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Give Your Employees Something to Smile About

Give Your Employees Something to Smile About

The Argyle Family Dentistry team loves supporting fellow local businesses! We know hiring can be challenging, especially these days. One of the top things potential employees are looking for is a company offering excellent benefits to make their lives easier. We have combined our passion for oral health with our desire to help the community by providing an Employer Membership Plan! With this plan, businesses can attract and retain quality employees while minimizing the chances of them having to miss work due to undiagnosed or untreated dental health issues.

So, why would you be interested in our plan over traditional dental insurance? Not only will it benefit your employees, but there are many perks for you! Everyone knows insurance companies can be a hassle, especially if you are busy managing a company. With our Employer Membership Plan, the middleman is eliminated! This results in no waiting periods, pre-authorizations, or claim forms. As an employer, you can contribute what you want to your employee’s care, from $0 to the total subscription price. 

How to sign up for the employer membership plan

Enrolling your company in our plan is quick and easy and can be done in about five minutes from any device. Once the plan is active, your employees can sign up at any time through your online portal. The best part is there are no hidden costs such as deductibles, annual maximums, or activation fees. You and your staff will get what you pay for with full price transparency. Three variations of the plan are offered: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio Care. 

What do these plans include?

3 infographics of the different employer membership plans and how much they cost

You won’t be able to offer your employees benefits like this through a regular insurance provider! Good oral health is good for business, and there are many reasons we believe this at Argyle Family Dentistry. If your employees have a dental benefit plan, they are much less likely to need time off to deal with serious oral health issues and can quickly obtain proper care if a problem arises. Two out of three employees state that dental benefits are a significant part of their overall benefits package. Offering a plan like this will help your company stand out from competitors and show your employees you care about them. 

If you want to learn more about why your employees might benefit from the Employer Membership plan, read our blog post, The Main Goal Of Dental Routine Procedures and see the importance.

We are confident that our plan can help both you and your business! If you have any questions or want to sign up, call Argyle Family Dentistry at (940) 464-3500.

Bad Breath Myths

Bad Breath Myths

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a concern for many patients. It can cause embarrassment and is usually the result of prolonged, poor oral hygiene. Further exacerbation can come from unhealthy food and lifestyle choices such as smoking cigarettes. Bad breath can also be an indicator of other health problems. Unfortunately, many myths float around regarding how best to treat it. Argyle Family Dentistry wants to aid you in deciphering true from false when it comes to bad breath treatment and how to best prevent and combat it. 

Preventing bad breath is simple; all it takes is consistency! You should always brush your teeth after you eat with toothpaste containing fluoride. When you pair this with flossing, more food particles and bacteria will be removed. Bad breath often emanates from the back of the mouth and tongue, so brushing your tongue in addition to your teeth will keep your breath fresh. Lastly, visiting our office twice yearly for an exam and cleaning is crucial. There is only so much you can do through your at-home hygiene routine, and your dental hygienist will be able to remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which will contribute to bad breath if left unattended for too long. 

So what are some common myths about bad breath you should avoid believing? 

Myth: By breathing into your hands, you can tell if you have bad breath.

Fact: True bad breath is propelled from the back of your mouth when you talk. When breathing into your hands, you produce breath from the front of your mouth and may miss certain smells. 

Myth: Bad breath is a sign of an underlying illness.

Fact: Most bad breath is caused by particular chemicals in your mouth and a coating on your tongue or irritated gums. While it can be a sign of an illness in another area of your body, the bad breath will almost always be accompanied by additional symptoms if this is the case.

Myth: Using mouthwash regularly will cure bad breath.

Fact: We wish this were true, too! While mouthwash can temporarily disguise certain odors from the back of your mouth, it can eventually dry your mouth, making your breath symptoms more intense. 

If you’re struggling with bad breath, call our office to make an appointment. Our dental team will give you a thorough exam and cleaning and assess the cause of the problem. Generally, bad breath is something we can treat in-office with a deep cleaning. If your exam reveals it results from a health issue in another part of your body, we will refer you to a specialist. 

To aid treatment while at home, ensure you maintain oral hygiene and take extra measures such as flossing and scraping your tongue. The Argyle Family Dentistry team knows how debilitating bad breath can feel, and we want to do everything we can to aid you in prevention and treatment. To book an appointment or have your questions answered, call us at (940) 464-3500. Click to overcome dental anxiety.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At Argyle Family Dentistry, our team starts every day with the goal of giving our patients the best dental experience possible. We consider every patient’s unique circumstances, including anxiety about being in the dental chair. Dental anxiety is quite common, and there are many easy ways to combat it while maintaining and achieving your smile goals.

