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Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

January 26, 2018

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At Kelly Blair DDS & Mitch Conditt DDS, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with deficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these people end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

The reluctance to request professional treatment is unfortunate because it takes such a high toll on their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life harder for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

For some strange reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea a pressing issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological function more indispensable than that. And substandard sleep can cause a multitude of serious health problems. It also impacts performance in every facet of life; work, recreation, and relationships.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where you have frequent, recurring pauses in breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and closes the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brain is not getting enough oxygen it hinders vital biological processes.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles relax and obstruct the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
Both of the previous conditions are present in this type. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Unexpected awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person observing the behavior)
  • Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
  • Fitful sleep
  • Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities 
  • Inability to concentrate during the day
  • Mood changes
  • Awakening with a headache
  • Extreme fatigue

If you experience any of these symptoms, we invite you to discuss it with Dr. Blair or Dr. Conditt. Call 817-737-5155 to set up a sleep apnea consultation.

Contact Kelly Blair DDS & Mitch Conditt DDS:

817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

Save Your Breath

January 18, 2018

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Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most prevalent cause is dissatisfactory oral hygiene. Often, halitosis ensues midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food bits on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or worsen the trouble. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland problem or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or dental caries
Smoking
Braces
An infected root canal
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Infection
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Dieting
Age
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath continues despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

If you don’t have a regular dentist or are not happy with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Conditt at Mitch Conditt DDS in Fort Worth. Dr. Conditt has been serving patients in the Fort Worth area since 1985. The caring team of dental professionals at Mitch Conditt DDS provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including clear braces, porcelain veneers and dental crowns.

Be sure to check our website at https://www.drmitchconditt.com/ for more specifics on Dr. Conditt’s services. Thanks for visiting our blog.

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS:

817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

January 12, 2018

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Parker County cosmetic smile makeover

Have you ever taken an unanticipated trip to the supermarket looking completely unkempt in a rush to buy an emergency item – say cough medicine or a must-have poster board for your child’s school assignment?

On such an occasion you will inevitably bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your sloppy sweatpants and stained T-shirt? Or worse yet, pajamas.

Our outward appearance influences the way we feel inside. In professional situations, don’t you feel more assertive when you are wearing flattering, pulled-together business clothes? Aren’t you more likely to articulate your opinion when you are comfortable in your own skin?

When encountering someone for the first time, don’t you feel better when you are having a good hair day or have cleared up a recent bout of acne? Blind dates are brutal when you don’t feel at the top of your game.

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost confidence for most Fort Worth folks. But do you know what people notice before any of these features? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Multiple studies have shown that sensational teeth and eyes immediately capture attention. Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But dazzling smiles are within reach because Fort Worth dentists can work miracles with state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry.

With specialized training, finely honed skills, modern equipment, and quality lab services, skilled dentists can turn unattractive smiles into stunning first-impressions using a variety of cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures. Kelly Blair DDS & Mitch Conditt DDS patients who have received cosmetic dental smile makeovers report feeling more confident, more attractive, more effective at work, and happier in their relationships. Some even say that they take more risks and observe more success.

If you are not happy with your smile, you are probably not aware of the influence it has had on your confidence and self-image. Don’t hide behind an unsightly smile any longer. Call Kelly Blair DDS & Mitch Conditt DDS at 817-737-5155 today to schedule an informative cosmetic dental consultation.

Creating Irresistable Smiles in Fort Worth, Texas since 1985

Contact Kelly Blair DDS & Mitch Conditt DDS:

817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

Smile Makeover Questions Answered At Mitch Conditt DDS

January 5, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — admin @ 9:00 am

Parker County cosmetic smile makeover

Even some individuals with top notch oral health want to improve specific components of their smile. Though proper brushing is vital for healthy teeth, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a broken tooth. A cavity-free mouth may still have stained or slightly misaligned teeth.

If you want to correct the smile elements that can’t be improved with diligent oral hygiene, call 817-737-5155 to schedule a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Conditt at Mitch Conditt DDS. During your consultation, we will talk to you about:

Cost
Each smile makeover is completely unique, therefore the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, Dr. Conditt will give you an estimate for your smile makeover.

Function
Proper function is priority one. Your smile transformation will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.

Beauty
This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. Dr. Conditt will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the procedures.

Sedation
If your smile makeover requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to think about sedation. Dr. Conditt will explain your sedation options and the associated costs.

Health
If you have existing tooth decay or gum disease, these troubles need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine necessary restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.

If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic dental smile makeovers, call us today at 817-737-5155.

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS:

817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

December 22, 2017

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time. The last of the permanent teeth come in, providing young men and women with their “adult smile.” Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be aligned with orthodontia, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

Unfortunately, some youth develop habits that are dangerous to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and how it affects lifelong oral health.

