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Notice to patients 3 23 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PATIENTS – 3/23/2020

Dear Patients,

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order directing all licensed health care professionals, including dentists, to postpone until after April 21, 2020 all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who, without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure, would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.  

In order to comply with this order, effective immediately, Active Life Dentistry will be rescheduling all patient appointments that do not meet the stringent criteria described in the Governor’s Order.  Our offices will remain open to treat emergencies and urgent issues as they arise and to answer calls from patients. Our front desk will currently be open from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday, for calls.  That schedule is subject to change as the situation progresses, so please check our website for the most recent information.

If you are currently scheduled for treatment, we will be in contact with you over the coming days to discuss your health status and possibly reschedule your appointment in accordance with the Governor’s Order.  Again, we will continue to see all patients needing emergency or immediate care. If you are in pain, have bleeding or swelling, have a crown come off or have other dental trauma, please call our office to discuss your situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you have a dental emergency or need immediate care during this period, please call our office at 281.970.4000 to schedule. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time,

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Notice to patients regarding COVID-19

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PATIENTS

3/19/20

Dear Patients,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Dental Association have recommended that dentists nationwide postpone routine visits and elective procedures for the next three weeks, in order for dentistry to do its part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to conserve healthcare supplies for the hospitals and other facilities that will need them. That being said, those agencies and the White House have also asked us to continue providing needed and emergency treatment so that urgent care facilities and emergency rooms are not overwhelmed with dental patients. We must do our part as healthcare workers to balance our safety and the safety of our patients while serving the needs of the community as a whole.

From Wednesday afternoon, March 18, through Friday, April 10, all routine hygiene appointments and elective procedures (e.g. teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, etc.) will be rescheduled. If you are currently scheduled for any other treatment, we will be in contact with you over the coming days to discuss your health status, health screening protocols and confirm whether the appointment should be kept or can be rescheduled to a later date. We will continue to see all patients needing emergency or immediate care.

Once all currently scheduled treatment has been completed, our offices will continue to remain open on a limited basis in order to treat emergencies and urgent issues as they arise. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 nationally and within our community and keep you up-to-date regarding our plans to resume business as usual.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you have a dental emergency or need immediate care during this period, please call our office at 281.970.4000 to schedule.

Thank you to our patients for your understanding during this time,

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Love your Smile!!!

As we enter the second month of the New Year, with all the goals written and the self-care underway, it is important to remember all aspects of our health. Our oral health is linked to our systemic health. Oral systemic health is the connection between oral health and overall health. There have been numerous studies that have demonstrated a link between poor oral health and systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even pregnancy complications so keep your teeth clean and your body healthy. Give your teeth the love and attention they deserve by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and always flossing. Using a fluoride mouth rinse and wearing a nightguard can assist you in keeping your smile healthy too. As always, remember to call us at 281.970.4000 to get your dental exams and cleanings to protect that gorgeous smile!

Not only will your oral health benefit your systemic health, but it will have a beneficial effect on your emotional state. Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being. As behavioral psychologist Sarah Stevenson writes, “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” The span of a person’s smile can even predict life span. A 2010 Wayne State University research project studied pre-1950s major league player baseball cards. According to the study, “The researchers found that the span of a player’s smile could actually predict the span of his life. Players who didn’t smile in their pictures lived an average of only 72.9 years, where players with beaming smiles lived an average of almost 80 years.” Is a smile worth seven extra years of life to you? Smiling raises your mood and reduces your stress level, and you may even brighten someone else’s day!

Know the power of your pearly whites. Smile more, worry less.

Dr. Amelia Hartzell DMD

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New Year! New Smile!

As we begin a new year, many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve one’s confidence and appearance. The best way to do this is to fix your smile. Often the first thing people notice about you is your smile, so making a good impression can help how you are perceived by others and how you feel about yourself.
Some people are embarrassed about their smile because of stained, misaligned, or broken teeth. At Active Life Dentistry, we offer many solutions to help all our patients be confident and proud of their smiles. Bleaching or whitening can help simply brighten those coffee or wine stained teeth without harming the structure of the teeth. At-home and in-office bleaching options can help patients start the new year off fresh and bright. Cosmetic cases may also require us to do crowns or veneers to restore a patient to a beautiful and healthy smile.
I have had the pleasure of working with patients that would not even open their lips to show their teeth when they smiled due to broken, discolored, worn down, or stained teeth. I have seen patients’ self-esteem change because of the cosmetic work done including smiling wide and confidently after finishing a smile makeover. As a dentist, I get the opportunity to help patients love their smiles and want to show it off to the world.
If you are not happy with your smile then resolve this year to talk to your Active Life Dentist about the best way to get you smiling big, bright, and healthy again!

