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Oral health is extremely important for many reasons. If patients suffer from gum disease, cavities, or bad breath this can cause issues with your teeth and mouth. Our mouths are a pathway for bacteria to enter the body. The bacteria are able to enter the blood stream, and this can also cause infection or inflammation in other parts of our body.

Taking good care of your teeth and mouth can keep your body healthy, and can also help avoid serious issues in the future. At Springlove Dentistry in Spring, TX, we encourage our patients to practice good oral hygiene habits at home. We also promote overall health and wellness. Our team cares about each patient, and keeping up with your oral health not only can keep your teeth and mouth feeling great, but your body feeling great also.

What Problems Can Occur From Poor Oral Health?

Respiratory Infections

If you have infected or inflamed gums that bacteria can transfer into the lungs. This can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, or even bronchitis.


Inflamed gums can release substances that are harmful to our brain cells. This can lead to memory loss that is a result of bacteria spreading to the nerves.

Cardiovascular Disease

If you have poor oral health you are at risk for cardiovascular disease. The bacteria from the infected gums enters the bloodstream, and can cause the arteries to build up plaque. This can put you at risk for a heart attack.

Prostate Problems

If men suffer from periodontal disease they may have prostatitis. This condition causes irritation and other prostate related problems.


Diabetics are more likely to have infected gums over those that do not have diabetes. This can make diabetes difficult to control due to unregulated blood sugar levels. Gum disease can lead to higher blood sugar levels and this can put a person at risk for developing diabetes.


Poor oral health and infertility in women are linked. If a woman suffers from gum disease this can lead to issues with infertility, and may make it difficult for a woman to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy.


Poor oral health can put patients at risk for kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, or blood cancer. In addition if patients smoke or use tobacco products this can lead to oral or throat cancers.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

People who have gum disease are more likely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis. The bacteria in our mouths can increase inflammation in the body, and this increases the risk for developing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease is a health problem that affects the kidneys, heart, bones, and blood pressure. Periodontal disease can lead to kidney disease. Patients with gum disease typically have weaker immune systems, and this can make them susceptible to infection. Many patients that have poor oral health also have kidney disease, and this can lead to kidney failure if not treated.

How Can I Prevent These Health Issues?

In order to prevent serious health issues caused by bad oral health habits you must take care of your oral health. Scheduling regular dental exams in our office can help keep your teeth and gums clean, and get in front of any issues before they arise. Dr. Chris & Dr. Tina’s friendly Spring dental team always put our patients first, and complete a thorough exam of your teeth and mouth to ensure everything is looking and feeling great. If we do have concerns, we will discuss those with you and develop a customized treatment plan to take care of any issues right away.

Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily
  • Avoid smoking or using any tobacco products
  • Use mouthwash that contains fluoride
  • Try and stay away from food and drinks that contain lots of sugar
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Exercise and take care of your overall health

If you take care of your oral health, you take care of your body. Good oral hygiene can help prevent problems such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, as well as prevent more serious health issues in your body.

Looking for a Family Dentist Near You?

At Springlove Dentistry, we provide the highest level of dental care for patients of all ages. We welcome all new patients, and use state of the art technology to ensure our patients have an exceptional experience when visiting our office. If you are looking for a dentist near you, contact our dental office in Spring, TX to schedule your next dental exam and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!


Switching dentists can be a hard decision, but patients need to make a change if they notice things aren’t working out with the current practice. Knowing when to make the move can be hard, but there are some tips you can follow to help you find your new dental office or dental clinic in the Spring, TX area.

There are signs you can look out for that indicate it may be time to start your search to find your next dental practice. At Springlove Dentistry, we welcome new patients to our practice, and strive to provide exceptional service to patients of all ages. We know how important finding the right dentist is, and we go above and beyond to provide the highest level of service and care for our patients!

What Are Some Signs That Indicate it May Be Time to Switch Dental Practices?

