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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.

August 11, 2016

School is about to start up again and your child has some necessities. Along with getting new clothes, new shoes, and school supplies, you need to take a trip to the dentist’s office so your child has a healthy smile before heading back to class. Here’s a brief back-to-school checklist.

  1. Schedule (Another) Check-Up

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. So don’t just visit your child’s dentist during the summer. Schedule regular dental examinations to diagnose or prevent any dental problems. Regular checkups are important because your child may not bring up any tooth pain and teachers are unlikely to notice your child’s dental problems. By scheduling dental checkups often, you’ll prevent your child from losing school time.

  1. Make Sure They Brush and Floss

Have your child brush and floss often. While you’re out scrounging for school supplies, stock up on toothbrushes and dental floss for the school year. You’ll want to change toothbrushes every three months or after encountering a sickness. An easy way to remember when to switch out a toothbrush is to do so when report cards come out. You might also want to ask your dentist the best time to change toothbrushes for your child’s teeth.

  1. Watch What They Eat & How They Play

Make sure your child is eating healthy lunches and snacks. Avoid sugary foods and soft drinks. If you pack a sack lunch, include foods like grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, fruits, and yogurt. If your child eats in the school cafeteria, discuss with your child some healthy options to eat when not under your supervision. Also, if your child is involved in sports, have them wear a properly fitted mouth guard while participating in sports and PE classes.

Your child’s dental problems can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, and learning. Prevent it by visiting their dentist every four months. For any questions concerning your child’s healthy smile, give Dr. Silva a call at (512) 605-0860.

June 9, 2016

You know candy and chocolate can be damaging to your healthy smile. But, what else? There are two main food components that are detrimental to your teeth: sugar and acid.

Bacteria feast on your plaque buildup created by your sugar consumption and produce lactic acid, which erodes your tooth enamel. Sucrose is the worst form of sugar because it adheres to teeth very strongly making it, and the bacteria, difficult to remove even when brushing.

Acids naturally occur in many foods, including fruit. Acidic foods eat away at your enamel and break down your teeth directly. You can wash away natural acids by just drinking water. However, brushing soon after consuming acidic foods or beverages can actually cause more damage because teeth are permeable, brushing softens them and makes them more susceptible to acid. Wait at least an hour before brushing after eating acidic foods.


Believe it or not, the following 10 foods can be the most damaging to your teeth.


Apples are very high in acid. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.

Hard candies

Hard candies are especially harmful because we tend to hold them in our mouths longer.

Pickled vegetables

Pickles are made with vinegar, which is acidic. Vegetables may be healthy but the brine can damage your teeth. Remember to brush an hour later.


Many breads contain sugar, especially processed white breads. Bread is also sticky and gets between and behind your teeth.


Popcorn gets stuck in your teeth, and the areas between your teeth will build up more bacteria for that reason. Rinse your mouth with water and floss after.

Peanut Butter

Sticky and often made with sugar, peanut butter not only feeds bacteria but makes it easier for them to adhere to teeth.


Just like peanut butter, jelly is loaded with sugar. Even the all-fruit brands contain natural sugars and encourage plaque and bacteria if not washed away soon.


Some meat products contain sugar as a preservative and gets stuck in between your teeth. While the amount of sugar may not be very high, any food that sits between your teeth can promote tooth decay.

Diet Soda

The acidity of diet sodas is very high, making it one of the worst products for your teeth.

Salad dressing

Salad dressings are composed of vinegar and sugar for flavor.


While many of these foods are healthy, you should try and care for your teeth soon after eating them. Drinking water with your meal and rinsing with an alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash or flossing and brushing with toothpaste reduces the risk of damage.

Furthermore, consider the length of time food is left in your mouth. The more time bacteria have to produce acids, the more damage will be done.

So, watch what you eat and drink and don’t forget to call us when you’re ready to schedule your dental cleaning appointment.

April 22, 2016

Since the very first time your parents dragged you to your first dental cleaning, visiting the dentist is something you’d rather avoid. While you know it’s essential, the dread of going to the dentist can be overwhelming. A new poll suggests 50% of patients fear going to the dentist and would rather do almost anything else.

