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Dr. Mark A. Simmons

Dentist

Dr. Mark Simmons is a Dentist practicing in La Vernia, Texas. Dr. Simmons specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Mark A. Simmons
  • La Vernia, Texas
  • University of Texas Dental School
  • Accepting new patients

My son's teeth are discoloured. Why?

Yes! The culprit in both is acid. Fruits have citric acid, Sodas usually have phosphoric acid. Both can eat away teeth. Bacteria can also discolor teeth green, orange, white READ MORE
Yes! The culprit in both is acid. Fruits have citric acid, Sodas usually have phosphoric acid. Both can eat away teeth. Bacteria can also discolor teeth green, orange, white and black.
You do not mention how they are discolored or what color they are, so it is hard to pinpoint the reason with the information given.

What is the right age for kids to brush their teeth on their own?

This is going to be on a case by case basis. Most kids have the co-ordination by age 5. Girls develop faster than boys, so it is highly possible she is able to brush her teeth READ MORE
This is going to be on a case by case basis. Most kids have the co-ordination by age 5. Girls develop faster than boys, so it is highly possible she is able to brush her teeth on her own. If you think she can do it without you, let her try. Disclosing tooth paste or tablets will let you see if she is doing a good job.

What causes swelling in the gums?

Swelling can come from trauma, infection, allergy, mouth breathing, and medications. The best bet is to let a dentist look at it if it is painful, enlarging, or does not go away READ MORE
Swelling can come from trauma, infection, allergy, mouth breathing, and medications. The best bet is to let a dentist look at it if it is painful, enlarging, or does not go away in 4-7 days.

Can brushing my teeth with salt whiten my teeth?

Brushing with salt will remove some exterior staining, such as coffee and tea staining. But it will not whiten your tobacco-browned teeth. For that, you will need something stronger, READ MORE
Brushing with salt will remove some exterior staining, such as coffee and tea staining. But it will not whiten your tobacco-browned teeth. For that, you will need something stronger, usually containing carbamide peroxide.

How long does a dental filling last?

Silver fillings average 11 years. Tooth colored fillings are approaching this average. However, what you eat and drink, how well you clean and floss your teeth, and if you clench READ MORE
Silver fillings average 11 years. Tooth colored fillings are approaching this average. However, what you eat and drink, how well you clean and floss your teeth, and if you clench or grind will affect how long a filling lasts. A lot of the stuff we eat and drink has acid in it. A lot has sugar in it. Bacteria take the sugar we eat and break it down into acid. Acid is what causes the cavities. A lot of us eat fruits thinking we are eating healthy. Fruit has both sugar and acid! Clenching or grinding can break down the tooth or filling enough to create opportunities for the establishment of bacteria, which in turn leads to cavities