Children’s Dental Health Month


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Smith Dental Care in Tyler would like to take this important awareness month to help promote the benefits of good oral health and hygiene to children, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. In addition, this year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation. Decades worth of scientific studies show that having an optimal amount of fluoride in tap water can decrease cavities and tooth decay by 25%.

Tooth decay is the single most chronic disease among children, even more so than asthma, early childhood obesity, and diabetes. This is why it is so important to instill good dental habits at a young age. Smith Dental Care wants to make your child’s dental visit a positive and educational experience by teaching your child how to brush and floss their teeth properly and to talk about the importance of oral hygiene.

For babies, a good dental routine includes wiping the gums two times each day with a soft clean cloth in the morning and before bed. This helps to wipe away any bacteria or sugars that may potentially contribute to decay. Once the teeth come in, brush them twice a day with a small soft-bristles toothbrush with water only. It is recommended to visit the dentist by the time of your baby’s first birthday to spot any problem signs early on. Finally, for children under the age of six, watch them brush their teeth to ensure they only use a pea size amount of toothpaste and that they do not swallow it.

Often times children fear the dentist or have dental anxiety about their visit, but it doesn’t have to be that way! In addition to focusing on a positive and fun experience, Smith Dental Care offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help create a calmer experience for your child. And for children 15 or older with severe dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry in both oral and intravenous forms.

If you have questions about your child’s teeth, or to learn more about children’s dentistry, please call Smith Dental Care at 903-730-6354 or click here.

New Year, New Smile!


New Year, New Smile!

The new decade has arrived and has brought forth the yearly resolutions we all seek to follow.

Whether your resolution is to become more active, have a healthier diet, or to they are all beneficial to your wellbeing. Why not make this the year to finally improve your smile? The new year is a time for fresh beginnings! If you are ready increase your confidence by enhancing your smile but aren’t sure where to start, look no further.

Smith Dental Care in Tyler, TX offers several options for cosmetic dentistry, where we specialize in improving the appearance of your smile. Whether you want a whiter, brighter smile or need to straighten things up, we have options just for you.

If you are dealing with stained teeth as a result of diet, aging, or tobacco use, then teeth whitening would be a great option for you. A special whitening gel is applied to the teeth and an intensified light is used to activate the whitening ingredients. This whitening procedure provides dramatic results in 1 ½ hours, and we can also provide whitening trays so you can continue the treatment at home.

If you have crooked or gapped teeth, you might consider Invisalign to help straighten your teeth. Invisalign utilizes custom clear aligners that are removed during meals. This is a great alternative to traditional metal braces, as there are no brackets or wires to deal with. You can have a straighter smile in as little as 12 months!

If you suffer from cracked, chipped, or misshapen teeth, porcelain veneers might be right for you. Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain placed over the front surface of the teeth to truly transform the look of your smile. It is important to know that these veneers are not like crowns, in that they do not cover the entire tooth and do not protect from gum disease or tooth decay.

The options don’t end there. To learn more about all our cosmetic dentistry services including bridges, crowns, and bonding, please call Smith Dental Care at 903-730-6354 or click here to schedule an appointment.

How to Keep a Bright Smile This Holiday

How to Keep a Bright Smile This Holiday

We all know just how difficult it is to keep up with our healthy habits during the holiday season! This time of year is full of indulgent parties with tempting foods and spirits, and we are all busy planning and shopping and gift wrapping that we often forget to devote time to maintaining our families’ healthy routines.

Smith Dental Care in Tyler, TX  has come up with a few tooth-friendly tips to help you and your family take good care of your smile this season.

  • Sugary sweets are all around us this time of year. If you choose to indulge, it is best to have sweets with meals or shortly after mealtime, because saliva production is increased during this time and it helps rinse away some of the sugary food particles that are left behind on the teeth.
  • We all need a boost of energy during the holidays, but try to avoid sugary sodas and energy drinks. It is best to stick to good old fashioned water! You can add citrus, berries, and mint for a festive touch and to enhance the flavor. As for alcohol, try to limit your alcohol intake and drink water in conjunction- too much can cause dry mouth!
  • Stocking stuffers are a great opportunity to give dental hygiene products such as an electric or traditional toothbrush, floss, etc. If you plan to put candy in your stockings, try to stick to chocolate as it does not stick to the teeth as much as hard or chewy candies. Even healthier dried fruits can stick to the teeth just as much!
  • Avoid opening presents, bows, knots, etc with your teeth. You could crack a tooth, injure your jaw, or swallow a foreign object.
  • For a whiter smile in seconds, try a red lipstick that has a blue undertone. The combination of colors plays a trick on the eyes and makes the teeth appear brighter!

Finally, to make sure you have tip-top oral health throughout the whole year, stick to your routine! We recommend two visits per year complete with exams, x-rays, and cleanings.

