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.

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.

3 Simple Dental Care Tips to Improve Your Overall Health in the New Year

New Year, New You

Every year, we create resolutions aimed at improving our health. It is important to include your dental health too! Taking proper care of your gums and teeth can have a significant impact on your overall health and life. Perhaps, you want to ensure that you don’t neglect any important aspect of taking care of your gums and teeth. At Forney Wellness, we want to help you improve your dental hygiene and health this year by sharing dental care tips that will enhance your overall health.

  1. Brush better
    Proper brushing helps your mouth and your entire body. Ideally, you should visit your family dentist at least twice a year. Before your next dental visit and between appointments, make sure that you brush your teeth properly and regularly. You may have a toothbrush but it won’t help you if you don’t use it properly. For instance, timing is very important when it comes to brushing. Our dentists in Forney agree with the American Dental Association suggestion that you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every three or four months. A worn or frayed toothbrush doesn’t do as good of a job cleaning your teeth.
  2. Improve your flossing habits
    It is common to brush your teeth but often neglect flossing since it can be frustrating and time-consuming. However, flossing is very important and you should never neglect it! Flossing properly will ensure you are taking care of your gums and between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing can help you to prevent periodontal disease and potential bone loss. Generally, flossing is not hard as long as you know how to do it properly and it will help in preventing some of the most common dental problems.
  3. Make healthier beverage and food choices
    An important aspect of family and general dentistry is making healthier beverage and food choices. This is especially true for snacks. Consuming beverages and foods that are especially acidic or sugary like sodas, sugary juices, candy and other sweets can promote tooth decay. Make healthier, nutritious snack and meal choices to help promote good oral and overall health. Foods like fruits, vegetables cheese, milk and plain yogurt benefit tooth health and overall health due to their nutritional value.

Generally, these may seem like simple aspects of general dentistry or pediatric dentistry. However, they are important in addition to regular dental visits. At Forney Wellness, we want you to have a better dental health this year. Visit our dental clinic in Forney or get in touch with us for help with any dental problem.

Conquering Gum Disease – 4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

If you have gum disease, also referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease, you are not alone. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of Americans 30 years-old or older have gum disease. If you are over 65, your risk for gum disease is even higher, over 70%. At the same time, symptoms of gum disease should not be ignored. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to your overall health.

Gum Disease Is More Serious Than You Think

Most people relate gum disease with tooth loss, but, as serious as that is, it isn’t the only consequence of gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to the progression of other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Inflammation in your gums, just like inflammation elsewhere in your body, causes your body to work harder to maintain your health.

Tooth loss, which can result from gum disease, affects a person beyond the loss of a chewing surface. Tooth loss can also lead to bone loss in your jaw and changes to the positioning of your remaining teeth. Tooth and bone loss in the jaw can also affect the shape of your facial features, causing your cheeks to seem sunken or give a more aged appearance than your actual years.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Proper care of your teeth and gums is important for preventing gum disease, but there can be other contributing factors. Changes in hormone levels in women through pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives can increase the risk of gum disease. Diseases like diabetes and some auto-immune diseases can also affect your gum health. Crooked teeth or poorly fitted dental bridges can make teeth harder to clean, causing a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. Smoking, stress, dry mouth, your diet and heredity can all contribute to periodontal disease.

In basic terms, gum disease starts with inflammation, which can be caused by one or more of the conditions listed. If left untreated, that inflammation can grow, threatening not just your gums, but your teeth, heart and other aspects of your overall health.

4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

The good news about gum disease is that there are ways to lower your risk of developing gum disease and effective means of treating it once it starts. Follow these steps to keep your gums and mouth healthy.

  1. Prevention of Gum Disease
    Consistent and proper oral health care is the first step in preventing gum disease. This includes brushing and flossing daily, but it also includes professional teeth cleanings and regular visits to your dentist. If you smoke, this is another good reason to stop.
  1. Recognize the Signs of Gum Disease
    Being aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease can help you to correct it in its early stages. If you experience any of these gum disease symptoms, you may need to seek treatment:
  • Red, swollen gums or tender spots
  • Gums that bleed when brushing, flossing or eating
  • Constant bad breath
  • Gums receding from teeth
  • Partial dentures or bridge not fitting properly
  1. Seek Professional Advice
    If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, it is important to visit our dental office at Forney for an evaluation and proper diagnosis. When gum disease is diagnosed in the early stages, it can often be reversed with prescribed hygiene care and dental cleaning. More advanced stages of periodontal disease will require more intensive treatment to restore health to the diseased tissue of your gums.
  1. Commit to Your Treatment Plan
    Good advice must be followed in order to experience the benefit. Your dentist at Forney Wellness will make recommendations for a treatment plan that may include both home care and professional cleaning and treatments at our dental office. It is always important to follow through on the recommended treatment plan to reverse gum disease and to prevent it from returning.

Gum disease is a common, but serious threat to your health if ignored. Ignoring the symptoms will not make it go away. Visit your dentist at Forney Wellness and learn about your treatment options. It may be simpler to restore your oral health than you think!

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!

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!