Cosmetic dentistry

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.

Top 10 Dangerous Toothpaste Ingredients

Even though toothpaste (in some form or another) has been around as long as the Ancient Greeks have, the formula (as we know it) did not become popular until World War I. As soon as companies began manufacturing toothpaste, people began to purchase the magical concoction – guaranteed to produce glistening teeth! White teeth were all the rage after World War I had ended, and toothpaste quickly became a product that most people simply couldn’t live without.

Toothpaste is one item that nearly everyone uses today, but what makes this concoction so special? Whether you brush your teeth once per day or three times per day, chances are that you’ve never taken the time to read that ingredient list. Some believe that the ingredients contained in a standard package of toothpaste are essential – others believe that water may be just as effective. In the end, there’s a good reason why most toothpaste packages warn: “Do Not Ingest!”

10. Formaldehyde         

That same ingredient that coroners can’t live without can be found inside of your toothpaste tube. Formaldehyde kills all of those small bacteria that climb onto your teeth after eating or sleeping. If a large amount of formaldehyde is accidentally ingested, the result could be fatal. Severe formaldehyde ingestion results in jaundice, kidney damage, liver damage, and death.

9. Detergent         

Foam, suds, activation! What would toothpaste be without that satisfying soapy feeling? Manufacturers use regular detergent in order to appease the masses that prefer bubbly toothpaste. While bubbles may be fun, be careful if you accidentally ingest a large amount of this stuff – swallowing detergent can cause digestive tract burning.

8. Seaweed            

Stretchy and slimy, seaweed holds that paste together. Without this green stuff, toothpaste would simply fall apart! The good news is that seaweed isn’t toxic. In fact, seaweed has a number of nutritional benefits, though hitting the sushi bar is a better way of gaining those benefits..

7. Peppermint Oil  

Minty, minty, minty! Fresh breath can only be kept fresh with the help of peppermint oil! While refreshing when brushing your teeth, peppermint oil can cause a slow pulse, heartburn, and muscle tremors if it is consumed..

6. Paraffin       

As slick as the petroleum that it is derived from, paraffin creates a smooth paste that oozes onto your toothbrush. As you might imagine, paraffin wasn’t meant to be eaten. If you happen to swallow this ingredient, you may end up with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and severe constipation.

5. Glycerine Glycol   

Never heard of this ingredient before? Sure about that? Glycerin glycol is added to toothpaste in order to prevent the paste from becoming too dry – it’s also found in antifreeze. Even though glycerin is not toxic, this additive may cause nausea if swallowed.

4. Chalk    

That’s right – chalk. Thanks to the fact that chalk is made from exoskeletons, it’s hard enough to remove all of that caked on gunk from your pearly whites. Chalk dust may cause lung problems if inhaled, and swallowing a bit of chalk could cause bleeding.

3. Titanium Dioxide    

This is another common toothpaste ingredient, though it’s usually found in white paint. When added to toothpaste, titanium dioxide has the safe effect on your teeth as it does on walls – it keeps them nice and white (for a few hours, at least!). Ingesting titanium dioxide won’t hurt you, but it isn’t recommended either.

2. Saccharin    

Something has to combat that terrible detergent taste! Saccharin is sweet, but not too sweet – just the way that most people like their toothpaste! Saccharin has been a hot topic of debate every since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House. The USDA tried to ban the substance in 1972, though it is considered “safe” to ingest today.

1. Menthol      

One last ingredient to add a minty note to your breath. Without menthol, toothpaste might taste like, well, chalk, glycerin, paraffin, detergent, titanium dioxide, and seaweed! Go ahead and ingest menthol if you like, but sipping some tea containing menthol is a far better idea than chewing on your tube of toothpaste.

My advice is to always buy toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval on the box and has fluoride as an active ingredient.  If you think that you are prone to cavities, call our office and we can get you some "super" flouride toothpaste.

Diamonds Are Kanye's Best Friend?

Kanye West shows off diamond teethRapper Kanye West recently showed off his new grill on The Ellen Degeneres Show. He’s replaced his bottom teeth with gold and diamonds.

“I just thought that diamonds were cooler,” the 33-year-old hip-hop musician told Ellen. “I replaced my bottom row of teeth. I guess there’s just certain things that rock stars are supposed to do.”

When Degeneres asked if it was a removable grill, West said no. “It’s my real teeth. I replaced my bottom row of teeth.” he explained, giving a curious new meaning to the phrase “real teeth.”

Kanye West shows off diamond teethWest has suggested that he had diamonds inset in his lower teeth, but there’s been buzz about whether he entirely removed his lower teeth. West may have gotten titanium dental implants crowned with gold and diamonds, or he could be sporting a diamond-encrusted dental bridge or gold crowns over his lower teeth. Diamonds can also be applied directly to teeth with an adhesive, or small holes can be drilled and the diamonds inset.

Many of West’s teeth were lost or damaged during a 2002 car accident. Prior to his most recent dental makeover,  his lower front teeth appeared to be rotting.

Dentists, not surprisingly, are not much in favor of this sort of cosmetic dentistry.   While gold is a well-accepted dental restorative material, diamonds are quite another matter. As they’re harder than teeth, the diamonds could in fact wear down his other teeth. Risks include broken teeth, bleeding gums and gum disease.

The appearance was West’s first public interview since his much-publicized tantrum at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he stormed the stage during pop country singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to protest her win, insisting that Beyonce should have taken the prize for “Best Female Video” instead.

West is certainly no stranger to controversy. After Hurricane Katrina, he famously stated on live television that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Cost estimates for his new cosmetic dentistry range from $60,000 to over a million dollars. West has said his are diamonds, not merely cubic zirconia.

But… am I the only one who thinks they kind of look like braces??

It’s hard to imagine this sort of thing going mainstream, but West is a prominent figure, admired by many young people. And some of them may want to follow his lead and get diamond teeth of their own… So tell me: How many of you would want this type of dentistry?