Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ending The Year With A Smile!

Although people have been ushering in the New Year for centuries, it did not become an official holiday until 1582 by Pope George XIII.  At midnight, people were instructed to yell, holler, and blow horns to scare away the evil spirits of the previous year so that the New Year would be joyous and filled with opportunity.  Nearly 500 years later, the New Year is still greeted by whooping and hollering but in a celebratory manner instead.

Whether you intend to ring in the New Year quietly at home or have plans to join the countdown at a gala extravaganza, reflect on the year that's coming to an end, and look forward to the new one with anticipation.  Enjoy this transitional holiday in a way that's safe, healthy, and fun.  After all, counting down until the clock strikes 12, marks the beginning of a full year of opportunity ahead.  Happy New Year!

God Bless,

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Healthy Smile: The Holiday Dental Connection!

When it comes to keeping your smile looking its best during this hectic Holiday Season, good oral health is a must! Even though the Holidays can be a very busy time and many people put their dental health on the "back burner," check out the following habits that are worth maintaining this Holiday Season to keep your teeth healthy.


To learn more about the habits that can help you have a healthy, Holiday smile, or if you are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Stress: The Dental Connection!

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many people feel an increase in the level of stress. Although excess stress can cause headaches, stomach aches or even cause a feeling of being on "edge," too much stress can also contribute to many dental problems as well.

Many of the possible problems related to oral health include:

  • Mouth Sores
  • Clenching
  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Gum Disease

Don't let this year's holidays stress you out, instead, remember to pause and reflect on the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season! If you have any additional questions related to stress and your oral health or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123

God Bless,

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Say Cheese: The Dental Connection!

You've heard people tell you to say "cheese" when you are having a picture made, probably more times than you can count.  However, there is another reason you should be saying "cheese"...or "YES" to eating cheese.  A recent study showed that cheese increases dental plaque pH, but in this cause, the plaque increase isn't a bad thing. When you eat cheese, you increase the pH of the plaque on your teeth, and this creates a protective coating that may lower your risk of getting dental decay!

The study concluded that cheese has anti-cavity properties.  That isn't the only benefit, however. Another study found that cheese may give your teeth a protective coating that helps lessen enamel erosion caused by acidic foods, particularly from sugar-sweetened soft drinks! So although we encourage our patients to brush their teeth after eating, the one time that you don't want to do that, at least not immediately, is after eating cheese.

So don't just say cheese for pictures.  If you want to have a happy, healthy and long-lasting smile, go for cheese.  It's good for your bones, too! If you have any other dental questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014: A Look Back!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, let's take time to pause and take a quick look back at this special holiday. Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may seem like a natural celebration, the United States is only one of a handful of countries to officially celebrate with a holiday!

Although Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November,  giving thanks for a bountiful harvest are not new, but the modern day holiday in the U.S. can be traced to a celebration at Plymouth in Massachusetts in 1621.  This feast of thanksgiving was inspired by a good harvest, and the tradition was simply continued on.  At first, the colony at Plymouth didn't have enough food to feed everyone present, but the Native Americans helped by providing seeds and teaching them how to fish, and they soon began to be able to hold a feast worthy of the name.  The tradition spread, and by the 1660s, most of New England was hosting a Thanksgiving feast in honor of the harvest.

Today, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with the best of Americana. From feasts and football games to getting ready for the start of the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving means roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, and of course, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  No matter how you celebrate this momentous day, pause for a moment to give thanks for your friends, family, and all the bounties that God has provided.  Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless,

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tis The Season...The Dental Connection!

Unfortunately, it's that time of year again, when cold, flu, and stomach bugs seem to fly around offices and schools faster than a crowded kindergarten.  Make this the year that you stay healthy and bug-free with God's help and a little education about the transmission of these pesky bugs!

Although most people think that the toilet seat would be one of the "germiest" places in the world, because it gets sanitized often, there are actually about 400 times more bacteria on a desk top! While most cold and flu viruses can last about two to three days on surfaces, stomach viruses can last up to 30 days!


  • Phone
  • Desktop
  • Computer keyboard and mouse
  • Copy and fax machines
  • Elevator buttons
  • In the Break Room: Coffee pot handles, microwave buttons, sink areas and table tops

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
  • After washing, turn off the faucet with the paper towel to prevent recontamination.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizers work best like Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer.
  • Don't touch your nose, eyes, or MOUTH with your fingers or hands.
  • Adults touch their faces about 16 times an hour, which spreads germs!
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Wipe off the "germiest" places once a day with disinfecting wipes.
  • Limit hand shaking.
  • Try to get plenty of fresh air.
  • Stay at home if you are sick!

Hopefully, with God's help, these tips can help reduce the risk of encountering these common illnesses this season!  If you have any questions, or are simply in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, November 7, 2014

21st Century: The Dental Connection!

There was a recent study that stated that during the first decade of the 21st Century, the amount of adults who regularly visited their dentist declined.  In fact, the study found that the percentage of adults who had regular check ups every six months declined from 41 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010.  The largest decline in dental care occurred in the 35-to-49 year old age group.  That's down from 43 percent in 2003 to just 38 percent in 2010.

Although the statistics have headed in the wrong direction, the American Dental Association continues to educate the general public about the importance of regular dental care. While daily home care hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings and examinations ensure that you and your child's teeth are treated to a more thorough level of cleaning and evaluation. In addition to the more thorough cleaning and teeth polishing, regular visits help to detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease.  During your dental visit, we check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue for symptoms of any oral disease. We also check old fillings and restorations for any wear that occurs from normal chewing, clenching, or grinding at night.

