A Dental Bleaching Treatment Is the Safest and Most Effective Way to Whiten Your Smile

Your tooth enamel has microscopic textures where small staining particles and residue can adhere. If they are not removed on a daily basis, they can slowly start to penetrate the enamel layer and setting the stains in deeply. The depth of the stains on your teeth will directly influence the whitening products or treatment that… Read more »

Why Bleeding Gums Might Be a Problem for You

At the dental practice of Dr. Scott Elrod, we want our patients in Lake Jackson, Texas to know that taking good care of your oral health benefits not just your precious pearly whites, but your gum health as well. In fact, did you know that your gums–which cushion and support your teeth–are an indicator of your… Read more »

An Ignored Cavity Might Need to Be Repaired by a Bridge

An ignored cavity invites bacteria and decay to exploit the dentin, pulp or even the root of a tooth. In time, this severe amount of decay can be so bad that our team’s only option is to extract the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have completely healed after extraction, our highly trained… Read more »

How To Keep Your Oral Health Strong

Do you wonder if there is anything you could do to keep your mouth—or your child’s mouth—stronger? Similarly, do you know what might help with you improve your oral health? If you are interested in answers to questions such as these, we have good news: there probably is something you can do. For example, did… Read more »

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

It is estimated that some 75 million Americans have some sort of fear of the dentist. This can range from feeling uncomfortable with the idea of having work done on the mouth to an out-and-out phobia. It is particularly concerning when a person’s dental fear keeps him or her from receiving needed dental care. At… Read more »

Using a Porcelain Crown

Chips, deep stains and past dental work on one or more of the teeth in your smile, can often leave you feeling self-conscious. Many people in a situation like this will call Dr. to explore their cosmetic restoration options. Sometimes a single tooth can be restored with a porcelain crown while other teeth in your… Read more »

Are You Traveling? If So, Here Are Ways to Prevent Dental Emergencies

If you’re about to hit the road, it’s best to plan for your smile. No one wants to experience a dental emergency, especially if they are away from home, so our team is happy to help you keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape as you travel. We recommend doing the following things:… Read more »

Cavity Restoration 101

Along with excellent daily oral care–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once daily–keeping up with periodic dental checkups is your biggest preventative for dental caries along with gum disease. We also check to make sure old dental fillings aren’t leaking, causing further decay. Checkups allow your dentist to find early signs… Read more »

Screening for Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer

Screening for oral cancer and pharyngeal cancer is more important now than ever. In the past, the highest risk for oral cancer was linked to smoking, tobacco use, and excess alcohol consumption. But recently, this cancer is rising in the younger generation due to HPV, so much so that contracting HPV (the human papillomavirus) is… Read more »

Spring Cleaning for a Healthier Smile

Spring is in the air, and it feels like a renewal and rebirth after the dreary long nights and short days of winter.  Many of us have the urge to rejuvenate with a good spring cleaning, so why not refresh our oral habits for a brighter smile? Toothbrush Spring is the perfect time to replace old… Read more »