If you have a dental benefit plan or a flexible spending account, don’t leave money on the table going into the new year! Call our office at 903-730-6354 or click here to schedule your next appointment!


Bleeding Gums & How to Treat Them

Do your teeth bleed while brushing or flossing?

When there is a lot of plaque buildup along the gum line, it causes your gums to become inflamed and bleed. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that can spread causing tooth decay or gum disease. However bleeding gums can happen for a variety of reasons besides plaque.

Most common circumstance that cause your gums to bleed:

  • Flossing: Generally flossing shouldn’t cause your gums to bleed, so it may be caused by an underlying problem with your teeth or gums.
  • Medical:Medications such as blood thinners may cause your gums to be more prone to bleeding. It is important o inform your Smith Dental Care dentist of all medications and/or supplements you may be taking.
  • Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause your gums to bleed, as well as increasing your risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer.
  • Gingivitis: This is the firs stage of periodontal disease, which causes your gums to bleed, making them tender and swollen. Your Smith Dental dentist can use aggressive treatments like scaling or periodontal therapy to slow down its development.

As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, bleeding gums will never be an issue. If you feel as though you have significant plaque buildup, scheduled an appointment today so Smith Dental Care can get you in for a professional cleaning.

How to Improve Your Dental Care this Summer

Our professional staff here at Smith Dental Care, located in Tyler, TX, wants to give you the education needed to show off your best smile this summer. Dr. Ogletree, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Douglas at Smith Dental Care want you to have a smile that shines bright this summer, so come in for your dental visit to ensure a healthy mouth.

No matter how efficient your current dental routine is, these reminders will help show you how to better improve your routine:
• Brush at least twice a day.
• Use fluoridated toothpaste.
• Brush thoroughly.
• Floss your teeth daily.
• Limit acidic drinks
• Limit sugary foods.
• Protect your teeth from injury.
• Try to save a knocked out tooth.
• Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. For example, opening cans, food, etc.

Schedule an appointment today with your dentist at Smith Dental Care for regular check-ups. By taking all the necessary steps above, you are one step close to better dental health! Call our office today to make your appointment this summer!

Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club

Looking to upgrade your smile but don’t know if you should go to your local dentist or try one of the at home aligner systems? At Smith Dental Care, we are here to make sure you are fully informed before you make any smile-altering decisions.


Yes, Smile Direct Club is less expensive than Invisalign largely because it is based online with virtual dentists. Invisalign gives patients the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with their local Tyler dentist, providing a hands-on approach as you’re on your way to achieving a beautiful smile.

Alignment Trays

Trays and retainers are the most important part of the process since they are the tools used to adjust your teeth. While both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club both offer clear retainers that you replace every couple weeks, only Invisalign can offer retainers that guarantee the smile you want. Your Invisalign retainer snaps into place onto the tooth attachments, which are placed by your dentist, holding your aligners in place. These attachments help the dentist control how much your teeth shift and adjust, meanwhile the lack of tooth attachments with the Smile Direct Club retainer allows it to slide around your teeth, leading to incorrect shifting.

The Final Outcome

With Invisalign, your licensed professional dentist is able to adjust your smile plan as you go, working with you so you can achieve the best end result possible.

Be mindful when considering clear retainers because your dental history could have a huge effect on the outcome as well.  Invisalign makes sure to take your dental history into account when creating your smile plan and keeps a close eye on your teeth as you go through the process.

Schedule An Invisalign Consultation Today!

You don’t have to take something this important into your own hands when your Smith Dental Care professionals are here to help! Contact us today to schedule your appointment so we can get you on your way to the smile you deserve!

To Eat and Not to Eat for Healthy Teeth

Are you worried about having a cavity but are nervous about going in and getting a filling? Well did you know that changing your diet can help reverse your cavities at home so you can avoid the drill! Many patients suffer dental anxiety and it’s often related to cavities, so you are not alone. Unfortunately your dentist’s first line of defense against cavities and tooth decay is a filling, however there is a way to reverse smaller cavities on your own by eating the correct foods. Smith Dental Care is here to tell you which foods to eat and to avoid, helping reduce your risk for cavities.

Foods to eat to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Calcium Foods:
    • raw, grass-fed milk
    • Salmon
    • Broccoli
  • Vitamin D Foods:
    • Mushrooms
    • egg yolks
    • sardines
  • Vitamin K2 Foods:
    • cod liver oil
    • chicken liver
    • grass-fed beef
  • Magnesium Foods:
    • cacao
    • blackstrap molasses
    • avocado
  • Phosphorous Foods:
    • Grass-fed meat, dairy, and eggs

Foods to AVOID, to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Simple Starches:
    • bread
    • pasta
    • crackers
  • Dried Fruit:
    • raisins
  • Phytic Acid Foods:
    • wheat
    • beans
    • rice
  • Sugary Foods and Drinks
    • cookies
    • fruit juice
    • candy
  • Acidic foods and Drinks
    • soda coffee
    • alcohol

When eating these acidic and/or sugary foods, you should try rinsing your mouth out afterwards and minimizing your intake of these foods. Our team here at Smith Dental can help relieve the fears of dental anxiety, cavity or not with Sedation Dentistry.

