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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

Oral Cancer Awareness Month- Free Screenings!

Here at Sealy Dental Center, we want to ensure that each of our patients are aware and full preventative of oral cancer. Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) unfortunately kills nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people diagnosed with these types of cancers, 40 percent will not survive longer than five years. However, many who do survive oral cancer suffer long-term problems, such as facial disfigurement or difficulties with eating and speaking. It is a serious disease that is sometimes not taken seriously and Sealy Dental Center is here to provide each patient with the screenings that are necessary for oral health.

The main issue we face today with oral cancer is the death rate associated with oral and oropharyngeal cancers remains particularly high because the cancers routinely are discovered late in their development. Fortunately, when oral and oropharyngeal cancers are detected and treated early, mortality and treatment-related health problems are reduced and can try to be treated, That is why Sealy Dental Center is here to help each of our current and new patients be proactive in their screenings. We want to ensure that everyone lives a happy and healthy life, so for the month of April we are providing each patient with FREE oral cancer screenings.

In between dental visits at Sealy Dental Center, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see a dentist if any of these symptoms proceed.

• soreness or irritation within the mouth
• red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
• lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
• difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
• a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

If you have any of these symptoms please call Sealy Dental Center to make an appointment with one of our dentist professionals. If you are not experiencing any symptoms we still highly recommend that you come in to receive our FREE oral cancer screening. Why not be preventative with your oral treatment?

Call Sealy Dental Center today at 979-885-4856 to set up your appointment for your FREE oral cancer screening!

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!

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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