Summer Cleanings, Had Me a Blast!

summer has arrived

Why is it that routine seems to go out the window for summer? Sure, we all know it’s a great feeling to be able to throw that alarm clock out the window for the majority of your break, but that doesn’t mean your dental check-ups should be forgotten about as well!

We all make schedules for our vacations, so our routine check-ups shouldn’t be compromised. Not forgetting to get regular cleanings at Gulfside Dental can have its benefits.

Scheduling your child’s check-up during the school year can be a hassle. Trying to maneuver around work schedules, school times and activities, sports and all that good stuff can make it difficult to squeeze in the time for a visit with one of our doctors at Gulfside Dental. With school being out, a large chunk of that extra blocked-out time gets removed, making it easier to get the kiddos in for their exam. Also, the office’s schedule can typically be busier in the evenings on week days during school time because everyone wants to come in during those post-school hours. That can sometimes lead to longer wait times and less availability for quick scheduling. Now that the kids aren’t in school, their days are more open to be able to come in.

Keeping them on-track also keeps them in the mindset of having great oral hygiene and keeping a structured schedule, even through the chaotic summer. Gulfside Dental’s office staff works diligently to ensure each patient is scheduled for their next appointment and gives reminder calls to make it easier to remember. 

Cleanings in general are a great way to remove excess bacteria and decay from your child’s mouth, which in turn helps with their overall health. This means that your child will be more likely to be free of sickness during the summer and the beginning of the new school year. The check-up is also a precautionary avenue to prevent any cavities or other treatment in the future. Prevention is key!

Another, more cosmetic upside to keeping up with your routine check-ups is being able to have fresh, clean teeth in those summer vacation photos, or your child’s back-to-school photos.

Any one of our superb dentists or hygienists at Gulfside Dental can get you and your family in for your routine check-ups and cleanings. Whether you are a new or existing patient, call any one of our conveniently-located offices to schedule!

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Galveston, TX – 409.539.3447 | 6026 Seawall Blvd
Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Beaumont, TX – 409.899.4867 | 4179 Dowlen Rd
Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Port Arthur, TX – 409.433.9254  *OPEN NOW!*| 2780 FM 365
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Beastly Breath

bad-breathWhew! Ever found yourself in need of a mint, some gum, or some mouth wash because of breath that could peel the paint off the walls? You’re not alone! An estimated 50% of the United States population suffers from bad breath. There are several factors that can affect breath and cause it to be less than pleasant, and no, it’s not just onions!

Diet, medications, tobacco products, dry mouth, bacteria, and decay can all cause your breath to go sour. Luckily, there are ways of treating bad breath.

For tobacco users, the best solution would be to discontinue use of the tobacco. Not only does it induce horrific breath, but it’s terrible for your overall health and the health of those around you.

Seeing one of our Gulfside Dental doctors can help with bacteria and decay-caused halitosis (chronic bad breath). They can assist you  in getting your teeth and mouth cleaned and can perform any treatment needed, all with terrific pricing!

As far as dry mouth and medications giving you problems, this can typically be fixed with another prescribed medication from your doctor.

If your diet is the culprit, then laying off of certain foods can help minimize the after-effects. Foods like onions and garlic and spices tend to linger. Brushing, flossing, and using mouth wash after eating can help the smell as well.

If your occasional or chronic bad breath is making you self-conscious or concerned, it’s always best to come see us at Gulfside Dental. You won’t regret it, and your breath will thank you!

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Galveston, TX – 409.539.3447 | 6026 Seawall Blvd
Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Beaumont, TX – 409.899.4867 | 4179 Dowlen Rd
Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Port Arthur, TX – 409.433.9254  *OPEN NOW!*| 2780 FM 365
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Love and Your Smile

tooth heartWith Valentine’s Day approaching, many couples reflect on the relationship they have with their loved one. They remember all of the love-filled times with their significant other, like the moment they first met or fell in love. Do you remember the first thing you noticed about your special someone? What WOW’d you? If you’re anything like the majority of the world’s population, you probably noticed their smile right off the bat. Right?

When you see someone with a beautiful smile, not only is it attractive, but it also tells a lot about a person.  It proves that the person is on top of things regarding their dental hygiene, but it also reflects the person’s heart. A genuine smile reflects joy, happiness, and most importantly, the love in their heart. There’s nothing in this world that compares to seeing a loved one’s face light up with a smile. 

Perfecting your smile is as simple as coming in to Gulfside Dental and seeing one of our wonderful doctors. From partials to dentures, crowns and laser-whitening, we’ve got you covered. All you could need for making your smile even more beautiful is right here in one of our local offices!

