July 26, 2017
You’ve heard the expression, “No pain, no gain.” But that rule doesn’t apply according to one of our satisfied patients, Craig.
Today, we’re sharing Craig’s heartwarming testimonial about his experiences with Dr. Landry and our team at Lapalco Family Dental. Hear what he has to say about his pain-free root canals and other dental work!
July 9, 2017
Our team at Lapalco Family Dental wants to help you and your family keep your smiles healthy while you battle the summer heat.
Today’s infographic lists some of the ways you can protect your teeth, gums, and oral health overall!
June 26, 2017
It’s about that time for some family fun in the sun! But with the nice weather and outdoor activities, dental emergencies can come out of nowhere.
Our patient, Glenn, knows this all too well. Hear about Glenn’s experience when his son’s dental emergency cut short the family fun and how Dr. Landry was able to get him the help he needed fast!
June 18, 2017
Summer is finally here! That means barbecues, baseball games, picnics, and trips to the local swimming pool with the kids. With so much fun to be had in the fresh outdoors, it’s hard to remember that there could be risks to our oral health.
Dr. Landry and our team at Lapalco Family Dental have that covered in today’s blog, so you don’t have to worry about it. Today, we’re talking about the dangers that dehydration can pose to your healthy summer smile.
With a little help from our Marrero dental staff, you can better protect your oral health from dehydration while you’re out enjoying time with the family in the heat of the summer months.
All That Saliva Can Do
Being dehydrated is bad for your overall health, certainly. You know about the importance of staying hydrated to avoid things like dizziness or heat stroke. But many of us don’t know what dehydration can do to your teeth.
The most obvious problem is that it causes dry mouth. Saliva is definitely among the unsung heroes of your oral health. It’s easy to forget how important it is to a healthy smile. But let’s take a moment to ‘brush up’ (you’re welcome!) on all that saliva does for you:
Saliva Keeps Your Breath Fresh
Believe it or not, the human body comes equipped with its own mouthwash factory. Saliva production helps wash away debris that food and drinks leave behind to keep your teeth, gums, and tongue clean and your breath nice and fresh.
Saliva Keeps The Stains Away
Did you know that saliva is like a protective shield for your teeth? It’s true! It keeps a coating of protection on your enamel so that dark pigments from things like pasta sauce, coffee, and red wine aren’t able to stick to your teeth and stain them.
Saliva Keeps Your Enamel Strong
Another way your saliva protects your teeth is by shielding your enamel with its calcium and other trace minerals. This helps to keep your enamel healthy and strong.
Saliva Keeps Cavities And Gum Disease At Bay
As we mentioned before, saliva helps wash away debris left after you eat or drink, so along with keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh, saliva gets rid of all that harmful bacteria that would otherwise feast on food particles and sugar, which would lead to things like decay, cavities, and gum disease.
All That Dehydration Can Do
Now that you know the ways saliva protects your healthy mouth, let’s take a look at how your smile could potentially suffer without it! Dehydration, and resulting dry mouth, could cause all sorts of problems for your teeth.
It Weakens Your Tooth Enamel
Along with strengthening your tooth enamel, saliva helps remineralize it and repair damage you don’t even see. But when you’re dehydrated, there isn’t enough saliva to do all of that. As a result, your enamel can erode, growing weaker as that happens.
It Gives You Bad Breath
Without saliva acting as your body’s natural mouthwash, all the debris from food and sugary drinks will just hang out in your mouth. If your teeth, gums, and tongue aren’t kept clean with enough saliva, your breath will start to smell bad.
It Leads To Gum Disease
Dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease. This is because bacteria in your mouth feeds on the food particles and sugar left behind after you eat. Without saliva to wash those particles away, the bacteria will create acids as it feeds. Once the acids have eaten through your teeth, they move on and can attack your gums.
Gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss if it goes untreated. That’s why the ripple effect of dehydration can lead to much more serious dental problems over time.
