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!

 


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!


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!


Use It or Lose It!

The leaves are falling and the end of the year is drawing near. Here at Smith Dental, we want to remind you to use your dental insurance benefits before it’s too late! Insurance covers up to 80% of your dental appointments, leaving you with a small deducible to put towards additional dental services. However, insurance companies often do not alert their customers to how much remains on their policies, so don’t let those benefits go to waste and schedule an appointment today!

Smith Dental is your Tyler dentist and we are here to make sure that you get your visit in before your benefits expire on December 31st! Weather you need just a simple cleaning or a root canal, our job is to keep your teeth and mouth in healthy condition. Dental hygiene is extremely important to not only your mouth but also your overall health, so don’t look back on this year wishing you had made that appointment. Smith Dental is more than happy to get you scheduled for our next available date!

The holidays can cause a busy schedule for your family and we book up quickly for November and December, so don’t wait! You can save hundreds of dollars on out-of-pocket expenses by maximizing your dental benefits before December 31st, especially if your deductible has been met. Treat your teeth with care now and they will thank you for it in the long run.
If you want to use your benefits, contact our office today and start 2019 with a healthy smile!


Get The Smile Of Your Dreams at Smith Dental Care

Tyler dental careDo you have a chipped tooth? Are your teeth stained? Do you hide your teeth when you smile because your teeth are crooked? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for restorative dental care in Tyler.

Cosmetic dentistry is a term used to describe a variety of dental procedures and treatments. At Smith Dental Care in Tyler, we offer our patients a range of cosmetic dentistry options to help you get the smile of your dreams. These types of dental procedures include dental implants, teeth whitening, dental crowns, and orthodontics.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a good option to replace a missing tooth. Made of medical-grade titanium steel, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, where a dental crown is then placed over the metal post.

Teeth Whitening

If you drink a lot of coffee, red wine, or other dark colored beverages, or if you smoke and use tobacco, your teeth most likely are stained. If you are interested in brightening your teeth, then teeth whitening can help whiten your teeth. Our cosmetic dentist in Tyler can provide two options – teeth whitening that happens at our Tyler dental practice or at home with a take-home whitening kit.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is required if you need to replace a filling or if you have chipped a large portion of your tooth. A crown is usually made of a porcelain composite material that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Orthodontics

At Smith Dental Care, we offer our patients Six Month Smiles to help realign your teeth. Six Month Smiles are recommended for adults who want to straighten their front teeth without the hassles of metal braces. The typical treatment time lasts between six and nine months.

Contact Tyler Cosmetic Dentist Today

If you are interested in Tyler dental care and improving your smile, contact Smith Dental Care today. We will be happy to set up an appointment where you can meet with our Tyler cosmetic dentist to learn about your options.