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Monthly, your Corpus Christi TX dentists will be compiling blogs written on topics such as dental hygiene, maintenance, news and more for your consideration. It is our strong belief that the more familiar our patients become with these topics, the more likely they are to benefit from applying the tips and information to their own oral health regimens.
 
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June 2017
When Teeth Removal is a Must
With proper teeth care, most people try to avoid removing a tooth. In the mind of many people, a tooth is only removed because there is no hope for the tooth. And this is the case sometimes. However, this is not always the reason for removing a tooth. 
 

Why Teeth are Removed?

 
There are several reasons why teeth are removed, and it is important that you realize this does not mean that you did not take care of your teeth. Even those who brush and floss twice daily still have some issues with their teeth, as many teeth issues are genetic. Some of the reasons why the teeth may be removed:
 
1. There are extra teeth coming into the mouth that are not needed
2. Baby teeth sometimes have to be removed in order for permanent teeth to come in straight
3. Certain drugs, like those for cancer, can weaken the teeth and these have to be removed
4. If the tooth is causing an infection, then these teeth are almost always removed
5. Wisdom teeth are constantly removed from people due to lack of room or having infections set in

 

How Teeth are Removed?

 
There are two main ways in which teeth removal occurs in the dental office. These extractions are:
 
1. Simple Extraction: this is performed when the tooth can be seen in the mouth. These are rather common, especially if baby teeth are being removed. 
 
2. Surgical Extractions: These are a bit more in-depth, as they are used when the tooth may be broken off into the gum line, it has yet to break through into the mouth. These are done by specialists called oral surgeons. Many people find that this is who their wisdom teeth are removed. 
 
It is important to remember that teeth removal is often a must for the health of the person’s mouth. It is important that you go see your 78408 dentist about any tooth related injury you may have and ensure that you are following their directions to a “T” in order to stay healthy! 
 
May 2017
Oral Care Routine

Checklist for Brushing Properly

 

You may think you have been brushing your teeth correctly, but there are many facets that entail maintaining proper oral health. There are many different factors that go into optimizing your dental hygiene. Below are some suggestions on how to make the most of each time you brush your teeth.

 

1. Time Spent Brushing

 

The time spent brushing your teeth is the top priority when it comes to brushing. Many people do not adhere the recommended two minutes, the average brushing length of an American being just fort-five seconds! Ideally, the best length of time is three minutes, encompassing one and a half minutes on both the upper and lower teeth. Listening to your favorite song to get those optimum three minutes in is the best way to do it. Feel free to dance while you brush!

 

2. Clean Every Part of the Mouth

 

Complete dental health includes more than just focusing on brushing your teeth. Tartar and plaque buildup occurs near the gums and requires just as much attention as your teeth.  The tongue is also a place where build up can occur, causing bad breath. Using a tongue scrapper can assist in reducing the amount of buildup on the tongue and flossing can help remove plaque on the sides of the teeth and reduces gum inflammation.

 

3. Perfect Your Technique

 

Brushing up and down does not cover the entire surface area of each tooth. Make sure you clean your teeth completely, by brushing in a circular motion on each tooth. Start by brushing the front of your teeth in a circular motion, and then proceed to the inner portion of your teeth, making sure to clean the top and bottom of your molars in the process.

 

4. Think Beyond the Brush

 

It takes more than just a toothbrush to meet all of a patient’s dental hygienic needs. Flossing regularly and properly helps reduce plaque buildup. Using a water pick can help remove plaque and tartar in those hard to reach places. A water pick is especially helpful for those with braces. A mouthwash at the end of brushing and choosing a toothpaste that is effective will help solidify your stellar oral care routine! Consult our office about choosing the appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash for your specific needs.

 

Keeping up with dental health keeps your mouth healthy, your breath fresh and your teeth white. Call our office today to schedule your regular cleaning or to ask us any questions regarding your oral care health.

