You Are What you Eat | Eating and Drinking for Your Tooth Enamel

 Help prevent tooth decay | Skip the sugar | Southlake Dental

Skip the sugar. Help prevent tooth decay.

When it comes to food and drink, we oftentimes consider how what we consume will affect our stomach, waistlines and even heart before we think twice about our teeth and gums. However, what we put in our mouths matters, and sadly, some of the things we enjoy most wreak havoc on our pearly whites and cause more damage than we give them credit for.

To Prevent Tooth Decay, Don’t Sugar Coat It

Why Sugar is Bad for Tooth Enamel

In their article, “Everyday Habits That Damage Your Teeth,” WebMD credits sugar to being the teeth’s number one enemy because of the acid-producing bacteria that consumes it. As these acids break down the sugars in your mouth, they break down tooth enamel as well. Because of this, it does matter how long sugary substances stay in your mouth. The more they linger, the more acids your mouth produces.

To Protect Your Tooth Enamel, Limit Acidity

Acids pose a threat to your oral health. It is no surprise then that sodas, juices and alcohol which all contain varying amounts of acid have the ability to erode tooth enamel. In fact, Robert Sorin, DDS likens drinking soft drinks to “bathing teeth in an acid environment.”

Alcohol is also responsible for drying out the mouth. This leads to a decrease of saliva production — a production process that otherwise aids in the removal of plaque and bacterial acids. As saliva decreases, these acids and accumulations increase, putting teeth at risk for tooth decay. Web MD advises individuals to rinse their mouth with water between drinks of alcohol to avoid further damage their teeth.

Count the Costs

When it comes to what you eat and drink, we encourage you to consider your dental health and limit foods and beverages that may do more damage than good. If you have questions about maintaining a dental – friendly diet please check out our previous post, “Nutrition | How Maintaining a Vitamin-Rich Diet Can Lead to Oral Health” or make an appointment with your dentist today!

Who We Are

Lake Cities Dental has been serving the dental care needs to Southlake area residents for over 12 years and is proud to offer a wide variety of dental treatments under one roof.

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373.   Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.

Diagnosing TMD

In our last post, “The Trouble with TMJ“, we discussed a few of the symptoms and potential causes of

Upon receiving a positive diagnosis, your dentist will be able to provide you with a personal treatment plan.

temporomandibular disorders or TMD. Yet, how are TMDs diagnosed and what treatment options are available for those who suffer from temporomandibular disorders?

Diagnosing TMD | A Perio Process

To diagnose TMD, the Mayo clinic staff says a dentist will perform a series of tests that will most likely include:

    • Listening to and feeling the jaw as it opens and closes.
    • Observing the jaw’s range of motion
    • Identifying areas of pain and discomfort along the jaw

Following these tests, your dentist may order X-rays, a CT scan or an MRI in order to see a detailed view of the teeth, jaw bone or joint’s disk.

Diagnosing TMD | Temporomandibular Treatment

Upon receiving a positive diagnosis, your dentist will be able to provide you with a personal treatment plan that is right for you. Though the Mayo staff says that it is sometimes possible for TMDs to heal without treatment, many patients with temporomandibular disorders find relief in the form of medication, therapy or surgical procedures. 

If you are experiencing jaw discomfort or any other symptom associated with TMJ disorders or have questions about dental health, please schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

Who We Are

Lake Cities Dental has been serving the dental care needs to Southlake area residents for over 12 years and is proud to offer a wide variety of dental treatments under one roof.

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373.   Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.

The Trouble with TMJ

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Have you ever met someone who claimed to have TMJ? What he or she may not have realized is that not only did they have TMJ, but everyone else does too!

TMD is the New TMJ

Have you ever met someone who claimed to have TMJ? What he or she may not have realized is that not only did they have TMJ, but everyone else does too! According to WebMD, TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint–the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. The term that describes an abnormality within the joint is actually referred to as TMD or temporomandibular disorders.

Cause and Effect

In their article, “Temporomandibular Joint Disorders“, Web MD says that medical professionals have yet to discover what causes TMD, however they do believe the problems derive from issues with the jaw or joint that may become present after injury to the jaw, joint or neck and head muscles. WebMD goes on to list additional possible causes of temporomandibular disorders including but not limited to:

 

The article explains someone may have TMD if he or she experiences any of the following:

  • Difficulty opening his or her mouth wide
  • Popping, clicking or grating sounds upon opening and closing the mouth
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Jaws that stick when opening or closing
  • Facial fatigue
  • Trouble Chewing
  • Pain and tenderness in the jaw, neck, shoulders or around the ear
  • Toothaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus or ear ringing

 

Women and individuals between the ages of twenty and forty are also more likely to develop TMD than other demographics.

But Wait, There’s More!

If someone you know is experiencing symptoms associated with TMD, please urge them to make an appointment with their dentist today.

Then join us next time when we will be discussing the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders. 

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373.   Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.

How to Win When It Comes to Tooth Loss

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The best way to combat gum disease and tooth loss is by adopting an excellent oral hygiene regimen.

