Oral Health

How Poor Oral Health Can Cause Weight Gain

On the surface, your oral health and your weight may not seem very connected. However, there are some correlations between poor oral health and weight gain. Your health can come under siege if certain types of bacteria found in the mouth travel to other parts of the body. Among these various health concerns is unintended weight gain. Austin Dental Spa provides a slew of services including laser dentistry and advanced periodontal care, two services that can go a long way […]

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Improve Your Life With the Right Dentist

At Austin Dental Spa, our cosmetic dentist, Mark Sweeney, DDS, believes in treating patients by looking at the whole oral systemic connection – that is, the concept that oral health is a key part of overall health. Dr. Sweeney has over 40 years of experience performing a variety of cosmetic treatments, restorative procedures, and beyond. His recent video discusses some of the most-life changing oral health treatments available at Austin Dental Spa. With his superior skill and compassionate chairside manner, […]

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How Your Oral Health Can Impact Memory Loss

As part of Austin Dental Spa’s video series, Dr. Mark Sweeney provides another educational session focused on the link between oral health and memory loss. During the video segment, Dr. Sweeney talks about how the connection between your mouth and memory can impact overall brain function. The first link he explains is the act of chewing. Referencing a study, Dr. Sweeney says nerves beneath your tooth are connected to the brain and can help stimulate neural activity. If someone has […]

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Do You Need a Root Canal?

Experienced cosmetic dentist Mark Sweeney, DDS has a message for you: don’t fall behind on your oral care! It’s important to stay on top of your dental health, and part of doing so is watching for signs of potentially serious issues. In a recent video, Dr. Sweeney shares seven signs that may suggest you need a root canal, including persistent pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, and more. Stay tuned for more of Dr. Sweeney’s helpful tips on our […]

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Why Are My Teeth Loose?

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A loose tooth is normal when younger, as the adult teeth are growing in, but when a permanent tooth becomes loose, this can be a cause for concern. There are a variety of reasons why a person’s tooth may become loose during adulthood, and depending on the cause, your dentist can help you find the most appropriate solution. Common reasons for a loose tooth include: Gum Disease: A buildup of harmful bacteria leads to periodontal pockets and gum recession, which […]

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What Happens if I Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth?

Most people will lose at least one tooth in their lifetime, whether from an injury, decay, or disease. Although this is a relatively common problem, it’s important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible to prevent further issues from happening. Initially, one or more missing teeth can take away from your smile appearance, as well as affect your ability to speak and chew properly. Over time, more problems will start to develop, which tend to require more in-depth […]

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How to Get Rid of Plaque on Teeth

Throughout the day, a sticky film known as plaque, or dental biofilm, starts to form between your teeth and along your gum line. While plaque is completely normal, it can be damaging if not removed on a regular basis. This is because plaque contains bacteria and food particles, and as the bacteria starts breaking down the food particles, toxins are secreted. This can lead to gum inflammation and tooth decay when left in contact with the teeth and gums for […]

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Electric vs. Regular Toothbrush

We all know that brushing our teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health, but did you know the type of toothbrush you use is important too? Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Sweeney, talks about the benefits of using an electric toothbrush versus a manual toothbrush in the video below. Video Image Placeholder For more information, or to schedule your routine checkup with Dr. Sweeney or Dr. Slagter, contact our office!

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What Causes Gum Recession?

Receding gums can significantly increase the risk of damage or decay to the roots of the teeth. This common condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including: Misaligned bite Orthodontic treatments Periodontal disease Teeth grinding Poor daily oral hygiene Brushing too hard Normal wear / natural aging Hormonal fluctuations In addition to the above causes, receding gums may also be the result of a pre-existing oral health issue. At Austin Dental Spa, our dentists can check the health […]

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The Link Between Oral Bacteria and Pancreatic Cancer

Many people may not be aware that their oral health plays a major role in their overall health. At Austin Dental Spa, our dentists are committed to helping patients not only achieve a beautiful smile, but also learn about how they can protect their oral health. Although many patients may be familiar with the oral problems associated with gum disease, ongoing research is revealing how bacteria in the mouth may be influencing systemic health. Most recently, the American Association for […]

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