Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays: The Dental Connection!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!  The entire office of Thomas Family Dentistry sends out it's warmest wishes to all of our patients, friends, family, and to everyone.

Our Broken Arrow office will be closed until January 1st and will re-open Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 8:00AM.

Be safe and may you enjoy this special time of year!

God Bless,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Goodies: The Dental Connection!

Everyone at Thomas Family Dentistry knows that maintaining a healthy diet over the holiday season can prove a difficult task.  After all, who can resist the tasty treats of Christmas?  With grandma and everybody else offering you candy, chocolates or Christmas pudding, it's hard to say "I'll pass" each time!  Unfortunately, every time you indulge in a Christmas treat, the bacteria in your mouth feast on the sugar as well.  The sugar turns into acid, which can dissolve the enamel on your teeth!

The American Dental Association recommends eating nuts or dried fruit as an alternative to those sugary delights.  Not only do nuts and dried fruit have a greater nutritional value, but they can also satisfy your sweet tooth!  Both nuts and fruit are a great source of fiber, an appetite suppressant, and are a great source of Vitamins E, B6 and B9, which boost your immune system.

If you must indulge in chocolaty goodness this Christmas season, remember to brush your teeth after eating these sugary treats!  If you have a dental question, give us a call at 918-455-0123!

Have a great Holiday Season!

God Bless,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santa's Milk And Cookies: The Dental Connection!

That milk and cookies that are left out for Santa have more of a dental connection than you may know!

Our team wants you to know:  Is dairy a major part of your diet?  If not, it should be!  A study from the American Academy of Periodontology found that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can actually lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).  Results of the study also showed that adults who consume at least 55 grams of lactic acid a day are less at risk for gum disease.

Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your child's teeth.  In addition to providing large amounts of much-needed calcium, cheese also does its part to fight cavities. Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack all stimulate the body's salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris and protect them from acids that weaken them, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  This means that cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal.  Calcium and phosphorous found in cheese reduce or prevent decreases in the plaque's ph level and work to re-mineralize the enamel of your child's teeth.

Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth.  Next time you reach for a quick snack, choose some cheese, or a glass of milk, and remember that with each bite, and every sip, you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles and good oral health!

For more information about which dairy products are best for keeping your teeth healthy, please give us a call at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Break: The Dental Connection!

With today marking the end of the school semester for many,  our team at Thomas Family Dentistry want to know how you will be spending your Christmas Break!  Whether you have an exciting family vacation planned, just hanging out around town, catching up on sleep, or spending time with your friends, let us know!

Feel free to share your Holiday plans, experiences and memories with us here or on our Facebook page!  No matter what your plans may be or where your plans may take you, we would like to wish all of our valued patients and their families a safe and fun holiday season!

God Bless,

Sunday, December 11, 2011

20: The Dental Connection!

At Thomas Family Dentistry, we know that your smile is important.  And we know that you want to keep it sparkling and looking its very best.  Recently, we came across an article that suggests at least 20 things that can ruin your perfect smile.

These include:

  • Sports Drinks
  • Some Flavored Bottle Water
  • Tobacco
  • Wine
  • Soft Drinks
  • Citrus and Acidic Foods

If you have any questions, ask us here on our blog or during your next visit to our convenient Broken Arrow office.  You can also ask us on Facebook!

God Bless,

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Ideas: The Dental Connection!

Good Morning Broken Arrow!

Our entire team at Thomas Family Dentistry are hoping that you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Black Friday was a little crazy and Cyber Monday appealed to the "techie" in us all!  Looking for that special gift idea? Why not give the gift of teeth whitening this year!

We work hard to provide all of our valued patients with the best dental care, flexible payments, and a comfortable atmosphere!  Call our office at 918-455-0123 to check out all of our dental services, including the "gift" of teeth whitening!

God Bless,

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Stress: The Dental Connection!

With the Holiday Season in full swing, many people feel a rise in the level of stress.  Excess stress may give you a headache, stomach ache, or just a feeling of being "on edge." But did you know that too much stress could also be doing a number on your teeth, gums, and overall health.

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in stress and anxiety related to the economy.  We at Thomas Family Dentistry care about your dental health and wanted you to be aware of the possible dental side effects related to stress.  The potential fallout from stress and anxiety that can affect your oral health includes:

  • Mouth sores, including canker sores and cold sores
  • Clenching of teeth and teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Poor oral hygiene and unhealthy eating routines
  • Periodontal (gum) disease or worsening of existing periodontal disease

So how can you prevent these oral health problems?


Canker sores.  These are small ulcers with a white or grayish base and bordered in red that appear inside the mouth, sometimes in pairs or even in greater numbers.  Although the exact cause is not completely understood, they could be "triggered" by immune system problems, bacteria, or viruses. Experts do think that stress, fatigue and allergies, can increase the risk of getting them.  Canker sores are not contagious. Duration:  Usually 10 days.  Treatment:  Over the counter topical anesthetics; avoid spicy, hot foods or foods with a high acid content, such as tomatoes or citrus fruits.