If it's been over six months, or even a decade, since your last cleaning and dental examination, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Monday, November 3, 2014

Good Nutrition: The Dental Connection!

Although the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay and periodontal (gum disease), they are among the easiest to prevent! One of the best ways to boost your oral health is by improving your diet, because you and your mouth are truly what you eat.  A healthy diet can lead to a healthy mouth and body, while an unhealthy diet can to lead to the exact opposite.

The Role Nutrition Plays

While diet is not the only exact factor that leads to periodontal disease, studies suggest that the disease may be more severe among patients whose diets lack essential nutrients.  Poor diets will generally lead to a weaker immune system, leaving your body more susceptible to all kinds of aliments, including periodontal disease.

A Well-Balanced Approach

There is no "magic" diet to improve your oral health, but the most important thing is to seek a well-balanced approach in your eating.  Meals should include a balance of lean meats or healthy protein sources, colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats.  Foods containing substantial amounts of sugar and salt should be consumed in moderation.

Soda and Sugar: A Dangerous Duo

Millions of gallons of soda are consumed every day in America, but sipping on a cold soft drink can be very harmful to your teeth.  Many of these beverages, including diet pop, contain citric acid, which can wear down or dissolve the protective coating of the enamel on teeth!

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween: The Dental Connection!

Halloween is here, from Trick or Treating, Trunk or Treating, to Church Fall Harvest Festivals, all seem to involve a constant increased flow of candy, which can put you and especially your children's teeth at risk for cavities!  To keep everyone's teeth cavity free during this season of abundant candy, check out these tips for those Halloween treats that your household may be collecting this holiday.

  • SORT THROUGH THE CANDY.  Remove any candy that you or your kids really don't like. Keep only your favorites.  Avoid sour gummy candies.  Not only are these types sugary and sticky, but the sour flavoring is very acidic, a deadly dental combo.
  • VANISHING ACT.  Many kids love to keep their Halloween candy and goodies in their bedroom.  Grazing on candy all day and before bedtime is a cavity waiting to happen. Keeping the "prized stash" out of sight can help limit the amount everyone eats.
  • SPREAD IT OUT.  Take Halloween candy and put it in smaller bags giving it to kids over time. This can help make it easier to limit the amount of candy everyone has at any one time.
  • NO HALLOWEEN CANDY IN SCHOOL LUNCH BOXES.  Kids usually get enough sugar at school with fruit juices and sports drinks.  Considering that the next brushing cycle will not occur until bedtime, sugar will be sitting on teeth for at least eight hours! This can be scarier than Halloween!

Hopefully, these tips can help those of our valued patients that celebrate the Halloween season, keep everyone's teeth healthier during the busiest candy holiday of the year!  If you have any questions, or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stone Face: The Dental Connection

We're bombarded today by food choices and differing opinions about those choices. Trans-fats? Gluten? Vegan? What can we truly learn from our ancestors?

Ancient People May Have Had Healthier Teeth

Does that seem strange?  Ancient people didn't have modern dental care or fluoride toothpastes, but they did have a different diet.  Researchers studied DNA from preserved tartar of ancient humans and concluded that these ancient mouths may have been healthier than ours today.  The "basic" foods that people ate allowed for more diverse bacteria to develop with none monopolizing the others.

The Industrial Revolution Introduced Processed Sugar And Many Flour-Based Foods

Our ancestors' lifestyles eventually changed from nomadic to agricultural.  Farming drastically changed their diets and may have started the decline in oral health.  But big changes came during the Industrial Revolution when processed sugar and flour became commonly consumed.  This change allowed for new cavity-causing bacteria to begin dominating modern mouths.

Be Smart, Eat Healthy, & Understand These Relationships

Eating is such a big part of life-physically, emotionally, and socially. In the end, of course, how we eat is an individual choice.  We just want you to be healthy, and your oral health is a huge component of your overall health.  So remember that consistently eating foods made from processed flour and lots of sugar can absolutely lead to a less healthy and more disease-prone mouth.

No need to adopt all of our ancestor's habits-like eating tons of meat, or drawing on cave walls.  But consider the things they were doing RIGHT, like eating more natural foods.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October: National Dental Hygiene Month!

October is here again and time to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month!  The American Dental Hygiene Association and the Wrigley Company have once again partnered together for the fifth consecutive year to help raise public awareness about good oral health.  This year's campaign once again focuses on Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew

  • BRUSH: Always brush two minutes, two times a day, every day
  • FLOSS: Ensure Flossing is a Daily Habit
  • RINSE: Use mouthwash to improve oral health
  • CHEW: Chewing sugar-free gum after eating can help fight tooth decay

More evidence continues to surface related to the important connection between good oral hygiene and the elevated risk for heart disease and stroke.  Simply remembering to brush two minutes twice daily, to effectively floss daily and to maintain your regular dental cleanings, can significantly reduce the oral bacteria that has been associated with your heart health!

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October: The Dental Connection!

Hard to believe that it's October! Before long, the year will be over yet again. As the year starts to enter the last quarter of 2014, just a friendly reminder to all of our patients with flex spending, health savings, or insurance benefits that it's time to schedule your dental visits so that you can optimize your benefits.

Space is limited and schedules can get really busy around the approaching Holidays!  So don't wait, call our office at 918-455-0123 to set your dental appointment today!

God Bless,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Snack Foods: The Dental Connection!

