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Care For Your Smile During the Holidays

Care For Your Smile During the Holidays

The holidays are finally upon us! November and December are two of the most festive months of the year, and the Groesbeck Family Dental team wants to ensure you enjoy them and have peace of mind regarding the health of your smile. It is commonly known that many staple holiday foods can stain the enamel if consumed carelessly. However, there are ways to enjoy these foods and maintain your oral health. We are here to share which foods and drinks to watch out for and tips for maximizing your time celebrating while keeping your smile shining.

Many Thanksgiving food and beverage items can stain your teeth, including coffee, red wine, cranberry sauce, and fruit pies. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without them! While delicious, the dark colors of these foods and drinks bring with them the chance of staining your teeth.

  1. Swap out your favorite fruit pies for equally-festive alternatives. While everyone loves a tasty cherry or blueberry pie, the fruit’s acidity can damage tooth enamel and leave stains. Opt for a pumpkin or chocolate pie. While still sugary, these pies will not affect your enamel.
  2. Drink dark-colored beverages over a short time instead of prolonged sipping. This will minimize the time your teeth are exposed to the drink. Also, sipping water with one of these beverages will aid in keeping your teeth clean.
  3. Brush your teeth, or, if not possible, rinse your mouth soon after eating or drinking one of these items. This will wash any residue off your teeth and lessen the chances of yellowing or spotting. If this becomes a habit, your teeth will be grateful!

Preventing yellowing and staining is one thing, but reversing it is entirely another. Did you know Groesbeck Family Dental offers take-home teeth whitening kits? If you want to prepare your smile for holiday photos and gatherings, now is the perfect time to treat yourself!  Our take-home teeth whitening kit consists of whitening strips that you will apply to your teeth once daily for five days. You must thoroughly brush your teeth before and after using the whitening strips. While there are many variations of whitening strips available at your local drugstore, ours will maximize the whitening process and give you long-lasting results.

Many patients have concerns about sensitivity and the impact on the gums caused by teeth whitening treatments. These whitening options will leave little to no effect on the gums, and the process used will minimize any sensitivity. Teeth whitening is the quickest, most effective way to rid your smile of stains and make it shades brighter. Are you interested in learning more or preparing your smile for the holidays with one of our whitening options? Call Groesbeck Family Dental today at (254) 729-8400.

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It’s Time to Use it or Lose it!

It’s Time to Use it or Lose it!

It’s that time of year again. The countdown is on! As we approach the last few months of 2022, the Groesbeck Family Dental team wanted to remind you of the perks of using all your insurance dollars before the year closes. We understand the fall months are busy for everyone, and your dental health may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is essential to note many dental insurance companies will not roll unused benefits over into the following calendar year, which means they are lost! Luckily, we offer countless restorative, cosmetic, and general dental services that will allow you to decide how to use your remaining insurance before you lose it!

Have you been considering a major dental procedure? Getting started with an extensive procedure like dental implants can be nerve-wracking. We are here to make the process comfortable for our patients! Extensive procedures will begin with a consultation, where you will meet with one of our dentists to discuss the treatment you are considering, any hesitations you may have, and devise a treatment plan. From there, you will be able to move forward with peace of mind knowing that you are working with a team that cares and has your best interests at heart. It is the perfect opportunity to use those benefits before you lose them!

Have you checked to see if you have any incomplete treatment? This could be anything from a deep cleaning to a filling to a root canal! Getting your treatment scheduled and completed before the year ends will benefit your oral health and put your mind at ease. Some of the most widely-offered treatments we give patients revolve around fixing cavities. If you have a small cavity, you may need nothing more than a filling! If you have put off your cavity treatment for a while, the cavity may grow and become infected. This may necessitate a root canal, in which your dentist will remove the infected pulp from your tooth root and fill it so it will look and function naturally. Getting cavities treated as soon as they are diagnosed is very important, as it will ensure less intensive treatment is needed later on. 

