Oral Health

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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New Study Links Gum Disease With Alzheimer’s

With gum disease affecting millions of Americans each year, it’s important to know that the health implications of this common condition can go well beyond red or inflamed gum tissue. Caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar, gum disease can eventually lead to bleeding of the gums, spaces between the teeth, loose teeth, and even tooth loss when left untreated. In addition to these side effects, recent research conducted by the University of Southampton and King’s College London is […]

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Benefits of the TruDenta® System

Problems with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ Disorder, may develop for a number of reasons, particularly if your jaw joints are damaged, inflamed, imbalanced, or are experiencing excessive amounts of pressure. This can cause a variety of debilitating symptoms, including headaches, jaw popping, dizziness, and pain in multiple body areas. If left untreated, TMJ Disorder may develop into more severe health issues and interfere with many aspects of your life. Fortunately, at Austin Dental Spa, we are specially trained to […]

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TMJ Disorder Symptoms Treated by TruDenta®

Many people who suffer from migraines and headaches are unaware these symptoms could be the result of TMJ Disorder (or TMD). The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the base of the skull and affects many of your body’s nerves. An unbalanced or damaged TMJ can lead to headaches, facial pain, and other problems with your head, neck and jaw. Our Central Texas dental office may be able to alleviate the symptoms related to your TMJ Disorder with TruDenta® technology. […]

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Keep Your Oral Bacteria in Check to Prevent Blood Clots

Everyone has oral bacteria. It’s a normal component in every oral cavity. What is abnormal, but may occur for some, is that the bacteria may enter the bloodstream, may cause blood clots and may lead to endocarditis- a life threatening disease. So, we invite you to learn more about oral hygiene. Findings reported by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the University of Bristol have discovered that S. gordonii is able to manufacture a surface molecule that […]

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Controlling Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless film that may form on the surface of your teeth.  Some people may be more prone to dental plaque than others. For example, people taking certain medications, those who eat lots of sugary foods, and those who do not implement a healthy oral hygiene regimen are more prone to dental plaque than others. It is vital to prevent the buildup of dental plaque to protect your teeth over the course of your lifetime. So, […]

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