How Teeth are Whitened at the Dentist

Ever wondered how so many people in Keller, TX have beautiful teeth? We don't want to take ALL the credit, but our dentist in Keller TX has been assisting many people in feeling comfortable with their smile by whitening their teeth. But knowing how teeth are cleaned at the dentist is important as well. It's much different that that at-home whitening strips and kits that are offered on TV or online. We're going to cover the difference between the two and why it's much better and safer for you and your teeth to visit our dental office for your smile, rather than rely on DIY teeth cleaning options. At Pickett Family Dental, we use the KoR Whitening Gels for teeth whitening. The reason we use the KoR Whitening gels because they provide the maximum whitening available to teeth without the sensitivity and discomfort that comes with bleach and other whitening methods. Our system has [...]

2020-01-15T18:55:20+00:00By |

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 support you and offer some advice in your new healthy lifestyle. We want to remind you that oral health is crucial to your overall health and fitness as well. Inside your mouth, you have the potential to provide a clean [...]

2019-12-16T12:23:52+00:00By |

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 come in. Impacted Tooth: If there is a tooth in the way of the wisdom tooth while it's growing into place, the tooth will become impacted, and then either grow at an angle or erupt only partially. Without [...]

2019-12-16T17:24:23+00:00By |

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 will likely recommend scheduling frequent prenatal visits in the lead-up to your due date, you might require more frequent dental checkups to help prevent gum disease. Pickett Family Dental can partner with you to maintain a healthy smile in a [...]

2020-01-01T21:58:36+00:00By |

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 of the U.S. population hasn't had a dental visit in the past year. We can help. Pickett Family Dental Fights Gum Disease for Oral Health Preventing gum disease and maintaining proper oral healthcare for every family [...]

2019-11-16T04:30:01+00:00By |

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 close to the gums. It's also easier to learn to use a water flosser properly than it is to use old school floss that requires slow techniques to get each side of the tooth within every crevice and then filter [...]

2019-11-16T02:58:58+00:00By |

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 technology, it still has a 20% mortality rate. To break that down for Keller, TX that means that more than 7 people each year in Keller are diagnosed. With such a small city, everyone should get screened regularly. What To [...]

2019-11-15T15:33:54+00:00By |

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 Insomnia Frequent Headaches If you've noticed any of these symptoms of sleep apnea, we recommend you set an appointment with your current physician to confirm the diagnosis. Three Types of Sleep Apnea There are three types of sleep apnea, with [...]

2019-10-18T14:01:53+00:00By |

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 specific tone of color that thanks to advances in implant dentistry, we now have the capability of replacing missing or damaged teeth that match the one that has been lost without sacrificing durability. With these incredible advancements in cosmetic dentistry [...]

2019-10-18T13:59:47+00:00By |

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 of the stick film of plaque that causes gum disease. If this isn't removed, the plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed, red, and separate from your teeth creating pockets where the bacteria can continue to thrive and destroy [...]

2019-09-17T15:19:06+00:00By |

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 dental and health issues. Here are some of the reasons we recommend treating crowded teeth at Pickett Family Dental in Keller, TX: Tooth alignment early on can prevent major dental surgery and expenses later on. Creating proper spacing between teeth [...]

2019-09-17T15:19:19+00:00By |

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 be taken into consideration for every cosmetic dentistry service related to a smile makeover. With that in mind, there are nine things that we look for before beginning any work on your teeth: Tooth Color: Many patients come in with [...]

2019-09-16T15:29:12+00:00By |

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 their teeth. This procedure can take longer than most because the transplanted bone has to be prepared for implantation. New bone growth eventually replaces the graft material, and the amount needed can vary. Where does [...]

2019-08-19T14:19:08+00:00By |

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. In fact, we have visit options where we do just that. Come in, get to know us and pick your own hygienist and doctor that you feel most comfortable with to provide your cleanings and dental work. We like to [...]

2019-08-09T22:41:43+00:00By |

Tooth Bonding

If you have a single chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth, there's a quick cosmetic dentistry solution call tooth bonding that can most likely help you maintain your confidence in your smile without costing as much as a tooth implant or other more in-depth procedure Tooth bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite resin to one or more of your teeth to repair the cracked, chipped, or discolored tooth/teeth. We usually only recommend this for individual teeth, because it lasts for about 10 years, and if it needs to be applied to multiple teeth, there may be a better, more permanent solution. Tooth bonding is a less complicated procedure to correct the damage received by a tooth that can be completed without anesthesia in just a single trip to our dental office in Keller, TX. During the procedure we use a composite material applied to the tooth, that is then shaped, hardened, [...]

