Unhealthy glow? -
Whether you are heading to the beach or simply walking from your office to your car this summer, you ought to take care of your skin. This article offers some great advice.
Don’t skimp on the sunscreen. Use at least 15 SPF (stands for Sun Protection Factor) Apply 30 minutes before exposure and reapply often. If you can’t wear sunscreen, stay in the shade. Wear clothing to cover unprotected skin. Wear sunglasses.
Just like you need to take care of your skin, you also should take care of your teeth. For some good tips on improving your oral hygiene, check out this blog post from January.
Your smile is just as important as your skin, and keeping both of them healthy is a great way to prevent a host of problems. Call us today at (979) 846-6515 if you would like to set up an appointment.
The summer doldrums -
Every summer on Wall Street, a phenomenon that has come to be called the “Summer Doldrums” occurs. Due to the sunny summer months, many of brokers, traders, money managers, and investment analysts choose to take a break from Wall Street. This causes the total volume of transactions to decrease (and the volatility of the market to consequently increase).
What about you and your business? Do you find things slowing down or speeding up in the summer?
If things are slowing down for you, one way you might be able to grow your business is by increasing your confidence. A more confident smile goes a long way in social interactions. We can help get you there, even if you dread coming to the dentist. Our friend Chad is the perfect example of how we can help you!
Call us today at (979) 846-6515 to set up an appointment.
Beat the heat this summer -
Here are some tips I rounded up for beating the intense heat this summer.
Stay indoors! This one is a no-brainer, especially since we have air-conditioning down to an art form in Texas. Drink lots of water. If you spend much time outdoors, make sure to prepare and bring plenty of fluids with you. Dehydration and overheating can sneak up on you quickly. Go outside in the morning and evening, and avoid mid-day to afternoon heat. If you plan your day right, you can enjoy the outdoors in Texas even in the middle of June. Know your limit. Even those of us with the strongest constitutions can easily fall victim to heat stroke. If you are doing anything in the heat, make sure to pay close attention to your body. If you need to stop and rest, do so!
Most of the time, you are responsible for your own health. Similarly, dentists can only do so much for our patients. We can correct problems, straighten teeth, fill in gaps, but we can’t form your habits for you.
Take a look at some of our old blog posts for some good tips on developing good oral hygiene. Remember that bad oral health can lead to all sorts of problems! Call us at (979) 846-6515 today to learn more.
Christmas in June?? -
It’s early June now; is there a better time to start planning for Christmas?
Looking back at your Christmas photos from last year, do you find yourself wishing you had taken care of some crooked teeth? Are you feeling regret that you didn’t smile enough due to embarrassment?
While we don’t have a time machine, the good news is that we can give you a new smile in time for Christmas this year!
With 6 Month Smiles, we can correct problems with your smile in around half a year’s time. Not only that, you can smile without worry since we use inconspicuous material – no unsightly metal wires!
To learn more, call us at (979) 846-6515 to set up an appointment.
Depression: an unexpected result of migraines? -
According to a recent study, persistent migraines can be linked to a higher incidence of depression.
Like a number of other medical conditions, migraines can start a domino-like chain of cause and effect. Similar to how I noted that bad oral hygiene can eventually lead to heart disease and erectile dysfunction, migraines can lead to depression and depressive tendencies.
If you have unexplained migraines, it might be due to a disorder called TMD, or TMJD. TemporoMandibular Joint Disorder is a condition where a joint at the top of your jaw is misaligned. This causes a number of symptoms ranging from clicking sounds to persistent and recurring headaches.
To learn more, watch the video by Dr. Curtis Westersund.
If you think your symptoms match these, call us today to set up an appointment at (979) 846-6515.
School’s (almost) out for summer -
Ah, summer vacation…
Lemonade stands, swimming pools, and no school! Now that we’re older, the summer doesn’t affect our lives so dramatically. Yet, some of that summer magic lingers on. Here are some great tips for taking advantage of the summer months, even when you are done with school.
