Posts for: February, 2020

By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
YouDontHavetoLiveWithUncomfortableCrackedMouthCorners

While a relatively minor health issue, cracked mouth corners (medically known as angular cheilitis) can certainly be irritating. Fortunately, you don't have to live with it—we can help reduce the discomfort and even make it less likely to happen in the future.

 Angular cheilitis is most characterized by redness and fissures (or cracks) in the skin at the corners of the lips. It commonly happens in younger ages (children to younger adults) because of drooling or complications from wearing braces. Older adults can also develop cracked mouth corners due to wrinkling around the mouth. The immediate causes are usually localized to the mouth and lip region, but it can sometimes arise from systemic conditions.

A case of angular cheilitis can also become infected, usually with a strain of yeast known as “candida albicans,” which then intensifies inflammation and discomfort. This is usually due to interaction between saliva and the open fissures, helped along by people's tendency to habitually lick these cracks (hence the other name for cracked mouth corners, perleche, from the French “to lick”).

The best way to treat angular cheilitis is with a series of applications of oral or topical antifungal medication. These may also be combined with steroid ointments that help retard redness and inflammation. If the infection involves the inside of the mouth, you may also need to use an antibacterial rinse until it clears up.

There are also things you can do to minimize future occurrences. Be sure to have missing teeth replaced or loose dentures refitted, and stay vigilant with daily brushing and flossing. You might also consult with a dermatologist about ways to treat wrinkling around the mouth. And easing those wrinkles could not only minimize your chances of developing angular cheilitis, but also give you a more youthful appearance.

Cracked mouth corners can be unnerving. But with a few simple steps we can help relieve any current discomfort and help you reduce the chances of another occurrence.

If you would like more information on cracked mouth corners and other oral irritations, 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 “Cracked Corners of the Mouth.”


By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Even tiny flaws in your teeth can make you want to stop smiling. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry services offered by your Spring, TX, dentist, Dr. Michael Morris, can correct imperfections and revitalize your smile. Dr. Morris helps residents of the entire Spring and Louetta, TX, area care for their smiles.

Smile-enhancing cosmetic services

Checkups and fillings aren't the only services your Louetta and Spring dentist provides. He also offers treatments and restorations that improve the appearance or function of your teeth, including:

  • Teeth Whitening: If you're looking for a quick, relatively inexpensive way to boost your smile, you'll want to consider teeth whitening. In-office whitening only takes about an hour, or you can opt for take-home trays and whiten at home. Whitening removes stains that make teeth look dull and can brighten your smile by up to eight shades.
  • Tooth Restoration: Gaps don't have to become permanent features of your smile. Your dentist can restore missing teeth with bridges, dentures or implant-supported dentures. Replacing lost teeth not only improves your appearance but also enhances your ability to chew and even speak clearly.
  • Dental Veneers: There's no such thing as a minor tooth imperfection. Even a tiny chip or crack can make you feel more than a little self-conscious. Veneers cover the fronts of teeth with tooth-shaped plastic or porcelain shells that conceal damage and flaws. In addition to hiding imperfections, veneers can also change the shape or length of teeth, close slight gaps between teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, or whiten your smile.
  • Invisalign: Have you always wished your teeth were straighter? It's never too late to straighten crooked teeth or correct overbites, underbites, or other bite problems. The Invisalign system improves the alignment of your teeth discreetly. During your treatment, you'll wear a series of removable aligner trays that gradually reposition your teeth. Best of all, most people won't even realize that you're improving your smile. Invisalign aligner trays are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible.

Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry services! Call your dentist in Spring, TX, also serving Louetta, TX, Dr. Michael Morris, at (281) 379-6939 to schedule your appointment.


By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 18, 2020
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 better 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
February 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
SomethingBetweenYourTeethDontUseAnythingElsebutDentalFloss

As a saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention” is no more appropriate than when you have something caught between your teeth. And humans, as inventive and creative as we are, have used a weird assortment of items—usually within arms' reach—to dislodge a pesky bit of food.

According to a recent survey, more than three-fourths of Americans admit to using a number of “tools” to clean between teeth including twigs, nails (the finger and toe variety), business cards or (shudder!) screwdrivers. And it's one thing to do this alone, but among dinner companions and other folk it's a definite faux pas.

Usually, it's smarter and more economical if you can use a particular tool for many different applications. But when it comes to your teeth, you should definitely go with a “unitasker” designed specifically for the job: dental floss. It's not only the safest item you can use to clean your teeth, it's specifically designed for that purpose, especially to remove disease-causing plaque from between teeth.

Of course, the reason many of us use alternate items for cleaning between teeth is that they're the closest ones at hand. You can remedy this by keeping a small spool (or a short length) of dental floss or floss picks handy for those moments you encounter a wedged piece of food. In a pinch, you can use a rounded toothpick (better for your gums than the flat variety).

At home if you find flossing difficult, consider using a water flosser. This handheld device emits a pulsating stream of pressurized water that loosens and flushes away plaque and bits of food remnant. It's ideal for people who have a hard time maneuvering floss or who wear braces, which can block regular floss thread from accessing between teeth as fully as possible.

In any case, use the other “tools” at hand for whatever they're intended. When it comes to what's best for your teeth, use floss to keep the in-between clear and clean.

If you would like more information on best oral hygiene practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Michael J Morris, DDS
February 03, 2020
Category: Oral Health
4ThingstoDotoKeepYourChildsDentalDevelopmentonTrack

When you’re expecting a new baby, there’s a lot to prepare: outfitting the nursery, stocking up on diapers or choosing a pediatrician. It’s also not too early to consider how to protect your new child’s dental development.

From birth through adolescence, a child’s mouth goes through a whirlwind of growth. Hopefully, it all follows a normal track, but detours can arise like tooth decay or bite problems.

Here are 4 things you can do to keep your child’s dental development on track.

Start oral hygiene before teeth. Daily oral hygiene is essential toward helping your child avoid tooth decay. And don’t wait for teeth to come in—begin wiping their gums with a clean, damp cloth right after nursing. When teeth do appear, switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste and then add flossing as more teeth come in.

Begin regular dental visits. The American Dental Association recommends pediatric dental visits around the first birthday. The possibility of tooth decay becomes a concern around this time as the primary teeth are steadily erupting. Starting earlier rather than later may also help your child adjust to the routine of dental visits that they’ll most likely carry on as they get older.

Control their sugar consumption. Because sugar is a prime food source for disease-causing bacteria, you should keep your child’s sugar consumption as controlled as possible. For example, don’t put a baby to bed with a bottle filled with a sugary liquid (including juice and breast milk)—the constant presence of the liquid during nap time encourages bacterial growth and acid production.

Get an orthodontic evaluation. While we often associate orthodontic treatment with the teen years, it may be possible to head off bite problems earlier. So, see an orthodontist for a bite evaluation when your child is around age 6. If there are signs of a developing problem, certain techniques could help stop or slow them from getting worse, helping you avoid extensive and expensive treatment later.

With a newborn coming, you and your family have a lot on your plate. Be sure, though, not to forget making plans for keeping their teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, 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 “Age One Dental Visit.”




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