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pet dentalWhile we’re in the business of taking care of humans’ smiles, we have a soft spot for our furry loved ones. That’s why at our dental office in Memphis, we wanted to give our pets some love and talk about the importance of proper dental care for them, too.

Know the Signs of a Problem

Like humans, there are signs and symptoms of dental disease in felines and canines. Knowing the signs is the first step in ensuring your pet gets the attention he needs. Some signs of a dental concern can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bleeding

If you notice any of these symptoms, call your vet as soon as possible.

Brush Their Teeth

It may sound silly, but brushing your pet’s teeth is just as important to keeping dental disease away as it is for humans. While it’s recommended they receive a professional, in-depth cleaning at the vet once a year, there are ways you can help keep their teeth clean in between visits. Using clean gauze wrapped around a finger and pet-friendly toothpaste (don’t use the human kind), gently scrub in small circles two or three times a week. This practice can go a long way in fighting tartar and plaque buildup.

Give Your Dog Chew Toys

Providing your pet things to chew on not only provides them hours of fun, it can also help keep their gums and teeth healthy. All dogs have a natural urge to chew on things, hence the tattered slippers that often go hand in hand with a new puppy. Chew toys help satisfy that desire and strengthen teeth in the process.

Now that you know how to care for your pet’s grin, make sure to keep yours in tip-top shape too. Regular visits to our Memphis dental office, along with a great at-home routine, are the best ways to ensure your smile is getting the love it needs. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, give us a call today!


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sick daysYou work hard, and you deserve the right to play hard too. That’s the whole reason for vacation days. But too often, vacation days are used for something other than fun times with the family. In fact, 164 million work hours are lost each year because of dental problems. At our dental office in Memphis, we’d prefer you save days away from the office for something fun other than visiting us (although we promise we really like seeing you!), and we know just the way.

It’s All About Prevention

There’s plenty of reasons we recommend you come to see us at least twice a year. Sure, we love to see you and catch up on how things are going, but in order to ensure your mouth isn’t lurking with some scary stuff, we need to get you in the chair and check out what’s happening.

Preventive appointments with your dentist in Memphis are crucial to catching any potential problems before they become big, big problems. There’s a common belief that if you have a problem with your teeth, you’d know it. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Many times when you start to become aware of a problem, it’s already progressed into something more serious.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of those sneaky oral health concerns that can show no symptoms. However, when it does, it’s usually overlooked as normal. We’re talking about bleeding gums when you brush or floss. Bleeding is never ok and is a sign that something needs serious attention. If caught early on, gum disease is treatable. If it’s left to fester, it can lead to tooth loss and whole-body problems like heart disease and stroke.

Cavities

Cavities rarely have any symptoms early on, and if you keep regular hygiene appointments, we often catch them in the beginning stages, making them easier to treat. It’s when we don’t catch them before they have a chance to affect the nerves when you will have pain. When this happens, treatment is usually more advanced and may warrant a root canal or another procedure.

Don’t let dental problems keep you from enjoying your time off. Make an appointment at our dental office in Memphis. We’ll make sure to get and keep your smile in it’s healthiest form so it’s ready for all those smile-inducing moments this vacation.


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spit and your teeth

When you think of spit, do you think of bad manners, gross droplets on the sidewalk, or even worse, a bottle full of chewing tobacco saliva? Most people think of spit as something pretty gross and detestable. However, at our dental office in Memphis, we think spit is pretty neat, and we’d like to tell you why.

 

25,000 Quarts

An average human produces about 25,000 quarts of spit throughout their lifetime. That’s enough to fill your swimming pool this summer. Though we don’t recommend it. We’d like you to keep your spit in your mouth for a couple reasons.

 

Spit is incredibly helpful when it comes to the health of your mouth and teeth. Each time you eat, you produce more saliva. That’s not a coincidence as one of saliva’s main purposes it to help clear the mouth of food particles that may get stuck behind. It’s also fantastic at neutralizing acids and protecting teeth against decay. If salivary glands aren’t producing enough spit, you’ll start to experience dry mouth. With dry mouth comes a whole host of problems including oral infections and increased risk for cavities. All that spit isn’t so bad anymore, is it?

