Month: February 2014

Think Dental Implants Aren’t For You? Think Again.

When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone tissue begins to degenerate at a rapid pace. After just one year, the bone could have experienced as much as a 25% loss of width, and long term studies have shown that the bone surrounding a lost tooth continues to lose mass throughout a person’s lifetime. While… Read more »

When You Brush is as Important as How You Brush

Procrastinators, rejoice! You don’t have to jump up from the breakfast or dinner table and head straight for the bathroom to brush your teeth. In fact, dental experts suggest that brushing immediately after eating can actually harm your teeth, especially if your meal contained foods high in sugar, carbs, or citric acid. Today, we’re looking… Read more »

Dietary Approaches to Treating Jaw Pain

Lingering jaw pain can damper even the brightest spirits. Whether you experience sharp twinges when you yawn or a chronic dull throb throughout the day, the pain associated with TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) inhibits your ability to speak and eat normally and can place you in a decidedly negative frame of mind. Your… Read more »

How North Texas Allergy Season is Messing with Your Mouth

We survived Ice-mageddon and the cold, wet, dreary weather that ensued. Now North Texans have at least a few weeks of warm, sunny weather to look forward to (before spring thunderstorms start wreaking their own particular brand of havoc). Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, evergreens like mountain cedar, cool season annuals like chickweed, and deciduous flowering… Read more »

Three Habits of Highly Effective Bruxers

Bruxism, a chronic and potentially destructive parafunctional behavior, is characterized by unconsciously grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw. Although this behavior usually occurs during the night, many bruxers grind their teeth during the day, especially during periods of stress or anxiety. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to serious oral health problems like worn… Read more »

What One Visit Teeth Whitening Can and Can’t Do

When it comes to popular cosmetic dental treatments like Zoom! one visit teeth whitening, it’s often hard to find the facts amongst all the marketing. All the websites and ads say that the treatment is safe, the results are reliable, and the appointment itself couldn’t be more convenient, but how do you know if it’s… Read more »

Can You Whiten Your Teeth Too Much?

Since 2000, the teeth whitening industry has boomed, raking in over $1 billion a year in revenue. In an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, more respondents identified whiter teeth as the primary aspect of their smile they’d like to change. The thousands of teeth whitening products available at the store, at bleaching spas and… Read more »

Who Shouldn’t Get Veneers?

First, the good news: porcelain veneers offer a reliable way for a skilled cosmetic dentist to correct a wide range of esthetic flaws and help you achieve the kind of beautiful smile you imagined. Now, the bad news: some patients may not make good candidates for the procedure. Today, we’re discussing a few issues that… Read more »