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Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Have you ever wondered why so many people get their wisdom teeth surgically removed? “Wisdom teeth” are the molars that are the furthest back in your mouth, and are most commonly removed because they won’t fit in your mouth if they grow all the way in. The majority of people who need to get them removed do so when they are teenagers or young adults. Wisdom teeth removal involves a simple surgery. Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth taken out or have someone close to you who is planning on getting the surgery, we are excited to share some of our favorite ways to keep your recovery as enjoyable as possible!

  • Think about what you are eating. Finding the right foods to aid your recovery can help immensely. You may not have a considerable appetite directly after surgery, and your mouth will most likely be sore. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Smoothies, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, soup, pudding, and apple sauce are all equally delicious and safe! You should avoid foods that could potentially get stuck in the surgery site or are too hot. It is essential to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the surgery wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after your surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your diet!

  • Manage the pain carefully. There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days directly following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this pain is by using an ice pack. Make sure to ask your dentist about how often you should be using it. It is also important to not directly place ice on your face, as this can potentially lead to an ice burn. Pain medication is another way to help your recovery along. Your dentist will be able to guide you in whether you need to be taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. You may also be advised to take antibiotics. Antibiotics will help protect your mouth from infection as the wounds heal.

  • Take your recovery seriously when you get home. It is essential to take precautions when you get home from your surgery to avoid infections and other painful issues. Rinsing with salt water to keep the wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can be doing on a regular basis. Make sure you don’t forcefully spit the saltwater when finished, but let it gently fall from your mouth. Your mouth will have some blood in it right after the surgery, so make sure to gently clean the wounds with gauze or a cotton ball after rinsing. It is also integral to avoid dislodging your stitches. This can disrupt the healing process and lead to dry sockets, which are painful and can cause a prolonged recovery process. 

Recovery from wisdom teeth removal should be treated like any other surgery recovery: with patience and gentleness. Being careful about what you’re eating, proactively managing your pain, and keeping the surgery wounds clean are three simple ways to keep your recovery short, sweet, and simple! Make sure to listen to and follow your dentist’s recovery tips as well. If you or someone you know has questions about the wisdom teeth surgery and recovery process, you can reach us today at (972) 820-8780.

Use it or Lose it

Use it or Lose it

The school year has begun, the holidays are near, and the year will be over before we know it! Our oral health is often put on the back burner during the last three months of the year due to all the celebrations surrounding the holidays. Going to the dentist may not be the first thing you want to do, but you only have a few months left to use your dental benefits before they expire! It is important to use them up while you are still able to, since many plans do not let you roll your benefits over into the following calendar year. To make things easier, we have decided to share three ways to use your remaining benefits! Use it or lose it season has arrived!

  1. Hygiene. When was your last hygiene appointment? If it’s been since the spring of 2021 or before, you need to schedule a cleaning as soon as you can. Seeing your hygienist twice per year is one of the most integral ways to keep your teeth in good shape. Your hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that can cause more severe health problems in the future if not addressed early on. Your smile will feel clean and bright after a hygiene appointment, which is always enjoyable. If you have remaining dental benefits and haven’t been in for a cleaning recently, schedule with us and use your benefits before you lose them!
  2. Unscheduled treatment. Do you have any treatment you have been procrastinating? We understand that treatment can be nerve-wracking, especially if you have never had serious dental work done before. We promise you will be thankful for it! Whether you need to get crowns, have a tooth extracted, or fix a cavity, we promise that getting it on your calendar before the end of 2021 will take some stress off your plate. You will be rid of any discomfort you have been having, and you will save money in the long run. If you continue to put off necessary treatment, you may have to get more in the coming months. Make sure to schedule your treatment so you can use your benefits before you lose them!
  3. Big procedures. Have you always wanted a smile upgrade but not known where to start? Now is a perfect time! Give yourself a full smile restoration with dental implants or schedule an Invisalign consultation before the year comes to a close! The best part is that you will be able to use any leftover dental benefits to cover the costs. It’s time to take the leap you’ve always wanted to and get your smile upgrade scheduled. It’s never too late to feel proud of your smile. This is a great way to use your benefits before you lose them!

Whether you need to schedule a hygiene visit, have pending treatment, or want to treat yourself to a smile upgrade, now is the time to get it on your calendar! Plus, we would love to see you at Hebron Family Dental before the year is over. Give us a call at (972) 820-8780 to schedule a visit! The clock is ticking, which means it’s time to use it or lose it!