April 2017
The Importance of Family Dentistry

Know the importance of visiting your family dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

When it comes to your family, you want everyone to have top oral and dental health. The best option for your family is to find a dentist that offers numerous services for family members of all ages. There are countless benefits to going to one family dentistry that can take care of your smile, as well as your children’s.
 
The key to top quality dentistry is prevention. There are several procedures that are available at a family dentistry that includes cleanings, exams, x-rays, and other common dental work to ensure that your smile is healthy. According to the American Dental Association, it is highly recommended to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine check-ups and cleanings. If you’re not taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and keeping up with your visits, you’re putting your smile at risk.
 
If you don’t make a point to visit our family dentistry, you could suffer from the following symptoms:
·         Bad breath
·         Cavities
·         Toothaches
·         Stained
·         Tooth decay
·         Weak or loose teeth
·         Tooth loss
 
These are only some of the things that a patient can suffer from if they don’t regularly visit the dentist. Your smile is more sensitive and unique than you may think, so it’s important to know if your teeth are in any risk of problems or concerns.
 

How You Can Help Educate about Family Dentistry

While the steps to proper oral hygiene are well known, many people may not understand how beneficial it is for you and your family to keep up with your dental care. Your teeth deserve to be treated with the best care around, so here are some helpful tips to maintain a healthy smile:
 
·         Brush your teeth every morning and night
·         Floss your teeth during your brushing routine
·         Avoid foods and drinks that stain and weaken your teeth
·         Schedule your visits to your family dentist in advance
·         Share these tips with family, friends, and children
 

Take Your First Step Today – Schedule an Appointment with Your Family Dentistry

To get your smile on the right track, call us today to schedule your appointment for a routine cleaning and exam. We’re able to provide you with even more helpful information for your unique and individual smile so your teeth can shine for years to come.

 

March 2017
Fight the Myths Harming Your Smile

Get Rid of Dental Myths and Fears with the Help of Your Corpus Christi TX dentist

 

Dentistry is one of the most important and beneficial practices that people of all ages can benefit from. Your smile is something that you want to last for a lifetime, but if you don’t take care of it, then there will be more consequences than you think. Unfortunately, there are countless dental myths and widespread rumors that stop people from visiting the dental, whether it triggers their phobia or tricks them into believing something that simply isn’t true.

 

While some myths seem inconsequential, there are others that can negatively affect your smile in the long run. Below, your Corpus Christi TX dentist discusses some popular myths within dentistry and debunks them for the safety and enhancement of your oral health.

 

MYTH: Baby Teeth aren’t Important – They’ll Just Fall Out, Anyway
There are countless news stories and articles that continue to stress the importance of pediatric dental care and monitoring baby teeth. While the baby teeth will eventually fall out, you want to make sure that their mouth and gums are still in top shape for their permanent teeth that are soon to come. If the roots of the baby teeth are rotten and decayed, the surrounding gums will also rot and their adult teeth coming in will be affected by this, as well.

 

MYTH: I’m Too Old to Get Braces Since My Teeth Won’t Change
Orthodontic treatment is for everyone, not just for teenagers and young adults! There are several ways braces and aligners can improve your smile and it doesn’t matter how old you are. The numbers of adults in their 30s and 40s that are receiving orthodontic treatment is growing and we want to keep it that way. Dental misalignment can be extremely harmful for your oral and dental health if not properly corrected, regardless of your age.

 

MYTH: I Don’t Eat Candy, So My Teeth are Perfectly Healthy
While limiting the amount of candy and sweets you’re enjoy is certainly beneficial for your smile, there are numerous foods and drinks that contain much more sugar than one may think. Sodas, fruit juices, and snacks contain harmful ingredients that damage the surface of your teeth, your gums, and more if you aren’t monitoring the things you eat and drink.

 

There are countless myths that harm your smile if they aren’t debunked and corrected and that’s why we’re here! If there are some myths or fears that you’re concerned about regarding your oral and dental health, don’t hesitate to contact your Corpus Christi TX dentist to schedule an appointment or consultation. Call us today at 361-883-3993 and start improving your health in more ways than one!

