COVID-19: To Our Valued Patients


ALL ROUTINE DENTAL CLEANINGS AND NON-ESSENTIAL TREATMENTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL 4/22/2020. 

We are available if you are having pain so please call.

To our Valued Patients,

There is no higher priority to our entire team than the Safety of our Patients and Employees. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Associations (ADA) recommendations regarding the COVID-19.

We want to reassure you that we have always followed the guidelines of the CDC and also the ADA for disinfecting and sterilization. If there are any changes to the current guidelines, we will adopt those into our protocol.

At this time, per the ADA recommendations, we are seeing patients with emergency needs only. Any elective treatment, including hygiene appointments, cosmetic work, small cavities, etc., will be delayed until the ADA recommends we can resume normal business procedures. They have stated there will be fines and penalties if we see non-emergency appointments. We will be answering phones to take care of emergencies so please do not hesitate to call. If you have an appointment now that we have to cancel then we will contact you personally to reschedule once we return. We will create expanded hours to accommodate the need, if necessary. 

As always please feel free to contact the office with any concerns or questions you may have. 

Sincerely,

Drs. Lauren Drennan, Dakota Davis, Paul Davis, and Team

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Your Dental Care During COVID-19

As most of you already know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has affected people and businesses on a global scale. We are trying to take every precaution we can to prevent the spread of this illness. Our goal is to keep you updated on Davis Family Dental’s response to COVID-19 and how you can practice good oral health care throughout this crisis.

DAVIS FAMILY DENTAL’S COVID-19 RESPONSE

There is no higher priority to our entire team than the Safety of our Patients and Employees. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Associations (ADA) recommendations regarding the COVID-19. As a result, all routine dental cleanings and non-essential treatments have been suspended until 3/30/2020.

We want to reassure you that we have always followed the guidelines of the CDC and also the ADA for disinfecting and sterilization. If there are any changes to the current guidelines, we will adopt those into our protocol.

At this time, per the ADA recommendations, we are seeing patients with emergency needs only. Any elective treatment, including hygiene appointments, cosmetic work, small cavities, etc., will be delayed until the ADA recommends we can resume normal business procedures. We will be answering phones to take care of emergencies so please do not hesitate to call. If you have an appointment now that we have to cancel then we will contact you personally to reschedule once we return. We will create expanded hours to accommodate the need, if necessary.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We encourage our patients to maintain a healthy diet, good oral hygiene, and to practice mindfulness during these stressful times. Stress can negatively affect your oral health. Remember to continue brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Additionally, limit your intake of sugary or sticky foods to prevent plaque buildup. We would also like patients to practice mindfulness, and to stretch and wiggle their jaw around throughout the day to prevent tooth damage from grinding your teeth together under high stress.

YOUR TRUSTED DENTIST IN BEDFORD, TX

Davis Family Dental Care will continue to be here for you when you need us the most. Our emergency dental care services are here for you even during this crisis. If you experience a dental emergency such as a knocked-out tooth or sudden toothache, do not hesitate to contact our office at 817.354.9999. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, we look forward to seeing all of our patients again and helping them maintain and restore their oral health.

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Top 7 Reasons You Should Floss Daily

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Is flossing really necessary? Yes! Often overlooked, flossing is a necessary part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Believe it or not, flossing daily has been linked to helping to prevent not just gum disease but also heart problems and Alzheimer’s disease as well.

Below are 7 top reasons why it is important to floss at least once every day. Dr. Paul G. Davis, Jr. of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX knows not everyone wants to floss but is hoping that these 7 reasons will change your approach to flossing.

1. It prevents bad breath

For any people, this is the number one reason they floss – to prevent bad breath. The acids that cause bad breath form when bacteria build up between teeth. The bacteria form as a result of food particles left behind in your mouth after eating…thus flossing helps to preserve gum health.

2. Flossing removes cavity-causing bacteria from hard-to-reach places

Bacteria are always present in our mouths; over 500 different species. Most of the bacteria are harmless but can cause cavities, especially those that live between your teeth and gums. If the bacteria is not removed with adequate brushing and flossing, this puts the teeth at risk for cavities.

