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Restorative Dentistry in Dallas – For You Dental

On October 27, 2016 /

Restorative dentistry is a cornerstone service at For You Dental in Dallas, TX. Do you need dental implants?Dental crowns? Perhaps even just a good consultation with a Dallas dentist? Dr. Ashlea Drakeford has made it her mission to ensure the best quality dentistry in Dallas.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry means bringing back the beauty of your smile with procedures designed to help improve upon or fix current issues with your teeth. It’s all about rehabilitation of your naturally beautiful smile. However, it also is an umbrella term that hosts some of the scariest sounding dental procedures out there. But being in the know about what we do and how we do it can take the edge of fear away from any procedure.

What Can We Do?

There’s several ways to go about restorative dentistry, and every case is going to be different for different patients. If you have a problem of bacteria infecting the pulp of your tooth, then a root canal procedure may be for you. We also have extensive experience working with porcelain veneers to repair chipped or visible damaged teeth. Sometimes a tooth needs to be removed permanently and an implant needs to go in its place.

Why You Shouldn’t Be Nervous

We understand that visits to the dentist can be nerve wracking, especially when you’re undergoing a procedure that requires anesthetic. But we want you to feel as comfortable as possible in our care. Restorative dentist doesn’t need to be scary. We’ve got a wide array of options available for you to peruse on the website, with plenty of in-depth information for you to sink your teeth into (if you’ll pardon the pun).

So take a look at what we have to offer in restorative dentistry and call us at (972) 386-4999 to book your appointment!




Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Kids?

September 5, 2016 /

When it comes to dental problems and treatments, parents are forced to become extra cautious, especially in terms of dental sedation techniques used by the dentist in question. Whilst anaesthesia is a common practice in dentistry and rarely carries any risks, there can be complications which might prove harmful to a child’s health.

Dental sedation is an important part of dental procedures; it is required to numb the affected area to reduce any pain that is felt. So regardless of age, for a treatment to be successful, anaesthetic is essential as it helps control the patient’s anxiety and stress. However, the quantity and the type of anaesthesia (oral, local etc.) largely depend on the age of the patient.

Why Dental Sedation?

Many dental processes can be quite painful, and without appropriate anaesthesia, a dentist cannot perform his tasks properly; in order to calm the patient down and relieve pain, sedatives are injected in the affected area to ensure that little to no pain is felt during dental procedures. Some procedures, however, require general anesthesia, so that the patient does not move around at all, in order for the procedure to go smoothly.

How is it Administered?

Long and taxing dental procedures that require performing extensive surgery in the mouth warrants the use of general anaesthetic which puts patients into a state of controlled sleep. This allows the dentist to perform surgery without any hiccups at all.

Minor procedures such as an extraction require numbing the area first using a soluble gel; an injection is used to administer the anaesthesia inside the gum. Thanks to the numbing gel, no pain is felt except for the mild sensation of the anaesthesia making its way inside your gums.

Is it Safe for Children?

There was a case which involved a five year old girl losing her life due to the anaesthesia administered. After legal action, it became clear that the girl may have been suffering from prior health complications; it was, in fact, a lapse of judgement on the dentist’s part by not measuring and responding appropriately as far as anesthesia administration was concerned.

Thousands of children are injected with anaesthesia each day in order to easily and safely perform surgery, with practically no complications involved. The only catch is that your dentist needs to be on top of his game to ensure that there are no side effects of the anaesthesia. And even if there are, he/she should have the appropriate response mechanism at hand.

To sum it up, sedation dentistry is safe for everyone, including kids, if you are at the right practice. You do not need to worry when you visit For You Dental, as our dentists are licensed and can use all forms of sedation. We administer it safely and have had no issues yet. Call (972) 544-4671 to book an appointment today.




