The general public has many questions regarding oral health

The general public has many questions regarding oral health. The Academy of General Dentistry has a list on their website,, that lists the most popular topics.

Some examples of the topics covered are orofacial pain, detecting early childhood tooth decay, the history of dental advances and many more

Not only does have the most popular topics, it covers all dental topics with a glossary. It’s important to read into dental health so you can be aware of preventative actions you and your family may take to have excellent oral hygiene. You may also learn about sign and symptoms that if spotted earlier will help with costs of treatment.

The Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry has a wealth of information for the general public on a website they created called

While checking out the website we noticed a really cool information source that guides you through the life of a tooth from the time it arrives until you are 65+ years of age. You can find this table at!

Get your kids to brush their teeth!

There are many creative ideas to get your kids into the healthy habit of cleaning their teeth. Below is a link to an article that lists some ideas.

Making things like using a tooth brush special by buying one with a fun design and then buying fun toothpaste instead of boring mint are some of ideas the article talks about. Also ask friends and family what has worked for their kids. You may get some ideas that way too.

“Why Do Teeth Become Crooked?

“Why Do Teeth Become Crooked?

Terry Pracht, DDS, past president of the American Association of Orthodontics says that both heredity and environmental factors can create crooked teeth and bite problems. Dr. Pracht mentions that hereditary factors include crowded teeth, teeth where there is too much space and malocclusions. He also mentions that crooked teeth can be caused by thumb sucking and tongue thrusting as well as accidents occurring to the jaw(1).”

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Do you need orthodontic treatment?

“If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

Overbite, sometimes called “buck teeth” — where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth
Underbite — a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
Crossbite — when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
Open bite — space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
Misplaced midline— when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
Spacing — gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
Crowding — when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate”

The American Association of Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists has great videos on their website about understanding your treatment options. The topics include the following:

Why An Orthodontist, Everyone Deserves Straight Teeth and A Beautiful Smile, Braces Are affordable and Convenient, Be rushing and Flossing While Wearing Braces, What To East When Wearing Braces, Retainers Keep Your Teeth from Becoming Crooked Again, What is an Orthodontist: Orthodontic Treatment: The Best Decision You’ll Ever Make, Orthodontic Treatment for Adults Testimonials

Go to their website to look at these videos to learn about the topics and more!

You should see an orthodontist if…

You should see an orthodontist if you are in need of orthodontic services. This is because an orthodontist has extensive education specifically in orthodontics post dental school. They study orthodontics for a couple of years in special orthodontic residency programs.

Orthodontists have their specialty and like you would go to any other specialist with a specific need of yours, orthodontists can help you with these specific needs.

There are a lot of treatment options out there to make your teeth jaw and facial muscles work together so you can have the best possible smile and health.

Using the iTero 3D intra-oral scanner

Using the iTero 3D intra-oral scanner, we can take accurate impressions of your teeth and gums digitally. No more messy putty impressions! iTero results in greater accuracy and fewer appointments. The scan is quick and easy.

At Rappahannock Orthodontics, we recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our door.

Whether you’re an adult, teen or child, our experienced team is committed to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful and confident smile!