Show Yourself Some LOVE this Valentine’s Day!

Around Valentine’s Day, we often get caught up thinking about the important people in our life. Maybe you’re focused on your significant other or are on the hunt for the perfect cards for your children to share at school. Heck, maybe you’re just looking forward to ordering some takeout and enjoying some uninterrupted Netflix!

No matter what has captured your attention this Valentine’s Day, don’t leave yourself out of the festivities! Now is a great time to splurge and pamper yourself with some self-love. Here is a list of a few worthy items for taking care of yourself this Valentine’s Day. Pick one, or even a few, that suits your budget and enjoy this special day.

A Great Pair of Jeans

There’s something so invigorating about putting on that one pair of jeans that fit so perfectly. If your favorite pair is starting to show its age, consider splurging on a new pair. Do a little research to see what options are available, especially if your current ones are no longer sold. And don’t forget discount stores as they often have great deals on high-quality items.

A Weekend Getaway

Sometimes you just need a break from the day-to-day, and a weekend getaway is a great option for having a little adventure or simply some time away from home. Whether you want to take a solo trip or invite someone along is up to you. Just make sure you select a destination that calls to you and you can’t go wrong.

A Day at the Spa

Massages, facials and pedicures are all great ways to relax and unwind, so a trip to the spa is certainly a treat. Forney and the surrounding cities have a number of spas and many offer packages that allow you to receive multiple services for a reduced price. You can even check out options through sites like Groupon to see if discounts are available allowing you to reduce your stress without busting your budget.

Car Detailing

If you are a commuter or the designated parent for carpooling, we know that you spend a lot of time in your car. Getting it detailed makes the interior feel fresh and the exterior clean and shiny, making your time on the road more comfortable and enjoyable. Go ahead and spend the money to get the full package, since that is a choice you aren’t likely to regret.

Teeth Whitening Package

Often, people consider teeth whitening a luxury. But having a radiant smile can do wonders for your confidence and make you more comfortable in social situations or when your photo is taken. You can prepay for a full teeth whitening treatment package based on your needs so consider making an appointment with our Forney dentist to see what options are right for you.

Ask Your Forney Dentist: Causes & Cures for Bad Breath

Everyone wants to be remembered, but being known for your bad breath isn’t likely what you had in mind.

A lot of people are self-conscious when it comes to their breath, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. There are a lot of causes for bad breath, or halitosis, but there is also a range of cures that can take care of the problem.

As the weather turns cold in Forney, don’t let your bad breath ruin a perfectly romantic snowball fight or kiss under the mistletoe! Here are some tips for combating bad breath, so you can get back to spreading holiday cheer.

Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene

Food particles and other debris can break down in your mouth and, as they do, release a less than pleasant odor. Your first line of defense against this form of bad breath is to brush for at least two minutes twice a day and make sure you floss daily.

When you brush, take a moment to scrape and brush the surface of your tongue as well, as bad breath causing bacteria can cling to its surface. And don’t forget to follow it up with a quick rinse using mouthwash.

Watch Your Diet

Certain foods and beverages automatically up the halitosis factor, including onions, garlic, and coffee. Often, brushing and flossing can keep this at bay, as well as chewing sugar-free gum after every meal. Drinking plenty of water can also help, especially after meals.

Low-carb diets can also cause bad breath, especially when used for weight loss, as certain chemicals, known as ketones, are produced during the fat-burning state of ketosis. These substances can cause a foul odor, and it isn’t remedied by brushing and flossing alone. Often, the only way to stop this form of bad breath is to modify your diet, though you can attempt to mask the effects using proper oral hygiene and sugarless gum.

Drinking plenty of water can also help. Dehydration and having a dry mouth can cause bad breath as you are less likely to produce enough saliva to neutralize acids and wash away food debris or dead cells.

Don’t Use Tobacco

Smoking or using other tobacco products, like smokeless tobacco, can leave you with bad breath that isn’t easily cleaned or washed away. Cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke not only coats the mouth but also gets into the lungs, creating an odor that can’t be addressed by brushing and flossing alone. And smokeless tobacco leaves a residue behind that, once it begins to break down, can cause halitosis.

