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How to Prevent Halitosis

You’re probably thinking, what is halitosis? Well, we all have had it at some time in our life. Halitosis is another word for bad breath. While some may only experience having bad breath every once in a while, others struggle with chronic halitosis. Halitosis is caused by bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria can make itself at home inside your mouth for many different reasons.

Desoto Family Dental Care is dedicated to providing Desoto County, Mississippi with the highest quality dental care. Doctor Seymore, Parolli, and Trotter, as well as our team of professionals promise to give you the best experience possible when you are in our office. We can help you with your halitosis or any other dental needs you may have. Let’s take a look at ways to prevent halitosis.

Causes of Halitosis

Generally, halitosis is caused by problems inside the mouth. Neglecting dental hygiene can cause bacteria to flourish. These bacteria alone can cause a foul smell, but they can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these diseases can really pack a punch when it comes to bad breath.

Having a thorough and consistent dental hygiene routine should be enough to keep halitosis at bay. This routine should include:

  • Brushing twice per day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Cleaning the gums and tongue
  • Flossing once per day
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding sugary foods and drinks
  • Avoiding tobacco products
  • Getting regular dental checkups

If you are still struggling with bad breath, you should consult your dentist to make sure that the problem is not something more serious. They may suggest that you try a mouthwash on top of your routine to further limit bacteria. Visiting the dentist regularly should help catch any problems before they become serious and lead to symptoms like halitosis.

Breath Refreshing Tips

If you need a refresher during the day to tame your bad breath, there are plenty of options for you to try. Anything that will help wash away bacteria from the mouth will help with halitosis. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Rinse out your mouth with water or mouthwash
  • Avoid foods that will cause bad breath (onions and garlic)
  • Chew sugar free gum
  • Eat crunchy healthy food like apples and carrots
  • Drink water

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If you need help managing halitosis, we can help you get to the bottom of it. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (662)429-5239, or visit our website to find out more about us and what we can do for you.

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Reasons To Get Dentures

Are you embarrassed by your missing teeth? Never fear, most of us lose teeth at some point. Nearly one-half of American adults have lost at least one tooth. Whether your tooth loss is due to decay, gum disease, or injury, Desoto offers many options.

Dentures come in a variety of styles, and they are quick, inexpensive, and painless. For people missing a few teeth, partial dentures will help restore their smile and preserve their remaining teeth. Complete dentures are for the 10% of adults between ages 50-64 who face total tooth loss. Whether you need partial or complete dentures, there are many reasons why people choose replacement teeth.

Why It’s Important to Replace Missing Teeth

Losing teeth with age is natural and repairable. Acting quickly to find the best dentures will save you money and pain. It is important to replace lost teeth as soon as possible to avoid the following symptoms:

  • Gum Disease
  • Jaw Decay
  • Hollow or Sagging Cheeks
  • Loss of Speech

Our professionals understand that losing teeth is a personal tragedy. There are many options for patients who wish to improve their health and social life. Dentures have a low up-front cost and can be installed promptly.

Dentures Will Improve Your Life

Missing teeth can severely affect your daily life. Many people feel self-conscious when attending social events because they are afraid to share their smile. Others cannot fully enjoy the luxury of eating because their teeth are too weak. You are not alone. Desoto Family Dental Care offers custom molded dentures, with the option of implant supports that prevent slippage or clapping. You will:

  • Restore Your Smile
  • Eat and Speak Better
  • Look Younger
  • Fill Out Your Face
  • Improve Your Health

Dentures are a lifestyle change that will boost your confidence and mojo. Don’t dwell on missing teeth. Select one of our many plans, or check out our reviews to know that we are the ones to trust.

Seeking Dentures in Hernando?

Our latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities are designed to give you maximum comfort and care. Come visit us on 460 Byhalia Road
Hernando, MS, or call us at 662-429-5239 to schedule a consultation.

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment can be intimidating, but it is sometimes necessary to save your tooth. People have been giving root canals a bad rep for years, but done properly they don’t have to be a painful experience. In fact, a root canal treatment is meant to relieve pain, not cause it. Here are our answers to a few common questions about root canal treatment.

Desoto Family Dental Care is dedicated to giving patients the best dental experience possible with any procedure, and that is especially true for root canals. Dr. Seymour, Parolli, and Trotter have over 60 years of total experience practicing dentistry, so you can trust them and their team to give you excellent care.

Why Do I need a Root Canal?

When the pulp inside of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal is necessary. The pulp is a soft tissue inside of the tooth’s root canals that contains blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. Pulp fills the long channels that protrude from the bottom of the tooth and hold your tooth to your jaw. It can become inflamed or infected for several reasons: severe decay, a crack or broken tooth, or if the tooth has been subjected to many procedures.

