3 Signs that You Can’t Ignore Gum Disease Any Longer

Many common dental health issues, especially gum disease, become serious problems because patients fail to prevent them or address them in their earliest stages. For instance, gum disease is one of the most highly preventable conditions, yet it’s also the second-most common to occur, and it’s the main reason behind adult tooth loss. For many patients, it’s because they’ve ignored the warning signs of gum disease so long that the symptoms have become too severe to ignore any longer. At our West El Paso dental office, we can help you overcome gum disease and manage its progression at any stage, though we strongly advise not waiting. (more…)

Tips to Avoid the Need for Root Canal Therapy

Tooth decay is highly common, but it’s most often detected and treated in its mild to moderate stages. As such, tooth decay and the cavity it causes can typically be addressed with a custom, tooth-colored filling. Yet, many patients experience more severe decay that affects too much of their tooth structure for a minimally invasive filling to address. At our Northeast El Paso dental office, we can help you avoid the need for more extensive tooth decay treatment, such as root canal therapy, by helping you address tooth decay in its earliest stages. (more…)

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings (Besides Appearance)

If you never develop a cavity, then the fact that modern tooth fillings aren’t what they used to be may not ever matter to you. However, given the fact that more than 90% of adults develop a cavity in at least one of their teeth, and fillings are the most common solution to them, chances are that it will matter, eventually. At our East El Paso, TX, dental office, we often recommend stopping tooth decay and the cavity it causes as soon as possible, preferably with a tooth-colored filling. Besides their more lifelike and cosmetically pleasing appearance compared to traditional metal fillings, tooth-colored ones also offer a number of other, more impactful benefits. (more…)

Thinking About Veneers? Here’s What to Ask Your Dentist

It’s natural to want a healthier and more attractive looking smile, but how do you know which is the best treatment to achieve the results you want? At our West El Paso, TX, dental office, we often recommend customized porcelain veneers for patients who have multiple concerns with their smile, but want to minimize the extent of treatment they receive. Porcelain veneers are custom-designed shells of highly lifelike dental porcelain that we can bond to the front surfaces of one or more teeth, creating your brand new smile with just one procedure. (more…)

How to Tell if You Might Have Sleep Apnea

When you know that you have sleep apnea, the need to treat it can seem obvious. However, if you don’t know that you have sleep apnea, you may not even realize it, despite the fact that the signs can become increasingly more apparent as time goes by. At our Northeast El Paso dental office, we can often help alleviate those signs and the mechanisms behind sleep apnea by custom-designing a sleep appliance. If you exhibit these signs, then you may be a good candidate for a custom sleep appliance. (more…)

How to Really Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease is a significant concern for several reasons. On one hand, it’s the second-most common chronic oral health issue to affect adults, next to tooth decay. On the other hand, it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss in adults, due mainly to the fact that patients often allow it to progress severely before seeking treatment for it. At our East El Paso dental office, preventing gum disease is an important focus of the routine family dental care we provide. If you fail to prevent it, then we can still help you avoid its destructive consequences by addressing your gum disease as soon as possible. (more…)

A Few Signs that You Could Be Experiencing Bruxism

If you wake up with a headache more mornings than you don’t, then there could be a variety of possible reasons why. If those headaches are accompanied by sore teeth, aching jaw muscles, and more, then it’s most likely because of a dental health issue, such as bruxism. At our El Paso, TX, dental office, we offer customized treatment for bruxism – or chronic teeth-grinding – that can help you alleviate its many different symptoms. A custom bruxism appliance can also help you avoid the need for more extensive treatment to address severe tooth damage down the road. (more…)

How Visiting the Dentist Helps Kids Avoid Cavities

When it comes to preventing cavities, children sometimes seem like they’re at a disadvantage. They may not be as skillful at brushing and flossing plaque from their teeth every day, and they’re less likely to control themselves if tempted with candy or other sugary treats. However, children aren’t inherently more prone to cavities than adults are. In fact, at our El Paso, TX, dental office, we can boot your child’s chances of avoiding cavities through a combination of education, routine preventive measures, and one or more proactive treatments to strengthen their teeth. (more…)

What Happens if You Skip a Checkup and Cleaning?

When you take exceptionally good care of your teeth at home, it can seem like postponing or skipping a checkup and cleaning appointment wouldn’t be a big deal. However, missing your appointment could have several negative consequences for your oral health, and many of them may not be immediately noticeable. At our El Paso, TX, dental office, we emphasize the importance of consistency when it comes to caring for your smile, including the importance of never skipping a preventive exam and cleaning at our office. (more…)

A Few Important Facts About Tooth Decay

As the most common chronic dental health concern, there are several things about tooth decay that are well-known. For example, most people recognize that tooth decay is the cause of cavities, and that eating a bunch of sugar all the time will almost guarantee that they develop it. However, there are several important things about tooth decay that more people should be aware of. Today, our El Paso, TX, dental team examines a few of these things, and how understanding them can help you better protect your teeth from decay. (more…)