You’ve probably heard statements connecting stress to heart attacks. Cause and effect in the medical world isn’t always quite that black and white. Stress levels are difficult to pin-point in a quantifiable manner. However, there is little doubt that highly stressed individuals tend to overeat, sleep poorly, drink too much alcohol, and smoke. Succumbing to these habits and behaviors will directly result in hypertension and high cholesterol which are known heart disease risk factors. Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop wants his patients to lower their stress levels for better dental and overall health. (more…)
When you take stock of your body, how many sensations do you notice? Do you have any feelings which might qualify as aches and pains? When your body is assaulted by discomfort, your regular tasks are often difficult to carry out. Teeth are so small, yet for some reason, toothaches are among the most pervasive pains. The nerves seem to shoot out far beyond the localized area, causing pain which makes it difficult to sleep, eat, and speak. Preparing yourself for prevention or identification of a toothache is often the best way to ensure the quickest resolve to the situation. So try this quiz from Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop to teach yourself some helpful knowledge. (more…)
You’ve probably seen enough babies with pierced ears to feel used to the look. However, you might feel jarred at the sight of a toddler with a lip or tongue ring. Unfortunately, this is the way most dentists feel when they see anyone with oral piercings. The trend of physical self-expression may evoke liberation in the people who do it, but their teeth and gum tissue is at great risk for damage. Other trends affect dental health as well. Anyone who decides to temporarily bejewel the surfaces of their teeth are begging for scratched, fractured, or chipped tooth enamel. The American Dental Associating (ADA) worries that trapped food and bacteria collecting under this type of tooth jewelry will cause unwanted decay. Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop will take a look at some other unusual cosmetic dental trends that fortunately aren’t so popular at the moment. (more…)
Do you have any silver amalgam fillings in your mouth? Many people all over the world still do since the material has been filling cavities for well over a century. The evolution of fillings dictates that most dentists now primarily utilize tooth-colored composite-resin materials for a more desirable cosmetic look. Environmentalists are happier with composite fillings as well because amalgam may have a negative impact on the earth. And how about your health? Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop will weigh in on mercury in amalgam fillings.
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Your Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop is happy to offer patients a variety of tooth replacement options. A recommendation will naturally depend upon your exact situation. Some people still make great candidates for traditional dentures. A fixed dental bridge may also make a viable solution. However, more and more these days, patients are opting for dental implants because of the many advantages they offer. No other modern solution offers quite as natural a way to replace your lost primary teeth.
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Bone density issues have become a real concern for people as they age. The reason for this is not entirely understood. Genetics, nutrition, and the fact that we live such long lives in modern times all have something to with whether or not you might maintain ample density of bone structure. No matter how many calcium supplements you take, bone loss is a reality for many people as the years march on. For women with severe osteoporosis, doctors sometimes prescribe a category of drugs called bisphosphonates. While these medications are an amazing solution for bone loss issues, there can be serious dental health side effects on rare occasions. Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop has rarely seen cases of Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ) but it is certainly worth familiarizing yourself with. (more…)
Do you have a hot date coming up? Bad breath might make you feel extremely uncomfortable about any social interactions, romantic or otherwise. Everyone deserves confidence and a high quality of life. Bad breath can take all of this away. Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop is here to help if you’re concerned that your breath is offensive to others.
Many people prioritize brushing in their oral hygiene routine and think of flossing as an afterthought. Perhaps you floss after you brush once a week, or once a month. In fact, you should be flossing daily before you brush. It’s (more…)
Are you unhappy with your smile because of chips, cracks, and/or gaps in your teeth? Do you think a lot about options to fix your pearly whites? Perhaps you have deeply stained or yellow teeth, and teeth bleaching has only offered you minor results. Katy cosmetic dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop has a great solution. The cosmetic dental procedure in question is called porcelain veneers. (more…)
When you’re a parent, modeling behavior is often even more important than telling your kids how to act. Children pick up on cues from you, both obvious and subtle. The way you treat others, the way you manage money, the way you eat, how physically active you are, and even the level of stress you carry on your shoulders are all under observation by your offspring. Katy pediatric dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop has witnessed the influence parents have on their children first hand. A Spanish research study collected data to pinpoint just how influential parents are when it comes to dental care. (more…)
In the dead of winter, it’s fun to daydream of a tropical vacation. What do you picture? Lounging in a hammock underneath banana trees? Native dancers performing while you soak up the rays of the sun? Sipping a delicious pina colada out of a coconut shell? There’s great news for the dental health of people that enjoy coconut. Coconut is proving to be a superfood with many healthy qualities. Katy, TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop notes that coconut oil might be the key to natural dental health care in the future. (more…)