Posts for category: Oral Health

By Conroe Family Dentistry
February 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  

A dentist can do so much more than simply perform routine checkups.

We know that seeing the dentist isn’t as pleasant as a day spent cozy on the couch or enjoying a delicious slice of cake; however, it’s something that everyone must do if they want to keep healthy, beautiful smiles. Of course, along with those six-month checkups, there are other reasons why you may need to consult Conroe, TX, dentists Dr. Logan Wood and Dr. Radley Robins. Some of these reasons include,

You have a toothache

A toothache is your tooth’s way of telling you that someone is wrong. Unfortunately, unlike a pulled muscle or broken bone, a tooth can’t heal itself. This is why a toothache is considered a dental emergency. The sooner our Conroe, TX, general dentists treat the problem, the better. A toothache can be a warning sign of a cavity, abscess, cracked tooth, or infected dental pulp.

Your jaw is popping and painful

Do your jaws pop or clip when you open and close them? Are they stiff, achy, or painful? If you grind your teeth at night (or perhaps during the day, too) then your teeth grinding could have led to a TMJ disorder, a dysfunction of the jaw joint.

Not only does this lead to facial pain and headaches, but it also can wear down teeth, weakening them and leaving them prone to damage. Luckily, your dentist can create a custom bite guard for you to wear at night to protect your teeth and alleviate jaw pain.

You’re embarrassed by your smile

Many people aren’t happy with their smiles. From crooked teeth to a large gap between the front teeth, there are many reasons why someone may feel embarrassed by their smile. If this sounds like you, know that our dental team offers a variety of cosmetic treatments to reshape, brighten and straighten your smile the way you want.

Your gums are inflamed or bleeding

Puffy, tender, and bleeding gums are all signs of gum disease. You must catch these problems early when gingivitis can actually be reversed through professional dental cleanings and by amping up your at-home oral care routine. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and severe gum damage, so it’s important to see your dentist if puffiness or bleeding doesn’t go away after a couple of days.

You notice a sore or lesion

There are many reasons why sores or spots may appear in the mouth. It could be that you burned your gums while drinking something hot or scratch the gums while eating something crunchy; however, it’s a good idea to see your dentist if you notice any red or white patches or sores that last for more than a week, as this could be a sign of oral cancer.

Is it time to call our Conroe, TX, family dentist? From dental cleanings to restorative dentistry, we offer a wide range of services to meet your needs. Call Conroe Family Dentistry at (936) 539-2211.

By Conroe Family Dentistry
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Family dental care is essentially an area of dentistry that offers services to individuals of all age groups. Here at Conroe Family Dentistry, Dr. Logan Wood and Dr. Radley Robins offer family dentistry services that focus on preventing and treating dental issues that can impact an individual at any age.

To better understand why and what family dentistry services will be suitable for you, check out their benefits below.

Appropriate and Convenient Dental Care for The Entire Family

During their training and education, family dentists gain valuable experience in giving suitable dental care to kids and adults alike. Ultimately, they know what treatments will work best for which dental problem and which family member. Additionally, keeping up with dental appointments for the whole family will be much more convenient and manageable.

Timely Preventive Oral Health Care

As much as possible, oral health care issues must be detected even before they cause significant problems to prevent them from progressing. Family dentists provide a broad range of preventive oral health care treatments like extensive oral health examinations, professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, dental fillings, and crowns, among others, for identifying and nipping all sorts of dental issues regardless of your age.

A Trust-Based and Long-Lasting Relationship For More Positive Oral Health Outcomes

Dental anxiety, phobia, or fear typically arises when an individual doesn’t have a close relationship with a dentist that they can really trust. The family dentistry services we offer in our Conroe, TX, office enables your family to continue visiting the same family dentist throughout your life.

This is crucial for helping each family member, especially the younger ones, build a bond with the family dentist, in turn, alleviating any fears or apprehension during routine dental treatments and checkups.

Ensure That Your Oral Hygiene is Effective At Any Stage of Life

Family dentists are well-equipped to give everyone in your family the most appropriate advice on oral hygiene based on your age and any challenges to the effective implementation of proper oral care practices. Whether you have little ones that are just starting to navigate their way around proper oral hygiene habits or need a dentist to replace a senior parent’s missing teeth, a family dentist can do all that and more.

Reach Out To Us To Find Out More About Our Family Dentistry Services

Dial (936) 539-2211 to schedule a consultation with your family dentistry professional in Conroe, TX, Dr. Logan Wood or Dr. Radley Robins of Conroe Family Dentistry today.

By Conroe Family Dentistry
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

The Importance Of Preventive Care

We use our teeth so much that sometimes we start to take them for granted. It is easy to forget how vulnerable they are. And regardless of how far dental practices and technology have gotten, your natural teeth are worth protecting. At Conroe Family Dentistry in Conroe TX, our dentists, Dr. Logan Wood, and Dr. Radley Robins make it their priority to help their patients protect their oral health. One of the main aspects of dental care is preventative care. Read on to learn more about the importance of preventative dental care.

