Oklahoma City family dentistry vital to pregnancies
April 20, 2016
You’re having a baby! Pregnancy a wonderful time of life. To really enjoy it, and to have a healthy baby, be vigilant about your oral health. What goes on in your mouth affects your unborn little one’s development and health, too. Drs. Colin and Jon Holman at Oklahoma Dental Expressions help young moms achieve best oral health throughout their pregnancies. (more…)
Dentist in Oklahoma City on Plaque, Tartar Difference
October 30, 2015
When it comes to the culprits behind most oral problems, plaque and tartar are well-known offenders. But if you think those words are interchangeable, you’re mistaken — and knowing the difference between them can help to greatly improve your oral hygiene. Today, your Dental Expressions dentist in Oklahoma City is in with more on the difference between plaque and tartar — listen and learn, and enjoy healthier teeth!
Proper Oral Care at Any Age Is Vital For Excellent Oral Health
September 8, 2015
You want your oral health to be in fantastic shape. Trust us, you don’t want to deal with any dental or oral issues. Your mouth is teeming with bacteria, most of it harmful if it isn’t properly treated. You probably think that brushing and flossing alone will help keep you out of the dentist’s chair and will ensure your oral health stays excellent for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Yes, brushing and flossing (twice a day) is highly beneficial for your oral health, however, you can’t see everything going on in your mouth. That’s where we come in.
Our office in Oklahoma City, OK wants you to know that we can help you maintain great oral health. It’s not a difficult concept to understand – getting help with your oral health is essential. There are things you can do and we can do to ensure your mouth is in tip-top shape. We practice general dentistry Oklahoma City residents can benefit from. Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier are the dentists Oklahoma City can go to for any dental help. We want to make your teeth look and feel as beautiful as ever, but in order to get to that point, proper maintenance is vital. We have general, cosmetic and children’s dentistry Oklahoma City residents can count on for excellent results.
“Why Should I Get A Dental Checkup Every Six Months?”
August 17, 2015
There’s a lot going on in your mouth right now. Various bacteria and other mouth-loving chemicals are moving up, down, over, and across your teeth. Some of these bacteria are washed away from your saliva, but other fragments can remain. Think of food particles. Every time you eat food the spaces between your teeth and other areas throughout your mouth are inundated with food particles that haven’t been properly digested. When these food particles stick around for too long they begin to rot. Rotting food isn’t good for your mouth – bacteria can flourish and eventually result in tooth decay, which can then lead to costly procedures and more time than you have spent at our dental office. There’s a lot you can do to keep your mouth in excellent health, including brushing and flossing twice a day. Unfortunately, doing these tasks alone won’t keep your mouth totally clean, but it certainly does help. The rest can be taken care of by us. A dental checkup helps keep us in the loop as far as your oral health is concerned. We’re your extra set of eyes for things you can’t see in your mouth. We’ll clean and polish your teeth while keeping an eye out of possible disease or cavity development. The dentists Oklahoma City, OK trusts are right here in our office.
Healthy Smile, Healthy Heart: Gum Disease and the Mouth-Body Link
April 16, 2015
When you brush and floss your teeth every day, chances are that you’re not thinking about how healthy your heart is. Research has shown, however, that there is a very important connection between oral health and overall wellness. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Colin Holman and Dr. Natalie Frazier offer an all-encompassing range of general and preventive dentistry services, including gum disease therapy, to keep your smile and your heart healthy. (more…)
Link Between Depression and Poor Dental Health Revealed
March 16, 2015
Avoiding care due to the fear of going to the dentist ultimately results in dental problems. A recently study conducted by Deakin University researchers discovered a link between depression and poor dental health. Dr. Colin Holman and Dr. Natalie Frazier at Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK are on a mission to provide a full range of services while reducing patient anxiety in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Researchers “… found almost two thirds of participants reporting depression (61 per cent) also reported having an aching mouth in the past year and more than half (57.4 per cent) considered their teeth to be in fair or poor condition.” In addition, it was noted that “… the more dental conditions one had the greater the severity of their depression.”
