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Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease Aug 13th, 2019

Bad breath can stem from many different causes. It could be that bowl of garlic-laden pasta you devoured last night, a side effect of certain medications, or a lapse in your oral hygiene. In some cases your bad breath is related to a medical condition such as periodontal disease. Periodontal...

5 Benefits of Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist to Improve Your Smile Jul 9th, 2019

Cosmetic dentistry has quickly become popular among people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life, and the reason really should come as no surprise: The number one thing people notice about you is, you guessed it, your smile! That’s why even the most minor smile imperfections can be major...

Five Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Veneers Jun 13th, 2019

To smile or not to smile? If you have inconvenient imperfections in your teeth, like stains, cracks, or misalignment, this might be a question you are asking yourself. After all, a less-than perfect smile can affect your self-confidence and willingness to share your teeth with the world. Cosmetic veneers can...

Calm Your Jitters With Sedation Dentistry May 17th, 2019

It isn’t unusual to find dental care a subject of great fear. Dental anxiety can be so severe that people avoid visiting the office for check-ups and put off their treatment as long as possible. Does that sound like you? Know this: You’re not alone. An estimated 20% of people...

4 Major Benefits of Instant Orthodontics Apr 28th, 2019

Having a beautiful smile with straight, healthy-looking teeth is really important, no matter how old you are or where you are in life. When your smile looks great, you feel great, and that means you feel more confident in every area of your life. Unfortunately, beautifully straight teeth rarely (if...

Unhappy With Your Smile? A Customized Smile Makeover Could Be the Answer Mar 7th, 2019

Did you know your smile is often the first feature people notice about you, whether they’re meeting you for the first time or they see you every day? With that kind of impact, it makes sense you’d want to do all you can to make sure your smile always looks...

When Does Gum Disease Require a Deep Cleaning? Feb 1st, 2019

Gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss among American adults.  What’s more, according to the CDC about half of all men and women have some degree of gum disease, which puts them at an increased risk for losing one or more teeth. Gum disease develops in “stages,” ranging...

Don't Let Dental Anxiety Prevent You From Taking Care of Your Teeth: Learn of Our Sedation Options Jan 9th, 2019

Dentophobia, or strong fear of going to the dentist, can be life-altering. Without dental care, many patients find themselves suffering from pain, embarrassment, and other problems associated with decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, it becomes harder and harder to seek treatment as problems worsen because many patients worry that the...

Holiday Parties and Other Great Reasons to Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened With Zoom Dec 19th, 2018

The holidays are a great time for get-togethers, whether it’s with family, friends, or coworkers. But if your dingy teeth are keeping you from putting your best foot forward, all those parties and gatherings can make you feel more than a little self-conscious. Fortunately, there’s a quick solution that can help...

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Your Headaches, Neck Pain, and Even Shoulder Pain May Be the Result of TMJ Nov 27th, 2018

Neck pain and headaches are among the most common medical complaints for both men and women of nearly every age. Often, we tend to write these problems off as stress-related or maybe the side effects of spending hours bent over computer screens and cellphones. Sure, these factors can cause or contribute...

Good Dental Hygiene Goes Beyond Your Teeth: Link Between Gum Disease and Other Health Problems Oct 8th, 2018

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and there’s no better time to brush up on your dental hygiene practices. But good oral health habits aren’t something you should only focus on during the month of October.The benefits of good dental hygiene extend way beyond just clean teeth and fresh breath....

Getting Dental Care before Surgery Can Save Your Life Sep 6th, 2018

If you are facing surgery, one of the most important things to add to your checklist is seeing a dentist. That’s because a new study shows that seeing a dentist before you get surgery can potentially help reduce your risk of complications, including pneumonia and death.And, of course, maintaining good...

How Your Drinking Habits Impact Your Teeth Aug 23rd, 2018

Most Americans are casual alcohol drinkers. They drink sometimes, maybe a few times a month, or only on special occasions. Moderate alcohol consumption may (or may not) be associated with health benefits. But what about your teeth? Recently, some images have drawn attention to the potential for alcoholic drinks to damage...

Unhappy with Dentures? Dental Implants Can Improve Your Life Jul 12th, 2018

Many people who lost teeth didn’t realize just how much of a difference dentures would make in their lives. They thought that dentures might be better than having unhealthy or damaged teeth. And that’s correct–dentures can be better than unhealthy teeth. But dentures are a far from ideal solution when...

Teeth Damage Is the Most Common Claim Against Anesthesiologists Jun 28th, 2018

Intubation for anesthesia is not high on anyone’s list of favorite pastimes. But what can make it really unpleasant is if the experience leaves you with a lasting injury. And, according to data released by Anesthesiology News, the most common lasting injury related to surgical intubation is tooth damage. That’s based...

Jose Altuve Makes the List of MLB’s Best Smiles Jun 14th, 2018

Since his debut in 2011, Jose Altuve has become a powerhouse hitter for the Houston Astros. But his recent honorary ranking among the best smiles in MLBshows that he’s a powerhouse in the smile department, too.A Little Kid from a Big CityAltuve hails from the large Venezuélan city of Maracay, with a...

Do You Need to Replace Crowns or Bridges on Your Dental Implants? May 31st, 2018

One of the most remarkable things about dental implants is how long they last. We often describe them as lifetime restorations because they really can last a lifetime. The first man to get dental implants had them for over 40 years before he passed away, and the second man to get dental...

Science Shows That Smiling Makes You More Dateable May 17th, 2018

If you’re dating and want to do what you can to attract a date, you need to know that smiling is the secret to success. And it’s a secret that many people just aren’t using. According to a sociologist who works at Bumble (and used to work at Tinder), smiles...

