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Monday, May 20, 2019

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Children experience a higher level of cavities and tooth decay than adults do. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn't take care of or worry about your child's baby teeth. Just because they aren't permanent doesn’t mean they aren't important. Children often experience a phenomenon referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Dr. Frederick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, located in Austin, TX, treats pediatric patients. Contact us to learn more.


 


The biggest cause of baby bottle tooth decay is found right in your infant's bottle. The American Dental Association recommends parents only fill bottles with breast milk, formula, or milk. Do not give your child drinks that are high in sugar. This includes juice, soft drinks, and sugar-water. Fluoride naturally occurs in the majority of the water supply in the U.S. For older children, drinking water will naturally help prevent cavities.


 


Refrain from giving your infant a bottle during the night. Moisture can accumulate in their mouths. Avoid giving your infant dirty pacifiers, washing them often.


 


Germs and bacteria are the cause of tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay often begins when saliva is transferred between the mother and child. It can happen when sharing food or cleaning their pacifiers. Be cautious and avoid unnecessary mouth-to-mouth contact. Bacteria is detrimental to your child's health.


 


Your child should first visit the dentist after receiving their first baby tooth or by their first birthday. Dr. Frederick Shaw is a family-friendly dentist in the Austin, TX, area. To schedule your child’s appointment at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, visit our website or call 512-451-7491.


 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gum Grafting

When you don’t participate in everyday oral routines and care, your dental health will seriously suffer. Without proper brushing and flossing, periodontal disease and gum disease can set in. Gingivitis is the early stage, but if left untreated, it will progress into periodontitis. Gum grafts become necessary when gum disease causes your gums to recede. Dr. Frederick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group offers gum grafting services to our patients.


 


Gingivitis allows bacteria and plaque to build up. Bacteria will multiply until they create large pockets. Even after getting these pockets cleaned out and treated by Dr. Shaw, they will still remain. Not only is it displeasing to look at, but it can be dangerous to have such an abnormal amount of the tooth structure visible.


 


A gum graft can correct these problems. It can restore your gums to their natural and healthy state. At the procedure, Dr. Shaw will numb the areas with local anesthetics. Healthy gum tissue will be taken from the roof of the mouth. This tissue is then stretched and stitched onto the gums. The goal is to cover the exposed tooth and roots. If the graft is successful, it should encourage new tissue to grow, allowing your gums to return to their natural form.


 


It is incredibly important to follow the post-operative instructions. The entire process should take about one to two weeks to heal. During this period, avoid eating difficult foods. Stick to soft and cool foods. Avoid vigorous exercise. Avoid brushing and flossing around the treatment site. For some patients, antibiotics may be subscribed.


 


Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group is located in Austin, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw, visit our website or call 512-451-7491.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 2019: Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The best tools for fighting cancer are prevention and early detection. Dentists are often the first medical professionals to detect and diagnose oral cancer. That’s why if you experience any abnormal oral systems you need to schedule an appointment. Dr. Frederick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group offers oral cancer screenings and regular appointments.


 


The biggest and most crucial indicator of a serious medical condition is oral symptoms that take over two weeks to heal. This is especially true if the symptoms do not heal at all. Schedule your appointment ASAP. Make sure to make an appointment any time you experience any of these symptoms:


 


Mouth ulcers or sores that take longer than two weeks to heal or don’t heal at all, a new or strange discoloration of the gums, lumps or hard spots in the mouth, bumps that easily bleed, and/or a lump on the outside of your neck that has been there for at least two weeks.


 


Symptoms vary when it comes to HPV-caused oropharyngeal cancer. With this type of cancer, you will most likely experience a hoarse or sore throat, pain in one or both of your ears, a constant cough, problems swallowing, and a lump on the neck.


 


The major risk factors for oral cancer are heavy tobacco and alcohol use. Using other tobacco products, like chewing tobacco, are just as detrimental to your health. The other risk is contracting the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus 16.


 


Don’t wait to make an appointment when experiencing any of these symptoms. Contact Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group today. We are located in Austin, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw, visit our website or call 512-451-7491.


 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dental Phobia

At Dr. Fredrick Shaw, DDS we advise our patients to inform us of fears they have of going to the dentist. Going to the dentist can be an overwhelming experience and prevent patients from going. A big part of maintaining good oral hygiene includes visiting us twice a year for cleaning.


