4 Ways Your Smile Can Show Your Age

As time goes on, things change. Your smile is no different. Lifestyle factors like drinking red wine, smoking, or grinding your teeth can all have an affect on your grin and can add years to your appearance. Even old dental work can cause you to look older than you really are. At my dental office in Boerne, we hear these concerns from patients often, and we’re always happy to help provide solutions to boost both confidence and health.

Gum Recession

Gum recession can be caused by a number of things like brushing too hard, grinding your teeth, or gum disease. When gums recede, more of the teeth show and they appear longer. Unfortunately, we subconsciously assume those with longer teeth are older. This is where we got the phrase ‘long in the tooth.’ There are various options available to treat gum recession and reduce how much of the teeth are visible. Talk with your Boerne dentist to determine which is right for you.

Yellowing Teeth

Perhaps the most common concern among patients is how to get a brighter, whiter smile for a more confident, youthful look. The appropriate treatment depends on the type and level of staining. In some cases, a professional in-office whitening will get the desired result. In other situations, veneers or replacing old, metal dental work with tooth-colored options may be recommended.

Crooked Smile

When you think of a crooked grin, you may immediately think of teenagers in metal braces. But the reality is, it’s extremely common for adults to experience shifting in their smile. It’s natural, even if they did have braces. Some of the ways to can help straighten adult teeth is through dental veneers, traditional braces, or with clear orthodontics. The right solution is unique to your specific needs.

Chips and Cracks

As we grow older, our enamel tends to weaken and the chance of chips or cracks increases. But thanks to advancements in dental technology, we’re able to repair this damage with tooth-colored restorations like porcelain inlays or onlays, veneers, or dental bonding. These treatments are long-lasting, virtually unnoticeable, and can even help whiten your smile.

No matter what your concerns may be, my Boerne dental office is here to help. We’ll work with you to identify your the best treatment to get you a smile that’s healthy and beautiful. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

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Does Diabetes Affect Oral Health?

Over the years, I’ve treated numerous patients with diabetes at my Boerne dental office. We always want every patient to make sure they’re taking great care of their teeth, but it’s important for folks with diabetes to be even more vigilant about maintaining their oral health care routines. Why? Unfortunately, diabetes can leave you more susceptible to other issues that affect the mouth and teeth. These include: periodontal (gum) disease, infections, poor healing, and dry mouth.

I’ve put together this list of tips to help you make sure both you and your mouth are healthy:

Tip #1 — Keep Blood Sugar Numbers Stable

  • It’s estimated there are nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes, and every single one of them knows maintaining their target blood glucose numbers is of the utmost importance. But making sure blood glucose is stable helps your oral health too! If your levels are poorly controlled, there’s an increased risk of developing gum disease or loose teeth, compared to non-diabetics. Like any other infection, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise, making diabetes more difficult to control.

Tip #2 — Remember to Eat Healthy

  • Following a healthy diet is good for both your oral and overall health, no matter if you have diabetes or not. Getting rid of sugary foods is best! Try to eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to keep you and your smile healthy. Be sure to work with your doctor to design a dietary plan that’s suitable for your needs.

Tip #3 — Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine

  • Your Boerne dentist knows that keeping your teeth and gums healthy starts with great at-home care. Always make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to protect against tooth decay. Usually first thing in the morning and then again at night before bed works best. Be sure to use a soft brush and soft circular motions to clean the front, back, and top of each tooth. Don’t forget to clean your tongue too. You should also floss at least once a day. Flossing will help keep pesky plaque from building up and causing potential problems. If you have dentures, keep them clean, take them out nightly, and have them adjusted if they’re loose or uncomfortable.

At my dental office in Boerne, we want our patients and their smiles to be in the very best health every day. If you have diabetes and notice anything unusual about your mouth or teeth as you go about your daily hygiene routine, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Is There A Link Between Gum Disease and Dementia?

At my Boerne dental office, we take gum (or periodontal) health seriously. Gum disease is avoidable, but can lead to bigger problems if left untreated. This month is National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month, and we want to remind patients who may be in charge of caring for aging loved ones struggling with dementia not to allow oral health to fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, older patients with dementia-related conditions are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease due to a decline in personal hygiene and possible side effects from medication.

Here are a some of the things we know about the relationship between gum disease and dementia:

  1. Studies Show

According to a recent study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, there is a chance people with poor oral hygiene or elevated gum disease could possibly be at a greater risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If you or if you suspect someone in your family may be experiencing the signs of gum disease (i.e. red, swollen, bleeding gums and discomfort), visit your Boerne dentist right away, so we can assess your symptoms and start any necessary treatment.

  1. Ongoing Research

Scientists and doctors are still conducting tests and studies to definitively verify a link between gum disease and dementia. Some of the most recent research shows gum disease bacteria was found in brain tissue samples taken from dementia patients, but the same bacteria was not present in non-dementia patients. It’s still too early to say for sure whether gum disease causes or is linked to dementia.

