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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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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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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.

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!


Houston Dentures

A lot of individuals find themselves needing dentures at some stage in life. Often times this can be a sensitive situation when you feel embarrassed over the fact that you now require dentures.

You may want to get yourself a pair of dentures without delay and not consider the quality of the dentures. This is definitely the biggest factor you should consider when choosing a dentist, because the results are something you end up using and wearing every single day of your life for years to come.

A premium quality, properly fitted custom denture could really save you the embarrassment, time and money in the long run. But unfortunately, most people today still cling to a common notion that cheaper and faster is way better.

So why is the cheap, fast denture option not the way to go when looking to get a pair of dentures? Well, while it may just seem like a great way to reduce your cost and get yourself a serviceable product without delay, there is actually a reason however, why cheap dentures are cheap. Many cheap dentures come off as ill-fitting right from the very get go, or may lose their fit in just a few weeks of use. They cannot fully stand up to the wear and tear of daily usage, thus losing their color and shape.

Custom made dentures on the other hand are dramatically better than conventional dentures. They are specially designed to match your unique dentition and yours only. That means your teeth will be just the right size, shape and shade for your facial structure. Custom dentures support your lips. Custom dentures will remain tightly secure and comfy while you eat or speak. In addition, custom made dentures are less abrasive than conventional dentures and cause less cramping and fatigue.

Custom dentures are manufactured and custom-fitted especially for you, and our dentists will work hard to match the size, shade and model of your teeth, so the resulting dentures look natural and fit comfortably. Custom dentures also last longer, simply because they fit with the area of your mouth perfectly and aren’t rubbing or grinding. The materials used in the custom manufacturing process are also of higher quality. While it may take a little more time and cost more, having a set of custom dentures created specifically for your mouth is a worthy investment. Your resulting dentures will not only look better, they will feel much better, and will last longer than any cheap pair you could possibly find. The confidence you’ll gain from having an amazing smile once again will be priceless.

With all that said, your best bet when looking to get a set of quality dentures done would be to have a pair custom made for you by a skilled dentist that will measure your mouth and create the perfect dentures that will delight you for a very long time.

Jay Elliott, D.D.S. at New Teeth Dental Solutions in Houston, Texas has been custom fitting dentures for over 30 years. He can help you get the smile you want and deserve. Please call our office today for your free consultation. Remember, when it comes to dentures that you will be wearing for the next 3-5 years, a premium denture technique can make all the difference!