The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as much fun losing teeth as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (not counting wisdom teeth).

Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert want everyone in Midlothian to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please contact Hawkins Family Dentistry with any questions or concerns. Read more ›

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Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers! Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert in Midlothian are experienced and trusted providers of veneer treatments. Read more ›

Posted in Dental News, Dental Services, Teeth Whitening

Gum Disease – More Than Just Gums

Your Mouth: A Picture of Health

Did you know that when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true: your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert at Hawkins Family Dentistry should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Midlothian in our office!

If you’re not taking care of the rest of your body, your gums will give it away. Hormones, sickness, stress, diet, smoking, prescription medicine, and more can all affect your gum health, and that goes both ways. If you don’t take care of your gums, the consequences will stretch beyond just your mouth. Unhealthy gums can lead to an unhealthy heart, diabetes, pregnancy complications, memory problems, tooth decay, and more. Read more ›

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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right—just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong. This myth is totally false—and Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert at Hawkins Family Dentistry is here to tell you the truth.

Dental Care in Colonial Times

It was a combination of bad genes and even worse medical practices that led George Washington down the path to becoming toothless. Washington experienced many health problems throughout his life, and he was often treated with “calomel,” a common medicine of his time. Calomel contained mercury, which ruined teeth. The toothpaste of that era was also made from very abrasive materials like tree bark and brick dust, which likely continued to break down Washington’s natural teeth.

Many people in Washington’s era had fake teeth, but none were made of wood. As disgusting as it sounds today, rich citizens at the time were able to purchase real human teeth to fill in their own smiles.

George Washington Had Dentures

Washington’s personal diary records frequent sore teeth, inflamed gums, and even his first tooth extraction for 5 shillings at the young age of 24. By the time Washington lost the rest of his teeth, he was rich enough to get a very fancy set of his own dentures – which contained no wood at all. Washington’s dentures were made of a combination of human teeth, cow teeth, and ivory from elephant and hippopotamus. His dentures also included gold, lead, and metal springs. How’s that for a mouthful?

It was important to Washington’s self-esteem that he had the total appearance of a strong, healthy leader, and he believed it was important for the reputation of his new nation, too. Historical letters show Washington begging his dentist to be sure that his dentures wouldn’t be obvious with a closed mouth. Sadly, Washington went to great lengths to keep his mouth closed, so he rarely laughed or smiled. Not only were his dentures high maintenance (needing regular care from a dentist) but they also caused his mouth a lot of pain. It is believed that Washington’s dentures negatively affected his leadership because he avoided public speaking.

Washington’s wife, Martha, started off with strong teeth but eventually needed dentures herself. Inspired by the oral problems both she and her husband suffered, Martha was always sure to take good care of her children’s oral hygiene.

Take Care—Before You Need Dentures, Too!

Did you know that 20-30% of all adults in the US have gum disease severe enough to threaten loss of their teeth? If you do need dentures or implants, we can certainly help. But we’d also love to help you keep your teeth in the first place. Midlothian locals, come see us for all of your dental care needs. Call us today for the best chance of keeping all your natural teeth!

Sources

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washington-didnt-have-wooden-teeth-they-were-ivory-180953273/?no-ist

http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/did-george-washington-have-wooden-teeth

http://www.mountvernon.org/digital-encyclopedia/article/wooden-teeth-myth/

http://www.americanrevolution.org/dental.php

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Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Dentistry is serious medicine, and daily oral hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too – not to mention fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of interesting dental facts out there! Hawkins Family Dentistry in Midlothian treats our patients professionally and joyfully—our team thinks teeth are cool. Take Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth.

Facts About People & Teeth

  • According to a survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather visit the dentist than have to listen to one end of a cell-phone conversation.
  • By age 17, 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity.
  • Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35.
  • Tooth prints are as unique as fingerprints.
  • About 5 million teeth per year fall out due to sports-related accidents.
  • Babies have 20 teeth but a full set of adult teeth has 32.
  • Baby teeth do need to be brushed, or “washed”.
  • 42% of adults said a toothbrush was one invention they couldn’t live without, according to a Lemelson-MIT Invention Index survey.

Facts About Your Mouth

  • The enamel on your teeth is the hardest part of your body.
  • More than 300 different kinds of bacteria can live in your mouth at the same time.
  • A tooth will start to die within 15 minutes of getting knocked out—but keeping it in a glass of milk can prolong its life.
  • 35% of your tooth’s surface can only be cleaned by floss.
  • A third of the whole tooth is not visible but under the gums (“Titanic”, anyone?).

Facts About Dental History

  • The first recorded dentist, Hesi-Re, practiced in ancient Egypt.
  • The first official female dentist was Lucy Beaman Hobbs, licensed in 1866.
  • The first commercial floss was made in 1882.
  • The first official dental hygienist was Irene Newman, trained in 1905.
  • The tooth fairy left an average of 25 cents per tooth in 1950.
  • The first toothbrushes were made of tree twigs (people chewed the tips to make soft brushes), and animal hair.

Don’t let your teeth become history – take good care of them today and they’ll serve you forever. Call us today to visit our Midlothian office and show your smile some love.

Posted in Dental Health, Dental News

Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

At Hawkins Family Dentistry, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert want every Midlothian resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to contact us! Read more ›

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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Midlothian children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Hawkins Family Dentistry, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us.

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Mouthguards – Do They Really Work?

Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard!

Functions of Mouthguards

Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help prevent accidental mouth injuries, ease pain from grinding your teeth, and can even help patients with trouble sleeping. Read more ›

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu altogether.

In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert at Hawkins Family Dentistry wants Midlothian residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet tooth safely. Read more ›

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Caring for Your Dentures

The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert remind us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Midlothian residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Hawkins Family Dentistry. Read more ›

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