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It’s Time To Book Your Dental Treatment!

It’s Time To Book Your Dental Treatment!

Dr. Pressley and the Huntsville Family Dental team care seriously about every patient we work with. Giving each one the best dental experience they have ever had is the goal! Getting to know our patients, providing quality care, and implementing education on the importance of oral healthcare is just the beginning of the countless ways we strive to implement this. Informing our patients about how and why it is integral to come in for diagnosed dental treatment is central to our mission. 

Why Dental Treatment Is Important

To avoid needing restorative treatment in the first place, it is essential to come in for a cleaning and exam every six months. The hard-to-reach plaque will be cleaned from your teeth, and small cavities will be spotted before they become more severe or result in infection. If a cavity is discovered, Dr. Pressley and your hygienist will devise a carefully curated treatment plan and present it to you with a detailed explanation before moving forward. 

What Are Restorations In A Dental Treatment

Restorations involve restoring a tooth to its optimal health and structure and are one of the most frequent types of treatment patients see us for. They include everything from fillings to root canals and are used to treat tooth decay, cavities, and even missing teeth. Cavities result from plaque and tartar buildup on one’s teeth, which eats away at the enamel. This is where restorations come in. Minor cavities will need fillings, but an infection may form if left alone for too long. This could result in a patient needing a root canal. 

If the severity of a cavity has surpassed the level where a filling would adequately treat it, a root canal is a next step. A root canal consists of two main stages. The infected tooth’s root will be entered, and the infection will be removed. Once the root of your tooth is healed, it will be filled and functional again. If you want to avoid getting a root canal, seeing us regularly will allow us to catch cavities before they reach this state!

Restorative treatment is also the way to go if you have experienced an accident that has resulted in a chipped or missing tooth! We offer crowns to prevent weak or broken teeth from further damage. The best part about crowns is that you won’t notice them; your smile will be as good as new. By mimicking the look and feel of your natural teeth, they will be returned to their original aesthetic. 

If you want to learn more about prevention and treatment of cavities, click here to learn more.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you have pending treatment, it is the perfect time of year to get it scheduled! Use any remaining dental insurance benefits before the year closes, and make sure your smile is ready for the holidays. Many insurance companies won’t allow benefits to roll over into the following calendar year, so take advantage of them.

If you have any questions about dental treatment or want to schedule an appointment, call Huntsville Family Dental at (936) 295-5437. 

Give Your Employees Something to Smile About!

Give Your Employees Something to Smile About!

The Huntsville Family Dental team loves supporting fellow local businesses! We know hiring can be challenging, especially these days. One of the top things potential employees are looking for is a company offering excellent benefits to make their lives easier. We have decided to provide an Employer Membership Plan to combine our passion for oral health with our desire to help the community! With this plan, businesses can minimize their chances of missing work due to undiagnosed or untreated dental health issues while attracting and retaining quality employees.

Why you need the employer membership plan

So, why would you be interested in our plan over traditional dental insurance? In addition to benefiting your employees, there are many perks included for you! Everyone knows insurance companies can be a hassle, especially if you are busy managing a company. With our Employer Membership Plan, the middleman is eliminated! This results in no claim forms, waiting periods, or pre-authorization. You can contribute what you want to your employee’s care as an employer, from $0 to the total subscription price. 

Enrolling your company in our plan can be done in about five minutes from any device. Once active, your employees can sign up anytime through your online portal. There are no hidden costs such as deductibles, annual maximums, or activation fees, which is one of the best parts. You and your staff will get what you pay for with full price transparency. Three variations of the plan are offered: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio Care. 

What do these plans include?

3 infographics of the employer membership plan and how they're different

You won’t be able to offer your employees benefits like this through a regular insurance provider! There are many reasons we believe good oral health is good for business at Huntsville Family Dental. If your employees have a dental benefit plan, they are much less likely to need time off to deal with serious oral health issues and can quickly obtain proper care if a problem arises. Offering a plan like this will help your company stand out from competitors and show your employees you care about them. Two out of three employees state that dental benefits are a significant part of their overall benefits package. That’s why our employer membership plan is amazing! 

Learn more about The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures and why they’re important.

We are confident that our plan can help both you and your business! If you have questions or want to sign up, call Huntsville Family Dental at (936) 295-5437.

Bad Breath Myths

Bad Breath Myths

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a concern for many patients. It can cause embarrassment and is usually the result of prolonged, poor oral hygiene. Further exacerbation can come from unhealthy food and lifestyle choices such as smoking cigarettes. Bad breath can also be an indicator of other health problems. Unfortunately, many myths float around regarding how best to treat it. Huntsville Family Dental wants to aid you in deciphering true from false when it comes to bad breath treatment and how to best prevent and combat it. 

