Archives for Preventive Dentistry

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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How Do You Find a Great Dentist?

How Do You Find a Great Dentist? October 31, 2018 Prosper and the surrounding communities are growing at an unprecedented rate!  With all this growth comes a wider selection.  You have more restaurants to choose from and more than one grocery store to shop.  (Those of you who have been here since 2004 remember when there wasn’t even one!) This growth also brings you a selection of dentists from which you can choose.  (Those of you who have been here since 2004 may remember when our office was the only one!) So how do you choose a great dentist for
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What are These Gum Measurements? What is a Pocket?

What are These Gum Measurements?  What is a Pocket? August 29, 2018 The people who come to Prosper Family Dentistry regularly for professional teeth cleanings know that once each year, they will have gum measurements taken by the dental hygienist.  We use terms like “FMP”, “pockets”, and “probing depth”, as well as a long list of numbers. What are Gum Measurements? Gum measurements are a way to evaluate the state of the gums and jawbone around each tooth.  These measurements tell your dental hygienist and dentist whether your gums are healthy or unhealthy. You cannot have a healthy mouth without
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What Happens if I Don’t Wear My Nightguard?

What Happens if I Don’t Wear My Nightguard? August 22, 2018 If Dr. Jill, Dr. Cara and our hygienists have recommended a nightguard for clenching or grinding, that means they have seen signs of damage to your teeth, gums, muscles or jaws.  As part of our commitment to preventive dentistry, we believe it is essential to catch these signs of damage as early as possible and give you the tools to prevent more! What Kind of Damage Results from Nighttime Clenching and/or Grinding? There are many different ways clenching and/or grinding damages the teeth.  It is not likely for a
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What Exactly is Preventive Dentistry?

What Exactly is Preventive Dentistry? August 8, 2018 There are many different categories within the realm of dental treatment.  In our opinion, the most important category is PREVENTIVE dentistry. At Prosper Family Dentistry, we are committed to practicing conservative and preventive dentistry.  We believe those two go hand in hand.  In order to be as conservative as possible, we need to help each and every patient prevent dental problems.  Big dental problems require extensive dental treatment.  By being preventive, we either intercept developing dental problems early or completely prevent them from happening! Why is Preventive Dentistry So Important? It Saves
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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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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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Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better than Regular Toothbrushes?

Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better than Regular Toothbrushes? May 16, 2018 The short answer is yes. This blog is the long answer.  Many people are hesitant to invest in an electric toothbrush.  For some, it seems too expensive.  For others, it is simply difficult to change a lifelong habit.  Almost every electric toothbrush user will tell you that once you switch, you will never want to go back to using a regular toothbrush! What is an Electric Toothbrush? An electric toothbrush is a toothbrush with electrically powered movement of the bristles.  Some move in a circular motion, and others use
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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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SDF: A New Way to Treat Cavities

  SDF: A New Way to Treat Cavities January 10, 2018  How Prosper Family Dentistry is Treating Cavities Without Drilling An exciting dental material has been in the news recently.  You may have seen it in a 2016 New York Times article. It was also featured just last week in a PBS Newshour special. The material is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), and the reason it is exciting is because it has the potential to stop cavities.  That’s right:  stop them. How Cavities Work Cavities, a.k.a. tooth decay, are caused by the acidic by-product of the bacteria in our mouths.  The
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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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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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Caring for Teeth While in Braces

Caring for Teeth While in Braces October 18, 2017 Best Day Ever The day you get your braces off should be the best day ever. After months, maybe even years, of hiding your metal mouth and constantly digging food out of the brackets and wires, you will feel a newfound sense of freedom and won’t be able to pass a mirror without smiling at yourself. The end result of orthodontics is always worth the time, money, and effort you put into it. Not only are straight teeth beautiful; they are actually healthier than crooked teeth. There are two reasons straight
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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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What is Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis? October 4, 2017 A lot of people hear this word from their dentist and are not really sure what it means.  Have you been told that you have gingivitis by your dentist or dental hygienist?  Do you sometimes see blood when you spit your toothpaste out in the sink?  This blog will describe what gingivitis is, what it is not, what causes it, and what you can do about it. What Gingivitis Is The word gingivitis is easy to break down into its two components: gingiva and the suffix “–itis”.  Gingiva is the scientific term for gum
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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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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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Mouthguard Day 2017

What PFD Has Been Up To: Mouthguard Day! July 19, 2017 It is probably not possible to quantify how much Dr. Jill Sentlingar loves our little town of Prosper.  Opening a dental practice here in 2004 fulfilled her dream of being an integral part of a thriving, close-knit community, and she has spent the last 13 years providing the highest quality of healthcare to this place she calls home.  As a sports fan herself and the mom of two athletic boys, she loves the way Prosper rallies around its young athletes, from Little League all the way up to Prosper
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