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Tips for Preparing Your Child for Their First Dental Exam Dec 1st, 2021

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children receive a dental exam as soon as the first tooth emerges or by the age of 12 months, whichever comes first. Taking such a young child to the dentist may bring up a few questions, including how you prepare a...

How to Make Your Teeth Whitening Last Nov 1st, 2021

You finally treated yourself to a professional teeth whitening, and your smile has never looked better. Now your goal is to make the results of your treatment last as long as possible. That’s why David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, of The Woodlands Dental Group wrote this guide to...

Who Needs Partial Dentures? Oct 1st, 2021

About 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, and 120 million are missing at least one tooth. For those 36 million without any teeth, complete dentures may be the right solution, but what about those who still have a number of their natural teeth? David Epstein, DDS, and...

Common Oral Health Issues in Seniors Sep 1st, 2021

As family dentists, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, of The Woodlands Dental Group care for every family member, and that includes little ones and seniors alike. Each age group has specific oral and dental concerns, and we’re equipped to address all of your family’s dental needs. In this...

Should Every Child Get Sealants? Aug 4th, 2021

As family dentists, we provide dental care for all members of your family, from your oldest to your tiniest ones. We’re here when problems, such as toothaches, jaw pain, or bleeding gums, arise, but we also want to help you and your family avoid problems whenever possible. And one way...

Who Should Use a Night Guard? Jul 26th, 2021

Do you grind your teeth at night? If you do, you could be damaging your teeth. Or do you suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain? If you do, you could be waking up with headaches. If any of this sounds familiar, there’s hope. A simple oral appliance called a night...

Chipped a Tooth? A Veneer Will Make It Look Like New Jun 15th, 2021

Eating hard candy, chewing on non-food items, and getting injured can all result in chipping a tooth. Age, teeth grinding, and acid reflux can also weaken your enamel and increase your risk of chipping a tooth. Thankfully, there are many ways to treat chipped teeth, including using dental veneers. At...

4 Signs of a TMJ Disorder May 3rd, 2021

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) attach your lower jaw to your skull. These complex joints give your lower jaw an impressive range of motion. You have one temporomandibular joint on each side of your skull, and if something goes wrong with one or both joints, you might experience pain in your...

The Benefits of Oral Devices Over Machines for Treating Sleep Apnea Apr 1st, 2021

Sleep apnea can cause more than just noisy snoring. It can be a life-threatening condition, and treatment can help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and heart problems. Treatment can also help reduce the side effects of inadequate sleep, such as morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, and brain fog.  ...

Athletes: Protect Your Teeth With A Custom Mouthguard Mar 2nd, 2021

Athletes of all sports can benefit from wearing protective gear. From helmets to padding, protective gear can prevent injuries, such as concussions and fractures. Although it’s not as widely discussed, mouthguards are essential protective gear for athletes, too. Mouthguards can help prevent injuries to the teeth, jaws, and lips. David...

There’s a Lot to Smile About This Year, Especially If You Opt for Veneers Feb 2nd, 2021

Do you love your smile? According to a survey conducted by The American Academy of Orthodontics, only 33% of adults are happy with their smile. If you’re part of that group, you don’t have to settle for a smile you don’t love. Veneers are a simple solution that can leave...

Have You Put Off Dental Care Because of COVID-19? Let's Get Caught Up Jan 1st, 2021

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Dental Association (ADA) encouraged dental practices to limit non-urgent office visits. Now, however, even as the pandemic continues, the ADA asserts that dental care is essential. The ADA also reported a less than 1% transmission rate of COVID-19 at dental...

Help! My Teeth Are Yellow Dec 1st, 2020

Are you embarrassed by yellow teeth? You’re not alone. More than 40.5 million Americans used whitening products in 2018 alone. But if you've tried whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening strips and still don’t have the results you want, you’re not doomed to settle for yellow teeth.  Here at The Woodlands...

What’s Included in Pediatric Dental Care? Nov 1st, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your baby in for their first appointment as soon as their first tooth appears or around their first birthday, whichever comes first. Here at The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, offer...

Why Does My Jaw Hurt When I Wake Up in The Morning? Oct 1st, 2020

Do you have jaw pain when you wake up in the morning? At The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, are experienced when it comes to diagnosing and treating jaw pain. If your jaw hurts when you wake up, we recommend that...

What’s the Remedy for My Sleep Apnea? Sep 21st, 2020

Does your snoring ever wake you up? Loud, intense snoring is a hallmark of sleep apnea, but it’s not the only sign. Daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and waking up throughout the night are also signs of sleep apnea.   At The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, David Epstein, DDS,...

The Perils of Teeth Grinding Aug 12th, 2020

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, refers to clenching, grinding, or gnashing teeth together during sleep. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that about 8% of adults have bruxism, and that about 33% of parents notice symptoms of bruxism in their children. Teeth grinding may not just affect your teeth. It can...

3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Family’s Teeth Professionally Cleaned Jul 7th, 2020

According to a survey conducted by Delta Dental, only 42% of Americans visit the dentist as much as they’d like. Dental appointments are essential when you’ve got a toothache, but what about when you don’t have any issues? It’s still important to visit the dentist. Professional teeth cleanings are an...

Tips for a Smooth Recovery After a Tooth Extraction Jun 11th, 2020

Tooth extractions are very common, and there are a number of reasons for performing the procedure. They include removing impacted wisdom teeth and taking out teeth that have severe damage and decay. If you need to have a tooth removed ― regardless of the reason ― you can expect compassionate...

