Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

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Many of our tools for everyday living have become antiquated. Online search has replaced the paper phone book. Telephone answering machines have gone the way of manual typewriters. Even the iPod, which was celebrated as the pinnacle of technology just a few years ago, is now gathering dust as men and women play music on their smart phones.

What about the low-tech toothbrush? Has something flashier and more advanced replaced it? Absolutely not!

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush? Actually, all toothbrushes, when used correctly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of dental caries.

When choosing which type of toothbrush to use, look at cost and convenience. Some individuals argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more pricey, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no validated studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores sell all brands of electric toothbrushes. It is frustrating to spend over a hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush and then not be able to find a replacement head when necessary. People who travel may conclude that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack.

Whichever type of toothbrush you prefer, you need to be careful about the pressure you put on your gums. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with an electric toothbrush, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums. Regardless of the toothbrush brand, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

Special consideration should be taken for individuals with arthritis. Some Friendswood area dentists recommend their elderly and arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is limited. As for youth, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern for Houston parents. Moreover, Dr. Montz guides patients to only purchase dental products that carry the ADA seal.

When it comes to the toothbrush, old school is just fine.

 

Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

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If you are afraid of the dentist and have not had a check-up in years, today’s post is for you. Good news! Dentistry is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits
First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation – you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land. Schedule a consultation with Dr. David Montz for more critical specifics about sleep dentistry.

If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

You Won’t Be Here All Day
Dr. Montz can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental issues from affecting other parts of your body.

Today’s dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

We look forward to meeting you. Call David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry today at 832-895-5120.

 

Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry: 832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as essential as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of cavities.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay.
  7. Heartburn can be adverse for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. http://www.businessinsider.com/laser-stem-cell-tooth-tissue-regeneration-2014-5#ixzz3fzlosJDMTooth
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

I am Dr. David Montz of David C. Montz, DDS. I hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

I am accepting new patients at my Friendswood dental practice. I am committed to preventative dentistry and lifelong oral health. I advise my Friendswood patients about sedation dentistry, CEREC dental crowns and porcelain veneers. In addition, I offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services. If you are seeking a dentist in the Houston area, I invite you to schedule an appointment to meet me and my friendly team.

 

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Friendswood Dentist

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We all go to our Friendswood dentist for check-ups and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your dentist can help you with. Today, we would like to consider some of the most common oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath is usually caused by bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating cavities. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this problem. (All of your friends will thank you.)

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very uncomfortable and can predispose dental patients to a host of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Some Friendswood residents experience it because of prescription medications or chronic diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

3. Jaw Issues. If you have a clicking jaw or jaw discomfort, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP! These symptoms can be signs of a detrimental oral issue.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep!), discuss it with your dentist. A simple mouthguard can safeguard your teeth. If you have suffered damage from grinding such as fractured or chipped teeth, we will give you information about restorative dentistry.

I’m Dr. David Montz of Friendswood,
and I want my patients to come to me with all of their oral concerns. Call 832-895-5120 today to schedule an appointment.

Excellence By Intention -David C. Montz, DDS

 

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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Hi. I’m Dr. David Montz, an experienced dentist here in Friendswood. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Pearland, Alvin, or Manviel dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the Friendswood dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 820 S Friendswood Ste 100 and you can reach us for an appointment at 832-895-5120.

Call a member of our friendly staff today!

 

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


Are Dentures Inevitable?

Implant Anchored Dentures in Friendswood Are you one of the fortunate Houston people with healthy teeth? Would you like to keep them healthy for the rest of your life? Some Friendswood residents believe that keeping their teeth healthy into the golden years is unlikely if not impossible.

At David C. Montz, DDS, we are happy to assure you that this is a myth. With proper dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy lifestyle, your teeth can serve you throughout your life.

At David C. Montz, DDS, we help patients of all ages, including those in their seventies and eighties, maintain their beautiful smiles. Dentures are not inevitable. Even if you already wear dentures, don’t give up.

You can improve your smile and your life with new implant anchored dentures.

These new fixed dentures won’t slip and slide in your mouth, so you can start eating confidently again.

Our office is friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to worry about being embarrassed if your teeth have not seen a dentist or hygienist for a while. We can treat your dental problems with expertise and put you on the path for better oral health in the future.

Remember, without dental health, you are never truly healthy. Call 832-895-5120.

 

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

Friendswood Visit the Dentist Whether you have lived in Texas for a long time, or just moving in to the Friendswood area; taking care of your teeth eventually involves a visit to the dentist. I am David C. Montz, DDS located at 820 S Friendswood Ste 100 in Friendswood, Texas. If you are looking for an experienced family dentist, we invite you to come in for a consultation  You can reach David C. Montz, DDS to schedule an exam by calling 832-895-5120.

The very idea of visiting a dentist holds a negative connotation for many people. If you are an adult with dental anxiety, or your child is preparing to visit the dentist for the first time, here are a few tips that may help ease you into regular dental checkups and put you on the path toward increased oral health and wellness.

Choose a dentist in Friendswood who is appropriate for your needs. When you meet your new Friendswood dentist for the first time, make an effort to ask questions about the care you will receive. Be sure to talk to your dentist about his/her experience, age range of patients, and recommended procedures for any troubles you may have. Get to know your Friendswood dentist so you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Be prepared to provide your Friendswood dentist with information. Whether you are experiencing specific pain at that moment, or anticipating a problem, be sure to discuss everything with your dentist. Many patients become intimidated in the office environment and avoid expressing pain or discussing issues. As your dentist, I need to know your history and everything you are experiencing. I will be better prepared to help if I have accurate and complete information.

There is no need to feel self-conscious if it has been a long time since you have received dental treatment. I have treated many first-time patients in your situation and have developed a trusting relationship with them.

The best way to have a good experience with a new dentist is to communicate. Let me know what you are experiencing so that I can make adjustments and help you feel more comfortable and secure. If we determine that you are going to need a vital dental procedure more extensive than filling a cavity, let’s discuss sedation dentistry.

At David C. Montz, DDS our friendly staff will work to make your dental experience a pleasant one. We know it can be uncomfortable to visit the dentist for the first time or after a long while. We’ll do what we can to make you feel relaxed, secure, and among caring friends.

If you are in Friendswood, Texas and are ready to visit the dentist again, give us a call at 832-895-5120 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Excellence By Intention

 

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546