Cold sores.  Also called fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simple virus and are contagious. Cold sores are fluid-filled blisters that often appear on or around the lips, but can also crop up under the nose or around the chin area.  Emotional upset can trigger an outbreak.  So can fever, a sunburn, or skin abrasion.  Duration:  One week or so.  Treatment:  Over the counter remedies and prescription antiviral drugs.


Stress may make you clench and grind your teeth- during the day or at night, and often unconsciously.  Although adults can "grind" their teeth, many only repetitively clench their teeth during sleep.  Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism.  If you already clench or grind, stress has been shown to make the habit worse.  Grinding can lead to TMJ problems, gum recession and other periodontal problems.  Treatment:  A night guard can relieve the stressful effects upon your jaw, teeth and gums.

If you have any additional questions related to stress and your oral health, please give us a call at 918-455-0123.  Don't let this year's holidays stress you out, but remember to pause and reflect on the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season! 

God Bless,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ice Cubes: The Dental Connection!

It's your dental tip of the day brought to you by Thomas Family Dentistry!

Don't eat ice cubes!  The holiday season brings with it many refreshing and festive iced drinks, but they can result in fractured teeth! Many older fillings are metallic and do not bond to teeth like tooth colored fillings.  Tiny cracks can develop from the stresses of chewing hard items like ice cubes, candy or unpopped popcorn kernels.  Fractured teeth can result in the need for root canals, crowns or even tooth loss! As we age, teeth become more brittle, which can also increase the risks of fracturing a tooth.

Keep the ice cubes in your drink cup and save your teeth, pain, and money!  If you have questions about any aspect of your dental health, call us at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Transitions: The Dental Connection!

Before long, Fall Football will be wrapping up and replaced with the excitement of Basketball!  Many of our patients here at Thomas Family Dentistry will be hanging up their cleats and hitting the court for free throws, jump shots and the fast break! During this time of transition, however, our team urge our young athletes to play it safe when out on the court.  Many of our athletes not only hang up their football cleats but also discard their athletic mouth guards. Unfortunately, basketball remains the number one sport for dental injuries! Although many young players are more concerned about having the right shoes, basketball is definitely a contact sport and wearing a mouth guard at all times is a very important part of your basketball gear.

Our entire team can provide you with a custom Athletic Guard for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening Sports activities such as basketball.  If you have any further questions, please contact our office at 918-455-0123.  Play safe!

God Bless,

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving: Your Dental Connection!

Our entire team at Thomas Family Dentistry would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  We wanted to say how thankful we are to have you  in our dental family.  We realize that our practice thrives because of great patients like you.  We feel blessed because we not only help to keep you and your smile healthy, but we also have the pleasure of knowing you and your loved ones!   For many, Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season.  The holidays are filled with great memories of family, food and fun!  If you have any stories or pictures to share with us, we encourage you to post them on our Facebook page!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

God Bless,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What's Your Favorite Thing About Fall?

Our Oklahoma Fall is in full swing here at Thomas Family Dentistry, a time when all across the country, the leaves begin to change colors and the air becomes crisp.

Today we wanted to ask you, our wonderful patients, "How are you spending your time this Fall?"  Our team would love to hear about your favorite places for eating, shopping, and entertainment within the Tulsa area.  We are interested in learning about what makes your community "yours".

Feel free to post your responses on our Facebook page, or give us a call at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Monday, November 21, 2011

November & Diabetes Awareness: The Dental Connection!

At Thomas Family Dentistry, our team knows that the way that you care for your teeth at home doesn't just affect your oral health--it can impact your overall health as well.  In recent years, researchers have found clear links between the mouth and other parts of the body, and the evidence is especially important for people with diabetes.

November marks Diabetes Awareness Month, and a great time to learn about how keeping your mouth healthy is vital to your overall health, too. If you are one of the nearly 26 million Americans currently living with diabetes, there is some good news: you can protect your gums and teeth from the effects of diabetes by visiting our Broken Arrow office for regular check-ups and cleanings.  Most people should have at least two dental appointments per year, but those folks living with diabetes may require additional visits to make sure that their dental health remains in top shape.  Many insurance plans provide expanded benefits for diabetic patients.  In order to maintain your dental health, our dental team will recommend how often you need to come in for your dental visits.

For more information on how we can help, please give us a call at 918-455-0123 or ask us on Facebook!

God Bless,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Smoke Screen: The Dental Connection!

Everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but did you also know that smokers and tobacco users are susceptible to a variety of oral health problems at a faster rate than non-smokers?

It's true!  Smoking is responsible for almost 75 percent of gum disease in adults; and similar to smokers, adults who smoke pipes and cigars, as well as those using smokeless tobacco, are just as susceptible to gum disease and other tobacco related health problems.

