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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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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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CariVu

  CariVu: Exciting New Technology that Allows Visualization of Cavities and Cracks Without Radiation! February 14, 2018  At Prosper Family Dentistry, we are committed to keeping up with the latest technology.  There are several reasons for this. We are committed to excellent dentistry. New technology improves the way we do dentistry. We are committed to efficient dentistry. We know that no one wants to spend all of his time in the dental chair.  New technology helps us do the same things faster with the same, excellent results. We are committed to patient protection. Advances in dental technology and materials ensure
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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