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October 22, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness – Know Your Risk

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October brings to mind many things for people: Halloween, costumes, candy, football, changing leaves and cooler temperatures.  For too many, October also brings to mind breast cancer.  With this being breast cancer awareness month, you cannot go very far without seeing a pink ribbon or being reminded of this terrible disease.  This awareness has brought much needed research and donations for curing this terrible disease.

A few facts regarding breast cancer in 2015 according to www.komen.org:

  • There will be an estimated 231,849 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in the U.S. alone.
  • Of those, 40,290 will ultimately succumb to the disease.

What are the warning signs of breast cancer?  The answers might surprise you.

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling of puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple area
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that does not go away

If you have one or more of these symptoms listed above, seek out a healthcare provider immediately.  It is important to remember the signs and symptoms do NOT always mean you have breast cancer.  Many other breast conditions can exude these same symptoms.  But the best way to ensure early detection is to see healthcare as soon as you notice changes.

It is also important to remember that men are also subject to breast cancer, not just women.  Although the statistics show that 124.3 per 100,000 women will be diagnosed compared to 21.5 per 100,000 men, awareness for males is equally important and in some cases more important.  Men often times ignore symptoms which result in a much later stage diagnosis.  The key to beating the disease is EARLY detection.

During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our goal at Ted Hume D.D.S. is to encourage you to have awareness to this disease and remember any family or friends that have experienced it.  If you would like more information, you may visit www.komen.org.  This website offers insight into the disease, offers support for those currently battling the disease, and has an abundance of ways to get involved with fund-raising or bringing awareness to the disease.

September 14, 2015

5 Steps To Your New Holiday Smile

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Thinking of improving your smile but stuck on where to begin?  Often times patients want to complete their smile make-over and find it overwhelming to think of where to start, what investment options are available, and time frame to complete the process. Dr. Hume has  the process laid out in 5 steps:

 

  1. Diagnostics & Treatment Plan Consultation: Review treatment plan options available to achieve your dental goals & complete financial consult comfortable for your budget. A series of diagnostic models, photographs and radiographs are taken to determine appropriate treatment plan options for your smile makeover 
  2. Professional Dental Cleaning: It is extremely important to build a smile design on top of a solid foundation.  This foundation is best after a professional dental cleaning.
  3. Teeth Whitening: We offer several options available both in-office and take-home for your convenience.  This appointment can be combined with your professional dental cleaning.
  4. Preparation & Temporary Phase: This appointment is where the majority of the dentistry is completed.  You will leave with your professionally design temporaries that are your “trial run” before your final restorations are cemented.
  5. Final Cementation: A few weeks after your temporaries are inserted you will return for your final restoration try-in and cementation. You will leave with your final dental crowns / veneers and a night guard to protect your investment.

Dr. Hume provides each smile makeover with before and after photographs of their smile transformation!

Contact Dr. Hume’s dental office today 214-361-7335 to begin your cosmetic smile design process.  End of the year appointments book quickly.

 

 

August 27, 2015

What’s in a TEAM?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ted Hume III @ 8:35 pm

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As many of you know, we are a close knit team at Dr. Hume’s office.  After all – you spend so much time (sometimes more) with your “work family” than you do your family at home.  Therefore bringing in new team members is a BIG deal at our office.  Alex & Debbie are the newest members of our team.  Many of you have already met both of them and know first hand how well the blend in with our team.  We feel that it is important for our patients to get to know our team members and a little bit about their life outside the office.  Every team member enjoys learning about our patients, their families and hobbies.  Therefore, we feel it is important to share information about us as well.

 

Alex: Office Coordinator

With over 5 years of experience in dentistry we are excited to have Alex as part of our office. She is excited to provide our patients with 5 star service at each appointment. Originally from Monterey, Mexico she currently resides in Dallas. She loves the comfortable and inviting atmosphere at the practice. Her friendly and caring personality make her a perfect fit for our practice. During her time outside of the practice, Alex, enjoys spending time with her 4 year old son, Ayden.

 

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Debbie:  RDH

Debbie is quickly becoming a valuable asset to our team. With over 18 years of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist, her goal is to provide optimal oral health to all patients in our office. She is originally from Rockwall and currently resides there as well. Debbie earned her hygiene degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. She is excited to be working with such a friendly and professional team. During her time away from the office she enjoys running, camping and spending time with her family

 

 

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Hopefully learning a little bit more about our team allows you to feel even more comfortable in our dental officeDr. Hume wants you to enjoy each and every dental appointment at our office, whether it be for your professional dental cleaning or any general and restorative dental appointments.

