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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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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Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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You know that daily brushing and flossing helps fight tooth decay. Today’s article from the team at Karen E Williamson in Rockwall answers some common questions about that common but useful substance, toothpaste.

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?

The abrasive quality of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Forceful brushing becomes unnecessary for dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering bits of food, and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty flavors?

Minty flavors are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?

Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious individuals for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another critical dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with brushing helps to avoid bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?

The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds yet another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Karen E Williamson DDS in Rockwall urges her patients to brush and floss to prevent tooth decay. She practices general and cosmetic dentistry. Make 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

 


Dental Questions? Family Dentistry in Rockwall

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Everyone has teeth, and smart people want to take care of theirs. At Karen E. Williamson DDS we practice family dentistry, and review basic principles of dental health with our patients.

Your teeth may seem like lifeless bone jutting up from your gums. They are anything but that! Teeth are actually living structures. Beneath their hard surface is an interior filled with dentin, a mesh of mineralized connective tissue.

Beneath the dentin, at a tooth’s core, are nerves enclosed in a pulpy sheath. They pass through the tooth in canals (the canals you hear about in “root canal”). Finally, each tooth is anchored to your jaw by ligaments and cementum.

Between the hygienists in our office and your cleaning regimen at home, your teeth are kept healthy by brushing and flossing to remove plaque, tartar, and stains. The plaque and tartar, if not removed, are the substances that will eventually lead to tooth decay.

With family and general dentistry at Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall, we’ll keep your teeth healthy so they last a lifetime. We also provide cosmetic dentistry services that will make them look as good as they feel. Call us 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


Preventing Tooth Decay in Rockwall

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As committed dental professionals, the team at Karen E Williamson D.D.S. in Rockwall works to prevent tooth decay and maintain the dental health of each of our patients, so their

Brushing and flossing twice a day is a good way to prevent tooth decay. It is also imperative to get exams and dental cleanings twice a year.

Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection for your teeth. They’re emphasized in children, but they’re good for adult teeth, too. Sealants are a thin plastic covering, generally applied to the chewing surfaces of molars.

Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years. After Dr. Williamson applies the sealants, they will be checked with each visit and re-applied as needed.

If your teeth and gums are free of decay, but you don’t like the appearance of your smile, schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall. Services include teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Give us a call 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