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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

Are You Over Brushing Your Braces?

lifestyle portrait of young attractive white man with blue eyes at home bathroom brushing tooth with toothbrush energically looking at himself on toilet mirror in dental health care conceptHave you ever had that awkward experience when you drink a cold beverage and immediately feel a sharp pain in your teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, one in eight people has this same problem with tooth sensitivity. So what’s the cause? Believe it or not, tooth sensitivity such as this doesn’t have anything to do with cavities or even braces, the most common cause is brushing with too much force.

The Effects of Brushing Too Hard

Before, during and after undergoing orthodontic treatment, the concept of brushing your teeth regularly was drilled into your brain as the best way to maintain good oral health and hygiene. While some take this advice and brush as recommended (every morning, every night and shortly after each meal), some people translate this to mean that they should be brushing more aggressively. This is NOT the case. Read More

Announcing Our “Giving Tree” Charity Project

The Giving Tree graphic tree with text

Spread a little love and cheer this Christmas! Please consider purchasing a $10 gift card for a resident at the Marbridge residential community in Manchaca.

Marbridge is a non-profit organization that assists hundreds of people with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities each year, helping them lead rich, fulfilling lives. Dr. Becher and her staff are proud to support Marbridge’s mission and values.

Our office will be collecting gift cards until December 18th. We recommend cards from the following stores, chains and brands:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Starbucks
  • HEB

Please – no cards for fast food chains!

Our patients constantly astound us with their generosity. We are grateful each time YOU help make our area a little brighter. Please consider purchasing a gift card for a Marbridge resident! Contact our office for additional details.

This Year’s Successful “Candy Buy-Back”

Thank you to all our patients who donated their Halloween candy to Dr. Becher’s “Candy Buy Back Program.”

The sweet treats will be given to our brave men and women in uniform serving our country. We collected a whopping 1,800 pounds of candy, and shipped 62 boxes when all was said and done!

Our patients astound us time and time again with the generosity. Thanks to everyone who participated. We hope all our patients and their families have a safe and enjoyable Holiday season.

How to Survive Thanksgiving with Braces

Maple Glazed Turkey DinnerIf you’re a fan of food like we are (and really, who isn’t?), then Thanksgiving just might be one of your favorite holidays. Not only do you get to spend time with the ones you love, but you can also eat all the foods you might not get to eat as often.

So how do you enjoy the same joys of Thanksgiving while wearing your braces? To help you navigate the serving tables at your Thanksgiving gatherings this year, we at Mary Kay Becher Orthodontics have a few tips for getting through all three courses.Read More

What Happens When We Swallow Gum?

little girl blows bubble gum bubbleDr. Mary Kay Becher  and her team want to dispel an urban legend about chewing gum: if you swallow a wad of gum, it does not sit in your stomach for seven years. In most cases, actually, not even seven days. Chewing gum, although not meant to be swallowed, passes harmlessly through the digestive system and is excreted in the same manner as everything else we eat.

There is some truth to the myth, however: chewing gum is not digested. It contains resins, sometimes natural and sometimes synthetic, which our bodies cannot break down. Gum is simply passed along our digestive tract.

In rare cases, excessive amounts of swallowed gum can lead to constipation and intestinal blockage in young children. But parents need not be alarmed. Young children are not more susceptible to complications involving swallowed gum; young children are simply the only people who might swallow enough gum to cause digestive problems. Kids often forget or may not understand that gum is for chewing and not swallowing.

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