Free Teeth Whitening Touch-ups for Life? Do Tell!

Professional teeth whitening in Conroe, TXDid you know that whiter teeth are at the top of more Americans’ wish lists than any other cosmetic dental treatment? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reveals that no other procedure has the same universal appeal as teeth bleaching, so we are pleased to offer a professional-strength alternative to whitening strips and drugstore whitening products. Here are three compelling reasons to consider professional teeth whitening over so-so whitening kits from the toothpaste aisle.

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December 2014 Picks for Healthy Events in Conroe

Healthy events in December 2014December isn’t exactly a month known for inspiring healthy habits–isn’t that what New Year’s resolutions are for?–but that doesn’t mean you can simply ignore your oral health. Even when holiday stress threatens your sanity, it’s important to take good care of your body. Here are a few health-friendly events we’ve heard about in the Conroe area this month. By the way, December is an excellent month to squeeze in one last professional cleaning and dental checkup–just saying.

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Dentistry Gets Dreamy: An Overview of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry in Conroe, TXGoing to the dentist sure isn’t what it used to be. Years ago, a dental exam had unpleasant connotations. Fortunately, modern dentistry has much to offer the equally modern patient. One such benefit, sedation dentistry, affords a convenience and comfort not usually experienced in traditional dental offices. Understanding the advantages of sedation dentistry is essential to making an informed decision about your oral health.

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3 Compelling Reasons to Choose Dentures

Smile CoupleHave you considered full or partial dentures to restore your smile but come up with reasons to avoid them? Do you feel like you aren’t quite sure what to do about your smile, but you are tired of dealing with the negative side effects of tooth loss? Patients often have preconceived notions about this restorative procedure and end up missing out on a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a beautifully restored smile. Consider three compelling reasons to choose this treatment and you may find that dentures are truly something to smile about.

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Makeover Your Smile with Veneers 

Pretty Smile LadyYou have probably heard about porcelain veneers but may not completely understand what they are or the benefits they offer. If you are someone who wants a dramatic smile makeover, this cosmetic treatment may be just what you have been looking for. Speak with your dentist about whether they work for you and, in the meantime, become familiar with this solution that can guide you toward a stunning smile.

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Jump Start Your Holiday Family Fun

PreventativeDentistryFeeling festive as you prepare for Thanksgiving with the winter holidays fast approaching? Bring yourself and the whole family out on the town for the 32nd Annual Lighting of the Doves and 8th Annual International Winter on the Waterway (iWow) Festival. You will appreciate the break from the hustle and bustle of planning and can take a breather that even our Conroe’s youngest members will enjoy.

What Is It?

The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau is providing this free, open to the public event with the 32nd Annual Lighting of the Doves to offer family-friendly fun, while offering some interesting facts about different cultures’ holiday traditions.

When and Where Is It?

Join your local friends and family at Town Green Park on The Woodlands Waterway. Everyone will be gathering on Saturday, November 22nd from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. You may buy tickets for food and games when you arrive at the festival.

What’s Going On?

The festival offers something for everyone and will be set up like a street fair. You can expect a special visit from Santa’s boat, which arrives on a holiday-themed sleigh. This exciting day will also include the following:

  • Children’s games and activities
  • “Snow” areas, so your little ones can play in the snow
  • A fireworks show
  • Arts and crafts
  • Live music
  • Entertainment
  • Ice carvers
  • Traditional festival concessions

What are you waiting for? Put the turkey and pumpkin pie plans on hold, think about holiday shopping later, and bundle up for a wonderful day of fun, fireworks, and magic along the waterway.

About Your Conroe Dentist

At the Dental Centre of Conroe: John M Richards DDS, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

True Or False: A Sleep Apnea Quiz

sleepinwomanhappyBonding&ContouringHave you been told that you suffer from sleep apnea? Has your significant other ever expressed frustration over your loud snoring or strange gasping sounds you make during the night? By becoming familiar with this sleep disorder, you may find that sleep apnea treatment can improve your sleep as well as the way you feel on a daily basis. Try your hand at the quiz below:

The Quiz

Do you suffer from a variety of problems that make you think you’re not getting solid sleep every night even though you don’t remember tossing and turning? Sleep apnea may be the sneaky culprit causing your concerns. Test your knowledge for a clearer grasp of this sleep issue.