Dr. Donald “Chad” Lagaly DDS

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Active Life Dentistry New Dentist Announcement

Active Life Dentistry New Dentist Announcement

CYPRESS, TX – 11/6/2019

Dr. Patterson

Our practice has grown and, in order to continue providing you with the best standard of care, we are bringing on a dentist with a familiar face. We are very excited to welcome back Dr. Trey Patterson to Active Life Dentistry’s Towne Lake location beginning on November 11th!

Dr. Patterson was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Following high school, he attended Texas A&M University where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After college, Dr. Patterson attended the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio where he was actively involved in many dental organizations. He was an active member of the American Student Dental Association and President of Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity. Dr. Patterson graduated cum laude and continued to further his dental training by completing a post-doctoral Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in San Antonio, which allowed him to become certified in IV sedation. When Dr. Patterson is not practicing dentistry, he enjoys hunting, fishing, rooting for his Aggies, and spending time with family and friends.

With the addition of Dr. Patterson, we are delighted to be able to arrange most of our Dentists around “home” locations. Dr. Mason will now be at our Bridgeland location Monday through Thursday. Dr. Lagaly, Dr. Mathew and Dr. Blume will be at our Cypress location Monday through Thursday. Dr. Patterson will be at our Towne Lake location Monday through Thursday. In addition, Dr. Norwood will continue to serve patients at our Jones Road location Monday through Thursday; Dr. Moore will continue to see patients at our Lakewood location on Mondays and Wednesdays and at our Cypress location on Tuesdays; and Dr. Hartzell will continue to see patients at our Jones Road location on Mondays and Wednesdays and at our Lakewood location on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As a reminder, the end of the year is quickly approaching and any unused dental benefits (e.g. dental cleanings) may expire with it. Also, many of you participate in Flexible Spending Accounts with your employer. In many cases, any benefits left in these accounts do not roll over each calendar year. Our team can assist you in preparing for your dental care by discussing your treatment needs and reserving convenient appointment times.

At Active Life Dentistry, your dental health is our number one priority. That means that you look good, you feel good, you have strong teeth and gums, and you enjoy the benefits of a healthy, attractive smile for a lifetime. You can book your next appointment with any of our dentists or hygienists by calling our office at 281.970.4000.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Active Life Dentistry
281.970.4000
www.activelifedentistry.com

P.S. Now is a great time to whiten & brighten your smile for your end of year celebration photos! And, for a limited time, if you refer a friend or family member to us, you can receive a free whitening treatment under our referral program! Once your loved one has completed their first visit with us, you’ll be able to schedule an appointment to receive your complimentary whitening treatment. To learn more about this offer and for terms and conditions, give us a call today.

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Sensitive Teeth?


Almost every person has some form of tooth sensitivity. So what causes sensitivity?

There are three layers to a tooth: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the protective outer layer, the dentin is the softer in between layer, and the pulp is the innermost layer which houses the blood supply and innervation to the tooth. As enamel is worn down, we get closer to the dentin and pulp, which causes us to feel sensitivity or pain because we are closer to the nerve.

There are multiple reasons why the enamel may become compromised. The most common reason for tooth sensitivity is recession. Recession is when the gum has pulled away from the tooth and the root is exposed. Recession can be caused by lack of proper oral hygiene, grinding, and clenching.

Lack of proper oral hygiene causes calculus and plaque to collect on the teeth and at the gum line thereby causing periodontitis. Periodontitis is inflammation of the periodontium, the tissues that surround and support our teeth. This inflammation causes the pockets between our teeth and gums to become deep and the gums to be pushed back exposing tooth structure. This is why brushing and flossing are critical. Brushing helps get rid of plaque and flossing helps strengthen the gums. It’s also possible to brush too hard and consequently push the gums back via abrasion. It is ideal to use a soft bristle toothbrush or electric tooth brush to apply the right amount of pressure. Sonicare and Oral B Electric toothbrushes are approved by the ADA as safe and effective for plaque removal and prevention of gingivitis. Sensodyne toothpastes are another great option for tooth desensitization. They are less abrasive and include ingredients specifically for forming a barrier over sensitive areas and soothing the nerves inside our teeth.

Grinding and clenching cause abfractions and occlusal wear on the teeth. Abfractions are when the tooth appears to have a concave cupping where it meets the gums. Occlusal wear is when the original anatomy of the tooth is lost so that teeth become flat. Most people don’t realize they grind or clench because they often do it while they’re sleeping. Another sign of grinding or clenching is waking up with pain and experiencing even muscular discomfort around the temples. This can be addressed by wearing a night guard.

Other causes of sensitivity include soda swishing, dipping, smoking, bulimia, whitening, acid reflux, and sugary foods. These habits wear down the protective enamel. In addition to brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, mouthwash such as purple Listerine or ACT can supplement the fluoride content to help prevent further wear by strengthening our enamel.

