What Are Cavities, Anyway?

Teeth Grinding, Bedford, TXThe importance of our teeth cannot be overstated. Teeth help us chew our food, nourishing our bodies and helping us stay healthy and strong. Teeth make up our smiles which help make a first impression when we meet new people. We have two sets of the teeth in our lifetimes: our baby teeth and our adult teeth. Once we have your adult teeth, usually by the age of twelve to thirteen, it’s very important to care for them properly as they need to last us the rest of our lives. One of the most common threats to a long life for your teeth are cavities.

Cavities are spots of tooth decay where tooth enamel has weakened and broken open, exposing the soft tissues and nerves within which are very sensitive. Once exposed this way, teeth can be sensitive to temperature or touch and even chewing properly can be difficult, limiting your diet. After the common cold, cavities are the most frequently diagnosed ailment from which humans suffer. What can we do to prevent cavities? What causes them in the first place?

The bacteria that live in our mouths tend to concentrate and form plaque in certain places. These are usually those that are difficult to clean such as in between teeth and below the gum line. When we eat foods that such as sugars and starches, which contain carbohydrates, the bacteria in our mouths break these substances down, which creates acids that bind to the plaque. Over time this eats away at the enamel of our teeth.

Cavities can usually be treated by your dentist with fillings. Your dentist uses various substances to fill (hence the name) or reinforce the holes or weakened areas in your tooth enamel. These fillings halt the process of decay by stopping any further bacteria and acids from further affecting the weakened part of the tooth. Fillings can constructed of composite resin, amalgamated metals, gold, silver or glass ionomer. Our dentists will consult with you to decide which route would work best for your teeth.

Prevention is easier than cure as with most conditions. Brushing at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Cutting down on carbohydrates and keeping properly hydrated is also suggested. Having a dry mouth can speed up the breakdown of your teeth. Daily flossing is advised to clear the plaque and prevent the formation of cavities in those spaces between teeth which can be hard to reach with brushing. Most importantly, schedule regular check-ups and cleanings at our office. If you think you may be suffering from a cavity, would like to know more about how to prevent cavities or have any other dental need call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online to consult with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan.

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How White Are Your Pearly Whites?

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Are you about to take that walk down the aisle with Mister or Miss Right? Maybe you have an in interview for your dream job coming up? A graduation? If your pearly whites are not so pearly or white anymore and you’re self-conscious about showing off your smile, maybe teeth whitening treatment can be the key to transforming your smile and letting you shine!  

Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth, the natural process of aging can cause discoloration of our teeth. This discoloration can also be hastened by other causes such as smoking, chewing tobacco  or daily intake of coffee, tea, cola or red wine.

Routine brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist can slow this down and help your smile stay healthy, but it cannot reverse this discoloration alone. Over-the-counter whitening strips and specialty toothpastes can assist you in reversing some of the damage, but they only have limited effects.

This is where your dentist comes to the rescue with professional teeth whitening! These fast and affordable treatments are performed in the office by your friendly Davis Family Dentist, and can produce dramatic results.

Zoom whitening treatments, an effective treatment, especially formulated to minimize the sensitivity that is a common complaint of other teeth whitening formulas, can lighten your smile by up to eight shades in just one session. Zoom whitening offers easy and convenient treatments to help you have the smile you want. Some can even be done in the comfort of your own home!

Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford offers two varieties of the popular Zoom whitening treatment which is the number one most requested whitening treatment. Zoom whitening is a process that can be completed in the office in about one hour’s time through the combination of advanced scientific technology and Zoom’s specialized formula.

The process begins with using a ph balanced Hydrogen Peroxide solution on your teeth. The skilled and conscientious staff at Davis Family Dental Care then uses special light to maximize the bleaching power of the formula.  

Davis Family Dental Care also offers Zoom take-home treatments. This process involves using bleaching trays, custom-fitted to your teeth, in the comfort of your own home to whiten your teeth. These can be used in conjunction with or as follow-up treatments to an in-office whitening procedure to help your results last longer.  

Both treatments offer more effective and longer lasting results than the over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and strips. If you want to put your best smile forward, talk to Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan at your next appointment or schedule an appointment today!  

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What Is A Dental Implant?

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Are you missing one or more teeth? It is important to address missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid bone deterioration, infection, or further tooth loss. 

