Category Archives: Cleanings and Prevention

The Oral Symptoms of Food Allergies

An itching face, swelling cheeks, and a strange taste in your mouth: food allergies are no fun. In addition to being uncomfortable, this condition can have a notable effect on your overall well-being and quality of life. In some cases, … Continue reading

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Tooth Terminology: What Exactly is Plaque?

Plaque: you’ve probably heard your dentist use this term, but you might not have fully understood what it means or how it affects your smile. You may know that you don’t want to have plaque on your teeth, but why? … Continue reading

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How Does Gum Disease Affect Pregnancy?

Pregnancy influences every aspect of your wellbeing, including and especially your oral health. Hormonal fluctuations, dietary changes, and other developments can have a major impact on your gum tissue. According to WebMD, “40% of women will develop gingivitis [gum disease] sometime during … Continue reading

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What is a Periodontal Exam?

If you’re like most Americans, you probably take your gums for granted, focusing your oral healthcare on your teeth. However, maintaining your periodontal tissue is just as important as cleaning your teeth when it comes to keeping your smile healthy. … Continue reading

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What Questions Should I Be Asking My Dentist?

As the novelist, Thomas Berger, once said, “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” This definitely applies in the world of dentistry. At our Houston practice, Dr. Cindy Flanagan and the rest of our team seek … Continue reading

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How Are Kids’ Dental Exams Different Than Adults?

Picture this: the time has come for your child’s first dental visit. Your youngster might be afraid of going to the dentist’s office, with its strange chairs and unfamiliar tools. However, it’s important to bring your kid in, since good … Continue reading

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Why is it Important to Save Natural Teeth?

Tooth restoration technology is more advanced than it has ever been. With state-of-the-art dental implants and beautiful crowns, we truly are in the twenty-first century of dentistry. In fact, artificial teeth are so durable, attractive, and versatile that some people may even begin … Continue reading

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6 Summer Treats That Aren’t Bad for Your Oral Health

With summer in full swing, it’s time to relax by the pool, throw a big barbecue, or chill out and watch a movie with the family. These activities are even more fun with your favorite snacks. Unfortunately, many summer staples … Continue reading

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Is Lemon Water Bad For My Teeth?

You might order your water at lunch with a bright yellow lemon wedge. Perhaps you squeeze a bit of lemon into hot water on a cold day. Maybe you make yourself a lemon water to start your day. These all … Continue reading

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The Different Types of Taste Buds

Sweet candies, sour citrus, savory steak, bitter dark chocolate, salty pickles…taste is one of our most important senses. The flavors of food and drink are part of what makes life fun. Our ability to taste them comes, in large part, … Continue reading

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