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Dental Awareness Month- Back to School Appointments!

Backpack? Check. Lunchbox? Check. Teeth cleaning? Check!

They say you are never fully dressed without a smile, so why not give your child a beautiful white smile to wear for their first day back to school?

The new 2018 school year is sneaking up on us and you have been given the ever-growing, back-to-school to-do list that every parent dreads. There is one important thing that the teachers did not include on that list: a back-to-school dental checkup.

Here at Sealy Dental Center we always say it is good to have routine dental visits, but what makes back-to-school checkups so important is that it can help prevent common dental diseases found in school-age children. Cavities are known to be one of the biggest obstacles that children face and according to the ADA (American Dental Association), it causes them to miss “more than 51 million school hours each year”.

So if you want to keep those cavities and the other dental diseases at bay, here are some tips to have a successful dental checkup to ensure your children’s teeth shine as bright as their future:

  • Brush! Brush! Brush! It’s important to encourage your child to brush twice a day for two minutes to keep those cavities away. Brownie points if your child brushes before their appointment!
  • What time is it?? Naptime! Make sure you don’t schedule your child’s dental appointment during their naptime or your day at the dentist will be most challenging. Also, take into account if your child is cranky or had a bad day, they might not have the energy to make it through the appointment.
  • If one of your children has gone to the dentist before and it’s their younger sibling’s first time, schedule the older child to go first to act as a role model and show the younger one how it’s done.
  • If it is your child’s first time, it’s important to remember to stay strong and stay calm if your child starts to be uncooperative because if you scoop them up and walk out of the office, the next visit will be much harder. Give the doctor time to try and positively turn the visit around.

Once the appointment is underway, make sure to ask the dentist some of the following questions:

  • How is my child’s overall health?
  • Will my child get their teeth cleaned today?
  • Will my child be given fluoride?
  • Does my child need an x-ray or a mouth guard for sports?
  • What are Sealants?

Now your child is ready to go back to school, but make sure to grab your dentist’s card because accidents are bound to happen whether your child is in sports, recess, or just walking down the school hallways. You can place these cards in your purse or in your child’s backpack just in case of emergencies. Maybe while you’re there you’ll even want to sign up for an appointment yourself.

 

Call Sealy Dental Center today to schedule you and your child’s next dental appointment! (979) 885-4856

Is a dental implant right for you?

Have you lost a tooth due to accident, injury, or illness? If so, a dental implant is a good option to replace missing teeth!

A dental implant is made of medical-grade titanium that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. A dental crown is placed on top of the implant, with the end result looking like a natural tooth. Dental implants are a more secure solution for replacing missing teeth than dentures because they are fixed in place and can’t be removed like dentures. Dental implants can also be more durable than dentures.

If you elect to have a dental implant inserted, dental surgery may be required. But, the doctors at Sealy Dental Center are highly trained in oral surgery and will work hard to ensure a smooth procedure. The entire process can take up to six months but the end result is well worth the wait!

The first step in a dental implant procedure is to insert a titanium screw into the jawbone. The doctor then creates a permanent bond between the implant and the jawbone. A temporary oral appliance will be worn while the jawbone and the implant post heals. The healing process can take several weeks or months, depending on how quickly the jawbone bonds to the implant post.

Once your mouth has healed, you will return to our two dental practices in Sealy and Katy for a custom crown to be placed on top of the dental implant post. The end result is a natural looking tooth and a beautiful smile!

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call Sealy Dental Center in the Sealy or Katy area today at (979) 885-4856. Our friendly staff will answer any questions and set up a consultation with the doctor!

Sweetheart of a Deal!

This month is the month of love! Is your smile ready?

Do you have plans to celebrate with a loved one this month? Is your smile making you feel less than fantastic?

Here at Sealy Dental Center we have exactly the thing to help you have that instant wow factor – teeth whitening!

Maybe you’re not big on Valentine’s Day. The benefits of having a bright, white smile extend far beyond looking great for a holiday! Perception is sometimes everything. Teeth whitening is also perfect for any special occasion or interview, or simply as a confidence boost that will enhance your look and make you feel polished and prepared.

