Laser Frenectomy

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is simply the removal of a frenum in the mouth. A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues. There are two frena (the plural form of frenum) in the mouth that can sometimes obstruct normal function and are candidates for frenectomies. These frena are called the lingual frenum, which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and the maxillary labial frenum, which connects the inside of your upper lip to your gums just above your upper two front teeth.

Lingual Frenum and Frenectomy

The lingual frenum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Sometimes, the lingual frenum can run all the way to the tip of the tongue, causing a person to be “tongue-tied.”

Traditionally, tongue-tie or otherwise abnormal frenum were removed by snipping or surgically removing the tissue with a scalpel. Removal is always recommended, since tongue-tie can lead to:

  • The inability to eat or speak properly
  • Pain or clicking in the jaw
  • Oral health concerns, including gum inflammation and dental decay

Today, we can bypass traditional methods and reduce pain and recovery thanks to new laster frenectomy options. Dr. Ballard always recommends laser frenectomy for children, and adults alike. Dr. Ballard offers free consultations for children that are at least 6 years of age.  At Ballard Family Dentistry, we invest in the best and most cutting-edge dental technologies to help our patients. We only use state of the art laser technology for our tongue-tie laser frenectomy patients.

If you need to book a laser frenectomy consultation, contact our office today at 817-385-7183.

Hurricane Harvey – Help Us Give Back

Give back to those who have given so much. Help us rebuild a home for a disabled veteran who is a victim of Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey was a storm of historic impact, one that will require unimaginable levels of assistance in rebuilding. That is where the power of togetherness comes in. During volunteer clean up work that the Ballard family was blessed to take part in, they immediately identified an individual and became overwhelmed with the urge to put their home, and essentially their life, back together. Not only was this individual unable to physically perform the clean up and repair due to them being bound to a wheelchair, it was also discovered that this individual is a Veteran that served our great country for 27 years in the United States Army and served in Vietnam through the Signal Corps.  Unfortunately, they had no flood insurance.

How You Can Help

We have joined up with local businesses and additional supporters to help us achieve our goal of rebuilding their home. 100% of the funds will be used towards the rebuilding costs. From new walls and floors to appliances that need to be replaced, and everything in between, as you can imagine, the need is great. By making a financial contribution towards the rebuilding effort, you will be helping us achieve this goal.

No amount is “too small”. Thank you in advance for teaming up with us on this to help us give back as much as possible.  To help Nancy, please click on the link below.

Make a Donation Now – Click Here

Cruise Giveaway – Refer to Win


Cruise Giveaway

The following explains, in complete detail, the rules of the drawing and how to have your name entered to win a cruise for two from Ballard Family Dentistry.

  • For each new qualifying patient your refer to Ballard Family Dentistry, you will be eligible to have your name entered into the drawing. Additionally, the patient you are referring will also receive an entry into the drawing.  There is no limit on the number of patients you may refer or the number of entries you may have in the drawing. The more new patients you refer, the more entries you will receive.
  • To be considered a “qualifying” referral, each new referral must schedule and keep an appointment with Ballard Family Dentistry for a dental exam and teeth cleaning or other dental procedure. Referrals who fail to schedule an appointment, or who fail to keep a scheduled appointment, will not be counted as a qualifying referral. Referrals are considered new patients are not a current patient of record with Ballard Family Dentistry.
  • Referred patients must schedule an appointment and complete their appointment NO LATER THAN December 1, 2016. The winning entry will be chosen on January 9, 2017.
  • A patient referred for the purposes of this giveaway cannot be a current or past patient of Ballard Family Dentistry.
  • You do not have to be a current patient of Ballard Family Dentistry to be eligible to refer new patients and enter this giveaway.
  • If you are not a current patient of Ballard Family Dentistry, you may refer yourself as a qualifying new patient for the purpose of entry.
  • Employees, vendors, contractors and other service providers for Ballard Family Dentistry, and their families, are ineligible to enter this giveaway.

Ballard Family Dentistry will award one winning entrant, two $600 gift cards to Carnival Cruises. This gift will have no cash value other than that outlined in the gift card. Ballard Family Dentistry will not be obligated for any further expenses incurred by use of this travel certificate and bears no responsibility for additional charges above the cost of the gift cards included in this giveaway.

Sports Drinks…Healthy or Harmful?


Sports drinks are consumed by 62% of adolescents every day. But are do the benefits for your child’s body, teeth and gums outweigh the risks? Here are some facts to consider when allowing your child to consume sports drinks:

Sports Drinks Damage Tooth Enamel

A recent study published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing “irreversible damage to teeth—specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth. While tooth enamel is literally the hardest substance in the human body, it’s no match for a steady stream of acid.”

Sports Drinks Are Full Of Sugar

After water, the second ingredient in some popular brands of sports drinks is high fructose corn syrup. Full-calorie iced teas, sports drinks, and flavored waters typically contain 3 to 5 teaspoons of sugar per 8-ounce serving. A popular 20-ounce sports drink has about the same amount of sugar as a frosted cupcake which means that bacteria present in your child’s mouth are being given exactly what they need to grow!

Sports Drinks Are High In Calories

Even though they generally contain fewer calories than soda, sports drinks can still be high in calories due to their serving sizes and the large amount that many kids drink. Sports drinks make up 10-15% of the daily caloric intake of most teens.

The bottom line is that Sports Drink = Sugar, Not Extra Energy. Sugar sweetened drinks are not a necessary part of a healthy diet. They should only be consumed sometimes – not every day, and not in large quantities.

Ballard Family Dentistry encourages you to read labels and be aware of everything your child drinks. Keep your child hydrated and make certain that you child is drinking plenty of water. If you have any questions about whether to let your kids drink sodas, fruit juice, or sports drinks, and how your child should care for their teeth should you allow them, talk with Dr. Ballard about the potential long-term ramifications, and what steps you can take to minimize your child’s risk.

If you have any questions, give our office a call today.

Back to School Dental Check Up

back to school dental exam

Are your kids geared up to go back to school? It is imperative that you make sure your children have the energy levels boosted up and have the confidence they need before they head back to school. Your child may have the latest wardrobe, brand new things and what not for the new school year, but have you checked if your kid has a healthy mouth? It is quite important to consider making dental exams a regular part of your children’s back-to-school routine, especially if dental visits are not regularly scheduled.

Tooth decay is considered one of the most persistent childhood sickness and it is also second to the common cold in prevalence. Make sure you remember if tooth decay remains untreated it could perhaps weaken a child’s ability to eat, talk, sleep, and focus on their studies or even concentrate.

It is advised to parents that children should have their first dental visit by age between one-two years. If a pre-schooler is having their first check-up, oral health problems at this stage are less difficult to deal with, when damage is minimal it is easier to restore.

