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Softdental News-Houston Laser Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Softdental News from Houston Laser, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Softdental is the Award-winning dental office that was featured by Houston channel 2 local news. Our goal is to develop a strong relation with each of our dental patients, to use the most

Published: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 12:30:50 -0800

Last Build Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 12:30:30 -0800

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Slip Sliding Away

Mon, 5 Feb 2007 05:30:26 -0800

Don’t look now, but winter isn’t over; so don’t put away those gloves and boots quite yet. Some states get cold weather and some doozie snowstorms in February. There’s plenty of time to step out the front door, slip and slide down the sidewalk and land ker-plop in the middle of the driveway.

A Potato May Be Just a Spud, But Whatta Food!

Mon, 5 Feb 2007 05:25:26 -0800

February is Potato Lover’s Month and also Hot Breakfast Month—a marriage made in heaven some would claim. A hot breakfast is an excellent way to start your day.

Beacon at the Harbor's Entrance

Mon, 5 Feb 2007 05:20:26 -0800

You don’t have to be rich or famous to look like you are rich or famous. Recent innovations in over-the-counter (OTC) cosmetic dentistry products can now give you a smile that is so bright that you need to warn people to put on their sunglasses before you enter the room!

Leaping into the Future

Mon, 5 Feb 2007 05:15:26 -0800

February may be a short month, but it is a busy month. Not only is it Hot Breakfast Month and Potato Lover’s Month, it is also Children’s Dental Health Month. Children are our direct connection to the future.

Hunka, Hunka Burning FIRE!

Mon, 5 Feb 2007 05:00:26 -0800

In her opening questions, the hygienist asked the patient if she was experiencing any pain. The hygienist didn’t expect to see tears well up in her patient’s eyes. Apparently, the hot, searing pain in the woman’s mouth had been steadily increasing since her last exam, and she felt absolutely miserable.

Just Gotta Have Toothpaste

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:45:26 -0800

Brushing our teeth with a toothpaste that tastes good and feels good in the mouth is something we take for granted; but several thousand years ago, flavor was an afterthought. The Egyptians began brushing their teeth as long ago as 3000–5000 BC. Their toothpaste probably tasted fairly nasty.

A Pure, Ancient, Simple Pleasure of Life

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:40:26 -0800

What comes to mind when you think of “comfort food”—popcorn, chocolate, fresh strawberries or apple pie, perhaps? If you were the Emperor of ancient Rome , you might think of ice cream. Story has it that Nero (A.D. 37-68) sent runners to the mountains to bring back snow to which he added nectar, honey and fruit pulp. Some historians believe this was the origin of ice cream.

Shine On

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:35:26 -0800

Want a Hollywood smile but don’t have a superstar bank account? Here are three ways to quickly get you ready for the paparazzi. If your teeth are crooked, stained, chipped, have gaps, or are damaged from grinding, there are several things you can do to improve your smile.

But I Don't Want to go!

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:30:26 -0800

A trip to the dentist is sometimes a scary experience for a young child and could end up being a traumatic experience for the parent as well. You can help prepare your child for a visit to the dentist several ways.

We’re Having A Heat Wave, A Tropical Heat Wave…

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:25:26 -0800

It's 98 degrees outside, the AC is bathing you in cool air, and music from the ice cream truck is filtering down the street. Your first instinct is to grab your wallet, hail the ice ream truck and sink your teeth into a luscious, cold treat. Then you remember that cold foods send you rocketing up to the ceiling.

Dying After Toothpaste Ingestion

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 12:25:26 -0800

Many people do not know of the toxic level of fluoride and when to call the Poison Control Center. It is critically vital to know the signs and symptoms of fluoride toxicity, especially if you have small children in the family.

Root Canal No More?

Sun, 18 Dec 2006 12:15:26 -0800

Preliminary dental research reported a recent synthetic protein, Dentonin, assists to grow back damaged dentin. This new finding implicates that dentin regeneration will eliminate the necessity for root canal treatment for tooth with extensive cavity.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Diagnosis and Treatment Information

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 05:25:26 -0800

What are the impacted wisdom teeth? Indications for Removing Wisdom Teeth. The Pro's and Con's of wisdom tooth removal. Post operative care for wisdom teeth extraction.