Eating disorders are far too common among teenagers. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly advise parents  to intervene immediately and seek appropriate medical care if they suspect their teen has an eating disorder.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young Fort Worth men and women decrease their calcium intake – a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

Moreover, teenagers that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely dangerous. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time correctly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

We advise parents to make sure their adolescents receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Conditt can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following vital guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule an extensive teen dental examination and cleaning, call Mitch Conditt DDS at 817-737-5155. The team of caring dental professionals at Mitch Conditt DDS is enthusiastic about oral health for Fort Worth area patients of all ages.

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014

 

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS: 817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

 

Super Smiles For Life

December 15, 2017

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Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and desirable smile, start early. Really early.

Dr. Mitch Conditt recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing troubles and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dr. Conditt will keep the visit short, but perform a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.

Dr. Conditt will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the effects of poor choices. It is especially vital to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.

Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.

Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always prime for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.

Other vital habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.

Before coming to Mitch Conditt DDS in Fort Worth, meet with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Conditt will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a positive visit, the first of many to come.

Call Dr. Conditt at 817-737-5155 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are enthusiastic about your child’s lifelong dental health.

Dr. Conditt serves many families in the Fort Worth area with know-how and compassion. Some of our patients come from Weatherford, Aledo, and Parker County.We love working with children and will help your child have a positive experience learning to care for their teeth.

At Mitch Conditt DDS, we focus our efforts on . Each member of our caring team is dedicated to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefitting from our state-of-the-art technology.

Some of our most popular services include clear braces, porcelain veneers and dental crowns. We are located at 6316 Camp Bowie Blvd in Fort Worth.

Creating Irresistable Smiles in Fort Worth, Texas since 1985

 

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS: 817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

 

Change Your Life In 4 Steps

December 8, 2017

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Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are essential for a high quality of life and overall health. Folks who cope with dentures know what I’m talking about.

There is no question that dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not issue free. Your mouth provides numerous basic functions, each of which can be impaired by the inconveniences of dentures.

Dentures can make it problematic to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe – and it doesn’t get more basic than that.

Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an unusually versatile individually-constructed substitute for dentures.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, assembling a durable base for an over denture.

Here is the process:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, your dentist will take x-rays and analyze your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist will assess options with you and together you will develop a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how speedy and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to construct an extremely heavy-duty foundation for the last restoration. It takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its amazing magic.

4. Final Restoration
Whether your last step is a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist will work with the lab to engineer a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. https://www.drmitchconditt.com/treatments.html restorations are practically indistinguishable from initial teeth.

Dental implant patients of all ages are excited about the better quality of life implants provide.

Are breathing, speaking, eating, tasting, and laughing important to you? Call us to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS: 817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

 

3 Smart Smile Solutions

December 1, 2017

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In today’s post we will focus on three innovative procedures used in cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

1. Tooth Implants
Tooth implants are altering the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the optimal solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

When the final crown is affixed, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants have many vital advantages over dental bridges. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Conditt to learn more.

2. Invisible Braces
Invisible braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. There are a couple of different brands of invisible braces including Damon Braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

3. White Fillings
If you had cavities in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly improving your smile without crowns.

Mitch Conditt DDS has been providing unmatched dental care since 1985. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 817-737-5155.

 

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS: 817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

 

Let That Winning Smile Shine

November 24, 2017

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Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

Such irregularities are usually straightforward to repair, reverse or bypass and with few exceptions a smart smile makeover move! Everyone wants a winning smile.

Call for a consultation today! 817-737-5155

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The caring staff at Mitch Conditt DDS have singular, professional experience dating back to 1985. Let them review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and inlays and onlays when you need us. See https://www.drmitchconditt.com/ for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with Dr. Mitch Conditt and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would equal the same results from the dentist? Affordable dentistry is available.

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth.

Smooth, consistent color
Straighter, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Get clear, manageable answers about veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign braces, tooth implants, crowns and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, the cost of dental crowns, the cost of sedation dentistry, the price for clear braces, teeth whitening or porcelain veneersjust ask the experts at Mitch Conditt DDS!

Located at 6316 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76116. We’re happily accepting patients from Fort Worth as well as Parker County, Weatherford, and Aledo. For dependable, responsive care, Mitch Conditt DDS is ready. Let’s consider the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.

 

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS: 817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

 

7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

November 17, 2017

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Fort Worth Cosmetic Dentist

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the Fort Worth area, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. Today in the Mitch Conditt DDS dental blog, we explain 7 ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

Hi. I’m Dr. Mitch Conditt.  My practice, Mitch Conditt DDS, offers the following services:

clear braces
porcelain veneers
dental crowns
teeth whitening

And more! So, if you are in the Weatherford, Aledo, or Parker County area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 817-737-5155.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on March 7, 2013

 

Contact Mitch Conditt DDS: 817-737-5155

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6316 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, Texas
76116

 

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