Your eating habits and food choices can lead to tooth decay! Although a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, can damage teeth, even snacking on healthy foods throughout the day or "grazing" can also lead to an increased risk for cavities!

Consider these choices to reduce your risk for decay:

  • Only have sugary foods and drinks with meals.
  • Limit sugary drinks and snacks between meals.
  • Chew ADA Approved sugarless gum.
  • Drink water.
  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Commit to regular dental visits.

Although almost all foods have some type of sugar, eating a balanced diet can help to keep you from feeling tired, getting sick, being overweight, and developing other health related problems, like tooth decay.  If you have any questions concerning nutrition and tooth decay, or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cardiovascular Health: The Dental Connection!

Studies continue to show a strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.  Cardiovascular disease remains American's leading killer according to the American Heart Association.  And an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease, also know as periodontal disease.

People with gum disease are believed to have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.  Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, regular dental visits to our office can help detect early warning signs of gum disease, which again, has been linked to heart disease.  Early detection and prevention is the key!


  • Blood Pressure: Less than 120/80
  • Cholesterol:  Less than 200
  • BMI:  Less than 25
  • Periodontal Numbers: 1-4MM

There are many benefits to visiting our office on a regular basis in addition to maintaining your dental health.  If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Stress: The Dental Connection!

Stress symptoms--which can include high blood pressure, severe headaches, and insomnia--may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it.  You may think illness is the culprit when in fact stress may actually be the reason.  While not all stress is bad, most people overlook the toll that stress can cause on your mouth. How? Take a look:

  • Teeth Grinding
    • It's not uncommon for people dealing with stress to develop teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. People who grind their teeth at night may do so unconsciously, but the condition requires treatment to prevent the development of headaches, TMJ, and tooth damage.
  •  Mouth Sores
    • Research suggests that stress and depression harm your immune system, making it easier for infections to develop and stick around.  That can mean canker sores or a cold sore outbreak.
  • Bad Habits
    • Stress can lead to bad oral health habits such as smoking, drinking, and neglecting your daily brushing and flossing routine.  If you've been feeling under pressure lately, try to keep up your oral health routine--it will serve you well when your stress levels return to normal.

Although there's not always an easy way to reduce your stress levels, eating healthy, exercising regularly, spending time with your friends and family, and most importantly, prayer, are all good places to start.  If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, September 5, 2014

Autumn: The Dental Connection!

For many people, autumn brings with it a number of new beginnings.  Fall is the time that many people return to school, get back to the daily grind after an enjoyable summer, and even get married.  As the weather cools down, it's easier to enjoy the outdoors.  And regardless of what fall-related events are on your calendar, our team at Thomas Family Dentistry want you to look your best.

One of the very first things that people will notice about you is your smile.  And if yours has become less dazzling over the years-as teeth tend to do-you know how disappointing it is not to have the beautiful, pearly white look you're used to.


  • For school-bound students and autumn brides, fall calendars are certainly filled.  School and weddings call for large financial investments, loads of social interaction, and a large amount of personal dedication.  So the last thing any bride or student wants to think about is a less-than radiant smile.
  • For many, there is a lack of confidence associated with their smile and investing in teeth-whitening techniques can be an effective solution.  Studies suggest that not only can you experience a boost in the level of confidence, but also you may find that other advantages quickly fall into place.

  • Personal and work-related relationships
  • Job interviews and meetings
  • Success when dealing with customers and potential clients
  • Your personality and general happiness as you age
  • Overall outlook on daily interactions

All of these benefits can relate directly to how you see yourself.  When you are insecure with something as prominent as your smile, it can affect the way that you handle your life, everything from social gatherings to professional situations.  Now is the perfect time to rejuvenate your smile. With the right teeth-whitening product and regular hygienic practices, walking down the aisle or starting the new semester with the utmost confidence has never been easier.  If you have any questions about making your smile the brightest it can be, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer 2014: Remembered!

Now that Labor Day has come and gone and Summer is fading into Fall, the temperatures will soon start cooling down, the leaves will change, and everyone's focus will be on the Tulsa State Fair, Fall Festivals and Thanksgiving plans!  But before we all shift gears into our Fall routines, take a moment to remember your favorite parts of this past Summer! Did you take a wonderful family trip, pick up a new hobby, or just try to spend as much time outside as possible?  No matter what your Summer activities entailed, we'd love to have you share them with us here or on on our Facebook page!

God Bless,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day 2014!

Labor Day honors the contributions that workers have made to our great country, and for many Americans, the holiday is a great time to relax at home with family or friends as most area Oklahoma schools mark their first official holiday of the year! While many people take in the first football game of the season, an estimated 33 million people travel more than 50 miles over the Labor Day Holiday weekend each year.  Check out these common Labor Day travel destinations!

  • Exploring of a National or State Park
    • On a national holiday like Labor Day, it is only fitting that many people experience the beauty of one of America's landscapes by heading out to the nearest national or state park.  Especially if you spend most days confined indoors at the office, the area parks can provide a relaxing scenic escape.
  • Visiting a BBQ Haven 
    • Barbecuing is a popular Labor Day activity, but instead of sweating over the grill or oven, many "grill-miesters" trek out to one of the country's BBQ capitals.  US News and World Report names Memphis as the top BBQ destination, with more than 80 BBQ restaurants in the city, most notably Corky's BBQ and Central BBQ. Kansas City is also known for the sweet taste of its sauces, while central Texas is said to have perfected the technique of smoking tender and flavorful brisket.
  • Relaxing on the Beach
    • Many people think of Labor Day as the unofficial start of fall, which brings cooler temperatures, more rain, and for many people, an end to lazy days at the beach.  Many beach goers end the summer's beach days with a bang by taking one more trip to one of the coasts or an area lakeside beach.

