Posts for: December, 2014

By Gibberman Dental
December 19, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Everyone knows that it's important to brush daily, but not everyone prioritizes the need to floss just as often (if not more). Here are four things you may not have known about flossing that will help encourage you to make it more of a habit. Flossing more increases the chance of a good report at your next Alexandria family dentistry appointment with Dr. Paul Gibberman.

1. Lack of Flossing is a Major Cause of Gum Disease
Some patients who are diagnosed with gum disease are often surprised at this diagnosis because they believe that they take very good care of their teeth. After some probing from the dentist, it's discovered that they don't practice flossing as much as they should. Flossing regularly helps prevent gum disease because it removes the stubborn food particles that lay between the teeth and near the gums.

2. Flossing Stimulates Your Gums & Saliva Production
When you floss, you're forced to keep your mouth open for an extended period of time. That stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, which helps clean the teeth and loosen particles. Saliva is a natural protection against the plaque and bad bacteria that cause dental problems. Also, at your next appointment at the Alexandria family dentistry of Gibberman Dental ask about the potential benefits of gently stimulating your gums with floss.

3. You Really Should Floss After Meals
Most people who floss consistently do so right before going to bed (which is good), but many don't know that it's an even better idea to floss your teeth after every meal. Every time you eat, food particles are left in the mouth that should ideally be removed immediately before they can attract or feed bacteria.

4. Flossing Can Help Freshen Your Breath
Bad breath is often caused by bacterium that grows in the crevices of your mouth. When the bacteria are allowed to stay there and flourish, the bad odor grows with it. So if you have a problem with persistent bad breath, flossing may be the simple solution.

Get a Dental Cleaning
After brushing and flossing regularly, the next best thing is to get your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist. Dr. Gibberman’s Alexandria family dentistry is committed to helping patients “feel good about their smiles.” Visit to make an appointment request or call the office directly at (703) 823-6616.

By Gibberman Dental
December 11, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Visits  
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may be wondering what to expect and what you should to do ensure a smooth visit. Here are a few things that you need to know before going to the Alexandria family dentistry of Dr. Paul Gibberman the next time around.
X-Rays and Consult are Standard for the First Visit
When you first visit your family dentist after a while, you should expect that the majority of the visit will be a general examination of your teeth,X Rays a set of X-rays and a consultation. Depending on your issues you may also have a cleaning done at that appointment. The dentist will evaluate your case based on all of these factors and make suggestions for how to improve your smile.
Bring Your Insurance Information
When you visit Alexandria family dentistry of Dr. Gibberman, make sure that you bring your insurance card and any additional information that you think the office might need to bill your insurance company. You can find a complete list of the insurance companies accepted by Dr. Gibberman at It’s a good idea to arrive about 15 minutes early so that you can fill out new patient paperwork (which can also be downloaded on the practice’s website in advance). Keep in mind that the office also offers flexible payment plans—just ask a staff member at your first visit.
Ask Questions
At your Alexandria family dentist office, we encourage our patients to ask questions about their oral health. Write down a list of questions or concerns before heading into our office. This includes any oral problems you may be experiencing or anything you want to know about keeping your mouth healthy. Writing down your questions may sound silly, but you do not want to forget anything the day of your visit.   
Visit Your Alexandria Family Dentist
Make time to schedule a visit to the Alexandria family dentistry of Dr. Gibberman today—the earlier you set your first appointment the better. You can set a date with a receptionist by calling (703) 823-6616 or visiting to request a convenient time online.