Whiter Teeth Impacts First Impressions
According to the “The Impact of Whiter Teeth on Key First Impressions” study, commissioned by Crest Whitestrips, improving the overall appearance of teeth influences how other people view you. “Dr. Dacher Keltner, smile psychologist and Professor of Psychology at University of California at Berkeley [reports], ‘Visible from 200 feet, it is the intense focus of what other people look at, and a sign of our warmth, confidence, and health.’ ”
Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier are positioned to help their patients achieve overall oral health. While preventative dental care keeps ahead of any issues, they also offer cosmetic dentistry:
- professional-grade teeth whitening (in-office whitening and custom-fitted trays for home use),
- porcelain veneers (to correct awkward spacing or gaps between teeth, chips and cracks, stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening and misaligned or misshapen teeth), and
- cosmetic bonding (a tooth-colored resin applied to the tooth).
Schedule an Appointment Today
Combining cosmetic dentistry with regular preventive care to obtain optimum oral health will assure you always look and feel (physically and emotionally) your best. Located in Oklahoma City, OK, the doctors at Dental Expressions serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Midwest City, Moore, Norman, and beyond. Please contact our office today to arrange a consultation to personalize services, which will meet your needs.
An Oral Cancer Screening from OK Dental Expressions Could Save Your Life
January 22, 2015
How much do you know about oral cancer? Although more than 40,000 new cases appear each year,many patients are completely unaware of the symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer. It is a disease that can go undetected because early symptoms are mild and easily confused with other oral health issues. The easiest way to detect oral cancer early is to keep up with your regularly scheduled dental checkups. Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier screen for oral cancer as a routine part of each and every dental exam. The earlier oral cancer is discovered, the more likely a positive treatment outcome. Don’t unnecessarily jeopardize your good health. Make an oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Holman or Dr. Frazier at OK Dental Expressions today. OK Dental Expressions proudly restores smiles daily throughout Oklahoma City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and the surrounding areas.
Eight Oral Cancer Warning Signs
If you, or someone you love, are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an immediate oral cancer screening appointment:
- Red, white, or spotted patches in the mouth
- A slow healing sore in the mouth or on the lips
- Mouth bleeding
- Loosened teeth
- Swallowing problems
- Suddenly ill fitting dentures
- Lumps or bumps on the neck
- Chronic earaches
Oral Cancer: Are You at Risk?
Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, and the risk for development increases with age. There are many behavioral risk factors for oral cancer including:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol use
- Excessive sun exposure on the lips
- Contraction of the human papilloma virus infection
Oklahoma City Oral Cancer Screening Appointments
If you, or someone close to you, is at heightened risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment with Dr. Holman or Dr. Frazier at OK Dental Expressions for an oral cancer screening today. OK Dental Expressions delivers quality care daily throughout Oklahoma City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and the neighboring communities.
Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?
September 15, 2014
If you have to avoid eating or drinking certain foods and beverages because of tooth pain, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Sharp pain and discomfort in your teeth from cold, hot, sweet or sour food is not normal. Your teeth are protected by a layer of enamel and gum tissue. Underneath the gum tissue are tooth roots, made of tiny tubes, which lead directly to the nerve of your tooth. If these roots are exposed by a receding gum line, they can allow the stimulus of hot, cold or sweet to reach your nerve directly, causing you pain and discomfort. If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, make an appointment today to see the experienced dentists at Dental Expressions. Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier proudly serve patients throughout Oklahoma City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City and surrounding areas.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors.