What is Preventative Dental Care

Preventative dentistry is oral care that is based on the idea that we can prevent poor oral health with the help of education, and treatments of any problems that occur early on, in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. With good preventative care, you can avoid gum disease, cavities, enamel wear, and tooth loss. If a dental problem like gingivitis, for example, is left untreated, that bacteria in the gums is allowed to fester and progress the condition to peridontitis which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Once the gum has gotten weak and the tooth loss has begun, it is significantly more difficult to get the full functionality of the teeth back, even with the help of artificial teeth. This is why if the problem was dealt with early on, then the tooth loss does not occur. This is one of the reasons why it is important to at least have annual dental visits. Dentists can educate you on your oral care needs.

Find Out More About How Our Dentists Can Help You

If you live in or around Conroe, TX, our office, Conroe Family Dentistry, provides family-friendly dental care that is designed around the idea of preventative dental care. We make it a priority to educate our patients so that they can then care for their dental health needs on their own. We believe that our patients should have the information they need to make educated decisions about their oral health. Call our office at (936) 539-2211 to set up an appointment today.

By Conroe Family Dentistry
June 13, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

You're not just a patient to your dentist—you're also a partner for achieving your best oral health possible. And it takes what both of you do to achieve it.

No doubt your dentist always strives to bring their "A Game" when providing you care. You should carry the same attitude into your personal oral hygiene—to truly master the skill of brushing.

Like its equally important counterpart flossing, brushing isn't mechanically complicated—you need only a minimum of dexterity to perform it. But there are nuances to brushing that could mean the difference between just adequate and super effective.

The goal of both brushing and flossing is to clean the teeth of dental plaque, a built-up film of bacteria and food particles most responsible for dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Brushing removes plaque from the broad front and back surfaces of teeth, while flossing removes it from between teeth where a toothbrush can't reach.

While a lot of cleaning tasks require bearing down with a little "elbow grease," that's unnecessary with brushing—in fact, you may increase your risk of gum recession if you brush too vigorously or too often. All you need is to apply a gentle, circular motion along all tooth surfaces from the gum line to the top of the tooth—a thorough brushing usually takes about two minutes, once or twice a day.

Your equipment is also important. Be sure your toothbrush is soft-bristled, multi-tufted and with a head small enough to maneuver comfortably inside your mouth. Because the bristles wear and eventually lose their effectiveness, change your brush about every three months. And be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride to help strengthen your enamel.

One last tip: while it may sound counterintuitive, don't brush immediately after a meal. Eating increases the mouth's acidity, which can temporarily soften the minerals in tooth enamel. If you brush right away you might slough off tiny bits of softened enamel. Instead, wait an hour before brushing to give your saliva time to neutralize the acid and help re-mineralize your enamel.

Unlike your dentist partner, your role in caring for your teeth doesn't require years of training. But a little extra effort to improve your brushing proficiency could increase your chances for a healthy mouth.

If you would like more information on best practices for personal oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”

By Conroe Family Dentistry
May 24, 2019
Category: Oral Health

While dental diseases tend to be a greater concern as we get older, they also pose a potential threat to children. A particular type of tooth decay called early childhood caries (ECC) can severely damage children's unprotected teeth and skew their normal dental development.

Fortunately, you can protect your child's teeth from disease with a few simple practices. First and foremost: start a hygiene habit as soon as possible to remove disease-causing bacterial plaque. You don't have to wait until teeth appear, either: simply wipe the baby's gums with a clean wet cloth after nursing to minimize the growth of oral bacteria.

When their teeth do begin to erupt, you can switch to brushing (you can add flossing as more teeth erupt—but until the child shows appropriate dexterity, you'll need to do it for them). For infants, brush gently but thoroughly with a soft-bristled brush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste. When they grow older you can increase the toothpaste to a pea-sized amount. And as soon as you can, get them involved with learning to perform these vital habits on their own.

You should also limit your child's consumption of sugar. Our favorite carbohydrate is also a favorite of bacteria, who consume any remnants in dental plaque as a primary food source. So, keep sugary snacks and foods to a minimum and limit them mainly to mealtimes. And don't put a baby to sleep with a bottle filled with a liquid containing sugar (including formula and breastmilk).

Finally, begin taking your child to the dentist regularly by their first birthday for routine cleanings and checkups. Besides removing any hard to reach plaque, your dentist may also apply sealants and topical fluoride to help protect and strengthen tooth enamel. Regular visits make it more likely to detect the early signs of decay, before it does extensive damage. And beginning early makes it less likely your child will develop a fear of dental visits that could carry on into adulthood.

These and other steps will go a long way in protecting your child's teeth and gums so they develop normally. A little prevention and protection will help ensure a happy, healthy smile later in life.

If you would like more information on helping your child develop healthy teeth and gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”