  • Your dentist has retired or moved
  • You have decided to move away from the area
  • Appointments tend to be at inconvenient times
  • Getting to your dentist is difficult, and the practice may be in an inconvenient location
  • The practice does not offer the dental procedures you need
  • Your friends or family have recommended another practice that sounds like it may be a better fit
  • You have had to call the billing department and dispute charges multiple times
  • Your dental insurance has changed
  • You do not feel comfortable with the recommended treatment plan at your current dentist

How Should I Go About Switching Dentists?

Once you have made the decision to switch dentists you can focus on finding your new practice. Making sure the new dentist is a good fit is important, and there are many things to consider. Think about what type of dental practice you would like for you and your family. Would a family practice work better and if so, make sure the new practice can provide all of the necessary services for your entire family. Research if the practice offers orthodontics if you have teenagers, should you need that type of treatment. This will help to eliminate the need for switching dentists again in the future.

Do your research and check out some online reviews to read about the dentist’s certifications or background. Read about the mission statement to understand the practice values, and how the practice is run. Make sure the facility is updated, and has the latest technology and advanced procedures available.

Once you have done your research and have found a dentist you think may be a good fit, schedule a visit to check out the practice. This way you can see firsthand if you are comfortable, and if your family would benefit from joining the practice. 

When visiting the office take mental notes of important things such as how you are treated during your visit, and how long it takes you to get to and from the practice. Ask the staff if you can have a tour of the office to ensure the practice meets your expectations.

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Looking for a quality Dentist Near You?

If you are looking for a family friendly dentist near you, contact Dr. Christopher Kim & Dr. Tina Wu for your next dental cleaning. Our goal is to provide exceptional service in a family friendly environment. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and we welcome all new patients to our office.

If you are interested in scheduling your next dental cleaning with us, please contact Springlove Dentistry in Spring, TX, and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.

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Dental cleanings are integral part of our oral health, and are typically recommended twice a year. Keeping our teeth and gums free and clear of harmful bacteria is important. At Springlove Dentistry, our team is proud to offer general dental treatments like dental cleanings in Spring, TX. We strive to provide quality services for our patients, and always make sure our patients are relaxed and comfortable during their visit.

However, some patients have asked us if having their teeth cleaned regularly can damage the enamel on our teeth. We hope that this article can help address this common concern.

Can Dental Cleanings Damage Enamel?

Dental cleanings do not damage the enamel on your teeth! Cleanings safely remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up over time on the teeth and under the gums. If teeth are not cleaned regularly inflammation can occur, and this can lead to gum disease. Brushing at home is a great way to remove bacteria from the teeth, but brushing cannot clean our teeth like a professional cleaning. Our certified hygienists provide quality cleanings to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

If teeth are cleaned improperly at home or by a non-professional, damage can occur to the enamel. Enamel is extremely durable, and it is hard to chip or damage during cleaning exams. Enamel can wear off if patients suffer from bruxism, or use harsh brushing strokes while brushing their teeth at home. Acidic foods or drinks can also cause erosion to enamel on our teeth.

If you have concerns about the condition of the enamel on your teeth, please let our team know when you schedule your appointment.

What Should I Expect During my Cleaning Appointment?

Dental cleanings in our office typically take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. X-rays are taken if needed, and carefully reviewed during your exam to help our team to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our skilled hygienists use special tools to carefully remove the hard layer of plaque from a patient’s teeth, and we ensure your mouth is free of any plaque or bacteria. Our staff will discuss the health of your teeth and gums, and will recommend further treatment if needed.

Your oral health is extremely important to us, and we encourage our patients to keep up with regularly scheduled dental cleanings to keep their teeth looking and feeling great. Regular dental cleanings are a great way to prevent future issues. Dental exams give us the opportunity to catch any potential issues early, and prevent serious issues from developing.

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Looking for a quality Dentist in Spring, TX for your next Dental Exam?

If you are looking for a family friendly dentist in Spring, TX, contact Dr. Christopher Kim & Dr. Tina Wu for your next dental cleaning. Our goal is to provide exceptional service in a family friendly environment. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and we welcome all new patients to our office.

If you are interested in scheduling your next dental cleaning with us, please contact Springlove Dentistry, and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.

