Dental Care While On Vacation

Dental Care on VacationIt’s hot, the kids are out of school, and your summer vacation is just around the corner. We understand that vacations are fun and exciting, and we promise your oral health care can be too. We know that while on vacation, certain dental health habits can fall to the wayside as you lay on the beach eating an ice cream cone. At Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX, we aim to provide comprehensive, quality dental care to patients of all types. Drs. Dakota Davis, Paul Davis, and Laura Drennan take a caring approach to dentistry and believe in providing patients with the information to take control of their oral health. For your benefit, we have prepared a quick and easy guide to help keep your teeth healthy and happy while on vacation.

The Importance Of Preventive Care

Preventive care is often the underdog is dentistry. Patients underestimate the importance of preventive care, Most patients wait until they are suffering from a toothache or lose a tooth before scheduling an appointment. However, at Davis Family Dental Care we pride ourselves in providing comprehensive, dedicated, and caring dental treatments to each one of our patients. We believe preventive care is the number one tool patients have to take charge of their oral health. Schedule a preventive care visit before your vacation can help give patients that extra boost of confidence before flashing their smile on the boardwalk. Preventive care visits give Drs.Davis, Davis, and Drennan the opportunity to properly check the mouth teeth, and gums for any complex issues and properly treat them. During a routine dental exam, we will provide:

  • Dental x-rays
  • Periodontal screening
  • Cavities screening
  • Bite analysis
  • Professional dental cleaning

For most, preventive care starts at home. It is important to practice proper oral hygiene at home to maintain a healthy smile and gums.

Tips To Practice Proper Dental Care While On Vacation

We have compiled a small list of dental tips to follow while on vacation to ensure you keep your smile bright and healthy.

  • Tip #1– Be Proactive! Don’t wait until the last minute to visit your dentist. As stated, preventive care is an important part of your dental health routine. Visiting one of our experienced dentists at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX can help spot any complex dental issues and give your teeth a deep cleaning before you hit the road.
  • Tip #2-We know vacation means grubbing out to amazing food, meeting great people, and smiling every chance you get. Try carrying around travel size containers of your favorite dental products. Nothing is better than giving your teeth a little love after dinner and flossing to make sure none of your food is stuck in between your teeth. Not flossing regularly can cause tooth decay and cavities. And yes, flossing on vacation is just as important as flossing at home!
  • Tip #3-Keep your teeth protected during sports or contact activities. Mouthguards are a great way to keep the teeth protected during contact activities. The last thing you want is to worry about a missing tooth while on vacation. However, if you do suffer a dental emergency while on vacation, our experienced dentists at Davis Family Dental Care will work with you to determine the best course of action.

At Davis Family Dental Care, we value our patients and their oral health. We specialize in family and general dentistry and strive to provide quality care and the knowledge to take charge of their oral health.

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Making Preventative Dental Care Fun For Kids

498047653Schools out and summer is rapidly approaching, so what better time is there to schedule your routine cleaning and dental exam. It is no surprise that children may not enjoy going to the dentist, but at Davis Family Dental in Bedford, TX, Drs. Dakota Davis, Paul Davis, and Laura Drennan provide a safe, comfortable environment for your littles ones to get the care they need. Establishing healthy oral health habits during youth is important in order to combat any bad habits or complex problems that may arise in adulthood.

Making Preventative Dental Care Fun At Home

Great preventative care starts at home. Healthy teeth don’t have to be boring; there are quite a few ways to make healthy teeth fun.

  • Make picking out your child’s dental material fun. Does your child have a favorite superhero? We guarantee there is a toothbrush out there with their favorite superhero plastered on the front. Letting your child have an instrumental part in their oral health will help promote healthy oral health habits.
  • Creating a fun teeth related reward system. Offering small rewards like stickers or a coloring book for brushing or flossing can help get kids more involved in the oral health process.
  • Play a game or some interesting music while brushing and flossing. Getting your kids excited to brush and floss helps them look forward to taking care of their teeth. Soon enough, your kids will begin brushing and flossing without a reminder!

