Are The Spaces Between Your Teeth A Tooth Decay Risk?

What can you do to make sure you are protected against bacteria and food particle buildup between teeth? The answer hopefully feels obvious – to guard against this accumulation of harmful materials, you should floss. Unfortunately, people who are aware of the benefits of flossing often fail to see this habit as an important part of their daily dental care routine. As a result, they can leave themselves vulnerable to tooth decay as well as gum disease. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office can check on your overall oral health, and look for deposits of plaque and tartar, during dental exams. If deposits of plaque and tartar are present between teeth, it can be a sign that you are not enjoying the oral health benefits of a good flossing routine! (more…)

Problems With Your Nightly Rest May Affect Your Smile

Are you sleeping peacefully, or do you often find yourself lying awake at night struggling to rest? When a person develops a problem with their sleep routine, they can struggle with emotional and physical issues. In addition to being tired, irritable, and unfocused, you may have a harder time keeping up with regular tasks. Because the effects of fatigue can hit particularly hard during mornings and nights, your lack of rest may start to affect the care you provide your smile. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office is proud to help patients maintain good oral health habits by providing guidance during regular dental exams. You should recognize the importance of a consistent routine, as even a small interruption may make it more difficult for you to prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease. (more…)

What To Expect When You Undergo Cavity Treatment

If your oral hygiene habits are consistent, and you take care to minimize your exposure to products that are high in sugar, you can control your cavity risks. Unfortunately, many people will have at least one cavity in the course of their life, which means they will have to undergo restorative dental work. Once a cavity has formed, there is no way for you to make it go away on your own. Fortunately, you can arrange for treatment to stop the worsening damage to your enamel at our Southlake, TX dentist’s office, and also have the tooth protected by a dental filling or dental crown. Our practice can provide restorations from materials that are able to closely mimic your natural tooth structure and preserve your smile. (more…)

Helping Your Child Learn To Brush And Floss On Their Own

As they grow up, kids pick up more responsibilities, and have more control over their own care. Your child may be reaching an age where they can be trusted to brush and floss their teeth on their own. At this point, you can feel happy to see them reach this development milestone, but understandably concerned about their ability to effectively prevent problems like tooth decay. How can you be sure that your kids are ready, and what support should they still receive from you? Because our Southlake, TX dentist’s office serves patients of all ages, we can help parents and kids manage their dental health needs. We can provide guidance on good oral health habits to kids during pediatric dental appointments. We can also offer parents tips on encouraging their kids to take their dental health seriously! (more…)

How Long Should You Wait Before Replacing A Toothbrush?

Good oral hygiene calls for smile care on a daily basis. At least twice a day, you should brush your teeth in order to fight the buildup of food particles and harmful microbes that gather on your smile. What you should know is that in addition to thinking about your daily oral health responsibilities, you should be mindful of certain actions that are important even if they occur less often. One thing to remember is that your Southlake, TX dentist’s office provides important preventive dental services at routine dental checkups. Another is that if you want your brushing habits to remain effective, make sure you replace your toothbrush every three months. It may be necessary to do this sooner if you already notice problems with your bristles wearing down. (more…)

Dental Problems Can Negatively Affect Your Quality Of Life

It may not surprise you to hear that your dental health can impact the quality of your smile. What you should know is that when problems form and are not managed in time, the complications that occur can end up impacting your quality of life and general health in ways that may surprise you. You may experience pain, sensitivity, or difficult jaw movement that can interfere with your ability to bite and chew properly. You can also have difficulties with discomfort that make it difficult to go about your normal day. Some problems with your dental health can even interfere with your ability to take care of your overall well-being. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office can help you avoid these potential complications in your life by providing consistent care during routine dental exams. (more…)

Protecting An Injured Tooth Before You Undergo Treatment

What can happen in between a dental injury and restorative dental treatment? If you are not careful, you may cause more problems by further damaging an already chipped or cracked tooth, which can cause more discomfort. Further harm can also affect how your Southlake, TX dentist needs to approach your care. Even if a tooth is not visibly injured, you should take care to protect it if you are in pain, or if it seems loose. Our practice is able to help patients when they experience injuries. Through treatment, you can be free of any lingering discomfort, and you can be happy to see that your smile still appears healthy and natural. (more…)

Steps To Take If You Want To Avoid Dental Wear And Tear

One way to make sure your teeth remain attractive is to avoid behaviors that might lead to visible dental wear and tear. Some changes in the shape and condition of your teeth can be hard to avoid, as the work of biting and chewing produces unavoidable friction on your enamel. With that said, some people can develop problems with teeth that seem flat, dull, or unhealthy due to too much wear. Sometimes, this problem can simply be avoided by cutting out a bad habit of biting and chewing on hard surfaces, or making an effort to brush your teeth with less force. With that said, it can also be a consequence of bruxism, a problem that can affect you during the night. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office can help you deal with bruxism, and we can help you find a solution to problems with dental wear and tear if you are already concerned about your appearance. (more…)

Are You Starting To Worry About An Older Filling Or Crown?

What will you have to do to keep a tooth safe after it has been treated for a cavity? Because the damage from decay is permanent, you may fear that you will have permanent issues with your tooth. You can be happy to know that the dental filling or dental crown put in place by your dentist is capable of protecting that tooth even as you use it to bite and chew. While restorations used in dental treatments are permanent, problems can sometimes occur as a filling or crown starts to feel loose, or experiences damage. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office can help you make sure your tooth is safe by evaluating an older restoration, and – if necessary – arranging the placement of a new one. (more…)

Why Kids Sometimes Have A Hard Time Avoiding Cavities

When a child’s teeth first start to arrive, their parents will have to directly help them protect them against dental decay by cleaning them. While kids will grow up to take care of this on their own, the support they receive when it comes to learning about oral hygiene can be valuable. Children sometimes struggle with cavities because they are still learning the hows and whys of dental care, and because they often have a tougher time passing up a chance to enjoy candies and other sweets. Because of this, your guidance can be important even when they are brushing and flossing on their own. Pediatric dental exams can also be important for protecting young smiles. Your Southlake, TX dentist’s can take care of kids at our practice and also provide guidance to help them make good choices at home. (more…)