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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.

December 15, 2014

New Year, New Smile: Instantly Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

1856754062015 is nearly upon us and all around the world, New Year’s resolutions are carefully being made. Many people pledge to lose weight, to spend more time with their families, or to save more money for the things that matter most. While these are undeniably great ideas, the team at Ted R. Hume, III, DDS would like to invite you to make a unique kind of resolution this New Year’s Eve. Why not take this opportunity to bolster your confidence and boost your smile’s appearance with porcelain veneers? Our cosmetic dentistry solutions in Dallas, TX make it easier and more affordable than ever for you to enjoy the full benefits of a radiant smile just in time for the New Year.

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers in 2015?

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, lifelike shells of custom dental porcelain that fit precisely over the front surfaces of your teeth. Because they require so little preparation before application, you preserve more of your natural tooth structure and you’ll experience absolutely no discomfort. In as little as two simple visits to our Dallas, TX dental office, you could be showing off a luminous, confident smile that’s aesthetically flawless. In fact, porcelain veneers can be effectively used to correct a wide range of common cosmetic defects, including:

  • Oddly spaced or crowded teeth
  • Deep discoloration and stains caused by tobacco, red wine, coffee, tea, and more
  • Chips or cracks in enamel
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that appear too short or too small in relation to surrounding dentition

Porcelain veneers offer the perfect solution for patients seeking an all-in-one cosmetic fix for a variety of aesthetic issues, making this one of the most popularly requested treatments in America. A visit with Dr. Hume will help determine which of our cosmetic dentistry solutions best suits your unique needs.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Are you curious as to how your appearance might be improved with a more attractive smile? Contact us today to schedule your visit, and discover the dramatic difference porcelain veneers can make in your smile as well as in your everyday life. Why can’t 2015 be the year you finally show off your new look and let your real personality shine? Our state-of-the-art, family-friendly dental practice in Dallas, TX warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including University Park, North Dallas, Garland, Richardson, Frisco, Plano, and beyond.

November 20, 2014

See a Brighter Smile Faster with Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening in Dallas, TX

479705143If you’re like most Americans this time of year, you’re already preparing for the holiday season in a variety of ways. Whether it’s sending out party invitations or putting up your favorite home decorations, you want to be absolutely ready for the holidays this year. Should your smile be any different? At the Dallas, TXdental office of Dr. Ted R. Hume, III, we invite you to give your smile the gift of a refreshing new look with convenient Opalescence Go whitening trays.

Why Choose Opalescence Go Whitening?

Many over-the-counter whitening products claim to offer benefits comparable to professional teeth whitening treatments, but the truth is that these generic formulas simply can’t offer the same powerful, smile-brightening results you’ll achieve with Opalescence Go. With Opalescence Go, our patients can now quickly and effectively whiten their teeth without the need for impressions or custom whitening trays. These conveniently packaged, prefilled trays are disposable and extremely portable, allowing you to whiten on the go anytime.

Because patient comfort and safety are just as important as effective whitening, Opalescence Go is formulated with potassium nitrate and fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to fortify enamel to further protect against cavities and potassium nitrate helps to diminish sensitivity. The clear, discreet trays are smooth and comfortable, easily adapting to the shape of any smile. Choose from melon, mint, and peach flavored gel, and see the dramatic change in the shade of your smile in just five to ten days!

Get the White Smile You Deserve

Contact us to reserve your appointment with Dr. Hume and his experienced, caring team today. We can’t wait to show you what a remarkable difference our professional teeth whitening treatments can make in your smile. Our state-of-the-art technology and patient-centric approach make our practice the premier dental choice for families from Dallas, TX and the surrounding areas. We proudly serve patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Richardson, Garland, Addison, University Park, Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, and beyond.

October 23, 2014

Get the Most for Your Money: Use Your Dental Benefits Before They Expire!

