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Care For Your Smile During the Holidays

Care For Your Smile During the Holidays

The holidays are finally upon us! November and December are two of the most festive months of the year, and the Hebron Family Dental team wants to ensure you enjoy them and have peace of mind regarding the health of your smile. It is commonly known that many staple holiday foods can stain the enamel if consumed carelessly. However, there are ways to enjoy these foods and maintain your oral health. We are here to share which foods and drinks to watch out for and tips for maximizing your time celebrating while keeping your smile shining.

Many Thanksgiving food and beverage items can stain your teeth, including coffee, red wine, cranberry sauce, and fruit pies. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without them! While delicious, the dark colors of these foods and drinks bring with them the chance of staining your teeth.

  1. Swap out your favorite fruit pies for equally-festive alternatives. While everyone loves a tasty cherry or blueberry pie, the fruit’s acidity can damage tooth enamel and leave stains. Opt for a pumpkin or chocolate pie. While still sugary, these pies will not affect your enamel.
  2. Brush your teeth, or, if not possible, rinse your mouth soon after eating or drinking one of these items. This will wash any residue off your teeth and lessen the chances of yellowing or spotting. If this becomes a habit, your teeth will be grateful!
  3. Drink dark-colored beverages over a short time instead of prolonged sipping. This will minimize the time your teeth are exposed to the drink. Also, sipping water with one of these beverages will aid in keeping your teeth clean.

Preventing yellowing and staining is one thing, but reversing it is entirely another. Did you know Hebron offers both in-office ZOOM teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits? If you want to prepare your smile for holiday photos and gatherings, now is the perfect time to treat yourself!

If you have time to come into our office, ZOOM whitening is a fantastic option. Your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for the whitening treatment, after which an advanced whitening gel will be applied to them. Following the application, an LED lamp will be used to speed up the whitening process of the gel. The entire process will take about 45 minutes to one hour, and a post-treatment solution will be applied to your teeth to reduce any sensitivity and protect your enamel.

Our take-home teeth whitening kit consists of whitening strips that you will apply to your teeth once daily for five days. You must thoroughly brush your teeth before and after using the whitening strips. While there are many variations of whitening strips available at your local drugstore, ours will maximize the whitening process and give you long-lasting results.

Many patients have concerns about sensitivity and the impact on the gums caused by teeth whitening treatments. These whitening options will leave little to no effect on the gums, and the process used will minimize any sensitivity. Teeth whitening is the quickest, most effective way to rid your smile of stains and make it shades brighter. Are you interested in learning more or preparing your smile for the holidays with one of our whitening options? Call Hebron Family Dental today at (972) 820-8780.

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It’s Time to Use it or Lose it!

It’s Time to Use it or Lose it!

The last few months of 2022 are here! At Hebron Family Dental, we want to ensure you know the perks of using all your insurance dollars by year’s end. While this is a busy time of year, and the health of your smile may be the last thing on your mind, it is still integral to note many dental insurance companies will not roll unused benefits over into the following calendar year. This means they are lost! Our office can provide many cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services that will allow you to use your benefits before you lose them!

Have you had your teeth cleaned recently? A cleaning twice yearly is vital for maintaining oral health. Your dental hygienist will remove any plaque buildup, which aids in cavity prevention. More serious dental treatment may need to be considered when cavities are left unattended for too long. Keeping up with your hygiene appointments will ensure this does not happen. In addition to this, your smile will be fresh and sparkling just in time for the most joyous three months of the year! 

Have you been considering a major dental procedure? Getting started with an extensive procedure like dental implants can be nerve-wracking. We are here to make the process comfortable for our patients! Extensive procedures will begin with a consultation, where you will meet with one of our dentists to discuss the treatment you are considering, any hesitations you may have, and devise a treatment plan. From there, you will be able to move forward with peace of mind knowing that you are working with a team that cares and has your best interests at heart. It is the perfect opportunity to use those benefits before you lose them!

Have you checked to see if you have any incomplete treatment? This could be anything from a deep cleaning to a filling to a root canal! Getting your treatment scheduled and completed before the year ends will benefit your oral health and put your mind at ease. Some of the most widely-offered treatments we give patients revolve around fixing cavities. If you have a small cavity, you may need nothing more than a filling! If you have put off your cavity treatment for a while, the cavity may grow and become infected. This may necessitate a root canal, in which your dentist will remove the infected pulp from your tooth root and fill it so it will look and function naturally. Getting cavities treated as soon as they are diagnosed is very important, as it will ensure less intensive treatment is needed later on. 

The Hebron Family Dental team is excited about the holidays! We want you to feel confident in your smile. It is a wonderful time to book an appointment, whether it be your regular six-month cleaning and checkup, restorative treatment, or cosmetic procedures! Trust us, taking advantage of your dental insurance benefits will aid in peace of mind and a beautiful smile!

