It’s no secret that residents of Spring love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths. In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wend want you to know how keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile.
It’s About More than Mouth Guards
We know what you’re thinking, mouth guards are the key to staying safe on the field, right? Yes, they are a big part of it, but it takes more than just a mouth guard to keep your kids from getting a chipped tooth while scoring a touchdown. Sports safety for oral health means getting the right mouth guard and wearing it the right way. After all, the best defense is a good offense! Read more ›
In a great tale of opposites, lemon juice can be both acidic and basic, or alkaline. Read on to find out why people are talking about this, and what it means for your oral and overall health.
What is pH and why does it matter?
Drinking lemon juice (usually diluted in a glass of water or added to a cup of tea) is a beloved health tonic among fans of natural medicine. Potential benefits include lower cholesterol, lower inflammation in the body, and increased metabolism and energy. Lemon also contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C that boost your immune system. Read more ›
We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt want everyone in Spring to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Spring Creek Dentistry a call with any questions or concerns.
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You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in adults, but can also, in rare cases affect children. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt, dentists at Spring Creek Dentistry in Spring cares about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Read more ›
We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Spring, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papilloma virus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to give Spring Creek Dentistry a call. Read more ›
Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Spring resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt depend on your input for optimum dental health. We at Spring Creek Dentistry like to go above and beyond for our Spring patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:
The average Spring resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt need to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Read more ›
The short answer: Gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it!
The long answer: All over your body, tissues have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When bacteria build up in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame to try and kill it. Inflammation in your gums is called gingivitis. Gingivitis looks like red, soft, and sore gum tissue.
Over time, gingivitis can lead to more troublesome gum disease (called periodontitis) that can grow even deeper and start to harm the bones of your teeth and jaw. Severe gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. Pregnant women need to be especially careful because gum disease is linked with pre-term births and babies with low birth weight.
Every mom and mom-to-be wants the best start for their little one, and their journey into parenthood. Read on from Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt at Spring Creek Dentistry to learn more about gum disease and pregnancy. Read more ›
Let’s be honest. If you are like most Spring folks, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. In fact, one in three Americans avoid going to the dentist regularly.
After a while, that time spent away from Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt’s chairs adds up, and so does the cost of dental work.
You start to feel and even see that your teeth are not in good shape. Plaque and tartar buildup, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding gums, deep, dark stains, perhaps even loose, clearly decaying teeth. Either way, by the time you get to this point you are probably wondering – is it too late to see the dentist?
Here’s what Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt has to say when it comes to oral health: Read more ›
We know that our patients are smart and you all lather yourself and your loved ones in sunscreen anytime you go outside in the Spring sun. You wear your sunglasses, and maybe even a wide-brimmed hat. But do you protect your lips?
Your lips are very sensitive parts of your skin, and you can get skin cancer there just like any other exposed part of your body. At Spring Creek Dentistry, we want to make sure everyone is taking proper care of their health and has all the knowledge they need to do so. As always, call us if you have any questions or concerns!
Why You Should Protect Your Lips
The outer layer of your lips is much thinner than that of the rest of your skin. They also have almost no melanin, the pigment in skin that naturally helps screen out the harmful rays of the sun. This is why lips rarely tan, but easily burn.
Lips get a lot of sun exposure, being on your face and all, and are rarely covered. Prolonged sun damage on and around your lips leads to those fine lines and wrinkles that no one wants, as well as some more serious conditions.
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Is Holistic Dentistry Right for Me?
Currently a hot topic of debate among dental and health professionals, holistic dentistry has gained popularity in recent years, alongside the movement toward naturopathic medicine. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt at Spring Creek Dentistry wants Spring residents to understand the differences between the two approaches to dentistry, in order to make the most informed decision when choosing a dental health professional.
What is Holistic Dentistry?
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