Evil and Lovin It: Why Marvel’s Villains Smile So Much Apr 26th, 2018

As we look forward to the release of Marvel’s long-awaited Infinity Wars, we can’t help but be excited by the exuberant attitude of the big bad villain Thanos. In one of the earlier trailers, he flexes the Infinity Gauntlet and intones, “Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe....

Barbara Bush Remembered for Her Smile, Kindness Apr 20th, 2018

This week, Houston mourns one of its most prominent residents. Barbara Bush, former First Lady of the United States, passed on Tuesday at her home in west Houston. This occurred after it was announced that she would not seek more care for health conditions, choosing palliative care instead. Although she...

Can’t Fit Braces into Your Schedule? Instant Orthodontics Might Be for You Mar 29th, 2018

There are many reasons why some of us don’t get braces when we’re teens. Maybe our family didn’t have the money then. Maybe we just didn’t like the idea of having metal brackets and wires on our teeth at the time. Or it’s possible our teeth weren’t that bad then,...

Why Dental Insurance Doesn’t Cover Implants Mar 22nd, 2018

We’ve talked before about the problems with dental insurance, why it might not be the best deal for you, and why it may be killed by the gig economywhere people have to invest in it separately. But if you need any more evidence that dental insurance may not be the best investment...

Introducing Nightlase Mar 14th, 2018

At the office of Dr. Scott Young, we are always looking for innovations that provide our patients with better results and help them solve problems for which there was no good solution in the past. Nightlase is one of these innovations, and we’re proud to announce that Dr. Leah Zils is now...

How Many Veneers Is the Right Choice for You? Feb 28th, 2018

Veneers are a very flexible cosmetic dentistry procedure. They can be used to fix just one tooth, or to transform your entire smile. But with flexibility comes decisions. You have to decide how many veneers is the right number to achieve the effect you’re looking for.Here’s a guide to help you make this...

Are Your Cosmetic Concerns Signs of Oral Health Problems? Feb 22nd, 2018

Most Americans are unhappy about the appearance of our smiles, but many of us put off doing something about it. We think that the appearance of our smile is not important. But maybe it’s time to rethink that. The truth is that when it comes to your smile, health and...

We Can Help You Finally Be Relaxed at the Dentist Feb 15th, 2018

Most Americans experience some level of anxiety about a dental visit. For some of us, that anxiety is so bad, it keeps you from getting the dental care you need or desire. We’ve long had good options for people with severe anxiety. Sedation dentistry works well in those cases. But what if...

Dismiss These “What Ifs” and Get Your Smile Makeover Feb 1st, 2018

In  his hit song, “What Ifs,” Kane Brown highlights how uncertainty can make it hard to move forward with a commitment like falling in love with someone. If you think about all the what ifs, it can be almost impossible to make a move. Kane Brown tries to help his...

3 Reasons Why Your Teeth Might Be Drifting Now Jan 25th, 2018

It seems like after teeth come in, they should be pretty well fixed in place. After all, they’re anchored in the bone, and they seem pretty solid. And maybe your teeth have been pretty well fixed in place since your teenage years or since you had your wisdom teeth removed. Until...

Fear of Holes Might Explain Why Missing Teeth Elicit Strong Reactions Jan 18th, 2018

Over the years, psychologists have collected extensive catalogs of people’s reactions to stimuli in their environment, especially stimuli that cause them to feel deep anxiety, fear, or revulsion out of proportion to the norm. We call these phobias, even when they don’t technically meet the clinical criteria of phobias. Since...

Would You Like a More Manly Smile? Dec 28th, 2017

You know that there’s a manly way to dress, a manly way to drink, even a manly way to stand. But you might not have realized that there is such a thing as a manly smile. A beautiful smile, yes, but a manly smile? That’s a new one for many people....

Dental Health and its Relationship to Overall Health Oct 24th, 2017

Dental health has a great deal to do with the state of your dental hygiene. Being that your teeth and gums are connected to the rest of your body, several symptoms of your overall health can manifest in your mouth. Poor dental well being can provide evidence of different health problems...

Dental Care Tips for Bachelors Oct 19th, 2017

It’s no secret that men tend to have much poorer dental health than women. They are more likely to be missing teeth, and more likely to have poor oral health. Partly, this is because they don’t visit the dentist as often. Men are about 8% less likely to see a...

Why Dental Implants Are Not a Luxury Oct 5th, 2017

If you have lost one or more teeth, you might look at replacing those teeth as a luxury. But the truth is that there are many reasons why it’s imperative to replace missing teeth. And if you’re going to replace your teeth, dental implants are the most functional replacement.We understand...

Tooth Discoloration: The Two Types of Tooth Stains Oct 4th, 2017

Tooth discoloration can make you feel self-conscious when laughing, smiling, or talking. You want to get rid of it, but what is the right treatment? The appropriate type of tooth whitening depends on whether your teeth are discolored because of outside substances or stained from within.This page will help you...

5 Reasons Not to Cancel Your Appointment Sep 21st, 2017

We understand that life is hectic at the best of times, and it seems like there’s not enough time in your schedule for all the things you have to do. And at times like this, it’s even harder to fit dental appointments into your schedule. Whether you’re still assessing damage,...

Professions Where a Smile Matters Most Aug 24th, 2017

If you are unhappy with your smile, it can touch all portions of your life, not the least of which is your profession. Everyone will feel the influence of their smile when looking for a job. People with brighter, straighter smiles are more likely to be hired and more likely...

Cosmetic Solutions for Large Canine Teeth Aug 2nd, 2017

People don’t need large canine teeth. When was the last time you had to bring down a wildebeest with your teeth? Or fend off a rival for your parking spot with a threatening grimace? As a result, we tend to have smaller canine teeth than dogs or cats, and that’s...

