Tips for a Healthy Mouth

05/09/17 | by Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized
Healthy Mouth

Many people think they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or something is wrong but regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health. If you are experiencing any kind of dental pain, go to see a dentist immediately.

 

Use these tips from the American Dental Association to maintain optimum oral health:

 

Brush. Brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. This will keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh and remove plaque, a sticky film that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.

 

Floss. Daily flossing is essential to helping remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

 

Eat a healthy diet. The foods we eat are just as important for keeping our teeth healthy as they are for keeping our bodies healthy. If you need a snack, choose foods like fruit, low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt or raw vegetables. If you are thirsty, have a glass of water or low-fat milk.

 

Regular dental visits help your dentist spot problems early.  Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which traps plaque bacteria along the gum line. Tell your dentist about changes in your overall health, particularly any recent illnesses or chronic conditions. Provide an updated health history, including medication use – both prescription and over-the-counter products. If you use tobacco, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.

 

Yours in good dental health!

HIPAA, OSHA, PCI – What?

04/07/17 | by Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized
Doctor holding patient's hand

We strive to provide the safest, most compliant office regarding regulations concerning your health and your private information. The following list contains just a few things that we do to give you the best experience possible.

  1. HIPPA regulations are in place and followed. Training takes place with each employee, upon hiring and thereafter, once per year.

  2. HB300 – Texas requires dental offices to follow not only federal HIPAA regulations but state regulations also. This training and testing is required every two years. Each new employee is required to be trained and tested.

  3. Firewall security and other measures on computer.

  4. Encrypted emails – we use Brightsquid to email information to other dentists, specialists, and patients to maintain privacy as required by HIPAA.

  5. PCI compliance with your private financial information – PCI compliance must be maintained and renewed each year.

  6. OSHA regulations are in place and followed. Training takes place with each new employee, upon hiring, and thereafter, once per year.

These are just a few of the things we do to keep your health information safe. Besides following regulations, it’s the right thing to do.

If you ever have any questions regarding these matters, just ask!
Yours in good dental health!

Clint Bruyere, D.D.S.

Mouth Pain?

03/24/17 | by Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized
Dr.Clint Bruyere Dental Long View

There are all kinds of oral pain and it can be hard to know what the symptoms mean. For instance, do your teeth hurt when you eat or drink something sweet? How about something hot or cold? Or do you have a sore in your mouth that won’t go away? These are some of the most common types of mouth pain and all are signs it’s time to see a dentist.

 

There are many things that can cause sensitive teeth: cavities, old fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, exposed tooth roots – all can cause sensitivity. Your tooth’s middle layer (dentin) is covered by enamel and contains small hollow tubules (pores). Over time, the enamel can break down, causing the nerves and cells inside the tooth to be exposed to hot, cold, acidic, sweet, and sticky foods. Treatment for sensitive teeth depends on what’s causing the sensitivity. Sometimes a desensitizing toothpaste is all that is needed to help block the tubules and decrease the sensitivity. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a gum graft to cover exposed roots.

 

Old fillings wear down over time. Mouth pain may be a sign that old or worn fillings need to be replaced. Cavities can also cause pain and sensitivity in your mouth. A small hole in your tooth, a cavity that is left untreated can grow and destroy your tooth’s tissues, leading to infection. In some instances, a root canal or extraction may be necessary to stop the severe and persistent pain.

 

Sore gums are another common culprit of mouth pain. Your gums can be sore for many reasons, including something as simple as the result of brushing too hard or starting a new flossing routine. This usually goes away on its own in about a week. If your gums bleed regularly or enough to worry you, make an appointment with your dentist or physician. It could be a sign that something else is wrong.

 

Have a mouth sore that won’t go away or feels irritated or infected? When a canker sore or cold sore lasts more than a week, or if it is very uncomfortable, it’s time to get it checked out. These sores could be your mouth’s way of signaling that something needs to be addressed. They can also be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from bacteria, viruses or fungus; or result from irritation caused by braces, partials or dentures, or a broken tooth or filling.

 

Many adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain: pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, pain when biting and headaches. Possible causes include teeth grinding, toothache, gingivitis or problems with your temporomandibular joints. The TMJ are the joints that make it possible for you to chew, speak and swallow. They also control the lower jaw as it moves forward, backward and side to side. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder. Depending on the diagnosis, the dentist may refer you to a physician or another dentist. One solution is to use a nightguard or mouth guard when you sleep.

 

Remember: With dentistry’s many advances, diagnosis and treatment are more sophisticated and comfortable than ever. Visiting your dentist regularly is important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can first appear in the mouth. Brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet and regular dental visits are still the best ways to keep your mouth healthy.

 

Yours in good dental health!

Clint Bruyere, D.D.S.

Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. - Texas Super Dentist for 2016

11/30/16 | by Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized, About

Texas Super Dentist for 2016

Clint Bruyere, D.D.S., Texas Super Dentist for 2016

Arklatex Academy of Dentistry and Me

11/08/16 | by Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. [mail] | Categories: About

 

Dr.Clint Bruyere Dental Education Long View

One thing that has been important in my dentistry life is my membership in the Arklatex Academy of Dentistry. I have had the privilege and honor of serving as the financial director and registrar of the Arklatex Academy since 1998.

 

The Arklatex Academy of Dentistry was founded in 1984 by Dr. Charles Bachtel and Dr. Perry Hollembeak. The Academy maintains approximately 100 members from the Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas area and is dedicated to providing top quality continuing education. It is one of the most successful study clubs in North America.

 

Some of the best clinicians, communicators and educators in the world have given presentations to our group and we are honored to have hosted so many world-renowned dental educators.

 

It has been our goal and mission to provide our dental community with the highest standards in continuing education. All of our seminars are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit and we are an ADA CERP recognized provider. Each year a minimum of 35 continuing education hours is provided for our membership. We completed our ADA CERP renewal and the current term of acceptance is from May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019. This renewal is a rigorous undertaking comprised of providing documentation of our standards and guidelines for our courses.

 

Keeping up with the latest techniques and materials has always been important to me because I want to provide the absolute best for our patients. The Arklatex Academy of Dentistry has been one avenue of continuing educational opportunities in which I have participated to make me a better dentist. I owe that to my patients and myself.

 

Yours in good dental health!

Clint Bruyere, D.D.S.

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Dr. Bruyere graduated from Texas A&M whilst finishing at the Baylor College of Dentistry. He possesses a fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and 30 years of experience in dentistry.

Dr. Bruyere enjoys keeping up with the latest information on dental products, treatments and techniques whilst providing the best quality dentistry to his patients.