Wisdom Teeth: What are they and why do I need to have them removed? Megan is ready for her wisdom teeth extractions. How do you know if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? Wisdom tooth extraction is an in-office procedure that is performed to remove one or more wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are the four permanent teeth located at the back corners of your mouth. They typically emerge in your late teens or early twenties. These teeth have little or no purpose in chewing and can become problematic. […]
The Christmas holidays bring a season of an abundance of joy, family, stress, the ever-so-loved, once a year candied treats...and, cavities! Specifically, hard candy, otherwise known as boiled sweets, in particular, has a higher concentration of sugar than your typical southern pecan or pumpkin pie. This high concentration of sugar is part of what gives these particular candies their hard characteristic. Peppermints, the ever-famous candy cane, peppermint bark, brittle, toffee, and even the non-sugar-free cough drop you’re still grabbing in social settings from the nagging post-Covid cough are all examples of this hard candy that results in tooth decay. This high concentration of sugar creates the perfect environment for cavities. Not only is there an increased amount of sugar, but the sugar sits for a prolonged time on your teeth while the hard candy melts and dissolves in your mouth, which is another attraction to this type of candy. SUGAR AND CAVITIES Sugar by itself does not create a cavity, but sugar does feed the bacteria that cause cavities. As the bacteria feed on sugar, they produce acid, and it is that acid that eats away at your tooth’s enamel. This erosion of enamel causes tooth sensitivity that is [...]
Dental Phobia … You Are Not Alone Most people experience feelings of nervousness and mild anxiety when considering an appointment with their dentist. However, there are others who experience a dichotomy of conflicting arguments in their heads creating a true phobia when even considering scheduling a dentist appointment. […]
Reader’s Digest Reply: Can You Trust Your Dentist? Dentophobia (Odontophobia), AKA fear of the dentist and dental procedures, is a phobia for people of all ages. This common fear can be strong enough to create physical reactions such as panic attacks and can also lead to other health related issues. According to a 2018 survey by the American Dental Association (ADA), only 15 percent of Americans rate their overall health of their mouth as ‘excellent’ and only 58% of Americans see their dentist at least one time per year. Is dentophobia the culprit that is keeping us away from our dentist, or is there some other less obvious cause hovering over us? Your dentist is your oral health partner; you should be able to rely on his or her knowledge, wisdom, and skill to protect your well-being, prevent disease, and to restore your health and your smile. According to Reader’s Digest (RD), in an article titled, Can You Trust Your Dentist, written in 1997 and updated in January, 2021, (illustrated with the image of a tooth wrapped in caution tape), “…dentistry is less science-based and regulated than other fields. Some patients pay the price.” While admitting that the vast [...]
Dr. Matt is back! The days are filled with planning, building, hiring, training, learning, and praying. Thank you to all who have walked this journey with us. We've put together a quick video of a sneak peek of what is to come at 16044 Hwy. 73, Prairieville, LA 70769!
The journey through cancer has not been an easy one. But, with the help and support of friends and family, Dr. Matt Randall has made it to cancer free and is ready to roll! Thank you so very much for all of the messages, cards, phone calls, and prayers! They carried us this far, and we plan to become your 'go to' dentist in the Prairieville area! Our team welcomes you to become a part of this special dental healthcare family. So, join us on our journey as we open our doors to you. We are located right off of Highway 73 in the heart of Prairieville: 16044 Highway 73, Building 101A. We hope to see you soon~ Photo: Homemade vegan king cake by Nicole Randall and artwork by Maddie Randall!
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