Are Americans Getting Fewer Dental Crowns? Jul 12th, 2017

This week, the trade website DentistryiQ performed an analysis on the number of single dental crowns being placed by dentists and found out that dentists are placing fewer crowns.But does this mean that Americans are actually getting fewer dental crowns? Not really. With increasing numbers of dentists in the US, Americans...

Do Cavities Run in the Family? Apr 19th, 2017

There are many risks that are shared by your family as a whole. Obviously, a meteor strike on your home will put the whole household at risk. But since there’s nothing you can do about it–short of backing your own space program–it’s not worth worrying about it. On the other...

What Smiles Mean Apr 11th, 2017

We’re used to thinking of smiles as being a happy expression, but it’s not always. In fact, there’s more than a dozen different types of smiles, and they convey many different messages. Because of the many different messages your smile can convey, you are probably using your smile a lot more...

Dry Mouth: Destructive Danger for Your Teeth Mar 8th, 2017

You might think that dry mouth is just a nuisance. It makes your mouth feel uncomfortable and can cause an unpleasant taste in your mouth. What you’re tasting there is the destruction of your teeth.If you have dry mouth, it’s important to get it treated in order to protect your...

Porcelain Veneers and Other Misnomers Feb 15th, 2017

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, you might have looked at porcelain veneers and thought they were fragile. The truth is that porcelain veneer is something of a misnomer these days, and that most porcelain veneers are made of advanced ceramics that excel in both appearance and durability. Veneers Were Originally Made of...

Is Weight Loss Good for Your Teeth? Jan 5th, 2017

Weight loss is the most common New Year’s Resolution. This is good for your health, but it could also be good for your teeth. We’ve already talked about the role that poor oral health can play in weight gain, so it makes sense to talk about the opposite effect: how losing weight...

Does My Cracked Tooth Need Immediate Attention? Nov 10th, 2016

If you have chipped or cracked a tooth, it may be a dental emergency, or it may not. Some damage to your tooth needs to be looked at as soon as possible, but other times you can postpone treatment for a chipped tooth until it’s convenient.But how do you know which is...

Coconut Oil Pulling Is Probably Bogus Oct 26th, 2016

Do you have a wife or girlfriend that is always getting in on the latest trends? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, until it means that you have to go along, too. You may have tried the lemonade cleanse because you didn’t have a good excuse.  But here’s one you...

Dental Implants Give the Most Natural Appearance Oct 19th, 2016

Dental implants are the best choice for tooth replacement. Not only can you enjoy all your favorite foods with a bite that’s close to natural teeth. They can last a lifetime–documented functional for up to 50 years–and they only require the same care as your natural teeth: brushing, flossing, and making...

Is Your Unhealthy Mouth Making You Fat? Aug 24th, 2016

If you’re unhappy with recent weight gain or with failed efforts to try to lose weight, it could be that poor oral health is to blame. You might not think that gum disease and tooth problems are behind your weight problems, but they might very well be. Are You Avoiding Healthy Foods? If your...

How Dental Amalgam Affects the Environment Aug 11th, 2016

Amalgam fillings have been a part of the dental world for decades to repair tooth decay. These fillings are known as “silver” or “metal” fillings, and many adults have amalgam fillings, but did you know that the composition of amalgam consists of approximately 50 percent mercury? Mercury already exists naturally...

Are Dental X-rays Safe? Here’s What You Need to Know Jul 20th, 2016

Dental X-rays are the most common diagnostic tool used in dentistry. They allow the dentist to see in areas of your mouth, including your jawbone, to evaluate your oral health. There is a lot the dentist cannot see with the naked eye, which is why X-rays are typically part of...

General Dentistry and Your Oral Health Jun 30th, 2016

Good oral health starts at an early age. The earlier you start taking care of your teeth with a good dental hygiene regimen at home, the more likely you will be to continue doing so as an adult. But while brushing, flossing and having a healthy diet at home can...

What Could be Causing Your Toothache? Jun 13th, 2016

A common assumption is that when a tooth hurts, it is because of a cavity. In reality, there are various causes of tooth pain, and sometimes your teeth are not even the source of your pain! Here are common causes of tooth pain.Tooth SensitivitySharp pain, caused by eating or drinking...

Zoom Whitening FAQ May 21st, 2016

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening? Zoom tooth whitening is a dental procedure that changes the natural color of your teeth to a lighter, brighter, more youthful looking shade. This technique combines a special bleaching gel with a specific wavelength of light to cause activated oxygen molecules to be released. This activated...

Questions To Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist May 11th, 2016

Cosmetic dentistry can restore your confidence, revitalize your look, and improve your social interactions. But before you undergo a procedure, you should ask your prospective cosmetic dentist about their training and experience, past results, and the procedure options available.A good cosmetic dentist will leave you feeling confident that you have chosen the right...

What is Pregnancy Gingivitis? Apr 28th, 2016

Pregnancy gingivitis is a type of gum disease that is found in nearly 50% of expectant mothers. Hormonal changes during pregnancy make gums more susceptible to bacteria and, as a consequence, more likely to develop gum disease. Pregnancy gingivitis typically begins early in the first trimester and can progress and worsen throughout....

Welcome Dr. Leah Zils Apr 19th, 2016

Scott Young, DDS is pleased to welcome Dr. Leah Zils to our practice. Dr. Zils received her DMD from the University of Texas School of Dentistry, which she attended after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M. Dr. Zils is continuing to pursue post-doctoral training in the dental arts through Spear Education...

