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Why Do You Need an Athletic Mouthguard?

Many teeth are broken or lost in athletic events.  These accidents can be prevented if people wear an acceptable athletic mouthguard.  There is a tendency to purchase inexpensive mouthguards thinking that these protective appliance are adequate

Unfortunately, the advice about wearing mouthguards come mainly from coaches, friends, and family, and not from the dentist.

  • Up to 30% of oral trauma is from sporting events. Most children and youth participate in sporting events while they are in primary or secondary school.  Many of these sports involve bodily contact.
  • Only a few sports mandate mouthguards. These sports include football, boxing, field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse.
  • Ball sports and stick-and-ball sports are responsible for most oral-facial injuries in sports.
  • Significant risk sports for oral-facial injuries are soccer, football, rugby, cycling, basketball, wrestling, hockey, cricket and baseball, martial arts, boxing,
  • Although mouthguards of various types are worn by participants during sporting events, there are still many mouth injuries because the lower-cost stock mouthguards and boil-and-bite mouthguards are not effective.

What are the most adequate mouthguard?

  1. Stock Mouthguards are bulky and have no retention to teeth.  They must be held in place by biting on them.  Dental and medical experts do not recommend these types of mouthguards and they should not be used.
  2. Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards are available in limited sizes and often do not cover posterior teeth.  They are often modified by wearers, further reducing their effectiveness.  These are not very effective in preventing injuries.
  3. Custom Vacuum-Made Mouthguards are usually made in a dental office.  the dental staff take an impression of the teeth and the mouthguard us made in the office using a vacuum processing device.  These provide custom fit and are better than the Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards
  4. Custom Thermoformed Laminated Mouthguards are made by a dental lab after the dentist takes an impression in the office.  These moutguards can come in a variety of thicknesses.  They will not distort over time or exposed to high heat (like leaving it in the car on a hot day).  Can be for any age sport, level of competition or past injury.  Typically last about 2 years.  These are the most adequate protective mouthguard for sports.

Please take a moment to consider investing in a highly protective atheltic mouthguard.  Although the dentist made and lab made types are more expensive, they are cheaper then the cost of the dental and medical treatment needs after an injury has occurred.

For more information on this, an the other services we offer, please contact us or call 281-579-7222



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Childrens Oral Health

Childrens Oral Health:

Any parent wants their child to be comfortable with themselves and confident. Having a bright, healthy smile is a part of that, and Dr. Estler knows it. Going in for check-ups are imperative for children, because as they grow into adulthood, so do their teeth. Along the way there could be one or two bumps in the road, and Dr. Estler would be there to fix it.

With problems like crooked or gapped teeth, Dr. Estler has the solutions with the best results dealing with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Children have the fun in picking out the color of the braces, while the staff and Dr. Estler enjoy making them feel welcome and happy, leaving with a happier smile.

Dr. Estler has had his practice since 1989 with a doctorate in in dental surgery. Graduating from the University of Texas Dental branch in Houston in 1987, he has long been a part of giving patients the best and efficient care when dealing in orthodontics.

For cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Estler offers a variety of options to give you the brightest smile out there. Dental whitening and porcelain veneers are two things offered at the practice.

Braces are a big thing for children, especially in middle school. The time of change most certainly applies to teeth as well. Not only will straight teeth give children confidence, but keep the teeth healthier. There are many different options out there for braces that best suit a child. Speed braces straighten teeth in approximately half the time traditional braces do. If someone prefers not to have a metal bracket, there are clear brackets, to make the look less noticeable. To go a step further, for the people that do not like the idea of brackets all together, Dr. Estler offers E-Aligners that are known as an invisible braces option.

With so many options the practice offers, it becomes a stress free experience for both the parent and child to find what is best suited for their individual needs.

For more information visit our contact page, or give us a call at 281-579-7222

910 South Fry Road Katy, Texas 77450

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Oral Cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012.The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.

During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
tongue cancerThe symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
·         sores that bleed easily or do not heal
·         a thick or hard spot or lump
·         a roughened or crusted area
·         numbness, pain or tenderness
·         a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down

Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.

