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    ISRAEL TRIP 2013 | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 5 months ago

    • Mt Carmel-Jezreel Valley
    • Mount of Beatitudes on Sea of Galilee
    • Temple Institute

    Dr Tate and his wife, Sue, had the privilege to travel to Israel this fall with a group from their church.  Pictured above is: 

    1. On Mt Carmel with the Jezreel Valley below.       

    2. Mount of Beatitudes on the Sea of Galilee

    3. The Temple Institute

    In Dr Tate's words:  "What a wonderful trip!  We literally walked where Jesus walked and where the patriarchs of the Old Testament--through their faithful obedience to God-- participated in His plan to establish a people and a nation through whom the whole world would be blessed."    

    FLUORIDE VS. WATER BOTTLES | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Drinking water with fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. However, if your family drinks bottled water, you may be missing out on those benefits. That’s because many bottled waters do not contain fluoride. If you want to know if the bottled water you drink contains fluoride, be sure to check the label. Also, if you use a home water filter and bottle your own water, you may be removing the fluoride from your tap water.  Check out this video.

    http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/bottled-water

     

    ORAL PIERCINGS | BLOG FROM TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Body piercing is a popular form of self-expression. Oral piercings or tongue splitting may look cool, but they can be dangerous to your health. That’s because your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection and swelling often occur with mouth piercings. For instance, your mouth and tongue could swell so much that you close off your airway or you could possibly choke if part of the jewelry breaks off in your mouth. In some cases, you could crack a tooth if you bite down too hard on the piercing, and repeated clicking of the jewelry against teeth can also cause damage. Oral piercing could also lead to more serious infections, like hepatitis or endocarditis. If you pierce your tongue, lips, cheeks or uvula (the tiny tissue that hangs at the back of the throat,) it can interfere with speech, chewing or swallowing. It may also cause:

    Infection, pain and swelling. Your mouth is a moist environment, home to huge amounts of breeding bacteria, and an ideal place for infection. An infection can quickly become life threatening if not treated promptly. It’s also possible for a piercing to cause your tongue to swell, potentially blocking your airway.

    Damage to gums, teeth and fillings. A common habit of biting or playing with the piercing can injure your gums and lead to cracked, scratched or sensitive teeth. Piercings can also damage fillings.

    Hypersensitivity to metals. Allergic reactions at the pierced site are also possible.

    Nerve damage. After a piercing, you may experience a numb tongue that is caused by nerve damage that is usually temporary, but can sometimes be permanent. The injured nerve may affect your sense of taste, or how you move your mouth. Damage to your tongue’s blood vessels can cause serious blood loss.

    Excessive drooling. Your tongue piercing can increase saliva production.

    Dental appointment difficulties. The jewelry can get in the way of dental care by blocking X-rays.

    If you already have piercings:

    Contact your dentist or physician immediately if you have any signs of infection—swelling, pain, fever, chills, shaking or a red-streaked appearance around the site of the piercing.

    Keep the piercing site clean and free of any matter that may collect on the jewelry by using a mouth rinse after every meal.

    Try to avoid clicking the jewelry against teeth and avoid stress on the piercing. Be gentle and aware of the jewelry’s movement when talking and chewing.

    Check the tightness of your jewelry periodically (with clean hands). This can help prevent you from swallowing or choking if the jewelry becomes dislodged.

    When taking part in sports, remove the jewelry and protect your mouth with a mouthguard.

    See your dentist regularly, and remember to brush twice a day and floss daily.

    Of course the best option is to consider removing mouth jewelry before it causes a problem. Don’t pierce on a whim. The piercing will be an added responsibility to your life, requiring constant attention and upkeep. Talk to your dentist for more information.

    Sincere Dental Office with Excellence in Mind | Tate Family Dentistry Review

    Last updated 5 months ago

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    • Being part of the Tate family has been a privilege.  We came from Arlington where we were part of another great family practice and wondered if we would ever find a replacement.  We did!!   It has always been a very open, sincere dental office with excellence in mind.   Everyone has always been so very friendly and... More

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    WHITENING

    Last updated 5 months ago

    WHITENING

    At some point, you may consider tooth whitening to help brighten your smile. Before using whitening products, talk to your dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment for you and if your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo a whitening procedure. This is especially important if you have fillings, crowns and/or extremely dark stains on your teeth.

    Some popular whitening methods include:

    In-office bleaching. A bleaching agent is applied to teeth and a light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. In-office bleaching products typically contain a higher percentage of peroxide than at-home formulations. The procedure is usually completed in less than two hours.

    At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners that bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a custom mouth tray. The bleaching trays are worn for short periods of time over a few days to gradually whiten the teeth.

    Whitening toothpastes. Although all toothpastes help remove surface stains “whitening” toothpastes that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. They do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth like bleaching agents do.

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