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Optimize Your Oral Health With Our Membership Plan!

Optimize Your Oral Health With Our Membership Plan!

Flower Mound Family Dentistry takes pride in giving every patient the resources to pursue a healthy smile. Some patients may not have previously elected dental insurance or may not have access to dental insurance at all. This can make obtaining basic oral healthcare difficult and stressful. If this sounds like you or you are unhappy with your current dental insurance plan, we have great news! Flower Mound Family Dentistry offers a Membership Plan to all patients.

You may be wondering what a dental membership with our office could entail. We are here to provide you with the information you need to decide whether this plan is right for you and your family. Just like regular dental insurance, our plan covers preventative dental care (cleanings, routine x-rays, etc.). In addition, it also offers discounts on other treatment options available in our office. Preventive dental care coverage is crucial because it will make it much easier to have your teeth cleaned and checked twice yearly. Attending these appointments is a great way to catch oral health problems before they become more serious.

On top of the coverage our plan provides, it also comes without the hassles that frustrate patients with their traditional dental insurance providers. There are also no deductibles, copays, or annual maximums. With full price transparency, you get exactly what you pay for. You will not have any waiting periods or pre-approvals upon signing up, and your benefits start immediately! 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 receive benefits like this through your traditional dental insurance provider! Your benefits will run for an entire year when you sign up and are easy to renew if you desire to do so. By offering this plan, our team hopes more patients will realize how important it is to stay on top of their dental appointments. Our plans make your oral healthcare journey easy to understand and affordable. The health of your smile can be directly linked to your quality of life, and putting care off for too long can have undesirable consequences. Our plan can help you take the next step in your smile journey with us!

Learn more about, The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures today. If you have any questions or want to sign up, call Flower Mound Family Dentistry at (972) 539-4776.

Identifying Common Problems

Identifying Common Problems

Your bi-yearly visits to Flower Mound Family Dentistry are terrific and necessary, but how do you know if you need to schedule an additional appointment? While keeping up with your hygiene and exams will do wonders for the health of your smile, there is still a possibility oral health issues may arise. We want to aid you in identifying these problems. Catching them early will ensure they can be treated promptly and will not become more severe. Helping our patients improve their smiles while saving money on treatment and time spent at our office is a priority!

Everyone wants shining, healthy teeth. A beautiful smile increases confidence and will lead to better health in other areas of your life. There are many dental anomalies that, if not dealt with, can hinder your overall well-being and confidence. They are more widespread than you think, and knowing how to spot them will decrease your chances of permanent damage to one or multiple teeth. 

So what are some of the most frequent dental complications?

  1. A dental abscess is caused by the buildup of bacteria in a tooth’s root. If you have a persistent, severe toothache, there is a good chance you may have an infected root. 
  2. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be very distressing to patients. It is commonly the result of dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, an infection, or several other factors. If you have bad breath, your dentist will assess the situation to determine its cause and what treatment is needed.
  3. Tooth decay is the most widespread problem we see in patients. It occurs when bacteria form plaque on the surface of your teeth, which can permanently damage the enamel. This damage is characterized by toothaches, pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, dark spots on your teeth, and even occasional cracks or pits.
  4. Tooth sensitivity can be an extremely uncomfortable sensation. When your enamel is worn away, hot and cold foods and drinks will cause pain. This is due to the dentin being exposed, which contains tubes leading to the nerve attached to your tooth.
  5. Gum disease has many different stages and starts as a bacterial infection caused by plaque buildup. Left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis: the most severe form. Tobacco use, irregular oral hygiene, and diabetes are all risk factors. 

One of the best ways to avoid these concerns in the first place is by coming in to see us regularly! During your dental exam, your dentist will check your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. If you are experiencing sensitivity in one or more of your teeth or struggle with bad breath, these visits are a perfect opportunity to get started with treatment and address your concerns. To book an appointment, call us at (972) 539-4776. Read about dental anxiety and how you can beat it.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At Flower Mound Family Dentistry, 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 Flower Mound Family Dentistry, we approach each patient with patience and kindness in this area. Some of the ways in which we help build trust with patients include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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!

