No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we stay on top of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a compelling field of research: genetic dentistry.

According to Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, “About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.”

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link:

  1. Enamel Strength: Your genes play an important role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.
  2. Sugar Cravings: Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. But it still isn’t good for your teeth!
  3. Chemical Composition of Saliva: Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes critical minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.
  4. Immune Response to Bacteria: We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The durability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a critical role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

So thank your parents if you have good dental health, and maintain it with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. Patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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, Ste 104, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

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What Do You Do If You Get Something Stuck Between Your Teeth?

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Ever get something stuck between your teeth? Of course you have; who hasn’t? At best, something stuck between your teeth is bothersome, especially if it takes a long time to remove it. At worst it is painful, and requires professional attention, like what we provide at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX.

Some people have narrow and tight spaces between their teeth. They seem more susceptible to getting things wedged in there. It can cause pressure and discomfort, and even pain.

Here are some tips to dislodge what you have stuck between your teeth.

The first tip is what not to do. It may be tempting, and may even seem like a good idea. But never use a sharp object on something stuck between your teeth. Repeat, never, not even a toothpick. You may damage your gums or teeth.

Here is what you should try:

  • Rinse your mouth out vigorously. Use lukewarm saltwater. You may need to repeat several times, but this is often enough to loosen whatever is stuck.
  • Use waxed dental floss, as it is excellent for getting things from between teeth. Waxed floss slides easily into tight spaces.
  • If you have to use a floss pick, make sure it has tight strands of floss.

If none of this works, give us a call. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we offer general dentistry, and can help with your pain and discomfort. People throughout Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to us for cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Contact 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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How Tooth Grinding Can Damage Your Smile

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Teeth grinding is a common behavior among people of all ages. Known formally as bruxism, it is when someone involuntarily clenches or grinds their teeth. It can have serious consequences, but is treatable at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX.

Teeth grinding can occur during the day or night and can affect children and adults. Some people grind their teeth intermittently, while in others, it is regular behavior.

Teeth grinding can be painful and damaging to your smile. It can also have a long-term affect on physical and mental health.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

  • Loose teeth
  • Pain in the teeth or face
  • Cracked teeth
  • Worn down enamel
  • Alignment issues

The causes of bruxism are not fully understood. It may be a combination of physical, psychological, and genetic factors. The good news is that it is treatable. Stress reduction techniques are helpful, as is wearing a night guard when you sleep.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we offer comprehensive dental care. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Request 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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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This blog post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning, if you already brush and floss every day at home.

The answer is yes: both are important because they work together to maintain your dental health.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Keeping a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate, even if you brush and floss every day. When plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, our services include general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Sparkling Smiles At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A

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Sparkling smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones; you won’t get much disagreement there! Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also good for your self esteem. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we create sparkling smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

Unfortunately, our teeth lose their luster as we grow older, but we see staining on young patients, too. To protect teeth from staining, it is vital to brush after meals to remove substances that can stain. After consuming acidic foods or drinks, however, it is better to rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid. This will protect your enamel.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, our cosmetoc options are safe and effective. Patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Contact 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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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

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Most people want to have white teeth and a great smile. But the majority of people have discolored or just plain yellow teeth, especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we can fix that.

Did you know that tooth enamel is like skin? It has pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:

  • Tobacco and other smokable substances.
  • Sodas and other dark colored drinks, like coffee, red wines, and teas.
  • Not practicing daily oral hygiene.
  • Not having proper dental care.

If you want to lighten your teeth, the above will consistently work against you. If you want a great smile and whiter teeth, avoid them!

We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. There are compelling health ramifications as well.

If, in spite of your best efforts, your smile is still dull, professional teeth whitening from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX can revive it. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate trust us their smiles! We also offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact 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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Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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Implant-supported dentures may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, they are a reality!

When it comes to artificial teeth, implant-supported dentures are a whole new ballgame.

Here is the process:

  1. Examination and Assessment: During your first visit, we take X-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
  2. Implant Placement: Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. Implant dentures usually require four implants per arch. That is, four in the lower jaw and four in the upper.
  3. Integration: What makes implants so effective is that they actually fuse with the jaw bone. It takes at least a few months for them to fully integrate, a process called osseointegration.
  4. Final Restoration: Once the implants have fused, they are strong enough to support the final dental arch or arches.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we offer implant dentures, and have placed them in patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate. We also offer complete restorative dentistry. Request 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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Happy Teeth Don’t Just Happen

Your Texas Dentist And Cleaning Your Teeth

Keeping your teeth clean is a critical part of maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the advantages of visiting us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX is having a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing habits.

Your Partner in Oral Health

Our dental hygienist can professionally clean and polish your teeth at your semiannual check-up. The hygienist also helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing their condition and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to eliminate tartar, a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to decay.

Don’t Forget Basic Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from collecting on your teeth and results in a cleaner, healthier smile.

To keep your teeth and gums in first-rate condition, come in to Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX for a check-up and cleaning. Our services include general and restorative dentistry and we serve satisfied patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate. Request 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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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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This message from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the introduction of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to create fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials necessary for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t create allergic reactions in the wearers.

It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection, regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

A tall order? Luckily, such a thing already exists: dental restorations have been around for a long time. Nowadays, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are extremely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, dental crowns are a versatile restoration. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our office for complete general dentistry. Request 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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Fun Floss Facts

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Flossing is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Doing it is simple enough, but, as with most things, there is usually room for improvement. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we think trying out different types of floss is a good idea and can help you do a better job.

The reason flossing is so important is simple: it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens into floss and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.

What Kind Is Best?

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

Here are some things to bear in mind:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces.
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone.
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework.
  • Use traditional dental floss. Though popular, floss picks are best left for when you’re on-the-go, as they only have a small strand of floss and are unable to wrap around your whole tooth.

Whatever your preference, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we like to see you for a checkup every six months. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Request 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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