Oral Cancer Awareness Month Apr 5th, 2016

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 42,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. Tragically, an average of one person dies every hour in the U.S. due to complications with oral cancer – a type of cancer that can actually be easily treated...

How Dental Crowns Are Made Mar 31st, 2016

Dental crowns may be created differently in different offices, either through a mold or by a digitally constructed model. At Woodlands Premier Dentistry, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young uses all-porcelain crowns, unlike many other dentists who use porcelain- or composite-covered metal dental crowns. Dr. Young feels all-porcelain crowns provide you with more...

Crown Lengthening Mar 22nd, 2016

Teeth that appear too short can distract heavily from the appearance of a smile. If your teeth are dwarfed by excessive gum tissue or just naturally smaller, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young may be able to address the issue with a crown lengthening procedure. Alone or as part of...

Emergency Dental Care after St. Patrick’s Day Mar 15th, 2016

Texas leads the nation in emergency dental care for women following St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Research from Sikka Software, a company that provides tools for more than 10,000 dental offices in the U.S., finds that 39% of the women who seek emergency dental services between March 18th and 20th live...

Four Questions about TMJ Mar 8th, 2016

What is TMJ? Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is the name given to a group of disorders impacting the proper alignment of the jaw. Alternately known as TMD, these conditions are often most responsive to neuromuscular dentistry treatments. What are the primary symptoms of TMJ? Symptoms of TMJ include: Noises in the jaw such...

Questions About Your Dental Crown Mar 2nd, 2016

What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a dental fixture that covers your entire tooth. It is often needed if a tooth is badly broken or decayed, or if another restoration, such as a filling, inlay, or onlay will not sufficiently cover the damaged area. A crown may also be...

Differences Between Dental Crowns and Veneers Feb 29th, 2016

In cosmetic dentistry, crowns and veneers are popular procedures used to restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Dependent upon your dental state, a dental crown or veneer may be a necessary part of cosmetic dentistry to repair damaged teeth and attain a beautiful smile. While both dental crowns and veneers provide effective...

Mouth Breathing Increases Risks for Cavities Feb 18th, 2016

A new study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation suggests that people who breathe through their mouth while sleeping experience a “statistically significant” change in pH compared to those who breathe through their nose. This change in an average pH from 7.0 to 6.6 represents an acidity nearly 50 times higher...

What is Fluorosis? Feb 12th, 2016

Fluorosis is a cosmetic condition marked by dark spots or ribbons of discoloration on teeth. This condition occurs when adult teeth are still forming and is a result of excessive intake of fluoride – typically from municipal water sources. Fluorosis cannot be whitened with topical teeth whiteners. In fact, many of...

Two Quick Fixes for Chipped Teeth Feb 2nd, 2016

Chipped teeth can impact the appearance of your smile. Worse, this common dental problem can impact functionality and eventually require tooth extraction. Chips allow sensitive pulp to be exposed and irritated, and can even increase risks for infection and disease. This makes dealing with chips as soon as they occur...

What is a Smile Makeover? Jan 27th, 2016

You find yourself staring at your reflection in the mirror again. Specifically, you’re analyzing your smile and how that cracked tooth sticks out. You are embarrassed and find that you try to refrain from smiling or cover your mouth when you smile so no one notices. You decide it is...

What is a Canker Sore? Jan 14th, 2016

A canker sore is an ulcer that develops in the mouth – typically on the tongue or lips – and can cause irritation and discomfort. The exact cause of this common oral health issue is not known, but some studies have linked canker sores to: Viral infections Hormone changes Food...

Perfect Your Smile in 2016 Jan 6th, 2016

Recent studies have found that people with straight, white, and attractive smiles are more likely to succeed in business and to report more general satisfaction with their lives. This, of course, does not mean that aesthetic imperfections cause failure and frustration, but evidence suggests they don’t help, which has more...

Gum Disease and Breast Cancer Dec 30th, 2015

Recent research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests postmenopausal women with gum disease are at an increased risk for breast cancer. According to the study – conducted on more than 73,700 women in conjunction with the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study – current and former smokers with gum disease are...

Flex Benefits and Dental Care Dec 15th, 2015

Do you have a flex plan? If so, you are quickly running out of time to use your benefits. Call The Woodlands cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young at 832-610-3123 today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you put that hard-earned money to good use perfecting and strengthening your...

The Surprising Truth about Sugar-Free Soda Dec 2nd, 2015

Sugar-free soda is having a rough year. Studies linking sugar-free sodas and sports drinks to increased risks for obesity and diabetes have recently come to light, and alternatives once touted as ideal for dieters are currently under careful scrutiny. Now, a study from the University of Melbourne has more bad...

All-on-Four® Implant Supported Dentures Nov 25th, 2015

Dentures remain the best option for replacing entire arches of teeth, but the way they are secured often leaves much to be desired. While denture adhesives have come a long way, they can still come unstuck, allowing restorations to come loose, shift, or fall out completely. What’s more, the process...

Black Hairy Tongue Nov 13th, 2015

Black hairy tongue can look rather alarming, but is typically not a cause for great concern. However, it can result in aesthetic and hygienic issues including chronic bad breath, and is a problem that should be addressed as soon as it is noticed. Black hairy tongue may be caused by:...

One More Benefit of Invisalign®? Halloween Candy Oct 28th, 2015

Braces place a number of restrictions on the foods you can enjoy. Chief among those foods? Candy and nuts – both of which, often in combination, you may find in excess around your house this time of year. Because Invisalign® aligners are removed for eating, no restrictions on diet are...

What is This Clicking in My Jaw? Oct 20th, 2015

Is your jaw clicking, popping, or making other unusual noises? Chances are you’re experiencing one of the primary symptoms of TMJ. If you have noticed this problem getting worse or if it has persisted for more than one or two days, it’s time to call Houston neuromuscular dentist Dr. Scott Young...

