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Dentistry Blog

Why your teeth hurt in cold weather

As the temperatures drop, are your teeth feeling the chill? Cold air and blasts of icy wind can sting your face and zap your teeth. Find out what’s behind this painful phenomenon and what you can do to protect your mouth. What causes cold sensitivity? Contraction and expansion Did you know that your front teeth can change as much as 120 degrees in temperature? Exposure to cold air — and hot foods — can be rough on teeth. Just like other materials, your teeth expand and contract as they change in temperature. As the inside and outside of your teeth adjust, little cracks can emerge. These cracks usually don’t affect tooth structure, but they can be uncomfortable. And if you [...]

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Caring for Your Teeth when You Have an Autoimmune Disease

Have you noticed a difference in your teeth and gums? If you've been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, your body can be going through a variety of changes that fluctuate, including your oral health. Depending upon your diagnosis, your teeth and oral health may be impacted by your autoimmune disease as well as have an impact upon the autoimmune disease itself. Two fairly common autoimmune diseases that come to mind that affect your oral health are Lupus and Sjören's Syndrome. Lupus causing oral health problems Lupus can cause mouth sores, oral ulcers, and lesions. All of these can be similar and are relatable to lupus. The best thing you can do is see your [...]

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Oral Health and Your Immune System

Did you know that good oral health works hand-in-hand with a healthy immune system? Good oral health affects your ability to fight infections, germs and diseases like COVID-19 and the flu. By supporting your immune system with a healthy diet, exercise, proper vitamins and minerals, as well as your daily oral healthcare, you can be better prepared to fight off the things that people worry about most these days. Because your mouth is the primary barrier and entry point for bacteria and germs (depending on how healthy it is), it's supposed to be able to help protect your respiratory system and blood stream. By maintaining proper oral healthcare habits such as eating primarily fruits [...]

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What To Do When You Need Emergency Dental Care

What Is a Dental Emergency? A dental emergency is any dental problem that requires immediate dental care by a dentist, usually to save a tooth or care for discomfort and pain caused by a dental injury such as a chipped or broken tooth. Other dental emergencies include gum infections and abscesses that can be life-threatening or signs of more serious dental problems. If you're experiencing a dental emergency in Keller TX, we want you to call our Keller TX Dentist office at (817) 431-5514 to schedule a visit with Dr. Tyson Pickett at Pickett Family Dental. Step-By-Step What To Do In A Dental Emergency At Pickett Family Dental, we know that dental emergencies can [...]

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Dental Implants: Questions & Answers

Dental Implants are long-lasting, man-made replacements for the root of a tooth. If a patient has broken a tooth, or has a missing tooth due to an injury or tooth decay, a dental implant is typically the best replacement method for a single tooth or even several teeth. At Pickett Family Dental, we provide new patients with dental implants for a variety of reasons, but many patients come to us with questions about getting dental implants. We've put together the top questions we get about dental implants and the most accurate answers we can provide via text on our website. If you have questions about your broken or missing teeth and whether dental implants are the right answer for [...]

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Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures are one of the best options for replacing teeth. While we typically recommend implant-supported dentures over implant-retained dentures, implant retained dentures provide some of the benefits associated with implants while reducing the cost closer to that of dentures. Dentures are usually the most affordable way to replace missing teeth, especially when most, if not all of the patients teeth are missing. However, there are a lot of disadvantages of traditional dentures. Disadvantages of Traditional Dentures Dentures shift often Known for causing mouth sores Usually require dental adhesives Eating tough and sticky foods can be a problem Trouble speaking clearly Dentures can always fall out Maintenance and daily cleaning With all these disadvantages, [...]

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Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are one of the best options for replacing teeth. While we typically recommend the all-on-4 dental implants where available, implant supported dentures provide many benefits associated with implants while reducing the cost closer to that of dentures. Dentures are usually the most affordable way to replace missing teeth, especially when most, if not all of the patients teeth are missing. However, there are a lot of disadvantages of traditional dentures. Disadvantages of Traditional Dentures Dentures shift often Known for causing mouth sores Usually require dental adhesives Eating tough and sticky foods can be a problem Trouble speaking clearly Dentures can always fall out Maintenance and daily cleaning With all these disadvantages, there's [...]

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Find a New Dentist in 2021

Pickett Family Dental has been growing rapidly with the number of wonderful families visiting our dental office in Keller, TX. Our goal has always been to provide the best dental care for the families of Keller, Southlake, Fort Worth, and the surrounding cities from where our patients travel to come see Dr. Pickett and the amazing dental hygienists and staff that are the support and base of our dental practice. If you're looking for a new dentist in 2021 located in the Keller or Southlake area for your family to schedule regular dental cleanings and exams that respect your time and get you and your children in quickly so that you can get on with your day, then [...]

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Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas from the Dentist

While Christmas stockings have quite the history of being filled with candy when Santa Claus comes to visit, there are quite a few better options to avoid filling children's mouths full of cavities with those stockings. Those options also don't have to be some cheeky bad joke like toothbrushes and floss. Kids want fun things to pull out of those stockings that will light up their faces more than a Hershey's kiss or candy cane. It's time to get creative about what your kids are interested in and fill those stockings up with something fun! Here's a few alternative options to candy in Christmas stockings: Sugar-free gum Nuts dark chocolate Lip balm Bath bombs [...]

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Canker Sores: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Canker sores are oval shaped herpetiform sores that look like ugly blisters. They typically have a white or yellow center with a red border that forms inside the mouth, under the tongue, or on the inside of cheeks and lips. Most canker sores will go away on their own, but we always recommend getting them checked out at the dentist office. Types of Canker Sores Canker sores have three types: Minor, Major, and Herpetiform. They vary in size, pain, number, and cause. When to see the dentist We always recommend that you get an oral examination of your canker sore to check for further problems. However, you should be quick to schedule an appointment [...]

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