Baby Dentistry: Teething and Other Joys

It’s easy to think that baby teeth aren’t important. They make their grand entrance (however painfully) and leave your baby’s mouth so soon thereafter. But your baby’s oral health is very important today and to set the stage for a lifetime of health.

Let’s talk about those tiny teeth: teething and how to take care of your baby’s oral health.
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Dental Inlays & Onlays

Bite. Crack. Ouch!

A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a tooth will not heal itself and you need to take care of it immediately. Depending on how bad the damage is and where it is located, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to it’s full, healthy functioning condition.

Another reason you may need an inlay, onlay, or a crown is due to extensive tooth decay that is breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix. Read more ›

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I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

Have you ever heard someone say, “It was worse than a root canal?” Most of us in Midlothian are used to hearing root canals compared some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. Alex Hawkins would like set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to give Hawkins Family Dentistry a call. Read more ›

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Dentistry for Kids: What the Tooth Fairy Won’t Tell You

Dentistry for Kids: What the Tooth Fairy Won’t Tell You

Kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership over their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smile, oral health is important for every kid at every stage.

 

We know you love to see your child smile! Hawkins Family Dentistry does too. Read our tips to learn how to help keep your kid smiling for life.

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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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