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 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 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 one of 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 (972) 539-4776 with any questions. Learn more about your local dental team here.

The connection between Sleep Apnea and your health

The connection between Sleep Apnea and your health

What is sleep apnea, and how is it connected to dentistry? These are two questions we are asked by patients who discover Flower Mound Family Dentistry offers sleep apnea treatment. Sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder that can become serious if not treated properly. It is characterized by a person’s breathing repeatedly stopping and starting throughout the night due to the relaxation of throat muscles. Two signs of sleep apnea are loud snoring and feeling drowsy even after a full night’s sleep. If you are experiencing these symptoms, the Flower Mound Family Dentistry team is here to help!

Some people are more prone to developing sleep apnea than others. If you take medications with sedating effects or drink alcoholic beverages before bed, the soft tissue in the throat will be more likely to relax and block your breathing. Overweight patients are also more likely to develop thicker throat tissue that can block the airway when they sleep. Genetics and smoking can also play a role in making a patient more prone to sleep apnea.

Since sleep apnea is linked to long-term sleep deprivation, it can lead to other health issues if left untreated. Sleep deprivation for a prolonged period can result in memory loss, chronic fatigue, and depression, among other things. The irregular breathing problems caused by sleep apnea can also weaken the heart over time. Waking up with a dry mouth or headaches can also signify that you may not have a healthy sleep pattern.

Flower Mound Family Dentistry provides treatment to patients who struggle with sleep apnea via oral appliance therapy. The treatment is comfortable and non-invasive. We understand that struggling with sleep already adds discomfort to one’s life and believe our treatment will help alleviate it. We sleep for about one-third of our lives, so it is crucial to get high-quality sleep that revives our bodies and minds.

If sleep apnea is a struggle of yours and you would like to address it, we have you covered! Our fitted oral appliance will aid in restoring airflow while you sleep, which will keep your throat from collapsing. Sleep apnea dentistry has excellent results, with patients obtaining higher quality sleep and better overall health! If you are interested in learning more, please call our office at (972) 539-4776.

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! 

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 Flower Mound Family Dentistry, 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 (972) 539-4776 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, prevention of and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Flower Mound Family Dentistry.

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes. The most common include not keeping your teeth clean, overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, 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 prevent cavities?

  1. 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!
  2. Use fluoride toothpaste. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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 black or brown staining on a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, pain or sensitivity in a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (972) 539-4776!

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 Flower Mound Family Dentistry 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.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Flower Mound Family Dentistry, 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 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!

2. 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.

3. 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!

Our dentists are proud to offer a wide range of treatments at Flower Mound Family Dentistry and always do what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and urgency of addressing dental issues. What does Flower Mound Family Dentistry offer treatment-wise?

Here are some of our treatment options:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.
  5. 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.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Flower Mound Family Dentistry! 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 (972) 539-4776.

Learn more about the main goal of Dental Routine Procedures, on our blog.

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard 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!

Dental Routine Procedure and Dental 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 At A Dental Routine Exam

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!

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.

Gum Disease

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.

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 Flower Mound Family Dentistry give us a call at (972) 539-4776. 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 more about gum care here.

Learn To Love Your Teeth!

Learn To Love Your Teeth!

Self-love  and learning to love your teeth doesn’t have to stop just because Valentine’s Day is over! The team at Flower Mound Family Dentistry wants to make sure you give your smile some love. There is much more to keeping your smile shining than just brushing every day. In fact, there are a variety of small daily tricks you can use to optimize the health of your smile. We are excited to share these simple tips on how to brighten your smile as well as the services we offer that will boost your self-confidence.