The importance of Preventative For Children

Children ages 6-18 are at a higher risk to develop complex problems such as tooth decay. Preventive care is set into place to help combat issues like tooth decay and cavities. Preventive care visits consist of teeth cleanings, fluoride/sealant application, and an overall exam of the teeth, mouth, and jaw.

Preventative care is necessary for children to begin healthy oral health habits at a young age. Developing healthy oral health habits early prevents the development of complex problems in the future.

Schedule An Appoinment

We understand that your child’s oral health is an important part of growing up. We offer a variety of personalized dental services to our younger patients at Davis Family Dental. Please feel free to call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online.

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Spread Awareness of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer awareness, Bedford, TXApril is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Bedford, TX Davis Family Dental Care is taking the time to shed light on this sometimes life-threatening disease. Nearly 50,000 Americans will be affected by oral cancer this year alone. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment.

Dr. Lauren Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Paul G. Davis provide thorough oral cancer screenings during every preventive dental care visit. Being screened for oral cancer every six months can help catch cancer early for the chance of conservative and effective treatment. Oral cancer screenings are virtually painless and take only a few moments. Your Davis Family dentist will visually scan all surfaces of your tongue, throat, gums and cheeks for any signs of oral cancer.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Staying alert of any changes in your oral health can also help for early diagnosis. If you notice any changes in your soft tissues that persist for upwards of two weeks without healing, be sure to schedule an oral cancer screening with our Bedford TX dentist office.

Symptoms to Look For:

  • White or red patches
  • Thickening of soft tissues
  • Open sores
  • Change in the fit of dental appliance
  • Hoarse voice
  • Feeling of lump in throat
  • Swelling

Some risk factors can make you more susceptible to developing oral cancer. Patients who eat a high meat diet and spend ample time in the sun could be at higher risk. Exposure to HPV and smoking, chewing or vaping also greatly increases the risk for oral cancer. If you have any of these risk factors or have a family history of cancer, be sure to pay special attention to changes in your mouth.

Oral Cancer Screening

Schedule your routine dental health exam at Davis Family Dental. Regular oral health care exams and diligent oral hygiene routine can help keep your mouth healthy. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for long term health.

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Take Years Off Your Smile

Gorgeous senior African American womanIs your smile showing signs of aging? If your smile is feeling a little less than glamorous, Davis Family Dental Care of Bedford, TX can help. Our highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentists Dr. Dakota Davis, Dr. Paul Davis and Dr. Lauren Drennan offer quality dental care and natural results for patients looking for a younger smile. Whether you want to freshen up your teeth, or if you are looking for a total smile makeover, contact our Bedford dentist office.

Dental Treatments for A Younger Smile Bedford, TX

Having a younger looking smile can make you feel good and may even improve the quality of your life. Our Bedford dentist office offers a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that can take years off your smile.

  • Dental Veneers- Porcelain veneers offer natural and effective results for a total smile makeover. Whether you need to correct one tooth or your entire smile, dental veneers are long term solution to a range of cosmetic dental concerns. Veneers can close gaps, repair chips or cracks, reshape and cover stained teeth. Veneers can give you that “Hollywood smile” you have always wanted.
  • Resin Fillings- If you have old metal fillings, especially in your “smile zone” replacing them with tooth-colored resin fillings can take years off your smile. New tooth colored fillings can be color matched to your natural teeth so they blend in with your smile.
  • Teeth Whitening- Teeth whitening is a quick and effective way to rejuvenate your smile. The most popular cosmetic treatment, ZOOM Teeth Whitening treatment can whiten your smile up to 8 shades in just one hour.
  • Invisible Braces- For adult patients experiencing minor to moderate orthodontic relapse, Invisible braces can help to realign your teeth restoring a youthful appearance. Invisible braces gradually and comfortably readjust your bite in a discreet and efficient manner.