5 Dental Health Care Mistakes to Avoid

On June 2, 2016 / General

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Taking care of your teeth is just as important, if not more, as taking care of your entire body. We don’t realize the importance of dental health until something terrible happens to our teeth. Still, we may think that we’re doing everything right to take care of our teeth, but there are at least five mistakes that many of us are making. So let’s have a look at these commonly committed mistakes so that your dental health can be improved:

Using a Toothpick

A toothpick may seem to be just a pointy plastic or wooden stick that you put in your mouth to remove food particles from between your teeth. But if you use toothpicks a lot, you may actually end up damaging your gums. Toothpicks can scratch, gouge and aggravate gums. So avoid using toothpicks if you can. Choose dental floss instead.

Brushing too Hard

Your toothbrush is a very important tool, but if you don’t know how to brush in the proper way then you may just end up damaging your teeth and gums. You may be brushing twice a day like your dentist says, but if you’re brushing too hard, or not changing your toothbrush at least every three months, you could have other problems. You could be etching your enamel. You could be inadequately cleaning your teeth and setting them up for decay and gum disease. You could discover that more of your tooth roots start to show as the damaged gum recedes.

Be gentle with your brushing. And be sure to replace your toothbrush at least every three months, sooner if your bristles start spreading apart before then.

Flossing Incorrectly

Flossing is often the most neglected tooth cleaning technique, but it’s also one of the most important. The American Dental Association recommends that you floss at least once a day. But even those who do floss, may be doing it too hard. Flossing is only effective if you’re gentle with your gums.

Avoiding Regular Dentist Visits

Dentists’ appointments can be intimidating and terrifying for many people even for a simple cleaning. But not following through on regular dental cleanings and checkups can cause problems. They are essential to maintaining your smile and preventing more serious problems from developing later. To keep your dental health in check, don’t forget to visit your dentist every six months for a cleanings and a check up.

Eating Sugar Content

Sugary foods, including those high in carbohydrates can be very detrimental for your teeth. These foods stick to your teeth and creates the prime breeding ground for cavity causing bacteria. Some dentists recommend chewing sugar-free chewing gum to encourage natural saliva production which helps to keep bacteria at bay.




Teeth Healthy After School Snacks

On May 3, 2016 / General

You probably know the best snacks for your children’s teeth are the ones that don’t have sugar. Sugar is the leading cause for childhood dental decay. The bacteria in your mouth break down sugars and produce an acid byproduct, which breaks down the enamel. The more often you eat sugary snacks the more often your teeth are under attack. So it is best to try and cut back on sugary foods and instead promote teeth-healthy snacks for after school.

Before you set your kids down at the table with a snack, ask yourself, what is in this food? Is it loaded with sugar? Does it contain large amounts of acid? Is it gooey, chewy, or sticky? If the answer to these questions is a ‘yes’, then you might want to rethink your children’s afternoon snacks.

We at For You Dental we have a few tips that can help you choose teeth-friendly after-school snacks.

Tips for Getting Started

Transitioning your children to a healthier, more balanced diet won’t always be easy. This is especially true if you have older kids.

Follow these tips to help make the process easier:

  • Set an example and send the right message with your own snacks
  • Get your kids involved in choosing and preparing snacks
  • Be creative and show children healthy snacks can be fun
  • In addition to snacks, also prepare healthy meals throughout the day

Top Snacks for Healthy Teeth

Here are a few snack foods you can pick from to get started:

Dairy Foods

These food items include cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and cottage cheese, and should be at the top of your list. Snacks with dairy often contain high levels of calcium and vitamin D, which your body needs to help maintain strong bones and teeth. You can also think about calcium fortified grains and breads, almond milk, and soy.

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Foods like apples, broccoli, celery, and carrots pack a crunch. This means these foods can help clean teeth while your child eats. High fiber foods are also great for the digestion.

Legumes, Beans, Nuts and Seeds

When choosing nuts and seeds for your children’s snack time find ones with low or no sodium. They are packed with healthy proteins and nutrients, and won’t dry out your kids’ mouths.

