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Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Few things will make you feel more confident than having a sparkling white smile, especially during the holiday season! Teeth whitening has been a popular cosmetic procedure over the years. It has become so popular that you can easily find at-home teeth whitening tips online. However, not all these tips are accurate or effective, and it is essential to distinguish which tips are which. We are here to help you! In this blog, we debunk common teeth whitening myths and provide you with ways to make your whitening experience as effective as possible. Let’s get your smile sparkling for the holidays!

Having a diverse mix of opinions is generally a positive thing. However, this is not always the case for factual information, such as how to most effectively whiten your teeth. There are many common misconceptions about teeth whitening, and here are just a few of the most prevalent:

  • Over-the-counter whitening options work just as well. While these options can make your teeth look a little brighter, they will not give you the same results as whitening with a professional will. Professional whitening is safe, effective, and worth the time and money!
  • Baking soda is an effective DIY whitening method. An extremely common way people try to whiten their teeth at home is by brushing them with baking soda. Many people don’t know that baking soda can mess with the balance of bacteria in your mouth. This can eventually lead to oral health issues. 
  • At-Home Teeth whitening will remove all of your stains. Depending on what types of stains are on your teeth, this may not be true. Certain people are more prone to long-lasting stains on their teeth, such as smokers and coffee drinkers. In addition to this, our teeth tend to yellow as we get older, which will, in turn, make them more difficult to whiten.
  • Whitening toothpaste works well. Many household name companies sell toothpaste that is advertised as a whitening product. There are two main reasons why you should not use whitening toothpaste as your primary brightening technique. The first is that the chemicals that whiten your teeth need to be in contact with them for an extended period to work, not just the couple minutes it takes you to brush your teeth. The second reason is self-explanatory: whitening toothpaste costs more than regular toothpaste!

You may now be remembering a time or two when you brushed with baking soda or used Crest Whitestrips and didn’t get the results you wanted. That is okay! We have all been there, and luckily there are safe, effective ways to get your smile to shine bright. While it may seem as if there aren’t any good alternatives to the debunked myths above, we have some encouraging ones to share with you!

  • Professional whitening will last longer than over-the-counter options. This is one of the many reasons professional or dentist-approved take-home whitening treatments are the best options. You will get more for your money and your teeth will dazzle for even longer! 
  • Good oral hygiene will prolong the effects of my whitening treatment. Your results will last longer if you stay on top of your oral hygiene! This includes brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and going to your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning! 
  • You can whiten your teeth at home! Most dental offices, including ours, offer take-home whitening kits. These kits are much more effective than drugstore whitening options and just as easy to use!
  • You cannot whiten an implant or crown. There are many ways around this! If you consider having your teeth whitened but are about to get an implant, try whitening them before the implant is put in. 

At Huntsville Family Dental, we want to provide you with all the information to help you make your oral health decisions as easy as possible. We hope this myth-busting session was able to do just that! If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, you’re in luck! We offer take-home whitening. You can call us today at (936) 295-5437 if you have any questions about our whitening or would like to schedule an appointment. We want to give you a smile that will impress for the holiday season! 

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Have you or someone you know gotten your wisdom teeth surgically removed? “Wisdom teeth” are the molars that are the furthest back in your mouth. The main reason they are removed is that they won’t be able to fit in most people’s mouths if they grow all the way in. Most people who need to get them removed do so when they are teenagers or young adults. Wisdom teeth removal involves a straightforward, quick surgery. Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth taken out or have someone close to you who is planning on getting the surgery, we are here to help and share some of our favorite ways to keep your recovery as painless and quick as possible!

  • Manage the pain carefully. There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days directly following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this pain is by using an ice pack. Make sure to ask your dentist about how often you should be using it. It is also important to not directly place ice on your face, as this can potentially lead to an ice burn. Pain medication is another way to help your recovery along. Your dentist will be able to guide you in whether you need to be taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. You may also be advised to take antibiotics. Antibiotics will help protect your mouth from infection as the wounds heal.
  • Think about what you are eating. Finding the right foods to aid your recovery can help immensely. You may not have a considerable appetite directly after surgery, and your mouth will most likely be sore. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Mashed potatoes, smoothies, cottage cheese, pudding, soup, and apple sauce are all just as tasty as they are safe! You should avoid foods that could potentially get stuck in the surgery site or are too hot. It is essential to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the surgery wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after your surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your diet!
  • Take your recovery seriously when you get home. It is essential to take precautions when you get home from your surgery to avoid infections and other painful issues. Rinsing with salt water to keep the wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can be doing on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t forcefully spit the saltwater when finished, but let it gently fall from your mouth. Your mouth will have some blood in it right after the surgery, so make sure to gently clean the wounds with gauze or a cotton ball after rinsing. It is also integral to avoid dislodging your stitches. This can disrupt the healing process and lead to dry sockets, which are painful and can cause a prolonged recovery process. 