Preventing bad breath is simple; all it takes is consistency! You should always brush your teeth after you eat with toothpaste containing fluoride. When you pair this with flossing, more food particles and bacteria will be removed. Bad breath often emanates from the back of the mouth and tongue, so brushing your tongue in addition to your teeth will keep your breath fresh. Lastly, visiting our office twice yearly for an exam and cleaning is crucial. There is only so much you can do through your at-home hygiene routine, and your dental hygienist will be able to remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which will contribute to bad breath if left unattended for too long. 

So what are some common myths about bad breath you should avoid believing? 

Myth: By breathing into your hands, you can tell if you have bad breath.

Fact: True bad breath is propelled from the back of your mouth when you talk. When breathing into your hands, you produce breath from the front of your mouth and may miss certain smells.

Myth: Bad breath is a sign of an underlying illness.

Fact: Most bad breath is caused by particular chemicals in your mouth and a coating on your tongue or irritated gums. While it can be a sign of an illness in another area of your body, the bad breath will almost always be accompanied by additional symptoms if this is the case.

Myth: Using mouthwash regularly will cure bad breath.

Fact: We wish this were true, too! While mouthwash can temporarily disguise certain odors from the back of your mouth, it can eventually dry your mouth, making your breath symptoms more intense. 

If you’re struggling with bad breath, call our office to make an appointment. Our dental team will give you a thorough exam and cleaning and assess the cause of the problem. Generally, bad breath is something we can treat in-office with a deep cleaning. If your exam reveals it results from a health issue in another part of your body, we will refer you to a specialist. 

To aid treatment while at home, ensure you maintain oral hygiene and take extra measures such as flossing and scraping your tongue. The Huntsville Family Dental team knows how debilitating bad breath can feel, and we want to do everything we can to aid you in prevention and treatment. To book an appointment or have your questions answered, call us at (936) 295-5437. Read about overcoming dental anxiety.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At Huntsville Family Dental, our team starts every day with the goal of giving our patients the best dental experience possible. We consider every patient’s unique circumstances, including anxiety about being in the dental chair. Dental anxiety is quite common, and there are many easy ways to combat it while maintaining and achieving your smile goals.

We will begin by discussing why keeping up with oral healthcare is essential. When you visit us every six months, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. This involves removing any hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which tends to build up in areas that are more difficult to clean during your at-home hygiene routine. In addition, your hygienist and dentist will be able to catch any early signs of cavities, oral cancer, and other issues. When dealt with ahead of time, you will spend less time and money at our office in the long run. Not to mention your smile will thank you for it!

Many people completely avoid going to the dentist or only go when necessary. While it could be assumed that this anxiety stems from wanting to avoid pain, it is usually due to feeling a lack of control. At Huntsville Family Dental, we approach each patient with patience and kindness in this area. Some of the ways in which we help build trust with patients include:

  • Making sure patients are aware they can take a break if they are uncomfortable. We believe it is best to play it safe and take it as slowly as possible if a patient feels anxious. If you need to step out and get some air, you are welcome to let us know!
  • Explaining what patients will feel and for how long. As we said, lack of control is the main reason people have dental anxiety. This anxiety can be alleviated by being given as much knowledge as possible about what to expect and when to expect it. We will provide information at multiple points throughout the appointment.
  • Getting to know each patient. Building relationships with everyone who walks through our doors is in our DNA. We want you to feel like you are visiting with old friends. We care deeply about the health of your teeth but also your life!
  • Making sure patients know they can be assertive with their needs. Our team will provide a thorough exam for all patients; however, it is an essential part of the visit for patients to let us know if there is an issue. We will ensure to inform all patients ahead of time they can express their needs and comfort level at any time during their visit goes a long way.
  • Checking in with patients during the appointment. We constantly check in with our patients throughout their appointments, especially if it involves an in-depth dental procedure.

If you are still feeling nervous, we are here to help. Many relaxation techniques are proven to alleviate anxiety in the moment, such as breathing deeply, progressive muscle relaxation, or listening to calming music. As another alternative, we offer oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. These treatments are beneficial for anxiety over extensive procedures, and we take them very seriously. If you think one of these options may be helpful for you during your visit, we will consult with you prior and figure out if it makes sense to include them in your oral health journey.

If you have questions about dealing with dental anxiety for yourself or a loved one, there is always more to learn! We want to come alongside you at our office and make everything as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at (936) 295-5437 with any questions. Learn more about the dedicated dental team here.

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Everyone loves Summer! We understand how exciting vacations can be, but we want you to keep your smile in check! What’re the best oral hygiene for summer practices to have? 

Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer

While oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, it is surprising how easy it can be to take care of it with these simple tips in mind.