At Ballard Family Dentistry, we encourage dental visits to check, monitor and maintain your child’s dental development and also to educate your child and you about precautionary dental health care. Emphasizing proactive procedures for dental care in the course of your child’s growth and development can certainly help encourage excellent, lifelong dental care routines along with a healthy smile. It may also help the little one’s develop a comfortable relationship with the dentist to prevent the dental anxiety and nervousness that many children have.

If you generally do not schedule regular visits with their dentist, a back-to-school dental check-up is crucial for parents to think about. Make sure your children start off the school year with a healthy and care free smile. Give them the much needed confidence they deserve!

If you have any questions or you would like to make an appointment, contact us today.

Summer Savings 2015

Check out our current summer promotions for all of our patients!

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Dentist CouponMust present coupon at appointment. Limit of one offer per household. Offer cannot be combined with other offers.Offer is valid for all dental treatment purchased on or after 07/01/15. Offer expires on 08/31/15.

If you would like to take advantage of one of our special offers, or if you have any questions, please contact our office today at 817-385-7183.

We look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you want!

Dental Water Technology

Have you ever wondered about the water we are using during your dental appointment? Your oral health and protection are important to us. That’s why we purify our dental unit water with DentaPure®.

Dental researchers and microbiologists have confirmed that dental unit waterlines can be contaminated with unacceptable levels of bacteria. By using DentaPure® water treatment cartridges on each of our dental units, you can be sure that the water we are using is safe. This advanced water treatment technology was originally developed for NASA and successfully used for over 20 years to ensure that water consumed in space was free of bacteria, viruses and other harmful organisms.
It truly is Rocket Science!

How Does it Work?

DentaPure is a cartridge that is attached to the waterlines in the dental unit. As water passes through the cartridge it releases a small amount of the germicide, iodine, into the water. The iodine kills all the harmful bacteria that are in the dental unit waterlines, delivering safe water to you during your dental procedure. The elemental iodine in DentaPure contains no allergenic proteins and is a naturally occurring element in our bodies; it is safe for everyone. You may notice a slight medicine taste during your procedure; not everyone can taste it, but if you do, know that it is DentaPure working to treat the water being used during your procedure.

With so much awareness on the environment we thought it important to share with you that DentaPure is completely safe for the environment, there are no caustic chemicals or hazardous waste associated with the use of DentaPure. Made in the USA, the depleted cartridge may be recycled.

If you have any questions, we are just a call away.  817-385-7183


Smile Story – Smile Makeover for Teachers

Here is your opportunity to pay it forward and help us select the next winner of the Every Smile Has a Story – Smile Makeover 2015. Dr. Ballard and his team will review all entries and select the most deserving nominee based on their dental needs, their role in their school district and community, their current personal situation(s), and how much impact a smile makeover could have on their life. Nominees can be anyone you know who put others first.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

Contest runs from May 18 – June 1, 2015
Nominee must reside within 60 miles of Ballard Family Dentistry
All current teachers in public and private schools as well as school district and private school employees are eligible for this contest.
To be considered, all entries must include the following information. Nominations can be dropped off at our office or emailed to us at

Nominee Information:

1.) Name of nominee (first, last)
2.) Name of school that nominee works for.
3.) Do you have a picture of your nominee’s smile?  Although not required, it is a plus!
4.) In a few short paragraphs or less, share with us, why this person should be considered for a smile makeover by Dr. Ballard and his team.  The more information, the better.

Nominating Person Information:

1.) Your name (first, last)  If you choose to remain anonymous, please just note “anonymous”.
2.) If not remaining anonymous, please provide us with the best way to contact you, should we have additional questions about your nominee during the contest period.  This can be either/both your phone number and email address.

Selection Process:

During the week of June 1st, two finalists will be chosen to meet with Dr. Ballard and his team, for a consultation.  At this time, our team will verify eligibility (health conditions/risks, appointment availability, etc.)  to receive a smile makeover.  One winner will be chosen to receive a smile makeover.  There is no cash value to the prize.

Terms & Conditions:

  • If chosen, the winner must be available for several days and/or appointments for the smile makeover process.  The chosen winner must have a flexible schedule when it comes to appointment dates and times.  The chosen winner must make all appointments that are scheduled.
  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive a “Smile Makeover Package” (approximate retail value $3,000 – $20,000) and will be selected by Dr. Ballard and his team.  Grand Prize Winner may receive one or more of the following services: restorative dentistry, periodontal therapy, endodontic therapy, orthodontic therapy, implant dentistry, oral surgery or applicable services. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • All entries become property of Ballard Family Dentistry.  Nothing that is entered will be returned.  By entering this contest, entrants agree that all parts of their entry may be published ( excluding personal information).  Winner must consent that all parts of their submission including before, during, and after photos may be used for promotional use without compensation.
  • Contest is open to both new and existing patients.
  • By entering the Contest, entrants release Ballard Family Dentistry for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

Saginaw TX Snoring Treatment


Snoring can be a real problem, not only for the person who snores, but for the partner and other family members who live with the snorer. However, there is a dentist-prescribed solution for a more restful night’s sleep: Silent Nite® sl. This affordable device is flexible, thin and comfortable for your patients, and it exhibits documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea.

Snore treatment SILENT NITE device positions the lower jaw into a forward position by means of special connectors that are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower forms. The forms are custom laminated with heat and pressure to the dentist’s model of the mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable.

Snoring research has shown that custom fabricated dental devices worn at night that move the lower jaw into a forward position, increase the three dimensional space in the airway tube which reduces air velocity and soft tissue vibration. By increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway and preventing soft tissue vibrations, snoring is eliminated. In clinical research studies, these dentist prescribed oral devices have exhibited initial snoring prevention success rates between 70% to 100%. The special connectors position the jaw to keep the airway open and prevent snoring.

The SILENT NITE device prevents snoring by opening the airway and making breathing easier. In addition, SILENT NITE does not interfere with breathing through the mouth. Even in cases of congested nasal passages, the device prevents snoring and allows uninhibited oral breathing. Small movements of the jaw (temporomandibular joint or TMJ) are possible while wearing a SILENT NITE device.

Snore treatment SILENT NITE devices help promote deeper, more restful sleep by preventing snoring.

Give our office a call today to schedule your free consultation to determine if SILENT NITE is an option for you. 817.385.7183

Special Occasion Dentistry


This is the time of year when many of us are preparing to look our best for a special occasion. Whether it’s an upcoming wedding, prom or reunion, most people think of hair, makeup and the perfect outfit. But don’t forget about your smile! If you’re self-conscious about cracked, broken, stained, decayed or worn teeth, there are steps you can take to get the perfect smile for your big event!

