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Is There a Link Between Periodontal Disease & Heart Health?

February 13, 2018

Doctor holding a small red heart toySimply put – yes there is. Actually, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to numerous chronic and systemic illnesses, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, pre-term childbirth, and yes, heart disease. It’s important to understand that, in the early stages called gingivitis, gum disease is difficult to detect, but it’s always best to receive treatment at this point when your periodontal disease is most treatable. As gum disease advances to the periodontitis stage, it becomes more difficult to treat, and can lead to serious health complications. How can you make sure to keep your gums healthy? It’s simple. Find a San Marcos dentist you trust and feel comfortable with, and make sure you visit them at least twice a year for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. In this post, we’ll talk a little more about the link between gum disease and heart health and tell you more about how visiting a San Marcos dentist regularly can help you avoid oral and whole body health concerns. February is heart health month, and your San Marcos dentist wants to help you keep your smile and heart healthy this month – and the rest of the year.
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Full and Partial Dentures Restore Smiles in San Marcos

October 31, 2015

dentures san marcosWhether it was a traumatic accident, poor habits or simply genetics that caused your missing teeth, one thing is for sure — you’ve got to have them replaced. Gapped teeth cause problems beyond difficulty eating; they can also affect the way you speak, and can cause even more tooth loss later on. And that’s saying nothing about the hit gaps in a smile have on self-confidence. With full or partial dentures in San Marcos, though, you can replace those missing teeth for a better functioning, more attractive smile. Keep reading to learn more from your gentle dentist in San Marcos today.

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Keeping Your Oral Health in Great Shape Is Important No Matter What Your Age

September 8, 2015

Maintaining good oral health is important for all ages.Your oral health is very important. Your teeth are one of the first things that anyone notices as soon as you meet them. Our eyes like to wander when we meet someone new, and we naturally like to look at what another person has going on. An unsightly smile or a mouth that has seen better days can leave a bad first impression. It’s a tough job market out there – do you think a less-than-stellar smile is going to get you a job? Most likely not. There are many reasons for why keeping your oral health in fantastic shape is important whether you’re 9 or 90.

Our San Marcos, TX office wants you to know that practicing good dental hygiene habits can help you maintain fantastic oral health. By coming in for regular checkups and cleanings, you’re already doing your mouth a huge favor. Dr. Donnelly and Dr. Wang are the San Marcos dentists that you can bring your family to see to keep their oral health firing on all cylinders. We want nothing more than your family to live your lives free of dental disease and show off a beautiful smile. We house the dentists Wimberley, San Marcos and New Braunfels residents trust.
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Ask questions and do research to choose your best New Braunfels dentist

August 19, 2015

Find the best family dentist in the area.New to the area or just needing a change in dental care providers? Finding the right dentist takes homework and understanding that good dentistry involves credentials, skill, referrals and a patient-centered philosophy.

Finding a new dentist for you and your family in the New Braunfels area takes some research. The American Dental Association recommends looking for excellence in credentials, services offered and a great chairside manner–that is, is the dental provider and his team dedicated to patient comfort and optimum oral and systemic health?

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Expert Sedation Dentist, San Marcos

July 6, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-168372883 (1)If the thought of going to the dentist makes your heart race and sweat break out on your forehead, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from some level of dental anxiety, but at San Marcos Gentle Dental, we are dedicated to providing patients stress free, painless dental health care. That’s why our San Marcos, TX practice offers oral conscious sedation to help patients relax and enjoy their dental visit. Call the office of Dr. Robert Donnelly to schedule an appointment or find out more about sedation dentistry today.

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry, New Braunfels

Sedation dentistry has several levels, and there are numerous sedation methods. At San Marcos Gentle Dental, we offer our patients oral conscious sedation. This level of sedation is generally considered ideal for any level of anxiety, and for preparing patients to undergo multiple or extensive treatments. Patients with extreme levels of dental anxiety may be offered a sedative to take the night before their appointment to help them sleep, and will be given a sedative about an hour before their visit to help them relax.

Patients who receive oral conscious sedation should not drive or operate other machinery, so you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to your appointment and pick you up. Patients with several dental anxiety may request to take their sedative at home before arriving at the office, but we recommend taking a sedative after arriving at our office. This allows our staff to monitor your vital signs as the sedative takes effect, and provide treatment at the optimal time.

The effects of sedation will vary between patients, but typically, people are able to relax into a sleep-like state. Many patients do not fall fully to sleep, but are extremely relaxed and not fully aware. As your procedure is performed, you will be given a warm blanket, and our team will monitor your vitals throughout the procedure for your safety.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry has made it possible for many dental anxiety sufferers to return to the dentist and achieve a happy, healthy smile, but sedation dentistry has helped dentists treat patients of all kinds with less pain. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry include those with:

  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive disorders who otherwise become anxious because they may not understand their treatment

Sedation dentistry has also made it possible for dentists to perform numerous or complex dental procedures at one time saving patients time and money without causing undo pain or stress.

Learn More About Sedation Dentistry, San Marcos

If you are interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry and how it could benefit you or your family, call San Marcos Gentle Dental to find out more or schedule a consultation today. Our friendly staff, has made your comfort and peace our top priority. Don’t let fear keep you from the dental care you need. Our San Marcos office welcomes patients from New Braunfels, Kyle, Wimberley, and beyond.

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