Spotlight on Vaca & Kirby Hygienists

We have two wonderful hygienists here at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group and since it's National Dental Hygiene Month, we'd like to introduce you to them. 

Kristi Seymour (left), Angela Burke (right)

Angela Burke recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary with Vaca & Kirby Dental Group. Originally from Iowa, this mother of 2 enjoys the outdoors and has lived in Texas for 22 years. 

What she enjoys most about being a hygienist is being an oral health educator in a non-traditional teaching atmosphere. She loves the fast paced, high tech, thorough practice and the wonderful patients at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group. 

Kristi Seymour has been a hygienist for 13 years and has been with our dental group for just over 13 years. She is an East Texas native and just celebrated 19 years of marriage to her husband, John. Together, they have 2 beautiful kids. 

Kristi finds dental hygiene to be so rewarding to her. She gets to see patients go from a diseased state to a wellness state. She loves meeting patients who are absolutely afraid of the dentist and then gaining their trust to show them dentistry in a new light. 

Outside of the office, Kristi loves spending time with her family and friends and staying involved in her church. We are so grateful for these two ladies and what they mean to us and to our patients. 

We can't express enough the importance of dental hygiene to your overall health. We are always accepting new patients and we want to invite everyone to experience exceptional dentistry with Vaca & Kirby Dental Group. 

Our Very Own Survivor

Mrs. Betty Kirby is our sweet and spunky business woman. She is so dedicated to Vaca & Kirby Dental Group and our patients. She is very close to our heart and since it's breast cancer awareness month, we asked her to share her personal survivor story with you. 

"Having survived breast cancer three times, I feel so blessed to be enjoying and living life to its fullest with my family and friends. My journey started in 1998 with a lump found through a mammogram in my left breast, followed by a lumpectomy and radiation. A self- examination identified another lump in my right breast in 2000, a different type of breast cancer. Several doctor visits, biopsies and a trip to M. D. Anderson in Houston indicated a lumpectomy was again the choice of treatment, followed by a regimen of chemotherapy. Understanding what would happen with the side effects of chemo, namely loss of hair and sickness, were vital in helping me cope. Another round of radiation, and after six months I felt I was well on my way to good health. Wrong!

In 2001, another lump appeared in the same right breast after having gone through chemo and radiation. Surely this was a mistake and could not happen, but it did. Enough was enough, but I knew God was not finished with me, so the decision was made to undergo a bi-lateral mastectomy and oral chemo. Reconstruction was not an option due to a suppressed immune system. 

Life is so fragile and the news from one doctor visit can either strengthen or destroy a person. I have always tried to look at my glass as half full instead of half empty. My strong faith in Jesus and my dear, loving family have sustained me during some very challenging times. Each new day is such a joy because I know it is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it."

 

National Dental Hygiene Month: The Daily 4

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? This is the sixth year in a row that the American Dental Hygenists' Association has been celebrating! This month, they have teamed up with the Wrigley Oral Health Care program to increase awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral health. 

So, this October we're focusing on the Daily 4:

  1. Brush
  2. Floss
  3. Rinse
  4. Chew

You've probably heard these before time and time again, but we can't stress the importance of oral health enough. 

Brush

"TWO MINUTES, TWO TIMES A DAY, EVERY DAY."

Brushing for two minutes is the most important method for preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases. 

Floss

MAKE FLOSSING A DAILY HABIT.

Flossing daily is essential to maintaining a healthy smile. Flossing removes plaque and food that can't be reached by a toothbrush. If you don't floss, you can acquire plaque buildup under the gumline and between the teeth, which can lead to decay and gum disease.

Rinse

USE MOUTHWASH.

Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash is another way you can prevent gum disease. All your teeth account for less than half of your mouth, so rinsing with an anti-microbial mouth rinse each day is essential to eliminating plaque and germs.

Chew

FIGHT TOOTH DECAY BY CHEWING SUGAR-FREE GUM.

Chewing sugarfree gum after eating helps protect your teeth because it stimulates salivary glands, producing saliva to rid your mouth of bacteria. 

Keep up with our blog. We'll be showcasing our two wonderful hygienists soon. If you need to schedule an appointment with Vaca & Kirby Dental Group, click below. 