Tobacco products usage have been linked to the following health problems:

  • Oral Cancer
  • Gum Disease
  • Toss Loss
  • Gum Recession
  • Delayed Healing
  • Mouth Sores
  • Loss Of Taste and Smell
  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth and Tongue Stains

If you are interested in protecting your oral health, we strongly recommend that you quit using tobacco products!  We at Thomas Family Dentistry can recommend different options to help you quit.  We are dedicated to helping you protect your oral heath - and quitting smoking and the use of all tobacco products is a significant step in the right direction.

God Bless,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Use Or Lose: The Dental Connection!

Our entire staff at Thomas Family Dentistry would like to give those patients with flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits a friendly end of the year reminder that it's time to schedule your dental visit so that you may optimize your benefits.

Please call our Broken Arrow office at your convenience to make an appointment.  If you have used all of your insurance benefits or do not have dental insurance at this time, we will create a plan to help you achieve your dental needs. Space is limited and we tend to get busy around the holiday season, so don't wait to give us a call at 918-455-0123!  We want you to have the best dental care and the healthiest teeth while getting the most out of your insurance benefits.

God Bless,

Friday, November 4, 2011

Staying Healthy: The Dental Connection!

There are many wonderful things to enjoy during the Fall--> crisp, cool weather, beautiful leaves, camp fires, smores and hot chocolate!  Unfortunately, Fall also usually means the start of the cold and flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that a common cold usually includes sneezing, a runny nose, a sore throat and coughing that can last for up to two weeks.
To promote a healthy and clean environment, our entire staff give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our Broken Arrow, OK office at all times, as well as following all of the requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.  In fact, Thomas Family Dentistry was the first Oklahoma dental office to incorporate the Stericenter, a state of the art sterilization processing center, which helps to prevent cross contamination.

For the protection of other patients and our staff at Thomas Family Dentistry, we always ask that our patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold, flu or other illness that can infect others.  And remember, constantly washing your hands and avoiding unnecessary contact with those who are ill can prevent the spread of disease this Fall!

Have a great Fall and stay healthy!

God Bless,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CVD Link: The Dental Connection!

Don't put off your next visit with our office any longer! Over the years, oral health issues have been increasingly linked to other health concerns, such as heart disease. Cardiovascular disease remains American's number one killer, claiming more lives than any other cause of death, according to the American Heart Association.  Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease.  Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care, both at home and by visiting the dentist.

Studies are also beginning to suggest that patients, especially those with periodontal disease, are believed to have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.  Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, regular visits to our office can help detect early warning signs of heart issues, prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages.

Additionally, if it has been more than six months since your last visit to our Broken Arrow office, please give us a call at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween: The Dental Connection!

It's almost that time of year when candy abounds at every corner!  Whether you are going door-to-door trick or treating, attending a party dressed in a clever, silly or scary costume, or attending a church Harvest Festival, our team at Thomas Family Dentistry want you to keep in mind the following tips from our friends at the American Dental Association to help reduce tooth-decay!

  • EAT TREATS WITH MEALS.      Saliva production increases during meals washing out food particles and helping to neutralize cavity causing plaque acid.

  • CONSIDER CHEWING ADA ACCEPTED SUGARLESS GUM AFTER MEALS.  Certain sugarless gums have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for scientifically proving that chewing gum for 20 minutes after meals helped prevent tooth decay.

  • FOLLOW THE 1-2-3's OF GOOD DAILY ORAL HYGIENE:  Floss once a day, brush for two minutes twice a day and eat three balanced meals a day.


Have a great, safe and happy Holliday Season this Fall!

God Bless,

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Five Tips: The Dental Connection!

At Thomas Family Dentistry, we know that no one enjoys that "dirty" feeling that comes from having plaque on their teeth.  Here are five ways that you can avoid that dreaded enemy of our teeth!

First, let start with BRUSHING REGULARLY!  Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth.  Make sure that you use a soft bristled toothbrush and softly brush all of the surfaces of your teeth.

Next on the list is FLOSSING DAILY!  Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.  A simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage as well as removing the plaque found at the gum line.

Let's say that you already brush and floss daily, you are still at risk for plaque accumulation! How? The plaque that is not completely removed each day from your home care hardens and turns into tartar.  REGULAR CLEANINGS at least twice a year or as recommended can reduce plaque, tartar, and lower the chance of getting cavities or losing your natural teeth!

Don't avoid certain FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!  Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth.  They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables.  You can still eat these types of fruits and vegetables even if you're wearing braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, RESIST YOUR SWEET TOOTH!  Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth.  The bacteria found in plaque can use the sugar to produce acid, which in turns damages our teeth.

Remembering these five things can keep plaque in check and allow your mouth to be as healthy as possible!  If you have any questions about plaque or your dental health, give our dental office a call at 918-455-0123 or ask us on Facebook!

God Bless,

Monday, October 24, 2011

Recipes For Braces: The Dental Connection!

Since October is National Orthodontic Health Month, we at Thomas Family Dentistry decided to pass along some helpful information for our patients that have braces. During orthodontic treatment, you will want to avoid eating anything sticky, hard, crunchy, or chewy.  What does this leave for you to eat? Lettuce?  Nothing?

