You Can Get it Whiter AND Keep it Healthy
A straight and white smile is becoming more sought after than ever before. This mindset began with the ‘Hollywood smile’, when we first started to develop an interest in mimicking the results of celebrity cosmetics. For many at the time, the riches of these stars along with the price of cosmetic dentistry, put such procedures out of reach. But much has changed.
Today, the price of cosmetic dentistry, like teeth whitening and adult orthodontics have become far more affordable and accessible. Cosmetic dentistry is now viewed as obtainable and as ‘standard’ as visiting the hairdresser or barber.
More of us are taking an interest in our own smile and searching for ways to improve it. This is an extremely positive attitude. However, while changing the appearance of our teeth sits high on many people’s wish list, it is important to remember the most important thing – the health of our smile.
How to keep a healthy mouth
So how do we achieve a healthy smile? The good news is that the answer is pretty simple. Healthy teeth and gums can be achieved by a good oral health routine at home and regularly visiting our dentist.
A good oral health routine only involves a few easy steps:
So there we have it.
By sticking to this basic routine, we can achieve that healthy mouth. The next time we show off the results of our latest tooth whitening treatment, we can also be confident that our teeth and gums are in tip-top condition too.
To schedule an appointment with us, please call the location nearest you: Conroe - (936) 760-3050, Galveston - (409) 740-7744, Houston - (713) 633-1922, and Richmond - (281) 238-4454. You can also schedule an appointment at www.texasdental.group.
A lot of friends have asked whether it is required to purchase an air purification system for their dental practice post COVID-19. Currently, there are no mandates in place that require offices to purchase air purifiers, however, we at Texas Dental Group put the safety of our patients and staff first always.
In dentistry, we have rigorous protocols that fight against germs and viruses. Disinfecting the office with antibacterial agents & proper disposal of medical waste has been a standard long before "social distancing" & "quarantining" became common language in American culture.
To continue that tradition, we have implemented an air filtration system to reduce contaminants significantly! We’ve incorporated the Air Scrubber Plus A/C filtration system into all four (4) offices of the Texas Dental Group.
What is Air Scrubber you ask? An air scrubber can be installed as part of the office’s central heating and cooling system. It uses UV light waves coupled with a catalytic process to attack germs and other particles while still in the air or on surfaces like countertops. Basically, when our system gets turned on, the air will flow through a titanium dioxide-coated plate. Once inside the plate, the particles pass through a strong UV light. This light works to break-up the makeup of particles and contaminants. Once they are disrupted, they become useless to infect the air.
Moreover, these next-generation purifiers (known as air scrubbers) have been shown to remove more than 99% of airborne and surface contaminants, killing pathogens on contact and destroying microorganisms in the air and on surfaces.
Air quality in the dental practice is an important subject that deserves careful consideration for its role in creating and maintaining a safe environment for returning patients and staff. We continue to do our best in keeping our offices safe. We believe air filtration is another supplemental tool that will help keep us moving in the right direction.
School will be back in session before you know it. Whether your child will be in the classroom or learning from home, a healthy smile is still a back-to-school essential.
Some schools require a back-to-school dental exam. Still, it’s always a good time of year to schedule one of your child’s regular visits. “We can help spot and take care of any issues so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” says Dr. Kenneth Osamor of the Texas Dental Group franchise. “It’s also a great time to help get back on track if some of your child’s dental habits fell away during summer, when normal routines can go out the window and there are a lot more treats around.”
And just as this school year might be looking a bit different for your child, their back-to-school appointment will have some changes too.
Here are a few questions to ask at your child’s appointment:
How Is My Child’s Overall Dental Health?
The dentist will be looking at the big picture of your child’s mouth, including teeth and gums. “We will check to make sure teeth are lining up correctly, your child’s bite is in good shape and to keep an eye out for any [orthodontic] issues that may show up later,” says Dr. Kenneth Osamor of the texasdental.group. “We’re also making sure baby teeth are going to the Tooth Fairy like they should.”
Will My Child Get a Cleaning Today?
This is a must, no matter how well your child brushes. “Even if your child—or you, for that matter—brushes twice a day, it’s not possible to get rid of all the bacteria that can lead to cavities,” Dr. Kenneth Osamor says. “And on the other hand, you may have a child who goes off to camp and never opens their toothbrush.”
That’s why a professional cleaning goes a long way. “It removes more of the cavity-causing bacteria and helps to keep gum tissue healthy,” he says. “It can also remove most or many stains from teeth.”
Does My Child Need an X-Ray?
X-rays help your dentist see how your child’s teeth are developing and make sure the tooth roots are healthy. They also are used to see if there is any tooth decay between your child’s teeth. “The decay process can move very, very fast, so the earlier we can catch it, the better,” Dr. Osamor says.
Your child won’t need an x-ray at every visit. “We do them only when necessary,” he says.
Can You Check My Child’s Mouthguard?
If your child plays sports year-round, make sure you bring his or her mouthguard along so your dentist can check for wear, tear and fit. “If your child is having a growth spurt, losing teeth and getting new ones, the mouthguard might need to be redone,” he says.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants can be another way to keep your child from getting cavities, but they’re no substitute for brushing and flossing. A sealant is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that your dentist can place on the chewing surfaces of your child’s permanent back teeth (called molars). Once they’re on, sealants work to keep cavity-causing bacteria and bits of food from settling into the nooks and crannies your child’s toothbrush can’t reach. This helps keep cavities from forming and tiny existing spots of decay from getting worse.