Do you have any questions about your coverage, or would you like to schedule an appointment before the end of the year? Call us at (972) 820-8780. We look forward to seeing you!

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Optimize your Oral Health with our Membership Plan!

Optimize your Oral Health with our Membership Plan!

Hebron Family Dental takes pride in giving every patient the resources to pursue a bright, healthy smile. Not having access to dental insurance or having previously elected dental insurance at all can make obtaining basic oral healthcare a difficult and stressful experience. If this sounds like you or you are unhappy with your current dental insurance plan, we have great news! Hebron Family Dental offers a Membership Plan to all patients.

What does a dental membership with our office entail? We are here to provide you with the information you need to decide whether this plan is right for you and your family. Just like regular dental insurance, our plan covers preventative dental care (cleanings, routine x-rays, etc.). It also offers discounts on other treatment options available in our office. Preventive dental care coverage is crucial because it will make it much easier to have your teeth cleaned and checked twice yearly. Attending these appointments is a great way to catch oral health problems before they become more serious.

Our plan comes without the hassles that frustrate patients with their regular dental insurance providers. Your benefits start immediately, and you will not have any waiting periods or pre-approvals upon signing up! There are also no copays, deductibles, or annual maximums. You get exactly what you pay for with full price transparency. Three variations of the plan are offered: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio Care.

What do these plans include?

Our plans make your oral healthcare journey easy to understand and affordable. You won’t receive benefits like this through your traditional dental insurance provider! By offering this plan, our team hopes more patients will realize how important it is to stay on top of their dental appointments. The health of your smile can be directly linked to your quality of life, and putting care off for too long can have undesirable consequences. Our plan can help you take the next step in your smile journey with us! If you have any questions or want to sign up, call Hebron Family Dental at (972) 820-8780.

Identifying Common Problems

Identifying Common Problems

Your bi-yearly visits to Hebron Family Dental are terrific and necessary, but how do you know if you need to schedule an additional appointment? While keeping up with your hygiene and exams will do wonders for the health of your smile, there is still a possibility oral health issues may arise. We want to aid you in identifying these problems. Catching them early will ensure they can be treated promptly and will not become more severe. Helping our patients improve their smiles while saving money on treatment and time spent at our office is a priority!

Everyone wants shining, healthy teeth. A beautiful smile increases confidence and will lead to better health in other areas of your life. There are many dental anomalies that, if not dealt with, can hinder your overall well-being and confidence. They are more widespread than you think, and knowing how to spot them will decrease your chances of permanent damage to one or multiple teeth. 

So what are some of the most frequent dental complications?

  1. Tooth decay is the most widespread problem we see in patients. It occurs when bacteria form plaque on the surface of your teeth, which can permanently damage the enamel. This damage is characterized by toothaches, pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, dark spots on your teeth, and even occasional cracks or pits.
  2. A dental abscess is caused by the buildup of bacteria in a tooth’s root. If you have a persistent, severe toothache, there is a good chance you may have an infected root. 
  3. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be very distressing to patients. It is commonly the result of dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, an infection, or several other factors. If you have bad breath, your dentist will assess the situation to determine its cause and what treatment is needed. 
  4. Gum disease has many different stages and starts as a bacterial infection caused by plaque buildup. Left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis: the most severe form. Tobacco use, irregular oral hygiene, and diabetes are all risk factors. 
  5. Tooth sensitivity can be an extremely uncomfortable sensation. When your enamel is worn away, hot and cold foods and drinks will cause pain. This is due to the dentin being exposed, which contains tubes leading to the nerve attached to your tooth.

One of the best ways to avoid these concerns in the first place is by coming in to see us regularly! During your dental exam, your dentist will check your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. If you are experiencing sensitivity in one or more of your teeth or struggle with bad breath, these visits are a perfect opportunity to get started with treatment and address your concerns. To book an appointment, call us at (972) 820-8780. Learn about dental anxiety.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At Hebron Family Dental, our team starts every day with the goal of giving our patients the best dental experience possible. We consider every patient’s unique circumstances, including anxiety about being in the dental chair. Dental anxiety is quite common, and there are many easy ways to combat it while maintaining and achieving your smile goals.

We will begin by discussing why keeping up with oral healthcare is essential. When you visit us every six months, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. This involves removing any hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which tends to build up in areas that are more difficult to clean during your at-home hygiene routine. In addition, your hygienist and dentist will be able to catch any early signs of cavities, oral cancer, and other issues. When dealt with ahead of time, you will spend less time and money at our office in the long run. Not to mention your smile will thank you for it!

