A visit to the dentist is something that many adults struggle with, but as responsible parents, we want to do everything we can to help our children preserve and enjoy good dental health. Not only will this help them to retain a functional and beautiful smile as they get older, but it can also help to protect them from a variety of non-dental health problems such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and even some cancers.


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You’ve started to feel a rough spot on your tooth, or maybe food is catching in a particular area during your meals. After a visit to see our Alexandria dentist, you find out that there’s a cavity. “It doesn’t hurt at least,” you think, “so I can probably wait a while to have it fixed.”

…but should you? Here are four reasons why it’s not that smart of an idea to put your dental filling off.

By the Time it Hurts, You May Need a Crown or Root Canal


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Everyone wants a gorgeous white smile. But people are also suspicious of what bleaching products can do to their teeth.

If you’re interested in lightening the color of your smile, then you want a technique that’s safe as well as effective. At Farhan Qureshi, DDS, you’ll find the cosmetic dental solution that’s right for you.


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It’s easy to say you don’t care about your teeth. But it’s another matter once it actually happens to you. Dr. Farhan Qureshi is passionate about educating our patients on the value of their smile.

At Farhan Qureshi, DDS, you can count on getting both an honest diagnosis and prognosis. Here’s why we discourage patients from quickly deciding to part with their teeth.


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Teeth fracture in a few different ways for a variety of reasons. Some patients break their teeth because of:

  • Trauma
  • Decay
  • Biting on something hard
  • Having large old fillings

Are you worried that your tooth is broken?


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Dental phobia can prevent people from seeking the care they need. That’s why dentists like Dr. Farhan Qureshi offer treatments and advice that make the dental care experience as relaxing as possible.

Is a fear of the dentist keeping you from getting relief?

Consider some of the ways you can put your mind at ease long enough to get dental treatment.


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The root canal process is not as bad as you might have imagined it would be. If you’ve never had a root canal before or if you’ve only had terrible past experiences, please be assured that today’s process is completely different!
First, you’ll be numbed up that you won’t feel a thing. A root canal is a lengthy procedure, if anything. As your dentist, Dr. Qureshi will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the entire process.

Is there any way to get around having a root canal, though?


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November 30, 2016

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A veneer is typically made from a thin porcelain shell that replaces some of the enamel on the front of one of your upper front teeth. With the help of veneers, you can hide smile imperfections like:

• Deep stain
• Chips
• Rough texture
• Gaps
• Unevenly sized teeth

What determines whether you qualify for a veneer?


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As a parent bringing their child to the dentist for the first time, you’re understandably worried about how it will go.

Family dentist Dr. Farhan Qureshi welcomes patients of all ages into his practice. He’s also eager to help you feel comfortable entrusting your child’s dental health to him.


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Imagine a tooth replacement that works just like a natural tooth and lets you eat all the foods you love.

If that sounds good to you, then you might want to consider dental implant therapy.


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September 5, 2016

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Shouldn’t the health of your teeth matter more than the color of your teeth?
If that’s what you’re wondering, then rest assured – you are right.
Healthy teeth are the foundation for overall health. But don’t let that lead you to conclude that teeth whitening isn’t an important procedure!
Take a look at the top four reasons patients bleach their teeth here at the office of Farhan Qureshi, DDS.
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At Farhan Qureshi, DDS, we want our patients to know how they can monitor their own gum health at home. Noticing any of these following signs or symptoms of disease will let you know that it’s time to see the dentist:
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It’s impossible to stop the clock, but most people want to fight the effects of aging as long as possible, so that they can enjoy the highest quality of life.

As the years pass, you will definitely be aware of certain changes in your health and abilities. Your smile is no exception.

How does aging affect your teeth?


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Summer is just around the corner and you’ll soon be juggling a schedule of camp, swimming lessons, baseball practice, and road trips.

How can all of this activity affect everyone’s oral health? Read on to get some tips for making this summer a smile-friendly one!


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Are you preparing to get your first set of veneers? It’s exciting to see how your smile will be instantly transformed! The next step, though, is taking good care of your veneers as the valuable investment that they are.

