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Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care.

January 16, 2020

Did you know 17% of seniors age 65 and over have periodontal disease? That’s because as we age, proper oral hygiene becomes harder to do. Proper oral care is important no matter what age. If you are 65 or older, you may want to follow these tips for proper oral care and gum disease prevention.

1. Practice Proper Oral Care
In order to care for your teeth properly, you need to follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation of brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Proper brushing takes approximately two minutes but to be safe, take an extra minute and split the time between the upper and bottom teeth so that you’re brushing both for one and a half minutes.

2. Floss Regularly
Flossing is recommended daily. Standard dental floss is the most effective tool for flossing properly.

3. Change Out Your Toothbrush
Is it time to switch out your toothbrush? You need to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

4. Avoid Smoking
Tobacco is linked to increased throat and mouth cancer, as well as heart disease. Quitting smoking may be difficult but it could save your life in the long run.

5. Prevent Dry Mouth

Saliva helps kill bacteria and rebuild enamel, but a dry mouth increases the risk of oral disease. Drink water frequently, chew on gum, and limit your caffeine intake.

6. Practice a Healthy Lifestyle
Your overall health is connected to your oral health in many ways. For instance, studies show a relationship between gum disease and diabetes. If you practice a healthy lifestyle with a decent diet and exercise, you’re saving your teeth a lot of trouble.

7. Visit Your Dentist
Visit your dentist regularly. The older you age, the more frequent you may need to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Bruce Silva is dedicated to serving his patients no matter what age. If you’re a senior and have additional questions about your oral health, give Dr. Bruce Silva a call. Schedule an appointment today.

January 16, 2020

We’re now in the year 2020 and if you haven’t added your oral health to your list of resolutions, you still have time to do that. First of all, if you didn’t pay your dentist a visit in 2019, it is time to schedule an appointment right now. There are multiple ways to make your teeth a health priority this year. Call Dr. Bruce Silva to discuss three very important services that will benefit your healthy smile this new year.

Teeth Cleaning

A routine dental cleaning is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. You should visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning. If you suffer from gum disease or other oral health issues, these visits should be more frequent and your dentist will discuss how often that should be.

Teeth Whitening

Another way to improve your smile this year is to get your teeth whitened with Dr. Bruce Silva. Dr. Silva offers multiple teeth whitening options including an in-office procedure that offers a whiter smile with an hour’s time. We also have an ongoing promotion that offers a free teeth whitening kit with dental exam, x-rays, and cleaning. Give Dr. Bruce Silva a call for more information about this promotion.


Another way to have your smile looking bright and straight is with Invisalign. Composed of smooth, comfortable and invisible plastic aligner trays for your teeth, it is the most modern approach to teeth straightening and will have your teeth looking great in no time.

Start the new year off right with a beautiful, bright smile. Call Dr. Bruce Silva today to discuss any of the above services guaranteed to help make you look your best in 2020. Make sure to visit our website for additional services that could benefit your oral health.

December 20, 2019

If the taste of something cold or hot is giving you pain, you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. When you have sensitive teeth, activities like brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking all cause a short sensitivity discomfort on your teeth. Having sensitive teeth could be a sign that you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist. There are multiple reasons why you may experience sensitive teeth and here’s what you need to do about it.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth are the result of decaying tooth enamel or tooth root exposure. Enamel protects the crowns of your teeth and cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and cementum is dentin being protected by both, and when it loses its protective covering, heat, cold, anything acidic or sticky that reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth results in hypersensitivity.

Other possible causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Gum Disease
  • Receding Gums
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Tooth Decay or Cavities
  • Worn Fillings

Treatment and Prevention for Tooth Sensitivity

Luckily, sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment depends on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent sensitive teeth, but in more severe situations, you may want to discuss the following options with your dentist.

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste: Helps block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve.
  • Fluoride Gel: Strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
  • A Crown or Bonding: Helps to correct decay that results in sensitivity.
  • Surgical Gum Graft: Protects the root and reduces sensitivity.
  • Root Canal: For severe pain and the most successful technique.