Thankfully, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, created a variety of "braces-friendly" recipes that will allow you to enjoy your favorite treats without interfering with your orthodontic care!

Recipes include main dishes, side dishes and even yummy desserts!  After all, a healthy diet provides essential nutrients and helps the patient achieve the best possible results from orthodontic treatment.

If you have any questions about the recipes listed or about the foods you should be avoiding during your orthodontic treatment, please give us a call at 918-455-0123 or ask us on Facebook!

God Bless,

Monday, October 17, 2011

October & Dental Hygiene: The Dental Connection!

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month?  For our staff at Thomas Family Dentistry, that means one thing:  Reminding you that your teeth are an important part of your body, and that keeping them clean helps to keep your mouth and your body healthy.  By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting our convenient Broken Arrow office on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

We encourage you to check out the American Dental Association website as well, which provides pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy.  Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit to Thomas Family Dentistry?  If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give our dental office a call at 918-455-0123 you set up an appointment.

God Bless,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October & Orthodontics: The Dental Connection!

Happy October!  For those who don't know, it's National Orthodontic Health Month.  This month-long event is organized by our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

Dr. Thomas and our team realize that this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene.  National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists and other dental professionals in Oklahoma!

The AAO recommends that patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:

  • Caramel
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
  • Taffy
  • Jelly Beans
  • Hard pretzels
  • Licorice
  • Bubblegum
  • Ice

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 918-455-0123, ask us on Facebook, or during your next visit!

God Bless,

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fun Facts: The Dental Connection!

Everyone loves FUN FACTS and dental tips.  Dr. Thomas and our team at Thomas Family Dentistry came across these dental fun facts and thought that you might enjoy!

  • The second most common U.S. disease is cavities.  The first, the common cold.
  • X-rays may be an effective tool in preventing strokes.
  • There are almost 9,000 accidental poking and piercings with toothpicks per year.
  • Approximately $2 Billion a year is spent on all dental products.
  • North American kids spend half a billion dollars per year on chewing gum.
  • The average American spends 38 days brushing teeth over his or her lifetime.

Lastly, instead of the American Dental Association's recommendation to see your dentist twice a year, many busy Americans only have their teeth cleaned every 3 years!  Has it been at least six months since your last check-up?  If the answer is yes, we encourage you to call our dental office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Season: The Dental Connection!

Fall is here!  The time of year when the leaves are falling and the temperature is getting cooler.  It's also the time to think about your oral hygiene routine!  Do you know all of the steps to keep your teeth in healthy and beautiful condition?  It all starts with brushing and flossing.  Research shows that most people are not brushing long enough to remove the sticky bacterial film called plaque.  We here at Thomas Family Dentistry recommend an electric toothbrush with a built in two minute timer.  It's proven to help you brush for the correct amount of time, with the proper speed and pressure, and can get those harder to reach spots that may be more difficult to reach with a manual toothbrush.  Brushing twice daily and flossing before bedtime greatly reduces the amount of bacteria that will contact your teeth overnight and the associated acid that can contribute to cavities and gum disease. Other important tidbits to remember are to only chew gum that is sugarless and contains xylitol, to never chew on ice, and to keep your cleaning and check-up appointments!!

We are here to help you maintain and achieve your best oral health!  Please call us with any questions that you may have at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,

Monday, September 19, 2011

What was your favorite part of Summer?

The end of Summer and then subsequently the beginning of Fall are just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and we're sure that you'll be thinking about Thanksgiving plans.

BUT WAIT!  First, we want to know: What were your favorite parts of Summer?  Did you go on a wonderful family trip?  Did you pick up a new hobby?  Although it was extremely hot this past Summer, did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?

Share your favorite memories, stories, or photos with us by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page!

God Bless,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bottled Water: The Dental Connection!

Our team at Thomas Family Dentistry knows that as more families turn to bottled water and away from the traditional tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient that most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride!

For more than 60 years, water fluoridation has proven to be a safe and cost-effective way to reduce dental caries.  Today, water fluoridation is estimated to reduce tooth decay by 20 - 40 percent in children who have access to fluoridated toothpaste.

Bottled water, however, which remains one of the more popular drinks in the world, may not contain any fluoride, which is known to help prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay.  The majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride, according to our friends at the American Dental Association, or ADA.  Many dental health specialists suspect bottled water's increased popularity as the culprit behind the recent rise in the cavity rate.

Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health.  So if bottled water is your water of choice, be sure to check the label to make sure that your brand contains fluoride.  As of a 2006 decision, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, allows bottled water containing 0.6 to 1.0 milligrams per liter (parts per million) of fluoride to carry a label stating the fluoridated water may reduce the risk of dental cavities or tooth decay.  The ADA has backed this decision.