2019-08-09T22:31:29+00:00By |

Repair Pickett Family Dental

For those who haven't heard, we had some flooding at our office a week ago. While we're sad to be out of our office for the next few weeks, we're working on replacing and upgrading our equipment to the latest, most advanced dental technology and equipment available to us. Our restoration effort will be quick and we'll make sure to keep you updated during the process with updates posts here and on social media. Read the following update as of July 15th, 2019 on our Keller, TX dental office restoration: #RebuildPickettFamilyDental Update July 15th, 2019 While Pickett Family Dental is temporarily being restored and remodeled, we're making major upgrades and improvements to our dental office in Keller, TX! During the upcoming weeks we want to keep you updated as well as ensure that all dental emergencies receive proper care. Beginning today (Monday), we'll be seeing patients in a limited capacity for emergencies. If you [...]

2019-07-15T18:12:53+00:00By |

Bad Dental Habits to Kick

Bad dental habits are a dime a dozen, and most people are unaware that they do them or of the consequences they have to their overall dental health. Some of them are common nervous habits, such as biting your nails. If you want to know if you have any bad dental habits that you need to kick, then ask yourself the following questions: Do you bite your nails? Do you chew gums? Nail Biting and Dental Damage Nails are harder than you might think and can cause quite a bit of damage over time to your pearly white teeth, even to the point of micro fractures, chipped, and cracked teeth. Over time, chewing on certain parts of your teeth repetitively can cause the teeth to wear down and cause you to have an uneven bite, which has more repercussions on its' own. On another note, have you heard about the number of germs on [...]

2019-07-15T13:05:37+00:00By |

Fun Ways To Prevent Childhood Cavities

Tooth decay in children has become a growing problem, where the tooth enamel is destroyed and cavities form. Tooth decay happens over time, and it can be pretty simple to prevent with less than 10 minutes a day of maintenance. Daily oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing can make a world of difference in preventative pediatric dentistry. In fact, tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood disease and early preventative care can protect children from a world of dental problems in the future! Childhood Tooth Decay and a Solution According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 43% of children ages 2-11 have had dental caries (tooth decay) and 23% of children ages 2-11 have untreated dental caries. While we all want the best healthcare for our children, dental care has a major role in taking of our children's oral and overall health. Because of this, we would like to offer [...]

2019-07-15T12:23:10+00:00By |

I Have Missing Teeth. What Do I Do?

Multiple Missing Teeth If you have multiple missing teeth, it can feel quite daunting to face the dentist. At Pickett Family Dental we've seen plenty of patients that suffer from dental anxiety and some are even just uncomfortable with the way their teeth look after years without dental cleanings, exams, and regular dental care. With multiple missing teeth however, there are repercussions to not being seen by a trusted dentist. The bony structures within the face can undergo quite a few changes, causing slight disfigurements and sagging faces. If you have missing teeth and you want to feel like yourself again, then Dr. Tyson Pickett is the expert to trust in cosmetic dentistry in Keller, TX. If you're a new patient with multiple missing teeth, some of the best treatment options may include: Single tooth implant and crown Implant supported bridge What is the Best Way to Replace a Missing Tooth The [...]

2019-07-15T12:22:41+00:00By |

Oral Cancer Screening

Summary of Oral Cancer Screenings An Oral Cancer Screening is a specific examination that we perform at Pickett Family Dental preferably at least once a year to look signs of cancer in your mouth. By performing oral cancer screenings regularly, you as the patient have a much better chance of getting the cancer removed and finding a cure. While it's obviously optimal to have a cancer screening at every appointment, it's usually fine to have your mouth checked for oral cancer signs once a year. This can change depending upon family history and your personal genetics and history with cancer. Just because you receive an oral cancer screening doesn't mean that you're guaranteed to not have or get cancer between appointments. It's best to discuss with your dentist Dr. Tyson Pickett during your next appointment at our Keller, TX dentist office to determine how often you should receive oral cancer screenings. Why [...]

2019-06-03T17:15:42+00:00By |

Why Is Fluoride Important To Your Oral Health?