 

DNA Insights

Your spit can give you a fantastic window into your own DNA. A slight swab of spit from your cheek will contain cells. Inside each cell is a nucleus. Inside each nucleus there are chromosomes which are made up of DNA. There are many organizations out there that can then analyze your DNA-filled spit and provide you information on what they find that truly makes you, you. All from a little spit.

 

Save a Life

Every three minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. BeTheMatch.org is an organization that strives to raise the awareness of blood cancers by increasing the bone marrow donor registry. Bone marrow is one of the most common treatments of blood cancer, and it’s often hard to find a compatible match. How is this related to spit? All it takes to get on the registry is a little swab of your cheek. Be The Match then scans the registry for each patient to help find donors for patients.

 

At our Memphis dental office, we’re full of fun facts about spit, teeth, and your mouth. If you’d like to know more cool trivia, give us a call today and schedule an appointment. We’d love to have you!

 

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senior dental care

A healthy mouth often leads to a healthy body. This is a fact that doesn’t disappear with age. In fact, as we age, dental care becomes a more critical part of our overall health. At our dental office in Memphis, some of the most special smiles we care for belong to seniors, and we’re always glad to see them since many parts of aging can directly impact oral health.

 

Dry Mouth

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can not only help whatever ails you, they can also have a negative impact on your mouth. Some medicines lead to a reduction in saliva production, which can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth is much more serious than it sounds. Despite the fact that a dry mouth is uncomfortable, it contributes to severe tooth decay and even gum disease. And it’s a big issue among our older patients. An estimated 30 percent of America’s seniors suffer from dry mouth, and are at risk for oral health concerns.

 

Gum Disease

Gum disease is dangerous for everyone, but especially those over the age of 40. By age 65, 1 out of every 4 people has gum disease. This scary health problem can lead to incredibly serious overall health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A majority of things can increase the chance of developing gum disease, but some of the most common are:

  • Poor Diet
  • Inadequate oral hygiene routine
  • Smoking
  • Medication

 

Gum disease is reversible, but it’s crucial to catch it early. This makes regular appointments at our dental office in Memphis even more important for seniors.

 

Existing Conditions

Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can affect your oral health. It’s always important to talk to your dentist about all your general health issues so you get the best whole-health treatment and know your dentist is meeting any special needs.

 

In all, it’s always important to make sure to keep up with regular dental appointments as well as medical care, especially as we age. If you’re without a dentist, call our Memphis dental office and schedule an appointment. We’d love to have you!

 

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Dental habits to breakYour oral health care routine is spot on: You brush twice a day, you floss at least once a day, and you maintain regular visits to our dental office in Memphis. So why are you still at risk for tooth damage?

Many of us have some dangerous dental habits that could lead to serious damage. We’d like to talk about the top five habits you should work on breaking to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

  1. Lay off the ice! Once you’ve finished quenching your thirst with an ice-cold beverage, do you crunch on the leftover ice cubes? Don’t! The hard texture of the frozen delights can cause tiny tooth fractures and even create cracks in the enamel. Down the road, these tiny cracks may lead to big problems.
  1.  Don’t use teeth as tools! We’ve all done it. Instead of grabbing a pair of scissors to open pesky packaging, we tear it open with our teeth. This isn’t what teeth are made for and this habit could lead to serious damage including broken teeth, chipped enamel, and weakened structure. Don’t use your teeth, grab the proper tool instead.
  1.  Brushing shouldn’t cause you to break a sweat! One of the most common misconceptions is that the harder you brush, the more effective it is. However, if you brush hard, you could actually cause damage. Brushing should be done gently with a soft bristled brush for a minimum of two minutes. And no sweating allowed!
  1. Keep pens away from your chompers! If you visit any office or school, a common sight is a parked pen or pencil resting between teeth. This places an abnormal amount of pressure on the teeth and can cause shifting, cracking, or damage to existing dental restorations
  1.  Fingers don’t belong in the mouth! A nervous habit of many is to chew on fingernails. Not only can this habit lead to unsightly hands, it can also cause major tooth damage. Habitual nail biting can result in shifting, cracking, or even breaking. Keep fingers away from your mouth!

Working to break these habits isn’t easy, but everyone at our dental office in Memphis is here to help. Talk to us about some of the habits that seem particularly hard to break. We’re full of useful information and would love to pass it on.

