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Dentistry Blog

Oral Health and Chronic Disease

Oral health has a much greater impact on our overall health than most people realize. If you don't already know, here's some facts that may be surprising and motivating to help you improve your oral healthcare of tooth brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and of course regular dental visits. To begin, poor oral health can mean more likelihood of chronic diseases, dental caries (cavities), oral cancer, and other disabilities. Common diseases such as periodontal (gum) disease, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are caused from poor oral health. In pregnant women, these diseases can cause premature births, low birth weight, and other health problems for the baby. While this may scare many into coming to the dentist, more than 1/2 [...]

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Why Use a Waterpik Water Flosser

Benefits of a Waterpik® Water Flosser If you're wanting to know whether the benefits of using Waterpik® Water Flosser are worth it in place of a hand or string floss out, there's many things to take into consideration. Many of these things depend on your personality, motivation, and physical body type. If you do consistently use the Waterpik® Water Flosser, most people notice that they become more likely to floss because they enjoy it more and notice the following results: Shorter dental cleanings - Water flossers have a much better way to get inbetween the teeth and apply the pressured water in order to clean more thoroughly without missing as much of the areas [...]

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Signs Of Oral Cancer: Don’t Miss the Signs

Signs of Oral Cancer Oral cancer isn't a laughing matter and it should be screened for regularly. Oral cancer overall has a 60% five year survival rate, but a 70 - 90% if caught within stages 1 a 2. What causes problems with oral cancer is that it can easily spread to the following locations: The tongue The roof of the mouth and under the tongue The inside of the cheeks The oropharynx (the area anterior to the soft palate) The salivary glands The lips How Common is Oral Cancer More than 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year with a 2:1 ratio of men to women. Even with our advances in [...]

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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Keller

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious health and life-threatening condition where your breathing starts and stops sporadically during sleep. We offer sleep apnea treatment at Pickett Family Dental in Keller, TX. If you're wondering if you have sleep apnea, or if it's affecting your health, you should take a look at the symptoms and see if you or your spouse have noticed any with you. If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, you may want to schedule an appointment with your Keller, TX Dentist at Pickett Family Dental. Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Excessive Daytime Tiredness Fatigue Irritability Excessive Snoring Breathing Cuts Off During Sleep Mouth Breathing Dry Mouth / Cotton Mouth [...]

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Top 6 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

If you've thought about replacing your missing or damaged teeth with dental implants that gain completely new and permanent support, there's never been a better time before now. Dental implant surgery has become easier and more advanced faster than most areas of dental surgery, allowing you to gain full functionality and beauty in your smile in a single visit to your Keller, TX Dentist Dr. Tyson Pickett. Here are 6 reasons why you should schedule a consultation for dental implants in order to find out if you're a qualified candidate: Dental Implants Are Like New Naturally Looking Teeth Natural teeth are rooted firmly and anchored in our jawbone and have a [...]

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Root Scaling and Planing for Gum Disease

What Is Scaling and Planing? Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line in order to treat gum disease caused by plaque and tartar buildup, generally caused by poor oral health conditions and care. We provide dental deep cleanings to many new patients who haven't been to the dentist after years. While it is necessary sometimes, proper dental care generally is sufficient to prevent the necessity of scaling and root planing. Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing? If you have plaque and tartar buildup or have noticed that your breath is smelling ripe, then you might be in desperate need of tooth scaling and root planing to get rid [...]

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How to Fix Crowded Teeth

Many people seek orthodontic treatment for their crooked teeth. But, what about crowded teeth? Crowded teeth are a symptom of your teeth running out of space within your mouth, causing them to press on each other from different sides. Because of the effects of crowded teeth, it's better to treat crowded teeth earlier when the teeth first begin to lose spacing rather than waiting until adulthood. It's possible that if left untreated, crooked and pressured teeth can force other teeth to move in front of or behind other teeth. This can lead to many other problems. Why Fix Teeth Crowding? Teeth crowding isn't simply a cosmetic dentistry problem. It can lead to long term [...]

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What is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is the process of improving the aesthetic uniformity and beauty of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as: dental veneers, tooth bonding, KoR teeth whitening, and custom smile design. With our CEREC smile design process, patients can be at ease because we can actually show their smile on a mock-up before we even begin. By coming to our Keller Cosmetic Dentist office right off of Keller Parkway, we can help you create the perfect smile that you're excited to have, and gain all the confidence that comes with being able to show off perfect, straight, and white teeth that belong in your mouth. Some components need to [...]

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What To Expect During Bone Grafting

If you have severe gum disease (periodontitis), you made need a bone graft to provide adequate support that will hold your teeth in place. Bone grafts take existing bone from the jaw and allow new bone to replace the bone destroyed by gum disease. While we have discussed the causes and treatment for gum disease previously, sometimes a more serious procedure is necessary. What is a Dental Bone Graft A dental bone graft is the removal of a piece of bone from the jaw or body such as the hip to be implanted in the jaw to create a stable base for the teeth to repair the damage of gum disease in order to allow the patient to keep [...]

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How to Manage Dental Anxiety

For those that have dental anxiety, it doesn't necessarily require a reason and it's not always as simple as do this and you'll feel better. However, we want to help you manage your anxiety about going to the dentist as best we can even before you arrive. Feeling confident and ready for a dental cleaning or even a dental surgery when you initially walk into our dentist office for the procedure in Keller, TX can make all the difference. If you feel anxious about going to the dentist and want a no-stress opportunity to meet our staff, doctors, and choose who you feel most comfortable with for your appointment, we can be most accommodating. [...]

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