Family Dentist for Government Employees Outside DC Area

Many times, finding the right dentist can be a challenge, especially if you’re looking for one who is right for you and the entire family. However, at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have excellent dentists who are extremely skilled in treating each precious member of your family. At each of our office locations, you’ll find that you and your... read more »

Dentist Who Accepts New Government Employees as Patients Near DC area

Dentist who accepts new government employees as patients near DC area If you are looking for a dentist in the DC area, at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are honored to serve our community by gladly accepting new patients (many of those who are government employees)! We have excellent dentists at our practice, who are extremely skilled and take... read more »

Canker Sore Toothpaste – What is the Best?

Also known as aphthous ulcers, canker sores are small shallow lesions that form on the soft tissues of your mouth or at the base of your gums. They differ from cold sores because they aren’t contagious and don’t appear on the surface of the lips. Canker sores can be very painful and make it a challenge to eat and speak.... read more »

Can I Have a Cavity If There is No Pain?

Also known as tooth decay, cavities are permanently damaged areas on the teeth that develop into small holes or openings. Cavities are often the result of bacteria in the mouth, poor oral hygiene, and drinking sugary beverages. Although cavities are particularly common in children, teens, and seniors, anyone can develop them, including babies. Left untreated, cavities can cause severe toothache,... read more »

Do I Need a Root Canal if There is No Pain?

The purpose of a root canal is to remove diseased pulp tissue from the inside of a tooth. It is typically performed when the tooth cannot be filled or restored in any other way because its has become infected. The most common sign that you need a root canal is significant pain on the affected tooth. However, you may also... read more »

Is Swallowing Mouthwash Bad for You?

Mouthwash offers a variety of benefits. It can freshen your breath by killing the bacteria associated with bad breath. Mouthwash can also prevent plaque from building up on your gums, in between your teeth, and on the surface of your teeth in between brushing. In addition, mouthwash can rinse out any loose particles in your mouth and make brushing and... read more »

Is There a Mouthwash That Doesn’t Burn?

If you’ve ever used mouthwash, you may have experienced mouthwash burn. While some patients like the burn because it confirms that the product is working, others cannot tolerate it and are always on the lookout for an alternative solution. The mouthwash burn is widely seen among Listerine users. Listerine is a popular brand of mouthwash that has been around for... read more »

Why Does Listerine Burn?

Listerine is a popular brand of antiseptic mouthwash. If you’ve seen ads for Listerine, you know it’s slogan: “kills germs that cause bad breath.” It was named after Joseph Lister who is considered the pioneer of antiseptic surgery and developed in 1879 by a chemist named Joseph Lawrence. This mouthwash has been around for over 100 years and is a... read more »

Floss Before or After Brushing

Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them. Why? Because bacteria can easily make its way in between your teeth and your gums. If it remains in your mouth, your chances of developing cavities and gum disease significantly increases. Flossing can reach areas of your teeth that a toothbrush simply cannot. Recently, we’ve had some patients ask us... read more »

Enjoy Mother’s Day with a Healthy Smile

This is the month where we recognize our mothers for all their efforts and take the opportunity to thank them for all they have done, which may also include them teaching us how to brush and floss. As a mother, your oral health is important to both you and your family. When your teeth are strong and your gums healthy,... read more »