Dr. Farhan Qureshi and his dental are ready to help you get started!


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Many Alexandria residents choose to restore their smiles with beautiful, permanent dental implants. Are you considering implant therapy, as well? If so, you’re probably wondering how uncomfortable the process is.

Dental implants are like small screws that are inserted into the bone in place of a tooth root. This idea might make you squirm, but Dr. Farhan Qureshi can help put your mind at ease with a few helpful facts:


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A beautiful and healthy smile starts with the basics: regular dental cleanings.
Your hygiene appointments are more important than you may realize. That’s why we at the office of Farran Qureshi, DDS feel so strongly about recommending hygiene appointments.
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Dr. Farhan Qureshi places dental crowns of only the best quality. He also wants our patients to know how they should care for them to keep their smiles healthy and gorgeous.
The first thing you should know is that your crown is easy to keep clean.


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Root canals may have a bad reputation, but they don’t have to be as scary as you think. In fact, we often perceive root canals to be just like any other type of dental procedure, except they are a bit lengthier to complete. Here’s what you need to know about your root canal treatment in our office:
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You’ve probably asked this question before, but the answer you got just didn’t make sense. It’s just a tooth, right? So what’s the big deal about putting a dental filling in there to fix the problem?

To appreciate why your dentist may recommend something beyond a classic metal filling, it important that you understand exactly what your teeth are and what they do.


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When you hear the phrase “smile makeover,” what do you usually think about? You probably think about a smile with straight, bright white teeth. Did you know that your gums also have an important role in the appearance of your smile?
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The first time you find out that you need a dental crown, you may not be so sure. After all – sometimes the tooth never hurts or even feels like there is anything wrong with it. Dr. Quershi recommends crowning teeth that are significantly compromised and prone to fracture or infection.
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If you’d like to brighten your smile, then it’s not something you should aimlessly postpone for “someday.” Having your teeth whitened at just the right time will help you to achieve the most dramatic and lasting effects.
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Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Are you likely to postpone essential dental treatment because you feel the process is too long and uncomfortable? Sedation dentistry could be your key to experiencing worry-free dental work. You can have the peace of mind that you are getting the care you need minus the stress you don’t need. At our office, Dr. Farhan Qureshi will help your next session of dental care to be a relaxing one.
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Are you ready to take the steps necessary to get the smile of your dreams? Whether you’re still curious or are ready to get started – a smile makeover consultation is your first step.
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If you want a new smile – porcelain veneers can give you the most dramatic results possible. The cosmetic dental treatment is different than any other type of dental service, in that it specifically addresses the appearance of your teeth, rather than underlying dental conditions.
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A lot of people think that sedation dentistry is only for people with a severe fear of the dentist, need extensive treatments, or who have significant medical needs. Not so! Sedation dentistry is a great alternative for people with even mild anxiety or who simply don’t want to know what is going on during their dental appointment. It’s a great way to relax and not worry about everything else that’s going on around you.
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Dr. Qureshi, DDS is familiar with new patients coming to see him because of previous experiences that have left them afraid or nervous about going to the dentist. They know that we can help them overcome this fear and make them feel as relaxed as possible throughout the process.
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February 13, 2015

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While at home teeth whitening kits are widely available and relatively inexpensive, the advantages of seeking teeth whitening from a dentist outweigh the cost.

Immediate Results

Professional teeth whitening can give you results in less than an hour. How about that for instant satisfaction? Many teeth whitening kits take a minimum of 2-4 weeks to work before you can even notice a difference in the tint of your teeth. This is the reason why many people give up on teeth whitening.


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February 6, 2015

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Straws are commonplace in restaurants, beverage shops, and almost anywhere you can get a drink on the go. However, when it comes to drinking at home, straws are seldom used. Here are some benefits to using straws every day.
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January 30, 2015

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Electric Or Manual Toothbrush, which should you use?

While both options are effective for cleaning teeth, a recent study concluded that electric toothbrushes are more efficient teeth cleaners than manual toothbrushes. Listed below are benefits that support each type, so you can decide what is best for you and your family.


