Posts for: November, 2017

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
November 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

How many dentists do your family members visit? If it's more than one, you may benefit from making the switch to a family dentist. Marion, family dentistAR family dentist Dr. Wayne Cook shares a few reasons you'll want to consider choosing just one dentist for your family's dental needs.

There are no age restrictions with family dentists

As their name implies, family dentists handle the dental needs of everyone in your family, from toddlers to senior citizens. If your children currently see a pediatric dentist, they'll eventually age out of the practice. They won't have to worry about conducting a search for a new dentist when they visit a family dentistry practice.

Family dentists understand your changing dental needs

Family dentists offer the expertise and skill your family needs to maintain and protect their smiles. Developmental issues that can occur during childhood can impact your children for the rest of their lives if the issues aren't detected and treated promptly. Family dentists evaluate the growth and development of your child's teeth and jaw during checkups and make treatment recommendations if any problems are detected.

Your family dentist offers a variety of treatments needed to restore decayed, damaged or lost teeth, such as fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, bridges, dentures and dental implants. Family dentists also provide a range of cosmetic services. Dull teeth can be lightened with teeth whitening or the application of dental veneers. If you don't like the shape or appearance of a tooth, your family dentist can improve the way the problem tooth looks simply by adding a crown or veneer or applying bonding material.

Visiting a family dentist makes sense if you have a jam-packed schedule

When your life is hectic, it's not easy to find enough time to visit more than one dentist. Keeping track of multiple appointments and driving your family members all over Marion isn't the most efficient of your time. When you choose a family dentist, you can schedule one visit for the entire group.

Caring for your family's oral healthcare needs is easy when you choose a family dentist. Call Marion, AR family dentist Dr. Cook at (870) 739-8799 to schedule your family's appointment.

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
November 22, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
November 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends from near and far. The memories you make at these joyful celebrations are the ones you’ll treasure forever, but it can be hard to show good cheer if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look. If you’re keeping that grin under wraps, we may be able to perk up your smile with some quick and economical in-office treatments.

A professional teeth cleaning is one of the best values in dental care. In just minutes, we can remove the buildup of hardened tartar that can make your teeth look dull and yellowed. Tartar can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease—two kinds of trouble you don’t need! While you’re in the office, you will also have a thorough exam that could prevent minor issues like small cavities and bleeding gums from becoming more serious dental problems. When you leave, your teeth will look and feel sparkly clean.

If your smile doesn’t look as bright as you’d like, ask about teeth whitening treatments. In-office whitening is a safe and effective way to lighten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single visit! If you have more time, you can get similar results from a take-home kit that we can provide—one that’s custom-made just for you.

Are chips or cracks making your teeth look less than perfect? Cosmetic bonding could be the answer. Translucent, tooth-colored bonding material can be applied to your teeth to repair minor cracks, chips or spacing irregularities. This in-office procedure usually requires just one visit and can make a dramatic difference in your smile.

So as holiday celebrations draw near, why not give yourself a reason to smile? Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth cleaning, teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding could give your smile some holiday sparkle! You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
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