Teeth Whitening

A bright smile projects confidence and youthfulness. Unfortunately, coffee, tea, tobacco, wine and other substances can leave teeth yellowed and stained. Professional whitening treatments can restore a dazzling smile. Our team at Ballard Family Dentistry will recommend the best treatment option for you to get a whiter, brighter smile.  Learn more about our teeth whitening options by clicking here.


Bonding makes it possible to lighten stains, close gaps and repair fractured teeth. What’s great about this procedure is, it is quick and simple and can usually be completed without the need for anesthetic. Using cosmetic bonding, our doctors at Ballard Family Dentistry can dramatically enhance your smile for that special occasion.


Beautiful and long-lasting, veneers are a smart and stylish solution to the problem of cracked, broken, misshapen or otherwise flawed teeth. A simple, conservative procedure in which veneers are carefully placed over existing tooth structure, veneers help create perfectly shaped, contoured smiles in just a few office visits. Every patient’s case is unique, and the our dental team can tailor wonderful results to fit your specific needs. Ballard Family Dentistry in Saginaw, TX  has an in-office dental laboratory to work on your dental needs.  Everyone deserves a fantastic smile.

Six Month Smiles

Ballard Family Dentistry is proud to be a provider of an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle….in just six months!  Are you one of the many adults who spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk?  Call us today to schedule your free smile consultation.  Learn more about Six Month Smiles by clicking here.

Let our team at Ballard Family Dentistry help you achieve your best smile at your special event.


Creature Teacher 2015 – Ballard Family Dentistry

Dental health education is more fun when you bring in fun creatures and what better time to do it than during Children’s Dental Health Month!  Dr. Scott Ballard and the team at Ballard Family Dentistry kick of their 9th year of the “Creature Teacher” tour to the Eagle Mountain ISD and additional area schools on February 6th.

Each program is approximately 20 minutes long and captures the attention of approximately 300 students per school.  The program is led by a team consisting of a “Creature Teacher” and members of the Ballard Family Dentistry team, who incorporate anything from snakes to tarantulas, to even a Chinchilla, into the program.  The children are then shown how to take care of their teeth and relate this to how animals eat, how their teeth affect them, and MUCH MORE!

Coming to a school near you:

Feb 6th –

Elkins Elementary at 8:30am

Eagle Mountain Elementary at 9:30am

Feb 13th –

Willow Creek Elementary at 8:30am

Haslet Elementary at 9:30am             creature teacher

Feb 19th –

Remington Point Elementary at 9:30am

Feb 20th –

Comanche Springs Elementary at 9am

Chisholm Ridge Elementary at 10am

Feb 27th –

Greenfield Elementary (2 programs) beginning at 8:30am

The program wraps up with each child receiving a goody bag with toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, and more. Even the teachers are given a goody bag with dental supplies and special offers.

“It’s amazing how the children respond and really enjoy this program..their eyes just light up…it is one of my favorite things we do with the community”, says Dr. Scott Ballard.

New Years Resolution Tips from Dr. Ballard

As New Years Eve looms, millions of Americans are contemplating what habit(s) to kick or what to change about themselves in 2015. For those who are pledging to lose weight or maintain a better diet in 2015, we have an idea…make oral health a priority as well. We have put together our top 5 tips to help get you there..

Fruits and Veggies

Did you know that poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system, increasing susceptibility to many common oral disorders, including gum (periodontal) disease? Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. In addition, crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.

Kick Smoking and Tobacco Products to the Curb

Using tobacco can harm your mouth in a number of ways, increasing your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. It’s not just smoking tobacco that has negative effects on your oral health: use of smokeless tobacco can be just as harmful to your oral health. The good news is that the risk of tooth loss decreases after you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

It is no secret that excessive alcohol intake can have an effect on your overall health, but did you know that it may also affect your oral health? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession (periodontal pocketing). Their studies show that smokers who regularly consume alcohol are less likely to brush their teeth on a regular basis and are less concerned about their basic health than nonsmokers. For the wine drinkers out there, moderation is the key…and don’t forget to brush away those tooth staining particles immediately after.

Come See Our Dental Team Twice a Year

By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more complex or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental treatment plan to address areas of concern, while keeping your budget in mind.

For 2015, don’t just resolve to losing weight or kicking soda’s. Resolve to treat your mouth right: improve your diet and food choices, quit smoking and improve your oral hygiene habits – your teeth AND your body will thank you for it!

Need to schedule an appointment? Give us a call now at (817) 385-7183 or request an appointment online by clicking here.

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy During the Holidays

Dentist Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and each year, every thing you read or hear, gives advice on what foods you should and should not eat to avoid packing on the pounds. One realm of health that is equally as important, but often overlooked, is oral health. Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family but for many, the real focus is on the food. It’s the one day where people feel like they have a free pass to really indulge.

There are several foods that we have come to expect at Thanksgiving dinner; turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pecan pie… the list is endless. Unfortunately, many of these Thanksgiving dinner staples are loaded with cavity causing carbohydrates and sugars. Indulging in these kinds of foods can have negative consequences on your waistline and your gum line. The good news is that you can enjoy Thanksgiving and protect your teeth by planning ahead and following this advice:

First, make good choices about what kinds of foods you will be eating.

Protein, vegetables, and fruits are going to be healthier and do less damage to your teeth. However, foods higher in carbohydrates and sugars (think casseroles and pies) are not only bad for your waistline but your teeth too.  Avoid a carbohydrate overload by selecting protein, vegetables, and fruits first. This will leave you less room on your plate for those unhealthy options.

What you drink with the meal is just as important as what you eat.

Avoid high-calorie, sugary beverages like soft drinks, juices, and sports drinks. These kinds of drinks bathe your teeth in cavity causing sugar and enamel eating acid. Sipping on water throughout the meal is your best option. Water can help to wash away any leftover food.

Brush, floss, rinse…repeat.

After eating any meal, you want to limit the amount of time these food particles are allowed to remain on your teeth. Brushing your teeth is ideal but difficult to do if you are out and about on Thanksgiving Day as many of us are. Plan ahead and bring a travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Forget your toothbrush? Another option would be to simply rinse your mouth out with water. Rinsing your mouth after the meal helps dislodge some of the leftover food. You can even use a wet wash cloth to wipe down the surface of your teeth and your tongue. Follow up with some mouthwash for that fresh, clean feeling.

Planning ahead and making responsible food choices this holiday season will ensure good oral health and your teeth will thank you.

Holiday Food and Toy Drive

Holiday Toy and Food Drive

Ballard Family Dentistry needs your help to help brighten the day for those who are experiencing a difficult time this holiday season.  Help our team, help those who are less fortunate, have a Christmas this year by providing much needed items for the annual Christmas Event at the The Community Link in Saginaw, TX.  To learn more about the upcoming event, click here.

Looking to volunteer at this event?  Click Here!