  1. Bacterial Breakdown

Bad bacteria is the main reason for concern when it comes to gum disease. Why? Because the bacteria can enter our bloodstream, which could be a possible cause or link to dementia or even other physical illness such as diabetes or heart disease. The truth is: bacteria are always present in our mouths. When gums are in ill health due to disease, routine tasks such as eating, chewing, and brushing can send the bacteria to the bloodstream.

To help keep you and your teeth in excellent health, it’s important to visit my dental office in Boerne for your regular checkups and oral hygiene cleanings. We are always available to help answer your questions and make sure you have all the necessary knowledge and tools to keep your smile in the best shape possible!

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Fix Your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Don’t let your spooky smile fit in with the Halloween decor this month! My dental office in Boerne wants to help you say farewell to a dead or missing tooth thanks to the help of a dental implant… or implants if you’re missing more than one tooth. Implants are durable, natural looking, and can help take your smile from scary to stunning.

Replace Missing Teeth, Permanently!

If a missing tooth or teeth is doing more harm than hurt to your smile, we may be able to help. After all, we want to boost your smile’s natural beauty to give you confidence and comfort. My Boerne dental office can help show you how implant dentistry can make a missing or damaged tooth disappear.

How Does The Magic Happen?

First, an implant post constructed of titanium is inserted into the jawbone, helping to mimic the tooth roots and preventing bone loss. Titanium is a transition metal that is both exceptionally durable and very likely to be accepted by the body. Once placed, the post begins to integrate with the bone, creating a super-strong, permanent base. After it’s healed, a custom crown, bridge, or dentures are attached, creating a natural-looking, fully functional smile.

Getting The Bite Right

Dental implants can not only replace a missing tooth permanently and make your smile whole again, they can also help your mouth function properly. Missing teeth or damaged teeth don’t allow for full functionality of your chew forces, which can lead to other problems. When a tooth is not operating to its full capacity, or is missing altogether, other teeth will compensate – which can throw off your entire mouth’s system. Chewing patterns may change and lead to an imbalanced bite that could create even more problems like TMJ (jaw joint) pain.

Your Boerne dentist knows best what will work for you and your teeth. It’s important that you address any oral health problems promptly to avoid even more issues in the future. Don’t hesitate to ask us about how implants may be the right solution to restore your smile to health and beauty.

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Anxiety Can Affect Your Teeth, Says 78006 Dentist

It may come as a surprise, but your emotional health can actually play a significant role in your dental health. And that’s especially true when it comes to anxiety, says Dr. Kurt Mackie. Keep reading to learn about the top two ways anxiety affects teeth from the 78006 dentist.

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78006 Dentist Has Tips on Caring for Your Braces

It’s true that traditional braces can create barriers to good dental hygiene — but only if you let them. It’s not so difficult to take good care of your brackets and wires and the teeth that are underneath, you just need to know how to do it. That’s why your 78006 dentist Dr. Kurt Mackie is here with tips for keeping your braces clean for good dental health during orthodontic treatment!

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Top Five Tips for Children’s Dental Care

Your child counts on you for so much, and that’s especially true when it comes to their oral health. Are you doing your part to keep your little one’s smile as healthy and strong as can be? Learn what you can do to prevent decay and infection by reading these five tips from your pediatric dentist in Boerne, TX,
Dr. Kurt Mackie!

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Are dental implants the best choice for your smile?

A smile without all its teeth is a little bit like a puzzle with a few missing pieces. It almost comes together, but then at the very end, it just… doesn’t. But unlike lost puzzle pieces, you can replace your missing teeth!
Dr. Kurt Mackie, your family dentist in Boerne, rebuilds smiles with sturdy dental implants. Keep reading to learn more about this fantastic option in tooth replacement!

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Family Dentist in Boerne TX Treats TMJ Disorder

If you’re suffering from headaches, ear or face pain on a daily basis, you could be dealing with something we call TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. It’s a painful condition that’s incredibly common, despite the fact that many sufferers don’t even realize they have it. Often, the only thing they notice is chronic pain and discomfort — but that doesn’t have to be you anymore. Keep reading to learn more about TMD, including its causes and treatment, from
Dr. Kurt Mackie, your family dentist in Boerne, TX.

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All About Sleep Apnea and its Treatment in Boerne, TX

We’ve long known that sleep apnea is a condition that affects adults — but did you know that obstructive sleep apnea can also affect children? And sleep problems are a big problem for everyone, but especially young children with growing bodies and minds. Sleep apnea in Boerne, TX must be treated for sufferers of any age. Keep reading to learn more about the condition and its treatment from
Dr. Kurt Mackie.

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