Passing the Gavel -Capital Area Dental Society

Installation CADFAs their year comes to a close, Dr Elyse Cronin Barron passed her gavel one last time to the incoming president for the Capital Area Dental Society.  We are proud to have had her serve as the President of such a great organization. Looking back on the year, the Capital Area Dental Foundation was able to provide dental care to more than 750 patients. They are successful in transforming lives with healthy smiles through charitable dental care.  Dr Barron and Dr Worob both remain active members with this group and feel blessed to be able to give back to the community. Just one more reason to be apart of this great practice!  CADF

Oral Piercings: Concerns & Care

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If piercings are your thing, we aren’t here to judge. We believe everyone should be free to express themselves how they wish. However, when it comes to oral piercings, the team at our Austin dental office wants you to be aware of some of the concerns that go along with them.

The Concerns

If you’re thinking about getting your tongue, lip, or cheek pierced, make sure you know all of the risks involved with doing so in order to make an educated decision.

  • Infection. Since your mouth is always warm and moist, it’s the perfect place for bacteria to flourish. A piercing increases the chance that those bacteria will cause an infection. Once you create a hole in a place where bacteria already lives, it’s extremely common for infection to occur. These infections can be serious, even life threatening. If the infection makes the tongue swell, your airway can close, making it difficult to breathe.
  • Gum Disease. It’s more common for those with oral piercings to have gum disease than those without. Since there is essentially a foreign object in your mouth, the chance for gum damage is increased. Once the gums are damaged, bacteria can wiggle in there and lead to gum disease.
  • Tooth Damage. Many people with oral piercings play with them. A lot. Clanking the jewelry against teeth can cause them to chip or break, making dental treatment necessary. Clicking or accidentally biting the jewelry can also create tiny holes in the enamel, opening the root up to bacteria and decay. If this happens, you may need a filling or, if severe enough even a root canal.

The Care

To reduce your risk of infection, tooth damage, or gum disease, make sure to follow proper care of your oral piercing.

  • Clean the area thoroughly and often to help keep bacteria and infection away.
  • Rinse with water after eating to wash away food particles that can attract bacteria.
  • Avoid playing with it to minimize the chance of tooth damage.

If you’ve already had a part of your mouth pierced, keep an eye out for any signs of infection including swelling, redness, fever, chills, or shaking. If you notice any of the symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Our Austin dental office is here to help answer any questions or concerns you may have about getting an oral piercing. If you’re on the fence, call to schedule an appointment with us today.

Accepting patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park and beyond. 

Top 5 Secrets Your Mouth Tells Your Austin Dentist

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Regular visits to our Austin dental offices are crucial to maintaining a healthy, happy smile. We can catch problems early, we can talk about your smile goals and treatments to get you the ultimate grin, and it’s always nice to see you. But your visits can also tell us a whole lot about things you may haven’t even thought of, or secrets you might not want us to know.

You’re a Nail Biter

The teeth of nail biters usually display certain qualities that your dentist can identify. Teeth may have chips and cracks, front teeth appear flat and leveled, and there may even be symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular disorder). When a chronic nail biter wears away teeth, their bite may alter, causing jaw pain and other serious concerns.

You’re Suffering from an Eating Disorder

When a patient is battling bulimia, their dentist may be the first medical professional to suspect a problem based on how oral health is affected by the disease. Erosion, usually on the back side of the front couple teeth, is a typical sign of bulimia. When enamel is eroded away, teeth are at increased risk for developing cavities. If you have an eating disorder, we urge you to seek help as soon as possible. There are professionals who can find a treatment that works for you.

Your Bad Breath is Hiding Something Serious

Bad breath is embarrassing, but it can also be a sign of something serious — whether in the mouth or in the body. It’s important to note that different stenches could mean different things. For example, a fruity smell may be a sign of diabetes whereas a fishier smell could indicate liver or kidney failure. If breath is neither and rather just unpleasant, it may be a sign of gum disease, which may increase the risk for heart disease.

You Don’t Floss as Much as You Should

We see it all the time. A patient arrives for their appointment, sits in the chair, opens wide, and their hygienist is greeted with puffy, red gums. While this can be a sign of any number of things, it most commonly means the patient flossed right before their appointment, and really no other time before that since their last visit. We can’t tell you enough how important it is to floss every single day, not just when you’re coming to see us.

All of these secrets told by your mouth are serious and require prompt medical attention. If you identify with any of them, we encourage you to contact your dentist in Austin as soon as you can. If you’d like our help, or if you’re looking for a dentist, schedule an appointment at our Austin dental office today. We’ll perform an in-depth exam and get you started on a path towards optimal oral and overall health.

Accepting patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park and beyond.

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