How To Love Your Teeth

Here are six simple practices you can adopt at home to elevate your oral care routine:

Eat teeth-whitening foods to love your teeth

Did you know that there are foods that can help whiten your teeth? Crunchy foods generally need to be chewed for longer, and therefore your mouth will generate more saliva while eating them. Saliva assists in neutralizing acids that wear down your enamel, which will help prevent yellowing. In addition to this, foods that are coarse and rich in fiber, such as apples, pears, carrots, lettuce, celery, and cucumbers, can help rid the surfaces of your teeth of accumulated plaque.

Don’t spend too much time on your favorite sugary drinks

Some people finish their favorite latte or soda in a few quick gulps, while others nurse on it for hours. So why is finishing it quickly more beneficial for your teeth? Suppose your teeth are being exposed to sugar over a more extended time. In that case, bacteria in your mouth that use sugar as a food source will metabolize it into lactic acid. This acid can eventually dissolve the healthy minerals on your teeth, leading to cavities down the road.

Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush

Have you ever had trouble with sensitivity while brushing your teeth? This may be due to applying too much pressure as you brush, which can be exacerbated by the quality of the bristles on your toothbrush of choice. It is common knowledge that you should switch out your toothbrush every few months. Make sure you keep doing this but pick up a soft-bristled brush on your next trip for a switch. In addition to these brushes being better for your teeth and gums, applying less pressure when you brush will help minimize abrasiveness.

Start by brushing in the back of your mouth

All of us are probably guilty of skimping on paying attention to brushing our back teeth during our oral care routine. These teeth need some love! Your molars are more prone to infection and gum disease because of all the hard-to-reach spots surrounding them. Brushing your back teeth before the rest of your mouth will ensure you are not too fatigued to hit all the right places!

Keep your toothbrush holder clean

This may not be a step you think of taking when it comes to keeping your teeth themselves clean. If you haven’t cleaned your toothbrush holder in a while and take a close look at it, you may notice that it has accumulated grime. Your toothbrush holder holds on to many of the germs that reside in your bathroom and is known to be the third-dirtiest household item. To keep it clean, we recommend washing it in your dishwasher a couple of times per week!

Don’t brush too often

You may feel the need to brush your teeth after every meal. However, brushing more than twice per day can damage your gums and enamel. If you still feel the need to have your mouth feel clean after every meal, try rinsing with plain water. This will disrupt food particles without placing extra pressure on your teeth or gums.

Final Thoughts On Loving Your Teeth

Achieving a healthy, shining smile is something everyone deserves, whether before or after Valentine’s Day! If you employ these six tips, we promise you will see a difference in the health of your teeth over time. If you’re interested in pampering your smile even more, Flower Mound Family Dentistry offers both ZOOM in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits.

These options are excellent for self-care and make great gifts! Give us a call at (972) 539-4776 if you have any questions about our teeth whitening or other cosmetic options or would like to schedule an appointment. Learn about gum care.

Shine Bright for the New Year!

Shine Bright for the New Year!

It is finally 2022! The New Year is the perfect time to ditch bad habits and revamp your oral care routine. We are sure you’re used to hearing about New Year’s resolutions and the fact that relatively few people stick with them after the first month of the year.

New Year Goals For Your Teeth

The goals we want to help you set are not only beneficial to your oral and overall health but are also attainable and sustainable! Here are ten simple goals to help you keep your teeth healthy this year:

Schedule your first hygiene visit of the year

We recommend seeing your dental hygienist every six months. If you haven’t come in for hygiene since June, it is time to schedule! Keeping up with your hygiene appointments has many benefits, the greatest of which is keeping any plaque and tartar that has developed on your teeth under control.

Keep up a healthy, balanced diet

Everyone knows staying away from sugar is essential for the health of your teeth, but did you know having a generally balanced diet is too? Fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables and dairy products are beneficial to the overall health of your teeth and enamel.