Dental implants may be the right solution for you. Dental implants can provide natural looking, long lasting results for patients who are missing teeth.

At Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX, we offer a full range of missing tooth replacement options, including dental implants. Depending on your case, we may perform the full dental implant process in our Bedford dental office or coordinate with a local oral surgeon. Davis Famly Dental Care is compromised of a team of highly trained dentists and professionals. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, please contact our Bedford, TX dental office.

What Is Dental Implant?

A dental implant can be used to replace one, or several missing teeth. A dental implant is comprised of three parts–the dental implant, the abundant, and the prothetic. The dental implant is made from premium grade titanium, which is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The dental implant is designed to mimic the natural tooth root. Once the dental implant fuses with the jaw bone, a dental crown, dental bridge or dentures is attached.

The Dental Implant Process

Placing The Dental Implant: The dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Generally the prosthetic is placed after the dental implant fuses into the jaw bone. The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

Placing the Prosthetic: Once the dental implant fuses with the jaw bone, impressions of the teeth are taken (including the portion with the dental implant) to create a custom-designed prosthetic. Your final prosthetic will be color matched, shaped, and designed to create a natural looking, comfortable solution for missing teeth. Once your final prosthetic is fabricated, one of our dentists will carefully attach it to the dental implant and abundant.

Dental implants can be an ideal solution to replace missing teeth. To care for your dental implants, you should follow a healthy oral hygiene routine and schedule biannual visits to Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX. With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last many years and offer a beautiful solution for missing teeth.

Schedule A Consultation

To determine if dental implants are right for you, visit Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX. To schedule an appointment, call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online.

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Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers

Do you have damaged teeth?

Porcelain veneers are a long lasting, natural looking solution to address damaged teeth. At Davis Family Dental Care, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, translucent shells that cover the front and sides of the teeth. After a one on one consultation, discussion of dental goals, and budget, our team at Davis Family Dental Care can work with you to determine if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic dentistry treatment for your smile.

Dr. Paul G. Davis Jr,  Dr. Dakota Davis, and Dr. Lauren Drennan are highly skilled dentists in Bedford, and TX committed to helping our patients achieve their a healthy, beautiful smile. If you would like to explore your options, you should contact Davis Family Dental Care. Patients can call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment 

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers can be used to repair broken or chipped teeth. Broken and chipped teeth can occur due to a variety of reason. Our team at Davis Family Dental Care will work with you to determine if your broken or chipped teeth are the results of an underlying dental concern. Porcelain veneers can be a long lasting solution to damaged teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of discolored and stained teeth. Certain types of stains cannot be removed with professional teeth whitening. An alternative to professional teeth whitening is porcelain veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers can address minor alignment problems. Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of crooked and misshaped teeth. For moderate alignment issues, our team can work with you to find the right treatment to realign your teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers can change the shape and length of the teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers are customized to fit comfortably over the teeth and provide a natural looking solution for damaged teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers can be used to close gaps between teeth.

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Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX

“Davis family dental, truly a family in the dentistry world. My experiences are truly amazing every time I have a dental appointment at this office. The front staff always greets you with a warm welcoming smile, to the dental hygienist that always takes excellent care of me as a patient. The dentists at family dental are truly amazing, their standards of professionalism to skillset of treating you as a patient are remarkable. I do a lot of traveling but every 5 to 6 months I travel back to the mid-cities to have my teeth cleaned only by the staff at Davis family dental, I strongly feel this office is the only dental office that can meet my dental needs.” Cory M.

It is reviews like this that make our Bedford, TX dental practice what it is- a true family dental care practice dedicated to improving the health, function, and beauty of every patient’s smile. At Davis Family Dental Care we are committed to helping patients of all ages achieve a healthier smile through patient education, personalized dental care, and strong patient dentist relationships. We strive to create an atmosphere where patients feel safe, informed, and comfortable during each visit to our Bedford, Texas dental practice.

Dr. Paul G. Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis, Dr. Lauren Drennan and their dental care team encourage every patient to visit our office at least twice a year for a routine dental exam. Bring the whole family in for their preventive care exam, dental cleaning, screening for cavities, dental x-rays and routine screening for complex dental problems. Our goal is to avoid the development of complex dental problems through routine dental care. If further treatment is needed, we offer a full range of family dentistry services:

Schedule An Appointment

If you are looking for an experienced, trusted dental practice in Bedford, TX, visit Davis Family Dental Care. We look forward to helping each of our patients improve their smile. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online.

