Dental Health

Nutrition and Dental Health

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For the next few weeks we'll be taking a look at how nutrition plays an important role in your dental health. While we all know about the negative effects of sugar on our teeth, and a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living. But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease, too? You may eat with your eyes first, but your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your...
Dental Sealants

Preventing Tooth Decay With Sealants

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Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier,...
Guatemala Mission Trip

Back from Guatemala!

Our time serving our new friends in Guatemala was a tremendous experience that we would not trade. During our time on this mission trip we were able to provide much needed dental care to more than 800 children and more than 50 adults. While it is always challenging work, it is never 'hard' because the blessing we give and receive far outweigh the effort and energy expended. The travel. The culture adjustments. The difficulty communicating. It's all worth it knowing that we are equipped and able to help so many people receive first-class care for healthy teeth and bright smiles. Thank you to all of you who supported us financially and through prayers. We could not have done it without you and have the deepest gratitude for your love and kindness.
Sensitive Teeth

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

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Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for several reasons, including: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow...
Houston's Top Dentist

Brett Murphey Selected For “Houston’s Top Dentists 2014”

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Brett Murphey of The Woodlands, TX has been honored with a recognition by H Texas in its selection of "Houston's Top Dentists 2014." The Woodlands, TX (PR Newswire) March 20, 2014-- Announcing a special recognition appearing in the February, 2014 issue of H Texas published by Quality Publishing Services, Inc.. Brett Murphey was selected for the following honor: "Houston's Top Dentists 2014" Brett Murphey commented on the recognition: "This is quite an honor for me. The fact that H Texas included me in its selection of "Houston's Top Dentists 2014," signals that my constant effort to deliver excellent work has paid off. It is gratifying to be recognized in this way." About Woodlands Family Dental Woodlands Family Dental, the office of Brett Murphey DDS, offers...