Keep up with your flossing in the New Year

If you have been to see us recently, you know how much we emphasize flossing. When you floss, you can clean surfaces of your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Floss twice a day with your brushing!

Drink water that is infused with fluoride

Fluoride is excellent at helping prevent the onset of cavities by giving your teeth a stronger resistance to acids.

Use mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for fighting bacteria, especially on your tongue and gums. You will see the best benefits of mouthwash if you use it for 30 seconds twice per day as a part of your brushing routine.

Start brushing twice per day for two minutes each time

We hope all of you are already brushing twice per day, but increasing your brush time to two minutes will ensure a healthier smile and a lower likelihood of developing cavities.

Drink more water

Water is vital for all areas of your health, including oral health! When you drink water, especially with a meal, it will wash away plaque-causing substances such as sugars and starches.

Brush your teeth gently

If you use too much pressure when you brush your teeth, you can damage your gums over time.

If you like to chew gum – make sure it is sugarless

In addition to this, chewing sugarless gum after big meals can help prevent tooth decay!

Commit to replacing your toothbrush every three months

If you use the same toothbrush for too long, the bristles will become worn out and less effective at cleaning your teeth. This may mean more visits to the dentist and more money spent in the long run. Prevent this from happening, and start your year by treating yourself to a new toothbrush today!

Final Thoughts For The New Year

Your oral health is so important! What better way to start 2022 than by prioritizing it? We promise adopting these ten accessible practices will make a difference in the long-term health of your smile. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, give our office a call today at (972) 539-4776 to schedule your first hygiene appointment of the year and have all your questions answered!

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How To Choose A Toothbrush

How To Choose A Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are everyday objects that we often do not spend much time thinking about. You may even think every toothbrush is equal in cleaning your teeth effectively. This is false. The toothbrush you use and how you use it can make or break your oral health journey, and it is essential to choose the right one. If you have no idea where to start, do not worry! We are here to share some tips and tricks for choosing the right toothbrush and using it effectively.

How To Choose A Toothbrush

Toothbrushes first became mainstream in the 1930s, but there were not many options. Almost everyone was stuck with a toothbrush that had nylon bristles. Today, it is a different story. In the United States, we are lucky enough to have many toothbrushes at our fingertips at local grocery stores and drugstores. You may think the only two types of toothbrushes out there are manual and electric, but think again!

Four things to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush:

Professional recommendations

When looking for a new toothbrush, it is best to get the opinion of your dentist. They will have suggestions that are tailored to your personal oral health needs. When buying one, it is also essential to make sure that you pick one with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.

How To Choose A Toothbrush: Manual vs. Electric

Many people falsely assume that electric toothbrushes are leaps and bounds more effective than manual toothbrushes. This is false. It is more vital that you effectively know how to use your toothbrush correctly, and the manual versus electric debate comes down to personal preference.

Safety

Safety may not be something that comes to mind when you think about brushing your teeth. However, it is imperative to choose a safe toothbrush for your unique oral health and your brushing tendencies. For example, if you generally brush aggressively, an electric toothbrush may be a better choice for you as it will make it easier to be gentle while still cleaning your mouth.

Variety of bristles

You may notice that some toothbrushes have uniform bristles across the whole head while others have a mixture of soft to stiff bristles and even some rubber components. Choosing which type is right for you should be based on your oral health. For example, if you have gum problems, it is best to stick with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

What should my child use?

It is crucial to pick out a toothbrush for your child that can easily fit into their hand and has soft bristles. If your child is old enough to comprehend, have them pick out their toothbrush. Getting children involved in this process early will make oral hygiene more fun for them.

Final Thoughts

Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg for picking out a toothbrush. Cost, likability, and size are important factors in choosing the right toothbrush. The more you consider these things, the easier it will be for you to find a toothbrush that is the perfect fit for your oral hygiene journey!

Give Flower Mound Family Dentistry a call today at (972) 539-4776 if you have any questions about choosing a toothbrush or would like to schedule an appointment. Learn about a healthy wisdom tooth recovery.