We will begin by discussing why keeping up with oral healthcare is essential. When you visit us every six months, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. This involves removing any hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which tends to build up in areas that are more difficult to clean during your at-home hygiene routine. In addition, your hygienist and dentist will be able to catch any early signs of cavities, oral cancer, and other issues. When dealt with ahead of time, you will spend less time and money at our office in the long run. Not to mention your smile will thank you for it!

Many people completely avoid going to the dentist or only go when necessary. While it could be assumed that this anxiety stems from wanting to avoid pain, it is usually due to feeling a lack of control. At Argyle Family Dentistry, we approach each patient with patience and kindness in this area. Some of the ways in which we help build trust with patients include:

  • Making sure patients know they can be assertive with their needs. Our team will provide a thorough exam for all patients; however, it is an essential part of the visit for patients to let us know if there is an issue. We will ensure to inform all patients ahead of time they can express their needs and comfort level at any time during their visit goes a long way.
  • Explaining what patients will feel and for how long. As we said, lack of control is the main reason people have dental anxiety. This anxiety can be alleviated by being given as much knowledge as possible about what to expect and when to expect it. We will provide information at multiple points throughout the appointment.
  • Checking in with patients during the appointment. We constantly check in with our patients throughout their appointments, especially if it involves an in-depth dental procedure.
  • Making sure patients are aware they can take a break if they are uncomfortable. We believe it is best to play it safe and take it as slowly as possible if a patient feels anxious. If you need to step out and get some air, you are welcome to let us know!
  • Getting to know each patient. Building relationships with everyone who walks through our doors is in our DNA. We want you to feel like you are visiting with old friends. We care deeply about the health of your teeth but also your life!

If you are still feeling nervous, we are here to help. Many relaxation techniques are proven to alleviate anxiety in the moment, such as breathing deeply, progressive muscle relaxation, or listening to calming music. As another alternative, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This treatment is beneficial for anxiety over extensive procedures, and we take it very seriously. If you think laughing gas may be helpful for you during your visit, we will consult with you prior and figure out if it makes sense to include it in your oral health journey.

If you have questions about dealing with dental anxiety for yourself or a loved one, there is always more to learn! We want to come alongside you at our office and make everything as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at (940) 464-3500 with any questions. Learn more about Argyle Family Dentistry here.

Wisdom Teeth for Back to School

Wisdom Teeth for Back to School

It’s never too early to prepare your kids to return to school! The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of back-to-school prep is shopping for school supplies, but it should also include getting on top of all your oral healthcare needs while there is free time in the summer. This could consist of bi-yearly hygiene and exams, but we recommend you go further and schedule any pending wisdom teeth removal surgeries you or your family may have! Having wisdom teeth removed during summer will ensure no school is missed due to recovery time in the fall.

Wisdom teeth usually emerge during the teen years but can also come in during the early to mid-twenties. Some patients will never need to remove their wisdom teeth because their mouths’ shape and size can accommodate them. More commonly, however, the eruption of wisdom teeth can cause many oral health problems, so they must be removed. These problems can range from partial eruption to an increased risk for tooth decay and disease.

So why should you book your wisdom teeth removal consultation now?

If you wait until fall, your child may have to miss some school due to recovery time. We want to help you avoid this! Recovery from wisdom teeth removal surgery generally takes around ten days, but you will need to plan to rest and watch what you eat for about five days. This means up to a week of school could be missed. Rushing healing is never a good idea, so booking during the summer will ensure your child has sufficient recovery time!

In addition, possible complications from wisdom teeth removal may result in a longer healing time. While rare, these complications can happen. The most common is known as a “dry socket,” which means that the blood clot that is supposed to form over the empty tooth socket isn’t there. Dry sockets can be avoided if your surgery healing is taken slowly and properly, so lots of rest time after surgery is beneficial!

If you are traveling this summer and unable to get your child in for a consultation or are worried you may not have time for a full recovery, don’t worry! Dr. Hooper can work with you and your schedule to find an ideal treatment plan. If you need to wait until the school year to book the surgery, we recommend doing it over a long holiday or waiting until winter break. This will make for optimal healing time and less stress overall.

Are you interested in scheduling a wisdom teeth removal consultation or learning more? Give Argyle Family Dentistry a call at (940) 464-3500. We would be happy to assist you!

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Everyone loves Summer! We understand how exciting vacations can be, but we want you to keep your smile in check! Oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, but you will be surprised how easy it is by keeping a few simple tips in mind.

Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer

While oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, it is surprising how easy it can be to take care of it with these simple tips in mind.

First, make sure to keep your consumption of sugary foods in check

Vacation is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and everyone deserves this! However, we want to make sure you avoid any potential dental issues that could form due to high sugar intake. You might want to try swapping out carbonated soda for an equally delicious and healthier beverage, such as green tea. While avoiding your favorite treats may not be possible, adding in foods such as vegetables high in fiber will aid in keeping your teeth clean. It is all about balance.

