How Tooth Brushing Prevents Gum Disease

Dallas Teeth BleachingWhy should everyone brush their teeth at least twice a day? At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we’re using this space to discuss why it is so important.

The first, and most obvious benefit, is that brushing and flossing prevents tooth decay. It removes the food debris from between teeth and clears away plaque, that filmy residue that forms on their surface.

When food stays on  teeth, the starches in the food mixes with theplaque and forms an acid that begins eating into the enamel. That is how cavities are formed.

Second, and perhaps less obvious, is that brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy. The same plaque that causes decay can infect the gums. Eventuallyl the gum tissue becomes infected and leads to gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

Left untreated, it progresses into the more serious periodontitis.

The sequence generally goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums pull back from the tooth.
  3. Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.

The good news is that gum disease is treatable, especially in its earliest stages.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we treat gum disease. We also offer a full range of general dentistry and other services. 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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Restoring Smiles

Restoring Smiles at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in DallasWe believe a great smile is essential for putting your best face forward. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we can restore teeth to their original condition, and make smiles better than they ever were before!

Some patients have only a few issues. Perhaps one or two teeth are misshapen and seem out of alignment. If the problem is only superficial, porcelain veneers may be the answer. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of one or more teeth. They are extremely versatile and can improve shape, color, or both.

Another plus: porcelain veneers are essentially non-invasive and do not impact healthy tooth structure.

Some people just want to brighten their smiles, and for them, teeth whitening is a perfect choice. If you are ready to whiten your smile, come on in; you may be surprised at what we can do.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we improve the smiles of our patients with cosmetic dentistry every day. We also offer a full rnage of general dentistry services. 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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Dental Confidence Or Caution

Prestonwood cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Whether you are one of those who goes willingly to the dentist or are hesitant about getting work done, the team at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas wants you to make and keep regular appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Regular dental appointments are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. For most patients, we recommend a visit to our office every six months. We occasionally need to see a patient more often.

Appointments, Parts 1 & 2

There are two parts to a typical dental appointment: a cleaning and a checkup.

During a cleaning, one of our dental hygienists inspects your teeth and gums, and uses special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up. It also includes polishing your teeth, which removes any surface stains. The last step is flossing.

During a checkup, the dentist checks your overall dental health. If there are any issues, like a cavity or signs of gum disease, we’ll usually schedule a follow-up appointment. It will be planned for your convenience, of course, but sooner is better.

What you do between your six-month visits is really important. Plaque is contantly forming on the teeth, so we recommend – and we cannot say it strongly enough! – that you brush and floss your teeth every day. Ideally, you’ll do it twice.

You have a lot of toothpaste choices. The flavor is up to you, but be sure to choose one with fluoride.

By seeing us twice a year, and maintaining a good dental health regimen at home, you can have confidence that your teeth and gums are in great shape. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, our services include general and restorative dentistry. If you haven’t already, schedule your next 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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To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In Dallas

In this blog post from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we’re going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that gum can freshen your breath, but how is it for your dental health?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be helpful in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that diminish plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing is the best thing for your dental health, but when you can’t brush, pick a sugarless gum with xylitol.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we care sbout the dental health of each one of our patients. Our services include general and restorative 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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Have You Neglected Your Dental Health?

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we stress to all of our patients, at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. Coupled with twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, it’s the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too. But we understand that some people, for whatever reason, let it slip. Some have even been known to skip brushing and flossing so often, you could say they never do it at all.

It’s Worth It!

In cases like that, some people may think their teeth are too far gone – that no amount of treatment can restore their dental health. If that sounds like you or someone you love, we’re here to tell you it isn’t so. There is always a way to make your teeth look and feel better.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will be worth it. In cases of neglected teeth, initial treatment begins with an inspection in our office. At that time we will identify the need for any fillings or extractions. A root canal may be in order, too – but don’t let those words frighten you. Modern dentistry has taken the pain out of even difficult cases.

We’ll also be looking for signs of gum disease, which is common in cases of neglected teeth. If we find it we’ll begin a sequence of cleanings and treatments to revive your gum health.

There Is Always Hope

Once we have your mouth back in a healthy condition, we start looking at what needs to be done to fix any damage. It won’t be a walk in the park, but it won’t be as bad as you might imagine. And it will definitely be worth it, in the long run.

Your biggest takeaway from this post should be this: there is hope for your teeth.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. 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

Posted in Dental checkups, Dental health, General dentistry, Oral health

Total Tooth Restoration

Total Tooth RestorationYour face is always on display for others to see. You can’t hide it behind long sleeves, baggy jeans, or a hat. Those who have received cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas believe their dazzling new smile brightens their whole face.

