It’s easy to find a dentist you want to visit once — a quick Google search is all you need. But did you know that adults and families who have a dentist they visit over and over enjoy better oral health? We think it’s because when you really trust a team of dental professionals, you’re more likely to schedule and maintain appointments, even when nothing’s wrong. No matter your age, having a dentist to call your own is a key ingredient to maintaining a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Tips to Help You Choose a Good Family Dentist in Lakewood
January 5, 2016
Your Lakewood Dallas Dentist and Periodontal Health
December 8, 2015
Your smile wouldn’t be your smile without healthy gums. The way your skin supports and protects your organs and bones, so too your gums support and protect the connective tissue and bone structure that hold your teeth in place. Without healthy gums, you’re smile is at risk. To help you maintain your beautiful smile, the Lakewood Dallas dentist office of Vanderbrook and Hoppe would like to offer some advice on how you can take better care of your periodontal health and avoid gum disease.
Learn What Foods to Give Up for a Healthy Smile from the Dentist Office Lakewood Dallas Residents Prefer
September 25, 2015
If you had to grade your oral health right now, from 1-10, what would your pearly whites score? A perfect 10? If it’s anywhere below that — and if you’re like most adults, it is — you’ve got some room for improvement. Did you know that one big contributor to poor oral health is, quite simply, the food we eat? Your teeth quickly feel the effects of seemingly small lifestyle changes, like an extra cup of coffee in the morning. Your dentist’s office in Lakewood and Dallas knows a little bit about how our diets affect our mouths, so listen up and treat your teeth (and self!) well this fall.
Good Dental Habits Can Keep Your Mouth Clean As A Whistle
August 10, 2015
Do you practice good dental habits? If you’re not sure, there’s a pretty good chance that you don’t. Practicing good (not acceptable) dental habits is the easiest way to keep your mouth clean and free of diseases. You like having a clean and healthy mouth, right? You can do a lot of things with a healthy mouth, like comfortably chew the foods you love, speak whenever you’d like and other actions that involve using your mouth. But, in order to keep your mouth healthy, a dental regimen incorporating fantastic dental hygiene practices is a must. Our Dallas, TX office can help you brush-up on your dental hygiene if it needs some tweaking, or we can show you the dental basics if you’re unsure of what to do. Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry is the dentist office Lakewood, Dallas and the surrounding communities trust.
Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry: The Family Dentist Lakewood Dallas Turns to for the Best Dental Care
July 16, 2015
Dr. Drew Vanderbrook and Dr. Joanne G. Hoppe want to partner with you and each member of your family to help everyone maintain good dental care habits. Our office provides a comprehensive menu of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the historical community of Lakewood in Dallas, TX. Together, with regular checkups, we can help you improve your oral hygiene routine at home. Regardless of which stage of life you or your family members are in, we’re here to help.
Let’s begin with childhood. Your children need dental care just like every other family member. But did you realize that you are actually your child’s first dentist? From the moment you see that first little tooth appear through the gum, dental care needs to begin. After feeding, gently clean your baby’s teeth and gums with a soft cloth dampened with warm water. As they grow and more teeth appear, you can begin to brush with a soft, baby brush and just a dab of toothpaste.
Likewise, everyone in the family should be brushing and flossing their teeth at least twice each day. Our dentists recommend using a soft bristle brush, because harder bristles can scratch your teeth’s enamel. We also recommend a toothpaste with fluoride, a mineral that has been proven to strengthen enamel and help you win the fight against cavities.
Dental Checkup in Lakewood Dallas
Everyone in your family, from the youngest to the eldest, should visit the dentist regularly. When you maintain a regular schedule for your dental cleaning and examinations, we can easily monitor any changes in your oral health that indicate a developing problem. Of course, if we find anything of concern, then Dr. Vanderbrook or Dr. Hoppe will recommend a course of treatment. Our goal is to correct problems early before they have the chance to grow and become bigger problems as well as bigger expenses.
At your checkup, we will clean your teeth, examine for visible signs of tooth decay, check the health of your gums and other soft oral tissue, conduct an oral cancer screening, and take digital x-rays when necessary to uncover any spots of decay that are between teeth or just under the surface.
Call Our Office Today
If you would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or someone in your family, then call the office of Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry. We conveniently serve patients throughout the DFW metroplex including Lakewood, East Dallas, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland and Mesquite.
Periodontal Disease and Your Future Health: Treating Gum Disease in Dallas, TX
August 26, 2014
Most people know that gum disease can lead to problems like bleeding gums, bad breath, and even tooth loss. Did you know that there are even more serious health complications linked to untreated periodontal disease? At the Dallas, TX dental practice of Dr. Drew Vanderbrook and Dr. Joanne G. Hoppe, we offer an extensive array of general and preventive dentistry solutions, including periodontal therapy.
The Mouth-Body Connection
When bacteria within the gum tissue are attacked by your body’s immune system, disseminated toxins and inflammatory markers spread throughout the blood stream. Over time, these bacteria can begin to wreak havoc on tissues and organs located far from your mouth; this is one of the reasons that periodontal disease is considered a silent killer. Some of the serious health complications associated with advanced gum disease include:
- Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
- Respiratory infections, including pneumonia
- Coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular conditions
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pancreatic cancer
- Blood cancer
- Pregnancy complications, including low birth weight and premature delivery
- Poor management of diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease
Fortunately, a diagnosis of gum disease does not necessarily mean that you will affected by any of these conditions in the future. Early and consistent treatment with periodontal disease therapy can drastically reduce the likelihood that the infection will spread to other areas of the body. Our doctors possess the experience, skill, and knowledge necessary to provide our patients with comprehensive treatments that fight and treat gum disease.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Periodontal disease is most successfully treated when detected in its early stages. Because not everyone experiences obvious symptoms of gum issues early on, routine visits to our office (approximately twice per year) are vital to continued oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your visit with Dr. Vanderbrook and Dr. Hoppe. We look forward to serving you and your family! Our practice serves patients from communities throughout the DFW area, including Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, University Park, Lake Highlands, North Dallas, and more.