How Crowns and Bridges Preserve Your Smile and Dental Health May 19th, 2020

Dental bridges and crowns are two of the most frequently used oral prosthetics. Not only can they preserve your smile, but they can also improve your oral health. If you’re dealing with a damaged or missing tooth, you might benefit from a crown or bridge. At The Woodlands Dental Group...

Missing Some Teeth? Explore Your Options Apr 10th, 2020

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth and 120 million are missing at least one tooth.  A missing tooth can cause low self-esteem, but it can also impact your oral health....

Why Good Teeth Alignment Matters Mar 11th, 2020

Your oral health impacts more than just your smile. Your oral health also impacts your mental and physical health. For example, poor oral health is linked to cardiovascular disease and poor self-esteem.   That’s why David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, of The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands,...

Good Dental Care for Your Kids Sets Them Up for a Lifetime of Great Oral Health Feb 26th, 2020

Did you know that when babies are born they already have 20 teeth? These teeth are already formed and sitting just below the gumline. When your baby is around six months old, these teeth begin to emerge, starting with the lower front incisors.  You don’t need to wait until all...

Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Regular Dental Exam Jan 15th, 2020

If you take good care of your mouth and don’t have any obvious problems with your teeth or gums, you may be tempted to skip your regular dental exam. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits on a schedule that your dentist customizes according to your needs. Typically, that’s...

Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed? Dec 4th, 2019

You may have been dreading having your or your loved one’s wisdom teeth extracted. But did you know that not everyone gets wisdom teeth? If you’re in the lucky 10%-20% lacking some of all of your wisdom teeth — the third and final set of molars that emerge at the...

How Your Dentist Can Help You Sleep Better with Dream Sleep Nov 12th, 2019

Sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your health, quality of life, and even your relationships. If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Dream Sleep may provide the relief you’ve been looking for. Dr. David Epstein is a Dreamsleep-Certified Provider at The Woodlands Dental...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Oct 8th, 2019

When it comes to improving their smiles, consumers agree that teeth whitening is the most popular way to go. Though there are plenty of over-the-counter, do-it-yourself kits, none of these rival the results you’ll see from a teeth whitening treatment from The Woodlands Dental Group. The best results The key...

It's Not Just Snoring: The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Sep 4th, 2019

Millions of Americans have sleep apnea, a chronic condition that affects the way you breathe during sleep — and many men and women don’t even know they have the condition. That’s because those interruptions can be very brief — sometimes lasting only a few seconds, but occurring dozens and even...

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers Aug 6th, 2019

Dental veneers can transform the way your smile looks, correcting lots of cosmetic issues like gaps and uneven spacing, deep stains, and worn or uneven tooth edges. In fact, plenty of patients choose veneers solely for the cosmetic improvements that can provide. But good looks are just one-way state-of-the-art dental veneers...

Adjusting to Life with Dentures Jul 5th, 2019

About 36 million adults in the U.S. have no teeth, mostly due to decay and gum disease. Another 120 million are missing at least one tooth. While one or two missing teeth can be replaced with a bridge or implant, a lot of people missing all or most of their...

Your Migraines Could Be Caused by TMJ Jun 10th, 2019

A migraine is one of the most painful headaches anyone can endure. Although research has not uncovered a specific cause of migraines for every patient, certain factors have been shown to contribute to the development of migraines. One of the most common causes of migraines is TMJ. Treating this problem...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays May 22nd, 2019

For years, if someone wanted their teeth straightened, the only solution was traditional braces. While the system worked, many people winced at the thought of having a mouthful of metal. Fortunately, a revolutionary new treatment emerged in the last few years: Invisalign® aligners. Invisalign® aligners are made of clear plastic....

Dental Implants: Improve Your Smile and Your Oral Health Apr 1st, 2019

Unless you’re still in the Tooth Fairy stage of life, there’s nothing exciting or fun about losing a tooth. In fact, losing an adult tooth can be especially upsetting, regardless of how the loss occurs. Not only can a single missing adult tooth affect the way your mouth and bite...

How DreamSleep Works to Relieve the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Mar 12th, 2019

Sleep apnea affects about 22 million people in the United States, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, and what’s worse, as many as 80 percent of people with moderate to severe apnea haven’t been diagnosed. That means all those women and men are at an increased risk for serious...

5 Super Cool Facts About Invisalign That You Didn't Know Feb 1st, 2019

If you’d like to have straighter teeth and a more attractive smile, but you really don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces, Invisalign® could be just what you’re looking for. At The Woodlands Dental Group, we offer state-of-the-art Invisalign treatment for both teens and adults, helping them achieve more...

From Gummy Smiles to Gaps Between Teeth, Veneers are A Simple Solution to Many Smiles Flaws Jan 16th, 2019

Did you know that tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body? Tooth enamel is even stronger than bones, and when you bite down, you exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure. Your teeth are strong, and they do a lot for you, from chewing food to helping...

Holiday Parties: Just One of Many Great Reasons to Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened Dec 18th, 2018

Even the most stay-at-home types tend to make an exception around the holidays. There are just too many opportunities for good food, great fun, and escaping the routine of the rest of the year. You may have a new, fabulous outfit in which to tour the party circuit, or perhaps...

Looking for a CPAP Alternative for Your Sleep Apnea? Nov 26th, 2018

You’ve had a sleep test and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Now you’re looking at treatment options that can provide you with something you may not have experienced for months,  or even years — a good night’s sleep. What is a CPAP for sleep apnea? The CPAP (continuous positive...