9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Unfortunately, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is very common. But completely preventable.

Here’s some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will only need to visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Not major treatment.

1. Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Clean away the particles of food Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough. Scrubbing your gums aggressively can be painful and is a BIG don’t.

2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much simpler to insert floss between teeth. But get over your aversion to flossing, unless you want cavities or gum disease.

3. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. (But they can worsen dry mouth which can cause other problems.)

4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A nutritious diet provides the nutrients necessary (Vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.

5. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may result in gingivitis (gum disease) or oral cancer. While you’re at it, avoid E-cigs and vapors.

6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, speak with dentist Williamson.

7. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular examinations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.

8. Talk to your dentist about dental health topics such as old, broken fillings or crowded teeth.

9. If you grind your teeth, talk to dentist Williamson about ways to safeguard your teeth.

Listed above are nine simple ways to ensure your teeth don’t decay, or worse, fall out completely. It’s crucial to brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Bonus points for brushing and/or rinsing after lunch. Daily dental hygiene also keeps your breath fresh. Your friends, family, and co-workers will appreciate that.

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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The 4 Stages of Gum Disease

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You may be wondering why sometimes your gums are red and swollen, or your breath is bad. Maybe you’re just concerned with improving your dental health and want to be more aware for your next appointment. Learn about the four stages of gum disease you may be overlooking when thinking of your overall oral health needs.

GINGIVITIS

Try not to worry if your dentist recently diagnosed you with gingivitis. There is still hope for a full recovery and you can take action to prevent the condition from worsening. The main symptoms of gingivitis include red or swollen gums that cause discomfort while brushing and flossing. You may also notice undesirable breath on occasion. Gingivitis is typically caused by the buildup of bacteria on our teeth and along the gum line. The most common treatment is increased brushing and flossing in addition to more frequent dentist appointments. Be prepared to visit the dentist every 3 months for deep cleanings and professional care instead of the usual semi-annual checkups.

EARLY STAGE PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Unfortunately, if you hear “periodontal disease” or “periodontitis” in your next dentist appointment, you may be at risk of more serious effects. This means an infection has spread beneath your gums allowing harmful bacteria to slowly destroy the bone holding your teeth in place. Slight periodontal disease is the next step in the development of gum disease (or periodontal disease). This may lead to redness and swelling of the gums, foul breath and recurrent bleeding during brushing and flossing. It can be concerning any time our gums bleed while flossing, but it isn’t always a sign of gum disease and may simply be from deficient dental hygiene. Also, early stage periodontal disease can’t be entirely reversed, but your dentist can develop a treatment plan to keep it from getting worse.

MODERATE PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Moderate periodontal disease can also be managed by your dentist, but involves more advanced care. Your dentist will need to clear away plaque from below the gum line (this same treatment may also be used with early stage periodontal disease) in order to help correct the condition. Since your gums are slowly detaching from your teeth at this stage, surgery can reshape your gums and close the pockets between your gums and teeth to reduce plaque buildup. This may sound intimidating, but don’t worry too much! With exceptional self-care and one of our savvy oral hygienists at your side you can still prevent this condition from worsening.

ADVANCED PERIODONTAL DISEASE

The last stage of periodontitis creates the most devastating impact on your oral health. Most of the time dentists will use surgery to prevent tooth loss. Flap surgery is common for this stage and involves cleaning the actual roots of your teeth by scrubbing behind your gums. Your dentist may also smooth or reshape your compromised bone to prevent bacteria from accumulating.

However, keep in mind all of us are in control of our dental health. Occasionally genetic conditions can weaken our immune system and harm our gums and teeth, worsening periodontitis, but usually, we can prevent acute conditions like this from progressing by practicing proper oral hygiene.

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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Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A Patients Have A Choice In Dental Fillings

Rockwall Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

With all the talk in Rockwall of multi-procedure smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked.

If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, Texas cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.

