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    Are Childhood Cavities Inevitable?

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    Parents who want their children to develop healthy habits know that they need to set the example. The “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach does not instill confidence in children.

    If we want our child to exercise, we should get off the couch ourselves. If we want our child to select an apple when he wants an afternoon snack, we better not be snacking on chips and cookies. If we routinely stay up until 1:00 a.m, our adolescent will probably not learn the importance of recharging their physical and mental batteries with restorative sleep.

    What about healthy oral habits? Do our children see us brush carefully after meals? Do our children find water bottles in our car cup holders or empty sports drink cans? Do we schedule twice-yearly dental visits for ourselves and our kids? Do we wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports? Do we floss every night?

    Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common childhood health problem in Texas – after the common cold? If you have a newborn or toddler, you have a wonderful opportunity to establish daily habits for lifelong oral health.

    If every pre-teen in your  neighborhood has at least a few fillings, it may seem that cavities are inevitable. At Hyatt Family Dental, we don’t believe this common notion. There is much you can do to keep your young child’s baby teeth and adult teeth cavity-free.

    In fact, there are important things to do even before your baby’s first teeth erupt. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Wipe milk or formula off their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding. Don’t let your infant drink juice all day. If you want your baby or toddler to drink between meals, water is just fine.

    When should you bring in your toddler for their first dental check-up? The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday.

    If your children are older and have had a lot of cavities, don’t give up. It is never too late to improve daily habits to keep teeth healthy. Even if your upbringing didn’t include an emphasis on oral hygiene, you can set your own traditions starting today.

    I am doctor Clinton Hyatt of Hyatt Family Dental. I am passionate about oral health for the entire family. I advise parents about tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, orthodontia, and much more.

    My courteous dental team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are looking for a child-friendly dentist in the Hurst area, we invite you to schedule a pediatric dental appointment by calling 817-500-4228 .


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental: 817-500-4228

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


    Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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    Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are indispensable for a high quality of life and overall health. Folks who notice dentures know what I’m talking about.

    Undoubtedly, dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not problem free. Your mouth provides multiple basic functions, each of which can be impaired by the hassles of dentures.

    Dentures can make it challenging to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe– and it doesn’t get more basic than that.

    Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an unusually versatile customized replacement for dentures.

    Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, assembling a durable base for an over denture.

    Here is the process:

    1. Examination and Assessment
    During your first visit, your dentist will take x-rays and analyze your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist will evaluate options with you and together you will create a treatment plan.

    2. Implant Placement
    A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

    3. Integration
    Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to construct an extremely tough foundation for the final restoration. It takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its incredible magic.

    4. Final Restoration
    Whether your last step is a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist will work with the lab to manufacture a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are practically indistinguishable from former teeth.

    Dental implant patients of all ages are delighted with the improved quality of life implants deliver.

    Are breathing, speaking, eating, tasting, and laughing important to you? Call us to schedule a consultation.


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental: 817-500-4228

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


    Limit Sugar For Healthier Hurst Kids

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    Every health-conscious  parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities for kids–and plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages.

    Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high calorie content, many Hurst parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Obviously, there is a lot of sugar in bubble gum, lollipops, and gummy candy. But there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

    Here are some popular kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

    yogurt covered raisins
    fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
    rice cakes
    many brands of yogurt including the hand-held type
    juice drinks
    flavored milk
    barbecue sauce
    fruit smoothies
    cereal bars

    Controlling sugar intake in your child’s diet is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks at your market, convenience store or recreation center snack bar, read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

    Sugar is only one diet component that impacts kids’ oral health. If your son’s or daughter’s diet is lacking key vitamins and minerals, the tissues in their mouth may have trouble fighting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease.

    At Hyatt Family Dental, we provide high-quality childrens’, general, and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the Texas communities of Hurst, East Euless, and North Richland Hills. The team at Hyatt Family Dental pampers our youngest patients. If you have a toddler who has not visited a dentist, call us today to schedule a first-time dental check-up. Our number is 817-500-4228 .


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental: 817-500-4228

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


    Healthy Habits To Keep You Smiling

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    In today’s post, we will focus on critical behaviors that impact oral health. Of course, effective brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to preserve a healthy smile.

    Diet Do’s

    • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
    • Do enjoy calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are dangerous to enamel.

    Diet Don’ts

    • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar results in the production of dangerous cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to dental caries.
    • Don’t snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
    • Don’t chew on ice. (It really can chip teeth.)
    • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are dangerous to teeth.

    Other Important Tips

    • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
    • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
    • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
    • If you have children, speak with doctor Hyatt about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
    • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
    • If you have an eating disorder – seek professional help promptly. Bulimia and anorexia are extremely damaging to teeth. (Not to mention the toll they take on the heart and other organs.)

    We urge all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that advances dental health as well as overall physical health. At Hyatt Family Dental, we serve the Hurst area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, dental crowns and dental bridges.


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental: 817-500-4228

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


    Let That Winning Smile Shine

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    Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth in the 76053 zip code area? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

    Such irregularities are usually easy to repair, reverse or bypass and with few exceptions a smart smile makeover move! Everyone in Hurst wants a winning smile.

