How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Spring smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by the doctors and expert hygienists at Spring Creek Dentistry.

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, and Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Spring, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year; it’s not uncommon to see lips suffering from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Spring Creek Dentistry, we keep abreast of the oral health needs of Spring, so here are a few tips from Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley and Dr. Wendt about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!

Do You Have Dry, Chapped, or Cracked Lips?

Not sure? Here are some telltale signs:

  1. Sensitive or painful lips
  2.  Smiling hurts
  3. You lick your lips often
  4. Your lips show clear signs of peeling or cracking
  5. You bleed from the corners of your mouth
  6. You have open sores or marks on your lips

How to Get Rid of Cracked Lips

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Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming to achieve everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a dental hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.

Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The volume of oil usually doubles in size due to the collection of saliva and toxins from the mouth during this process. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth.

Does oil pulling really work?

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If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist.

Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we think about that too!)

Spring dentists, Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt, and our staff are happy to help you prioritize your dental health, which is why we go to great lengths to remove any barrier that might keep you from stepping through our doors. Read more ›

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How Baby Teeth Help Mouths Grow Up Right

Every Spring parent remembers seeing their baby’s first teeth emerge, watching the rest pop up, and finally cheering as their child loses their first baby tooth, all in the blink of an eye! In fact, baby teeth come and go so quickly that some people are led believe they don’t have an impact on a child’s dental health later in life. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt want you to know that that couldn’t be further from the truth! At Spring Creek Dentistry, we are committed to giving our community access to reliable information on dental care, so here are the facts about why baby teeth matter. Feel free to give us a call with any questions.

A Guide to Baby Teeth

Baby teeth, also known as deciduous, primary, milk, or lacteal teeth, are a set of 20 teeth that will be in your child’s mouth for most of their childhood. Although baby teeth usually emerge at around 6 months, they begin forming in the womb as early as 16 weeks. By age 3, all Spring children should have all 20 of their baby teeth. By age 13, all their permanent teeth (except for wisdom teeth) will have come in. Read more ›

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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.

As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest and some may hurt you if applied directly onto your skin.

Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly—one ingredient per bottle although you can also find oil blend products. Like other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety or efficacy.

Using Essential Oils for Oral Health

Those in the natural health field are concerned that dangerous chemicals in conventional health products may hinder natural bodily functions, especially the endocrine system. The attraction to using essential oils in dentistry is that they may not pose such a risk to the body. Read more ›

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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Implants: The Facts

There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Spring Creek Dentistry talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt know that folks in Spring like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures, Oh My!

At some point in time, most of us will lose at least one adult tooth. The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease, but it could also be an accident, a sports injury, or a cavity on steroids. Some people are even born without the ability to develop one or more adult teeth! Either way, the point is that most Spring residents will one day face a decision: how do I replace my lost or damaged tooth? There are many ways to fill a gap in your bite:

Crowns 

Crowns themselves do not replace entire teeth, but they play an important role in the process of stabilizing teeth and supporting other devices that restore harmony to your bite. Sometimes, Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley or Dr. Wendt will place a crown on a Spring patient’s tooth to improve its appearance or strengthen it after a cavity has left the tooth unable to support a filling. Placed directly over the surface of the tooth (like a king’s crown), crowns can also be used to protect weak teeth, repair broken teeth, attach and anchor a bridge, and/or cover an implant. They come in a variety of materials and colors to suit a number of different needs.

Bridges 

Bridges are permanent or removable dental restoration appliances that replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. By creating a literal bridge between gaps, bridges improve the functionality of your bite and the beauty of your smile. Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or any combination thereof. Both fixed and removable bridges make use of surrounding teeth for support, but fixed bridges are usually more stable than removable bridges. However, they are also more expensive than removable bridges. Read more ›

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Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Bleeding Gums

One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt would like everyone in Spring to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums- should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The truth about bleeding gums is they are a sign of infection and/or irritation and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. Please read this article and educate yourself on how to keep your family’s teeth and gums safe.

Gums Are Not Supposed to Bleed

No matter what you may have heard, gums are never supposed to bleed. If your gums are bleeding during brushing or flossing, it is likely because you have a mild form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. It may also be because you are brushing too hard or flossing too deep into the gum tissue. Whatever the reason, bleeding gums is a sign that something isn’t quite right with your dental hygiene routine and it may be time to see Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley or Dr. Wendt

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A Guide to Cavity Prevention

Imagine this- you have come to see Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then the doctor tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly.

We at Spring Creek Dentistry see this happen every day and we want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix for Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them.

Cavities: The Basics

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is a byproduct of too much plaque. Read more ›

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Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Spring Creek Dentistry in Spring is an experienced practice you can trust to  help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile.

Not your grandma’s dentures

Thankfully, time and technology have greatly improved the denture experience for our patients. Today, dentures look and feel more natural than ever before. Dentures are a whole set of false teeth held into your gums with secure bonding glue. This can be an affordable option if you need to replace multiple teeth. For added stability, functionality, and peace of mind, dentures can also be secured with dental implants. Read more ›

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