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Dentist serving Houston, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, and Conroe, Texas areas.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ancient Cavity Prevention Techniques

In Houston, we know purple nutsedge as a noxious weed. If you garden, it’s possible this sedge has caused significant frustration and proven resistant to nearly all control methods. If you have encountered purple nutsedge, you are probably not very fond of it.

However, for millennia, in cultures throughout the world, the purple nutsedge has been used as both a food source and medicine. Nutsedge has traditionally been used as an anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxant, and a fever reducer, but a new analysis of 2,000 year old skeletons from a burial site in Central Sudan show it may help prevent cavities as well.

Researchers at the burial site noticed that less than one percent of the remains were impacted by signs of tooth decay. They now attribute this to bacterial inhibiting compounds found in the tubers of the purple nutsedge – food for thought the next time you’re battling this weed in your own yard.

We don’t recommend eating the tubers of purple nutsedge – they are infamously bitter and unpleasant. Instead, we suggest you brush after every meal and snack, floss at least once a day, and visit Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. While not the culinary adventure of ancient cavity prevention techniques, modern dentistry offers a more comfortable, pleasant, and effective approach to keeping teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.

To schedule you appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. 

posted by Admin at 9:25 AM

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How Long Should I Wait to Brush After Eating?

Brushing your teeth after every meal and snack is one of the best ways to guard against tooth decay. However, brushing too soon can actually do more harm than good.

Certain foods, particularly acidic and sugary foods, can temporarily soften tooth enamel. If teeth are brushed immediately after easting these foods, enamel can easily be removed, making the teeth more vulnerable to decay. Waiting to brush your teeth for 30 minutes after you eat will help prevent this issue and still protect your teeth against plaque, decay, and discoloration.

Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young recommends brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day to maintain optimal dental hygiene. This daily routine should be combined with twice yearly visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations. If enamel has been removed or teeth have been compromised by decay, Dr. Young can provide restorative procedures that guard against further issues and help restore optimal comfort, function, and beauty to your smile.

To schedule your next appointment with our experienced Houston area dentist, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves patients in Houston, The Woodlands, and surrounding Texas communities.

posted by Admin at 7:35 AM

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Why Choose an LVI Trained Cosmetic Dentist?

Cosmetic dentistry is both a science and an art, and the ability to perform complex aesthetic procedures relies heavily on proper training.
The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) is considered by many to be the most prestigious postgraduate dental training institute in the world. Many dentists attend some courses at LVI, but only one percent complete enough course credit to graduate from the institution.
Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young is among those who have received this honor.
When you are considering smile perfection through cosmetic dentistry, it is important that you choose someone who has the education and experience necessary to help ensure the most pleasing results. Selecting a cosmetic dentist who has trained at LVI is one of the best way to ensure you are in capable hands.
Dr. Young and the staff at Woodlands Premier Dentistry are committed to providing the safest and most effective general and cosmetic dentistry procedures available. We are also committed to providing each patient with individual attention and personalized services to help everyone who walks through our doors achieves the strong, healthy, and stunningly beautiful smile they deserve.
To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with our LVI trained dentist, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves patients in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas from our conveniently located office in The Woodlands.

posted by Admin at 2:12 PM

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Have you always wanted to perfect your smile, but feel too anxious to honestly consider cosmetic dentistry treatments? Worse yet, do you avoid seeing the dentist for routine examinations because your anxiety is simply too unbearable? 

If you suffer from any type of dental anxiety, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young may have just the solution you have been looking for.

Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Young offers sedation dentistry to help anxious patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental treatments. The types of sedation offered by Dr. Young can significantly reduce anxiety without putting a patient under complete anesthesia. This is not only safer, it allows you to remain alert enough to respond to simple directions during your procedure.

No matter if oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide is your best option, Dr. Young has you covered. During your sedation dentistry consultation he will listen closely to your concerns, discuss all of your options, and help you choose which type of sedation will best meet your specific needs.

If you would like to learn more about treating dental anxiety, please contact The Woodlands Premier Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Young. We serve Houston, Kingwood, Spring, and surrounding areas of Texas from our centrally located office in The Woodlands.

posted by Admin at 1:43 PM

Monday, May 19, 2014

Should I Use an Electric Toothbrush?

It’s easy to become confused by all of the toothbrushes on the market today. Manual brushes with different shaped heads, electric brushes with pulsating or oscillating bristles, and even more pricey electric units that may offer a combination of features. With all of this to choose from, how can you tell which type of toothbrush is really the best for maintaining optimal dental hygiene?

The truth is, whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush is irrelevant. What is relevant is that you brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal. Your focus should be less on which type of toothbrush you use and more on finding one that you will, in fact, use regularly.

Timed Brushing
One of the benefits offered by electric toothbrushes is that they can reduce the amount of time you spend brushing. Because they are more powerful and therefore better able to remove food particles and plaque, you can often cut brushing time in half when using one. However, how long you should brush each time is something best discussed with Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young during your regularly scheduled visits. 

Each smile is unique and each person has different needs, making it important that, no matter which type of toothbrush you use, you carefully follow the individual instructions provided by your dentist.

For more information about oral hygiene or to schedule an appointment at our Houston area office, please contact The Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.

posted by Admin at 1:42 PM