Polyphenols May Fight Gum Disease Sep 29th, 2015

Earlier this month, scientists reported they had discovered the bacterial mechanism linking gum disease to heart attack. Now, in a month in which gum disease seems to be getting a lot of attention, researchers from Université Laval in Canada report that polyphenols exclusive to the lowland blueberry bush Vaccinium angustifolium Ait. may...

Back to School Smiles Sep 4th, 2015

The school year is upon us and now is a great time to schedule your next visit with Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young. Making time to visit our office for a professional cleaning and examination can help ensure that you and your children’s smiles remain strong and healthy for the...

Invisalign® Can Help You Stay Healthy Aug 26th, 2015

The Invisalign® system straightens the smile with removable aligners that gently push teeth into their optimal position over a six to 18 month period. Because the aligners can be removed for eating, Invisalign does not require modifications to your diet, which can help keep you healthy during your treatment.With traditional braces, crunchy...

Are Whitening Toothpastes Effective? Aug 11th, 2015

Is whitening toothpaste effective? That depends largely on what the active ingredients are and requires an understanding of how the word “whitening” is used for dental products. The ADA allows any product that is capable of removing surface stains to be labeled whitening. By those standards, all toothpastes are whitening...

Do Tongue Scrapers Work? Aug 4th, 2015

Tongue scrapers, once only available in health food stores, have recently seen an increase in popularity – due largely to bigger corporations creating more readily available models. Hailed as an effective tool against bad breath, tongue scrapers reportedly remove bacteria, food particles, toxins, fungi, and dead cells from the tongue’s...

Five Cosmetic Problems Corrected by Dental Veneers Jul 29th, 2015

Dental veneers can be used to correct a number of cosmetic dental problems.Among the most common are:Chipped or cracked tooth enamelCrooked tooth presentationUnevenly sized and shaped teethGaps and spaces in between teethDiscoloration, ribboning, and stains below the enamelIf you are struggling with cosmetic imperfections with your smile, call 832-610-3123 to schedule a dental...

Can Metal Dental Fillings be Replaced? Jul 14th, 2015

Metal dental fillings were the most common treatment for tooth decay for decades, but they are gradually becoming less and less common. However, if you have existing metal fillings, you may want to consider having them replaced with one of the stronger, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing tooth colored filling...

Replacing Metal Crowns Jul 1st, 2015

If you have old metal crowns, it may be time to consider replacing them with a more attractive option. The porcelain crowns offered by Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young are not only more aesthetically pleasing, they may prove stronger and more effective than the metal options you already have. To...

How do Teeth Remain Strong? Jun 25th, 2015

Unlike bone, teeth are not comprised of living cells and therefore cannot regenerate after they have been broken. But new research into dentin – the calcified tissue underneath tooth enamel – has shown how tiny nanoparticle and fiber structures that comprise this porous material help keep teeth strong. With the...

Does Zoom Tooth Whitening Damage Enamel? Jun 16th, 2015

Zoom tooth whitening is an advanced teeth whitening option that can lighten teeth up to ten shades in a single office visit. While sensitivity is possible with any tooth whitening system, Zoom! is specially designed to help reduce these risks.Enamel erosion, the leading cause of tooth sensitivity, is highly unlikely with Zoom...

What is Used to Restore Dental Implants? Jun 2nd, 2015

Dental implants are often called a tooth replacement solution, but implants themselves do not replace teeth. Dental implants are small screws that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots, a function that gives them several advantages over topical forms of tooth replacement. However, implants must be fitted with restorations...

Are Porcelain Veneers Expensive? May 28th, 2015

The cost of porcelain veneers is one that needs to be considered before committing to this cosmetic treatment. However, porcelain veneer costs should not be the determining factor or even a major one when your happiness, self-confidence, and lasting satisfaction are in question. At our Houston area office we offer...

Are Metal Dental Crowns Safe? May 5th, 2015

Metal dental crowns are typically made of gold, copper, and other materials that, while not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, are generally considered safe. Unlike dental fillings that may contain toxic substances such as mercury, dental crowns rely on hard metals to restore bite strength and prevent adjacent teeth from slipping out...

Is Xylitol as Effective as Fluoride? Apr 29th, 2015

Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables. Used as an alternative to sugar in a number of natural products including toothpastes and gum, xylitol is also used in holistic medicine to treat dry mouth, ear infections, and to regulate blood sugar for diabetics. In recent years,...

Are Tooth Colored Fillings Strong Enough? Apr 21st, 2015

Tooth colored fillings are made of a composite resin that is strong enough to restore bite tension and chewing abilities to teeth impacted by decay. Similar to natural tooth enamel in both hardness and appearance, tooth colored fillings are the most attractive option for treating decay and protecting teeth for years to...

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me? Apr 14th, 2015

If you suffer from dental phobia or increased anxiety when considering dental care, sedation dentistry may be the exact solution you have been waiting for. With sedation dentistry, Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young can help you fell completely relaxed without rendering you unconscious. This allows for optimal comfort without the risks...

When is a Tooth Crown Necessary? Mar 28th, 2015

Teeth crowns, also called dental crowns, are placed over teeth that have been weakened by trauma or decay. The Woodlands dentist Dr. Scott Young uses teeth crowns to:Prevent additional damage to teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, or worn downPreserve the structure of teeth with large cavitiesRestore strength following a...

Four Good Reasons to Replace Metal Fillings Feb 27th, 2015

There are a number of reasons you may consider replacing older metal fillings with new tooth colored options.Four of the most common are:Metal fillings detract from the appearance of your smileMetal fillings can come loose and fall outMetal fillings can crack or break teethMetal fillings may pose health risks, particularly...