Fresh Fruit

Many parents make the mistake of purchasing dried fruit as a healthier option. These snacks are often just as sugary and sticky as any candy. Instead, favor the natural sugars of fresh fruit. Melons, pears, pineapple, oranges—these are all great options. Just be sure to help your kids brush and floss after snack time to keep their smiles healthy.

Water

Juices, sodas, and even sports drinks contain high levels of sugar and acid. Frequently drinking these beverages will quickly ruin your children’s teeth. Instead of juice or soda, offer your children water during the day. It will keep their mouth clean and the saliva flowing.

Have more questions about your children’s oral health? Call our office today at (972) 386-4999 or visit For You Dental at 5365 Spring Valley Rd. #130, Dallas, TX, 75254.



How to Choose the Right Toothbrush for Children and Adults

On March 31, 2016 / General

Choosing the right toothbrush isn’t an easy decision, everyone who has ever visited the toothbrush aisle in their local pharmacy or grocery store can attest to that. The variety of toothbrushes available these days is staggering, and making sure you’re getting the right one is difficult. Head size and shape, bristle quality, handle design, cartoon characters and more influence a buyer’s decision.

Children and adults both will be less inclined to brush their teeth if they don’t feel comfortable doing it. CDC’s report reveals that among the children aged under 11, 42% have tooth decay in baby teeth while 21% have cavities in permanent teeth. One of the main reasons for that is lack of proper brushing. Choosing the right toothbrush can help solve this problem to a large degree.

Here are the factors you should take into consideration when selecting a toothbrush:

Softness of Bristles

Make sure you choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Medium and hard bristles coupled with a little bit of extra pressure can damage the enamel layer of your teeth as well as your gums. Children must always use soft-bristled brushes, that way their gums will be safe even if they apply more pressure. Toddler toothbrushes may even be softer than children or adult ones.

Shape and Size of Toothbrush Head

Depending upon the size and shape of your mouth, you can get brushes with oval, rectangle or round shaped heads. Avoid getting toothbrushes with very large heads because they won’t be able to reach the back teeth properly. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about what size of toothbrush will be best for you.

Handle Design and Shape

You can find straight and rigid handles as well as curved handles with tilted and flexible necks. You must get the one you find most comfortable, but usually the straight handles require more effort and movement of the arm which can lead to carelessness in brushing. Nowadays, dentists suggest getting a tilted or angled-neck design because it allows you to reach further back in the mouth.

Electric Toothbrushes

These were originally meant to encourage kids to brush longer by making it fun, but now they have proved to be more effective than manual brushes in terms of their cleaning and persuasive power for people of all ages. Research indicates that 35% of the people brush longer if they’re using a power brushes.

With fixed bristles and round oscillation, these toothbrushes have also been successful in removing 10 to 40%more plaque compared to normal brushes.

Conclusion

Making sure you have the right toothbrush to clean effectively without damaging enamel and gums is an extremely important part of a good oral hygiene plan. Manual toothbrushes need to be replaced at least once every three months, sooner if you see that the bristles are starting to spread apart. With electric toothbrush, you need to replace the heads about every three months like with a manual toothbrush.

If you have any questions or concerns about which toothbrush is right for you, schedule an appointment at For You Dental right now. Call For You Dental at (972) 386-4999 or visit, 5365 Spring Valley Rd #130, Dallas, TX 75254.




The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Dental Veneers

On March 2, 2016 /

The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers are one of several treatment options that can be effective in treating dental problems like crooked, misaligned, or chipped teeth. They are becoming more and more common in cosmetic dentistryand are usually used to treat aesthetics related dental problems.

Dental veneers are basically thin shells made from durable and tooth-colored material, usually porcelain and sometimes resin.

Porcelain veneers can have a dramatic effect on a person’s smile and can help improve self-confidence. Apart from being perfectly aligned, porcelain veneered teeth are more resistant to stains while also reflecting light in a completely natural way. From the outside, it is impossible to see the difference between natural teeth and veneered teeth.