    Call for a consultation today! 817-500-4228

    A Brighter, Whiter Smile

    The friendly staff at Hyatt Family Dental have outstanding, professional experience dating back to 2011. Let them review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

    Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and orthodontics when you need us. See https://hyattfamilydental.com/blog/ for more information.

    A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with Dr. Clinton Hyatt and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would equal the same results from the dentist? Affordable dentistry is available.

    Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth.

    Smooth, consistent color
    Straighter, uniform positioning
    Proportional tooth size
    Gum appearance
    Lack of chips and cracks

    Get clear, manageable answers about veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign braces, tooth implants, crowns and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, the cost of dental crowns, the cost of teeth whitening, the price for porcelain veneers, dental bridges or dental implants – just ask the experts at Hyatt Family Dental!

    Located at 8711 Bedford Euless Rd, Hurst, Texas 76053. We’re happily accepting patients from Hurst as well as Bedford, East Euless, and North Richland Hills. For dependable, responsive care, Clinton Hyatt DDS is ready. Let’s explore the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental: 817-500-4228

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


    What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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    If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

    Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has transpired.

    An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its previous dimension.

    The procedure begins with a extensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to precisely fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and protect the vulnerable area.

    Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to carry out the process.

    Inlays and onlays protect the tooth from further damage, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

    Dr. Clinton Hyatt has been restoring teeth since 2011 for patients of all ages. Hyatt Family Dental is located in Hurst. We also treat patients from the surrounding communities of East Euless, North Richland Hills, and Bedford. Our dental services include cosmetic dentistry, and porcelain veneers. Make your appointment today!


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental: 817-500-4228

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


    Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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    When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time. The last of the permanent teeth come in, providing young men and women with their “adult smile.” Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be corrected with orthodontia, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

    Bad Habits

    Sometimes, teens develop habits that are detrimental to their teeth. They often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and how it affects lifelong oral health. Tooth decay in adolescence can cause recurring dental problems later on.

    Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders also contribute to tooth decay. Bulimia causes enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly advise parents to intervene if they suspect their teen has an eating disorder.

    Poor Diet

    The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Many teenagers decrease their calcium intake – a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

    Tobacco and Illegal Drugs

    Tobacco and illegal drug use increases the risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely dangerous. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

    Improper Brushing and Flossing with Braces

    Teens undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help youth with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

    Make sure your teenager receives twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Hyatt can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following vital guidelines for adolescent oral health:

    Teens should drink fluoridated water.
    Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
    Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
    Teens should floss daily.1

    To schedule a comprehensive teen dental examination and cleaning, call Hyatt Family Dental at 817-500-4228 . The team of friendly dental professionals at Hyatt Family Dental is dedicated to oral health for Hurst area patients of all ages.

    1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental: 817-500-4228

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


    A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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    Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for whimps. Though some challenges seniors face can’t be avoided, others can. Dental issues, for instance.

    Many dental problems common among Hurst retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

    With modern cosmetic dentistry at Hyatt Family Dental, mature men and women can have an outstanding smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

    At Hyatt Family Dental in Hurst, we pamper our revered patients. We offer comprehensive general and revolutionary cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers.

    If you live in Hurst, East Euless, North Richland Hills, or Hurst, call 817-500-4228 to schedule an exam and consultation. You can talk to us about porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored fillings, implant-supported dentures, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

    Contact Hyatt Family Dental:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas

    Mouthwash Facts In Hurst

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    Hi, I am doctor Clinton Hyatt.  Thanks for visiting my Hyatt Family Dental blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Texas residents use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.

    It is important for Texas residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

    If you are one of the Hurst residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But Texas men and women also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

    Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

    At Hyatt Family Dental we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

    In addition to preventative dental care, Hyatt Family Dental offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile talk to Hyatt Family Dental about teeth whitening. Hyatt Family Dental also provide cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers.

    At Hyatt Family Dental we have been improving the smiles of residents in Hurst, Hurst and the surrounding areas since 2011. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

    Contact Hyatt Family Dental:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas

    5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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    1. Protect Your Gums

    It’s not only extreme dental caries that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as detrimental. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning gets rid of the plaque before it can cause the gums to loosen.

    2. Prevent Cavities

    Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can build up. We have many patients who are dutiful brushers but are surprised when our hygienist discovers plaque on their teeth.

    3. Check for Oral Cancer

    The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this sobering news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour – that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1

    4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

    Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many people treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but forget their teeth. At Hyatt Family Dental, we’ve often wondered about this frequent disconnect. Did you know that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes appear to increase with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is significantly influenced when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

    5. It May Be Free

    Many Texas dental insurance plans cover biannual dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most reasonably-priced ways to maintain prime oral health.

    Call 817-500-4228 today to schedule a professional dental cleaning at Hyatt Family Dental in Hurst.


    Contact Hyatt Family Dental:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8711 Bedford Euless Rd
    Hurst, Texas


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