No matter what your plans may be this weekend, as the college football games kick-off this Saturday and the area teams gear-up for another exciting season, our staff would like to wish each of you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

God Bless,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Energy Drinks: The Dental Connection!

Energy drinks have been on the rise, taking up more and more space on grocery store shelves.  Drinks such as Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Monster Assault, Rockstar, and the like promise to jump-start your day, give you more energy, and help you feel more alert.  But they also do a lot more than that...Turns out, they can do a pretty good job of stripping your teeth of enamel!

Many of the popular energy drinks are loaded with a lot of citric acid.  In addition, they can be laden with preservatives (not to mention sugar), not only to enhance the flavor, but to extend the shelf life of the product.  While enamel loss, tooth decay, teeth sensitivity, and cavities cannot be fully blamed on energy drinks (improper oral hygiene at home and a lack of professional dental care also play a role), they can wreak havoc on the health of your teeth and gums, especially when consumed in more than moderation.  Over time, energy drinks can strip enamel, which is the outer layer that protects your teeth!

Follow these tips to help minimize the detrimental dental side effects associated with energy drinks:

  • Drink through a straw.
  • Don't hold the drink in your mouth before swallowing.
  • Rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking this kind of beverage to both neutralize the acid and increase saliva production.
  • Chew sugar-free gum immediately after, to increase saliva production.
  • Don't brush your teeth right after drinking an energy drink.  Wait at least an hour instead, because the combination of the acid and brushing will further damage tooth enamel.

The best advice is to refrain from drinking energy drinks altogether.  One of the best hydrators is water.  Water is a natural energy-booster and hydrator, and it doesn't contain calories.

If your have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Adventures of 2014!

As Summer starts to wind down and many of the area schools start back, it has been a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories.  Whether you headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, hit America's open roads or just had fun in the backyard, our team at Thomas Family Dentistry would love to hear all about your favorite summertime activities.  We encourage you to post any stories or photos from your favorite Summer Adventures on our Facebook wall!

Thanks for staying connected with us,
God Bless,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Technique Is Everything: The Dental Connection!

Although brushing on a regular basis is critical for a healthy mouth, many teens and patients of all ages can actually overdo a good thing! Known as "toothbrush abrasion," over brushing can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums, not to mention the wearing down of the protective layers of your tooth enamel.  Over brushing can also push back your gums, and in the process, expose the dentin layer under the enamel.

Technique is everything.  The following brushing tips can ensure proper dental hygiene without any unintended negative consequences!

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Keep the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the gum line
  • Move the toothbrush in a scrubbing motion: Never saw back and forth
  • Apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums
  • Replace the toothbrush if the bristles are frayed, bent or it's 3 months old
  • Brush for two minutes, twice daily

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, August 1, 2014

SIX: The Dental Connection!

When was the last time that you paid us a visit?  If you are like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago.  We hear the reasons why people neglect their regular dental visits all of the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, fear, and LIFE!  However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and for your overall health as well.

You may brush for two minutes twice daily and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups are NOT about addressing problems and reacting to them.  They are about cavity prevention!  No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food, other debris and bacterial buildup can develop between your teeth.  This accumulation can make your teeth vulnerable to decay and gum disease.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced! Prevention truly is the key!  Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you are overdue for your next cleaning or have a question, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Corrosion: Your Grill Connection!

Looking inside someone's mouth, the members of our dental team can learn a lot!  We can get clues about your diet, how sound you sleep, and perhaps whether or not you struggle with acid reflux.

Acid Reflux Disease Is Very Common Today

Acid reflux is quite common in adults over the age of 20.  This is a condition where stomach acid leaks up into the esophagus creating heartburn or regurgitation.  Often, the symptoms are not severe so it can go unnoticed or ignored.

Most People Don't Realize The Potential Effects On Teeth

If you suffer from acid reflux, it's possible that there's more damage going on than you realize. Frequent and/or severe reflux can cause those powerful acids to reach your mouth-and your teeth, which can lead to enamel erosion.  Although the following symptoms can be caused by a number of conditions, acid reflux is certainly one of them.

Common Symptoms

  • Sensitivity to certain foods
  • Unexplained pain or irritation in your mouth
  • Noticeable thinning or shortening of teeth
  • Darkening of your teeth

Protecting Your Smile
  • Treat Your Acid Reflux Disease
    • Seek Medical Help
  • Make Simple Dietary Changes
    • Limit acidic foods and drinks
  • Rinse Your Mouth With Water After Reflux Episodes
    • Don't let acids sit on your teeth
  • Wait An Hour After Reflux Episodes To Brush Your Teeth
    • Brushing immediately can be harsh on your teeth
  • Keep Your Mouth Moist And Fresh
    • Chew sugarless gums, lozenges, or candies.

If you have any questions concerning acid reflux or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Swimming Pools: The Dental Connection!

Summertime is all about smiling and having fun!.  It's a time for family vacations, late night ice cream trips with friends, and backyard BBQ's. Summertime also includes lots of swimming for the entire family.  Swimming is a great way to spend time together along with wonderful exercise for the whole family as well.   But there are hidden dangers lurking in your pool for your teeth and health!

