Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular check-ups and cleanings at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall are essential for good dental health. But some people tend to have gums that bleed after a thorough cleaning, causing them concern.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a couple days after your dental cleaning, don’t worry about it. But, if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you should be checked for the possibility of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also see bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

It is a progressive condition and a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also treatable, but as with most conditions, the earlier it is diagnosed and the treatment begins, the better.

We treat gum disease at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Patients from throughout Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate know they can trust us with their dental health. They also come to our practice for dental implants, and all their dental care needs. 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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Did You Know That You Can Change the Shape of Your Gums?

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Most dental patients know that cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic dentistry procedures improve your teeth. There are treatments to reshape teeth, straighten teeth, correct damaged teeth, whiten teeth, and replace missing teeth. But what about your gums? Do you understand how much gum shape adds or detracts from the appearance of your smile?

You Can Contour Your Gums

The shape and size of your gumline can make your teeth appear too large or too small or otherwise out of proportion. Gum contouring can fix gums that appear too low or too high in relation to the teeth and customize them for the perfect smile.

People who are unhappy with their gums might want to consider gum contouring. Many dentists and periodontists offer gum contouring surgery.

Gingival Sculpting

This procedure is also called gingival sculpting, gingival contouring, or gum graft surgery, but don’t let the term surgery frighten you. Gingival sculpting is done with a laser. It is minimally invasive. The procedure usually involves little pain and requires no recovery time.

Gum Contouring Can Treat Gum Recession

Gum reshaping is not always done for purely cosmetic reasons, it is also used to treat gum recession, a common condition that can lead to decay and tooth loss.

In gum graft surgery, soft tissue is commonly taken either from the roof of the mouth, the area surrounding the site of the grafting, or a tissue bank. Soft tissue grafts used to cover exposed tooth roots protect teeth from receding gums and can relieve sensitivity. Of course, gum grafts often increase the attractiveness of the smile in the process.

If you are seeking more specifics about gum contouring or other dental procedures, call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A today at 469-402-0024 to schedule a consultation.

We provide quality dentistry to patients in Rockwall and the greater Rockwall area.

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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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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Today’s message is for people who are frustrated because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. We want to encourage you to keep trying and assure you that the team of dental professionals at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A is eager to help.

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are dutiful about brushing and believe that it makes up for the lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, lead to tooth loss. We urge everyone to make it a habit to floss correctly every day. If you are not sure how to floss correctly, any one of the courteous dental hygienists at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A would be happy to teach you. (They’re the pros!) Call 469-402-0024 to schedule a professional dental cleaning a review on flossing.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups can have harmful, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe tooth decay or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential risks. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. This psychological disorder affects a significant portion of the population. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage this condition so you can undergo an exam and any necessary services. Talk to dentist Williamson if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety. Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A delivers oral sedation and other help for uneasy patients.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is just as detrimental for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit the habit, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the issues caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.

Many smokers do not kick the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than present users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Sometimes a little help can make all the difference. Call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A at 469-402-0024 to schedule an appointment.

Source:
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services., Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014, accessed June 13, 2017

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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Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

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When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Perhaps you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. dentist Karen Williamson wants to remind you to consider the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.
1. Tooth decay
2. Gum disease
2. Tooth and gum pain
3. Bad breath
4. Infection
5. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced dilemmas.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall provides gentle, comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Our services include:
teeth whitening
restorative dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
orthodontics

dentist Williamson is a member of American Dental Association. You can learn more about American Dental Association at http://ada.org. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, we invite you to call us at 469-402-0024 and schedule an exam and cleaning. Our considerate team will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is no need to feel ashamed about plaque build-up or a cavity. We completely understand how stressful life can get and love helping our Rockwall area patients get back on track.

“Your Dental Home”

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 Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

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Your overall dental health depends on healthy teeth and gums. Along with regular checkups at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, regular brushing and flossing helps keep everything in good shape.

You already know how to brush your teeth, of course, but there are best practices you may not be aware of. Bearing in mind that there is always room to improve, we offer up these tips:

  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet.
  • Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops.
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Use dental floss!

Remember, poor brushing and flossing allows plaque to build up on your teeth, and in between. This puts you at risk for gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing, done properly, is the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall our family dentistry helps patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate enjoy excellent dental health. They also come to our practice for dental implants, and much more. Call us to 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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Pregnancy And Oral Health

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Pregnancy is a happy time for most women. But even as you anticipate bringing new life into the world, it’s important to be aware that pregnancy can bring certain dental health risks. We can help you with them at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

Before you press the alarm button, let us clarify: being pregnant does not automatically mean your dental health will be at risk. It’s more important than ever to brush and floss your teeth without fail, and see us for a checkup.

There is a link between gum disease in pregnant women, and babies born prematurely with a low birth rate. Premature birth puts babies at risk for many conditions, including cerebral palsy and poor eyesight.

The good news? You are less likely to experience these issues if you enter pregnancy already having good dental health.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss thoroughly
  • Have regular dental checkups

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, be sure to tell us at your next appointment. We may want to take certain precautions, like delaying your next round of x-rays.

There’s a lot to learn when you’re expecting. Don’t overlook your dental health! At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we are here to help. Services include family and cosmetic 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 And Tooth Loss

Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news is that at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, gum disease is easy to treat when it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups are important, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  4. Detached gums
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  6. Loose or separating teeth

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we want to see our patients twice a year.

The type of treatment a patient gets for gum disease depends on the extent of the condition. Part of the treatment might include behavioral changes. And it is essential that the patient adopts good daily dental care.

The unfortunate truth is that anyone can get gum disease. But there is always hope; the earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall provides gum disease treatment, as well as 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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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

 


Gum Disease: A Serious Threat

One of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. It’s a serious condition, and at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, gum disease is one of our specialties.

First things first. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with health issues like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

In addition to age, other risk factors for gum disease include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.

It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.

Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.

Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.

Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs at all of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we provide effective gum disease treatment. 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


Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

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At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. in Rockwall, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it affects your overall health and well-being. This post looks at the connection between dental health, diabetes, and gum disease.

Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related issues for those affected.

Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health bumps the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

If you have diabetes, it is important that you see a dentist regularly and are dedicated to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other vital practices. Additionally, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

If you don’t have a dentist and live in Rockwall or the greater Rockwall area, call the team at Karen Williamson DDS, PA. We offer gum disease treatment, and comprehensive dental health care. 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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