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May 07, 2018
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EVERY CHILD GOES through periods of teething, which can be particularly difficult because they are too young to understand it. It can also be hard for parents, but teething is completely normal and we’re here to set our patients at ease about what to expect and how to deal with it.

The Stages Of Teething

The first thing to know about teething is that there are different stages. The first stage is erupting, which is the period when the teeth grow up from the jaw bones towards the surface of the gums. The second stage is cutting, which is when the teeth actually break through the gum line. It’s very common for babies and toddlers to experience pain during these stages, but they can’t communicate this to their parents, so it often manifests as picky eating, tiredness, or even hunger.

Signs And Symptoms Of Teething

A baby’s first teeth usually appear at between 4-6 months, but it isn’t uncommon to see them anywhere between 3-14 months. If your baby’s teeth are taking a little longer to show up, don’t be alarmed. While no two children will go through the exact same thing, here are a few of the most common symptoms:

  • Drooling
  • Irritability
  • Biting, chewing, sucking on everything
  • Refusing to bite, chew, or suck
  • Rejecting foods
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Avoiding breastfeeding

Diarrhea, a fever, and a runny nose are not typically associated with teething. These are more likely symptoms of another problem like a virus. If they persist or worsen, it could be time to visit the pediatrician.

Soothing Your Teething Child

There are few things that can be done to help ease the teething process. First, don’t stop breastfeeding! Breast milk has been known to be one of the best pain remedies for teething. Next, let them chew on things! They need to chew to help the teeth cut through the gums, so chewing, sucking, and biting everything is actually necessary. This is where teething toys can come in.

Good Toys To Consider

Although most teething toys are safe to use, there are a few to steer clear of. Before you buy a teething toy, make sure it doesn’t contain BPA, PVC, or phthalates — chemicals that are used in everyday itemssuch as women’s perfume and lotion to make them last longer, all of which can be harmful if consumed.

It’s also important to keep in mind a few key points when picking toys. Consider what the toy is made out of. Is it solid or does it have a gel filling of some kind (and if so, does it seem sturdy enough not to leak)? Can it be cooled in the fridge? Can it clip onto your child’s clothing? Is it easy for them to hold?

Check out this video for a few more teething tips:

Come To Us With Your Teething Concerns

If you feel you’ve done all you can to help your child along during their teething process but things still seem to be going awry, you can always bring them to see us! We can check to make sure their teeth are coming in well and that they’re right on track. Just make the call and we’ll be here!

It’s no contest; our patients are the best!


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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
March 20, 2018
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TEN YEARS AGO, scientists developed a new method to test for oral diseases, such as periodontal disease. This method is called OralDNA testing, and it enables us to spot these diseases much earlier than we could before and offer treatment that is tailor-made for individual patients.

What’s So Important About Early Diagnosis?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is extremely detrimental to your overall oral health. Being that severe cases can cause loss of all teeth! When we catch gum disease early, with your help and proper diet/maintenance at home, the chance of keeping your teeth is much higher. The treatment for periodontal disease is a "deep" cleaning, with regular maintenance every 3 months instead of every 6 months. The bacteria present around teeth with periodontal disease has been suggested to be CAUSALLY associated to affect your heart (Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease (ASVD), aggravate diabetes, and more.

Oral DNA can also provide information in regards to HPV testing, inflammatory gene markers, herpes simplex virus, and a full DNA drug mapping profile. Call for more information!

Why OralDNA?

Technology is ever changing and what we can diagnose with A SIMPLE SALIVA test now, makes it less invasive and easier for patients of all ages and health statuses. You simply swish for 30-seconds with a small amount of saline solution,  and it is mailed to the laboratory. 

Get Your OralDNA Results!

If you’re concerned that you might be developing gum disease, schedule an appointment with us so we can do your OralDNA test! It’s easy, it’s safe, and it gives us the most accurate results possible, which means we can give you the specific treatment you need! If you have further questions about how OralDNA works and what it could do for you, just let us know!

