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A Collaborative Approach to Releasing Tongue Tie or Lip Tie

May 10, 2022

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Tongue tie, or tethered oral tissue (TOT), is basically a strand of tissue (frenum) that is too tight or too short and restricts the movements of the tongue and lips.

This may be discovered in an infant who is having difficulty nursing, a toddler with a speech impediment or difficulty articulating, or even an adult who has this congenital defect but has never had the benefit of releasing the tissue.

Proper treatment and resolution is most effective when professionals from several different disciplines work together.  The first step is to recognize symptoms and get a diagnosis.  A lactation consultant may be the first person to become suspicious when a nursing mother and newborn are having trouble with feedings.  A pediatrician or primary care physician may identify TOT in a baby who is not thriving.  A speech therapist working with a young patient would certainly consider TOT, and a dentist may well discover tethered tissue during a routine oral exam of a child or adult.

Releasing the tissue can be done by a qualified dentist in-office in less than 10 minutes using a dental laser.  The laser makes the release painless, causes very little, if any, bleeding and promotes faster healing.  Our doctors use the Waterlase iPlus.  But the first step is a thorough in-office assessment  to confirm the necessity, the urgency and desired outcome.

Referral for a tongue tie release can be made by any of the professionals mentioned above.  And best outcome will likely enlist the services of a speech therapist and/or myofunctional therapist pre-op to teach parents exercises to stretch the tissue in preparation for the release procedure and post-op to help re-train muscles for proper function and healing. 

Laser Reintroduction

April 14, 2022

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Laser dentistry was first introduced at MoreSMILES Dental in 2002 with a diode laser certification from Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.  In 2005, we stepped up to the all-tissue erbium Waterlase MD, which was one of the first lasers in dentistry used for both soft tissue and hard tissue procedures.  Where dental lasers had previously been limited to soft tissues, such as gum tissue, with the Waterlase MD, we were also able to remove decay from hard tooth surfaces and prepare teeth for fillings with little or no anesthesia – no shots, no needles.

After a decade and a half, the obsolete MD model has been replaced, and we are proud to bring our patients and our community the most advanced technology in laser dentistry – Waterlase iPlus.  Not only will our doctors be able to offer more comfortable fillings and crowns, but you can also request the iPlus dental laser for these services:

  • implant patients,
  • periodontal patients,
  • surgical patients,
  • patients with mouth ulcers,
  • fever blisters,
  • abcesses,
  • infants, children and adults with tongue tie or lip tie.

Call today for a $99 assessment and exam visit to determine if laser dentistry is your pathway to more easily and more comfortably getting the dentistry you need – (985) 809-7645,  or click here for online scheduling of an in-office assessment.

Is Rinsing After Brushing Good for Your Dental Hygiene?

April 5, 2022

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dentist teaching patient about dental hygiene best practices

Brushing your teeth once in the morning and once before bed is a crucial part of preventing oral health issues and maintaining a lovely smile. To remove excess toothpaste from their mouths, many people rinse once they’re done brushing their teeth. But is this what you’re supposed to do? Read on to learn if rinsing after brushing is good for your dental hygiene or if this step is working against you.

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Is Going Outside Good For Your Smile?

March 8, 2022

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woman smiling outside in Covington

Spring is here, and it’s the perfect season to spend time outside! Whether you choose to go to the park or have a picnic with loved ones, you can be sure to get a breath of fresh air in the process. But did you know being in the sun can also improve your oral health? Keep reading to discover how going outside is a good preventive measure for keeping a healthy smile!

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Is Ice Cream Bad for My Teeth?

February 6, 2022

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girl with ice cream in Covington

Ice cream is one of the coolest snacks out there—no pun intended! If you’re out on a hot summer day, this sweet food can make your time especially enjoyable. While it may be tempting to get a casual banana split sundae, you should consider the harmful effects of eating ice cream too frequently. Read on to learn how ice cream affects your oral health and the steps for minimizing the negative impacts.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Benefit Your Smile

January 6, 2022

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There’s no better time than the beginning of the new year to get started with some more wholesome lifestyle habits. Whether you are eager to eat healthier, spend more time reading, or take the time to meditate each morning, you are taking a step to better your life. As for your dental health there are always additional steps that you can take to improve. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions that can help you to keep your smile healthy in 2022.

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4 Tooth-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

December 9, 2021

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Children on Christmas

The holidays are finally here. In addition to there being so much excitement, there is also a long to do list. Whether you are still stringing up lights around your home, putting together your holiday playlist, or trying to decide which recipes to settle on this year, there is good reason to be excited. However, you don’t want to start the new year taking your child to the dentist to have cavities filled. Here are some fun stocking stuffer ideas that can promote your kids’ oral health.

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4 Dangerous DIY Teeth Whitening Hacks

November 19, 2021

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person using DIY whitening in Covington with charcoal toothpaste

Everyone wants a white smile, but our teeth naturally become discolored over time and as a result of outside factors like drinking coffee, tea, and red wine. If you’re self-conscious about the state of your smile and want to brighten it at home, you may consider looking into DIY whitening hacks online. Unfortunately, many of these hacks can put your oral health at risk and do more harm than good to your pearly whites. Read on to learn about the dangers of DIY whitening in Covington and safer alternatives your cosmetic dentist offers.

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4 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays Without Harming Your Teeth

November 9, 2021

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sugary holiday foods in Covington

It’s the holiday season! That means friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors will likely be asking you to sample an assortment of holiday foods. Though they’re sure to be tasty, the damage these treats can do to your teeth is not something to take lightly. Read on to learn four helpful tips that will help your teeth survive the sweetest time of year.

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Don’t Let a Subpar Smile Sink Your Love Life

October 24, 2021

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romantic couple

Chemistry, similar values, kindness…there are so many elements that go into a successful relationship. It doesn’t seem to get mentioned toward the front of the line very often, but as it turns out, oral health is a key factor in attractiveness for many people.

If someone isn’t motivated to maintain their smile for their own sake, maybe things change when it’s taking a toll on their romantic prospects. Keep reading to learn about the link between dating and dental health.

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