Do you find that your mouth seems excessively dry? Does it feel like someone stuffed some cotton in there? Perhaps in addition to the unfavorable sensation you are experiencing, you notice that some other things are changing, too. You may find that foods don’t taste quite the same or that your breath is never fresh anymore, even with brushing and flossing. No worries – it sounds like you may require dental care for dry mouth, which occurs when saliva flow has decreased. Why is this happening, you wonder? Allow us to offer some introductory responses.
Good news! Did you know that by seeking professional treatment for snoring, you can expect exceptional results? Even better news: Whether you’ve just realized snoring is affecting your quality of life – or if you’ve tried everything from oral appliances to a CPAP machine – advanced NightLase® snoring laser treatment offers a way to stop the snoring. Ready to learn more? In addition to gathering a few details with a quick read, you can also stay tuned to KRIV Fox 26 news in Houston on Thursday, May 26th to watch Dr. Lathrop’s segment on how we treat snoring!
You may find yourself feeling quite torn when it comes to dental care. Especially if you are someone who is looking for any rational excuse to avoid a trip to the dentist, you may be experiencing a tug-of-war between what you think is right (scheduling preventive visits with us consistently) or taking advantage of what you think might be a myth. Good news: By dispelling common myths, we can help you gain the confidence you need to schedule care without hesitation.
When it comes to oral health issues, you may know from previous experience that a tooth infection is something that can wreak havoc on your smile and something that requires immediate attention. Whether you need a root canal treatment or otherwise, the longer you neglect an infection, the more complex and widespread the side effects – such as an abscess – can become. However, you may be wondering to yourself how exactly to determine whether your tooth is infected. Allow us to help you with this seemingly tricky issue.
Do you laugh off the fact that you’re well known as a loud snorer because some people snore – and some don’t? Or, are you feeling anxious about your snoring because it has been waking your partner and interrupting your ability to make it comfortably through a full night of sleep? For immediate clarity on this topic, we suggest you keep one thing in mind: Snoring is not good for you and may be a warning sign of something more serious called sleep apnea, which will require sleep apnea treatment. Let’s see what you know and provide additional information with a brief quiz.
Many people think of beautiful teeth, when they think about smiles. However, the teeth and gums must first be in excellent health before they can serve as confidence-builders and cosmetic assets. You may already realize that you need to be brushing your teeth everyday in order to keep your smile healthy, much less attractive. But are you curious what more you could be doing to care for your smile? If so, your preventive dentist can help educate you on the importance of dental hygiene, a healthy diet and what else can be done to keep your smile healthy. (more…)
Do you sometimes wish you had worn braces as a teenager, but now you feel too embarrassed to get orthodontic treatment? Did you know that minor, cosmetic alignment issues can often be corrected with porcelain veneers, instead of orthodontia? There are many other esthetic problems that can be corrected with veneers, too, including permanent staining, disproportionately small teeth, or even jagged edges caused by wear. Perhaps best of all, cosmetic veneers provide a long-lasting way to enhance your natural smile.
If it has been years since you last needed to have a dental crown placed, or if you have never had one at all, you might have some reservations or concerns about needing one. For many years restorative dentistry, like crowns, meant noticeable metal additions to one’s smile. Fortunately modern dentistry provides more seamless alternatives in the form of porcelain crowns that can help improve both the functionality and the appearance of your smile! So if you feel you need restorative treatment, don’t delay due to concern about how it will affect the esthetics of your smile. Instead, talk to your dentist about the many benefits of dental crowns. (more…)
Did you know that your teeth are protected by the most resilient substance your body produces? Teeth are also the most-used parts of your body, and are constantly subjected to the pressures of biting and chewing.
Though strong, teeth can become weak from inadequate hygiene, or suffer structural damage from accidental trauma, and repairing them is vital to your continued good oral health. Today, we explain the process of fixing tooth fractures, and what to do if a tooth is damaged beyond saving. (more…)