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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!

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!

May Blog: Community Dental Plan

Are you looking for a dentist or are new to the area but do not have dental insurance? Then Sealy Dental Center has the answer for you. We provide the Community Dental Plan for patients in the Sealy, Katy and the surrounding communities who do not have dental insurance.
This plan helps families save money and time throughout the year. Avoid those traditional insurance fees and waiting periods, and not to mention, trying to keep track of who is or isn’t in your network plan! Stop worrying and enjoy piece of mind with the Sealy Community Dental Plan.
The plan includes:

  • Two basic cleanings per year
  • Any X-Rays necessary
  • Discounted fees for all dental work
  • No cap
  • No waiting period

Call Sealy Dental Center today and sign up for the Community Dental Plan.

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