Why Dental Checkups Could Save Your Life

15022 Social Blog ImageYou’ve been putting off your dental checkup. Your schedule is crazy and it keeps slipping your mind. Your teeth look fine, so it’s not a big deal, right?

Actually, putting off those dental checkups could be putting you at risk for gum disease even if you don’t see any obvious signs of the disease.

What’s the big deal about gum disease?

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the risk factor for heart disease could be twice as high for people with periodontal (gum) disease. In just the U.S., heart disease kills over 550,000 people – every year.*

With advanced gum disease, bacteria in the gums can travel through the bloodstream, which is the link scientists believe can directly increase a patient’s risk for a heart attack.

Gum disease is a serious medical condition that some people don’t even realize they have.  Advanced periodontal disease causes obvious symptoms like:

• Inflamed gums

• Loose teeth

• Persistent bad breath

• Receding gums

• Pus pockets

While advanced periodontal disease might be easy to spot, symptoms of early stages of gum disease are more subtle; so much so you may have it and not even realize it. This is why daily brushing and flossing and a minimum of twice yearly checkups with your San Antonio dentist Dr. Lee are so important. Call us at 210-681-5555 today to schedule your appointment. Your heart will thank you!

*Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/heart-disease.htm

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Baby Teeth – They Fall Out, So Why Are They So Important?

Dr. Lee is San Antonio’s favorite family dentist! To celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month, here are a few key facts about baby teeth.

When your child is born, all 20 baby teeth are already there, just waiting for their big day. Those baby teeth will begin to emerge starting at about 6-8 months (sometimes sooner) through the first 3 years.

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Here’s a chart to show the approximate timeline for your child’s teeth to emerge.

Starting at 4-6 years, these baby teeth will begin to fall out, making way for the permanent teeth. Even though your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, they play a very important part in the lifelong dental health of your son or daughter. It’s up to you to make sure they stay healthy and cavity-free!

Baby teeth are very important because they:

• Act as placeholders for adult teeth.

• Help with chewing.

• Help with proper speech development.

• Give your child the opportunity to learn a lifetime of good oral hygiene.

When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit with [DR NAME]?

You can schedule your baby’s first appointment with your dentist in San Antonio as soon as the first tooth emerges. We suggest you schedule this first dental appointment by the time your child is a year old.

My child is a year old and still doesn’t have his or her first tooth. Should I be concerned?

While most children start to have teeth emerge before they are 12 months old, it’s not uncommon for baby teeth to take longer. You are welcome to schedule time with Dr. Lee to be certain there is no underlying medical issue, but there’s no harm in waiting a few months before taking this step. Chances are, that first tooth will show up soon!

My baby only has a few teeth. How should I care for them?

Use a soft-bristled, infant toothbrush with a tiny amount of non-fluoride toothpaste once a day at bedtime. This helps eliminate bacteria from the teeth. Bacteria is the culprit that can cause tooth decay. This will also get your child used to the idea of brushing. Wait until your son or daughter is at least three years old and knows not to swallow toothpaste before using a fluoride paste.

If you have questions about caring for those all of those important baby teeth, please call your dentist in San Antonio, Dr. Lee at 210-681-5555. After all, that’s why we are here – we’re happy to serve you and your family!

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Tender, Swollen, Bleeding Gums? What You Need to Know Before It’s Too Late!

Social Blog Graphic 15013As children, missing a few teeth was considered cute. The prospect of money under your pillow from the tooth fairy even made losing a tooth exciting.

It’s safe to say, as an adult, losing teeth is not something anyone looks forward to. If you knew you were putting yourself at risk of a toothless smile in the future, you’d want to do everything you could to prevent it, right?

“I brush and floss (almost) every day, isn’t that enough to keep my teeth from falling out?”

Brushing and flossing are very important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Very few people floss as often as needed to prevent bacteria from growing. It’s important to realize gingivitis can develop in as few as 24 hours! While excellent home care is the most important step to preventing gum disease, there are many risk factors.

In addition to age, these factors can increase your risk for gum disease:

• Poor nutrition or eating habits

• Being overweight

• Smoking or tobacco use

• Excessive alcohol consumption

• Skipping dental cleanings

• Medications

• Family history

• Stress

• Hormone fluctuations

• Grinding or clenching teeth

• Diabetes

• Cardiovascular disease

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Osteoporosis or osteopenia

“Wouldn’t it be obvious if I had gum disease?”

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates approximately three out of four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease and only a very small percentage seek treatment. You can have gum disease with very few – sometimes no symptoms or pain at all – until it’s progressed to very advanced stages!

Symptoms of advanced gum disease include:

• Bad breath that won’t go away

• Red or swollen gums

• Tender or bleeding gums

• Painful chewing

• Loose teeth

• Sensitive teeth

• Receding gums

The only sure way to know if you have gum disease, what stage the disease may be, and to develop a plan of action to stop the progression and attempt to repair any damage that’s already been done is to have a comprehensive periodontal evaluation by a licensed dental professional.