Post Operative Care for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 03:25:26 -0800

Do not disturb the wound and take medications as directed. Avoid smoking, alcohol, and spitting. Call our Houston dentist, if having exccesive bleeding, swelling, and pain.

Wisdom Teeth: the Operation and What to Expect Afterward

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 03:20:26 -0800

Houston dentist and oral surgeon remove the wisdom teeth under local anesthesia alone or in combination with intravenous sedation

Alternatives to Extracting Wisdom Teeth

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 03:15:26 -0800

Few persons are able to keep their wisdom teeth, but for most people, this isn't recommended because a delay in their removal can cause grave complications.

The Pro's and Con's of Wisdom Tooth Removal

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 03:10:26 -0800

The Pro's and Con's of Wisdom Tooth Removal. In general, there is the potential for more problems to occur, if you wait.

Indications for Removing Wisdom Teeth

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 02:59:26 -0800

Impacted wisdom teeth may cause dental decay, gum infection (Pericoronitis), cyst formation, and orthodontic problems.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 02:52:26 -0800

Wisdom teeth are the chewing teeth located furthest in the back of the our mouth. When they can not fully erupted, the become impacted.

Leonardo Da Vinci, David Duchovny, Chelsea Clinton, Jerry Seinfeld All Did It

Fri, 1 Dec 2006 04:52:26 -0800

You may have something unique in common with numerous famous people including Paul McCartney, Hank Aaron, Mr. Rogers and Candice Bergen. No, it is not that you are all left-handed or snore or share a birthday. Actually, all of you chose a vegetarian lifestyle.

Good Guys in White Hats

Fri, 1 Dec 2006 04:52:20 -0800

In the early days of television, it was easy to see who the good guys and bad guys were. The Good Guys always wore white hats. The villainous Bad Guys in black hats were always caught and sent to jail. Today, dental patients are faced with a "Bad Guy black hat" versus a "Good Guy white hat" dilemma: whether or not to replace dark metal fillings with white fillings or to have a new metal filling.

Caregiving is a 6-Letter Word: STRESS

Fri, 1 Dec 2006 04:52:29 -0800

With a heavy sigh Clarise sat down in the dentist’s examination chair. She had dark circles under her eyes, and she had lost a significant amount of weight. Curiously, Clarise had not been to the dentist’s office in over a year. As the hygienist examined Clarise’s teeth and asked Clarise questions, she was shocked by what she was seeing in Clarise’s mouth.

XX vs. XY or She Said vs. He Said

Fri, 1 Dec 2006 04:52:33 -0800

You might giggle—or groan—at the old song lyrics “Anything you can do, I can do better. No, you can’t. Yes, I can.” We often come across certain aspects of our daily lives that a person of one persuasion truly does something better than a person of the opposite persuasion. No sexual discrimination involved or intended, merely a serious fact.

Wisdom of the Ages is Like Money in the Bank

Fri, 1 Dec 2006 04:52:36 -0800

It may be possible in the future for people to have stem cells taken from their own wisdom teeth and saved. The stem cells would be used to help regrow teeth, to restore nerve cells, to correct a cleft palate or periodontal defects, and to regrow jawbone and teeth.

Treatment Approaches for Bruxism in Children

Mon, 27 Nov 2006 21:13:41 -0800

Bruxism is a destructive habit that may result in severe dental deterioration. It is mandatory to take your child to your dentist for its evaluation.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding: A Smile Makeover

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 21:28:47 -0800

Your wedding is in two weeks and your budget is getting tight, but you have always wished to have the perfect smile as you and your loved one walk to the center stage. What can you do?

Phew! Don't Breathe on Me!

Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:20:49 -0800

Remember when you heard “Mom, she’s touching me!” and the solution was somewhat simple. Now it’s “Ewww, you have dragon’s breath; get away from me!.” The solution in the past hasn’t been so simple. Modern technology may have changed that solution from complex to simple. Modern technology may have changed that solution from complex to simple.

