Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Midlothian resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Hawkins depends on your input for optimum dental health. We at Hawkins Family Dentistry like to go above and beyond for our Midlothian patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Midlothian resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Hawkins needs to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

Brush (1)Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health! Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Midlothian smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. Alex Hawkins and the expert hygienists at Hawkins Family Dentistry. If you have any questions or would like to test your skills in person, feel free to give us a call!

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash

Before we get to talking technique, we need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’re going to need a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss. Pick whatever floss is most comfortable for you and any toothpaste that you like, provided it has fluoride. Mouthwash is not required, but some Midlothian folks really like the extra oral health boost you get from a good swish and gargle.

How do you pick a good toothbrush? Here are the basics:

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Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

Soft_Food_Recipes (1)You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.

Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. Alex Hawkins for his recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Hawkins Family Dentistry in Midlothian can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services.

Here’s an idea; if you probably can’t eat those potato chips anyway, consider your dental recovery days a chance to make healthier choices. Below are soft food ideas that will treat your mouth and your body well.

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What is Dental Botox®?

Dental_BotoxAs specialists in facial anatomy and esthetics, an increasing number of dentists are taking their skills into the world of Botox®. Often associated just with appearances, Botox® can be equally as therapeutic as cosmetic.

Botox® is a purified protein that irons out wrinkles by attaching to a muscle and preventing it from contracting. These muscles that contract away from the skin are what causes wrinkles. This has thus far been its most popular use in cosmetic facial treatments.

What most patients don’t know is this same function can relax other muscles in the jaw and face for pain relief or support of orthodontics.

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Smile: It’s Good For You!

SmilingYour smile is more powerful than you may know. Scientists have studied many aspects of smiling, such as how it affects your brain, your health, and your overall experience of life. Even the situation you’re in and the people around you are influenced by your smile. The findings may surprise you. Or, if you’re someone who smiles often, they may just confirm what you already know.

Dr. Alex Hawkins in Midlothian loves a good smile and wants to help you smile more. Read on to let us convince you to smile more and to maintain that smile with a healthy dental routine.

Smiling & Your Health

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Oxygen Therapy – A Breath of Fresh Air

Oxygen_Therapy (1)Your Midlothian dentist, Dr. Alex Hawkins at Hawkins Family Dental knows that no two patients are alike. Everyone deserves a personalized approach to oral health – but what is something no patient (or even human) can live without? Air—or more specifically, oxygen.

The Power of Ozone in Dentistry

Oxygen is essential for your cellular health and does good for your body overall. For that reason, it can be harnessed to improve your dental experience. Some dental offices use oxygen therapy to create a calm environment during preventative visits, and also to treat acute dental issues.

Oxygen therapy delivers 100% pure, medical-grade oxygen. When three atoms of oxygen bind together, they form ozone, the same matter that protects and nourishes our environment. Oxygen can be applied as ozone gas, ozonated water, or ozonated olive oil.

This completely painless treatment works with your body’s natural functions to achieve a multitude of benefits. Though research is still building, increased exposure to pure oxygen has been found to: Read more ›

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Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

Dentures_Implants (2)So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-repltacement plan. Hawkins Family Dental in Midlothian is an experienced practice you can trust to help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile.

Not your grandma’s dentures

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The Story of Caries Prevention

CariesIf we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Midlothian teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Alex Hawkins is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Hawkins Family Dentistry can do to help.

Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities

What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot – actually, they are the exact same thing. When bacteria interact with carbohydrates as they are broken down in the mouth, they ferment and produce lactic acid, which eats away at the structures of the teeth. Considered the most prevalent chronic disease among adults and children, this condition is called dental caries, or tooth decay. Without proper care and regular dental appointments, the acid from bacteria will eat away the surface layer of the tooth, creating a hole, or cavity. In other words, dental caries (tooth decay) is the cause of cavities.

Caries Prevention

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Holistic Dentistry – A Whole Body Approach to Oral Health

Holistic_Dentistry (1)True or false: the human body is made of many unique parts that work together and affect each other.

True.

True or false: dentists only treat oral health and do not consider other parts of the body.

False.

It is well documented in the scientific and healthcare communities that oral health is closely linked to wellness throughout the body. Certainly, a diet high in sugar will ruin both your teeth and your nutrition. Some illnesses lower your immune system and increase your risk of infection in the mouth. And plaque in the mouth can be an indicator of plaque on your arteries. Harmful bacteria in high levels in the mouth can travel through your blood stream and negatively affect the health of the rest of your body. And a good look at your teeth placement could ease regular jaw pain and headaches!

Holistic dentistry is a philosophy (not a single procedure) that considers oral health as a component of the health of the rest of the body. The word holistic actually comes from the word “whole.” Holistic dentists are energetic problem-solvers eager to treat you for overall health, nutrition, and wellbeing.

Is holistic dentistry right for me?

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

Diet SodaIn today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, Midlothian residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today, Dr. Alex Hawkins would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Hawkins Family Dentistry.

Are Diet Sodas Healthy?

The short answer is no. Originally conceived as low-calorie alternatives to one of America’s first commercial legacies, diet sodas have become extremely popular amidst our country’s battle to lose weight. There’s only one little problem – diet sodas are only marginally better than regular soda. Compared to water, diet soda has zero nutritional value and contains many ingredients that are harmful outside of moderation.

Diet Soda & Dental Health

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