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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To Be or Not to Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Artificial Sweeteners

Originally created for people unable to consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Midlothian in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert want you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health – so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. Read more ›

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When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

Most of us in Midlothian have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth. Read more ›

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Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to call Dr. Hawkins & Dr. Neidert. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Hawkins Family Dentistry are committed to giving you the best oral care that Midlothian has available. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on. Read more ›

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Is it Time to Straighten Your Teeth?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. People of any age can have their teeth straightened-there is never a bad time-but there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Midlothian dentists Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert are local providers of professional orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth.

Time for Aesthetic Teeth Straightening

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Oral Health Tips at Every Age

A few things are equally important for your oral health no matter your age or stage of life. Good nutrition, brushing and flossing habits, visiting the dentist, and a little fluoride are always (always) the essentials – you won’t ever hear us say otherwise.  However, your dental hygiene routine requires unique considerations for each new season of growth and maturity. Read below as Hawkins Family Dentistry shares what is especially important knowledge to maintain your oral health throughout your life. You may be surprised at what we have to say!


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Breastfeeding & Dental Work

If you’re a new mom or about to be one, you’re likely already used to putting your needs second to the needs of this beautiful new little person in your life – but maintaining good oral hygiene is still important for keeping you and your baby in tip-top shape. If something happens and you need dental work, it shouldn’t prevent you from breastfeeding regularly, or from seeking the dental treatment you need. Dr. Hawkins & Dr. Neidert are experienced Midlothian dentists who can explain how prioritizing your own health needs is safe and important during this stage of a woman’s life. Read more ›

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How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Midlothian for protection during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing – but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Hawkins & Dr. Neidert have helped many Midlothian residents improve their quality of life with night guards. Our team at Hawkins Family Dentistry invite you to come visit us today to find out more.

Night Guards for Bruxism

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a very common condition. Everyone grinds their teeth at some point, but some Midlothian folks do it so much (especially during the night) that it causes severe damage to their teeth, headaches, jaw aches, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) issues, and more. The problem is that most bruxism sufferers don’t know that they are actually clenching and grinding their teeth. The best treatment for bruxism is wearing a night guard to protect your teeth from the most harmful grinding and clenching, which happens during sleep. The bruxism guards we offer at Hawkins Family Dentistry are custom-fitted to your mouth and extremely effective at protecting your teeth from damage and getting rid of bruxism symptoms.

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TMJ – The Root of Your Pain

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a really long name … so let’s call it TMJ.  That sounds more familiar-you’ve probably heard it before. Maybe some lingering pain in your chewing muscles and bones even have you wondering if you have it. TMJ dysfunction is sometimes called TMD, TMJD, or TMJ Syndrome, especially if there seem to be a number of other jaw-related issues. Dr. Hawkins at Hawkins Family Dentistry is here to tell you more about TMJ and what to do if you’ve got it.

What is TMJ?

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