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Link Between Depression and Poor Dental Health Revealed

March 16, 2015

492500957Avoiding 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.

Lifelike Dentures for a Beautifully Restored Smile in Oklahoma City, OK

February 16, 2015

494375087Replacing missing teeth is of great importance for a variety of reasons, including improving your ability to eat and speak properly. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Colin Holman and Dr. Natalie Frazier offer a wide range of restorative dentistry options to help reconstruct your dentition, including conventional dentures and implant-supported dentures.

Are Dentures Right for Me?

When most people think of dentures, the image of a full set of false teeth is typically the first thing that comes to mind. These are called complete dentures, and they effectively take the place of an entire arch of missing teeth. At Dental Expressions, we will ensure that your complete dentures look natural and feel comfortable so that you can once again fully enjoy eating, speaking, and smiling with a full set of teeth.

Partial dentures also replace missing teeth, though they differ from conventional dentures in that they replace only a few teeth rather than an entire arch. The custom-crafted prosthetic teeth are color-matched to your existing dentition for the most natural look possible. Partial dentures not only replace missing teeth for improved function and aesthetics; they also help prevent other teeth from shifting.

A consultation with the team at Dental Expressions will aid in determining which type of dentures are right for you. We’ll take the time to sit down with you and discuss all available options to ensure that we find the ideal solution for your unique situation. If you are interested in implant-retained dentures, we’ll explain the dental implant process and develop a treatment plan that best suits your individual needs.

Start Rebuilding Your Smile Today

Whether you currently wear dentures and you are interested in the possibilities afforded by implant-supported prosthetics or you are planning to undergo an extraction and you’d like to learn more about your restorative dental options, we are here to help. From our conveniently located office in Oklahoma City, OK, our doctors proudly serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Midwest City, Moore, Norman, and beyond. Contact our office today; we can’t wait to show you what a difference our commitment to quality dentistry and your satisfaction can make for you!

An Oral Cancer Screening from OK Dental Expressions Could Save Your Life

January 22, 2015

78769905How 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.

Care for Your Little One’s Smile with Gentle Children’s Dentistry in Oklahoma City, OK

December 16, 2014

478248949Your child’s smile lights up your world every day; though it is no doubt as beautiful as it is cherished, is it healthy as well? Believe it or not, those little pearly whites need just as much attention from the dentist as adult teeth do. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier offer a comprehensive range of general and family dental solutions, including children’s dentistry.

The Importance of Children’s Dentistry

Tooth decay is the single most prevalent childhood disease in America; in fact, it is four times more common than early childhood obesity and 20 times more common than diabetes. Cavities, also known as dental caries, are caused by the acid-producing bacteria that accumulate on teeth and beneath the gum line. While brushing and flossing at home are certainly integral parts of any healthy oral hygiene routine, the only way to fully control plaque and bacteria is to visit the dentist at least once every six months beginning around the age of three or four. You may wish to bring your child to our office prior to this age, particularly if you notice anything out of the ordinary or have cause for concern. As always, our team is here for you and your family, standing by to answer any questions you may have about your little one’s smile.

During a routine checkup, our doctors and staff will closely examine each surface of your child’s teeth, inspecting even between teeth to rule out the existence of damaging cavities or symptoms of gum disease. We will perform a thorough cleaning as well, offering helpful homecare tips so you can maintain your child’s smile properly between visits. Our doctors may suggest fluoride treatments to fortify your son or daughter’s vulnerable enamel and sealants to help ward off tooth decay. With children’s dentistry at our family-friendly office, you’ll find everything you need to keep those precious little smiles looking and feeling their absolute best.

Your Trusted 73170 Children’s Dentists

At Dental Expressions, we understand that many children may feel slightly uneasy in an unfamiliar place, particularly in a dental office where there are innumerable new sights and sounds to experience all at once. This is why we specialize in ensuring that even our youngest patients feel absolutely comfortable and relaxed from the moment they enter our office. We want to lay a sturdy foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health, and we do so with gentle, effective, and personalized children’s dentistry services, all of which are performed with genuine care and a warm, welcoming smile.

If you’d like to experience the Dental Expressions difference for yourself, we encourage you to contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your child’s appointment. Our team would love nothing more than to serve you as a member of our own dental family. Our conveniently located practice is privileged to serve families from throughout OKC and the surrounding areas, including Norman, Midwest City, Moore, and beyond.

Get a Brand New Smile with Porcelain Veneers from OK Dental Expressions

November 15, 2014

484651397If you’re not fully satisfied with your smile, there’s a good chance that you have more than one complaint. Therefore, you need a cosmetic dentistry solution that can address several problems at once. If you’re not satisfied with the color, shape, or spacing of your teeth, you should explore the porcelain veneers cosmetic option. Porcelain Veneers are incredibly versatile and can address many cosmetic dental issues. They’re made of thin ceramic shells that can cover and repair your cosmetic imperfections. Porcelain veneers are long lasting and naturally looking. To get the bright and confident smile you’ve always dreamed of, make an appointment today to see the experienced cosmetic dentists at OK Dental Expressions. Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier proudly restore smiles throughout Oklahoma City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and nearby communities.

What Cosmetic Dental Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

  • Crooked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Chipped or worn teeth

How Are Porcelain Veneers Placed?