EGCG and Oral Cancer Feb 12th, 2015

EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is a catechin found in white, green, black, and oolong teas that has long been linked to health benefits ranging from weight management to cancer prevention. A new study has found that EGCG not only helps prevent cancer, it actively fights oral cancer cells. The study, conducted in...

A Lasting Solution for Tooth Sensitivity Feb 3rd, 2015

Researchers at National Taiwan University have created what they believe to be a lasting solution for tooth sensitivity. This new material, comprised primarily of calcium and phosphorous, is biocompatible, fast acting, and capable of covering exposed tubules to create a biomimetic crystalline dentin barrier. Initial studies on canines have been...

Resolve to Floss Twice a Day Jan 22nd, 2015

Flossing once a day is certainly better than not flossing at all, but nowhere near as good as flossing twice. Taking time to floss before or after brushing both morning and night is one of the best defenses you have against bad breath, tooth decay and infection, and gum disease.If...

New Years Resolution: Brush More Frequently Jan 5th, 2015

Brushing your teeth is the easiest and most effective way to prevent oral health issues such as tooth decay and infection. It can also help prevent gum disease and even assist in keeping teeth bright and attractive. With all of the benefits offered by this simple act, it’s a wonder most of...

Headache Treatment Dec 29th, 2014

Do you experience frequent debilitating headaches? If so, you may actually be suffering from TMJ, a condition caused by misalignment of the jaw. TMJ can be exacerbated by tension in the jaw brought about by clenching or tooth grinding – both of which work to increase headache pain. However, when TMJ...

What Cigarettes do to Gum Tissue Nov 3rd, 2014

The chemicals in cigarette smoke impact the way gum tissue cells behave. In particular, these chemicals affect how bone and gum tissue attach to teeth, allowing cigarettes to increase risks for gum disease, tooth loss, and other serious oral health problems.A team of researchers from Kings College London have recently finished...

Halloween Oral Hygiene Tips Oct 29th, 2014

Rotten teeth can add a fun twist to many a ghoulish costume, but there is nothing fun about tooth decay in real life. Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy your Halloween treats while still taking care of your teeth. To help keep teeth clean and white this Halloween, be sure...

Welcome to Our Redesigned Site Oct 21st, 2014

Welcome to the redesigned website of Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young. We have taken time to ensure ease of navigation, allowing both current and potential patients to learn more about our dentist, our staff, and the many services we offer. We encourage you to take a moment to explore our new...

Remembering to Floss Oct 14th, 2014

Flossing at least once a day helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, but according to the American Dental Association, fewer than 50 percent of adults perform this task regularly. While there are any number of reasons people have given for not flossing, simply forgetting is at the top...

Is There Bacteria on Your Toothbrush Head? Oct 7th, 2014

Is there bacteria on your toothbrush head? Almost certainly yes. Is this bacteria dangerous? Well, researchers are still looking into that. However, as of yet, there has not been an established link between bacteria on toothbrushes and an increased risk for systemic or oral health problems.A new study conducted at the University...

SSRIs Linked to Dental Implant Failure Sep 23rd, 2014

A new study published in the September edition of the Journal of Dental Research suggests a strong link between SSRIs such as Lexapro and Prozac and dental implant failure. The study, conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, analyzed the failure rates of 916 dental implants in 490 patients....

Can Yogurt Fight Gum Disease? Sep 3rd, 2014

Lactobacillus reuteri, a probiotic that can be found in many fermented dairy products, has been shown to increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by 53 percent. In studies conducted on patients with chronic periodontitis, lactobacillus reuteri showed to be just as effective as antibiotics at fighting infection below the gum line....

A Lasting Solution for Chronic Headaches Aug 28th, 2014

Do you suffer from chronic, debilitating headaches? Do you find yourself taking pain medications on a regular basis, but only finding temporary relief? Do you fear these medications may be doing more harm than good? Are you ready for a lasting solution that won’t cause damage to your liver, stomach,...

What Happens When a Tooth is Missing? Aug 25th, 2014

If you are missing a tooth, chances are you notice the aesthetic impact. Depending on where the tooth was located, its absence may detract from the appearance of your smile. However, it is what’s happening unseen that is most worrisome.As soon as a tooth is missing, bite tension is altered....

Can Stains Underneath the Enamel be Whitened? Aug 19th, 2014

Stains underneath the enamel of teeth are generally caused by fluoridation in water or medications such as tetracycline. Also known as intrinsic tooth discoloration, these stains do not commonly respond well to topical treatments.Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young offers advanced tooth whitening services both in-office and as take-home kits, but these...

Is My Mouthwash Staining My Teeth? Aug 14th, 2014

If you use mouthwash, chances are you’re wanting to improve the freshness of your breath and health of your teeth. Sadly, some mouthwashes may actually contribute to tooth staining and detract from the overall appearance of your smile.Mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine gluconate (CG) are often marketed for the treatment of...

Fixing Chipped and Broken Teeth Jul 31st, 2014

Chipped or broken teeth can present both functional and aesthetic issues. To prevent serious problems including tooth loss following trauma, these issues will need to be dealt with swiftly. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young is pleased to offer a number of options that can fix chipped and broken teeth, help prevent...

Ancient Cavity Prevention Techniques Jul 23rd, 2014

In Houston, we know purple nutsedge as a noxious weed. If you garden, it’s possible this sedge has caused significant frustration and proven resistant to nearly all control methods. If you have encountered purple nutsedge, you are probably not very fond of it. However, for millennia, in cultures throughout the...

