Woodlands Premier Dentistry Blog

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Tooth Grinding Impacts the Health of Teeth

Tooth grinding (bruxism) has a profoundly negative impact on the health and appearance of your teeth. Often done unconsciously, tooth grinding can result in uneven tooth wear, increase your risk for decay and trauma, and result in premature tooth loss. It is also one of the primary causes of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a chronic and painful condition related to the misalignment of the jaw.
Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young cannot make you stop grinding your teeth, but he can provide you with treatments that reduce the damage caused by bruxism. Customized orthotics and mouthguards worn while sleeping are two of the most common treatment options. Both can help prevent tooth-on-tooth contact while also relaxing the jaw, assisting in the prevention and treatment of TMJ.
If you are a tooth grinder, certain steps can be taken to help reduce stress and change the behavior as well – even when it is unconscious. Reducing caffeine consumption, practicing relaxation techniques, and massaging the jaw can all help reduce instances of bruxism and will be discussed in more detail when appropriate as part of your treatment plan.
If you are a tooth grinder living in the Houston area, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today to schedule a treatment consultation with Dr. Young.

posted by Admin at 1:12 PM

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Can Yogurt Fight Gum Disease?

Lactobacillus reuteri, a probiotic that can be found in many fermented dairy products, has been shown to increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by 53 percent. In studies conducted on patients with chronic periodontitis, lactobacillus reuteri showed to be just as effective as antibiotics at fighting infection below the gum line. However, unlike antibiotics, probiotics including lactobacillus reuteri occur naturally in the human body and have no potentially harmful side effects.
Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young recommends taking all available options to fight gum disease once it occurs, but encourages taking steps to prevent its occurrence in the first place. Brushing after every meal and snack, flossing morning and night, and visiting our office every six months for cleanings and examinations remain the most effective tools against gum disease.
While there is no evidence that probiotic use can assist in the prevention of gum disease, there is significant evidence that dairy products can help strengthen and protect teeth. Dr. Young would be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail during your next regularly scheduled appointment.
To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Our dentist serves The Woodlands, Houston, and surrounding areas of Texas.

posted by Admin at 1:22 PM

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Lasting Solution for Chronic Headaches

Do you suffer from chronic, debilitating headaches? Do you find yourself taking pain medications on a regular basis, but only finding temporary relief? Do you fear these medications may be doing more harm than good? Are you ready for a lasting solution that won’t cause damage to your liver, stomach, and other organs?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to discuss your headaches with Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is one of the leading causes of chronic headaches and facial pain. It is also one of the most commonly overlooked. Unfortunately, when TMJ is not diagnosed, many people seek treatments that alleviate pain but do not correct the underlying problem. These temporary solutions are band-aids at best and entirely incapable of providing lasting relief.
Neuromuscular dentistry treatments address the cause of TMJ headaches, correcting the root problem to prevent future pain. Dr. Young offers a range of neuromuscular treatments that can restore alignment to the jaw, eliminate pain, and provide lasting relief from frequent headaches.
If you suffer from chronic headaches in Houston, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry to schedule a TMJ evaluation with Dr. Young. We provide customized treatments for people living in Houston, the Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, and surrounding areas of Texas.

posted by Admin at 3:32 PM

Monday, August 25, 2014

What Happens When a Tooth is Missing?

If you are missing a tooth, chances are you notice the aesthetic impact. Depending on where the tooth was located, its absence may detract from the appearance of your smile. However, it is what’s happening unseen that is most worrisome.
As soon as a tooth is missing, bite tension is altered. Functions once performed by the now missing tooth are transferred to adjacent teeth, resulting in uneven tooth wear and, bite abnormalities that can increase your risk for TMJ, interfere with speaking, and making daily tasks more difficult. At this point, adjacent teeth may begin to slip into the space left by the missing tooth, further altering bite strength and function.
Worse still, when a tooth is missing, so too is its root. When the root is missing, the minerals that comprise the jaw in that particular area are reabsorbed by the body. This results in a sunken or collapsed look and permanently alters facial appearance.
The only way to prevent this and other problems associated with missing teeth is to have them replaced with dental implants. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young would be happy to discuss the benefits of implants in particular and tooth replacement in general during your next appointment.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves Houston and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Woodlands office.

posted by Admin at 12:05 PM

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Can Stains Underneath the Enamel be Whitened?

Stains underneath the enamel of teeth are generally caused by fluoridation in water or medications such as tetracycline. Also known as intrinsic tooth discoloration, these stains do not commonly respond well to topical treatments.

Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young offers advanced tooth whitening services both in-office and as take-home kits, but these are best for surface stains. While even severe discoloration may be significantly reduced with our professional whitening options, those stains that lie underneath the enamel will typically only become more apparent as surrounding enamel is lightened. This makes it best to consider other cosmetic dentistry options for this particular problem.

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding
Dr. Young often recommends porcelain veneers for teeth with intrinsic staining. Because they are placed over the front of teeth, porcelain veneers are able to completely cover staining, producing a bright and beautiful appearance for years to come.

Options such as dental bonding may also be capable of reducing the visibility of deeper stains. This, along with other potentially beneficial cosmetic dentistry solutions can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please contact the Woodlands Premier Dentistry to schedule a cosmetic evaluation today.

posted by Admin at 2:21 PM

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Is my Mouthwash Staining my Teeth?

If you use mouthwash, chances are you’re wanting to improve the freshness of your breath and health of your teeth. Sadly, some mouthwashes may actually contribute to tooth staining and detract from the overall appearance of your smile.

Mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine gluconate (CG) are often marketed for the treatment of gum disease. This claim is true – CG is incredibly effective at treating active gum disease, even in over-the-counter mouthwashes. However, CG is also incredibly effective at staining teeth and simple at-home solutions are most likely not enough to eliminate this side-effect.

If your teeth have been stained by mouthwash, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young can provide any number of teeth whitening solutions to restore luster and beauty to your smile. Which option is ideal for your needs will be dependent on a variety of factors and is best determined during your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Young.

If you suffer from gum disease, it is important that you continue to use a medicated mouthwash. Dr. Young can discuss options for treatment after optimal oral health has been attained during your next visit to our office.

To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.

posted by Admin at 12:40 PM

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fixing Chipped and Broken Teeth

Chipped or broken teeth can present both functional and aesthetic issues. To prevent serious problems including tooth loss following trauma, these issues will need to be dealt with swiftly. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young is pleased to offer a number of options that can fix chipped and broken teeth, help prevent future problems, and restore strength and beauty to your smile.
Depending on the extent and location of damage, Dr. Young may recommend solutions including:
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth bonding
These options bridge the gap between restorative and cosmetic dentistry, allowing Dr. Young to produce end results that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

Why Choose Dr. Young
Dr. Young is an LVI-trained dentist who takes great pride in helping men and women throughout the Houston area achieve healthy and attractive smiles. Utilizing the most advanced technology and taking time to personalize every treatment, Dr. Young is able to address issues such as chipped or broken teeth with solutions that produce long-lasting results.
During your consultation, Dr. Young will discuss all of your options to help you better understand your choices and select the treatment best suited to perfect your smile.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.

posted by Admin at 8:27 AM