 

February 2017
What Are the Different Causes of Loose Teeth?

Learn the causes of loose teeth from your Dentist in Corpus Christi TX

 

People of all ages often suffer from tooth loss, which can often leave negative effects on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. It can result in a lacking smile, one that leaves patients unsatisfied and embarrassed. Tooth loss often starts when your tooth starts to detach itself from the jaw bone. So, what are the causes of loose tooth?

 

Causes of Loose Teeth

 

· Gum Disease

One cause of tooth loss is untreated gingivitis. During the early stages of gum disease, patients would often experience inflamed and bleeding gums. Although this is usually painless, the more you prolong this problem, it can cause periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a more serious gum disease that causes severe irritation and inflammation in your gum area. As this disease progresses, your gum tissue slowly deteriorates and eventually loosens your tooth, thus leads to tooth loss.

 

· Osteoporosis

Another reason would be osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a health condition wherein the bones in your body slowly weakens and becomes less dense. Loose tooth often occurs when bone density around the jaw lessens. People with osteoporosis are more at risk of loose tooth compared to others.

 

· Tooth Trauma

Tooth trauma can also cause your tooth to loosen.  For minor mouth trauma, it often takes a day or two for the tooth to loosen out. But for harder mouth trauma caused by accidents, it would cause an immediate effect. The damage is inflicted in the supportive ligaments that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. It can lead to a medical condition called bruxism. Bruxism can cause the tooth to loosen because of the constant grinding and clenching.

 

· Pregnancy Hormones

Pregnant women often experience loose teeth because of the high levels of estrogen and progesterone in their body. These hormones cause the tooth to loosen and move from side to side.  Usually, this event is temporary and doesn’t lead to tooth loss.

 

There are many reasons why your tooth would loosen. If you feel this is happening and disregard this issue, you may not only lose the one tooth, but those surrounding it, as well! Visit your Corpus Christi TX Dentist if you’re experiencing any issues with your teeth like the ones mentioned above.

January 2017
History of Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

Learn how People Used to Clean their Smile in Early Centuries and how far We’ve Come with Our Modern Tools!

 
When we brush our teeth every morning and night, we don’t always think about where it all started. How was toothpaste created? How did we know that we needed something like this to clean and improve our teeth? How did we figure out the right tools to properly clean our teeth? Below, your dentist in Christi TX will discuss the history of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and how we’ve dramatically progressed for the better of our smile.
 

History of Toothbrushes

If you can believe it, tooth brushing tools date way back to around 3500 BC! The Egyptians had created the cleaning utensil by fraying the ends of a twig, which created the “bristles.” There were even tombs in the ancient Egyptians that had contained these tooth-sticks right alongside their owners. The Chinese developed a type of “chewing stick” that was made out of aromatic tree twigs that helped freshen their breath around 1600 BC.
 
The type of toothbrushes that we’re more familiar with is believed to have been created in the 15th century by the Chinese, who created bristles from pigs’ necks and attached the bristles to a bone or bamboo handle that they can use. Eventually, when this invention was brought from China to Europe, the idea and design were adapted and the Europeans often either used softer horsehairs or feathers as their bristles.
 
Around 1780, the first toothbrush of a modern design was created by William Addis in England. The bristles were still made out of swine bristles and the handle was carved out of battle bone for a secure structure. In 1844, the design was improved when the first 3-row bristle brush was executed.
 
With the invention of nylon by Du Pont, natural bristles were replaced with nylon bristles, which was highly preferred. The modern toothbrush that we all know and recognized was officially created in 1938 and the first electric brush was created in 1939. Electric toothbrushes didn’t even make it to the United States until 1960—it was called the Broxodent.
 

History of Toothpaste

Did you know it’s recorded that toothpaste was invented way before toothbrushes? Egyptians are believed to have started using a personal-made paste in order to clean their teeth around 5000 BC. Going down the line, Greeks and Romans are also known to have used a type of toothpaste, as well as people in China and India first using toothpaste around 500 BC.
 
