Archives for Cavity Prevention

I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!?

I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!? November 28, 2018 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It could also be the sweetest.  Are you like Buddy the Elf?  “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”  While we love Buddy and that beloved Christmas movie, we’re not so sure about his nutritional advice.  While you and your family are enjoying the sweet treats of the season, keep these tips in mind to ward off “sugar bugs” (the cutesy name we use for the bacteria that cause cavities).
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Cavity-Free this Holiday Season

How to Stay Cavity-Free this Holiday Season November 14, 2018 The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means: parties, candy, drinking, and lots and lots of eating!  This time of year often leads to a deviation from our normal eating and drinking habits as well as the way we take care of ourselves. Don’t let the holidays put you at risk for damage to your teeth!  Follow these simple steps to stay cavity-free this holiday season. Try to have desserts with meals only. We know this is a tough one.  There are extra helpings of pie in
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Don’t Let Halloween Treats Give You a Jackolantern Smile!

Don’t Let Halloween Treats Give You a Jackolantern Smile! October 10, 2018 The temperatures are dropping, and Halloween is just around the corner.  Fall is everyone’s favorite season, filled with football, cute scarves, and lots and lots of candy.  Don’t let your daily Pumpkin Spice Latte and all that Halloween candy give you cavities! This blog will give you some tips to avoid the bad report from your dentist after Halloween is over. Indulge Only in Moderation We don’t want to ruin all of your fun.  You certainly can enjoy a PSL every once in a while with no ill
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PFD Gives Back at Back to School!

PFD Gives Back! August 1, 2018 Last Saturday, members of the Prosper Family Dentistry team participated in an important Back to School event.  Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas began giving backpacks and school supplies to kids who need them five years ago.  In the past five years, the ministry has grown from providing school supplies to just over 30 children to giving school supplies and clothing to almost 300!  In addition to much-needed back to school items, this year, the kids also were able to have free vision and dental screenings. Dental Screenings The importance of dental screenings
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Over-the-Counter Products We Love

Over-the-Counter Products We Love July 18, 2018 At Prosper Family Dentistry, we understand that not all people have the same dental problems.  Because of our unique, individualized approach to risk management in dental care, we often give our patients specific recommendations for dental products that improve oral health in a specific area of risk.  We strongly believe that each person should use a customized oral hygiene regimen aimed at fighting his or her specific risk factors. We also listen to our patients and seriously consider their complaints and concerns.  We make recommendations for products to alleviate problems or irritations that
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Sugar

Why Exactly is Sugar So Bad for Teeth? July 12, 2018 It is commonly known and well supported by scientific research that sugar is bad for teeth.  When dentists say “sugar”, most people think of soft drinks and candy.  There are many other sources of sugar that are damaging to teeth, which often get overlooked.  This blog will address why sugar is bad for teeth, which specific sugars are especially dangerous, and how you can fight sugar’s effects on your child’s teeth. Why is Sugar Bad for Teeth? Our mouths are full of bacteria.  Some bacteria are good, and some
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Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s Awareness Month April 18, 2018 We care about your overall health, and we are especially interested on how the condition of your mouth impacts overall health.  There are also systemic conditions that affect the condition of the mouth, and one of those is the focus of today’s blog. Sjögren’s Syndrome is a disorder that has huge ramifications for the health of your mouth, in addition to its effects of the rest of the body.  April is Sjögren’s Awareness month, so today we want to highlight the dental health concerns related to this disorder. What is Sjögren’s Syndrome? Sjögren’s Syndrome
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How PFD is Different

  How PFD is Different January 31, 2018  We are thrilled to be a multiple-time winner of the living magazine’s “Best Of” series of awards.  We have won Best Cosmetic Dentist and Best Family Dentist for several years in a row. It is voting time again. In light of that, we are using this blog to explain how we are different, and why that makes us the best. Risk Management Approach At each dental evaluation that you have with Dr. Jill and Dr. Cara, your particular risk areas will be assessed and discussed with you.  Did you know that some
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Flossing

Is Flossing Really That Important? December 27, 2017 Let’s talk about flossing. We know.  No one wants to floss.  Recent statistics show that Americans can be roughly divided into thirds when it comes to flossing habits.  Just under 1/3 of the population floss every day.  Just over 1/3 of the population floss sometimes.  And the rest admit to never flossing.  Never.  That hurts our dentist-hearts. Many of our patients have shared that they feel guilty when we ask about flossing.  We do not ever want to make anyone feel guilty.  We simply want to know where you stand on the
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Christmas post

A Naughty and Nice List from Your Dentist December 20, 2017 Christmas time is here!  And with it comes a plethora of baked goods, candies, cakes and pies. The cold weather inspires hot cocoa, apple cider, coffee and tea.  Your holiday parties may overflow with wine, eggnog, and ornamentinis. If you are lucky enough to enjoy some vacation time during the holidays, you may find it easy to shirk your daily routines. We have made a list of things that are naughty and nice for your teeth to help you have a Christmas you won’t regret at your next dental
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Give Thanks for Your Teeth

Give Thanks for Your Teeth: They’ll Work Hard This Week. November 22, 2017 Be Thankful for Your Teeth It is easy to take things, like good health, for granted. Here are a few reasons you should be thankful for your teeth this holiday season. Chewing – Teeth are absolutely essential for chewing food. Many people do not realize that chewing is the first step in the digestive process.  The breakdown of food does not begin in the stomach.  It begins in the mouth.  Being unable to properly chew food means missing an important link in the chain of digestion.  Chewing
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A House Full of Candy . . . Now What?

