Reinvigorate Your Sleep Without Surgery

Smile green OPKSSleep disorders can make your life more difficult than it needs to be. Two common varieties of diagnosed disordered rest relate to the mechanisms of your mouth and throat. The first in this discussion is chronic obstructive sleep apnea. This condition occurs when the form of the throat softens as you reach a period known as REM sleep. This is defined by sporadic rapid movement of the eye, which gives it its name. Apnea is the momentary pause of breath when your throat tissue lays atop itself. This condition can negatively affect your health.

The connection between your jaw and the side of your head can also become malfunctional as a result of your overnight jaw movement. Just as the rest of your body requires rest, the temporomandibular joint needs a full night of sleep to recover from a full day worth of chewing and speaking. Bruxism is the grinding of teeth and it can also cause erosion to your enamel. Speak with Dr. Jay Cook, DDS at Family First Dental in Overland Park, Kansas about how a minimally obtrusive oral appliance can help you renew your sleep! (more…)

Free Your Mouth From Plaque And Tartar

Lily OKPSHome oral health maintenance is critical in keeping your smile safe for years to come. But there are some things that need to be handled in the dental office. The removal of problem plaque and tartar might seem like a responsibility that falls solely on you. However, there are certain things you need a qualified professional to do. There are many hidden areas of your smile that are hard to reach. You could be ignoring certain spots without even knowing.

A cleaning and examination every six months is typically appropriate to keep your smile maintenance strong. Schedule an appointment with Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. This process is vital in ensuring that your oral health remains intact for years to come. Tartar can only be removed with the aid of a trained dental health care provider. Do not risk future tooth decay by postponing these visits. A consistent relationship with your dentist can help to identify concerns before they snowball into serious harms! (more…)

Enamel Repair With Porcelain Veneers

Camping OPKSDo you struggle with the appearance of your smile? Are you suffering from increased enamel erosion from imbalances that cause additional wear? Or perhaps, you are looking for a solution to neaten up chips and breaks from physical trauma or simple everyday wear.

A porcelain veneer procedure can be helpful in all of these situations. Discover the benefits of enamel enhancement with these sturdy translucent caps at Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS. We can walk you through the entire process to help you gain a new sense of confidence with a graceful smile. Look better and feel secure in your dental future with enamel improvement and stabilization with porcelain veneers! (more…)

Take Advantage Of The New Year

NYE OPKSThe holidays can be a stressful time of year. From winter travel to the added concerns of viral infection, this Christmas seems to be particularly problematic. Once the holiday festivities are over, it is time for the start of a new year. This can be a great way for you to look back on the successes and failures of 2022 and try to do things right this time. While we might not be able to help you with your weight loss concerns, dedicating yourself to positive oral health care can be a positive step.

Take the first step and schedule a regular cleaning and examination at Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS. If it has been a while since your last visit, feel comfortable in our experience to get you up to speed in your dental wellbeing. Be proactive with your health and relearn your smile confidence! (more…)

Nearly Invisible Correction With Invisalign®

Smile OPKSAlignment issues can lead to serious imbalance in the use of the structures of the mouth. When our teeth are not in a healthy location, certain areas can experience overuse. The additional strain on the enamel may lead to a condition known as dental erosion. This is the wear of the durable exterior of the tooth and it can lead to dangerous infection.

Another health concern related to alignment is the development of tooth decay. When parts of our smile overlap, the areas can be especially prone to the buildup of bacterial colonies. This situation creates locations that may be difficult or impossible to fully clean. Daily oral hygiene maintenance is crucial to the lasting vigor of your bite. Your alignment may be preventing you from being able to appropriately remove foreign organisms before they cause lasting enamel damage that may require a filling or a root canal. Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS proudly brings you Invisalign® treatment therapy to help you make a lasting positive change in your alignment! (more…)

Treat Tooth Decay Early

Decay OPKSThe immune system constantly battles foreign bacteria, which can thrive on the remnants of food that can tuck into the recesses of the mouth. When an infection continues over a period of time, it can lead to a loss of the enamel at the location of these colonies. These bacteria create highly acidic waste that directly causes tooth decay, and can lead to major concerns!

Your Overland Park, KS dental office is dedicated to keeping you and your family’s smile safe. Tooth decay can cause a weakening of your immunological defenses and leave you at risk of harm, so take it seriously! Protect your enamel to keep your smile safe from infection and erosion this holiday season through healthy prevention and treatment of decay. (more…)

Strengthen Your Rest, Treat Your Smile

Sleep OPKSSleep disorders are incredibly common in the United States. While people may know the symptoms of problems with their rest, they might not be aware of a common cause. Our jaws can become our own worst enemy overnight, if left to their own devices. Or perhaps you feel that your issue is only minor, and maybe you can just push through the drawbacks.

But two of the most common issues related to sleep center around your oral health. The first comes with a condition called bruxism, or the gnashing and clenching of the teeth. This grinding can lead to dental erosion, putting your smile at serious risk of infection or alignment concerns. Another common disorder overnight lies in sleep apnea. This is the activity of pausing breath while asleep and it can be dangerous to your longterm health. Today, your Overland Park, KS dentist stresses the importance of caring for your sleep, and how your oral health might be to blame! (more…)

Smile Safety When Sick

Sick OPKSThis time of year can be particularly dangerous in regard to our health. Frequent winter viruses such as the flu and the common cold are much more present during this time, for a variety of reasons. We are spending much more time indoors, huddled close to each other. Winter is simply a much more contained time. In addition to that, the holidays can lead to more people visiting each other from different areas. This connection is prime transmission material for these viruses.

When you become sick, your oral health can take a serious step back. It’s hard to get out of bed to take care of your routine maintenance when you are tired and trying to rest as much as possible. Not only that, but your immune system is busy focusing on this infection. You might not have the resources to keep your mouth fighting the constant risk of bacterial growth. Today, your Overland Park, KS dentist givs you some tips on how to keep your oral health strong while sick, and how to best void contracting these viruses to begin with! (more…)

Sensitivity Can Be A Sign Of More

Cold OPKSHere in the Kansas City area, this time of year can be a struggle for some. The beautiful fall weather is now turning to a deeper cold that will last through to the spring. For many patients, they begin to notice their tooth sensitivity concern when they first breathe in that crisp winter air. But the underlying cause might still seem a mystery!

It is important to identify what is causing your issue, as many differing forms of damage can leave your smile with serious discomfort. The most common cause is through the weakening of or damage to the enamel, or the hard exterior surface of the tooth. When this occurs, the vulnerable inner materials underneath become more susceptible to bacterial infection. Exposed nerves might also become irritated when coming into contact with the cold. Today, your Overland Park, KS dentist explains just some of the common causes of dental sensitivity, and what we can do to get you feeling better! (more…)

A Smile With Grace And Durability

Ice OPKSMany people look to the versatile benefits that can come alongside a porcelain veneer procedure. This surgical process is the placement of sturdy, functional caps onto your existing enamel. A wide variety of forms of tooth damage can use this as a remedy, as well. Even with significantly broken structures, a trained oral health care professional can build up a suitable base through bonding techniques.

Whether you are looking toward the repair of a single tooth or a refresh on worn or misshapen ones, this procedure has the possibility of giving you a beautiful smile. These prosthetics are designed to last you decades with proper maintenance, and the material is around the same durability as our natural enamel. Today, your Overland Park, KS dentist illustrates how porcelain veneers might be a fantastic solution for lifting your smile to its highest peak! (more…)