Save Your Breath

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Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most frequent cause is inadequate oral hygiene. Often, halitosis develops midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food fragments on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the nasty odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most prevalent cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or worsen the issue. The best remedy is consistent, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be needed depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland dilemma or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or cavities
Smoking
Braces
An infected root canal
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Infection
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Dieting
Age
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, and throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath stays despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense against bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

If you don’t have a regular dentist or are not happy with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Doctor Kessner at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. Doctor Kessner has been serving patients in the North Dallas area since 1973. The consistent team of dental professionals at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and general dentistry.

Be sure to check our website at https://www.drkessner.com/ for more information on Doctor Kessner’s services. Thanks for visiting our blog.

 

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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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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Today’s post is for people who are disheartened because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. We want to urge you to keep trying and assure you that the team of dental professionals at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is eager to help.

Keep Trying To Floss

Many individuals are vigilant about brushing and believe that it makes up for lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, lead to tooth loss. We encourage everyone to make it a habit to floss properly every day. If you are not sure how to floss correctly, any one of the considerate dental hygienists at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry would be eager to teach you. (They’re the pros!) Call 972-248-8525 to schedule a professional dental cleaning a review on flossing.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups can have detrimental, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe decay or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential risks. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. This psychological disorder affects a significant portion of the population. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage this condition so you can undergo an exam and any necessary care. Talk to Doctor Kessner if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety. Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry delivers oral sedation and other help for uneasy patients.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is just as detrimental to your teeth and gums as it is to other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop the practice, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the problems caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.

Many smokers do not conquer the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than existing users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Sometimes a little help can make all the difference. Call Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at 972-248-8525 to schedule an appointment.

Source:
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services., Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014, accessed June 13, 2017

 

 

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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Smokeless Is Not Harmless For Dallas Tobacco Chewers

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Cigarette sales at most Dallas stores have decreased in the past decade, but some tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.

There is a common misconception (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type: spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as traditional cigarettes.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco.

Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker tucked in there. Tobacco contains almost as much sugar as candy but delivers dangerous chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from the teeth.

Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions typically disappear within a year for many dental patients.

Oral Cancer: Smokeless tobacco use increases the risk of several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.

Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.

These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. In addition, I should also mention two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations. To receive more information, or schedule an appointment, call 972-248-8525.

If you want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you speak with Doctor Kessner at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, your primary care doctor, or your pharmacist.

 

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972-248-8525

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7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a deliberate effort to make sure you don’t smile in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a significant effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling benefits our quality of life in a myriad of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to validate this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Decreases Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that lower your stress level.

3. Smiling Boosts Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to tap into more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have shown several ways smiling can upgrade the chance of a positive outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling affects your behavior as well as the behavior of the people with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield meaningful improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers. Let’s discuss the possibilities for your smile. Call 972-248-8525 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

 

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972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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75248

 

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Dental Checkup How Often?

When is the last time you had a dental checkup? Most men and women need a dental check-up every six months. If you have an increased risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

Welcome to Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Howard Kessner, DDS, of Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas is accepting new patients. If you do not currently have a dentist or are not happy with your provider, we invite you to learn about our practice and meet our team. We are convinced that you will like what you find. Many patients entrust us with their dental health and we appreciate the relationships we have with them.

Give us a call at 972-248-8525 to make an appointment. You can also visit our website for more information about our services.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most men and women are in a medium-to-low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene habits, or experience medical conditions that influence your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is important to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked without delay.

Dentists evaluate many factors to determine the state of your oral health. We want you to have the healthiest teeth possible so you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life. The philosophy of “Ignore it and it will go away,” does not apply to a tooth or gum problem.

Call 972-248-8525 to schedule a check-up. We hope to hear from you soon.

 

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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Is Your Mouth Sore Something Serious?

North Dallas Dentists And Your Mouth Sores As a dentist, one of my roles is to help you take care of your mouth. Some of my patients have problems with mouth sores, thus the topic of today’s message.

If you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two; it is vital to come in for an exam. Mouth sores can be an indicator of disease, and an early assessment helps with preventing more serious dilemmas. If necessary, important treatment and pain relief can be offered. In extreme cases, I will refer you to a medical professional who specializes in problems that can cause mouth sores.

