The problem with having a toothache is that, in many cases, you might not know exactly what it means. Perhaps you have a cavity or more serious tooth decay to contend with. Or, perhaps the tooth’s enamel is just a little weaker than it should be. Though there can be many different causes for a toothache, the most common involve the diminished health or integrity of your tooth’s structure or outer layers. Therefore, you have a good chance of avoiding a toothache by ensuring you consistently keep your teeth healthy and strong. (more…)
After wearing Invisalign® clear aligners for a while, the benefits of straightening your crooked teeth with nearly invisible aligners can seem obvious. Most notably, you can enjoy the confidence of knowing that, once your treatment is complete, your teeth will be straight and healthy, and no one will notice your aligners until then. However, the many different benefits that clear aligners can offer become much more significant the longer you wear them. Today, we take a look at a few of these benefits by examining what everyday life is like with clear aligners, compared to more traditional orthodontic braces. (more…)
What most people recognize about cavities is the fact that everyone can develop one at some point in their lives. In fact, nearly 90% of all people will have to treat tooth decay by the time they reach their 60s. Perhaps because they’re so common, many people overestimate what it takes to successfully prevent cavities, or simply don’t believe it’s possible to prevent them at all. The truth, however, is that cavities and the tooth decay that causes them are among the easiest things to prevent, if you stick to a consistently good hygiene routine and stay attentive to what you expose your teeth to. (more…)
For many patients who experience tooth misalignment (crooked teeth), Invisalign® clear aligners have proven a valuable alternative to traditional orthodontic braces. The need to straighten crooked teeth is a significant one. When they aren’t aligned properly, your teeth can be subject to a wide range of risks, from severe wear and damage to increased risks of things like tooth decay, and more. Fortunately, Invisalign® clear aligners can help you avoid these consequences by making orthodontic treatment more manageable, which includes making it easier for you to care for your smile throughout the course of your treatment. (more…)
There are many reasons why you might not sleep peacefully every night, but only a few of them can repeatedly diminish your sleep quality every night. The problem with some sleep disorders is that you may not realize your have one for a long time, and the impacts it can have on your daily quality of life can becomes increasingly harder to ignore. Today, we examine a few common ways to improve your quality of sleep each night, and what to do if the problem is something less common and more serious, such as obstructive sleep apnea. (more…)
While most people memorized the principles of good dental and personal hygiene long ago, not everyone fully understands the importance of sticking to those principles. It can be easy to grow lax in your hygiene routines, both dental and personal, as you go through the same routines multiple times every day. To help make sure your hygiene skills and practices are up-to-date, we review some of the most important aspects of them, and how you can improve them if you haven’t been as diligent as you should be. (more…)
Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if the dental issues you are experiencing should be considered a dental emergency. Luckily, we at Cleveland Family Dentistry are prepared to help you and all members of your family during emergency situations. So, in today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentists will give tips on how to recognize a dental emergency and how we can help you through those situations.
When you stick with it consistently, protecting your smile and maintaining your good oral health is a relatively simple process. The basic principles of a good dental hygiene routine – namely, keeping your teeth and gums clean of oral bacteria – and the regular professional care you get from routine checkups and cleanings can often be enough. However, when oral bacteria are able to accumulate enough to become a threat, what that threat could entail isn’t always obvious at first. Today, we examine a few consequences of allowing oral bacteria to accumulate excessively, and how these consequences can contribute to significantly higher risks of tooth loss. (more…)
When most people think about restorative dental care, they envision different ways to save a tooth that’s damaged or infected. While saving a tooth is the typical goal of restorative dental treatment, the overall mission is to restore your overall oral health and your bite’s ability to function properly. In some cases, that means extracting a tooth that has become a serious threat to your oral health, and often, replacing the tooth with a highly lifelike restoration. Today, we examine a few situations in which restoring your smile requires extracting a tooth, and why the procedure may be necessary. (more…)
As a child, one of the first things you are taught to do on your own is how to brush your teeth, because we as a society know that dental hygiene is highly important to your overall health. That being said, there are always ways to step up your hygiene game. So, in today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will share some tips for brushing your teeth better to increase the health of your smile.