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January 23, 2015

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We all know foods like garlic and onion cause bad breath, but did you know that acidic foods can also cause bad breath? Below is a list of some surprising types of food that you should avoid to keep fresh breath.
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Healthy teeth come in a variety of shapes and sizes, thanks to genetics. But some people feel too shy to show their teeth in a smile because of how small they look.

If you suffer from this issue, you’ll be relieved to know that there are procedures that can help!
At the Alexandria office of Dr. Farhan Qureshi, you can discover a solution that’s right for you.


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Tooth loss is a serious public oral health concern among older people. Tooth loss can be considered a failure of current oral health care strategies, Knowing how soon this failure will occur can help clinicians enhance preventive strategies for preventing tooth loss and minimizing its impact. The authors conducted a study to detail tooth survival patterns in an older cohort.
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Smoking is a serious risk factor for periodontal disease and compromises clinical healing following therapy. Smoking suppresses the body’s immune response, triggers the release of cytokines which destroy healthy connective tissue and prevent these cells from organizing and healing. Despite a great deal of research confirming the role of smoking in the progression of periodontal disease, treatment and maintenance are the same for smokers and non-smokers. 
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Targeted swallowing exercise may help alleviate swallowing dysfunction resulting from chemo-radiation therapy (CRT), according to a study published in the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. “This study provides clear evidence that aggressive swallowing therapy is an important way to improve outcomes after CRT”, said Dr. Genden.

Eric Genden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City


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Osteoporosis is a well-known disease that weakens bone and increases the risk of fracture, particularly among postmenopausal women. Biphosphonates, an inhibitor of bone resorption, are widely used as a drug therapy for those with osteoporosis. Prolonged use of biphosphonates, however, can lead to a painful refractory bone exposure in the jaws, known as ”biphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw” (BONJ).
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Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is seen in 23 percent of the population, with half of these people suffering with a recurrence of RAS within three months. The Greek term “aphthai,” credited to Hippocrates, was first used to describe oral disorders. RAS is idiopathic in nature, with local trauma and stress being the most likely precipitating factors. Many treatments have been suggested including herbs, multivitamins, adhesive pastes, local antiseptics, local and systemic antibiotics, topical NSAIDs, topical and systemic corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. Vitamin B12 has been shown to provide both immediate and long-term benefits for the treatment and control of RAS.
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October 5, 2012

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More than 110 years later, researchers continue to discover new uses for Aspirin. In an issue of Nature Medicine, National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) scientists and grantees report in mouse studies that Aspirin, applied directly to the site of an experimental skull wound, helps bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) form new bone.
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October 5, 2012

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Periodontal disease can lead to Weight control and effect physical fitness.

The health complications of being overweight, such as increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, have long been reported. Health care professionals often urge patients to manage their weight and strive to get physical exercise each day to achieve and maintain overall health. And now, researchers have uncovered another fact about maintaining a fit lifestyle: Healthy teeth and gums.