Financing Your Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Jun 26th, 2014

Everyone deserves to feel confident in their smile, but not everyone knows they have the ability to make that happen. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young works individually with each patient he sees to help produce a naturally beautiful smile that restores confidence and self-assurance. He welcomes an opportunity to...

What are Instant Orthodontics? Jun 20th, 2014

If you suffer from mild to moderate malocclusion, you may be a good candidate for instant orthodontics. Unlike treatment options that require months or years to correct bite issues, instant orthodontics utilize restorative and cosmetic dentistry options to produce a straight, strong, and attractive smile in just one to two weeks....

Surge in Adult Orthodontics Jun 5th, 2014

There has been a surge in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment over the past few years. According to the American Academy of Orthodontists, the number of adults seeking treatments such as Invisalign® increased 14 percent between 2010 and 2012, and has now reached an annual average of 1.2 million. Houston...

Dealing with Dental Anxiety May 26th, 2014

Have you always wanted to perfect your smile, but feel too anxious to honestly consider cosmetic dentistry treatments? Worse yet, do you avoid seeing the dentist for routine examinations because your anxiety is simply too unbearable? If you suffer from any type of dental anxiety, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott...

Should I Use an Electric Toothbrush? May 19th, 2014

It’s easy to become confused by all of the toothbrushes on the market today. Manual brushes with different shaped heads, electric brushes with pulsating or oscillating bristles, and even more pricey electric units that may offer a combination of features. With all of this to choose from, how can you...

Five Conditions Tooth Bonding is Perfect For May 14th, 2014

Tooth bonding, alternately known as dental bonding, is a fast, cost-effective, and reliable way to address many cosmetic and functional issues with the teeth. Depending on your needs, tooth bonding can be done as an alternative to fillings, porcelain veneers, and even dental crowns. The best way to learn how tooth...

Suffering From Vertigo? TMJ Could Be The Cause! Dec 2nd, 2013

Are you suffering from  unexplained spells of spinning and dizziness? This is often referred to as vertigo and can affect an individuals ability to drive, work, and go about normal daily activities. You may have even been referred to an ENT medical specialist  that has run numerous tests and determined...

What is Osseointegration? Dec 2nd, 2013

Osseointegration is the process that allows your Houston dental implants to provide a lifetime of support. It is this process in which your body accepts your dental implants as a replacement for a missing tooth’s root. Due to osseointegration, dental implants are able to offer distinct advantages including:  No risk of implant...

The Woodlands Sedation Dentistry Nov 9th, 2013

If fear of the dentist has kept you from seeking the general and cosmetic dentistry services you deserve, it may be time to consider sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to help people who are nervous about dental services become completely relaxed prior to their treatment. Houston...

Why Tooth Loss Causes Jaw Shrinkage Nov 4th, 2013

The root of your tooth is embedded in your jaw where it serves a number of functions. One of these functions is to hold your tooth firmly in place. Another is to send signals to your body that bone is necessary in a specific area to properly support the tooth.When...

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry in Houston Oct 3rd, 2013

You probably already know that your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. In business situations, a winning smile can show confidence as well as an ability to get along with others. In social situations, your smile can make people feel more comfortable and encourage their...

When Should I get a Root Canal? Sep 28th, 2013

A root canal becomes essential when a tooth becomes infected. Without a root canal, an infected tooth can cause significant pain, result in an abscess, and even fall out completely, which can lead to a number of other issues. Endodontic treatment is the only way to preserve an infected tooth and...

Choosing a Houston Implant Dentist Aug 30th, 2013

When you are considering dental implants in Houston, it is important that you take your time in choosing the best implant dentist for the job. Part of that will rely on his training and experience, and part of it on his dedication to your comfort and safety during the dental implant process,...

Importance of Dental Hygiene Aug 2nd, 2013

The care you take of your teeth and gums has consequences far beyond a healthy and attractive smile. In fact, a number of systemic issues including heart disease and respiratory problems are linked to gum disease and other oral health issues, all of which can be avoided through proper dental hygiene.To schedule...

Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry? Jul 29th, 2013

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Scott Young. Our Houston sedation dentist prizes your comfort during all parts of your treatment and can help you determine the most effective type of sedation for you.Why Consider Sedation DentistrySedation...

How are Cavities Formed? Jul 16th, 2013

There are billions of bacteria in your mouth. Much of this bacteria feeds on sugar and starch, and when it does, it excretes an acidic product that can quickly eat through the enamel of your teeth. When these bacteria are left in place for long periods of time, their acids...

Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery May 22nd, 2013

In preparation for your dental implant surgery, Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young will need to perform a thorough examination of your teeth and jaw. This will include initial x-rays as well as an eventual CAT scan to allow Dr. Young to ensure your implants are inserted in their optimal location. Following the...

Smile Makeovers and Porcelain Veneers May 20th, 2013

One of the most commonly utilized options with a smile makeover is porcelain veneers. This is because porcelain veneers are capable of addressing a number of cosmetic dental problems and producing a flawlessly beautiful smile. During your smile makeover consultation with Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young, it can best be determined...

Does Insurance Cover Teeth Whitening Procedures? May 15th, 2013

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure which is not covered by insurance. However, just because insurance deems teeth whitening unnecessary does not mean that you cannot benefit from the treatment.During your Houston teeth whitening consultation, we would be happy to discuss our payment options to help ensure you receive the treatment you...

Why do Teeth Stain? May 14th, 2013

There are a number of reasons you may be experiencing darkened teeth. Some of these, such as aging and genetics, are unavoidable. Many, however, result from lifestyle choices and can be reduced by taking proper care of your teeth and body. During your teeth whitening consultation with Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott...

