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Toothprinting in The Woodlands, TX

Why Every Child Should Be Toothprinted

Dr. Taylor's own daughter was kidnapped in Oklahoma in 1996. She was 14 years old at the time, and by God's grace escaped from the two 16 year old boys who had a mission to rape and murder some innocent girl that day. One hour later they kidnapped another girl whom they did rape and murder.

This experience has made child safety a passion of Dr. Taylor's. Working with the Texas Dental Association and the Masons of Texas, he has started a statewide program for child identification by toothprinting children in every public school and across every socio-economic barrier.

While he is working the long and arduous political adventure to implement this program, he is reaching out locally as much as possible. He has done free toothprints of all children in his practice, and has made free toothprints for thousands of children at programs such as National Night Out, The Children's Festival and several other local events. His goal is to try to educate as many people as possible. He has been a speaker at several different dental meetings because many dentists are not aware of the importance of toothprints.

Advantages of Toothprints

Toothprints offer multiple advantages.

  • They capture both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, which is good indefinitely.
  • The unique scent of each child is captured on the thermoplastic wafer and remains good for many years. We teach the children to spit as much as possible if they are abducted by a bad person. This leaves a scent trail for dogs to follow and definite DNA evidence that a child was in a location.
  • Toothprints capture the imprint of the upper and lower teeth, which can be used to identify remains and give closure in certain situations where the child has not had fillings or other markers in the dentition.

Making a toothprint is a fast, painless process. The toothprint wafer is warmed in hot water and the child bites into it. The wafer cools down and becomes very rigid. Then the wafer is placed in a zip locked bag wet with saliva and stored at room temperature by the parents.

Ideally the tooth print should be repeated every three years.

Services from your Woodland Dentist

When you have a family to take care of, time can be in short supply. That’s why we provide a wide variety of dental services that can help smiles of all ages, eliminating tedious visits to other offices. From routine hygiene to revitalizing restorative care to Invisalign treatment and much more, Dr. Taylor, the dentist Woodlands residents trust, and his team have the skills and dedication needed to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

At the foundation of our services is your twice-yearly dental checkup. These appointments serve as the baseline from which we develop a treatment plan to help you maintain your best oral health. Beyond cleaning and polishing your teeth, one of our skilled hygienists will also examine your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay or gum disease. Periodically, we will also take digital x-rays to find any concerns that are not visible to the naked eye, such as a cavity between two teeth or infection developing deep inside a tooth. Another very important component of a checkup is an oral cancer screening. This disease is highly treatable and curable when found early.

Similarly, other oral and dental health concerns are relatively easy to treat when found sooner rather than later. Some of the restorative treatments Dr. Taylor offers to repair your smile include:

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dentures and Partials
  • All Porcelain Crown, Inlays and Onlays
  • Root Canals
  • CEREC one-visit crowns and other restorations
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

For those times when you want to enhance your smile, we have a number of cosmetic treatments. One of the most cost-effective is teeth whitening with Zoom! Whitening. In just one appointment, you can have a smile that is several shades brighter and whiter.

Have a chipped or slightly cracked tooth? Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin material to rebuild and reshape your tooth. If you have several teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshaped or slightly misaligned, then consider porcelain veneers. These coverings are adhesively bonded to your teeth, so you can present an aesthetically pleasing smile to family, friends and colleagues.

We proudly serve patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Houston and surrounding communities. Call our office in The Woodlands, TX today to schedule an appointment for yourself or another member of your family.

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It’s time to start enjoying a happier, healthier smile. Dr. Taylor and his team can’t wait to welcome you here in the Woodlands. Request an appointment today!

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