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Lasers: A “Groovy” Tool for Dentists

September 15th, 2020

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we take pride in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest and greatest in dental treatments and technologies. That’s why we think dental “lasers” are truly smashing. And if you’re worried about paying one million dollars, rest assured laser treatments are more accessible and affordable than […]

Can Bleeding Gums Cause a Heart Attack?

August 27th, 2020

What is the Oral-Systemic Link? You’ve always heard that it’s important to take care of your teeth. Brush and floss every day, and see the dentist for good oral health. But did you know that your oral health could directly affect your overall health? And the road goes both ways—problems with your overall health show […]

Baby Teeth: Folklore & Traditions Around the World

August 13th, 2020

What parents do with their children’s baby teeth varies from family to family. Some save them, some throw them away, some make a craft project or a keepsake from them. Recent research is even exploring the possibility of having parents store their children’s baby teeth to preserve mesenchymal stem cell content in the event the […]

Why Wisdom Teeth Are Not So Wise

July 27th, 2020

Most people have had some exposure to the concept of wisdom teeth. Perhaps you have had yours removed, are considering a removal, or Dr. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock, & Dr. Patel have just shown you an X-ray with the dreaded third molars creeping into view. It’s common to hear patients ask how they are removed, but […]

Filling in the Gaps: Restoring Your Smile & Quality of Life

July 13th, 2020

Life is full of unexpected surprises, and while we’d love for all of them to be smile-inducing, that’s not entirely realistic—and there may be many reasons you hide your smile. If you’re hiding your smile because of one or more missing teeth, we want you to know you’re not alone. In fact, 120 million people […]

Cosmetic Dentistry – A Beautiful Smile is a Powerful Thing

June 27th, 2020

There is a law of nature that states: “function follows form.” This saying means that how something appears determines how it works. For example, you may own many screwdrivers of different sizes and shapes (form) to loosen all different kinds of screws (function). Think of a watering can with a long spout that’s perfect for […]

ClearCorrect™: Show Off A Straighter Smile

June 13th, 2020

Thousands of people have straightened their teeth with the ClearCorrect orthodontics system since 2006. Patients love the discreet appearance and easy care of these removable aligners. Treatment begins with an evaluation where Dr. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock, & Dr. Patel takes impressions or scans of your teeth and submits the results to ClearCorrect, which then fabricates […]

What’s a Pulpotomy? Pain Relief for Tiny Teeth

May 27th, 2020

The pulp is found in the center of each tooth and consists of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, which work together to provide oxygen and nutrients that keep them healthy and strong. If one or more teeth suffer a traumatic injury or decay, the pulp can become inflamed or infected. When this happens in a […]

Do You Snore or Have Sleep Apnea? Get MAD!

May 13th, 2020

We don’t mean the emotion, though you just might be feeling it if you or your loved ones have been losing sleep because of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. MAD is the abbreviation for Mandibular Advancement Device, and it’s a type of oral appliance that could help you and your family experience restful sleep again. […]

Diet Soda & Dental Health: What You Need to Know

April 27th, 2020

In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to hear the truth among all the other health-conscious noise. People are frequently misinformed and misled about the health benefits of trends such as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today, Cedar Park dentists Dr. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock, & […]

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