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We’re proud to recognize the accomplishments of our Garland TX, dentist.

Our Garland, TX, dentist Dr. T. Truc Le has done it again! A 2018 award winner, Dr. Le and TruCare Dental has just received the Best of Garland AwardGarland Award for 2019. Dr. Le’s practice runs on the principle that the patient’s needs come first. Her compassionate dental care along with cutting-edge technology and a caring, gentle staff has changed the way people see dental care.

 

About the Garland Award Program

This program rewards small businesses within the Garland, TX, community that instill good values, a positive image and provide support and care to the people in the community. After all, it is these businesses that help make Garland, TX, the wonderful place it is to work and live.

This year TruCare Dental, run by Dr. Le, has yet again received the Best of Garland Award for the dental practice’s beneficial contributions to the community. After all, the TruCare Dental team does believe that nothing is more important than providing patients with quality oral care that will maintain good health for years to come.

 

What We Offer

So, how can our top dentist in Garland, TX, help you? Dr. Le works with patients of all ages, from children to seniors, providing a wide range of comprehensive dental services. We truly care about our patients, which you’ll be able to see from the rave reviews on Facebook and Yelp. If you’ve ever had anxieties around visiting the dentist our goal is to alleviate those fears.

We offer preventive dentistry such as cleanings and exams, as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry and braces. Some of our top services include:

  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Root canal treatment
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Dental veneers
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Prophylactic cleaning and prevention

You can also find a list of our full services here.

We know you deserve the best when it comes to getting dental care in Garland, TX. If it’s time to schedule a routine cleaning, turn to our award-winning dentist today by calling TruCare Dental at (972) 864-0000. Find out for yourself why TruCare has received the Best of Garland Award for two-years straight.

MouthguardsReduceRiskofConcussionaswellasDentalInjuries

Since boxers first began using them a century ago, athletic mouthguards are now standard safety equipment for most contact sports. Without them, dental injuries would skyrocket.

But a recent study in the peer-reviewed journal, General Dentistry, indicates there’s another important reason to wear a mouthguard for contact sports or exercise: you may be able to significantly reduce your risk for a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), better known as a concussion. It’s believed the mouthguard absorbs some of the force generated during contact, resulting in less pressure to the brain. That reduction is even more significant if your mouth-guard has been custom-made by a dentist.

That last finding is important, because not all mouthguards on the market are equal. There are three basic categories of mouthguards — stock, “boil and bite,” and custom. Stock mouthguards come in limited sizes; they’re relatively inexpensive, but they provide the least level of protection. “Boil and bite” can be customized after purchase to the wearer’s bite, but they don’t always provide complete coverage of back teeth. Custom mouthguards are designed and fashioned by a dentist; they’re relatively expensive (running in the hundreds of dollars), but there’s ample evidence they provide the highest level of protection from mouth injuries.

The General Dentistry study also corroborates custom mouthguards’ effectiveness in preventing concussions. The study followed approximately 400 football players from six different high school teams. While all the players wore the same type of helmet, half of them wore custom-made mouthguards and the other half wore stock guards. 8.3% of the athletes wearing stock guards experienced a concussion injury; by contrast only 3.6% of those with custom guards sustained an injury — greater than half fewer occurrences.

The study also highlights the need not to rely solely on helmets or other protective headgear for concussion prevention. It’s important to include mouthguards along with other athletic protective gear to lower injury risk as much as possible.

So when considering how you can provide the optimum injury protection for you or your child, be sure to include an athletic mouthguard, preferably one that’s custom-made. We’ll be happy to advise you further on what you need to know to prevent traumatic dental injuries, as well as concussions.

If you would like more information on custom-fit mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouthguards.”

HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

4Common-SenseTacticstoLowerToothDecayRiskBetweenDentalVisits

If your dentist found tooth decay on your last visit, you might have been surprised. But tooth decay doesn't occur suddenly—it's a process that takes time to unfold.

It begins with bacteria—too many, that is. Bacteria naturally live in the mouth, but when their populations grow (often because of an abundance of leftover sugar to feed on) they produce high amounts of acid, a byproduct of their digestion. Too much acid contact over time softens and eventually erodes tooth enamel, making decay easier to advance into the tooth.

So, one important strategy for preventing tooth decay is to keep your mouth's bacterial population under control. To do that, here are 4 common-sense tactics you should perform between dental visits.

Practice daily hygiene. Bacteria thrive in dental plaque, a thin film of food particles that builds up on teeth. By both brushing and flossing you can reduce plaque buildup and in turn reduce disease-causing bacteria. In addition, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can also help strengthen tooth enamel against acid attacks.

Cut back on sugar. Reducing how much sugar you eat—and how often –deprives bacteria of a prime food source. Constant snacking throughout the day on sweets worsens the problem because it prevents saliva, the body's natural acid neutralizer, from reducing high acid levels produced while eating. Constant snacking doesn't allow saliva to complete this process, which normally takes about thirty minutes to an hour. To avoid this scenario, limit any sweets you eat to mealtimes only.

Wait to brush after eating. Although this sounds counterintuitive, your tooth enamel is in a softened state until saliva completes the acid neutralizing process previously described. If you brush immediately after eating you could brush away tiny particles of softened enamel. Instead, rinse your mouth out with water and wait an hour for saliva to do its work before brushing.

Boost your saliva. Inadequate saliva flow could inhibit the fluid's ability to adequately neutralize acid or provide other restorative benefits to tooth enamel. You can improve flow with supplements or medications, or by drinking more water during the day. Products with xylitol, a natural sugar alternative, could give you a double benefit: chewing gums and mints containing it could stimulate more saliva flow and the xylitol itself can inhibit bacterial growth.

If you would like more information on staying ahead of tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By TruCare Dental
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

How a root canal from your dentist in Garland, TX, can save your tooth!

A painful tooth not only ruins your day but can also keep you from enjoying your life. Luckily, you don’t have to continue on with this acute discomfort, thanks to root canal therapy! A treatment that is able to eliminate your tooth pain without removing your tooth, root canal therapy is offered here at TruCare Dental in Garland, TX. Read on to learn how our dentist, Dr. T. Truc Le, can save your tooth and smile with this amazing procedure!

 

More about Root Canals

Sometimes, tooth pain can be eliminated with a simple filling or crown. In other cases, however, deep-seated decay might necessitate a root canal. Your tooth is composed of several layers, with an innermost layer containing the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. This area is known as the pulp. When the pulp becomes damaged due to decay, trauma, or other reasons, you need a root canal.

Pain is one of the symptoms you may need a root canal. Pay attention to tooth pain that is:

  • Increasing when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Stabbing or throbbing when you bite down or chew your food
  • Radiating or moving into other areas of your jaws, face, or head

There are also non-painful signs to pay attention to, including:

  • The appearance of a white or red bump on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it

Root canal therapy works by removing the dead and diseased tissue from inside your tooth and replacing it with a temporary sedative material. This way, inflammation, pressure, and pain are all eliminated! After removal, the diseased material is replaced with an inert filling, making your tooth as good as new!

 

Give us a call!

To find out more about root canal therapy, call Dr. T. Truc Le at TruCare Dental in Garland, TX, today!





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