The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Teeth_GrindingHeadaches in Copperas Cove are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. Brandon Grantham would like you to know about bruxism, or teeth grinding, a common condition that Copperas Cove residents rarely know they have. At Cove Family Dental, we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life.

Bruxism and Headaches

You may not be aware of it, but everyone clenches and grinds their teeth at some point, to some degree. It’s a natural reaction to stress. (more…)

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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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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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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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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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Clear Braces – A New Option for a New Smile!

New BracesIt’s no secret that regular old braces carry a certain stigma. The brackets, wires, and small, colored bands are clunky and painful, and most people shudder at the thought of having to get them. However, the dentistry of today is very different and Dr. Grantham has options for you, like clear braces, that are less-invasive, nearly invisible, more comfortable, and take much less time. If you have ever dreamed about having a nicer smile, now is the time to visit Cove Family Dental and find out about the wonderful ways we can help build your confidence with a beautiful smile.

Six Month Smiles: Braces 2.0

Six Month Smiles is the next step in the evolution of traditional braces. The idea behind it is simple: get the smile you know you deserve with a quick, easy, and nearly invisible treatment.

So what is Six Months Smiles? Similar to clear braces, it’s simply braces, without the hassle! Most people don’t want braces because they are regrettably obvious and it can take years before you see results. However, with Six Month Smiles, the process is accomplished in an average of six months, with brackets and wires that are nearly invisible.

Here’s how it works – Six Months Smiles is a combination of the right materials and an improved method of realigning teeth. First, Dr. Grantham will assess your personal needs and design a course of treatment. What makes Six Month Smiles special is a focus on selectively shaping your teeth to achieve the best cosmetic results for your smile. Sometimes the length of time can vary, but the average treatment takes about six months. Next we’ll fit you with top-notch technology, such as nickel titanium wires, Lucid-Lok™ clear brackets and Chameleon™ tooth-colored wires, which are nearly invisible. Six months later, you’ve got a straighter, more confident smile.

Dr. Grantham is specially trained in designing safe, effective Six Month Smiles programs for Copperas Cove patients. This treatment is an excellent choice for most adults over 15, but if you want to make big changes to your bite, it may not be right for you.

We are always available to answer to your questions and happy to help in any way we can.

Call us at Cove Family Dental today we’ll help you get started on a brand new smile!

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