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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. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Flossing

 


Flossing is a key element of your daily oral health hygiene routine. Though you might not think so, flossing is just as important as brushing. Only flossing can reach areas of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t. Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S. at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, can answer any and all questions you might have about your daily oral routine, including flossing.


One of the best hygiene habits you can have is flossing every time you brush. Establishing a flossing routine is as easy as that. There are a few reasons why people don’t floss regularly. If your teeth are too close together, look into different varieties of floss. Floss comes waxed and unwaxed along with various thicknesses. A common misbelief is that flossing is too time-consuming. In reality, flossing has never been more accessible. Floss can be bought anywhere. Try sitting down to floss while you participate in leisurely activities, like watching TV.


Most patients don’t even realize that they might be flossing wrong. The American Dental Association (ADA) provides a few healthy tips and tricks to flossing correctly.


1. When flossing, use eighteen inches of floss. Wrap the majority of it between your two middle fingers. One finger will twirl out the used floss, the other with the clean floss.


2. Use your thumb and forefinger to guide the floss between the teeth. Be gentle, don’t snap the floss against your gums.


3. Wrap the floss around the tooth in a C shape.


4. Rub along the sides of the tooth in an up and down motion.


5. Throw away your floss when finished.


If you’d like to know more about flossing, or our other provided services, visit Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX. Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S. is available for appointments online and over the phone. Visit our website or call 512-451-7491.


 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Porcelain Veneers


We here at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group want you to be confident in your smile. If you’re worried about your teeth color, shape, or alignment, consider Porcelain Veneers. Dr. Frederick Shaw offers these cosmetic services and more to his patients.




Our veneers are made of a thin layer of durable porcelain that replicates natural tooth enamel. When bonded to your teeth veneers create a whole new smile. The first step when choosing veneers is understanding exactly what you want your new smile to look like. Color is one of the biggest factors to choose from. Veneers can come in all shades of white, from natural to Hollywood-level brightness. Various sizes and shapes are available too. It’s recommended to do some research beforehand so you can decide what will look best.




Once a plan has been agreed upon, the next step is to prepare a mold of your teeth. This mold is sent to a dental laboratory to create your custom veneers. In the meantime, you will receive temporary veneers to wear. The permanent veneers will later be cemented onto your teeth. Just like with your natural teeth, make sure to brush and floss every day. Regular checkups with Dr. Shaw will ensure that your veneers and teeth are healthy.




Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group is located in Austin, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S., feel free to contact us through our website or by calling 512-451-7491.




 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Occlusal Adjustment


After a night of sleeping, do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? Experience pain when eating or talking? When you bite, do you feel like your jaw is lopsided? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need an Occlusal Adjustment.




Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S. of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group can help you adjust and correct the alignment of your bite. This misalignment is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. Evenly adjusting your bite will take irregular pressure off the mouth. Occlusal adjustment causes minimal to no pain, and very little discomfort.




Before the procedure, Dr. Shaw utilizes new technology to help locate at-risk areas. A computer scan of the mouth takes hundreds of bite registrations per minute, noticing even the smallest irregularity. This allows us to make adjustments that are only absolutely necessary.




During the procedure, Dr. Shaw will adjust the jaw by using a dental drill. Removable mouthpieces, similar to mouth or night guards, are also used. These will protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is complete.




What qualifies a good candidate for occlusal adjustment? Patients with loose and shifting teeth have found success, along with patients experiencing bruxism (teeth grinding) and uneven bite and pressure distribution. If you suspect that you may need an occlusal adjustment, schedule an appointment through the contact information below.




Visit Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, or contact Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S. online or over the phone. More information can be found on our website www.fredrickshawdds.com, or by calling us at 512-451-7491.




 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Canker Sores

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Canker sores aren’t contagious but can be extremely painful and make chewing and drinking difficult.


