Posts for: February, 2016

SupportYourChildsTeethDevelopmentwithProperHygieneandDentalCare

Between infancy and the onset of puberty, your child will grow one set of teeth, lose it and grow another; their jaw structure will also change dramatically. This rapid development sets the course for their oral health later in life.

That’s why it’s so important to care for their teeth and gums in these early stages through daily hygiene and regular dental visits for disease prevention and treatment. Hygiene is the cornerstone of this care, and should begin in earnest when your child’s first tooth erupts in the gums, by first gently cleaning around the newly erupted teeth and gums after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad.

As they pass their first birthday you can switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Children should begin learning to brush around age 2, first by modeling you as you brush together. They should be adept enough by age 6 to brush on their own, at which time you can introduce flossing. We’re more than happy to advise you on technique for both of these hygiene tasks.

Age one is also the time for them to begin regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. This will help us stay ahead of any developing decay or other issues and perform preventive treatments like dental sealants or fluoride applications. It will also help your child become comfortable with the dental office, which can make it easier for them to develop a long-term habit of regular dental care.

There are also habits you should practice (or avoid) that support good oral health for your child. For example, you shouldn’t allow them to sleep with a pacifier or a bottle filled with anything but water. Breast milk and formula contain some forms of sugar that bacteria can feed on; if this becomes too frequent it can result in higher acid levels that soften enamel and lead to decay. You should also take preventive actions to protect your child from teeth-damaging injuries like playing too close to hard furniture.

All these common sense measures support your child’s oral development. You can then let Nature takes its course as your child develops a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

If you would like more information on oral care for children, 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
February 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Invisalign  

Do you wish your teeth were straighter but avoid orthodontic treatment because you don’t want traditional metal braces? With Invisalign, invisalignthere is a clear solution to your problem. You can now straighten your teeth and correct your bite issues using this almost invisible alternative to braces from your Spring and Louetta, TX dentist, Dr. Michael Morris.

How does Invisalign work? 
Invisalign uses clear aligner trays to change your teeth’s positions. Worn in succession, the trays in the series use pressure placed on the teeth to slowly move them. Your dentist might use small, tooth-colored bumps, called attachments, that are affixed to the teeth to pinpoint this pressure and move some teeth more than others. You are required to wear the trays 22 hours a day, but you should remove them to eat and brush and floss your teeth. The trays may also be removed for short periods of time for special events like a school dance or a speaking engagement.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign? 
Spring and Louetta dentists recommend Invisalign for adults and teens above the age of 12. Patients should be committed to wearing the aligner trays for the required amount of time as this is crucial to Invisalign’s end results. Wearers should also have a strong at-home oral hygiene routine since complications due to poor hygiene add unnecessary time to the treatment process.

The Advantage of Invisalign
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is removable. This provides a huge advantage in that you can easily brush and floss your teeth without the use of special threaders or waterpiks. Simply brush and floss twice daily as you would without braces. This reduces the risk of decay-causing bacteria buildup on or around the wires and brackets of metal braces. Additionally, there is no need to avoid certain foods as you would with traditional braces. Metal braces also come with the risk of being embarrassed of your smile. Since Invisalign is unnoticeable and comfortable, you can change your smile discreetly.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Michael J Morris, DDS in Spring, TX. Call (281) 379-6939 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!


By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”




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Michael J Morris, DDS
9318 Louetta Road Suite 600
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 379-6939
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