The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, and Dar can offer Spring patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Spring Creek Dentistry, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet. Read more ›

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The Science of Tooth Decay

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone in Spring has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health [http://nih.gov/] as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, and Dar can do to protect your smile. Read more ›

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The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Spring teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, and Dar are going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Spring Creek Dentistry can do to help. Read more ›

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Choosing the Right Dentist

It’s no secret that Spring residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. At Spring Creek Dentistry, we understand that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Even if you decide on a different dentist, we’re always happy to help!

How to Choose the Right Dentist

There are a lot of factors to consider when looking at dentists in your area. For some Spring residents, the most important thing is proximity, so it’s easy to narrow their search by location. For others, the key ingredient is affordability; others may be looking for just the right service mix and supreme comfort. The easiest way to start your search is by setting your top three priorities. These may be location, cost, and comfort – or good reviews, service mix, and same-day appointments. Whatever is most important to you should be at the top of your list. Once you have an idea of what you need and what you want from a dentist, the process of selection becomes much easier.

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu altogether. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Spring Creek Dentistry wants Spring residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet tooth safely. Read more ›

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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Spring Creek Dentistry wants all Spring residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

Why should I stop chewing ice?

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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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