Welcome to Fidel Dental Group!
Welcome to Fidel Dental Group, a leading dental care practice with offices in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia. We strive to provide our patients the most advanced dental care that will help you and your family achieve and maintain great oral health and beautiful smiles for a lifetime!
We provide a broad range of dental treatments, including restorative dentistry, such as crowns, bridges and dentures. To rejuvenate your smile, we provide cosmetic solutions such as Zoom! Whitening and orthodontic treatment using Invisalign® clear aligners. Whether you are a patient of our Washington, D.C. office or our Arlington, Virginia office, you can be confident that you are receiving the highest standard of dental care available.
Study: Wine Tasting May Be More Harmful To Teeth Than Standard Drinking.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (3/25, Nancarrow) reports that a study from the University of Adelaide in Australia has shown that “just 10 one-minute wine tastings can bring a softening of the tooth enamel.” Researchers said that the “acidic levels found in wine were similar to those in orange juice,” and that people who taste wine, as opposed to simply drinking it, have an increased risk for tooth break-down because of the additional swirling of wine in the mouth associated with tasting wine, increasing exposure of wine to the tooth. The researchers advise frequent wine tasters to use fluoride treatments to help protect their tooth structure.
Consumers Should Look For ADA Seal Of Acceptance When Buying Toothpaste.
The Ladue News (MO) (5/15, Mitchell) reports on what to look for when purchasing a toothpaste. One dentist noted that fluoride “is the most important ingredient in toothpaste,” since “numerous clinical trials have shown it to be effective against tooth decay, and most toothpastes in the United States contain fluoride.” The dentist also “suggests consumers look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal when purchasing toothpaste,” noting that while the FDA has various requirements for products, it does not test them, but the ADA “conducts extensive testing to determine whether they meet specific criteria for safety and effectiveness,” the dentist said.
Study Reaffirms Dentist Office As Effective Diabetes Screening Location.
CNBC (5/15) carries a press release announcing that although “most people wouldn’t equate a dentist office visit with a diabetes diagnosis,” according to research presented Thursday at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ 24th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress, “that’s one of the most logical places to be screened for the chronic disease.” The press release adds, “Taking advantage of the fact that most Americans regularly schedule visits with their dentist, more so than with their medical doctors, dental offices emerged as an innovative and effective means for diabetes screening – particularly pre-diabetes – through a survey with questions about a patient’s body weight, family history of diabetes, ethnicity and waist circumference.”
Study: 91% Of US Adults Have Had Dental Caries In Permanent Teeth.
TIME (5/13, Sifferlin) reports that a new study from the NIH and CDC found that 91 percent of US adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had dental caries in permanent teeth as of 2011-2012, and among 65-year-olds, 96 percent have tooth decay. TIME adds that more than a quarter of adults ages 20 to 64 have untreated tooth decay, while “Hispanic and black adults had more untreated cavities compared with white and Asian adults ages 20 to 64,” with black adults at a rate of 42 percent. The study also found that “American adults ages 20 to 39 were twice as likely to have all their teeth, compared with adults ages 40 to 64.”
DIY Tooth Whitening Among Dr. Oz’s Questionable Recommendations.
In an article examining five examples of claims Dr. Oz has made on his show that are not supported by science, LiveScience (4/23, Lewis) reports that Dr. Oz “has promoted a do-it-yourself method” for whitening teeth that “does not actually whiten teeth, and may in fact weaken them, according to a study published in 2014 in the journal Operative Dentistry.” The method involves brushing with a mixture of strawberries and baking soda. That method “lacks the chemicals hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, which are essential ingredients in tooth whitening products, according to the American Dental Association.”