All items are needed by December 5th and can be dropped off at our dental office.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Items needed for the Christmas Dinner boxes:

  • Stuffing
  • Baked Beans
  • Green BeansCommunity Link Saginaw TX
  • Canned Yams
  • Gravy/Gravy Mix (Turkey or Chicken)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Boxed Mashed Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Cornbread Mix
  • Canned Milk
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cider (Powdered)
  • Candy (for Stockings)
  • Toys
  • Cake Mixes
  • Frosting
  • Pie Filling/Crust
  • Pudding

Additional Items Needed:

  • New Toys for All Ages
  • Sports Balls, Board Games, Etc.
  • Personal Care Items

To learn more about the services Community Link provides to the Northwest Tarrant County Community, please visit their website at

Patient Appreciation Day – Open to the Public


Come One…Come All!

Ballard Family Dentistry is throwing a party!  We hope you can join us at our Patient Appreciation Day, happening on Saturday, October 18th, located at our office complex.  We love our patients and they are the reason we are able to celebrate our 10 year Anniversary this year.   If you are already a patient, please stop by and say hi. If you are not a patient, you are more than welcome to come meet the staff and our other amazing patients!

In addition to the games and attractions listed below, our team will be serving up free popcorn, cotton candy, and snowcones by Kona Ice! 

 Bounce Houses  – Rock Climbing Wall – Velcro Fly WallDunk the Doctors –

Photo Booth – Carnival Games – Face Painting – Door Prizes

We have also made arrangements to have the Carter Blood Bus join us from 9am to 1pm for blood donations.  Anyone donating blood on this day, will receive a special gift from us. 

Everyone in the community is invited!  So, stop by, say hi, and have some fun on us! 

Meet Our Local Business Neighbors

and Look for Them at the Event!

HealthSource of Saginaw

Healthy Smiles 4 Kids – John R. Gober, DDS

Lustig Orthodontics – Dr. Jeremy Lustig

Dental Specialists of Saginaw –  James A. Elliott, DDS

RSVP to Make Sure You Receive Our New T-Shirt!

Ready to RSVP?  Use the form below now to confirm!

(*Please note that anyone under the age of 18, must be accompanied by an adult)

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Are You Taking Blood Pressure Medication?

Can Blood Pressure Medication Affect Your Gums?

There are possible side effects on gums from prescribed blood pressure medications. If you suffer from high blood pressure, here is a condition you may want to know more about.

Thickening of the Gums

Antihypertensive medications, usually prescribed for treatment of high blood pressure, can cause overgrowth of the gums in people who are susceptible. If this condition is not addressed with your dental professional in the early stages, it will make dental cleanings much more difficult, thus enabling plaque to accumulate. This can lead to gingivitis that can lead to destruction of supporting tooth structure, causing teeth to loosen and, possibly, fall out.

To clarify, blood pressure medications may cause changes in size and shape of gums, but the real culprit is plaque. Preventing plaque to build up around teeth, under the gum line, is your best defense.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

If you are practicing good oral hygiene both at home and through your professional dental care provider, you can minimize the overgrowth of the gums.

Your oral hygiene “at home” practice should include brushing at least twice daily and interdental cleaning with floss or small brushes. Rinsing thoroughly and using fluoride toothpaste can aid in reducing bacteria.

Your professional oral hygiene care with Ballard Family Dentistry, is the most important element in your overall oral healthcare.

If you are suffering from high blood pressure, Dr. Ballard and our team will assess your situation and personalize an oral health care plan to combat the side effects of prescribed high blood pressure medications.

If you are have started taking antihypertensive medication, don’t forget to let our office know so that our dental team can start working on the best plan today, for maintaining the best possible oral health care.

Have any questions?  We are just a phone call away.  817-385-7183

Dental Education Center

Top Dental Topics

Sensitive Teeth

Root Canals


Wisdom Teeth

Baby Teeth

Dental Sealants


Top Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Teeth Whitening

Most teeth can be whitened (some call it bleaching) and there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. External tooth whitening happens when vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent, either in a dental office or at home. This means that in most situations, tooth whitening is possible and safe. Learn More.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace the roots of lost teeth. A dental implant–along with a crown built on the implant–replaces a missing tooth or teeth and helps to maintain the bone support of the adjacent teeth, extending their life span. Dental implants are considered a permanent service and can be expected, in most cases, to last many, many years. They are the optimum choice for replacing missing teeth. A tooth replaced with a dental implant should be imperceptible from a natural tooth. Learn More.

Porcelain Veneers, Crowns, and Bridgework

Porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridgework all share one thing: the useful and natural properties of dental porcelain.
Porcelain is often selected for esthetic reasons because of its remarkable property to mimic natural tooth structure. Today’s materials are lifelike and very durable. Ask your AACD cosmetic dentist about the dental material choices that may be used to rejuvenate your smile. In addition to being an esthetically pleasing material, porcelain is the strongest cosmetic tooth-colored material and it can withstand normal dental function. Learn More.

Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)

Periodontal (gum) disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and may be associated with other chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Types of Gum Disease

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Gum Disease Symptoms

Gum Disease and Other Health Diseases

Gum Disease and Women

Gum Disease and Men

Gum Disease and Children

Gum Disease Treatments and Procedures





Three Questions You Should be Asking Your Dentist

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, has been linked to America’s biggest killer: heart disease. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, has also been linked to diabetes, osteoporosis and pregnancy complications such as premature birth and low birth weight. This is why it’s important to take care of your teeth regularly, visit your dentist on a regular basis, and communicate with your dentist…don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Whether you’re diligently devoted to your oral hygiene or haven’t been to the dentist in years, once you are in the dental office, do not leave without asking these three questions:

Do you have any recommendations for my diet?

Your dentist may also be able to tell what you’re eating by examining your mouth. Usually, your dentist can tell if you’re eating too much sugar or acids, or not enough vitamin C. He or she may discuss eating less sugar and when to eat sugar for minimal damage to your teeth.

What should my care and maintenance schedule be?

Everybody’s health needs are different, and that includes your oral health needs. This means that you may need to come in less or more frequently for exams and cleanings, or that brushing and flossing may not be enough for your home care routine. Your dentist should be able to give you a customized plan for care, which should include home-care methods and an office visit schedule.

Is there anything I should tell my family doctor?

Since oral hygiene is linked to so many other bodily conditions, your dentist may find signs of non-oral diseases in your mouth. Your dentist may also see early evidence of side effects from drugs you’re taking, in which case you’ll want to talk with your regular doctor about switching meds.

Ballard Family Dentistry offers many options to squash any fears or concerns you may have about coming to the Dentist. Many of our patients had not been to a dentist in 10, 20, or more years before taking the leap of faith with our dental team. Give us a try…we will not let you down.

