Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Are You at Risk?

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Are you familiar with this deadly disease? According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), an estimated 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer EVERY YEAR and 9,000 U.S. citizens will die from this horrifying disease. Oral cancer’s mortality rate isn’t because it’s hard to diagnose, but because cancer is discovered late in its development. You can take action to stop this......
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Why We Sponsor The Washington Ballet

Drs. Fizzah and M. Timothy Gocke recently sponsored The Washington Ballet’s Amuse Bouche special event on Friday, February 10th, 2017. Learn why we are honored to support our local community in this way. An Honorable Cause for the Community and Beyond The Washington Ballet’s Women’s Committee hosted an incredible event: Amuse Bouche a lively evening benefiting The Washington Ballet where attendees could show their support while indulging in......
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8 Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth While Traveling

What are your travel plans this summer? Whether you’re planning a long weekend at the beach, a rustic camping adventure, or an international getaway, no doubt you’re excited about your upcoming escape. The house-sitter is booked, your bags are packed…but do you have everything you need to maintain healthy teeth while traveling? It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when out of town;......
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Overcoming Dental Anxiety – Never Fear The Dentist Again

Are you afraid of the dentist? Have you ever put off dental work because of some form of dental anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 3 out of 4 people have at least some fear of going to the dentist! For millions, their fears extend beyond a nervous stomach or apprehension to make an appointment. Studies show that between 9% and 15% of Americans are terrified enough of the dentist......
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Sleep Apnea: Is It a Big Deal?

Sleep apnea contributes to 450,000 death per year. So, yes! It is a big deal if you don’t undergo the proper channels to treat this deadly disease. If you believe you or a loved one have sleep apnea, you’re not alone. In America, sleep apnea affects more than 12 million people. In honor of Sleep Awareness Week, let our blog guide you to help take the appropriate......
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Top 10 Dental Emergencies and What To Do About Them

One of your worst fears is realized: You fell face first onto the concrete, and you felt that front tooth break. Panic mode ensues. What the heck are you going to do now? Don’t panic, we’ve got some answers for you. There are all types of dental emergencies and most of the time, the answer is going to see a dentist in the Northern Virginia community as soon......
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We’re Celebrating Our New Website With A Scavenger Hunt

We’ve launched our new website and we’re celebrating with a scavenger hunt – you could win! Our new website is mobile friendly, easy to use, and is loaded with helpful dental information and details about our practice that might be news to you! We think you’re going to love it! We are having a good ol’ fashioned Scavenger Hunt to introduce the Northern Virginia community to all of its great......
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TMJ Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

Do you experience throbbing tension headaches? What about unexplained soreness in your neck and shoulders? Have normal activities like chewing or speaking become painful? You may be experiencing the painful effects of TMJ disorder, an excruciating ailment that affects millions of Americans, especially women between the ages of 20 and 40. TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, is often overlooked during medical exams and......
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National Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month! The awareness of oral cancer among the American public is relatively low. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 48, 250 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer just this year! Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kills nearly one person every hour of every day of every year. The......
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National Facial Protection Month

The month of April is known as National Facial Protection Month in order to raise awareness about the importance of protecting oneself from dental and facial related injuries resulting from outdoor activities. Spring time often brings about an influx of patients suffering from head, mouth, and facial injuries resulting directly from sports-related accidents.  Many of these injuries could have been easily prevented with the use of helmets,......
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