Is It Sinus Pressure or a Toothache? How To Recognize The Difference

June 15, 2018

Being that our teeth and sinuses are connected, understanding what's causing pain in the general area can sometimes be hard to decipher.

Although you should always consult your doctor for medical advice if you are experiencing any pain, here are a few key differences between oral health and sinus-related issues:

Sinus Infection

Sinus infections or "sinusitis" are usually problems called by a virus, bacteria, allergies are nasal-related issues.  Sinusitis is often triggered by the common cold or allergies and will usually clear up on its own, after consulting with your doctor. If you have a recurring sinus infection or an infection lasting longer than 8 weeks, you may be suffering from a chronic infection and it is adviced that you seek medical assistance.

Possible symptoms of sinus infections include:

  • Persistent coughing
  • A sore throat
  • Swelling and inflammation in the sinuses with a headache
  • Dull pain around the nose, eyes, forehead, teeth or jaws
  • Greenish-yellow discharge from your sinus passages

Oral Health

Besides the obvious pain in your teeth, if you exhibit other problems such as a headache, a toothache might be the cause of your mouth-related issues. Another likely sign of oral health issues is if you have tried natural and over the counter remedies for your sinusitis and haven't have had any success in solving your teeth pain.


If this is the case, it is recommended that you make a trip to see your dentist so that your problem areas can be properly assessed, diagnosed and treated.

Experiencing tooth pain?

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What’s New In The Foote Family Dental Office

May 25, 2018

May has been a really busy month here at Foote Family Dental Care!

Check out what we have been up to:


Yesterday we attended the 2018 New Orleans Dental Conference. Our staff attended a variety of continuing education courses including Implant Dentistry, CBCT lesion diagnosis, Orofacial pain and Insurance coding! We can't wait to put all of this knowledge to work!




On May 19 we attended the Rubicon Health Fair and Day.

We loved mixing and mingling with the crowd!







And we are so excited to reveal the much-needed upgrades to our Consultation Room!

Check out the before and afters!



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Posted in General Dentistry

Dental Bridges: What Are They & Why Are They Used?

April 15, 2018

A dental bridge is used to hold teeth in place and make normal activities such as chewing and talking a lot easier when you suffer from missing teeth.

Traditional dental bridges consist of one or more fake teeth that are held in place by dental crowns that are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth.

We offer dental crowns and dental bridges here at Foote Family Dental Care, as well as other services to help alleviate any dental issues you may be suffering from.

Learn more about all of our services or schedule an appointment with us today!

Posted in Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry

Does Going To The Dentist Make You Nervous?

Suffer from dental anxiety? You are not alone. An estimated 30-40 million Americans avoid the dentist due to anxiety and fear.

March 1, 2018

Gonzales Louisiana Dental Sedation ServicesIf you have ever had any of the following experiences, our dental sedation may be able to help:

  • Dental work makes you nervous or anxious
  • Sensitive teeth
  • C0mplicated or lengthy dental procedures are required
  • If you have experienced uncomfortable dental visits in the past
  • Being numbed for procedures has not been easy for you

View some of the sedation options we provide or request an appointment now!

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Little-Known Services that Dentists Provide

January 22, 2018

When most people think of a dentist they tend to only think of teeth, however, there are many services dentists also help that aid in their patients' overall oral health.

Check out a few of the more "surprising" services that our dentist office provides to our patients in Gonzales, Prairieville and all of Ascension Parish below!

Sedation Dentistry

Did you know that an estimated 30-40 million Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear?

Our Gonzales dentist office is proud to offer sedation dentistry treatments so that patients suffering from dental phobia can feel relaxed during their dental procedures. To see some of the sedation options we provide, visit our Sedation Dentistry page or contact our office today to speak with someone directly at 225-647-1900!

TMD/TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMD and TMJ) is a disorder that causes pain in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement.  TMD can also cause chronic headaches, ringing in the ears and more. 

TMD can be caused by injuries, teeth grinding and bad bites. Our office offers a revolutionary botox treatment that can help to stop the symptoms of TMD/TMJ in as little as 15-20 minutes. Call all our Gonzales dental office today at 225-647-1900 to see how we can help relieve your pain associated with TMD/TMJ.


Gum Disease Treatment

Also known as Periodontal Disease, gum disease is an inflammatory condition that develops and affects the gum tissue of nearly 80% of all Americans. Our office offers professional periodontal disease treatment from the beginning stages to the end.

We've listed some of the signs of gum disease on our site, check it out and call our Gonzales dental office today at 225-647-1900 if you think you may suffer from any of the symptoms related to Periodontal Disease.

Mercury-Free Dentistry

Did you know that many dentists in the past have used fillings that contain the toxin mercury, which has been linked with a number of potential health issues such as food allergies, weakening of the immune system, collagen diseases, nerve issues and neuroligical and cardiovascular disorders?

Here at Foote Family Dental Care, the safety of our patients is always our number one priority, therefore our office is 100% mercury-free. To read more about our Mercury-Free fillings, check out our Mercury-Free dental services page.

To view all of our the services provided by our office, visit our Dental Services page.


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Posted in Family Dentistry, Oral Health

Merry Christmas From Foote Family Dental Care!

December 2017


Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 2017 has been an incredible year for our office and we can not wait to see what is in store for 2018.

See you next year!


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MTM Clear Aligners: Straighten Your Teeth In 3-6 Months

MTM Clear Aligners is a clear aligner system that helps align your smile without braces. The aligners typically take 3-6 months on average with total treatment costs equalling $3000, however, many insurance providers will help pay some of the treatment (usually around $1000-$1500). 50% of adults are candidates. 

Fill out the form below to see if you are a good fit and to find out how you can save $500 on your treatment!