Holiday Stress and TMJ Apr 9th, 2013

Increased stress around the Holiday Season is normal, but habits that can arise from it such as bruxism (tooth grinding) need to be monitored. Bruxism can cause and exacerbate jaw misalignment and TMJ – issues that may lead to significant discomfort and permanent damage to the teeth. If you suffer...

Protecting Your Teeth While Traveling Jan 21st, 2013

As Houston-area cosmetic dentists, we at Scott Young, DDS constantly urge our patients to maintain solid dental hygiene in their day-to-day lives. But we know that travel presents a special challenge; patients are frequently rushing to get from one place to another and routines are disrupted. So much of dental hygiene...

How Do Dental Implants Work? Dec 12th, 2012

Dental implants act as a surrogate root to support artificial teeth. The implant forms a post for the replacement tooth to rest on, serving the same purpose as a natural tooth root. The result is the ability to replace any lost or damaged teeth and complete your perfect smile. The...

Mother’s Day Smile Makeover Winner Pam Roseberry Aug 20th, 2012

The Mother’s Day Smile Makeover contest this year was filled with many great contestants that submitted their stories as to why they wanted/needed a new smile. Though there were many deserving contestants, the Facebook votes were counted and Mrs. Pam Roseberry was chosen to receive a smile makeover courtesy of Scott...

Correcting Bad Dental Work Aug 13th, 2012

If you are experiencing problems with dental work that was performed by another dentist – or if you are simply not satisfied with the appearance of dental work you received in the past – our experienced Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young can help. Many patients come to us looking to remove...

What Are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays? Jul 16th, 2012

When most people think of the conventional ways to take care of a decayed tooth, particularly in the back of the mouth, they either think of traditional fillings or a dental crown as being the only available treatment options. Fortunately, this is not the case. Porcelain inlays and onlays offer an alternative solution for repairing teeth that are...

Can Your Nasal Sinuses Affect Your Teeth? Jul 12th, 2012

There is a definite relationship between your sinuses and teeth. This is easy to appreciate when you think about the fact that as we breathe air in through our nose, it travels through our nasal passages and hollow air filled cavities located behind the nose and cheekbones, which are also located directly...

Why Have My Teeth Gotten Darker? May 16th, 2012

When people see your discolored teeth, they make judgments about you, such as estimating your age. Tooth discoloration is commonly associated with age, because teeth tend to naturally darken with age. One reason why your teeth will become discolored is that they will acquire staining compounds. Although brushing and flossing...

Are Ultrasonic Toothbrushes Better Than Regular Toothbrushes? Apr 26th, 2012

The quick answer is YES! Recent years have brought about a huge change in what the market has to offer consumers looking to take better care of their teeth. One of the main changes is the addition of sonic toothbrushes being offered as an improved alternative to the traditional manual...

Cavities Forming Behind Porcelain Veneers Feb 17th, 2012

If you have invested the time and money needed to improve the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers, you will also want to make every possible effort to ensure your restoration lasts as long as possible. This includes taking care of your teeth underneath your porcelain veneers. While the dental...

How Long do Dental Implants Take? Jan 30th, 2012

The placement of dental implants requires two brief procedures: the placement of a titanium implant “root” and the attachment of the dental crown.However, the period between these procedures is the longest and most important part of the dental implant process.After the titanium post is inserted, your body needs time for your jaw...

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth the Investment? Dec 28th, 2011

The answer to that question depends largely on the cosmetic dentistry procedures necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals and your financial situation.Although many cosmetic dentistry procedures can be beneficial to your overall dental health as well as enhance the attractiveness of your smile, the truth is that most are not covered by...

The Benefits of Custom-Made Sports Mouth Guards Nov 17th, 2011

For athletes seeking to protect their teeth and jaws from sports-related impacts, there are a number of prefabricated and “boil-and-bite” mouth guards available at retail stores.But these mass-market models lack the individualized fit and safety of the custom-made Pure Power Mouthguards offered by Houston dentist, Dr. Scott Young, at Woodlands Premier Dentistry.There...

Do Dental Implants Hurt? Sep 26th, 2011

Although the placing of dental implants involves two procedures—including one surgery—the dental implant process involves little discomfort. The surgical placement of the titanium post that will act as your dental implant “root” is completed while you are under anesthesia. You will not feel pain during the procedure and most patients experience only...

Questions about Sedation Dentistry May 27th, 2011

What exactly is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry is a technique that cosmetic and restorative dentists use to create a positive experience for patients who are anxious about having dental work done. Sedation dentistry allows you to relax and undergo a pain-free treatment while remembering little or nothing after your procedure is complete....

Why Your Teeth Should Be Professionally Whitened Jan 7th, 2011

Many people would like a brighter, more attractive smile. One way to get one is to whiten your teeth at home, using over the counter whitening products. But these systems can be inconvenient, time-consuming and messy, and often they are slow, taking weeks to see results. If that’s not for...

Why Not Six Veneers? Ask Matthew Perry Nov 9th, 2010

Many people considering a smile makeover often come in the office unsure of how many teeth they would like to have veneered. Most of the time they rely on the expertise of my team and I to guide them on how many veneers that it would take to give them...

The Scoop on Conscious Sedation Jul 26th, 2010

Do you dread visits to the dentist? If so, you’re not alone, but that doesn’t mean you have to let fear keep you from getting the smile makeover you desire. Conscious sedation can be an ideal solution for those like you, who suffer from dental anxiety. Used along with local anesthetics and...

The Dental Implant Solution Jun 29th, 2010

Do you have missing teeth that make you too embarrassed to smile? Do you have trouble chewing because of your missing teeth? Do you avoid dining out because you can’t bite or chew certain foods? Are you afraid that dentures or a bridge are your only option? If so, you...