What to do when you need an Emergency Dentist

Emergency

Sometimes we forget how much peril everyday life puts our teeth in. Taking a bite out of a fresh apple, playing pretty much any sport, chewing ice, or just a healthy dose of clumsiness can result in a chipped, broken, knocked out, or loose tooth.  Dr. Scott is a trained emergency dentist and we at Springhill Dental Health Center have treated numerous tooth injuries in Spring, Texas. We know that it can be very scary and there are plenty of myths flying around, so we wrote this article as a guide for you to use in times of tooth injury and general tooth crisis. As always, feel free to call us at Springhill Dental Health Center and we will walk you through the steps or answer any questions you may have.

Life is full of colorful opportunities to injure your teeth. The important thing is not how your tooth has been broken, chipped, fractured, or knocked loose, but what steps you take to ensure Dr. Scott has the best chance of restoring your smile to its natural, happy state. Use this guide to prepare yourself for any situation. Read more ›

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Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

Extraction

We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Spring dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Spring residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Scott to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Scott at Springhill Dental Health Center would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

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How to Deal with Dry Mouth

Dry_MouthHave you ever considered that you may one day have dry mouth? Well as it turns out, 1 in 10 Americans take at least three prescription drugs per day, and dry mouth is among the most common side effects of medication. As a result, close to 50% of Americans aged 65 or older experience dry mouth. Even if this condition hasn’t affected you or your family personally, Dr. Byron Scott DMD, wants you to understand why dry mouth is a real health concern and what to do about it.

Dry Mouth: the Facts

The all-important saliva in your mouth is produced by several different glands located beneath the mouth and within the jaw. Salivary glands are responsible for an astonishing 48 ounces of saliva per day. When your mouth waters right before that first bite of a juicy steak, it’s because all three types of these glands are working together in perfect harmony to aid in the first step of the digestion process. When one or more of these glands malfunction you may find yourself with an irritating case of xerostomia, (dry mouth) and the feeling of a healthy, normal mouth could disappear.

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The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Missing_TeethWe all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s not as fun now that we are adults. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Byron Scott wants everyone in Mobile to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Springhill Dental Health Center a call with any questions or concerns.

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Fluoride: Good or Bad?

FluorideAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride is actually toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is it? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at Springhill Dental Health Center know that Mobile folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a call!

Why Use Fluoride in the First Place?

In order to understand the controversy, we must first to understand what led to putting fluoride in toothpaste and water. Even today, dental caries (tooth decay) is considered the most prevalent chronic disease in children and adults. With that in mind, it’s not hard to understand why Grand Rapids, Michigan took a leap in 1945, becoming the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water supply. The hope was that fluoridation would dramatically reduce the amount of tooth decay in children. After 11 years, the National Institute for Dental Research validated that hope, announcing that fluoridation had coincided with a 60% drop in the rates of tooth decay. Fast forward to 2000 and roughly half of the country’s water supply is fluoridated.

How Does Fluoride Work?

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Why You Should Know About Diabetes

Diabetes & TeethYou have probably heard of diabetes, but did you know that it affects more than seven million people and they aren’t even aware of it? According to the American Diabetes Association, three people will be diagnosed with diabetes during the minute it takes to read this paragraph. If diabetes hasn’t touched your life, you may think you’re safe, but DR. Byron Scott wants all Springhill residents to know what it is, how to diagnose it, and how to protect yourself. Your health is important to us at Springhill Dental Health Center, so please read this article to find out how diabetes can harm your body AND your mouth.

Diabetes: an American Epidemic

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The Dental Health Diet – Foods for Healthy Gums

Food & Dental HealthKeep Your Mouth Healthy with These Foods

Hello Mobile residents! As you know, Dr. Scott and Springhill Dental Health Center are committed to helping you maintain the best oral health and we’ve got some tips for you. It is common to hear about what not to eat, but today we are going to tell you about a few foods that will keep your mouth in top shape and how they do it.

Fruits and Vegetables are Your Teeth’s Best Friends
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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Composite-FillingsTraditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Byron C. Scott, DMD can offer Mobile patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Springhill Dental Health Center, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet.

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