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Fairfax County Dentistry – Rudolph & Paino, DDS, PLLC

Everyone at our office is dedicated to giving back to the local community. For this reason, we annually sponsor the James Madison High School Girls Basketball Team and the Vienna Little League. In addition, we also go to local area schools during dental health month to help teach kids about the importance of proper oral healthcare. Be sure to schedule your next exam with Rudolph & Paino, DDS, PLLC for Fairfax County community dentistry.


 

SODA DRINKS
It's not just sugar that's bad for teeth, but the acids included in many popular drinks are said to eat away at the enamel and make teeth more prone to cavities. We can't tell you what to drink or what not to drink, however, we can inform you as to the negative effects of some soda pops. 54 gallons are consumed on average a year per person.

Below is a look at how some soda pops compare to water, as well as to battery acid. This study was performed and provided by the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

  ACID (low = bad) SUGAR (per 12 oz.)
Pure water 7.00 (neutral) 0.0
Barq's 4.61 10.7 tsp.
Diet Coke 3.39 0.0
Mountain Dew 3.22 11.0 tsp.
Gatorade 2.95 3.3 tsp.
Coke Classic 2.53 9.3 tsp.
Pepsi 2.49 9.8 tsp.
Battery Acid 1.00 0.0

Amazing isn't it? Obviously we need to limit our intake of pop. Meanwhile, here are a few tips to help offset the increased consumption of soda pop:

Drink soda pop through straws to reduce direct contact to the teeth.
Rinse mouth with water after consuming pop.
Select pop cans over re-sealable bottles ( This limits the consumption of the beverage to the one sitting, rather than sipping bottles and re-sealing them over a longer period of time).
Include bottled water and fruit juices in vending machine. If you feel you have to have soda, you should only have it when you are eating a regular meal. The process of chewing causes saliva to flow which helps wash away the acid.


 

Due to popular demand, we are happy to be able to offer another at home bleaching product. Our provider has developed a "Day White" solution. It is said that 2 (45 minute) applications daily is equivalent to using the trays overnight. If this appeals to you, we have touch up kits as well as full kits available.


 

Mom, Dad, are your sports players wearing
sports mouth guards?

Did you know that dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports? The total rehabilitation costs for a single knocked-out tooth are more than 20 times the preventative cost for a custom laminated, professional grade mouthguard. Boil and bite mouthguards do not fit as accurately as custom fabricated types so they often are uncomfortable and frequently interfere with the athletes breathing and speaking ability. You have the power to prevent injury! In fact, having been the team dentist for the Washington Redskins for 12 years, Dr. Rudolph made thousands of professional mouthguards and no player ever had a dental injury that was wearing a mouthguard.