We look forward to hearing from you!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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By Jackie Martinez
February 22, 2018
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IT’S ONE THING TO lose a tooth, whether through poor oral hygiene, accident, or oral surgery. A tooth not growing in where it should is something else. Between 2-4 percent of the population will have at least one tooth missing from their adult set. This condition is called congenitally missing teeth or hypodontia. In the much rarer event that the full set of teeth is missing, it’s called anodontia.

It’s All About Genes

The most common teeth to be affected by this condition are wisdom teeth, upper lateral incisors, and lower second premolars. Since wisdom teeth are often removed anyway, not having them in the first place can save you a lot of hassle, but those incisors and premolars are more necessary.

Genetics are almost always the culprit behind hypodontia, which is why it tends to run in families. Missing teeth could be the only issue, or they could be the result of a broader genetic disorder, such as ectodermal dysplasia or Down syndrome. Whatever the cause, there are many treatment options available for hypodontia.

Filling In The Gaps

Having these missing teeth can cause a few problems, such as difficulty chewing, the existing teeth shifting, and poor jaw support that could lead to the loss of additional teeth. This is why it’s important to get the issue taken care of as soon as possible, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Different options will be preferable depending on the age and sex of the patient and the length of time the tooth has been missing.

In most cases, orthodontic treatment will be the first step. Because missing teeth can cause the existing teeth to shift, braces might be necessary to correct the problem and open the gap wide enough to fit a replacement tooth. Replacements can come in a few different forms:

  • Removable partial dentures. These are the simplest solution in many cases. They use the surrounding teeth to anchor them in place, or might be attached to a retainer.
  • Dental bridges. As the name implies, a dental bridge “bridges” gaps by anchoring to the neighboring teeth. Unlike dentures, bridges are cemented in place.
  • Dental implants. These will function like normal teeth, with a post fixed in the jaw bone and a crown on top that matches the natural teeth. If multiple teeth are missing, implants can be used as support for bridges.

If you have questions about implants, check out this FAQ video by a woman who just got hers!

What Treatment Is Right For You?

Having congenitally missing teeth can be a struggle, but our practice is here for you. We can answer any questions you have and help you find the ideal treatment option so that your smile can be complete!

Keep being the wonderful patients that you are!


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February 14, 2018
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TO SOME, IT MIGHT seem like the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic. And those benefits certainly do exist. Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other important benefits as well.

Consequences Of Crooked Teeth

There are many different ways crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life. Let’s take a look at a few of the big ones.

Difficult To Clean

When teeth overlap each other in ways they aren’t meant to, they can be much harder to clean with brushing and flossing than straight teeth. If teeth aren’t getting cleaned as effectively, then they become more vulnerable to tooth decay.

Impede Clear Speech

Underbites, severe overbites, and other teeth alignment problems can interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly, leading to lisps and other distortions in articulation.

Interfere With Healthy Digestion

Chewing is a critical part of the digestion process. Our saliva begins to break food down on a chemical level while our teeth break it apart into more manageable pieces. Crooked teeth can make it difficult or even impossible to chew food enough, which forces the rest of the digestive system to pick up the slack. This can lead to a number of unpleasant GI consequences, and it can even make it harder to lose weight! 

Can Interfere With Healthy Breathing

If your teeth don’t fit comfortably together, you might keep them apart instead of closing your jaws when resting. This can lead to mouth breathing, which has many negative health effects. The two most connected to oral health concerns are chronic bad breath and dry mouth.

Can Cause Jaw Problems

If there’s something wrong with your bite, that can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndromeSymptoms include a clicking jaw joint, jaw pain, and frequent headaches.

Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?

Having straight teeth eliminates or greatly reduces all of these problems. This, paired with the cosmetic advantages and the boost in confidence, makes orthodontic treatment a very worthwhile investment. If you think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, our practice can recommend a great orthodontist for you. In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!

You deserve the best for your teeth!


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We’ve all seen this particular sign of old age: false teeth, also called dentures, floating in a glass of water by the bedside. Losing your teeth is probably one of the most disturbing things that people can experience later in life. This affects the foods they can eat; the jobs they can do, and even their speech.

Dentures, which are made to replace the lost teeth, can be both a blessing and a curse. They are usually hard and are supported by the mouth tissues themselves. They are removable and can be made for individual missing teeth or an entire mouth by using false teeth and gums.

