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Thankful

Thankful November 21, 2018 Thanksgiving week is officially here!  We are excited for big meals, family time, shopping, and a long weekend.  We believe that it is important to reflect on all the many things we have to be thankful for at this time of year.  Here are just a few of them. Our Patients We know that we are nothing without the people who walk in our doors each and every day, trusting us with their dental care.  We are thankful for every patient, new and old.  Whether you’ve been coming to Prosper Family Dentistry since we opened in
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FGQs about TMJ, Part 1

Frequently Googled Questions about TMJ, Part 1 October 17, 2018 TMJ is a phrase thrown around by many but understood by few.  The plethora of questions googled about TMJ tells us that.  Many people suffer from problems with their jaw joints.  They are often told by doctors or dentists that they simply have “TMJ”, but it is usually not quite so simple. Because of the complicated nature of this joint and all of the questions regarding it, this will be the first in a two-part blog series on the questions people most commonly ask google about the TMJ.           What is
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Pediatric Sleep Problems: Some New Information

Pediatric Sleep Problems: Some New Information October 3, 2018 Most of our patients know that Dr. Jill and Dr. Cara have extensive education in sleep disorders, over and above that of most dental practitioners.  The reason for this is their belief that a dentist’s job is to help all of our patients achieve their optimal overall health.  Sleep problems often show signs inside the mouth.  Addressing sleep problems in children reduces their risk for other diseases throughout their lives! Who is Involved in Diagnosing and Treating Pediatric Sleep Problems? We as dentists are in a unique position to catch red
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What Does Sleep Apnea Have to Do with My Teeth?

What Does Sleep Apnea Have to Do with My Teeth? August 15, 2018 Quite a bit, actually! Many of our newer patients are surprised to hear us asking about their quality of sleep.  To some, it may seem like sleep problems and dentistry are completely unrelated. There is a two-way link between dentistry and sleep-disordered breathing issues like sleep apnea. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition when a person stops breathing for any amount of time while he is sleeping.  The word “apnea” simply means not breathing.  The diagnosis of mild, moderate or severe sleep apnea depends
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Teeth Whitening FAQs

Teeth Whitening FAQs July 5, 2018 We are constantly asked about teeth whitening.  It’s hard to find someone who does not want to whiten his or her teeth.  This blog will cover the questions most commonly googled about teeth whitening. Is teeth whitening safe? Yes.  Teeth whitening is safe and causes no permanent damage to the teeth. In fact, there are scientific studies showing that teeth whitening can actually provide some benefits to your oral health.  The chemical used to whiten teeth can also kill bad bacte ria in your mouth.  This reduces your risk for gum disease. Another study
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National Dental Care Month

National Dental Care Month May 16, 2018 It seems like every time we turn around, there is a new “national day” or “national month”.  Some of these are pretty silly.  And then there are some we can really get behind.  This year, the registrar at National Day Calendar declared May to be National Dental Care Month.  Its purpose is to bring awareness to preventive dental care. What is Preventive Dental Care? The word preventive, as it applies to dental care, means simply to prevent dental disease and other dental problems.  This includes preventing cavities, gum disease, cracked teeth, and oral
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Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling May 9, 2018 In recent years, we have seen a resurgence of interest in alternative medicine, homeopathic remedies, and all things “all-natural”.  Also, with a wealth of information at our fingertips and the way the whole world is connected through social media, many people are interested in the traditions of other cultures.  One of the best examples of the link between our newfound interest in natural healthcare and international traditions is oil pulling. What is Oil Pulling? Oil pulling is an ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine in India dating back thousands of years.  It consists of swishing an
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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer Awareness Month April 25, 2018 April is Oral Cancer Awareness month!  As dental professionals, we are aware of oral cancer year-round.  In April, we want to bring oral cancer to your awareness.  What is Oral Cancer? Oral cancer is cancer that starts in the mouth.  This includes cancer on gum tissue, cheeks, the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the palate, and the opening into the throat. More than 90% of all oral cancers are classified as squamous cell carcinoma, which is also a type of skin cancer.  These begin on the surface layer of the tissue inside
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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning March 21, 2018 Spring has sprung!  This time of year is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts.  Trees are budding, and flowers are in bloom.  Most people are familiar with the concept of spring-cleaning.  We clean out our closets and our flowerbeds.  We throw out things we do not use anymore. Obviously, spring-cleaning carries with it the idea of cleaning up the things to keep.  It also implies cleaning out things that are past their usefulness. When you spring-clean, you strive for a clean slate, bringing things back to a state that is more easily maintained
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Teaching Your Children to Take Care of Their Teeth

