Give the Gift of Happiness

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This holiday season, amid the hustle and bustle of shopping, traveling, fine food and lavish parties, you may see a number of men and women 'celebrating' this time of year on a street corner or an intersection. They'll be holding a cardboard sign in their hands, usually with words about being homeless, jobless or hungry. While many of these folks are just panhandling and are not truly down and out, it is not our place to pass judgment or look down our noses at them. We should be filled with compassion and express basic human kindness to them even if we don't agree with what they are doing. Of course, you're not required to offer your pocket change or give them a dollar (unless you want to). What you can offer is free and easy: eye contact, a small wave and a...
Halloween Candy

Will Halloween Candy Be a Trick or a Treat?

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There’s no doubt about it. Kids love Halloween. The costumes, the trick-or-treating, the candy. Oh, my, the candy! What would this time of year be without bags and bags of the best kind of treats out there? Halloween is big business. Americans will spend more than $2 billion on candy this year and kids who trick-or-treat will receive, on average, 50 to 100+ sugary treats to snack on. As parents, what can we do to help our children enjoy this fun time while keeping their teeth safe and healthy? The good news is that this can be a great opportunity for you to instill good oral health practices for your children. It takes minimal effort and will keep you and your child happy ant their next dental visit. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst candies...
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, 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...
July 4th

Celebrate Freedom!

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It's America's birthday so, let's get out and celebrate! From sea to shining sea, let's wave sparklers, sing along with the songs, eat too many hot dogs and stand in awe at amazing fireworks finales. Amid the barbecues, family gatherings and firework displays, we should all take a moment to reflect on this great nation. From our founding fathers to our modern day service men and women, the freedoms we enjoy have come at a cost. Those sacrifices are not forgotten and we are truly thankful for all those who have forged that path to freedom and opportunity we now have. We are grateful to be in this amazing country and wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend. Happy Independence Day!
Tobacco and oral health

Tobacco and Oral Health

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By now, we all know that smoking and tobacco use are bad for your overall health. It can cause just as much trouble for your mouth, gums and teeth as it does your other parts of your body. Short Term Effects Stained Teeth - Tobacco juices seep into the porous outer enamel of your teeth creating stains that are difficult to remove without extensive treatments Inflamed and bleeding gums - Tobacco use reduces blood flow to the gums which can cause the tissue to become distressed and more susceptible to the plaque forming bacterias in the mouth. Compromised gums are more likely to become inflamed and bleed especially when brushing and flossing. Gum disease - Unless measures are taken to counter inflamed and bleeding gums, conditions can worsen to the point of having...
Jaw Pain

Jaw Problems, Headaches and Dental Malocclusions

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Do you have persistent mouth or jaw aches? What about headaches? If you are constantly suffering from pain in the neck, jaw or head it may be time to talk to your dentist. You could be suffering from a 'dental malocclusion' or misalignment of your teeth or jaw. Many people suffer from some kind of imperfect occlusion. Most of us unconsciously adjust the way we hold our mouths and the way we bite and chew. This may work in the short term but over time it will only exacerbate the problem as those muscles and bones will wear out become damaged. How can you tell if you are suffering from a malocclusion? Some symptoms might include flattened or worn teeth, broken teeth, fillings and crowns, loose teeth, sensitive teeth or toothache with no evidence of a cavity. Most...
Healthy Foods

Foods That May Benefit Dental Health

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We all know what to avoid when it comes to food and our dental health. What about foods that may benefit our teeth? Ideally, you want to focus on foods that are high in calcium and phosphorous which play a critical role in protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel. The most obvious of foods high in calcium would be dairy products. This doesn't mean we should eat ice cream every day! Low fat versions of cheese, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds are all great places to start due to their high calcium and other nutrient content. Phosphorous can be found in high-protein foods like lean meats, poultry, fish, skim milk and eggs. What about fruits and vegetables? Great question! Of course we want to eat more fresh fruits and veggies. They...
Harmful Foods

Foods That May Harm Dental Health

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We all love them. Sweets, candies, cakes, muffins, cookies, chips and all other kinds of snack foods. Crunchy. Chewy. Sweet. Salty. Just reading these words makes my mouth water and ready for a treat. Unfortunately, these tasty treats don't just have empty calories, they are a cause for concern when it comes to your dental health. Many of these foods contain the sugars and starches that bacteria love to eat. After eating they 'process' the sugars, leaving acids on the teeth, leading to tooth decay. We can't just point our finger at snack foods, however. Drinks that contain sugar need to be evaluated as well. Sodas, lemonade, fruit juice, sweetened coffee and tea are all much more potentially harmful. When you take sips of your favorite sweetened beverage, you...