Gum Care 101: What To Know

Gum Care 101: What To Know

When you think about taking care of your smile, brushing and flossing your teeth are probably the first things that come to mind. However, there is much more that goes into keeping your mouth in order! Your gums play an integral role in your overall oral health and can be in bad shape even if you have the whitest, brightest smile around. 

Gum Disease and Gum Care

Have you ever heard of gum disease? If you have never had to deal with it, consider yourself lucky! Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup along and underneath your gum line. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and will cause your gums to become swollen and tender and sometimes even bleed. Luckily, this type of gum disease is easily treatable since it does not directly impact the bone connected to your teeth. 

If you let gingivitis progress untreated, it can become periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis does impact the bone and tissue connected to your teeth, and if left untreated, can slowly destroy your teeth. Some signs you may have periodontal disease include but are not limited to a bad taste in your mouth, loose permanent teeth, swollen gums, tender, or bloody, and a receding gum line.

How To Have Proper Gum Care

Luckily, gum disease is easily preventable, and we are excited to share five simple ways in which you can keep your gums healthy!

Use fluoride toothpaste

Almost every toothpaste brand will claim to reduce the risk of gingivitis. So how do you know which ones are the best? When you pick out your toothpaste, ensure it contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association seal of acceptance! 

Use therapeutic mouthwash

Almost any drugstore or pharmacy will carry it over-the-counter. This type of mouthwash can help reduce the speed tartar develops, reduce plaque, and even reduce gingivitis. Make sure you are also looking for the American Dental Association seal on any therapeutic mouthwash. 

Make sure to floss!

Flossing once or twice per day will help remove any tricky plaque buildup that your toothbrush is unable to get rid of. Since plaque is the main cause of gum disease, flossing is a must! 

Get your teeth cleaned regularly for proper gum care

Your dental hygienist can remove any tricky plaque and tartar formed on your teeth. Doing this every six months will keep your teeth much healthier than trying to take oral hygiene into your own hands only! In addition to this, your dentist can detect the early signs of gum disease and start a treatment plan before it turns into gingivitis or even periodontitis. If you already have gingivitis, regular hygiene appointments can help reverse its effects. 

Brush twice a day

Brushing after breakfast and dinner is the easiest thing you can do on your own to keep your smile healthy! Brushing will help remove plaque and bacteria, and flossing will do the rest! Also, make sure to brush your tongue, as it can carry bacteria as well. Electric toothbrushes are the best option to remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Make sure you change out your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months.

Final Gum Care Thoughts

This may seem like a lot of information to take in, but we promise taking these simple steps will help prevent gum disease. If you’re not flossing daily or using mouthwash, now is the time to start! If you haven’t come in for your bi-yearly hygiene appointment in over six months, it is time to schedule. Call us today at (972) 539-4776 to make an appointment. Let’s work together to keep your gums healthy! Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.

Teeth Whitening Ideas: Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Teeth Whitening Ideas: 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!

Teeth Whitening Ideas

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. 
  • 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!
  • 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.

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!

  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • 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! 
  • 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! 

At Flower Mound Family Dentistry, 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 both in-office and take-home whitening options. You can call us today at (972) 539-4776 if you have any questions about our whitening options or would like to schedule an appointment. We want to give you a smile that will impress for the holiday season! Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery: Things You Should Know

Wisdom Teeth Recovery: Things You Should Know

Do you still have your wisdom teeth? “Wisdom teeth” are the molars that are the furthest back in your mouth, and are often removed due to lack of space. They are generally ready for removal sometime during a person’s teenage years. Most young adults end up getting their wisdom teeth surgically removed at some point in their life.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery Tips

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 excited to share a few tips on how to experience the smoothest recovery 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 one. It is also important to not directly place ice on your face, as this can 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 during your wisdom teeth recovery

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. Soup, pudding, apple sauce, smoothies, mashed potatoes, and cottage cheese are all equally yummy and safe! You should also 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 regularly be doing. 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. 

