The Importance of Dental X-Rays

X_Rays (2)The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and many more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Dr. Brandon Grantham uses dental X-rays to see the whole picture, in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are a Copperas Cove resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call Cove Family Dental with any concerns.

What are X-rays?

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Diabetes and Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees

Dental_and_DiabetesIt’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including in your mouth. Consider that nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association have diabetes. Copperas Cove dentist, Dr. Brandon Grantham wants you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health.

When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive—causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths.

Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral care needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist. (more…)

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Periodontal Disease in Pets

Pet_PerioIf you’re a regular visitor of our blog, you know that we love talking to Copperas Cove folks about the importance of good home dental hygiene and regular visits to Dr. Brandon Grantham. Preventive dental medicine adds years of good oral health and beautiful smiles to your family’s lives. But did you know that your pets can also benefit from oral hygiene care?

A few fun facts about our furry friends:

Cat Dental Facts

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Caring for Your Dentures

Denture_Care (1)The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Brandon Grantham reminds us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Copperas Cove residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Cove Family Dental.

How do Dentures Work?

Dentures are intended for Copperas Cove residents who have lost most or all of their teeth. Dentures are removable dental appliances that look nearly identical to natural teeth. They also function the same way, allowing folks with little or no remaining teeth to eat and speak normally. In addition to improving oral health, facial structure, and smile, having a good set of dentures can mean a world of difference for your general health. (more…)

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

Cracked_LipsWe’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Copperas Cove, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Cove Family Dental we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Copperas Cove, so here are a few tips from Dr. Brandon Grantham about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!

Do You Have Chapped or Cracked Lips?

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5 Reasons to Treat Your Gum Disease

5_Gum_DiseaseYou might not even know it, but you probably have gum disease. 3 out of 4 people do! But, the good news is that it is easily treatable, especially when caught in its early stages. Cove Family Dental can help you get a happy, healthy mouth with simple treatments such as frequent cleanings and antibiotics.

You might ask: if you don’t even know you have gum disease then why should you treat it? Dr. Brandon Grantham hopes this post helps clear up how serious periodontal (gum) disease can be, and gives you at least five good reasons to come in for a gum disease consultation. Call our Copperas Cove office today to make your appointment

1) Get more energy – Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums by the bacteria in your mouth. And like any infection, your immune system will try to fight it. You know how when you get a cold you just want to sleep all day? Your body feels the same way when it’s fighting gum disease. Who knows, treat your gum disease and you might find yourself wanting to run a marathon! (more…)

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If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

Avoiding_the_DentistWe’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist.

Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we think about that too!) Copperas Cove dentist, Dr. Brandon Grantham, and our staff are happy to help you prioritize your dental health, which is why we go to great lengths to remove any barrier that might keep you from stepping through our doors. (more…)

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History of the Toothbrush

Toothbrush_HistoryIf you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush. It seems that many Copperas Cove residents love toothbrushes the way Dr. Brandon Grantham does. We at Cove Family Dental would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the history of the toothbrush and talk about how to pick the right one.

Did you know that toothbrushes were invented before soap, deodorant, and even toilets? The idea of the toothbrush is over 5,000 years old, although back then they were a lot different than what we have now. In ancient times, people used sticks, bones, and all manner of animal hair and products to brush their teeth and take care of their gums. The switch from animal hair to synthetic materials (for bristles) is fairly new, and mass production of toothbrushes has only existed for a couple of centuries.

Presently, how does the toothbrush help us?

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Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth…But If You Do – The Importance of Mouth Guards in Sports Safety

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It’s no secret that residents of Copperas Cove love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths. In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Grantham wants you to know how keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile.

It’s About More than Mouth Guards

We know what you’re thinking, mouth guards are the key to staying safe on the field, right? Yes, they are a big part of it, but it takes more than just a mouth guard to keep your kids from getting a chipped tooth while scoring a touchdown. Sports safety for oral health means getting the right mouth guard and wearing it the right way. After all, the best defense is a good offense!

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Cold Sores: The Monster Lurking on Your Lips

Cold_SoresScared to smile, because of a pesky cold sore? 

If you have ever had a cold sore, you know how embarrassing they can be and how isolated they can make you feel. It should make you feel better to know that you are not alone: cold sores affect a whopping eight out of ten people. This may seem high, but even if you don’t remember getting a cold sore, you could still be a carrier, as most people are exposed to the virus before the age of seven. Some people who are infected might not even display any symptoms, and may never actually have an outbreak.

There is an urban legend floating around the internet that you can contract cold sores during your dentist appointment, but that is simply not true. Dr. Brandon Grantham sterilizes everything we use and takes as many precautions as possible to avoid transmission of diseases between staff, other patients, and you. The fact is, you probably got the cold sore from kissing or sharing drinks with someone who had an active breakout.

How long will a cold store stick around?

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