COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

March 12, 2020

We want to assure all of you that the health and wellbeing of our patients has always been of utmost importance to us. We strictly adhere to universal precaution standards of infection control.

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Dr. Farhan Qureshi Selected as a Top Dentists for 2019!

January 17, 2020

Farhan Qureshi, DDS is being honored by the Washingtonian for being selected as a Top Dentist for the Alexandra VA area!

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Dr. Farhan Qureshi Selected as a Top Dentists for 2018!

March 15, 2019

Selections for this distinction were made by ballot. These ballots were provided to every Alexandria VA dentist listed online with the American Dental Association along with those in local and national dental societies.

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Dr. Qureshi Awarded 2018 Top Dentist

June 11, 2018

Selections for this distinction were made by ballot. These ballots were provided to every Alexandria VA dentist listed online with the American Dental Association along with those in local and national dental societies.

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Welcome Dr. Gary Avakian - New Location in Old Town

May 08, 2018

We are excited to have Dr. Gary Avakian’s continued support at our new office location at 303 South Columbus Street in Alexandria, Virginia. He is bringing four decades of dental experience and a kind, warm sense of professionalism to our practice.

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Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade Donation Update

February 23, 2018

We received a fun update in the mail recently from our friend Deborah Deaton, with the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade!

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Thank you to our dental family!

January 02, 2018

Thank you to all of our wonderful friends and dental family for their warm thoughts during the holiday season.

We love getting cards from you!

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What to eat after teeth whitening treatment

October 17, 2017

Do you want your teeth whitening treatment to be as effective as possible? Learn about the "white diet," which can help prolong the effectiveness of your professional teeth whitening treatment.

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The importance of dental x-rays at check-ups

October 01, 2017
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Oftentimes, patients are skeptical of receiving routine dental x-rays, believing that it is an opportunity for upcharges. On the contrary, dental x-rays are imperative to helping us see below your gum line to examine your dental health. Learn more on why dental x-rays are important for preventing and treating your dental health.

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Health Benefits of Teeth Whitening


Did you know that teeth whitening can also have health benefits? Learn the health and cosmetic benefits of teeth whitening.

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Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures Over Traditional Dentures


Dentures have long been considered the gold standard of treatment for patients who have lost the majority of their teeth in their upper or lower jaw, or require extraction due to extensive damage or decay. Learn more about the benefits of implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures.

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Best Sleep Apnea Treatment in Alexandria, VA


Dr. Farhan Qureshi is dedicated to helping you maintain your oral health as well as your overall health. With that said, getting adequate sleep is crucial to leading a happy, healthy, and functional life. Sleep disorders can negatively impact the way you look, feel, and function in day-to-day life.

One of the most common sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), affects nearly 30 million adults in the United States¹. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes patients to stop breathing for up to a hundred times throughout the night.

These episodes can last anywhere from three seconds to an entire minute. Characterized by loud snoring, sleep apnea can not only annoy your bedside partner, it can also put you at a higher risk for a range of serious health problems.

By offering the most effective apnea treatments, Farhan Qureshi, DDS in Alexandria, VA can help you or your partner get a healthier night’s rest.

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Four Reasons to Not Skip Out on Getting That Filling

May 16, 2017

Don't wait until your teeth start hurting to have cavities filled. Learn more here.

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Is It Healthy To Whiten Your Teeth?

April 19, 2017

If you’re interested in lightening the color of your smile, then you want a technique that’s safe as well as effective. At Farhan Qureshi, DDS, you’ll find the cosmetic dental solution that’s right for you.

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"I Don’t Care if My Teeth Fall Out – I’ll Just Get Dentures” Think Again, Warns Dr. Qureshi

March 22, 2017

Are you not worried about tooth loss? It turns out that dentures can be worst for your facial structure than you can imagine. Learn more here.

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What Should I Do if I Broke My Tooth?