Have you had your teeth cleaned recently? A cleaning twice yearly is vital for maintaining oral health. Your dental hygienist will remove any plaque buildup, which aids in cavity prevention. More serious dental treatment may need to be considered when cavities are left unattended for too long. Keeping up with your hygiene appointments will ensure this does not happen. In addition to this, your smile will be fresh and sparkling just in time for the most joyous three months of the year! 

The holidays are right around the corner, and we know your schedule is about to be filled with festive activities. That is why it is the perfect time to call us and schedule an appointment, whether it be cosmetic, restorative, or your regular six-month cleaning and checkup! You will be grateful you used all your insurance benefits and stayed on top of your oral healthcare, trust us! 

Call us with any questions or to schedule at (254) 729-8400. We look forward to seeing you!

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Give your Employees Something to Smile About!

Give your Employees Something to Smile About!

The Groesbeck Family Dental team loves supporting fellow local businesses! We know hiring can be challenging, especially these days. One of the top things potential employees are looking for is a company offering excellent benefits to make their lives easier. We have combined our passion for oral health with our desire to help the community by providing an Employer Membership Plan! With this plan, businesses can attract and retain quality employees while minimizing the chances of them having to miss work due to untreated or undiagnosed dental health issues.

Why The Employer Membership Plan Is Important

So, why would you be interested in our plan over traditional dental insurance? Not only will it benefit your employees, but there are many perks for you! Everyone knows insurance companies can be a hassle, especially if you are busy managing a company. The middleman is eliminated with our Employer Membership Plan! This results in no pre-authorizations, waiting periods, or claim forms. You can contribute what you want to your employee’s care, from $0 to the total subscription price. 

Enrolling your company in our plan is quick and easy and can be done in about five minutes from any device. Your employees can sign up anytime through your online portal once the plan is active. The best part is there are no hidden costs such as annual maximums, deductibles, or activation fees. You and your staff will get what you pay for with full price transparency. Three variations of the plan are offered: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio Care. 

What do these employer membership plans include?

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You won’t be able to offer your employees benefits like this through an everyday insurance provider! There are many reasons we believe good oral health is good for business at Groesbeck Family Dental. Two out of three employees state that dental benefits are a significant part of their overall benefits package. Offering a plan like this will help your company stand out from competitors and show your employees you care about them. If your employees have a dental benefit plan, they are much less likely to need time off to deal with serious oral health issues and can quickly obtain proper care if a problem arises.

If you want to know why the employer membership plan is important, read our blog, The Main Goal Of Dental Routine Procedures, to learn more.

We are confident that our plan can help both you and your business! If you have any questions or want to sign up, call Groesbeck Family Dental at (254) 729-8400.

Identifying Common Problems

Identifying Common Problems

Your bi-yearly visits to Groesbeck Family Dental are terrific and necessary, but how do you know if you need to schedule an additional appointment? While keeping up with your hygiene and exams will do wonders for the health of your smile, there is still a possibility oral health issues may arise. We want to aid you in identifying these problems. Catching them early will ensure they can be treated promptly and will not become more severe. Helping our patients improve their smiles while saving money on treatment and time spent at our office is a priority!

Everyone wants shining, healthy teeth. A beautiful smile increases confidence and will lead to better health in other areas of your life. There are many dental anomalies that, if not dealt with, can hinder your overall well-being and confidence. They are more widespread than you think, and knowing how to spot them will decrease your chances of permanent damage to one or multiple teeth. 

So what are some of the most frequent dental complications?

