Their popularity is on the rise — but do you really understand how dental implants work? Comprehending dental implants in New Braunfels is easier than you’d think. Below we’ve broken up the treatment and how it works into five simple-to-grasp steps.
October 31, 2016
October 25, 2016
Your lifestyle greatly affects your teeth and gums — for good or for bad. Americans don’t smoke as much as the rest of the world, which is a good thing for our oral (and overall) health. But we do love simple carbs and other things that aren’t so great for our smiles. Is your diet impacting your tooth and gum health without you realizing it? We are what we eat, after all, and the same applies to your mouth. Follow these tips from your dentist in New Braunfels to enjoy better oral health for years to come!
September 29, 2016
When you live with one or more missing teeth you understand the challenges it presents in your daily life. Talking and smiling in front of others may cause you to feel embarrassed or self-conscious. Eating also becomes difficult because you can’t properly chew your food. Dental implants may be the solution for you, and Dr. David Earnest can help! The question is, are you a candidate for dental implants in New Braunfels?
September 15, 2016
It’s been said that tooth pain is some of the worst discomfort you can experience. If you’ve suffered from a toothache, you’ll know this to be true. While tooth decay is often the culprit, did you know that tooth pain is not always due to a cavity? At Comal Dental, Dr. David Earnest helps patients manage all kinds of dental pain, and the first step is proper diagnosis. Your dentist in New Braunfels discusses common reasons for tooth pain.
August 31, 2016
As we learn more about how oral health affects our overall health, it has never been more important to take care of your teeth and mouth. Besides your regular dental cleaning and checkups, there are many things you can do at home to help maintain your oral health. Dr. David Earnest, your family dentist in New Braunfels, has some helpful tips on how to make the most of your home care routine.
July 26, 2016
Dental implants provide a highly effective replacement for people who are missing one or more teeth. They can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture, and, when cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Are you preparing to have your missing teeth replaced with dental implants in New Braunfels? If so, learn about what you can expect from the dental implant procedure and recovery from Dr. David Earnest.
July 17, 2016
If you are new to New Braunfels or the surrounding area, then welcome! We know you’re going to love living here. As a newcomer, you’ll need to find a dentist in New Braunfels who can care for your family’s smiles. Dr. David Earnest and his staff at Comal Dental would like to help. Here are some suggestions for what to consider and questions to ask.
June 17, 2016
Firstly, cosmetic dentist Dr. Earnest and his staff at Comal Dental want your smile to be healthy. Your mouth is part of a much larger bodily system, and the condition of your mouth can largely impact your overall health. After we’ve ensured the health of your teeth and gums, we are committed to helping you have the most attractive smile possible. Just as the condition of your mouth affects the body, the appearance of your smile affects your outlook and your attitude. A smile that is bright, white and straight tells the world you are confident, outgoing and friendly. At Comal Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you get the best out of life!
June 6, 2016
DID YOU KNOW THAT STRESS can have an effect on your oral health? As if you needed any more on your plate! Knowing how stress and oral health are connected can help you combat any problems that might arise.
Stress May Contribute to Teeth Grinding
Bruxism is the technical term for habitual teeth grinding and jaw clenching. For some people, clenching and grinding are natural responses to stress and frustration. Teeth grinding, however, usually occurs during sleep, meaning that people are often unaware of the problem. Flatter tips of the teeth and a sore jaw are common signs of bruxism.
Stress Can Worsen Symptoms of TMD
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, affects the jaw joint and associated muscles used in moving the jaw and neck. Similar to bruxism, stress is thought to be a contributing factor in TMD, causing jaw clenching, joint pain, headaches and even popping and clicking of the jaw.
Your Immune System Is Weakened During Times of Stress
Stress can actually compromise your immune system, increasing your risk of oral infections. Some people experience dry mouth, putting them at a higher risk of developing cavities. Others contract canker sores when stressed. Stress can even increase your chances of experiencing gum disease.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene and Health, Even During Difficult Times
Keeping your oral health routine in tip-top shape, especially when you are stressed, is essential! Continue to practice good oral hygiene and you will protect your mouth from infection and decay.
For most people, it’s difficult to see the effects of stress on their bodies until something happens. That’s why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly, as he or she can detect the telltale signs of stress in your mouth and help you to remedy any problems.
We Want To Make Life Easier For You
When you’re under a lot of pressure or life gets tough, the last thing you think about is your oral health. We want to make things easier for you by helping you to avoid any oral health issues not only when you’re stressed out, but all the time!
Learning to deal with the inevitable stresses of life in a positive way will boost your oral and overall health. However, if you do feel you are experiencing any symptoms of bruxism, TMD or other oral health problems, call us and schedule an appointment. We have solutions for you!
Keeping our patients happy and healthy is our priority!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
June 1, 2016
CHOOSING TO BREASTFEED a child is a personal and special decision for a mother. Not only does nursing provide a valuable bonding experience for mother and baby, it also has many health benefits, such as decreasing the child’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and lowering the chances of mom developing breast and ovarian cancer. But what effect can breastfeeding have on baby’s oral health and development?
Breastfeeding Aids in Bite Alignment
You may not have known that the sucking mechanisms are different for bottle-fed and breastfed babies. Breastfeeding stimulates muscle tone in the jaw because it requires the use of the jaw muscles more so than bottle-feeding. A study published in “Pediatrics” also showed that babies who were exclusively breastfed for six months were 72 percent less likely to have crooked teeth.
With that being said, it is important to remember that every child is different.Breastfeeding does not guarantee that a child will not have future orthodontic problems just as bottle-feeding does not always lead to bite misalignment. There are many factors that go into bite alignment such as thumb-sucking, pacifier use and genetics.
Decrease Your Child’s Risk of Tooth Decay
Breastfed babies have a reduced risk of cavities. This is because they aren’t at risk for baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay happens when a child is put to bed with a bottle that contains formula, milk, or fruit juice. Cavities and decay can still occur in breastfed babies, however, if parents aren’t careful.
To prevent decay, whether bottle feeding or breastfeeding, gently wipe your infant’s gums with a wet washcloth or soft towel after feedings. Later, when your child’s teeth finally make an appearance, start brushing them with a small toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice daily. For children under three, use no more than a smear of toothpaste, approximately the size of a grain of rice.
And good news, moms. The eruption of teeth doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding. Every mother and every child is different. Start weaning your child whenever it is right for both of you.
Moms, Don’t Neglect Your Own Oral Health
Mothers with newborns are completely focused on taking care of the new addition to their family. But, moms, don’t let that get in the way of setting enough time aside to focus on your oral hygiene. Cavity prevention is even more crucial for new parents, as bacteria can be transferred from you to your baby.
We Want Healthy Smiles for Mothers and Their Children
Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, or a combination of both, it’s up to parents to start their children off right when it comes to their oral health and development. If you have any questions concerning pediatric oral health care, give us a call. Our job is to keep families smiling!
To our patients and friends, thank you.