What You Miss When You Miss Dental Appointments

Oral Exam & Cleaning Houston, TXMissing dental appointments is something most people know they shouldn’t do. Most adults can remember being taken to the dentist by a parent or caregiver on a routine basis all throughout childhood. These visits occurred whether they were welcomed or not. Ideally, routine dental care in childhood sets the tone for a lifetime of good habits like brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist. As much as we’d like, it doesn’t always happen like this. Sometimes, dental care falls by the wayside. This is a problem.

It’s Not What You Think

You may expect us to point out the way that your oral health may suffer from lack of professional care. We’re not. You don’t need to be told. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a few years – or a few decades – your mouth may be telling you all you need to know. What we want to discuss here is what you miss out on when you miss dental visits.

When you don’t see the dentist, one of the primary things you miss out on is a sense of well-being as it relates to this aspect of healthcare. There are steps to this loss of confidence, beginning with fear. When one appointment slips by, you may think little of it – until several months have gone by. Then,  you may imagine that you will be lectured for not coming in sooner. Then, you may start to worry about what may turn up during your next exam. Then, you may start to envision high dental costs due to not seeing the dentist for so long. This cycle can repeat for years, stealing first your confidence to see the dentist, and then your smile.

There’s Another Option

If you have not seen the dentist for some time, we invite you to pick up the phone and contact a Royal Dental office near you. We serve areas in and around Houston with a friendly attitude. To take the bite out of dental anxieties big and small, we offer sedation services including nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, and oral conscious sedation. Many patients have found that the use of a mild sedative greatly improves their ability to stay up to date with dental care; and, the more they stay current, the less anxiety they feel when the time to see the dentist approaches.

We would love to support your smile. For scheduling assistance, contact us or call (713) 330-7700.

Your Family Dentist may know more than you Think!

dental care tipsYou expect your family dentist to have the full extent of training to prevent and treat common dental problems. We do. You can also expect a dentist to know how to address cosmetic concerns, or problems related to your bite. We do. When you visit Royal Dental for a routine exam and cleaning, you may expect your dentist to notice conditions like a small cavity. You probably don’t expect us to notice some of the finer details of your daily living. We can!

There are several “secrets” that your mouth may reveal about you. Here are some of the common details that can be discovered during a routine exam:

  • You drink a lot of soda. For that matter, your mouth will also tell us if you (or your child) consumes sports drinks on a regular basis. You might think that this is because these beverages can cause cavities, but that’s not it. Soda and sports drinks contain more high-fructose corn syrup than sugar. They also contain ingredients that are acidic. These ingredients sit on teeth all around the mouth, wearing down enamel and causing widespread erosion.
  • You’re not a flosser. Flossing is not something to reserve for the morning of your dental exam, nor for the night before. If you do this, chances are we will know. This is because a few flossing sessions is not typically sufficient for preventing inflammation and redness. Regardless of your pre-visit flossing, these symptoms will still be evident if you have gingivitis.
  • You’re feeling stressed. Stress has a number of different effects on the body. In the mouth, stress may present itself through excessive wear on certain teeth that stems from grinding or clenching the jaw. This habit (bruxism) often goes on when you sleep, so you may not be aware of the damage being done in your mouth. Nail-biting is another way in which stress can be “worked out.” This habit wears down the front teeth due to continual grinding, leaving them flat and vulnerable to chips.

Royal Dental offers families throughout Houston and surrounding areas the full spectrum of services they need to look and feel their best. Schedule your visit with us to protect your smile.

Is your Brain Juice also Stain Juice?

dental care houston tx | Royal Dental Brain Juice. Java. Joe. Coffee has so many names we could never know them all. What we do know is that the need for coffee is very, very real. If you view a yawn as a silent scream for coffee, you know what we mean. No coffee, no workie? We hear you. There is good news for avid coffee drinkers, which is fortunate; because the fact of the matter is, that brain juice really is stain juice.

Let’s Start on the Bright Side
Coffee lets us see the bright side of things, so this is where we will begin. There are several advantages that research has pointed out about coffee. These stem from various compounds in that powerful little bean, as well as the effects that caffeine has on the body. One of the major findings of recent research is that drinking a few cups of coffee each day diminishes the risk of liver conditions, including cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. The delivery of caffeine also positively affects the body. In particular, one study found that Parkinson’s patients experience improved movement after drinking coffee.