Think Pink Luncheon

We recently attended the Think Pink luncheon here in Longview in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

We were so fortunate to come together with other women in the community to support the Good Shepherd Breast Center. The Breast Center at Good Shepherd uses the most advanced technology available to deliver quality care. Mammography services are performed by an all-female staff and radiologists are available on-site for a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Vaca & Kirby Dental Group is a proud supporter of this. Ladies, if you haven't already had your annual mammogram, pick up the phone and schedule yours. 


We're Spreading the Love

We have been running a Peanut Butter Drive all month long! There are still a couple of weeks left to donate. Come see us!

Haven't Heard?

We are collecting jars of peanut butter that we will donate to Longview Community Ministries to assist hungry families in our area.


When patients bring in a jar of peanut butter, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Phillips Sonicare Tootbrush! So, whether it be creamy or chunky, bring as many as you can! The only requirement is that the jar of penaut butter be at least 18 ounces.

Vaca and Kirby Dental Group will be drawing the lucky winner on October 1st! So, come visit your dentists in Longview TX and help us spread the love in the Longview community!

A Reason To Smile This September

It's September and we want to give you a reason to smile! So, we are giving away a Sonicare toothbrush and in-house ZOOM Whitening (some restrictions may apply)! 

What is ZOOM Whitening? 

Zoom whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. It's the best professional teeth whitening!

Zoom Whitening Facts!

  • Zoom teeth whitening makes whitening your teeth easier and faster than ever!
  • Results are instant and look natural.
  • Results are permanent. Your teeth will always be lighter than they were before.
  • The procedure generally takes less than 1 hour. 

It's September and we want to give you a reason to smile! So, we are giving away a Sonicare toothbrush and in-house ZOOM Whitening (some restrictions may apply)! 

How do you enter? Well, just click HERE and leave us a comment telling what your reason is for smiling. 

We will be picking a winner on Friday, September 18th.  We've already had so many great responses. So many are smiling because of family, good health, making others smile, and simply because they are happy with their smile! There are so many reasons to smile and we want to know yours. We can't wait to hear why you're smiling this September!

Meet the Doctors of Vaca & Kirby Dental Group

Deeply rooted in Texas, both Dr. David Vaca and Dr. Chris Kirby have a love for what they do and are truly passionate people.

 Dr. Kirby grew up in Garland, TX, attended Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree before receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Vaca grew up in Ennis, TX, received his Bachelor  attended Texas A&M University and Baylor College of Dentistry as well. 

Both doctors moved to Longview, TX later (Dr. Vaca in 1999 and Dr. Kirby in 2004) and have been here ever since. Avid participants in the community, these two are always staying active. They both find enjoyment from the outdoors and love spending time with family and friends.  

The doctors have much in common, including their passion for dentistry and bringing innovation and complete oral care to Longview, TX and the surrounding area. You don't want to miss out on receiving oral care from Vaca & Kirby Dental Group.Dr. These are the true dentists in Longview TX that would love to cater to you and your entire family's oral health care needs. 

Want to show off your pearly whites? See if Cosmetic Dentistry is right for you!

Do you look in the mirror and think, "I wish my teeth were prettier"? Well, with various cosmetic dental procedures, there are various ways to go about improving your smile. Our Longview dentists would like to help people achieve perfect smiles via these procedures: 

  1. Whitening: This procedure whitens or lightens the color of your teeth, giving you a brighter smile. This is a very common cosmetic procedure for patients with stained teeth.
  2. Bonding: This is used to fill in gaps, chipped teeth, or slightly decayed teeth. Bonding is tooth-colored and is also used for filling small cavities. 
  3. Crowns: They are used to cover a tooth completely. It is one of the most time-consuming procedures, but lasts longer than most other cosmetic restorations. 
  4. Veneers: Thin pieces of porcelain/plastic are placed over the front of the tooth/teeth to improve shape of your teeth. Veneers can be colored to match the color of your current teeth or can be made whiter for a brighter smile. They are used on teeth with uneven surfaces, discolored, oddly shaped, chipped, or crooked teeth. 
  5. Dental Implants: Implants are permanent and replicate the look and feel of real teeth. 
  6. Contouring and Reshaping: This is a procedure for correcting chipped, irregularly shaped, crooked, or overlapping teeth and can be completed in a single session. This procedure can correct small problems with your bite and is often used in combination with other cosmetic procedures. 

The condition of your teeth and the results you desire are what dictate the best procedure for you. However, you should consult a dentist and ask their opinion.

If you decide to proceed with a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you should make sure you ask what your changes will look like, what you should expect during the treatment, and what you will have to do to maintain results. 