There are two types of mouth sores; canker sores and cold sores.

Canker sores are small ulcer-like sores with a white or gray base and a red border. They are found on the inside of the mouth and while they are not contagious, they can be painful. Canker sore generally heal in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth-rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods helps with temporary relief while your sore is healing.

The cause of canker sores is not certain. Possible explanations include: a cut on the inside of the mouth, a reaction to extreme temperatures, acids from food or drink, fatigue, stress, and allergies. Some studies point to bacteria or a virus, or a combination of these factors.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters or Herpes Simplex, are groups of fluid-filled blisters that appear around the lips, sometimes appearing under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are contagious and painful, but usually, heal in about a week. Some over-the-counter anesthetics furnish relief.

Hope on the Horizon

There are innovative antiviral drugs on the market that have shown promise in curbing outbreaks, but there is currently no known cure. The initial infection, known as primary herpes, often occurs before adulthood. Once the virus infects you, it may stay in your body and remain inactive or cause periodic cold sore outbreaks. Outbreaks may be triggered by a fever, sunburn, skin abrasions, stress, or exposure to extremes in temperature.

Talk To Your Dentist

In some cases, a change in the way you care for your mouth the frequency of mouth sores. If you are in the Dallas, area and would like to talk to a dental professional about mouth sores, give us a call at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry to schedule an examination.

Our number is 972-248-8525.

 

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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What’s Your Dental Plan?

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Planning for Success

To achieve the utmost in oral health and a beautiful smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Dallas, Texas looking for a smile makeover and need crowns and bridges, none, Second opinions that lead to more cosmetic and implant restorations or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is at your service.

We’ve been serving the Dallas area since 1973. Our highly regarded patients will tell you they can’t get over the way Howard Kessner and staff corrected and transformed their most vital features into a beautiful smile. We would love the chance to thrill you, as well.

An Investment In Your Health

If you’re worried about how expensive the work you need could be, don’t worry, you might be pleasantly surprised about the bottom line. Especially, if like many of our nearby North Dallas patients with dental coverage, your insurance picks up a significant portion. But even without insurance, the procedures can be affordable. We have competitive pricing and work to keep the costs reasonable when it comes to general dentistry, sedation dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Let us transform your smile into one that will light up the world.

Here’s the strategy you need: Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry!

During your consultation, we will discuss all of the procedures we offer – from braces to crowns to veneers to bridges. Knowledge is power.

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Denture Wearers Can Preserve Their Jaw Bone and Facial Shape

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More than 36 million Americans don’t have any teeth. And 120 million are missing at least one tooth. (American College of Prosthodontists) 90% of men and women without teeth wear dentures. Are you one of them?

Dentures aren’t the ideal tooth replacement

If so, how are your dentures working for you? Do they slip around in your mouth? Are they uncomfortable? If so, it may be time for a reline. Dentures need to be relined from time to time so they fit right. The reason for this is because of bone loss and gum shrinkage. Think about that for a minute. Bone loss?!! Gum shrinkage?!!

Let’s discuss it.

What causes bone loss?

To remain strong and vital, your jaw bone needs to be continuously stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure that extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

In other words, your jaw bone has an important job to do, but can diminish if it’s no longer needed.

Consider the following for a minute. When tooth roots are gone, your jaw bone starts shrinking. And what happens when the underlying structure shrinks? The outer structure changes as well. Eventually, the shape of your face will change.

Bone loss isn’t unavoidable

Before you resign yourself to a shrinking jaw bone and eventual hollowed-out cheeks, consider a better option. We’re talking about implant-secured dentures.

What are implant secured dentures?

A dental implant is a replacement for a tooth that includes the tooth root and the visible part of the tooth. A single implant would have an abutment (connector piece) with a crown affixed. With implant anchored dentures, the denture composes the visible part of multiple teeth connected to a fewer number of implants. In other words, instead of 1 post + 1 crown for each tooth, you may have all-in-4 which means one complete arch anchored to 4 posts.

Dentures secured by implants are held in place with permanent metal screws or posts–the root replacement part of the implant.