If you live or work in or around San Antonio, your dentist Dr. Lee can help. Even if it’s been years since you’ve had a dental exam, we can develop a plan to save or preserve your smile, before it’s too late. Your future self will thank you!

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Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Smile

A new study reveals that there’s yet another reason to smile about your healthy-heart habits—your oral health.

Regular moderate intensity physical activity such as walking, cycling, or participating in sports offer significant benefits to your overall health. Such exercise can help reduce the risks of developing diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, depression, as well as specific cancers.

What about the link between your healthy habits and your oral health?

Weight, Exercise, and a High Quality Diet

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A study published by the Journal of Periodontology focused on the relationships between weight, exercise and a high-quality diet with dental disease among American citizens.

The study involving data from over 12,000 people was set to determine if the same factors that can lower the risks of developing diabetes and heart disease also influenced the condition of oral health.

Survey Says…

The study revealed some compelling reasons as to why your smile wants you to maintain healthy habits when it comes to food choices, exercise, and preventing excessive weight gain.

  • Participants were 40 percent less likely to develop periodontitis (serious gum disease) if they adopted all three healthy habits—regularly exercising, eating a well balanced diet, and maintaining a normal, acceptable weight.
  • Subjects who practised only two of the three healthy habits exhibited a 29 percent reductionin the prevalence of periodontitis.
  • A considerably lower 16 percent reduction in periodontitis was noted among those who had only been carrying out one of the three recommended steps.

Take Preventative Action

This study highlights yet another reason to develop and maintain heart-healthy habits—the condition and health of your teeth and gums.

Of course, there are other vital steps that should not be overlooked in keeping your smile at the top of its game. These include brushing your teeth regularly, cleaning between your teeth daily, and visiting your dentist every six months or so for a professional cleaning and thorough examination.

We want to be your partner in health. Contact your San Antonio dentist today and exercise your right to enjoy a sparkling, healthy looking smile.

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Sedation Dentistry: Attain Your Dream Smile While You Sleep

How awesome would it be if you could take a nap, wake up, and your procrastinated “to-do” list—painting the fence, tackling taxes, cleaning the garage, losing those last few stubborn pounds—was completed! If life were that easy, you’d be relaxing with a whole lot more siestas! Your caring San Antonio Dentists from Lee Dental are able to show you how to do just that!

Achieving Your Dream Smile

While this idea may seem nothing short of a genie-in-a-bottle fantasy, it can become an actual reality when it comes to attaining your dream-smile. How? By means of a safe, convenient procedure called sedation dentistry.

Oral conscious sedation is that simple: you arrive at our dental office, receive one of our offered forms of sedation, and BAM! Say goodbye to undue stress, anxiety, and that overwhelming sensation you have spent an eternity at the dentist!While you nap, our professional team will fulfill needed dental work in what will seem like a brief moment of time for you. Upon waking, you’ll be thrilled to discover that the smile you’ve only dared dream about has become a reality you’ll enjoy each and every day.

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Is Sedation Dentistry for Me?

Sedation dentistry is an excellent solution for patients who:

  • Put off getting necessary dental work done because of an overwhelming fear of going to the dentist.
  • Are anxious about the possible pain and discomfort involved with an extensive dental procedure.
  • Require multiple dental procedures performed (multiple fillings/root canals, implants, etc).
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex and have difficulties keeping their mouth open for extended periods of time.
  • Dread needles, or the sounds and smells associated with dental procedures.

Whether you require a basic teeth cleaning or multiple procedures involving extensive dental work, sedation dentistry is an effective option that helps patients stay relaxed and comfortable. Don’t let dental fears hinder your health and smile potential a moment longer! Contact us today to learn more and achieve that dream smile you’ve always wanted. Just sit back, relax, and take a nap while we take care of the rest.

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The 3-Step Formula for Curing Your Dental Phobia

Phobia: (noun) A marked and persistent fear of a clearly defined object or situation.

In this case, fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. People may go through great lengths to avoid being confronted by their fears or phobias. It may be similar to post-traumatic stress caused by previous traumatic dental experiences.

Sedation dentistry is a perfect start for facing your fears!

• It RELAXES you
• It helps you OVERCOME anxiety
• It makes dental procedures SAFER
• It FACILITATES effective dental treatment
• It COMBINES multiple procedures into fewer visits
• No LECTURES!

 

Find out what you need to know about your dental fears and phobias in our infographic below.

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As humans and as the top Dentists in Leon Springs we understand how it feels to be afraid.

We have the best sedation dentistry methods and every comfort available for you to conquer your fears and enjoy a better lifestyle:

• Cold towels
• Neck pillows
• Movies
• Relaxing music

Take action. Never let your fears control you again. Talk to us about your fears and we’ll create an experience where you can make all that go away once and for all.