Visit an amusement park. Astroworld isn’t open anymore, but Six Flags in Dallas and Fiesta Texas are both open every day in the summer months. Host a summer-themed party. You could hold a luau or just grill out with some friends. Go to a baseball game. The Rangers and the Astros are soon to be division rivals, but for now you can drive to watch either an American League or a National League almost any time. And don’t forget our local club team, the Brazos Valley Bombers. Their opening day is only weeks away! Beat the heat by taking a mini-vacation somewhere cooler. Or just head to the beach, if you prefer the sun.
No matter how bright the sun gets, a brilliant smile will still light up a room. Get your summer smile ready to go by calling us today and setting up an appointment. You can reach us at (979) 846-6515.
What are your greatest fears? -
One study shows that young people are most afraid of spiders. Needles, clowns, and close spaces also make the list.
A more serious set of fears becomes apparent when we really dig deep at the human condition. All of us, at some level, fear suffering, rejection, and death.
We can help you face TWO of these fears head-on with advances in Sedation dentistry. Your smile plays a crucial role in social interactions, and having a near-perfect smile gives you confidence and helps you overcome fear of rejection. Yet, fixing your smile brings up another common fear, that of suffering pain.
With Sedation Dentistry, this fear is put to rest as well. Listen to Chad’s story , and find out how you can overcome your fears! Contact us at (979) 846-6515 to learn more about this revolutionary approach.
What is the look of authority? -
Most people agree that prominent cheekbones and a strong jaw line indicate authority and are considered attractive. This is confirmed when you look at stereotypical characters in cartoons and movies.
Some people are gifted with this kind of look naturally. Others seek out artificial ways to effect a stronger jaw line or emphasize their cheekbones.
Now, if you have dentures or are thinking about getting them, one effective way to establish a memorable jaw line is to get Face Lift dentures. Using advances in neuromuscular dentistry, we can correct the caved-in look that can come from wearing dentures.
Call us at (979) 846-6515 to set up an appointment today!
A sleepy epidemic -
When you hear the word epidemic, sleep is not the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, you might think of swine flu, or some other contagious disease that spreads rapidly out of control. By definition, however, an epidemic is the widespread occurrence of a condition or disease.
According to the CDC, an “estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder.” While the National Sleep Foundation suggests that “adults need 7-9 hours” of sleep, the actual average is 1-2 hours below the required levels.
This is a problem because “persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.” Not only does a lack of sleep lower your quality of life, but it can actually put life at risk!
There are many sources for this problem. One cause that we are increasingly becoming aware of is Sleep Apnea – a condition in which you comes out of deep sleep several times a night. Because of this, you don’t get enough REM sleep, which your body needs.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or OSA) is the most common type of Apnea. OSA occurs often due to soft tissues collapsing to block free airflow. One treatment for OSA involves surgery to open up the airways. A less invasive solution is the CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Passage). The patient wears a mask of some sort while sleeping which keeps his or her airways open with a continual flow of air.
I personally suffer from OSA, and I am constantly looking for the best treatments for myself and my patients. To learn more about CPAP machines, alternatives to CPAP machines (like Somnodent), and the symptoms of OSA, click here.
Give your smile high priority! -
Bad breath. Cavities. Gingivitis and Periodontitis. These are just a few of the consequences of poor oral hygiene. Perhaps the worst consequence is a lack of confidence; without a bright smile at the ready, you are always at a disadvantage.
The good news is that taking care of your smile is easy! It simply takes developing good habits.
I found this quote online “Each day, the average person spends 8.5 hours sleeping, 1 hour eating, 7.2 minutes volunteering and only 50 seconds brushing their teeth. Set your alarm 2 minutes earlier and squeeze in some extra brush time. Dentists recommend 2-3 minutes.”
The amount of time we spend taking care of our smiles is disproportionate to the value of our smiles. Call us today at (979) 846-6515 to set up a visit to our office.