Cavities – Not Just Kids’ Stuff

Cavities occur as a result of the destruction of tooth structure, called tooth decay. Tooth decay can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin (the inner layer of the tooth). While it is very important to brush and floss every day to remove food particles and plaque, regular cleanings and checkups at Trade Winds Dental is the best way to help avoid cavities.

Dr. David Hennington can discover cavities during your regular dental checkup. The tooth surface feels soft when probed with a dental instrument. X-rays can also show cavities before they become visible to the eye. In advanced stages of tooth decay, you might experience a toothache, especially after consuming sweet, hot, or cold foods or drinks. Other signs of tooth decay are visible pits or holes in the teeth.

Don’t wait for a toothache!

Remember, the longer you wait to treat a cavity, the more extensive your treatment will be. A small cavity can be treated with a filling, while a large cavity that weakens the structure of your tooth may require a crown. If the decay is so bad that it causes the nerve or pulp of the tooth to die, a root canal or tooth removal may be your only options. If you think you may have a cavity, contact our office and schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure you leave with a healthy, pain-free smile!

My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Simply put, yes! Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is essential to keeping your smile in top-top shape. At Trade Winds Dental, we offer a number of preventive services to ensure the health of your mouth and the beauty of your teeth. We’d like to think that your smile is just as important to us as it is to you!

Another good reason to visit Dr. David Hennington every six months is to check for “hidden” problems you may not even realize you have. Tiny cavities can form in the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth and may only be found through a professional exam. If left untreated, these cavities can get worse, needing more extensive treatment, and costing you even more time and money. During your routine exam, your hygienist will also check to make sure your fillings or other dental restorations are in good shape.

If it has been more than six months since your last visit to our Georgetown, TX office, please give us a call! We look forward to your next visit!

Customer Care at Trade Winds Dental

At Trade Winds Dental, we strive to make our patients feel comfortable and at ease in our Georgetown, TX office. Dr. Hennington offers safe and gentle cosmetic and general dentistry for patients wanting to improve the way they look and feel, starting with their smile! Our patients are the #1 priority in our office. Some steps we take to care for our patients include:

• We strive to meet each patient where they are at present moment

• We listen more than we talk, with intent to understand

• We talk in the patient’s language, and avoid technical jargon when possible

• We don’t make judgments about a patient’s past, present, or future behaviors or motivations, even if their values are different from ours

We look forward to seeing you all at your next appointment. If you have any questions about our practice or your dental treatment, don’t hesitate to give our office a call or ask us on Facebook!

February is American Heart Month!

Did you know February is American Heart Month? It’s a great time to take notice of the health of your heart, says Dr. David R. Hennington. Cardiovascular disease remains American’s number one killer, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.

Visiting our office on a regular basis can help prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. And because people with dental insurance are more likely to visit their dentist when they should, a healthy mouth begins with a visit to Trade Winds Dental. In observance of Heart Month, it’s also important to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25). If you have any questions about heart health, or about your treatment, please give us a call today.