The Oral-Systemic Link: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay

Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert in Midlothian are here to tell you more!

Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.

But there is good news. You can work with your Midlothian dentist and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay. Read more ›

Posted in Dental News, Diabetes, Healthy Heart

Bacteria: The Good, the Bad & the Neutral

Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics, and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role in keeping up your overall health. Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and must be fought with good oral hygiene.

Dr. Hawkins and Dr.  Neidert from Hawkins Family Dentistry in Midlothian would like to help you understand the role bacteria play in your health and wellness. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health

Dentists Are Doctors, Too!

There are many kinds of doctors – Doctors of English, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Medicine, Dr. Pepper… (wink).

Of course, when we use the term doctor, we most often mean a physician or doctor of medicine. But did you know that dentists are doctors, too? Every doctor has a specialty, and a dentist’s specialty is oral health.

Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert, your Midlothian dentists explain how dentistry is a specific branch of medicine, and what it all means for the link between oral health and overall wellness. Read more ›

Posted in Dental News

Sugar: Teeth’s Worst Nightmare

People in the United States eat more sugar than any other country in the world. (Fortunately, we also have some of the best dentists in the world.) You hear it all the time: “sugar rots your teeth.” But is it true? What exactly does sugar do to your teeth and why is it so bad? You might want to learn more about this substance that is added to nearly every edible item in the grocery store. Midlothian dentists, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert tell us more below. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental News

Oral Anatomy 101

Welcome to your mouth! A healthy mouth is necessary for a healthy life. You might be surprised how many different parts work together to make your mouth function. Read more below from Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert in Midlothian to get an in-depth look at the human mouth and how it works. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental News

Your Options for Teeth Straightening

Maybe Mona Lisa would have cracked a real smile if she had been more confident in her teeth!

All jokes aside, you don’t have to live every day embarrassed by your own smile. Orthodontic treatments today are much more desirable than those of yesteryear. There are a lot of good reasons to straighten your teeth, both functional and aesthetic. And there are a lot of good times in your life to commit to a treatment – like now! But how do you decide among all of your options for teeth straightening?

Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert are experienced dentists in Midlothian and can help you understand your options. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Services, Dental Technology

Don’t Eat That: A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Mouth

Some foods will help you grow healthy teeth and keep them forever. Some foods will prevent you from growing healthy teeth, or harm the ones you already have. You can grow and maintain strong, healthy teeth by eating a diet your mouth (and your body) will truly love.

Diet is Everything

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Posted in Dental Health, Healthy Heart, Oral Hygiene

An Orthodontics Overview

The root word “ortho” means “straight or upright.” Orthodontics – you guessed it – help make your teeth straight. But oh, how it can do so much more!

A lovely smile with straight teeth and an even bite is equal parts functional and beautiful – and thanks to scientific progress, all that can be yours. Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on how the bones and teeth of your mouth are placed and fit together.

Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert in Midlothian are professional providers of orthodontic treatments. Read more for our general overview of orthodontics and what teeth straightening can do for you. Read more ›

Posted in Dental News, Dental Services

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 ›

Posted in Dental News, Dental Services

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

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