By Michael J Morris, DDS
January 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
3ThingsYouCanDotoHelpYourChildAvoidToothDecay

As a parent, you’re all about helping your kids grow up healthy. But there are some obstacles that can make that difficult. One in particular is tooth decay, which could interfere with their dental development.

A bacterial infection, tooth decay destroys dental tissue—and untreated it could lead to tooth loss. This could severely derail a child’s normal development, even if it’s one of their primary (“baby”) teeth. That’s why preventing tooth decay or treating it promptly when it occurs should be one of your top priorities for your child’s dental health.

Here are 3 things you can do to minimize your child’s risk of tooth decay.

Start oral hygiene early. Your best defense against tooth decay is to clean your child’s teeth daily of dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that’s the main driver for dental disease. The best way to do this is with brushing and flossing, so begin performing these tasks with your child as soon as their teeth begin to appear. Oral hygiene is also important before their teeth come in—simply wipe your infant’s gums after nursing with a clean damp cloth to reduce bacteria in the mouth.

Start dental visits early. By age 1, most children already have quite a few teeth, making it the recommended time to schedule their first dental visit. Not only will this and subsequent visits support your plaque removal efforts, they also give your dentist an opportunity to catch any emerging dental issues. Early visits can also help get your kids used to seeing the dentist, reducing the chances they’ll develop dental visit anxiety later in life.

Avoid “baby bottle decay.” Sugar is one of decay-causing bacteria’s favorite food sources, so restricting your child’s intake of this carbohydrate can lower their decay risk.  Besides limiting sugary snacks and sweets, be sure you do one more thing: eliminate sugar from the nighttime or naptime baby bottle. Parents often lay babies down to sleep with a bottle filled with sugary liquids like juice, milk or formula. Either avoid giving the bottle or make sure it only contains water.

If you would like more information on how to help your kids’ dental development stay on a healthy track, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
January 09, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bridge  

Find out why you may want to consider getting a dental bridge to replace missing teeth.

After losing a tooth you might find yourself feeling embarrassed to smile because of the visible gap between your teeth. You may also find that you have trouble eating certain foods properly. Luckily, our Spring, TX, family dentist Dr. Michael Morris has a simple solution that can give you back a complete smile in just a few weeks. Learn more about dental bridges and the advantages of this tooth replacement options.

How does a dental bridge work?

A dental bridge is a fixed dental appliance that is designed to replace one or two teeth in a row to fill the gap left over by missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two dental crowns (which are cemented into place over natural teeth surrounding the gap) and a false tooth in the middle.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

One of the major benefits to getting a dental bridge from our Spring, TX, dentist is that we can prevent complications that often arise with untreated tooth loss. It’s important to turn to your dentist as soon as possible after tooth loss to find out what your options are. Other advantages to getting a dental bridge include,

Aesthetically pleasing

Each crown and false tooth is specially made to match your smile; therefore, even false teeth are made to look just like real teeth. While you will know which teeth aren’t your own no one else will be able to tell. False teeth and crowns are made from porcelain, which are designed to resemble the look and color of tooth enamel.

Fixed in place

Another benefit to having dental bridges is that we use your natural teeth to anchor and hold the bridge in place. This ensures that your false tooth or teeth stay in place and do not move around. Once a bridge is placed you can rest assured that you will be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth moving around.

Quick treatment

Another benefit of getting bridges is that this oral appliance can usually be placed in just two visits. During your consultation we will map out your treatment plan and determine your candidacy for bridges. From there we will prep the teeth for the crown and take impressions of your mouth. A dental lab will then get to work creating your new bridge and once it’s ready (usually within a couple of weeks) we can permanently place your new bridge. It’s a fast and simple process.

Are you living with tooth loss in Spring or Louetta, TX? If so, you want a dentist who will be able to listen to your concerns and provide you with the proper treatment you need. Call our dental practice today at (281) 379-6939 to schedule a consultation to find out if bridges are right for you.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
January 04, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
3ThingsYouCanDotoProtectYourToothEnamel

Your teeth face a hostile environment populated by disease-causing bacteria. But your teeth also have some “armor” against these microscopic foes: enamel. This hard outer tooth layer forms a barrier between harmful bacteria and the tooth’s more vulnerable layers of dentin and the inner pulp.

But although it’s tough stuff, enamel can erode when it comes into contact with high concentrations of mouth acid. Losing substantial amounts of enamel could leave your teeth exposed to disease.

So, here are 3 things you can do to help protect your enamel so it can keep on protecting you.

Careful on the brushing. Brushing removes dental plaque, a thin bacterial film on teeth most responsible for dental disease. But be careful not to brush too often, too hard and too quickly after eating. Brushing more than twice a day can cause gum recession and enamel wear; likewise, brushing too aggressively. You should also wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush to give your saliva sufficient time to neutralize any acid. You could lose tiny bits of softened enamel brushing too soon.

