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Dr. Dariusz P. Kot

Dentist

Dr. Dariusz Kot is a Dentist practicing in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Kot specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Dariusz P. Kot
  • Fairfax, VA
  • DDS at The Medical College of Virginia
  • Accepting new patients

What is the importance of using dental floss?

Yes, you certainly do. Floss is another tool, in addition to your toothbrush, to enable complete plaque removal which is the main goal of good and proper oral hygiene. You may READ MORE
Yes, you certainly do. Floss is another tool, in addition to your toothbrush, to enable complete plaque removal which is the main goal of good and proper oral hygiene. You may brush your teeth 3 times a day, but without flossing, you don't remove plaque from 20% to 50% of tooth surfaces.

Do I need braces to get rid of the gap in my teeth?

As a general rule, orthodontic treatment (Invisalign) is a number one choice for your situation. If the gaps are relatively small and the teeth are straight, you may choose to READ MORE
As a general rule, orthodontic treatment (Invisalign) is a number one choice for your situation. If the gaps are relatively small and the teeth are straight, you may choose to correct your problem with veneers, which require minimal tooth preparation (grinding) and will give you a very cosmetic outcome. If your teeth have a lot of spacing, are severely discolored, rotated or imperfectly shaped, then your choice of treatment will involve all ceramic crowns on 4 or 6 of your front teeth. Ask your dentist which treatment is best for you.

I just got a crown fit on my teeth but it hurts a lot. Does it require re-treatment?

No, the most common problem is incorrect bite (a crown is too high). This can easily be adjusted. If this is not the case, root canal therapy can be done if there is a nerve damage READ MORE
No, the most common problem is incorrect bite (a crown is too high). This can easily be adjusted. If this is not the case, root canal therapy can be done if there is a nerve damage due to previous fracture or decay.

I had some bleeding in my gums while brushing. Could it be serious?

Yes, this could be serious. You might just have gingivitis which is relatively easy to treat, or any stage of the periodontal disease, which is much harder to treat. It is very READ MORE
Yes, this could be serious. You might just have gingivitis which is relatively easy to treat, or any stage of the periodontal disease, which is much harder to treat. It is very important to have your teeth examined which should include full mouth X-rays. Likely for you, the above conditions can be diagnosed quickly and an appropriate treatment can be prescribed.

At what age can my little one start brushing her teeth on her own?

Three years old is a good age to start. Just supervise your child and then brush his or her teeth correctly.

Will mouthwash erode my teeth enamel?

The short answer is NO, but what you do is masking the problem. It is like using cologne without taking a shower, and doing this over and over. The bad breath is most likely caused READ MORE
The short answer is NO, but what you do is masking the problem. It is like using cologne without taking a shower, and doing this over and over. The bad breath is most likely caused by periodontal disease, tooth decay, or just plaque not regularly removed. In very rare cases, you might have an acid reflux problem in the absence of the above conditions.

I am still having pain after my wisdom tooth extraction last week. Why is this happening?

That is not unusual to experience pain after extractions especially when when teeth were removed surgically and the bone around the teeth was also removed. You probably developed READ MORE
That is not unusual to experience pain after extractions especially when when teeth were removed surgically and the bone around the teeth was also removed. You probably developed a dry socket (exposed bone), which is most common complication after oral surgery. Dry sockets are especially common after removal of lower wisdom teeth. You should go back to your dentist and have him evaluate your condition.

What is the right age to get braces for my child?

It is a very difficult question to answer without examining a patient. If there are no obvious problems, for example, skeletal or developmental, it is perfectly OK to wait until READ MORE
It is a very difficult question to answer without examining a patient. If there are no obvious problems, for example, skeletal or developmental, it is perfectly OK to wait until age 11 or 12. Do not worry about spacing at this age as this is seen frequently in children. When baby teeth are replaced with permanent, bigger teeth, spacing disappears and sometimes even crowding may develop.

Does yellow teeth ever mean tooth decay?

"Yellow film" on your teeth is most likely plaque that needs to be removed daily with a toothbrush and floss. Tooth decay is soft to the touch with a dental instrument.

I am bleeding after 6 hours of my tooth extraction. What should I do?

Place a Lipton tea bag and folded gauze on the extraction site, bite and apply a constant pressure for at least 30 min, repeat if necessary.