Wedding Day Smile Makeovers that Stand the Test of Time

10 Years, 4 children and a million smiles in between.

Wedding day smile makeover stands the test of time.

Barbie was as excited as any engaged girl could be about her upcoming wedding day to her dashing fiancé Josh. But time was growing short and her smile was looking worse with each passing thought of how many photos would be taken of her during the upcoming ceremony.

It wasn’t that Barbie hadn’t thought about having her smile fixed before, it was the fact she was afraid of going to the dentist. Enter Dr. Reece and sedation dentistry. It was the answer Barbie needed.

With no pain and no distinct memory of the makeover, Barbie went from worried to ‘WOW!’ in short order. Dr. Reece worked with Barbie to design exactly the type of smile Barbie dreamed of projecting in her wedding day photographs.

Today, 10 years later, Barbie is still smiling but this time as the proud mother of 4 incredible children. She credits Dr. Reece’s artistic eye and skilled hand at creating a smile that truly has stood the test of time.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Smokeless Tobacco, and Your Health

The recent death of 54 year old San Diego Padre's baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, is a reminder of the importance of oral health and regular check ups to help prevent salivary gland cancer, which took Tony's life. The carcinogens in tobacco affect you whether you are a smoker, chewer, or a dipper. There is a strong correlation between chewing tobacco and a higher risk of oral cancer. Evidence shows that direct contact with the tobacco can even predict the location where the disease begins.

During this time of loss of our Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, Dr. Reece wants to remind everyone to practice good oral health by brushing, flossing and scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist.

Dr. Reece believes great health is the greatest wealth and encourages ceasing tobacco habits that continue to be associated with serious and life threatening health problems.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/06/16/tony-gwynn-cancer-how-smokeless-tobacco-can-contribute-to-disease/

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Dr. Reece visits Houston Asian American Dental Society as their Guest Speaker

Dr. Reece recently traveled to Houston to visit with the Houston Asian American Dental Society as the guest speaker at their monthly meeting. Attendees enjoyed a 7 course dinner while hearing Dr. Reece's lecture and demonstration on "Neuromuscular Dentistry: Myths vs Fact" that introduced the participants to the principles of Neuromuscular Dentistry, and how pairing it with cosmetic and restorative dentistry is changing the way patients are being treated today.

The Houston Asian American Dental Society dentists gather to learn from Dr. Reece about the latest advancements in Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Dentists from across Houston listen as Dr. Reece lectures; prior to enjoying a 7 course meal at the famous Kim Son Restaurant.

Dentists watch attentively as Dr. Reece demonstrates a Neuromuscular Dentistry technique.

Dr. Reece is presented an award from the President of Houston Asian American Dental Society, Dr. Quynh Tan.

 

Learn more about Neuromuscular Dentistry.

When to see Dr. Reece

To prevent gum disease and other oral health problems, it's imperative to schedule regular dental cleanings and exams — generally once or twice a year. In the meantime, contact Dr. Reece if you notice any signs or symptoms that could suggest oral health problems, such as:

•Red, tender or swollen gums •Gums that bleed when you brush or floss •Gums that begin pulling away from your teeth •Loose permanent teeth •Changes in the way your top and bottom teeth align with each other •Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold •Persistent bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth

Remember, early detection and treatment of problems with your gums, teeth and mouth can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health.

To learn more about oral health call us with your questions. We would be happy to talk with you about how we can make your dental experience rewarding. Our conveniently located Bryan/College Station office serves patients throughout the Brazos Valley and beyond!

What is TMJ Dysfunction?

 

Dr. Michael Reece has helped headache sufferers in his Bryan, Texas dental office for years. Headaches, especially combined with face, neck or jaw pain, often indicate a pain source other than your head. The temporomandibular joints, these little, triangular-shaped joints immediately in front of your ears, can cause a host of problems when even slightly misaligned.

Clenching or grinding your teeth at night inflames the nerves and muscles associated with the temporomandibular joints. A poor bite, called a malocclusion, can also place undue stress on TMJ, causing facial muscles to strain in order to hold the jaw. This, in turn, can stimulate stress in the head, neck and shoulder muscles. The truth is that these tiny joints- some of the smallest in your body-take more pressure and stress than any other joints. You can read more about TMJ dysfunction in our patient library.