There have been a growing number of patients that ask us to explain why fluoride is important in preventing cavities and to the entirety of oral health. So, in this blog we'll discuss how helpful fluoride is in protecting teeth from cavities and defending the mouth against bacteria, plaque, and gum disease. Fluoride: An Overview of Oral Support Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral compound found in water from the weathering of rocks and atmospheric emissions. It's been found to be extremely helpful in in protecting teeth from cavities and supporting good overall oral health. If you're trying to prevent cavities in adults or children, fluoride can assist in protecting the enamel on the outer surface of your teeth resistant to tooth decay caused by bacteria and acid. Fluoride for Children Children benefit greatly from fluoride from an early age because it protects the child's tooth enamel before the teeth break through [...]

2019-05-14T10:39:37+00:00By |

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. Symptoms Connected to Red and Swollen Gums changes in the way teeth fit together on biting, or in the fit of partial dentures formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums gums that bleed during and after toothbrushing loose or shifting teeth persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth receding gums red, swollen, or tender gums 7 Tips to Prevent Sore, Swollen, and Bleeding Gums Brush your teeth at least twice [...]

2019-05-12T05:10:27+00:00By |

Gums Bleeding While Brushing or Flossing

Do you have sore, swollen or bleeding gums while flossing? When we think about dental health, our minds usually go straight to teeth, cavities, whiteness vs. yellowness, and sometimes finally gum health. Gums however, are usually the first indicator of oral health and can have an impact on your overall well-being. If you notice that your gums begin to bleed while brushing or flossing your teeth, then that's a sign of gum disease and possibly other gum problems. If you notice your gums are bleeding early on before the damage worsens, then you can prevent periodontitis and gum recession. How to Brush Your Teeth In order to properly brush your teeth, it's important to avoid a lot of common mistakes. Whether you brush using a manual or electric toothbrush, choose one with soft bristles that have blunt ends to avoid damaging the enamel on your teeth or most commonly: red and swollen gums. The second [...]

2019-05-12T05:09:55+00:00By |

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. Why Do I Grind My Teeth? It’s a general rule of thumb that if you’re grinding your teeth during the day (and often at night) that it’s due to stress and anxiety. If you suffer from bruxism during your sleep it could be because of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder as well. People that have an abnormal bite or crooked teeth are more likely to experience teeth grinding at night. How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth? It’s [...]

2019-04-22T19:37:17+00:00By |

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 usually recommend a shorter time period. Possibly even 3 months! The History of the 6 Month Dental Recall The story goes that back in the early 1900's there was an advertising guru names Claude Hopkins that branded the Pepsodent phrase, "Use Pepsodent every day - see your dentist twice a year". That phrase became so popular that it self-fulfilled to the point where insurance [...]

2019-05-31T20:09:32+00:00By |

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. It is best to stop the process of gum recession as early as possible. At Pickett Family Dental, our dentists and hygienists are well-experienced in treating gum recession at all stages. If you notice any of these symptoms you might be [...]

2019-05-31T19:38:56+00:00By |

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 flossing your teeth each day is insignificant when compared to having to face a dentist's drill. The American Dentist Association (ADA) suggests that you brush two times a day. Your toothbrush should be soft-bristled and be able to reach all parts of your mouth. ADA recommends replacing your brush every four months or when the bristles on your brush are frayed. It is also recommended to use ADA-accepted toothpaste containing fluoride - the most essential ingredient [...]

2019-04-22T19:49:12+00:00By |

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 than three years, less than the size of a grain of rice is plenty. CDC Report states children using WAY more than a pea size of toothpaste According to the CDC, teeth brushing is beneficial is recommended as soon as the first tooth breaks the gumline, which can be as early as six months and up to a year. The first dental visit should then be between eighteen months [...]

2019-04-22T19:53:44+00:00By |

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 the top toothpaste for each of these categories: Sensitive - If you experience discomfort when brushing, look into this toothpaste. Whitening - Pick this toothpaste if you have stained or yellow teeth and want a whiter color. Natural - Made with natural ingredients like aloe leaf juice and echinacea extract. General Purpose - This toothpaste is the standard and what most people will use. Before getting into the best toothpastes that dentists recommend, let's briefly [...]

2019-04-22T20:01:18+00:00By |

We Accept Lockheed Martin Dental Insurance

New Lockheed Martin Employee's 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 welcoming you to the DFW area! Current Lockheed Martin Employee's Many of us get into habits of seeing the same dentist our entire lives or until they retire. As a dentist we love and appreciate our lifelong customers. If you're a Lockheed Martin employee looking for a new dentist, or you've heard about us, please stop on by. We take great care [...]