Second, it is always a good idea to have sugar-free gum on hand 

Whether flying, driving, or taking a bus, you may go longer than usual without brushing your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is a wonderful way to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Not to mention, there are many delicious flavors out there!

Third, stay hydrated for good oral hygiene for summer

Hydration is essential for many reasons, including when it comes to the health of your smile. If you are enjoying a vacation adventure during the day and aren’t able to brush your teeth until later, drinking water while you eat will help dilute any plaque-forming acids and protect your teeth while you are having fun. Hydration is also key in guarding against dry mouth. Saliva is 99% water, so the more you drink, the more saliva you produce!

Fourth, let’s discuss your toothbrush’s ideal environment!

Can you guess one of the most important things to pay attention to on vacation? Minimizing potential bacteria growth on your toothbrush. Yes, you read that right! There are two main ways to ventilate your toothbrush and prevent bacteria growth. When looking for a travel toothbrush case, try to find one with small holes or room for air to circulate. A case without holes will keep the moisture locked in, which is not ideal. Also, keep your toothbrush free from its travel case when possible. Leaving it out to dry will aid in prevention.

Lastly, try your hardest to stick to your regular morning and evening oral hygiene routines

If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep doing that. If you regularly brush your teeth throughout the day, travel toothbrushes were made for you. This will keep a healthy habit going, and it will also aid in preventing tooth decay and plaque. To make it even easier on yourself, pack an extra toothbrush and toothpaste just in case you misplace yours!

If you’d like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of cavities, read about it on our blog.

At Argyle Family Dentistry, we want you to have the best Summer possible with your family and friends! Have you been in for your first appointment of the year yet? If not, call to make an appointment at (940) 464-3500 before your first Summer trip. This way, you will be able to make sure you do not need any treatment and will be able to enjoy your vacation without any pain or stress. You deserve it!

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, prevention and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Argyle Family Dentistry.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes; some of the most common include bacteria, overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, and not keeping your teeth clean. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more complicated if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth.

This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth. So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?

Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already started in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments.

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office and your routine cleanings and checkups!

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation.

Specific snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Use fluoride toothpaste.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts.

What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? 

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain or sensitivity in a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, black or brown staining on a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (940) 464-3500!

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link.

The Argyle Family Dentistry team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Argyle Family Dentistry, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

2. Current dental issues will grow more severe if they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

3. You will save time and money spent in the long run. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, you’ll likely pay more later. Dental treatment can become more expensive when delayed. You will thank you for scheduling!

Our dentists are proud to offer a wide range of treatments at Argyle Family Dentistry and always make sure they do what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does Argyle Family Dentistry offer treatment-wise?

Here are a few of our treatment options:

  1. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.
  2. Wisdom teeth removal – Most people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Generally, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow naturally without shifting your other adult teeth and causing issues with the alignment of your smile. Luckily, we can easily remove them and aid you in recovery.
  3. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.
  4. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  5. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Argyle Family Dentistry! Remember, it is best to get your treatment taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (940) 464-3500.

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The main goal of Dental Routine Procedures

The main goal of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard that going to the dentist every six months for hygiene and a checkup is essential? Routine appointments will not only keep your smile shining but will also prevent you from developing severe oral health issues that can lead to more time and money spent at the dentist. So what do these routine checkups consists of, and how does each aspect contribute to your overall oral health? We are here to tell you everything you need to know!

Many people struggle with dental anxiety. There is nothing to be scared of when you come in for your routine appointment! All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are safe, effective, and made to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be in. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, make sure to tell our office. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and easy as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.

When you first come in for your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will clean built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Specific surfaces of your teeth are much more challenging to reach and clean, even if you keep up with flossing. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease in the long run!

The dental exam you will receive when you come in for your routine appointment is just as crucial as your hygiene! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems. Oral cancer is also checked for. If caught early, oral cancer can be easily treatable. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used for your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.

Gum disease can develop if your teeth aren’t given regular attention by a professional, and it is easily spotted when you come in for your appointment. Gum disease is one of the most common culprits for declining oral health. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

It is better to come to the dentist every six months than to put it off and have to spend an excessive amount of time and money on treatment later on. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Argyle Family Dentistry, give us a call at (940) 464-3500. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us as positive and straightforward as possible. Click here to learn about gum care.

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

It is finally 2022! The New Year is the perfect time to ditch bad habits and revamp your oral care routine. We are sure you’re used to hearing about New Year’s resolutions and the fact that relatively few people stick with them after the first month of the year.