February 21, 2017

Teeth fracture in a few different ways for a variety of reasons. Here's what you should do if you have a broken tooth.

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How To Manage Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

January 25, 2017

Dental phobia can prevent people from seeking the care they need. That’s why dentists like Dr. Farhan Qureshi offer treatments and advice that make the dental care experience as relaxing as possible.

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What Are My Alternatives to a Root Canal?

December 30, 2016

Are you terrified of root canal therapy? See if there are any alternatives available, and what your options are for treating your root canal infection.

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Are Dental Veneers Right For You?

November 30, 2016

Dental veneers can treat a range of dental problems. Learn the most common uses of dental veneers, and how they can save your smile.

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When Is Your Child Ready to See the Dentist?

October 31, 2016

Looking for a dentist you can trust your children's dental health with? Learn how to prepare your child for their first dental visit.

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Is An Implant Right For You?

September 30, 2016

Imagine a tooth replacement that works just like a natural tooth and lets you eat all the foods you love.

If that sounds good to you, then you might want to consider dental implant therapy.

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4 Reasons to Try Professional Teeth Whitening

September 5, 2016

Shouldn’t the health of your teeth matter more than the color of your teeth? If that’s what you’re wondering, then rest assured – you are right. Learn when you should try teeth whitening

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How Do You Know if You Need Gum Therapy?

August 5, 2016

At Farhan Qureshi, DDS, we want our patients to know how they can monitor their own gum health at home. Noticing any of these following signs or symptoms of disease will let you know that it’s time to see the dentist.

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Taking Care of Your Smile After Retirement

July 11, 2016

As you age, your smile will start to deteriorate. Learn how geriatric dentistry with Dr. Qureshi can help preserve your smile.

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Getting Your Smile Ready for Summer

June 13, 2016

Summer is just around the corner and you’ll soon be juggling a schedule of camp, swimming lessons, baseball practice, and road trips.

How can all of this activity affect everyone’s oral health? Read on to get some tips for making this summer a smile-friendly one!

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Get the Most of Your Porcelain Veneers

May 13, 2016

Are you preparing to get your first set of veneers? It’s exciting to see how your smile will be instantly transformed. Dr. Farhan Qureshi and his dental are ready to help you get started!

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Do Dental Implants Hurt?

April 20, 2016

Patients often wonder if their dental implant treatment will hurt. At our Alexandria practice, we ensure that patients have an effective and pain-free treatment. Learn more about dental implants at Farhan Qureshi, DDS.

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My Teeth Look Small! How Can I Change them?

March 25, 2016

Healthy teeth come in a variety of shapes and sizes, thanks to genetics. But some people feel too shy to show their teeth in a smile because of how small they look. Learn your options for making your teeth look bigger.

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Caring for Your New Dental Crown

January 29, 2016

Dr. Farhan Qureshi places dental crowns of only the best quality. Learn how to preserve the strength of your dental crown by keeping your mouth clean after your treatment.

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What to Expect During a Root Canal

January 1, 2016
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Root canals get a bad rap for being a painful treatment. Learn how modern dentistry has made root canal therapy as pain-free as a filling.

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Are Metal Fillings Unhealthy?

December 2, 2015

Learn about the types of different fillings, and if you should avoid metal fillings.

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Makeover Your Smile With Gum Recontouring and Bonding

November 11, 2015

When you hear the phrase “smile makeover,” what do you usually think about? You probably think about a smile with straight, bright white teeth. Did you know that your gums also have an important role in the appearance of your smile?

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Do I Need a Dental Crown?

October 13, 2015

The first time you find out that you need a dental crown, you may not be so sure. After all – sometimes the tooth never hurts or even feels like there is anything wrong with it. Dr. Quershi recommends crowning teeth that are significantly compromised and prone to fracture or infection.

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When is the Best Time to Whiten My Teeth?

September 18, 2015

If you’d like to brighten your smile, then it’s not something you should aimlessly postpone for “someday.” Having your teeth whitened at just the right time will help you to achieve the most dramatic and lasting effects.

