Tooth Grinding HeadacheTo continue to be current on the latest information for my patients, I just attended an extensive, in-depth training on a growing dental disease trend - Tooth grinding. Other names associated with tooth grinding are bruxism or clenching.

It is associated with symptoms in a percentange of individuals such as headaches, jaw aches, toothaches and muscle spasms of the head and neck. But here in lies the irony- more than 70% of people who grind do NOT know they do. The take home lesson, is you could be inflicting irreversible damage and wear without realizing it. It is also known to be linked to sleep apnea, which is also increasing at a rapid rate unfortunately.

I trust you will truly find unique. It is designed to be frank and based on my experience of forty-plus years in dentistry, thousands of hours of continuing education through conventions, seminars, webinars, CD's and study clubs. I am always learning and most importantly, listening to my patients.

Common concerns that most patients have are is it going to hurt, how much does it cost, and how long does it take. After these entry level concerns, are the dentist and team likable and trustworthy?  When you get to the foundation of a patients concern, however other things that are extremely important include:

  1. Does my dentist and team have my very best interests at heart?
  2. Can I find good rapport and develop professional relationships with my dentist and team?
  3. Will they truly listen to whats important to me?
  4. Will they not make me feel bad or ridicule my past dental histroy or present conditions?

  1. “It’s so unbelievable- all this time I thought wire braces were my only solution to getting a straight smile.”
  2. “I had no idea I could straighten my teeth in only 6 months!” “For the first time in my life I get compliments on my smile.”
  3. “I no longer hide my smile- I show it off all the time.”

Visit our Rockwall Dental Office anytime now through the end of February for a complimentary consult and receive free whitening (a $350 value) with your Invisalign treatment. We have negotiated an easy payment plan for you so your monthly budget will thank you! But you will be much more thankful for a lifetime of smiles that you have always wanted.

Offer expires February 29, 2012.

Tooth DecayIt literally seems as though not a day passes that I don't hear, "Dr. Lepard, why do I have tooth decay and how do I stop it?"  Tooth decay or cavities is on the rise in our culture for a number of reasons.  Treatment may vary greatly according to the situation.  The good news is that all of the causes of tooth decay have answers.  An experienced, well educated dentists and hygienists have those answers.  

Tooth decay is a disease.
Disease is defined as a pathological condition due to an infection, genetic defect or environmental stress.  The vehicle for this tooth disease is plaque. Plaque is the sometimes clear, sticky goo that latches onto your tooth every day.  Plaque literally bathes your tooth in decay - producing acid every second it is left on the vulnerable tooth surface.  It is fed especially by the breakdown of sugary food and drink sources.  Some plaque sources are readily identified i.e. a chocolate bar - but there are hidden ones as well - Read on!

1.  First on the list are poor oral hygiene practices. Today manual toothbrushes and floss are not the only way to remove the plaque.  In fact, automated brushes are one of the most effective ways to break up the party the plaque is having on your teeth.  Floss can be assisted by various oralirrigators.  Styles and kinds of these devices are suggested in my office according to each individual's own unique situation.  Coaching by the hygienist on follow-up visits yield the most effective way to improve your oral hygiene.  And remember-plaque produces mouth odors not unlike rotten eggs!