Most dental patients in the Rockwall and Rockwall area have a few fillings in their mouths. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way Texas family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Royse City, Backland, and Heath, McLendon-Chisholm areas remember.

Rockwall cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their Texas patients.

Today, the filling material of choice in Rockwall and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, Rockwall dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many Rockwall dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.

I’m dentist Karen Williamson and I work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1993, and I find it especially rewarding when Royse City, Backland, and Heath,McLendon-Chisholm residents experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

Whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Call 469-402-0024 today to schedule an appointment with Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A!

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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How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

Educating Rockwall Dental Patients About Little-Known Risks Hi! I’m dentist Karen Williamson, DDS. Most every day, I can be found at my Rockwall dental practice treating dental patients with tooth and gum problems or helping patients prevent them. There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to oral health.

1) Rockwall diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk. My number is 469-402-0024.

2) A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many medications used by thousands of Royse City and Backland folks, including those for high blood pressure and depression, cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, but it is also dangerous. Anti-depressants (especially SSRI’s) and antipsychotic drugs can also trigger tooth-grinding (bruxism).

3) Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

I help many Heath, McLendon-Chisholm dental patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that sometimes seem unrelated to dental health. Regular professional dental care is essential for oral health and an important part of your overall physical health.

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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Total Tooth Restoration

Total Tooth Restoration Your face is always on display for others to see. You can’t hide it behind long sleeves, baggy jeans, or a hat.

Many lucky Rockwall residents who have received smile makeovers at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A believe their dazzling new smile brightens their whole face. Some Rockwall professionals have corrected tooth problems prior to beginning a search for new employment.

A beautiful smile is essential to a polished appearance. Royse City cosmetic dentistry is not just for people in the public eye, it is for anyone who desires a youthful looking smile.

Backland teeth whitening is quicker and more popular than ever. Some of our Rockwall cosmetic dental patients invest in total teeth restoration because they have always been self-conscious about chips, gaps or crooked teeth.

Cosmetic dental treatment may consist of dental bonding, dental implants, dental bridges, orthodontics, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening or a combination.

If you are unfamiliar with the latest materials and procedures, see smile makeover expert Karen Williamson for a cosmetic dental consultation. Some transformations are completed in just one visit! And don’t forego a new smile because you are afraid of dental treatment. Nervous Rockwall cosmetic dental patients can wake up to a new smile with oral conscious sedation.

It is never too late to get a movie-star smile!

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

469-402-0024

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560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
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Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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Let’s talk about the power of a smile.

A smile communicates your emotions more precisely than words can ever do. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. But what if you want to smile but the problems with your teeth prevent you? This is a frustrating condition for many Rockwall people both young and old.

You may have a warm and engaging personality, but no one can notice that personality without a smile. If you are often too embarrassed about your teeth to smile, this post is for you.

Do you ever consider how your close-lipped facial expressions affect other people’s perceptions of you? Do you think it’s possible that your demeanor causes people to get the wrong impression? Perhaps they think you are shy, distant, timid, or unhappy. These adjectives are probably completely off-base – but without a smile, it’s hard to tell. Especially when people meet you for the first time.

Do you think your unappealing smile has affected your career? How about your personal relationships? If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, you have probably considered cosmetic dentistry.

This begs the question: “What has prevented you from seeking a smile makeover?” Is it the cost? Fear that it’s going to be painful? Doubts about whether it will really work? Worry that you will have to take work off for several appointments? Maybe you are just too embarrassed to let anyone look in your mouth.

If you are still reading this post, I suspect you are on the fence regarding this life-changing renewal. You can’t make a wise choice unless you have the critical facts, and I want to provide them to you.

Knowledge is power. I invite you to come in for a free, informational smile makeover consultation. I want to communicate with you about all the concerns I mentioned previously and any others you may have. When I complete a smile transformation for someone who has been embarrassed to smile for years, it changes that person’s life. Because of industry-leading procedures, instruments, lab processes, and materials, it’s a great time to be a cosmetic dentist and an even better time to get a smile makeover at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall.

