Information and resources to help you maintain a healthy smile
It's been a tough couple of years.
The headlines keep delivering bad news. We're burned out on Covid. We want it gone—but it's still with us.
You can start the New Year on a positive note by boosting your self-confidence with a brighter, whiter smile. Research shows that greater self-confidence leads to a better life. Just look at what the Mayo Clinic has to say:
"When you value yourself and have good self-esteem, you feel secure and worthwhile. You have generally positive relationships with others and feel confident about your abilities. You're also open to learning and feedback, which can help you acquire and master new skills."
In fact, the Mayo Clinic goes on to say that self-confidence affects nearly every area of your life!
If your teeth are yellowed or dingy, you're likely to feel self-conscious about your smile. You'll probably smile less, which can make other people think you're unfriendly or don't have much of a sense of humor.
Our dentists will help you choose the whitening procedure that is most healthy and convenient for you. After whitening, you'll feel much more confident about your smile.
And when you know your smile is attractive, you're much more likely to smile more. Studies have found that smiling is good for you! Smiling releases neuropeptides that fight against stress. Smiling also releases the "feel-good neurotransmitters" that make you feel more positive and relaxed—while also lowering your blood pressure and heart rate! And if that isn't enough, how about this? Other people perceive you as more attractive when you smile.
We're all tired of hearing about contagious viruses, but here's more good news: A smile is contagious too! When you smile, the natural response is for others to smile back at you. That smile helps them feel better, and their smile triggers you to smile again—and BOOM! You just started a chain reaction of contagious smiling that benefits you and everyone around you!
Call us today at 903-218-4044 to arrange an appointment. You'll love your brighter, whiter smile!
A Waterpik is one of the most efficient ways to improve your oral health and preserve a bright, healthy smile. And with Waterpik as part of your oral hygiene routine, your dental visits will be quicker and easier.
After a dental cleaning, your teeth are bright and shiny. Wouldn't you like to keep that brilliant smile all the time? Waterpik helps you do that by cleaning away stains that discolor your teeth. Just imagine how much more confident you'll feel when Waterpik is cleaning away 9 times more stain than your toothbrush can clean? Confidence booster—bring it on!
Flossing your teeth is an essential part of your home oral healthcare routine, but many people have a hard time remembering to floss. Some people have large hands that can make flossing difficult. Waterpik solves these problems. It conveniently combines the water flosser with a sonic toothbrush for an easy oral healthcare routine that's quick and easy to use. Waterpik's water flosser sends a stream of water between teeth and below the gum line—giving you a much more complete cleaning that string floss can give. And you'll love the feeling of giving your gums a good massage!
Dental implants and braces are great ways to improve your dental health and your smile, but they can also create areas that are difficult to clean. These areas can trap bacteria, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Waterpik easily gets into these hard-to-reach areas and cleans 3 times more effectively than regular brushing and string flossing.
That's the goal. Your oral health contributes to your overall health, so strong, healthy teeth make you a healthier, happier person.
But which is better—a manual toothbrush or a Sonicare toothbrush?
You can clean your teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush, but it's much more difficult. And it's easy to miss some of those hard-to-reach areas that are the most prone to decay.
With its brush moving at over 30,000 strokes a minute, a Sonicare does the work for you—and does a better job than you can accomplish with a manual toothbrush. In fact, 11 years of research have shown that "people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush." The top advantages: A Sonicare is more effective at removing plaque and preventing gingival inflamation and bleeding. That's why Sonicare has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.
Of course, no toothbrush can make up for a poor oral health routine. Even with a Sonicare, you need to brush at least twice a day, floss, eat a healthy diet, and see your dentist for regular cleanings. But a Sonicare helps you keep your teeth cleaner and healthier between those dental visits. And with less plaque, you'll enjoy your visit to the dentist even more!
Sonicare comes in a variety of styles, including a special style for kids.
At your next dental visit, ask us about Sonicare. We'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Call us today at 903-218-4044.
In the meantime, watch the video below to learn how to get the most benefit from your Sonicare toothbrush.
The words "root canal" used to make people a little nervous, but that's no longer true. Thanks to advancements in endodontic techniques and in anesthesia, a root canal is a safe and virtually painless process. Most patients who experience root canal therapy say it is a lot like other dental procedures. Most patients also find they can return to work or other normal activities the same day.
