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Use it or Lose it

Use it or Lose it

How are we already almost to the holidays? This year is coming to a close fast! Our oral health is often put on the back burner during the last three months of the year due to holiday festivities. We understand that dental care might not be the first thing you want to do, but you only have a few months left to use your benefits before they expire! Using up your benefits is important because most plans do not allow benefits to roll over into the following calendar year. We have decided to share three straightforward tips for how you can use your leftover benefits. It’s time to use it or lose it!

  1. Big procedures. Are you the type of person who has always wanted a smile makeover but hasn’t known how to get started? Now is the perfect time to look into Invisalign or even give yourself a complete smile upgrade with dental implants! Do you want to know what the best part of this is? You will be able to use any of your leftover dental benefits to cover the costs. Now is the best time to take the leap you’ve always wanted to take and bring your smile to the next level. It’s never too late, and you will be able to use your benefits before you lose them!
  2. Hygiene. It is very important to see your dental hygienist every six months. If it’s been more time, you are due for a visit as soon as possible! Getting your teeth cleaned twice per year is integral to keeping them healthy. Your hygienist will remove any buildup of plaque or tartar that can lead to dental problems in the future if not taken care of in a timely manner. Your smile will feel fresh and bright! If you have remaining dental benefits and haven’t been in for a cleaning in six months or more, now is the time to come in! You can schedule with us today and use those benefits before you lose them!
  3. Unscheduled treatment. Do you still need to schedule that pesky treatment you have been putting off for a while? We know that treatment can be nerve-wracking, especially if you have never had a big dental procedure done before. We promise getting it done is a great decision! Whether it be a tooth extraction, getting a cavity fixed, crowns, or any other number of treatments or procedures, we stand by the fact that getting it scheduled before the end of the year will benefit you. Not only will any discomfort you have be solved more quickly, but you will also save money in the long run. If you continue to put off treatment, you may need even more of it in the future. I think you know what this means. Get your treatment on the calendar today so you can use your benefits before you lose them!

Whether you want to treat yourself to a smile makeover, need to schedule a hygiene visit, or have some pesky unscheduled treatment, the last three months of the year are the perfect time to do it! We would love for you to come to visit us at Mill Creek Dental. Call us today at (903) 567-2207 to book an appointment or schedule treatment before your benefits run out. The clock is ticking, which means it’s time to use it or lose it! 

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month! Food plays a critical role in our lives and is directly linked to our health. This includes our oral health! Collecting knowledge regarding which foods are helpful and which are dangerous for your teeth is an important part of keeping your smile in top shape. 

 

Cavities are often caused by what we eat and are one of the most common oral problems. Refined sugar is one of the most common causes of cavities. It is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves the tooth enamel. The frequency of sugar consumption is actually more dangerous for your oral health than the amount of sugar you eat because of this. So what are some of the best ways to enjoy your favorite sugary treats while keeping your teeth safe?

 

  • If you want to snack, find substitutes! Many delicious snacks are much better for your teeth than candy and sweets but can still satisfy your cravings for something tasty! Try snacking on berries or yogurt – they are both sweet and good for your teeth!
  • Avoid having sugar in your mouth for an extended time. Some examples of this are soda and candies you suck on, such as lollipops. If you want to enjoy a sugary snack, a quick dessert like a piece of cake or pie is much better. When you are eating something quickly, the saliva in your mouth will be hard at work washing the debris away. 
  • Eat sweets at a time you know you will brush soon afterward. Most people will brush their teeth pretty soon after eating a meal. Therefore, this is one of the best times to consume a sweet treat. If you’re snacking on sweets at a random time during the day, you are less likely to brush until later, and the sugar will have more time to sit on your teeth and will be more likely to damage them.