If you are bothered by sensitive teeth, schedule a visit with Dr. Bruce Silva. We can pinpoint the actual cause of tooth sensitivity and guide you with how to treat it. Call Dr. Bruce Silva today if you have sensitive teeth.

December 6, 2019

It is common knowledge that smoking cigarettes is bad for your teeth and overall health. Smoking causes dental problems such as bad breath and plaque, and increases the risk of oral cancer and gum disease. In many ways, e-cigarettes were created because they were meant to be a “healthier” alternative for you but vaping turns out to be just as bad for your oral and bodily health as traditional smoking.

What is Vaping?

Vaping means to smoke an e-cigarette, which unlike a regular cigarette, does not produce tobacco smoke. Instead, it uses a vapor, or an aerosol, to deliver nicotine into the lungs. Once believed to be harmless water vapor, it is now known that the vapors contain harmful toxic chemicals and heavy metals, which are linked to cancer, respiratory disease, and heart disease.

Health Risks of Vaping

Although tobacco is not present in e-cigarettes, nicotine is and it is harmful to your teeth and overall health. Nicotine presents numerous health risks in addition to being addictive. It increases your risk of cancer and promotes tumor growth in lung, gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and breast cancer.

Short-term data shows that vaping negatively affects your health in the following ways:

  • Weakens blood cells
  • Increases risk of heart disease
  • Weakens lungs
  • Damages the immune system
  • Recedes the gums
  • Causes dry mouth
  • Promotes bacteria in the mouth, which causes tooth decay
  • Promotes bruxism, or grinding of the teeth
  • Increases the risk of gum disease

Vaping and Gum Disease

Nicotine from vaping causes gum inflammation, swelling, and increases your risk of gum disease. Watch out for the following symptoms of gum disease if you vape:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, irritated, tender, or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth or loss of teeth
  • Receding gums

Vaping presents many problems to your oral and overall health just as much as smoking tobacco. If you vape, stay on top of your oral health by scheduling regular dental checkups.

November 21, 2019

While many of us tend to believe that Americans gain 5 to 10 pounds over the holiday season, researchers have found that’s a myth. But, before you start to think you can overindulge this Thanksgiving, think again. There are many pros and cons to the foods you’re about to eat in the coming days and they all have an effect on your teeth.

Thanksgiving Foods

Some Thanksgiving dishes add nutritional value to your diet but some are just plain bad for you. What do you get from eating turkey versus pumpkin pie? You may be surprised. Here are the benefits and disadvantages of Thanksgiving dishes and the effects they have on your teeth.

Turkey: It’s the main course and it may be loaded with protein but turkey is difficult to eat and gets stuck in-between your teeth. Get the floss ready because you’re going to need it.

Cranberry Sauce: This sugary treat is acidic and will temporarily stain your teeth. To reduce the sugary effects and staining, make sure to eat it with the rest of your meal and not by itself.

Yams: Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins A and C, but a candied yam is far less healthy for your teeth. Marshmallows typically have 4 grams of sugar, which is not good. Additionally, melted marshmallow is sticky and gooey and can be bad news for people who wear braces and dentures. Eat in moderation.

Green Bean Casserole: While the green beans, onions, and mushrooms may be healthy, this is another situation to keep the floss handy after your meal.

Macaroni and Cheese: We know that cheese and milk have calcium which strengthens our teeth but did you know that pasta contains sugar that can be left behind on your teeth? Eat this in moderation, also.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy: A starch-heavy food, bacteria feeds off the sugar left behind from starch, although potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, B6, and potassium.

Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin has vitamin A, which is good for your gums and enamel. Also, eating sweets after a meal keeps the saliva flowing to help wash away leftover food in your mouth, but you may want to leave the sugar-packed whipped topping off the pie.

You are bound to come across foods that are both good and bad for you this holiday season. Think before you indulge in your favorite foods because some are harmful to your healthy smile. If you brush and floss after your Thanksgiving meal, you’re already on the right path.