A root canal is a procedure to save a natural tooth that has been damaged or infected.
After a root canal, the tooth will look, feel, and function normally. The root canal restores the healthy tooth, avoiding the need for extraction.
Beneath the outer enamel of each tooth is another hard layer called dentin. These layers protect the tooth's pulp—soft tissue containing the blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth. If the tooth is chipped or has complications from a previous filling (especially a large one), or if the pulp has become infected or inflamed, that tooth is going to start hurting.
An affected tooth may be extremely sensitive to hot and cold. Eating may become difficult since biting or chewing with the affected tooth will be painful. An infected tooth will cause tenderness and/or swelling in the gums. And of course, because oral health is a key factor in overall health, an infected tooth can decrease your overall health and wellness.
A cracked or broken tooth can be unsightly and may make you self-conscious about your appearance. Also, cracks and breaks are likely to lead to additional tooth damage.
One option for solving these painful problems might be to extract the tooth. But extraction can be much more painful and leaves a gap that can cause other teeth to shift. Most of the time, saving and restoring the natural tooth is a better option.
Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth to determine the severity of the problem and the best treatment option.
If a root canal is needed, the dentist will administer anesthesia so you remain comfortable during the procedure. Then the dentist will drill into the affected tooth, removing any old fillings along with the affected pulp. The root canal area will be cleaned and may be treated with antibiotics before it is filled with a special material.
If the tooth structure is damaged or weak, your dentist may recommend a crown to preserve the tooth.
Most people find that their experience after a root canal is similar to what they feel after other dental procedures. You may experience some mild soreness for a couple days, and your dentist may prescribe a brief round of antibiotics to avoid any further problems with infection. You can return to your normal activities almost immediately.
But the best and most important outcome is that you will have restored health to a previously unhealthy tooth!
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, or if you are experiencing symptoms like sensitivity to hot or cold, pain when chewing, or tenderness and swelling in your gums, it is important that you call us right away. Untreated infection will continue to worsen, making treatment more difficult.
Our dentists will provide you with complete information about your options and make their recommendations for the best treatment plan to keep your smile healthy and happy!
The American Dental Association says, "The mouth is a window into the health of the body." Research shows that periodontitis (gum disease) contributes to health issues like cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia, and even pregnancy complications.
Your teeth are covered with a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria. When you eat (especially when you eat sugary foods or snacks), those bacteria release acids that can weaken and eventually break down tooth enamel and cause cavities. Daily brushing and flossing help to control plaque, but it's very difficult to remove all plaque, especially between the teeth.
Plaque that remains can harden into tartar, making it even more difficult to keep your teeth clean. Tartar may collect above the gum line, causing bleeding and swollen gums. These are symptoms of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, which can destroy bone and lead to tooth loss.
You can avoid all that!
Oral health is a partnership between you and your dentist. Your part is to brush well at least twice a day and floss daily. Your dentist may recommend using an anti-bacterial mouthwash. Your part also includes seeing your dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning.
We know that some people are nervous about seeing the dentist, so we try to make sure you feel happy and comfortable every time you visit our office. Knowing what to expect helps you feel more relaxed about visiting the dentist, so let's talk about what happens during a dental cleaning.
A cleaning visit usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. One of our highly-qualified, friendly hygienists will start by checking your teeth, using a small mirror to see all sides of the teeth. This helps her know what to focus on during your cleaning.
The hygienist then scrapes away any plaque or tartar on your teeth, using a small tool called a scaler. You may feel a slight scraping sensation as she removes plaque from the surface of the teeth, between the teeth, and around the gum line.
Next, the hygienist polishes your teeth. The polish comes in some fun flavors and may feel a bit gritty. But don't worry; you'll be able to rinse frequently.
Finally, the hygienist will floss to make sure any remaining bits of polish or plaque are removed.
You'll love the beautiful, bright shine and the clean, fresh feeling of your newly-cleaned teeth! And even better, you'll know that you've taken an important step to care for your oral health and your overall physical health!
Call us today at 903-218-4044, and let's take good care of your smile!