Because TMJ dysfunction is so common, Dr. Reece screens every patient for the disorder. If he finds that you do, indeed, have TMJ dysfunction, he will work with you to structure a treatment plan that may include a combination of non-surgical TMJ therapy solutions to relieve your pain. Through the latest advances neuromuscular dentistry, he will determine whether your problem stems from a bad bite. If so, Dr. Reece will introduce a two-part treatment system that begins with a convenient oral appliance, called an orthotic, which will allow your jaw to align into proper position. Next, depending on your situation, Dr. Reece may recommend bite restructuring, either through orthodontia or teeth restorations, like crowns.

Through years of dedication to continuing studies, Dr. Reece has stayed abreast of changing dental technology and current research on TMJ dysfunction and related headaches. You deserve relief. If headaches or other TMJ dysfunction symptoms keep you from living your life to the fullest, call our office in Bryan, Texas, today.

Here are five ways you can keep your teeth sparkling in-between visits with Dr. Reece

Dr. Reece and his team of specialists are here to help you preserve your teeth as you age. With Dr. Reece's extensive oral care training and his passion for his patients, he'll have your teeth looking great for years to come.

Here are five ways you can keep your teeth sparkling in-between visits with Dr. Reece:

  • Educate yourself on dental care - don't be afraid to ask questions when visiting Dr. Reece, the more you know about good oral hygiene the better for you and Dr. Reece!
  • Invest in an electric toothbrush – most people don't know how to brush their teeth properly and don't even brush for the full two minutes needed. With an electric toothbrush you'll be able to get into the nooks and crannies in between teeth and under the gums to ensure a healthy mouth. And to top it all off, electric toothbrushes have a two minute timer. Who knew?!
  • Wear a night-guard – teeth grinders alike, this one's for you! Did you know that grinders can wear away as much as a millimeter of tooth structure per year if undiagnosed? Teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw slowly breaks down the supporting bone around the teeth, leading to gun recession, bone loss and eventually tooth loss.
  • Know your oral hygiene regimen – this falls into the educate yourself category. Don't be afraid to ask Dr. Reece questions, especially about your particular oral care regimen because not everyone needs to the same teeth maintenance when it comes to taking care of your pearly whites. Certain oral care products especially for you will make a difference in the longevity of your teeth.
  • Choose Dr. Reece – choosing Dr. Reece for all your dental care needs is the first step in the right direction to preserving your teeth. Dr. Reece and the rest of his team will take the time to look after you and recommend only the best for your oral hygiene needs.Souce: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/09/health/preserve-teeth-apa/index.html? iref=allsearch

Oil Pulling versus Waterpik

When patients ask us about the 2,500 year old practice of ‘oil pulling’ or ‘oil swishing’ to clean their mouth and teeth we tell them to go ahead and  ‘swish away if you have the time!’  you can clean your teeth using oil. However for many, the 15 – 20 minutes of recommended time it takes to ‘swish’ and the resulting after-taste leaves many patients with, well, ‘a bad taste in their mouth’ about the whole concept.  For those patients, Dr. Reece recommends properly using a Waterpik to produce much faster and better tasting results.

 

 

Oral Health during Pregnancy...

If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, here’s what you can do to prevent dental problems during pregnancy that can be potentially harmful to you and your baby.

Brush and floss.

Brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day are the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Go one step further with an alcohol-free rinse and a tongue scraper which both remove bacteria.

Go see Dr. Reece.

Experts agree that if you’re trying to become pregnant or undergoing infertility treatment, getting your oral health in check beforehand is a no-brainer.

Get cleanings every 6 months or more.

Research shows there is no risk having routine dental care during pregnancy, and dental cleanings are your best line of defense. Every 6 months is ideal, but Dr. Reece may recommend more frequent cleanings especially if you have a history of gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Eat right.

It can be a challenge to eat healthy when you’re dealing with morning sickness, but trying to avoid sticky foods and eating course, fiber-filled fruits and vegetables, nuts, and cheese can help. If you drink soda or coffee with sugar, have a cup but don’t sip on it all day.