Recovery from wisdom teeth removal is just like any other surgery recovery and should be treated with gentleness and care. Proactively managing your pain, being careful about what you’re eating, and keeping the surgery wounds clean are three simple ways to keep your recovery quick, painless, and easy! Make sure to listen to and follow your dentist’s recovery tips as well. If you or someone you know has questions about the wisdom teeth surgery and recovery process, you can reach us today at (936) 295-5437.

Use it or Lose it

Use it or Lose it

How are the holidays already almost upon us? The year will be over before we know it! Oral health is often put on the bottom of our to-do lists during the last three months of the year due to all the holiday excitement. Going to the dentist is probably the last thing you’re thinking about, but you only have a few months left to use your dental benefits before they expire! It is important to use them up while you are still able to, since many plans will not allow you to roll your benefits over into the following calendar year. To make things easier, we have decided to share three simple ways to use your remaining benefits! Use it or lose it season has arrived!

  1. Unscheduled treatment. Do you have any treatment you need to get done but haven’t scheduled? We understand that treatment can be scary, especially if you have never had serious dental work done. We promise you won’t regret it! Whether you need to get crowns, have a tooth extracted, or fix a cavity, we promise that getting it on your schedule before the end of the year will pay off. Not only will you be rid of any discomfort you have been having, but you will also save money in the long run. If you continue to put off necessary treatment, you may have to get more in the coming months or even years. Make sure to schedule your treatment so you can use your benefits before you lose them!
  2. Big procedures. Have you always wanted to upgrade your smile? Now is a perfect time to get started! Give yourself a full smile restoration with dental implants or schedule an Invisalign consultation before the year comes to a close. You will be able to use any leftover dental benefits to cover the costs, which is one of the best parts. It’s time to take the leap you’ve always wanted to take and get a smile makeover. It’s never too late to feel proud of your smile. This is a great way to use your benefits before you lose them!
  3. Hygiene. When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned? If it’s been since the spring of 2021 or earlier, you should schedule a cleaning as soon as possible. Seeing your hygienist twice per year is one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy. Your hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that can cause more severe health problems in the future if not dealt with early on. Your smile will feel clean and bright after a hygiene appointment, which is always enjoyable. If you have remaining dental benefits and haven’t been in for a cleaning in a while, schedule with us and use your benefits before you lose them!

Whether you have pending treatment, want to treat yourself to a smile upgrade, or need to schedule a hygiene visit, now is the time to get it on your calendar! Plus, we would love to see you at Huntsville Family Dental before the year is over. Give us a call at (936) 295-5437 to schedule an appointment! The clock is ticking, which means it’s time to use it or lose it!
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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Are you thinking about whether you want to sign up for dental insurance through an employer or switch from your current plan? Open enrollment season is officially here, and we want to help you find the right dental benefits plan for you and your family. We offer a Membership Plan that is simple and comprehensive. It is subscription-based and covers all your preventative care while giving you discounts on other procedures. Unlike dental insurance, there are no waiting periods, approval processes, deductibles, annual maximums, or other insurance hassles. Best of all, you can sign up in as little as 5 minutes, and your benefits start immediately!

 

At Huntsville Family Dental, your oral health is our top priority. We understand that dental work can be expensive and insurance companies are frustrating to deal with. That is why we offer our Membership Plan! Our plan is straightforward, affordable, and offered directly through our office. 

 

We offer three different plans: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio. By signing up for one of these plans, you will be able to save up to $262 per year on dental work! Our plans include:

 

Child Complete ($16/mo. or $192/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 1 fluoride treatment

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Adult Complete ($22/mo. or $264/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Perio ($30/mo. or $360/yr.):

– 3 perio maintenance procedures & checkups

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

In addition to this, all three of our plans include up to 20% off all other procedures completed at our practice and a 5% subscription discount for additional family members.

 

Now is the perfect time to sign up. If you are interested or would like to receive more information, you can visit this link or call us at (936) 295-5437.

 

Not only do we offer a Membership Plan to our individual patients, but we also offer a plan for local businesses! If you are a business owner or an employee of a business looking to offer dental insurance benefits to your employees, our Employer Plan is a great option!

 

We are a local business and care deeply about other local businesses. We can help to ensure your business attracts and retains the employees to make it even more successful than it already is. Surveys of US workers report that 88% of job seekers indicate that dental benefits are a key factor in their job choice. Furthermore, 2 out of 3 employees consider dental benefits to be a very or extremely important part of their compensation package. It is safe to say that the better benefits your company offers, the better employees it will attract.