It Causes Cavities
In the same way dry mouth can lead to gum disease, it can lead to cavities. Again, the bacteria feeds off food particles and other debris, and the acids created from that process create holes, or cavities, in your teeth.
Make An Appointment!
Protecting your teeth and gums throughout the summer months is a team effort. Our Marrero dental staff is here to help you! Call us today at 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to schedule an a routine dental cleaning and exam with Dr. Landry.
May 18, 2017
Victoria appreciates the special attention Dr. Landry and our caring team show each and every patient who comes to our office. We get to know you and your family members’ needs and treat you like one of our own.
Hear the many reasons why Victoria continues to trust Lapalco Family Dental for all her general dentistry needs, as well as her professional teeth whitening treatments.
May 1, 2017
What comes to mind when you picture a family dentist? Probably not anything you’ll see in our Lapalco Family Dental office in Marrero, LA!
That’s because our dentist, Dr. Landry, is a laid-back, friendly professional who easily helps our patients feel comfortable and right at home. Our caring staff do all we can to make your experience with us a positive one.
Just listen to what Ronnie has to say. Ronnie has been a long time patient of ours, and here, she talks about how she appreciates how we respect her time during appointments and why she prefers our family dental practice over anyone else.
April 18, 2017
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so our caring team wants to make sure you know all about reducing your oral cancer risks. There’s no proven way to prevent oral cancers, but there certainly are things you can do to lower your risk significantly.
Check out today’s infographic about reducing your risks, and then make sure to schedule your routine dental cleaning and exam with Dr. Landry and our team of professionals at Lapalco Family Dental. We offer oral cancer screenings as part of our general dentistry services!
September 25, 2016
A nice smile needs one extremely important feature — teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, people will notice, and that will not improve the appearance of your smile in pictures or in person.
Most people realize that taking care of their teeth will help prevent tooth decay and cavities. However, many people don’t realize there is another oral health issue that is more likely to cause tooth loss.
Believe it or not, gum disease causes more lost teeth than anything else in the United States.
At Lapalco Dental Center, our dentist and the rest of our staff want all our patients in and around Marrero, LA, to keep as many of their teeth for as long as possible. This is why we promote preventive care and periodontal treatment in our practice.
Taking Care Of Your Gums
You should be proactive if you want to keep your gums and smile as healthy as possible.
This starts with your dental hygiene. Following the recommendations of the American Dental Association will go a long way toward keeping your mouth free from tooth decay and gum disease.
The bacteria that cause those problems live inside your mouth, and they multiply every day. A good oral hygiene routine helps to keep them under control.
Brushing twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste is an effective way to remove bacteria. You should be brushing for two minutes every time, and you should be sure to scrub your teeth on all sides.
The ADA also recommends using an interdental cleaner at least once per day. Dental flosser, flossers, and water flossers are three examples of interdental cleaners.
When used correctly, these will remove food particles and plaque from the spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach, namely between your teeth and below your gumline.
If you have questions about any interdental cleaner, please contact our Louisiana dental center or ask when you visit us for your next cleaning and examination.
Professional cleanings are important for maintaining your oral health. During these cleanings, a member of our staff will remove any plaque or tartar that may have formed in your mouth, and then we will polish your teeth for good measure.
As part of your visit, we will check for any periodontal problems, and we will let you know what you should do to address them if we find anything.
What To Watch For
As important as preventive care is in preserving your periodontal health, it’s equally important to know the symptoms of gum disease.
In the early stages (known as gingivitis), you may notice bleeding when you brush or floss. This is often a sign that you may not be brushing or flossing frequently enough or that you may not be brushing or flossing correctly.
Red, swollen gums are another sign of gingivitis. Following the ADA guidelines for your daily oral care can reverse those symptoms in many cases.