  Teaching Your Children to Take Care of Their Teeth February 28, 2018  To close out National Children’s Dental Hygiene Month, this blog will highlight how you, as a parent, can teach your child to take proper care of his teeth. One of the most important aspects of parenting is teaching your children how to take care of themselves. You teach them to make good choices so that they can be healthy.  In the beginning, you do a task for them until they can do it themselves.  Then you supervise their efforts until you trust that they are competent and
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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

  Your Child’s First Dental Visit February 7, 2018  At Prosper Family Dentistry, our goal is for every dental visit to be a good one.  We understand that setting the right expectations can help us meet that goal. When it comes to kids, not knowing what to expect can generate fear, anxiety and/or misbehavior.  Here is what to expect from your child’s first dental visit. When to Make the Appointment The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have a dental evaluation by their first birthday or within 6 months of getting their first tooth, whichever comes first.  The
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Save $1000 on Invisalign®!

Save $1000 on Invisalign®! November 8, 2017 What is Invisalign®? Invisalign® is an almost-invisible method of straightening teeth that does not require metal brackets or wires.  It consists of a series of clear plastic aligners (or trays) that are custom made for each individual’s teeth.  Dr. Jill and Dr. Carat make a personalized treatment plan for your orthodontic needs.  This plan is communicated to the AlignTech laboratory, where each aligner is fabricated via precise CAD/CAM technology.  The aligners are virtually invisible, so it is the most esthetic way to straighten your teeth. How does it work? Through the use of
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Halloween Candy

Don’t Get Tricked by Halloween Treats October 25, 2017 Halloween: Making Good Decisions for Your Teeth Halloween is almost synonymous with candy, and most people know that candy can cause cavities.  What many people do not know is that some candy is worse and more likely to cause cavities than other types of candy.  As dentists, it is easy to be a killjoy on Halloween.  Since we know kids are going to load up on candy at Halloween, we are not going to tell you not to eat it.  We’re going to give you information that will help you make
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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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Soft Tissue Injuries

Pizza Burns, Popcorn Shrapnel, and Tortilla Chip Daggers: Soft Tissue Injuries in Your Mouth September 13, 2017  Have you ever been so excited for your pizza that you just could not wait for it to cool down?  You are starving.   You cannot wait one more second.   So you take a big bite of piping hot pizza, only to feel the searing pain of a tomato sauce burn on the roof of your mouth instead of the simple gustatory satisfaction of bread, tomatoes, cheese and {insert your favorite topping here}. Maybe Mexican food is your weakness.  The chips and salsa start
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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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Teeth Whitening

  Teeth Whitening August 9, 2017  A 2013 survey of 5,500 unmarried adults asked them to rank the qualities by which they judge the opposite sex on first meeting someone new.  Teeth was the highest ranked characteristic by a long shot (58% of men and 71% of women ranked it the #1 feature by which they judge a member of the opposite sex for attractiveness).  Americans spend $1.4 billion on teeth whitening products.  (Click here to see this and other interesting statistics about teeth whitening from research conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.)  Globally, teeth whitening is a
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Crowns

Crowns July 26, 2017  Most people have heard of the terms “crown” and “cap” in regard to dentistry (they are interchangeable, and dentists prefer the term crown), but few actually understand what a crown is.  This blog will explain this, along with why they are necessary, what types of crowns are available in modern dentistry, and what to expect if you are in need of one. What is a crown? There are actually two meanings of the word “crown” in dentistry, which can sometimes make things confusing.  We will define both here, and the rest of the blog will pertain
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Athletic Mouthguards

Athletic Mouthguards July 12, 2017 People say that having children involved in sports is expensive.  In dentistry, we commonly see one of the most expensive aspects of sports: injuries.  The bad news is that the injuries themselves are sometimes unavoidable.  The good news is that the damage to the teeth, gums, lips, cheeks and jaws associated with sports injuries is largely preventable by wearing an athletic mouthguard. Sports injuries to the face are very common and very expensive.  A research study on the use of athletic mouthguards cited some interesting statistics. “The U.S. surgeon general’s report on oral health identified
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Staff Highlight: Carli

Staff Highlight March 15, 2017 Carli Smith Carli Smith joined the Prosper Family Dentistry team in August of 2015 to help meet the needs of our growing practice. As this town and the surrounding communities have grown, so has the demand for appointments with our dental hygienists!  Carli fit right into our lively team with her vivacious personality, her genuine compassion for others, her thorough attention to detail, her love of knowledge, and her hilarious sense of humor.  Carli loves to empower patients with knowledge of how to best care for their oral health. She strives to make each patient in
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