Be Glad Dr. Ratcliff Has X-Ray Vision

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Have you ever had a dental x-ray? It’s not extremely comfortable. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold a stiff piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while your dentist’s assistant takes x-rays. Is it really required? Absolutely! No question about it. Your dentist can’t see everything that is […]

3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

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1. Lock yourself in a closet. 2. Sew your mouth shut. 3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles. At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at Halloween and other sugar-filled holidays. We encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of […]

Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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Most Arlington adults have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of un-managed stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep. We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many […]

Preventing Facial Injuries

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Facial injuries occur all too often in the Fort Worth area. Mansfield Little Leaguers get hit by inside pitches, Grand Prairie construction workers suffer falls and other accidents at the worksite, and Texas motorists sustain injuries in collisions every single day. Accidents at home can also result in serious injury to the face. Serious facial […]

Gritting Your Teeth: Stress And Your Smile

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Doctors have been telling us for years that stress can increase the risk of everything from high blood pressure to depression. But how often do we think about how stress influences our smile? Here are some dental problems linked to stress. Canker and Cold Sores Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. […]

What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

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Arlington dentists know that a mouth examination can reveal troubles in other parts of the patient’s body. Because many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, dentists often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis when they encounter issues such as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding […]

6 Things You Should Know Before Having Oral Surgery

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When it comes to preparing for oral surgery,  the prized patients of Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are given 6 essential instructions to get them through from start to finish. First, Choose Wisely Understanding the pros and cons of a procedure helps you attain the prime outcome. This important knowledge about your dental experience […]

What Does Your Arlington Dentist Need To Know?

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For optimal dental health, all Arlington, residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for consistent cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also important that you discuss issues related to dental health. Make sure to tell your dentist about any […]

When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the important job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity. […]

Periodontal Disease in Texas

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Periodontal Disease in Texas

Periodontal disease in Texas is more common than you might think, and can be cured with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity. What is periodontal disease? According to this article on Wikipedia, periodontal disease is ‘the name of a collection of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth.’ Periodontal […]