Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Cheer: The Dental Connection!

Spreading Holiday cheer begins with Fresh Breath! Not only during the Holidays, but everyday of the year, keeping your teeth clean and your breath minty fresh, can be a struggle for many people! Although good oral hygiene is the first step, there are many other factors that can contribute to bad breath such as tobacco, a dry mouth, medications, sinus issues, foods and gum disease.

So if Buddy the Elf's famous quote about Santa, your breath smells like "beef and cheese," is hindering you from spreading Christmas cheer, then remember that visiting our office for regular cleanings and exams can keep your Holidays fresh and bright!

God Bless,

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wisdom Teeth: The Dental Connection!

The wisdom teeth are the last permanent molars to emerge from the gums.  This can occur as early as age 17 or as late as 21. Though some teens and young adults experience a completely normal tooth eruption with ideally aligned molars that pose no health threat, this is not the case for everyone.

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, wisdom teeth must meet specific criteria to avoid a required extraction.  Theses guidelines include:

> Completely erupted and non-impacted
> Completely functional
> Painless
> Free of decay
> Disease-free
> Capable of being properly cleaned

If one or more of your child's wisdom teeth do not meet these conditions, it is recommended that you call our office at 918-455-0123 for an evaluation.

God Bless,

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Your Thoughts: The Dental Connection!

We strive each week to provide our fellow BLOG followers with information about important dental topics, treatments that we offer, and other technologies that could benefit your over all well-being!

This week, though, we want to know if there are specific topics that you would like to know about in the ever-changing and exciting field of dentistry!  What would you like us to focus on our BLOG?  Perhaps there's something you have wanted to see us address.  Feel free to leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page and we will do our best to incorporate your topic on our BLOG!

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

God Bless,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sofia Vergara: The Dental Connection!

So many people would think that a woman as attractive and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go.  However, Sofia's first career choice actually was to be a dentist! The famous TV star was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she decided to trade dental school for a career in television.

In a recent article in People magazine, Sofia stated that she is "obsessed" with dental hygiene. She also said that that she even makes her son have his teeth cleaned every three months!  Although a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people, especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease, may benefit from the three month frequency.  In fact, although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleaning, everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.  Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are great reasons to obtain regal checkups! They include:

  • A DENTAL EXAM. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier and less expensive to treat in the early stages.
  • AN ORAL CANCER SCREENING. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged, elderly and smokers.  The survival rate for this deadly disease improves dramatically if it is detected early.
  • A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING. Even if you floss daily, calcified dental tartar can build up near the gum line over time. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. Furthermore, tartar cannot be removed by flossing and brushing alone.

So take a tip from Sofia, and don't skimp on your professional cleanings and exams.  If you are in need of an appointment or have any further questions, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sleep Apnea & Cancer: The Dental Connection!

Recently, multiple studies have concluded that people with sleep apnea, a disorder that causes snoring, fatigue, and dangerous gaps in breathing at night due to throat muscles collapsing, are five time more likely to develop cancer.  In fact, one of the studies found that people with the most severe forms of sleep apnea had a 65 percent greater risk of developing cancer of any kind!

Researchers now believe that this could be due to the body lacking enough oxygen, a condition known as hypoxemia. Apparently, when people are hypoxic, their bodies react by producing more blood vessels, which can feed cancer cells, and as a result can cause tumors to grow and spread more rapidly.

Approximately 28 million North Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with many cases going undiagnosed.  This is due to most cancer patients not mentioning any sleep problems that they experience unless their doctor asks them.

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

God Bless,

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tender Gums: The Dental Connection!

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that results when bacteria in your mouth cause inflammation and tenderness in your gums.  This is a very common condition, and you can treat it effectively if you are aggressive.  Otherwise, it could develop into more advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, and you could lose one or more teeth.

Watch for the symptoms of gingivitis.  Early treatment is the key to success.  Strategies for treating gingivitis include thoroughly cleaning your teeth and assessing the scope of your gingivitis and how serious the problem is.