Vaca & Kirby Dental Group would like to be your cosmetic dentists in Longview TX. Interested in a cosmetic procedure? Click below.

Dentistry For Kids At Vaca & Kirby Dental Group

We don't just focus on adults at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group. We focus on entire families! A big part of most families is the children. Listen to what our doctors have to say about dentistry for kids.

We welcome entire families here at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group. Let us be your dentist in Longview TX!

It's Time To Pick Vaca & Kirby Dental Group

Vaca & Kirby Dental Group is not your average family dental office. We offer an array of dental services for every member of your family, from the youngest teeth to the oldest, from cosmetic dentistry to family dentistry

What's so great about coming to Vaca & Kirby Dental Group?

  • Friendly. We treat everyone with respect.
  • Our work is great! We are perfectionsists. 
  • We administer treatment to patients in a gentle way. 
  • Health, satisfaction, and comfort are our top priorities for your visit.
  • We offer a clean and comfortable environment. 

We are always trying to improve and make things easier and better. So, we now offer a New Patient Package, which includes all of the documents you need as a new patient at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group. 

We would love for you to download our New Patient Package if you are considering making Vaca & Kirby Dental Group your primary dental care group. 

Risky Business: Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea

We've discussed the symptoms of sleep apnea and the importance of getting a free consultation to see how you should move forward in treating your sleep apnea. 

But there are some major side effects that may come with obstructive sleep apnea. This may be harsh, but it needs to be said. 

  • Heart Disease: Disrupted oxygen flow makes it difficult for your body to regulate blood flow. Low oxygen and stress make having heart attacks more likely. 
  • High Blood Pressure: Frequent night time awakenings cause hormonal systems to go into overdrive, resulting in increased blood pressure.
  • Weight-Gain: Being overweight causes fat deposits that block breathing at night. In turn, sleep apnea impairs the body, causing the release of a certain hormone, which makes you crave carbs and sweets. 
  • Stroke: People with sleep apnea have an increased risk of having a stroke. Stroke is more common in women than in men, but still something to be aware of regardless of gender. 

This severely impacts your health. If you think you might need to be seen about this issue, please schedule a free consultation withVaca & Kirby Dental Group. We're your trusted dentist in Longview TX. 

We could be your family dentistry

 

We absolutely love that we are able to take care of patient needs, from the youngest teeth to the oldest teeth. Watch this video and hear a little bit about how important bringing your young ones to the dentist is. 

If you are struggling to find a dentist in Longview TX that can take care of your young ones' teeth, while offering all other dental services like cosmetic dentistrysleep apneasedation dentistry, among others, let us tell you that you don't have to look anymore. Vaca & Kirby Dental Group simply offers an exceptional dental experience for every patient and their entire family. 

If you'dre a new patient and would like to schedule an appointment with Vaca & Kirby Dental Group (both pediatric dentist Longview TX and family dentist Longview TX), click below:

Cosmetic Dentistry Longview TX: What Causes Tooth Staining?

Whitening can help give you a brighter smile. At Vaca & Kirby Dental Group our cosmetic dentistry Longview TX can help with this! Maybe you have some stains that you want to get rid of or maybe you just want to be a little bit brighter. Some staining takes a little more work to get rid of. So your dentist in Longview, TX has compiled a list of things that cause tooth staining in the first place. 

  • Poor Dental Hygiene:Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to stains. If you aren't brushing and flossing regularly and properly, you aren't removing everything left from foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. 
  • Age: As you age, enamel gets worn away. 
  • Genetics (translucency and thinness of teeth): Some people naturally have brighter or thicker enamel. Teeth that are thick and opaque have an advantage. 
  • Eating habits: The surface of your teeth becomes more transparent as certain foods and drinks contribute to enamel erosion. To read a list of beverages and foods that contribute to staining, click here
  • Smoking habits: Smoking causes intrinsic discoloration because nicotine leaves brownish deposits that slowly soak into the tooth structure. 
  • Grinding: Grinding your teeth can be caused by stress. It can add to micro-cracking in your teeth. This will cause the biting-edges of your teeth to become darkened. 
  • Trauma: Injuries can produce large cracks in your teeth. Stains and debris can be collected in the cracks of your teeth if you've had an injury. 

Vaca & Kirby Dental Group is here to help you develop good oral hygiene habits and continue to improve your smile. If you'd like to make an appointment with us, click below. 