  1. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it’s very easy for you to self-diagnose
  2. Sleep apnea affects you but nobody else
  3. Waking up from sleep apnea events is no big deal
  4. Treatment is often simple and noninvasive
  5. Saying yes to sleep apnea treatment can improve your daily energy level

Quiz Answers

  1. False. You may wake up multiple times during the night when the muscles and tissues in your throat collapse and block your ability to breathe. This is the classic event associated with this disorder – but you may have no recollection of the events because they occur so quickly.
  2. False. Sleep apnea certainly affects you, but it may affect those around you as well. Your significant other may be woken up during the night as a result of the sound you make when you wake, gasping for air, or your colleagues or friends may feel offended by your moodiness.
  3. False. Waking up due to this problem is a very big deal – it may cause daily exhaustion, moodiness, difficulty concentrating, headaches, and even dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning.
  4. True. Treatment is simple and straightforward. You will wear a device much like a sports mouth guard while you sleep. This noninvasive appliance therapy will gently reposition your jaw to encourage open airways while you sleep.
  5. True. By enjoying a solid night of rest, rather than one that is consistently interrupted, you may wake feeling rested rather than fatigued.

About Your Conroe Dentist

At the Dental Centre of Conroe: John M Richards DDS, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

TMD Can Literally Be A Pain In The Neck

jawpainwomansweaterDealing with consistent discomfort can wreak havoc with your daily ability to enjoy life and move comfortably through your schedule. When you suffer from jaw discomfort, for example, you might start to recognize additional symptoms that don’t necessarily add up. This is because pain or irritation does not always remain in one place. The longer you ignore your discomfort, the greater your chances of suffering from physical damage. Fortunately, there is an answer to reducing your jaw tension: TMJ treatment. This dental service offers you the preventive solution you need to regain daily comfort, while protecting your smile.

What’s Happening With TMJ Disorder

You have probably heard of TMJ disorder (TMD) and may recognize that the problem refers to your jaw. However, becoming familiar with the details will give you a clearer understanding of what is really going on. Everyone has two TMJs. These are your jaw joints located on either side of your head. They connect your lower jaw to the rest of your cranium, allowing you to open your mouth and move your jaw from side to side. Sometimes, one or both TMJs stop functioning at their best. Dentists are still a bit fuzzy on the exact reason this occurs. However, they can identify symptoms and offer effective treatment.

Your Neck And Other Affected Areas

TMD affects your jaw joints, commonly resulting in tension, discomfort, pain, tenderness, and symptoms like popping, clicking, and temporary locking when opening or closing your mouth. What you may not realize is that your jaw is supported by a wide variety of surrounding tissues and nerves. When your jaw is tired and sore, you may find your neck and shoulders feel sore, too. You may also experience ringing in your ears, earaches, and headaches.

How To Solve Your Problem
Dealing with discomfort that radiates from your jaw may feel frustrating. Fortunately, Dr. Richards offers effective, noninvasive TMJ treatment so you can quickly return to comfort. TMJ treatment will include oral appliance therapy. You will wear a comfortable mouthguard at night while you sleep, which will gently reposition your jaw or cushion your bite. This method takes pressure and stress off of your jaw joints, so you can enjoy relaxed TMJs and an improved daily quality of life.

About Your Conroe Dentist
At The Dental Centre of Conroe: John M Richards DDS, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

Should Mouthwash Remain a Part of your Dental Care?

Mouthwash GirlThe basics of oral hygiene have stood the test of recent time. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is the minimum recommendation. Add in an antibacterial mouthrinse, a healthy low-sugar diet, and biannual checkups and cleanings and you’re on your way to the best possible dental health you can have. Regarding mouthwash as a supplement to dental self-care, Conroe dentist, Dr. John M. Richards has some interesting facts to share.

Mouthwash Basics

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