Why Your Dentist Needs to Know About Your Heart Condition

Austin TX Family DentistAt any given moment of the day, bacteria can be found in your mouth. A visit to the dentist, even if it just involves a simple cleaning, may allow that bacteria to enter your bloodstream and potentially travel to the heart. For most patients, a strong immune system and healthy heart wards off any potential threat of infection. However, for those that have certain heart conditions, this intruding bacteria can be dangerous. Antibiotic pre-treatment, also known as antibiotic prophylaxis, is therefore recommended for individuals who are at risk.

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Why You Should Never Sleep In your Dentures

Austin TX Restorative Dental TreatmentsDentures are a remarkable way to replace missing teeth. Today’s denture models look, feel and function more like real teeth than ever before. However, if you’ve chosen a traditional denture (which means it is removable and not secured with dental implants), you’ll need to follow some special care tips to ensure your mouth stays healthy and strong. One of the most important rules to follow is to remove them each night. In other words, never sleep in your dentures.

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Could Your Dentist Help You Sleep Better?

Austin TX DentistSnoring and teeth grinding are two of the most common habits that occur during nighttime sleep. Since they both involve your mouth, they can both be addressed by your dentist. At Enamel Dentistry, we have a dentist who is qualified to treat all aspects of your dental health, including the concerns you have while you are awake, as well as those that occur during your sleep. If you suffer from load snoring, sleep apnea episodes, teeth grinding, or jaw clenching while you are trying to catch some zzzz’s, there are ways to help. Enamel Dentistry offers methods to protect your smile, your overall health and your quality of sleep!

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Candy and Your Smile

Austin TX Family DentistOctober is the perfect time to discuss the effects of candy on your smile. Pretty soon, your neighborhood will be swarmed with costumes and countless bags of sticky, savory and sugary treats. However, before you or your kids indulge in that candy loot, you should consider the consequence that candy has on your teeth.

We all know that candy contains high amounts of sugar. Unfortunately, that sugar begins its work the second it touches your teeth. The sucralose immediately latches onto your saliva, your teeth as well as any of the bacteria lingering in your mouth. Sucralose helps form a complex protein compound called glycoprotein. When Streptococcus mutans (bacteria) combine with these sugar compounds, they start producing harmful acids that can dissolve your tooth enamel. Therefore, not only is the sugar immediately triggering plaque formation, but they are also helping the process of enamel attack, which ultimately leads to decay.

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Get To Know Your Tooth Enamel

Austin TX General DentistThe enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth. It is one of the four main tissues that make up your teeth. Enamel is the only visible layer, and it is considered the strongest substance in the human body. However, enamel is highly vulnerable to erosion and decay despite its strength and the important role of protection it plays for your smile. Understanding more about your tooth enamel can likely help you take care of it better – and it can also help you appreciate why we’ve named our practice “Enamel Dentistry.”

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It’s Time To Discuss Your Bad Breath

Austin TX General DentistAre you constantly trying to cover up your bad breath? Bad breath, or halitosis, is an embarrassing condition, and if you don’t treat it at its source, your efforts of mints and chewing gum can be futile. Chronic halitosis goes beyond “garlic breath” after eating Italian or the common morning breath that we all experience. Patients who suffer from bad breath on a daily basis, regardless of what they’ve eaten or if they’ve brushed that morning, should consider working with a dentist to get to the root cause. In some cases, bad breath can be a warning sign of something more serious going on in your mouth or your body.

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4 Rules for Toothbrush Storage

Austin TX DentistDo you brush your teeth twice a day? Congratulations on a job well done. However, your responsibilities don’t end after you rinse and spit. The way you store your toothbrush in between brushing sessions can have a notable impact on your oral health. Are you sabotaging your oral hygiene efforts by storing your toothbrush the wrong way?

Multiple studies show that your toothbrush can harbor a high volume of microorganisms that can cause oral infections, these include microorganisms from your mouth as well as from the environment. Our job should be to store the toothbrush in a way that reduces or eliminates environmental bacteria from traveling and clinging to your toothbrush bristles. After all, those bacteria will only get transferred to your teeth the next time you brush!

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The Dangers of Neglecting a Root Canal

Austin TX Painless Root CanalsIf you’ve been told by a dentist that you need root canal therapy, or endodontics, don’t dismiss it as an optional procedure or one you can put off months down the road. Root canal therapy is designed to not only relieve your tooth pain, but to also save your natural tooth from needing an extraction.

Patients tend to neglect root canal therapy because they are scared or intimidated by the procedure or they can’t afford the treatment. Both scenarios are unfounded if you choose Enamel Dentistry. Not only do we perform painless root canal therapy under modern anesthetics, but we also offer easy financing plans to ensure your budget never stands in the way of your oral health.

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A Toothpaste Shopping Guide

Austin TX DentistsAll dentists agree that patients should brush twice a day for optimal oral health. This means you will buy countless tubes of toothpaste over the course of your lifetime. If you’ve ever gone to the supermarket or drug store to buy toothpaste, however, you will quickly discover that there is more than one variety. In fact, choosing a brand and type of toothpaste can be an overwhelming task. While some of it comes down to your personal preferences, like gel or paste, there are some core components that you need to make sure your toothpaste has. Remember that the primary purpose of your toothpaste is to fight cavities and disease.

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Understanding Dental Anxiety

Austin TX General DentistryDental anxiety can range from a simple annoyance to a paralyzing obstacle that keeps you from getting routine dental care. However, one thing is for certain; if you have dental anxiety, you are not alone. According to Colgate, 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. Dental anxiety can involve many symptoms, including a racing heart, sweaty palms, or even shortness of breath. This anxiety can be triggered when you sit down in the dental chair or just from the thought of going to the dentist. Understanding dental anxiety is important, as it can help you validate your condition and be more open to discussing your concerns with your dentist. Most modern dental offices, such as Enamel Dentistry, offer sedation dentistry as an effective means to address your dental anxiety and give you the comfortable, relaxed dental experience you deserve.

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