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Is Juicing Bad for Your Teeth?

dropping fruit into blenderAt the start of every new year, most of us begin to reevaluate our waistlines and opt for a healthier lifestyle. With the growing popularity of juicing in recent years, more of our patients have been turning to this diet as a means of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. While blending veggies, fruits, and other nutrients together can be very beneficial for overall health, do you really know the effects on your oral health?

The Effects of Juicing on the Teeth

When you consume a fruit and vegetable drink, you’re exposing your teeth to the acids that come from these foods as well. Over time, these acids can cause staining and erosion damage to your teeth. Many people notice that their teeth feel sticky or rough after juicing for more than a couple of days. Thankfully, Dr. Mary Kay Becher has a few easy tips to help maintain great oral health while drinking yourself to a better you. Read More

Guess the Number of Invisalign Aligners!

Orthodontic patients all over the world are going wireless!

Invisalign is the invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. These clear, flexible aligners are custom-made for your unique orthodontic needs, and you can remove the aligners to eat or for social situations. Plus, Invisalign aligners have proven to straighten teeth faster than traditional orthodontic appliances – you achieve a healthy smile with a “barely there” look and fewer visits to the orthodontist.

Beginning January 2nd, we’ll have a random number of Invisalign aligners in a jar at our practice front desk. Make your best “guesstimate” on the number of aligners – the patient with the closest guess will win a $500 discount towards Invisalign treatment. Not sure if you’re a candidate for this revolutionary treatment appliance? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Becher!

Good luck to all who enter. We hope to see your smile in 2019!

New Year, New Me

Cute funny cartoon tooth in santa hat and mittens. Vector concept of New Year and Christmas greeting for the dental clinic. Winter holidays in dentistry.At the start of each new year, we often hear people say, “New year, new me.” But what exactly does that mean? At Mary Kay Becher DDS, we say “New year, new smile, better hygiene.”

To help you start the new year with a great smile and better oral health, we’ve come up with a list of essentials you will need to achieve this new year’s resolution.

Floss

Simply brushing your teeth does not always get to the hard-to-reach areas. Flossing is one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities, fight bad breath, tartar buildup, gum disease and improve your appearance. Make sure floss is part of your at-home dental care routine in the new year to maintain your bright smile.

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Mary Kay Becher’s Orthodontic Team Delivers Happiness to Marbridge Residents

On December 18, 2018, members of our team visited the Marbridge residential community in Manchaca to deliver the gift cards you all so graciously donated. We sang Christmas carols, drank hot cocoa and passed out cards to residents who were OVER THE MOON excited to receive them!

It was an honor to be able to deliver happiness to such a grateful group of people, thank you all so much for making this possible! We had the absolute best evening!

The Impact of Smoking on Oral Health

Smoking cigaretteWhen it comes to smoking, we’ve all been reminded constantly of the effects it can have on our overall health. In most cases, lung cancer is often the disease of choice that is a result of smoking. However, the damaging effects of smoking don’t stop there. Do you know the negative effects smoking can have on your oral health as well? Stained teeth and bad breath are just the beginning. At the office of Mary Kay Becher DDS PA, we’ll help you understand the true cost of smoking as it relates to your teeth, gums and oral health.

Gum Disease

It starts with inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, the inflammation can lead to serious damage of the gum tissue, tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Serious infections can also happen if the bacteria from any of the above mentioned get into the bloodstream.

It is important to note that gum disease in those who smoke can be harder to treat. Smoking doubles the risk of developing gum disease due to the overwhelming number of toxins it introduces into the mouth. Read More