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Why Smith and Cole?

In the Austin area you have many choices when selecting a dentist. You want a doctor who is experienced, caring, and easy to talk to. You want the practice to have friendly and caring staff as well as a modern clean clinic. At Smith and Cole you’ll get all this and more. Our staff is dedicated to serving your entire family. Our doctors care about you as a person and listen to your concerns and address them in easy to understand terms and language. They are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have at each visit. Our staff loves their jobs and it shows in the level of expertise and courtesy they show each and every visitor. At Smith and Cole it is our people who make the difference.

Caring and Experienced Doctors

Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole both attended Abilene Christian University for their undergraduate work. They received their Doctorate degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Both doctors have participated in several missions trips abroad and are dedicated to their faith in God. They live in the area with their wives and families.

Dr. Kristin Soileau completed her Advanced General Dentistry in the US Army. She spent the first seven years of her career serving in the Army and has been at Smith and Cole Dentistry for two years. She has participated in several mission trips and is an active member of her church. She lives in the area with her husband and children.

Dr. Albert Ouellette recently retired from the US Air Force after serving for 21 years. He is a Board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS) and completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry program in 1995, and his OMFS residency in 2003. He is now a member of the Smith and Cole Dentistry Family and thanks God for the opportunities provided to him. He lives in the area with his wife and children and is an active member of his church and loves to participate in mission trips.

Compassionate and Skillful Staff

We feel we have the best team available, it’s that simple. Our staff is dedicated to your comfort and oral health and this shows in the level of compassion and care you receive from the moment you are greeted to the time you check out. Many of our staff have been in the dentistry field for many years. They are skilled and experienced with the latest in dental technology and practices to give you the most up to date and pain free treatments. Once you visit our practice you will see it is truly our people who set Smith and Cole Dentistry apart from every other dentistry practice in the area.

Call or contact us today and schedule a visit to our practice. We’d love to meet you and your family and show you around. We’re confident you’ll see and feel the difference here and make Smith and Cole Dentistry your home for all your dental needs.

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Why Do I Need to See the Dentist Every 6 Months?

2015-04-20 04.12.08-1Your dental health is directly related to your overall wellbeing. Studies show a link to a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Your dental health also has an impact on how you feel about yourself. If you have a bright white smile then you will have more confidence. At Smith and Cole Dentistry we recommend you visit one of our dentists every six months. This is an important step for not only healthy teeth and gums, but toward your overall health as well.

The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health

Many people don’t realize the health of your mouth affects your entire body. According to the Mayo Clinic studies have shown a direct link between your overall health and the health of your mouth. Your mouth naturally contains bacteria. Good oral hygiene is important to keep the harmful bacteria at bay. Periodontal disease and tooth decay are painful enough, but they can also be contributing factors to serious conditions such as heart disease. If your health is compromised and you have a weak immune system, good oral hygiene and regular checkups are vital.

Cancer Screening

Oral cancer affects over 40,000 Americans each year. If caught early during a routine visit, the survival rate is very high. Oral cancer can affect the gums, tongue, soft palette, lips, cheek lining, and jaw. When you have regular dental visits, your doctor will perform routine cancer screening which can catch the symptoms of oral cancer before the disease progresses. If you have a sore that won’t heal, red or white patches inside our mouth, difficulty speaking or swallowing, or if your teeth shift be sure to ask your dentist about oral cancer screening  as these are all symptoms.

Healthy Smiles

Besides good at home oral hygiene the number one way to keep your smile bright and white is with regular visits to your dentist. At a checkup the doctor will examine your teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken and the doctor will discuss your overall health and medications with you. If any problems are found they can be addressed before they become painful and expensive to fix. For example, if you have a cavity starting to form the doctor will identify it and address it while it is in the early stages. If you wait the problem could progress to the need for a root canal or extraction.

Regular dental visits are also very important for children. Since their adult teeth are forming beneath their baby teeth, their oral health will affect the condition and strength of their adult teeth when they come in. Doctors recommend beginning regular dental checkups on your child as soon as their teeth start to erupt through their gums.

Don’t take chances with your health. Call or contact Smith and Cole Dentistry today and set up a schedule of regular visits. We want you to have the best smile possible, and with checkups every six months your smile will be bright and white.

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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a common disease and studies show over half of American adults over 30 have some form of it. The name of the disease comes from “peri” which means around, and “dontal” which refers to the teeth. Periodontal disease is the infection of the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the alveolar bone, and the periodontal ligament structures of your mouth. If left untreated periodontal disease can cause the loss of teeth.

Early Stages

Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis and in the early stages affects only the gums. Bacteria in the mouth form a sticky substance known as plaque. This plaque forms not only on the surface of the teeth, but under the gum line. Your body tries to get rid of the plaque by releasing substances that attack the gums. This can lead to inflamed and bleeding gums – gingivitis. If the plaque is not removed it hardens and become tartar. This is a very hard substance and can only be removed by a professional cleaning.

Advanced Cases

Once the gums are affected the inflammation will spread to the other structures in your mouth, particularly under the gum line and into the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. Left untreated the bacteria form pockets of inflammation and infection which further attack the gums and teeth.  As the infection spreads the pockets get deeper and more damage is done. In very advanced cases periodontal disease can affect your jawbone and cause bone loss and loss of teeth.

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

The only way to treat periodontal disease is by visiting your dentist for treatment. He or she will remove the plaque and damaged tissues on the teeth and under the gum line. This can be done surgically or with a Lanap laser.

With a Lanap laser only the affected tissues are removed. No healthy tissue is removed and your healing time is much faster than with scalpel surgery. Each laser has seven settings which react to a specific type of tissue making the Lanap laser an effective tool in treating periodontal disease.

Don’t suffer any longer with inflamed or bleeding gums. Call or contact Smith and Cole dentistry today and ask about our innovative treatments for periodontal disease and get the smile you deserve.

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