The reasoning for toothpaste then is the same now—people were concerned about keeping their natural smile, so they wanted to use a type of cleansing paste that will keep their teeth and gums clean, their teeth bright, and their breath fresh. However, the ingredients greatly varied overtime. The Greeks and Romans combined an abrasive mixture of ingredients that included crushed bones and oyster shells; the Romans added more of a flavor to it to beat bad breath, so they included darkened charcoal and bark. The Chinese had also used a wide variety of substances and ingredients, but ones that we feel much more comfortable with like ginseng, salt, and herbal mints.
 
Around the 1800s, more modern toothpastes began to develop. Early versions of toothpaste included soap and chalk. In England around the 1860s, their ingredients also included ground charcoal. The first type of toothpaste was usually powder, but around the late 1850s and towards the 1870s, new toothpaste that came in a jar was introduced and Colgate began to produce it. The toothpaste tube that we’re all familiar with made its way into our lives in the 1890s.
 
It wasn’t until the second half of the twentieth century that toothpaste became what we’re all extremely familiar with today. In 1914, toothpastes that contained fluoride were introduced, helping fight cavities, stimulate saliva, and improve other areas of oral and dental health.
 
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way! Even though your toothbrush and toothpaste are simple tools that you use on a daily basis, they’ve gone through tons of changes to make them the most beneficial, everyday routines you could participate in.
 
To learn more or to schedule an appointment or check-up with your dentist in Christi TX, call our office today at (361) 883-3993 or (361) 852- 6131. 
December 2016
Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

View Some New Year’s Resolutions by Your Corpus Christi TX Dentist so Your Smile can Shine Bright for 2017

 

The New Year is just around the corner! While everyone has had their ups and downs, we want to make sure that all of our patients are looking forward in a positive light to see what 2017 can bring us. As always, it’s important to make new year’s resolutions in order to improve and better yourself, whether it’s your overall health or your relationship with others. Today, your Corpus Christi TX dentist will discuss some of the things that your smile could benefit from with a resolution to take better care of your smile.

 

First Thing is First – Schedule Your Appointment
The first step is always the hardest, but it’s also the most important. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, you’re not alone. Did you know about one-third of U.S. citizens don’t see a dentist yearly (source)? Whether you think it’s time-consuming or you’re afraid, making time to better your oral and dental health will only benefit you in the long run. Booking an appointment is the most important step to taking care of your teeth. You may not think anything’s wrong, but just because you can’t see or feel if there’s an issue doesn’t mean it’s not there.

 

Floss, Floss, Floss!
Remember to floss on a daily basis can be difficult, but find ways to help remind you! Unfortunately, brushing your teeth isn’t enough to get rid of the build-up of plaque and bacteria that gets stuck in the hard-to-reach places. Try to get into the habit of flossing by putting the container in a place where you’ll see it every day, like next to your toothbrush or even in your bedroom. Buy some extra containers to carry around with you to places you frequent – your car, your work, your bag or pocket, just so you can still floss even if you forgot to do so at home.

 

Kick Bad Habits
Whether it’s your love for sweets and treats or your inkling to use tobacco products, there’s no better time to quit than now. While candies are certainly delicious, they do much more harm than good. The ones that are sticky and sweet are the ones that do the most damage, ruining your enamel and causing cavities. If you don’t monitor the amount of sugar you consume, your teeth won’t be happy! This goes for bad habits like smoking cigarettes and other uses of tobacco products. They not only stain your smile, but can quickly cause cavities, decay, and other severe dental issues that can lead to tooth loss.

 

Start working on your New Year’s resolutions by contacting your Corpus Christi TX dentist today and scheduling your first appointment for 2017! Call us today at (361) 883-3993 and have a Happy New Year!

