Do You Floss Every Day?

Do You Floss Every Day?According to the American Dental Association, only 16% of Americans say they floss at least once a day. The reasons for not flossing daily as given by the surveyed people is that it is too time consuming, too painful, or just gross. Flossing is an important component to your oral hygiene routine. If you are not flossing every day, you should work out your reasons why so that you can add it as a daily habit. At your next cleaning at Smith Family Dentistry, ask for tips on how you can most efficiently floss your own teeth. Armed with tips and advice, you may feel more inclined to floss.  (more…)

Thanksgiving: Smile Healthy Tips

Thanksgiving: Smile Healthy TipsThanksgiving is next week! Can you believe that 2018 has moved by so quickly? Whether you are staying in Greenville, Texas or going somewhere else for your Thanksgiving feast, we have some tips to help you and your family keep it healthy for your smiles. If you are the host of the meal, you can lead the way on some of these smile-friendly choices. Even if you are attending someone else’s big turkey day, you can still go in with a plan to keep your smile’s health at the top of your mind.  (more…)

Treating The Stages Of Tooth Decay

Treating The Stages Of Tooth DecayTooth decay is the destruction of your tooth’s structure. It is a progressive condition that will continue to worsen until it is treated. Unlike a cold or sprained ankle, tooth decay will not heal or get better on its own. Treating tooth decay is essential for your oral health. Without treatment, a condition that starts off preventable and fairly easily reversed can become one that can lead to serious infection and tooth loss. Your dental team in Greenville, TX is here to help you treat tooth decay at any stage.  (more…)

3 Vital Reasons To Replace A Tooth

3 Vital Reasons To Replace A ToothWhen you are a kid, losing a tooth can be as fun as going trick-or-treating on Halloween. You get to put your tooth under your pillow and wait for money from the Tooth Fairy. Losing a tooth as an adult is much less fun. In fact, losing a tooth as an adult can be traumatizing and scary. Our permanent teeth are designed to last us a lifetime. Tooth loss can have long-lasting emotional and physical consequences. Replacing a lost tooth can be an important way to offset these negative consequences. Replacing a lost tooth can restore your smile’s health and vitality. If you have suffered adult tooth loss, be sure to talk to your dental team in Greenville, TX about ways to restore your smile.  (more…)

Costume Care: Watch Your Step!

Costume Care: Watch Your Step! Halloween is filled with lots of fun things to think about: what costume to wear, what party to go to, what neighborhood to pick for trick-or-treating, and so on. While you may be considering the dangers of candy to a smile, you may not think about the potential harm of tripping and falling from your costume. Whether you are worried about your costume as an adult or the costumes your children are wearing, falling down is a common occurrence on Halloween. You are walking around in an outfit you probably are not used to and walking in areas you may not be too familiar with. It is important to be careful. If you do have an injury to your smile, be sure to contact Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX.  (more…)

Treat Alternatives To Candy

Treat Alternatives To Candy October in Greenville, Texas means that trick-or-treating is just around the corner. It also means that the grocery stores, drugstores, and department stores all feel like their aisles are overflowing with candy. It can be tempting to stock up on all the big bags of sweets so that your house can have the best treats on the street. Have you thought that maybe there is a way to give out fun treats without promoting tooth-decay-causing sugary snacks and candy? We have a few suggestions of fun, exciting treats that you can think about handing out this year instead of candy. (more…)

Why Should I Restore My Tooth?

Why Should I Restore My Tooth?If a tooth is facing decay or damage, it is important to restore it. Restoring a tooth means clearing away any bacteria or damaged pieces, rebuilding the structure, and restoring the function of the tooth. Doing so means protecting the smile’s health and integrity. Not restoring a tooth can lead to a loss of the tooth, which can ultimately lead to bigger problems within the smile. If you questions about tooth restoration, talk to your dental team in Greenville, TX.  (more…)

Is Coffee Bad For My Teeth?

Is Coffee Bad For My Teeth? The weather in Greenville, Texas is finally beginning to feel like fall. Fall weather means sweaters, pumpkins, and possibly sitting out on your porch drinking a nice cup of joe. There are some things that you know are clearly bad for your smile like sticky candy or chewing on pencils, but there are other things that are a little more questionable. Have you wondered if your morning cup of coffee is safe for your teeth? Are you worried that the surface stains could just be one of the problems that coffee can cause for your smile? Let’s explore whether or not coffee is bad for your teeth.  (more…)

Tips: Smile-Healthy Snack Choices

Tips: Smile-Healthy Snack ChoicesAutumn can be the start of the season for sweets and treats. Snacks become less about fuel and more about indulgence. The Texas State Fair is starting soon and for those of us going from Greenville, TX, we may snack on some unhealthy fare at the fair. While there is nothing wrong with occasionally treating yourself with something fun, it should be balanced with smile-healthy nutrition. We have narrowed down the complicated world of nutrition down to just three tips that might help you choose a snack that is healthy for your smile(more…)

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Why Are My Gums Bleeding? Seeing blood can be unsettling. It can be especially shocking if you are not sure where it’s coming from or why you are seeing it from yourself, right? Seeing red or pink in your spit when you are brushing your teeth or looking in the mirror to see bleeding gums can both be situations that can be off-putting. If you are not sure why you are experiencing bleeding gums, talk to your dentist. If it is a sign of a problem, it is better to find out sooner than later. Your dental team in Greenville, Texas can help you determine what is going on with your smile.  (more…)