Call today to schedule an appointment at 817-385-7183 or request an appointment now by clicking here.

What Exactly is on Your Toothbrush?

Do you know Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and — yes — even fecal germs may be on your toothbrush?

Appropriate toothbrush storage and care are important to achieving personal oral hygiene and optimally effective plaque removal, says Maria L.toothbrush Geisinger, DDS, assistant professor of periodontology in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“The oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms, which can be transferred to a toothbrush during use,” Geisinger said. “Furthermore, most toothbrushes are stored in bathrooms, which exposes them to gastrointestinal microorganisms that may be transferred via a fecal-oral route. The number of microorganisms can vary wildly from undetectable to 1 million colony-forming units (CFUs). Proper handling and care of your toothbrush is important to your overall health.”

What constitutes proper care and handling? Geisinger answers several questions that may help better protect families from toothbrush germs.

Q. Can bacteria from your toilet really reach your toothbrush?

A. “The short answer is ‘yes.’ Enteric bacteria, which mostly occur in the intestines, can transfer to toothbrushes and thus into your mouth. This may occur through inadequate hand-washing or due to microscopic droplets released from the toilet during flushing. The topic of dirty toothbrushes was a recent subject of the popular Discovery Channel show “Mythbusters,” when 24 toothbrushes were tested, and all of them demonstrated enteric microorganisms — even those that had not been inside of a bathroom. In fact, toothbrushes may be contaminated with bacteria right out of the box, as they are not required to be packaged in a sterile manner.”

Q. What is the proper way to clean your toothbrush to help remove germs?

A. “You should thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with potable tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Additionally, soaking toothbrushes in an antibacterial mouth rinse has been shown to decrease the level of bacteria that grow on toothbrushes.”

Q. How should you to store your toothbrush to avoid germ and bacteria buildup?

A. “The American Dental Association recommends that you not store your toothbrush in a closed container or routinely cover your toothbrush, as a damp environment is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms. Also, storing toothbrushes in an upright position and allowing them to air dry until the next use is recommended, if possible. If more than one brush is stored in an area, keeping the toothbrushes separate can aid in preventing cross-contamination.”

Q. What is the proper toothbrush protocol when you are sick?

A. “Any illness that can be transmitted through body fluids should warrant separation of the toothbrush of the infected individual and, if economically feasible, replacement of the toothbrush after the illness.”

Q. How often should your toothbrush be replaced?

A. “Toothbrushes should be replaced at least every three to four months or when bristles become frayed and worn, whichever comes first.”

There are four other steps Geisinger recommends be followed to help achieve a higher quality of oral health and avoid or limit some of the causes of bacteria toothbrush buildup.

Use antimicrobial mouth rinse prior to brushing.

This can decrease the bacterial load in your mouth considerably and may reduce the number of microorganisms that end up on the toothbrush after brushing.

Engage in routine dental care.

Routine dental care, including regular dental cleanings, can reduce the overall bacterial load in your mouth, and the types of bacteria present, and can therefore reduce bacteria on your toothbrush. It is especially important for those with gum disease, as the oral bacteria present in their mouths can enter the bloodstream as they perform everyday activities, including eating, chewing gum and tooth-brushing.

Wash your hands.

Hand-washing after using the restroom and prior to using your toothbrush can reduce the likelihood of fecal-oral contamination.

Do not share toothbrushes.

This seems like a no-brainer, but a large proportion of spouses admit to sharing toothbrushes. That means bacteria on those toothbrushes are being shared, including the ones that cause dental decay and periodontal disease — the two major dental diseases in adults.


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University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Original article was written by Tyler Greer.

Red Wine Shows Promise as Cavity Fighter

For anyone searching for another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, here’s a good one: A new study has found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities. They say that their report, which appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects.

M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues explain that dental diseases are extremely common throughout the world. Cavities, periodontal disease and tooth loss affect an estimated 60 to 90 percent of the global population. The problems start when certain bacteria in the mouth get together and form biofilms, which are communities of bacteria that are difficult to kill. They form plaque and produce acid, which starts damaging teeth. Brushing, fluoride in toothpaste and water and other methods can help get rid of bacterial plaques, but the effects are limited. In addition, currently used antimicrobial rinses can change the color of the gums and alter taste, so people are less likely to use them for as long as they should. Some research has suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can slow bacterial growth, so Moreno-Arribas’ team decided to test them under realistic conditions for the first time.

They grew cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases as a biofilm. They dipped the biofilms for a couple of minutes in different liquids, including red wine, red wine without the alcohol, red wine spiked with grape seed extract, and water and 12 percent ethanol for comparison. Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria.

The authors acknowledge funding from the MINECO (AGL2012-04172-C02-01 project), CONSOLIDER INGENIO 2010 and the Comunidad de Madrid.


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Gum Disease Treatment Target Looks Promising

Nearly half of all adults in the United States suffer from the gum disease periodontitis, and 8.5 percent have a severe form that can raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and pregnancy complications.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have been searching for ways to prevent, half and reverse periodontitis. In a report published in the Journal of Immunology, they describe a promising new target: a component of the immune system called complement. Treating monkeys with a complement inhibitor successfully prevented the inflammation and bone loss that is associated with periodontitis, making this a promising drug for treating humans with the disease.

George Hajishengallis, a professor in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Microbiology, was the senior author on the paper, collaborating with co-senior author John Lambris, the Dr. Ralph and Sallie Weaver Professor of Research Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine. Their collaborators included Tomoki Maekawa, Toshiharu Abe, Evlambia Hajishengallis and Kavita B. Hosur of Penn Dental Medicine and Robert A. DeAngelis and Daniel Ricklin of Penn Medicine.

Earlier work by the Penn team had shown that the periodontal bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis can hamper the ability of immune cells to clear infection, allowing P. gingivalis and other bacteria to flourish and inflame the gum tissue.

“P. gingivalis has many mechanisms to escape killing by the immune system, but getting rid of inflammation altogether is not good for them because they ‘feed’ off of it,” Hajishengallis said. “So P. gingivalis helps suppress the immune system in a way that creates a hospitable environment for the other bacteria.”

The researchers wanted to find out which component of the complement system might be involved in contributing to and maintaining inflammation in the disease. Their experiments focused on the third component of complement, C3, which occupies a central position in signaling cascades that trigger inflammation and activation of the innate immune system.

The team found that mice bred to lack C3 had much less bone loss and inflammation in their gums several weeks after being infected with P. gingivalis compared to normal mice. C3-deficient mice were also protected from periodontitis in two additional models of disease: one in which a silk thread is tied around a tooth, promoting the build-up of microbes, and one in which the disease occurs naturally in aging mice, mimicking how the disease crops up in aging humans.