The duration of a canker sore vary but they usually last anywhere from a couple days to a couple of weeks. Canker sores are a more oval shape and vary in size depending on the severity of it. Patients who are sensitive to certain foods can trigger canker sores along with anxiety, facial injuries, and a diet that lacks iron.


Teens and young adults are the most common demographic for canker sores and females are more likely to experience canker sores than males.


Although there is no exact cure for canker sores, rinsing your mouth a few times a day with warm water after meals and before bed helps. Avoiding sugary and acid foods are helpful and trying to keep stress to a minimum.


To learn more about canker sores and 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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Nutrition and Oral Care

The foods you eat play a big role in the health of your teeth and gums. A steady diet of nutrients, fruits, and veggies makes teeth stronger and helps to avoid gum disease. At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group we recommend patients avoid sugary and non-nutritious food to avoid tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease.


Studies have shown that it is more difficult for the tissues in your mouth to resist infection when your body is not getting enough nutrients. People whose diet contains a lot of fat and sugar are at a higher risk of developing gum disease at a younger age.


Properly cleaning your teeth by brushing and flossing is important to avoiding gum disease and cavities. Outside of visiting Dr. Fredrick Shaw, DDS twice a year for a cleaning, drinking plenty of water and eating plenty of fruits and veggies will lower the risk of bad oral health.


To learn more about nutrition and 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.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Oral Cancer Screening

An oral cancer screening is performed by Dr. Fredrick Shaw to to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal of an oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early and treat it.


Patients who regularly consume tobacco or alcohol put themselves at a higher risk for oral cancer, and a history of sun exposure is more likely to cause lip cancer. Treating oral cancer before it becomes an irreversible problem is crucial and patients should receive an oral cancer screening with our practice as a precaution.


The exam to test for oral cancer is painless and will consist of an ultraviolet light the dentist uses to examine the patient’s mouth and feel  for any lumps or abnormalities.


Lifestyle choices play a big role in the health of your mouth and the condition that your body is in. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular oral cancer screenings when you visit Dr. Fredrick Shaw.


To learn more about canker sores and 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.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tongue Care

Good oral hygiene begins with brushing and flossing your teeth, using fluoride, and avoiding as much as sugary and acidic foods as possible. It is also important to brush your tongue. Even though your tongue can’t develop cavities, it attracts bacteria that hide in the crevices and will stay there until brushed. The consequences of not brushing your tongue are bad breath and tooth damage.


There are a few ways to maintain good oral care of your tongue and the first one is a tongue scraper which can be found in most drug stores. These scrapers help to clear bacteria while improving the appearance and sensation of your tongue. Traditional toothbrushes will work just fine to clean your tongue as all you need to do is brush back and forth, side to side, and rinse with water. Over-brushing of the tongue can break the skin so once all the areas of the tongue have been brushed, simply rinse and you are good to go.


To learn more about canker sores and 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, January 3, 2019

Swelling following Tooth Extractions

Our job at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin is to replace teeth and help preserve them, but there are occasions when a tooth has to be removed. Hopefully, the process will be the simple extraction of a natural tooth, but even then, some swelling is natural and expected. We find that patients feel more confident about the procedure when they know what to expect and how to stay as comfortable as possible.


The loss of a tooth triggers the immune system’s inflammatory response. The patient’s blood should quickly clot, sealing off the empty socket from harmful bacteria, so the patient may try to prevent inflammation from increasing. The best way to do this is through the use of cold packs. They should be held against the mouth for fifteen minutes at a time, with fifteen minutes allowed to elapse between applications. The packs should be dry. Swelling can be expected to peak on the third day, and patients should call us if it continues to increase after that.


Once swelling has maximized, patients can try reducing it by using heat packs to speed blood flow out of the extraction region. For their safety, they should follow the same fifteen-on/fifteen-off protocol. Swelling should usually disappear within a week. If the extraction was complex, swelling may be more severe, and patients will have to return to our office anyway to have the sutures removed.


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 Frederick Shaw DDS and fill out a contact form.