These regular kinds of dentures can seriously diminish the quality of your life if you ever need to get them. Dentures can be made affordable. However, they can also slip around in your mouth, thus needing a lot of adjustment. This also leads to a lot of embarrassment if it happens in a public place with family or friends. No one wants their grandchildren to see them with their teeth hanging out of their mouths. These conventional dentures also limit your ability to eat. Leaving mostly soft foods, which can get old and boring very quickly. Plus, sweet foods don’t give you the full nutrition or satisfaction that your body and mind need. What’s more, regular dentures are not constructed to match your facial features or to particularly improve them. Thus, these false teeth look, feel, and act falsely.

It’s high time people got to know about the benefits and advantages of having premium, custom-made dentures to replace the teeth they lost. Of course, as with any customized item, they are more expensive than the regular kind. On the other hand, they are also much better than conventional dentures in many ways. Just some of these ways have been listed below:

Premium dentures are made from high-quality materials that fit well to the shape and size of the wearer’s mouth, and can also be adjusted to reflect the natural color of the oral cavity.

High Comfort Level
Comfort is the main thing that people look for when undergoing any procedure, and the same goes for oral procedures. Premium dentures are much more comfortable than the regular kind. This is because the premium dentures are designed especially for the wearer and have no uncomfortable nooks and corners that can poke into the sensitive mouth to cause pain.

Enjoy Your Eating

Again, because premium dentures are custom-made, they allow the wearer to eat just about anything that they could before they lost their teeth. Thus, getting premium dentures is just about the closest thing you can get to regaining your teeth – without getting dental implants. Modern reconstructive dentistry has saved the day by allowing denture wearers to eat most foods without worrying that their false teeth will slip out and cause discomfort or embarrassment or even break while chewing.

Enhances Natural Appearance
Since premium dentures can be shaded and colored to match the color of the person’s mouth, many people’s friends don’t even notice when they are wearing their dentures. Sometimes, not even family members could detect that their loved one is wearing false teeth. There was once a time when getting fitted with dentures meant compromising on your outward appearance, but those days are long gone. Now, premium dentures can be fitted on the upper, lower, or both arches in the mouth to provide you with a natural, beautiful appearance.

Your new premium dentures would not only match your mouth, but they would also be designed to match your facial features. High cheekbones, round jawline, or a high forehead would require a particular size or shape of teeth to complement. Hence, premium dentures don’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution; they are customized according to both the mouth and other defining elements of the face they are supposed to complement.

Talk Until Your Heart’s Content
Conventional dentures, while cheaper, still cost a certain amount of your money, and yet won’t even get you a quality experience while speaking, let alone eating. Regular removable dentures can be such a pain that they slip and slide in your mouth even when you’re just talking. Imagine your teeth sliding out of your mouth while you’re making a speech at a wedding or just making small talk with a cashier. Worse, what if your dentures completely fall out of your mouth and go clattering on the floor? Premium dentures are designed to prevent movement while speaking or eating so none of these embarrassing situations ever happen.  

Super Easy Denture Care
Premium-quality denture teeth are impact-resistant and stain-resistant. Thus, not a lot of scrubbing and brushing is involved in keeping your premium dentures sparkling and clean! This is a huge contrast with the upkeep of conventional dentures, which can require cleaning every time you take them off and put them on. Premium dentures are constructed to be as low-maintenance as possible.

Regular dentures may be covered by some health insurance or dental plans, but premium dentures are increasingly becoming a much better long-term choice.

The high-quality materials guarantee that the premium dentures would probably be in the wearer’s mouth for a much longer period of time. One could say that wearing premium dentures would be better aesthetically and even financially in the long run.

This is in addition to the obvious increase in the quality of life when denture users no longer have to worry about the texture or hardness of the food they are eating or that they are talking too carelessly. Premium dentures help you do this effortlessly.

At New Teeth Dental Solutions in Houston, Texas, we take pride in creating great premium dentures that are tailor made for each unique individual. Please call us today for your free, initial consultation. Like so many of our other denture patients, you’ll be glad that you did!


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