See Your Dentist

Your Forney dentist can help prevent and cure many causes of bad breath. Issues like bleeding gums, tooth decay, and oral infections can cause an unpleasant odor to take over your mouth, leading to halitosis. With proper treatment, many of these problems can be handled, effectively removing the source of your bad breath. So, you don’t have to fret about your bad breath any longer. Contact your Forney dentist today to see how the proper treatment plan can help.

We Are Thankful for You, Forney!

The winter holiday season is approaching, and it feels as though Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As everyone begins to devote their time and thoughts to friends and family, we want to take a moment to express just how thankful we are for the most important people at our dental office: you.

Here are three reasons why we are grateful for you and all of our patients for making our Forney dental practice such a wonderful place to be.

  1. This Amazing Connected Community

We truly appreciate the connection with our patients and the community. You’ve stayed with us year after year and remained loyal as our business has grown, giving us the opportunity to offer additional dental services and access to improved technologies. You keep us grounded and integrated with the Forney community through various school activities and neighborhood causes and events. As a local business, your willingness to refer friends and family members to our dental practice is the biggest compliment we can receive. We enjoy being a part of your lives and this connected community.

  1. Your Giving Attitude

We were blown away by the generous nature of our patients during our donation drive to help victims of Hurricane Harvey this year. We are incredibly proud to be a part of such a giving community that cares so deeply for our neighbors, both near and far, and that is so personally invested in making the world a better place. Forney is a community of friends with remarkable, huge hearts, and we are honored to call this city home and to care for the wonderful families that live here.

  1. You Keep Us Smiling!

As your Forney dentist, we know it is technically our job to keep you and your family smiling, helping you maintain the healthy, vibrant, and beautiful smiles you all deserve. We honestly believe we have the best job in town because seeing your smiling faces coming through our door every day ensures each workday is a joy for our team and makes everything we do worthwhile. Your smiles keep us smiling, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

We are incredibly thankful for all of our patients, and we hope that you all have an extraordinary holiday season.

Your Smile After Graduation

Having the best smile on campus

Of all of life’s transitions, perhaps one of the most monumental is when a young person graduates high school and enters the “real” world for the first time. Adjusting to life as an adult can be exciting, but it’s important to keep your well-being, including your dental health, a priority.

If you’re starting college, your teeth are an important part of your life and even your future career. Here’s how to keep your smile in the best shape possible.

College students and dental visits

Between studying, sports, activities, friends, and more, you probably have a packed schedule. But skipping your regular dental visits when you go to college could end up costing you in the long run. Even as you’ve become a young adult, your teeth are still susceptible to cavities, and gum disease is a common problem even in younger adults. And the longer these problems go untreated, the worse they can become.

Regular checkups will ensure you can prevent dental problems before they start. Your dentist will look for potential spots of weakness or decay, gum problems, and other oral health issues that you can’t detect on your own. You’ll keep your teeth and gums in optimal shape so you can have a healthy smile that looks great, too.

If you’re away from home and don’t know how to find a dentist locally, use the power of the Internet to quickly and easily find a great dentist. The American Dental Association’s website has a dentist finder that can help you find one close to you. If you have dental insurance through your parents or your own policy, check with your insurance provider for a list of participating dentists.

Your career and your smile

As a college student, you may be looking to land an important internship or get a great job that will help you pay your bills. Eventually, you’ll be entering the workforce full time, and most likely interviewing and meeting new people in the process. Having a strong, confident smile is one of your best assets when you’re making a first impression in these situations.

If your teeth are yellowed due to stains, past dental issues, or heredity, you may not feel as comfortable meeting people in an important career setting. But with today’s variety of advanced whitening techniques available from your dentist, you can get a safe, effective whitening treatment that can give you the confidence you need in your job interviews. Even tetracycline-stained teeth or other problems that are resistant to over-the-counter whitening products can be greatly improved with the help of your dentist.

Don’t neglect your dental health when you go to college! Your teeth will be one of your most important features for years to come. Forney Wellness can help bring out the very best in your smile and keep you looking and feeling great! Call today to schedule an appointment!

Dear Tooth Fairy

Do you recall visits from the Tooth Fairy as a child? Children are often so excited about losing a tooth, because they know a visit from the Tooth Fairy is imminent. Traditionally, the Tooth Fairy takes children’s lost teeth from under their pillows as they sleep, replacing it with money. Some children even have special boxes, pillows, or stuffed animals designed to keep the tooth safe while it awaits its collection from our fictional flying friend.

