It's a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile!

People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on which everyone would celebrate the New Year. At midnight people would yell, holler, and blow horns to scare away the evil spirits of the previous year so the New Year would be joyous and filled with opportunity. Nearly 500 years later, we still greet the New Year by whooping and hollering, but in a celebratory manner instead. Whether you intend to ring in the New Year quietly at home in the Georgetown, TX area or have plans to join the countdown at a gala extravaganza, these tips can help you ring out the old and usher in the new with a smile.

Tips for a Happy New Year’s Eve Celebration from Trade Winds Dental

  • Be Safe. There’s no way to predict the behavior of others on New Year’s Eve, but you can be responsible for your own behavior to keep yourself safe. If adult beverages will be part of your celebration, plan on spending the night wherever you are or line up a designated driver to bring you home after the party is over.
  • Enjoy Family and Friends. Spending time with the important people in your life is what makes the holidays enjoyable. Coordinate your schedules and choose New Year’s Eve activities that everyone in the group will enjoy. You don’t have to go to a party to ring in the New Year; some people like to go bowling, see a movie, or have a great meal at home.
  • Accessorize with a Smile. Whether you dress up or have a quiet dinner with family and friends, one of the best accessories you can add to your attire is a beautiful smile.

New Year’s Eve is a time to gather with friends and family, reflect on the year that’s coming to an end, and look forward to the new one with anticipation. Enjoy this transitional holiday in a way that’s safe, healthy, and fun. After all, counting down until the clock strikes 12 marks the beginning of a full year of opportunity ahead of you. From Dr. David Hennington, have a great new year!.

IV Sedation Dentistry: What is it, and how can it help?

While Dr. David Hennington and our team at Trade Winds Dental strive to offer a comfortable and unmatched experience for all our patients, we realize that fear or anxiety while visiting the dentist still affects some of our patients. For those of our patients who need extra comfort and relaxation during their visits, we are more than happy to offer IV sedation, a safe and effective option that provides a deeper and more complete relaxing state than most common oral medications.

Sedation dentistry at our Georgetown, TX office can turn a nerve-wracking and sweaty-palmed visit into a comfortable and pleasant one, and allows our patients to drift through their appointments, including complex dental work, feeling completely relaxed and without any discomfort or pain.

During sedation, Dr. David Hennington and our team will monitor your comfort, providing as much medication as necessary to keep you relaxed. We will also use the best tools we have at our disposal to monitor your vital signs so that you can have peace of mind before your procedure.

Dr. David Hennington and our team will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry and will be more than happy to discuss any concerns, issues, or fears you may have before or during your visit. By talking with us about sedation dentistry, you can feel more comfortable and relaxed during your next visit to Trade Winds Dental. Give us a call today!

What is a cavity?

Cavities are the reason why most people fear going to the dentist. But they’re also the reason you should be visiting Dr. David Hennington on a regular basis.

Specifically, cavities are the breakdown of teeth caused by acid from food, bacteria, and plaque that inhabit the inside of the mouth. While many people simply think that cavities only form on top of a tooth, Dr. David Hennington and our team at Trade Winds Dental want you to know they can actually form on the sides along the gum line and between the teeth, too. This acid will eat away at the tooth, forming a soft hole.

Anybody, either children and adults, can get cavities. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. alone about 16 percent of all children ages six to 19 have untreated cavities, and about 24 percent of adults 20 to 64 years old have them. This is detrimental to overall oral health, because cavities have a tendency to grow over time, potentially spreading to other teeth and causing increased oral pain, possibly even affecting the nerve.

That’s why it’s important to ensure that you’re visiting Trade Winds Dental at least once every six months, so that cavities can be found and filled before they become too problematic and painful. Typically, they’re found by doing a routine teeth cleaning, though X-rays or further examination may be necessary to determine the full extent of a cavity. Cavities are treated by removing the area of the tooth where decay has set in and rebuilding the tooth with a metal filling. If the cavity is too large, however, more extreme measures may be necessary, such as placing a crown or performing a root canal.

As we noted above, cavities are why people dread going to the dentist, but also the reason everyone should see the dentist every six months. Additionally, brushing twice daily, flossing, and cutting down on sugar-packed foods can reduce the risk of developing cavities.

For more information on how to best care for your teeth and why it’s important to visit the dentist twice a year, please give us a call at our convenient Georgetown, TX office today!

Help us welcome our new hygienist, Pattie Fennell!

IMAG0092Dear Friends,

As we say goodbye to Shermance, who is venturing off into the next chapter of her life, we are excited to welcome our new hygienist, Pattie Fennell, to the Trade Winds team! Even though Pattie has been with us only a week, we all know already that she is a great fit for our office, and we are looking forward to each of you meeting her. The feedback from the patients she has seen in her first week has been overwhelmingly positive, with special kudos given for her thoroughness, gentleness, and professionalism.

