Don’t Underestimate Your Risks of Gum Disease

worried guyMost dental health issues are preventable with good hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. When they do develop, however, such issues can have more profound effects than you might realize. Gum disease, one of the most common dental issues and the leading cause of adult tooth loss, is one of the more subversive conditions, often remaining unnoticed until severe damage has already occurred. Fortunately, you can improve your chances of preserving your healthy smile by understanding your risks of gum disease, and taking steps to prevent it from developing. (more…)

The Blue Cure Night Run at Sam Houston Park

feet running in marathonThe Blue Cure Foundation is non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and advocating research to advance prostate cancer treatment and prevention. This September, commemorated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Blue Cure and the City of Houston present the Blue Cure Night Run this Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Sam Houston Park. Including 5k runs for children and adults, as well as an entertaining Zumba event to wind down afterwards, the Blue Care Night Run is a healthy and charitable way for the whole family to have fun. (more…)

The Truths About Modern Tooth Fillings

girl at the dentist with cavityCavities, which are holes formed by tooth decay, are among the most common dental issues for both children and adults. Tooth fillings, which are designed to fill in cavities and restore infected teeth, are among the most popular restorative dental techniques, and have been throughout much of dental history. Today, modern tooth fillings can be crafted from different materials, depending on your specific needs and preferences. Whether you need the strongest restoration available, or the most cosmetically appealing one, we can help you find the right tooth filling to fulfill your dental needs.    (more…)

Different Ways to Use Dental Crowns

concept of teethHow do you fix a tooth that can’t fix itself? Unlike other parts of your body, your teeth’s aren’t able to repair their damaged or infected structure. Even after treatment, the tooth won’t automatically return to its former appearance. To address the many different issues that could afflict a tooth, Houston family dentist, Dr. Amy Vlachakis, offers an array of customized dental crowns to suit each patient’s unique needs. (more…)

A Disturbing Look at Dental Plaque

woman with disgusted look on her faceSince we were young, most of us have been taught to protect our teeth from dental plaque by brushing and flossing them at least twice every day. Yet, if asked, would you be able to explain what, exactly, dental plaque is? Or, why the sticky film is such a threat? Understanding what plaque is made of could help you understand why skipping even one or two sessions with your toothbrush can lead to serious trouble. (more…)

If Your Teeth Look Great, Do You Still Need a Checkup?

pretty smile in thoughtIf you follow your dentist’s advice closely, you should brush your teeth at least twice every day (and after meals, whenever possible), and floss between them at least once. You would also attend a dental checkup and cleaning appointment as often as your dentist recommends for a thorough teeth cleaning and examination. Unfortunately, many people assume that, since they’re diligent about hygiene at home, and their teeth don’t hurt or appear stained, they can simply skip the next appointment without consequence. The truth, however, is that your teeth need a checkup at least twice a year, or dental diseases can develop, progress, and threaten your oral health before you realize what’s happening. (more…)