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The Sun and Oral Health ConnectionOur old friend the sun has a bad habit of disappearing quite often during the winter months. During the few hours of daylight we do have, it’s usually too cold to go sit outside and soak up some rays, or we’re all stuck indoors at work. When the sun decides to hibernate during the winter, our most plentiful supply of vitamin D is compromised. That’s bad news to all of us at our dental office in Memphis!

You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine!

The sun — it can give us a mood boost, jump start our immune systems, and keep our planet from freezing solid. Of course it has other benefits like giving us a nice summer glow and keeping us warm. Perhaps the most important thing the sun does (at least according to us!) is supply us with a whole lot of vitamin D.

It’s All About Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a pretty cool nutrient that not only helps boost our immune systems, but also can lower blood pressure, help the pancreas produce insulin, and aid in the absorption of calcium. Since we all know that calcium is crucial for strong bones and teeth, vitamin D is super important for a strong, healthy smile.

Where to Get Vitamin D

Like we often see during the winter, sometimes the sun isn’t a viable source of vitamin D. When this happens, it’s important to make sure you’re getting an adequate supply from somewhere else. Some great ways to keep up with your vitamin D intake is by:

  • Eating Eggs and Fatty Fish
  • Drinking Milk
  • Taking Supplements

Having enough vitamin D is extremely important for your smile and your body. If you aren’t getting enough of it, you may develop a vitamin D deficiency. That’s serious stuff. In fact, research has linked a lack of vitamin D to osteoporosis, increased risk for type 1 diabetes, and even breast, colon, or prostate cancer.

No matter how you take your vitamin D, make sure you have some daily. Not just for a healthy smile, but for a healthy body. As always, regular appointments at our dental office in Memphis can help keep both healthy for life.

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tooth sensitivityDo you suffer from sharp zings of pain while trying to enjoy your favorite hot or cold foods? Perhaps during a bite of a soothing popsicle or a sip of comforting hot tea, all of the sudden, it’s less about “Yum!” and more about “Ouch!” If your teeth are keeping you from the hot or cold foods and drinks you love, our dental office in Memphis is here to help.

Before we cover how to stop the pain, we should probably talk about what causes it in the first place. The several causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Decay or cavities
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Exposed roots

Healthy, non-sensitive teeth have a hard layer of enamel that protects the inner anatomy where all the nerves and roots live. When this protective layer is worn away, chipped, or exposed through gum recession or eroded enamel, the nerves are at increased risk for coming in contact with hot and cold foods and drinks, resulting in pain. Once teeth become sensitive, there are a variety of ways to ease the pain.

At-Home Care

First and foremost, proper oral hygiene is key to keeping teeth and gums healthy, and enamel strong and protective. Make sure to brush (gently) twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist in Memphis regularly. Additionally, choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste can keep sensitivity away. Select a brush with soft bristles and toothpaste without sodium pyrophosphate, which may contribute to sensitivity.

Professional Dental Care

Sometimes our patients need professional help. Treatment may include:

  • Desensitizing agents
  • Bonding
  • Root canal

Suffering from sensitive teeth isn’t fun and can keep you from enjoying your most favorite foods. If you’re dealing with the pain of sensitivity, call our dental office in Memphis. We will work together to determine what caused the sensitivity in the first place, what you can do at home to keep it away, and if additional treatment is necessary.

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biting your nails is bad for your teeth

Whether it’s out of boredom, nervousness, or your nails just get too long and nail clippers aren’t handy, biting your nails is one of the most common habits. While nail biting may seem to ease stress, at our Memphis dental office, we want you to know that it’s not only a great way to transfer germs that could make you sick, it could also lead to a variety of dental problems.

  • Chips. We’re not talking about the salty, crunchy kind. We’re referring to the tooth enamel damage caused by nail biting. Fingernails are hard, and gnawing on them can lead to chips or cracks in the teeth.

 

  • Wear and Tear. Like the rest of your body, your teeth need to take periodic breaks. If you’re constantly putting stress on them by nail biting, teeth may begin to wear down and could become uneven.

 

  • Jaw Issues. Biting your nails may lead to TMJ Disorder, which causes painful headaches, locking or popping of the jaw, or jaw pain. Because of the abnormal way your jaw needs to move around to nibble off a nail, it may throw the alignment out of whack, leading to TMJ Disorders.

 

  • Back to the Grind. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) states that nail biters may be putting themselves at greater risk for bruxism, or unintentional grinding or clenching of teeth. Grinding and clenching can lead their own host of problems including jaw issues, headaches, and tooth damage.