A beautiful smile is essential to a polished appearance. Richardson cosmetic dentistry is not just for people in the public eye, it is for anyone who desires a youthful looking smile.

Plano teeth whitening is quicker and more popular than ever. Some of our Dallas cosmetic dental patients invest in total teeth restoration because they have always been self-conscious about chips, gaps or crooked teeth.

Cosmetic dental treatment may consist of dental bonding, dental implants, dental bridges, orthodontics, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening or a combination.

If you are unfamiliar with the latest materials and procedures, see us at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We also offer general 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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How To Beat Plaque

Plaque is that sticky, filmy stuff that forms on teeth. It is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. For the best dental health, the team at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas reminds all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day.

Plaque forms when foods with sugars and starches are not brushed away. The bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth thrive on these sugars and starches, and produce acids. Over time these acids destroy tooth enamel, leaving you with a cavity. Or maybe two.

Plaque is mostly colorless. When it isn’t brushed away, it leaves you with that rough or fuzzy feeling on the surface of your teeth.

Take Care Of Your Teeth!

You probably know where this short article is headed: keep your teeth clean! That means brushing and flossing.

  • Brush at least twice each day, for two minutes.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • Be sure to get along the gumline, that place where your teeth and gums meet.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Floss between the teeth to get bacteria and food debris.
  • Ask us whether dental sealants are a good idea for you.

Plaque is always going to be there. But brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can keep it under control, and greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. If it hardens into tartar it can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Having your teeth cleaned and examined at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas should be part of your strategy for beating plaque and having a beautiful, healthy smile. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next 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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What Is General Dentistry?

If you explored our website before landing on this blog, you have may noticed the term “general dentistry” on the menu, along with the other services we offer. “General dentistry” may sound bland, but it isn’t. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, it’s your assurance that we can diagnose and treat your most essential dental issues, and ensure your overall dental health.

One of the watchwords we have is prevention. That’s why we start each of your appointments with an exam by one of our dental hygienists, who cleans and inspects your teeth and gums. Then it’s the dentist’s turn. In this way we make sure that your teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth, are free of decay or disease.

A Wide Range of Services

If we find any issues, we are equipped to deal with most of them. If there is something beyond the scope of general dentistry we’ll give you an excellent referral. Examples of what we can do include:

  • Repair damaged teeth
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canals
  • Dental implants
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dental health is closely linked to your overall health. In fact, research has established links between common oral infections and conditions such as cardiovascular disease. That’s one of the best reasons to see us for regular checkups.

Too often, people put off going to the dentist. Some even wait until they suspect there is a problem. Needless to say, we do not recommend this approach. Prevention really is the best medicine.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we want to see each of our patients for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Remember, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with our help, they can. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Help For Tetracycline Stains

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Here at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas, our mission is making the smiles of all our patients white and bright. The best way to get a great smile is with professional teeth whitening.

Most of what we all eat and drink every day of our lives has the potential to stain the teeth. It even goes beyond food and beverages. Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne. An unfortunate side effect is discolored teeth.

There is a huge selection of commercially available whitening prodcuts in any grocery store. Most of them do an adequate job, but they cannot compare to professional teeth whitening. (Who wants to settle for adequate, anyway?)

We have two options: Zoom! in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Zoom! whitening can be completed in one appointment, and leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. The at-home whitening also delivers fantastic results, but lets you proceed at your own pace.

Teeth whitening is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas. 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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Hate Your Dentures?

North Dallas Dentistry ImplantMaybe you have heard about dental implants: how they’ve been called one of the greatest steps forward in dentistry. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we offer several types of this remarkable technology.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is implanted in your jaw. A single post can support a single artificial tooth, while multiple posts can support a set of dentures. This article takes a look at denture implants.

Let’s examine the facts:

  • Chewing: An implant denture can restore up to 95 percent of normal chewing function. Can you chew easily with your current full or partial denture? Can you bite apples? When was the last time you ate a raw carrot?
  • Fit: Implant anchored dentures stay in place. An implant denture doesn’t slide around in your mouth and cause sores. Implant denture wearers who exercise regularly especially appreciate this benefit.
  • Appearance: Is your smile beautiful? Can you smile confidently? How many denture wearers love their smile? Implant anchored dentures look like natural teeth. They don’t move when you smile, eat, talk, bike, swim, dance, golf, ski; you get the idea.
  • Bone health: When teeth are taken out, bone recession can result over time. Because a titanium implant is an artificial ‘tooth root’ inserted into your jaw bone, your bone has a better chance of staying healthy. If there are no other adverse conditions present, your jaw bone should remain strong and vital, just as if the former tooth root were there.

If you hate your traditional dentures, we invite you to schedule an implant denture consultation with Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. We also offer single dental implants, and many other procedures. 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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