GINGIVITIS: Early Gum Disease

Your mouth contains many bacteria that form plaque, which is a sticky substance.  You can get rid of plaque by brushing well, but if you don't, it can build up on your teeth and form tartar.   Bacteria can make your gums inflamed and cause pain and bleeding, or gingivitis.  Other symptoms include loose teeth, bad breath, or receding gums, and sensitive teeth.  Your are at a higher risk for gingivitis if you are a smoker, if you have a weakened immune system, or if you have diabetes.


The first step is to call our office for an appointment.  Our dental team will assess your risk factors for gingivitis and examine your teeth and mouth for signs of red and swollen gums.  We may also measure the pockets around your teeth.  If they are larger than normal, then your gingivitis may be more advanced.  Finally, we will take some digital dental x-rays to get a picture of the bone structure of your jaw.

If you have tender gums, have other questions about gum disease, or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September & Gum Care: The Dental Connection!

September is the month that the dental community focuses on increasing the awareness about gum health and periodontal disease! With the fast pace that we all live under, many people are too busy to even recognize the first warning signs of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. Early recognition and action are the most important steps to healthy gums, and ultimately a healthy body as well.  Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. Since one of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs, check out the following list:

> Gums that appear red or swollen
> Gums that feel tender
> Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
> Gums recede or pull away from the teeth
> Persistent bad breath
> Loose teeth
> Any change in the way the teeth come together in the biting position

If you happen to notice any of these signs or if you are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Summer 2016

Now that summer is fading into fall, we always find it interesting to find out how our patients spent the summer!  Whether you visited our nation's capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed around our great state of Oklahoma and relaxed, we really want to know how you spent this summer.  Sharing your experiences or ideas can help spark others in their future adventures or vacations! So please take the time and share your summertime plans here or on our FB page!

God Bless,

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Around The World: The Dental Connection!

From the clinical perspective, dentistry is similar around the world.  Dentists, go to school, obtain a license, and work hard to prevent and treat tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, throat or oral cancer, tooth loss, and other conditions that might limit a person's ability to smile, bite, chew, or speak.  The quality of dental care, however, and availability for dental services varies between nations.


Developed countries have more dentists per capita than do developing nations, according to the World Health Organization.  There is one dentist for every 150,000 people in Africa, for example, as compared to about one dentist for every 2,000 citizens of an industrialized nation.  The lack of dentists in developing nations means that dental care is restricted to pain management and emergency care.

Dentistry often reflects the cultural views of a nation.  Some cultures acknowledge only the functional aspect of teeth, so dentists focus on preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Other cultures emphasize aesthetic appearances, so dentists there provide cosmetic procedures in addition to essential oral care.

Each nation imposes its own education and licensure requirements for dentists, but most require some college before four years of dental school.  The graduate must then pass local or national exams to practice in that region.  European schools and standards are similar to the United States.

While the role of the dentist is nearly the same in every country - to ensure the oral health of their citizens - dental care is different in each nation.  Regardless, you can rest assured that the care that you receive at our Broken Arrow, OK office is held to the highest standard.

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

God Bless,

Friday, July 14, 2017

Adult Visits: The Dental Connection!

During the recent decade between 2000 and 2010, the amount of adults who regularly visited their dentist declined, according to research released by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Center.  In fact, the same research found that the percentage of adults who had regular checkups 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.

There is some good news, however.  While adult visits may have decreased, children's visits were on the rise, particularly among low-income families.  More ole-income children are visiting the dentist now than they were ten years ago.

With the recent decline in adult dental visits, why is it recommended by the American Dental Association to visit the dentist every 6 months? While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings at our office ensure your and your child's teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning.  In additional to a thorough cleaning and teeth polishing, regular visits at our Broken Arrow office help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

If you are due or overdue a dental cleaning and exam, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, June 30, 2017

Super Models: The Dental Connection!

Grinding is a very common problem due to the extreme stress that most individuals deal with these days! Although most people think that Hollywood stars and super models are exempt from everyday stresses, Chrissy Teigen found herself experiencing the long-term effects of years of grinding while on a recent film shoot in Bangkok.

