Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer

Oral CancerDr. Grantham and all of us at Cove Family Dental would like to take this opportunity to talk about oral cancer, the lives that are lost to it, and what it could mean for you and your family. Oral cancer is one of the only cancers that is actually becoming more common, and we want our Copperas Cove patients to know what it is and how to protect themselves.

Oral cancer refers to mouth cancer, tongue cancer, throat cancer, tonsil cancer, and a number of others. This year alone, more than 5,000 people will lose the battle to some form of oral cancer. Dr. Grantham is teaming up with the entire healthcare community to beat this disease by teaching people everywhere about how to spot it and maintain low risk.

*This post is not intended to diagnose or treat oral cancer. Its purpose is simply to inform Copperas Cove residents. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have oral cancer, come see Dr. Grantham as soon as possible.* (more…)

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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

Chewing IceWe all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Dr. Grantham wants all Copperas Cove residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

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Wondering How To Get White Teeth? 5 Common Brushing Mistakes

5 Brushing MistakesWe all learned how to brush our teeth when we were about 3 or 4, so you’d think we have it mastered by now. Right? Unfortunately, probably not.

We all make mistakes sometimes. And that’s okay! All that matters is that you’re dedicated to having the healthiest mouth possible. These five tips for how to get white teeth are just to help you take the best care of your mouth between your visits to our Copperas Cove office.

The biggest thing to remember is that any brushing is better than no brushing, so don’t be discouraged if you are making some mistakes. If you still have questions, try checking out our Oral Hygiene page, or always feel free to contact Dr. Grantham today! (more…)

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Are Your Prescriptions Causing Dry Mouth? Dry Mouth Treatment Available!

Scripts, Dry MouthIf you have started taking a new medication recently, chances are your doctor told you that a side-effect would be dry mouth. This side-effect is common with many prescriptions, and it now affects nearly half of everyone over the age of 65. Dr. Grantham wants to continue educating his patients and their loved ones about this condition and how you can get dry mouth treatment in Copperas Cove.

What is dry mouth?

The technical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, and it occurs when a person’s saliva glands are not operating properly to generate the three pints of saliva per day that the average person’s mouth produces. There are three kinds of glands that create and excrete saliva for the mouth, and all need to be working right for everything to feel normal and healthy.

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Get Your Smile Back with Dental Implants

New ImplantsDon’t let dentures or gaps in your teeth take away your confidence! Talk to Dr. Grantham about dental implants and get started on a path to reclaiming your smile! Cove Family Dental offers the best dental implant technology available and we love to help our Copperas Cove patients regain their confidence with a beautiful, healthy mouth.

What are Dental Implants for?
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History of Oral Hygiene – How the Pilgrims beat Gingivitis

PilgrimsWith modern advances in dental medicine and the careful attention that Copperas Cove residents pay to their dental hygiene, it is hard to imagine what life for teeth was like when the pilgrims first landed on these shores. We at Cove Family Dental would like to share with you how our roots took care of their roots, so we can appreciate just how far dental care has come in the hundreds of years since.

How did the Pilgrims take care of their teeth?

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No More Wine Stains! Teeth Whitening in Copperas Cove

Dark, discolored teeth at a dinner party are always an embarrassing giveaway as to who was drinking red wine. But is it possible that these stains could be helping your teeth? Studies now show that the properties of red wine may be protecting your teeth from harmful bacteria and gum disease. And some chemicals in white wine may actually be damaging your teeth!

If you love wine, we certainly don’t want you to stop drinking it altogether. We simply want to make sure all Copperas Cove residents have the facts about their food and drinks, so everyone can make informed decisions about their health. Let our Cove Family Dental staff know if you have any questions about teeth whitening in Copperas Cove!

White or Red?

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Tips from your Hygienist – Defeating Halitosis For Good

HalitosisEverybody knows that morning breath, or halitosis, is particularly awful. Maybe your spouse, partner, or some other member of your family has informed you that your mouth is toxic in the AM. It is likely that you have noticed it yourself! Either way, Cove Family Dental wants to bring an end to this suffering! There is hope; with the right information you have a good chance of not getting kicked out of bed to go and brush your teeth. We wrote this article to serve as your guide in the fight to eliminate halitosis in Copperas Cove forever!

Let’s face it: No One is safe from morning breath

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What to do when you need an Emergency Dentist

EmergencySometimes 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. Grantham is a trained emergency dentist and we at Cove Family Dental have treated numerous tooth injuries in Copperas Cove. 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 Cove Family Dental 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. Grantham has the best chance of restoring your smile to its natural, happy state. Use this guide to prepare yourself for any situation.

Oh no! You have a loose tooth! Here’s what to do:

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Protect Mom’s Teeth to Prevent Cavities in Baby Teeth

Parent TeethExpectant and new mothers in this day and age have a lot to think about. There are plenty of commonly known substances, practices, infections, and conditions that can adversely affect the health of your baby, but we’d like to tell you about the lesser known dangers to your baby.

Dr. Grantham wants you to know that research has shown a significant connection between the oral health of mothers and the health of their babies throughout pregnancy and infancy. We at Cove Family Dental know that mothers will do everything in their power to keep their children healthy, and that’s why we are asking Copperas Cove mothers to make a commitment to their own health. Read on to find out how and why!

How can Gum Disease Affect My Baby?

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