  1. Tooth sensitivity can be an extremely uncomfortable sensation. When your enamel is worn away, hot and cold foods and drinks will cause pain. This is due to the dentin being exposed, which contains tubes leading to the nerve attached to your tooth.
  2. Tooth decay is the most widespread problem we see in patients. It occurs when bacteria form plaque on the surface of your teeth, which can permanently damage the enamel. This damage is characterized by toothaches, pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, dark spots on your teeth, and even occasional cracks or pits.
  3. A dental abscess is caused by the buildup of bacteria in a tooth’s root. If you have a persistent, severe toothache, there is a good chance you may have an infected root. 
  4. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be very distressing to patients. It is commonly the result of dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, an infection, or several other factors. If you have bad breath, your dentist will assess the situation to determine its cause and what treatment is needed. 
  5. Gum disease has many different stages and starts as a bacterial infection caused by plaque buildup. Left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis: the most severe form. Tobacco use, irregular oral hygiene, and diabetes are all risk factors. 

One of the best ways to avoid these concerns in the first place is by coming in to see us regularly! During your dental exam, your dentist will check your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. If you are experiencing sensitivity in one or more of your teeth or struggle with bad breath, these visits are a perfect opportunity to get started with treatment and address your concerns. To book an appointment, call us at (254) 729-8400. Dental anxiety can be overcome, click here to find out how.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At Groesbeck Family Dental, our team starts every day with the goal of giving our patients the best dental experience possible. We consider every patient’s unique circumstances, including anxiety about being in the dental chair. Dental anxiety is quite common, and there are many easy ways to combat it while maintaining and achieving your smile goals.

We will begin by discussing why keeping up with oral healthcare is essential. When you visit us every six months, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. This involves removing any hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which tends to build up in areas that are more difficult to clean during your at-home hygiene routine. In addition, your hygienist and dentist will be able to catch any early signs of cavities, oral cancer, and other issues. When dealt with ahead of time, you will spend less time and money at our office in the long run. Not to mention your smile will thank you for it!

Many people completely avoid going to the dentist or only go when necessary. While it could be assumed that this anxiety stems from wanting to avoid pain, it is usually due to feeling a lack of control. At Groesbeck Family Dental, we approach each patient with patience and kindness in this area. Some of the ways in which we help build trust with patients include:

  • Checking in with patients during the appointment. We constantly check in with our patients throughout their appointments, especially if it involves an in-depth dental procedure.
  • Making sure patients know they can be assertive with their needs. Our team will provide a thorough exam for all patients; however, it is an essential part of the visit for patients to let us know if there is an issue. We will ensure to inform all patients ahead of time they can express their needs and comfort level at any time during their visit goes a long way.
  • Explaining what patients will feel and for how long. As we said, lack of control is the main reason people have dental anxiety. This anxiety can be alleviated by being given as much knowledge as possible about what to expect and when to expect it. We will provide information at multiple points throughout the appointment.
  • Making sure patients are aware they can take a break if they are uncomfortable. We believe it is best to play it safe and take it as slowly as possible if a patient feels anxious. If you need to step out and get some air, you are welcome to let us know!
  • Getting to know each patient. Building relationships with everyone who walks through our doors is in our DNA. We want you to feel like you are visiting with old friends. We care deeply about the health of your teeth but also your life!

If you are still feeling nervous, we are here to help. Many relaxation techniques are proven to alleviate anxiety in the moment, such as breathing deeply, progressive muscle relaxation, or listening to calming music. As another alternative, we offer Ativan and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. These treatments are beneficial for anxiety over extensive procedures, and we take them very seriously. If you think these options may be helpful for you during your visit, we will consult with you prior and figure out if it makes sense to include one of them in your oral health journey.

If you have questions about dealing with dental anxiety for yourself or a loved one, there is always more to learn! We want to come alongside you at our office and make everything as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at (254) 729-8400 with any questions. Meet the dedicated dental team here.

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Everyone loves Summer! We understand how exciting vacations can be, but we want you to keep your smile in check! 

Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer

While oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, it is surprising how easy it can be to take care of it with these simple tips in mind.

First, make sure to keep your consumption of sugary foods in check

Vacation is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and everyone deserves this! However, we want to make sure you avoid any potential dental issues that could form due to high sugar intake. You might want to try swapping out carbonated soda for an equally delicious and healthier beverage, such as green tea. While avoiding your favorite treats may not be possible, adding in foods such as vegetables high in fiber will aid in keeping your teeth clean. It is all about balance.

