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From the Desk of
Nelson Y., Howard, D.D.S., A.A.A.C.D.

The Link Between Mental Health and Oral Health

May 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 9:13 pm
A woman is stressed about her mental health.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has shown that almost two-thirds of people diagnosed with depression reported having a toothache in the last year. It also suggested that half of all people with depression rated their teeth condition as poor. The link between mental health and oral health is clear and the numbers are hard to ignore, but what can you do to ensure that your mind and your mouth are both as happy and healthy as possible? Here’s what your dentist wants you to know about this connection and what you can do to preserve your mental and oral health.

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4 Rare Tooth Disorders You’re Probably Unfamiliar With

May 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 8:29 pm
Illustration of a tooth holding a help sign.

When it comes to oral health concerns, cavities and gum disease are two of the first things that come to mind for most people. But issues like these are far from the only ones that can threaten your overall oral health! There are several rare tooth disorders that many people could potentially have and be completely unaware of. Luckily, your dentist in San Marcos can treat these uncommon problems and get your smile back on track. Here’s what you need to know about four of these lesser-known conditions.

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Should I Be Rinsing My Mouth After Brushing My Teeth?

April 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 8:13 pm
Girl rinsing her mouth after brushing.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is an important part of preventing oral health issues and maintaining a beautiful, functional smile. But after you’ve finished brushing your pearly whites, what are you supposed to do with all that pesky, excess toothpaste that’s still lingering around your mouth? Many people rinse out their mouth once they’re done brushing—but is this actually what you’re supposed to do? Keep reading to learn more about the positives and negatives of this habit.

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Why You Should Kickoff Summer with A Trip to The Dentist

April 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 4:44 pm
Smiling woman wearing beach hat.

Summertime is almost here! Get ready for warmer weather, poolside shenanigans, and trips to the beach! You probably have a long to-do list this summer, but is visiting your dentist something you’re planning to do? It’s absolutely in your best interest to have a healthy smile before kicking off your adventures. Keep reading to learn more about how a trip to your dentist can help you make the most of your summer.

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4 Steps to Spring Clean Your Teeth

March 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 2:21 pm
woman smiling in San Marcos

Now is the season to begin a spring-cleaning! Whether it’s dusting off the cobwebs or reorganizing the living room, the main idea is to feel like you’re starting off fresh. Other than your home, you might consider tidying up certain health routines as well, such as your dental hygiene. Read on to learn four ways you can tidy up your teeth cleaning to begin the year with a great smile!

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Recovering from Full Mouth Reconstruction

February 27, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 5:52 pm

Man looking at teeth in dental mirrorAre you ready to invest in a beautiful, healthy smile? Full mouth reconstruction in San Marcos can transform your confidence and quality of life. Your journey to a better smile will require multiple procedures based on your needs. Since every treatment plan is unique, the healing process looks different for everyone. Depending on the procedures, here’s what you can expect.

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Do I Need Gum Disease Therapy Before Cosmetic Work?

February 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drhoward @ 12:11 am

Digital image of gum diseaseAre you unhappy with the way your teeth look? You can achieve the smile of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry. While improving the appearance of your teeth is your focus, your cosmetic dentist in San Marcos will place higher importance on your gum health. Although you may not be concerned about your gums, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have periodontal (gum) disease. If you have the infection, you can’t move forward with any elective procedures until after gum disease therapy. Here’s why a healthy foundation is invaluable to a beautiful smile.

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What Are Solutions to Correct a Gummy Smile?

January 24, 2022

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gummy smile illustration

It’s not one of the more well-known cosmetic dentistry issues, but it doesn’t matter how popular a gummy smile is if you are the one dealing with it. Fortunately, your dentist has treatments like porcelain veneers and gum recontouring to address the matter. Keep reading to learn from your cosmetic dentist in San Marcos about what a gummy smile is, what causes it, and potential treatment options.

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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Improve Your Smile in 2022

January 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 2:37 pm
woman flossing for her New Year’s resolution

It’s a brand-new year, and you know what that means – now is the perfect time to make positive changes in your life. Why not make 2022 the year you choose to improve your dental health? It’ll be a win-win for both your health and your wallet. After all, you can avoid dental problems that are expensive to treat. To get a healthy smile in 2022, just stick to these four dentist-approved New Year’s resolutions!

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Will Gum Disease Prevent You from Getting Cosmetic Dentistry?

December 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 9:05 pm
man pointing to inflamed gums

Are you unhappy with your smile? Don’t worry – you’re certainly not alone. Luckily, there are now many ways you can transform your pearly whites into a set you’ll proudly show off. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you no longer have to live with a grin you don’t love! However, you may have to put your makeover on hold if you suffer from gum disease. You’ll need to undergo gum disease therapy before moving forward with cosmetic dental work. To find out why, continue reading!

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