Did you know that poor maintenance of pool chemicals can cause damage to your tooth enamel? A poorly controlled pool can cause permanent damage to your family's teeth.  Swimming pool water that is over chlorinated (commonly see in community pools) can cause tooth enamel erosion and permanently stain your teeth!  Tooth erosion is the wearing and loss of enamel by the effects of acid.  Excessive amount of chlorine in the swimming pool will lower the pool's pH level.  This makes the pool water acidic.  That acid, with continued exposure over time, can cause hard, brown tartar deposits and begin to cause tooth enamel erosion.  If you have ever been to a pool where your eyes begin to water or your nose burns from sniffing the pool water, the pH was very low in that pool.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Break & Wisdom Teeth: The Dental Connection!

After your son or daughter departs for college, the last thing you want to get is a call or text to learn that your kid is in pain.  Although there are not many emergency situations that can be avoided when it comes to dental health, one crisis that can easily be prevented before your teen heads away to school is wisdom tooth pain.

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt in the late teen to early 20s.  Wisdom teeth can go from barely noticeable to extremely painful in a very short period of time. Because most people do not have enough space for wisdom teeth to erupt fully and remain perfectly aligned, pain, swelling, infection, damage to adjacent teeth, and decay commonly develop.  These problems can brew beneath the surface for weeks or months, offering no warning before painful symptoms occur! To prevent these inconvenient episodes, most oral surgeons currently recommend to electively remove the wisdom teeth before they become symptomatic.

Summer break is the perfect time to remove wisdom teeth so that your child can avoid the stressful scenario of experiencing this emergency while they are away from home.  If you have any questions about wisdom teeth or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th Of July!

Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of our country and its independence on the Fourth of July.  There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large scale gatherings, to concerts, fireworks displays, and smaller scale celebrations among family and friends.   For some people, July 4th is synonymous with baseball, while for others, it is all about the beach and barbecues.  However you celebrate, you can be sure that red, white, and blue is visible everywhere throughout the area.  Check out these fun facts about the "Fourth" that you may not have known:


  • The reason the stars on the original flag were arranged in a circle is because it was believed that it would indicate that all of the colonies were equal.
  • Americans eat over 150 million hot dogs on July 4th.
  • Imports of fireworks each year totals over $211 million.
  • The first "official" Fourth of July party took place at the White House in 1801.
  • Benjamin Franklin didn't want the national bird to be the bald eagle.  He believed that the turkey was better suited for the coveted distinction.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed with him, and he was outvoted, so the bald eagle became the official bird of the United States.

No matter how or where you celebrate, one thing is certain, All Americans celebrate July 4th as the birth and independence of our great country. Have a great day and may God Bless America!

God Bless,

Friday, June 27, 2014

Healthy Summer Foods: The Dental Connection!

Summer--that wonderful time of year when fresh and delicious produce abound! Good oral health requires an appropriate mix of vitamins and minerals from nature's bounty no matter what time of year.  In previous studies, nutrients from fruits and vegetables such as dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants have all been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and cancers, including oral cancer.

Here are four summertime foods that can improve your dental health:

  • Watermelons 
    • Watermelons have a high water content, which dilutes the affects of the sugars they contain and stimulates the flow of saliva.  In addition to containing skin-protecting lycopene, eating watermelon can help you stay hydrated during the summer months, which not only keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable, but also helps to keep your body cool.
  • Strawberries
    • Strawberries are juicy and delicious, and they are considered a superfood. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (such as vitamin C, which can help with cancer prevention), strawberries also promote eye health, help fight bad cholesterol, and regulate blood pressure.
  • Apples
    • Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, which lowers the levels of bacteria and other harmful acids, leading to a lower likelihood of tooth decay and helps you attain a whiter, healthier smile!  Apples can also boost your immune system, reducing cholesterol and helping you avoid Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as lowering your risk of heart disease.
  • Tomatoes
    • Tomatoes are a delicious and healthy snack that can help you ward off cancer. The yummy red fruit contains lycopene, which helps protect your skin from sunburn.  Tomatoes can also help you fight heart disease due to niacin, folate, and vitamin B6 nutrients that they contain.   They are also high in crucial antioxidants, such as vitamin A and vitamin C, which work to prevent DNA damage.

Have a great summer and enjoy these healthy foods.  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Enjoyment: The Dental Connection!

During the summer months, many people take road trips to visit family members. Some head off to the airport to enjoy a long-awaited vacation far away, while others look forward to spending time with friends and family at home.  However you spend the few short months of summer, here are a few tips to make your summertime more enjoyable.

  • Have the AC Checked.  During the hottest days of summer, many families find themselves sweating it out due to a broken air conditioning system.  Be proactive so you can avoid waiting for hours or days because the HVAC repair person is booked solid.
  • Ensure Security If You Are Away.  If you leave for vacation, the last thing you should have to worry about is the security of your home.  If possible, install a home security system, or, put a timer on your lights so they go on and off at normal times.  You can also alert the local police department that you will be away or ask a friend or family member to drive by your home once in a while to make sure everything is okay.
  • Get Your Dental Check-Up Before Your Vacation.  Many people put off their exams until after summer vacation.  Avoid the crowds and make sure your dental health is in top shape prior to vacation time to avoid any inconveniences. 

However you spend the days of summer, stay safe and comfortable.  As you plan ahead, take care of your health and secure your home first, then you can truly focus on creating memories with family members and friends while enjoying your favorite summertime traditions!

If you are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, June 13, 2014

SUMMER: The Dental Connection!

Summer is quickly nearing, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for all of our great patients!