First, make sure to keep your consumption of sugary foods in check

Vacation is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and everyone deserves this! However, we want to make sure you avoid any potential dental issues that could form due to high sugar intake. You might want to try swapping out carbonated soda for an equally delicious and healthier beverage, such as green tea. While avoiding your favorite treats may not be possible, adding in foods such as vegetables high in fiber will aid in keeping your teeth clean. It is all about balance.

Second, it is always a good idea to have sugar-free gum on hand 

Whether flying, driving, or taking a bus, you may go longer than usual without brushing your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is a wonderful way to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Not to mention, there are many delicious flavors out there!

Third, stay hydrated for good oral hygiene for summer

Hydration is essential for many reasons, including when it comes to the health of your smile. If you are enjoying a vacation adventure during the day and aren’t able to brush your teeth until later, drinking water while you eat will help dilute any plaque-forming acids and protect your teeth while you are having fun. Hydration is also key in guarding against dry mouth. Saliva is 99% water, so the more you drink, the more saliva you produce!

Fourth, let’s discuss your toothbrush’s ideal environment!

Can you guess one of the most important things to pay attention to on vacation? Minimizing potential bacteria growth on your toothbrush. Yes, you read that right! There are two main ways to ventilate your toothbrush and prevent bacteria growth. When looking for a travel toothbrush case, try to find one with small holes or room for air to circulate. A case without holes will keep the moisture locked in, which is not ideal. Also, keep your toothbrush free from its travel case when possible. Leaving it out to dry will aid in prevention.

Lastly, try your hardest to stick to your regular morning and evening oral hygiene routines

If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep doing that. If you regularly brush your teeth throughout the day, travel toothbrushes were made for you. This will keep a healthy habit going, and it will also aid in preventing tooth decay and plaque. To make it even easier on yourself, pack an extra toothbrush and toothpaste just in case you misplace yours!

If you’d like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of cavities, read about it on our blog.

At Huntsville Family Dental, we want you to have the best Summer possible with your family and friends! Have you been in for your first appointment of the year yet? If not, call to make an appointment at (936) 295-5437 before your first Summer trip. This way, you will be able to make sure you do not need any treatment and will be able to enjoy your vacation without any pain or stress. You deserve it!

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, cavities prevention and treatment of cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Huntsville Family Dental.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes; some of the most common include overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, not keeping your teeth clean, and bacteria. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more problematic if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth.

So, what are some of the best ways to help with prevention and treatment of cavities?

Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Use fluoride toothpaste to help with cavities

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation

Certain snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office, along with your routine cleanings and checkups!

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts.

What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? 

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain or sensitivity in a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, black or brown staining on a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth. Remember, there are ways to find prevention and treatment of cavities.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (936) 295-5437!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link.

The Huntsville Family Dental team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

All about Dental Implants

All about Dental Implants

At Huntsville Family Dental, years of practice have taught us almost nothing can make a difference in one’s health, confidence, and overall quality of life as a healthy smile. Self-consciousness from missing or failing teeth can have a negative impact on your life. But we know there is a solution! We have witnessed countless individuals who once suffered from missing/failing teeth or ill-fitting dentures and are now enjoying all the foods they once loved that they thought were lost to them because they received dental implants. We have seen patients walk into our office feeling embarrassed by their smiles, only later to walk out beaming with the smile they’ve always wanted. Implants may be the solution you have been looking for, and we would love to help you learn more.

There are many misconceptions about implants. Past experiences often cause anxiety about pain surrounding any procedure. We do our very best to make sure your experience is relaxing, comfortable, and as pain-free as possible from beginning to end. Many believe that getting dental implants will be a long-drawn-out process where they will go for weeks or even months without a fully functioning mouth. However, in most full arch cases, you can be in and out of the office on the same day with implants and a temporary smile. After the implants are healed, you return and get your permanent teeth. Some patients may even be under the impression that they aren’t a good candidate for dental implants because of personal situations, including age or health. Dental implants are a good option for almost everyone!

So how will dental implants benefit their recipients? A dental implant acts just like a natural tooth root, maintaining complete stability of the attached tooth or teeth and stimulating the surrounding bone so that the bone retains its volume. Dental implants can last a lifetime when properly placed and with proper care. They are often the most conservative tooth replacement option and can be a better option than complex dental work to try and save a tooth where the tooth is already highly compromised.

How do dental implants work? They involve three parts. A titanium implant replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth. On top of that, an implant abutment is placed. A replacement tooth or crown, which looks and functions exactly like your natural tooth, is then set to finish the process.

If you are considering implants, we have the perfect package for you! Huntsville Family Dental offers a free consultation package. You will receive:

1. Dental Exam. Our only goal is to help you, in a friendly, non-judgmental environment, ensure your oral health is the best it can be.

2. Cone Beam CT. This provides you with a comprehensive image of everything inside your mouth. Your comfort and ease are our highest priority.

3. An Expert Consultation. Based on the exam and imaging results, we’ll let you know what’s going on inside your mouth and if there are opportunities for improvement.