Second, it is always a good idea to have sugar-free gum on hand 

Whether flying, driving, or taking a bus, you may go longer than usual without brushing your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is a wonderful way to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Not to mention, there are many delicious flavors out there!

Third, stay hydrated for good oral hygiene for summer

Hydration is essential for many reasons, including when it comes to the health of your smile. If you are enjoying a vacation adventure during the day and aren’t able to brush your teeth until later, drinking water while you eat will help dilute any plaque-forming acids and protect your teeth while you are having fun. Hydration is also key in guarding against dry mouth. Saliva is 99% water, so the more you drink, the more saliva you produce!

Fourth, let’s discuss your toothbrush’s ideal environment!

Can you guess one of the most important things to pay attention to on vacation? Minimizing potential bacteria growth on your toothbrush. Yes, you read that right! There are two main ways to ventilate your toothbrush and prevent bacteria growth. When looking for a travel toothbrush case, try to find one with small holes or room for air to circulate. A case without holes will keep the moisture locked in, which is not ideal. Also, keep your toothbrush free from its travel case when possible. Leaving it out to dry will aid in prevention.

Lastly, try your hardest to stick to your regular morning and evening oral hygiene routines

If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep doing that. If you regularly brush your teeth throughout the day, travel toothbrushes were made for you. This will keep a healthy habit going, and it will also aid in preventing tooth decay and plaque. To make it even easier on yourself, pack an extra toothbrush and toothpaste just in case you misplace yours!

If you’d like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of cavities, read about it on our blog.

At Groesbeck Family Dental, we want you to have the best Summer possible with your family and friends! Have you been in for your first appointment of the year yet? If not, call to make an appointment at (254) 729-8400 before your first Summer trip. This way, you will be able to make sure you do not need any treatment and will be able to enjoy your vacation without any pain or stress. You deserve it!

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, prevention of and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Groesbeck Family Dental.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes, some of the most common include not keeping your teeth clean, overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, and bacteria. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more problematic if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth. So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?

Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office, along with your routine cleanings and checkups!

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation

Certain snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Use fluoride toothpaste

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Signs of a Cavity 

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts. What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity?  If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice black or brown staining on a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, pain or sensitivity in a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (254) 729-8400!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link. The Groesbeck Family Dental team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Groesbeck Family Dental, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

2. You will save time and money spent in the long run. No one likes spending money they don’t need to. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, you’ll likely pay more later. While treatment can be costly, it becomes more expensive when delayed. More complex treatments usually require more time for the procedure(s) and subsequent recovery. You will thank yourself later if you schedule as soon as you can!

3. Current dental issues will grow more severe if they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

Our dentist is proud to offer a wide range of procedures at Groesbeck Family Dental and always makes sure he does what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does Groesbeck Family Dental offer treatment-wise?

Here are a few of our options:

  1. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  2. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.
  3. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.
  4. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.
  5. Invisalign – Do you want to straighten your smile but not have to worry about the drawbacks of traditional braces? Invisalign clear aligners could be the perfect option for you!

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Groesbeck Family Dental! Remember, it is best to get your teeth taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (254) 729-8400.

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The main goal of Dental Routine Procedures

The main goal of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard that going to the dentist every six months for hygiene and a checkup is essential? Routine appointments will not only keep your smile shining but will also prevent you from developing severe oral health issues that can lead to more time and money spent at the dentist. So what do these routine checkups consists of, and how does each aspect contribute to your overall oral health? We are here to tell you everything you need to know!

Many people struggle with dental anxiety. There is nothing to be scared of when you come in for your routine appointment! All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are safe, effective, and made to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be in. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, make sure to tell our office. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and easy as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.