What is it?

Teeth whitening is your solution for stained or yellow teeth! In less than an hour, your smile can be whitened by up to eight shades! It is also enamel-safe, unlike a lot of popular whitening brands you’ll find on store shelves.

Teeth whitening is significantly more effective than traditional whitening methods because of advanced guided light optic technology. You’ll see the results immediately, so you can make an appointment right before your plans or big day, no waiting necessary!

What alternatives are there?

Maybe you can’t make it into the office or you’re wanting something very subtle instead. We have a variety of whitening products that you can take home for similar results!

Call us today so we can help you find what is best for your smile!

(979) 885-4856

Make sure you’re staying on top of your yearly cleanings and exams as well. Having a healthy smile is just as important as having a bright smile.

Schedule an appointment today!

THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION YOU HAVE TO KEEP!

A new year is here! While setting your goals for 2018, did you find taking better care of your health at the top of your list? Perhaps you’re one of the more than 30% of people in the U.S. who haven’t gone to the dentist in the last year! Or maybe your 2018 resolve is to have a bright, good-looking smile you’re proud to show? Whatever it is you want to achieve, don’t let the February fallout happen with your resolutions! Keep connected with the New Year spirit and schedule an appointment with Sealy Dental Center, Sealy’s premier dental practice, today!

Inside out is what it’s all about.

Don’t just want the cosmetic or esthetic benefits of visiting the dentist! A whiter smile is eye-catching but preventative oral health care can add seven years to your life, according to a Wayne State University study. You can have both sides of benefits! Nurture your oral health holistically by scheduling your exams and x-rays each year so you can have healthy teeth and gums for life. It is widely-known that many diseases make their presence known in the mouth; and tooth decay and gum disease that go undetected can equal extensive and costly dental work down the line. Slacking in your oral health maintenance has been linked to heart problems, aggravated issues with diabetes, and even pre-term labor in pregnant women. Be on the defense regarding your dental health. You’ll get fresher breath and can minimize tooth sensitivity and bleeding gums too; that is always a plus!

Once you’ve covered your preliminary bases, you can trust you’re in good hands with Sealy Dental Center for natural looking dental implants, fillings, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, or whitening. Sealy Dental Center even specializes in sedation dentistry if you’re nervous or know you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you.

Schedule an appointment today by calling 979-885-4856!

Don’t forget to add calcium and fibrous foods to your diet to boost your dental health and of course, don’t forget to floss!

Use It or Lose Your Dental Insurance!

It is that time of the year again to use your dental benefits before they expire! Who would want unused money to go down the drain? Make sure to maximize them while you can!

Here at Sealy Dental Center, we want to remind you to that $1400 worth of unused dental benefits go to waste every year. Typically, Insurance companies will not alert their customers, and most patients are too busy to study how much remains on their policies. We don’t want to see this money thrown away so call us today to schedule your end of year appointment! You can save hundreds of dollars on out-of-pocket expenses by maximizing your dental benefits before December 31st, especially if your deductible has been met.

Sealy Dental Center, located in Sealy and Katy, is able to provide multiple services whether you have been putting off that much needed implant, cosmetic, or just a routine cleaning and examination. We are more than happy to get you scheduled for our next available time and date. Today is the day to get your whole family in together to maximize all benefits you have left for 2017! Don’t look back on this year wishing you would have called for that appointment, that’s why Sealy Dental Center is here to help.

Schedule the cleaning and dental work you’ve postponed all year, and start 2018 with a healthy smile! The holidays can cause a busy schedule for your family and we book up quickly for November and December, so don’t wait! Treat your teeth with care now and they will thank you for it in the long run.

If you want to use your benefits, give us a call today at 979-885-4856

National Dental Hygiene Month!

October marks the beginning of National Dental Hygiene Month! This month is all about bringing awareness to the importance of good oral health and hygiene. It was started by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) ,and they have been spreading awareness since 2009. Here at Sealy Dental Center it is our goal to ensure that you are taking the proper precautions when it comes to your teeth. Did you know that proper brushing takes at least two minutes? Most adults do not even come close to brushing that long! There are multiple aspects that going to dental hygiene but it all starts with correct brushing techniques.