If your gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, you may notice these symptoms as well:
▸ Receding gums
▸ Sore and tender gums
▸ Bad breath (halitosis) or a bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away
▸ Pus leaking from your gums
▸ Teeth that feel loose in their sockets
Below the surface of your gumline, you may have pockets forming inside your gums where bacteria can hide from your toothbrush and dental floss. As plaque and tartar build in those pockets, the infection can start to eat away at that bone that holds your teeth in place and may cause your gums to pull away from your teeth.
Our hope is that you will make an appointment for a periodontal treatment at the earliest signs of gum disease. This is when treatment is the least invasive and the most effective.
Scaling and root planing is a common first step to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar formations from the roots of your teeth. We also use dental lasers to remove the infected gum tissue without surgery.
Our lasers effectively evaporate the infected tissue and seal the remaining healthy tissue at the same time. This is more precise that gum surgery, and it decreases the time you need to heal from your treatment.
Stay Alert, Be Proactive
Keeping your mouth as healthy as possible requires keeping your gums healthy, too. Take the steps needed to prevent periodontal disease, and be aware of any changes that could indicate a problem.
Remember to visit Lapalco Dental Care for routine cleanings and to seek treatment as soon as possible at our dentist office in Marrero, LA, if you think you may have gum disease.
February 8, 2016
A good family dentist cares for the whole family, and an important part of oral health is preventive care.
This starts at home with good brushing and flossing habits. Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, we wanted to take some time to review the oral hygiene habits you and your family should be practicing at home.
But you also need to remember that preventive care should include regular cleanings and exams at Lapalco Family Dental.
No matter how well you care for your teeth at home, it’s important to have a dental professional look at your mouth. Our team will remove any plaque or tartar buildup, and we will watch for signs of gum disease.
Our care is why patients come from Marrero, Harvey, and the surrounding area to visit our Louisiana dentist office.
Oral Care Starts Early
If your family recently welcomed a newborn or you are expecting a new baby any day, then congratulations. This will be an exciting time in your lives.
Before your baby has any teeth, you can start providing oral care by wiping his or her mouth with a moist cloth after feedings.
Your baby’s first tooth will be a big event, but it also means that your son or daughter is able to develop tooth decay. So, you will need to start brushing his or her tooth (and teeth as more erupt).
At this stage, get a small, soft-bristled toothbrush. Apply a small squeeze of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Gently scrub his or her tooth/teeth twice each day.
Learning For Themselves
Somewhere around the age of 3 is a good time to teach your child how to brush and floss his or her own teeth. While your child will be doing the work, it’s a good idea for you to supervise the process for two reasons.
First, you don’t want your child to swallow the toothpaste when he or she is finished. Second, you want to make sure your son or daughter brushes for the right amount of time.
It’s important that you and your children brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You can use an app on your smartphone or table, a kitchen timer, a stopwatch, or anything else that will help your child understand how long to brush.
Your son or daughter will need a toothbrush that is comfortable to use along with a pea-sized squeeze of fluoride toothpaste. You’ll want to watch to make sure your child scrubs his or her teeth on all sides and finishes by brushing his or her tongue.
Your child should also floss his or her teeth once daily to remove bacteria and plaque that can’t be reached with a toothbrush.
Another Big Change
By the age of 7, your child should be able to brush his or her teeth unsupervised (although checking on him or her every now and then is probably still a good idea).
This is another important transitional time for your children’s oral health. Your child will start losing his or her baby teeth at this time.
Hopefully, your family has already been making regular visits to Lapalco Family Dental for exams and cleanings, but it’s particularly important now. We want to monitor your child’s tooth development closely.
As the baby teeth fall out and the permanent teeth start coming in, we will watch for any problems and recommend treatments, if needed, to minimize the orthodontic care your child may need later.
The Teenage Years
Hopefully, your teenager will be self-motivated to brush and floss every day.
Around age 13, you child will have most of his or her permanent teeth. This is the right time to look into orthodontic care if any is needed.
You son or daughter’s wisdom teeth could erupt in their later teen years. We’ll also watch how they erupt and take action if they become impacted.
