Is it ever too late for dental work?

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 ›

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Skin Cancer Protection: Don’t Forget Your Lips!

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?

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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How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Spring during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt have helped tons of Spring residents improve the quality of their life with night guards and we at Spring Creek Dentistry invite you to come visit us today to find out more.

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Men’s Teeth – Why they should see a dentist today!

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We get it. Oral hygiene is probably not something that you find yourself talking to your buddies about on the weekends. You probably don’t watch YouTube videos of teeth cleanings. That’s why Spring Creek Dentistry is here to offer you only the information that you really need to know to keep both your mouth and body as healthy as possible.

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Do Whitening Strips Actually Work?

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Whitening strips are among the most popular health and beauty products in Spring. Brightening up your pearly whites is a great way to give your smile a boost, and with all the over-the-counter options, there’s no reason not to pick one up and try it out. Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley & Dr. Wendt wants you to be informed about every aspect of dental health, so here’s a guide to which whitening options can give your teeth a bright new shine. If you have any questions or would like to visit Spring Creek Dentistry for a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Having Jaw Pain? The Importance of Teeth Alignment

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Why Do My Teeth Need To Be Aligned?

The only reason people get braces is to improve their smile, right? Wrong! Occlusion, or the alignment of your teeth, is a crucial factor in the health and functionality of your entire mouth. It may not seem like anything more than a cosmetic issue, but malocclusion (misaligned teeth) can cause jaw pain, difficulty eating, jaw popping and more. Your mouth is a finely tuned digestive organ and even the slightest issue with teeth alignment could cause big problems. Read more ›

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Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

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We at Spring Creek Dentistry understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Oakley wants every Spring resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call!

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The Dental Health Diet – Foods for Healthy Gums

Food___Dental_Health (3)Keep Your Mouth Healthy with These Foods

Hello Spring residents! As you know, Dr. Ryan Oakley and Spring Creek Dentistry are committed to helping you maintain the best oral health and we’ve got some tips for you. It is common to hear about what not to eat, but today we are going to tell you about a few foods that will keep your mouth in top shape and how they do it. 

Fruits and Vegetables are Your Teeth’s Best Friends

We’ve all heard about the dangers of plaque, bacteria, cavities, and stains, but did you know that some of our favorite fruit and veggie friends can help fight them off? Read more ›

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Gentle Dental Care in Spring

10_Years (1)What if You Haven’t Been to the Dentist for Several Years?

Life is busy and we all have a long list of priorities to take care of, so it’s not hard to imagine that any number of things can get in the way of your regular dental hygiene routine, checkups and cleanings with Dr. Ryan Oakley. You might just wake up one day and realize that you haven’t been to the dentist in years! That’s why we want to tell all our Spring patients about the gentle dental care we provide and why regular visits to Dr. Oakley are so important.

What happens over many years of dental neglect? Do your teeth turn black and fall out of your head? What if you are really good about flossing and brushing, but don’t go to the dentist? What are the consequences of putting your dental health on the back burner? Read more ›

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