Out with the old….

I can’t believe 2016 is coming to an end. This year has flown by personally and professionally. The last time I looked up, it seems we were opening up the Plainview location and seeing our first patients in the new office. That was almost 7 months ago!

As I look back on this year, I am thankful for my beautiful family, my fantastic staff, and of course our family of patients. I literally would be lost without any of you, and I am thankful for each and everyone that I get to interact with on a daily basis.

We have had our trials and tribulations with the transition into an additional location, but I think we are starting to move at full speed and I am excited to see what the future holds for all of us.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for a wonderful 2016. I am blessed beyond measure. Have a wonderful beginning to 2017 and we hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,
Brian Herring

West Texas Dental Associates – Plainview, Texas

 

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Well we have finally finished up our newest office.  We had a few hiccups here and there, but we opened the doors in Plainview.

I decided on Plainview for several reasons, but most importantly were the ties we had to the community.  Dr. Phillips was orginally from Plainview and we see several patients from there in Lubbock.  Secondly, my wife, Lindley was born and raised in Plainview, so we naturally have several friends and family members in the community.

I think everyone will really enjoy the office, we are completely digital and paper”less”.  The citizens of Plainview can experience the newest dental technologies available today.  Right now, we are able to perform almost every procedure in Plainview that we can do in Lubbock.  As we progress and grow, we will have all services available in Plainview.  We are still functional in Lubbock and will continue to operate in our main office with little or no disruption to our patients. If all goes well, we will be looking for additional dentists in the future.

We have a wonderful team assembled to take care you!  If you have a chance, go by the office and say hello to Senee`.   She is our do everything up there, but most importantly she is the dental hygienist extraordinaire!  The best part  is she was born and raised in Lockney, Texas and is a fellow Red Raider.   You will love her.   We are keeping it local because we believe in West Texas!

We are greatful and proud of the opportunity to serve the community and citizens of Plainview and I hope that we can see you!  Give us a call at 806-221-2240 for your appointment.

We really appreciate every single one of our patients and friends of the practices in Lubbock and Plainview.  You are a blessing to us.

Brian Herring

Halloween

Halloween is upon us and the children are getting excited for ghouls, goblins, and treats.  If your kids are like mine, they tend to over indulge in all those sweet treats after they return home from a successful trick or treat excursion.  Parents, we all know that sugar and candy are bad for our kids, but it sure is hard to say “No”.  Here are few tips that will allow your children to enjoy Halloween, and protect their teeth from damage.

1.  Inspect the candy thoroughly to make sure there are no opened packages, defective candies, or suspicious treats.  Dispose of these immediately.

2.  Have your child pick out their favorite types of treats.  Dispose of the treats that your child doesn’t like.  If they like them all, have them choose their favorites that they are going to eat.  You can offer prizes, money, or other incentives for the treats our children chose to give up.

3.   Set aside 1-2 candy eating sessions in the next couple of days.  Limit their exposure to sugars and acids to single settings.  Snacking on less candy for longer periods of time actually does more damage to the teeth, than eating lots of candy in short amount of time.  When choosing this option, be reasonable in the amount you allow your children to consume.

4.  Skip sugary and acidic drinks (juices, sodas, gatorade, etc) during halloween.  Water or milk will help neutralize the acids and return the mouth to a more regular pH.

5.  Don’t forget to brush and floss before bedtime.  Adding a fluoride rinse such as ACT will hep re-mineralize teeth and help prevent cavities

 

The link below has some wonderful safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control .

Halloween Safety Tips from the CDC

 

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

 

Brian Herring, DDS

October is Dental Hygiene Month

The American Dental Hygiene Association has designated October as National Dental Hygiene Month.  They are promoting the Daily 4 for better oral health.  Their program involves brushing 2x daily, flossing daily, using an anti-microbial mouth rinse and chewing sugar free gum.  These recommendations are fantastic!  I applaud the Association for educating and increasing awareness for oral health, however, I want to encourage all of you to take this a few steps further.

Along with your daily routine, I would advise that you see your dentist or find a dentist to evaluate your teeth and supporting oral tissues.   If its been awhile, please don’t continue to put this off any longer.  Most dental problems can be treated economically, comfortably, and with minimal invasion if caught early through regular visits.

I also encourage everyone to check out Dr. Ellie Phillips’ website www.drellie.com.  I was introduced to Dr. Ellie’s program through Dr. Ron Phillips, the previous owner of our practice.  I have also had the pleasure of meeting her during her visit to Lubbock a few years ago.  Her passion for for oral health is contagious.  This oral home care program that she developed is the single best thing we have implemented for the patients in our practice.  Every patient that implements this program shows dramatic improvement in gum health, fewer cavities, fewer failing restorations, less plaque and tartar, and an overall better feeling about their oral health.  The goal of our practice is to provide you with the tools to achieve the absolute best oral health.  Yes, we need to intervene at times, but offering a preventive and maintenance program that will help you prevent future problems is the foundation of our practice.  When I first tell patient’s about the benefits of the program and it comes out of a book titled “Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye”, they seem shocked that I would suggest this to them.  Doctor means “to teach” in Latin.  If we can educate our patients on ways to stay out of our chairs, then essentially, I have done the ultimate job of being a dentist.  Does your dentist do this?  If not, find one that will provide you the tools to help yourself and your mouth.  Don’t wait another minute, incorporate this into your daily routine now!

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Brian Herring, DDS