Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent of a child, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

You may know Friendswood teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some teenagers spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and damage a smile.

Dental troubles manifesting in the adolescent years can impact teeth for life. Let’s review some vital dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually come in between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is essential to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their youth abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing difficult. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help youth with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can impair enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for youth as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit youth in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

We encourage Friendswood parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral problems ensue unnoticed. To schedule a thorough examination and cleaning, call David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry 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

 


3 Cavity Fighters For Friendswood Kids

Manviel Pediatric and Cosmetic Dentistry

Most Manviel parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. David C. Montz, DDS recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

 

Sealants
Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your Houston dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some Texas dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your Manviel pediatrician or talk to us at David C. Montz, DDS in Friendswood. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Pearland, Alvin, or Manviel grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend Manviel children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At David C. Montz, DDS, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Houston area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
.

 

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


3 Cavity Fighters For Friendswood Kids

Manviel Pediatric and Cosmetic Dentistry

Most Manviel parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. David C. Montz, DDS recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

 

Sealants
Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your Houston dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some Texas dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your Manviel pediatrician or talk to us at David C. Montz, DDS in Friendswood. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Pearland, Alvin, or Manviel grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend Manviel children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At David C. Montz, DDS, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Houston area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
.

 

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546

 


3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Friendswood, Texas Dentist

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Looking for the best dentist in Friendswood? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Friendswood truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for economical dental care without a background agenda?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Texas overwhelm you. Today Dr. David Montz offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 832-895-5120. Contact our friendly staff at David C. Montz, DDS for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. David Montz. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From procelain veneers to sleep apnea, from sedation dentistry to teeth whitening. Providing quality services can make your CEREC dental crowns experience fast and simple.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 820 S Friendswood Ste 100 in Friendswood, Texas, we are equipped and proud to handle cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Dr. Montz has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, explains concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the transformation you want. Expect to communicate with a professional. Expect exceptional, talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at https://www.smilefriendswood.com/blog/.

Contact David C. Montz, DDS:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

820 S Friendswood Ste 100
Friendswood, Texas
77546


Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In Friendswood

Pearland Teeth BleachingWhy should everyone in Friendswood brush at least twice a day? Let’s take a look at why this is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and inhibits the build up of plaque. If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

Plaque build-up irritates gums.
Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
Say goodbye to the tooth.
The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.

David C. Montz, DDS & Associates, in Friendswood! to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Friendswood.


An Air-Dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush Houston

Today in our Friendswood dental blog we will highlight some of the simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits Houston residents can form is to always allow their toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This method of storage is much better than sticking it away in a drawer, since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when you travel away from the Friendswood, Alvin, or Manvel area, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy for Pearland residents to make sure their toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two toothbrushes at your Houston drugstore. Then alternate between the two so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

And Houston dental patients should remember to replace their toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if they’ve had a cold!

Hi. I’m Dr. David C. Montz, a dentist in Friendswood. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry we offer the following services:

We are currently accepting new Houston patients and the friendly staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.