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

The goals we want to help you set are not only beneficial to your oral and overall health but are also attainable and sustainable! Here are ten simple goals to help you keep your teeth healthy this year:

Commit to replacing your toothbrush every three months

If you use the same toothbrush for too long, the bristles will become worn out and less effective at cleaning your teeth. This may mean more visits to the dentist and more money spent in the long run. Prevent this from happening, and start your year by treating yourself to a new toothbrush today!

Schedule your first hygiene visit of the year

We recommend seeing your dental hygienist every six months. If you haven’t come in for hygiene since June, it is time to schedule! Keeping up with your hygiene appointments has many benefits, the greatest of which is keeping any plaque and tartar that has developed on your teeth under control.

Start brushing twice per day for two minutes each time

We hope all of you are already brushing twice per day, but increasing your brush time to two minutes will ensure a healthier smile and a lower likelihood of developing cavities.

Drink more water

Water is vital for all areas of your health, including oral health! When you drink water, especially with a meal, it will wash away plaque-causing substances such as sugars and starches.

Keep up a healthy, balanced diet

Everyone knows staying away from sugar is essential for the health of your teeth, but did you know having a generally balanced diet is too? Fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables and dairy products are beneficial to the overall health of your teeth and enamel.

If you like to chew gum, make sure it is sugarless

In addition to this, chewing sugarless gum after big meals can help prevent tooth decay!

Keep up with your flossing

If you have been to see us recently, you know how much we emphasize flossing. When you floss, you can clean surfaces of your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Floss twice a day with your brushing!

Drink water that is infused with fluoride

Fluoride is excellent at helping prevent the onset of cavities by giving your teeth a stronger resistance to acids.

Use mouthwash this New Year

Mouthwash is great for fighting bacteria, especially on your tongue and gums. You will see the best benefits of mouthwash if you use it for 30 seconds twice per day as a part of your brushing routine.

Brush your teeth gently

If you use too much pressure when you brush your teeth, you can damage your gums over time.   

Final Thoughts

Your oral health is so important! What better way to start 2022 than by prioritizing it? We promise adopting these ten accessible practices will make a difference in the long-term health of your smile. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, give our office a call today at (940) 464-3500 to schedule your first hygiene appointment of the year and have all your questions answered!

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How to Choose a Toothbrush: What To Look For

How to Choose a Toothbrush: What To Look For

Toothbrushes are everyday objects that we often do not spend much time thinking about. You may even think every toothbrush is equal in cleaning your teeth effectively. This is false. The toothbrush you use and how you use it can make or break your oral health journey, and it is essential to choose the right one. If you have no idea where to start, do not worry! We are here to share some tips and tricks for choosing the right toothbrush and using it effectively.

How to Choose a Toothbrush

Toothbrushes first became mainstream in the 1930s, but there were not many options. Almost everyone was stuck with a toothbrush that had nylon bristles. Today, it is a different story. In the United States, we are lucky enough to have many toothbrushes at our fingertips at local grocery stores and drugstores. You may think the only two types of toothbrushes out there are manual and electric, but think again!

Five things to keep in mind on how to choose a toothbrush:

  1. What should my child use? It is crucial to pick out a toothbrush for your child that can easily fit into their hand and has soft bristles. If your child is old enough to comprehend, have them pick out their toothbrush. Getting children involved in this process early will make oral hygiene more fun for them.
  2. Safety. Safety may not be something that comes to mind when you think about brushing your teeth. However, it is imperative to choose a safe toothbrush for your unique oral health and brushing tendencies. For example, if you generally brush aggressively, an electric toothbrush may be a better choice for you as it will make it easier to be gentle while still cleaning your mouth.
  3. Variety of bristles. You may notice that some toothbrushes have uniform hairs across the whole head while others have a mixture of soft to stiff bristles and even some rubber components. Choosing which type is right for you should be based on your oral health. For example, if you have gum problems, it is best to stick with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  4. Professional recommendations. When looking for a new toothbrush, it is best to get the opinion of your dentist. They will have suggestions that are tailored to your personal oral health needs. When buying one, it is also essential to make sure that you pick one with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
  5. Manual vs. Electric. Many people falsely assume that electric toothbrushes are leaps and bounds more effective than manual toothbrushes. This is false. It is more vital that you effectively know how to use your toothbrush correctly, and the manual versus electric debate comes down to personal preference.

Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg for picking out a toothbrush. Cost, likability, and size are important factors in choosing the right toothbrush. The more you consider these things, the easier it will be for you to find a toothbrush that is the perfect fit for your oral hygiene journey! Give Argyle Family Dentistry a call today at (940) 464-3500 if you have any questions about choosing a toothbrush or would like to schedule an appointment. Have the best wisdom tooth recovery by reading this guide.