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Are you thinking about whether you want to sign up for dental insurance through an employer or switch from your current plan? Open enrollment season is officially here, and we want to help you find the right dental benefits plan for you and your family. We offer a Membership Plan that is simple and comprehensive. It is subscription-based and covers all your preventative care while giving you discounts on other procedures. Unlike dental insurance, there are no waiting periods, approval processes, deductibles, annual maximums, or other insurance hassles. Best of all, you can sign up in as little as 5 minutes, and your benefits start immediately!

 

At Hebron Family Dental, your oral health is our top priority. We understand that dental work can be expensive and insurance companies are frustrating to deal with. That is why we offer our Membership Plan! Our plan is straightforward, affordable, and offered directly through our office. 

 

We offer three different plans: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio. By signing up for one of these plans, you will be able to save up to $278 per year on dental work! Our plans include:

 

Child Complete ($19/mo. or $228/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 1 fluoride treatment

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Adult Complete ($20/mo. or $240/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Perio ($30/mo. or $360/yr.):

– 3 perio maintenance procedures & checkups

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

In addition to this, all three of our plans include 10-20% off all other procedures completed at our practice and a 5% subscription discount for additional family members.

 

Now is the perfect time to sign up. If you are interested or would like to receive more information, you can visit this link or call us at (972) 820-8780.

 

Not only do we offer a Membership Plan to our individual patients, but we also offer a plan for local businesses! If you are a business owner or an employee of a business looking to offer dental insurance benefits to your employees, our Employer Plan is a great option! 

 

We are a local business and care deeply about other local businesses. We can help to ensure your business attracts and retains the employees to make it even more successful than it already is. Surveys of US workers report that 88% of job seekers indicate that dental benefits are a key factor in their job choice. Furthermore, 2 out of 3 employees consider dental benefits to be a very or extremely important part of their compensation package. It is safe to say that the better benefits your company offers, the better employees it will attract.

 

We are excited to tell you about our Employer Membership Plan, a dental benefits package revolutionizing what it means to offer dental benefits. Our Employer Plan is unique because:

 

  1. It is affordable
  2. No deductibles
  3. No waiting periods
  4. No annual maximums
  5. No pre-approvals
  6. No paperwork
  7. Simple online sign-up and management

 

This may sound too good to be true, but we promise it’s not. Our Employer Plan is a much better option than traditional insurance because it is provided directly to your company, eliminating the unnecessary costs, hassles, and limitations of 3rd party insurance. As an employer, you can contribute whatever you would like, from $0 to the full subscription price per employee. Company enrollment is fast and simple and plan management is easily accessible through the employer portal. If you’re looking to adopt a straightforward dental coverage plan for your company, look no further. Our Employer Plan is the one for you. If you are interested or would like to learn more, you can reach us at (972) 820-8780.

 

Now is the perfect time of year to sign up for new dental benefits or start a new plan for your company. We promise our plans won’t disappoint and want to do everything we can to provide you with the best, most affordable dental care on the market. 

Happy Teeth-safe Food Month everyone

Happy Teeth-safe Food Month everyone

Happy Teeth-safe Food Month everyone! Food is one of the most central parts of our lives and affects our health in more ways than we can count. Oral health is no exception! Knowing which foods are beneficial and which are dangerous for your teeth is central to keeping your smile healthy and shining. 

 

Cavities are one of the most well-known dental issues and can be directly linked to what we eat. One of the most common causes of cavities is the consumption of refined sugar. Refined sugar is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves the tooth enamel. Because of this, the frequency of sugar consumption is actually more detrimental to your oral health than the amount of sugar you consume. So what are some of the best ways to indulge in your favorite sugary treats while keeping your teeth healthy?

  • Eat sweets at a time you know you will brush soon afterward. Most people will brush their teeth pretty soon after eating a meal. Therefore, this is one of the best times to consume a sweet treat. If you’re snacking on sweets at a random time during the day, you are less likely to brush until later, and the sugar will have more time to sit on your teeth and will be more likely to damage them.
  • Avoid having sugar in your mouth for an extended time. Some examples of this are soda and candies you suck on, such as lollipops. If you want to enjoy a sugary snack, a quick dessert like a piece of cake or pie is much better. When you are eating something quickly, the saliva in your mouth will be hard at work washing the debris away. 
  • If you want to snack, find substitutes! Many delicious snacks are much better for your teeth than candy and sweets but can still satisfy your cravings for something tasty! Try snacking on berries or yogurt – they are both sweet and good for your teeth!

