Posts Tagged ‘TX Dentist’

Do You Have a Dingy Smile? | Dumas Dentist

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

459899307If you find that you have become obsessed with having a bright white smile, you are not alone. The problem is that many of our lifestyle choices prevent us from having the gleaming white grins we all crave. It is then that we give in and head over to our local Dumas dentist for a whitening treatment. In fact, this cosmetic procedure is so common in dental offices because we place such a high value on the appearance of our smiles. According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey:

  • Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex
  • Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success
  • The most common response for a wanted improvement was whiter, brighter teeth

There are many different ways to whiten your teeth, both naturally and over-the-counter, but professional tooth whitening in a dental office is of course the preferred whitening method. The best whitening systems are used in your dentist’s office and your teeth can literally brighten up to ten shades in typically about an hour. In-office whitening is typically focused on the front eight teeth and is a great jump start for take-home whitening, which is a part of an effective whitening program. The advantage is that tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and especially if you’re using a home whitening product for regular maintenance.

For more information on teeth whitening, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Do You Suffer From Bruxism?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

200324634-001Bruxism is a disorder that is fairly common, but also poorly understood by many patients. Reports suggest that its rate of occurrence in the population ranges from 8-30%, but many patients tend not to get diagnosed because they are asymptomatic. Bruxism can occur during sleep or while awake, and the causes are not always fully understood.

Most people who grind their teeth are unaware of the problem. While some may be told that they grind their teeth by family who hear it at night, others may be told by a dentist that notices damage to the bite surfaces of teeth during routine checkups.

Patients may also notice some symptoms that they don’t immediately connect with bruxism:


  • Hypersensitivity can be due to worn enamel and dentin. As the tooth material is worn away by grinding, the teeth become more and more sensitive to hot and cold

  • Tooth fractures. Like hypersensitivity, as tooth material is worn, they become more likely to break. This applies to both natural teeth and restorations (such as crowns and implants)

  • Muscle soreness or fatigue of the jaw, tongue, or neck.

  • Pain, tenderness, or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), where the lower jaw attaches to the skull

  • Headaches, especially in the temple, caused by muscle soreness associated with the temporalis muscle

Because bruxism can permanently damage teeth, it’s important to diagnose and treat it as soon as any symptoms are noticed. The treatment options vary. Damage to teeth can be treated with normal dental procedures, but treating bruxism (the root cause) typically involves medical devices such as dental guards or medications such as benzodiazepines and muscle relaxers.

If you notice any of the symptoms of bruxism, or if you’re told by a family member that you grind your teeth in your sleep, speak to your dentist as soon as possible. Diagnosing and treating bruxism is important for maintaining the health of your teeth.

To learn more about bruxism call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

The Importance of Flossing Daily

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-185147513We all know we’re supposed to floss daily and that it’s importance, but lets be honest most of us don’t! We bet you even answer, ‘Yes!’ when we ask you at your dental visits if, ‘You’ve been flossing on a regular basis’. We know you’re fibbing, by the way. We can tell. So instead of flossing the morning of your dental appointment, lets go over why it’s so important to floss daily.

1- Flossing and Brushing Are More Effective Than Brushing Alone: A toothbrush works to removing plaque with its bristles. Brushing alone has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums. That’s where floss comes in, to get in those tiny spaces between your teeth to get the grime out your toothbrush can’t reach.

2- Flossing Protects Your Gums: Where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden over time to form tartar, that your dentist will remove with a scraper. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis.

3- Flossing Helps Prevent Other Diseases: Gum disease can have effects that go beyond discolored teeth, discomfort and bad breath. Research has shown that the bacteria in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.

Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. The most important thing about flossing is to do it. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care. People who are too tired at the end of the day may benefit from flossing first thing in the morning or flossing after lunch.And don’t forget, children need to floss too! You may feel discomfort when you first start flossing, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. If your pain persists, talk to your dentist.

