Downtown Art Walk in Lafayette

mother child and balloonsOn the second Saturday of the month, the next time being July 12, 2014, the Art Walk will take place in the Downtown Lafayette Cultural District. It is a fun and enjoyable evening filled with local color, great art, and live music. The Downtown Cultural Arts District continues to evolve and to grow into a local treasure for all generations to enjoy. Dr. Michael Young of Lafayette is a lifelong resident of the area and is very proud to serve his community in various ways from his comfortable, highly-advanced dental practice. (more…)

Symmetry in Smiling

beautiful symmetrical smileYou probably don’t need a professional opinion to tell you that straightening crooked teeth can significantly improve your smile’s appearance. Still, as an adult, you might be hesitant about wearing metal braces, especially if your image and confidence are an important part of your professional life. Unfortunately, vanity doesn’t change the fact that, without proper treatment, crooked teeth can do more damage than just making your smile seem asymmetrical. Misaligned teeth (malocclusion) can also negatively affect the proper function of your bite and lead to more serious issues down the road.    (more…)

Dentistry in the Dark Ages: Shakespeare and Pigs’ Teeth

Wisdom tooth extraction in Lafayette, LAWhen Shakespeare penned that “parting is such sweet sorrow,” he probably didn’t have dentistry in mind. Of course, a closer look at dental care in Shakespeare’s time suggests that this famous line could easily have applied to tooth extraction. General dentist Dr. Michael Young, who offers wisdom tooth extractions in Lafayette, LA, explains how far dentistry has come since those days and what it means for you. (more…)

Fun and Fascinating Friday Dental Facts

Fun on ComputerWe try to give you plenty of information about important topics in dentistry each week. Dentistry doesn’t always have to be serious, however. To lighten things up, enjoy some interesting (and sometimes amusing) dental facts, such as this: chocolate (of the dark variety and in moderation) is not only good for your heart, but also good for your teeth thanks to compounds such as theobromine. Read on for more interesting factoids related to the dental field from Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael Young.

Dental Facts

  • If you get irritated by people talking on their cell phones in public, you’re not alone. In fact, a survey done by Time Magazine said that 59% of Americans would choose going to the dentist over being forced to sit next to someone talking on a cell phone.
  • A prisoner in West Virginia once escaped his cell with braided dental floss. His creative makeshift rope helped him to scale the outer walls of the jail and make his (more…)

“Chewse” Wisely When It Comes to Chewing Gum

Kooky Lady Blowing a BubbleIt’s a habit most of us enjoy as kids and many of us never grow out of as adults: chewing gum. We chew gum to freshen our breath after meals and to blow bubbles just for fun. When it comes to your oral health, gum can be a mixed bag: in some cases, gum can benefit your oral health. In other cases, chewing gum can create serious problems. Today we’re looking at the good, the bad, and the chewy of chewing gum. (more…)

Keep Your Whitened Teeth Whitened

woman with bright smile eating an appleYou have made a significant investment in your appearance by having your teeth whitened and your smile brightened by Dr. Michael J. Young. You want to know how to protect its value and how to let it generate a return on investment for years to come. Below are so helpful ways to safeguard your newly whitened teeth.     

Eat right.

What you eat is as important as what you should refrain from eating. There are many foods which can actually help keep your teeth white. Among those raw foods are:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Green beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots

These foods neutralize acid and generate the flow of saliva. (more…)

Smiling Can Make You Happy

smileDid you know people who frown during medical procedures experience more pain? Studies show that frowning appears to bring on feelings of negativity, while smiling induces positive emotions and feelings of well-being. Maybe that’s because when you’re under stress your body releases the hormone cortisol, which has been associated with depression, mental illness, and a host of physical ailments. On the other hand, smiling has been proven to reduce stress and make people feel happier.  Therefore, investing in a healthy smile can truly make you happy. If embarrassment, due to a dull, aging smile, or crooked or damaged teeth, is keeping you from smiling, contact your Lafayette dentist Dr. Young, for an evaluation and to discuss your options for improving your smile.

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How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

no to sugarIf you have a sweet tooth, then you’ve probably wondered, “why?” whenever someone warns you about candy’s danger to your teeth, or wished there were some way around it. Though sugar inevitably fuels the destructive processes that can threaten your smile, understanding these processes and sugar’s exact involvement in them can help you take measures to protect the health and integrity of your teeth. Your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, helps you reduce the risk of cavities by explaining the danger of excessive sugar and how best to neutralize it. (more…)

Test Your Bruxism Knowledge

Illustration of a sleeping person grinding her teeth.Many people subconsciously grind or clench their teeth from time to time. However, when it becomes intensive enough to cause tooth damage or health problems, it is time to see your Lafayette, LA dentist, Dr. Young.

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Dental Implants: From Root to Crown

implant imageIf you are scheduled for a dental implant procedure, or are considering the likelihood of scheduling one with your Lafayette, La dentist, you may be curious as to how an implant works. Dental implants are used to restore missing teeth, integrating a post, attaching an abutment, and setting a crown. The anchor is made of titanium, which the jawbone fuses to after the implant is surgically inserted. Once the anchor is in place, and the jawbone has healed/fused, an extension is attached to the implant, called an abutment, and then a crown is secured to the abutment. The end result is a secure, strong, natural looking tooth.   (more…)