Events On The Bayou This Week

Events On The Bayou This WeekThis week in Lafayette, LA, and in nearby towns by the bayou, there is plenty to do. There are plenty of events to enjoy while the family’s schedules are a little less busy during the summer time. Another thing to think about during the less-busy summer time is setting an appointment for an exam and cleaning with the dentist. Remember that an exam and a cleaning should be done twice a year or at least every six months. When was your last visit to the dentist? (more…)

Why Is A Dental Implant Important?

Why Is A Dental Implant Important? Your smile is strongest when all of your natural teeth (with the exception of some wisdom teeth) are present. The loss of your permanent adult teeth can take a negative toll against your oral health. Tooth loss can lead to a loss of bone density in your supportive structures, a loss of confidence in your smile’s appearance, and a loss of your mouth’s important functions. Dental implants can help to fortify the bones that support your smile while supporting a prosthetic that can restore your smile’s appearance and functionality. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can help you determine if a dental implant can play an important role in your smile.  (more…)

The Importance of Restoring A Tooth

The Importance of Restoring A ToothYou only get one smile. Once your baby teeth have fallen out and your permanent teeth have emerged, that’s it. No teeth will grow in afterward. Your teeth do not repair themselves or regenerate like bones or skin. If the enamel of your tooth is broken or eroded, it will not heal. While this may sound like doom and gloom, it isn’t all bad. Your teeth are incredibly strong and they are built to withstand biting and chewing for your entire life. Thanks to advances in dental technology, restorative dental care is better than ever. Restoring your tooth can protect it from further damage and it can give it back the strength it naturally had. Ignoring the need for restoration can leave that tooth in danger of falling out or a necessary extraction.  (more…)

Why Does My Tooth Need To Be Extracted?

Why Does My Tooth Need To Be Extracted?Getting bad news is never fun. Learning that you need a dental extraction falls into that category of not-fun bad news. However, a very important thing to remember is that your dentist always has your oral health as the top priority. A dental extraction should never be recommended unless absolutely necessary. Keeping your natural teeth is always a goal because having healthy teeth is always the best way to keep your smile in good health, which ultimately keeps you in good health overall. Unfortunately, there are situations when extracting a tooth becomes the best solution for your smile. In these situations, extraction is kept as a last resort. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can walk you through why an extraction becomes necessary and the best ways to handle the situation.  (more…)

Upcoming Fun In Lafayette

Upcoming Fun In LafayetteIf you live in or near Lafayette, Louisiana, then you know that the culture is rich, the food is delicious, and there is always fun just around the corner. There are plenty of events coming up this week and next in town. From an Artmosphere Brunch with a hit musician to book clubs, Cajun celebrations, local musicians, and more, there is something for everybody to enjoy. Our dental office also offers something for everyone with expert dental care available for the whole family ranging from important smile restorations to cosmetic treatments to routine cleanings and exams.  (more…)

I Want To Close The Gap In My Smile

I Want To Close The Gap In My SmileA gap, which is also known as diastema, can happen between your two front teeth. Extra spacing, however, can occur between any two teeth in your smile. Some people find that a gap makes their smile unique, but there are times when people begin to feel self-conscious about the way their smile looks. Wide, uneven spacing between teeth can be caused by several different issues. Many of these issues will not affect the health of your smile, but there are times when gaps are caused by something like tongue thrusting or periodontal disease. In these cases, whatever is causing the gap may also affect your smile’s health. When your smile’s health is in danger, that issue may need to be addressed in conjunction with addressing your smile’s appearance. However, strictly cosmetic issues can often be treated with cosmetic dentistry(more…)

My Oral Health Impacts The Rest Of My Body?

My Oral Health Impacts The Rest Of My Body?You only get one set of permanent teeth in your lifetime. This fact, along with your desire to have fresh breath and a bright smile, may encourage you to take good care of your oral health. In doing so, you probably brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and visit for your dentist for an exam and cleaning at least twice a year, right? Did you know that keeping your mouth healthy can also have benefits on the rest of your body’s health? Several studies have linked the occurrence of gum disease and oral bacterial infections to the development of certain cardiovascular diseases and other health problems. Treating gum disease and oral health issues can prevent the risks to the rest of your body. Your dental team in Lafayette, LA, can help you keep your mouth healthy for health of your body.  (more…)

6 Tips For Brushing Your Teeth Effectively

6 Tips For Brushing Your Teeth EffectivelyWe all probably believe that we are good at brushing our teeth especially since most of us have been doing it for a very long time. The unfortunate news is that there are still a lot of people, both children and adults, that are not brushing their teeth effectively. While even ineffective brushing can help keep bacteria away, effective brushing of your teeth can provide more smile protection. Brushing your teeth effectively means removing more plaque and harmful bacteria from your mouth. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, wants your smile to be healthy, clean, and protected, so here are six tips to help more effectively brush your teeth(more…)

Are There Signs That I Have TMJ Disorder?

Are There Signs That I Have TMJ Disorder?Having chronic pain can make a big difference in your overall lifestyle. TMJ disorder, which is an overall term for dysfunction with your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), can create constant pain in your life.  The TMJs connect your both sides of your lower jaw to your skull and provide movement for your jaw and mouth. Having dysfunctional joints can make the opening and closing of your mouth troublesome. The disorder includes a wide range of symptoms, which makes it difficult to pin down and diagnose TMJ disorder. There are many people that live with pain and discomfort for years without ever realizing that their jaw joints are to blame. While your dentist in Lafayette, LA, may be able to best help you determine if TMJ disorder is affecting you, there are some signs that your body may be sending you.  (more…)