Schedule A Consultation

Find out how you can reverse the signs of aging on your smile. Contact our Bedford, TX cosmetic dentist office to schedule a consultation or request one online. Feeling confident in your smile can help you feel and look better!

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Restore Your Natural Smile

He's got a smile you can't say no toIt is time to take back your smile. Do not waste any more time suffering from embarrassment, or pain due to an unhealthy smile. Bedford, TX Davis Family Dental Care offers experienced and quality restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry can restore your oral health, and your confidence.

Oral Health Focused

Restorative dentistry at our Bedford dentist office is centered on bringing your oral health back into focus. By treating the root of your oral health concerns our dentists are able to create a beautiful smile you feel proud to share. We start your journey to a healthy smile with a thorough oral health exam. Dental checkups include checking the health of your teeth and gums as well as looking for signs of oral cancer or gum disease.

Restorative Dentistry Procedures

We offer a full range of restorative procedures so that you may receive the most comprehensive care. In some cases, where oral health concerns have gone untreated for a length of time, our dentists may suggest a combination of general, cosmetic and restorative treatments to strengthen your oral foundation and restore the health of your teeth and gums.

Do not delay treatment of oral health concerns. Something as seemingly minor as a cracked tooth has the potential to develop into a complex dental health problem. Cracked, chipped, broken, or missing teeth can lead to a root canal infection, which untreated, could result in tooth loss or even the development of gum disease. One dental health concern can domino into more advanced dental concerns.

Schedule An Appoinment

If you have dental health concerns that are holding you back from enjoying your natural and beautiful smile, contact our Bedford, TX dentist office. Dr. Paul G. Davis, Dr. Lauren Davis and Dr. Dakota Davis can help you restore your oral health for years of confident smiles.

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Teeth Grinding & TMJ

Teeth Grinding, Bedford, TXDo you ever wake up with a sore or tender jaw, headaches or sores inside your cheeks? You may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This condition is also referred to as bruxism. Bruxism can damage teeth and lead to more complex dental health concerns. Bedford, TX Davis Family Dental Care offers advanced diagnostics and treatment for bruxism.

Know The Signs of Bruxism

Because teeth grinding generally occurs during sleep, many patients are unaware that they are experiencing it. Untreated, bruxism can causes significant damage to the teeth and jaw muscle and joint. Early diagnosis of teeth grinding can help reduce damage caused to your teeth. Knowing the signs of bruxism can help you to seek the treatment you need.

  • Worn or chipped teeth
  • Sensitivity in teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Tightness in the jaw
  • Constant earaches
  • Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
  • Overall facial pain
  • Cuts or sores on the soft tissue of your mouth

What Causes Bruxism

Stress is a leading factor in causing bruxism. Dr. Davis may suggest practicing stress relief practices to help reduce the intensity of teeth grinding. Yoga, meditation or breathing exercises are a few non medicinal options you may want to try. Reducing daily stress is beneficial not only for your oral health but for your overall health as well.

In some cases, stress relief may not be enough to correct bruxism. Sometimes bruxism is caused by a misalignment of the teeth or an imbalance in the bite. Davis Family Dental Care offers several treatment options for the relief of bruxism that will realign the bite and allow normal function to reduce stress on the jaw joints and muscles.

Bruxism Treatments Bedford, TX

Cause: Misalignment of Teeth
Treatment: Bite Alignment Therapy: invisible braces, dental crowns, or veneers can all help to realign your teeth and correct the root cause of your bruxism.

Cause: Stress
Treatment: Bite Guard: similar to a sports mouthguard, this custom fit bite guard is worn at night and can help prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching during sleep.

Cause: Damage of teeth due to bruxism

Treatment: Once the root cause of your bruxism has been successfully treated, Dr. Davis may recommend cosmetic or restorative treatments to repair damage caused by teeth grinding.
Our Bedford dentist office provides a comprehensive list of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for the complete care of all your oral health needs.