When you first come in for your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will clean built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Specific surfaces of your teeth are much more challenging to reach and clean, even if you keep up with flossing. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease in the long run!

Gum disease can develop if your teeth aren’t given regular attention by a professional, and it is easily spotted when you come in for your appointment. Gum disease is one of the most common culprits for declining oral health. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

The dental exam you will receive when you come in for your routine appointment is just as crucial as your hygiene! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems. Oral cancer is also checked for. If caught early, oral cancer can be easily treatable. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used for your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.

It is better to come to the dentist every six months than to put it off and have to spend an excessive amount of time and money on treatment later on. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Groesbeck Family Dental give us a call at (254) 729-8400. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us as positive and straightforward as possible.

Love Your Teeth!

Love Your Teeth!

Self-love doesn’t have to stop just because Valentine’s Day is over! The team at Groesbeck Family Dental wants to make sure you give your smile some love. There is much more to keeping your smile shining than just brushing every day. In fact, there are a variety of small daily tricks you can use to optimize the health of your smile. We are excited to share these simple tips on how to brighten your smile as well as the services we offer that will boost your self-confidence.

Here are six simple practices you can adopt at home to elevate your oral care routine:

  1. Start by brushing in the back of your mouth. All of us are probably guilty of skimping on paying attention to brushing our back teeth during our oral care routine. These teeth need some love! Your molars are more prone to infection and gum disease because of all the hard-to-reach spots surrounding them. Brushing your back teeth before the rest of your mouth will ensure you are not too fatigued to hit all the right places!
  2. Don’t spend too much time on your favorite sugary drinks. Some people finish their favorite latte or soda in a few quick gulps, while others nurse on it for hours. So why is finishing it quickly more beneficial for your teeth? Suppose your teeth are being exposed to sugar over a more extended time. In that case, bacteria in your mouth that use sugar as a food source will metabolize it into lactic acid. This acid can eventually dissolve the healthy minerals on your teeth, leading to cavities down the road.
  3. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Have you ever had trouble with sensitivity while brushing your teeth? This may be due to applying too much pressure as you brush, which can be exacerbated by the quality of the bristles on your toothbrush of choice. It is common knowledge that you should switch out your toothbrush every few months. Make sure you keep doing this but pick up a soft-bristled brush on your next trip for a switch. In addition to these brushes being better for your teeth and gums, applying less pressure when you brush will help minimize abrasiveness.
  4. Keep your toothbrush holder clean. This may not be a step you think of taking when it comes to keeping your teeth themselves clean. If you haven’t cleaned your toothbrush holder in a while and take a close look at it, you may notice that it has accumulated grime. Your toothbrush holder holds on to many of the germs that reside in your bathroom and is known to be the third-dirtiest household item. To keep it clean, we recommend washing it in your dishwasher a couple of times per week!
  5. Don’t brush too often. You may feel the need to brush your teeth after every meal. However, brushing more than twice per day can damage your gums and enamel. If you still feel the need to have your mouth feel clean after every meal, try rinsing with plain water. This will disrupt food particles without placing extra pressure on your teeth or gums.
  6. Eat teeth-whitening foods. Did you know that there are foods that can help whiten your teeth? Crunchy foods generally need to be chewed for longer, and therefore your mouth will generate more saliva while eating them. Saliva assists in neutralizing acids that wear down your enamel, which will help prevent yellowing. In addition to this, foods that are coarse and rich in fiber, such as apples, pears, carrots, lettuce, celery, and cucumbers, can help rid the surfaces of your teeth of accumulated plaque.

Achieving a healthy, shining smile is something everyone deserves, whether before or after Valentine’s Day! If you employ these six tips, we promise you will see a difference in the health of your teeth over time. If you’re interested in pampering your smile even more, Groesbeck Family Dental offers take-home teeth whitening kits. These options are excellent for self-care and make great gifts! Give us a call at (254) 729-8400 if you have any questions about our teeth whitening or other cosmetic options or would like to schedule an appointment.