4. Personalized Treatment Plan. Finally, we will provide you with a comprehensive step-by-step plan of action with all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your smile.

We hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, give us a call at (936) 295-5437.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Huntsville Family Dental, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. You will save time and money spent in the long run. No one likes spending money they don’t need to. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, you’ll likely pay more later. While treatment can be costly, it becomes more expensive when delayed. More complex treatments usually require more time for the procedure(s) and subsequent recovery. You will thank yourself later if you schedule as soon as you can!

2. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

3. Current dental issues will grow more severe if they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

Our dentist is proud to offer a wide range of treatments at Huntsville Family Dental and always makes sure he does what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does Huntsville Family Dental offer treatment-wise? Here are a few of our options:

  1. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.
  2. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  3. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.
  4. Wisdom teeth removal – Most people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Generally, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow naturally without shifting your other adult teeth and causing issues with the alignment of your smile. Luckily, we can easily remove them and aid you in recovery. 
  5. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Huntsville Family Dental! Remember, it is best to get your treatment taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (936) 295-5437.

The Main Goal Of Dental Routine Procedures

The Main Goal Of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard that going to the dentist every six months for hygiene and a checkup is essential? Routine appointments will not only keep your smile shining but will also prevent you from developing severe oral health issues that can lead to more time and money spent at the dentist. So what do these routine checkups consists of, and how does each aspect contribute to your overall oral health? We are here to tell you everything you need to know about dental routine procedures!

Dental Routine Procedures and Anxiety

Many people struggle with dental anxiety. There is nothing to be scared of when you come in for your routine appointment! All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are safe, effective, and made to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be in. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, make sure to tell our office. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and easy as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.

What To Expect

When you first come in for your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will clean built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Specific surfaces of your teeth are much more challenging to reach and clean, even if you keep up with flossing. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease in the long run!

Gum disease can develop if your teeth aren’t given regular attention by a professional, and it is easily spotted when you come in for your appointment. Gum disease is one of the most common culprits for declining oral health. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

The dental exam you will receive when you come in for your routine appointment is just as crucial as your hygiene! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems. Oral cancer is also checked for. If caught early, oral cancer can be easily treatable. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used for your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.

Final Thoughts On Dental Routine Procedures

It is better to come to the dentist every six months than to put it off and have to spend an excessive amount of time and money on treatment later on. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Huntsville Family Dental give us a call at (936) 295-5437. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us as positive and straightforward as possible. Learn about the basics of gum care.

Dr. Pressley: Get to know Huntsville’s Favorite Dentist

Dr. Pressley: Get to know Huntsville’s Favorite Dentist

At Huntsville Family Dental, we are so proud to be led by Dr. Pressley. Not only is he an incredibly passionate and talented dentist, but he makes coming to work every day an enjoyable experience and adds so much to the office’s atmosphere. Dr. Pressley spends so much time pouring out to his patients and getting to know them, so we wanted to allow all of you to get to know him a little better.

 

Dr. Pressley was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and loves his home state! He attended the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!) for undergrad, where he received a track and field scholarship. While at USC, he was a USA Jr. National Champion in the 400-meter run in addition to earning All-American honors. After his undergraduate studies were complete, Dr. Pressley obtained his dental education at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. While he was at MUSC, he developed a passion for dental missions and completed trips to Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Both of these trips were eye-opening and rewarding, and he felt honored to provide dental care to those for whom it was not easily accessible. Through these experiences, he developed a passion for helping others through high-quality dental care.

 

Although he is a South Carolinan at heart, Dr. Pressley loves Texas and got here as fast as possible! His approach to dentistry involves giving everyone a positive experience and putting his patients’ desires and treatment goals before anything else. He can successfully manage to stay on top of his patients’ immediate dental needs while creating a comprehensive plan for their long-term oral health. He also strives to constantly improve his dental abilities through continuing education programs and clinical experience. His skills have been developed in pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, prosthodontics, restorative implant dentistry, endodontics, and cosmetic dentistry.

 

If you are a patient who struggles with dental anxiety, Dr. Pressley is the perfect provider for you! Not only does he have a calming presence and make his patients feel welcome and at ease, but he also is licensed to provide non-IV conscious sedation. This tool can benefit nervous patients and give them a more positive experience.

 

When he is not serving patients at Huntsville Family Dental, Dr. Pressley has many hobbies. First and foremost, he loves spending time with his wife, Erica, and their two children, Cullen and Cali. In addition to this, he enjoys fitness, salsa dancing, and keeping up with USC Gamecock football in the Fall.

 

Dr. Pressley would love to meet you and have you join the Huntsville Family Dental family! Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, and we are always more than happy to work with new patients. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pressley, give us a call at (936) 295-5437. We cannot wait to work with you! Read about gum care.