The flu is nothing to sneeze at!

Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:19:06 -0800

It’s that time again—sneezin’ season—which means that flu season is close on its heels. As we know, flu season usually starts in November and winds down in March. Even though sneezing is not a typical flu symptom, sneezing and coughing are two major ways the virus is spread from one person to another.

Brush My Teeth with Cranberries?

Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:14:52 -0800

Well, not exactly; however, did you know that cranberries might be effective in fighting tooth decay?

Say Cheese!

Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:13:03 -0800

If you cringe any time you have your picture taken because you are not happy with your smile, a knight in shining armor is on the way to your rescue. Many dentists now have an incredible technology that can give you a beautiful smile and restore your confidence.

Ow! My Tooth is Killing Me!

Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:08:04 -0800

Tooth pain a sign that something is drastically wrong in your mouth, but you may not know what is causing the pain.

Kaposi's Sarcoma-A Warning Sign of HIV Infection

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 22:25:00 -0800

Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a malignant neoplasm, and in association with HIV infection, the lesion may be more aggressive and sometimes quite resistant to therapy.

Oral Candidiasis (Moniliasis, Thrush)

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 01:06:22 -0800

Candida albicans is the most common cause of oral fungal infection. Four major Candidiasis types are pseudomembranous, hyperplastic, erythematous, and angular cheilitis.

Are Adults Qualified for Braces?

Sat, 21 Oct 2006 16:13:35 -0800

The influencing circumstances such as jaw growth, missing teeth, and periodontal breakdown make treating an adult so different in comparison to an adolescent.

Primary Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Infection

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 01:34:34 -0800

Primary Herpes Simplex (HSV-I) type 1 produces the most common viral infection in the oral cavity. Common clinical features include herpetic labialis, herpetic gingivostomatitis, herpetic whitlow.

Eight Criteria for Selecting a Dental Office

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 22:51:34 -0800

Criteria for selecting a dental office include the dentist's style, office location, appointment availability and reliability, financing and insurance consideration, and warranties.

How to Find a Good Dentist

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 16:00:43 -0800

Finding a good dentist is key to excellent oral health. It may not be wise to choose a dentist out of the phone book or solely based on insurance coverage.

Alternatives to Dental Fillings

Wed, 4 Oct 2006 18:48:34 -0800

A dental cavity cannot heal by itself and the treatment recommendation for it depends on the severity of the disease.

Here's How Your Cavity Get Started

Wed, 4 Oct 2006 05:15:58 -0800

How does a dental cavity get started and what is the easiest way to prevent it?

Inside Secrets of Whiter teeth

Wed, 4 Oct 2006 01:35:19 -0800

Picture yourself having all the privileges because you have an attractive winning smile for the rest of your life. The secret is to whiten your teeth.

Recurrent Aphthous Ulcer (Canker Sore)

Sun, 1 Oct 2006 20:33:35 -0800

The causes of recurrent aphthous ulcers include psychic, allergic, microbial, endocrine, hereditary, trauma, and autoimmune mechanisms.

Periapical and Dentoaveolar Abscesses

Sun, 1 Oct 2006 00:03:35 -0800

Acute periapical and dentoalveolar abscesses should be treated aggressively to alleviate the patients pain and to ensure that untoward sequelae do not occur.

Why should my child need Phase 1 Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 22:33:00 -0800

Early Orthodontic Treatment reduces the future need of extracting permanent teeth in Houston. Also, bite problems like overbite or underbite, are easier to correct in Phase 1.

Initial Orthodontic Workup

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 22:02:30 -0800

Your first orthodontic visit will be a longer one so that a detailed study of your teeth can be completed. X-rays of your head, neck, jaws and teeth will be also taken.

When Should Orthodontic Treatment Start?

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:42:47 -0800

Your child should have the teeth checked for braces at about age seven in Houston. This early examination will alert the dentists to any potential orthodontic problems.