Of course, simply drinking fluoridated water is not a magic ticket to perfect teeth.  To keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape, it's important to brush and floss daily and avoid sugary sweets, in addition to maintaining your fluoride intake and visiting our team at Thomas Family Dentistry regularly.

God Bless,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Coffee, Tea & Your Teeth: The Dental Connection!

At Thomas Family Dentistry, we know that most folks enjoy a hot-brewed coffee or tea in the morning, followed by a cola (or an iced coffee or tea) in the afternoon. But what many people don't know is that both coffee and tea are especially tough on your teeth. Tannic acid, the substance that make the dark color, etches into the pits and grooves of tooth enamel. This is how coffee and tea can stain your "pearly whites" brown.

So, if you can't give up that morning cup o'joe, what can you do?  Here are some tips for minimizing the effects on your teeth:

  • Rinse with a glass of water after every cup
  • Drink iced coffee or tea through a straw so that the tannins don't contact your front teeth

Even if you are not a big coffee drinker, we encourage you to swish and swallow some water at the end of every meal.  Water, after all, helps to neutralize acids left in your mouth after eating and also reduces cavity-causing bacteria.

To schedule your next dental visit, give our office a call at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2011 Labor Day: The Dental Connection!

With the "official" end of the summer season, our team at Thomas Family Dentistry wanted to remind our patients that our office will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2011 for the Labor Day Holiday!  We will reopen on Tuesday at 7:00 AM.  Whether you're headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, the lake, or just hanging out with family or friends, we hope that you will have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Have a fun and safe Holiday!
God Bless,

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hitting The Gridiron: The Dental Connection!

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!  With the start of football season, this great seasonal sport often brings a rise in athletic activities, and with them, a rise in tooth and mouth related injuries.  We at Thomas Family Dentistry have a few tips for you this season to keep your smile bright.

How can I protect against chipped and broken teeth?

  • All activities come with some risk of tooth damage.  The easiest way to protect your teeth is to get a simple mouth guard from the sport's store.  The much more comfortable way is to ask us to make a custom guard for you.  We can make the guard in your team's colors and it will be a custom fit.  Contact our office to discover how affordable a custom guard can be.
  • Broken teeth can be mended almost "good as new" these days, sometimes with simple fillings, sometimes with beautiful porcelain created to match your smile by our lab artists.  Lost teeth can be replaced almost invisibly.
What if a tooth is knocked out?
  • If you have a tooth knocked out, carefully place it in liquid--milk is the very best--or, if it's clean, back in your mouth by your cheek and contact an oral surgeon right away.  If the tooth is positioned back into place within about 30 minutes or so, it may survive re-implantion.
Are Sports Drinks bad for teeth?  What can I drink to stay hydrated?
  • Sports drinks are highly acidic and filled with sugar; that makes them very bad for teeth.  Most of us don't need the extra replacement minerals like professional athletes--plain water is what our bodies require for hydration.  If you must have a sports drink, gulp it down and rinse your mouth with fresh, cool water afterwards.  The worst possible thing you can do is to sip on the sports drink little by little.  Acid coasts your teeth every sip.
Do Invisalign aligners protect my teeth as well as a mouth guard?
  • Aligners will protect your teeth from minor traumas, but High Impact Sports, like football, require a custom guard to provide the most safety from possible traumatic dental injuries.

Hope these tips helped and if you have any other dental questions, call us at 918-455-0123. Have a great season cheering on your favorite team!

God Bless, 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Timeliness: The Dental Connection!

It is important to our entire team that we provide the highest quality of dental care in an informative and friendly environment.  That includes helping our patients and their parents get the most out of their appointments, and making sure that they know how to practice good oral hygiene. Today, we would like to discuss two very important topics: Prevention and Timeliness of Treatment.

Prevention:  As your Broken Arrow dentist, our entire staff want to help you attain a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!  We are more than happy to help our patients formulate an individual  prevention program that fits their needs.  For our teenage patients, this may mean coming up with a nighttime routine that includes brushing and flossing their teeth before bed.  For our patients that are "moms and dads", a family prevention program can be as simple as outlining the most effective ways for parents to motivate their children's oral health habits.

Timeliness of Treatment.  Patients often ask us if their dental treatment should be done right away.  In some cases, we can keep an eye on problem areas if the patient has a lot going on in their personal life.  But often, we do recommend that patients take care of a problem when it is small.  It is usually easier on the patient, less invasive and more cost effective. If problems get too large, bigger issues may arise that are more challenging and expensive for the patient to treat.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions about your dental treatment at Thomas Family Dentistry.  Take care of your teeth, and keep your smile bright!

God Bless,

Friday, August 26, 2011

Priorities: The Dental Connection!

Over the past few months, our team at Thomas Family Dentistry has noticed that many patients are limiting their expenses to only necessary procedures, while opting out of elective procedures.  As the U.S. economy has been slow to recover, we also understand that many folks are losing their dental insurance, or are adjusting to downgraded plans.  Patients are being mindful of every dollar.

