Setting Positive Tone for Family Dental Visits

Father Son BrushingWhen 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…)

Coconut Might Make the Perfect Toothpaste of the Future

coconutOilIn 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…)

The Inner Beauty of your Smile

Straight TeethThe definition of beauty is subjective. Have you ever heard everyone around you gushing about a supposedly “hot” celebrity and find yourself thinking, “huh…I don’t get it.” One man’s art, sculpture, or favorite movie is another man’s waste of space. When you think of inner beauty, however, there is probably a more common universal ideal. Kindness, selflessness, generosity…these are the makings of what’s important on the inside of a person. Your teeth have a different kind of “inner beauty” that may not qualify as your idea of attractive. However, to Katy, TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, healthy inner tooth anatomy is one of the most beautiful things he sees in his patients. (more…)

Try this Bad Breath Quiz

Breath BadWhether you’re ramping up for a hot date or you’re going out for your 40th anniversary, bad breath can really kill a romantic mood. Breath affects your life beyond your relationship with a significant other. Your coworkers are going to bear the brunt of your bad breath if you are sitting close together. Your friends will have to hide their grimace when they catch a whiff of your halitosis during a conspiratorial conversation. Your children won’t hide their distaste for the odor coming from your mouth when you help them with their homework. Katy, TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, wants to make sure you aren’t forced to deal with embarrassing situations like these. Find out how you fair on this true-or-false quiz about bad breath. (more…)

The Red Carpet is Waiting for your White Smile

White Smile CloseWhite smiles are in.  Just take a look at any red carpet during this time of year, known as “awards season” in the film industry. Patients often take their cues from their favorite actors, actresses, and performers on how to look. Many people turn to Katy, TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop to reverse the tooth discoloration that has resulted from smoking, red wine, coffee and aging so their teeth will shine as brightly as the stars. Whitening options for teeth have come a long way, but cosmetic dentistry procedures are still safest when done under the guide of a trained dentist. (more…)

Prepare yourself for a Dental Emergency

Dental EmergencyEmergencies can be prepared for, but there’s nothing that can simulate the adrenaline rush and panic when something suddenly goes wrong. Car accidents, falls, sport injuries…there are hundreds of ways you could end up damaging your teeth or gum tissues and requiring emergency dental care. Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, likes to go as far as possible with preparation. If you have certain elements in place, even in a state of shock, you should be able to weather a dental emergency with good results.

Have Emergency Numbers Programmed into your Phone

The current state of American life is very technology oriented. If you aren’t one of the 91% of American adults that has a cell phone on you at all times, most likely someone around you will. If you do own a phone, however, take the time to program in emergency numbers, including Dr. Lathrop’s office at 832-437-3849. That way, if you break a tooth or have one knocked out, you won’t have to attempt to look up a number when you’re in pain and scared. If you have a dislodged tooth, do your best to find it. Handle the tooth or tooth pieces gingerly, by the crown, and rinse them free of debris with clean water. Try not to sever any tissue that might be on the tooth. Next, you can place the tooth in milk, Gatorade, or in a real emergency where nothing else is available, saliva.

Lean on your Support System

Call on friends and family in your time of need. You shouldn’t be concerned with driving safely in the shape you are in. If you can land a ride to the emergency dentist, that is your best bet. For swelling, cold compresses and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can help. If Dr. Lathrop’s office is not open, try the closest emergency dentist. If bleeding is profuse or you have lost consciousness at any point during your injury, you should go to the ER instead.

Emergency Dental Care in Katy TX

If you fall victim to a dental emergency, prompt dental care is absolutely vital. Dr. Lathrop understands the importance of quick intervention and thus offers emergency care to patients and non-patients alike. When an emergency patient arrives, Dr. Lathrop and the rest of our team will strive to get him or her in for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Colin Lathrop is an experienced and widely respected dentist serving patients in the Katy TX area. Patients can contact Dr. Lathrop at 832-437-3849 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

How Much Do You Know about Dental Sedation?

True or falseEvery time period has amazing elements. Of course, there are certainly many reasons to look at the past and think that we have come a long way as a developing society. A great example of this is sedation dentistry. Once upon a time, there weren’t any numbing options for dental work. If a tooth needed to be extracted, the patient would have to literally grit their teeth through the pain. In this day and age, Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, can offer you sedation options if you feel nervous about going to the dentist. Try this true or false quiz to learn more. (more…)

Don’t Let Orofacial Pain Interrupt your Sleep

Pain in JawOrofacial pain is defined as any marked discomfort on, or around, your face. Symptoms include general aches, dizziness, clicking or popping of the joints, earaches, teeth grinding, and sore jaw muscles. These symptoms can be unpleasant enough during the day, but at night, when you’re trying to sleep, discomfort can seem greatly magnified. Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, can help you uncover the cause of orofacial pain so you can be sure to have a good night’s sleep. (more…)

Canker Sores and Cold Sores: Katy, TX Dentist Provides Overview

Cold SoreIf you deal with recurring canker sores and cold sores you know that they can be very unpleasant; even downright painful. That tell-tale tingling ache probably has you bracing yourself for the unpleasant inevitable. Canker sores are small in size but pack quite the punch of nagging discomfort. Meanwhile, if you have to weather regular cold sore breakouts, not only do you have to feel awful, but the appearance of these lesions can make you very self-conscious, to say the least. Many people aren’t exactly what certain what causes canker sores and cold sores, or even how to tell the difference between the two. Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, is happy to provide an overview. (more…)

Katy, TX Dentist Offers Sedation for Anxious Patients

RelaxedIf you harbor deep dental anxieties and phobias, don’t feel bad. Dentistry has evolved to meet the needs of people who are more communicative about their fears in modern times. That’s why Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, is committed to offering various forms of sedation which can help even the most nervous patient weather their needed dental work. Have you been putting off necessary treatments, or even just basic cleanings and checkups, due to your fears? Consider dental sedation as a potential solution. (more…)