Wisdom teeth removal recovery should be treated as any other surgery recovery: with time and care. Proactively managing your pain, thinking about what you are eating, and keeping the surgery wounds clean are three straightforward ways to keep your recovery short and sweet! Make sure to heed your dentist’s recovery tips too. If you or someone you know has questions about the wisdom teeth surgery process, call us today at (972) 539-4776.

Dental Benefits: Use It Or Lose It

Dental Benefits: Use It Or Lose It

School is in full swing, the holidays are approaching, and the year will be coming to a close before we know it! Our oral health is often forgotten about during this time of year because of all the excitement of the holidays. Going to the dentist may not be at the top of your mind, but you only have a few months left to use your dental benefits before they expire!

Ways To Use Your Dental Benefits

Because many plans do not let you roll your benefits over into the following calendar year, it is important to use them while you can. To make things more simple for you, we have decided to share three easy ways to use your remaining benefits! Use it or lose it season is upon us!

Big procedures for dental benefits

Have you always wanted a smile makeover but not known where to start? Now is the perfect time to begin! Schedule an Invisalign consultation or even give yourself a full smile restoration with dental implants before the year comes to a close. You will be able to use your leftover dental benefits to cover the costs which is the best part. It’s time to take the leap you’ve always wanted to and get your smile upgrade scheduled. It’s never too late to feel confident in your smile. This is a great way to use your benefits before you lose them!

Unscheduled treatment

Do you need to complete a treatment you have been putting off for a while? We understand that certain types of treatment can be intimidating, especially if you have never had serious dental work done. We promise you won’t regret it! Whether it is getting crowns, a tooth extraction, fixing a cavity, or any other type of treatment, we stand by the fact that getting it on your schedule before 2021 ends is a good idea. You will be rid of any discomfort you have been having more quickly, and you will also save money in the long run. If you continue to put off the treatment you need, you may have to get more treatment in the future. You know what this means; schedule your treatment so you can use your benefits before you lose them!

Hygiene

Have you gotten your teeth cleaned in the last six months? If it’s been since the spring of 2021 or earlier, you are due for a cleaning. Seeing your hygienist twice per year is one of the most important parts of keeping your teeth in top shape. Your hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that can cause more severe health problems in the future if not addressed early on. In addition to this, your smile will feel bright and beautiful. If you have remaining dental benefits and haven’t been in for a cleaning recently, schedule with us and use your benefits before you lose them!

Final Thoughts On Dental Benefits

Whether you want to treat yourself to a smile makeover, have pending treatment, or need to schedule a hygiene visit, now is the time to do it! Plus, we would love to see you at Flower Mound Family Dentistry before the year is over. Give us a call at (972) 539-4776 to get scheduled! The clock is ticking, which means it’s time to use it or lose it! Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.
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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 Flower Mound Family Dentistry, 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 $528 per year on dental work! Our plans include:

Child Complete ($20/mo. or $240/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 2 fluoride treatments

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

Adult Complete ($24/mo. or $288/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 2 fluoride treatments

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Perio ($41/mo. or $492/yr.):

– 4 perio maintenance procedures & checkups

– 2 regular exams

– 2 fluoride treatments

– 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 10% 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 (972) 539-4776.

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 (972) 539-4776.

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. Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.

Happy Teeth-Safe Food Month

Happy Teeth-Safe Food Month

Happy Teeth-safe Food Month! Food goes hand-in-hand with a healthy life and affects our well-being in countless ways, your oral health included! Being knowledgeable regarding what foods are healthy and which are destructive for your teeth is very important in keeping your smile healthy. 

Cavities, one of the most common oral issues, can be caused directly by what we eat. Refined sugar is one of the most well-known causes of cavities. When we eat it, it is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which can dissolve the tooth enamel. The more often you consume foods that contain refined sugar, the more detrimental it can be to your oral health.