2019-04-22T20:05:22+00:00By |

Get Healthier Teeth in 2020

2020 is here and your Keller, TX Dentist wants you to know that a great resolution during the entire year (Yes! Not just in the New Year) is to improve your dental hygiene if you're struggling. While you may just want whiter teeth in 2020, there are thousands of health benefits that you can receive from better oral hygiene. To start off, by improving your oral health, you can reduce your chances of gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth & gum decay. You can also better prevent cardiovascular disease, dementia, prostate problems, respiratory infections, and health problems. Healthy People in 2020: What Should You Be Doing? While the majority of us know that brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing after each meal can greatly improve your oral health, your overall health benefits as well. But, there's actually a lot more to be thinking about than just brushing your teeth, gums, and tongue [...]

2020-01-14T12:05:33+00:00By |

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 goal is to help you understand the best way to keep your teeth clean during the next 6 months until your next dental appointment. Plaque is the sticky coating that builds up over time without the proper care, and since no one wants to visit the dentist weekly she and the other hygienists at our Keller TX Dentist office can also advise on diet changes that also help prevent tooth decay. Can a dental hygienist do anything else? Dental [...]

2019-04-22T20:13:41+00:00By |

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, including the lower back teeth on the inside. Another test you can do at home is the Floss Check Test. In this test you take some floss and rub it back and forth on the surface of your teeth. If you have successfully removed all of the plaque from your teeth, you should hear a squeak sound indicating your teeth are healthy and good [...]

2019-04-22T20:23:46+00:00By |

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease)

What Is Gum 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. Signs of Gum Disease Did you know more than 50% of people suffer from gum disease and don't even know it? That's right. Periodontitis can be painless and without noticeable symptoms, causing inflammation and decay in and around your teeth. That's why it's important to keep up with preventative dental care and check for the following symptoms: Bad breath that just doesn't leave Gums bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating Red, swollen, and sensitive gums Sensitive to cold or hot temperatures (cold water / [...]

2019-04-22T20:29:05+00:00By |

Dental Deep Cleaning

Dental Deep Cleaning Dental deep cleaning, also called root scaling and planing (SRP), is a procedure that has been around for a long time. Our dental hygienists will use an ultrasonic instrument or manual scaling tools to remove the plaque (tartar) on the surface of the enamel under the gums that cause chronic irritation and bone loss. This procedure is different from regular cleaning which only cleans along the gum line. Deep cleaning also targets the roots of your teeth to make the cementum on the surface smoother. This will help keep plaque from forming in spaces that are uneven. Why do dentists do deep cleaning? Is it really necessary? Deep Cleaning is a treatment for advanced gum disease. When bacteria within the plaque along your gums release toxins, an immune response is triggered that results in inflammation. This is called gingivitis and is considered to be the early stages of gum disease. Typically [...]

2019-04-22T20:33:07+00:00By |

Crentist: Visit an Actual Dentist Here in Keller

This is for those who love the hilarious TV show, The Office that aired from 2005 to 2013 here in the United States. In the episode, "The Coup", we can recall that Dwight tells Michael, his boss at the paper company "Dunder Mifflin", that he's going to the dentist one morning.However, rather than going to the dentist, Dwight attempts to steal his boss's position by going over his head to Jan Levinson. She then calls Michael, reprimanding him to get control of his employees. What's Your Dentists' Name? CrentistWhen Dwight gets back to the office after a few hours, Michael sets a trap for him by offering him peanut M&M's with a simple, yet direct "Hey Dwight, want an M&M?". Dwight, trying to be casual about his absence warily accepts.This leads to Michael asking him, "Good, huh?" and then wham! "Hey, I didn't think you were supposed to eat anything for a couple of hours after [...]

2019-04-22T20:37:11+00:00By |

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Most of us can find areas to improve with our daily dental hygiene, and there's no better time to begin making those changes than today. We at Pickett Family Dental hope at the very least you're already brushing your teeth daily with a fluoride toothpaste. But proper dental care includes more than those two minutes a day. Yes, we said two minutes per teeth brushing, and many toothbrushes now come with built in timers to help you brush for the full time. So, to celebrate with new focus and effort, we've put together a list of to-do's to add to your dental hygiene toolkit. What You Can Do To Improve Your Dental Hygiene Brush 2-3 times daily, preferably directly after finishing meals. Be sure to brush the front, back, and tops of your teeth as well as your gums and tongue where bacteria thrive. By brushing thoroughly through small sections of your teeth for 10-12 [...]