Many of us have been awakened by an all-too-realistic dream about our teeth falling out.
Nothing then is more reassuring than checking out our smile and realizing our pearly whites are still intact. Yet, for some, tooth loss is not a nightmare but a reality. Today we will take a look at some of the reasons behind tooth loss and discuss the measures you can take to keep your teeth for years to come.

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

According to WebMD’s Article, “9 Risk Factors for Tooth Loss”, gum or periodontal disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss. The Academy of Osseointegration confirms, saying that the gum infection can lead to loss of bone causing a tooth to fall out or require extraction.  

The best way to combat gum disease is by adopting an excellent oral hygiene regimen that consists of brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist. To learn more about how you can prevent periodontal disease with good oral hygiene, check out our previous posts, “How Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Heart Disease” and “Caring for Your Teeth Step by Step”.

Trauma and Tooth Loss

Another leading factor of tooth loss is trauma. Total Health Magazine’s article, “Your teeth and aging: Will you be toothless?” Though tooth trauma can often be attributed to accidents, it can also be connected with:

  • Sports
  • Using your teeth as a tool
  • Holding a tobacco pipe with your teeth for long periods of time
  • Chewing pencils or pens
  • Nail biting
  • Clenching and Grinding your teeth

 

It is important to do your best to protect your teeth from fractures and trauma. Though incidents cannot always be prevented, Total Health suggests patients break negative habits that stress their teeth, wear a mouth guard when partcipating in contact sports and discover the options available for those who suffer from Bruxism or teeth grinding. To read more about teeth grinding, take a look at our post, “The Daily Grind | A Bruxism Breakdown“.

Rock What You Got

You only get one set of teeth, therefore it is crucial that you take great care of them in order to help prevent tooth loss and other problems associated with neglect. Accept our challenge to make 2016 your healthiest year yet! 

If you have questions about how you can extend the life of your teeth or would like to know more about your oral health, make an appointment with Dr. Moore today!

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373.   Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.

 

 

 

And a Happy New Year

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When it comes to your health, it is never too early or too late to make resolutions.

Reflections and Resoultions for a Healthy 2016

With just a few days left in 2015, reflections of the past year and resolutions for the new year are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Whether 2015 was your best year yet, or brought unexpected hardships to you and the people you love, we hope you will join us in looking ahead to make 2016 your year for personal growth, health and hygiene. You deserve to be the best, most beautiful you that you can be! Start developing healthy habits today by following these simple steps to good oral hygiene as recommended by the American Dental Association in their post, “Brushing Your Teeth”:

          • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
          • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when bristles fray.
          • Floss Daily
          • Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

 

More Than The Mirror | Good Oral Hygiene Crucial to Maintaining Good Health

Not only does good oral hygiene give you a gleaming smile, it has been proven to lower your risk for developing periodontal disease which can sometimes lead to heart disease. To learn more about how oral hygiene can prevent disease, check out our previous post, “How Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Heart Disease.

Everyday Brings New Opportunities to Practice Healthy Habits

When it comes to your health, it is never too early or too late to make resolutions. Whether you excel at keeping them or often find yourself falling behind, we encourage you to view each day as a new opportunity to make good decisions regarding your teeth and gums.

Thanks to our patients for making 2015 a wonderful and memorable year at Lake Cities Dental. We wish you a very happy and healthy 2016!

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373. Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.

Download Our Custom Teeth Whitening Coupon Today! | And May All Your Christmases be White

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Lake Cities Dental wants to help keep this season merry and bright with our $100 Custom Teeth Whitening Kit.

The last ornament has been hung on the Christmas tree, and your stack of cards have been stamped with Snoopy and sit waiting to be mailed to friends and family at home and abroad. These days leading up to Christmas can be a sweet time of reflection, joy and anticipation. However, they can also become a hurried whirlwind of deadlines and stress as we rush to fit everything onto our holiday lists and check them twice.

Teeth Whitening | The Gift of a Whiter, Brighter Smile

Lake Cities Dental wants to help you keep this season merry and bright. Need a last minute Christmas gift? Or just want to brighten your smile for the upcoming festivities? We have a great special on teeth whitening that will help you dazzle at any office party, fundraiser or gift exchange.

Teeth Whitening | The Skinny On Stains

Where do stains come from anyway? Delta Dental says it is natural for our teeth to darken over time. However, according to Mouth Healthy, some foods and drinks, specific medications and tobacco use can add to our natural stains, leading us to smile for the camera lips-closed or avoid attention altogether.

Teeth Whitening | You Deserve to Feel Good About Your Grin

We think you’re beautiful, and we love your smile! We want you to love it again too and embrace the confidence a stain-free smile can bring.

Click here to download your coupon for our $100 custom whitening kit. Bring your coupon to the office between now and December 31, and we’ll send you home with everything you need to achieve a whiter smile.

If you have questions about whether or not teeth whitening is right for you or would like to know more about your oral health, make an appointment with Dr. Moore today! While you’re doing that, don’t forget to view the list of services we offer our patients everyday!

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373.   Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.

 

Happy Thanksgiving From Lake Cities Dental

Thanksgiving | Lake Cities Dental | Southlake, TXOn this week of Thanksgiving, we find ourselves counting our many blessings as we reflect on the people who have impacted our business and touched our hearts.