Routinely going to the dentist every 6 months helps both the dentist and patient monitor for signs and symptoms and decide if further treatment is needed to address tooth sensitivity. Call our office today at 281.970.400 to schedule your cleaning and/or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity that causes discomfort.
Dr. Mathew
Active Life Dentistry
281.970.400

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Cavity Prevention

Before one can say how to prevent cavities, let’s take a moment and tell you what they are. In a nutshell, they are holes in teeth due to acid. What is the origin of this acid? Well, the primary source of this tooth-eating acid is bacteria. When bacteria eat the leftover food in our mouth they produce acid. To prevent cavities the first and foremost step is cleaning your teeth of all debris prior to going to sleep; this involves brushing your teeth for a full two minutes (on all surfaces of the teeth) and flossing. Yep, I said flossing. I am a dentist and I hate flossing: it is so slow and boring…..but it works. In my office I get a daily reminder of why I need to do it. Another step can be to reduce the amount of “fun stuff”, i.e. candy, soft drinks, sweet tea, sweet coffee drinks, power drinks, you intake. Not only do these types of “foods” feed the bacteria in your mouth, they also help to create an acidic environment. Finally, a daily rinse with over-the-counter fluoride like ACT or Purple Listerine can help make the teeth less susceptible to decay.

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Guard that Smile! Protect your athlete with a custom mouth guard.

Mouth guards are not just for MMA-style contact sports. Any sport that involves contact or involves the hurling of an object through space has the potential for catastrophic damage to the face and oral structures. During my 21 years of dentistry, some of the most “life changing” cases I have worked with are those involving sports-related injuries and loss of teeth.

Trauma from these injuries can result in either loss of tooth structure or loss of the entirety of the tooth. Losing tooth structure typically requires a full coverage crown. A crown is a procedure that involves contouring the remainder of your tooth and covering with a new shell. This procedure restores the tooth to its original shape and function.

While crowns are durable, they are not expected to last for a lifetime. The lifespan of your crown depends heavily on your oral care and habits. Over time, it may become visually more obvious that it is different than the others. Loss of a tooth can also result in the need of other surgical procedures such as dental implants.

While there are over the counter mouth guards available and these are better than nothing, they do have their limitations. A big concern is often fit to the average mouth. Over the counter mouth guards are not typically big enough to fit all of the teeth and can sometimes be misaligned. At Active Life Dentistry, we are able to fabricate a mouth guard that is custom fit to your mouth with one simple impression. The advantage of the custom fit mouth guards that we offer are that they fit your mouth, protecting not only the teeth but the surrounding oral structures as well. Custom mouth guards can be a strong defense as you or your child take the field to play hard.

Contact Active Life Dentistry at 281.970.4000 today to schedule an appointment for a custom fit mouth guard.

-Chris Blume, DDS

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Back to School with Healthy Smiles


With students heading back to school, along comes the quest to get our kids back on healthy routines to help start back strong. With just over a week left for students in CFISD, there’s no time like the present to make your children’s dental appointment before school starts. The start of school feels like a whirlwind of activity with being pulled in different directions from academics to fall sports starting to different family events. Be able to check one more item off your list and have your children brush up their Back to School Smiles. We have five convenient locations over the Northwest Houston that may offer have same day or next day appointments available depending on your family’s schedule.

With all the comings and goings in the busy Back to School season, comes the quest for healthy afternoon snacks to feed the kiddos in between activities. Encourage healthy eating and drinking. Discuss with our kids about what eating and drinking sugary junk does to their teeth and the damages it causes, both long and short term..It takes the whole family to be on board for this to work; they’re going to be watching you too. The great oral hygiene you’re teaching your children will go a long way both for health reasons and financial savings. Start with small goals. For example, limit sugary juices or drinks for only at certain times, such as once a week or during special celebrations. The rest of the time, swap them out with water or milk that is more beneficial to their oral health. Do something similar with snacks. Instead of cookies, chips, and crackers, encourage them to snack on nuts, veggies and dip, fruits, and cheese. My youngest loves apples with peanut butter.

Kids thrive off of routine, and adults do too. With little time left until school starts back up, start establishing good oral hygiene routines with your family again. Set up a schedule so that your kids know when it’s time to brush and floss. You know your kids best so you know what kind of schedule/calendar/reminder system will work best for them. My own kids love to brush along with the electric toothbrushes and a song.

Active Life Dentistry wishes you and your family a happy and smooth start of another school year. Call us at 281.970.4000 to schedule your child’s back to school dental cleaning today!

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Weather

Due to inclement weather, our offices will close at noon on January 16th. We will have a delayed opening tomorrow, January 17th at 8:45.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will contact you soon to reschedule your appointment.
Please stay safe during this Winter Storm Warning.
Thank you!

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