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Why Sedation Dentistry is Right for You

August 25, 2015

Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Sedation dentistry could be your key to experiencing worry-free dental work. You can have the peace of mind that you are getting the care you need minus the stress you don’t need. At our office, Dr. Farhan Qureshi will help your next session of dental care to be a relaxing one.

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Your Smile Makeover Consultation

July 22, 2015

Are you ready to take the steps necessary to get the smile of your dreams? Whether you’re still curious or are ready to get started – a smile makeover consultation is your first step.

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Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

July 1, 2015

If you want a new smile – porcelain veneers can give you the most dramatic results possible. The cosmetic dental treatment is different than any other type of dental service, in that it specifically addresses the appearance of your teeth, rather than underlying dental conditions.

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Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

June 1, 2015

Are you dealing with severe dental anxiety? You can benefit from sedation dentistry. Learn how it can help with more than anxiety.

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Overcome Your Dental Phobia

May 6, 2015

Dr. Qureshi, DDS is familiar with new patients coming to see him because of previous experiences that have left them afraid or nervous about going to the dentist. They know that we can help them overcome this fear and make them feel as relaxed as possible throughout the process.

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Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

February 13, 2015

While at home teeth whitening kits are widely available and relatively inexpensive, the advantages of seeking teeth whitening from a dentist outweigh the cost.

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Advantages to Using Straws for Dental Hygiene

February 6, 2015

Straws are commonplace in restaurants, beverage shops, and almost anywhere you can get a drink on the go. However, when it comes to drinking at home, straws are seldom used. Here are some benefits to using straws every day.

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Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual Toothbrush

January 30, 2015

Electric Or Manual Toothbrush, which should you use?

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4 Foods That Cause Bad Breath

January 23, 2015

We all know foods like garlic and onion cause bad breath, but did you know that acidic foods can also cause bad breath? Below is a list of some surprising types of food that you should avoid to keep fresh breath.

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Length of Tooth Survival in Older Adults with Complex Medical, Functional and Dental Backgrounds

June 29, 2012

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Tooth loss is a serious public oral health concern among older people. Tooth loss can be considered a failure of current oral health care strategies, Knowing how soon this failure will occur can help clinicians enhance preventive strategies for preventing tooth loss and minimizing its impact. The authors conducted a study to detail tooth survival patterns in an older cohort.

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Swallowing Exercises For Patients with CRT

October 5, 2012

Targeted swallowing exercise may help alleviate swallowing dysfunction resulting from chemo-radiation therapy (CRT), according to a study published in the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. “This study provides clear evidence that aggressive swallowing therapy is an important way to improve outcomes after CRT”, said Dr. Genden.

Eric Genden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City

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Smoking is a Serious Risk Factor for Periodontal Disease

October 5, 2012

There's no doubting that smoking is a serious cause of periodontal disease. Despite a great deal of research confirming the role of smoking in the progression of periodontal disease, treatment and maintenance are the same for smokers and non-smokers.

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Dental Implants for Patients with Osteoporosis

October 5, 2012

Osteoporosis is a well-known disease that weakens bone and increases the risk of fracture, particularly among postmenopausal women.

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Aspirin May Help Form new Bone

October 5, 2012

More than 110 years later, researchers continue to discover new uses for Aspirin. In an issue of Nature Medicine, National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) scientists and grantees report in mouse studies that Aspirin, applied directly to the site of an experimental skull wound, helps bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) form new bone.

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Vitamin B12 for Treatment of Aphthous Ulcers

October 5, 2012

Learn more about findings on a study using b12 for treating aphthous ulcers.

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Respiratory Bacteria in Oral Biofilm and Saliva

October 5, 2012

Learn how respiratory bacteria can cause pneumonia.

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Healthy Gums Help You to Stay in Shape

October 5, 2012

Learn how keeping your gums healthy can improve your overall physical shape.

