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Helping Your Toddler Through Thumb Sucking

Thumb Sucking Solutions | Old Settlers Dental, Round Rock TX

We all know how precious it can be to see a little baby drifting off to sleep, thumb tucked in the mouth, happy as can be. For many children, thumb sucking begins as early as the womb and can be a way for them to help calm down, or a soothing technique at bedtime. Around the age of 2-4 years, children begin to develop new coping skills that usually replace thumb sucking. Dentists used to believe that as long as children stopped sucking their thumb before their permanent teeth were developed, there would be little impact to the mouth and jaw. We now know that habitual thumb sucking during toddler years ...

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Flossing

When brushing your teeth while getting ready to head to work or get to bed, it’s often tempting to skip flossing in order to save a little time. We’ve already brushed our teeth, so what’s the worst that could happen if we don’t floss? If you asked the experts at Old Settlers Dental, they’d probably warn you about things like Halitosis, bleeding gums, periodontal disease, and even difficulties during pregnancy!

Effects of Skipping Flossing

  • Halitosis – Bad breath doesn’t just come from the bacteria and buildup on your teeth and tongue (which you hopefully brush thoroughly). Failing to floss ignores tons of plaque and bacterial waste that hangs out up between your ...

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Facial Pain? Could It Be TMD?

TMD Symptoms | Round Rock TX Dentist

Many of our patients come to us complaining of headaches and jaw/facial pain. One of the most common culprits, we have found, is TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder. This disorder is a chronic pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw in different directions, allowing you to talk, chew, and yawn.

TMD has a number of causes, including, but not limited to:

  • Injury from whiplash or a heavy blow.
  • Stress-induced grinding or clenching of the teeth and jaw.
  • Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball & socket of the joint.
  • Arthritis in ...

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Why Would We Recommend Oral Surgery?

Oral Surgery by Old Settlers Dental in Round Rock TX

We know that nobody wants to hear that they need oral surgery. At our Round Rock, TX dental office, we will usually explore the most conservative options first. In some circumstances, however, oral surgery is simply the most appropriate option.

Surgery can conjure up some scary images, but the truth is that most oral surgery procedures are fairly quick and even routine. We’ll take every possible precaution to make sure that you are comfortable before, during, and after your procedure. If you are feeling stress or anxiety, let us know. We are happy to discuss our sedation dentistry options with you.

For your comfort and convenience, we can perform a range of ...

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A Whiter, Brighter Smile Between Visits

Woman with magnifying glass over mouth showing white smile.

One of the most common questions asked of dentists is, “How can I keep my teeth whiter and brighter between visits?”  Many patients even state that they use whitening products at home, but still don’t see the results they desire, or that their stellar results fade quickly. Like so many other health and cosmetic issues facing the modern person, diet is a huge factor in keeping your teeth white. Your diet, the foods and beverages you consume, can stain your teeth, rendering many at-home whitening tactics almost futile.

 

So, what are the foods I should monitor for whiter teeth?

 

1. Coffee and Tea

You can easily tell by the colors of these two ...

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Nail Biting- A Worrisome Habit

Nail Biting | Dentist Round Rock TX

Nail biting, or onchyophagia, is one of the hardest habits for people to break since they often do it without even noticing. While it can be unsightly, it can also be a major dental hazard. Teeth can become cracked, chipped, or worn from the stress caused by biting, and from crashing together during biting. Braces wearers are also in danger of root resorption- or shortening- since braces already put increased pressure upon teeth. The pressure added from biting nails, chewing pencils, or clenching teeth can also cause headaches, facial pain, sensitivity, recessed gums, and more problems.

I’m a nail biter. How can I stop?

There are so many options to choose from, ...

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Six Months To A Straighter Smile!

Six Month Smiles and Invisalign by Old Settlers Dental in Round Rock TX

The idea of braces can be terrifying to people for a number of reasons. They're costly, can take up to several years to work, and can often be painful and unsightly. Luckily, Old Settlers Dental offers Six Month Smiles, a revolutionary dental solution to minimize cost, time, and pain.

How Does it Work?

Rather than re-aligning the entire mouth, Six Month Smiles focuses only on the area exposed when patients smile. This allows us to bring the treatment to you at a much lower cost, and with an average treatment time of only six months! The Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok® technology features clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to ...

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