To learn more about oral health call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Bad Breath Could Be Underlying Problems

Monday, July 20th, 2015

119504435Bad breath can be embarrassing. Certain foods and habits are among the causes of bad breath. But persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental cavities.

Dry mouth also can cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.

Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you:

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch). Don’t forget to brush the tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or after an illness. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between teeth once a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning.
  • See your dentist regularly — at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and will be able to detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor.
  • Stop smoking and chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.
  • Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria. Gums and mints containing xylitol are best.
  • Keep a log of the foods you eat. If you think they may be causing bad breath, bring the log to your dentist to review. Similarly, make a list of the medications you take. Some drugs may play a role in creating mouth odors(Source: WebMD).

In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and the odor is not of oral origin, you may be referred to your family doctor or to a specialist to determine the odor source and treatment plan. If the odor is due to gum disease, for example, your dentist can either treat the disease or refer you to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating gum conditions.

If you’re concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment to see Dr. Dumas.

To learn more about oral health call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dental Fillings Available To You

Friday, January 30th, 2015


Are you curious about what types of dental filling options you have, and what types there are? Lots of people can get confused by what sort of dental filling options they have. Thankfully, Daniel West, DDS of Dumas Family Dentistry is extremely experienced and can help you along this process by offering a great deal of options for your procedure.

Your dental options vary depending on your health, where and how the filling is placed, the amount of pressure the tooth will have to take while chewing and the type of materials that should be used for your individual needs. Some of the choices you may have to choose from include amalgam, composite, and ionomers.

Amalgam filling are extremely durable, relativity inexpensive compared to the alternatives and can be done in one dentist visit. This type of filling can sustain a heavy chewing load and are usually used in the restoration of your molars. One of the disadvantages of amalgam filling are that they won’t match your natural tooth due to the materials having a silver tone and more of your natural tooth is removed to accommodate the filling.

Composite fillings consist of fine glass particles or quartz and resin, the mix of these materials produce a more natural tooth colored filling and usually people can’t even tell its been filled! With composite fillings less of your tooth is removed and more of the natural structure of the tooth is preserved, it provides great resistant against fractures and are also quite durable. Unfortunately, composite fillings can chip off the tooth, discolor and stain over time, are a bit more expensive depending on the size of the filling and technique used and the procedure is generally longer compared to using amalgam.

Ionomers are the least durable filling and are made out of a mixture of fine glass powders and acrylic acids. This type of filling is commonly used to fill cavities on the root of teeth or in small filling that doesn’t require any chewing resistance.

To determine what type of filling is fitting for your individual needs, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Looking for a whiter smile? Dumas Family Dentistry offers Professional Teeth Whitening

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Want a drastically whiter smile in as little as two visits to the dentist? Tooth whitening is a simple, non-invasive procedure that  Dumas Family Dentistry recommends to their patients who want a brighter, whiter smile. This procedure will not only change the color of the natural enamel, but change the dynamic of your smile! In order for patients to receive the maximum results, an at home whitening system is recommended that will not only save you time, but will give you the smile of your dreams.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
  • Yellow, brown stained teeth due to food, drink or smoking.

Here is how in just two visits, Dumas Family Dentistry will give you a bright, white smile. At your first visit, we will take impressions, or molds, or your teeth in order to make custom trays. At your second visit, we will make sure that your trays fit properly and will make any necessary adjustments. By wearing your custom whitening trays twice a day for 30 minutes, you will be able to see the difference!

For more information about cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening systems call Dumas Family Dentistry at 806-935-2725. Visit our website at



Root Canal Therapy Can Save Your Infected Tooth

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

root canal pain

Pain and pressure associated with a root canal only occurs when the root canal becomes infected and dies. A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. Pain and pressure are the first signs that you will need one of the most common restorations, root canal therapy. Without treatment the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is the process by which the infected tooth is cleaned and diseased tissue is removed, and the canal is reshaped and filled. A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

If you are experiencing tooth pain contact Dumas Family Dentistry at 806-935-2725 and make an appointment today. An infected tooth needs attention right away. For more information visit our website at