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5 Secrets of the Summer Super-Mom

Summer is a often a wonderful season spent enjoying the company of friends and family in the sun. Of course, those of us with kids know how busy it can be as well, especially now that it’s winding down and the back-to-school season is here. To help those mothers and parents out there stay on their game and keep their families healthy, we asked the Super-Mom for some help.

Here are 5 Secrets of the Summer Super-Mom, courtesy of your favorite San Antonio Dentists at Lee Dental Centers.

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The Whole, Unconditional Truth About Dentistry

What do your parents and your San Antonio Dentist, have in common?
a) They both are expert health-care providers.
b) They both are surprisingly cool and modern.
c) They both love you dearly and want what’s best for you.

Depending on the type of parents you have, all 3 answers could be right. However, we’ll be politically correct and bet our money on answer C.

True, we are expert health-care providers, and we are a surprisingly cool and modern dental team; yet above all: we love you. It is this love that drives and motivates us to being the best dental care providers in the San Antonio area you could ever have. The infographic below visualizes way better than we ever could our reasons for loving and caring so much for you and your oral health.

Enjoy!

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Call or email so we can provide the care you may not know you need before it’s too late.

 

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Request an Appointment

 

And remember, we love all of you – perhaps not as much as your parents do, but we truly love you.

─ Sincerely, all of your Dentists in San Antonio at Lee Dental Centers

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San Antonio Dentists | A Dental Visit May Save Your Life

You already know that regular dental visits improve the health and appearance of your smile, but did you know they could actually help save your life or that of someone you love? How? You may be surprised at the answer.

Our commitment extends beyond helping you achieve healthy teeth and a Hollywood smile. We also take very seriously our obligation to assist you in fighting against the progression of a mostly unseen enemy— oral cancer.

Lee Dental Centers is home to the top San Antonio Dentists.

The Startling Statistics About Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation reports some sobering statistics about oral cancer:

  • Close to 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
  • It will cause over 8,000 deaths killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.
  • Of the 43,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only 57 percent will be alive in 5 years.

It also reveals a very important factor to consider.

** Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to diagnose, but due to late discovery. **

 

Take Preventative Action Now

What makes oral cancer particularly dangerous is that its beginning stages are often not visible to the naked eye, and frequently flourishes without producing immediately recognizable symptoms or pain.

Regular dental appointments with us are so important for this reason. We employ a revolutionary instrument that’s quick, painless, and effectively identify any contrasts between healthy tissue and mucosal abnormalities in their earliest forms.

What does this mean for you? If by chance you have developed oral cancer, we can help you detect it at its initial stage. Appropriate treatment can then be provided before the cancer has an opportunity to significantly progress. Early diagnosis and treatment significantly increase your chances of successfully winning any war against oral cancer.

If you have noticed any significant changes in your mouth, in color, or the development of sores or skin patches that seem to persist after even a couple weeks, don’t delay in contacting us.

Share this information with your friends and make that all-important oral cancer screening appointment today, it could actually help save lives. Smile proudly for many years to come! Lee Dental Centers is home to the top San Antonio Dentists who care about your long-term health.

Do you think most people are aware that oral cancer screening is available by their elite dental professionals?

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Dentist San Antonio | 6 Reasons to Smile for Dental Crowns

Here are six reasons to smile for dental crowns, brought to you by your best place to find a dentist in San Antonio, Lee Dental Centers!

Dental crowns are a highly popular, effective solution able to resolve a variety of smile-issues. What should you know about crowns?

Commonly referred to as a cap, a crown is a dental restoration designed to protectively cover or encircle a tooth (or a new dental implant) and prevent it from further damage. It can restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and enhance its aesthetic appeal.

 

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When Crowns Save the Day

Consider some dental scenarios where your premier dentist may recommend implementing a crown.

1. Securing a dental bridge in proper position.

2. To hold together and strengthen a tooth that is cracked, or structurally weakened by a large filling.

3. Enhancing the appearance of badly stained or misshapen teeth.

4. To restore the appearance and strength of teeth that are fractured, broken or severely worn.

5. To fortify the tooth against fracturing after a root canal.

6. Acting as the replacement tooth attached to a dental implant.

 

Crowns Fit for a King (or Queen)

We make it our priority to ensure that your crown will fit perfectly, provide functionality, look completely natural, and keep you smiling proudly. By creating a restoration that blends naturally with the rest of your teeth, no one will notice the extent of your dental work.

It’s a simple matter to brush, floss, and care for a dental crown just like you would your natural teeth, while reaping the benefits of a smile fit for a king!

Crowns can open the door for you to eat, talk, and laugh without discomfort, pain or feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth. Book your appointment with us today and give your teeth something to smile about for years to come, and share this info with your friends and family so that they too can smile like they’re royalty.

Leave a comment below: On average, who do you think have better looking smiles, men or women?

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