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  • Do You Grind or Clench Your Teeth?

    Grinding your teeth (<a.k.a. Bruxism) is fairly common for many people and while if it only happens on occasion it's not detrimental. Grinding your teeth frequently though can cause damage to the teeth and other oral health complications. If you've woken up in the morning with jaw pain or notice yourself stressed and clenching your teeth, then you might need to request a dental appointment to make sure your teeth haven't been damaged.It's a general rule of thumb that if you're grinding your [...]

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    How often do I need to go to the Dentist?

    Have you ever had the question, "Do I really need to go to the dentist?" Or, maybe you've asked, "Is it necessary to go to the dentist twice annually?" Then there's the self-comforting, "Well my teeth and gums don't hurt." If any of these questions sounds like you, we'd like to share with you why we and most dentists recommend you come back in 6 months. By the way, not everyone gets that same recommendation. If you have a higher chance of getting gum disease or tooth decay, then we'll [...]

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    Receding Gums - Everything You Need to Know

    Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue that envelops the teeth deteriorates or is otherwise pulled back. When this happens, your teeth are dangerously exposed. Gum recession can get to a level where even the roots of your teeth are exposed. The process of gum recession begins when gaps between the gum and teeth are developed, allowing bacteria to build up and cause dental diseases. Because the process of gum recession is slow and gradual, many sufferers of this common condition are unaware [...]

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    How Does Brushing Help Your Teeth?

    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 [...]

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    For Parents: Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste

    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[...]

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    What Toothpastes Do Dentists Actually Recommend?

    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 [...]

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    We Accept Lockheed Martin Dental Insurance

    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 [...]

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    What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

    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 [...]

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    Should Teeth Feel Smooth?

    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,[...]

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    Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease)

    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 [...]

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