May 17th, 2013
Earlier this month, Dr. Hennington and his wife, Xenia, had a wonderful opportunity to attend the very first Green Dentistry Conference at the Sundance Resort in Utah from May 2nd – 5th! The conference was organized and sponsored by the Eco-Dentistry Association, whose goal is to implement more environmentally conscious practices into the dental field. What is so impressive and encouraging about the EDA is the emphasis on providing technologies, techniques, and practices that are at the forefront of the industry all while minimizing the impact on the planet. Dr. Hennington and the entire team at Trade Winds Dental place complete focus on the health of the patients of our community as well as the planet that we all inhabit – this makes the partnership our practice has with the EDA such a powerful and special one!
You may recall one of our recent blog posts that mentioned Dr. Hennington’s yoga classes he would be holding at the conference – Dr. Hennington is proud to say that the classes, perfectly named “Yoga Flow for the Dental Pro,” were an incredible experience for himself and his colleagues! The classes were held at the start of each day, and set a perfect course for spending the rest of the day improving upon the commitment our practice has to our patients and our planet.
In further news regarding our Green Dentistry efforts, Trade Winds Dental has begun the challenging and rigorous process of earning the EDA’s GreenDoc Dental Certification. From the EDA about this certification, “EDA Certification is a comprehensive program for dental offices and independent hygiene practices that rewards eco-friendly initiatives in the areas of dental processes & procedures, office administration & marketing, and office design, furnishings & construction.”
Dr. Hennington, Xenia, and the entire team at Trade Winds Dental take pride in our green dentistry efforts because we all understand that caring for our planet is very important part of caring for our patients in the best possible way!
Here is a photo of Dr. Hennington and Xenia with Dr. Fred Pockrass and his wife Ina, who are co-founders of the EDA! From left to right, Xenia, Dr. Pockrass, Ina, and Dr. Hennington.
May 16th, 2013
Have you ever watched to see if your child is breathing through his or her mouth? Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose may lead to trouble for youngsters. Kids who typically breathe through their mouth—most often children who suffer from allergies—experience problems getting enough oxygen into their blood, a condition that affects their weight, size, sleep, and even their performance in the classroom and daily life.
Mouth breathing as a child can also lead to sleep apnea, behavior and learning problems, delayed speech, dental and facial abnormalities, and even breathing problems as your child grows. There are a multitude of reasons for an individual to mouth breathe, such as enlarged tonsils, adenoids, and deviated nasal septum, but the cause is usually allergies.
As bad as the condition sounds, we want you to know mouth breathing is a treatable condition. Doing so, though, requires early diagnosis and treatment. Since our team at Trade Winds Dental sees our patients every six months, we may be in a position to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing.
If you suspect your child is a chronic mouth breather, please give us a call at our convenient Georgetown, TX office to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Hennington.
May 9th, 2013
Emergency care dentists are equipped to handle any tooth emergency. Seeking us out first takes less time than having to sit in a hospital emergency room, only to be told to see a dentist. When dental emergencies occur, seek emergency care with Trade Winds Dental as soon as possible. We are prepared and equipped for any type of dental emergency: day or night, seven days a week, we stand ready to advise and treat you with great dental care.
There are several types of dental emergencies, but only one or two should require a hospital emergency room visit. If you suspect you have a broken jaw or nose, emergency medical attention is required. For pain associated with teeth and gums or injury to a tooth, Trade Winds Dental is the better choice. Dental pain almost always becomes worse without treatment, and can create other serious health issues.
If a tooth has been traumatized or knocked out of your mouth, our team can treat the sensitive nerves and tissues that could be damaged. If you can replace the tooth quickly enough, chances are it can be saved. According to the American Dental Association, there are certain precautions to take during a dental emergency that could help preserve a tooth until you can see our professional dentists for emergency dental care.
Call our Georgetown, TX office at the first onset of pain or an injury. If you have lost a tooth, crown, or filling, try to keep the tooth or restoration moist. Teeth are strong, but they will crack and shift after an injury or the loss of a bridge or crown. If the crack extends to the root, or the loss of a tooth or crown leaves sensitive tissue or nerves exposed, the pain can be excruciating. Our emergency care dentists will always treat your pain immediately upon examination, and fix the problem or advise you of a plan to address the cause of the pain.
Make your appointment immediately if you have suffered an accident-causing tooth injury. If the pain is the result of decay or cavities, medication for infection may be necessary. Depending on the extent of the decay, a filling, crown, or orther treatments may be recommended. These treatments are not available in a hospital emergency room, but can be completed quickly and comfortably at our office!
May 2nd, 2013
Did you know the month of May is designated National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? After all, there isn’t a better time to celebrate physical activity as when the warm weather and sunshine makes its way back into our lives!
Now that the flowers are in bloom and the weather has warmed up, it’s easier to go outside and soak up the sun. After spending the winter working out in gyms or doing crunches at home, exercising outdoors can be a lot more enjoyable as well. Whether you enjoy hikes, jogging, or biking, spring gives us a chance to smell the grass, take in the rays, and enjoy the blue sky—all senses that we just can’t duplicate at the gym.
If jogging or biking isn’t your cup of tea, we encourage you to try a sport! Sports have some amazing qualities that we often overlook. Team sports like baseball and soccer, and individual sports like golf and tennis can improve your coordination and agility, in addition to building determination, confidence, drive, hard-work, pride, leadership, and time management.
At Trade Winds Dental, we always encourage our patients to stay fit by exercising or participating in sports. However, we want to remind you to always wear a mouthguard or other form of facial protection when playing sports. To learn more about how often your child should exercise, or to ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, please give us a call!