It is not only the tooth that is at risk when foregoing a root canal procedure. The infection can spread to your other teeth, gums and jaw bone. Unfortunately, this infection is not something that can heal itself, and the health consequences of refusing a root canal can be dangerous.

What Does the Process Entail?

To stop the spread of infection, your dentist or endodontist will need to remove the pulp from the inside of the tooth. They will start by using a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and keep you comfortable. They will use specialized tools to gently clean out the tooth all the way down to the ends of the roots. Before continuing, your dentist will likely use a safe disinfectant to kill any remaining bacteria inside of the tooth that could cause future problems.

Next, your tooth needs to be refilled and reconstructed. The most common filling material is a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. Reconstruction will be different depending on the tooth. Commonly, the tooth will need a crown to restore the strength of the top of your tooth from the procedure.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

Your root canal should restore your tooth to its normal functions, and without the pain. Once your mouth heals from the procedure after a couple of days, you should not feel any pain or discomfort like you would have before the procedure. It is important to maintain proper dental hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to prevent any further problems with that tooth, and to keep your other teeth healthy as well.

Contact Us

Are you having tooth pain? If you are, you might be in need of a root canal to alleviate the pain. Come see us at Desoto Family Dental Care for a checkup so we can assess your pain to see what the best options are to help you. Contact us here or give us a call at 662-429-5239 today!

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Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Nobody wants stained teeth. A bright smile can make you feel more confident, self-assured, and youthful. Research shows that people with white teeth are perceived by others as smarter and more socially competent. Fortunately, there are tricks and tips that help you control how white your teeth are. One of them is limiting eating foods with stain-causing tannins to every other day. Tannins are bits of acid that are attracted to the proteins in your enamel. To keep your smile pearly, avoid regular consumption of foods and drinks that are high in tannins.

Our professionals at Desoto Family Dental are committed to your smile. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S, and we’re excited to provide you with such an in-demand treatment. Whether your stains are due to dietary habits, tobacco usage, fluorosis, or medication, we can help you boast a brilliant smile. Our in-house Zoom! treatment can whiten your smile by several shades in as little as an hour. If you prefer our at-home treatment, Nite White will brighten your smile using our patented technology. Before making an appointment, start your whitening process today by avoiding the following foods.

Avoid These Foods for Whiter Teeth

The most important part of dental care is brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist. However, if you are seeing tons of stains, reduce your intake of foods high in tannins. Avoiding these foods will help you before and after your whitening process. The earlier you start, the more habit-building the behavior becomes. Also, whitening treatment makes your teeth more absorbent, so cutting stain-causing foods for a couple days after your procedure is best for maintaining polished pearly whites.

Coffee and Tea

Surprise! Black tea stains your teeth more than coffee. They both have tannins, but tea contains more. After drinking your morning joe, rinse with water. You may be tempted to brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee or tea, but you’re better off drinking water. Then, 20-30 minutes afterward, fortify your teeth by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

White Wine

Another fun fact is that white wine stains your teeth more than red, though they are both hard on your teeth. Drinking red wine will give you a temporary purple smile that may be partially permanent depending on your specific teeth. While white wine doesn’t stain your teeth per se, the high amount of tannins makes existing stains worse. Pair your wine with cheese or water to protect your teeth and keep them white.


When considering foods that stain your teeth, a good rule of thumb is: if it’s hard to get out of clothes, it’s probably hard to get out of teeth. Berries are full of antioxidants, but they also contain pigments that stick to your teeth. Eat berries in moderation and try pairing them with nuts, which generate salivation.

The Bottom Line

Life is short, so we’d hate to suggest completely cutting out your favorite food or drink. Just know the risks and drink water with each meal. Try drinking all your coffee in one sitting instead of sipping it throughout the day. The daily routine of brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist is invaluable for your dental health. Desoto Family Dental Care offers top-rated whitening programs that will give you the smile you always wanted.

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5 Common Invisalign Myths

We’re lucky to live in a time when so many different orthodontic treatments exist. It allows you to find the perfect option to match your needs. But that said, it can also make deciding more stressful because there are so many factors to consider with each treatment. Not to mention that each orthodontic treatment seems to come with an array of myths and misguided information. So we’ve decided to spend some time taking care of some of the most common Invisalign Myths.

Desoto Family Dental Care is proud to provide Invisalign treatment to those around Hernando, MS. With a focus on quality service and care, there’s no better place to pursue Invisalign. Come on into our Hernando dental office for a consultation with one of our doctors! Or you can keep reading to learn more about the common myths surrounding Invisalign.