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National Dentist’s Day!

March 6th is National Dentist’s Day!  We want to take a moment to highlight our experienced dentists and dental care team at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX.  We want to thank Dr. Paul G. Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis, Dr. Lauren Drennan and their dental care team for providing personalized, patient-focused dental care in Bedford, TX. At Davis Family Dental Care our team of dentists is committed to providing personalized treatment planning that addresses your goal, budget, and lifestyle. Our goal is to promote a healthier smile through comprehensive dental care.

We offer a wide range of cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. We provide comprehensive, advanced dentistry services for patients dealing with complex dental problems and work with them to improve the quality and health of their natural smile. If you need to schedule a routine visit or have any questions regarding your oral health, Davis Family Dental Care can work with you to find the right solution for your smile.

Read what patients are saying about Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX!

“Always a great experience here! Dr. Dakota and all the staff are friendly and compassionate. I’m a needy patient, and Dr. Dakota walks me through every step when she works on me. My four-year-old has been twice and the hygienists so a wonderful job of making him feel at ease. Best family business!” -Amy H.


“I changed dentist because the last one was not detailed in what my kids needed and why and not very gentle according to both my kids. My kids loved the Davis staff because they were friendly and gentle. I loved the staff because they explained everything in detail! Now my youngest wants to go back in 3 months instead of 6. Thank you Davis family dental!!” – Julie B.


“Davis Family Dental Care is amazing! Dr. Dakota and her staff are fabulous. They make you feel comfortable and always explain everything and go over your options prior to treatment. By far she is the best dentist I have had.” –Danielle C.

Visit Davis Family Dental Care

Visting the dentist on a regular basis is an essential part of maintaining excellent oral health. At Davis Family Dental Care we are committed to helping our patients get one step closer to optimal oral health. If you need to schedule a preventive care visit, or you would like to speak to one of our experienced staff, schedule an appointment at Davis Family Dental care.

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Boost Your Gum Health

Taking care of your gums is essential to maintaining excellent oral health. Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues among patients. Gum disease is preventable with proper oral hygiene and routine visits to an experienced dental office. At Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX, we offer preventive dental care services and periodontal therapy for patients with declining gum health. We encourage patients to take preventive measures to take care of their teeth and gums to avoid the development of advanced dental issues. In the most advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis, deep pockets form around the teeth causing the teeth to shift and may eventually result in tooth loss. Taking preventive measures can lower your risks of developing periodontitis. In the earliest stage of gum disease called gingivitis, your dentist may be able to offer conservative treatment to reverse the effects of the disease.

Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

To determine if you have developed gum disease, visit Davis Family Dental Care. We offer screenings for gum disease and other complex dental issues during every visit. For patients with gum disease, we work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses all your needs. Patients should be aware of what signs and symptoms of gum disease are so that they can coordinate care with their dentist.

Possible Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease:

  • bleeding gums
  • swollen, red gums
  • bad breath
  • shifting teeth
  • receding gums
  • tender gums

Even if you don’t experience any of these signs of gum disease, you may still have some form of gum disease. If you suspect you have some gum disease, contact our Bedford, TX dental office.

How Do I Improve Gum Health?

Improving you gum health can be beneficial to the long-term condition of your smile. Making necessary changes to your oral hygiene routine can get you one step closer to better gum health. Try to follow these tips to boost your gum health.

    • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
    • Floss your teeth on a daily basis.
    • Quit smoking and tobacco use.
    • Schedule biannual dental checkups with your dentist.
    • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.

    Find ways to incorporate these points to improve your gum health. If you have any questions about your gum health or you need to schedule an appointment, contact Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX to schedule an appointment.

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Find The Right Treatment For Damaged Teeth

Tooth Damage Bedford TX Did you know that damaged teeth can be an indication of a more serious underlying oral health concern?

Finding the right treatment for worn or damaged teeth can not only improve the aesthetic of your smile, but it can improve the function of your smile as well. Damaged teeth can be a result of an accident, poor oral health, an underlying oral health concern, or poor overall health. At Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX, our team of dentists offers solutions to treat patients with damaged teeth.

During your visit to our Bedford, TX dental office, one of our skilled dentists will perform a comprehensive dental exam. During the comprehensive dental exam, we will examine the teeth for any signs of complex dental problems. We will address any dental issues found during the comprehensive exam. If your tooth damage is caused by an underlying dental problem, we will provide a solution that addresses your dental concern as well as the aesthetic of your teeth.

