Healthy Lifestyles For Healthy Lifesmiles

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Dental health and a sensational smile depend on much more than simply brushing regularly. In this post from dentist Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, we present a quick refresher on essential lifestyle practices that affect oral health.

You are probably familiar with most of these recommendations, but it is helpful to get a reminder once in a while. We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. After all, the two are inseparable.

DO:

  • Eat a nutritious diet.
  • Eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that attack enamel.
  • Brush gently but meticulously at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Make sure you clean thoroughly between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners such as flossing picks.
  • If you have children, communicate with your Rockwall dentist about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
  • Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
  • Have a dental examination twice yearly with your Rockwall dentist.

DON’T:

  • Eat a sugar frequently. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel.
  • Snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to constant bombardment with acids.
  • Chew on ice.
  • Use your teeth as tools. Ever.
  • Drink energy drinks.
  • Get oral piercings.
  • Ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you have oral pain or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. in Rockwall TX for an appointment. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Smile Transformations At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A

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Hello friends of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall! This post is for people who aren’t satisfied with their smile, and would like to improve it with cosmetic dentistry.

Common issues for patients include yellow or misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or broken teeth.

Few men and women have naturally stunning smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many problems that affect oral health and the attractiveness of their smile. But some individuals are unsatisfied with their smiles even though they practice regular oral hygiene.

The team at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the flaws. We have the experience to transform ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, our services include cosmetic and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Gum Disease: A Treatable Condition

Periodontitis is the formal name of advanced gum disease. It’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and affects nearly half of Americans over the age of thirty. But advanced gum disease can be treated at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, and does not have to result in the loss of teeth.

The first thing to tell you is that gum disease is progressive. Before it reaches the advanced stage, it is called gingivitis, which is inflammation in the gums. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.

Gingivitis develops when plaque is not adequately removed from your teeth. You remove it by brushing and flossing. The good news is that gingivitis is easily reversible. If you’re diagnosed with it, you need to step up your brushing and flossing, and get a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.

Advanced gum disease develops when gingivitis is not treated. Toxins build up in the plaque on your teeth and invades gum tissue. Not only that, it gets into the bone and ligaments the support the teeth. The teeth can actually come loose.

Severe cases may require surgery. But first is a non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planing, or SRP. We scrape plaque and tartar off the surfaces of your teeth and root surfaces. From there, any roughness on the roots is smoothed to prevent bacteria from accumulating there.

It usually takes more than one dental appointment to complete SRP. But once it’s over, the gums will heal and reattach itself to the teeth. After a few weeks we’ll evaluate the procedure to determine whether additional treatment is necessary.

All of this can be avoided with proper dental care. Like we always say, we want our patients to brush and floss twice a day to maintain their dental health.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we specialize in periodontics and provide gum disease treatment. 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

 


Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, this post from Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX is for you. It discusses dental issues of special concern to adolescents, including developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, we see cavities and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and complicating circumstances include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.

As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. In addition, some teens’ diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old have an energy drink, but they are a popular beverage among adolescents.

In spite of public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many teenagers take up the habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.

An issue that impacts most young people is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early, so they can be treated before they cause trouble. Some people don’t have a problem with their wisdom teeth, but statistically speaking, most do.

At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment for your teenager 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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Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

Rockwall Teeth Whitening and VeneersThis post from Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall TXD is written to separate fact from fiction, with respect to teeth whitening.

You have probably seen ads for whitening products with terms like “white brite,” “22 carbamide peroxide” and “peroxide teeth.” How can you make sense of it?

Some dentists guarantee fantastic results for any patient who wants a whiter smile. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. Not all teeth whitening systems are appropriate for every person.

Don’t be fooled by smile whitening hype; you risk poor results. Cosmetic dental work such as crowns or bridge work are not affected by whitening procedures, and if you aren’t careful you’ll end up with teeth of varying shades.

If you have all-natural teeth that are dull or stained, teeth whitening will probably be very effective. But that brings up the question, will over-the-counter products be effective? While some of them can whiten teeth a few shades, none are as effective as professional-strength whitening you’ll get in our office.

At Karen W. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, teeth whitening is one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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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Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time for young people. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come inm providing an “adult smile.” Teeth can be aligned with orthodontia, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed. But from our experience at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, some teenagers take up habits that are dangerous to their teeth.

Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and how it affects lifelong oral health. Some young people develop cavities that can cause recurring dental issues in later years.

Unfortunately, eating disorders are far too common among adolescents. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly urge parents to intervene immediately and seek appropriate medical care if they suspect their teen has an eating disorder.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young people decrease their calcium intake—a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems.

Moreover, adolescents that experiment with tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of cavities and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Adolesence and early adulthood is a rough time of life. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, we advise parents to make sure their teenagers receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment for your teenager 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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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

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Some people who lose a back tooth wonder whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avoid the cost to replace it and save some money? At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we say in no uncertain terms: there are several important reasons to replace a back tooth with a permanent dental implant.

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can affect the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually loosen.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone pulls back. This changes the shape of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a reduction in supporting bone. The vertical shortening proceeds and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can cause excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall. Our services also include family dentistry. Schedule 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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Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Rockwall ResidentsIn this blog post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we’re going to talk about an unpleasant subject, and what you can do about it.

Imagine you are starting a new job and are going to speak with your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry and possible embarrassment for many individuals. Regular dental checkups in our office can help alleviate your concern over bad breath.

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many factors can cause or contribute to halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent effect on your breath.

Brushing and flossing daily is an important step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the number of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath.

Other factors to think about include dry mouth, tobacco use, and health concerns such as infections. Come visit Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A located in Rockwall, TX. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule 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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We Keep Kids’ Smiles Healthy

Rockwall Pediatric DentistryYour child’s dental health is critical to overall health and vitality. With family dentistry at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, we work with you and your children to ensure healthy smiles for life. Why? The health of your child’s teeth and gums influences their speech development, eating habits, and self-image.

First Visit Before Age One

Dental care for kids is essential, and that is why we recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we will discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing methods, and orthodontics.

Children’s Tooth Decay Can Be Prevented

Tooth decay is far too common in young children. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When parents and dentists work together, children and adolescents can maintain healthy, beautiful teeth.

Our friendly team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed in our inviting office. Our dental team is trained to make dental visits fun for kids. Your child will never develop a fear of the dentist.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall, our family dentistry can be an essential part of your child’s healthcare. We also offer cosmetic 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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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we hope you never take your teeth for granted. We only get one set each, and they are meant to last a lifetine. We like to see you in the dentist chair every six months!

In the meantime, here is some tooth trivia.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as critical as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription migraine medication can increase your risk of tooth decay.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of little ones between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay.
  7. Heartburn can be adverse for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as bad for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. [1]
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

We hope you have found this post interesting, and perhaps even learned something new. At Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall TX we offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

[1] http://www.businessinsider.com/laser-stem-cell-tooth-tissue-regeneration-2014-5#ixzz3fzlosJDMTooth

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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