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Help Your Child Get Ready for School!
August 19, 2016
Dr. McElvain and his staff would like to invite you and your family to our child-friendly, modern dental office in preparation for the new school year! Let’s make sure their teeth and gums are in tip-top shape while you’re making sure they also have new shoes, backpacks and all their school supplies!
We are very proud at Lone Star Family Dental to serve the needs of children from infancy through their teenage years, as well as kids with special health care needs. We offer a fun, friendly and safe environment with a focus on prevention and education...[read more]
And The Games Are On!!!
August 12, 2016
This year, Lone Star Family Dental is the proud sponsor of the Lovejoy High School Volleyball Team! We are supporting them to have another winning year! Currently, they are in training for the state volleyball playoffs that are scheduled for November 20 & 21, 2016. Help cheer them on to victory!
Dr. McElvain supports the team and encourages them to go all out and win! Of course, he also encourages them to wear their mouthguards to protect their teeth during all their exciting...[read more]
Do I need a Specialist?
August 5, 2016
Sometimes you would love to go where everybody knows your name and there are no problems to deal with at all. But when problems do arise, particularly with your teeth, it’s easy to want to put it off for a long time, and finally when things get really bad, you have to run to an oral surgeon.
An oral surgeon doesn’t know your background or anything about your dental history. Actually, they haven’t dealt with any of your dental needs like we do, from simple cleanings to root canals and moreover, we wouldn’t let...[read more]
Water is Good for your Dental Health!
July 29, 2016
Did you know that the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%? The average adult human body is made up of 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. Also the percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically found at around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.
You can see that water is vital for our health and necessary for good dental health and vitality. As Texans, we know how important it is to stay hydrated!
Besides drinking water...[read more]
5 Foods that Damage Your Teeth
July 22, 2016
1. Hard Candy – Your butterscotch, lollipops, and peppermints. We can’t say it often enough. Cavity-causing sugar sitting in your mouth for extended periods of time is bad, bad, bad!
2. Dried fruit – While it seems healthy, dried fruit like raisins and dried fruit bars, stick in your teeth just like candy.
3. Lemonade – Erodes tooth enamel and high a very high sugar concentration...[read more]
Dental Trivia Fun: Know Your Tools!
July 15, 2016
At Lone Star Family Dental, we enjoy sharing fun information about earlier dental practices, too. There have been many tools in existence for centuries to help people keep their teeth clean and healthy. Do you happen to know the answers...[read more]
Home Care Counts!
July 8, 2016
Home care is very important in keeping your teeth and gums nice and healthy. By caring for the teeth at home, you can make your visits to see us quick and easy. They will become routine visits, not major dental intervention.
Research shows that gum disease and various ailments share a link, so if you take care of your teeth and gums, you are preventing the other. Here are some ways that you can improve your dental health, while also helping to care for you...[read more]
Happy 4th of July!
July 1, 2016
Once you’ve eaten your fill of great holiday food and drink, restore your beautiful smile with our in-office Whitening. With almost immediate, natural looking results, you can achieve up to eight shades whiter in 1 hour or so. You’ll never have to concern yourself again with a dull-looking smile. After all, holidays and summer are all about smiling and having a wonderful time!
Have we already whitened your teeth but the barbeque sauce, iced tea and chocolate cake have dulled your pearly whites? Drop in for maintenance whitening, which can help combat...[read more]
Do you Grind your Teeth? We can Help!
June 17, 2016
Grinding your teeth, commonly known as Bruxism, is a disorder commonly associated with sleep. Most of the damage caused by Bruxism occurs during sleeping hours.
The clenching and grinding which accompanies bruxism is symptomatic of a malfunctioning chewing reflex, which is turned off in non-sufferers when sleeping. For sufferers, deep sleep or even naps, cause the reflex nerve control center in the brain to turn off, and the reflex pathways to become active.
