Kevin Shively, DMD, PLLC Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
August 10, 2023
The beginning of fall is a busy time of year. With kids getting ready to return to school, parents are in a rush to stock up on school supplies while making sure that physicals and immunizations are in order. Before you get caught up in the back-to-school stampede yourself, take care to see that everyone’s dental health is off to a good start for the new year. In addition to keeping on top of dental checkups, here’s what you need to know about practicing good oral hygiene for this academic season.(more…)
July 10, 2023
Water—you need it to survive. It facilitates many functions, and it makes up roughly 60 percent of your body. Unfortunately, according to the National Institute of Health, about 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. During the hot summer months, more than any other time of year, staying hydrated is especially important.
Some signs of dehydration are pretty clear, while others are more subtle. So how can you tell if you need more water? Look out for these indications!(more…)
June 9, 2023
Summer is finally here, and now that kids are out of school families are all going on vacation. It can almost feel like summertime is an escape from the rest of your life, but the truth is that you’re as susceptible as ever to all kinds of oral health issues.
That means that you need to do a couple of things to maintain your oral health during this summer vacation. Here are a few things you’ll probably need to keep in mind.(more…)
May 23, 2023
You’ve been counting down the days until you pack up and go on summer vacation. Needless to say you’ve been looking forward to it for a long time, and you want everything to be perfect. In addition to making all the travel arrangements, there are a few other things you need to take care of before you leave—like having someone watch your dog or feed your fish and putting in your time-off paperwork.
One must-do task is making sure you’re up-to-date with your dental checkups and cleanings. What are the benefits of having this kind of visit before going on vacation? Read on to find out!(more…)
April 30, 2023
Tax season is almost over, which means you’ve probably received your refund. If the extra cash is burning a hole in your pocket, don’t blow it on a big-ticket item or lavish shopping spree. Instead, invest in yourself by improving your smile. Here are 3 ways to achieve healthy teeth and gums using your tax refund.
March 5, 2023
A spring cleaning is an opportunity to clear the cobwebs off of something that you’ve been neglecting. For many people, oral health is one of those things. It’s recommended that you see your dentist bi-annually for routine preventive care, but some people have trouble making a habit of that.
If that’s you, here are a few reasons you should consider having your dentist give your teeth a spring cleaning.(more…)
February 24, 2023
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it may be a good idea to get your partner a gift that will show them you care about not only them, but their health. The typical assorted chocolates and wine can be pretty rough on the teeth, which means what you could really be giving your partner is a future filled with dental bills!
If you want to give your spouse a gift that won’t break their heart or their teeth, here are some ideas for dentist-approved Valentine’s Day gifts.(more…)
January 19, 2023
With the new year comes a fresh start; a blank slate to start good habits and leave unhealthy ones in the past. So, if you’ve stopped flossing daily, you haven’t visited your dentist in over six months, and you can’t even remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, don’t get discouraged – now is the time to turn over a new leaf. With this in mind, keep reading for five New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier smile.(more…)
December 16, 2022
Your home is decorated for the holidays and your family’s stockings are hung by the fireplace, which means you’re thinking about the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Candy canes, taffy, and other sweet treats are staples of the season, but they can mean bad news for your family’s smiles. The holidays don’t have to come back to haunt their dental health. Here are 3 smile-friendly stocking stuffers everyone in your family will enjoy.
November 3, 2022
For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think about Thanksgiving is all of the great food! But you’ll still want to be a little careful; as delicious as many of these foods and drinks are, you should nevertheless take steps to protect your smile and ensure its health and beauty. Here are some tips from your dentist in Lubbock to make your Thanksgiving a little more tooth-friendly!(more…)