“Without the involvement of a different complement component, the C5a receptor, P. gingivalis can’t colonize the gums,” Hajishengallis said. “But without C3, the disease can’t be sustained over the long term.”

Building on this finding, the researchers tested a human drug that blocks C3 to see if they could reduce the signs of periodontal disease in monkeys, which, unlike mice, are responsive to the human drug. They found that the C3 inhibitor, a drug called Cp40 that was development for the treatment of the rare blood disease PNH and ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation, reduced inflammation and significantly protected the monkeys from bone loss.

“We think this drug offers a promising possibility for treating adults with periodontitis,” Lambris said. “Blocking C3 locally in the mouth helps shift the balance of bacteria, producing an overall beneficial effect.”

According to the researchers, this study represents the first time, to their knowledge, that anyone has demonstrated the involvement of complement in inflammatory bone loss in non-human primates, setting the stage for translation to human treatments.

The results, Hajishengallis said, “provide proof-of-concept that complement-targeted therapies can interfere with disease-promoting mechanisms.”


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Tooth Plaque Provides Unique Insights into Our Prehistoric Ancestors’ Diet

An international team of researchers has found new evidence that our prehistoric ancestors had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture.

By extracting chemical compounds and microfossils from dental calculus (calcified dental plaque) from ancient teeth, the researchers were able to provide an entirely new perspective on our ancestors’ diets. Their research suggests that purple nut sedge (Cyperus rotundus) — today regarded as a nuisance weed — formed an important part of the prehistoric diet.

Crucially, the research, published in PLOS ONE and led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of York, suggests that prehistoric people living in Central Sudan may have understood both the nutritional and medicinal qualities of this and other plants.

The research was carried out at Al Khiday, a pre-historic site on the White Nile in Central Sudan. It demonstrates that for at least 7,000 years, beginning before the development of agriculture and continuing after agricultural plants were also available the people of Al Khiday ate the plant purple nut sedge. The plant is a good source of carbohydrates and has many useful medicinal and aromatic qualities.

Lead author Karen Hardy, a Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Research Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of York, said: “Purple nut sedge is today considered to be a scourge in tropical and sub-tropical regions and has been called the world’s most expensive weed due to the difficulties and high costs of eradication from agricultural areas. By extracting material from samples of ancient dental calculus we have found that rather than being a nuisance in the past, its value as a food, and possibly its abundant medicinal qualities were known. More recently, it was also used by the ancient Egyptians as perfume and as medicine.

“We also discovered that these people ate several other plants and we found traces of smoke, evidence for cooking, and for chewing plant fibres to prepare raw materials. These small biographical details add to the growing evidence that prehistoric people had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture.”

Al Khiday is a complex of five archaeological sites which lie 25km south of Omdurman; one of the sites is predominantly a burial ground of pre-Mesolithic, Neolithic and Later Meroitic age. As a multi-period cemetery, it gave the researchers a useful long-term perspective on the material recovered.

The researchers found ingestion of the purple nut sedge in both pre-agricultural and agricultural periods. They suggest that the plant’s ability to inhibit Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium which contributes to tooth decay, may have contributed to the unexpectedly low level of cavaties found in the agricultural population.

Dr Stephen Buckley, a Research Fellow at the University of York’s BioArCh research facility, conducted the chemical analyses. He said: “The evidence for purple nut sedge was very clear in samples from all the time periods we looked at. This plant was evidently important to the people of Al Khiday, even after agricultural plants had been introduced.”

Dr Donatella Usai, from the Instituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente in Rome led the excavation and Dr Tina Jakob from Durham University’s Department of Archaeology, performed the analysis of the human remains at Al Khiday. Anita Radini, an Archaeobotanist at the University of Leicester Archaeological Service (ULAS) and a PhD candidate at BioArCh, University of York, contributed to the analysis of microfossils found in the dental calculus samples.

Dr Usai said: “Al Khiday is a unique site in the Nile valley, where a large population lived for many thousands of years. This study demonstrates that they made good use of the locally available wild plant as food, as raw materials, and possibly even as medicine.”

Dr Hardy added: “The development of studies on chemical compounds and microfossils extracted from dental calculus will help to counterbalance the dominant focus on meat and protein that has been a feature of pre-agricultural dietary interpretation, up until now. The new access to plants ingested, which is provided by dental calculus analysis, will increase, if not revolutionise, the perception of ecological knowledge and use of plants among earlier prehistoric and pre-agrarian populations.”

Fieldwork was funded by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, Centro Studi Sudanesi e Sub-Sahariani, and the Universities of Milano, Padova and Parma. The research was endorsed by the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM) of Sudan.


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Dental Treatment Financing with CareCredit

Unfortunately, many dental services aren’t covered by insurance. CareCredit offers the freedom and flexibility to look and feel better, faster.

Since CareCredit is a revolving line of credit, it can be used time and time again. Your CareCredit can be used for yourself, your family member, and even your pets.

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What Treatments Can CareCredit be Used for?

You can use CareCredit to pay for any dental treatment including necessary procedures like root canals or cosmetic procedures like whitening, veneers, dental implants and more!

Can CareCredit be Used for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Yes, you can use CareCredit anywhere it is accepted for all different types of elective and cosmetic dentistry.

Can CareCredit be Used After Insurance is Maxed Out or Doesn’t Cover Your Dental Treatment?

Yes, you can use CareCredit to pay for all out-of-pocket costs from elective procedures such as teeth whitening to acute needs such as a root canal.  CareCredit can also be used for deductibles and co-payments.


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Teeth Whitening For Graduates

 Teeth Whitening Grad

The last four years went by in the blink of an eye and it is already time for graduation.  As they walk past their family and peers to receive their diploma and turn towards the camera for mom and dad, you want them to put their best—and whitest— smile forward.  With a visit to our dental office in Saginaw, you can make sure they achieve a perfect, award-winning smile to complement their cap and gown.  Our teeth whitening treatment can give your graduate a smile they will be happy to show off on one of the biggest days of their life. Whether your graduate is heading on to college or starting a career, teeth whitening will help them say goodbye to discolored teeth and let them enjoy their special day and every day after, with confidence.

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Ballard Family Dentistry utilizes the most modern, effective and technologically-advanced forms of teeth whitening that can be done at home and on the go, while producing dramatic results that can be observed quickly.   Our dental office offers at home teeth whitening kits, which consist of custom take home trays and teeth whitening gel that can be applied at home. As your graduate says goodbye to one chapter of their life, let them say hello to the next chapter with a beautiful, whiter smile.

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Give the Gift of Teeth Whitening

This graduation present is almost fool proof. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that of those polled, whiter teeth was the most desired cosmetic dentistry enhancement.  When it comes to making a positive first impression at work or in personal relationships, nothing comes close to the impact of an attractive smile. Nearly half of American adults (48%) believe a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone.  Whether it be a summer job, internship, or first interview, help your special graduate put their best face forward by giving them the gift of a whiter smile.  Contact our office today to learn more about our teeth whitening gift certificates.