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Keep Your Smile Bright

Husband And Wife Affectionately Exchanging Christmas GiftsIt is the most magical time of the year and Bedford Davis Family Dental Care wants you and your family to smile bright all season long. Dr.Paul Davis, Dr. Lauren Drennan and Dr. Dakota Davis and our dental care team offer some tips and tricks on how to keep you family smiling this holiday season.

Jingle All The Way.. To Healthy Teeth

The ADA and Dr. Davis recommend brushing your teeth for two whole minutes, twice a day. Playing a song while your kids brush is a great trick for making sure they brush for two minutes all year round. Encourage your children to keep up with their daily brushing routine during this busy holiday season by playing their favorite holiday music. Most songs are about two minutes long so when the song is over, they can stop brushing.

Stay On Track

We know this time of year is busy. Between shopping, holiday gatherings and work and school it can be difficult to maintain your regular routine. As important as it is that your children stick with their regular oral hygiene routine, it is equally important that you do to. Make sure you are brushing and flossing twice a day even as your schedule gets hectic. Do not make your oral hygiene a new year’s resolution. Dr. Davis encourages patients to practice proper oral hygiene every day, all year long.

Smile Bright All Season Long

Dr. Davis and our dental care team want you to feel confident sharing your smile. Teeth whitening is a cost effective and efficient way to brighten your smile in a short amount of time. Schedule an appointment with your Bedford dentist office to get started on your Zoom whitening treatment for a brighter smile by Christmas.

Give the gift of a beautiful smile! Remember, teeth whitening treatments can also be a great gift to give someone you love.

Schedule An Appointment

After the holiday season slows down, make sure you schedule your dentist appointment with Dr. Davis. Professional teeth cleaning and a dental exam can help make sure all those cookies are not taking a toll on your oral health.

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You Have Options: Dental Fillings

Teeth Grinding, Bedford, TXLeft untreated tooth decay can lead to complex dental health concerns. When caught early, cavities can be treated without advanced dental procedures. Dental fillings are a common dental procedure that can effectively resolve local tooth decay. Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX offers dental filling options to help meet your oral health goals.

Dental Fillings Bedford, TX

Restorative dentists Drs. Paul Davis, Dakota Davis and Lauren Drennan are highly experienced in all types of dental fillings. Dental fillings are an effective and routine restorative dentistry procedure. Dental fillings are commonly used to repair tooth decay or damaged teeth, Today’s dental fillings are discreet and effective in restoring strength to your teeth and protecting your teeth from future damage. There are different types of dental fillings offerd at our Bedford dentist office. Our Davis Family care team will help to determine what dental filling is ideal for your optimal oral health.

Dental Filling Options Bedford, TX

Gold Fillings
Best Used For: ideal for restorative work done in non visible areas, like molars and back of mouth.
Benefits: Highly durable and able to withstand high impact.

Resin Dental Fillings or Tooth Bonding
Best Used For: minimal decay or minor cosmetic dental concerns
Benefits: Nearly invisible restoration option, blends into your natural tooth. Can usually be completed in a single visit to our Bedford dentist office.


Porcelain Dental Fillings

Best Used For: significant damage or decay. Also known as inlay, onlay.
Benefits: porcelain inlay/onlay will be fabricated in dental laboratory for a long lasting custom fit. Porcelain fillings can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.

If you are suffering from tooth pain, sensitivity, or chronic halitosis, you may be experiencing tooth decay. If you suspect you have a cavity, be sure to schedule your appointment with our Davis Family dentists as soon as possible. If left untreated tooth decay can result in complex dental health concerns. For your best long term oral health and smile aesthetics schedule routine dentist visits. Preventative care is your best defense against oral health concerns.