 

A balanced diet will positively impact your oral health. The correct foods will keep your teeth healthy while also keeping your gums and bones strong. Finding foods you like that are rich in vitamins is essential, and is not that difficult to do! Foods containing folic acid, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin C are some of the best options for the health of your teeth and gums. Here are some of our favorite options…

 

  • Meat. Meats such as chicken and fish are versatile and delicious. You can’t go wrong with either because there are so many ways to cook and season them! In addition to this, they contain vitamin B12, which is great for keeping your gums healthy.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables. When people think of calcium, they usually think of milk. However, certain leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are chock full of calcium and will keep your teeth strong. 
  • Beans, seeds, and nuts. These three foods have endless uses and can enhance many meals. They also contain folic acid, which will strengthen the supporting soft tissue in your mouth.
  • Dairy. Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt will kill two birds with one stone. They contain both calcium and vitamin B12, which are beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth!
  • Citrus. Whether you prefer fresh-squeezed orange juice or peeling and eating a clementine, citrus is delicious, rich in vitamin C, and perfect for keeping your soft mouth tissue healthy.

 

Food allergies are unfortunately quite common, especially when it comes to nuts and dairy. The foods listed above are only a few of the options for foods that are healthy for your teeth. You will never get bored with the countless options available! Making sure you eat a wide range of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will benefit your oral and general health. We can give you plenty of tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to see us in person! Give us a call today at (903) 567-2207 to schedule an appointment!

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

You’re not alone if you have trouble getting your children to brush their teeth. The good thing is there are ways to make your children not only brush their teeth, but enjoy it too. We are excited to share with you our three favorite ways to get your children to love taking care of their oral health!

 

  • Make it fun.

There are many fun things you can try! Make a brushing playlist of songs your children love or even find a couple of dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for brushing, put this playlist on and brush your teeth with your children. You can also take your children shopping for a unique new toothbrush. Most drugstores carry toothbrushes for kids that come in a plethora of bright colors and have cartoon characters on them. Kids also tend to enjoy the excitement of using electric toothbrushes. There are so many unique and original ways to get your children to view brushing their teeth not just as necessary, but as fun! Soon your kids will be asking when it is time to brush their teeth. 

 

  • Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself. 

Toddlers and younger children tend to internalize the values parents instill in them, even though they may not understand these values. Taking care of your teeth is no exception. If a child sees their parents regularly brushing and flossing, they will recognize that they should adopt this practice as well. You could even try creating a specific brushing and flossing time with your children. That way, when they become old enough to take care of their own brushing, a particular time will already be ingrained in them. It is also essential to explain to children the benefits of certain behaviors. Teach them why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life. You can even throw something in about making the Tooth Fairy happy!

 

  • Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children. 

Children are driven by rewards just as much as they are driven by fun. Rewards don’t have to be expensive or complicated. They could be as simple as adding fun stickers to a chart every time your child brushes their teeth without being told to. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing their teeth the week prior. Rewards, no matter how small, will reinforce good oral health behavior and habits in your children.

 

Every child should learn the importance of brushing their teeth. Making oral care fun, educating your children about why brushing is essential, modeling good behavior, and rewarding your children when they are doing a good job are all ways to boost good brushing behavior and overall oral health. Let’s get those kids brushing!

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Keeping your oral health in top shape is extremely important, and we want to share a few of the reasons why!

You may be asking what the benefit of visiting the dentist every six months is. There are far more benefits of maintaining your oral health routine than you realize – here are just a few of them. Trust us, after reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment scheduled!

1. Overall health

There has been ample research done showing the association between oral health and health problems in other areas of the body. Many people are unaware that there have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How is this viable? Well, many of these conditions can be caught through or start with oral manifestations. When you have your routine dental checkups, your dentist can help find these manifestations. While this is not their main area of expertise, your dentist’s oral health proficiency can provide a key link to the detection of other health problems you may be unaware of.

2. Catch problems before they grow

Dentists are trained to find distinct oral health problems early-on. Many people believe that cavities are partnered with intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes, you may not be able to feel your cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in more prolonged, pricy treatment.

3. Keeping bacteria at bay

What exactly is plaque, and how is avoiding its removal destructive to your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is very hard to completely get rid of during your at-home brushing routine, so that is why your six-month cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your home brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for too long, it can result in different oral infections. Without our routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to handle.

4. Don’t forget your gums.

The health of your gums is an essential part of your overall oral health and something that is difficult to keep up with if you have no background in dentistry. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is too deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will pay off for your long-term health!

Hopefully, you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are critical to keeping up with your health. If you choose to skip or postpone these appointments, you risk developing problems that could cost you money and time down the road. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about!