Archives for Health

Why Does My Dentist Ask So Many Questions about the Medicine I Take?

Why Does My Dentist Ask So Many Questions about the Medicine I Take? September 26, 2018 That’s a great question!  Both medicine and dentistry have changed drastically over the past few decades. An old anecdote said that dentists built their offices on the second floor of buildings for a reason.  If the patient was healthy enough to climb the stairs to get to the dentist, he was healthy enough to have a tooth pulled. Things are not quite so simple today.  First of all, we have elevators.  Secondly, and more importantly, we have more medications than ever, and these medications
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Is Dental Care Dangerous When I am Pregnant?

Is Dental Care Dangerous When I am Pregnant? September 12, 2018 Great question!  The short answer is no.  The long answer is that pregnancy actually makes dental care more important.  Read on. During pregnancy, your body goes through so many changes.  Some of these change affect your mouth.  There are also things in your mouth that can affect your growing baby. Here are the things you need to know about pregnancy and your mouth! Pregnancy hormones make your gums go crazy! Many of our pregnant patients suffer from a condition called pregnancy-induced gingivitis.  We also call it hormone-induced gingivitis, because
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Frequently Googled Questions about Your Child’s Teeth

Frequently Googled Questions about Your Child’s Teeth July 25, 2018 Prosper is a town for families!  We have a wonderful school system and family-friendly atmosphere  that attracts many people with young children to our area.  We know that kids play an important role in our community. This week’s blog will highlight the most commonly googled questions about children’s teeth. When Will My Child’s Teeth Start Falling Out? The average age for the first lost tooth is six years old.  This also varies widely, and some kids are older than seven and a half before they have a loose tooth.  Others
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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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Five Trendy Things that are Really Bad for Your Teeth

Five Trendy Things that are Really Bad for Your Teeth June 27, 2018 With the wealth of information available to anyone with internet access comes the risk of incomplete information or misinformation.  Health and beauty blogs tout countless trendy ways to lose weight, clear your skin, and whiten your teeth. There are a few popular trends that can have a detrimental effect on your teeth, and we want you to learn about these dangers before you find out the hard way (i.e. multiple new cavities or broken down dental work). Apple Cider Vinegar Fans of apple cider vinegar claim a
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Are Baby Teeth Really That Important?

Are Baby Teeth Really That Important? June 13, 2018 Yes! We hear this question a lot.  Some parents tend to be less concerned about a child’s baby teeth because they know these teeth will eventually fall out.  This blog will explore all of the reasons baby teeth DO matter and need to be healthy for the years they are in your child’s mouth. What are Baby Teeth? Also called primary teeth, baby teeth are the first set of teeth a child gets in his or her mouth.  Other names for baby teeth include deciduous teeth and milk teeth.  There are
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What Causes Cold Sores and Fever Blisters?

What Causes Cold Sores and Fever Blisters? June 6, 2018 Cold sores and fever blisters have these names because people once believed they were the result of colds and fevers.  They are not caused by colds or fevers, but colds and fevers can put you at risk for them. What is a Cold Sore/Fever Blister? A cold sore and a fever blister are the same thing.  From here on, we will refer to them as cold sores, just for the sake of simplicity.  Cold sores consist of a small cluster of fluid-filled bumps, which burst to form tiny ulcers.  These
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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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HPV

HPV: What is it, and What Does it Have to Do with Oral Cancer? April 4, 2018 What is HPV? HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus.  It is an often-undetected viral infection that infects an estimated 6.2 million new people each year.  It is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States.  HPV does not cause any symptoms at the time of infection, so most people are unaware that they have it. There are hundreds of different strains of the virus, and nine are known cancer-causers.  The CDC estimates that more than 80% of Americans will have an HPV
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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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Oral-Systemic Health Link

Is Your Mouth Making You Sick? December 7, 2017 How Oral Health Impacts Systemic Health At Prosper Family Dentistry, we take healthcare seriously.  While we are specifically concerned with our patients’ oral health, we acknowledge its role in a person’s overall health.  Unfortunately, the mouth has always been treated by a realm of healthcare (dentistry), which has historically been completely separate from general medicine.  Because of this, some people are under the impression that the mouth is therefore independent and unrelated to the rest of the body.  This is a dangerous myth! What systemic issues are connected with the mouth?
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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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Can a sinus infection make my teeth hurt?

A Toothache Caused by Sinus Problems November 15, 2017 Can a sinus infection make my teeth hurt? It’s fall, y’all.  And unfortunately, with this lovely cool weather comes new allergens, sinus infections, head colds, and the flu.  It is very common for us to see an increase in “toothaches” during this season.  We put “toothaches” in quotes because while the tooth definitely aches, it’s not a tooth problem.  Many patients will call us with a toothache and come in for an evaluation, only to be told that the tooth is perfectly fine. Why does sinus pressure make my teeth hurt?
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Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer August 23, 2017  Cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in a part of the body.  Oral cancer is a type of cancer in which these abnormal cells originate in the mouth.  Cancer is classified by the original site of abnormal cells.  Oral cancer kills approximately one person every hour in the United States.  About 50,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. What are the different types of oral cancer? The most common type of oral cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, and it occurs in the tissues lining the inside of
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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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Bad Breath

Bad Breath June 28, 2017 It would not be a stretch to say that every single person has experienced bad breath at some point in his or her life.  We are all susceptible to “morning breath” or “garlic breath”, which are neither surprising nor difficult to fix.  Many people suffer from persistent bad breath which seems difficult to cure.  As with most things, finding the cause of the problem will lead us much closer to a solution.  Let’s take a look at the most common causes of bad breath. What causes bad breath? When you get to the bottom of bad
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Aphthous Ulcers (Canker Sores)

Aphthous Ulcers (Canker Sores) Juse 14, 2017 If you have never had a mouth ulcer, thank your lucky stars!  They are terribly painful and interfere with eating, speaking, and brushing your teeth.  The most prevalent type of mouth ulcer is called an aphthous ulcer, and it is commonly referred to as a canker sore.  Aphthous ulcers are unusual in that, even now in 2017, we still do not know exactly what causes them.  There are many studies showing correlation between certain diets, vitamin deficiencies, hormone changes, and stress levels with the occurrence of aphthous ulcers.  But correlation is not the
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Why is the dentist taking my blood pressure?

  Why are you taking my blood pressure? April 5, 2017 Why do they always take my blood pressure at the dentist? If you’ve visited our practice, you know that the first thing we do when you sit down in the dental chair is take your blood pressure.  Sometimes we are questioned about this, and we always want to be able to adequately answer our patients’ questions.  There are three main reasons we regularly take your blood pressure, which are listed and elaborated on below. It’s the law!  Rule 108.7 of the Texas Administrative Code outlines the Minimum Standard of
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