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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.Read More >


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 ofRead More >


Cruise Giveaway – Refer to Win

  HOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING 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 beRead More >


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 publishedRead More >

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Back to School Dental Check Up

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 andRead More >


Summer Savings 2015

Check out our current summer promotions for all of our patients!   Must 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 wouldRead More >

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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 unacceptableRead More >


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,Read More >


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 andRead More >


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,Read More >


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 EagleRead More >

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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. WeRead More >


Helpful Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy During the Holidays

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 aboutRead More >


Holiday Food and Toy 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 LinkRead More >


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.   IfRead More >


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 ofRead More >


Dental Education Center

Top Dental Topics Sensitive Teeth Root Canals Dentures 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 areRead More >


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 ofRead More >


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. Geisinger, DDS, assistant professor of periodontology inRead More >


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’ JournalRead More >


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 andRead More >


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 entirelyRead More >


Summer Savings

Check out our current summer promotions for all of our existing patients! Must mention coupon when making appointment. Must 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 07/01/14.  OfferRead More >


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 evenRead More >


Teeth Whitening For Graduates

  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.  WithRead More >


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 itsRead More >


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, andRead More >

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Dental Implant Options

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 replacementRead More >


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 of 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 tryRead More >

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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. SomeRead More >

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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 floorRead More >

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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 fewRead More >

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