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Celebrating Thanksgiving at Coats Orthodontics!

November 19th, 2018

The start of the holiday season is such a beautiful transition. We begin to reflect on our actions and deeds, finding areas where we’ve improved and ways to keep it going. And on top of all of that – food! Our office is a big fan of the holiday meals and Thanksgiving is definitely a top contender.

Family is one of the first items that pop into our heads when we think of Thanksgiving, and for Dr. Coats that couldn’t be truer. For him, being at home with his girlfriend and kids is the epitome of the season. Family time, a slight chill in the air, and amazing food – the absolute best parts of the holiday!

When it comes to food, nothing beats a Southern Pecan pie for Dr. Coats, but an apple pie every year doesn’t hurt either (sorry, pumpkin!). However, it’s important to know not everyone has this opportunity, so giving thanks is a humbling way of acknowledging those who have helped you along the way.

For Dr. Coats, giving thanks is attending and volunteering at church with prayer each and every day. As we each get older, we tend to find items we are thankful for that weren’t so prevalent when we were younger. “Hopefully, as I get older, I become less sensitive, less judgmental and I take things for granted less,” explains Dr. Coats.  “I am thankful for my faith, my relationships, and my health.”

What ways will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? We’re eager to hear all of your plans, so be sure to indulge us next time you’re in the office!

What makes teeth crooked?

November 14th, 2018

Dr. Matthew Coats and our team hear this question a lot. Some of the common reasons for crooked teeth include:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting or improper use of the tongue during speaking and swallowing
  • Premature loss of baby teeth, which causes teeth to drift and shift
  • Poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils

There are also hereditary factors we get from our parents, like:

  • Extra teeth
  • Large teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Wide spaces between teeth
  • Small jaws

Dr. Matthew Coats and our team know that having crooked teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to serious health problems as well. Crooked teeth can:

  • Interfere with proper chewing
  • Make keeping teeth clean more of a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis
  • Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth

There are several treatment options we offer at Coats Orthodontics that can help correct crooked teeth. Please give us a call at our convenient Tomball office to learn more or to schedule an initial consultation.

Is orthodontic treatment just for straightening teeth?

November 7th, 2018

A lot of patients ask us why Dr. Matthew Coats and our team at Coats Orthodontics work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth can keep them healthier as well? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime!

Straight teeth are also less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque, that sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth. When you visit Coats Orthodontics for your initial consultation, Dr. Matthew Coats will examine all aspects of your teeth, face, smile, and jaw.

If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up an initial orthodontic consultation at our convenient Tomball office. Dr. Matthew Coats can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Questions? Give us a call, ask us below or on our Facebook page!

Halloween: Candy, costumes, and more!

October 31st, 2018

All Hallows' Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over the world. Some scholars claim that Halloween originated from Celtic festivals that honored the dead or that celebrated the harvest, while others doubt that there's any connection at all to Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival.) Regardless of its origin, our team at the orthodontic office of Dr. Matthew Coats hopes that Halloween is fun and enjoyed by all of our awesome patients!

Trick or treat?

In North America, Halloween is predominantly celebrated by children who dress up in costumes, which range from scary to cute, who then go around the neighborhood knocking on doors asking "trick or treat", and they are given candy in return. Trick-or-treating is a time honored tradition, and though many parents groan at the pounds and pounds of candy collected by youngsters and fear for the health of their teeth, there are a few things you can do to help their teeth stay in great shape until the candy is gone:

  • Limit the amount of candy they can consume each day
  • Have them brush their teeth after eating candy
  • Avoid hard, chewy candies as they can stick in hard to brush places
  • Keep candy out of sight to reduce temptation
  • Don't buy candy too far in advance to limit pre-Halloween consumption
  • Help or encourage your children to floss

Halloween Fun

Halloween isn't just about gorging on candy; there are other events associated with this festive day including carving jack-o'-lanterns, painting pumpkins, decorating sugar cookies, bobbing for apples, going to haunted houses, or just curling up on the couch with a bowl full of popcorn and watching some classic, scary movies.

Halloween Around the World

Some countries, like Australia, frown upon Halloween, claiming it is an American event and not based in Australian culture, while others like Italy have embraced the fun and celebrate much as Canadians and Americans do. Mexicans have been celebrating this fun day since around 1960, and it marks the beginning of the Day of the Dead festival. Some countries in Europe have come late to the party, but since the 1990s, countries like Sweden, Norway, and Germany have started celebrating Halloween as well, and finding children in costumes or having ghosts hanging in windows has become commonplace.

Halloween is about fun; stepping outside our normal lives and donning a costume or gathering with friends to knock on doors and ask for candy is as much a part of our culture as hot dogs and barbecue on Labor Day. Have a safe and happy Halloween from the team at Coats Orthodontics!