11808 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite G
Cypress, TX 77433

A Healthy Smile and Healthy Body go Hand in Hand

dentist in Cypress TXMany of the things that we do to keep our teeth and gums healthy contribute to maintaining overall good health as well. The correlation between chronic illness and problems with dentition are well documented. Twice yearly visits with your dentist partnered with daily brushing and flossing are just a few of the things that will safeguard dental health.

Eating a well-balanced diet, getting sufficient rest, keeping your body properly hydrated, and avoiding the use of tobacco in any form are going to help you maintain overall health. These are largely the same things we can do for dental health as well, barring a traumatic event that leads to tooth loss.

Well-balanced diet – This includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (you can substitute canned or frozen during off season). Many pre-packaged foods contain artificial ingredients to allow for longer shelf life. In addition, there are added sugar and fats to make them flavorful.

Adding whole grains, healthy protein, and dairy products will allow you to eat a diet that is high in the vitamins and nutrients needed to sustain great overall health.

Dietary things to avoid include sugar laden snacks and beverages, soda, and many highly processed foods (these are OK on a limited basis and for special occasions).

Sufficient rest and proper hydration are things many people sacrifice in the daily rush of school, work, and keeping up with day to day activities. But dehydration and sleeplessness will eventually catch up with you increasing the likelihood of illness or dental problems.

Tobacco use – It goes without saying that tobacco in any form poses a danger to health, but did you know that tobacco users are twice as likely to be faced with periodontal disease (gum disease) with the potential of tooth loss?

Dental decay and gum disease are often the result of neglect. Brushing twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste, flossing every day to remove what your tooth brush missed and seeing your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam are steps that consume very few minutes of your day, but can have a huge impact on dental and overall health.

Patients already dealing with chronic illness need to be particularly aware that their medical condition and oral health are closely linked, so properly managed care will contribute to maintaining both.

To learn more about maintaining a healthy mouth, contact our skilled and professional team today!

Spaces Between My Front Teeth: What are my options?

veneers Cypress TXA narrow space between front teeth is generally not a critical issue. There are different approaches that can be taken to either eliminate the opening or make it appear closed. Your cosmetic dentist has a solution that will coordinate with your needs.

The width of the gap and the reason it occurred will likely be discussed. If the space is due to smaller teeth not consuming all the available jaw space, there may be gaps between several teeth. In this instance, orthodontic care may be indicated.

The age of the patient is also a consideration. If the patient is a child, it is best to wait to see if ordinary growth provides a solution. A teenager or adult has likely reached bone maturity and spaces will probably not close.

For a permanent solution, orthodontics may be the best option. Braces shift teeth, but it is important to know that all teeth require treatment, not just the two involving the space. If you should opt for orthodontic treatment, as an adult, Invisalign clear aligners are an option that provides a nearly invisible means of closing the gap between your front teeth.

If there is just one space between front teeth (this is called a diastema), and you do not want to invest in the commitment of time and money for orthodontic care, you might want to consider porcelain veneers.

With porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from your front teeth. A dental impression will provide a model for the dental lab to fabricate the veneers, which are very thin tooth colored shells that will ultimately be affixed to the front of teeth to be treated.

The veneers are made to match surrounding biological teeth in size, shade, and contour. They will be tried on to guarantee they are a perfect match and provide an impeccable fit. If needed, minor corrections can be made before cementing them in place. Veneers can seemingly close that gap in a matter of weeks. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure with very positive results.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today!