 

  • Dental Bills. Since there is such a strong correlation between nail biting and dental problems, it’s not surprising that those who are chronic nail biters end up having higher dental bills than non-biters. According to the AGD, people who bite their nails end up paying an additional $4,000 in dental bills throughout their lifetime.

 

If you’ve been biting your nails and can’t seem to stop, give our dental office in Memphis a call. We can talk about ways others have successfully broken the habit, check your mouth of any potential side effects, and work with you to get your mouth healthy.

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how to stay healthy during the holiday season

The holiday season is one filled of festive fun, family time, food, and fellowship among friends. It may also mean a calendar packed with parties, days of travel, and long excursions to the mall. The last thing you want during this joyous time of year is to get sick. At our dental office in Memphis, we’re not only focused on your oral health, but your overall health too, and with these tips, you can help keep your body in tip-top shape all holiday season long.

 

Squash the Stress

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can really take a toll on your ability to manage stress. But there are some easy ways to avoid succumbing to the craziness so you can keep your stress levels in check. First, make sure to stay within your holiday budget. This means managing the moolah spent on presents, food, and travel. The closer you stay to your established the budget, the less money-stressed you’ll be. Also, remember that a healthy balance between work and life is absolutely necessary for a stress-free holiday. Don’t overcommit to work obligations or overbook your limited free time.

 

Cookies, Candy, and Drinks! Oh My!

It’s common to walk into a holiday party and immediately be assaulted by heaps of food, drinks, sweets, and treats. While you’re completely expected to indulge in a little holiday feast, it’s important not to overeat or overdrink. A little secret from your dentist in Memphis is to pop a piece of sugarless gum before heading to the buffet. Chewing the gum tricks your brain into thinking you’re already eating, which means you actually eat less. Along the same lines, avoid too many glasses of wine, eggnog, beer, hot cider, toddies, or Pimm’s Cup. The rule of thumb is to alternate each glass of alcohol with a glass of water and try limit yourself to two beverages per party.

 

Wash Your Hands

It’s always important to wash your hands, but during the holidays when we’re much closer to many more people, it becomes crucial. Keeping your hands free of germs is perhaps the best way to avoid getting sick. Wash well and wash often with soap and warm water, scrubbing for a least 20 seconds. Always disinfect your hands after you handle food, use the restroom, or interact with money or another person.

 

At our dental office in Memphis, we want you to have the best holiday season yet, and following these tips can not only help you stay healthy, but can make it much more enjoyable too. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy, and joyful season.

 

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haven't been to the dentist in years, what should i expect?If you haven’t been to the dentist in a few years, you may be worried about going. Whether it’s due to fear of the dentist, nervousness of what they’ll find, or you really want to avoid getting a lecture, we encourage you to put your anxiety aside. We’ll never lecture you at our dental office in Memphis, and are here to give you the skinny on what to expect.

 

Let’s Get You Comfortable

The last thing we want to do at your first visit is make you more nervous. In fact, we want to make your appointment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. From the time you enter the office until the time you leave, let us know what we can do to make you feel at home.

 

No Lecturing Allowed

Whatever the reason is that you haven’t been to a dentist in awhile, the important thing is that you’re here now. We won’t look down on you, we won’t lecture you, and we won’t make you feel guilty. Our main goal for your first appointment is to evaluate your oral health and talk about how we can work together to reach your smile goals.

 

No Fear

We understand and respect that fear of the dentist is a common thing. If your fear started years ago because of a negative experience – maybe it hurt, maybe the personality of the office wasn’t right, or maybe the sounds were scary – we want to know so we can help you overcome it. Dental technology has come a long way and there are new ways to improve the health of your smile easily, with nothing fear.

 

A Longer Visit

Depending on how long it’s been since you’ve seen your dentist in Memphis, your first visit back may take longer than the last visit you remember. This is not meant to scare you but rather to comfort you. We want to take our time getting to know you and your mouth, your concerns and your goals, and the health of your smile. It’s all about making you comfortable not just with coming back to the dentist, but with our office and staff, too.

 

We take your concerns as seriously as we take your oral health. If we can answer any questions you have about our office, our services, or your first appointment, please call our dental office in Memphis. We’ll treat you with respect and work with you to get your smile back to health.

 

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