Thanks for your business and trust. What an honor to be entrusted with the task of helping your teeth, gums and mouth stay healthy and strong! We are humbled by the many opportunities we have had to make a positive difference in your smile.

Most of all, thank you for sharing laughter, stories and encouragement. Thank you for your referrals, check-ins and drop-bys. You are the reason we do what we do, and we value your friendships!

We wish you peace and many blessings during this season of gratefulness and hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!


At Lake Cities Dental we pride ourselves in being your family dentist and orthodontics specialist in North Texas.  We would like to welcome new families and patients to the Lake Cities Dental family as well as invite those looking for a warm and inviting dental practice.  

At Lake Cities Dental, we understand that each person is different. We take time to determine your individual dentistry needs and make you feel as comfortable as possible during your visit. Our caring staff will give you personal attention to make your visit as anxiety-free as possible.

Located in Southlake, TX, we sit nestled around our neighbors inGrapevine, Trophy Club, Keller, andColleyville.  Lake Cities Dental has been serving the community in Southlake for 12 years with a wide range of dental services available and a wide range of financial options.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered | How Sealants Can Help Prevent Cavities In Your Molars

Sealants Can Help Prevent Cavities In Your Molars | Lake Cities Dental | Southlake, TX

Sealants are a smart investment for those wanting to protect their back teeth from cavities and potential tooth decay

The Molar Dilemma

Molars contain more grooves and depressions than the rest of our teeth

Our back teeth or molars endure a lot of wear and tear each and everyday. Unlike the rest of our teeth, molars contain more grooves and depressions that are great for collecting food particles. Try as we might, it is nearly impossible to remove these particles merely by brushing or flossing. That is what makes sealants a smart investment for those wanting to protect their back teeth from cavities and potential tooth decay.

More Than Plastic | Sealants Act as Barriers Against Plaque

Sealants are easy to apply

According to the article, “Sealants” by the American Dental Association or ADA, sealants are a plastic material that act as a cavity preventative. Usually applied to the surfaces of back teeth, sealants seal out plaque and food that would normally get stuck in the crevices of molars.

Because they are plastic, sealants are easily applied in liquid form by painting directly onto tooth enamel. The ADA says the plastic then bonds to tooth–filling depressions, grooves, pits and fissures. When the plastic hardens, it begins blocking plaque and acid which is responsible for the break down of tooth enamel and decay.

More Than Plastic | Sealants Are Made to Last

Sealants can often last years

The ADA attributes the dental plastic to holding well under the stresses and pressures of normal chewing. Because of this, sealants are often known to last several years before requiring reapplication.

Dentists are able to easily check the condition of sealants and reapply them when necessary, which makes getting them a smart choice with low impact.

If you have questions about how sealants can help you achieve a healthier smile or would like to know more about your oral health, make an appointment with Dr. Moore today! Also, check out previous post about sealants,“The Story Behind Sealants”.

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373.   Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.

Be Sweet to Your Sweet Tooth | Happy Halloween from Lake Cities Dental

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Whether you have children or are just a child at heart, we encourage you to avoid tricks when it comes to the health of your teeth.

Be Sweet to Your Sweet Tooth | Fall Is In the Air

As the weather gets cooler and leaves begin to change, many of us find ourselves reveling in the romance, nostalgia and joy that fall brings. Sweaters and scarves grace department store racks, office parties are planned, Friday night football is in full swing and pumpkins line highways and flavor coffee. Halloween is next Saturday, which means that many of us will be stocking up on candy to give to every Elsa, Anna or minion who rings our bell. Others may simply indulge in their favorite sweet treat and reminisce about homemade costumes, brisk evening walks and homecoming dances.

Be Sweet to Your Sweet Tooth | Tricks of the Trade

These Basic Tips may save your gums and teeth this holiday season.

Whether you have children or are just a child at heart, we encourage you to avoid tricks when it comes to the health of your teeth by following mouthhealthy.org’s “10 Tips for a Healthy Halloween”. Some of these include:

  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and in the gum line.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a toothpaste containing Fluoride.
  • Try to avoid sticky candy. These can cling to your teeth and usually take longer to break down which increases the risk of tooth decay.
  • Eating candy and other sweets during or close to mealtimes can help to decrease damage-causing acids within your mouth as saliva is increased when you eat.
  • Drink more water—particularly water that contains fluoride which can help to prevent decay

 

It’s always best to check with your dentist about the best oral hygiene practices. However, these guidelines though basic may just save your gums and teeth this holiday season. To read more about the benefits of good oral hygiene, take a look at our previous post, “How Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Heart Disease“.

Be Sweet to your Sweet Tooth | Happy Halloween

Next week when you are browsing the sweets aisle at the store, eyeing the candy bowl at work or feeling too tired to floss your teeth, we hope you will remember to treat your teeth not trick them. You’ll be glad you did! We at Lake Cities Dental wish you a very safe and Happy Halloween and look forward to seeing your smile at your next appointment.

Contact Lake Cities Dental for more information about Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Southlake, TX area. (817) 410-7373.   Also, check us out on Facebook and Google+.