Dariusz P. Kot, DDS, PC, is a dentist with his own private practice in Fairfax, Virginia. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of general dentistry. Dr. Kot was educated at the Medical College of Virginia, and in addition to receiving an excellent foundation in dentistry from his formal education, he has completed hundreds of hours of additional training and continuing education, far surpassing the requirements by the State Board of Dentistry. Dr. Kot is a professional member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Northern Virginia Dental Society,American Academy of General Dentistry, Virginia Academy of General Dentistry,Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodonticsand the Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association.
Education and Training
DDS at The Medical College of Virginia
Dr. Dariusz P. Kot DDS's Expert Contributions
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. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
Three years old is a good age to start. Just supervise your child and then brush his or her teeth correctly. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
"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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Orthodontics
Professional Society Memberships
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics
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Hobbies / Sports
- Tennis, Traveling
Favorite professional publications
- Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry
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IntroductionThe presence of bumps and lumps in the mouth is not something uncommon. You may have experienced them in the past, particularly on your lips, back of the throat, or tongue. There are various things that can cause the formation of bumps on the roof of your mouth, but most of them are...
- What Is a Cavity?
A cavity is a result of tooth decay, which is a damage that occurs due to poor oral health and dental plaque on the tooth’s surface. Cavities usually start really small and when they are left untreated, they gradually become bigger. Anyone who has teeth, including babies, can develop cavities. For...
- Treat Gum Disease for Healthier Blood Vessels
Intensive treatment of gum diseases may help blood vessels and gums, reports a study published in, The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted on 120 people who had severe gum disease, or peridontitis. In this condition, the gum line recedes and teeth loosens as the support is...
- What Could Jaw Pain Mean?
Introduction Jaw pain is described as an uncomfortable, painful, and debilitating condition that can have a sudden or gradual onset. The exact symptoms also depend on the underlying cause of jaw pain. When a person has jaw pain, it can significantly affect his or her ability to speak and consume...
- Sleep Apnea: What Are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment?
Sleep apnea is a very common but serious sleeping disorder, wherein your breathing gets briefly interrupted while you sleep. Breathing might stop or become very shallow with pauses while you are sleeping. It can last from a few seconds to several minutes and usually recurs through the night. Since...
- What are Canker Sores?
Canker sores are small, painful ulcers that develop in the lining of the mouth. These are one of the most common mouth ulcers, and the sores make eating difficult. Studies show that about 20% of the population suffer from these painful sores. Canker sores are classified into simple and complex...
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