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Nova Dental Partners and MOM Volunteers Treat People in Need at Special Olympics in Richmond

June 22nd, 2017

On June 9th and 10th, fifteen hundred champions went for gold in bocce, swimming, softball, track & field, bowling, and tennis showcasing some of Richmond’s top talent during Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics at the University of Richmond.

Dr. Kamran Tavakkoli and Dr. Kambiz Tavakkoli and members of the team from Nova Dental Partners went to the University of Richmond on June 10th, where they volunteered dental services as part of The Mission of Mercy program. The Mission of Mercy (MOM) projects are conducted in identified, underserved areas of Virginia where there are not enough dental practitioners to adequately address the oral health needs of the community.

“We had such a great day in Richmond helping the local community with their oral health needs. Community service is our social responsibility and we are committed to contributing our time and services to our community whenever possible. I’m personally very proud to be a part of this wonderful program. ” said Dr. Kamran Tavakkoli.

Dr. Kamran and Dr. Kambiz instructed and performed extractions and composite restorations.  They also spent a lot of time screening patients to customize individual treatment plans. The hygiene team provided assistance with cleanings and fluoride treatments.  The Nova Dental Partners team and MOM volunteers treated approximately 200 people that were in need of dental work.

About The Mission of Mercy

“An estimated 3.8 million Virginians - more than 47% of our total population - do not have dental insurance according to the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Sixty-nine (69) localities in the Commonwealth have no dental safety net provider. Of the 66 localities that do, many of the clinics operate on a part-time basis and are overwhelmed by the number of calls for help. Without access to affordable dental care, many people -- especially those who are low-income, underinsured, disabled or seniors -- are left to suffer pain, discomfort, and embarrassment with nowhere else to turn. To address the overwhelming need for access to free oral health care, Dr. Terry Dickinson, executive director of the Virginia Dental Association, created the Mission of Mercy (MOM) program in 2000 to provide high-quality dental care for underserved Virginians. The MOM program operates mobile clinics in strategic locations across the State, providing preventive, restorative, and surgical dental treatments to more than 4,000 low-income individuals each year."

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 26th, 2017

April is oral cancer awareness month and according to the American Dental Association, it’s estimated that approximately "49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2017." Some of the top risk factors of oral cancer include gender, age, tobacco, alcohol, HPV virus, sunlight and diet.

The Oral Cancer Foundation says that “while smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus.”

Did you know that as part of a comprehensive dental exam at Nova Dental Partners in, Mount Vernon, Lake Ridge or Old Town, you can expect Dr. Kamran Tavakkoli and Dr. Kambiz Tavakkoli and your hygienist to provide you with an oral cancer screening. Our doctors will check areas of your face, neck, lips, gums, tongue, throat, and surrounding tissues for any signs of oral cancer. Personal preventative measures include smoking avoidance, limiting alcohol use, and practicing good oral hygiene.


Other services that are provided as a part of a comprehensive dental exam include:

  • An examination of any diagnostic x-rays (as needed). This is essential for the early detection of tooth decay. X-rays also help our doctors determine tooth and root positions, as well as identify tumors, cysts, and bone loss.

  • A gum disease evaluation, where the gums and bone around your teeth are examined for any signs of periodontal disease.

  • An examination for tooth decay, where special instruments are used to check tooth surfaces for signs of decay.

  • And an examination of any existing fillings, crowns, and tooth restorations.

With all these important services, it’s just another reminder why you should not skip your 6 month check-up. If you have any questions about oral cancer or would like to book your next comprehensive dental exam please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of us at Nova Dental Partners.

Whiten Your Teeth, Save Money and Help Children in Need!

March 22nd, 2017

IMG_5329.JPGFrom March through June, our practice, Nova Dental Partners in Old Town, Alexandria, is pleased to offer professional teeth whitening to help raise money for seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged children in our local communities and around the world. We are members of the Crown Council, an alliance of leading-edge dental teams that are passionately committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer and serving communities through charitable work.

The Smiles For Life Foundation is the children’s charity arm of the Crown Council. Ultradent (makers of Opalescence® take-home trays) donates ALL of the teeth whitening supplies, and participating Crown Council dentists donate ALL of their time to whiten teeth during the Smiles For Life campaign. Together, we offer professional teeth whitening services, Opalescence® take-home trays, at our substantially reduced price of $99 (donations) with 100% OF THE PROCEEDS GOING TO THE FOUNDATION TO HELP KIDS’ CHARITIES. A dental cleaning and oral exam are both recommended prior to professional teeth whitening.

With Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems, the tooth whitening formula is applied directly to the whitening trays, which are worn nightly or daily, respectively, until the desired shade is reached. The teeth whitening formula contains active ingredients, which slowly penetrate through the tooth enamel and bleach out any stains. Length of treatment varies depending on the current tooth shade and desired results.


Since 1998, the Smiles For Life Foundation have raised over $38 million, benefiting hundreds of children’s charities. When you pay for your teeth whitening, you’ll write your check directly to the Smiles For Life Foundation, not to Nova Dental Partners. 100% of the proceeds go to the Smiles For Life Foundation to be distributed to worthy and approved children’s charities across the U.S., Canada and worldwide. Participating children’s charities include the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, Feed the Children, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and many more….

Nothing helps you look or feel younger than a beautiful, healthy smile, it’s a huge boost to your professional and social life! And nothing is easier, or makes a more dramatic, immediate improvement in your smile than teeth whitening. Now is the perfect time to whiten teeth and make a difference at the same time!

Professional consultation ensures both safety and effectiveness. While over-the-counter teeth whitening systems may seem less expensive, many find that in order to achieve acceptable results, they’re constantly buying and bleaching. Experts agree that professional teeth whitening is the way to go for dramatic, longer-lasting results and convenience. And, of course, in this case it helps others as well as yourself.


EVERYBODY WINS! When you whiten teeth with Nova Dental Partners and Smiles For Life, you save money and get a bright, beautiful smile. Kids get the money. And, both you, and our entire dental team feel satisfaction in knowing that the donations put smiles on the faces of many needy children.

Whether you choose to have your own smile whitened or not, you can make a HUGE difference for seriously ill and underserved children around the world by simply SHARING THIS OPPORTUNITY WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND COWORKERS ON FACEBOOK!

For more information or to purchase the Opalescence® Teeth Whitening take-home trays, call our Old Town, Alexandria office at 703.683.6688.

Don’t Let Your Unused Dental Benefits Expire!

December 12th, 2016

Your dental care is important to us and we always want to make sure you get the best care you need. If you or anyone in your family has been putting off dental work, please call our office as soon as possible. At this time of the year we like to remind people that most insurance plans have a calendar year maximum and deductible period, and insurance maximums do not roll over from year to year.  This means that if you have unused benefits at the end of the year, you lose them.

If you are an insured patient, your insurance plan has a set amount each year that is reserved to be paid out for procedures. If you don’t utilize these benefits before the end of the year, the amounts are lost and cannot be accessed any longer. These are benefits that you have already paid for!

At Nova Dental Partners, it’s our goal to prevent our patients from losing the benefits that they have already invested in. Perhaps you have been putting off dental care. If you have treatment needs, these can sometimes be broken up into separate appointments.

Don't let your unused benefits expire! Your dental care is important to us and we want to make sure you get the care you need. We invite you to call our office to discuss taking care of a portion of the treatment this year, and scheduling the remaining treatment when your benefits renew in 2017. This can reduce your out of pocket expenses without jeopardizing the health of your teeth.

If you or anyone in your family has been putting off your your work, please call our office or schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you are unsure of your dental needs, call us today, we will be happy to assist you.