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No Brain Benefit From Chewing Gum

October 5, 2012

Chewing gum is considered beneficial for oral hygiene, to help cope with air sickness and as an alternative to smoking. Researchers have suggested, anecdotally, that chewing gum enhance brain function.

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Green Tea Linked to Less Depression in the Elderly

October 5, 2012

For centuries, green tea has been consumed in Asia with the belief it yields significant health benefits. Animal studies show that theanine, a major amino acid in green tea, has a tranquilizing effect on the brain. Other studies show anti-inflammatory and stress-reduction effects associated with green tea.

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Oral Probiotics and Experimental Gingivitis

October 5, 2012

Oral probiotics in the form of mints or chewing gums introduce healthy bacteria to the oral cavity. The goal is to change the balance of the oral flora to one of health.

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Probiotics for Gum Disease in Children

October 5, 2012

Two over-the-counter oral probiotics are now available to control cariogenic bacteria: PerioBalance by Sunstar Butler and EvoraKids by Oragenics. PerioBalance uses Lactobacilli reuteri and EvoraKids uses ProBiora3, a blend of Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus uberis and Streptococcus rattus.

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Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

October 1, 2012

In the United States an estimated 36,450 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity are diagnosed annually. Nearly 7,880 people die of cancer of the oral cavity each year.

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Birth Control Pills Associated with Gum Disease

September 20, 2012

Did you know that birth control contraceptives can lead to gum inflammation? Learn how to preserve your gums and the best contraceptives to use.

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Have a Fear of Dentists? How Sedation Dentistry can Help

September 18, 2012

Millions of people avoid the dentist out of fear. This anxiety may stem from a childhood experience, a painful procedure as an adult or even hearing exaggerated horror stories from others. In the past, anxiety and fear prevented too many people from getting the dental care they need. Luckily, today patients can receive necessary treatments in comfort thanks to sedation dentistry.

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Periodontal Disease is the Biggest Cause of Tooth Loss

September 16, 2012

In a National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, a full-mouth, comprehensive periodontal examination was conducted over 450 adults over the age of 35. The implication is that more American adults may suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease than previously thought.

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Prenatal Care For Your Children’s Teeth for Expecting Mother

September 6, 2012

Pregnant women require special dental care to keep their gums healthy. Learn more here.

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What are my dental treatment options for broken teeth repair?

September 4, 2012

When enamel decays or fractures, there are certain restorative treatments that can help preserve your teeth. Learn the best dental treatments for repairing broken teeth.

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Green Tea Components Reduce Incidence of the Flue

September 1, 2012

Laboratory research shows promising outcomes for prevention of influenza with green tea catechins. Catechin binds to the virus preventing adsorption to host cells, thus preventing influenza. Theanine enhances systemic immunity. A small clinical trial showed gargling with green tea catechin extracts prevented flu infection in elderly nursing home patients.

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Teen Smoking and Toothbrushing

August 23, 2012

Smoking is a significant risk factor for periodontal disease as well as other systemic diseases. Another risk factor is poor oral hygiene. These two risk behaviors, when started early, might become life-long habits.
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Teaching Children Dental Hygiene Practices

August 16, 2012

Parents can give their children a great start toward a lifetime of dental healthy by teaching them good oral care habits early. Instilling good habit can be an uphill battle at times, but teaching the importance of having healthy, clean teeth and making dental care fun can make the process easier.

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How Diet Affects Dental Health

August 9, 2012

Diet directly plays into your dental health condition. Learn how you can use your diet to make your mouth healthier.

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Patch for Promoting Wound Healing

August 7, 2012

Learn about the Periopatch for gum health.

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Energy and Sports Drinks Associate with Enamel Dissolution, Researchers Report:

July 20, 2012

Something to think about when drinking your ‘energy’ drinks.

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Deep Cleanings for Your Oral Health

July 10, 2012

Dental Cleaning done at the dentist is a special “deep” dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally. Learn more about deep dental cleanings.

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