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How Does Oral Health Affect Your Immune System?

July 9, 2020

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Woman with gum disease

You brush your teeth twice and floss once a day in order to maintain a beautiful smile, right? Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine can do more than just that. In fact, it is actually an important part of keeping your immune system up. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about how taking care of your smile means that you are caring for the rest of your body.


What Causes You to Need A Root Canal?

June 22, 2020

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Root canal treatment

Root canals are very common, standard procedures intended to treat an infected tooth. In fact, as many as 15 million root canals are performed in the United States each year. They are effective with a 95% success rate, and yet root canals are often misunderstood. In fact, many avoid this treatment out of fear, putting their smiles and their well-being at risk. Continue reading to learn why you may require a root canal and what exactly the procedure entails.


Are Tooth Extractions Covered Under Dental Insurance?

June 10, 2020

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an extracted tooth held between dental pliers and surrounded by other dental instruments

You just left the dentist’s office and learned you need to have a few teeth removed. Although this isn’t the news you were hoping to receive, you’re now left to find out how much this procedure will cost and if you’re covered under your dental insurance policy. For many people, unexpected dental work can cause anxiety and worry, especially when it’s uncertain as to where the money will come from to pay for it. This can lead to putting off surgery and worsening dental problems in the long run. Before you assume that the entire bill will be your responsibility, find out if tooth extractions are covered under your insurance as well as how else you can get the care you need without emptying your wallet.


How Social Distancing Takes Place in the Dental Office

May 20, 2020

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A social distancing sticker placed on the floor.

While it’s clear that dental practices can make their offices safer by sanitizing commonly touched surfaces more often and including hand sanitization stations for patients and employees, these steps are only part of the solution. The other part is making sure that everyone within the dental office is maintaining a distance of at least six feet apart, as recommended by the American Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In such a tight-knit space, you’d wonder how a dentist in Tyler accomplishes that. Here are three ways how.


Tips to Keep in Mind When Sanitizing Your Hands During COVID-19

May 9, 2020

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Person practicing handwashing tips recommended by a dentist in Tyler.

One of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19 is through consistent and thorough hand-washing, especially if you are working in a field wear interacting with many people throughout the day is the norm. However, even if you spent most of your time at home already, it’s crucial to know proper technique and pay attention to the products you are currently using. To learn which products to keep an eye out for and how to practice the most effective handwashing technique from a dentist in Tyler, keep reading!


Do Teeth Whitening Treatments Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

April 16, 2020

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Woman at dentist concerned about teeth whitening and sensitivity

Teeth whitening treatments are a quick and effective way to boost the appearance of your smile as well as your confidence. Unfortunately, these results sometimes come at the cost of tooth sensitivity. Is there a way to comfortably achieve the beautiful pearly whites you’ve always wanted? Here’s what your Tyler dentist wants you to know about the connection between teeth whitening and sensitivity.


Why You Can Feel Safe with Your Dentist During COVID-19

March 21, 2020

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If you’re staying home during the outbreak of COVID-19, you’re doing your part to prevent the spread of this harmful virus. Cutting out certain errands, shopping, and other outings is one thing, but what if you need to visit your dentist for an emergency during quarantine? Is it safe? Will you be risking exposure to the Coronavirus? Keep reading to find out why your dentist’s office in Tyler is one of the safest places you could be during this uncertain time.


Are Bleeding Gums a Dental Emergency?

March 17, 2020

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Your teeth often get the spotlight when it comes to dentistry, but the health of your gums is just as important. Have you ever noticed that your gums bleed while brushing and flossing? Do they feel sore or irritated? You may have gum disease, which is an infection and inflammation of the tissue that supports your teeth. But does this require a visit to your emergency dentist during COVID-19? Keep reading to find out the answer as well as why it’s integral to your oral and overall health to take care of your gums.


Why Keeping a Knocked-Out Tooth in Milk Helps

February 20, 2020

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tooth with milk in heart shape around it

You’re outside with your family, enjoying time with them by tossing the old pigskin around. Everything is going great until your cousin tackles you to the ground a little too hard. A sharp pain suddenly shoots through your mouth. You notice that one of your teeth is lying on the grass next to your face! After calling your emergency dentist, what should you do? Whether your tooth was knocked out like this or some other reason, here’s why keeping a knocked-out tooth in milk helps.


How Placing the Tooth in Milk Helps

You may have heard this theory be dismissed as an old wives’ tale, but, believe it or not, it’s actually true! Cow’s milk is extremely compatible with broken or knocked-out teeth, as it helps to maintain the correct balance of fluid in the tooth’s root. This helps it survive outside of the mouth for a little longer, upping the chances that it can later be successfully reattached by your emergency dentist.

If you completely knocked out a tooth, you should always attempt to place it back in the socket by gently biting down on a piece of gauze or cloth. However, if that’s just not possible for you, storing your tooth (or the broken pieces of your tooth) in a container of milk until you can see your dentist is the next best thing.

What Else You Should Do If You Break or Dislodge a Tooth

Before you do anything else, call your dentist. A knocked-out adult tooth has the best chance of being successfully reimplanted if you see a dental professional within an hour after the incident.

If the area where your tooth once was is bleeding, wet a piece of gauze or cloth with cold water and apply pressure to the area with it.

For a tooth that has been entirely knocked-out — with no broken pieces left behind in the mouth — gently pick the tooth up by its crown (the part that you use to bite and chew). Whatever you do, DON’T grab it by the pointed root. If only a portion of the tooth was broken off, try and collect as many pieces as you can and keep them in milk until you get to your dentist’s office. There is a chance that they can be reattached later by your dentist.

Chipping, breaking, or even knocking out a tooth doesn’t have to be the end of the world. As long as you can see your emergency dentist soon enough, your tooth can usually be fixed, provided you store it in milk until you can get to your dentist’s office.

About the Author

Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas more than 44 years ago. He has also earned a Fellowship with the American College of Dentists. If you call his Tyler, TX office with a dental emergency, his friendly and helpful team will do everything they can in order to see you on the same day and get you out of pain fast. If you’ve just knocked out or broken a tooth, you can contact Dr. Stansbury’s office by calling (903) 561-1122.

“I Hate My Dentures!” How Dental Implants Can Help

January 23, 2020

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person in white lab coat holding dentures

Tooth loss is a serious problem that is estimated to affect well over 120 million Americans, with about 40 million missing all of their original pearly whites. As tooth loss becomes more and more widespread, dental technology has adapted to best suit the needs of those with missing teeth. Two popular solutions include dentures and dental implants. But how do these two options compare? Is one of them inherently better than the other? Keep reading to find out.

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