513884757If you’re like most Americans, a portion of your hard-earned money goes to dental insurance premiums every month. As the end of the year approaches, it’s important to make sure that you make the most of your benefits before time runs out. At the Dallas, TX dental office of Dr. Ted R. Hume, III, our team would like to offer you a friendly reminder to take advantage of those benefits before they expire at the end of the year.

Maximize Your Dental Benefits with Dr. Hume

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “Use it or lose it.” This saying is especially applicable to dental insurance benefits. Most policies feature a yearly maximum; this is the highest amount of dental work that your plan covers annually (the average is approximately $1,000 per person each year). In the majority of cases, this amount resets at the end of the year, meaning that unused benefits are forfeited.

Another reason to use your dental insurance benefits before your plan resets concerns your deductible. Your deductible is the amount of out-of-pocket money you must pay before your policy kicks in and starts to cover your treatment. At the end of the year, the plan resets and you are required to pay your deductible again before your insurance starts to pay. If you’ve already paid your deductible but haven’t been back to the dentist, your paid benefits are actively going to waste.

The end of the year is a great time to visit your local Dallas dentist for a general checkup, a thorough exam, and a professional cleaning. Start the New Year off right when you utilize your dental benefits to their maximum potential.

Schedule Your Visit Today

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there’s never been a better time to make an appointment with Dr. Hume and his caring, experienced team. Get the quality dental care you need and deserve at Ted R. Hume III, DDS, and put those dental insurance benefits to good use. Our state-of-the-art Dallas, TX dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Plano, Frisco, Garland, North Dallas, University Park, Addison, and more.

September 20, 2014

Introducing a Better Way to Improve Patient Comfort: Onset® Precision Anesthesia

462389477Local anesthesia is a vital and commonly used tool in dental treatment, allowing oral healthcare professionals to perform a variety of services without causing patient discomfort. The initial sting of anesthesia as it is administered, however, is still a frequent complaint from patients of all ages; no one likes the feel of a needle or waiting for minutes at a time to become fully numb. Fortunately, patients of Dr. Ted R. Hume, III no longer need to fear the pain commonly associated with local injections. With the revolutionary pH buffering technology of the Onset® anesthetic device, it is now possible to administer local anesthesia quickly, accurately, and with less discomfort than ever before.

What are the Benefits of Onset® Precision Buffering?

For decades, dentists and oral healthcare researchers have searched for a way to administer painless dental injections in order to better serve the needs of their patients. At Dr. Hume’s Dallas dental office, you and your family can now find just that. With Onset® precision anesthesia buffering, patients receive the exact amount of local numbing agent they need without the pinching sting typically associated with the initial injection.

Onset® effectively alters the pH level of the anesthetic, reducing its acidity and eliminating the pain so many patients actively fear. In addition, the anesthesia goes to work immediately rather than taking multiple minutes to kick in. This means that Dr. Hume and his team can get to work right away; your level of comfort is consistently monitored and you spend less time waiting in the dental chair. Even patients with active infections report painless relief in mere seconds with Onset® precision buffering, and now you can enjoy the same benefits.

Schedule Your Visit with Dr. Hume Today

Have you been putting off important dental treatment because you dread the pain of anesthesia injections? Perhaps you’ve experienced anesthesia that wears off too quickly or takes too long to take effect. At Ted R. Hume, III, DDS in Dallas, TX, we invite you to discover the amazing difference that our advanced Onset® anesthesia buffering can make in your next dental experience. We genuinely care about your comfort and safety, and our team looks forward to showing you how what an impact our state-of-the-art technology can make.

Contact our office in Dallas, TX today to schedule your next appointment. Our warm, welcoming dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, including Garland, Richardson, Addison, North Dallas, Plano, Frisco, University Park, and beyond.