Since everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around, we have a few reminders to keep your pearly whites healthy and beautiful over the summer!  Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks, or dark colored juices.  Not only can drinks like these weaken your enamel, but they can also darken that fabulous smile!  Another tip is to focus on brushing your teeth; everyone knows that the summer can be packed full of fun activities that lend to a very busy schedule, and with that, good brushing sessions tend to take the backseat!  A good tip for keeping your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls is to rinse your mouth with water after any meal that you don't have time to brush after.  Your teeth, inside and out, will benefit!

And finally, whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, or just to have fun in the backyard this summer, we want to hear all about it!  Make sure to let us know what you've been up to on our Facebook page!  We also encourage you to post any photos from your summertime adventures!

If you have any questions about keeping your teeth white and bright this summer or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, June 6, 2014

BIG CEDAR: The Dental Connection!

Big Cedar, the Bass Pro Outdoor Adventure Destination south of Branson, Missouri, was the location for the annual oral health update!  I recently attended this conference as part of my continuing dental education program to stay current on the latest challenges that may encounter our patient's dental health.  This intense four day conference provided the latest information on today's most current oral health challenges from oral cancer early detection, the rapidly increasing use of e-cigarettes, the increased prevalence of the causes and treatments of dry mouths, to the latest information related to women's dental health issues pertaining to osteoporosis prevention and treatment options!  Although it was jam packed with very beneficial dental health topics, it was well worth it because I am always striving to obtain the latest dental information that may impact your overall dental health in the ever changing world of dentistry. In my spare time, Big Cedar provided a wonderful venue to enjoy the great outdoors!

If you have any questions related to this oral health update or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Facial Protection: The Dental Connection

Every year the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy of Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons combine their forces to educate and remind us of the importance of protecting our face and teeth against impacts and injuries.

Wearing a helmet can save your life and prevent devastating physical damage in a variety of situations, from playing football to riding a bicycle.  According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, helmets reduce the risk of various head injuries by as much as 85 percent.

To prevent dental injuries, a mouthguard can protect you against a variety of dental injuries, such as cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth.  The American Dental Association states that mouth guards play an essential role in preventing up to 200,000 dental injuries each year.  Although the "boil-and-bite" guards are cheaper, they tend to wear out quickly, interfere with proper breathing, and provide uneven degrees of cushion against impacts.

To learn more about an affordable custom-fit athletic mouthguard or if you are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123! Play safe!

God Bless,

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day 2014!

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service to our country.  Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Although marking the graves of fallen soldiers has been practiced throughout history, it wasn't until 1890 that every state in our country was observing a single day of decoration to honor their sacrifice. In 1967, the name was formally changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, in order to encompass all fallen American soldiers in all wars and conflicts.

Today, while there is certainly an air of remembrance on Memorial Day, it has become more a day of spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. This day is also heralded as the start of summer, with many schools finishing for the year around this time.

From community parades, backyard cook-outs, fireworks to formal ceremonies, Memorial Day is commemorated in many different ways.  No matter how you choose to spend this day, take a moment to remember all of those who have lost their lives in an effort to preserve our freedom!

God Bless,

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day: A Special Wish!

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there."                   -Robert Browning

We would like to take this moment to thank all of the great moms out there for being so great during their children's visit's to our office!  Whether it's driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for "being there" while their child receives dental treatment, the moms who come to our office are all stellar individuals, so our entire staff would like you to know that we appreciate you all!

Happy Mother's Day and enjoy your special day!

If you are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Hard Facts: The Dental Connection!

What is as brittle as glass and at the same time, the hardest substance in your body?  Your tooth enamel!!  Each time that you bite down, it handles the equivalent of 160 pounds of pressure, time after time after time.  Think about how often you bite down during your lifetime. It's crazy!

It's an engineering marvel.  Enamel is actually made up of a dense forest of long rods.  These rods start crisscrossing each other as they go deeper into the tooth, diffusing the pressure. It's like sprawling your body out flat to crawl over an ice-covered pond, spreading the pressure over a wider area.

Enamel: Built For Pressure...But Not Erosion!

As strong as your enamel is, it does not deal well with acid and bacteria.  It needs our help for that!

    • Acidic breakdown from pop, fruit juices, and sports drinks.
    • Abrasion from rough brushing and tooth-whitening products.
    • Bad habits loke tooth-grinding.
    • High sugar-and-starch diets, which create acid byproducts.

Your Enamel Is Finite: So Treat It Well!

As amazing as your enamel is, it's one of the only body parts of your body that is unable to regenerate itself because it's one of the only parts of your body that is not comprised of living cells. So protect your enamel by brushing regularly, flossing, and keeping your regularly scheduled checkups.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, April 25, 2014

April & Oral Cancer Awareness: The Dental Connection!

With April drawing to a close, we wanted to take one final opportunity to reflect on Oral Cancer Awareness.  Nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and more than 8,000 die every year from the disease!  Regular dental visits to our office can be the first line of defense against oral cancer, by identifying early warning signs of the disease, or by helping you with preventive care tips to lower the chances of developing it.

While there is no way to predict exactly which individuals will get oral cancer, there are some potential causes you should know about--because in some causes, you can minimize these risk factors:

  • AGE. Most patients are over the age of 40.
  • TOBACCO.  All tobacco products increase the risk.
  • ALCOHOL.  Excessive consumption, especially in combination with tobacco use.
  • INFECTIONS.  Persistent viral infections, such as HPV16.
  • DIET.  Low consumption of fruits and vegetables increase the risk.

If you have any questions concerning oral cancer or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Allergies: The Dental Connection!

