Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

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Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! Your tooth enamel should last a lifetime, and with regular checkups at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, it can.

Here are some useful tips for keeping enamel healthy.

1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks are bad for your teeth. Don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and protect your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to weakening from brushing.

3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is vital to speak with your Dallas doctor about treatment.

4. Talk to us about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major trouble for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your dentist is aware if you experience either of these issues.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we’ll help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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Get The Royal Treatment At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

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In need of a crown? At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we can provide the exceptional experience you deserve with the dental care required.

Dental crowns can be used to address many issues, such as:

  • To protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and provide durability to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • To cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • To add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

Crowns are not permanent but they can last for many years when properly cared for. We will have instructions on care, once we place yours.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, dental crowns are among our restorative dentistry procedures. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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A Wise Investment That Pays Off Every Day

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You may not sport a sparkling 3-carat diamond on your finger or zip around town in a shiny Ferrari, but you can flash a celebrity-caliber smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas is an investment in you, and it pays off every single day.

Cosmetic dentistry has been called part science and part art. That’s a pretty good definition. It uses sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to your smile!

Possibilities include:

  • Teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the store.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are used to cover chips, cracks, and gaps in your smile, or replace eroded tooth enamel. They give you a brilliant smile!
  • Dental Implants. Replace missing teeth with something that looks and functions like the real thing!

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day. We also offer restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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Persistent Dry Mouth?

The Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Guide To Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition in which your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, leaving you with a persistent dry feeling in your mouth. If you experience this, be sure to tell us at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas.

The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, which is pronounced zero-STOE-me-uh. It’s a common side effect of certain medications, and is also common in people who are undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. It’s also caused by a condition of the salivary glands themselves, but that is less common.

Causes

There are hundreds of different medications that list dry mouth as a side effect. These include prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicine. Antihistamines, decongestants, and pain medications may cause it, as well as many other drugs.

Dry mouth is also common in older people. Older people are often taking more medication than they did when younger. The body isn’t always as efficient in processing these medications as it once was.

Tobacco and alcohol use can also bring on symptoms of dry mouth, as well as so-called recreational drugs.

Chemotherapy may have an impact on the salivary glands, and their ability to produce saliva. It might return to normal once the treatment is finished.

Complications

In addition to discomort, dry mouth can lead to increased plaque on the teeth. This can, in turn, lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Yeast infections and sores around the mouth can also occur.

People with dry mouth may also have poor nutrition, because chewing and swallowing are more difficult.

The treatment for dry mouth depends on what’s causing it. If you have persistent dry mouth but don’t know why, please let us know at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to set up an appointment today.

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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Posted in Dental health, General dentistry, Oral health

What’s On Your Dental Wish List?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?

How would you like to improve your smile? At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day. If you’re not satisfied with your smile, rest assured there is a procedure for you.

Here is a sampling of what we can do to improve your smile:

  • Teeth whitening. Is there anyone who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Professional teeth whitening surpasses any product you can buy at the store, leaving you with gleaming teeth and a fabulous smile.
  • Porcelain veneers. Medical-grade porcelain are custom-fit to your teeth. They cover chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. They aren’t permanent, but when properly cared for will last about ten to fifteen years.
  • Dental implants. These marvels of modern dentistry are titanium posts inserted into your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. An artificial tooth is mounted onto the post. Implants look and function like natural teeth.
  • Crowns. Crowns are often placed on top of a decayed tooth, or after a root canal or other procedure. They protect and stabilize what is left of the original tooth. They too look and function like a natural tooth.

These and other procedures can improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth.

So what’s on your dental wish list? At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we offer a wide range of cosmetic and general dentistry procedures. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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A Fast Way To Brighten Your Smile

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Teeth whitening from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. It is quick and non-invasive. While some patients experience short-term sensitivity, most report no pain at all.

If you have looked into teeth whitening systems, you probably already know the essentials. The one thing they have in common is that they use a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have settled in the natural microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

There are many DIY teeth bleaching systems available. Whitening strips and pens can sometimes whiten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in cosmetic dental offices. It may not be dynamic enough for your tooth stains.

We recommend extreme caution when considering a take-home tooth whitener. If you have cavities, gum recession, crowns, or veneers, you definitely need professional guidance.

We offer our patients two options: Zoom! whitening, an in-office, light-activated system, and a professional-grade take-home kit.

For the best results, call us at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. Teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

Educating Dallas Dental Patients About Little-Known RisksThe connection between your dental health and overall health is by now well-established. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, regular checkups help you stay in good health.

There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to dental health.

  1. Diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk.
  2. A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many medications cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, it can be dangerous.
  3. Acid reflux is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, the health of our patients is always our top priority. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

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At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we are sometimes asked about Xylitol gum. What is it, exactly? Can a type of gum chewing really help prevent cavities?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark, but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth.

Clinical studies have established that xylitol impedes the growth of the bacteria that initiates decay. It also diminishes plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For those who live with frequent dry mouth, xylitol gum or mints can stimulate saliva production while preserving against cavities.

Is xylitol gum as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing the dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

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Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush for cleaning your teeth? In this article from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we won’t recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a close look at the electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have come a long way since then. With the modern electric toothbrush, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But people who love them say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we want each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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Posted in Dental health, General dentistry, Oral health

There Is Hope For Denture Wearers

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The condition of your teeth has a big impact on your health and well-being. Denture wearers understand this all too well. But implant-supported dentures from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas are proving to be an outstanding alternative to traditional dentures.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While dentures are better than having no teeth at all, they certainly come with drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done answer for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they use relines.

Stop The Progression

Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for people who have been wearing standard dentures. To a certain extent, implants curb the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor overdentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow us to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a strong base for an overdenture.

Restore Chewing Ability

Implant-supported dentures not only curb bone recession, they also restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical well-being. The psychological benefits are equally valuable.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we offer implant dentures, as well as complete general dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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