- Receding Gums- Caused by periodontal disease
- Gingivitis- Inflamed gum tissue exposes the tooth roots
- Brushing too hard- Can brush away the enamel and cause gums to recede
- Cracked Teeth- Cracks can fill up with bacteria and plaque causing gum inflammation
- Teeth Grinding- Can wear down enamel
- Plaque- Excess plaque along gum line can cause sensitivity
- Mouthwash- Acids contained in some mouthwashes can damage the dentin layer of your teeth
- Acidic Food- Consuming foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles and tea can cause the enamel to erode
- Dental Work- Some people may experience temporary sensitivity after cleanings or other dental procedures
Preventing and Treating Tooth Sensitivity in Oklahoma City, OK
There are several steps you can take right now to avoid the pain of sensitive teeth. You can start by practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly to reduce plaque. You could switch to a soft bristled brush and de-sensitizing or fluoridated toothpaste. You could also cut down on eating acidic foods and get fitted for a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night. Although you can take these steps, anyone suffering from tooth sensitivity should see a dentist immediately. Tooth sensitivity could be a sign of a more serious problem like periodontal disease. Also, the dentist can help relieve the sensitivity with treatments like fillings, bondings, fluoride varnishes and dental sealants. Make an appointment with the gentle and caring dentists of Dental Expressions today. Dental Expressions currently serves patients in Oklahoma, City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City and surrounding communities.
Say Goodbye to Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry in Oklahoma City, OK
August 15, 2014
We all know that regular visits to the dentist are integral to our oral health and the appearance of our smiles, but for some patients, the thought of undergoing dental work evokes negative feelings like fear and anxiety. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Natalie Frazier and Dr. Colin Holman understand that many men and women need a little extra help feeling comfortable in the dental chair, so we offer a safe and effective solution in the form of sedation dentistry.
How Will Sedation Dentistry Help Me?
When you feel tense or afraid in the dental chair, even the most basic treatments can be unpleasant. Fortunately, oral conscious sedation eliminates these problems in a way that has been proven absolutely safe. You simply take a small pill previously prescribed by our doctors prior to your appointment. Have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from our office, and discover how much more pleasant your dental experience can be when you feel completely relaxed and comfortable. With sedation dentistry, patients find relief from many common dental concerns, including:
- A highly sensitive gag reflex
- Inability to lie still for an extended period of time
- Anxiety or heightened stress in the dental chair
- A feeling of fear in response to the sights, sounds, and other sensations of a dentist’s office
Whatever your unique concern is, Drs. Holman and Frazier can help. We won’t begin treatment until we are certain that you are completely comfortable and relaxed.
Finally Relax with Oral Conscious Sedation
If you are one of the countless American men and women who have avoided necessary dental treatment because of dread, anxiety, or worries about discomfort, we want to help. Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your appointment and to learn more about how oral conscious sedation can help you get the care you need and deserve, all while eliminating the negative feelings you may have regarding dental treatment. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Our OKC dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Midwest City, Norman, Moore, and beyond.
Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed? Vital Information from Dental Expressions
July 20, 2014
Many teens and adults wonder if having their wisdom teeth removed is necessary. These third molars, after all, serve no purpose and often cause complications later in life. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Natalie Frazier and Dr. Colin Holman are always happy to sit down with our patients to discuss treatment options and what would best suit their needs. If you are wondering if wisdom tooth extraction is necessary for you, we’d like to help.
When is Wisdom Teeth Removal Needed?
When a wisdom tooth fails to erupt properly, it can actually grow in a variety of different directions, including toward or away from adjacent teeth. In other cases, it may become lodged within the bone of the jaw itself, a situation that may cause immense pain and even damage to the nerves deep within the jaw. In other cases, a wisdom tooth may erupt only partially, creating an opening in the gum tissue through which bacteria may cross and cause an infection. Symptoms of an impacted or infected wisdom tooth include:
- Localized pain
- Redness and inflammation of the gums
- Tenderness and bleeding
- Foul breath
- Swelling in the jaw
- A persistent and unexplained bad taste in the mouth
It is important to keep in mind that not all patients who have impacted wisdom teeth experience symptoms. Regular checkups at our office will help determine whether or not your wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems before you feel pain or develop an infection.
Schedule Your One-on-One Consultation Today
Whether your wisdom teeth have begun to erupt already or you are concerned that they may be impacted, we are here to help with a comprehensive selection of general, family, and restorative dentistry solutions. Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to reserve your appointment with our caring, experienced doctors. We look forward to talking with you, assessing your case, and recommending the treatment plan that best suits your unique needs. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in OKC happily welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and beyond.