Teeth-Safe Food Month Tips

So what are some of the healthiest ways to indulge in your favorite snacks while keeping your teeth healthy?

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Keeping your diet well-balanced will make or break your oral health. The right foods will keep your teeth safe while also keeping your gums and bones strong. Familiarizing yourself with foods you love that are also rich in vitamins is the key, and is not that hard to do. Foods full of vitamin B12, folic acid, calcium, and vitamin C are some of the best things for healthy gums and teeth. Here are some of our top choices…

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Final Thoughts On Teeth-Safe Food Month

Food allergies are unfortunately quite common. Luckily, the foods listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food that is good for your oral health. You have many options and will never get bored! Making sure you eat a wide range of foods with the vitamins and minerals mentioned above will improve your oral health and your overall well-being. We can give you lots of healthy teeth tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to visit us! Give us a call today at (972) 539-4776 to schedule a visit! Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.

How Can I Help My Children To Love Brushing Their Teeth?

How Can I Help My Children To Love Brushing Their Teeth?

You’re not alone if you have trouble getting your children to brush their teeth. Overall, how do we get them to like brushing their teeth? 

How To Get Kids to Start Brushing Their Teeth And Loving It

But you’re in luck, there are ways to make your children not only brush their teeth but enjoy it! We are excited to share three of our favorite ways to get your children to take ownership of their oral care.

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

Young children tend to take in the values parents instill in them, even though they may not understand their importance. Oral hygiene is no exception. Children who see their parents brushing and flossing will start to become curious about the practice themselves. 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 important to teach the benefits of certain behaviors to your children. Explain why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life. You can even throw something in about making the Tooth Fairy smile!

Make it fun when brushing their teeth

Try making a brushing playlist of songs your children love. These days, you can even find dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for brushing, put this playlist on and brush your teeth with your children. You can also try taking your children shopping for fun new toothbrushes. Most drugstores carry countless kids’ toothbrushes, some of which even feature beloved cartoon characters. There are so many unique 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 for their daily oral hygiene routine. 

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 need to be complicated; you could start adding fun stickers to a chart every time your child complies with daily oral hygiene on their own. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing their teeth. Rewards will reinforce good oral health habits in your children, trust us!

Final Thoughts

Every child needs to learn why oral hygiene is so important. Educating your children about why brushing is essential, modeling good behavior, making oral care fun, and rewarding them when they are doing well are all ways to boost good brushing behavior. Let’s get your kids brushing! Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Do you snore? Or gasp for air in your sleep? Do you always feel tired?

If so, you may have sleep apnea or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  Approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. This chronic condition occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. Symptoms include snoring, gasping, or choking sounds during sleep.

Sapna Amin, DDS, is specially trained in sleep apnea evaluations and sleep apnea oral appliance therapy.

For those diagnosed with sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy may be an alternative to a CPAP mask. Dental appliances are a great option for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea and not CPAP compliant and/or cannot tolerate a CPAP mask. Sleep apnea dental appliances are similar in size to a dental night guard and are more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. The dental appliance moves the jaw forward, increasing the size of the upper airway and reduces the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.

Sleep Apnea Treatment – From the Dentist?

Yes, you read that right. We can help treat sleep apnea here at Flower Mound Family Dentistry. For some that may seem like a rather strange thing for a dentist to do. Many people believe a CPAP machine is the only option to treat sleep apnea, and while that may be recommended for some types of sleep apnea, that certainly is not the case for all patients suffering from sleep apnea.

How can Flower Mound Family Dentistry help with sleep apnea?

At Flower Mound Family Dentistry we look at different symptoms that may be present in a patient that has a sleeping disorder.

  1. Grinding teeth
  2. Snoring
  3. Anatomical features noted on the doctor examination
  4. Sleep apnea

If a patient tells us they have any of these issues, or if we see signs of these problems, there are a few different routes we may take to help.