Spring brings many allergens not only to Oklahoma but all across the country.   With the awakening of the flowers and trees from a longer than usual Winter, noses are starting to be more sensitive to pollen and other allergens that are floating around.  As Spring continues to burst forth, we usually have an influx of patients that drop by with "sensitive" teeth. Although the teeth are mostly fine, quite often what happens is that some of the tooth roots lie in close proximity to the sinus cavity.  When the sinuses are inflamed and irritated due to Spring allergens, it can make teeth ache.

If you experience any of these dental sensitivities or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring & Your New Smile: The Dental Connection!

Spring is in the air! Soon the Tulips will be blooming and the world will awaken from its winter sleep!  Since springtime also conjures up thoughts of the traditional "spring cleaning," now is also a great time to remember to call our office for your dental cleaning.  After all, studies have shown that there could be a link between proper oral and dental care and heart disease, diabetes, and even stroke.  Regular visits to our office can keep harmful bacteria from entering your body by removing plaque build up.

Another great benefit to scheduling your 6-month visit is the opportunity for us to screen for other potential health hazards.  Spruce up your smile with a Spring cleaning! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

As the famous quote goes "St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time--a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."  From green shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold, it seems that everyone becomes Irish, and that is the universal beauty of the holiday! Celtric pride does not discriminate.

St. Patrick's Day is an important cultural and religious holiday.  There are lavish parades and church services across Ireland on March 17th.  Over time, however, the holiday has developed into a day to observe Irish culture in general. In places like England and the United States, where there is a large Irish community, the holiday has a greater significance than in other countries.  From the streets of Boston to St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, it is a day of celebration, and many Americans of Irish descent will cook up a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage.

So, to all who are Irish or have chosen to be Irish for the day, our office wishes you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  If you are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Monday, March 10, 2014

March & National Nutrition: The Dental Connection!

March has arrived and not only is Spring in the air, but it is National Nutrition Month.  Every March, the dental community celebrates this occasion by focusing on diabetes, obesity, periodontal disease and the link that exists between healthy eating, physical activity and oral health.

Small changes can really make a big difference.  Check out some advice from the American Diabetic Association on ways to start improving your diet this March.

  • Focus On Fruits And Vegetables
  • Think Fresh, Think Local
  • Make Each And Every Calorie Count
  • Make Healthy Snack Choices
  • Expand Your Menu Horizons

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, February 28, 2014

Chocolate: The Dental Connection!

Even though Valentine's Day 2014 is a mere memory, read on to learn more about a "healthier" dental connection to the "sweetest time" of the year! From a student handing out sweets for her classmates to an older married couple exchanging boxes of candy, Valentine's Day is definitely the time of year when more people like to show affection by gifting sugary treats to their loved ones.  Whether you're on the giving or receiving end of Valentine's Day candy, you can celebrate the holiday in a healthier way by making dark chocolate your confection of choice.

Health Benefits
According to the Cleveland Clinic, studies have shown that the cocoa beans used to make chocolate contain flavonoids, which can help protect the body against damage from various toxins. Flavonoids may also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart and the brain. Dark chocolates typically contain a higher amount of these flavonoids than other types, making them a great choice for chocolate lovers.

Cavity Protection
If you think that there's no way that candy could ever be beneficial for your teeth, think again.  The Texas A&M Health Science Center has reported that the tannins present in cocoa beans may actually help prevent cavities by interfering with bacteria's harmful interaction with teeth.  Just like flavonoids, tannins have been found to be present more often in dark chocolates, rather than milk chocolates, giving you another great reason to choose the richer, sweet varieties.

Avoiding A Sticky Situation
One more benefit of choosing chocolate over other candies is that it is less likely to get struck in the crevices and spaces between teeth.  Gooey sweets like taffy can stay lodged in the mouth for longer periods of time, placing you at a greater risk for developing cavities.  When you choose chocolate, opt for the plain varieties.

Remember that the health benefits that you can receive from dark chocolate are largely based on eating candy in moderation.  With that being said, it's easy to make this delicious and health conscious switch when satisfying your sweet tooth.  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, February 21, 2014

Heart Disease: The Dental Connection!

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 200 million Americans suffer some degree of inflammation of the gums.  Over the past decade, researchers have published studies that link the bacteria involved in periodontal (gum) disease to cardiovascular disease.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have connected oral infections to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and low birth weights.

Studies also suggest that the common bacteria that cause periodontal disease are also responsible for causing a thickening of the carotid arteries, which increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke.  Although further research is presently being conducted to more fully understand the link between oral health and heart disease, the same species of bacteria that causes gum disease has been discovered in the plaque in the arteries of the heart!

To learn more about the connection between heart disease and oral health, or if you are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123.  Remember, a clean mouth can lead to a much happier heart!

God Bless,

Saturday, February 15, 2014

NCDH: The Dental Connection!

February marks another National Children's Dental Health Month, which has been sponsored by the American Dental Association for the past 64 years in order to raise awareness about the importance of children's oral health. During the month of February, the ADA encourages all parents and caregivers to help children develop good dental habits at an early age.  Regular dental visits can help children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you have questions about your children's dental health or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day: The Rest Of The Story

Did you know that the actions leading to the beginnings of Valentine's Day were actually centered on the avoidance of war? A Catholic priest named Valentine defied the orders of the Emperor Claudius II and secretly married young men and their brides after the emperor had declared it illegal because only single, young men could be sent to war.  Rather than lose potential soldiers to fight his war, Claudius attempted to hoard them by proclaiming that marriage was illegal.