10th Annual Candy Graveyard November 1, 2017 A House Full of Candy . . . Now What? Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the USA.  Over 179 million Americans celebrated Halloween this year, with 70% handing out candy.  In 2015, our merry-makers spent over $2.1 billion on Halloween candy.  That is a lot of candy! The average US trick-or-treater takes home 600 grams of sugar – the equivalent of 3 cups.  The recommended daily amount of sugar for a moderately active ten-year-old is 23 grams per day.  This means you would have to stretch that Halloween
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Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks October 11, 2017 Red Bull gives you wings, but it may also give you cavities.  Energy drinks are defined as “any of various types of beverage that are considered a source of energy, especially a soft drink containing a high percentage of sugar and/or caffeine or other stimulant”.  The most common brands of energy drinks sold in the U.S. are Red Bull, Monster, and RockStar.  In 2015, Red Bull had $4.55 billion in sales.  While the soda industry is noticing a slow, steady decline in sales, the energy drink industry is steadily climbing. What is in an Energy
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Morning Sickness

Is Morning Sickness Ruining Your Teeth? September 26, 2017 What is Morning Sickness? Morning sickness is a commonly used term to describe the nausea and vomiting that affects many women during pregnancy.  It’s a bit of a misnomer, as most women who experience this phenomenon say it actually happens throughout the entire day and not just in the mornings.  Morning sickness affects between 70-85 percent of pregnant women!  While most women experience morning sickness in the first 16-20 weeks of pregnancy, some of the unlucky ones have symptoms throughout the entire pregnancy. Morning sickness affects a person’s ability to work,
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Back to School

Back to School August 9, 2017  For many people, this time of year is more than just back to school.  It is back to daily and weekly routines, back to bedtimes and alarm clocks, and back to good habits that may have gone by the wayside in the easygoing days of summer.  Add this to your list of daily activities as you get back into the swing of things: taking great care of your teeth!  There are many things involved in pursuing a healthy mouth.  Here are some tips to getting that oral hygiene routine back on track. Brushing In
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Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity Juse 7, 2017 Many people experience sensitive teeth, and not everyone has the same symptoms. You can have one sensitive tooth, or a mouth where every single tooth feels sensitive. You can have sensitivity to cold and/or hot temperatures and sweet and/or sour flavors. However you experience it, it is not fun! Teeth are not supposed to be sensitive, and if they are, it is a symptom you should share with your dentist. She will discuss your specific issues and try to isolate the cause of your sensitivity so that you can remedy the situation. What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
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Do I Really Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Do I Really Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed? May 17, 2017 Summer is approaching, and for a lot of high school and college students, this may mean it’s time to have their wisdom teeth removed.  Does everyone need to have their wisdom teeth removed?  Not necessarily.  There are many criteria that dentists evaluate to determine whether or not a patient’s wisdom teeth need to be removed.  There are also different criteria that we use to determine when they should be removed.  As with any type of medical procedure, there are risks and benefits, and we always weigh the
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Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) April 25, 2017 What is dry mouth? Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition in which the salivary glands do not function properly.  In some cases, there is some limited salivary flow. In others, there is no salivary flow at all.  At rest (when not eating), your body is supposed to produce more than 1/10mL of saliva per minute, and when chewing, more than 7/10mL of saliva per minute.  Anything less than this is considered dry mouth.  Some people can tell when their mouth feels dry, but others are unaware of it.  If you’re not sure, ask
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Product Highlight: Silver Diamine Fluoride

Product Highlight: Silver Diamine Fluoride March 27, 2017  What is SDF? Last June, the New York Times published an article on a new dental material called Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) that excited all of its readers and everyone who saw it shared on Facebook!  (New York Times article) Correction: it’s not new.  It’s been used in Japan for decades (approved by their ministry of health in the 1960’s), but it’s new to the US.  This material, which is a clear liquid that looks like water, can stop tooth decay in its tracks.  That’s pretty exciting! The Food & Drug Administration has
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Sealants!

  Sealants! November 2, 2016 What are sealants? Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. How does a sealant help prevent decay? Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the pits and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by filling in the grooves to prevent any accumulation of bacteria, plaque or food,
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