Dentistry Blog

Serving Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin, Texas

November 08, 2013

It’s almost the end of 2013, and we’re nearing the holiday season.  Besides eating all of the sweets and treats of Thanksgiving and Christmas in moderation (it is possible), another thing you should do is make an appointment with your dentist!   You could potentially save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before you ring in the new year of 2014.  Although some dental insurance plans run on a fiscal year, most (possibly yours) run on a calendar year.  If it does, check out these five reasons to schedule a check-up.

Yearly Maximum  — This is the maximum amount of money that your... Read More
September 26, 2013

Fighting periodontal (gum) disease through daily hygiene and regular dental appointments is a must! You preserve your smile and  breath, maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and protect your overall health.

Periodontal disease—a chronic inflammatory disease that can destroy gum tissue, ligaments, even the bone supporting the teeth—is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. Gum disease has been associated with such chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

People with higher blood levels of certain disease-causing bacteria in the mouth are more likely to have high levels of plaque in the carotid artery in the neck. Clogging... Read More

August 09, 2013

Last week our team travelled to Calgary, Alberta for the annual 2013 IACA (International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics) to further our education.  The highlight of the conference was Dr. Holley receiving the  designation of Las Vegas Institute Mastership, by the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.

LVI Global is a prestigious, accredited, post-doctorate training program for dentists, with the aim of encouraging the development and continued learning of Aesthetic Functional Reconstruction, including TMD and Neuromuscular Dentistry.  Candidates who successfully complete a minimum of 278 hours of core curriculum and pass a comprehensive exam receive the distinction of LVI Fellow.  LV... Read More

June 06, 2013

Drinking diet soda for years takes a toll on the teeth that’s comparable to years of smoking crystal meth or crack cocaine, according to a new case report from a dentistry journal.

The report, published in General Dentistry on May 28, shows an addiction to soda may do as much major damage to your smile as a drug habit, and sugar isn’t even the culprit.

Teeth are eroded when acid wears away tooth enamel, the glossy, protective layer of the tooth. Without this shield, teeth are more likely to develop cavities, become sensitive, develop cracks or become discolored.

If you do drink diet sodas or any sugared/acidic drinks, drink in moderation, keep you dental... Read More

April 19, 2013

Almost 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64%. When cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced.  Regular dental visits can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.

In between dental visits, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see their dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks.

a sore or irritation that doesn’t go away red or white patches pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips a lump, thick... Read More
March 22, 2013

Most people are very surprised to realize that most of these symptoms are actually related to their bite:

headaches / migraines sleep apnea & upper airway resistance syndrome facial pain back, neck and shoulder pain tinnitus (ringing in the ears) vertigo (dizziness) Bell’s palsy, a nerve disorder unrelated to TMD sensitive and sore teeth jaw pain limited jaw movement or locking jaw numbness in the fingers and arms worn or cracked teeth clicking or popping in the jaw joints jaw joint pain clenching/bruxing tender sensitive t... Read More
February 08, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Holley for receiving her LVI Mastership! The LVIM distinction is awarded to those who have completed LVI Fellow qualifications and demonstrated proficiency following the acceptance of three clinical cases that are evaluated by a committee appointed by LVI. Successful LVIM demonstrate a true understanding of comprehensive aesthetics and functional dentistry.  The objective of the LVIM is to recognize those individuals who can provide a high level of comprehensive aesthetic functional diagnosis and treatment.  Dr. Holley is now the 21st dentist worldwide to receive her Mastership and the 4th female dentist!

January 11, 2013

At every dental visit you are going to be asked if you are flossing.  If you are flossing, GREAT! however, if you are not and lie…..your hygienist WILL know.

Your hygienist and dentist will know if you are not flossing by these signs:

Inflamed Gums- The most obvious sign you are not flossing.  Plaque, bacteria and food will sit in between the teeth when you do not brush and floss properly.  As a result your   gums will begin to appear pink, puffy, and bleed very easily.

Increased Tooth Decay-If you have any tooth cavities or the beginning stages of cavities, it indicates that flossing is a weak point in your dental hygiene regimen.

Cuts or Abrasions on Gums-  This indicates you ar... Read More

December 06, 2012

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)  is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.   Some other facts about sleep apnea:

20% of adults have OSA 90% of them are undiagnosed 50% of snorers have OSA 90% of LOUD snorers have OSA 10-12% of children population 40% are male 24% are female Obese people are 3x more likely to have OSA 80% of stroke victims have OSA 40% of people with OSA have diabetes You are twice as likely to die in your sleep with OSA

Signs and symptoms of OSA:

Obesity Snoring Excessive daytime sleepiness Depression/Anxiety Impotence Morning headaches Dry mouth or throat in th... Read More
October 26, 2012

♦ If you know/suspect/have been told that you clench or grind your teeth, please consider getting a night guard. A custom guard from your dentist is the ideal choice, but if that’s over your budget, get one from a drugstore.

All that muscle action on your teeth can not only chip or break your teeth, but weaken the fillings and crowns you already have. Not to mention trigger jaw pain and... Read More