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Common Cases treated by MTM Clear Aligners:


Minor spacing issues of the anterior (front 6 teeth) that occurs when there is too much space between teeth.


Minor crowding that occurs when there is not enough space between teeth.

Midline Discrepancies

When the upper and lower teeth are not aligned.


When the teeth tilt at an angle outward or inward,


When the teeth are rotated clockwise or counterclockwise.


When teeth sit too high or too low.

Call 225-647-1900 now to find out how you can save $500 on MTM Clear Aligners just in time for your next special event!

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Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Why Visiting The Dentist At The End Of The Year Is A Smart Money Move

October 24, 2017

Want to save money?

Dental Benefits - Unused End of the Year

Many people don't know that if their dental insurance plan runs on a traditional calendar year, there

are many reasons that scheduling a dental appointment at the end of the year would be beneficial.

1. Unused Benefits

The reason for this is because many dental plans will reach their annual maximum (generally around $1000) at the end of the year, which means any unused benefits will not roll over.

2. Deductible

Not only will you lose benefits that could have been useful for your entire family, but your deductible (money you must pay your dentist out of pocket before your insurance will pay for your services) will also start over when your plan rolls over. If you or your family has gone to the dentist throughout the past year, there's a good chance you have already met your deductible and could get treatment for a lot cheaper at the end of the year.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment to make sure you don't lose your dental insurance benefits!

3. FSA Balance

Flexible spending accounts (FSA) are accounts that are established through employers, that many people will elect to have pre-taxed pay put into. Just like with your annual maximum and deductible, these contributions (if not used) by the end of the year are lost.

By scheduling an appointment within the next two months, your family can save money AND help prevent dental problems.

Click here to request an appointment online now!

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Five Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard

September 19, 2017

With the month of September nearly behind us, most of us here in south Louisiana have one thing on our minds: Football. Unfortunately, with football also comes injury and we thought it would be a great idea to remind everyone of the importance of protecting yourself during sports.

5 Reasons to Wear a MouthguardAs we stated in our previous post about mouthguards:  More than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually in this country by a sports mouthguard, according to the ADA.  

If that statistic still doesn't convince you to always wear a mouthguard...check out these 5 injury-prone areas that wearing mouthguards help to avoid:

1. Helps to prevent jaw and neck injuries

2. Acts a shield to jaw joints

3. Protects teeth during impact

4. Cushions soft tissues

5. Lessens the risk of concussions.

Have questions about your restorative dental options? Give us a call at our Gonzales, LA office today if you are in the area, including Baton Rouge and Prairieville!


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The Part of Your Teeth You Forget to Brush

August 20, 2017

Forgetting To Brush Teeth Part

Via Carly Ledbetter of the Huffington Post

Despite most of us thinking that we’re brushing our teeth correctly or flossing frequently enough, dentist visits are often full of surprises.

Irritation, cavities, gingivitis ― the list of our maladies goes on and on.

It’s always important to go back to basics and make sure that you’re brushing your teeth with proper technique. When it comes to ways people are brushing their teeth incorrectly, Jessica Hilburg, DDS and associate dean for clinical affairs at the NYU College of Dentistry, is the expert.

She told HuffPost that there’s one important part of your mouth that too many people skip over.

“Sometimes people forget to brush the insides of their teeth, the surfaces that face the tongue and the palate,” Hilburg told HuffPost. ”Sometimes people forget these areas because we don’t see them when we look in the mirror. Food and plaque can buildup in these areas so it’s just as important to brush there as it is on the front of our teeth where we can easily see.”

Hilburg also said not brushing your teeth long enough (she recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day) and using the wrong amount of pressure while brushing is also incorrect.

“Applying too much pressure while brushing could damage gums and be abrasive to the teeth,” she said. “Applying too little pressure while brushing just isn’t as effective and will not remove the plaque as well as using gentle pressure. [Also] just rubbing the toothbrush back and forth in long strokes will not do as good a job as the short strokes because the short strokes allow you to get in between the teeth much better.”

She added, “The ‘right amount of pressure’ is pressure that feels comfortable, does not crush the bristles of the toothbrush (too much pressure) and of course leaves your teeth feeling and looking clean.”

If you want to double check your brushing techniques and times, Hilburg suggests following the instructions on the American Dental Association’s website.

“It should take two minutes to brush your whole mouth ― 30 seconds for top teeth surfaces that face the lip and cheek, 30 seconds for top teeth inside surfaces and same for bottom teeth ― a total of two minutes. The chewing surfaces should be brushed while doing the sides,” Hilburg said.

“Regardless of the technique used even if you aren’t as organized as I’ve described, tooth brushing should touch upon all surfaces—inner, outer and chewing surfaces.”

Or you can just watch this handy video:

Hilburg also gave HuffPost suggestions about the right type of toothbrush and toothpaste people should use ― and what to avoid.

“Using a soft toothbrush is recommended, as bristles that are too hard can damage gums and may not be flexible enough to remove the plaque,” Hilburg said. “Soft bristle toothbrushes are best whether they are manual or power brushes. Choose a size toothbrush that feels comfortable and isn’t so large that it won’t fit on the sides of your teeth comfortably.”

Hilburg added, “A toothpaste with fluoride will help decrease the risk of decay and cavities. If any toothpaste felt irritating then of course a person should avoid it.”

In order to maintain good oral hygiene, Hilburg also recommends flossing daily, brushing your tongue and using an interdental cleaner (a small pointy brush) as well. And don’t forget the inside of your teeth!



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Nora Richardson-Foote, DDS
Dr. Nora Richardson-Foote and her team are eager to provide a variety of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Call today to set up an appointment if you are in the Gonzales LA area, from Baton Rouge to Prairieville! Foote Family Dental Care - Nora Richardson-Foote D.D.S.
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