October 10, 2019

Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching that typically occurs involuntary and in your sleep. It is a common ailment that affects at least 8 percent of adults, and typically occurs at night during sleep – also known as Sleep Bruxism. Oral health typically gets overlooked when caring for your overall health, but it needs to be taken more seriously.

What are Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism?

Bruxism has many symptoms, however many of those symptoms are similar to those of other conditions.

  1. Constant headaches
  2. Flat, loose, or chipped teeth
  3. Grinding of the teeth that is easily heard
  4. Diminished tooth enamel
  5. Tooth sensitivity

Discuss symptoms with your doctor or dentist to discern the problem.

Stop Teeth Grinding

Oftentimes, Bruxism is mild and may not require treatment, but if the condition is severe enough it could cause irreversible damage to your healthy smile. Worn down tooth enamel, tooth fractures, and loose teeth are all symptoms of teeth clenching, and here’s what you can do to prevent it.

  1. Reduce Stress: Learn how to manage your stress with exercise and meditation.
  2. Wear a Mouth Guard: These will help protect your teeth and help redistribute the force of teeth grinding.
  3. Fix Misaligned Teeth: A teeth alignment procedure may resolve Bruxism, as well as braces or crowns.
  4. Don’t Drink Caffeine: Coffee, tea, and soda are likely to affect the quality of your teeth and make you clench your teeth.

Prevent Sleep Bruxism

If you or someone you know suffers from Sleep Bruxism, here are three tips for coping and temporarily relieving teeth grinding at night:

  1. Try to relax in the hours before bedtime in order to reduce stress and maintain a regular comfortable bedtime routine.
  2. Create a sleep environment that is comfortable and peacefully quiet and keep off electronics off half an hour before bedtime.
  3. Try new sleep positions if you’re used to sleeping in the same position.

Speak to your dentist about treatments for Bruxism. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.

October 10, 2019

Your healthy smile needs proper care and attention. If you lack the knowledge on proper tooth care, an electric toothbrush can be a big help in making sure your teeth are brushed the right way. An electric toothbrush is an excellent alternative to brushing with a traditional toothbrush, and sometimes, is highly recommended by your dentist for multiple reasons regarding your oral health. Here are the benefits of switching to an electric toothbrush if you haven’t already.

Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes

While it is still up to you to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes long, electric toothbrushes help to improve your brushing technique in six important ways.

  • They help with reaching all tooth surfaces.
  • The grip is wide and easier to handle than a traditional toothbrush.
  • Bristles are interchangeable, so if your dentist wants you using softer bristles, you can easily opt for softer bristles without replacing the entire toothbrush.
  • They are designed to fit comfortably in any size mouth.
  • The brush does all the work for you as it has adjustable settings.
  • The action of the bristles removes more plaque and gingivitis.

A study shows that after one month of use, plaque was significantly reduced by 11 percent. After use for three months, plaque was reduced by 21 percent. Gingivitis was also reduced by 6 to 11 percent after an average of two month’s usage.

How to Select Your Electric Toothbrush

There are multiple types of power toothbrushes to choose from. Some models include a timer, which switches off after two minutes, while the mobility of some vibrates side to side or rotates back and forth. When selecting a toothbrush, consider:

  1. ease of use
  2. comfort
  3. bristle design
  4. brush size

Have questions about electric toothbrushes? Visit Dr. Bruce Silva to discuss the best action for you to take regarding your dental health care.

September 17, 2019

Losing a tooth as a child may be fun as it comes with a visit from the tooth fairy, but as an adult it’s a scary and more serious matter. A loose tooth is a sign of improper tooth care that could lead to losing the tooth altogether. We want to hold on to our teeth as long as we can and fortunately, loose teeth can be corrected if taken care of early. When a tooth becomes loose, many factors may contribute to its mobility, but there are four main conditions that cause loose teeth.

Periodontal Disease

When brushing and flossing don’t remove plaque, gum disease (or, periodontal disease) can develop. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of loose teeth. It not only affects your gums but also the ligaments and bone that surround your teeth which may lead to loss of bone and connective tissue that secure your teeth in place.


Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more susceptible to break or fracture easily. While osteoporosis more commonly affects the spine, hips, or wrists, it can also affect the bones in the jaw that support teeth. Although the disease affects both men and women, women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss than women without the disease.

Injury to the Teeth

Trauma to the mouth from a fall or a hit can damage the ligaments and even the bone around the teeth. The result could lead to chipped or loose teeth.


Usually a temporary situation, high levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy cause the ligaments and bones surrounding the teeth to loosen. These changes will likely resolve after pregnancy and are not cause for concern but pregnant women should visit their dentist to rule out gum disease and other oral health problems.

Having loose teeth is a sign something’s wrong, but you can avoid losing them altogether. Avoid loose teeth by practicing good oral care, including brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist twice a year. If you are experiencing loose teeth, contact Dr. Bruce Silva and schedule an appointment today.

September 16, 2019

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal diseases, also known as gum disease, are infections found in the structures around the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. They occur when the gums become infected, showing signs of swollen and tender gums that bleed after brushing and flossing. If not cared for properly, the problem may spread to other tissues, making the disease more complicated to correct.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, and surprisingly it is your body’s response to the bacteria that causes most issues. In order to eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation of the gums and bones, which then leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis, loosening of teeth, and severe periodontitis. If plaque builds up on teeth, it becomes calcified overtime, and turns into tartar, also causing periodontal disease.

Keeping a good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly can prevent periodontal disease. Dental cleanings will keep plaque under control in places that are hard to reach for a toothbrush or floss.

What is Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontal therapy is a non-surgical program of the treatment of gum disease. Certain stages of periodontal disease can be treated in a non-surgical program. Today there is no known cure for periodontal disease. However, it can be managed and contained through a variety of treatment options.

Dr. Bruce Silva provides a range of services to help improve and maintain your gum’s health. Non-surgical periodontal therapy services include:

  • Periodontal Evaluation
  • Periodontal Treatment Plan
  • Obtain Informed Consent and Patient Records
  • Treatment Services
  • Therapy Evaluation
  • Maintenance

Benefits of Periodontal Therapy include:

  • Improved overall health
  • Improved function of your teeth
  • Decreased risk of bone loss
  • Identification of other health problems
  • Fresh breath, tartar removal, and a great smile

Dr. Bruce Silva is knowledgeable, qualified, and highly trained to conduct periodontal therapy for patients in need. Call Dr. Bruce Silva for a consultation today.

August 15, 2019

The start of a new school year means making a checklist for school supplies and buying new clothes. It also means that you need to talk to your child about the importance of maintaining a healthy dental routine now that they’ll be preoccupied with school and extracurricular activities. A healthy dental routine is easy to practice during the days of summer when things are less busy. It’s easy to forget to brush your teeth and floss at nighttime when there’s so much else going on. In order to prevent your child from forgetting a healthy dental routine, make brushing and flossing fun for the kids with a few exciting and rewarding techniques.

  1. Use a Sticker Calendar: Allow your child to place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
  2. Play Music While Brushing: Set up your child’s favorite songs to play while they brush their teeth and floss.
  3. Personalize Their Toothbrush: Help your child pick a toothbrush with a theme or in their favorite color.
  4. Purchase a Floss Holder: A floss holder is a kid-friendly device that provides a grip and makes flossing more comfortable.

As the school year begins, time escapes us and we get preoccupied with other priorities so if you haven’t taken your child to see the dentist, the time is now to schedule an appointment. A third of children miss school due to oral health problems so the sooner you take care of their oral health, the better they will thrive in class.

Don’t forget to talk to your child about the importance of healthy eating. Picking the right snacks instead of chips and cookies can have a beneficial effect on your smile. Choose crunchy snacks like celery sticks, carrots, and cubed cheese over candy and granola bars.

To schedule a dental checkup appointment for your child, call Dr. Bruce Silva today.

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