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Galveston, TX – 409.539.3447 | 6026 Seawall Blvd
Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Beaumont, TX – 409.899.4867 | 4179 Dowlen Rd
Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Port Arthur, TX – 409.433.9254  *OPEN NOW!*| 2780 FM 365
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Be Careful Little Mouths What You Drink

54b43b66-06c8-4a5e-8b6f-476fd8a8350bIt’s a commonly known fact that certain drinks stain and deteriorate your teeth quickly due to sugar and acidity. We’ve all seen a video (…or ten) showing what cola can do to different hard surfaces and objects, and we all know that coffee seems to be a major culprit in the staining of teeth. But what are some of the worst drinks that doctors actively deter their patients from? Among coffee, tea and wine, Gulfside Dental’s own Dr. Sandra Rodriguez (DDS) promptly responds that Dr Pepper and Gatorade cause the most damage that she has seen among common drinks. Of course, these are less-destroying when in moderation, but especially with proper cleaning. Dr. Rodriguez states that, “it is really not the amount you consume; it’s the frequency. If you sip on soda all throughout the day, your mouth never has a chance to recover from all of the acidity, which leads to cavities.” 

The dyes in soda and the natural coloring of wine and tea quickly leaves stains on teeth, and acid and sugar sit on the teeth in between brushing, causing decay and cavities. Without proper brushing and maintenance, drinking these drinks can be detrimental to our dental health. So if you’ve got a soda or coffee sitting at your desk that you’ve been sipping on throughout the day for that extra boost, you may want to think about switching it up and drinking water in between to give your mouth a little relief from the acidity. If you’ve tried and find that water just doesn’t suffice for your energy kick, you can try to at least rinse your mouth out a couple of times a day. Give your teeth a break every once in a while. 
Your mouth will thank you! 

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Galveston, TX – 409.539.3447 | 6026 Seawall Blvd

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Beaumont, TX – 409.899.4867 | 4179 Dowlen Rd

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Port Arthur, TX – 409.433.9254  *OPEN NOW!*| 2780 FM 365

 

 

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An Early Fix

braces“Why would my child need to see an Orthodontist already? His baby teeth just now fell out!”

Braces are not just to be started in the teens! Starting orthodontic treatment as early as 9 can help limit complexity and longevity of treatment as they grow older.

The best age to bring your child in for their first orthodontic consultation is between the ages of 7 or 9, while their baby teeth are almost all out and their permanent teeth are coming in. Starting treatment early can also correct any habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking. The two phases of Orthodontic treatment can be effected due to your child’s age and growth stage. Here, we’ll go over the two phases and how starting early can truly help your child in the long-run!

Phase 1: Lights… Camera…

Phase 1, also known as ‘Early Interceptive Treatment’,  involves all of the prep work before the brackets get to be bonded. First, your child has their consultation with Gulfside Dental’s Orthodontist, where they will examine their bite, jet, and alignment, and take x-rays. Next they plan for treatment. This includes planning for appliances such as expanders and space maintainers, as well as extractions of remaining baby teeth. Depending on age and growth, the longevity of Phase 1 varies. When they are still growing, their jaw and palate are more malleable and easier to manipulate to perfection. Orthodontic appliances, such as a palate expander, do not bring quite as much discomfort while they are younger because of their still-growing body, resulting in a shorter treatment. Waiting until they are older can cause longer treatment because it would take longer for their palate to expand. At the age range of 7-9 , it’s easier to address any orthodontic treatment they will need in the next few years. Bringing them in for their first consultation so early gives you an idea of what is to come.

Phase 2: …Action!

Phase 2 is when the real action happens. This is the stage of treatment when the brackets are bonded and devices are applied to correct teeth and jaw alignment. It is after this phase begins that  you and your child will see more and more results as far as straightened teeth go. Phase 2 typically lasts between 12-28 months, depending on the severity of the case.

Much like most things in life, Orthodontic treatment is all about preparation and prevention. By bringing your child to Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics at an early age, you are setting them up for a better smile in the future.

We at Gulfside Dental are always running fantastic specials for Orthodontic Treatment! If you, your child, or someone you know is interested in perfecting their smile, contact one of our local offices right away to schedule your FREE consultation! Ask us about our current monthly special!

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Galveston, TX – 409.539.3447 | 6026 Seawall Blvd

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Beaumont, TX – 409.899.4867 | 4179 Dowlen Rd

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Port Arthur, TX – 409.433.9254  *OPEN NOW!*| 2780 FM 365

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Starting Early

P_teeth-healthy1“What is so important about my child’s baby teeth if they’re going to fall out anyway?”

Our doctors at Gulfside Dental believe that every aspect of your child’s dental health is important. It’s all about setting an example for good dental habits that will last a lifetime. Even though their baby teeth are not permanent, keeping them in a good dental routine can help protect and prevent problems with their permanent teeth later on in life.