Many people completely avoid going to the dentist or only go when necessary. While it could be assumed that this anxiety stems from wanting to avoid pain, it is usually due to feeling a lack of control. At Hebron Family Dental, we approach each patient with patience and kindness in this area. Some of the ways in which we help build trust with patients include:

  • Getting to know each patient. Building relationships with everyone who walks through our doors is in our DNA. We want you to feel like you are visiting with old friends. We care deeply about the health of your teeth but also your life!
  • Making sure patients know they can be assertive with their needs. Our team will provide a thorough exam for all patients; however, it is an essential part of the visit for patients to let us know if there is an issue. We will ensure to inform all patients ahead of time they can express their needs and comfort level at any time during their visit goes a long way.
  • Explaining what patients will feel and for how long. As we said, lack of control is the main reason people have dental anxiety. This anxiety can be alleviated by being given as much knowledge as possible about what to expect and when to expect it. We will provide information at multiple points throughout the appointment.
  • Checking in with patients during the appointment. We constantly check in with our patients throughout their appointments, especially if it involves an in-depth dental procedure.
  • Making sure patients are aware they can take a break if they are uncomfortable. We believe it is best to play it safe and take it as slowly as possible if a patient feels anxious. If you need to step out and get some air, you are welcome to let us know!

If you are still feeling nervous, we are here to help. Many relaxation techniques are proven to alleviate anxiety in the moment, such as breathing deeply, progressive muscle relaxation, or listening to calming music. As another alternative, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This treatment is beneficial for anxiety over extensive procedures, and we take it very seriously. If you think this option may be helpful for you during your visit, we will consult with you prior and figure out if it makes sense to include it in your oral health journey.

If you have questions about dealing with dental anxiety for yourself or a loved one, there is always more to learn! We want to come alongside you at our office and make everything as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at (972) 820-8780 with any questions. Learn more about the Dental Team here.

The 3 simple steps to Invisalign

The 3 simple steps to Invisalign

At Hebron Family Dental, we want to equip and come alongside our patients in giving them smiles they are proud of. Invisalign is one of the main ways in which we go about this! We get many questions about Invisalign, and there’s always more to learn. We hope this information will help you decide whether Invisalign is a good option for you!

Your new smile will be achieved through the three-dimensional mapping and 100-year-old science in Invisalign treatment. One of the best parts is that you can enjoy all the foods you usually eat and smile regularly throughout treatment! Orthodontics is often met with the apprehension of pain and treatment that lasts too long. Luckily, Invisalign involves three simple steps:

Step 1: Meet with your dentist and get a sneak peek at your new smile.

Your dentist can take a quick and precise scan of your teeth and map out a custom treatment plan just for you.

Step 2: Start transforming your smile right from your first fitting.

This is a critical step in the success of your treatment. Your dentist will ensure your aligners fit well, answer all your questions, and let you know what to expect. Once you start wearing your aligners, you will have regular check-ins with your dentist. Depending on the complexity of your case, you could finish your treatment in as little as six months! You will start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

Step 3: Keep your brand new smile beautiful!

It will be easy to keep the smile you love after transforming it with Invisalign! All you have to do is be consistent with wearing the retainer you are given after your treatment is complete.

One of the best parts about Invisalign is that it will not throw off your daily life! The progression of your smile will be apparent through every step of treatment. When wearing your aligners, you will be ready for anything. Make sure to take them out before eating or drinking, and brush your teeth before putting them back in. Wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours per day will give you the best results and shortest overall treatment time. If you are a parent, your child’s aligners will have blue compliance indicators, so you can ensure they are wearing them for the required time per day. Invisalign treatment is risk-free, straightforward, and an excellent option for all ages and stages of life!

How does Invisalign differ from traditional brackets-and-wires braces? There are three main differentiating factors:

1. Invisalign gets straight to work! You will get customized treatment based on years of research and no guesswork! The proper force is calculated for every tooth movement, so your teeth will move in the correct order.

2. Invisalign is more comfortable. SmartTrack material is used for comfort and the best results! You won’t have to worry about getting sores in your mouth due to irritation like you may with regular braces.

3. Invisalign gives you results that will last. Keeping your new smile is easy with the retainer provided after your treatment. This will keep your teeth from shifting over time.

We hope this was helpful regarding Invisalign and answered all your questions! It provides face-to-face care with your dentist, long-lasting restoration, gives you a customized plan for your smile needs, and uses the latest material for optimal results. These are some of the main reasons we love it and believe it truly stands out! If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation or have any questions, call Hebron Family Dental at (972) 820-8780. We would be happy to help you!

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Everyone loves Summer! We understand how exciting vacations can be, but we want you to keep your smile in check! Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer.

Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer

While oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, it is surprising how easy it can be to take care of it with these simple tips in mind.