  • Step 1: Your tooth enamel is trimmed back about the same thickness as the veneer.
  • Step 2: The dentist will use a shade guide to determine which color of porcelain most closely matches your surrounding teeth.
  • Step 3: Then the dentist will take an impression of your tooth and its surrounding teeth and gums to fabricate the veneer.
  • Step 4: A temporary veneer will be placed until your permanent veneer is ready.
  • Step 5: Your permanent veneer will be bonded creating your brand new smile.

What Are the Advantages of Porcelain Veneers?

  • Natural Appearance –Porcelain is a ceramic material that has many similar properties to your tooth’s natural enamel.
  • Stain-Resistance – Porcelain also has an extremely smooth and impervious surface.  This makes porcelain veneers quite resistant to permanent stains.
  • Long Lasting Porcelain veneers typically last over 15 years.
  • Color Versatility – The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Ease of ShapingPorcelain veneers do not require extensive shaping prior to the procedure.
  • Improves Appearance & Restores ConfidencePorcelain veneers can dramatically change your smile and improve your self-confidence.

Porcelain Veneers Appointments in Oklahoma City, OK

If you want a brand new smile for a brand new year, make an appointment to see Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier at OK Dental Expressions for your porcelain veneers consultation today. OK Dental Expressions proudly serves patients throughout Oklahoma City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and surrounding areas.

Dental Nutrition and Halloween Candy: Preparing and Protecting Your Child’s Smile

October 2, 2014

178067812While it’s common knowledge that consuming excessive sugar can lead to tooth decay, some of the lesser known facts about dental nutrition are just as important to keep in mind. This is particularly true for children, whose tooth enamel is softer than that of an adult. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Colin Holman and Dr. Natalie Frazier help parents from throughout OKC protect their children’s smiles from harmful decay. We accomplish this with children’s dentistry that includes routine exams, cleanings, patient education, and preventive treatments like sealants and fluoride.

Dental Nutrition & Your Child

In addition to brushing and flossing your child’s teeth, you can make some small, simple changes to his or her diet in order to further protect against oral health concerns. These include eliminating excessive snacking between meals and offering a glass of water with every starchy or acidic food. If your children can’t wait for mealtime, don’t reach for chips or sweets; instead, try some sugar-free yogurt, a handful of almonds, string cheese, or a crisp apple. These all help to improve enamel’s resistance to plaque buildup.

Halloween Tips for Cavity-Free Smiles

Celebrating Halloween is fun for children and adults alike, and we certainly won’t advise you to eliminate all the joy that comes from trick-or-treating for candy. It’s simply a good idea to limit the type and number of candy treats your child consumes in order to avoid the development of cavities. Steer clear of chewy candies that remain in the mouth for extended periods of time as well as those that are likely to get stuck between the teeth. To give your child’s smile extra protection from cavities this holiday season, call us and ask about how dental sealants and fluoride supplements can protect and fortify his or her teeth.

Schedule Your Visit Today

Halloween is right around the corner and the rest of the fall and winter holidays will arrive shortly after. Keep your child’s smile healthy and looking its best with preventive and family dentistry services at Dental Expressions. We look forward to helping your little one’s pearly whites stay cavity-free not only during the coming holiday season, but all year long. Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your child’s visit, and learn more about how various foods impact oral health. Our state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves families from communities in OKC, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, and more.

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

September 15, 2014

484760977If 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

147352006We 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

467995341Many 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
  • Headaches

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.

Implant Secured Dentures: Give Your Smile a New Lease on Life

June 2, 2014

176958678If you are one of the millions of Americans who relies upon dentures to eat, speak, and smile comfortably, it’s highly likely that you know how uncomfortable they can actually be. While wearing dentures is certainly preferable to living a life without teeth, these dental prosthetics do come with their own set of drawbacks. Fortunately, modern implant dentistry makes it possible for denture wearers to finally enjoy a more natural, lifelike bite and smile. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Colin Holman and Dr. Natalie Frazier offer a comprehensive array of restorative dentistry procedures, including implant secured dentures.

Benefits of Implant Secured Dentures

Over time, a patient who wears dentures finds that their prosthetic may begin to slip when they speak or eat. This is due to the fact that your gums change in shape as the months and years pass, so the prosthetic you rely on to eat and talk must be adjusted accordingly. In addition, dentures can feel uncomfortable, even causing self-consciousness when you speak in social situations. Adhesives and natural suction don’t always work, leaving you wondering when your dentures might move or shift unexpectedly at work, at a dinner party, or anywhere else.

With implant secured dentures, your entire dental prosthetic is affixed to tiny titanium posts that are placed directly within the gum and jaw bone. These dental implants serve as sturdy anchors for your dentures, holding them firmly and comfortably in place. You can finally feel free to eat your favorite foods, speak confidently, and smile openly without a second thought. As with all of our other restorative dentistry procedures, we’ll be happy to discuss each step of the dental implant process with you, answering any questions you may have along the way.

A Revitalized Smile with Implant Dentistry

Whether you currently wear dentures and are interested in learning more about how dental implants can help you or you plan to have extractions performed and want to explore your restorative options, we are here to help. Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your consultation with our team of experienced doctors and staff. We look forward to giving you a real reason to smile! Our conveniently located practice happily serves patients from throughout the OKC area and surrounding communities, including Midwest City, Moore, Norman, and beyond.

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