Pattie is a native of Tyler, Texas, and has a long history of being in a dentist’s office! As a teenager, Pattie babysat a dentist’s daughters. The dentist saw just how great the care was that she provided for his children, so he invited her to work at his office. As time for college came around, Pattie’s experience and training at the front desk and as an assistant made it an easy decision for her to pursue an education and career in the field of dentistry! Pattie excelled in her studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Tyler Junior College in 1980, and she has not slowed down since!

Although Pattie’s roots are in Tyler, TX, she has lived in the Dallas area as well as outside of Frankfurt, West Germany. She and her family have been in the Austin area since 1995. Pattie has been happily married to her high school sweet heart since 1979, and together, her and her husband have had the honor of raising two now-grown children – a son and a daughter. Of course, Pattie’s crowning addition is her precious granddaughter!

Pattie’s faith and family are the centering, driving forces in her life!

Turning our attention to Shermance, we want to share with you the loving message she leaves with us all!

Dear Trade Winds Dental Friends and Family!

I am very sad (and happy at the same time!) to be saying goodbye for now. After the stress of the last year, I want to stay home with the boys for a while. Just take it easy, you know?

I love all of you so much and you will always hold such a dear place in my heart. It was your prayers, support, and head bling that helped me make it through the ordeal that was last year.

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for a spectacular 2014! You know you are all in my heart and I will miss you all!!!

Love,
Shermance Morris RDH, BBA, CANCER SURVIVOR!

We all wish Shermance well in her future endeavors and thank her for the contributions she made as a member of our team. Please feel free to call if you have any questions, and I hope each one of you and your families has a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Drill-Free Dentistry with Air Abrasion

Do you dread the dentist? Do you hate the sound of the drill, fear anesthesia or needles, and put off your regular checkups because you dread being told you will have to undergo dental procedures? Then drill-free air abrasion dentistry is for you. Air abrasion is a drill-free technique used by Dr. David Hennington to remove tooth decay, prepare teeth for bonding, and remove old fillings and stains. It is particularly appropriate for young children or people with dental anxiety, because it is sound- and vibration-free. It allows the creation of a relaxing atmosphere, requires less anesthesia in many cases, and involves much less noise.

How does drill-free dentistry work?

Air abrasion is like a mini sandblaster; it sprays away decay-causing tartar and plaque. Tartar and plaque is removed by a fine stream of particles, comprised of silica, aluminum oxide, or a baking soda mixture, which is sprayed toward the tooth by compressed air or a gas in a dental hand-piece. The debris is then suctioned away.

Advantages of air abrasion dentistry

  • Leaves more of the healthy tooth matter
  • Reduces the risk of chipping or fracturing the tooth
  • Generates no heat, sound, vibration, or pressure
  • Reduces the need for anesthesia
  • Is a relatively simple, quick procedure
  • Allows treatment of multiple teeth in one visit
  • Is a relatively dry procedure, which allows for easy placement of composite fillings

Drill-free dentistry can go a long way to easing your dental anxiety. To enter Trade Winds Dental and not hear the high-pitched squealing of the drill is, in itself, a big plus. Then to know you will have to receive little or no anesthesia to have a cavity filled with air abrasion, and that this method will be a quiet, relatively pain-free procedure … can you imagine it?

Contact Trade Winds Dental at our convenient Georgetown, TX office to see if air abrasion dentistry is right for you!

I have sensitive teeth. What are my options?

At Trade Winds Dental, we have patients coming in asking us why a taste of ice cream or a sip of coffee becomes a painful experience, or why brushing or flossing makes them wince or cringe. The answer, usually, is sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity typically occurs when the underlying dentin layer of the tooth is exposed in the oral cavity, and most people experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives.

So, why do people experience sensitivity and how do you know if tooth sensitivity is something to be worried about? The most common cause of the sensitivity is exposure of the dentin, which is the layer surrounding the tooth’s nerve. Contributors to tooth sensitivity include teeth whitening and dental work such as fillings, periodontal treatment, and the placement or adjustment of braces. These are temporary and should be of no concern.

Permanent hypersensitivity, however, may require treatment at Trade Winds Dental. The first step is to determine the cause, and that begins with a visit to our Georgetown, TX office.

The reasons your teeth may become sensitive vary, but possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay (cavities) near the gum line
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Fillings that are worn
  • Gum (periodontal) disease, or recession of the gums
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Brushing too hard
  • Consuming acidic foods

Dr. David Hennington and our team at Trade Winds Dental want you to know that sensitive teeth can be treated, and the type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Dr. David Hennington may suggest one the following treatments:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste, which contains ingredients that seal off the microtubules inside the exposed dentin to reduce tooth sensitivity
  • Fluoride gel, which strengthens compromised tooth enamel, helps prevent tooth decay, and decreases hypersensitivity of the teeth
  • A crown, inlay, or bonding, which is used to treat tooth decay and prevents sensitivity
  • A surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this procedure will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal: If you are experiencing severe and persistent sensitivity which cannot be treated by other means, Dr. David Hennington may recommend you undergo a root canal to eliminate the problem.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, give us a call today so that Dr. David Hennington can provide you with some much-needed relief!