Valentine continued to marry young couples anyway and, eventually, was put to death for it in 270 AD.  Before his death, he sent a letter to a secret love and signed it "From your Valentine."  Nearly 1800 years later, people are still signing letters and cards in the manner.  As Paul Harvey so eloquently would say..."and now you know the rest of the story."

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Thomas Family Dentistry!

God Bless,

Friday, February 7, 2014

February & Your Heart: The Dental Connection!

The American Academy of Periodontology stresses the importance of good oral health since gum disease may be linked to heart disease and stroke!  Studies suggest that oral bacteria may affect heart health when it enters the blood and attaches to the fatty plaque in the heart's blood vessels.  This can cause the formation of blood clots.  And yet another study suggests the possibility that inflammation could be a contributing link between periodontal disease and heart disease.  Gum disease increases plaque buildup, and inflamed gums may also contribute to the development of swollen or inflamed coronary arteries.

Although there is no definitive proof to support these theories, it is widely acknowledged that better oral health contributes to overall better health.  When people take good care of their teeth, get thorough exams, and a professional cleaning twice a year, the buildup of plaque on the teeth is lessened.  A healthy, well-balanced diet will also contribute to better oral and heart health.  There is a lot of truth to the saying "you are what you eat."  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, January 31, 2014

Stress: The Dental Connection!

Did you know that while you sleep, your mouth can be very active?  If you find yourself waking up with headaches, facial pain, neck aches, ear aches, or a sore jaw, then you may have been clenching or grinding your teeth, a condition called bruxism.

Although many people experience some extent of bruxism, only a very small percentage of the population are actually aware of the long term dental consequences.  From unexplained chipping of teeth and dental restorations to tooth aches, the dental impacts of unimpeded clenching and grinding can be very costly. And with the built in stresses of today's hectic lifestyle, these dental problems are becoming more common.  To reduce the impact of bruxism, check out the following.

  • Reduce Stress
    • To help relax your jaw muscles and prevent grinding
  • Wear A Custom Night Guard
    • To cushion your teeth and protect them from damage
  • Change Your Eating Habits
    • To decrease nightly grinding, avoid coffee, tea or alcohol before bed
  • Straighten Teeth
    • To decrease grinding, correct crooked teeth with braces

If you think that your teeth may not be getting the rest that they need at night or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, January 24, 2014

Your Morning Latte: The Dental Connection!

Many people consume a daily latte, but most people have no idea that those beverages may be harming their teeth, making them vulnerable to tooth erosion.  Certain beverages and foods can produce acid, which can cause tooth enamel to wear away, making your teeth sensitive and discolored. We now know that in many cases, what's important is not what you eat and drink, but rather how you consume it!

Common Sources Of Erosion
  • A Latte (Acid producing milk sugar).
  • Drinking carbonated or fruit drinks.
  • Eating sour foods or candies.
  • Acid reflux disease.
  • Bulimia or binge drinking.

  • Limit carbonated drinks.
  • Drink water without lemon.
  • Use a straw when consuming acidic beverages.
  • Limit acidic producing snacks.
  • Rinse with water after consuming acid producing foods.
  • Chew sugar-free gum.
  • Brush a minimum of two-minutes twice daily.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems, such as tooth erosion, do not become visible or painful until they are advanced.  Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve!   If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sour Candy & Battery Acid: The Dental Connection!

Do you have lots of cavities?  Perhaps it's because you lost a lot of enamel sucking on sour candy when you were a kid.  It's almost as bad as battery acid-except that it tastes much better!  Pure water's pH level is 7, which is a neutral acidic level. At pH4, your teeth start losing enamel, the protective coating of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest substance in human bodies. As it turns out, typical sour candy is pH3, which is kind of crazy. Check out the following pH chart.

  • Skittles                                    pH2.5
  • Baby Bottle Pop Powder       pH2.5
  • Brach's Gummi Bears            pH2.5
  • Sqwigglies Gummi Worms    pH2.5
  • Mentos Fruit Chew                pH2.4
  • Sour Skittles                           pH2.2
  • Altoids Mango Sours             pH1.9
  • Wonka Fun Dip Powder         pH1.8
  • WarHeads Sour Spray            pH1.6
  • BATTERY ACID                       pH1.0

The next time you reach for candy, remember that the only thing worse for your teeth than certain popular types of treats is BATTERY ACID!  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,

Monday, January 13, 2014

Canker Sores & Stress: The Dental Connection!

Canker sores are painful areas that form in the soft tissues of the mouth, usually along the inner lips, under the tongue, and along the cheek walls.  They are usually small and round, and take on a white or yellow hue.  Though most are generally harmless and tend to heal on their own within a week or two of appearing, canker sores can be very irritating.

Only about one in five people develop canker sores.  Of those who do, many develop them recurrently as a result of external factors.  Though canker sores have been connected to allergies and hormonal changes, many people who are prone to developing canker sores find that their outbreaks are stress-related.

A combination of emotional stress and fatigue can be a perfect storm for the development of mouth sores.  Some people say that they are not under stress when the canker sore forms, but the sores appear several days after a stressful event or situation instead.  Managing stress, reducing anxiety, and getting plenty of sleep may help prevent canker sores from forming and ensure that existing ones heal more quickly.

What to do if you develop canker sores

Do not be alarmed if you develop a canker sore.  They are not contagious and are not harmful to your health.  Over-the-counter oral numbing products can be used to manage pain, as can sucking on ice chips.  Canker sores may heal faster if you apply milk of magnesia to them daily and avoid spicy foods that could irritate them.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,