When a patient learns that their dental insurance will be ending,  Dr. Thomas has seen many situations where the patient will immediately schedule an appointment in an attempt to complete as much of their dental work, which had previously been delayed.  Unfortunately, many times there isn't enough time or allowable benefits to complete all of their necessary dental work.

Here are a few tips to decrease the stress related to these situations:

  • Talk it out.  If you lose your dental insurance, or if your insurance is downgraded, we recommend that you talk with your Human Resources Department to see if the company plans on making any changes.
  • Stay current on your dental care.  This way, you aren't in the position of trying to do a lot of treatment in a short period of time.
  • Keep your appointments!  Patients who lose their dental insurance are sometimes reluctant to keep their appointments for a dental cleaning and exam.  This is one appointment they should keep--if we find problems while they are small--often before they are hurting--it is easier to fix and less expensive.  Once problems get larger, the treatment to correct the problem is more extensive and the costs increase.

As we've mentioned before, prevention is always the best policy.  Please give our office a call at 918-455-0123 if it's time to schedule your next checkup with Dr. Thomas.  We look forward to seeing you!

God Bless,

Monday, August 22, 2011

Congratulations Veronica: The Dental Connection!

Dr. Thomas and the entire staff at Thomas Family Dentistry want to extend our congratulations to Veronica on her 16th year of employment! Veronica has been the office manager since August 22, 1995! Besides cooking, walking and spending time with her family, she counts it a pleasure to "get to know" our valued patients, which is one of her favorite aspects of working in the dental profession.  Our staff and patient family are very blessed and grateful to have her involvement in our dental care!

Congratulations again,
God Bless,

Friday, August 19, 2011

Staying Current: The Dental Connection!

We at Thomas Family Dentistry hope that you have had a great Summer!  With most Green Country families starting the transition back into the new school year mode, we know that life can be very hectic and busy.  If you find that your plans might interfere with you keeping your scheduled dental appointment with our office, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may be able to accommodate you, as well as schedule another patient during that time.

With the start of school, providing contact information is a common "back to school" first day activity.  We also ask that if any of your contact information has changed, please call our office at 918-455-0123 and update your phone numbers, addresses or any other changes that may have recently occurred, so that we are able to reach you.

Thank you, enjoy the rest of your summer, and have a great school year!
God Bless,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stress Gettin' You Down: The Dental Connection!

Did you know that the unpleasant sound of hearing someone grinding their teeth has been on the rise according to a recent study published in the Journal of Head & Face Medicine?  The report suggests that people- adults and kids- faced with stress tend to cope by grinding their teeth while asleep.  In addition, the Chicago Dental Society suggests that since the recession began in 2007, teeth grinding, or also known as bruxism, has been on the rise. Nearly 75% of dentists found that their patients reported increased stress over the past year, largely due to the economic recession.

During stressful times, teeth grinding can be a nuisance that causes headaches and sleep problems.  It can also cause long lasting problems for your teeth and gums, including chipped teeth, worn enamel, chronic pain, or even TMJ, a painful jaw disorder.

The first step of recovering from teeth grinding is noticing the problem.  Unfortunately, 90% of individuals that are grinding or clenching their teeth while asleep are unaware of the activity. Symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • Sensitivity in the teeth
  • Tightness or pain the the jaw
  • Dull headaches, earaches, or facial pain
  • Chipped, worn down, or loose teeth

An important thing to remember is that people frequently grind or clench their teeth in response to stress, and taking measures to reduce or eliminate stress can help solve the problem.  However, if the teeth grinder in your house can't stop, schedule an appointment to see us by giving us a call at 918-455-0123.  Our team at Thomas Family Dentistry can help!

God Bless,

Friday, August 12, 2011

Summer Memories!

Although this has been one of the Hottest Summers of recent memories, 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.

As summer starts wrapping up and everyone's focus starts to shift to the start of yet another school year, we encourage you to post any stories or photos from your Summer Adventures on our Facebook wall!

Thanks for staying connected with us,
God Bless,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Purple Heart Day!

A debt of gratitude goes to all of our military personnel that are presently serving or have ever served our country. The Medal of Honor that is now the Purple Heart began as the "Badge of Military Merit."  First awarded by General George Washington, the badge was a figure of a heart in purple cloth.

The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces that has been wounded or killed, died as a result of a wound in battle, or otherwise designated by the President of the United States.  Purple Heart Day is now celebrated on the anniversary of its inception, August 7th.  On this day, it is our patriotic duty to remember and recognize those people willing to serve our country, no matter the price!

May God Bless,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lieutenant Commander Thomas, USCG

Dr. Thomas was raised in Arkansas and moved to Oklahoma to obtain his dental degree at Oral Roberts University.  After graduating in 1986, he received a commission as a Lieutenant in the USPHS and worked with the Indian Health Service for 3 years. Upon his promotion to Lieutenant Commander, he was reassigned to the United States Coast Guard and stationed in Cape May, New Jersey.  During his two year assignment, LCDR Thomas was on active duty during the first Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from the invasion that Sadaam Hussein had led.  Under Federal Law, the USGC falls under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy during wartime activities.  One of Dr. Thomas' most important duty assignments at the USCG New Jersey recruitment facility was to ready troops for deployment to the gulf during this time.

