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What Is Gum Disease?

Known more officially as periodontal disease (periodontitis), gum disease is an oral infection caused by bacteria. From commercials from dentists to toothpaste and toothbrush brands, you’ve probably heard an extremely common term: plaque. Plaque is the primary culprit when it comes to gum disease. Gum disease can be difficult to detect for people not going to their local dentist office for regular cleanings. This is mostly because, for the most part, gum disease is often referred to as a “silent disease”. It generally doesn’t cause much pain, if any, or discomfort. This makes it easy for people to neglect or put off because they’re lacking a physical reminder. Causes Of Gum DiseaseYour mouth is essentially [...]

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Have a Sprained Tooth? Sprained Tooth Syndrome

Sprained Tooth Syndrome is caused by strong bilateral opposing vector forces from opposing sides of the ligaments that support the tooth to become stretched and inflamed to the point of creating chronic pain and discomfort for the patient. Strained tooth syndrome is different than simply biting too hard on a hard or tough food and hurting it momentarily. If the pain and discomfort subsides afterwards, then it isn't strained. However, if you notice a dull ache, pain, or soreness when chewing or in your gum pockets along with temperature sensitivity and occasional headaches there could be a sprained tooth. Obviously, it's easiest to check for cavities and other problems by taking x-rays, temperature tests, percuss, [...]

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Pericoronitis is the inflammation, swelling and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth, which are located as the third and final set of molars that usually appear in your late teens or early 20s. It is most commonly found around the lower wisdom teeth. What causes pericoronitis? The primary cause for pericoronitis is accumulation of bacteria in and surrounding the gum tissue. Usually, the tooth is only partially exposed (soft tissue impaction) and has excess gum tissue that overlaps the tooth. Bacteria and food debris get trapped in the space between the tooth and the overlapping gingiva. What Does Pericoronitis Look Like? If you have inflamed, red, or swollen gums [...]

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Dry Mouth Treatment

Dry mouth or Xerostomia is a condition where your mouth produces a deficient volume of saliva. This effect on the salivary gland can be a perfect opportunity for bacteria to grow. Ask yourself these questions to see if you may be experiencing symptoms of Xerostomia: Do you feel dehydrated most of the time? Do you always have a dry and sticky feeling in your mouth? Have you been having an altered sense of taste? Do you have bad breath? Are you experiencing sore throat? Most adults have or will suffer from dry mouth during their lifetime. While it may seem not to be a sign of anything serious, it should not be taken [...]

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Dentist That Accepts Delta Dental Insurance

If you're looking for a dentist that accepts Delta Dental in Keller, TX or nearby you and you're in Southlake, Grapevine, Watauga, Fort Worth, or any other nearby city then Pickett Family Dental is an amazing dental office that can provide dental care whil allowing you to use your dental benefits. What Kind of Dental Insurance is Delta? Delta Dental is a PPO or a fee-for-service plan that allows plan members to visit any licensed dentist, anywhere, including Pickett Family Dental in Keller, TX. Is Delta Dental Good Insurance? According to Trusted Choice, Delta Dental was given a 3 out of 5 star rating. The major complaint of Delta Dental is the one-size-fits-all policy. IT's been [...]

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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 that their gums are receding. However, if left unchecked the surrounding tissues and bone structures that make up the teeth and gum will be significantly damaged. With enough damage, your teeth will start to fall out. [...]

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Keller Town Square Dental Service

Are you looking for a Keller Town Square Dental service on Keller Parkway and right inside the Keller Town Square area? As a family dentist easily located off of Keller Parkway in 76248 near Rufe Snow, Pickett Family Dental is able to happily serve you and your family for all your dental needs. Our dental team is made up of incredible hygienists, a world-class office administrator, front desk assistant, and dental assistants. Dr. Pickett loves working with this amazing team to provide the very best possible dental care with a comfortable, inviting experience from the first moment you walk in. The Keller Town Square Dentist On the North side of Keller Parkway from the Keller Town Square, Dr. Tyson [...]

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Red Swollen Gums: What Does It Mean?

Red, swollen gums are an extremely common symptom of a deeper underlying cause. Most likely, you have gingivitis, gum disease, or even periodontitis. All of these stem from one tiny issue: bacteria and plaque buildup. But, that tiny place where the plaque begins to grow can cause exponentially more damage than its tiny little self belies. If you're noticing red, swollen gums, especially after brushing or flossing your teeth, then you should visit your Keller, TX dentist. Gums Swollen Between TeethHave you noticed that the gums between your teeth seem red, swollen, feel pain, or even bleed? If you're gums are swollen between the teeth, you, my friend have gingivitis.Why is the gum between my [...]

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How Can I Improve My Smile

Some of the best ways to improve your smile are through teeth whitening, dental crowns, veneers, implants, and regular tooth brushing/flossing, while keeping up with regular dental appointments. Having a straight white-toothed smile that you can show comfortably is priceless. If you want a smile that you enjoy seeing in the mirror and gives you confidence to smile on the camera then here's a list of things you can do to improve your smile at the dentist or at home. Whitening When it comes to getting a whiter and brighter smile, there are a variety of teeth-whitening products you can try. Your main options are in-office or at-home bleaching. Before starting any whitening treatment, [...]

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Lip Tie Removal in Babies and Toddlers

Lip Tie Laser Surgery: Get It Fixed, Fast. If you've recently had a baby, you may have noticed while breastfeeding that your baby has a lip tie. This is especially noticeable if your little one isn't latching well and it hurts! If you're noticing any difficulties, flip that upper lip up and check for a lip tie that looks like a thick divider that connects the upper lip to the gums. If this is the case, then your baby has a lip tie and needs lip tie laser surgery (a.k.a. frenectomy) immediately. What is a Frenectomy? A frenectomy is a quick procedure that we offer at Pickett Family Dental that can involve lip tie removal [...]

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