Teeth Whitening Offers for Graduates

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Dental Implant Procedure

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement for one or multiple missing teeth.

The dental implant procedure is considered one of the most successful tooth replacement procedures available today because it so closely replicates the look and function of a natural tooth and tooth root. Due to its durability and attachment to the jawbone, a dental implant can last a lifetime with proper care, as opposed to other tooth replacement options that can wear out over time.

Dental implants are commonly used to anchor a full denture or fixed bridge, in addition to replacing one or more teeth. 

While every dental implant procedure will differ based on the number and location of your missing teeth, the basic procedure is as follows:

Initial Consultation

To find out whether dental implants are the best option for your smile, our dental implant specialist will likely take x-rays and assess your overall health, dental health, bone structure, and gum tissue to ensure that your mouth can support dental implants. If you qualify for a dental implant, impressions may also be taken to calculate the exact place where the dental implant will be positioned in the gums.  In addition, our dental implant team will discuss local anesthesia and sedation dentistry options with you to guarantee your teeth implants procedure will be more relaxed and “anxiety free”.

Dental Implant Placement

After the initial consultation, the next step in the dental implant procedure is the dental implant placement. During the next appointment, your dentist will carefully position a dental implant, or titanium metal rod, at the position where the tooth root is missing. This rod is usually surrounded and covered with gum tissue to allow it time to fuse with the jawbone over several months in a process called osseointegration. The dental implant is made of materials that work naturally with the body, and the bond between the jawbone and dental implant creates an important, sturdy anchor that replicates the strength of a natural tooth root.

Abutment and Temporary Crown

After the dental implant has fused with the jawbone to create a sturdy anchor, an abutment, a small piece of metal that screws onto the dental implant, is attached. A dental crown, or artificial tooth, is fastened securely to this abutment, completing the teeth implants procedure. In some cases, the abutment is attached at the same time that the implant is positioned. When this is the case, patients receive a temporary crown that attaches to the abutment until their permanent crown is crafted.

Permanent Crown Placement

The final step in the dental implant procedure is placing the permanent dental crown. Your dentist will take images and impressions of your teeth so that a dental crown (artificial tooth) can be custom made to match the curvature, color, and shape of your natural teeth. Technology has become so advanced that many people can’t even tell the difference between the natural and artificial teeth. Once your dental implant has securely bonded with the jawbone, and your permanent crown is finished, your dentist will fasten your permanent dental crown to the abutment atop the dental implant. Because of the anchored support, you can expect to chew normally and follow similar hygiene care for your implant as for other teeth. In many cases, several dental implants are positioned and topped with dentures or a dental bridge instead of a crown.

A free consultation with your dental implant team at Ballard Family Dentistry can help you determine which dental implant procedure will best meet your needs.  Call us today to schedule yours.  817-385-7183


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Implant Dentistry – Is it Right for You?

Many adults have missing teeth, but the effects can be more harmful than most realize…

Unfortunately, having gaps in your smile can have negative effects on your confidence, social opportunities, and others’ perception of you. In addition, leaving missing teeth unattended can lead to tooth shifting, bone and gum deterioration, and face shape alteration.

Replacing a missing tooth immediately, instead of waiting, will prevent more expensive treatments later. Many patients find implant dentistry a worthwhile investment since it is one of the most successful dental procedures available, with a 90-95% success rate.

Implant Dentistry Success Factors

Many factors play into the success of implant dentistry.  A few common components that our dental implant dentist will look for include:

Adequate bone support—Since dental implants fuse with the jawbone in order to anchor the tooth, adequate bone density and quality is one of the most important requirements for dental implant success. Children don’t often qualify for implant dentistry since their bones have not sufficiently developed. Bone grafts or mini implants are sometimes considered for patients who do not have enough bone support.

Good overall health—Since implant dentistry requires a surgical procedure, it is important that you are in good health. Patients who smoke, drink alcohol, or have diabetes usually have lower success rates with dental implants since these conditions can lower oral health, which affects the healing process of the implant.

Healthy Gums—Healthy gums are necessary to support the new dental implant as it fuses with the jawbone. Patients with a high risk of periodontal (gum) disease often experience dental implant failure.

Commitment to Oral Health—A dental implant requires excellent dental hygiene. A commitment to daily brushing and flossing, along with periodic visits to the dentist is crucial. Keep in mind that these hygiene habits are crucial to preserving the health and strength of your natural teeth as well.

No Teeth Clenching—Visit with your dental implant dentist if you struggle with bruxism, or teeth clenching. This has been shown to decrease success rates of implant dentistry.

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for implant dentistry is to visit with our qualified dental implant team.  Our team will look for the above criteria, as well as the location of your missing tooth when determining whether implant dentistry is the best solution for your smile.

Contact us today for your free dental implant consultation.  817-385-7183


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Dental Implants – All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

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Missing a Few Teeth?

Dental implants are designed to serve a variety of functions to meet the needs of patients who are missing teeth. No matter how many or the size of the gaps in your smile, dental implants are considered one of the most successful tooth replacement procedures available.  Let’s take a look at the different types of dental implants.

Regular Dental Implants

A regular tooth implant can be used to replace one tooth with a beautiful dental crown, or several teeth with tooth implant supported dentures and dental bridges.  These dental implants provide maximum support and are the most common solution for missing teeth.

However, it is necessary for the patient to have adequate bone structure to support the tooth implant.  If this is missing, sometimes a bone graft can be used to build up the bone structure to support a regular dental tooth implant.

Mini Dental Implants

For patients who don’t have sufficient bone structure to support regular dental implants or who have tiny gaps to fill, mini dental implants are available. Mini dental implants are a popular alternative to regular dental implants because they can usually be placed in one visit and are much less invasive.

A mini tooth implant consists of a tiny metal rod, about half the width of a regular dental tooth implant, which is positioned where the tooth root is missing and topped with a dental crown or dentures. Mini dental implants are often placed in one visit because they are easier to position and are less invasive than regular dental implants.  Because of their slim size, mini dental implants are ideal for replacing small teeth in narrow spaces in the mouth. Many patients who cannot qualify for regular dental implants because of insufficient bone or gum support can still qualify for mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants are most commonly used as stabilizers for tooth implant supported dentures in the lower jaw. The mini dental implants have attachments to connect to the dentures above. While traditional dentures can slide around and cause gum irritation, the added support of mini dental implants can provide much needed stability. Mini dental implants are not recommended in some cases because they do not fuse as well with the jawbone as regular dental implants.