Dr. Thomas received an honorable discharge in 1991 and returned to Broken Arrow to start his private practice.  He continues to keep in touch with his fellow dental officers that he served with and he feels very blessed to have been able to serve his country during his time in the United States Coast Guard!

Go Coasties!
Semper Paratus
"Always Ready"

Friday, July 29, 2011

Kid'sTiming: The Dental Connection!

For many, Summer is drawing to a close and everyone's focus is shifting to the start of school!  It's time to get your children in for their bi-annual cleaning and check-up before school starts. Once the learning begins, school sports kick-off and other extra-curricular activities get underway, it can be very difficult to find the time for other important things in your child's life, like dentistry!

Call our office at 918-455-0123 for an appointment that will make your child smile and help them to focus on the new school year!

Have a great day!
God Bless,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Turnover: The Dental Connection!

When should you change your toothbrush?  The average American only changes their brushes twice a year.  The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush at least four times a year, which is approximately every 3 months and any time you are sick. If the bristles of your toothbrush start flaring before three to four months, then you are using too much pressure to brush your teeth! People with gum problems, other oral diseases, or weakened immune systems should change their toothbrush more often.

At the end of your regular cleaning and exam at our office, we give you a "goody" bag containing a new toothbrush, floss, and a toothpaste sample.  We want to help you keep your smile nice and clean!

Call us at 918-455-0123 for additional assistance.

God Bless,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Congratulations Kathy: The Dental Connection!

Dr. Thomas and the entire staff want to congratulate Kathy on her 13th year with our dental family at Thomas Family Dentistry.  Kathy has been greeting our patients since July 1998! Besides spending her free time with her family and Boston Terriers, she loves connecting with our patients on a personal level and considers each patient as a friend.  We appreciate Kathy's desire to greet each of our patients at Thomas Family Dentistry and strive to make our patients truly feel like family!

Congratulations again,
God Bless,

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pool Safety: The Dental Connection!

Summer is here, and with the incredible heat we've had this summer, many people jump into the pool to cool off! Our team at Thomas Family Dentistry found some helpful pool safety tips that we'd like to share with you, courtesy of our friends at the American Association of Pediatricians!

  • Install a fence at least four feet high around the pool
  • Make sure that pool gates open outward, are self-closing, and self-latching 
  • Never leave children alone in or near a pool
  • Keep rescue equipment like a shepherd's hook, life preserver and phone near the pool
  • Use appropriate life vests for younger children instead of "floaties"
  • Children are usually not developmentally ready for swim lessons until after their fourth birthday
  • Infants and toddlers should always have "touch supervision"-an adult within an arm's length
  • Kid's Horseplay could cause a chipped tooth or other injury

Have a great summer, stay cool and stay safe when you're at the pool!

God Bless,

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Facebook: You Dental Connection!

Thomas Family Dentistry has been serving Broken Arrow for over 25 years! We are committed to excellent dentistry and are extremely conscious of the specific needs of all of our patients. We aim to provide patient-oriented care with your best interests in mind.

Whether you've recently become a new patient or your family has been visiting our convenient office for years, did you know that you can connect with us on Facebook?  By "Liking" us on Facebook, our Facebook Fans will receive regular news, updates, announcements, and exclusive promotions from our office---all through your news feed!

Thanks for staying connected with our office!  See you on Facebook!

God Bless,

Monday, June 20, 2011

June Smiles: The Dental Connection!

According to the American Dental Association, a person's smile outranked eyes, hair and body as the most important physical feature, which is why it's important for our team at Thomas Family Dentistry to support National Smile Month this June.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many years to come:

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss every day to clean between your teeth.
  • Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit the dentist regularly (usually every six months apart).

If you have questions about any of these tips, we encourage you to give us a call at 918-455-0123. Also, help us "celebrate" National Smile Month by posting your favorite smile photos on the wall of our Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing what you share!

God Bless,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Another Milestone: The Dental Connection!

Dr. Thomas and the entire staff at Thomas Family Dentistry congratulate Karla on her 10th year with our dental family.  Karla has been providing dental hygiene for our patients since June 2001. Besides spending time with her husband and family, cooking and traveling, she counts it a "wonderful blessing" to work with the patients and staff at Thomas Family Dentistry.  We appreciate her desire to improve the dental health of each and every one of our dental patients through cleanings and education!

Congratulations again,
God Bless,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Batter Up: The Dental Connection!