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Dental Veneers and Dental Implants both can give patients a beautiful white smile. Deciding what restorative or cosmetic option works best for you depends on the condition of your teeth. Our staff at Springlove Dentistry in Spring, TX provides cosmetic and restorative consultations to all our patients to take a detailed look at your mouth and determine a customized treatment plan that works for you. We listen to your goals and look at all options to give you the opportunity to choose the best one.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are the leading restorative solution for many patients and one of the most common procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable giving patients the feeling that they have natural teeth. Implants are used for patients that have lost a tooth or teeth, have suffered from periodontal disease, or an injury. Dental implants take multiple appointments across a few months to complete.

Implants last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if taken care for properly. They provide many benefits to patients, and are comfortable in the mouth. Implants allow patients to speak, eat, and function just like they would with natural teeth.

As part of our evaluation process, Dr. Wu & Dr. Kim will determine if the patient has enough bone present in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to provide the additional support. During the implant procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. These posts provide the required support needed for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is secured on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth. Temporary crowns are used while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be placed. Practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly will help to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

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Still Not Sure? Contact Our Cosmetic Dentists in Spring, TX

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Springlove Dentistry is here to help give you all of the options available to achieve that bright white smile. We welcome all patients, and strive to always provide quality service our patients can count on.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dental Veneers or are looking to get dental implants in Spring, TX, please contact Dr. Christopher Kim & Dr. Tina Wu  to schedule your consultation!

Summer is Upon Us
It’s that time a year again when the last bell rings in the school yards. The anticipation of the first day of summer is on the minds of all children. A time when they can be set free of homework and early to bed schedules. When staying up late playing with friends is the new routine. Those hot summer days filled with playing in sprinklers and the local pool. And a time to see the dentist.
See the dentist you say? Why on earth would that be on the mind of anyone’s summer plans? Believe it or not but the summer is the perfect time to get in those appointments in. By seeing the dentist in the summer, your child will miss less school and can have all their appointments scheduled at convenient times if any treatment plans are in order.
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Summer is also the best time for starting an orthodontic program. With the changes that occur with starting braces, a child can get used to any appliance in their mouth and take it easy if discomfort appears. They also can get used to talking differently or overcome any issues of self-consciousness if that might be an issue. In the fall, you will see your child smiling with confidence knowing that soon they will have the smile of their lifetime.Vacation at Our Place
While summer is here and you might have a family vacation in your mind, you may want to think about scheduling the whole family for their six month cleaning at SpringLove Dentistry. We may not have fun rides or pool to swim in, but we do have to give you peace of mind knowing that your family’s oral health care is always taken care of. While you are making your summer plans, why not take the time to schedule your time at our office, your peace of mind, SpringLove Dentistry.

You just caught a reflection of your pearly whites somehow, and you at first glance you thought there was some distortion staring back at you. How could it be that the pearly whites were somehow a dingy gray? Then you decide actually to go to a mirror bright enough to show every pore on your face. This showed you even more of what was going wrong in there.

You are now perplexed on how all of a sudden a quick glimpse at yourself has you becoming a detective. What you thought was a perfect smile is now full of mystery. You find all sorts of things happening in there. You find little black dots that look like pepper on a few teeth. Some redness and puffiness on your gums and oddly enough what looks like a crack in another! And don’t forget that those pearly whites are not that white anymore!

So what does all this mean? You can’t remember the last time you had a dental exam. The thought of sitting in a chair to be told you need to floss every day and brush twice a day reminds you of being a child. The fear overcomes you of what trouble you are in for not taking care of this critical part of your body as an adult. But as an adult, you know that it is crucial to take care of your oral health as much as it is to eat right and exercise.

So why do we let this happen? 38% of all adults ages 18-64 have not been to the dentists in the past year according to the CDC. So this means over a one-third of all adults are neglecting a significant part of their healthcare. You may think that going to the dentist is all about the usual kinds of issues, such as pain or cleanings. But did you know that going to the dentist can be a window to many other problems going on in your body?