Compared to a regular tooth implant, the mini tooth implant is so well liked because it requires:

Less healing time

Less pain

Less expense

Less gum invasion


To learn more about the different types of dental implant options we offer at our dental office in Saginaw TX, call us today to schedule your free dental implant consultation.  817-385-7183


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Dental Implants – All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

Implant Dentistry – Is it Right for You?

Dental Implant Procedure



Dental Implants – All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

What is all the hype about anyway? Why can’t people stop talking about implant dentistry? Let’s take a look at some ofdental-implant the key reasons that dental implant dentistry  has become so popular among patients with missing teeth.

If you have missing teeth you know how frustrating it can be to try to eat certain foods. Even with dentures eating isn’t the same. It becomes difficult to chew and just thinking about taking a bite out of an apple is painful.  This is just one of the many reasons that dental implants have become so popular. Dental implants restore the function and feel of your natural teeth and you’ll find yourself enjoying foods you thought you said goodbye to long ago.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium rod that is placed into the jawbone to support an artificial tooth or an appliance for multiple teeth.  For example, a dental implant can be capped with a dental crown as a replacement for a single missing tooth. Or multiple dental implants can be placed that will become anchors for a dental bridge or dentures.

How do dental implants make this possible?

The key is that dental implants restore not only the visible part of the tooth, but they actually restore the root as well. This anchors them into place and at the same time helps to stimulate your jaw bone. This stimulation mimics that of an actual tooth’s root and helps prevent the deterioration of bone, which happens when a tooth is missing.

Not only do dental implants restore function, and health but another reason that makes them so appealing is their versatility. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a whole mouth full of missing teeth with something called implant support dentures.

When considering a dental implant procedure, give our team at Ballard Family Dentistry, the opportunity to be your dental implant dentist.  Our dental team can explain the different types of dental implants and determine if you are a candidate for implant dentistry.

Call us today for a free dental implant consultation.  817-385-7183


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Don’t Forget the Mouth Guard

Mouthguards in Sports: A Necessary Piece of Equipment

Youth and adolescent sports participation has grown steadily over the years. It is estimated that 20 to 25 million youths participate in competitive sports. As a result of this growth in participation levels, incidence of injury has also increased. Some have reported sports to account for approximately 36% of all unintentional injuries to children and adolescents. Of those injuries, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries according to the American Dental Association.

The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. They contend that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.

Often times these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention.

Prevention of Dental Injuries

Dental injuries are easily prevented. It has been suggested that a properly fitted custom mouth guard may reduce the rate of concussion as well as dental injuries.

Some experts recommend that mouthguards be worn by athletes in competitive and recreational sports in which impact, contact and collision are likely to occur.

The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports:

Acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Other experts include baseball and softball infielders on that list. They further recommend the mouthguard to be worn during all practices and competition.

Selecting a Mouthguarddental injury

There are three types of mouthguards:

  • Ready-made or stock mouthguard
  • Mouth-formed “boil and bite” mouthguard
  • Custom-made mouthguard made by a dentist

These mouth guards vary in price and comfort, yet all provide some protection. According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, and resilient. A mouth guard should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and not restrict speech or breathing.

It is important to remember damaged teeth do not grow back.  Protect that perfect smile – wear a mouthguard.

Call Ballard Family Dentistry today to schedule a free consultation to find out which mouthguard is the best fit for you!  817-385-7183

Oral Cancer Facts

Oral cancer is largely viewed as a disease that affects those over the age of 40, but it can affect all ages, even non-tobacco and alcohol users. Oral cancer can occur on the lips, gums, tongue, inside lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and the floor of the mouth. Our team at Ballard Family Dentistry have put together some facts and figures to show the importance of visiting our dental office for your oral cancer screening.

The American Cancer Society recommends an oral cancer screening exam every three years for people over the age of 20 and annually for those over age 40.  Since early detection can greatly improve the chance of a successful treatment plan, it is imperative to ask your dental hygienist or one of our dentists to conduct an oral exam during your next visit to Saginaw, TX dental office.

  • Symptoms of oral cancer may include a sore in the throat or mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal, a red or white patch that persists, a lump or thickening, ear pain, a neck mass, or coughing up blood. Difficulties in chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaws are often late symptoms.
  • The primary risk factors for oral cancer in American men and women are tobacco (including smokeless tobacco) and alcohol use. Risk dramatically rises (30%) for people who both smoke and consume alcohol regularly.
  • Oral cancers are part of a group of cancers commonly referred to as head and neck cancers, and of all head and neck cancers they comprise about 85% of that category.
  • Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer among men.
  • Oral cancer is more likely to affect people over 40 years of age, though an increasing number of young people are developing the condition.
  • Death rates have been decreasing over the past three decades; from 2004 to 2008, rates decreased by 1.2% per year in men and by 2.2% per year in women, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • About 75% to 80% of people with oral cavity and pharynx cancer consume alcohol.
  • The risk of developing oral cavity and pharynx cancers increases both with the amount as well as the length of time tobacco and alcohol products are used.
  • For all stages combined, about 84% of people with oral cancer survive one year after diagnosis. The five- and ten-year relative survival rates are 61% and 50%, respectively.
  • It is estimated that approximately $3.2 billion is spent in the United States annually on treatment of head and neck cancers.

Cancer can affect any part of the oral cavity, including the lip, tongue, mouth, and throat. Through visual inspection, our team at Ballard Family Dentistry can effectively detect premalignant abnormalities and cancer at an early stage, when treatment is both less extensive and more successful.

Sugar vs. Your Dental Health

Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when there are bacteria present. More  significant than the amount of sugar you eat is the frequency of consumption.

Probably the worst thing you can do to your teeth is to drink a soda and  have a sip every few minutes over a long period of time; the same is true for  snacking. It is recommended that if you want to have a snack or soda or juice it  is better to have it after food, as dessert, or have it in one sitting. Eating  or drinking something sweet over an extended period of time creates a constant  supply of sugar for bacteria that causes tooth decay!

It is important to be aware of all the sources of sugar that are out there.  It is not just everything that is sweet, but anything that can turn to sugar like pieces of bread. Reducing your sugar intake is good for cavity  prevention, as well as your overall health.

But what about when you have to have sugar?

The best way to avoid cavities  is to prevent the sugar from staying next to your teeth. Brushing after eating  sugar, rinsing your mouth with Fluoride mouth wash, or chewing sugarless gum can  help. However, nothing has the effect of avoiding sugar!

Is there any kind of food that prevents tooth decay?

Unfortunately, no.  Some people believe that chewing foods like apples and carrots may help with plaque removal effect, but they still contain some sugar so any benefit is unclear.

Acidic Foods

Another group of food that causes significant damage to teeth structure is acidic foods. If in frequent contact with teeth, things like lime, lemon, and grapefruit can cause serious irreversible damage (erosion) to your teeth.

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