To learn more about our entire team and read about Dr. Hume, please visit our website at  https://www.tedhumedental.com/meet-the-team.html.

August 5, 2015

Importance of Continuing Education for Your Dentist

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ted Hume III @ 6:15 pm

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Everyone has heard the term “Continuing Education” pertaining to dentistry many times. What does it really mean? You might not realize how important continuing education is for your dental team. Dr. Hume feels it is extremely important for he and his dental team to be aware of the most up to date dental technology, science and regulations pertaining to dentistry. All of these areas will only continue to improve your dental experience at Ted Hume Dental.

Recently Dr. Hume and the team attended the Texas Dental Association www.tda.org meeting in San Antonio. Each year major associations such as Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, Texas Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry host conferences and offer a wide variety of classes for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and business team members to advance their education within the dental field.

This year Dr. Hume personally attended a course on sedation within the dental office. It is important for Dr. Hume to offer services that provide the utmost comfort during your appointments. Sedation within the dental office is a service that requires continuous monitoring and certifications. Anytime you utilize sedation at our dental office you can be assured that it is safe and compliant above industry standards. There is a wide variety of sedation options available to patients ranging from nitrous-oxide (laughing gas) to conscious sedation (sedation medications administered while maintaining normal reflexes and breathing by the patient).

Dr. Hume wants you to be comfortable and enjoy every dental appointment at our office. If you have any dental anxiety or fear that might be preventing your from completing dental work ask Dr. Hume what your options are for sedation in order to ensure a comfortable and anxiety free appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment and ask about sedation options available to your if your have dental anxiety or fear.

Follow us on social media to stay up to date with the latest details going on within our practice and updates on our continuing education completed each year to keep your dental experience the best possible at Ted Hume Dental.

July 14, 2015

Food Choices That Prevent Tooth Decay

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ted Hume III @ 7:10 pm

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It’s no fun passing up sugary treats like cookies and candies. But when it comes to tooth decay, food choices play an important role. Some foods can harm your teeth, while others contain essential nutrients to keep them healthy and strong. To help prevent tooth decay, keep the following food choices in mind.

Calcium

Calcium is a prime ingredient for preventing tooth decay, especially for growing children. Dairy is a great source, with choices such as milk, yogurt and cheese. And calcium isn’t hiding in the fat, so skim milk and low-fat yogurt are just as good. Other options are leafy greens such as broccoli and bok choy, canned fish with bones, almonds, Brazil nuts and dried beans.

Fruit, Fiber and Veggies

Eating high-fiber foods keeps saliva flowing, which helps create mineral defenses against tooth decay. Good sources of fiber are dried fruits such as dates, raisins and figs, and fresh fruits, like bananas, apples and oranges. Other options include veggies, such as beans, Brussels sprouts and peas, along with peanuts, almonds and bran.

Whole Grains

Whole grains provide B vitamins and iron, which help keep gums healthy. Whole grains also have magnesium-an important ingredient for bones and teeth. In addition, whole grains are high in fiber. Look for foods such as bran, brown rice, and whole-grain cereals and pasta to be good sources of whole grains.

Sugar Snacks

When you get the munchies, focus on choosing healthy foods, like the ones we mentioned earlier. Try to steer clear of sweets, because sugar partners with plaque to weaken enamel, leaving you vulnerable to tooth decay. In fact, each time you eat a sugary snack, your teeth are under siege for the next 20 minutes.

The Food Pyramid

When looking to follow a healthy diet that’s good for your teeth and the rest of your body, try sticking to the food pyramid. The pyramid is structured to give you a healthy serving of all the necessary food groups you need throughout the day.

Call Ted Hume Dental today if you are in need of a thorough evaluation by Dr. Ted Hume.  Many times food and drink habits can be identified easily to reduce the chances of tooth decay!