Studies have shown that patients who suffer from dental phobia have a greater chance of developing gum disease and tooth decay. An estimated 9% to 15% of people suffer from dental phobia. Some symptoms that are associated with dental phobia include tense or nervousness, sleepless nights before the dentist, and the thought of the dentist makes you feel sick.


To help cope with your dental phobia, we encourage our patients to express all of their fears so we can make your experience as relaxing as possible. Dental phobia is nothing to take lightly which is why our staff at Dr. Fredrick Shaw, DDS work to provide you with the best experience possible.


To learn more about Dental Phobia and all of the services we provide at our practice, visit www.fredrickshawdds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Inlays/Onlays

At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we want you to be happy with your smile. If your smile isn’t up to your standards, Dr. Shaw offers cosmetic dental services to his clients. These services include Inlays/Onlays. Inlays/onlays are often thought of as partial crowns. They attach onto the base of your tooth to change its appearance.


 


Though inlays/onlays are technically a cosmetic procedure, it isn't really. They restore functionality to the teeth while also improving their physical appearance. They also can prevent further decay or damage to a tooth.


 


The difference between inlays and onlays is the severity of tooth decay. With inlays, part of the natural teeth remains intact, specifically the cusps. The inlay can be directly placed onto it. For onlays, the damage is extensive. The onlay extends onto the chewing surface on the back of the tooth to replace one or more of the cusps.


 


The entire procedure takes between two to three appointments with Dr. Shaw. To start, Dr. Shaw will remove any and all decayed tissue from the tooth. This will clear the tooth up for an impression. The impression of the tooth is used to create the inlay/onlay. A dental laboratory will create the inlay/onlay and send it back. This entire process takes between 2-3 weeks. You will receive a temporary inlay/onlay during this. At your final appointment, your permanent restorative device will be bonded to your teeth.


 


If you are interested in Inlays/Onlays, or our other cosmetic services, contact Dr. Shaw today. Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group is located in Austin, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw, visit our website or call 512-451-7491.


 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bone Grafts

Dr. Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, located in Austin, TX., offers bone grafting procedures to his patients. Bone grafts are used to build up the jaw bone to accommodate a restorative device. When a tooth is missing or extracted without replacement, the bone begins to disintegrate. A bone graft corrects this issue.


 


At your first appointment with Dr. Shaw, he will go over your eligibility for a bone graft. An x-ray will allow him to see how much bone jaw is available. This is also necessary for determining the size of the potential graft. There are multiple ways to receive tissue for the bone graft. In some cases, bone is taken from another section of the patients mouth. That section is drilled into, with the bone fragments being suctioned out to reuse. Other times the bone graft is received from a tissue bank. Regardless, Dr. Shaw will evaluate the bone graft for size and functionality.


 


Dr. Shaw will begin the bone grafting procedure by placing you under general anesthesia. He will make an incision along your jaw where the bone will be placed. The bone graft will be placed, being held in place using pins, plates, screws, wires, and/or cables. Once Dr. Shaw is finished, he will stitch and bandage the area.


 


Recovery is very dependent upon the patient. One main factor is the size of the graft itself. The larger the graft the longer the necessary recovery time. Your general health and natural healing time is also a big factor. Typical recovery can take place from two weeks up to a full year. Try not to engage in any vigorous activity while healing. Follow any post-operative instructions that Dr. Shaw gives you.


 


Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group is located in Austin, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw, visit our website or call 512-451-7491.


 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Children's Dental Hygiene

At Fredrick Shaw, DDS we want children to practice good oral hygiene. Tooth decay is the most chronic disease for children which is preventable through practicing good oral health care. We encourage our patients to begin brushing their children’s teeth as soon as their teeth come in.


Our staff advises our patients to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush to effectively clean children’s teeth without irritating your child’s sensitive gums. Parents should only use a dab of toothpaste to prevent them from swallowing the toothpaste.


The cause of tooth decay is when plaque and bacteria form on your teeth and ultimately forms cavities. When possible, we encourage all of our patients to eat a healthy diet and limiting your consumption of sugar and acidic that can damage your teeth.


Remember to bring your children to the dentist twice a year for cleaning with us. When good oral hygiene habits are practiced at a young age it sets them up for a lifetime of good oral care.


To learn more about Dental Phobia and all of the services we provide at our practice, visit www.fredrickshawdds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.