If cases of chronic Bruxism are left untreated, sufferers can develop problems ...[read more]
Thumb Sucking Can Damage Teeth
June 17, 2016
Most infants go through normal periods of pacifier and thumb sucking. It is soothing and many will suck their thumb when tired, bored, or hungry. Most children grow out of pacifiers by the age of four, but thumb sucking can be a harder habit to break and research shows that children who continue to suck their thumb after the age of five are at high risk for developing dental complications.
These complications include:
Jaw misalignment – The jaws...[read more]
Everything to Love about Restorations
June 10, 2016
Here at Lone Star Family Dental, we are proud to offer Bruxir and EMAX restorations. Whether it’s a crown, veneer, or bridge, we are confident you’ll find our dental restorations to your liking! Renowned for their strength, durability, and beauty, our restorations are completely metal-free and virtually undetectable to the naked eye.
Some of the things you can look forward to with dental restorations are: Biocompatibility. Easy application. Metal-free Natural-looking *Multiple shades to match your other teeth...[read more]
Escape by Dental Floss
June 3, 2016
It is a well known fact that people lie to us about how often they floss. About a quarter of Americans say they’d rather be in stop and go traffic than floss! Other things they’d rather do? Cleaning the toilet, wash dishes, do taxes, hey! Why does flossing seem so distasteful to so many? Flossing decreases your chance of gum disease and is an important weapon against plaque!
And, in 1994, an inmate in a Virginia jail found out that he could also...[read more]
Arthritis and Gum Disease
May 27, 2016
May is National Arthritis Month. Many people don’t know that not only are people with arthritis eight times more likely to have gum disease, but having gum disease can increase the occurrence of arthritic flare ups causing joints to become swollen, painful, and stiff. Rheumatoid arthritis affects over two million Americans of all ages, including children. Gum disease is a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth and bone loss.
Gum disease has been linked to other medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes...[read more]
Your Invisalign Questions Answered!
May 13, 2016
Endodontics is the care of the inner portion of the teeth. Sometimes it is necessary for the dentist to perform root canals and treat diseases of the dental pulp and nerves inside the tooth. If the dental pulp becomes injured or diseased, our endodontic treatment is geared towards restoring and saving the tooth.
Some signs that you may have an Endondontic Problem includes: Swelling Infection Sudden change in tooth color Infection drainage *Soft tissue changes...[read more]
Your Invisalign Questions Answered!
May 13, 2016
Here at Lone Star Family Dental, we know you may be nervous about straightening your teeth. As a professional adult, traditional braces may make you balk and remember kids being called “metal mouth.”
With Invisalign, you don’t have to compromise your appearance while getting the straight teeth you want. Clear, wireless, and a comfortable way to straighten your teeth, Invisalign works as quickly and efficiently as traditional metal braces...[read more]
Smile with Dental Implants!
May 6, 2016
Here at Lone Star Family Dental, we care greatly about your dental health. Pulling a tooth is always our last resort – we will save it if we can. In the case of a tooth that must be pulled, we can make you a dental implant that will match the rest of your teeth and function just like the old one. Strong, stable, and durable, the dental implant will keep you smiling confidently; and unlike dentures or a partial denture, implants are not removable, so there’s no worry of them sliding around.
Dental Implants are tiny titanium posts placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing...[read more]
Dental Anxiety and Fear
April 29, 2016
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, know that you’re not alone; many people share your anxiety. It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Here at Lone Star Family Dental, we want to make you as comfortable as possible and meet your dental needs in a calm and reassuring way.
Here are some tips to help make your visit as easy as possible:
Talk to us! – We’re not mind readers. If we know you have concerns beforehand...[read more]
Dentists – People of Many Talents
April 22, 2016
In their off-hours, dentists are people of many talents. Dentists in history have also moonlighted as philosophers, outlaws, revolutionaries, and inventors!
Here are some famous people and inventions that you might not have realized were created by dentists!
Paul Revere: Yes, when he wasn’t participating in the American Revolution, Revere was trained under America’s first dentist, John Baker. He created and placed dental implants. In fact, he became the first forensic dentist in US history...[read more]
Tooth Decay is Serious Business!