Nutrition and your Oral Health

Did you know that poor nutrition can lead to oral health problems such as gum disease and cavities? Studies have shown that people who have lost teeth don't eat as many fruits or vegetables and tend to have less nutritious diets overall.

Your mouth is the initial point of contact with the foods you consume. So naturally, what you eat impacts not only your general health but also the health of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your oral health.

According to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced diet should include:

•Fruits and vegetables. Combined these should be half of what you eat every day.

•Grains. Make sure at least half of the grains you eat are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.

•Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.

•Lean proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish.

Try and vary your protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. Eat at least 8 oz. of seafood a week.

Source: American Dental Association

 

Flossing your way to Oral Health

Yesterday we gave you tips from the American Dental Association on brushing your way to oral health. Today, let's talk flossing!

You can't reach the tight spaces between your teeth or under your gum line with a toothbrush. That's why daily flossing is important.

When you floss:

•Don't skimp. Break off about 18 inches (46 centimeters) of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand — leaving about 1 inch (3 centimeters) to floss your first tooth.

•Take it one tooth at a time. Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque. Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth. Unwind to fresh floss as you progress to the next tooth.

•Keep it up. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try the waxed variety. If it's hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or an interdental cleaner — such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean between the teeth.

 

Brushing your way to Oral Health...

Oral health begins with clean teeth. Consider these brushing basics from the American Dental Association:

•Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don't rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job.

•Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

•Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.

•Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Store your toothbrush in an upright position, if possible, and allow it to air dry until using it again. Don't routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, which can encourage the growth of bacteria.

•Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

If you have any questions about your oral health please call our office for more information at 979.846.6515. Our conveniently located Bryan/College Station office serves patients throughout the Brazos Valley and beyond!

New You Dentures

Dr. Reece is an innovative Texas dentist grounded in the two complimentary worlds of dentist and dental instructor.

As a practicing dentist, Dr. Reece hones his craft daily to bring denture patients the latest in aesthetic dentures, and as the Chief Clinical Instructor at Las Vegas Institute, Dr. Reece shares his experience by training dentists from the world over in his New You DenturesTM technique.

Traditional or conventional dentures have continued to decline in quality by succumbing to market demands for low costs and mass production. The problem is, no two mouths are alike and ‘one-size-fits-all’ has actually become ‘one size doesn’t fit anybody’.

Dentures used to be crafted with pride by artisans committed to helping individual patients achieve the best possible results. Dr. Reece recognized this as a lost art and committed himself to developing a denture system designed specifically for each patients’ unique needs.

By combining aesthetic training with advanced denture building techniques and technologies, a New You DenturesTM trained dentist can often achieve dramatic results not possible with conventional dentures.

As you lose teeth the unsupported jaw bone begins to shrink. As much as 50% to 75% can be lost forever. The result is the dreaded ‘sunken-in’ look that identifies denture wearers.

Since the jaw bone is receded (and can continue to recede), conventional dentures do not replace the original contours of the face we associate with youth and health – full lips, strong profile, filled out lower facial features.

New You DenturesTM are built different. They use your existing jaw bone as the bedrock for a cantilevered denture, hand crafted to return your profile as close as possible to its original proportions conveying youth, health and a confident and beautiful smile.

 

Too scared to go the dentist? No need to worry anymore...

 

Award winning dentist, Dr. Michael Reece, offers sedation dentistry here in the Brazos Valley!

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with c .

Sedation Dentistry FAQ:

Q: Will I be totally relaxed with sedation dentistry? A: You’ll receive just enough sedation so that you’ll be completely unaware of the treatment, as if you were asleep.

Q: Will I remember anything? A: If you undergo treatment with sedation dentistry, you’ll leave our practice in Bryan/

College Station with little or no memory of your visit.

Q: Will I feel any pain? A: Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly

good after receiving sedation dentistry at our Bryan / College Station practice.

Q: Will I be groggy after my treatment is over?

A: You will feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or friend drive you home after treatment. Generally, the effects of sedation dentistry are minimal.

Q: Is sedation dentistry safe for me?

