Unable To Put Bite Pressure On A Tooth? A Crown Can Help

man confident in his biteIf you have any problems with your bite function, you should not take them lightly. An uneven or awkward bite can put stress on your jaw joints and muscles, which can lead to pain as well as a higher risk for picking up a teeth grinding habit. Troubles with a person’s bite can often be traced to problems with a particular tooth. Damage and decay can leave a tooth weak or vulnerable, but sometimes the problem is with a tooth’s poor development. At our Southlake, TX dentist’s office, we can provide an evaluation to determine what might be causing the problem. If the tooth is not able to support your bite, or contribute to the application of pressure, we can recommend restoring it with a custom dental crown. (more…)

The Role Flossing Plays In Preventing Oral Health Problems

image of man flossingYou should not disregard the importance of brushing your teeth, but you should know that if you only brush to prevent dental problems, you can be more vulnerable to oral health issues than you realize. A toothbrush is designed to effectively clean the surfaces of teeth, including areas that are difficult to reach because they are located in the back of your mouth. However, they are not so useful if your goal is to clean between your teeth. Bacteria and food debris trapped in these spaces create risks for cavities and gum disease, which is why you should floss as well as brush. If you have questions about your oral care routine, you can bring them to your Southlake, TX dentist during your next dental exam. (more…)

Check In On Younger Children When They Brush And Floss

parent and child brushing teethEven at a young age, kids can be eager to do more for themselves. While it can be a good idea to encourage and reward independence, there are certainly times where parents should be on hand to offer guidance. Even as you turn over the tasks of brushing and flossing their teeth to them, you should be available to help your kids learn these skills. Providing ongoing encouragement, and offering tips when necessary, can make it easier for them to establish and maintain good routines. Of course, you are not the only one who can be there for them when it comes to their oral health. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office is prepared to help kids (and their parents) with their oral health needs! (more…)

Professional Teeth Cleanings Help You Maintain Your Smile

smiling redhead in glasses happy with her healthy smileEach day, you should dedicate time and effort into cleaning your teeth. When you take this responsibility seriously, you can effectively stop the buildup of plaque, which means you can prevent tartar deposits from forming and raising your risk for dental problems. You can make sure your smile remains healthy by sticking to a daily routine of flossing, along with brushing twice a day. The right behaviors (along with smart diet choices) can help you preserve healthy, lovely teeth! With that said, remember that you should also take advantage of your access to regular dental checkups to ensure your smile remains in good shape. At our Southlake, TX dentist’s office, patients are given an evaluation along with a professional teeth cleaning. The cleaning is important because it clears away harmful debris that you might have missed when brushing and flossing, including tartar deposits that can resist your daily care efforts. (more…)

Will A Root Canal Be Necessary During My Cavity Treatment?

When a cavity forms, a restorative dental procedure will have to take place to stop it from doing continued damage to your tooth. What will that procedure include? Will it be necessary for your dentist to perform a root canal procedure to deal with decay? That will depend on how severe the damage to your tooth is, and whether an infection has developed. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office has experience caring for patients who have required treatment for dental decay. If necessary, we are prepared to deal with an infection through root canal treatment. Those who feel uneasy about the idea of a root canal should know that this treatment can protect you from potentially severe complications that might affect your smile and health. (more…)

3 Common Obstacles To Maintaining A Healthy Smile

visual of a person holding up 3 fingersRecent issues with tooth decay can make a person concerned about their dental well-being, and receptive to information on how they can avoid future troubles. Even if you have not had a cavity to date, you should be concerned about the effectiveness of your oral care routine if you want to remain healthy through the years. One thing to remember is that regular dental checkups offer important support by giving you feedback about your smile as well as access to professional teeth cleanings. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office has helped people of all ages keep their teeth in good health. As important as it is to have access to regular dental health support, what you do on a day-to-day basis is also important if you want to keep your teeth in good condition! (more…)

Put Problems With Tooth Loss Behind You

happy couple, example of people who enjoy their restored smilesAdjusting to a dental problem as significant as tooth loss can be difficult. In fact, many people who try to ignore the problem, or simply move on without arranging prosthetic dental work, can develop new issues over time because of their attempts to work around their incomplete smile. Something as basic as biting and chewing can become frustrating, as the effort to work around a gap in your smile can lead to pressure on your jaw joints and muscles. It can also lead to the loss of more teeth! You can talk with your Southlake, TX dentist about your history with tooth loss, and how it has affected your life. By doing so, you can learn about the many exciting benefits of receiving a permanent, lifelike prosthetic appliance! (more…)

Worried About Your Smile? Drinking More Water May Help

example of a senior woman caring for her health by drinking waterPoor daily choices can make it difficult for you to avoid problems with dental discoloration and tooth decay, even if you are consistent with your oral hygiene habits. Even a great brushing and flossing routine can be undermined by an unhealthy diet, as well as by problems with dehydration. You may be surprised at how the act of drinking more water can help you with your oral health as well as your general well-being. When you are better hydrated, you can make it easier for your body to produce saliva, which delivers natural protection to your teeth. Choosing water as a substitute for flavored beverages can also help you, as this choice can effectively cut out sources of sugar and teeth-staining particles. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office wants patients to recognize that good daily habits, along with consistent dental care, can make it easier to avoid problems that require restorative dental work! (more…)

Can Changes In Your Habits Help You Protect Your Smile?

senior man smiling and confident about his oral healthAre you starting to worry that your current approach to oral care is not doing enough to help you avoid restorative dental work? While reconsidering your approach to oral hygiene can be beneficial, there are other changes that may be important if you want to give your smile more protection. Dropping certain harmful habits, or making smart changes during the day, can make it easier for you to avoid cavities, issues with gum disease, and even problems with unsightly teeth stains. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office can also help you protect your teeth and gums by providing evaluations and helpful feedback during every routine dental exam. (more…)

Better Smile Care Can Be Good For Your Overall Health

smiling because she is confident in her healthy smileIs it possible for the oral care you practice to affect your overall well-being? The effects of poor dental and periodontal health can impact you in ways you may not expect, while an effective routine can help you fight the buildup of bacteria in your mouth that can prove harmful. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office helps patients stay on top of their oral health needs during regular dental checkups. During an evaluation, we can look for worrying signs of poor oral hygiene like tartar accumulation, and we can address any active issues that might call for attention. While these visits are certainly important, you can further protect your smile – and your general health – by sticking to a beneficial hygiene routine each day. (more…)