2019-04-22T20:40:32+00:00By |

Implant Overdentures

What are Implant Overdentures? Patients who are missing multiple or all their teeth typically worry about their replacement teeth slipping, loosening, and falling out while eating or talking on a day-to-day basis. While there are adhesives and creams available to help secure the dentures, implant overdentures can provide a more permanent solution. Implant overdentures at Pickett Family Dental can help stabilize and secure teeth, allowing the patient to feel more comfortable as they go throughout their day-to-day life. How Do Implant Supported Dentures Work? While dental implants and dentures both offer options for replacing missing teeth, the process can be combined to maximize the patient's comfort and functionality. At Pickett Family Dental, we specialize in being able to create custom overdentures that attach to implants in order to secure them in place, allowing you to life your life with a secure fit and worry-free teeth. This multi-step process is as follows: Biocompatible titanium screws are inserted [...]

2019-04-22T20:44:35+00:00By |

Why Is Fluoride Important When Brushing Your Teeth?

For more than 70 years studies have shown that fluoride is important in preventing tooth decay and cavities, especially in children ages 2 to 17. Recently, according to Dental Products Report, researchers associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry set out to examine the results with children in ages 2-8 and 6-17 with noticeable results of 12 to 30% fewer cavities and tooth decay in those who consistently drank water containing fluoride. NBCI also shared a report of experts questioning the use of fluoride-free toothpaste by the Associated Press showing that without fluoride, there is no added protection to avoiding tooth decay. These studies together, support and show how crucial it is to brush your teeth regularly with fluoride. What's the Takeaway? Is Fluoride Important When Brushing Your Teeth? Short answer, "Yes." Fluoride in toothpaste and water help protect your teeth from decay and reduce the likeliness that [...]

2019-04-22T20:48:55+00:00By |

Filling Fell Out What Should I Do?

Wondering what you should do if your tooth filling falls out? First thing to keep in mind is to relax and stay calm. Fillings can fall out and it's not uncommon, although it can be quite surprising. If it happens while eating and you feel something hard that shouldn't be there, just be sure not to accidentally swallow it. Now that you're past the scary part, the next step is simple: Call the Dentist. We're open 5 days a week and we are happy to assist with emergency filling replacements and even temporary fillings if it's especially bad timing and you need a quick fix. How Did My Filling Fall Out? Fillings are put under a lot of pressure for years and over time they can loosen up and fall out on their own accord or because of tooth decay. It's important to note that it's common for the tooth to fall out [...]

2019-04-22T20:54:14+00:00By |

Worn Down Teeth? Restore Your Smile

Cindi enjoyed a beautiful smile when she was younger. But as she aged, her front teeth began to wear down. She became increasingly self-conscious as her teeth became smaller and smaller. So, she called Your All American Smile Center to restore her smile and her confidence. Our knowledgeable team helped her build up her smile with custom-made dental crowns and bridges. Now, Cindi says she smiles all the time — largely because of the results but also because of the excellent care she receives in our Keller, TX office. "I love coming to visit Dr. Pickett,” Cindi said. “One of the things I love about him so much, is when he comes in, he’s so excited to see the work he’s done ... He’s really proud of what he does. And he really cares about me.” Watch this video to learn more about Cindi’s experience. Then, see what Pickett Family Dental can [...]

2019-04-22T21:05:17+00:00By |

High-Tech Dental Implant Placement

We’re living in a world that’s increasingly digital, and the world of dentistry is no exception. This is great news for patients wanting to replace missing teeth with dental implants because high-tech dentistry allows us to provide more comfortable and precise placement of the artificial tooth roots. At Pickett Family Dental, we use computer-assisted dentistry to more thoroughly plan your treatment. State-of-the-art technology allows us to take a highly detailed digital image of your jaw. “We see where the bone’s at and we ideally plan the implant placement before we even begin,” Dr. Pickett said. “We design this in a software program. We make a plastic guide that has machine metal guides in it so that, basically, I'm placing that implant within less than one degree of accuracy, and within microns of accuracy as far as depth goes.” Watch this video to learn more about how technology allows us to provide more gentle dental care. Then, [...]