The key to a cosmetic dental smile makeover that transcends what is technically adequate to the type of sensational smile that is greater than the sum of its parts is the proficiency of the dentist. To reach the level of perfection that you deserve, a renowned smile makeover dentist must have the ability to use all these things in combination with rare artistic skills.

Whew! That’s a lot of words. And, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, we know that words cannot convey what a celebrated smile can. Let me show you pictures of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A smile makeover patients. Then you will understand. (After all, a picture is worth – how many words?)

I invite you to call me, dentist Karen Williamson, today at 469-402-0024.

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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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and carrot sticks? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging trail? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are doing great? If you picture a white, healthy smile or a dental X-ray showing no decay, we salute you.

At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, we urge everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done correctly and consistently, brushing and flossing are crucial components of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes, and be sure you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is necessary for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Rockwall stores, so experiment until finding one you like.

I’m dentist Karen Williamson of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. As a healthcare provider, I am passionate about helping each of my patients reap the benefits of oral health and avoid tooth woes that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers offer cosmetic procedures, I also serve you with services that improve the aesthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A today at 469-402-0024 or visit http://www.karenwilliamsondds.com/.

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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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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Today’s post explains how specific foods and eating habits impact our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to assault enamel and initiate decay for individuals of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really worthy of banishment. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. It is wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will advance tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more frequently you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be eased by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

I’m Karen Williamson, DDS at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. If cosmetic dentistry, including the cost of veneers, the cost of implants, teeth whitening, and the like interest you, call 469-402-0024 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from Bioclear bonding, Pinhole, CEREC to Cosmetic Dentistry, including Bioclear Bonding. Our friendly staff is ready to make you comfortable.

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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If My Tooth Gets Knocked Out, Can It Be Put It Back In?

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Accidents happen, and sometimes teeth get knocked out. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies there is, so if it happens remember us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

Teeth can be knocked out in many different ways: an accidental elbow to the mouth or a fall at home are among the more common causes.

When a tooth is knocked out, time is of the essence. If it is treated within an hour or so, the chances of saving the tooth are very good.

That depends, of course, on the condition of the tooth, and the condition of the patient’s jaw. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist. A common piece of advice is to place it in some milk. We agree, but a carton of milk isn’t always going to be available.

It’s just as effective to put the tooth into some kind of protective container, and spit on it. A cup or a baggie will do just fine. Handle the tooth with care, and do not touch the root. If there are tooth fragments, gather them up.

If the tooth is intact and moist, and if you get to our office quickly, there’s a good chance it can be saved. There are no guarantees, of course: positioning it correctly can be difficult.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we offer emergency dentistry, and people from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate know they can trust our urgent care. We also offer complete family 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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What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency

Rockwall Dental EmergenciesMost of us will experience at least one dental emergency in our lives. You could break a tooth playing a sport, accidentally dislodge a crown, experience sudden pain caused by an abscess or break a wire on your braces. In the case of a dental emergency, it is essential to seek emergency denteal care at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall as soon as possible!

The following are some immediate treatments:

Broken Tooth: Save any tooth fragments. Rinse mouth with warm water. If the area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze. A cold compress held on the cheek can reduce swelling and lessen pain. Get to our office as soon as you can.

Lost Filling: Save the filling if you can. It can help your dentist determine why it came out. Do not let food get stuck in the hole left by the filling. Do not chew on the tooth. Brush it gently. Call our office to schedule an emergency appointment right away.

Displaced Crowns: If there is pain, you may apply a dab of clove oil with a Q-tip to the affected tooth (a common home remedy that may reduce pain). Save the crown. If you can’t see us immediately, you can apply dental cement (available at drugstores) or denture adhesive to temporarily re-attach the crown until you can get here. Do not use other types of glue or adhesive.

By visiting Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall as soon as possible, you avoid pain, infection and possible further tooth damage. We offer emergency dental care. Other services include family dentistry. Make 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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