Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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This post from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Dallas answers some common questions about toothpaste.

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?

The abrasive characteristic of toothpaste is to help with removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Forceful brushing becomes unnecessary when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering bits of food and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty flavors?

Minty flavors are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, toothpaste alone is not designed to cure bad breath.

While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?

Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed for preventing decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride is included in many toothpastes to help prevent tooth decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Brushing and flossing help you avoid bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?

The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds yet another powerful layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means brushing and flossing twice a day! We offer 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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What Is A Canted Midline?

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At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we consider many factors when designing a smile for one of our patients. One of the elements involved is the facial midline.

We consider the length and angle of the facial midline to properly position porcelain crowns, veneers, and dental implants. When front teeth restorations do not line up with the facial midline, it is called a canted midline. This is something that experience has taught us to avoid.

Many people do not realize the level of 3-D engineering required in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to the orientation in relation to the facial midline, there is also the angle and size of the teeth in relation to each other and in relation to the size and shape of the lips and gums.

If you are considering an extensive smile makeover, you certainly don’t want to entrust your smile to just any cosmetic dentist.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we use cosmetic dentistry to create beautiful new smiles for our patients, every day. Other services include 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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How Can You Improve Your Smile Quickly?

Porcelain VeneersWith porcelain veneers from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, you can revamp your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that are attached to the front of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for many years because it is such an excellent match for natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent and can be matched to the color of any tooth. It is stronger than enamel and resists stains.

Dental ceramists who fabricate porcelain veneers are both artists and technicians. They create beautiful paper-thin wafers that adhere to teeth, correcting chips and stains. Porcelain veneers can also straighten crooked teeth for patients who don’t need orthodontic work.

Patients who receive porcelain veneers appreciate the less-invasive process of enhancing their smile. Newer techniques require no removal of healthy tooth enamel.

We would be happy to show you what veneers can do for your smile.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, porcelain veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry services we offer. We also offer general 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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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we use dental crowns in many treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth with a large filling, or has been injured. A crown is usually necessary after a root canal, and is the final step in a dental implant.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

  1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
  2. Porcelain fused to metal
  3. Gold alloys
  4. Base metal alloys

We can determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, and any allergies to metal.

When many Dallas dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, we prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, we make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades.

There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, dental crowns are just one of our restorative dentistry procedures. Call us 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 Bridge vs Dental Implant

Attention Dallas Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethIn this post from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we’re going to discuss a common tooth replacement option, dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for countless, they are not problem-free. Many people with bridges find it impossible to keep them entirely clean, in particular the small areas around the bridge. It can be hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and starting decay without you even knowing it. When decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jaw, where it supports an artificial tooth. The bone and gum tissue fuse with the titanium post, which serves as a replacement tooth root.

Dental implants have a far better track record than dental bridges. Their success rate is higher than ninety percent, and with proper care, can last a lifetime.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing strength, beauty, and natural function.  They can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. Call our office to 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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How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Dallas If you wear dentures, you know that they are not an ideal solution for missing teeth. Common problems with them include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, and bone loss. The good news? Dental implants from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas offer a superior alternative.

Implant anchored dentures can change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

You know what they say: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But set aside any skepticism. Hundreds of thousands of people already war implant-supported dentures, with great success.

As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single post can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a set of dentures.

Advantages of implant-supported dentures include:

  • Stability. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • Prevents bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth rootes, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures have the ability to transform your life, and they are among the procedures available at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. We also offer 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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Dental Questions? Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Has Answers

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At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a more nuanced answer includes the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and restorative 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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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

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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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