3. It reduces your risk of gum disease

As stated previously, the bacteria hanging around your teeth can cause cavities but it can also cause gum disease. What may start out as some bleeding around the gums can turn into severe tooth decay and eventually lead up to tooth and bone loss. You may not even have other symptoms until it is too late. The best and most effective thing you can add to your daily oral hygiene routine is to floss daily and keep those pesky bacteria at bay.

4. Gum disease is directly linked to serious health problems

Obviously gum disease affects the gums and teeth but it can also affect your overall health in ways that seem unrelated. There have been recent studies done and have shown that there is a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Dentists have known for years that gum disease is linked to cardiovascular problems and low birth weight in babies. The best way to not only prevent gum disease but also keep your body healthy is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine including flossing.

5. Brushing alone only gets 60% of the plaque off of your teeth

Most of us brush regularly but may not follow up with flossing regularly. Brushing only removes 60% of plaque in and around our teeth. Nearly 40% of plaque is left behind between teeth after brushing alone. To get the job done and remove plaque flossing or other interdental cleaning must be performed.

6. Flossing saves you money in the long run

We all love to save money. Flossing regularly will help do that. It will help you avoid those expensive, complex and often uncomfortable procedures by keeping your teeth and gum healthy. So get out that dental floss and start flossing every time you brush your teeth. Your wallet will thank you.

7. Your dentist will be proud of you

Want to score some “dental hygiene points” with your dentist or hygienist? Floss every day!  Otherwise, you might be subject to the gentle nudging/reminder to floss every day and clean between your teeth. Your mouth (and your hygienist) will notice and will feel healthier.

Expert Dental Care in Bedford, TX

Dr. Davis and his team at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX are here to help if it has been a while or if you need tips and techniques on flossing. Dr. Davis is an experienced dentist that offers affordable professional dental care in a warm and welcoming environment. Make your appointment today by calling 817-382-8869 or schedule online.

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Know the Stages of Periodontal Disease

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Gum disease — also known as periodontal disease — is a common dental condition that affects one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over.. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of lost teeth in adults in developed nations. However, the danger is to more than teeth, periodontal disease has also been shown to increase risks of Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more.

Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan of Davis Family Dental Care want you to know the signs of periodontal disease so you can have a healthy smile for a lifetime.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal means “around the tooth” in Greek. Periodontal disease, also called periodontitis, is the disease of the tissues that surround the teeth — the gums — and the jawbone that anchors the teeth in place. It begins with bacteria living in the mouth and causing infections in the gums, and, if untreated, it can result in tooth loss.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

The primary cause of periodontal disease is plaque-eating bacteria that irritate the gums if not removed from between teeth. Plaque is formed when the saliva and food particles in our mouths combine together and create a clear sticky substance that coats our teeth. The bacteria living in our mouth live live and feed on the plaque and the food particles in it. The plaque that isn’t removed by brushing and flossing can harden and form tartar, which can irritate gum tissue and can cause it to become inflamed and infected.

To rid our gums of the bacteria, our immune systems release defense cells that cause areas around the teeth to become inflamed. As our gums swell, they pull away from the teeth creating little pockets that allow more bacteria to settle in and cause the tooth to become loose.

Other factors that could lead to periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, or menopause)
  • Certain illnesses
  • Genetics
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth

Stages Of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue without loss of bone.  A mild and reversible form of periodontitis, not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, but it certainly makes it more likely. In this stage, plaque accumulates on teeth and gums become inflamed, but teeth are still firmly planted in sockets. However, If left untreated, this inflammation can lead to gum disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

  • Gums that bleed easily while brushing and flossing.
  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that pull away from teeth.
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down.
  • Deep pockets between teeth and gums.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
  • New spaces developing between your teeth.

When You Should See a Dentist

The symptoms of gum disease can be painless and may not even be recognized. A periodontal evaluation complete with x-rays is the best method of diagnosing periodontitis so treatment can begin.  If it’s been some time since you’ve been to the dentist, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s important for you to see your Davis Family dentist or local area provider as soon as possible. Treating your periodontal disease now not only improves your oral health but can also improve your overall health.

Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX wants to help you prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Regular cleanings and check-ups combined with minimally invasive treatments can protect your teeth and gums from periodontal disease. Your bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease but don’t wait for the damage to be done! Contact us online today to schedule an appointment or call 817.382.8869.

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Zoom! Teeth Whitening with Davis Family Dental Care

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Are your teeth not looking so fresh anymore? Are you self-conscious because of yellow and brown stains on your tooth enamel? 

If the above sounds like you, professional teeth whitening treatments may be just the dentist ordered to help you smile like you mean it again!  If you are in the Bedford, TX area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan and their team at Davis Family Dental Care can help.

How Do Teeth Get Discolored?

Even if you’ve regularly cared for your teeth as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still happen naturally over time. This process can also be worsened by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. The side effects of using certain prescription medications can cause also discoloration.

Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing every day can slow this discoloration down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. But, it cannot reverse this process entirely.

What Can I Do To Whiten My Teeth?

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

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

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

The process begins with the application of a ph balanced hydrogen peroxide solution on your teeth. The skilled staff at Davis Family Dental Care then uses special no-heat lamp to activate the bleaching power of the formula.  

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

Schedule A Whitening Treatment With Davis Family Dental Care

Both treatments offer more effective and longer lasting results than the over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and strips that you may see for sale at your local drugstore. So if you want to smile your best, talk to Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan at your next appointment or call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online today! 

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Porcelain Veneers Can Enhance Your Smile

As we get older, our teeth can start to show signs of wear and tear that comes with age.  These cracks, gaps, chips, discoloration, and misalignments can make you feel embarrassed to smile as freely as we might like. You may see your smile in the mirror and be overwhelmed by all the different cosmetic issues you see there. You might be feeling anxious over the amount of work that you think you’ll need to have the smile you want.  Porcelain dental veneers could be the way to correct these multiple issues with just one procedure.

Refresh Your Existing Smile With Dental Veneers

With porcelain dental veneers, Bedford, TX dental practice Davis Family Dental Care can improve the aesthetics of your smile by correcting the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. Dental veneers can remove spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth or lighten stained teeth. And if your teeth are dented or chipped, porcelain veneers can protect your teeth from being damaged further while also restoring their appearance in a way that looks and feels natural.

Eating foods with dyes or that are acidic, such as coffee, most fruit, and sugar can damage tooth enamel, discoloring it. The digestive process begins in the mouth, and everything we eat affects our teeth, some things more than others. You may have considered having your teeth whitened, but dental veneers may be right for you if you have multiple concerns that need to be addressed.

To correct minor gaps between teeth, or a few misaligned teeth, dental veneers can provide faster and more affordable results than orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted for each patient’s mouth and attached over top of your existing teeth, so your Davis Family dentist can design your veneers to hide any minor misalignment, gaps, or cracks.

Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?

The veneers are installed by your Davis Family dentist after he or she removes the outermost layer of enamel, after which, they are fastened to the teeth. This process differs from the installation of a dental crown, where the teeth are removed or altered. With porcelain dental veneers, the teeth in your mouth will still be your own, merely covered with an attractive, protective layer, creating an enhanced version of your smile!  

There are some cases for which dental veneers may not be the best option at this time. For example, people who suffer from bruxism (habitual grinding of teeth) may want to consult with Davis Family Dental Care about addressing this issue before veneers are installed. 

Patients with very sensitive teeth may want to address this issue prior to having their teeth prepared for installation of a veneer. Fortunately, once this issues  most patients are able to benefit from veneers or are able to consider other cosmetic options provided by your Davis Family dentist.

Dental Veneers In Bedford, TX

To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with our dental care team at Davis Family Dental Care. Call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is TMJ?

You may have heard some people say “I have TMJ”. Usually, what these individuals mean is that they are suffering from a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints, also known as your TMJ, are what make it possible to open and close your mouth. Your TMJ, which include the muscles, ligament and jaw bone involved, are located on either side of your skull. The TMJ control the lower jaw- your mandible- as it moves forward, backward and side to side.

Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket of the joint. The disc supports the load while enabling the jaw to open wide and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complicated system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly can be called a TMJ disorder. 

The specialists at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX can diagnose and treat this problem to alleviate the discomfort of and stop the progression of dental issues that TMJ disorders can bring on.

What Causes TMJ Disorders (TMD)?

Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Injury
  • Alignment of jaw and teeth
  • Teeth grinding due to stress

How is TMJ Diagnosed?

A dentist must diagnose a TMD before treatment can begin. A typical dental examination includes checking the joints and muscles of the jaw for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty of motion. Depending on the severity of the diagnosis, your Davis Family dentist may refer you to a physician or a dental specialist for more advanced treatment.

How is TMJ Treated?

For basic cases, there are several methods of treatments for TMJ disorders. These tips allow you to make small changes yourself at home before moving on to more involved treatment: 

  • Eating softer foods
  • Avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
  • Applying heat packs to the pain
  • Practicing relaxation techniques to alleviate tension in the jaw, including meditation or biofeedback.

If your symptoms are more severe, the following treatments may be recommended by your Davis Family dentist:

  • Exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles
  • Medications prescribed by your dentist; such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-
  • Anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
  • A mouth guard or bite plate to reduce clenching or grinding of teeth.

TMJ Treatment in Bedford, TX

In some cases, your dentist may recommend correct an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping

some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may even be recommended if necessary. Your Davis Family dentist can suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the determined cause.  If you are in the Bedford, TX area and think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, any other dental ailment or just need a cleaning or consultation, please call 817.382.8869 to schedule with your dentist at Davis Family Dental Care or schedule with our office online.

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Why Should Missing Teeth Be Replaced?

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Many people are missing teeth, and tooth loss is not always the result of poor oral health. Just as there are many reasons why people are missing teeth, there are several ways to replace them.

Replacing missing teeth is more than a cosmetic issue, as missing teeth can pose a threat to your oral and overall health. Davis Family Dental Care is a respected and experienced dental provider in Bedford, TX that helps patients restore their smile and protect their oral health.

Consequences of Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are more than merely a cosmetic concern. In addition to affecting your confidence, living with missing teeth can affect the health of your jawbone and gums, and the stability of your teeth and bite. It’s important to consider options to replace them in order to protect the long-term health of your smile.

The biggest risk of not replacing missing teeth is jaw bone tissue loss, which can lead to additional oral health problems. When teeth are missing, the underlying jaw bone is no longer stimulated to grow new tissue and begins to deteriorate. When this happens, the teeth that are left behind can shift and become crooked or even less stable in the jaw altogether and become loose.

Loose or crooked teeth, or a misaligned jaw, can increase your risk for gum disease as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, and loose teeth may allow bacteria to settle into the gum tissue around them. These teeth can also become overcrowded as the jawbone continues to deteriorate, creating a risk of tooth fracture or tooth decay.

How to Replace Missing Teeth

It is important to replace missing teeth shortly after their loss in order to keep the jaw in alignment and protect the teeth from decay. There are several treatments available to replace missing teeth. 

Dental implants are a popular long-term tooth replacement option, as they permanently replace missing teeth and restore full functionality. Dentures or dental bridges are another option but are less permanent, needing to be removed for cleaning and requiring routine replacements every few years. If you have multiple dental concerns, you may benefit from a smile makeover, which is a combination of several treatments combined to give you the overall results you’re looking for.

Missing Teeth Treatment in Bedford, TX

No matter your goals, Davis Family Dental Care can help you! Schedule a consultation online with our experienced team today or call 817.382.8869 to get on track to restore your smile.

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5 Signs You May Need Dental Implants

Are you living with embarrassment about your smile due to lost teeth? Are you missing teeth and wear dentures, but are tired of messy denture adhesives and worrying about slippage? Are you experiencing pain due to broken or severely cracked teeth? You might be considering dental implants as a way to resolve these problems for you.

No matter which situation you’re in, Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX would like to educate you about dental implants to help you decide if they might be the right solution for your damaged or missing teeth.

