Oral Health and Cowboys?

Boy cowboy in black hatThe Fort Worth Cattle Drive has earmarked the city with two enduring symbols recognized throughout the south: cowboys and cattle. The event mimics the Old West and the process of moving cattle from one location to the next. Historically, Fort Worth functioned as a crossroads for cattle drivers, which also evoked calling it “cowtown.” The event attracts locals and travelers alike to experience the slow moving, almost rhythmic hoof beats, of cattle and horse. How does this relate to dentistry? Read more to find out.

The Cowboy and His Teeth

The Old West for cowboys was rugged and rough. It challenged their grit and required a strong-willed human being to be able to drive cattle across the states. A historically understood fact is that teeth in this era were soon pulled for relief’s sake before being saved on account of beauty. In many cases, decayed teeth or infected gums would develop to the point of excruciating pain, or it would develop to the point where teeth would literally just fall out. Dentistry back then wasn’t at its best. Oral health habits were essentially non existent.

Your Local Dentist

Fast forward to the present time. Your smile and mouth are in limbo between optimal and not so opitmal. The only way to keep you oral health above average is to prevent bad bacteria from developing and causing issues, such as: tooth decay, gum disease, or oral cancer.

Dr. Huffstutler encoourages you to brush, floss, and rinse on a daily, habitual basis to maintain your oral health. He also highly suggests visiting your local dentist at least twice a year to ensure your mouth is remaining decay and disease free. Your tooth brush and floss can’t reach every part of your mouth, which means it’s important to have regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Cowboys were on a schedule to drive their cattle. So should you with visiting your dentist and keeping your oral health optimum.


With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.