November 2016
Correct these Common Dental Problems

Don’t Let These Common Dental Problems Ruin Your Smile – See how Your Corpus Christi TX Dentist can Protect and Save Your Teeth

 

There’s a dramatic myth that as you get older, your teeth will naturally become weaker and unhealthy until they eventually fall out. Seniors are typically related to dentures and fake teeth for a number of reasons – from movies to personal experiences, there’s the assumption that your teeth will simply disappear and go away forever in your elder years. But not so fast! Your smile doesn’t have to suffer as you get older. Below, your Corpus Christi TX dentist will discuss some of the most common dental problems and what you can do!

 

Tooth Decay
Don’t be fooled – you can still get cavities the older you get. Cavities aren’t just for kids and teens. Not only could you deal with damage on teeth that have never had an issue before, but they could also reappear around old fillings and other teeth that have received dental work. If you don’t brush or floss your teeth, or keep up with your routine cleanings, your teeth become more exposed and vulnerable.

 

Thankfully, there are helpful solutions! Using toothpastes that contain fluoride fight against the bacteria that tries to build up and break down your teeth. Ask about a fluoride rinse, fluoridated water, or prescription fluoride gel!

 

Gum Disease
If you’re experiencing bleeding while you brush or floss your teeth, you’re very likely suffering from gingivitis. This is reversible, but if you allow it to progress, your smile could suffer! Swollen, tender and bleeding gums are a huge warning sign for gingivitis and maybe periodontitis, the final form of gum disease that can cause a number of overall health problems. Other risks include infection, blood flow issues, tooth loss, and more.

 

If you notice that you’re bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible! We’ll be able to provide you with a professional dental cleaning, treat your gums, and help you take care of your smile when you’re at home, at work, or on the go.

 

Don’t let the myths fool you! Your smile deserves to be treated with the utmost care and that’s what your Corpus Christi TX dentist is for. To schedule an appointment or consultation, call our Oak Park office at (361) 883-3993 or our Staples office at (361) 852-6131.

October 2016
Scare Away a Spooky Smile!

Your Corpus Christi TX Dentist Wants to Protect Your Smile from the Tricks that Your Treats will Pull

 

Happy Halloween, from our family to yours! On this spookiest day of the year, there are some important requirements for participants—a great costume and some delicious candy. While this generally excites children down to their very core, parents aren’t always as excited. When you’ve come home from a long night out, your children want to dig right into all the candies and sweets that they possibly can. But remember, their teeth could be in danger if they indulge in too many treats! Below, see how your Corpus Christi TX dentist can help limit the overconsumption of chocolates and candies on the following days after Halloween.

 

Be Thorough and Keep Your Limits
Before your children gorge on their collection, ensure that every piece of candy and chocolate is safe and there’s nothing within them that could cause harm to you or your family. Once you do that, try to separate and sort the sweets into categories; create a pile for chocolates, chewy candies, hard candies, and the like.

 

Once this is completed, break these groups up into smaller, gift-sized bags, perhaps adding one candy from each category. This will limit the amount of candy that your children can enjoy so they won’t give themselves a toothache or a stomach ache if they delve into the large piles now. Stash the rest of the portions in a safe place so you can make sure that your children are unable to sneak some when you’re not looking!

 

Keep Snacking as Healthy as Possible
Although it can be hard to equate health with candy, we believe that balancing any sugar intake will protect your teeth. If your children are indulging in their favorite sweets, try to pair it with a glass of water that needs to be finished. The water will help trigger your saliva, working against the acidity and sweetness to protect the enamels from harm.

 

Perhaps you can pair some treats with healthy additions—raisins, peanut butter and celery sticks (also known as “ants on a log”) is a popular combination of treats that lives up to its tastiness and has the addition of a vegetable that naturally holds water.

 

As a parent, you don’t have to dread Halloween night after your children have collected their treats. Work with them, educate them on the harmful nature of certain sweets, and your spooky holiday won’t turn into a nightmare! Give your Corpus Christi TX dentist a call to schedule an appointment for a cleaning by reaching out to us at (361) 883-3993 or (361) 852-6131. Have a Happy Halloween!

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