Taking care of your oral healthcare can help you to understand the concerns you might be having. Worn teeth might mean you are under stress. Sores that don’t heal could mean cancer. Gum disease is higher with people with types 1 and 2 diabetes. Some premature births are also connected to periodontitis. A routine dental exam may reveal problems with your bones, heart, or digestion because certain warning signs live inside your mouth.

So next time you catch your smile in a reflection, make sure you have had your yearly check-ups taken care of. And if you find that you are having any issues in your mouth, make sure you call us to get in right away. A healthy smile is a happy smile.

What’s nearly invisible, painless at first, and puts about half of all adult Americans at risk for losing teeth? Hint: It’s not dental cavities.

It isn’t fair, but it’s there: gum disease. Just when you’ve gotten past the cavities and braces of youth, here comes that non-stop enemy, gum disease, lurking in your mouth. But that enemy can be spotted early, stopped and turned back – if you know the facts and make the right moves.

How does this enemy get into our mouths? It starts with plaque, the sticky, practically invisible substance made by bacteria from mucus and food particles. Proper and regular brushing and flossing can disrupt and help get rid of most of the plaque. But some plaque remains no matter how hard we try. Over time plaque hardens into tartar, and only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it.

When plaque and tartar form on the teeth near the gums, the bacteria can start affecting the gums. You may not notice the effects at first. Gingivitis starts as inflammation, the start of gum disease. As gingivitis progresses, the gums become red, swollen and may bleed easily.

Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, often called “periodontal disease.” At this stage your gums start pulling away from the teeth and opening gaps called “pockets.” Bacteria settle in the pockets to create infections. The toxins and the body’s responses can travel down to the bone and connective tissue holding the teeth. Without treatment, periodontitis can and likely will destroy the bones, tissues and gums – and teeth will get loose and need to be pulled.

So how can you detect gum disease early? Watch for these symptoms:
• Recurring bad breath
• Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
• Painful chewing
• Loose teeth
• Sensitive teeth
• Gums receding, or teeth appearing longer
If you notice any of these symptoms, what’s next? Visit your dentist for a periodontal exam.

The good news: Regular dental checkups and cleanings, along with good home hygiene and oral health awareness can prevent or stop gum disease from affecting your life and your smile!

Taking care of your teeth every day is actually pretty easy. The doctors at SpringLove Dentistry in Spring, TX suggests practicing these habits daily for a happy, healthy mouth.

Brush twice a day. Just two minutes twice a day can reap enormous oral health benefits. Brush your tongue to remove more bacteria, and use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen teeth. Be sure to change your toothbrush every two to three months – old bristles lose their cleaning ability.

Floss once a day. Your toothbrush can’t get between teeth, where food and bacteria become trapped and plaque can turn into tartar. Rub the floss up and down against the side of the tooth with the floss curved in a C shape. Floss before or after brushing – just be consistent and thorough.

Eat more vegetables, less sugar. Crunchy raw veggies and fruit like carrots, celery and apples help clean teeth as you eat them. Sugar sticks to teeth, and bacteria love sugar! Limiting desserts, starchy foods and high carb snack foods will limit decay-causing bacteria.

Drink plenty of water. Your mouth needs enough saliva to rinse away decay-causing food particles and neutralize enamel-eating acids. Black and green teas offer the added benefit of polyphenols, which may slow bacterial growth.

Avoid tobacco and smoking. Everyone knows tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath. But did you know tobacco users are four times more likely to develop oral cancer? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that 80% of people with oral cancer use tobacco. An oral cancer check is part of every regular checkup at SpringLove Dentistry in the Houston area.

The number one tip to keep your mouth healthy – schedule a dental checkup twice a year. We can’t see every surface inside our own mouths. If we wait to see a dentist only when a symptom such as a sensitive tooth or bleeding gums starts to bother us, we’ll likely need much more dental work than if it had been caught in the early stages during a regular checkup.

It’s really not that difficult or time-consuming to enjoy good dental health. Just maintaining a few simple daily habits and regular dentist checkups at our Spring, TX office can help you enjoy a lifetime of talking, chewing and smiling.

