General FAQs

Are you taking new patients?

Yes. Advanced Family Dentistry is currently accepting new patients. Bring the entire family.

What are your office hours?

We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What if I have a dental emergency?

If you have an emergency, whether during office hours, after hours or on the weekend, please contact our office at 703-390-9191. We will make arrangements for your treatment accordingly.

Where are you located?

Advanced Family Dentistry is conveniently located at 11876 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 101, Reston, Virginia 20191 to serve families throughout Northern Virginia and beyond. Our office is on the first floor and plenty of free parking is available.

What if I need to miss my appointment?

We request that you give us 48 hours’ notice that you cannot make your appointment so that we might schedule other patients into your time slot. You may reschedule your appointment for a later date. Patients who simply do not show up for a scheduled appointment are subject to a fee of $50 for the inconvenience to our practice.

Are antibiotics necessary before my dental appointment?

If you have been told to take precautionary antibiotics prior to your dental treatment, please check with us in advance. New findings show that it may not be necessary.

How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend a baseline of two visits per year. This enables us to thoroughly clean your teeth on each visit and check for any changes in your dental health.

How often should I brush and floss?

You should brush and floss at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. This will help to control plaque, the sticky film that coats teeth and gums and leads to tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal (gum) disease. We recommend brushing gently with a soft toothbrush. Do not scrub your gums as this will cause them to erode. Brush your tongue to freshen breath.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Indicators of gum disease begin with swelling and bleeding of the gums (gingivitis) in the early stages as a result of plaque buildup, or it may show no symptoms at all. It can progress to receding gums, potential tooth loss and periodontitis (gum disease) if not controlled. Many people have gum disease and do not know it, so it is imperative to see your dentist twice a year. Brushing and flossing regularly, and the avoidance of known risk factors such as tobacco use will aid in reducing the risk of developing periodontal disease.

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