A: Before recommending sedation dentistry to our patients in Waco, Bryan, College Station, and the Brazos Valley, we review their medical history thoroughly to determine if sedation is a safe option. During treatment, we also monitor our sedated patients very closely to ensure their safety.

Q: Will my insurance cover sedation dentistry? A: We’ll review your insurance coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements to

ensure that you receive the dental care that you need.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, call us with your questions. We would be happy to talk with you about how we can make your dental experience rewarding. Our conveniently located Bryan/College Station office serves patients throughout the Brazos Valley and beyond!

Restorative Dentistry

 

You've made it through a lot in life. Your teeth haven't.

There comes a time in your life when you know you need to get your dental health in order. Your excuses of waiting until some life event has passed, being too embarrassed or maybe just fearing going to the dentist, are now overridden by pain and a mouth full of dysfunctional, missing, chipped or broken teeth that leave you wondering what to do and where to turn.

As your preferred dentist, Dr. Reece will bring you modern restorative dental procedures and the latest technology to make your experience in our office rewarding and relaxed. Of course we offer all-white restorations like fillings, crowns, onlays and inlays. Our lifelike replacement teeth include dentures, partials, bridgework and dental implants. We also offer migraine and headache relief with non-surgical TMJ therapy. By correcting your bite, Dr. Reece may be able to alleviate nagging symptoms such as neck, shoulder and facial pain, ear aches and other issues caused by TMJ disorder.

Severely damaged smiles, often caused by extensive decay, disease or injury, can reclaim beauty and function with full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Reece has experience restoring complex oral problems, and he always starts at the foundation - the bite, for optimal, lasting results. Your custom full mouth reconstruction may include replacement teeth, crowns. We will help you schedule convenient appointments and secure reasonable financing, if needed.

Don’t live with a broken down smile. Reclaim a high quality of life, your self-esteem and your image with Dr. Reece. Call for your assessment and consultation. We are conveniently located in Bryan/College Station, and we serve patients from the Brazos Valley to Temple.

All you need to know about Dental Implants...

Made to mimic natural tooth structure, dental implants look like natural teeth, last a lifetime and function comfortably. Dr. Reece can place and restore dental implants in patients with sufficient bone tissue and good oral health.

What you need to know about dental implants:

• They restore proper chewing function so that you can eat what you like, when you like.

• They won’t move or loosen, so you can live confidently!

• They don't require messy denture adhesives.

• They don' t have unsightly partial denture clasps, which place damaging pressure on natural teeth.

• They don't irritate gums.

• They improve comfortable, enunciated speech.

• They don’t require altering healthy teeth.

• Their replacement tooth roots deter bone loss and shrinkage of the jawbone.

• They are clinically proven, with a success rate in excess of 90 percent.

Dr. Reece can surgically place dental implant posts, then design and attach aesthetic crowns to complete the procedure. Call to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Reece today. Our office is conveniently located to serve patients in the Bryan/College Station area. Learn more about dental implants in our library. Learn more about our Prexion iCAT scan.

 

Dr. Reece Officiates Wedding Ceremony!

We are never surprised at the range of skills Dr. Reece has mastered over the years. So, when Shalane, the Dental Assistant here at Dr. Reece’s office was facing the challenge of an impending wedding date with no available pastor to officiate the ceremony, we knew where to turn to help. Dr. Reece of course!

Dr. Reece went through the process to become a licensed, ordained minister in Texas and Arizona when he was asked if he would officiate another wedding a few years ago.

April 12thwas the big day and the 7F Lodge proved the perfect backdrop for Shalane’s wedding. The entire team turned out and Dr. Reece rose the occasion performing a beautiful ceremony.

Shalane and her new husband Todd are both Aggie graduates and plan to reside in College Station after their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

Dr. Reece Voted One of Houston's Top Dentists by H Texas Magazine!

As Dr. Reece's reputation grows, we are getting more and more accustomed to seeing new patients who are traveling from out of town and in some cases  from out of state.  It is always a welcome surprise to see Dr. Reece nominated and win a Best Dentist award and even more flattering in a city outside of town.  When the copy of Houston's city magazine HTexas first appeared in the office we didn't notice that he had won until we received an email congratulating us a few days later.  We're humbled and excited about the recognition.  Thank you to our patients and HTexas!