Dr. Cobb's Blog
February 28, 2020
Most people are aware of common threats to their oral health like cavities and gum disease. But chipped or broken teeth are also quite common! In some cases, a tooth is susceptible to breaking because it’s been weakened by multiple fillings, clenching and grinding, or simple wear and tear. In others, someone bites down on something hard like a piece of ice or has an injury or accident. Regardless of the reason, broken teeth need to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further pain and problems. Keep reading to learn about the 5 top procedures a dentist in Odessa may recommend to restore the strength, function, and appearance of a broken tooth.(more…)
October 10, 2019
Tooth loss affects millions of Americans, and more than 35 million are completely edentulous (without teeth). And while it’s completely understandable to be concerned about how you’ll eat, speak, and smile after tooth loss, rest assured that modern tooth replacement procedures are better than ever. Two of the most popular options are dentures and dental implants in Odessa, both of which offer a different set of advantages. To learn more about which choice is right for you, keep reading below!
August 14, 2019
Did you know that over 90% of the population has had tooth decay (aka cavities) at some point in their life? This common condition leads to varying degrees of discomfort, but fortunately, a dentist in Odessa can usually repair it with a simple dental filling. However, as you may know if you’ve had many cavities filled, it’s not unusual to have temporary sensitivity after the procedure. Keep reading below to learn more and find out when sensitivity after a filling is normal and when you should call a dentist!
April 17, 2019
Can you guess the number one chronic disease among young children? Here’s a hint: it’s not asthma and it’s not diabetes. In fact, tooth decay or childhood caries is five times more common than asthma and 20 times more common than diabetes. You can help your children avoid tooth decay (cavities) by instilling good oral hygiene habits that include daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to a family dentist in Odessa.
January 22, 2019
What’s the best way to take care of all the smiles in your family? Bring each one to see a family dentist in Odessa. A family dentist is specially trained to attend to dental needs at each stage of life. So from a young smile to the eldest, you can count on your dentist to provide appropriate care.
November 6, 2018
No one needs to tell you that regularly seeing a dentist near Midland is important to maintaining your oral health and a beautiful smile. But did you know that keeping your mouth in good shape also contributes to your overall health and well being? It’s true. Dentists, scientists and researchers acknowledge the oral-systemic connection. Read on to learn more about this link and how preventing gum disease is especially important.
July 12, 2018
If you have one or more missing teeth, then you are well aware of the challenges. Eating certain foods may be difficult. Depending on which teeth are missing, you may have trouble pronouncing some words. And your smile just won’t look the same. Fortunately, there are several good options for tooth replacement in Odessa. Read to learn more about these and how your dentist can work with a specialist to ensure your complete satisfaction.
May 23, 2018
Seems hard to believe, but research indicates that as many as 80 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease. And as if that weren’t enough of a problem, many don’t even know they have this chronic bacterial infection. Furthermore, the bacteria that cause gum disease have been linked to other systemic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Therefore, knowing the signs of gum disease is imperative so you can begin periodontal therapy in Odessa as soon as possible.
April 24, 2018
Periodontal, or gum, disease is a bacterial infection that begins when plaque calcifies and turns to tartar. This hard substance builds up between gums and teeth. If not removed with periodontal therapy in Odessa, the bacteria-filled tartar irritates gum tissue, causing inflammation and bleeding. As gum disease progresses, there may be bone deterioration and tooth loss. In addition, gum disease has been connected to systemic illnesses including diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
All of this, however, can be avoided with consistent proper gum care and oral hygiene. Read on to learn what you can do to have healthy gums.
March 22, 2018
Do you have sleep apnea? Have you tried—and failed—to use a CPAP machine? Well, don’t feel bad, because you’ve got lots of company . Some research shows that the failure rate for CPAP machine therapy is as high as 50 percent. Nevertheless, sleep apnea must be treated for the sake of a good night’s sleep and your health . Have you considered oral appliance therapy? Many patients find comfortable and effective relief from sleep apnea in Odessa when they wear an oral appliance, also called a snoreguard or mouthguard.