Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Childrens Oral Health

Any parent wants their child to be comfortable with themselves and confident. Having a bright, healthy smile is a part of that, and Dr. Estler knows it. Going in for check-ups are imperative for children, because as they grow into adulthood, so do their teeth. Along the way there could be one or two bumps in the road, and Dr. Estler would be there to fix it.

With problems like crooked or gapped teeth, Dr. Estler has the solutions with the best results dealing with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Children have the fun in picking out the color of the braces, while the staff and Dr. Estler enjoy making them feel welcome and happy, leaving with a happier smile.

Dr. Estler has had his practice since 1989 with a doctorate in in dental surgery. Graduating from the University of Texas Dental branch in Houston in 1987, he has long been a part of giving patients the best and efficient care when dealing in orthodontics.

For cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Estler offers a variety of options to give you the brightest smile out there. Dental whitening and porcelain veneers are two things offered at the practice.

Braces are a big thing for children, especially in middle school. The time of change most certainly applies to teeth as well. Not only will straight teeth give children confidence, but keep the teeth healthier. There are many different options out there for braces that best suit a child. Speed braces straighten teeth in approximately half the time traditional braces do. If someone prefers not to have a metal bracket, there are clear brackets, to make the look less noticeable. To go a step further, for the people that do not like the idea of brackets all together, Dr. Estler offers E-Aligners that are known as an invisible braces option.

With so many options the practice offers, it becomes a stress free experience for both the parent and child to find what is best suited for their individual needs.

For more information visit our contact page, or give us a call at 281-579-7222
910 South Fry Road Katy, Texas 77450

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer
The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012.

The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.
During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily. 

The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
·         sores that bleed easily or do not heal
·         a thick or hard spot or lump
·         a roughened or crusted area
·         numbness, pain or tenderness
·         a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.

Keeping your mouth healthy during treatment:
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the first thing you should do before beginning cancer treatment is to see your dentist. After your treatment begins, be sure to check your mouth every day for sores or other changes. 

Other NIDCR tips to keep your mouth moist:
·         Keep your mouth moist.
·         Drink a lot of water.
·         Suck ice chips.
·         Use sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy.
·         Use a saliva substitute to help moisten your mouth.

Tips for cleaning your mouth:
·         Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue with an extra-soft toothbrush after every meal and at bedtime. If it hurts, soften the bristles in warm water.
·         Use a fluoride toothpaste.
·         Use the special fluoride gel that your dentist prescribes.
·         Don't use mouthwashes with alcohol in them.
·         Floss your teeth gently every day. If your gums bleed and hurt, avoid the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing your other teeth.
·         Rinse your mouth several times a day with a solution of 1/4 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt in one quart of warm water. Follow with a plain water rinse.
·         Dentures that don't fit well can cause problems. Talk to your cancer doctor or dentist about your dentures.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Win an iPad Mini from Dr Carl Estler

We are participating in a contest through Likeable Dentist.  For any person referring a friend to our dental office, both the referring person and the friend are entered to win an iPad Mini.  To enter you just go to our FaceBook page and click on the "Refer a Friend" button in our tool bar.  You are entered everytime you refer a friend, so, the more you refer the more you are entered in the contest. 

The contest rules are located on the contest entry.

Click on this link on our Facebook Page for the Entry

910 South Fry Road Katy. Texas 77450

Monday, February 11, 2013

Meet Our Hygienists

Cynthia is our Senior Registered Dental Hygienist.  She was been working with Dr. Estler for over 12 years.  Cynthia is an alumnus of the University of Texas Dental Branch receiving an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene then returning to school at Texas Women’s University in Denton to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.  Her dedication to dental health led her to a position with Houston Independent School District.  There, Cynthia developed and coordinated the dental health education for the entire school district.  She visited all the schools to promote dental hygiene and conduct dental health screenings.  Cynthia is dedicated to dental health, periodontal health, and systemic health with a special commitment to children and teens.  Cynthia is the recipient of the 2007 Distinction in Dental Hygiene Award and is listed in the 2012 Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.  She is a certified CPR instructor and conducts classes when not treating patients at our office.  Her special interests include: reading, arts & crafts, knitting & crochet, quilting, decorating, and “boot camp” style exercise.  Cynthia, her husband, and 3 daughters are active members in their church and community outreach programs that serve much of the Houston area.

Amanda joined our staff as a Registered Dental Hygienist recently, but she is not new to our practice.  After working as a dental hygiene assistant at our office, she left for 2 years to attend the Utah College of Dental Hygiene.  We were honored that she wanted to return to Katy to work for us even though much of her family is located in Utah.  As a new graduate, she has been trained in the latest techniques and equipment used for preventive dental care.  Her practice goal is to help all her patient achieve better health and wellness.  Amanda enjoys cycling, sewing, quilting, knitting and spending time with her husband.

Contact Dr Carl Estler and his staff on 281-579-7222

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. 

Want to avoid cavities? Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, flossing once a day, and limiting sugary snacks and beverages is how you do it. It’s simple but sometimes life gets busy and you might be tempted to skip it. Don’t. A bright smile makes you feel good inside and out. Make sure to see your dentist every 6 months for a checkup too. 

Brushing Is Fun When Done Together!

Contact Dr Carl Estler for any further information on 281-579-7222 or visit