Although the Tooth Fairy is relatively new to human traditions, people from all cultures have been celebrating or commemorating the loss of children’s baby teeth for centuries, according to The Salon. Some ancient cultures would bury, hide, or even burn the lost teeth as part of a cultural ritual. And although her exact origins are unknown, she is a common figure in well over 90 percent of American households, according to one survey.

Whatever traditions you hold, the loss of a child’s baby teeth is an important milestone. It’s one small step closer to adulthood and independence. And, as many children have proven in these hilarious and adorable letters to the Tooth Fairy, they are more than up to the task:

A few favorites from Buzzfeed:

Dear Tooth Fairy,
Please don’t take any of my teeth because I love them all and if you can give my all the others back pretty please. But you can still give me money still.
To: Tooth Fairy
From: Hailey

To Tooth Fairy,
Dear Tooth Fairy I lost my tooth yesterday, but I didn’t put it under my pillow because Christmas Eve was tomorrow so I saved it so Santa and you could meet each other. That’s why. And now it’s Christmas Eve. Now you and Santa will meet each other.
Love Allister

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I can’t find the thing I put my tooth in so I’ll have to do without. Anyway here is a 15c for working very hard and instead of you giving me money I give you it.
P.S. My tooth is a little brown from the blood.

More cute letters from Babble:

Dear Tooth Fairy:
I have just lost my 11th tooth. I have been working on it all morning! Sorry it has been so long since I lost a tooth. I have been doing a lot of busy stuff this year.
Your fairy loving friend,

Dear Tooth Fairy,
The tooth is outside. Please don’t come inside. Thank you because Lucy is scared of you.

And finally, from POPSUGAR Moms:

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I lost my tooth on the 23rd of October. It is now the 12th of November. I lost my tooth in pizza. I lost both today.  You owe me $1. Not to be hard, but I need money.

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I lost my tooth, so it will not be under my pillow tonight. I do not take credit cards.

If you have young children at home, celebrate the loss of their teeth in whatever way you like! And to help them keep those adult teeth healthy for life, teach them good brushing and flossing habits now – and take them to the dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. Good dental health is the gift that keeps on giving – long after that Tooth fairy money has been spent.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gum Disease

Gum Disease Forney

When people think of dental care, they often think of teeth. But healthy teeth are only part of the equation. The tissues and bone that surround your teeth, including your gums, are critically important to your overall dental health.

You may be thinking, “There’s no way I could have gum disease. My mouth feels fine.” But gum disease often shows no obvious symptoms and doesn’t cause pain – so many people have it and don’t know it. Nearly half of adults age 30 or older have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. And, nearly 70 percent of adults age 65 and older have it, according to the CDC.

Why does this happen to so many people, and how can you avoid it? Get the facts about this common problem and seek treatment early to keep your mouth healthy.

  1. Early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis, may cause subtle symptoms such as mild bleeding or red or swollen areas on your gums. If your gums bleed when you floss them, this is not normal. See your dentist for a proper cleaning, and be diligent about daily brushing and flossing thereafter.
  2. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate brushing and flossing – but many other things can cause it too. Diabetes, normal aging and genetics, smoking, stress, poor nutrition, certain diseases, and hormonal changes can trigger gingivitis. Even people who are in otherwise good health can get gingivitis or more severe gum disease, so no one is immune.
  3. Gingivitis is completely reversible with proper intervention. This includes a thorough cleaning by your dentist followed by twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and sometimes a special mouthwash recommended by your dentist. This is one of the many reasons you should see your dentist every six months for routine care. He or she can detect gingivitis in its earliest stage and help you restore the health of your mouth.
  4. If gingivitis isn’t treated, it leads to more severe gum disease known as periodontitis. This occurs when plaque moves below the gum line and causes inflammation and irritation. If it continues to progress, it leads to infections, pockets or holes in the tissues, and tooth loss.
  5. Gum disease is about more than your mouth. Because bacteria gets under your gums and can invade your body, periodontal disease may be linked to other serious health problems. Researchers believe there may be a link to heart disease, stroke, premature birth in pregnant women, and lung problems.

Gum disease is preventable and treatable – so no one should have to lose teeth to this condition. Your dentist wants to partner with you to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. If you haven’t seen your dentist lately, call Forney Wellness today to make an appointment. Your mouth – and your whole body – will thank you!