Keeping your mouth healthy during treatment:
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the first thing you should do before beginning cancer treatment is to see your dentist. After your treatment begins, be sure to check your mouth every day for sores or other changes.
Other NIDCR tips to keep your mouth moist:
·         Keep your mouth moist.
·         Drink a lot of water.
·         Suck ice chips.
·         Use sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy.
·         Use a saliva substitute to help moisten your mouth.
Tips for cleaning your mouth:
·         Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue with an extra-soft toothbrush after every meal and at bedtime. If it hurts, soften the bristles in warm water.
·         Use a fluoride toothpaste.
·         Use the special fluoride gel that your dentist prescribes.
·         Don’t use mouthwashes with alcohol in them.
·         Floss your teeth gently every day. If your gums bleed and hurt, avoid the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing your other teeth.
·         Rinse your mouth several times a day with a solution of 1/4 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt in one quart of warm water. Follow with a plain water rinse.
·         Dentures that don’t fit well can cause problems. Talk to your cancer doctor or dentist about your dentures.
If you have any questions contact Dr Carl Estler at 281-579-7222 or Visit our website SmileLikeTheStars.com
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Fly over Katy with Dr Carl Estler


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Meet Our Hygienists

Cynthia is our Senior Registered Dental Hygienist.  She was been working with Dr. Estler for over 12 years.  Cynthia is an alumnus of the University of Texas Dental Branch receiving an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene then returning to school at Texas Women’s University in Denton to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.  Her dedication to dental health led her to a position with Houston Independent School District.  There, Cynthia developed and coordinated the dental health education for the entire school district.  She visited all the schools to promote dental hygiene and conduct dental health screenings.  Cynthia is dedicated to dental health, periodontal health, and systemic health with a special commitment to children and teens.  Cynthia is the recipient of the 2007 Distinction in Dental Hygiene Award and is listed in the 2012 Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.  She is a certified CPR instructor and conducts classes when not treating patients at our office.  Her special interests include: reading, arts & crafts, knitting & crochet, quilting, decorating, and “boot camp” style exercise.  Cynthia, her husband, and 3 daughters are active members in their church and community outreach programs that serve much of the Houston area.

Amanda joined our staff as a Registered Dental Hygienist recently, but she is not new to our practice.  After working as a dental hygiene assistant at our office, she left for 2 years to attend the Utah College of Dental Hygiene.  We were honored that she wanted to return to Katy to work for us even though much of her family is located in Utah.  As a new graduate, she has been trained in the latest techniques and equipment used for preventive dental care.  Her practice goal is to help all her patient achieve better health and wellness.  Amanda enjoys cycling, sewing, quilting, knitting and spending time with her husband.

Contact Dr Carl Estler and his staff on 281-579-7222

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Want to avoid cavities? Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, flossing once a day, and limiting sugary snacks and beverages is how you do it. It’s simple but sometimes life gets busy and you might be tempted to skip it. Don’t. A bright smile makes you feel good inside and out. Make sure to see your dentist every 6 months for a checkup too.

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Brushing Is Fun When Done Together!

Contact Dr Carl Estler for any further information on 281-579-7222

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Early Orthodontic Intervention

I often get questioned by parents in my practice asking why some children are treated with braces before all the adult teeth have come in. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be evaluated for potential orthodontic problems no later than 7 years of age.

All children develop differently and at different rates, but by the age of 7 a dentist can evaluate the upper and lower jaw growth, the bite (or way the teeth come together) and the emerging teeth to detect problems that can easily corrected with early orthodontic treatment. While your child’s teeth may appear straight at the time, there can be developmental problems occurring that will become more difficult to correct as the child continues to grow.

Early treatment allows the dentist to address developmental problems at an age where he can guide the growth of the upper and lower jaw. If treatment is started at a later age, it may not be possible to correct the developmental defect and will make the orthodontic treatment more complicated.

Early treatment allow for:

  1. Guiding the growth or expanding the jaws
  2. Lowering the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  3. Correcting harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking
  4. Improved appearance
  5. Straight teeth in the least amount of time
  6. A correct profile

Problems to watch for in growing children include: early or late loss of baby teeth, difficulty chewing or biting food, mouth breathing, speech problems, biting the cheek or roof of the mouth, facial imbalance, grinding or clenching the teeth, bite problems (the teeth do not appear to come together correctly), crowding of the adult teeth, and adult teeth that appear to have come in sideways or backwards.

Once evaluated by the dentist, a treatment recommendation will be made. Every case is unique and many times treatment does not need to be started early.

I offer a no-cost consultation for orthodontic treatment at my office. If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth, please contact us to schedule an appointment by calling 281-579-7222.

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