When a patient comes in for a visit, we can have them answer questions from

Epworth Sleepiness Scale Self-Assessment

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is widely used in the field of sleep medicine as a subjective measure of a patient’s sleepiness. The test is a list of eight situations in which you rate your tendency to become sleepy on a scale of 0, no chance of dozing, to 3, high chance of dozing. When you finish the test, add up the values of your responses. Your total score is based on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale estimates whether you are experiencing excessive sleepiness that possibly requires medical attention.

If you think you may have sleep apnea, please complete this self-assessment (need to have it attached)

Once Dr.Amin has assessed the patient thoroughly, the next step is to use SleepTest.com and have a home sleep study done. SleepTest.com sets the industry standard in reliable home sleep testing for at-risk, sleep patients. They make sleep testing simple for patients who appreciate evaluations in the comfort of their own beds and effortless for clients with their online HIPAA compliant portal. Their portal acts as a secure ecosystem between SleepTest.com and thier clients, allowing for electronic patient referrals and easy to retrieve sleep test results.

Once this is completed, the results are interpreted by a board-certified sleep physician that works in collaboration with Dr. Amin to evaluate the patient clinically.

A customized treatment plan is devised based on the sleep results. Next a consult appointment is made to discuss the results and planned treatment with the patient and Dr. Amin.

In mild and moderate cases, we can often treat the sleep apnea with one of a few oral appliance options that we will custom fit for the patient. This tends to be less intrusive than a CPAP machine, and the number of people who will use an oral appliance vs. a CPAP is much higher. A CPAP machine is a very good option for many cases of sleep apnea, and it works for thousands of people.

In severe cases, CPAP therapy is the best first line treatment, and patients with this diagnosis will be referred to see a sleep specialist or their physician to initiate therapy.

The Results

We have had patients so excited about the treatment they received from Dr. Amin that they come back and tell us about their experience. It may be that their snoring has ceased, and they are able to sleep with their spouse again. It may be that they simply are more rested now that they are not waking up frequently. It may be that their teeth do not show signs of grinding anymore. We are excited to be able to help people treat their sleeping disorders and get them back to a healthy sleep and DREAMING again!

Contact Us

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or suffer from any of the symptoms of sleep disordered breathing, call or email us today to schedule an evaluation. Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Staying on top of your dental health is essential for various reasons. We are excited to share a few of them with you!

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

You may be wondering why it is necessary to go to the dentist every six months. There are countless more benefits of maintaining your dental health routine than you realize, and we are here to share just a few of them. After reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment on the calendar!

Overall health

There has been in-depth research done regarding the connection between dental health and health issues in other parts of the body. Most people do not know that there have been links discovered between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How does this happen? Many of these conditions begin with oral manifestations. During your routine dental checkups, your dentist can help identify these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key link to the detection of other issues you may be unaware of.

Catch problems before they grow at your 6-month checkup

Dentists are trained and educated to catch oral health issues early on. People tend to believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This isn’t always true. In some cases, you may not be able to feel your cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist routinely, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they become worse and result in more prolonged, expensive treatment.

Keeping bacteria at bay

What is plaque, and why is avoiding its removal bad for your oral health? Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria on your teeth. It is almost impossible to get rid of it during your daily brushing routine, so that is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque sticks to your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your at-home oral care routine. If you let it build up for too long, it can result in oral infection. Without routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be close to impossible to stay on top of.

Don’t forget your gums

The health of your gums is an important part of your overall oral health and something challenging to keep up with if you have no dental knowledge. During your routine checkup, your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but you will be thankful for them later on!

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you all can gather that your biyearly dental exams and cleanings are critical to maintaining your oral health. If you choose to skip or postpone these exams, you risk developing oral health issues that could cost you money and time down the road. We promise that routine dental appointments are something to be happy about! Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.