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4 Red Flags of Gum Disease

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by bevanheaton

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of the disease. Gum diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In […]

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Preventing Halitosis Before it Starts.

Posted on December 6th, 2017 by bevanheaton

Halitosis – or chronic bad breath – is something that all the mints, mouthwash or good brushing in the world can’t solve. Unlike “morning breath” or a strong smell that lingers after a tuna sandwich, halitosis remains for an extended amount of time and may be a sign of something more serious.  What Causes Halitosis? […]

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Use It or Lose It! Maximizing Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year

Posted on November 4th, 2017 by bevanheaton

Did you know your dental benefits reset every year? It’s true. If your dental insurance plan is on a calendar year, as most are, you will lose out on all unused benefits after December 31st. No time to squeeze in a visit to the dentist? We have changed our hours on Tuesdays to accommodate you […]

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Orthodontist visit at what age?!

Posted on September 26th, 2017 by bevanheaton

A Child’s First Orthodontist Visit When Should a Child First See an Orthodontist? Orthodontics can play a major role in young children’s appearance and health. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine a child’s teeth by the time they are 7 years old.  This is even while baby teeth are still […]

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Does whitening toothpaste work?

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by bevanheaton

Most of you have probably seen the numerous whitening toothpaste products on the shelves at the local grocery store.  Some of you may even be using one of them.  I often get the question, “Does whitening toothpaste really even work?” Whitening toothpaste can appear to whiten teeth slightly by removing surface stains, like those caused by […]

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Whitening or Cleaning?

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 by bevanheaton

At My Family Dentist Garland, I often get the question: “Will a cleaning make my teeth whiter?”  The answer to this: Maybe.  Let’s dig into this question a little more to find out when we need a cleaning or a whitening to brighten our smile.  To make this easier, I will break this up into […]

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5 Healthy Reasons for Regular Teeth Cleanings.

Posted on March 14th, 2017 by bevanheaton

Doing this one thing can help prevent heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, bone loss, infection, and more. Not to mention it will brighten your smile and freshen breath. The answer is simple, regular teeth cleanings.  The best part is it requires little effort on your part and if you act now it’s free! For the […]

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What To Do When You or Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Heaton

Tooth loss can be a very tragic experience any way you put it.  At My Family Dentist Garland, I have seen many emergency patients that have had a tooth or teeth completely knocked out, partially knocked out, or moved from their normal position due to trauma from fighting or accidents (i.e motor vehicle, bicycle, slip […]

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How Long Should I Brush My Teeth Every Day?

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Heaton

So it’s 10:30 pm. You’re exhausted from a long day at work or with the kids. All you want to do is crawl into bed and fall to sleep. You look at your toothbrush and realize that you still need to brush your teeth. The feeling of utter tiredness hits again and you waiver. How […]

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Is Your Child Afraid of the Dentist? 10 Things You Can Do to Calm Their Fears

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Heaton

(This is a two part series with part 1 covering what you as a parent/guardian can do. You can also read part 2 which explains what we do at My Family Dentist Garland). Dealing with your child’s fears can be a tricky problem to get around, especially when going to the dentist. Here are some […]

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