2019-04-22T23:20:33+00:00By |

More Comfortable Tooth Extractions

A decaying tooth had begun taking a toll on David’s overall health and his confidence. So, David trusted Dr. Pickett and his team to perform a tooth extraction. Now, David is able to chew without pain and smile without hesitation! “I’m feeling much better about my smile,” David said. “I’m feeling more confident. I smile more. I just feel better.” Sometimes, removing a badly infected tooth is necessary to improve your dental health. At Pickett Family Dental in Keller, TX, we’re able to maximize patient comfort during tooth extractions with the help of dental sedation. We’re also able to help you fill in your smile gaps afterward with a dental bridge or dental implant. Watch this video to learn more about the high-quality care David received. Then, if you’re experiencing tooth pain, give us a call at 817-431-5514 to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you alleviate the pain and move forward with a healthier smile. [...]

2019-04-23T14:23:13+00:00By |

Dozing Off Behind The Wheel? Time To Test For Sleep Apnea

If you’ve ever dozed off at the wheel, it can be a terrifying experience. But what causes people to fall asleep while driving? It could be the monotony of highway driving or long travel times, but there’s something else that could be to blame: obstructive sleep apnea. It’s estimated that millions of Americans are living with undiagnosed and unmanaged obstructive sleep apnea, a condition marked by repeated blockages of the airway during sleep. These “episodes” can happen dozens of times a night and often result in excessive snoring or the sleeper jolting awake, gasping for air. Sleep apnea also results in a lack of quality sleep, which has been linked to an increased risk of workplace-related and traffic-related accidents. In fact, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board recently said that sleep apnea has been linked to 10 highway and rail accidents since 2000 — and that only accounts for cases investigated by [...]

2019-04-22T23:33:39+00:00By |

Improve Your Smile And Your Life With Dental Implant Dentures

Dentures have come a long way in the past couple centuries, since the first dentures were fashioned from human or animal teeth. Heck, dentures have come a long way since George Washington sported his set of false teeth, which were made of ivory, gold, and lead — not wood, as is popularly believed. Today, even the stereotype of dentures as awkward sets of artificial teeth is outdated. Thanks to advances in restorative dentistry, the dental implant denture has become sort of the “gold standard” in removable dentures. They’re extremely secure and reliable because they harness the security of dental implants to anchor the prosthetic. At Pickett Family Dental, we want to help you find the teeth replacement solution that is perfect for you and your busy lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to be slowed down by denture adhesives or uncertainty about the placement of your denture. Read on to learn more about the advantages of [...]

2019-04-22T23:37:15+00:00By |

Welcome To Pickett Family Dental’s Blog!

For nearly 40 years, our dental office has remained at the forefront of dental technology. With new ownership, Dr. Pickett now invites you to our new site and blog to easily receive the most current info! It’s through our blog that we will provide you with the latest news and innovations in dentistry to help you in our office and also at home. We’ll address many questions you may have about our services, such as: Same-day dental crowns, which repair and protect your teeth in just one visit Other restorative dentistry options, including tooth fillings, dental implants, and root canals Cosmetic dentistry solutions to brighten and enhance your smile’s appearance General dentistry such as dental cleanings and exams to treat and prevent dental issues Emergency dentistry to quickly relieve your pain and correct your smile Sedation dentistry to ensure your total comfort during any procedure Providing Better Treatments With State-of-the-Art [...]

2019-04-22T23:51:34+00:00By |

Preventing Gum Disease By Flossing [VIDEO]

Dr. Pickett at Pickett Family Dental provides honest dental care and advice on how to prevent gum disease and other oral diseases caused by improper self care. While brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a must, regular flossing can offer better protection against gum disease. Flossing is the most effective way to remove food that gets wedged between your teeth which rapidly leads to bacteria growth in your mouth. As bacteria grows in your mouth and then becomes infected, providing a rich, great taste and smell in your mouth... actually, it's a terrible smell and by far a terrible way to make a first impression with your dentist. If you forget to floss, your gums can become infected and over time you can end up losing your teeth. Flossing is hardly time-consuming for the value it provides to your keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean from bacteria. If you're unsure if [...]

