Canker Sores and Stress

Canker sores are painful lesions that form in the soft tissues of the mouth, usually along the inner lips, under the tongue, and along the cheek walls. They are usually small and round, and take on a white or yellow hue. Though most are generally harmless and tend to heal on their own within a week or two of appearing, canker sores can be very irritating.

Only about one in five people develop canker sores. Of those who do, many develop them recurrently as a result of external factors. Though canker sores have been connected to allergies and hormonal changes, many people who are prone to developing canker sores find that their outbreaks are stress-related.

A combination of emotional stress and fatigue can be a perfect storm for the development of mouth sores. Some people say they are not under stress when canker sores form, but the sores appear several days after a stressful event or situation instead. Managing stress, reducing anxiety, and getting plenty of sleep may help prevent canker sores from forming and ensure that existing ones heal more quickly.

What to do if you develop canker sores

Do not be alarmed if you develop a canker sore. They are not contagious and are not harmful to your health. Over-the-counter oral numbing products can be used to manage pain, as can ice chips. Canker sores may heal faster if you apply milk of magnesia to them daily and avoid spicy foods that could irritate them.

You should contact your doctor if you find that your canker sores are unusually large or persist without healing for several weeks. Our team at Trade Winds Dental also recommends seeking out professional treatment if you experience extreme pain or a fever develops in association with a canker sore outbreak.

For more information about canker sores, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Hennington, please give us a call at our convenient Georgetown, TX office!

Is gingivitis preventable?

The earliest sign of gum disease is called gingivitis (sometimes called periodontal disease), and is an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to gum tissue loss, loss of bone that supports the teeth, and eventually tooth loss. The good news is that gingivitis is easily treatable at Trade Winds Dental. Better yet, gingivitis is nearly 100 percent preventable.

Gingivitis is usually caused when plaque and bacteria accumulate on the gums, generally due to poor oral hygiene. A patient with gingivitis will have red and puffy gums that will likely bleed when he or she brushes or flosses.

It is almost entirely within our patients’ power to prevent gingivitis by brushing and flossing on a daily basis. In addition to good oral health habits, regular visits to see Dr. David Hennington will also help with early detection. We can often detect minor inflammation and other signs of gingivitis before it causes any discomfort or issues.

If left untreated, gingivitis will eventually progress to periodontitis, a breakdown of the tissue and bone that support the teeth. Smokers, women who are pregnant or menopausal, people with heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy or HIV infection, and people who suffer from poor nutrition are more likely to have gum disease.

To learn more about gingivitis, or if you suspect you have gingivitis, we encourage you to give us a call at our Georgetown, TX office today!

Do you suffer from sleep apnea?

At Trade Winds Dental, we know our patients love a good amount of rest each night in order to be energized for the day and week ahead. After all, without enough sleep, exhaustion during the day is the most immediate consequence.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that could be an indicator of serious health problems. The most common symptom is loud snoring, but the condition is characterized by breathing that repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, leaving you feeling tired in the morning. Other serious effects from sleep apnea could be potentially dangerous to your health if left unaddressed, a great reason to visit Dr. David Hennington.

Besides losing precious hours of sleep, sleep apnea also elevates the risk of heart attack and stroke, and may cause other conditions such as depression, irritability, high blood pressure, memory loss, and sexual dysfunction.

Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but it is more common among middle aged adults who are overweight. Dr. David Hennington can help you determine the cause and suggest possible treatment.

A common treatment for sleep apnea is an oral device that is designed to help keep the airway open. By bringing the jaw forward, the device opens the airway and discourages snoring. Dr. David Hennington and our team are experienced in sleep apnea appliances, and can prescribe a fitted device, as well as monitor its success each time you visit.

A continuous positive airway pressure mask, also known as a CPAP, is among the other treatment options you may opt for. A mask is fitted over the mouth and forces oxygen through the throat while you sleep, and the pressure holds the soft tissue and throat muscles open.

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, visit our Georgetown, TX office. Our team at Trade Winds Dental can help you return to getting a better night’s sleep.

Teeth Whitening For a Bright Summer

Summer brings sunshine and warm weather, and many of our patients begin thinking about brightening their smiles this time of year. A whiter smile is one just one visit away at Trade Winds Dental!

Teeth whitening is safe, quick, and inexpensive. It can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like a brighter smile.

Get your beautiful smile today! Give us a call at our convenient Georgetown, TX office to schedule an appointment!

Trade Winds Dental Earns Gold GreenDOC™ Certification!

ortho-summer-girlWe have some incredibly exciting news to share with you all! As our patients know, Dr. Hennington and the entire Trade Winds Dental staff are vitally committed to providing dental treatments and services in the most responsible, planet-friendly way possible while always placing a priority on our patients’ health and happiness. Over the years in our office, we have awesomely reduced our negative effects on the planet through conscientious green practices, much of which is a result of our partnership with the Eco-Dentistry Association.

The EDA has a fantastic program in place that helps green dental practices not just practice the highest standards of planetary care but also provide patients with an unmatched quality of dental care. The GreenDOC™ program specifies over 180 eco-friendly initiatives that dental offices can implement, including new processes and community outreach methods. Only dental offices meeting the associations’ highest standards of pollution prevention, waste reduction, water and energy conservation and wellness-based practices qualify. Practices are awarded based off a submission, earning Bronze, Silver or Gold certifications.

By implementing a wide range of EDA initiatives, as well as innovative concepts unique to Trade Winds Dental and the community, Dr. Hennington and our team are proud to announce that we have received our official Gold GreenDOC certification! We are the first dental office in Georgetown, TX, and one of only four offices in Texas to receive this monumental award!

Our digital imaging and patient charting has helped to reduce landfill waste and patient radiation exposure by as much as 90%. Further, our amalgam separator captures mercury-containing material before ever entering our local water supplies. In addition, Trade Winds Dental uses energy efficient lighting, drought-resistant landscaping and other techniques to help protect our environment.

Upon earning our Gold certification, co-founder of the Eco-Dentistry Association, Dr. Fred Pockrass, said, “We applaud the efforts of Dr. Hennington and his team. They are on the cutting edge of dentistry’s green future. It is our vision that one day all dentistry will be practiced in such an earth and patient-friendly manner.”

To celebrate this fantastic achievement, Trade Winds Dental is offering $125 off new patients’ first appointment during the month of July, so be sure to direct your friends and family to our website! To take advantage of this offer, new patients much mention this blog post.

Dr. Hennington and our Trade Winds Dental team are honored and thrilled to be on the forefront of the most all-caring and responsible dentistry and are eager to continue improving our patients’ care and the planet we all inhabit!