Proper brushing techniques:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

 

Once the proper brushing has taken place, the next important step is flossing. Many overlook this step, but flossing should be a critical part of your daily morning/nighttime routine. Below are the following steps to ensure you are maximizing the benefits of flossing.

  • Start with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth

 

Remember, here at Sealy Dental Center we want you to showcase your dental hygiene pride not just this month but every day!

Call Sealy Dental Center at 979-885-4856 TODAY to schedule your appointment during National Dental Hygiene Month!

Be Aware of Gum Care!

Taking care of your gums is a crucial part of your dental health as well as the overall health and care of your body. September marks the National Gum Care Month, and in honor of this, it is a good idea to educate yourself about the early stages of gum disease and update your knowledge on caring for your gums! It is never early to begin taking precautions on maintaining healthy gums and a healthy smile!

 

Gum Disease and the Early Signs:

Gum disease (also known as periodontitis) is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Without taking proper oral care, the early stages of gum disease may become present. Symptoms to look for include the following:

  • Red or puffy gums/ tender to the touch
  • Apparent blood when brushing your teeth
  • Receding gums or gums that pull away from your teeth
  • Bad breath caused by plaque buildup on the tongue
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food

If you have any of these symptoms you should take the proper care and make an appointment at Sealy Dental right away. But, the good news is there are multiple preventative measures to ensure happy and healthy gums. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease and is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. For most patients, gingivitis and gum disease can be prevented by the following different ways:

Preventive Measures:

  • Establish a daily oral care routine
  • See your dentists at Sealy Dental regularly
  • Practice good Habits including: brush twice daily, floss one a day, eat a healthy diet, and keep an eye out for signs of gingivitis
  • Incorporate mouthwash into your daily routine

 

Taking care of your gums will help your health in the long run and Sealy Dental is here to help. Call 979-885-4856 today to make your preventative gum disease appointment and keep your gums happy!

Summertime Smiles – Teeth Whitening

Time to Brighten Your Smile With Teeth Whitening in Sealy and Katy, Texas!

Now that the summer is in full swing, have you considered updating your smile? With so many activities filling up our busy schedules this summer such as  weddings, graduations, family vacations and even school reunions, why not take the time now to get teeth whitening in Sealy and Katy, Texas. You may be surprised to see what a big impact a brighter smile will have on you.

At Sealy Dental Center in Sealy and Katy, Texas, we offer teeth whitening for patients looking to brighten their smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Right For You?

Now, you’re ready to upgrade your smile, the first step is to determine if whitening is right for you. But, you have a few questions about teeth whitening in Sealy. If your teeth are in need of repair, or you have veneers or crown work, whitening may not be as successful as you hope. The doctors and staff at Sealy Dental Center can help determine if whitening will be effective for you, and which system will best suit your lifestyle.

 

Which Is Better, In-Office or Take-Home Whitening?

Your dentist in Katy and Sealy offers teeth whitening. If you want fast results, our in-office whitening system is the choice for you.

At Sealy Dental Center, we’ll start by building a protective barrier around your gums and soft tissues, then we’ll apply the high strength whitening gel. Then we finish with a fluoride treatment to eliminate any sensitivity you might experience. Then you’ll leave showing off your dazzling new smile.

If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we’ll create custom trays for you with impressions of your teeth. These trays are designed to fit firmly to protect your gums and soft tissues from the injury that excess whitening gel can cause. We will show you how to safely apply the whitening gel. The best part about take-home trays is you have the freedom to update your smile anytime and anywhere you like.

 Maintaining That New Smile!

Now that you have the brightest smile in town, how can you keep it staying so bright? The best way to keep your new smile is with good oral hygiene – brushing 3 times per day, flossing at least once a day, and attend regular cleanings and exams every 6 months.

For more information or to schedule your next appointment, contact Sealy Dental Center at (979) 885-4856 or for our Firethorne Katy Office, call (281) 712-6980

 

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