2019-04-23T00:08:04+00:00By |

Enjoy A Healthier Future With Dental Implants

Sometimes, dental care isn’t just a means to making your smile look great. Good dentistry can actually completely change your life. A single missing tooth can affect the way you feel, both mentally and physically. Missing teeth can dramatically impact your diet and head-to-toe health. You need a smile full of functioning teeth to truly be at your best – both in the present and in the future. Dr. Pickett provides dental implants at Pickett Family Dental for these very reasons, and as an alternative to dentures. Dentures may provide you with an attractive smile, but they can also lead to unnecessary dental anxiety. Dentures can slip out of place, which is almost as embarrassing as dealing with missing teeth to begin with. Your dental implants will afford you a strong, dependable bite, and natural-looking grin that you can be proud to share again. Let’s look at how our dental implants can best help [...]

2019-04-23T00:11:57+00:00By |

What To Do If Your Little One Lost A Tooth [Video]

If your child has naturally lost a baby tooth, Pickett Family Dental is here to provide expert advice while your son’s or daughter’s smile heals. We’re also here to help if a tooth has been knocked out because of an accident, in which case you should call us at 817-431-5514 right away so we can help. Our dental office has provided family dentistry for over 40 years and continues to provide comfortable treatment for you and those who matter most. Watch this video from the American Dental Association on losing baby teeth, and then contact our Keller, TX office today by calling the number above to make an appointment. You can also ask questions or schedule your visit by using our convenient online form.

2019-04-23T00:15:54+00:00By |

Sedation Dentistry: Relaxing At The Dentist

For too many people, visiting the dentist is a nightmare come true. The sights, the sounds, the smells … they can all contribute to severe levels of dental anxiety. You are certainly not alone if you fear the dentist. An estimated 9 to 15 percent of Americans avoid dental care due to anxiety and fear. That’s approximately 30 to 40 million people! This is largely due to fear of pain while being in a dentist’s chair. The other common issue is that patients who have been afraid to visit the dentist have developed certain “embarrassing” issues, such as staining or bad breath. There’s also the factor of common courtesy. Some dentists and their staff can be rude with their comments, or harsh during treatments. This is completely unnecessary and has caused a massive amount of people to avoid visiting the dentist. A single stressful or judgmental visit at any age can result in dental [...]

2019-05-07T20:41:11+00:00By |

Same-Day Dental Crowns: Fast And Lasting Solutions

A dental crown can help your smile so much if you have a damaged tooth. Sometimes, a cracked or broken tooth can be saved by a dental crown instead of needing to be replaced. Anytime a natural tooth can remain in your smile, it’s a good thing. However, some dental crowns can’t be provided in one day, which means you could be fitted with a temporary crown. Temporary crowns may shield your tooth while your actual crown is being created, but they can also lead to unforeseen dental issues. But that’s not the case at Pickett Family Dental! We proudly offer same-day dental crowns to protect your smile as effectively and efficiently as possible. If you need a dental crown fast, call our Keller, TX office at 817-431-5514 to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, read on to learn how same-day crowns can repair dental damage fast and save you the hassle of a temporary crown. [...]

2019-04-23T00:24:00+00:00By |

Protect Your Family’s Smiles With Custom Mouthguards [VIDEO]

Pickett Family Dental’s mouthguards are beneficial for a variety of reasons, including protecting your smile during activities and even preventing damage done by grinding your teeth at night. We’ve got a brief but insightful video for you to check out today regarding our custom mouthguards. Dr. Pickett creates your custom mouthguard right in our Keller, TX dentist office for your convenience. Call 817-431-5514 or use our online form to make an appointment today or contact us with any questions!

2019-04-23T00:26:56+00:00By |

Gentle Laser Dentistry Treatments To Improve All Smiles

When a smile requires more involved treatment, oral surgery is typically a last resort for many dentists. It’s intimidating for most patients, and it often requires time-consuming at-home maintenance during the healing process. Dr. Pickett always provides the most beneficial services for your oral health, but he also seeks new ways to help you feel your best after any procedure. That’s why he uses his expertise in laser dentistry treatment at Your All American Smile Center to care for your smile as quickly and comfortably as possible. Please check out the info below then call 817-431-5514 to schedule a consultation at our Keller, TX dentist office. Dr. Pickett will determine if quick and convenient laser treatment can help your smile as it has for so many of our other patients. Helping You Feel Better And Heal Faster With Laser Treatment Dental procedures involving cutting with traditional dental tools can cause unnecessary pain [...]

2019-04-23T00:32:17+00:00By |