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October 5, 2012

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Chewing gum is considered beneficial for oral hygiene, to help cope with air sickness and as an alternative to smoking. Researchers have suggested, anecdotally, that chewing gum enhance brain function.
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Oral bacterial biofilm contains an estimated 700 species including oral as well as respiratory pathogens. Medically important pathogens include Enterobacter, Hemophilus and various strains of pneumoniae bacteria. Respiratory pathogens in oral biofilm can be released into the saliva and aspirated into the lungs of hospitalized patients, especially those who have a breathing tube in place.
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For centuries, green tea has been consumed in Asia with the belief it yields significant health benefits. Animal studies show that theanine, a major amino acid in green tea, has a tranquilizing effect on the brain. Other studies show anti-inflammatory and stress-reduction effects associated with green tea.
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Oral probiotics in the form of mints or chewing gums introduce healthy bacteria to the oral cavity. The goal is to change the balance of the oral flora to one of health.
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Two over-the-counter oral probiotics are now available to control cariogenic bacteria: PerioBalance by Sunstar Butler and EvoraKids by Oragenics. PerioBalance uses Lactobacilli reuteri and EvoraKids uses ProBiora3, a blend of Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus uberis and Streptococcus rattus.
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In the United States an estimated 36,450 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity are diagnosed annually. Nearly 7,880 people die of cancer of the oral cavity each year.
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More Periodontitis with Birth Control Pills
Oral contraceptive use is linked to increased gingival inflammation due to an increase in the concentration of sex hormones in the gingival tissues. Newer formulations of oral contraceptives contain lower levels of hormones, however the number of years taking the drug may influence gingival conditions.
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Millions of people avoid the dentist out of fear. This anxiety may stem from a childhood experience, a painful procedure as an adult or even hearing exaggerated horror stories from others. In the past, anxiety and fear prevented too many people from getting the dental care they need. Luckily, today patients can receive necessary treatments in comfort thanks to sedation dentistry.
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In a National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, a full-mouth, comprehensive periodontal examination was conducted over 450 adults over the age of 35. The implication is that more American adults may suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease than previously thought.
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By the time I was five years old, all my deciduous molars were decayed and painful. A trip to the dentist provided no pain relief. The dentist told my mother that the cavities were in baby teeth that didn’t need to be repaired. He though he was giving us good news, but the pain remained. When asked to pull the teeth to relieve the pain, he simply shrugged off the idea saying that these teeth didn’t need to be pulled as they would eventually fall out by themselves. To control the pain he said, “That’s simple, just have her chew Aspirgum!” And so the toothaches continued. I cried from the pain, but was given Aspirgum. Of course, Aspirgum contained sugar, providing nutrition to the bacteria causing the problems!
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The enamel that blankets teeth is one of the body’s most mineralized and hard tissues, but its strength can be challenged by falling, biting down on a hard object or other trauma. Luckily, chipped or broken teeth can be repaired by a variety of techniques and treatments. Your Alexandria dentist can recommend the best treatment for your broken teeth based on your dental history, aesthetic preferences and the degree of the chip or break.
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Laboratory research shows promising outcomes for prevention of influenza with green tea catechins. Catechin binds to the virus preventing adsorption to host cells, thus preventing influenza. Theanine enhances systemic immunity. A small clinical trial showed gargling with green tea catechin extracts prevented flu infection in elderly nursing home patients.
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August 23, 2012

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Smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontal disease as well as other systemic diseases. Another risk factor is poor oral hygiene. These two risk behaviors, when started early, might become life-long habits.
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Parents can give their children a great start toward a lifetime of dental healthy by teaching them good oral care habits early. Instilling good habit can be an uphill battle at times, but teaching the importance of having healthy, clean teeth and making dental care fun can make the process easier.
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Diet has a significant effect on dental health. While poor nutrition can contribute to tooth decay and cavities, good nutrition can prevent dental problems and make the teeth stronger. From infancy to old age, a balanced diet is just as essential for the teeth as it is important for general health.

The modern Western diet contains a mixture of carbohydrates, like sugars, that are fermented by oral bacteria in the mouth. The fermentation process produces acid, which left unchecked, can lead to cavities.


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August 7, 2012

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“PerioPatch is an excellent device, applied directly to the affected area by my patients with no side effects. It markedly improved soft tissue healing and reduced the signs and symptoms of inflammation in the oral cavity. Having versatile applications, ranging from management of inflammatory lesions in the oral cavity to post-operative care for enhancement of soft tissue healing after periodontal and other oral surgical procedures, PerioPatch is a valuable addition to a wide range of dental procedures for every practice.”

Prof. Carlos E. Nemcovsky, Associate Professor
Department of Periodontology and Dental Implantology
Dental School
Tel Aviv University


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Something to think about when drinking your ‘energy’ drinks.

High titratable acidity in energy drinks, and to a lesser extent in sports drinks is a significant predictor of enamel dissolution, according to a study published in the May issue of general Dentistry.


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July 10, 2012

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Dental Cleaning done at the dentist is a special “deep” dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally.

Many people unfortunately regard professional dental cleanings as not so useful procedures. They think if they brush their teeth twice a day, nothing wrong can happen. However, the dental cleaning done at the dentist is a special “deep” dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally.


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