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.
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