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Evidence of a Connection Between Your Oral and Heart Health

February 17, 2020

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Did you know that when you brush and floss on a regular basis, you’re getting more than just clean teeth and gums? Medical professionals have found evidence that the condition of your oral health can impact your heart. Since February is Heart Health Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to learn about the connection so that you can prevent any oral and cardiovascular health problems. Read on to get the key details from a dentist in Memorial!

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Healthier Snack Choices to Protect Your Teeth and Gums

February 10, 2020

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There are several components that factor into maintaining excellent oral health. One of them is the type of snacks you consume. The choices you make will have a huge impact on the condition of your teeth and gums. The good news is that you’re not expected to just abstain from eating all together. As you continue reading, a dentist in Memorial provides some snack options that are conducive to your oral health yet satisfying to your palate!

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Just How Often Should You Be Flossing?

January 28, 2020

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Have you ever been distracted for hours because you had a bit of food stuck in your teeth? Whether it was a popcorn kernel shell or small bit of steak, finally dislodging it with a toothpick or string of floss can bring about a truly unique sense of relief. But is this the only time you clean between your teeth? Recent studies suggest that Americans are somewhat evenly divided about this dental routine: about 37% of Americans say they floss sometimes, 30% faithfully floss every day, and 32% admit that they never floss. Your dentist in Memorial explains just how often you should be flossing and why it’s so important.  

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Start the New Year Off Right with a Dental Checkup!

January 2, 2020

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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Now that it’s January, many people are setting new goals and healthy habits to improve themselves. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are short-lived and don’t have a lasting impact. This year, instead of spending hours on the treadmill or reorganizing your entire life, start your journey towards a better you with a visit to your Memorial dentist! Find out how kicking off the New Year with a dental checkup can improve your smile, your confidence, and your health all year long.

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Signs You Might Need a Root Canal to Save Your Tooth

December 14, 2019

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Pained woman needing a root canal

Do the words “root canal” send a shiver up your spine? Many people associate root canals with pain and would much rather suffer a painful toothache than get one. Would you be surprised to know that root canals can cause so little discomfort that many people doze off during their procedure? Or that you might need a root canal to save your tooth from falling out even if you’re not in pain? It’s estimated that around 15 million root canals are performed each year, and yet there’s still a lot of misinformation surrounding this tooth-saving procedure. Find out from your dentist in Memorial Houston what to look out for and why root canals are so important.

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Fill Their Stockings with These 4 Gifts That’ll Keep Their Smile Looking Its Best

December 8, 2019

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Trying to find the right stocking stuffers can be difficult. With so little room available, you want to make sure that what you put in is memorable and worthwhile. While others might opt to fill theirs with candy or tiny knick-knacks, why not take the advice of a dentist in Memorial Houston and opt for these 4 great gift ideas that will keep your loved one’s smile looking its best this holiday season.

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Simple Ways to Effectively Respond to a Dental Emergency

November 15, 2019

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young man holding jaw in pain

Whether it’s a dislodged tooth or a painful toothache, a dental emergency is no fun. Unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable that one will occur in your lifetime. When it happens, how should you respond? Is it always necessary to report to your local emergency room for immediate care? These are important details to work out now, so that if you find yourself dealing with any form of dental trauma, you can effectively respond. A dentist in Memorial Houston weighs in to provide some expert tips.

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How Long Can You Expect a New Dental Implant to Last?

November 5, 2019

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When is the last time you smiled with confidence or ate your favorite food without having to chew on one side of your mouth? If you’ve been living with any number of teeth missing, then you’ve had your fair share of these types of experiences. With the placement of dental implants, you can enjoy a more vibrant and functional smile. How long should you expect the implants to last, though? A dentist in Memorial Houston provides the answer and explains why implant insertion is the best option for replacing missing teeth!

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Why Should You Go to the Dentist Twice a Year?

October 19, 2019

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Woman smiling in dental chair

You’ve grown up your whole life getting told to see your dentist twice a year. The American Dental Association even says that biannual dental visits are recommended for good oral hygiene. Yet, millions of Americans only schedule their dental appointments once in a year—or none at all. But should you see your dentist in Memorial Houston if nothing looks or feels wrong with your smile? Read on to learn the answer!

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Spotting The Signs Of Gum Disease Before It’s Too Late

October 1, 2019

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bleeding gums

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a common oral bacterial infection that causes damage and irritates oral tissues. When plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, it provides more food for harmful oral bacteria, creating the perfect environment for them to accumulate. As they eat on sugars and carbohydrates found in plaque, they release enamel-eroding acid and toxins that have been linked to a variety of health problems found throughout the body. When the disease becomes more severe, the symptoms get worse, making it impossible to reverse. This is why it’s so important to diagnose and treat gum disease in its early stages.

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