June 1, 2015

Summer Tips from Your Dentist

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ted Hume III @ 1:30 pm
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Summer is the perfect time to schedule your dental appointments at TedHumeDental.com We offer many flexible appointments to accommodate your schedule.  Teachers, children, college students and anyone on a summer break can take advantage of scheduling your dental appointments without having to take time away from school or work.  These appointments are in high demand and tend to book quickly, we recommend calling now to ensure an appointment time convenient to your schedule.
There are several things to remember during your appointments at our office:
1. Brighten Up You Smile for the summer.  When you schedule your professional dental cleaning, ask about scheduling your professional teeth whitening for the same day.  Whitening your teeth after your cleaning is the optimal time for your best results.  Dr. Hume offers both in-office professional teeth whitening and take home teeth whitening option for your convenience.
2. If you are a clencher or grinder, get your custom dental night guard to prevent further damage to your teeth. Take advantage of your time at our office by scheduling  your night guard appointment you’ve been putting off.
3. Electric toothbrushes are perfect for summer vacations.  Don’t forget to pack your electric toothbrush when preparing for your summer vacation.  Replicating the benefits of your electric toothbrush with a manual brush during your travel is very difficult to achieve.  We recommend charging your toothbrush and taking it with you on your trip.
Call Dr. Ted Hume’s office today (214) 361-7335 and schedule your summer dental appointments.  We look forward to seeing you in the office this summer!

April 15, 2015

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Schedule Your Screening Today

ThinkstockPhotos-178361153Every year, approximately 43,250 men and women in America will be diagnosed with oral cancer, one of the most aggressive forms of the disease. In fact, statistics show that oral cancer takes a life about once every hour, around the clock. Fortunately, early detection and treatment can substantially improve a patient’s chances of surviving the disease. That is why Dr. Hume and his team emphasize the importance of oral cancer screening – not only in April, but all year round.

Risk Factors & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

It is important to understand your risk for oral cancer as well as what to look for when examining the soft tissues of your mouth. The following is a list of some of the most common risk factors:

  • Tobacco use – Approximately 80 percent of people with cancer of the oral cavity smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption – About 70 percent of oral cancer cases are in people who drink often.
  • HPV infection – The human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been shown to increase the risk of developing cancerous lesions in the mouth.
  • Certain genetic syndromes – These include fanconi anemia and dyskeratosis congenital

Symptoms of oral cancer are often so minor at first that patients are unaware of the problem until it becomes serious. The following are common symptoms associated with oral cancer:

  • A sore that does not heal after two weeks
  • A lump or thickening of tissue anywhere in the mouth
  • Numbness or tingling of the tongue or other soft tissues
  • Pain in the jaw and/or difficulty chewing
  • Persistent cough or hoarseness
  • Loosening teeth or a change in the way dentures fit
  • Difficulty moving the tongue
  • A feeling like something is stuck in the throat
  • White or red patch on the tonsils, tongue, gums, or cheek lining

Only a comprehensive exam and oral cancer screening with Dr. Hume can definitively determine whether or not a lesion or sore is a cause for concern. During your screening, we will check for any signs of the symptoms listed above as well as earlier indicators that may be impossible to see yourself.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Life

If it has been more than one year since your last oral cancer screening, there’s never been a better time to schedule your next one with Dr. Hume and his dedicated team. Contact us today to learn more about oral cancer and how you can reduce your risk of developing this deadly disease. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Dallas, TX proudly serves families from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including communities in Highland Park, Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and beyond.

March 20, 2015

Why is Treating Gum Disease So Important? Periodontal Therapy in Dallas, TX

185594294Gum disease is among the most prevalent chronic health conditions in America, affecting approximately 64.7 million adults aged 30 or older. While most people know that gum disease can cause sensitivity, bad breath, and bleeding following brushing or flossing, there are even more serious complications than the majority of Americans realize. At the Dallas, TX office of Dr. Ted Hume, our team is committed to helping our patients better understand the ways oral health affects overall wellness. This includes the link between periodontal disease and other serious health concerns.

The Mouth Body Connection

When the infectious bacteria that cause gum disease are allowed to travel throughout the blood stream, other tissues and organs are compromised in a variety of ways. Research has proven a connection between periodontal disease and the following health complications:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Preeclampsia in pregnant women
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain types of cancer, including cancer of the blood and/or pancreas

Fortunately, periodontal therapy and improved home hygiene have been shown to reduce the risk of these potentially life-threatening conditions. Dr. Hume and his caring team want to help you not only improve your oral health, but your general health as well. Though there is no absolute cure for periodontal disease, effective management is possible.

