Now that December has arrived and the temperatures are cooler in Texas, we know that many of our patients have switched to enjoying hot beverages during the brisk mornings. Do you find that your teeth are extremely sensitive when drinking or eating something with drastic temperatures, such as hot coffee or cold milk in your cereal? If so, you are experiencing a condition that, although common, can be a sign that you may have a serious oral health concern that needs to be addressed. Read on to learn more.
It is hard to believe that November has already arrived and the holiday season is right around the corner. Before we know it, we will be ringing in the start of 2022! We know that many of our patients are busy during the holidays spending time with family and friends, attending holiday parties, and even traveling to visit relatives. We want to help you maintain your oral health during the upcoming holiday season. Here are some tips to help your oral health.
When was the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? We know that many of our patients are still playing catch up from all of the events over the past year. This is your gentle reminder to call and schedule an appointment today if it has been longer than six months since we last saw you. The longer you delay your exam the greater the possibility of experiencing unnecessary discomfort and added expense from issues such as undetected decay. We are seeing a number of patients with problems that are typically detected during routine appointments. Continue reading to learn more about what delaying examinations can do to your oral health.
At Edward Estrada, DDS, we always welcome new patients with open arms. We know that coming to a new dentist’s office can be a little nerve-racking and overwhelming, especially if the dentist isn’t your favorite place to visit. Our goal is to have you leave our office feeling like we are old friends. We also want to stress that we are not concerned with the current state of your oral health or the last time you visited a dentist. We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave our office.
Did we notice some tooth decay during your last visit and recommended that you schedule an appointment to have it filled? If you have delayed scheduling an appointment, we suggest calling today. We know that it can be nerve-racking for certain patients to have dental work performed. If you fall into this category, we want to reassure you that, with today’s technology, having a cavity filled is a walk in the park. To ease some of the anxiety, It can be helpful for patients to understand the steps of their upcoming treatment. Continue reading to learn more about the steps of a filling and why it is important to schedule your appointment sooner rather than later.
Many of our patients have a desire to get a better understanding of dental issues and the aspects of their oral health. Dr. Estrada and his team are truly passionate about dental care and are dedicated to helping their patients in every way possible. Our team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dentistry and oral health to help our patients become better informed.
We always stress the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene and visiting our office regularly. Even if you are diligent with your oral care, decay can begin to creep in. Unfortunately, tooth decay is not something that improves on its own and only worsens over time. When tooth decay is not properly treated in a timely fashion, it can spread, leading to further problems. As a last resort, to save your tooth, we often suggest a root canal.
We recommend that our patients visit our office every six months for a routine hygiene examination. You might be surprised to learn that during your exam we do more than clean and check your teeth for tooth decay. In fact, tooth decay is not the number one oral health issue that affects a large percentage of American adults—it is gum disease. Approximately half of American adults are affected by gum disease in some way. Gum disease is a serious gum infection, accompanied by inflammation, caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth. Gum disease is extremely serious due to its quiet but destructive nature. Unlike tooth decay, gum disease does not cause discomfort and, at times, does not present itself until immediate treatment is needed.
We believe that all of our patients deserve to be heard and cared for in the way that is best for their overall health and oral needs. We know that it can be difficult for some of our patients to visit our office due to their anxiety and nervous feelings about the dentist and dental treatments. We don’t want our patients to avoid hygiene examinations and dental treatments out of fear and potentially put themselves at risk for illnesses that extend beyond the mouth. Continue reading to learn about options to help you and your loved ones feel comfortable when in our office.
The past year in Texas has been anything but easy. Between living through a pandemic and extreme weather conditions, we have all had to adjust our typical way of life. Even now, many Texans in our area are still dealing with effects on their homes from the snow and ice conditions experienced just a month ago. This upheaval in our lives has left many of our patients cancelling their dental examinations and treatments. While we understand that these are uncertain times for some, we want to stress the importance of maintaining your dental health appointments even when experiencing hardships. Continue reading to learn why dental treatment should never be delayed.