Permanent dental implants can be used in many different ways. For example, an implant can replace one missing tooth. Or, an implant attached to a dental bridge can replace two or three missing teeth.

In this article, however, we will first describe how implants can serve as a durable base for securing a denture to either the upper or lower arch.

How are the implants inserted?

The dental implant procedure works like this: first, the posts are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Though “oral surgery” might sound extensive, implant placement is an outpatient procedure at your dentist’s office. For most patients, it doesn’t take much longer than filling a cavity. As with other procedures, your dentist will employ a numbing agent so you will feel limited pain.

Osseointegration

The next part of the process is vital, although the patient doesn’t have to do anything except practice good oral hygiene. In the months after implant surgery, the post integrates with the jaw bone. This biological process is called osseointegration. Your jaw bone integrates to the post as if it was a natural tooth root.

Remember what we discussed earlier? The jaw bone stays healthy when stimulated by tooth roots. Your jaw bone works with artificial tooth roots similarly to natural tooth roots. This is what can prevent bone recession! (When you see ads that say dental implants are truly revolutionary, it’s not hyperbole.)

Custom dentures anchored to the implants

Once the implant has securely meshed with the jaw bone, the implant recipient receives a final fitment for their new implant-secured dentures. Just as with any restoration at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, implant-anchored dentures are custom-fit and designed to blend perfectly with remaining teeth. If you don’t have any natural teeth, you will choose the appropriate color with the guidance of Doctor Kessner.

Am I a good candidate for implant dentures?

When contemplating whether to get implant secured dentures, traditional dentures, or some other restoration option, the number of missing teeth affects your specific treatment. If you have suffered excessive tooth loss but still have healthy, bone then implant dentures might work for you.

Implants bonded to a dental bridge

People with three or four adjacent missing teeth may consider two implants attached to a dental bridge. This configuration is similar to dentures secured by but the bridge covers less gum tissue at the location.

Implant-anchored dentures can change your life

Modern dental implant procedures, technologically-advanced materials, and the ability of dentists such as Doctor Howard Kessner, combine to create truly stunning smiles.

Call us today for dental implant consultation and learn what’s possible for your smile.

 

 

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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Affordable Dentistry

A perceived lack of affordable dentistry is one of the primary reasons many people in our community avoid going to the dentist. However, the truth is that economical dentistry is available in Dallas at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry.

We provide top-quality services at competitive prices. Whether you need cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or general dentistry, we can help you.

Of course, the best way to keep your dental costs low is through daily oral hygiene and preventative dentistry. We work with you to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If problems arise, they are discovered early at your six-month check-up. A small filling is alway better for your wallet (and smile!) than a root canal and dental crown.

Ask Us About Financing

Ask us about financing options. Our friendly staff can review your dental insurance (if you have it) and discuss payment planning to help you afford your dental care.

Affordable dentistry is available to everyone in the Dallas community. Give the consistent staff at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry a call at 972-248-8525 to learn how we can provide you and your family with affordable dentistry.

Our office is located at 7522 Campbell Rd #120, in Dallas.

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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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Sparkling Smiles At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

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Welcome to the Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry dental blog, Dallas! I am Doctor Howard Kessner. Today’s post focuses on teeth whitening.

Unfortunately, our teeth lose their luster as we grow older, but I see staining on young patients, as well.

North Dallas area residents of all ages want whiter teeth.

To protect from staining, it is vital to brush after meals to remove substances that can stain. After consuming acidic foods or drinks, however, it is better to rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid. This will protect your enamel.

Tooth whitening products like kits, strips, whitening mouthwashes, and toothpaste can lighten stains slightly, but for a truly stunning smile, Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is your brilliant solution!

If you have existing dental work such as porcelain crowns, dental bonding, or veneers, the whitening process can be trickier, but not impossible. Teeth whitening will not lighten the stains on your restorations and your whitened natural teeth will make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we can upgrade your dull restorations including veneers, crowns, or bondings.

In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry and can produce wonderful results over time.

For more information on getting a younger and brighter smile, contact our consistent team at 972-248-8525 for a tooth whitening consultation today!

Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides general and cosmetic dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and dental implants. Ask us about financing options.

 

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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