Healthy Smile, Healthy Body

If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease, there’s never been a better time to schedule a visit with Dr. Hume and take the first step toward improved oral health. Our Dallas, TX dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including communities in Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, University Park, and beyond. We genuinely look forward to providing you with exceptional service in an office environment that treats you like family. Contact us today to learn more and to reserve your appointment.

February 15, 2015

Why Are Denture Wearers Switching to Dental Implants? Implant-Retained Dentures

78769905For millions of edentulous Americans, traditional dentures make eating, speaking, and smiling possible; for many, however, dentures are uncomfortable, bulky, and cause more problems than they solve. Fortunately, there is a solution that allows you to enjoy the full benefits of a complete set of teeth without the worry of slipping, ill-fitting dentures: implant-retained dentures from Ted R. Hume, III, DDS. Conveniently located in Dallas, TX, our practice offers a wide range of personalized restorative dentistry services, including implant-retained dentures.

Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures

Traditional dentures are held in place using denture adhesive and/or natural suction. Over time, however, the bone that comprises the jaw begins to deteriorate and change shape. This leads to improper fit and, very often, considerable discomfort for the patient. Chewing becomes difficult, and a slipping denture can lead to gagging as well as embarrassment in social situations.

With implant-retained dentures, however, your custom arch of replacement teeth is securely held in its proper place with sturdy dental implants, each of which is anchored within the jaw bone. The result is a smile that looks beautifully natural and a bite that is as strong as your natural teeth would be. Denture wearers who have abstained from their favorite foods for years are thrilled to bite into an apple again, to enjoy chewing meat like pork and steak. In addition to vastly improving stability of your denture, your dental implants actively help keep your jaw bone strong, visually improving your facial contours for years to come.

Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation

Are you tired of dealing with the daily hassles associated with ill-fitting dentures? Would you like to explore your restorative dentistry options in an environment that caters specifically to your unique needs? Dr. Hume is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your visit to our Dallas, TX dental office, and learn more about how implant-retained dentures can change your life for the better. Our state-of-the-art practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Frisco, Richardson, Addison, Plano, Garland, University Park, North Dallas, and beyond.

January 20, 2015

How Does Running Affect Your Oral Health? Dental Tips for Athletes

451855347It’s common knowledge that exercising regularly is essential for a healthy body and mind, but do you know how your trips to the gym are affecting the health of your smile? The link between your teeth and your fitness regimen may not be immediately apparent, but a recent study published in a Scandinavian scientific journal uncovered an important relationship that is of particular interest to athletes. At Ted R. Hume, III, DDS in Dallas, TX, Dr. Ted Hume and his team are always searching for new ways to help our patients. We’d like to take this opportunity to share the findings of this study in hopes that it will be useful in your journey toward optimal oral health.

Exercise and Tooth Decay: Why Runners Have More Cavities

Previously conducted studies on the subject of oral health in athletes discovered that men and women who ran regularly suffered from a higher incidence of tooth decay as compared to their non-athletic counterparts. While a diet high in carbohydrates (think sports drinks and energy bars) had already been revealed as a major cause of cavities in athletes, the researchers found something new in this study. It was the saliva collected from the participants that really brought the surprising results.

Saliva samples were taken from two groups: non-athletes and regular runners. When both groups were at rest, their samples showed no difference. When the athletes were sent out on a strenuous run, however, the environment in their mouths changed. Saliva production was diminished as they ran, putting their teeth and gums at risk for decay and disease. Choosing carbonated or sugary refreshments following the run made matters worse, eroding tooth enamel at a faster rate than would normally occur. The results of the study point toward more stringent preventive dental care for men and women who work out often, particularly runners.

Dental Care for Athletes in Dallas, TX

Though we would never suggest that any of our patients abstain from a healthy amount of exercise, we do like to remind our athletic patients that their teeth and gums require special care. If you are concerned that your fitness regimen is negatively affecting your oral health, please contact us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Hume and our experienced, caring staff. We can help you protect your smile from the most common dental health issues, including periodontal disease and tooth decay. Conveniently located in Dallas, TX, our practice warmly welcomes families from the surrounding communities in the DFW Metroplex, including those in Plano, Frisco, Garland, Richardson, North Dallas, University Park, and more.

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8335 Walnut Hill Ln., Suite 110, Dallas, TX 75231 USA
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8335 Walnut Hill Lane #110, Dallas, TX 75231 USA
Ted R. Hume III, DDS Dallas, TX cosmetic, restorative, preventative dentist. (214) 361-7335 office@tedhumedental.com