Information and resources to help you maintain a healthy smile
Christmas decorations are already crowding Thanksgiving off the shelves. Every year, the last few months seem to fly past more quickly!
So before you get completely caught up in the holidays, please think about something important:
You've paid for it all year long. And your benefits for the year end on December 31st.
If you have benefits left on your insurance and you don't use them by the end of the year, you will have given the insurance company a lot of money for nothing.
Why not give yourself a Christmas present instead: a brighter, healthier smile for Christmas!
Call our office to set up your appointment, and use those benefits you've paid for.
Has Covid-19 increased your stress level? If so, you're not alone. Over 90% of adults report higher stress due to the pandemic. Dentists are seeing the results of that stress on their patients' teeth—including a significant increase in broken and cracked teeth.
Healthy tooth enamel is a hard, strong substance that shouldn't crack or break. But when you're stressed, you're more likely to experience bruxism—grinding or clenching your teeth. Bruxism can damage fillings and crowns and can cause teeth to crack or break. Since bruxism often happens during sleep, dentists estimate that only only about 50% of people are aware of it.
The media began reporting the increase in cracked and broken teeth in September after a dentist told the New York Times she had treated more broken teeth in 6 weeks than she had in the last 6 years. Another dentist told CNN he usually treated a broken or cracked tooth every day or every other day. In late September, he was treating between 2 and 5 per day.
An American Dental Association survey confirms these dentists' concerns. Of the dentists surveyed, 59.4% reported seeing an increase in bruxism, 53.4% reported an increase in chipped and cracked teeth, and 53.4% reported an increase in temporomandibular disorder symptoms.
What does this mean for you?
Take a few minutes to evaluate your stress level. Be aware of how stress can affect your health and strategies to reduce stress. If you're experiencing jaw pain or increased headaches, or if you're grinding or clenching your teeth, come in and see us.
One thing that may help is a night guard. Watch Dr. Joey's video below to learn more about this easy solution to protect your teeth.
We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Erica Trammell to the J. de Graffenried Dental team!
Dr. Erica is a graduate of UT Health Science Center School of Dentisty at Houston. She has been treating patients for over two years.
A native of Arp, Texas, Dr. Erica is excited to get back to East Texas and to help serve the people of Kilgore and the surrounding areas.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Erica Trammell to our team.
We get a lot of questions about wisdom teeth. That's not surprising, because wisdom teeth can be confusing. Why are they called wisdom teeth? Why do so many wisdom teeth have to come out?
We start as infants, growing our first set of 20 baby teeth, then lose them. By age 12, most people have 28 of their 32 permanent teeth. But the third set of molars, the wisdom teeth, wait a few more years to emerge, usually in the late teens or early adulthood. Hence the name. Wisdom teeth don't make us any wiser, but we're supposed to be a bit wiser by the time they show up.
The problem is that by the time wisdom teeth appear, the jaw may be too full for them to fit correctly. Wisdom teeth may grow in crooked or sideways and may push against the other teeth. Some wisdom teeth may not be able to emerge through the gums, or may only partially emerge. Dentists refer to these as impacted wisdom teeth.
Improperly aligned wisdom teeth can cause crowding and can create places that trap food, leading to decay and painful infections. Impacted teeth can cause cysts that damage the roots of nearby teeth and even destroy bone.
So if wisdom teeth are causing pain, decay, and damage, the wise thing to do is to remove them.
At J. de Graffenried Dentistry, we carefully monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth, and we'll let you know about any potential problems. If your wisdom teeth need to be removed, we'll explain how we can make the process as comfortable and pain-free as possible. To learn more, check out this page or watch the video below.
Get a brighter, whiter smile!
Spring is in the air!
Yes, we keep slipping back into the chill of winter, but the daffodils are blooming, and bright blooms are peeking out from the red bud trees. Before long, our bright Texas sunshine will be back.
Will you have a smile to match?
Your smile says a lot about you. In fact, almost half (48%) of the participants in a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry said that a person's smile is what they remember most after meeting someone new.
How you feel about your smile affects your self-confidence—and that impacts your relationships and career success.
So break out that smile! And if you don't feel good about your smile, call us at 903-218-4044, and let's talk about how you can smile with confidence.
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