Cut back on acidic foods and beverages. Spicy foods, sodas and, yes, sports and energy drinks all contain high amounts of acid that can increase your mouth’s acidity. It’s a good idea, then, to reduce acidic foods and beverages in your diet. Instead, eat less spicy foods and drink primarily water or milk. Also, look for foods and beverages with calcium, which helps increase your enamel’s ability to remineralize after acid contact.

Don’t eat right before bedtime. There are a lot of reasons not to eat just before you hit the hay—and one of them is for protecting your tooth enamel. Saliva normally neutralizes acid within a half hour to an hour after eating. While you’re sleeping, though, saliva production decreases significantly. This in turn slows its neutralizing effect, giving acid more contact time with enamel. So, end your eating a few hours before you turn in to avoid too much acid remaining on your teeth.

If you would like more information on protecting your teeth and gums from dental disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
December 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Get the smile you want and know you deserve with cosmetic dentistry.

You have decided it’s time to improve and enhance your smile and you are ready to turn to our Spring and Louetta, cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Morris to get beautiful results. If you are looking for a dental treatment that can give you a straighter, whiter and more even smile then you may want to consider getting dental veneers.

Here are just some of the ways veneers can improve your smile,

Cover Stains and Discolorations

While external stains (which are usually yellow in appearance) can often be treated with teeth whitening, internal stains are usually not as responsive to whitening treatment. Of course, you still want to be able to get a whiter smile. Even though your smile may not be an ideal candidate for teeth whitening you can still get a brighter smile with the help of dental veneers.

Close Gaps and Get a Straighter Smile

If you have teeth that are slightly crooked, or if you are dealing with minor crowding or gaps between teeth you may be able to turn to dental veneers to achieve a straighter smile. By bonding veneers to the front of your teeth, veneers can easily fill gaps and make teeth appear more perfectly aligned. While veneers won’t be able to fix more serious misalignment issues, our Louetta, TX area dentist will be able to examine your smile and tell you whether veneers can give you straighter teeth.

Hide Chips and Cracks

Teeth are incredibly durable and yet they aren’t fully resistant to damage. Everything from direct impact to crunching down on hard foods can break or chip a tooth. If this happens to you it’s important that you see your dentist right away for care. Depending on the extent of the damage, veneers may be able to cover chips and cracks within multiple teeth.

Improve the Length of Your Teeth

If you have what is known as a “gummy smile” (where your gums are more prominent than your teeth) then dental veneers could help you. Since veneers are specially crafted to give you the results you want, these simple porcelain shells may be able to help you get a more even, balanced smile.

If you are looking for a dentist in Louetta and Spring, TX, who can give you a beautiful smile with the help of veneers then call Dr. Michael Morris today at (281) 379-6939 to schedule a consultation.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
December 25, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: loose teeth  
ThePerilsofaLoosePermanentTooth-andWhattodoAboutit

A loose baby tooth is normal and expected; a loose permanent tooth is quite another matter: it’s an advanced sign of disease that could lead to losing the tooth.

The reasons for its looseness may vary. You may have experienced “primary occlusal trauma,” in which the teeth have experienced a prolonged excessive biting force beyond their tolerance. This can be caused by habitual grinding or clenching the teeth.

You may have also experienced “secondary occlusal trauma”: although the biting forces are within normal ranges, the teeth still can’t handle the stress due to degraded bone support and gum tissue detachment. Clenching habits combined with weakened bone and gums will only accelerate and worsen the damage.

The most frequent cause in adults for loose teeth is secondary trauma from periodontal (gum) disease. Bacterial plaque built up on teeth from poor oral hygiene causes a chronic infection that eventually weakens gum attachment to the teeth. A loose tooth is a late sign of this damage.

Treatment for disease-based loose teeth has a twofold approach. First, we thoroughly clean the tooth, root and gum surfaces of all plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) to reduce the infection and inflammation and restore tissue health. This is often accompanied by antibiotic treatments to reduce bacteria below the gum tissue.

For the loose teeth themselves, we may need to modify the forces against them while the gums and bone heal. One way to lessen the biting force on a tooth is to reshape its and the opposing tooth’s biting surfaces. For extensive looseness we can also splint the affected tooth or teeth with other teeth. Temporarily, we can apply splinting material to the outside of both the loose and stable teeth or cut a small channel into them and apply bonding material to join them. A permanent option is to crown both the affected teeth and nearby stable teeth and fuse the crowns together.

These and other stabilizing techniques, like occlusal night guards to reduce the effects of teeth grinding or orthodontic treatment, will help secure the teeth. Coupled with disease treatment and renewed dental care and hygiene practices, you may be able to keep that loose tooth from being lost.

If you would like more information on treating loose teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treatment for Loose Teeth.”





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