Regular professional dental cleanings are vital to keeping teeth healthy and strong. Even when we brush and floss daily to remove food particles and slow the buildup of plaque, after a few months a film of plaque hardens into tartar that we can’t remove at home, laying the groundwork for future gum disease.

What to expect during a professional teeth cleaning
Patients of all ages come to our Spring, TX, dental office for a professional teeth cleaning generally twice a year. At each teeth cleaning, one of our registered dental hygienists will:

Remove plaque and tartar. We remove the plaque and tartar on the teeth and under the gum line with special ultrasonic equipment that makes this process pain-free and much faster than the past.

Polish teeth. Special polishing removes stains and helps to prevent future plaque buildup along the gum line.

Inspect teeth and mouth. We want to catch problems at the earliest stage. And at SpringLove Dentistry in Spring, TX, we screen adults for oral cancer at every cleaning appointment.

Provide dental hygiene suggestions. Our hygienist can help you improve your brushing and flossing techniques, and give you special tips on keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Help children understand the importance of teeth cleaning
The scientific facts of oral health may not be understandable, or inspiring, to kids. So consider a concept that would most excite them. For some kids, the supervillain/superhero scenario might capture their imagination. The supervillain bad germs are using leftover food particles to build strong weapons (plaque) to attack the teeth and gums. The bad germs attack and tear down the walls of the teeth and eat away at the gums. How can we fight back and defend our teeth and gums?

Call in the Spring, TX, dental superheroes – the dental hygienists at SpringLove Dentistry! Our hygienists have special tools and powers to destroy those weapons and drive away the bad germs. That way the body’s good guys can rebuild the teeth and gums. The mouth is saved!

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You may be surprised to learn that problems in your mouth can be indicators or even the cause of disease in other parts of your body, such as heart disease and dementia. Regular professional teeth cleaning fights off germs, restores beauty and serves as an essential part of keeping your mouth, and the rest of your body, disease-free. Get inspired!

To supplement your regular Spring, TX, teeth cleanings, ask us about sealants to protect your children’s teeth. And right after cleaning is the perfect time to use our teeth whitening services.

Visit our Spring, Texas, dentist office soon Holiday season in Houston really starts in October, and expenses steadily increase as the year ends. With all of the hustle and bustle, it is easy to overlook one huge money-saving opportunity. Getting dental work done now is like putting money in the bank. How is that true?

Use Benefits Before They Expire
Most dental insurance policies expire at the end of the calendar year. You can save serious money by using the dental benefits now before they expire.

Suppose you have a $1,000 dental insurance policy to use at your Spring, Texas, dentist. You might have received $100 of the benefits already with a teeth cleaning and exam. You still have $900 in benefits waiting to be used. If you have been putting off a needed filling or root canal to stop recurring tooth pain, then your insurance may pay up to 80% of those costs. Even major work like crowns and bridges may be partly paid by dental insurance (up to the policy limits).

Hundreds of dollars per person in your family – don’t forget the kids – that is real money you can save. It just makes dollars and sense to use the benefits for this year’s policy before they expire. Call our Spring, Texas, dental office today to schedule your family’s appointments.

Flexible Savings Account and Federal Health Care Alerts
If you have a Flexible Savings Account (FSA) through your Houston or Spring, Texas, employer, you may be able to use the funds for dental work. Put those FSA funds to work while you still have them available. You will lose any funds not used by the end of the year.

Also, if you are using a federal health care program, you are eligible to add optional dental care coverage. The open enrollment period starts in November. Click here for more information on dental coverage in the marketplace

Fix Problems Sooner, Not Later
It’s true in nearly every field, whether we’re fixing roofs or getting stains out of garments: addressing problems sooner is better than waiting until the problems get worse. In dental health: It is always worse to postpone cleanings, fillings and any tooth repair work.  The bacteria keep attacking the teeth and lead to gum disease; the damaged or mismatched teeth keep grinding, cracking or wearing away. An easy filling today becomes a root canal in a few months.

Using your dental insurance benefits now to address problems early saves you money by reducing your overall costs. Call our Spring, Texas, dentist office today. A smaller fix now is usually cheaper than a big fix later. And living pain free with an attractive smile makes it all worthwhile!