However, veneers aren’t right for everyone, and do have pros and cons. Let’s review some of these.

Pros

  • Studies have shown that people look younger with a whiter, straighter smile. Dental veneers can fill in minor chips and gaps to address crooked or misaligned teeth and give a perfect smile.
  • Porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains than natural enamel, although they can still become stained. Porcelain veneers can be tinted to match the surrounding teeth.
  • The overall ease of treatment and then maintenance is another advantage of this treatment. First off, porcelain veneers don’t need as much reshaping of your teeth as with a crown, while remaining equally or more durable. Secondly, veneers can help cover a variety of dental defects in addition to crooked teeth.
  • Dental veneers are very easy to maintain. Just brush and floss as you would normally, and visit your dentist as often as instructed.

Cons

  • If you suffer from gum disease, cavities, bruxism or thin enamel, you may not be a good candidate for veneers. Placement of veneers requires slight removal of enamel layer which may result in increased sensitivity. Teeth with cavities usually require a bigger restoration than a veneer. Those who clench and grind their teeth stand the risk of fracturing the underlying tooth structure.
  • Porcelain veneers can be costly depending on how many you need, as each one is custom made specifically for the affected tooth. The treatment is also irreversible. If after some time you decide porcelain veneers are not for you, there is no way to remove them.

If you plan to have teeth whitening done, it’s best to do that before having the veneers placed so the shade of porcelain can be made to match. Porcelain does not respond to bleaching treatment.

Call ‘For You Dental’ now at (972) 386-4999 to schedule your appointment to find out if dental veneers are the right treatment for you. You can also book your appointment in person by visiting us at 5365 Spring Valley Rd #130 Dallas, TX.


Child’s Dental Health

On February 4, 2016 /

A Few Questions That You Might Have Regarding Your Child’s Dental Health

Are infants affected by tooth decay?

Yes! Tooth decay in children and infants is quite common and most frequently reported in the upper front teeth. However, it can affect other teeth as well. The decay can even enter the underlying bone structure, resulting in excruciating pain and permanently affect tooth development. Babies that are put to bed with a bottle, or who drink a lot of sugary drinks are more prone to tooth decay in infants. Long exposure to liquids that contain sugars produces bacteria and acids that can destroy teeth.

Does my child need to visit a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are specialized in handling oral care particularly related to children. Their job is all about dental development difficulties and any necessary treatments, such as root canals of baby teeth (called pulpotomies). Talk to your family doctor or your child’s pediatrician. They can give you the best suggestions for an appropriate dentist for your situation.

What is the best time to take my child for a dental checkup?

Six months after your child’s first tooth eruption is the best time for a dental checkup. The dentist will carefully examine the development of your child’s teeth. Dental issues can occur at an early age, so the sooner you visit, the better. Your dentist can provide you with preventive care to safeguard against problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease, thumb-sucking and teeth irritation.

When will my child lose his / her baby teeth?

Children begin to lose their primary teeth after the age of 4. They will fall out in the order in which they came in – usually, lower front middle teeth first, then upper middle front teeth, etc. Children will continue to lose baby teeth until all the permanent teeth are in.

Is it necessary to fix tooth decay in baby teeth?

Baby teeth are very important and need to be nurtured. Baby teeth hold space for the permanent teeth. As the permanent teeth are underneath these initial set of teeth, it may be possible that the tooth decay may spread down to affect the permanent teeth, infecting them before eruption. It is also observed that infected baby teeth may also affect improper development of the permanent teeth, resulting in enamel defects and weak teeth.

You likely have many other questions and we have answers. Just give us a call at (972) 386-4999 or you even email us at ashlea_drakeford@gmail.com. For a personal consultation, you can visit our clinic at 5365 Spring Valley Rd #130 Dallas TX 75254.