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Dentistry Blog

How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy While Losing Weight

With New Year's Resolutions coming up in 2020, many people make the effort to lose weight and get in shape without the thought to the health of their teeth. Let's be honest, when you're thinking of switching diets suddenly, are your teeth and gums the first thing on your mind? No, but they should be close to the top of the list. To our neighbors in the Keller 76244 and 76248 areas planning to make New Year's resolutions, keep the following in mind while signing up for gym memberships and completely changing your diet. If you're one of those that are dedicated to this new life of fitness and health, our family at Pickett Family Dental is proud to [...]

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Sensitive Teeth After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It's normal to have sensitive teeth after wisdom tooth extraction. In fact, your entire jaw is most likely going to feel sore and swollen from the surgery. Your gums will also be sore for a few days. Reasons for wisdom tooth extraction While wisdom teeth don't always need to be removed so long as they are positioned properly in the mouth and are not causing pain, there are some common reasons people choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Impacted teeth and crowding of teeth within the mouth is the most common cause for wisdom tooth extraction. This can be associated with or without pain, depending upon the pressure on the molars and other teeth as the wisdom teeth [...]

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How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Dental Health?

Pregnancy can be as turbulent a time as it is exciting. If you’ve recently learned you’re a mom-to-be, you’re probably reading up on what to expect over the course of the next nine months. Your body will be changing in ways you probably didn’t expect. Your vision may blur, your sensitivity to smells (good and bad) may increase. So you may be wondering: In what ways does pregnancy affect your dental health? Read on for some of the changes you may see in your smile as you await the arrival of your little one. Then, consider Pickett Family Dental for your dental needs in the next nine months and beyond. Just as your doctor [...]

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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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