Straighten Teeth Without Braces

A 3D printed model of a lower jaw with a clear resin covering it

Many people want to straighten their crooked teeth so that they can have a smile that they want to show off. Often what keeps them from starting orthodontics is that they dread the metal wires and brackets bonded on their teeth, at least in my experience in my dentist office in Victoria, TX. Some of […]

Flossing can add years to a lifespan.

I have been telling my patients in my Victoria dental office for years of the benefits of flossing although studies indicate the on average less than 5% of people floss. There is now research that found that flossing can add up to 6 years to a persons lifetime. How can this be? Well, when someone […]

Poor sleep can cause craving high carb and high calorie foods.

Teeth Problem. Woman Feeling Tooth Pain

As dentists in Victoria, TX who treat sleep disordered breathing, we are very interested in all aspects of how sleep apnea affects our patients. Recent research suggests that sleep deprivation, as we see in sleep apnea patients in our Victoria Tx dentist office, causes changes in hormones that affect appetite and fat deposition.  Ghrelin, the […]

Dental Problems from Nail Biting

Restorative Dentistry

Nail biting is a very serious dental issue for a number of reasons. In a growing child, nail biting will actually act like an orthodontic device and move the teeth and bone into a negative relationship. It also can wear the teeth severely, which can further complicate orthodontic issues because it changes the bite. We […]

Treatment for Bad Breath or Halitosis

Halitosis is the dental term used to describe bad breath. Everyone will experience it at least at certain times, such as in the morning just after waking up. Due to reduced saliva while sleeping, oral bacterial populations in the mouth can increase overnight. This halitosis is usually quickly eliminated by proper brushing, flossing and tongue […]

Mouth Breathing has Negative Effect on Health

Mouth breathing Caused this patients tongue to push the front teeth apart. Dentists typically see their patients 2 times per year for examinations. So if your dentist has had the extra training in sleep and airway disorders that allows them to recognize this, it is much more likely that they will diagnose it before your […]

How Cavity Causing Bacteria can Attack the Heart

Dentist and assistant performing a procedure with blue light on a patient in a dental clinic, both wearing protective gear.

Scientists have discovered the mechanism by which common cavity causing bacteria in the mouth called Streptococcus mutans can invade heart valve tissue. There are multiple strains of these Strep mutans bacteria and only certain strains posses a collagen binding protein called CNM which allows them to invade and damage heart tissue. They are able to […]

Health Consequences of Sleep Apnea

Man sleeping in the comfortable bed

In my Victoria dental office, I see a lot of sleep apnea patients. Even though many have had a sleep study and often been given a CPAP, its surprising to me how little they have been educated on the subject. They understand that sleep apnea is unhealthy and that they may be tired, but usually […]

Dental Implants for Stabilizing Dentures, or even Replacing Dentures

We have seen a large increase in patients in my Victoria Tx  dental office looking for dental implants. Many patients want a dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth. The benefits are that they are able to avoid crowns on teeth that don’t need it as in the case with a dental bridge. […]

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

Choosing a dentist for cosmetic dental work can be a difficult task. Just about every new dental office seems to advertise that they perform cosmetic dentistry. In larger cities you might see a strip center with a sign that says cosmetic dentist or even cosmetic dental center. Even more daunting in smaller towns, like trying […]