It is a common saying among dentists that the most crucial part of dental care occurs at home. The fact of the matter is that proper brushing and flossing habits, in addition to regular checkups at the dentist, prevent tooth decay and gingivitis/periodontitis (gum disease). We know it can be a hassle, especially when you're running late for work or you just want to go straight to bed and not have to worry about anything else. But the inconvenience of brushing and [...]
Yesterday on February 1st, 2019 the CDC released a morbidity and mortality weekly report to let parents know that your kids might be using too much toothpaste, and it can be dangerous for their enamel and oral health. While fluoride toothpaste is important to prevent tooth decay, many children also get fluoride in the water they drink. Because of this, the CDC says that until the age of six, children shouldn't use more than a pea size of toothpaste on their toothbrush. For kids younger[...]
Dentists recommend using a toothpaste that at the very least has fluoride in it, as this is the main ingredient that prevents cavities. From there, dentists recommend picking toothpastes that have ingredients that fit the particular needs of your teeth. Maybe your teeth are very sensitive compared to other people, or perhaps you want to emphasize whitening your teeth. Whatever your goals and concerns are, you'll want to pick the right toothpaste for the right job. In this article, we'll go over [...]
There's been a large influx of Lockheed Martin employee's into the Keller / Fort Worth area with the new projects and growth happening there. We want to extend a warm welcome and help Lockheed Martin's employee's with dental insurance or not to the area by opening our dental office doors to you.
If you need a dental cleaning, have sore gums, a chipped tooth, or even if you need dental implants we guarantee the absolute best care with the friendliest staff in Keller, TX! We look forward to [...]
What exactly does a dental hygienist do?
Dental hygienists mainly focus on preventative dental healthcare, particularly in the removing of plaque and the preventing and treating of gum disease. Dental Hygienists like Joanie here at Pickett Family Dental are the professional teeth cleaning experts that you see at each regular tooth cleaning.
Dental hygienists remove plaque and when necessary, tartar, then polish your teeth to help prevent plaque from building up again. However, their main [...]
Smooth teeth indicates that your dental hygiene techniques are successful in removing the plaque or tartar from your teeth.
One way to check the smoothness of your teeth is by using the Tongue Test. This intuitive test uses your tongue to check your teeth at the gum line to see if the surfaces are smooth and slick for each tooth. The easiest place to start this test is your upper front teeth, as they are the most accessible for most people. Next you should try to test the more difficult regions,[...]
Gum disease also known as periodontitis occurs when there is an infection of the gum tissue that holds your teeth in place due to poor brushing and flossing habits that allow bacteria and plaque to harden on the teeth, causing severe inflammation (gingivitis).
If you think you might have gingivitis, or worse, periodontitis, then you should contact your Keller, TX dentist immediately by calling (817) 431-5514. Did you know more than 50% of people suffer from gum disease and don't even know [...]
Dental Deep Cleaning
Dental deep cleaning, also called root scaling and planing (SRP), is a procedure that has been around for a long time. Our dental hygienists will use an ultrasonic instrument or manual scaling tools to remove the plaque (tartar) on the surface of the enamel under the gums that cause chronic irritation and bone loss. This procedure is different from regular cleaning which only cleans along the gum line. Deep cleaning also targets the roots of your teeth to [...]
This is for those who love the hilarious TV show, The Office that aired from 2005 to 2013 here in the United States. In the episode, "The Coup", we can recall that Dwight tells Michael, his boss at the paper company "Dunder Mifflin", that he's going to the dentist one morning.
However, rather than going to the dentist, Dwight attempts to steal his boss's position by going over his head to Jan Levinson. She then calls Michael, reprimanding him to get control of his employee's.When Dwight gets [...]
Most of us can find areas to improve with our daily dental hygiene, and there's no better time to begin making those changes than today. We at Pickett Family Dental hope at the very least you're already brushing your teeth daily with a fluoride toothpaste. But proper dental care includes more than those two minutes a day. Yes, we said two minutes per teeth brushing, and many toothbrushes now come with built in timers to help you brush for the full time. So, to celebrate with new focus [...]