Are You Lying to Your Dentist?

More than a quarter of Americans lie to their dentist about flossing and 36% say they would rather do an unpleasant activity, like working on their taxes, than floss.

Top three unpleasant activities people would rather do than floss:

  1. Washing a sink full of dirty dishes (18% preferred)
  2. Cleaning the toilet (14% preferred)
  3. Waiting in a long check-out line (14% preferred)

We can't stress enough how importantflossing is to your overall oral health. All of these activities take longer than flossing does.

We want you to be open with us so that we can help you more. Trust us, you don't have to worry about being judged. Vaca & Kirby Dental Group is just here to help!

If you'd like to read more, click here. 

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Aspen Dental Mgmt: Your Local Dentist in Longview TX Takes a Stand

Vaca & Kirby Dental Group Longview, TX is here to take a stand on the issue below. 

Aspen Dental Management has recently been receiving some negative attention. The New York Attorney General announced "a settlement with Aspen Dental Management, Inc. that requires the company to pay a $450,000 penalty, remove itself from any clinical decisions within its practices, not split patients' fees with the clinics and make it clear to consumers that the management company is not a provider of dental services". As the manager of multiple clinics, Aspen Dental was said to have "incentivized and pressured staff to increase sales of dental services and products, immplementing revenue-oriented patient scheduling systems", according to the New York Atorney General's office. 

We believe that the reason this happened is because the management was outsourced, whereas Vaca & Kirby Dental Group decided to keep our management in-house.  We work closely with every member of our team to provide the best care and recommendations for our patients. 

Along with the American Dental Association, Vaca & Kirby Dental Group strongly advocates for "noninterference with clinical decision-making and we're pleased to see that the agreement supports this view. Decisions about dental care should be between the patient and the dentist." 

Read the full article here.

 

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Complete Care at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group

We've found that one issue that people encounter when selecting a dentist is that they run into having to select multiple because their families are in different stages of life and may have different goals that not all dentists can take care of. So, that's why we are a complete care family dentistry at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group.

We want to simplify your life. You don't have to worry about finding a pediatric dentist for your kids, a general dentist for your maintenance needs, and a separate cosmetic dentist to make a significant aesthetic improvement. We have that all under one roof for your convenience. 

Let us take care of your entire family. Click below to schedule an appointment with us. We want to welcome you to our family!


Don't Ignore Sleep Apnea Symptoms

 

Sleep Apnea: It affects a lot of people and it's quite common, but you may not know you have it due to the fact that you're sleeping when some of the symptoms occur.  

So, it's crucial that you not only observe your body, breathing, and your day-to-day activities, but for your partner to be observant when you are sleeping. Generally, your partner is already aware because snoring is a symptom. And snoring is something that is usually hard to ignore. 

We provide solutions to sleep apnea symptoms. 

With more than 18 million people being affected by sleep apnea, it is definitely something that needs to be addressed. So, please pay attention to any symptoms and if you think you may have any,schedule a free consultation with us!

Relay For Life With Vaca & Kirby Dental Group

One of the events we participate in every year is Relay For Life! This is how we spent some of our weekend! 

Relay for Life is a fabulous cause that raises much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Vaca & Kirby Dental Group is a proud supporter and participant.

We feel a personal connection to this organization. Our very own, Betty Kirby, is a 3 time breast cancer survivor and she's tough as nails. We love celebrating her life and we want to celebrate more lives through continual support of the American Cancer Society. 

There are a number of ways to support this cause. 

To take a look at some other great causes we support, click here!



One-Minute Flossing Technique

 

Sometimes we can fall short when it comes to flossing - but it's just as important as brushing!

The technique demonstrated in this video is the way the pros floss and it doesn't take more than a minute to do. 

In this video, dentist and YouTuber Dr. Carlos Meulener explains the best method for controlling a piece of dental floss. You use your thumbs to floss the top teeth and then use your middle fingers to floss the bottom teeth. Make one of your digits a pivot point so the other thumb or finger can just rotate around, making sure you clean the walls of both teeth in the gap as you go. With a technique like this, there’s always time to floss. 

 

Emergency Dentist Visits After St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Did you know that emergency dentist appointments skyrocket the day after St. Patrick's Day?

CNBC reports a 64% increase in emergency appointments on Wednesday, March 18th! Mostly knocked out teeth, it is more often than not caused by people simply behaving badly. 

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