In fact, having sealants on your permanent molars reduces the risk of cavities by 80%. It’s best to get sealants as soon as your child’s permanent molars come through their gums (usually at age 6, then again at age 12). “It doesn’t hurt to put on or apply a sealant,” Dr. Osamor says. “When permanent molars start coming in, parents should ask if sealants are recommended.” Most last for years, and your child’s dentist will make sure they’re holding strong at every regular visit.
To schedule an appointment with us, please call the location nearest you: Conroe - (936) 760-3050, Galveston - (409) 740-7744, Homestead - (713) 633-1922, and Richmond - (281) 238-4454. You can also schedule an appointment at www.texasdental.group.
When it comes to getting dental treatment, many people push it off. There are many reasons why patients may push treatment off. Including insufficient funds, insecurity about the medical necessity and even going on a vacation. Although these may seem like legitimate reasons getting treatment when the issue is diagnosed is important as to not incur further decay.
Diagnosis of Decay
Dentist can detect tooth decay by:
Decay is an Active Process
The biggest reason we recommend patients get treatment as soon as decay is diagnosed is because decay is an active process. When someone is diagnosed with any varying degree of decay, overtime the decay will worsen. Although preventative measures like bushing and flossing twice a day is important and can help prevent against decay. Getting semi annual check ups are important.
Regular checkups help identify cavities and other dental conditions before they cause troubling symptoms and lead to more-serious problems. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances are of reversing the earliest stages of tooth decay and preventing its progression. If a cavity is treated before it starts causing pain, you probably won't need extensive treatment.
There are three different types of cavities and they are treated using the following methods:
Although getting treatment may seem like not a pressing issue, it should be. Seeing immediate treatment of decaying teeth, will allow many you to preserve the integrity of your existing teeth. If you're experiencing pain or sensitivity in your teeth, make an appointment with us as soon as possible, we also accept walk-ins an up to an hour and a half prior to us closing.
Treatment During This Time
Getting treatment during this time with the coronavirus, should still be a priority. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort you should call your local Texas Dental Group location to try to be seen. Houston: 713-633-1922; Galveston: 409-740-7744; Conroe: 936-760-3050; Richmond: 281-238-4454. Fillings, crowns, root canals, and tooth extractions among the treatments that would be considered emergency dental care.
What is a Virtual Visit?
A Virtual Visit is a virtual consultation using a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services, and can be applied to specific health care disciplines, such as dentistry.
Virtual Visits can include patient care and education delivery using, but not limited to, the following modalities:
How to make an appointment:
Step 1: Call office or request an appointment at www.texasdental.group
Step 2: Patient sends office intraoral photos and or 7 second video displaying the need for the emergency
Step 3: Brief video conferencing with patient where necessary
Step 4: Final treatment plan provided, explained and scheduled
Step 5: Happy satisfied patient with maximum efficiency
Although the City of Houston is under a Stay-at-Home order, all Texas Dental Group locations are still open to treat patients in urgent need of dental care. For the safety of our staff and our remaining patients, we will not be accepting any walk-ins at this time. All appointments will be scheduled in advance, and in many cases virtual appointments will be made. In order to make an appointment during this time, a patient should call their local office and schedule an appointment. Houston - (713) 633-1922 Conroe - (936) 760-3050 Richmond - (281) 238-4454 Galveston - (409) 740-7744. To have a better Idea on what types of symptoms would make it necessary for you to be seen, please look at this flyer from the American Dental Association. Any type of pain or discomfort is a dental emergency. Please call with any questions or concerns.
Going to the dentist can be a challenge, and for many, wearing braces can be intimidating. While braces are meant to straighten your teeth, they actually have a number of other benefits. Here are a list of benefits for braces:
There are many benefits to getting Fastbraces. All of which will give you something to smile about. Call us today to schedule your consultation! For the month of March, we are offering $500 off FASTBRACES.
Now that the holidays are in full swing, as a company we would like to reflect on how we give back to our communities. This year, we did quite a few things to give back to the communities we serve!
We hosted a backpack giveaway at all of our locations.
We performed a pro bono treatment for a patient in need at our Galveston location.
We helped future brides know what cosmetic dentistry options are available to them at the Bridal Extravaganza in Houston for their big day.
We participated in the Fort Bend County Fair Parade in Richmond.
In Conroe, we partnered with the Academy For Science & Health Professions at Conroe High School to expose high school students to careers in dentistry as well as allied careers.
We gave away free sonic toothbrushes, to help our patients improve their oral health!
We celebrated countless birthdays with our patients.
As a company, we are so proud to serve the surrounding areas of Houston. We look forward to doing more community building in 2020.
If you're missing a tooth due to trauma, decay, medication or hypodontia, and have been putting off getting it fixed, you're placing your health and your appearance at risk. We're pleased to present great options to restore your smile – implants.
An implant is a permanent tooth replacement that sits atop a screw-like shaft attached directly to your jawbone. Implants are more expensive, but:
One of our patients came in looking to have some work done after his teeth we severely damaged from a traumatic injury. The patient wanted to have a treatment done as soon as possible, in a minimal amount of time. Due to our expertise in dental implant placement we successfully installed the implant in just 3 hours! Our partnership with a dental technology company gives us the flexibility to pre-plan our treatments digitally and vertically integrates most of the dental implantation process so all the implant materials come from the same company in a timely manner. If you are unsatisfied with the look and feel of your partial, dentures, bridge or flipper call us today to see if you are a good candidate; Conroe - (936) 760-3050, Galveston - (409) 740-7744, Homestead - (713) 633-1922, and Richmond - (281) 238-4454. We offer the most affordable pricing in the Houston area.
The back to school rush is upon us, and for many parents it can be a hassle to prepare for the check up or know what type of questions to ask. To relieve some of the stress, let me give you some questions (& answers) you may want to know.
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