We always make sure our patients feel relaxed, comfortable and taken care of while visiting out Tyler, Texas office, so call us today to schedule you next cleaning!

Main Causes of Tooth Grinding

Current statistics show that 50-96% of adults grind their teeth at some point in their life, being most common in adults 25 to 44, yet there isn’t a clear reason as to why this occurs. Excessive tooth grinding, gnashing, and/or jaw clenching is known as “Bruxism” which is a condition when you unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake or clench/grind them during sleep. Many different factors can cause someone to start grinding their teeth, and we have listed the some of the most common causes below:

  1. Sleep Disorders
    1. This is one of the leading causes of tooth grinding, which is another reason why we see most teeth grinding occurring during the night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most severe of sleep disorders and almost often causes bruxism.
  2. Lifestyle
    1. Your habits and a variety of lifestyle factors can contribute to tooth grinding, including excessive drinking, smoking, and chewing gum. Even caffeine from tea, coffee, soda, and chocolate can cause tensions that could ultimately lead you to grinding your teeth.
  3. Medications and Illnesses
    1. Some antidepressants and psychotropic medications can create conditions leading to bruxism because of their side affects.
    2. Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease are known to be associated with tooth grinding.
  1. Abnormal Bite
    1. Misaligned and/or missing teeth can greatly contribute to tooth grinding.

If you fall into one of these categories please speak to your dentist at Smith Dental Care to ask about purchasing a mouth guard. Wearing a mouth guard at night can provide relief if you find yourself grinding your teeth at night.

Are YOU grinding your teeth at night?

Headaches, physical discomfort of the jaw, or face muscle pain are a few common indicators of someone who grinds their teeth. Tooth grinders are three times more likely to experience headaches and stress is a common trigger that creates tension in the jaw.

Stop living in discomfort and call Smith Dental Care today!  

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and Smith Dental wants to help you keep an eye out for the early signs of oral cancer. Oral Cancer has a high rate of death associated with it because this cancer is usually discovered late in its development. This is why scheduling annual dental exams are so important for both you and your family, because it could save your life. During your appointment, your Smith Dental dentist will screen for oral cancer along with your teeth cleaning, greatly reducing your risk.

Potential Symptoms of oral cancer:

  • Sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • Red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
  • Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue

It is possible to suffer long-term problems, such as facial disfigurement or have difficulty eating or speaking, if oral cancer is left untreated.  Luckily, your mouth is a great indicator if something is wrong, but if you notice that these symptoms are not clearing up after two to three weeks, please call our office in Tyler, TX immediately. If you are a heavy drinker, a smoker older than 50, or a young adult with HPV16, you may be at more of a risk.

Oral cancer is preventable if caught early on, so it is important to maintain your yearly oral screenings. For those who have never received an oral cancer examination, there is no better time than during Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Want Teeth Whiter than Snow?

December is the time of year that families and friends get together before the start of the New Year, so what better reason to make sure you’re prepared for those dreaded holiday pictures? Teeth whitening may not have been the first option you considered adding to your Christmas list, but everyone could benefit from a brighter smile. Having a whiter smile is a confidence booster and makes the patient more comfortable with his or her smile, especially when a smile is worth a thousand words. You don’t want to look back on your holiday photos wishing you had whiter teeth, so allow Smith Dental to help you look your best for the New Year.

Teeth whitening from our dentist office in Tyler, Texas works in a multitude of ways. Depending on the goal of the patient, you have the option to whiten the inside and/or outside of your teeth. Whitening the outside, or Extrinsic whitening, is as simple as removing unwanted stains, but whitening the inside of your teeth involves a different process. The intrinsic whitening procedure starts off letting the tooth soak up hydrogen peroxide, usually in a gel form, which helps lift the yellow discolored feature from the inside of the tooth. By using an intensified light, Smith Dental located in Tyler, Texas can whiten your teeth in our office within 1 ½ hours. If you would like to continue whitening your teeth over a longer time period, we can send you home with whitening gel and trays that will last you for up to 2 weeks.

Capture the attention of everyone in the room with a brighter smile this holiday season. It only takes one visit to Smith Dental in Tyler, Texas to achieve the smile you deserve. Allow Smith Dental Care to help you look your best for your holiday photos and welcome in the New Year with a whiter smile.

If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, or an in-home teeth-whitening kit, contact the Tyler, TX dentists at Smith Dental Care. We can schedule a consultation where our friendly cosmetic dentists will develop a custom treatment plan to get you a dazzling smile