A few more things to keep in mind, we also offer sealants, which we can place over your children’s molars. These are the teeth most likely to develop cavities, and sealants are an added layer of defense against the bacteria that cause cavities.
You may want to take advantage of our fluoride treatments, too. Fluoride can strengthen the protective enamel on your children’s teeth.
And last but not least, if your children play high-impact sports, then they should be wearing athletic mouthguards during practices and games to protect against injuries.
Dental Care For Your Family
Your children are the most important people in your life. Remember to brush and floss every day and to schedule visits to Lapalco Family Dental for regular cleanings and examinations.
To make an appointment at our dentist office in Marrero, LA, call 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form.
July 10, 2015
It’s that time of year again where just about every kid in the country is jumping for joy! Summer break couldn’t come fast enough this year. Now that we’re in the midst of summer relaxation, we want to take some time to discuss some common problems we see for kids’ smiles during summer break.
Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy the freedom and excitement as much as anyone, but we see kids really struggling with oral health during the summer months. It might not seem like a big deal to get lax during this time, but there can be a significant impact for your child’s smile.
Let’s spend some time talking about how you can help your child maintain a healthy, happy smile this summer. We hope you can take some of our ideas and make them your own for your family! Let’s get started.
Creating a Summer Routine
The real problem at hand during the summer months is that the school routine is gone. For kids whose parents work, the routine might not change a lot, but it still changes. Kids who stay at home often see a huge shift in routine. With that shift comes a loss of habit. That’s one reason why kids often struggle to keep their teeth healthy during the summer. Here are some ways to fix that.
Set Phone Reminders – Kids aren’t the only ones who forget! Having the kids home throws your routine off, as well. Set a phone reminder to help you all remember that oral hygiene needs to happen as a part of your new loose schedule.
Encourage Great Oral Hygiene – When you see your kids doing an excellent job, be sure to applaud and encourage them! This goes a long way in the development of independent oral hygiene routines.
Make an Appointment – Use this time to come see us. It’s a great way to help your child remember that oral health matters!
Protect Teeth From Summer Habits
Aside from the change in routine, we also see an increase in bad habits during the summer. We aren’t thinking as much about eating healthy foods for three meals a day, and kids diets often go into a summer party phase! Take a look at some common culprits and what you can do to avoid problems!
Sugary Treats – Popsicles, ice cream, candy, oh my! Summertime is full of sweet treats for your little ones. It’s ok to have treats, but put a limit on how much is going on. Also, help your kids remember the importance of caring for their teeth after a lot of sugar.
Starchy Snacks – Your snack cabinet is probably struggling to keep up with those growing kids! Common snack foods, like chips, crackers, and pretzels seem like a good idea, but the starches in those snacks can really stick to your child’s teeth and lead to decay down the road.
Sugar-Filled Beverages – Juice, soda, and sports drinks can be fun treats during the summer, but just as with the sweet treats, limit the amount your kids have access to, and practice good oral hygiene habits.
Make an Appointment!
As we mentioned above, this is a great time to make an appointment for your kids to come into the office. We would love to see them! While they are here, we will complete the following procedures to ensure that your child has a happy, healthy smile!
Cleaning – A good dental cleaning goes a long way. We will remove harmful bacteria and plaque from your child’s smile. This will prevent decay, but it will also give your child’s smile a boost in confidence!
Exam – A thorough look at your youngster’s smile is really important, especially as he is losing and growing teeth. The structure of his mouth is changing rapidly, and we want to be able to keep an eye on that!
Prevention – We also provide prevention for kids who need a little bit of extra protection. Fluoride treatments or dental sealants can keep your child’s smile happy and healthy for years to come.
Contact Our Office Today!
Don’t let the summer pass you by without coming into the office for exams and cleanings for your entire family! We are here and ready to have some fun with the kiddos. Contact our office today to set up an appointment for everyone. We can’t wait to see you all very soon!