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Adult Halloween- Crowns And Fillings

Adult Halloween, Bedford, TXHalloween can be a fun holiday to get dressed up and enjoy a costume themed parties with friends and family. Holiday signature cocktails and creepy eats are fun to make, and even more fun to consume. It is inevitable that this time of year brings on a slew of extra sugary beverages and treats that can take a toll on our oral health. From social events to the breakroom at work, sugar is lurking around every corner, and some of it can be instantly deadly to your dental work!

Hard Candy: Deadly to Dental Crowns & Fillings

Be aware of hard or sticky candy especially if you have had any restorative dental work done.

Certain candy can be detrimental to any restorative dentistry you may have. Hard and sticky candy can pull your fillings out and crack your crowns. Damaged crowns and fillings can be extremely painful resulting in the need for emergency dental work. Repairing the damage can be time consuming and costly, and should be avoided. If your dental crowns or fillings were done recently, it is recommend you stay away from any hard or sticky candy all together.

To help you navigate those party spreads this Halloween, here is a brief list of treats Bedford, TX Dentists Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Lauren Drennan suggest staying away from if you have dental crowns, fillings or dental appliances.

Taffy
Caramel
Sucking Candies
Dried Fruit
Gummy Candies
Gum
Candy Apples
Popcorn
Thick Tortilla Chips

Davis Family Dental Care wants you to enjoy the festivities of the Halloween and holiday season, and even the sweets and candy! As always, moderation is key. Make sure your are drinking plenty of water to wash away that sugary residue, and try consuming candy after eating a meal, when saliva glands are already active and helping to flush away harmful bacteria in the mouth. A vigilant daily oral health routine is essential to maintaining your lasting healthy smile.

Schedule Your Tooth Cleaning

If you are experiencing damage to previous dental work or think you may be developing a cavity, contact our Bedford, TX dentist office to schedule an appointment before a minor problem becomes a major one. For experienced and reliable restorative dentistry, Davis Family Dental Care will provide a thorough oral health exam and a personalized treatment plan.

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Fighting Tooth Decay

Fighting Tooth Decay, Bedford, TXTooth decay and cavities affect most patients at some point in their lives. Children and adults are equally susceptible to decay, which is the result of harmful bacteria making their way into the crevices in our teeth, filled by sugars that are left on tooth surfaces after consuming foods and beverages containing sugar.

Bedford, TX Dentists Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Lauren Drennan place an emphasis on preventive dental care, stressing the important role that it plays in maintaining a healthy smile. Routine dental visits provide the opportunity for Davis Family Dental Care and our staff to spot the early signs of decay, preventing tooth damage or periodontal disease from advancing. It also offers the chance for us to provide you with personalized oral hygiene advice that is tailored to your unique oral health concerns and lifestyle habits, helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy between routine dental visits.

Why Do You Get Cavities?

Cavities, or tooth decay, is almost always the result of sugars left behind on surfaces of the teeth and gums. Sugars are quickly turned into harmful acids by bacteria, damaging the tooth structure and gum tissue.

Brushing and flossing daily removes these sugars and the bacteria that have begun to grow on our teeth and gums, greatly reducing the risk of decay and cavities. However, even the most diligent oral hygiene routine can be hijacked by several factors:

  • Teeth that have large or many crevices
  • Acidic foods that attack the tooth enamel
  • Certain medical conditions and medications that can affect gum health and cause dry mouth
  • Poorly placed fillings or restorations that allow acid to build underneath and into the tooth structure
  • Lifestyle habits including smoking and a diet high in sugar

Our modern diet and typical lifestyle makes most of us prone to tooth decay to some degree. Davis Family Dental Care can help you to minimize your personal risk with tips for keeping your mouth healthy so that you can enjoy your smile for as long as possible. You may benefit from additional dental cleanings, at home oral care products or a certain type of tooth brush.

Schedule Your Appointment

The key to fighting tooth decay is good dental care! Be sure to visit our Bedford, TX dentist office at least twice a year. Looking for a new dentist? We accept new patients- call our office or schedule an appointment online.

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