Nonpyogenic Soft Tissue Odontogenic Infections (Fatal Cellulitis)

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 22:54:48 -0800

Nonpyogenic soft tissue odontogenic infections, cellutitis, either are caused by nonpyogenic bacteria or related to pre-pyogenic or post-pyogenic infections.

Oral Purpuric Macules

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 20:46:49 -0800

Mechanical trauma to the oral lining can produce a variety of clinical lesions. The purpuric macule is produced by a blunt traumatic insult to the skin.

Oral Erythematous Macules and Erosions

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 20:30:29 -0800

Mechanical trauma to your oral lining can produce a variety of clinical painful lesions such as the erythematous macules. Your dentist can help you to identify and remove the causative agent.

Inflammatory Hyperplastic Lesions of the Oral Cavity

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 19:47:18 -0800

Inflammatory hyperplastic lesions have similar causes like the purpuric macule except that the main insults are normally chronic irritants. These insulting agents include calculus, sharp-edge cavities, overhanging restorations, overextended denture, sharp extension of bone, and chronic biting of lip and cheek.

Cosmetic Dentistry: A Smart Investment

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 16:49:20 -0800

As tax time approaches, you may be examining closely where your money goes. Cosmetic dentistry offers a valuable, visible return on investment!

I'd Rather Quit Than Get a Root Canal

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:51:59 -0800

Want to avoid a root canal? The surprising link between smoking and root canals may be compelling motivation to throw away your cigarettes.

Spice Up Your Commute and Bring Down Your Stress

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:02 -0800

Cinnamon and peppermint add flavor to recipes. According to a recent study, they can also reduce commuters' frustration, anxiety, and fatigue.

Don't Let Financial Stress Eat at You

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:04 -0800

Worrying about money can increase the risk of periodontal disease. Here are tips for subtracting stress while adding dental care to your budget.

Oral Cancer Exam

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:09 -0800

Each year, oral cancer strikes approximately 35 thousand Americans. Of all the major cancers, oral cancer has the worst 5-year survival rate. Only about 50 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer will survive more than 5 years. In fact, oral ...

Dental Insurance Information

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:12 -0800

A dental insurance plan is a contract between you and an insurance company that, in most cases, is coordinated by your employer. If that's the case, the insurance company and your employer are responsible for negotiating the details of the plan. ...

The diagnostic process for your dental health

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:15 -0800

Since you may have periodontal disease without experiencing any symptoms, we perform a thorough examination using X-rays and a periodontal probe. Healthy gums fit tight against the teeth and have no pockets. When the bone levels fall as a result of ...

Inlays and Onlays: Your "Ace in the Hole" of Decay

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:28 -0800

To restore and protect a tooth when it is significantly damaged by decay, a custom-designed inlay or onlay may be the best solution.

The Angle on Ankylosis

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:31 -0800

If the roots of your child's baby tooth fuse into the surrounding tissue, the resulting condition (ankylosis) can cause deeper problems.

Break the Nail-Biting Habit

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:35 -0800

Nail biting can damage teeth, spread infection, and create an impression of poor grooming. Don't ruin a healthy smile with an unhealthy habit!

How Deep are Your Pockets?

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:37 -0800

When pockets between your teeth and gums are too deep, scaling and root planing treatments can fight the costly effects of periodontal disease.

A Kiss Is More than a Kiss

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:40 -0800

A kiss has all kinds of positive effects, not just romantic ones. It also may be a delightful way to help prevent tooth erosion.

Meals Together Nourish the Family

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:42 -0800

Families who share meals may find nourishment beyond good health. How can you juggle schedules, involve everyone, and make mealtime meaningful?

Avoid Tooth Erosion from Acid Reflux

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:52:44 -0800

Don't over-indulge on Super Bowl Sunday and regret it later! Problems from acid reflux can lead to more serious complications with tooth erosion.

Single Appointment Dental Porcelain Restorations

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 20:53:18 -0800

Single Appointment CEREC Restorations - cad/cam In the past, the traditional methods for making tooth-colored restorations, crowns, and veneers involved a series of dental appointments and final fabrication of the restoration by a dental laboratory...