What’s Not Working With Your Kids’ Dental Hygiene Routine?

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Establishing a dental care routine for young children can be a real challenge. As a parent you have a hundred things going on (today alone) and sometimes you're lucky to get the kids out the door with all their shoes on, much less with their…

How Teeth Affect Speech

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  Teeth are for more than just chewing. They also play a big part in speech development and confidence. While talking comes naturally to many of us, we sometimes forget how complex speech actually is. Humans typically learn how to…

To Floss or Not to Floss?

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If you've been on social media at all in the last week, you've probably seen a new report that suggests that flossing may not be medically necessary. According to the report published by the Associated Press, flossing, a dental hygiene mainstay…

Now’s The Time to Schedule Your Child’s Dentist Appointment

For just about nine months out of the year, 5 days a week, your family's schedule is non-stop. Work and school, extracurricular activities and the daily grind make it difficult to fit in routine doctor and dental appointments (though we know…

Why Is Sugar Bad for Your Teeth?

Sweet things are delicious. From chocolate and soda to juice and cake, we love sugar. Most of us admit to having an active sweet tooth, despite knowing that too much sugar is actually detrimental to teeth! But why is this the case? We've…

Options for Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, you are not alone. Many people, especially as they age, lose their teeth to decay, bone resorption, and different types of oral trauma and injuries. Missing teeth not only affect your appearance, they can also…

Common Causes of a Toothache

Uh-oh. You get a twinge of pain in or around your jaw. Maybe you feel it "in" a specific tooth or maybe it just feels like a radiating ache. Either way, your first thought might be that you are suffering from a cavity. This isn't necessarily…

Vacendak Dentistry Has New Hours!

Here at Vacendak Dentistry, we are always trying to make dental care (and daily life) easier for our awesome patients. One way we hope to do this is by switching up our office hours a bit so that it's more convenient for you to make time…

Virginia Commonwealth University Debuts Its Oral Research Ph.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University, where both Doctors Sheila and Daniel Vacendak received their Doctorates of Dental Surgery, is blazing new trails in dental research and innovation. The School of Dentistry made an announcement last week that…

Dental Health During the Holidays

This time of year is exciting for many reasons. Quality time with family, travel and delicious food all make the holidays special. It’s also a busy season and in the midst of gift-buying, cooking and attending holiday parties, it is easy to…