 

We are excited to tell you about our Employer Membership Plan, a dental benefits package revolutionizing what it means to offer dental benefits. Our Employer Plan is unique because:

 

  1. It is affordable
  2. No deductibles
  3. No waiting periods
  4. No annual maximums
  5. No pre-approvals
  6. No paperwork
  7. Simple online sign-up and management

 

This may sound too good to be true, but we promise it’s not. Our Employer Plan is a much better option than traditional insurance because it is provided directly to your company, eliminating the unnecessary costs, hassles, and limitations of 3rd party insurance. As an employer, you can contribute whatever you would like, from $0 to the full subscription price per employee. Company enrollment is fast and simple and plan management is easily accessible through the employer portal. If you’re looking to adopt a straightforward dental coverage plan for your company, look no further. Our Employer Plan is the one for you. If you are interested or would like to learn more, you can reach us at (936) 295-5437.

 

Now is the perfect time of year to sign up for new dental benefits or start a new plan for your company. We promise our plans won’t disappoint and want to do everything we can to provide you with the best, most affordable dental care on the market. 

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month! Food is a central part of our lives and affects our health in more ways than we can count. Oral health is no exception! Gaining knowledge about which foods are helpful and which are dangerous for your teeth is beneficial to keeping your smile in top shape. 

 

Cavities are one of the most common dental issues and are often linked to what we eat. One of the most common causes of cavities is refined sugar. Refined sugar is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves the tooth enamel. The frequency of sugar consumption is actually more detrimental to your oral health than the amount of sugar you consume 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. 

 

Having a balanced diet is a very important part of your oral health. Not only will the right foods keep your teeth healthy, but they will also keep your gums and bones strong. Discovering foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is essential, and is not difficult to do! Foods containing folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin B12 are some of the best options for your teeth and gums. Here are some of our favorite options…

 

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

 

Food allergies are very common, especially when it comes to things like nuts and dairy. Fortunately, the foods listed above are just a few of the options when it comes to food that will protect your teeth. You will never get bored! Making sure you eat a plethora of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will both increase your oral health and your general well-being. 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 (936) 295-5437 to schedule an appointment!

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

If you are struggling to get your children to comply with oral hygiene without complaint, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are ways to make your children not only brush their teeth, but enjoy it too! We are excited to share our three favorite ways to get your children to love brushing their teeth with you!

 

  • 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 big, complicated, or expensive. They could be as simple as adding colorful stickers to a chart every time your children brush their teeth without being told to do so. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing their teeth. Trust us, small rewards will be extremely beneficial in reinforcing good oral health habits in your children!

 

  • Make it fun.

There are many ways you can make oral hygiene seem more attractive and fun to your kids. Try making a brushing playlist of your childrens’ favorite songs, or even find a couple of dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for brushing, put this playlist on and join your children in their daily brushing routine. They will be even more excited if you take them shopping for new toothbrushes! Most drugstores carry a variety of childrens’ toothbrushes, and some are even emblazoned with beloved Disney characters. There are so many unique and creative ways to get your children to view oral hygiene not just as necessary, but as fun! Before you know it, your kids will be asking when it is time for their daily oral hygiene. 

 

  • 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 if they don’t understand why those values are important. Oral health is no exception. If children see their parents consistently brushing and flossing, they will think they should too. You can also try creating a specific brushing and flossing time with your children. When they become old enough to take care of their oral hygiene independently, a particular time will already be familiar with them. It is important to explain to children the benefits of certain behaviors. Teach them why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life! 

 

Every child should learn the importance of brushing their teeth. Rewarding your children when they are doing well, making oral care fun, educating your children about why brushing is essential, and modeling good behavior are all effective ways to increase good brushing behavior and overall oral hygiene. Let’s get those kids brushing!

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Keeping up with your dental health is important for countless reasons. We are here to share just a few of them!

Why do you have to go to the dentist every six months? What is its benefit? There are far more perks of keeping up with your dental health routine than you may know, and here are just a few of them. After reading this, you will definitely want to schedule your next appointment!

  1. Overall health
    There has been extensive study done on the connection between oral health and health issues in other parts of the body. People tend to be unaware that there have been links discovered between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How is this feasible? Many of these conditions begin with or show oral expressions. During your routine dental checkups, your dentist can help identify these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health expertise can provide a key link to the detection of other health issues you may not know about.
  2. Catch problems before they grow
    Dentists are trained to catch specific oral health issues early on in their development. People often believe cavities are exposed by intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes, you may not notice your cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, tricky painless cavities will be caught before they become worse and result in more prolonged, expensive treatment.
  3. Keeping bacteria at bay
    What is plaque, and how will postponing its removal have a negative effect on your dental health? Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria on your teeth. It is hard to get rid of it during your daily oral care routine. This is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for an extended period of time, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your personal brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up, it can result in different oral infections. Without our routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to manage.
  4. Don’t forget your gums
    Keeping your gums healthy is a very important part of your overall oral health and can be 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. Simple checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will benefit you in the long run!

Hopefully, you all see that your six-month dental exams and cleanings are critical to maintaining your health. If you choose to skip or postpone these visits, you risk developing health problems that could cost you money and time in the future. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about!