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Care for Dentures

Dentures are a wonderful invention and one that has been perfected over generations until we’ve gotten to the incredible prosthetic teeth we have today.  Caring for dentures properly has always been a concern, though. While modern dentures aren’t much more difficult to take care of than your natural teeth, it pays to show a little…

Why Replacing Lost Teeth is Important

Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons including decay, damage, or gum disease. Despite the reason for tooth loss, prompt action must be taken to prevent further complications. Although it may seem unnecessary to replace a lost tooth, especially if this missing tooth is not noticeable when smiling, this is far from the…

When to See an Orthodontist

If you are concerned about your bite or your teeth, you may be wondering if it is time to see an orthodontist. Generally speaking, it is recommended that children visit the orthodontist for the first time at the age of seven. Beyond that, anytime you have concerns over the alignment of your teeth or bite…

Overcoming Dental Phobia

Odontophobia, or dental phobia, is a common fear that many people experience. So common, in fact, that it affects an average of approximately nine to fifteen percent of Americans. However, avoiding the dentist because of fear can have serious consequences. If you are a part of this group and fear dental visits, there are a…

Foods That Brighten Tooth Enamel

It is common knowledge that eating a healthy diet can have many benefits to your overall health, but did you know that it can also benefit your oral health? Certain foods in particular have been found to have qualities that can actually brighten the enamel on your teeth, resulting in a whiter appearance. When it…

What Causes Cavities

We know, you’ve been being harped on about this since you were a child. Brush your teeth or you’ll get cavities! We were told all sorts of tips and tricks and cautioned against various things that can cause them. “Stay away from sugary drinks”, “brush your teeth before bed”, etc. With so much data coming…

The Importance of Routine Oral Cancer Screenings

With tens of thousands of cases each year, oral cancer is an increasingly common problem in the United States. This disease affects the throat, mouth, and tongue and is deadly, debilitating, and disfiguring. Caused when cells grow too much, it’s important to be regularly screened because it can help with early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.…

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth loss and missing teeth are a common issue that we see patients seeking a solution to on a regular basis. After all, your smile is what shows that you’re confident and happy. Those who suffer from tooth loss report low self-esteem and a general feeling of discontent. The good news is, however, there are…

The Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease/Diabetes

It might sound outlandish, but heart disease and diabetes can be closely tied to periodontal disease (gum disease). Despite the common belief that these diseases are totally unrelated, periodontal disease has been proven to be a common denominator between both diseases. Gum Disease Gum disease occurs in three stages. Each stage is characterized by progressively…

Composite vs. Silver Amalgam Fillings.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have cavities, chances are you’ve discussed whether you should get composite or silver amalgam fillings. Both have their pros and cons, and what you choose with the guidance of your dentist will depend on your unique situation. When getting a filling, there’s more than just aesthetics…

Zest Locator

We all deserve to have a smile that we can be proud of. Whether due to injury, illness, decay, or other oral care concerns, many of us do find ourselves with missing teeth and gaps that can definitely keep us from smiling. Missing teeth and gaps can have an impact on our confidence levels, and…

New Encompass Digital Panoramic Imaging System at Rockdale Smiles Center

Dr. David K. Pendleton, DDS and Rockdale Smiles Center in Rockdale, TX have acquired a new technology to support patient’s needs. The diagnostic equipment is called Encompass. Produced by Pancorp, the new system is a digital panoramic/cephalometric imaging system. This allows dentists to capture the images they need to help patients while maintaining their comfort…

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