Friday, October 27, 2017

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

Don’t think of bleeding gums as just another minor inconvenience; they could indicate a serious threat to your oral health. At the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we repair teeth and jaws that have been damaged by infectious diseases, but we are also firm believers in prevention. That’s why we want our patients to understand what puts them at risk for gum inflammation.

Bleeding gums are usually due to gingivitis. Also known as gum inflammation, gingivitis results from excessive bacteria growth on the teeth, particularly in the gum pockets. Bacteria produce tartar, which acid sticks to. This is what makes the gums irritated. Regular brushing can help prevent gingivitis, but biannual visits to a dentist’s office are necessary for cleaning out the gum pockets and removing tartar that has hardened into plaque.

There are a few factors which increase the risk of gingivitis. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes which lead to more bacterial growth. Dry mouth, which is a common medication side-effect, reduces the body’s ability to fight oral infections. It is also important for all patients to stick to soft-bristled toothbrushes. Hard bristles further irritate the gums and can cause recession.

Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit and fill out a contact form.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrate Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and before it’s over, Dr. Fredrick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group wants to encourage patients to celebrate. The key to a healthy mouth is practicing a rigorous proper oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day with an ADA approved toothpaste, flossing at least twice a day, and rinsing with an ADA approved mouthwash. You should also visit our office for professional cleanings twice a year.

Prevention is a popular word we use around our practice. This is because we want our patients to prevent gum disease, cavities, and future dental diseases. Through proper diagnosis and treatment planning, we can help our patients maintain a healthy smile, or restore it, if necessary. We offer a wide variety of services to meet all of our patient’s needs.

If you have questions or concerns regarding extrinsic stains or teeth whitening, please give us a call. To learn about other services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Thank You for Your Positive Reviews!

At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, our staff appreciates feedback because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank our patient who chose to remain anonymous for this 5-star review but would like to thank them for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  

“(I am) Very, very pleased with Dr. Shaw and his office staff! Let's face one likes to go to the dentist but this practice makes it not only painless but almost enjoyable! The work they do is the first rate and I highly recommend Dr. Shaw to anyone needing dental work!” –D.K.

If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit for more information.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.