5 Invisalign Myths

  • Treatment with Invisalign takes longer than braces: While Invisalign might take longer to treat more complicated alignment issues, in general it can be just as efficient as braces in terms of the length of your treatment.
  • Invisalign is much more expensive than braces: On average, Invisalign costs a little more than braces, but in the right hands your dentist can cut down costs if that’s a priority for you.
  • Invisalign can’t treat more complicated alignment issues: This is simply not true. Invisalign is as capable as braces when it comes to treating more complex alignment issues. That said, Invisalign might take longer to treat these complications.
  • Invisalign gives you a lisp: As the alignment trays are customized to fit your teeth perfectly, you’ll hardly notice a difference in the way you speak when you’re wearing them.
  • You have more appointments with Invisalign: You have to change your aligner trays every two weeks. But that doesn’t mean you have to come into our office for each new set of trays. With some planning, you can receive several sets of trays at a time to minimize unnecessary time in the office.

Invisalign Treatment With Desoto Family Dental Care

Whether you meet with Dr. Seymour, Dr. Patrolli, or Dr. Trotter, you can rest assured knowing you’re in good hands. Our doctors will work with you to design a personalized treatment that will help you achieve a stunning smile. After an initial impression is taken of your teeth, you will begin wearing your aligner trays, substituting a new set of trays every two weeks. That way your teeth can shift steadily into their ideal alignment. And like we said above, you don’t have to come in every two weeks. We can have less frequent appoints to ensure that you’re on the right track, without having to spend unnecessary time in the office.

Ready For Invisalign With Desoto Family Dental Care?

If Invisalign sounds like a good fit for you, then schedule an appointment today! You can call us at 662-429-5239 to schedule a consultation or you can contact us here.

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Highlighting Dr. Trotter

Desoto Family Dental Care wouldn’t be the practice it is today without the hard work and dedication of our dentists. They provide the backbone from which we’re able to create such a successful family dentistry. Dr. Trotter brings a whole lot to Desoto Family Dental Care. Be it his focus on quality care and superior service, or the wealth of knowledge he brings to our practice, we’re glad he’s part of our team.

Desoto Family Dental Care is proud to serve Hernando, MS, with our quality care and superior service. We offer a variety of services from cosmetic dentistry to restorative dentistry, and much more! With each of our services, you can rest easy knowing you’re in the hands of our highly experienced dentists. Now keep reading to learn more about Dr. Trotter!

Dr. Trotter Before Desoto Family Dental Care

Dr. Trotter grew up in Greenville, MS, right along the Mississippi River. After graduating high school in 2003, he went on to study biology at the University of Mississippi, minoring in chemistry and psychology. If that’s not impressive enough, he was also a member of eight honors societies including Alpha Epsilon Delta and the National Dean’s List.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Trotter moved onto the University of Mississippi Medical Center, from which he graduated in 2012. Throughout dental school, he served as the class vice president, and he was chosen to serve on the Admissions Committee for the class of 2014, an honor received by only two students per year.

Dr. Trotter Today

Dr. Trotter enjoys living and working in Hernando. At Desoto Family Dentistry, he offers a variety of services, from cosmetic dentistry to more restorative services like dental implants, bridges and crowns, and dentures. Dentistry is always changing, and Dr. Trotter is committed to staying up to speed on the best practices in his field. As such, he is a member of the Tri-Lakes Dental Study Club, and attends myriad educational seminars to stay at the cutting edge of his field.

When Dr. Trotter isn’t working, you might find him playing tennis, listening to music, or spending time with his family. The Trotters are active within the Hernando community. They attend a methodist church, where Dr. Trotter is a part of the HUMC Praise Band. They have a son, Elliot Stone, and a dog, Lilly.

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Join us at Desoto Family Dental Care for any and all of your dental needs. You can call us at 662-429-5239. You can also contact us here.

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Highlighting Dr. Seymour

There are a lot of things that make Desoto Family Dental Care a special place. Be it our beautiful facilities, superior dentistry, or our phenomenal staff team, we strive for quality service and care in every way. Fundamental to our outstanding dentistry is the hard work and dedication of Dr. Seymour.

Desoto Family Dental Care is proud to serve Hernando, MS, with our numerous dental services. Whether you’re seeking cosmetic dentistry or any of our restorative services, you can rest assured knowing that you’re in the hand of our highly experienced staff. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Seymour and his remarkable journey into dentistry.

Dr. Seymour’s Life Before Desoto Family Dental Care

Dr. Seymour was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi, down along the Gulf. Upon graduating from Biloxi High School, he headed up to Oxford to attend college at Ole Miss. But Dr. Seymour’s steadfast dedication to education didn’t end there. He continued on to the University of Tennessee to get his degree in dentistry.

