Have You Scheduled Your Fall Checkup Yet?

September 14, 2012

186428328In just about a week and a half, we’ll have reached the first day of fall. What that means for all of us in Oklahoma City and around the country is cooler weather, shorter days, and beautiful fall colors. It also signals that 2012 is mostly behind us now; the holidays will be here before you know it. That makes now a great time to schedule your fall checkup.

Enjoy a Healthy Smile This Holiday Season

We all want to enjoy the holiday season. And a key part of enjoying the holidays is having the freedom to comfortably enjoy the great foods that come with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas season. That’s a more difficult thing to do, though, when you don’t know how your smile’s doing.

But that’s exactly what you can find out during a fall checkup with Dr. Frazier or Dr. Holman at Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City. During your visit, our team will thoroughly assess your oral health, perform a professional cleaning, and recommend any services that we think might be helpful for you.

Some of those services may be preventive or restorative—you may need a filling, for instance—but others might be cosmetic. Wouldn’t you love to share a whiter, straighter, more shapely smile with your friends and family this year? We have services that can help.

Are you ready to schedule your fall checkup with Dental Expressions and Dr. Frazier or Dr. Holman? Call our Oklahoma City dental office today to schedule your appointment. Our OKC team is always ready to help.


Dental X-rays in the News: What you need to know

April 11, 2012

469156185You may have recently read news stories about dental x-rays being linked to benign brain tumors.  We want to clarify a few points and assure you that every reasonable precaution is being taken to ensure your safety and minimize potential risks.  For years, the recommendations concerning radiographic frequencies/techniques have been governed by a concept called ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Allowable).  This means that you take x-rays at the lowest possible settings to obtain diagnostic radiographs, as well as taking them only when necessary.  When are they necessary?  According to the American Dental Association/FDA Guidelines there are many differences based on age, previous cavity experience and risk factors.

For new patients to our practice, baseline radiographs are necessary to determine current dental health and risks.  If you have recent DIAGNOSTIC radiographs from your previous dentist, this may not be necessary.  In this instance these x-rays are used to determine if there is decay between your teeth (which cannot usually be seen during a routine exam) and to check bone levels for signs of periodontal disease.  Also radiographs are necessary to diagnose abscesses in patients having toothaches.

For recall patients with visible decay or increased risk of decay there are two different recommendations for children/teens and adults.  In children and teens x-rays are indicated every 6-12 months.  In adults this increases to every 6-18 months.  This range means that it is on a case-by-case basis depending on risk factors.

For recall patients with no visible decay and not at an increased risk for decay there are three groups.  For children the interval is 12-24 months.  For teens the interval is 18-36 months and adults are 24-36 months.

The news story reported that most patients only needed x-rays every 3 years.  As you can see, this frequency only applies to adults with little to no risk factors.  According to Dr. Donald O’Rourke, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania , it is also important to note that there is around a 20-25 year delay in radiation induced meningioma formation.  The 1433 study participants mean age was 57, meaning that they were x-rayed using older technology.  Digital radiographs have drastically cut radiation exposures.  The study also relied on patient’s memories of whether they had received regular x-rays during the decades preceding the study, including during their childhood.  Self-reporting of this frequency also leaves great room for error.

The amount of radiation that we are exposed to from dental X-rays is very small compared to our daily exposure from things like, cosmic radiation and naturally-occurring radioactive elements (for example, those producing radon).

The table below compares our estimated exposure to radiation from dental X-ray with other various sources. As indicated below, a millisievert (mSv) is a unit of measure that allows for some comparison between radiation sources that expose the entire body (such as natural background radiation) and those that only expose a portion of the body (such as X-rays).


Source Estimated Exposure (mSv)
Man MadeDental X-rays

Bitewing radiographs
Full-mouth series



Medical X-raysLower gastrointestinal tract radiography
Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography
Chest radiograph
NaturalCosmic (Outer Space) Radiation

Average radiation from outer space In Denver, CO (per year)



Earth and Atmospheric RadiationAverage radiation in the U.S. from Natural sources (per year) 3.000

Source: Adapted from Frederiksen NL. X-Rays: What is the Risk? Texas Dental Journal. 1995;112(2):68-72.

As always, please let us know of any concerns you may have so that together we can work to make a customized dental health plan that we can both agree on.








Leap Years Come Every Four Years, Dental Checkups Should Come Every Six Months

February 29, 2012

462389477Today is February 29th, meaning that this year is a leap year. Leap years only come every four years. Regular checkups at Dental Expressions, on the other hand, should come much sooner than that. In fact, ideally they should happen every six months.

Why so often?

Because, as important as brushing and flossing are, nothing gets smiles as clean as a professional cleaning. What’s more, during a dental checkup, our doctors have a chance to inspect your smile and gauge how healthy it is. If we need to, we can recommend a general, cosmetic, or restorative service that will help you give your smile a better future.

To find out more about each of our services, including popular services like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental implants, please explore our site.

And if you’re ready to schedule your next appointment, just get in touch with our Oklahoma City dental office. Dr. Colin Holman and Dr. Natalie Frazier would be happy to answer any questions you might have, in addition to thoroughly examining your smile.

Give us a call today. We serve patients from OKC, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and surrounding areas.

Dental Expressions Meets Vital Needs with Family Dentistry

January 30, 2012

Filed under: General Dentistry,Uncategorized — okde @ 9:18 pm

178845072If you have one or more children, you know how busy life can get. The last thing you need is the hassle of looking for one dentist for yourself and another who can care for your little one.

At Dental Expressions, you’ll never have to worry about that because we practice family dentistry. That means we can help your whole family, from the youngest on up to the oldest. Our services include:

If you’d like to learn more about any of these, simply click on the links above to visit their respective pages.

And if you’d like to schedule a visit with either Dr. Holman or Dr. Frazier, we’d be happy to set one up for you. Our office is located in Oklahoma City and serves patients from the greater OKC area, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and surrounding areas.

We hope you’ll consider paying us a visit, especially if you have little ones who are approaching their first birthday. Bringing your child in as soon as he or she develops their first tooth is an important part of helping him/her achieve optimal oral health. Call us today!

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