Read on to learn 5 important signs that you may need dental implants.

1. You have a severely damaged tooth.

If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a dental implant might be your best option. Although dentists usually want to save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, if the tooth is damaged badly enough, the best option might be an extraction and an implant to replace it. You can be certain a dental implant will look, feel and work just like your natural teeth.

2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.

It can be embarrassing to live with gaps from lost teeth, making you self-conscious about smiling, talking or eating in public. A dental implant will fill in the space where your natural tooth was once located. Most people will be unaware you have an implant unless you tell them and you may eventually forget you even have it due to their natural feel.

3. You have loose-fitting partials or a loose-fitting denture.

Loose-fitting dentures or partials can be an annoyance. For this reason, implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials. With a dental implant or implants you will no longer have to worry about your dentures becoming loose or falling out throughout the day when you are eating or talking. 

4. You are starting to experience bone loss (in the jaw area).

Did you know that leaving empty spaces in your smile is bad for your remaining teeth and facial structure? Bone tissue will begin to deteriorate if the socket from which the tooth was lost is left empty. When an implant is placed in the socket of the jawbone, it acts as the root of the prosthetic tooth. Implants are made of titanium or zirconium and these materials naturally bond to the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This means the root of the implant stimulates jaw bone growth just like the natural tooth roots would, reducting the chance of the bone deteriorating over time.

5. You have a sunken-in look to your mouth.

If you have this, it means your jaw bone tissue has already begun to deteriorate, causing your mouth to shrink.  You may have noticed this in a lot of older people that have been wearing dentures for some time. Since dentures do not stimulate bone growth as implants do, it continues to deteriorate over time, resulting in this sunken-in, caved-in appearance of the mouth. Dental implants solve this problem by stimulating bone growth in the jaw around the implant.

Dental Implants in Bedford, TX

Live in or near Bedford, TX? Call Davis Family Dental Care at 817.382.8869 for an implants consultation with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan or schedule with us online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!

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Is it Too Late to Straighten My Teeth?

More than just a source of embarrassment, crooked or overlapping teeth can also be a threat to your health. They can alter the stability and function of your bite, which could lead to problems later in life.

What Are Invisible Braces?

Davis Family Dental Care is a Bedford, TX Smart Moves® provider offering treatment with clear aligners for a wide range of dental health and cosmetic concerns. Smart Moves offers a discreet way to achieve a new, straighter smile for both adults and teens. This treatment will gently reposition your teeth in a little over a year, with little impact on your daily activities. Best of all, unlike traditional metal braces, Smart Moves are clear (hence the term “invisible braces”) and most people will never know you’re wearing them unless you tell them.

Patients can still enjoy their favorite foods and maintain good oral hygiene with Smart Move as they can be easily removed to eat and clean your teeth. The aligners are designed to be worn for about 22 hours a day without irritating the gums or sensitive areas of the mouth. They are custom-made for your mouth and will be swapped out for a newer set to adjust your teeth as they shift, becoming straighter.

Am I Too Old For Smart Moves?

Even though our teeth are in place by adulthood, that does not mean you are too old or it’s too late to consider orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth. Many adults have traditional braces or use Smart Moves or another invisible braces system with positive results. Smart Moves can be used to treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and it can also be used to address minor tooth movement after previous orthodontic treatment. Smart Moves also offers patients options to treat underbite, overbite, and tooth spacing concerns.

Why Should I Straighten My Teeth?

Crooked or overlapping teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. Crooked teeth are more likely to be damaged, decay and cause you pain and other possible issues in the future. Serious overbite and underbite issues can also affect your oral health by destabilizing your bite, causing your teeth to wear unevenly. Plus, teeth that are aligned properly are easier to brush and floss, making your chances of plaque buildup and tooth decay drop.

Smart Moves For Adults in Bedford, TX

If you’re ready to have the smile you deserve, schedule a consultation to create your unique treatment plan and discuss budget options with a Davis Family Dental Care dentist today. We work with a variety of patients and budgets, so don’t hesitate to contact our Bedford office today at 817.382.8869 or schedule with us online.

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