Planting Tomatoes in Austin

TomatoesNow is the perfect time to get your tomatoes planted in Austin! Tomatoes need at least six to eight hours of sun a day to produce well and full sun is best.  So find a good location for your red darlings!

They need well-drained soil with a pH around 6.0 to 6.8. Think about placing mulch to keep the ground moist and cool.  It’s a also a good idea to fertilize with compost and nitrogen based fertilizers a few times after planting!

Summers get very hot here in Austin and tomato plants need a lot of care.  I’ve had the best luck with Celebrity and Early girl varieties.  I find it’s okay to start picking them when the begin turning red.  If left too long on the vine, birds and insects can get them.  A sunny window sill is a great place to keep them for a few days.

Tomato planting resources can be found here.  The Urban Gardener also has a great blog with beautiful pictures!

Happy Gardening from your family at 12 Oaks Dental!

Written by Deborah Burroughs

Help for Dental Phobia at 12 Oaks Dental

Are you one of the many people who are afraid to go to the dentist in Austin? You’re not alone! Nearly 75 percent of adults in the U.S. have some anxiety before visiting the dentist, and about 5 to 10% of us are true “dental phobics.”

Some of the reasons you may need some extra help to relax are:

  • High fear of dental care
  • Complex dental problems
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Fear of needles and shots
  • Trouble getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth

Fortunately there are solutions for pre-visit jitters and for helping you stay relaxed and comfortable during your treatment.

At 12 Oaks Dental, we can help with sedation dentistry to help you relax, yet remain awake during treatment.

We give you nitrous oxide (laughing gas) that will completely relax you in a matter of minutes, and recover equally as fast once your treatment is over. If you have only nitrous oxide at your appointment, you’ll be safe to drive yourself home in a very short period of time.

For more involved procedures, such as tooth extractions, or longer treatments, we can use IV sedation, administered and monitored by a certified anesthesiologist.

If fear of the dentist is even preventing you from getting regular care, please call our Austin dental office and talk to us about your fears. We’ll let you know how we can help and plan for your appointment. We really can make a dental appointment relaxing and comfortable. Just call us at 512.346.5196.

Is Your Tongue Giving You Bad Breath?

Bad breath is definitely going to negatively affect your social life in one way or another.  If someone has cared enough to tell you about yours, you are aware of it.  So here are a few tidbits of helpful information that may be of interest to prevent bad breath from happening to you!

Background: The tongue is often neglected in our daily oral hygiene routine.  If you do care for your tongue, most people brush their tongue when they brush their teeth.

Yellow tongue

Yellow tongue

Studies that have looked at effective hygiene of the tongue suggest that a tongue cleaner other than your toothbrush is recommended because these tools are more effective at removing the layer of debris that builds up and has an odor.  Look at your tongue.  If it’s not pink, you’ve got a problem.  Please call our office, 12 Oaks Dental, and let us take a look.

Austin’s Answer for Missing Teeth

If you’re missing teeth, modern dentistry has a number of options for you to replace them. It’s essential to replace missing teeth with a restoration that will give your face structure and function. Otherwise the underlying bones will begin to deteriorate from lack of stimulation. This is a process called resorption, where the body absorbs the calcium from the bones.

Dental implants are strong, permanent and attractive tooth replacements. They consist of a titanium screw that is implanted in the bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. An abutment is fit over the implant to hold the porcelain crown that will look, feel, and function just like a regular tooth. It’s the best option to avoid bone resorption, maintain your facial structure, and prevent premature wrinkling and sagging that result from not having teeth.

Dental Implants by 12 Oaks Dental

You may have seen TV commercials promoting dental implants in Austin, and think anyone can do them. However, placing dental implants that will function for a long time, and match or improve on your original teeth is an art as well as a science. At 12 Oaks Dental, we will place beautiful, custom-fit porcelain crowns that will match perfectly with the rest of your teeth. You’ll be able to eat, chew, talk, and smile with confidence and without worrying about dentures slipping.

We can offer several tooth replacement options, in addition to dental implants. If you’re missing one or even all of your teeth, let us help. Call our Austin dental office at 512.346.5196.

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Football

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Austin Outlaws Photo by Mary Lou Spence

The Austin Outlaws are a group of female athletes who are passionate about football.  Many were denied the ability to play in other leagues.  The oldest rookie started at 51 because she finally had place, a team and an opportunity to play! The Outlaws pride themselves as being the longest continuously run women’s football organization in the country, now entering their 13th season.

The Austin Outlaws are a self funded team. This means that on top of their 40 hour week jobs, work as moms, and 10+ hours a week practicing, they also do fund raising. It may be corporate sponsorship or activities such as car washes, merchandise sales, etc. They have to raise in excess of $40,000 every single year, more when they reach the playoffs

Like 12 Oaks Dental, the Outlaws give back to their community, going to schools and charitable events, being strong role models for young women. And they never forget their fans. At the end of every game, the players line up and shake hands with all their supporters. What amazing women, amazing athletes.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of the players on the team. At one of their recent practices I got to hold a newborn while her mother played defensive tackle. It was fascinating to watch her sweetly caress her baby and then switch gears, tackling her opponent with such power and force!

Austin Outlaws  Photo by Mary Lou Spence

Austin Outlaws Photo by Mary Lou Spence

The women on the team are members of the Women’s Football Alliance, a league comprised of about 60 teams across the country.  The first game this year is April 6. Tickets are $10/person, and children 12 and under are free. For more information, please visit their site at Bring your family and friends and help support these hardworking athletes. Show your Austin pride! Just don’t get in their way like their opponents in these pictures.

Outlaws are tough, they hit hard and don’t hold back.  Maybe they ain’t so different from your daddy’s football after all.


Written by Renee Henson

Breastfeeding and Avoiding Cavities

Not only is breastfeeding a great way for a mother and child to bond, but it is also an essential source of nutrients that your baby can’t get anywhere else. Breast milk fed children have shown to have less ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory infections and chronic diseases like asthma. Studies are also now showing that breastfeeding can help your child avoid cavities!

Dr. Cronin's baby, Zane, opening wide!

Dr. Cronin’s baby, Zane, opening wide!

The biomechanics of nursing are different that bottle feeding. Several studies have shown that breast milk is expressed directly onto the soft palate and swallowed rather than pooling in the child’s mouth, like with a bottle. This pooling, allows the milk or formula longer contact with the teeth, especially if not removed. Oral hygiene habits, such as wiping a child’s tooth with a wet wash cloth can help with the prevention of early childhood cavities.

Please contact Dr. Elyse Cronin Barron, an Austin dentist, if you have any further interest about dental care for pregnant mothers, babies and kids. She is a mother of a 5 year-old daughter and 7-month old son.

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