'By the time Gaudreau went to see Obholz two years ago, years of clenching and grinding had worn his teeth to chipped nubs and collapsed his bite. Two other specialists had told Gaudreau that it would be impossible to keep his teeth and that he'd need implants. But Obholz disagreed.'


General Dentist in Washington DC

DC Family Dentistry

Dentistry has evolved tremendously over the past decade and our dedicated dental care team stays current on new developments. We leverage contemporary technology, aesthetic dental materials, and conservative dental procedures in designing individual treatment plans. We take a holistic approach in providing effective and comfortable dental care to children, teens, adults and seniors.

Our focus, whether during a cleaning or at another appointment, is always on achieving and maintaining your optimum oral health. We believe that routine appointments combined with proper cleaning at home help significantly to avoid periodontal disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.

Our digital X-rays emit significantly reduced exposure to radiation, and our intraoral cameras permit advanced examination and accurate diagnosis. Wireless Internet access, cable television, music, and videos in our treatment rooms provide a comfortable atmosphere for your dental visits.

Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Excellent dental hygiene is key to ensuring your dental health. During check-ups and cleanings we detect problems in their early stages and recommend specific treatments. We develop a schedule of examinations based on each patient’s needs and inform you of new dental techniques and procedures that will benefit you. We provide fluoride treatments as needed and will fit you with a night guard if your teeth are being compromised by grinding.

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Fluoride Treatments

Today most US tap water contains fluoride and most bottled water doesn't. Consequently, many people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a greater risk for getting cavities. Sometimes parents use bottled water to mix baby formula, but actually, tap water is better in this case.  Children often pack bottled water in school lunches, and adults tend to use bottled water instead of filling up a reusable bottle with tap water.  Fluoride is an interesting mineral because it attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel. At your checkup we'll recommend a fluoride solution if your teeth need one.  

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Teeth Grinding Relief

Some people grind their teeth unconsciously during the day or, more commonly, while sleeping. This pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition, known as bruxism, can be remedied with a nightguard. 

Common symptoms of grinding, also known as bruxism, include a sore jaw, headaches, or earaches. Causes vary, but may include stress, anxiety, tension, misaligned teeth, posture, diet, sleeping habits, and other factors. Bruxism is most prevalent in women and generally found in about one-third of the population.  Clenching and grinding of the teeth can also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has a long list of side effects including pain in the head and neck.  If we determine that you suffer from bruxism, we'll create an orthotic appliance, called a nightguard, to prevent grinding and clenching.

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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease affects 75% of adults over 35 years of age and is responsible for a significant amount of adult tooth loss. Neglecting your gums eventually leads to periodontal (gum) disease, which contributes to the deterioration of overall oral health.  Our systematic periodontal review checks gum pocket depths and tracks the health of your gums with the goal of preventing tooth loss.

Periodontal disease begins with bacteria forming in the sticky film on tooth surfaces, causing gum inflammation. If the inflammation is ignored, toxins from the plaque break down natural fibers holding the gums to the teeth, permitting even more toxins to invade. Plaque deposits harden into calculus or tartar, which is a rough, porous substance not removable with brushing. Over time, this progression can lead to severe inflammation, bone loss, gum recession and tooth loss.

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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease




  • Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
  • Gum recession, or gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between the gum and tooth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bite changes
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

If you notice any of these symptoms, please make an appointment promptly! Together we can battle periodontal disease and maintain your wonderful, dazzling smile.

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Root Canal Therapy

You may need root canal therapy when the nerve tissue in your tooth is damaged due to decay, trauma or fracture. Today’s root canal treatments are relatively simple procedures that involve little discomfort.

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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a dangerous yet somewhat preventable type of cancer. The most common risk factors are tobacco use, high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, or poorly fitting dentures. Although 80-90% of oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25% occur in people with no risk factors.  During regular check-ups we examine your mouth for flat, painless, white or red spots or small sores. Other signs of oral cancer include:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A color change of the oral tissues
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small, eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.

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Your family deserves healthy smiles designed for a lifetime. Call Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington today to schedule your consultation or checkup with Dr. Obholz. Our Washington, DC dental office is convenient for patients who live or work in the American University, Georgetown, Tenley Circle, and Embassy Row areas.

3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, Suite 230, Washington, DC 20016 ~ Phone: (202) 364-8989
3201 New Mexico Avenue NW, Suite 230, Washington, DC 20016 USA
Dr. Yelena Obholz Aesthetic and Family Dentistry of Washington (202) 364-8989 (202) 244-9609 doctor@ddsdc.com