First, make sure to keep your consumption of sugary foods in check

Vacation is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and everyone deserves this! However, we want to make sure you avoid any potential dental issues that could form due to high sugar intake. You might want to try swapping out carbonated soda for an equally delicious and healthier beverage, such as green tea. While avoiding your favorite treats may not be possible, adding in foods such as vegetables high in fiber will aid in keeping your teeth clean. It is all about balance.

Second, it is always a good idea to have sugar-free gum on hand 

Whether flying, driving, or taking a bus, you may go longer than usual without brushing your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is a wonderful way to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Not to mention, there are many delicious flavors out there!

Third, stay hydrated for good oral hygiene for summer

Hydration is essential for many reasons, including when it comes to the health of your smile. If you are enjoying a vacation adventure during the day and aren’t able to brush your teeth until later, drinking water while you eat will help dilute any plaque-forming acids and protect your teeth while you are having fun. Hydration is also key in guarding against dry mouth. Saliva is 99% water, so the more you drink, the more saliva you produce!

Fourth, let’s discuss your toothbrush’s ideal environment!

Can you guess one of the most important things to pay attention to on vacation? Minimizing potential bacteria growth on your toothbrush. Yes, you read that right! There are two main ways to ventilate your toothbrush and prevent bacteria growth. When looking for a travel toothbrush case, try to find one with small holes or room for air to circulate. A case without holes will keep the moisture locked in, which is not ideal. Also, keep your toothbrush free from its travel case when possible. Leaving it out to dry will aid in prevention.

Lastly, try your hardest to stick to your regular morning and evening oral hygiene routines

If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep doing that. If you regularly brush your teeth throughout the day, travel toothbrushes were made for you. This will keep a healthy habit going, and it will also aid in preventing tooth decay and plaque. To make it even easier on yourself, pack an extra toothbrush and toothpaste just in case you misplace yours!

If you’d like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of cavities, read about it on our blog.

At Hebron Family Dental, we want you to have the best Summer possible with your family and friends! Have you been in for your first appointment of the year yet? If not, call to make an appointment at (972) 820-8780 before your first Summer trip. This way, you will be able to make sure you do not need any treatment and will be able to enjoy your vacation without any pain or stress. You deserve it!

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, prevention of and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Hebron Family Dental.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes; some of the most common include not keeping your teeth clean, bacteria, and overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more problematic if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth.

So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?

Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation.

Certain snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments.

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office, along with your routine cleanings and checkups!

Use fluoride toothpaste.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts.

What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? 

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, black or brown staining on a tooth, pain or sensitivity in a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (972) 820-8780!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link.

The Hebron Family Dental team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Hebron Family Dental, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. You will save time and money spent in the long run. No one likes spending money they don’t need to. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, you’ll likely pay more later. While treatment can be costly, it becomes more expensive when delayed. More complex treatments usually require more time for the procedure(s) and subsequent recovery. You will thank yourself later if you schedule as soon as you can!

2. Current dental issues will grow more severe if they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

3. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

Our dentist is proud to offer a wide range of treatments at Hebron Family Dental and always makes sure she does what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does Hebron Family Dental offer treatment-wise?

Here are a few of our treatment options:

  1. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.
  2. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  3. Wisdom teeth removal – Most people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Generally, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow naturally without shifting your other adult teeth and causing issues with the alignment of your smile. Luckily, we can easily remove them and aid you in recovery. 
  4. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.
  5. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Hebron Family Dental! If you want to learn more about dental procedures, read our blog. Remember, it is best to get your treatment taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (972) 820-8780.

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard that going to the dentist every six months for hygiene and a checkup is essential? Routine appointments will not only keep your smile shining but will also prevent you from developing severe oral health issues that can lead to more time and money spent at the dentist. So what do these routine checkups consists of, and how does each aspect contribute to your overall oral health? We are here to tell you everything you need to know!

Why Should You Have A Dental Routine Procedure Visit?

When you first come in for your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will clean built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Specific surfaces of your teeth are much more challenging to reach and clean, even if you keep up with flossing. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease in the long run!

The dental exam you will receive when you come in for your routine appointment is just as crucial as your hygiene! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems. Oral cancer is also checked for. If caught early, oral cancer can be easily treatable. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used for your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.

Gum disease can develop if your teeth aren’t given regular attention by a professional, and it is easily spotted when you come in for your appointment. Gum disease is one of the most common culprits for declining oral health. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

Many people struggle with dental anxiety. There is nothing to be scared of when you come in for your routine appointment! All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are safe, effective, and made to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be in. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, make sure to tell our office. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and easy as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.

It is better to come to the dentist every six months than to put it off and have to spend an excessive amount of time and money on treatment later on. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Hebron Family Dental give us a call at (972) 820-8780. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us as positive and straightforward as possible.