General Densitry / CATEGORY ARCHIVES

Gum Disease & Alzheimer’s

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New research shows that gum disease could have a link to a more rapid decline in cognitive abilities in people who currently have Alzheimer’s. If this link is found to be accurate, then a more proactive approach to oral health could help slow the progression of dementia. If you have any concerns about your oral health, contact us to schedule an exam and cleaning with our exceptional doctors and hygienists. We have state-of-the-art equipment including 3D-CAT scans and the ability to do same-day crowns that keep us on the forefront of your dental health and needs! For more information about this study: Click Here!
Mission Trip

Goodbye Ecuador…

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For the second time this spring, a team from Woodlands Family Dental have returned from serving in the mission field. Our first trip took us to Guatemala in Central America where we gave of ourselves to provide much needed dental care and oral health guidance. Our latest trip sees Dr. Nalley, Dr. Garza and hygienist Sarah Kelley returning all the way from Ecuador in South America. While the services we provide are essentially the same, each trip is special and cherished because of the unique culture and because of the wonderful people we meet. As you know, our greatest joy comes form proving a happy and healthy smile. Our new friends in Ecuador have filled us to overflowing with joy because of their gratefulness and beaming smiles they are so quick to share...
IV Sedation

IV Sedation for a Stress-free Dental Experience

Many people refuse to see the dentist for regular or even random check ups. That simple, semi-annual visit can help you avoid many painful and expensive treatments later on in life. After the misconception that dental care is too expensive, the next reason you don't visit the dentist is anxiety about being at the dentist. Anxiety from bad experiences in the past We recognize that many patients have had bad dental experiences in their past, either as children or adults. Those experiences can dramatically affect their comfort level and desire to see a dentist on a regular basis. We understand and try to make your experience as stress-free and comfortable as possible. One of the services Woodlands Family Dental offers to help with reducing anxiety is IV Sedation....
Dental Visit

Why Do We Go To The Dentist Every 6 Months?

Like most Americans you probably go to the dentist every 6 months. Every other visit you will get X-rays done, but each time you leave it is with a new toothbrush, some floss and a reminder to come again in 6 months. You may have asked yourself; is seeing the dentist twice a year really necessary? We believe it is one of the most important things you can do for your oral and overall health. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Scraping and polishing teeth. Flossing. X-Rays. These familiar activities are the cornerstone of any dental visit, but we do so much more for your health than just those things. Are your gums healthy? During your exam we'll check the health of your gums. Are they fresh and pink? Are they red, swollen...
New Year

New Year Goals, Not Resolutions

Just like many others this month, you are making your New Year resolutions. And, just like many others, some of your resolutions are bound to come and go. Usually, resolutions are not kept because they are talked about and wished for, but when it comes to actually doing them, there are no plans. No structure. No goals. We'd believe that being successful in these life-changing statements are not really about claiming resolutions as much as they are about setting goals. After all, you can't hit a target that's not there. Think about your resolutions and be sure to not only state your desired results, but also break it down into how you will accomplish them. This simple step will help you achieve many more of your goals than just hoping for an outcome. At Woodlands...

How to Get Brighter, Whiter Teeth

In the never-ending chase for brighter and whiter teeth, we can all become confused by the many pastes and trays and gums and other tips and tricks out there. Below, we try to cut through some of that confusion by clearing up what works best and what you can do to help get the smile you’ve always wanted. At-home whitening products. White strips, over-the-counter bleach trays, and whitening pens all work to one degree or another. However, even if you follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s packaging the results can be less than desirable compared to treatments at Woodlands Family Dental. Some believe that leaving products on longer or using them more often can produce better results. The reality is that it does not provide any additional whitening and...

Sedation and Relaxation at the Dentist

Let's chat candidly about going to the dentist. Most would not put dental work or even a routine cleaning at the top of their list of favorite things to do. It's an important part of our lives though, so we get a cleaning twice a year. Sometimes we might need a filling. At other times we might need a more 'extended' procedure like a root canal, implant or extraction. For many, going to the dentist is something to be tolerated. For some, it can be down right dreadful. The stress and anxiety about going to the dentist that some patients feel can be debilitating, but it doesn't have to be. Each patient has their own threshold of anxiety. Sometimes a few deep breaths can take care of that. At other times, it requires a more clinical approach. Below are a few of...
dental Xray

Why Do Dentists Take X-Rays?

Have you ever wondered why your dentist has you bite down on those little plastic tabs and wear that lead apron? I mean, we all know it's for x-rays, but why do they need to take them in the first place? Well there's good reason for them and below are the main reasons why. Look for decay between teeth Sometimes decay isn't visible to the naked eye and exists in areas the dentist cannot see. Check for bone loss associated with gum disease Gum disease can cause bone loss and an x-ray will show how advanced it is. Check for decay under fillings Sometimes decay under fillings can occur and can only be seen with an x-ray. Look for infection at the tip of the root Infections can appear at the very bottom of your teeth where the bone is, which needs to be confirmed...
Dental Health and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Dental Health

The Woodlands, TX and the surrounding areas are thriving, booming communities. Many families live here and many more are moving in at a high rate. With great schools, churches, parks and activities, families are growing bigger which means more wives are becoming moms and more moms are having second and third children. During pregnancy, we control what we eat and drink, the kinds of medications we take and we try to limit external influences which may affect the pregnancy in some negative way. If you are pregnant or hope to be pregnant in the future, even something as simple as dental cleaning can be a source of stress and anxiety. Below we discuss a few of the conditions and questions that pop up from time to time regarding pregnancy and dental health. Pregnancy...
Dental Missions

Missions and Dental Health

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We talk a lot about mission trips and traveling to other countries to help less fortunate folks get quality dental care. In fact, WoodlandsOnline.com recently released an article about our travels to Guatemala to provide some much needed dental care. We believe we have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others in need. You may ask, "Is there really a need to send large groups of dentists down to central America to clean someone's teeth?" and the answer is a resounding "yes!" We take for granted, or many don't know, that our public water sources are supplemented with fluoride. Yep. The stuff in toothpaste and mouthwash that prevents tooth decay. Poorer and less developed countries may have very few instances of fluoridated public water supplies. In many...