Almost 10% of people would rather get up close with a shark than visit a dentist. According to the same poll, the smell of a dentist office was enough anxiety to create fear for some people. Others dreaded the idea of feeling pain by sharp, shiny instruments. So, if it’s been a while since your last visit, here’s what to actually expect.

The first thing you want to do if you currently don’t have a dentist is find one that makes you feel comfortable. After that, schedule a checkup. You’ll want to visit your dentist regularly to prevent any dental problems that could arise.

The dental assistant will most likely take x-rays of your teeth. X-rays diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.

Checkups include a complete cleaning, which includes the removal of built-up plaque and tartar that cause cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Your dentist or dental hygienist will also polish and floss your teeth.

Then, your dentist will perform a final, thorough examination of your teeth and gums. They will look for signs of disease in order to prevent problems from becoming serious by treating them as soon as possible. If any additional treatment is required for your teeth, schedule a follow-up before you leave, and don’t forget to always ask questions – we always want our patients to know as much as possible about preventative measures or their treatment and what to expect.

You don’t have to dread going to the dentist. It’s a great way to stay healthy. Just remember to see us every six to twelve months to ensure you maintain good healthy teeth and so that we can catch anything before it gets serious.

April 15, 2016

Everyone wants that perfect smile! When you open your mouth, those pearly white teeth should be gleaming. However, not everyone is so lucky. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, soda drinker, or you just haven’t gone to the dentist in years, you might suffer from tooth stains and yellow teeth. Teeth whitening is a popular option for getting that healthy smile back.

There are different options though regarding tooth whitening and there are pros and cons to each. There are over-the-counter kits and professional whitening procedures. The first thing you want to do is consult with your dentist about the most effective way to brighten your smile.

Professional  Teeth Whitening

Pro: Done at the office, your dentist will apply a whitening product that contains hydrogen peroxide. Visiting the dentist is the most effective way to whiten your teeth. The procedure is relatively fast, taking only 60 to 90 minutes. Results are noticeably quicker this way, as well.

Con: A con to this procedure is tooth sensitivity. Teeth and gums may become irritated for a short amount of time. Another con is the price it costs to get the procedure. These sessions run anywhere from $500-$1200, more costly than over-the-counter products.

Over The Counter

Pro: Over-the-counter kits contain whitening gel with a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Cheaper in price, they range from $20-$50 a kit to whiten your teeth depending on your teeth stains. You’ll save money, however, dental supervision while whitening your teeth at home is recommended.

Con: Results for do-it-yourself whitening kits are slower. They may take two weeks to two months before whitening becomes visible. Tooth and gum sensitivity will also occur if you go down this route.

Again, consult with your dentist first about any procedures and over-the-counter kits to see which is the right path for you. To learn more about teeth whitening, call (512) 605-0860 and make an appointment today with Dr. Bruce Silva.

March 16, 2016


Sales for green food coloring are about to surge as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. If you’re planning on celebrating the Irish holiday, known for its emerald theme, the restaurants, bars, and parties you attend may offer food and drink with green food dye. Most bars will offer the popular option of green beer as desserts with green icing will be served at social gatherings. If that’s the situation, green teeth are inevitable.

In order to avoid this, you’ll want to steer clear of all things green but you don’t want to stray from the social events all together. Here are three ways to prevent green teeth on St. Patrick’s Day:

  1. AVOID THE GREEN BEER: Requesting beer without food dye is actually possible. Green beer is only offered by request in most situations. If you still want to celebrate the Irish way, stick with an Irish beer like Guinness.
  2. SKIP THE ICING: Try to avoid desserts like cake and cupcakes that have green icing. This will show up worse on your teeth than just drinking it as it will stain in between your teeth. Eggs will be dyed green as well as ice cream, so watch out for foods that may not look natural in color.
  3. TAKE A TOOTHBRUSH: If you decide to participate in the green ritual, all is well. The green stains gathered from the food coloring can easily be removed with a brushing and whitening toothpaste. Your best option is to brush shortly after the consumption of the food to prevent tooth staining. However, if you don’t want to carry a toothbrush with you or physically don’t have anywhere to put it, brushing your teeth before bed will suffice. Your goal here is to not show up to work the next day with a green smile.

For additional information schedule an appointment with Dr Silva today. He can provide helpful tips on how to avoid teeth staining. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.



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