Chrissy recounted in an interview that she had chipped some teeth after years of grinding at night.  She explained, "I'm a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand." Thankfully, she was able to finish the job in spite of her mishap.

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone.  In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of clenching occurs subconsciously during the day, when you are trying to cope with a stressful situation.  Other times, it can occur at night while sleeping, which is why 90% of nocturnal grinders retain no memory of grinding in the morning.  Either way, it's a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces of bruxism (clenching and grinding), their hard covering can quickly start to wear away.  In time, teeth can become chipped, or worn down, even loose.  Bruxism can also lead to thermal sensitivities and headaches.

Although grinding at night or during the day can damage your smile, there are preventative dental treatments to prevent the adverse long term dental effects.  If you have any questions about grinding or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, June 9, 2017

Soft Drinks: The Dental Connection!

Depending upon what part of our great country that you reside, Soft Drinks are called many things from "Sodas, Pop or just Coke!"  Although one of these sweet drinks may not hurt your teeth, drinking them are a regular basis can make them a true enemy of a healthy smile!

Soft drinks are one of America's favorite drinks.  The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that about half of all Americans drink them regularly, averaging 2.6 glasses each and every day.

That's a lot, considering that soft drinks are very acidic, full of sugar, and have little to no nutritional value.  It may surprise you to learn that it's actually the acidity of colas, not the sugar, that poses the biggest threat to your teeth.  Over time, repeated exposure to soft drinks wears down tooth enamel, leaving teeth stained and less able to prevent cavities.

As enamel wears away, teeth can become very discolored, take on a rough texture, and become highly sensitive to hot or cold.  Your teeth may start to tingle, and brushing or flossing can cause pain.  If not checked by your dental professionals, teeth may start to erode, become thinner and more likely to chip or crack.  That's a pretty high price to pay for a glass of "the real thing!"

Of course, soft drinks are not the only causes of tooth erosion.  Coffee, wine, and some fruit juices are also highly acidic, though these drinks tend to have less acidity than a typical soft drink.

  • Cut Way Back On All Acidic Drinks
  • Add More Plain Water To Your Diet
  • Drink All Acidic Drinks Through A Straw
  • Don't Be Confused: Diet Soft Drinks Also Contain Acid
  • Rinse Your Mouth After Consuming Any Acidic Drink
  • Wait To Brush Your Teeth For About Twenty Minutes After Any Acidic Drink

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

God Bless,

Friday, May 26, 2017

Discoloration: The Dental Connection!

Looking back at childhood photos, you may notice picture after picture of yourself with a mouthful of shiny white teeth.  When you look in the mirror today, you wonder what happened to that beautiful smile? Many adults struggle with tooth discoloration and find it embarrassing to show off their teeth in a smile.  Once you identify the cause of your tooth discoloration, there are treatment options that can restore your teeth and your confidence.

There are a host of factors that may cause your teeth to discolor.  Some are directly under your control, and others may not be preventable.  Check out the list of common reasons that teeth become discolored.

  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Medical Conditions
  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Foods And Tobacco

After determining the cause of tooth discoloration, our office can suggest the appropriate treatment options.
  • Over-The-Counter Whitening Agents
  • In-Office Whitening Treatments
  • Bonding
  • Veneers
If you are concerned about your teeth becoming brown or yellow, think carefully about your diet and medication use.  Our office can help you identify the substances that may be causing the problems. After treatment for tooth discoloration, you will have a beautiful white smile!  If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, April 21, 2017

Royalty: The Dental Connection!

According the the British tabloid The Daily Mail, Prince William had to pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and have a chipped front tooth repaired after part of it was fractured while attending a friend's wedding.  While these types of dental problems are quite common, thankfully, many do not result in significant pain or discomfort.  And the first thing to always remember is to stay calm!

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are that the tooth can be repaired by using a tooth colored composite resin called bonding.  In this procedure, the bonded material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region.  Composite resin is a very strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. This procedure can be completed in one visit and while no dental repair will last forever, a bonded tooth can hold up well for years with only routine dental care.