April 15, 2016
Did you know that during the Civil War, as well as both World War I and World War II, the most common reason that people were rejected from the army was too few teeth? Just 100 years ago, 50% of Americans were missing all of their teeth! Even the wealthy were not exempt. Perhaps this is not surprising, though, as the first dental college did not open in the United States until 1840 in Baltimore.
Tooth decay is the damage that occurs when bacteria builds up on your teeth, creating acids that eat away at the tooth. Untreated, tooth decay can lead to cavities, pain, infection, and...[read more]
Bad Breath can be a Serious Problem
April 8, 2016
There are several causes for bad breath, including what foods you eat. But if you aren’t devouring garlic in mass quantities to keep away Vampires, the presence of bad breath may be a sign of a serious dental problem. Luckily, we treat periodontal disease!
Gum (or periodontal) disease is the main cause of bad breath. Gum disease occurs when a bacterial infection in the mouth causes inflammation of the gum tissue. Left untreated, this can lead to bone loss in your jaw, as well as tooth loss.
Recent studies show connections...[read more]
Love your Heart – Go to the Dentist
April 1, 2016
Good oral health is obviously important in preventing dental issues; but did you know that it can also effect other areas of your health?
Research shows that a healthy mouth makes for a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women (1 in 4 people) in the United States. Having gum disease increases the risk of heart disease and can aggravate existing heart conditions. Bacteria from gum disease enter the blood stream and cause inflammation elsewhere in the body, damaging blood vessels (including those found in the heart)... [read more]
Dentist Turned Outlaw- Doc Holliday!
March 25, 2016
Yes, before be became a gunslinger and gambler, John Henry “Doc” Holliday was actually a trained and papered Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). His professional practice was to be short-lived, however. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in his early 20s – the same disease that had killed his mother when he was 15 years old, and also took his stepbrother.
Knowing the effects of tuberculosis first hand, he left Atlanta for the warmer, dryer climate of Texas, which he hoped would slow the deterioration of his health. Unfortunately, his private practice struggled – as no one likes a Dentist coughing on them... [read more]
What we can do for a Chipped Tooth
March 18, 2016
Our Endodontics Team is here to help you if you chip or crack a tooth! Chips, fractures, and cracks in teeth vary in size, and you may not feel any pain unless the chip is large enough to expose the nerves inside your tooth. If the chip is large and deep enough to reach the nerve, you may notice increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and when chewing.
Here is what we at Lone Star Family Dental can do for chips of various sizes!
Small Chip: We can repair the damage with a filling, or simply polish down the edge. For a front tooth, we can repair the chip with a dental... [read more]
Putting “Family” in Family Dentistry
March 11, 2016
At Lone Star Family Dentistry, whether it is the emergence of a baby tooth, extraction of wisdom teeth, or being fitted for dentures, we care for your oral health no matter what stage of life. Dr. McElvain strives to provide complete, quality dental care with a personal touch. We want to make a difference our community by improving smiles and overall dental health.
We take great pride in referring very few procedures out of our office If you need a procedure done, chances are we do it! So whether you’ve been curious about whitening, Invisalign... [read more]
3 Warning Signs from Wisdom Teeth
March 4, 2016
|For many people, 28 teeth are all our mouths can handle. With all four wisdom teeth (also known as the 3rd molars), 32 teeth are often too many for space and comfort. Indeed, due to the lack of space, these large teeth come in sideways – under other adult teeth or only partially - causing bacteria to grow, teeth to shift out of alignment, cysts, infection, and gum disease.
Here at Lone Star Family Dental, we keep a close eye on wisdom teeth and remove them if necessary. Here are some warning signs that wisdom teeth are causing a problem and... [read more]
Why Should We Smile?
February 26, 2016
|It turns out, smiling is important for your social and emotional health! Smiling triggers positive centers in our brains; and research has shown that smiling has a greater effect on these reward centers than the well-documented pleasure inducer, chocolate! Even better, smiling creates a happiness loop with our brains. Smiling tells our brain to release happy chemicals, which in turn prompts our brain to tell our body to smile!|
Smiling also reduces stress in your mind and body (kind of like a good night’s sleep) and generates positive emotions... [read more]