Why is my Dentist Offering Botox?

I know a lot of people have wondered, “Why is my dentist doing Botox?” There are actually multiple reasons! With extensive education in head and neck anatomy and physiology, dentists are very familiar with the muscles of the head and neck and what makes them work. In addition, dentists should be very skilled in administering injections, as it is part of our every day routine.

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, reduces the contraction of muscles and usually lasts up to 3-4 months once injected. Dental indications for Botox include, but are not limited to, migraines, muscle stiffness/spasms, headaches, and TMJ pain/clenching/grinding. For example, when the masseter, a large muscle on the side of the face, is over active, a patient may notice that he or she is constantly clenching and grinding their teeth, which can lead to tooth wear and breakage, headaches, jaw pain, and the need for a bulky mouth guard. By injecting Botox directly into this muscle, the force of contraction is reduced, thus alleviating symptoms and negative side effects associated with clenching and grinding. Cool, huh?

I admit; Botox is more commonly thought of as a cosmetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. And Botox for cosmetic reasons is still very popular! But keep this in mind; once collagen breaks down, wrinkles get deeper, and it may be more difficult to treat. Start early! Cosmetic Botox is best used as a preventive measure at the onset of fine lines, usually in one’s 20s or 30s. 

I hope this has answered some of your questions about why the heck I am doing Botox. If you think you may benefit from Botox, schedule a consultation today!

Share a Smile with a Friend

A Gift for You and a Gift for Your Friend

At Grants Ferry Family Dentistry, we’re always looking for new ways to show our patients how much we appreciate them. We’ve designed our practice based on comfort, compassion, and great care, and now we’re excited to introduce our patient referral program. Along with our occasional giveaways and specials, we’re glad we can offer one more way to enhance your experience with us!

 

 

 

How Does The Patient Referral Program Work?

It’s pretty simple, actually! Whenever a new patient comes in we ask them if someone referred them. If you’re the lucky person who gave the referral, both you and the new patient will receive $50 dental dollars on each of your accounts! That’s right – for every new patient you refer to us, you’ll get $50 dental dollars.

$50 toward that crown you’ve been putting off!
$50 toward Botox!
$50 toward whitening!
However you choose to use it, it’s yours!

We love being able to show our appreciation by welcoming new patients to our practice. So spread the word! 😉

  • A ‘Referral’ is someone who is not an existing patient in our practice.
  • No cash value.  The $50 dental dollars can only be used toward patient balance after treatment and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

No one wants to think about cancer. But did you know that oral cancer affects nearly 50,000 Americans every year? It’s something we need to be aware of and know how to identify in its early stages. Though I carefully examine your oral cavity at every 6 month appointment, it is necessary that you do the same at home. My good friend and colleague, Dr. Kitrina Cordell, oral and maxillofacial pathologist and chair of the department of Diagnostic Sciences at LSU Dental School, has compiled a wonderful tool for Oral Cancer Self Screening. Please check out this link and learn some of the common signs, causes, and risk factors of oral cancer and when to contact your dentist.

https://www.lsusd.lsuhsc.edu/socs/default.aspx

Also, follow her on Instagram  to see some pretty interesting oral conditions!

https://www.instagram.com/lsuoralpathology/?hl=en

How to Maximize Your 6 Month Appointment

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to be more efficient and save yourself some time. We value your time at Grants Ferry Family Dentistry, so here are some tips on how to make the most of your 6 month appointment!

  1. Complete previously planned treatment: At your last appointment, you may have been informed that you were in need of dental work, and somehow you just never got around to it. You know who you are! No matter what caused you to postpone it, let’s address it at your next cleaning appointment. Just let our team know a couple of days ahead of your appointment, and we’ll get you fixed up!
  2. Whiten your teeth: Studies show that the BEST time to whiten your teeth is after a professional cleaning. We’ve removed the plaque and tarter, and the teeth are vulnerable. They are basically BEGGING to be whitened! We have multiple options to fit your time and budget. You won’t regret it!
  3. “Botox, please!”: Did you know we offer Botox and dermal fillers at GFFD? If you’ve been doing it for years or you’ve just been thinking about it, let’s have the talk. It’s quick, virtually painless, and can take years off of your appearance. And no one has to know! 😉
  4. Straighten up: Having straight teeth doesn’t have to mean metal braces. Since introducing clear aligners to our practice, we have seen some amazing results in a matter of months. After a few snapshots and a simple scan of your teeth, we can give you an estimate of treatment time.
  5. Smile design: Have you been thinking about a smile makeover? Let me show you what that could look like! With some recent advances in software, we can create a virtual smile design and let you see how that would look on YOU! Pretty cool, right?

As you can see, there are multiple ways to maximize your biannual appointment. Let us know how we can help make the most of your time!

 

Times are a Changin’

Hi, everyone! I recently had the opportunity to take a short dental vacation to Buffalo, New York. It. Was. So. Cold. But besides that, it was a lot of fun, and I learned so much about some of the newest products in the industry. As many of you know, I’ve recently invested in a CEREC machine which allows in-office fabrication of crowns, veneers, bridges, and more. Ask me about it- it’s my 4th child, and I would love to show it off! I’m so lucky to be practicing dentistry in an era where technology is playing a huge role in my everyday practice. It keeps things exciting, and I haven’t heard one patient complain about NOT having to take impressions! And this is just the beginning!

Launch of New Website

We have worked tirelessly over the last few months to create a new, user friendly website to showcase our services, introduce our team, and give you a feel for the kind of dental practice we are. We hope that we can answer some of your questions with our easy to navigate services page and make you feel like you know us, even if you haven’t met us yet! Look around. Be nosy. Ask questions. We want you to feel comfortable putting your dental needs (and, for some, anxieties) in our hands!

 

Proper Brushing FAQs

Mouth open or mouth closed?
After lunch or after dinner?
Flat or at an angle?

We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a
brush a get to work, right?

Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing
those pearly whites.

The trick is cutting through the fat and finding out exactly what works. We live in a world of
alternate facts, truthiness, and lists of “7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean Without Picking Up a
Toothbrush.” What’s even correct these days?!

Fear not, because we’ve got you covered with this handy FAQ (frequently asked questions)
guide. We’ll keep it simple with some easy dos and don’ts of brushing. Let’s get to it!

Proper Brushing Habits

Don’t: Keep your brush flat
Do: Use a 45-degree angle when brushing

Don’t: Use looooooooong strokes. No need to cover your whole mouth in one stroke!
Do: Use short, side to side strokes

Don’t: Brush with the force of a giant. This isn’t a strongman contest!
Do: Gently cover all areas. A gentle touch helps prevent wear and tear on your enamel

Don’t: Go one and done
Do: Brush at least twice a day, especially after eating or drinking something acidic (like citrus or
soda)

Don’t: Be sentimental and use the same toothbrush for life
Do: Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. A trick to remember: switch out on the first day
of each season

Don’t: Be average – the average person brushes their teeth for 45 seconds
Do: Brush for a full 2 minutes. A helpful trick: say the alphabet while brushing a certain section,
move to the next section after you hit Z.

Don’t: Keep your toothbrush in a closed container
Do: All your toothbrush to air dry

Don’t: Store your toothbrush on the sink counter where bathroom particles can get on it
Do: Store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet

Don’t: Wield a tough-bristled brush
Do: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is much better for your tooth enamel

And there we have it! Some easy practices to keep that perfect smile. Remember: Brushing is only 4 minutes out of the day, so why not make it the best 4 minutes of the day!