 

August 18, 2014

Preventive Dentistry in Dallas, TX: Protecting Your Family’s Smiles with Dr. Hume

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178845072Benjamin Franklin once said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is particularly true when applied to maintaining oral health and overall wellness. Preventing serious dental issues is vastly preferable to treating problems when they’ve already reached an advanced state. That is why the Dallas, TX practice of Ted R. Hume III, DDS places an immense amount of emphasis on preventive dentistry, helping our patients avoid the need for extensive treatment in the future.

Routine Preventive Dentistry Benefits

Preventive dental care focuses on providing patients with the treatments they need to keep their smiles healthy and looking their best before decay and disease have a chance to develop. With thorough exams, comprehensive cleanings, and invaluable patient education, Dr. Hume helps patients from Dallas, TX and nearby areas avoid serious oral health complications like periodontal disease, extensive tooth decay, and more. Regular cleanings involve the meticulous removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth, thereby preventing the development of cavities and gum disease.

Additional preventive measures include the use of fluoride supplements to strengthen and remineralize teeth, as well as dental sealants to further protect enamel from decay. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we can provide you with a customized oral appliance to prevent damage to the surfaces of your teeth.

At the office of Dr. Ted Hume, we know that educated patients are healthier patients. We will always take the time to explain the status of your oral health and offer our professional recommendations regarding treatment. We welcome any questions you may have, and we’ll always treat you with the respect you want and deserve.

Schedule Your Preventive Dentistry Visit Today

Has it been more than six months since your last visit to the dentist for a routine checkup? If so, the time to act is now. Contact us today and take control of your oral health and the future of your smile with a preventive dentistry visit to our state-of-the-art dental office in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Hume and our friendly, caring team proudly care for patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex and communities in the surrounding areas, including University Park, Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, Garland, Addison, Richardson, and beyond. We can’t wait to show you how our patient-centric approach, advanced technology, and family-like atmosphere can benefit you.

July 16, 2014

Why Credentials and Affiliations Matter When Choosing a Dentist

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454389001When it comes to finding a dentist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, you need to be sure that the oral healthcare provider you choose is not only able to meet all of your needs, but capable of offering an all-encompassing range of services with a chairside manner that exceeds your expectations. At Ted R. Hume III, DDS, Dr. Ted Hume provides patients from the DFW Metroplex and the surrounding areas with an extensive array of advanced dentistry solutions, including implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, comprehensive periodontal care, and much more.

Accreditations and Associations: A Doctor You Can Trust

When a dentist is truly committed to his field and to his patients, it tends to show in how he or she chooses to keep ahead of the latest technology, techniques, and ideas in the industry. Because he understands the importance of staying ahead of the curve in an industry that is constantly evolving, Dr. Hume chooses to pursue rigorous continuing education courses via multiple avenues, including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, or ICOI.

Membership with the ICOI represents a dental professional’s continued dedication to the growing field of implant dentistry, as well as a commitment to educating and training the staff in his or her office to understand the realm of dental implants as they benefit the patient. The ICOI encourages ongoing research and exploration of the science of implant dentistry, aiding dental care practitioners from all over the world in delivering the most advanced care possible. Through his membership with this renowned organization, Dr. Hume is able to further enhance his knowledge and hone his skills on an ongoing basis. Patients seeking dental implant placement and restoration can rest assured that they are receiving unparalleled care from the very start with Dr. Hume and his team.

Some of Dr. Hume’s other credentials and affiliations include the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Dallas County District Dental Society, to name a few.

Making the Right Choice in an Implant Dentist

At the Dallas, TX office of Dr. Ted Hume, our number one priority is patient wellness, satisfaction, comfort, and lifelong oral health. Experience what a difference our commitment to you and to ongoing education can make in your smile and in your life. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and to speak to our friendly, caring, and knowledgeable staff. We look forward to providing you with exceptional dentistry in an environment designed with your comfort in mind. Our state-of-the-art practice proudly serves patients from throughout the greater DFW area, including North Dallas, University Park, Plano, Frisco, Richardson, Addison, Garland, and more.

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