Humans are born without teeth, most of the time. They sprout 20 baby teeth, most of the time. Those baby teeth shed, and then we get 32 adult teeth – 16 on top and 16 on the bottom, most of the time. I say most of the time because odd things happen

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Bill Before and After

I saw Bill Clinton on television the other day and thought what great teeth he has. His teeth are not perfect and that’s part of what makes them nice looking. Bill is 67 years old now, and no 67 year old would have perfect teeth.  Sure enough

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As I have mentioned previously we are seeing a veritable epidemic of tooth decay lately.  Patients are, of course, upset by this.

Universally they want to know what is causing their decay. When we try to help them figure it out frequently

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Checkout Checkbook

Once again we are one of the top rated dental offices in the DC area, with an overall rating of 96% a solid A. Woohoo!

If you’d like to have one of the top dentists in the area give us a call 703-532-1712 FallsChurchSmiles.com

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Confirmation Consternation

Many medical and dental offices are now confirming appointments electronically. We too have an electronic system that will confirm appointments via text or email.

We have found that people who are under the age of 50 love this system. People 50-70

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The greater Washington DC area is a transient one.  Because of this we sometimes lose patients who we really like and who really like us. When these patients move far away enough to need to find a new dentist they usually ask us who they should

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The classic Christmas story, “Rudolf the Red Nosed Rein Deer and the Island of Misfit Toys”  is weirdly similar to Dr. Urban’s own story. This story features Hermy the Elf, who just wants to be a dentist, but is instead forced to make toys in

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Green Boa, White Teeth

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My friend took this photo of me on Saturday, she also lent me the green boa. The reason I am posting it here is because I love the way my teeth look in this photo.
If you would like to have a smile like this give us a

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Hand Holding

While driving into the office today I heard yet another great NPR story. This one was about a train in the NY Subway that was stuck underground, without power, for two hours. The conductor is a very nice woman who did her best to calm the riders

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Internal Resorption

The X-Ray shown here is of a 12 year old boy's teeth. You can see his first molar with two roots on the right side of the pic. In the middle is tooth #20 a single rooted bicuspid. However, an untrained eye might see two roots. That’s because the

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Love My Teeth

I cropped this photo of me from a wedding that I attended last week. This photo was taken by my friend, Christina Taylor, who is a professional photographer. She also took the photo of me in my St. Patrick's Day 2012 blog. If you ever need

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Me First!

“I want to go first!” young Chase exclaimed.  “No me first!” his sister, Madison, protested.  “I’m oldest. It should be me!” insisted Andy, the oldest at 11.

This is what I heard from the three kids that just walked in the door. They love

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again, a person cannot be pretty without pretty teeth.

I got an app this weekend that manipulates images of faces. It's called Mug Life and it's pretty fun, I guess. I got it because it said it would

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Pinko Commie Teeth

Today I get to be the dental patient. My lower teeth are a little bit crowded, and as we mature our teeth tend to shift forward, so my crowding wasn’t getting better; it was getting worse. You can see in the photo below, my lowers seem to be leaning

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This is my 150th blog post, my own little sesquicentennial, sort of.  I doubt I’d know that word except for Dr. Urban’s influence. You see, he’s big into the U.S. Civil War, and 2011 through 2015 marks 150 years since that war started and

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Sunshine Smile

Today I pulled into the dental office parking lot facing the glorious sun rising in the east. I love this time of year when the days are getting longer, the sun comes up a little earlier every day. So I sat there basking in the sun for a minute

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Holy Cats, it’s been a month since I was able to blog! The new year brought us some staff changes. Then we had some team members (me!) out sick. It’s been a crazy start to the new year, so crazy that I simply did not have time to blog. Now that we

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Tiger Teeth

Yesterday we made an upper denture for an older gentleman who hasn’t had teeth for many years.

Once it was in place the patient asked Cerina to see a mirror. Cerina put the mirror in front of him. He was taken aback and exclaimed, “I look like a

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We Love Our Patients

And they love us. One of our long-time patients is a huge Beatles fan, and he collects their memorabilia. We already knew this about him as we like to chit-chat and get to know personal details.

This particular patient is a bit dental phobic, and

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