Is There A Way To Control Your Teeth Grinding Issues?

When you grind your teeth, you can put pressure on your jaw joints and muscles that can lead to recurring issues with pain and stiffness. You can also wear down your dental enamel, which can lead to issues with sensitivity, soreness, and even permanent damage! What can you do to stop yourself from experiencing these problems? This issue, known as bruxism, can be difficult to fully manage on your own, as you may be grinding or clenching while you sleep. To stop damage from occurring, your Southlake, TX dentist can provide a bruxism appliance to keep your teeth apart at night. You can also take care to reduce issues with grinding by addressing this habit while awake, and by making changes to certain daily behaviors. (more…)

Are You Starting To Grow Concerned About Sensitive Teeth?

It should have been a typical, pleasant meal, but dental sensitivity made eating a chore. Does this scenario sound familiar to you? Sensitive teeth can make eating and drinking uncomfortable, and it can create some understandable concerns about a person’s overall oral health. There are different circumstances that can lead to sensitivity. If the problem is accompanied by face and jaw pain, it may be linked to unresolved problems with teeth grinding. If you only have one sensitive tooth, it may be a sign that restorative dental work is needed. In order to find out what your troubles with dental sensitivity stem from, our Southlake, TX dentist’s can provide an evaluation of your oral health. Once an issue is identified, we can recommend treatment so that you can finally put this issue behind you! (more…)

Are You Taking Care Of Your Smile At The Start Of Your Day?

To put it simply, some people have an easier time starting their day than others. While one person can spring out of bed feeling refreshed, another can struggle to extract themselves from their sheets in order to prepared for the day ahead. No matter how comfortable you are with your morning hours, you should set aside some time to effectively care for your teeth. When we first wake up, we can have more oral bacteria in our mouths than normal, which means there are more harmful microbes to potentially cause problems with tooth decay and gum disease. Of course, you can do more to care for your smile in the morning than brush – you should also be smart about your breakfast choices to limit your risk for cavities. Your Southlake, TX dentist’s office can offer tips on smart smile care when you first wake up, and throughout the day, during a routine dental exam. (more…)

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…)