Buda Dental Professionals Blog

Make Your Next Dental Checkup Easier with These 4 Useful Tips!

June 16, 2022

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Female patient smiling in a dental chair

Even if you don’t look forward to your biannual dental appointments, they are still extremely important for protecting your oral health. Each checkup is a chance for your dentist to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth while also checking for signs of decay and disease; dealing with the small issues now can prevent major problems in the future. Even if you know this, you might still be a little nervous about your visit, and that’s OK. Here are 4 tips that can help you enjoy a smoother dental checkup.

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Why the Grind?  

November 17, 2021

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How To Deal With Bruxism (Tooth Grinding)

Bruxism is the clinical name for tooth grinding or clenching. Bruxing often happens while you sleep but can also occur during the daytime. Many people experience sore chewing muscles, headaches, sensitive teeth or pain in the jaw joint hinges (TMJs) as a result of grinding. However, many people don’t have symptoms, and have no idea know it’s going on as the years pass by.  If your teeth are wearing down, cracking or breaking…problems are occurring, and you need help! Most people think grinding is primarily a result of stress emotions such as anxiety, anger or frustration. It is true that these can contribute, but there is more to the story. The body likes harmony, and we tend to grind when we don’t have it. For example:

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Tongue Scraping: Tending To Your Tongue

November 8, 2021

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Even if you are an avid twice-daily brusher, floss on the regular, and maintain routine dental visits, you may be missing one important step in keeping your mouth fresh and healthy. Have you considered tending to your tongue? Tongue scraping is a fast way to remove bacteria, food, and other particles from the surface of the tongue, and only takes a few seconds!  Read on to find why many have added this simple step to their daily routine.

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Getting Kids off to a Healthy Start

August 7, 2021

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If you’re like us, you are probably feeling disbelief that summer is already in the rear view mirror! As we enter a new school year, what better time to create some healthy habits to ensure our children hit the ground running.

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Getting a Grasp on Acid Reflux

July 2, 2021

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At one point or another, we’ve all experienced it. After a big spicy meal, we feel the pressure, a small burp, and suddenly an acidic taste fills our mouths. Acid reflux, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), affects over 3 million people a year. In fact, over 60% of the population experiences it occasionally, and 30% deal with it weekly.

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Smile Your Heart Out!

June 1, 2021

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If you’ve ever longed to have an extraordinary smile — one that gives you personal confidence and connectedness — let this be the year you make it a reality. With masks starting to come off, what better time to invest in your smile? One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is giving someone the personal, social, and psychological boost of an ear-to-ear smile he or she can be proud of. Our experience is that many adults want that, but few really know what’s possible and how easy (or sometimes challenging) it might be to create the smile of their dreams. During a consultation, we take a series of photos to help patients see themselves from several different perspectives and dialogue about the options. Often patients are instantly relieved and excited upon learning that the solution they seek is well within their reach.

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Saving Lives with Saliva…The Future of Health Care?

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Over the years we have expanded the scope of our practice to focus on the oral systemic connection. This is the link between our mouths and our bodies. Now we can see signs of common systemic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, acid reflux, hypertension, heart disease, and oral cancer. Historically, a true oral cancer diagnosis comes with an invasive procedure — a tissue biopsy cut from the mouth and analyzed using a microscope. If you are diagnosed with oral cancer, you have about a 50/50 chance of survival. To date, science has made little progress with that ratio. But what if we could detect oral cancer and other systemic cancers much earlier, simply by spitting in a cup?

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Where Did Your Enamel Go?

April 2, 2021

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Erosion From Acids May Be Destroying Your Enamel

Many people recognize too late that their teeth appear darker, feel sensitive and/or have lost their shiny luster. If this describes your teeth, you may be experiencing a condition called erosion, where various acids are slowly destroying your teeth by wearing away at the enamel.

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Get a WHIFF of this! What “Mask Breath” is Telling You

January 2, 2021

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The Positive Side of “Mask Breath”

When we wear our masks, there can be some health drawbacks, including breathing in a small amount of carbon dioxide which we are supposed to be exhaling. If you’re masking during a COVID infection, you may be increasing your viral load by re-breathing the very virus your body is trying to shed. The good news is that evaluating the smell of your “mask breath” up-close-and-personal can provide telltale signs of either health or danger.

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Prepare for that Mistletoe Kiss! Preventing and Treating Chapped Lips

December 1, 2020

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With cold weather comes a familiar problem: dry, sore, and sometimes cracked chapped lips. Get prepared for that kiss under the mistletoe with these helpful tips!

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