 

Having a balanced diet is an integral part of your oral health. Not only will the right foods keep your teeth safe, but they will also keep your gums and bones strong. Discovering foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is essential, and is not difficult to do! Foods containing vitamin C, vitamin B12, folic acid, and calcium are some of the best options for strong teeth and healthy gums. Here are some of our favorites…

  • Beans, seeds, and nuts. These three foods have endless uses and can enhance many meals. They also contain folic acid, which will strengthen the supporting soft tissue in your mouth.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables. When people think of calcium, they usually think of milk. However, certain leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are chock full of calcium and will keep your teeth strong. 
  • Meat. Meats such as chicken and fish are versatile and delicious. You can’t go wrong with either because there are so many ways to cook and season them! In addition to this, they contain vitamin B12, which is great for keeping your gums healthy.
  • Dairy. Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt will kill two birds with one stone. They contain both calcium and vitamin B12, which are beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth!
  • Citrus. Whether you prefer fresh-squeezed orange juice or peeling and eating a clementine, citrus is delicious, rich in vitamin C, and perfect for keeping your soft mouth tissue healthy.

 

Food allergies are quite common, especially when it comes to things like nuts and dairy. Fortunately, the foods listed above are just the beginning when it comes to food that will help your oral health. You have countless options and will never get bored! Making sure you eat a plethora of foods with the listed vitamins and minerals will increase your oral health as well as your general well-being. We can give you plenty of tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to see us in person! Give us a call today at (972) 820-8780 to schedule an appointment!

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

You are not alone if you have trouble getting your children to cooperate with brushing their teeth. Luckily, there are ways to make your children not only brush their teeth on their own, but come to love it too. Below are our three favorite ways to get your kids to love oral hygiene!

 

  • Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children. 

Even if a reward doesn’t seem exciting to you, it will have an effect on driving your child’s brushing behavior. Rewards can be as simple as stickers or marks on a chart whenever your children take ownership of their oral hygiene routine without complaint. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing their teeth the week prior. No matter how small a reward may be, it will reinforce positive oral hygiene habits in your child.

 

  • Make it fun.

How can you make brushing teeth fun for your kids? We recommend making a brushing playlist of songs they enjoy. You can even mix in some dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for brushing, put this playlist on and brush your teeth with your children. You can also try letting your children pick their own toothbrushes. Most stores carry a wide variety of toothbrushes for kids, many with beloved cartoon characters on them. There are so many unique ways to get your children to view oral hygiene not just as necessary, but as fun. Soon, your kids will be asking when it is time to brush their teeth.

 

  • Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself. 

Children tend to take on the behaviors they see in their parents, even if they don’t understand them. Oral hygiene is no exception. If a child sees their parents consistently brushing and flossing, they will think they should be doing the same. Creating a specific time for brushing for your kids at a young age will create a habit. When they become old enough to take care of their own oral care, a particular time will already be familiar with them. It is also essential to explain to children the reasons why certain behaviors are positive. Tell them how a healthy smile will lead to a healthy, happy life. You can even throw something in about making the Tooth Fairy happy if you want!

 

Every child needs to be taught the importance of oral hygiene. Rewarding your children when they are doing well, making oral care fun, educating your children about why brushing is essential, and modeling good behavior are all ways to increase good brushing behavior and overall oral health. Let’s get your kids brushing!

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Why is it so important to go to your routine dental checkups? We are here to share a few reasons with you!

 

Do you know why you need to see the dentist every six months? There are far more perks of keeping up with your dental health care than you may know. After reading this, you will definitely want to get your next appointment on the calendar! 

  1. Overall healthThere has been extensive research done when it comes to the connection between oral health and other health problems. There have been links found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How can your dentist help with this? Many of these conditions begin with or show oral manifestations. During your routine dental checkup, your dentist can help find these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health expertise can provide a key link in discovering other health issues you may be unaware of.
  2. Catch problems before they growDentists have the knowledge and expertise to catch oral health issues early on in their development. People often believe that cavities are easy to detect because they present themselves with severe pain. This isn’t always true, because cavities can be painless. If you are going to your dentist regularly, tricky painless cavities will be caught before they become worse and result in prolonged, expensive treatment.
  3. Don’t forget your gumsKeeping your gums in good health is important to your overall oral health. It can be difficult to keep up with if you have no dental knowledge. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is too deep, you may have gum disease. Simple checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will benefit both your health and wallet in the long run!
  4. Keeping bacteria at bayWhy does postponing the removal of plaque have a negative effect on your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is very difficult to get rid of it during your daily oral care routine, which is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your personal brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for too long, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup cannot be managed properly.

 

We hope you all understand why routine dental exams and cleanings are so important for maintaining your health. If you choose to postpone or cancel these visits, you risk developing problems that could cost you money and time down the road. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about!