This summer, as you and your family head out to the ball game--whether it's a Major League park or the local tee ball game, it's important to remember to make smart, healthy choices when it comes to snacks.  Here are some tips you can use to avoid greasy, ballpark foods:

  • Eat before you go!
  • What are you drinking?  Water is always a cheap, refreshing option. Gatorade,  Powerade and VitaminWater work as well, but keep in mind their sugar levels.
  • Bring your own snacks.  Many venues will allow you to take in your own limited snacks, however remember that these must be in unopened packages when you enter the gates.
  • Before the game, get some exercise.  You'll be sitting for two-to-three hours at the game, so be sure to take a walk or a light run before you head out.
  • Calories, calories, calories.  From hot dogs to fries to pizza, the ballpark stands typically sell high-caloric foods.  But most venues will also offer healthier options, such as chicken sandwiches, turkey wraps or soups and salads.

Enjoy the game!

God Bless,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dr. Thomas Attends Dental Update!

If you know Dr. Thomas, then you know that his goal is to offer our patients the experience and expertise that they can trust.  We at Thomas Family Dentistry are a dynamic team of caring individuals dedicated to unsurpassed excellence in the dental profession.

When Dr. Thomas is not in the office helping our patients perfect their smile, he enjoys attending conferences, meetings and seminars.  This past weekend, Dr. Thomas attended an educational event in Branson, Missouri covering the latest dental information concerning your dental health.  The educational forum was presented by Dr. Jim Drummond and Dr. Doug Damm, two of our nation's premier oral pathologists and faculty members at the University of Kentucky Dental School.  The discussion topics that were presented covered the most current information on a broad range of areas from oral cancer to the dental implications related to the popular osteoporosis prevention drug, Boniva.

If you have an appointment scheduled with us soon, we invite you to ask Dr. Thomas about his Branson trip, including what he learned and how continuing education and the acquisition of new dental technology helps the entire dental team at Thomas Family Dentistry serve you more effectively!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May: The Dental Connection!

Did you know that the month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month?  In 1983, President Ronald Reagan encouraged Americans to incorporate more physical activity into our lives.  The reminder is even more significant today as people are more distracted by television, social networking, video games and working more hours.  Living an active lifestyle can improve physical and mental health, productivity and overall well-being.  The best part?  It does not have to take a lot of time or effort.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided these guidelines for your reference. The guidelines call for people to exercise one hour every day engaging in moderate intensity physical activity (such as playing sports or brisk walking) or one hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous activity (jogging, dancing and jumping rope).

At Thomas Family Dentistry, we always encourage our patients to exercise or participate in sports.  However, we want to remind you to always wear a mouth guard or other forms of facial protection when doing so.  To learn more about how often you should exercise, we recommend that you check out other helpful tips at the American Heart Association.

God Bless,

Friday, May 6, 2011

Foods: The Dental Connection!

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is far more common than you might think.  Each year, new studies continue to make the link between gum disease and the effects that it can have on the heart.  Our staff at Thomas Family Dentistry have been helping spread the word! One of the simplest steps to achieving healthier gums can be your diet.  We recently found an article outlining several options for healthier gums.  Included among the suggestions were:

  • Raisins
  • Green Tea
  • Whole Grains

In addition to these foods being gums-friendly, they are healthy foods in general, and a great option to begin integrating into your diet.  We hope these tips help!  If you have any further questions concerning your diet and dental health, please call us at 918-455-0123.

Have a great day!
God Bless,

Friday, April 29, 2011

Social Networking: Your Dental Connection!

At Thomas Family Dentistry, we embrace technology, whether it's through innovative dental treatments that we offer, our high-tech web site or our Facebook Fan Page! As you can probably tell, we love connecting with our patients online, whether by getting the word out about our dental office specials and trivia contests on facebook, updated topics of interest on our Blog, or highlighting dental videos on our YouTube channel.  We are grateful that so many of our patients consistently check out the social networking sites of Thomas Family Dentistry! We enjoy seeing all of your comments and developing new relationships with each one of our valued patients!

So, stay tuned and stay informed,

God Bless,

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Same Ol' Grind: The Dental Connection!

Bruxism, also called clenching or grinding, starts early in life while the permanent teeth are still in the process of developing.  15% of all children grind or clench their teeth. As the stresses of life mount, it seems that many people deal with those stresses while they are sleeping.  90% of individuals that clench and grind while asleep have no conscience remembrance of the habit.  It is not uncommon for a grinder (men and women, equally) to experience 2 millimeters of enamel loss by their mid-twenties.  What's more concerning, nighttime grinding can occur as often as 40 minutes for every hour of sleep, producing up to 250 pounds of force per square inch.  That is enough pressure to crack a walnut!


  • Front teeth wear down and become flat and even in length
  • Cracks and broken fillings, eventually leading to nerve damage
  • Teeth ground down to the dentin, causing sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Gum recession, due to pressure on the gum line
  • Loose teeth and gum pockets, caused by the back and forth "rocking" effect
  • Headaches and aching jaws due to overuse of muscles

If you have any of the signs or symptoms of bruxism, call our office at 918-455-0123.  A simple, painless custom nightguard appliance can be made to protect your teeth from the adverse effects of grinding.

God Bless,