Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

Rockwall tooth brushing tips

You’ve been brushing your own teeth since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it over with. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we ask what may sound like a silly question: are you doing it right?

Actually, many men and women are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better support your oral health and guard your smile from decay and gum disease.

Here are critical tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how swiftly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be helpful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By adjusting your pattern, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s difficult to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily multiply and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people hurt their enamel or gums because they brush too forcibly with a hard brush. dentist Williamson counsels patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is repulsive to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for kids. Not true. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we want all of our patients to enjoy excellent dental health, and it begins with brushing and flossing at home every day. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Dentist

Visit Your Rockwall DentistYou smile deserves regular attention. If you haven’t had a dental examination in a while, here are the top ten reasons to see us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall:

  1. Check Up: It’s time, and this is the best way to prohibit dental problems.
  2. Clean Up: Our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up: If it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in for a refresher course on correct dental hygiene.
  4. Avoid Pain: If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now, because we specialize in relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings: We can find and fill all your cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you forego more painful troubles down the road, and helps some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent Gum Disease: We’ll assess the health of your gums and, if necessary, make sugggestions for improvement.
  7. A Whiter Smile: We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will upgrade your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic Dentistry: Considering making improvements to your smile? We can help you evaluate the options.
  10. Confidence: Nothing brings you more confidence than a healthy,  smile.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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It’s not a news flash to say that we’d all like to have a beautiful smile, and the whitest teeth possible. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, teeth whitening is one of the procedures we are asked about the most often.

The reality, of course, is that the color of teeth can vary greatly from one person to the next. In fact, many people have teeth that are yellowish or gray, or otherwise dull and off-color. And that probably accounts for the popularity of whitening toothpastes.

There’s a remarkable range of these toothpastes in any grocery store, along with whitening strips and similar products. They contain abrasives that polish the teeth, and help to dissolve stains.

Types of Stains

There are two kinds of stains on teeth: extrinsic and intrinsic.

  • Extrensic stains. Extrinsic stains are surface stains. We’re all vulnerable to them, because they’re the type of teeth stains that come from things like coffee, cola, and other beverages. Tobacco is also a major staining agent, whether it’s smoked or chewed.
  • Intrinsic stains. These are stains that are within the enamel of the tooth itself. They are often caused by antibiotics such as tetracycline.

What To Do?

Whitening products from the store can be effective. But they do not have the whitening power of professional teeth whitening.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, our teeth whitening can whiten your teeth up to eight shades, leaving your with a brilliant white smile. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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A Ginormous Cavity?

Rockwall Cosmetic DentistryAt Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, when we repair a tooth that has cavities or damage, the restorative dentistry procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or decay on the biting surface, an onlay or inlay is often created to fix it.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling, but smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

The inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. Dr. Williamson has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental aesthetics to shape the restoration and create an exact match.

Our inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not bring about tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and safeguard against further decay or degeneration

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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5 Cavity Basics

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Preventing cavities is one of the main reasons people visit the dentist. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we want all our patients to have healthy gums, and teeth free of any decay.

Here are five things you should know about cavities.

  1. Tooth decay is one of the most common of all diseases, second only to the common cold.
  2. With daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups, cavities are preventable.
  3. When fluoride is in your tooth structure, it makes the enamel stronger and more resistant to cavities.
  4. Dental sealants have been shown to make teeth ninety-nine percent cavity-free over a six year period.
  5. One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is to limit your intake sugar.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we want to keep all of our patients cavity-free, and recommend a cleaning and checkup with us every six months. We offer family and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A

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In addition to cleanings and checkups, Karen W. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall likes to share useful information to help you stay on top of your dental health. So without further introduction, here are ten terrific tooth tips:

  1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
  2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
  3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
  4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
  5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
  6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water.
  7. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
  8. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition.
  9. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth.
  10. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury.

At Karen W. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we want all our patients to take good care of their teeth. Brush and floss daily, and see us for a checkup every six months. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next exam today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Rockwall Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we will talk about jaw bone health.

To remain strong and vital, your jaw bone needs to be stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the original root structure begins to recede. This can affect adjacent teeth, which can begin to move toward the new gap. It can also lead to a sagging appearance in the patient’s face.

Fortunately, dental implants can prevent all this. Implants are titanium posts inserted into the jaw where the original root was. The titanium fuses to the bone to provide a solid base for an artificial tooth.

A single implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a bridge or full dental arch.

Dental implants have been called one of the great advances in dentistry. Implants are among the restorative dentistry options available at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Call our office today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Call Them What You Will, Just Keep Them Healthy

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Chompers. Pearly Whites. Dents. Gnashers. Grill. Call them what you like, but at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we remind you to never change a well-established dental health routine.

Practicing daily oral hygiene will improve your health now and in the future. You’ll prevent tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended.
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration when you choose toothpaste. It’s your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care is essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, your dental health is important. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Treat Your Smile To A Healthy Diet

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Proper nutrition can benefit you in many ways: increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we ask: how often do you examine how your diet impacts your dental health?

Your diet can influence your risk of cavities, enamel health, and gum condition. Healthy foods provide an environment that can prohibit inflammation and infection. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the prime choices for oral health. Calcium-fortified beverages, milk, and other dairy products provide vitamins, minerals, and calcium that helps with keeping teeth, bones, and gums healthy. Eating crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery, will help clean your teeth and gums.

A healthy diet contains all the vital vitamins and minerals, and the most important mineral for teeth is fluoride – especially for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore adequate fluoride is critical.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, services include general and restorative dentistry. Call our office to shedule your next appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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What If My Child Loses Their Baby Teeth Too Early?

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This post from Karen E. Williamspon DDS PA in Rockwall is about primary teeth, also known as baby teeth.

Primary teeth are essential. Your child needs them to speak, and of course, to eat. Those little teeth also preserve space for the permanent teeth to come in when kids get a little older.

When young children lose their baby teeth a long time before their permanent teeth erupt, it can influence tooth spacing.

Artifical Space Maintainers Keep Teeth From Shifting

In some cases, we may recommend an artificial space maintainer to keep the remaining baby teeth in place. This ensures that there will be enough space for the permanent teeth to come in.

We’ll remove the artificial space maintainer when it is no longer needed.

When Is It ‘Too Early’ Or ‘Too Late’ For Baby Teeth To Fall Out?

If your child’s baby teeth loosen and come out before they are four and a half, come see us about it. It’s important to examine your child and take X-rays. It’s also important to check for any related medical issues.

If your son or daughter hasn’t lost any teeth by 7 or 8 years old, it may also indicate a problem. Hopefully, you are already maintaining a twice-yearly dental visit schedule for your son or daughter. If not, we recommend that you start.

Regular dental exams allow us to monitor your son or daughter’s oral development. There’s a lot going on (seen and unseen) in little mouths!

At Karen E. Willismson DDS PA in Rockwall, we offer a wide range of family and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment for your child, or yourself, today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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