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Seal Out Tooth Decay

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What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are a preventative dental treatment made from a thin plastic material. This material is typically applied to the chewing surface of molars and premolars which have a higher likelihood of cavities, especially at younger ages. The sealants act as a barrier between the teeth and cavity causing bacteria essentially ‘sealing out’ plaque, food and acids in the mouth. How are dental sealants applied? The tooth will be cleaned and prepared to receive the sealant, then the ultra-thin material is ‘painted’ onto the tooth enamel. This can be done by the dentist, dental assistant, or dental hygienist. Once applied, the sealant bonds with the tooth and hardens. Sometime a curing light is used to help speed up the curing time...

Woodlands Family Dental Helps Oil & Gas Layoffs

Woodlands Family Dental is offering free emergency dental care to those affected by the recent layoffs in the greater Houston area, at both of their locations. Woodlands Family Dental 1400 Research Forest Dr. Ste. 120 281-681-9600 Woodlands Family Dental - Creekside 26400 Kuykendahl Rd. Ste. A240 832-761-9000 Dr. Brett Murphey, founder of Woodlands Family Dental, stated, “Stress is a common initiator of toothaches. Nothing hurts worse than losing your job and then getting a toothache. We want to offer our support by providing emergency dental care to those affected. If you’ve been laid off and have a toothache, we’ll get you out of pain!" Check out the full story here on WoodlandsOnline! Contact us today for your FREE emergency dental exam!

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...
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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...
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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...

The Art of Sedation Dentistry

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Pain free dental care is a true art form. We understand that a lot of people fear dentists. There is no reason you should not receive comfortable dental care. Finding a dentist that listens to you is a priority when it comes to finding the best dental care. Most dentists will listen, and they can offer many options to help you cope with any anxiety that you may feel concerning your visit. Relax in Total Comfort Dental anxiety is common among children and adults alike. Some cases are worse than others. When you contact your dentist, it is important to discuss your concerns. They will be able to offer sedation choices that will make your visit a whole lot easier. One of the most common choices of sedation is the use of nitrous oxide. Otherwise known as laughing...