What Do You Really Know About Tooth Loss?

what do you really know about tooth lossUnless you’re speaking with someone who’s recently lost teeth, or are specifically worried about it yourself, you might not speak much about tooth loss. Even if you don’t talk about it, though, you may instinctively realize that it is, or one day may be, a real threat to your oral health.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. Contrary to what many believe, tooth loss is preventable. And even if you lose teeth, you can still restore their functions and preserve your smile’s beauty, health, and integrity. (more…)

Smile Care Frequency: Q&A

q&AfabricDo you have some questions about how often you should be doing particular things for your oral health – but you are embarrassed to ask? Maybe you don’t really know if you’re brushing too infrequently or too often, if you’re brushing for the required amount of time, or if you need to come in to see us more than you do. While we would like to remind you that we always welcome these and other questions, we are glad to offer the quick responses you need with a Q&A session.


Shape Up Young Smiles This Summer

childrenlaughingAre you relieved that it’s summer because you can finally schedule all of that essential stuff for your children that becomes too difficult during the school year? If so, remember to make dental care a part of your little ones’ experience. Remember that even if you have been keeping up with six-month preventive care visits, there are some other aspects of your child’s oral health that can use some attention. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule your little one’s next visit! For now, let’s explore some important ways to protect those developing grins.


Why Is My Mouth So Dry?

womandisgustedDo 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.


Snoring? Try NightLase® Laser Treatment!

snoringmanwithwomanGood 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!


4 Myths You Hear About Dental Care

mythfactchalkYou 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.


How Do I Know If My Tooth Is Infected?

womanwonderingcurlyWhen 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.


Snoring Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

quizgreenDo 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.


Could You Be Doing More to Care for Your Smile? Part One

Can You Do More to Care for Your Smile?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…)

Can Porcelain Veneers Correct Your Smile Concerns?

Wonder If Veneers Are Right for You?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.