Starting good oral hygiene habits early on with your child has terrific benefits.  If they are not having pain in any of their teeth, it can help distribute the chewing effort of their teeth properly, as to not favor one side over the other, which can cause one side to break down easier. By chewing their food properly, they can help to eliminate digestion issues as well. Keeping baby teeth in good health also helps provide proper spacing that is needed for the permanent teeth that will be coming in behind them, as well as helping with the development of speech. Their teeth play a huge part in the clarity and speed of their speech. Your child will also be happier with a clean and healthy smile.

If not taken care of properly, baby teeth can still get cavities and infection. In turn, if left untreated, these cavities can cause decay and further cavities to the permanent teeth behind them. Also, if there is any crowding with the baby teeth, the permanent teeth could have a hard time coming through the gums, resulting in crooked and crowded permanent teeth. That could result in needing orthodontic treatment, a specialty Gulfside Dental also provides with excellent discounts.

It’s important to regularly clean your child’s gums, and then their baby teeth as they come in. If your baby hasn’t erupted any teeth yet, Gulfside Dental’s doctors suggest the use of a damp wash cloth to clean the gums twice daily. When they start having teeth come in, start brushing their teeth with a non-fluoride tooth paste, just a small smear, with a baby toothbrush. As the teeth come in more and more, you can graduate the amount of tooth paste to the size of a pea. Once the teeth start to touch, then it’s time to add flossing to their routine. Be sure, until you feel they are able to do this themselves carefully, to always make sure they have adult supervision while brushing. Also, remind them to not swallow the tooth paste. Help them understand that they don’t want to be swallowing all those nasty germs from their mouth.

Your child should start seeing a dentist at Gulfside Dental at either the 6-month age mark, or when their first tooth starts coming up, just to ensure that the gums or the teeth coming in are healthy. Up to the age of 3, children are seen every 3 months. From age 3 and on, they need to be seen every 6 months for their periodic exam/x-rays and cleanings.

Gulfside Dental believes in the oral hygiene of every patient, no matter how young! If your child is due for their next, or even first appointment, give a call to one of our local offices to schedule their visit! Remember, great oral hygiene habits last a lifetime.

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Galveston, TX – 409.539.3447 | 6026 Seawall Blvd

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Beaumont, TX – 409.899.4867 | 4179 Dowlen Rd

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Port Arthur, TX – 409.433.9254  *OPEN NOW!*| 2780 FM 365

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What a knock-out!

missing toothWhat’s that, Lassie? Little Timmy fell down the well? What? He knocked a tooth out too? Oh no! We better get him to the Gulfside Dental!

What should you do when your child knocks a tooth out? Well, it depends on what kind of tooth it is that was lost. Baby teeth and permanent teeth being lost need to be handled a little differently.

If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, there’s typically nothing to worry about, so don’t freak out. At your earliest convenience, make a visit to Gulfside Dental to see one of our doctors. The doctor just needs to make sure the gums, nerves, and bone are still okay and not damaged. Sometimes, if the nerves or bone get damaged, it can cause problems for the permanent tooth coming in behind it, such as susceptibility for decay later on. If the permanent tooth is not yet coming in, the baby tooth may need to be replaced so that the surrounding teeth do not grow closer and cause crowding before the permanent tooth erupts out of the gums. You can try to re-place the baby tooth into the socket, but if you are not able, the doctor may be able to put it back in place for you, if the tooth needs to stay for spacial reasons.

When it comes to knocking out a permanent tooth, replacing it is a little more difficult. The first thing you should do is rinse the tooth minimally to remove blood, and either keep it under their tongue or submerge it in a clean glass of milk. Be sure to not hold the tooth by the root, but by the crown. The tooth can die within 15 minutes if the pH balance changes or it dries out. Keeping it under the tongue or in milk keeps the tooth wet and in a pH closer to the natural balance it has when it’s in the gums. Next, it’s important to get to Gulfside Dental within 30 minutes, as to not let the tooth die. As with the baby tooth, you can try to put the permanent tooth back in place if the tooth is not broken, or you can have the doctor try. If the tooth is broken, the remaining tooth in the gums may need a root canal to save it. If the tooth is not broken, but has come out completely, it may go back into place. However, sometimes the bone just doesn’t hold the tooth any longer. In this case, the child will need one of our doctors at Gulfside Dental to place either an implant or a bridge.

In either situation, it’s important to remain calm and act quickly. Freaking out will only cause mistakes and more stress to the child. Remember to take a few deep breaths, do what you can, and get to your local Gulfside Dental. We are always open for emergencies during business hours, and will get you back to see the doctor as soon as possible.

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Galveston, TX – 409.539.3447 | 6026 Seawall Blvd

Gulfside Dental & Orthodontics – Beaumont, TX – 409.899.4867 | 4179 Dowlen Rd

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