Where there is Light . . .
We cannot know light without darkness, right? So let’s dive in. During the roasting process, much changes in that little green coffee bean. The process that brings out richness in flavor also brings out pigments that can stain teeth, not to mention the tannins that are present in coffee. Additionally, coffee is said to be a pretty acidic beverage. Acidity and enamel don’t play well together, and the wearing down of enamel can exacerbate discoloration.

What to do
There are simple ways to protect your smile, and the health of your teeth, while also preserving your longstanding relationship with coffee. And, no, this does not include drinking through a straw (who would want to do that!).

  • Cream it up. One idea that had circulated for a time was that cream will dilute the tannins in coffee and thus reduce staining. Additional research suggests that what really happens is that tannins attach to the casein protein in dairy, keeping them from enamel.
  • Water it down. More specifically, water down your teeth. After drinking coffee, swish some water around your mouth. No need to brush; that could damage enamel if done too soon.
  • Curb it. We don’t mean to say drink less coffee. Rather, take breaks in between each cup. An hour or more is ideal.

Reduce the effects of your love-affair with coffee. Call Royal Dental for a cleaning or teeth whitening treatment.

Know the Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

oral cancer in houston texas at royal dental usaApril is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. With oral cancer rates on the rise it is important to understand the signs and symptoms that may indicate an oral cancer.

Oral cancer can occur on the lips, inside the mouth, the throat, tonsils, or salivary glands. Oral cancer can be fatal, with a 5 year survival rate of roughly 50 percent. One of the main reasons for oral cancer patient’s poor prognosis is a failure to detect the cancer early. Identifying symptoms of oral cancer is the key to successful treatment.

When Should I See a Dentist?

You should make an appointment with your dentist if you have any unexplained, persistent signs and symptoms that last more than two weeks.

See Your Dentist If Any of the Following Last Longer Than 2 Weeks:

  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal is the most common symptom of oral cancer
  • An unexplained pain in your mouth or ear
  • An unexplained lump in your neck
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • A persistent sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or mouth
  • Jaw swelling that makes dentures hurt or fit poorly
  • Unexplained loosening of the teeth
  • Unexplained pain in the teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes

In most cases it probably won’t be cancer, but it’s better to be on the safe side and see your dentist. If oral cancer is present, getting it diagnosed as soon as possible will help ensure that any treatment is as effective as possible.

Regular Dental Visits are Key

You won’t always be able to spot the earliest warning signs of oral cancer, which is why regular check-ups with both your dentist and physician are so important. Your dentist is trained to detect early warning signs of oral cancer, so be sure to make regular checkups a part of your life.

If you don’t have a regular dentist, we would like to invite you to come visit us at your local Royal Dental office. We have 7 dental offices in the Greater Houston area to serve you and your family’s dental needs.

Opening Up to Your Dentist

Having regular consultations with your dentist is one way to prevent oral diseases as well as prevent them from worsening. During your appointment, your dentist will perform an oral examination to check your dental health. It is not only your dentist who does all the talking and giving you professional advice. It would also help if you have your fair share of the conversation too.

By this, we mean telling your dentist everything he or she needs to know about your condition. These things are important when diagnosing and treating dental problems accordingly.

Confess all your fears.

A lot of people have fears of dental visits since their childhood that can affect their pain tolerance and control during dental treatments. It is especially important to let your dentist know about your worries and concerns regarding dental procedures. Not only will this relieve you of the pressure, but will also help your dentist identify signs and symptoms to diagnose the problem.

Talk about your overall health.

Your dentist has to know any diseases, may they be medical or dental, that you have been diagnosed with in the past. Any information on medications or supplements that you are currently taking must also be shared to your dentist as they can be related to the mouth and affect the success of any dental treatment.

Your dental health is a major concern.

Of course, before any oral examination, tell your dentist about any dental problem that you are experiencing. You may have a new cavity or notice a sensitivity in your teeth. Whatever your concerns are regarding the mouth, however small, shall be discussed with your dentist.

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Schedule a consultation with one of our dental experts here at Royal Dental today. Call us at (713) 330-7700 to book a dental visit as soon as possible.

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