rinses.  At Ballston Dental Arts, we encourage our patients to follow our twice a day routine: Brush with a fluoride toothpaste, floss, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, and ALWAYS say YES when offered that extra dose of fluoride at dental checkups to maintain optimal oral health.   

 If you would like to discuss how fluoride can help you, visit us online at www.ballstondentalarts.com or call the office at (703) 931-5555 to schedule an appointment today!

What Does Your Tongue Say About You?

Do you know what your tongue is telling you about your health?  When is the last time you really looked at your tongue?  The tongue is made up of a set of very flexible muscles with thousands of small bumps called papillae and taste buds.  Our tongue helps us speak, eat and taste food, and starts the swallowing process by getting food down for proper digestion. Your healthcare professional can often diagnose a problem in the body by taking a brief look at your tongue.  Be mindful though, changes in the tongue can be caused by other non-health related variables such as smoking, certain foods, and alcohol. What can the color of your tongue indicate? • Reddish Purple: Can indicate blood disorders, temperature and fluid imbalances • Dark Red: Can indicate nutritional deficiencies on folic acid, vitamin B-12 or B3 .• Black: A black tongue can be an indication of excessive bacteria or yeast overgrowth • Yellow: Liver or gallbladder disorder. It can also indicate infla ...

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What Your Blood Pressure Means to Your Dentist.

In our office, we get asked a lot, “Why do you take my blood pressure?” According to the American Heart Association, one-third of American adults have high-blood pressure. Many patients see Dr. Kim more frequently than see their physician, providing Dr. Kim and his team an opportunity to educate our patients about blood pressure and how it affects their overall health. The following information will better help you understand the symptoms, risk factors and what happens when blood pressure is untreated.  According to the American Heart Association recommends blood pressure screening occur at age 20. Blood pressure readings include normal, prehypertension, two stages of hypertension, and hypertension.                                                        What are the Symptoms for High Blood Pressure?         ...

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