You know that an essential aspect of promoting excellent oral health is keeping your teeth clean – and your gums clean. But have you ever given much thought to how important it is for you to keep your toothbrush clean? The great news here is that even if cleaning your brush is not something you’ve considered, you will find it extremely easy to begin incorporating this aspect of hygiene into your daily routine – in fact, you may already be doing it! Let’s learn a bit more.
Not so long ago, wearing braces meant visiting an orthodontist regularly for a year (or more.) Wires were tightened and adjustments were made, as teeth shifted into corrected positions. Jaw alignment issues and malocclusion (when teeth don’t meet properly) are often corrected with traditional braces, and may take considerable time. If you are bothered by minor tooth alignment issues, you may be a good candidate for SixMonthSmiles. As the name says, you can see cosmetic corrections with an accelerated timeframe. Treatment that begins in the summer can be finished around the end of the year! (more…)
We all know some habits that help our teeth. Brush and floss regularly. See your dentist twice a year for preventive care. Wear a mouthguard when you play contact sports. There are other tooth-friendly habits you can cultivate, but you may not know they are important. Just as bad habits take a little time to break, so good habits take time to form. Make a deal with yourself to make these three habits routine. Ask our friendly office staff for more good tooth habits at your next appointment.
If you are attempting to open your mouth to say, “ah!” do you find that you cannot do this with ease? Do you ever attempt to close your mouth after speaking, singing, or eating only to find that this effort is held up for a moment by what seems to be an unmoving jaw joint? If so, recognize that these are common symptoms of common oral health issues. Let’s see how much you know about these functional concerns with a quick quiz.
Unless 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…)
Do 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.
Are 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.
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.