The other common method of repair to restore a larger, painless fracture, is with a crown, commonly known as a "cap."  After a preparation, a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors is made.  From this model, the dental lab will fabricate a replica of the tooth and return the crown back to the office for adherence.  Crowns are not only much stronger than bonded material, they are life-like and can last for many years.

Whether the future king was "crowned" or simply received some bonding for his required dental repair, one may never know, but it's great to know that you don't have to be royalty to receive quality dental care!

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

God Bless,

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cancer Screenings: The Dental Connection!

In our continuing efforts to provide the highest quality of dental health care available to our patients, we regularly screen our patients for oral cancer.  The fact is, every hour of every day in North America, someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth most commonly diagnosed form of the disease.  Although the five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved, early detection is the key!

Oral cancer can occur on the lips, gums, tongue, inside lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and the floor of the mouth.  Symptoms of oral cancer may include a sore in the throat or mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal, a red or white patch that persists, a lump or thickening, ear pain, a neck mass, or coughing up blood.  Difficulties in swallowing, chewing, or moving the tongue or jaws are often late symptoms.

While there is no way to predict exactly which individuals will get oral cancer, there are potential causes like age, tobacco uses, excessive alcohol, persistent viral infections like HPV16 and a diet that is lacking or low in fruits and vegetables.

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

God Bless,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cavities: The Adult Dental Connection!

Sure, you brush your teeth and floss regularly, so you might think you're off the hook when it comes to the dental chair. However, it's just as important for adults to get regular dental exams as it it for kids. Cavities are common among adults, with 92% of people aged 18 to 64 having had cavities in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Our mouths are teaming with hundreds of types of bacteria. Some are helpful and maintain good health, while others are harmful.  Certain types of bacteria process the sugars in food and release acid in return.  Although minor decay can be naturally reversed by the body, if the decay progresses beyond the body's ability to reverse it, the acid will continue to wear away the enamel and create small holes in the surface of the teeth.

While some people are naturally more prone to cavities than others, making a few lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing cavities, including the following.

  • Food Choices
    • Eating fresh fruits and vegetables increases saliva production, which reduces the cavity risk.
  • Beverages
    • Replace all sugary drinks with unsweetened tea or fresh, unflavored water, which rinses your mouth and helps to prevent decay.
  • Fluoridated Water
    • Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that facilitates enamel growth and strength.
  • Home Care
    • Brushing and flossing removes harmful bacteria that cause cavities to develop.

One of the most important steps in cavity prevention is visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Consistent dental exams ensure that cavities are caught early, before they cause major damage to your teeth.

For more information about avoiding cavities, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kid's Motivation: The Dental Connection!

Before long, February will be history and National Children's Dental Health Month will be over for yet another year.  As the national dental focus shifts away from children, many parents find it difficult to keep their children interested in their dental health for the rest of the year!  Looking for ways to motivate your child to brush his or her teeth?  Using fun facts about different kinds of teeth can spark your children's interest in their own oral health.  Check out these facts from the American Dental Association!

  • Humans have two sets of teeth.
  • Humans have 32 teeth.
  • A Hippo actually has 40 teeth, even though you usually only see four.
  • Dogs rarely get cavities because their saliva has a very high pH.
  • An elephant's molars can weigh up to 10 lbs!
  • The teeth of a pocket gopher grow up to 15 inches a year!
  • Although a blue whale is the largest mammal, it has no teeth!
  • Armadillos have 104 teeth!
  • Snails can have 25,000 teeth, which are located on their tongue!
  • Dolphins have only one set of teeth for their lifetime.

Comparing your kid's teeth to their own favorite animals can help keep them focused on maintaining their own!  If you have any questions concerning your children's dental health, or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February: National Children's Dental Health Month!

February marks another National Children's Dental Health Month, which has been sponsored by the American Dental Association for the past 67 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, January 27, 2017

College Years: The Dental Connection!

Many recent high school graduates find themselves in their first year in college, and for many, it will be their first time living away from home. But with the excitement of new freedom, there is also the opportunity to make poor choices that could impact long-term health, especially their teeth and gums.

Check out the following tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy during those important college years.


If you would like more information on oral health or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bad Breath: The Dental Connection!

Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk a smelly mouth.  There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others.  Check out ways to do so below.

    • In spite of recent Federal news related to the ineffectiveness of flossing and as difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen up your mouth.
    • Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find that it still smells after brushing and flossing.
    • Whether after taking a nap, or having a full night's rest, brushing your teeth upon waking will reduce bad breath by decreasing the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth during sleep.

There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum and mints, the above mentioned ways are just a few that you can try.  Test them out and you will likely find that your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduced.  

If you have any questions about the dental connection related to bad breath or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Smokeless Tobacco: The Dental Connection!

Many smokers believe that chewing tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.  This simply isn't the case!  In fact, smokeless tobacco can cause serious health concerns.

Smokeless tobacco comes in many forms and goes by many names: dip, snuff, snus, or simply chewing tobacco.  Use of these products usually involves sucking or chewing on shredded or loose tobacco leaves, sometimes flavored, for a prolonged period.  There are even products that emulate a dissolvable candy-like consistency which are made of compressed tobacco powder.


Whichever form a tobacco product takes, the dangers of using or consuming them is very real. According to a 2007 study by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, there are upwards of 28 cancer-causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco that are known to cause cancer.  And these products are habit-forming just like any other tobacco product that contains nicotine.  Using them will increase your risk for many serious diseases including but not limited to: cancer (especially oral and esophageal), gum and heart disease, cavities, and pre-cancerous mouth lesions.

At the end of the day, long-term use of smokeless tobacco can cause serious health issues.  These products really take a toll on both your oral and overall health.  They put a strain on your immune system and make it less capable of warding off infection and disease.


There are many resources that are available today for those that desire to quit.  The National Cancer Institute offers information, support (local and online), and tools to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users.  They offer live online chat with cessation counselors Monday through Friday and even have a smartphone application available to help people who are serious about quitting.  Taking a look at the website or calling the toll-free line at 1-877-44U-QUIT for additional tools can provide further assistance in your pursuit of breaking the hold of tobacco.

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

God Bless,


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dieting: The Dental Connection!

Especially with the start of each new year, dieting seems to top the resolutions list. Cutting carbs and sugar are the first dietary items that join the forbidden list.  And, it goes without saying that everyone realizes that pop and sugary drinks like the popular coffee shop fraps would not make the top recommended drinks to prevent tooth decay.  However, there doesn't seem to be much thought taken to the effects of dieting or even just your regular diet has on your teeth.  While most people focus on healthy eating habits in order to reduce their waistline, the same dietary choices can also help to ensure that your teeth stay strong and cavity-free as well.

Without a detailed and complicated lesson in microbiology, let's first consider the basics of how your mouth functions.  Harmful bacteria form a plaque, an invisible film coating on your teeth, which converts foods, especially sugary ones, into acid that dissolves your enamel.  On the other hand, your God-given saliva helps to dilute the bacterial acids.  The minerals contained in your saliva also help to repair the surface damage.  Your diet can play a very important role in managing this delicate balance of bacterial damage and remineralization of the enamel.

Check out the following information on dietary choices and dental health:


  • Calcium and Phosphorus Rich Foods
    • Milk, Cheese, Nuts, Chicken
  • Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
    • Apples, Carrots, Celery, Pears, Lettuce
  • Sugar Substitutes
    • Stevia, Equal

  • Sugary Snacks
    • Cookies, cakes, candies
  • Sugary or Acidic Beverages
    • Any pop, including diet, Sports Drinks, Lemon Containing Drinks
  • Acidic Foods and Vegetables
    • Tomatoes, Citrus Fruits, Certain Berries, Peaches, Lemons

Making wise dietary choices can keep your teeth healthy and strong! If you do occasionally choose food items that can potentially weaken your enamel, it is now recommended to immediately, and vigorously, rinse your mouth with plain water after consuming these items in order to dilute the acid concentration that is in contact with the enamel surfaces.  Waiting to brush for about 20 minutes will allow the pH of your mouth to rebound back to its normal level.

If you have any further questions about the important Dental Connection of your diet and decay, or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,