To correct a damaged smile, our team of dentists may suggest a range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services.

Schedule An Appointment

If left untreated, damaged teeth can lead to more extensive damage in the future. If you have chipped, cracked, discolored, or missing teeth, Davis Family Dental Care has a wide range of treatment options to improve your smile. Our team of cosmetic dentists is highly trained, experienced professionals in Bedford, TX. If you would like to discuss your options, you can schedule an appointment at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX.

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Use Your Dental Benefits Before They Expire

Understanding your dental insurance can help you better utilize your dental benefits and get the dental care you need. Most dental benefits revolve around the calendar year, which means to get the most out of your benefits you should use them by the end of the year. Most dental benefits don’t roll over to the next year so if you don’t use them before the year ends then you lose them. At Davis Family Dental Care, our team of dentists works to provide advanced, patient-focused dental care for all of our patients. We understand that dental procedures can be costly so we offer a range of payment options so that patients can get the dental care they need to improve their smile.

  • Cash, personal checks, and money orders
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Health Savings Accounts and Flex Spending Accounts

To help patients understand their benefits our staff is trained to assist you in maximizing your dental benefits. So if you have any questions regarding your dental insurance and benefits, contact our experienced dental care team at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX.

Dental Benefits

Regarding dental insurance, there are certain keywords you should be aware of. These key terms can help you better understand your dental insurance.

Deductible: Your deductible is the amount of money you are responsible for paying before your dental insurance company will cover the cost. If you aren’t sure how much your deductible is, contact your dental insurance company.

Maximums: The maximum amount of money your insurance will cover a year.

Coinsurance: Depending on your insurance, you may be responsible for paying a coinsurance. Your coinsurance is an amount of money you are responsible for paying after your deductible is met. Your insurance company will pay for part of your treatment, and you may be responsible for paying the other part (coinsurance).

Exclusion: Exclusion is a list of treatments or procedures your insurance will not cover. Exclusion varies from insurance company to insurance company, so you should contact your dental insurance to get a list of your exclusions depending on your plan.

Schedule An Appointment

Talking to your dental insurance company or one of our trained staff at Davis Family Dental Care can help you get a better understanding of your benefits so that you can get the coverage and dental treatment you need. To schedule an appointment, contact our Bedford, TX dental office.

 

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Smart Moves For Straighter Teeth

Are you looking for a convenient, comfortable way to straighten your teeth?

Smart Moves is a clear aligner system that can help straighten the teeth over time. Smart Moves is ideal for teens and adult patients who are seeking a convenient, discreet way realign their teeth. At Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX, we offer Smart Moves as a solution for patients suffering from a range of alignment problems.

Smart Moves can help correct:

  • Overbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

Benefits of Clear Braces

There is a range of benefits invisible braces offer that traditional braces do not. Smart Moves is tailored to your particular dental needs. Our team of dentists works with you to create a system that is convenient and effective.

  • Removable: With invisible braces, patients can remove their braces to eat and drink. Patients don’t need to restrict their eating due to their braces. Removable braces may even help you improve your oral hygiene routine. With traditional braces, brushing and flossing your teeth may become more time consuming or uncomfortable. With Smart Moves, patients can remove their aligners to brush and floss normally.
  • Invisible: Smart Moves is a discreet way to straighten your teeth over time. If you don’t like the look of traditional metal braces, Smart Moves may be the solution for you. With Smart Moves, you may be the only person who knows you’re wearing braces.
  • Convenient: Unlike traditional braces, patients won’t need to visit the detest for tightenings, which can be uncomfortable and time-consuming. With Smart Moves, patients will receive custom-made aligners which need to replaced every few weeks. However, receiving new aligners don’t require extra visits and time out of your busy day.

During your consultation, our dentists will carefully examine your teeth. We will take impressions of your teeth to create custom-made aligners that fit comfortably and securely over your teeth. Once your custom made aligners are ready, we will discuss the length of your treatment and specific care instructions. Patients will replace their aligners every two weeks.  Over the course of your treatment, your teeth will shift into place.

Schedule An Appointment

If you want to explore your options to straighten your teeth, contact Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX. Our dental care team will work with you to help you achieve your ideal smile.

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