Dental Care During Pregnancy Should Not Be Avoided

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There are many people who believe that all dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy. This is, in fact,  a dental myth. Not only is it not true, but, it is recommended that during pregnancy, preventative dental and regular exams not be put off.

It was very important for pregnant women to take care of their dental health during pregnancy. As a result of the hormonal changes taking place in a woman during this time, there is an increased risk for developing gum disease, which has been been known to affect the health of the developing baby. Ideally, it would be in a woman’s best interest to visit her dentist and have her gum tissue carefully examined, and have any oral health problems treated before pregnancy. However dental care during pregnancy is not forbidden.

It is recommended that any necessary dental procedures during pregnancy be avoided during the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester. These periods are critical times in the development of the baby’s growth and development. However, routine dental care is encouraged during the second trimester. Dental exams should not be skipped during pregnancy. During this time, more than ever, it will be very important to ensure that your have good dental health, especially your gums. Dental work such as fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. Elective dental procedures, like teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures,  should be postponed until after the pregnancy. Also, dental x-rays during pregnancy should be avoided, unless it is a dental emergency.

Maintaining healthy oral health is absolutely necessary during pregnancy. Continuing a healthy oral regime during your pregnancy will help in reducing the risk for any dental problems.





Super Foods For Healthy Gums

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As children growing up, we were always warned about the perils of eating sugary foods, especially candy. However, many of us, then, and even now, were not told about the foods that we should be eating, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, in order to promote and maintain healthier gums, and also teeth. Here at Buttercup Dental we are dedicated to educating our patients about the foods that we eat and the vitamins that they contain which are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth.


Foods rich in Vitamin A:
Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the normal structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A, can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get Vitamin A from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.


Foods rich in Vitamin C:
Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage and is vital in the promotion of healthier gums by preventing the gums from breaking down. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of fresh fruits including citrus fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.


Foods rich in Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is essential in preventing the inflammation of gums which can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While plenty of sunlight aids in the body's production of Vitamin D, you can get additional Vitamin D from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.


There are many reasons for eating healthy foods. As far as oral health goes, eating healthier is a sure way to get on the right track to promoting and maintaining healthier gums. Visit your Cedar Park Dentist today and ask us more about how you can keep your smile beautiful and healthy by eating the right foods.




CareCredit - The Convenient Payment Option

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At Buttercup Dental, we understand that the biggest hindrance to many people getting the dental care required is the financial obligation involved. Many people do not have insurance to cover most dental procedures and they are faced with out of pocket expenses that are just too much for them to pay. Thus, it is with this knowledge that we offer several convenient payment options, including the payment plan administered by CareCredit.

CareCredit can be the solution to helping some get the smile if their dreams.  It is a personal line of credit that can enable you to finance all of your dental care. CareCredit offers various monthly plans where the user will have a certain length of time to pay for their procedure. instead of having to come up with the full payment at the time of treatment. 

However, CareCredit is not for everyone. It is a credit card, and its approval is based on past credit history from the  applicant(s). Many doctors, including your Cedar Park Dentists offer CareCredit to their patients because they want to continue to offer the best care necessary.

If you are interested in using CareCredit, or any of our other convenient payment options, call our office today, 512-335-8121, and we will discuss all financial options which may be available to you!!!!

Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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