Dr. Seymour’s time in Memphis led to more than just a degree. It was there that he met his wife Shirley, who was then a student in the dental hygiene school. They married the year before graduating, and then they moved to Marks, MS, to begin their careers in dentistry. They stayed in Marks for a few years, gaining valuable experience in their field. And it was in there that their daughter Holly was born.

The Start of Desoto Dental Family Care

The Seymours moved to Hernando in 1974 to start the dental practice that would eventually become Desoto Family Dental Care. And they’ve lived there ever since! The Seymours have always had a habit of excelling. Dr. Seymour was recognized by the Mississippi Dental Association for 35 years of going above and beyond his annual education requirements.

Dr. Seymour and his wife have been hugely active within the Hernando community since they moved there. Dr. Seymour spent time as the President of both the Hernando Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and has been a part of numerous Hernando boards.

An Ole Miss Rebel at heart, Dr. Seymour still enjoys watching his first Alma Mater play football on Saturdays. He is also involved in Honduras missions as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Are you due for a professional cleaning? Come on into Desoto Family Dental Care! You can call us at 662-429-5239. You can also contact us here.

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The Effectiveness of Laser Gum Treatment

Since 1994, dental lasers have been used to treat a number of oral health issues. While no dental laser system has been awarded the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, the FDA has given approval and many dentists have taken notice of the benefits patients can reap from laser gum treatment and other laser dentistry services.

At Desoto Family Dental Care, we have used dental lasers to treat gum disease for years and our Hernando, MS patients have seen the benefits first hand. If you are in need of laser gum treatment, we can gladly help. Before you call to schedule an appointment, let our knowledgeable staff fill you in on the benefits of laser gum treatment and other uses for dental lasers.

Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment

As with any new type of technology, dental lasers present a number of advantages over previous methods of gum disease treatment. When a patient has gum disease, they become inflamed. In order to effectively treat the disease, the inflamed gum tissue has to be removed. Dental lasers make it possible to do this without much pain, making it a popular treatment choice.

There are a number of additional benefits that laser gum therapy presents. Some of these benefits are:

  • No general anesthesia required
  • Dental lasers are precise and accurate
  • Shorter recovery period compared to other treatment methods
  • Less bleeding and swelling due to dental lasers being less invasive
  • Less pain in comparison to traditional treatment methods

At Desoto Family Dental Care, we took notice of these benefits long ago. We have always tried to be ahead of the game and embrace new technologies and laser gum treatment has been one of our favorites.

Other Dental Uses for Lasers

In addition to laser gum treatment, there are a number of other uses for lasers in dentistry. For example, dental lasers have been used to remove decay from dental cavities. This also makes it easier to prepare the tooth for the dental filling once all the decay has been removed.

Another common use for dental lasers is in professional teeth whitening services. Many dentists use dental lasers to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. The bleaching compound used in professional teeth whitenings is activated by special lights. Dental lasers can speed up this curing process and leave you with teeth as much as 8 shades whiter in one appointment.

Better yet, as this technology improves, there will likely be even more dental services that utilize dental lasers.

Contact Desoto Family Dental Care Today!

As you can see, dental lasers have more potential uses aside from simply laser gum treatment. However, at Desoto Family Dental Care, we use this technology purely to treat gum disease. If you are interested in our laser gum treatment, or any of the other dental services we offer at our Hernando, MS dental office, you can contact us here. You can also call us at 662.429.5239 to schedule an appointment today!

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Learning in the Big Easy!

new orleansThe doctors and staff recently attended the New Orleans Dental Conference in April. There were two main goals for this trip. One, was to learn new things to help improve overall patient care at the office. The second goal was to build camaraderie within our team and strengthen our relationships with each other. We successfully attained both of these goals in New Orleans.

Examples of the classes we attended included:

  • Oral Pathology – Identifying lesions in the mouth to help diagnose oral cancer
  • Delivering WOW service – How to better serve our patients
  • America’s Sweet Tooth Obsession – Its impact on oral & systemic health
  • Top 20 Game Changers in Dentistry Today – new products, techniques, etc.
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Our recreation time was spent eating some delicious Cajun food together as well as exploring the city. A great time was had by all and we brought home lots of good ideas to implement at the office.

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Community News

The team at DFDC recently worked a booth at the A’Fair event on the Hernando Square. Team members and doctors met with fair goers and gave out lots of free dental products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and other goodies. We had balloons for the children to enjoy. A raffle was drawn for a $300 gift certificate and was awarded to a lucky winner.
It was such a rewarding time seeing familiar faces as well as meeting new friends and we plan to participate in next year’s event.

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460 Byhalia Road
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