Give it a “Kick”

I’m sitting in the dugout and I tell my team mate, “If only I could catch a foul tip pop up!” She says, “You will! You’re improving every game, just keep trying!” I think to myself, well one day I will do it. Then the next inning comes up and I am standing behind the kicker in my catchers position and she kicks a foul tip pop up and “WHAM” I catch it!! Woo Hoo!! I did it!! YES!! I then throw the ball to 2nd base for a double play!! Best time I ever had in Kickball! That my friends was just last night.

I am quite the novice kickball player but some friends of mine play kickball and have for years. Last year I was asked to join a team and even though at the time I didn’t even know the rules, I joined. Being kind of introverted I don’t meet a lot of people so this was just what I needed. I have met young and “older” ladies that are really remarkable people and have made some really great friends in the 2 years I have been playing now.

A big thank you goes to 12 Oaks Dental, and Dr.’s Marc Worob and Elyse Cronin-Barron for sponsoring my team again this year. Our team name is the “Aces of Bases.” We are all becoming great friends and we have fun every Thursday! Our team is 3 for 3 in our winnings and we have 4 more games to go.    kickball

Our games are played at Balcones Sports Complex.  We have the best fans and we invite you to come out and cheer on your favorite team!

If you can’t make it out on a Thursday night try to come to our Central Texas Kickball Austin Tournament on September 12th and 13th. The tournament is held at the Murchison Middle School Kickball Fields. Games start at 8:30am and will go on all day and into the evening hours so there’s lots of time to catch a game!

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They Say Dentistry is a Form of Art

The Team at 12 Oaks Dental put it to the test! Dentists are considered “surgeons”- surgery being  defined as “handwork” – we definitely put our hands to work!

We had a fantastic time at Painting with a Twist.  We chose a design of our (group) choice and each of us was presented with a blank canvas, paint and paint brushes, fortunately a great instructor to go with it.

Step by step instructions were given and we added our own flair to each brush stroke. Masterpieces were created even by those who were a little skeptical of their own talents!     Painting

It may not have been as tedious or as rewarding as  restoring patient’s smiles, but we all had lots of fun and off time together and enjoyed seeing the creative side of each other !

Great Venue ~ You can bring your own snacks, beverages and listen to music while your paint!

Fun activity for a group any size or for any occasion!

 

4 Most Common Oral Health Mistakes

Aug hygieneYou wake up each morning, eat your breakfast, then head to the sink to brush your teeth and give your grin a thorough flossing. You’re doing everything correctly, right? Maybe. The truth is, oral hygiene isn’t as simple as just making sure you brush and floss. At our Austin dental office, we’d like to talk about a few common oral health mistakes and how to fix them.

Snapping Your Floss.

We love that fact you’re flossing, but it’s important that you’re doing it correctly. A common flossing mistake is pulling the flossing down between teeth and causing it to snap. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, you should never snap floss between your teeth or it could damage gum tissues. Instead, use a gentle back and forth motion in between each tooth and up under the gum line.

Brushing Too Hard.

It’s natural to always scrub hard and quickly when cleaning pretty much anything. But your teeth are much different and deserve a gentler approach. Too much pressure while brushing can damage gums, cause them to recede, and even erode enamel. Enamel protects teeth against decay, and without it, your teeth are left exposed to dangerous bacteria. Try using small, gentle circles with your toothbrush angled at 45 degree angles.

Brushing Right After Meals.

If all of our patients could brush after every meal, we’d be one happy dental office. But we understand sometimes it’s just not possible. In these situations, a quick rinse with water can help dilute acid and wash away food particles. But what if you can brush after a meal? By all means, please do. Just make sure you wait about a half an hour. Some foods that are high in acid weaken enamel immediately after consumption. If you brush during this weakened state, you could actually do more harm than good. Just wait a bit then brush away.

Skipping the Tongue.

We know how important it is to brush our teeth. But what about the tongue? The tongue is covered with tiny grooves where dangerous bacteria love to hide. This makes a gentle tongue brushing each and every time you pick up the toothbrush extremely important. If skipped, tongue bacteria can cause some serious bad breath and even tooth decay. If you can’t brush your tongue without gagging, try using a tongue scraper instead.

Following the proper guidelines of great oral hygiene is crucial for a healthy smile. But it’s only half of it. Maintaining regular visits to our dental office in Austin is also incredibly important. Routine visits ensure there are no problems that may be caused by your at-home care and allow us to catch and treat any issue we may find quickly and more easily.

Welcoming patients from Austin, Westlake, and Cedar Park.

Can Teeth Be Too White?

Aug whiteWhitening teeth has become quite the craze in recent years. With easily accessible and varied forms of whitening out there, anyone can take their smile from dull to dazzling in a matter of a few sessions. But is it good for you? Can your teeth be too white? At our dental office in Austin, we’re here to clear up a few whitening questions and make sure all our patients exercise caution in their quest for a whiter smile.

Smile whitening is one of the most requested cosmetic dentistry procedures at dental offices across the nation. And that doesn’t include those who forego the dentist and whiten on their own. The whitening mania has brighter, whiter smiles popping up all over the place, and we’re never ones to discount a beautiful grin. But we need to warn you: don’t overdo it.

A little is good, a lot isn’t better.

A good rule of thumb to follow for a natural looking white smile is to aim to match the whites of your eyes. But many times, whitening becomes almost addictive, and people tend to use whitening in excess. While most whitening agents are safe, serious problems can occur when whitening becomes too much of a habit.  Additionally, whitening may have unwanted results and teeth may appear translucent or discolored.

Things to Consider

  • Talk it Out. We highly recommend talking with your dentist in Austin before starting a whitening treatment. Some stains may not be easily removed through an over-the-counter treatment and some problems can’t be fixed through whitening alone. Talking with your dental professional is a great first step.
  • Follow Directions. If you choose to use an over-the-counter product, please read and follow the directions. Don’t leave the whitening gel on longer than recommended. Strips and trays tend to be one-size-fits-all, which can cause the whitening ingredients to come in contact with gums. If left on too long, gums can become irritated and lead to more serious dental concerns.
  • White isn’t Necessarily Healthy. We tend to whiten to get a healthier looking smile, but just because a smile is white doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Make sure to keep up with regular dental appointments even if your grin is pearly white.

If you’re looking to get your smile a bit more whiter, call our Austin dental office. A visit with us prior to embarking on a whitening regimen can help determine the best whitening treatment for you and together we can determine your ultimate shade of white.

Welcoming patients from Austin, Westlake, and Cedar Park.

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