December 19, 2017
As you go about your day, you may notice something different about your oral health, such as bleeding gums or tooth sensitivity. Since there may not be obvious signs of an issue or significant pain, you may be tempted to ignore the problem until your next appointment with your dentist in Carrollton; however, any change to your mouth indicates a larger issue that is brewing beneath the surface. If you delay dental care, it could lead to serious complications with your teeth and gums.
January 21, 2016
If you’ve been told that you have gum disease, then you’re in good company. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly half of American adults have some degree of gum, or periodontal, disease. That you’re among millions, however, should come as little comfort when you consider the consequences this bacterial infection can have on not only your oral health but your overall health, as well. Fortunately, Carrollton family dentist Dr. Henry A. Campbell and his staff offer gum disease therapy, so you can enjoy optimal oral health and avoid some rather serious general maladies, too.
November 30, 2015
If your teeth are prone to dental decay or carries, you are likely very familiar with the process of removing and filling damaged dental enamel. You may even receive regular fluoride treatments or dental sealants as part of your twice annual dental appointments. In some cases, the solution is a change in diet or oral hygiene, but some patients are simply genetically predisposed to experience more tooth decay. There is good news. Innovation in modern dental care is making it possible from patients who struggle with decay to rebuild damaged teeth as part of their regular preventive dentistry routine. Thanks to a natural process known as remineralization, we may be able to regrow decayed teeth in the near future.
October 12, 2015
The short answer is: yes, but at the Carrollton, TX dental practice of Dr. Henry A. Campbell, we believe that the best service we can offer our patients is a fuller understanding of their oral health. Our team recommends biennial dental checkups and cleanings to help diagnose and treat dental health issues in their earliest possible stages. This allows us to provide conservative, minimally invasive dentistry services. If you’re interested in finding out more about why six month dental checkups are necessary or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Campbell, the dentist Carrollton, TX residents trust.
August 19, 2015
Many patients are missing out on the full benefit of brushing and flossing because they haven’t made changes to their oral health care routine since they were children. Imagine what would happen if you utilized the same hygiene routines from your childhood to care for your whole body. If that seems ridiculous, why would caring for fully developed adult teeth the same way you cared for developing dentition make any more sense? At the Carrollton, TX dental practice of Dr. Henry A. Campbell, we’re here to help our patients develop an optimal at-home care routine for their smile. When it comes to a great oral hygiene routine, every smile is different, but we can all benefit from getting back to the basics. If you want to find out more about caring for your smile, call to schedule a hygiene appointment today.
August 27, 2014
Halitosis! Some may not know that this word is the specific medical term for bad breath. Yet it still holds an ominous ring to it. Halitosis, to be sure, is an unpleasant condition that is cause for embarrassment in many.
If you are concerned about bad breath or you have reason to think you have bad breath, start by understanding that there are a number of sources. Then ask your dentist. We can help alleviate your fears and/or identify the cause and determine the best treatment.
What causes bad breath? (more…)
July 31, 2013
As a Carrollton area dentist, one of the most important things I can tell my patients is to come and visit us as soon as they experience a pain in their tooth. Many times, patients will ignore this pain in the hopes that it will just go away. If it’s been a day or two and you’re still experiencing pain, it’s time to give us a call.
People put off calling us for several reasons. Many times, this may also be from a fear of dental treatments. In most cases, the discomfort that brings you to our office is worse than what you will experience during your treatment.
July 2, 2013
As a Carrollton-area general dentist, many patients over the years have asked me why they need to come in for their dental checkup. They tell me that they’re brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. Unfortunately, these good habits alone aren’t enough to ensure good dental health.
We will check your teeth and gums for signs of oral pathology and gum disease, note and record your vital signs, and solicit from you any present or past dental concerns with an eye as to which are dentally-driven and which are caused by your medications. These things are serious threats not only to your dental health, but to your overall health as well.
January 23, 2013
As a Carrollton cosmetic dentist, I have been asked a few times, “What kind of floss is the best?” My answer has become, “Whatever floss you will use daily!”
For a clarification of terms – the “what and why” of flossing. Flossing is sliding something which resembles thread or string between your teeth. It cleans away plaque that your toothbrush will miss, and is a very essential part of excellent dental health. It is something that anyone with even one tooth should do. “Floss first – then brush” should become a mantra for us all who want good health.
There are two different types of floss: multifilament floss (like nylon or silk floss) and monofilament floss (generally made of rubber or plastic). The nylon floss is probably the more common, and cheaper. Nylon floss can be found waxed and un-waxed. The wax is there to help the floss squeeze between the teeth and is handy, therefore, for those with very tight contacts. I tend to feel that waxed is good, but the un-waxed could be better because the filaments tend to splay out and clean the tooth surfaces.
Monofilament floss is somewhat newer technology. Since it is so strong, many feel it is easier to pull between teeth. And then both types of floss come in thicknesses and flavors. [What’s this about bacon flavored floss?]
Again, what is most important about flossing is that you floss with floss all your teeth every day! Many studies have shown that flossing contributes to good oral health and to good overall health. Researchers in Zurich found the newly-identified bacterium Streptococcus tigurinus in the blood of patients with meningitis. This bacterium can get in the bloodstream through bleeding gums. Meningitis can be fatal. To help you understand other connections between healthy gums and healthy bodies, let us know here how we can help you enjoy excellent health.
And may the floss be with you!
Acknowledgement and thanks to “Huffpost Healthy Living” and Thomas P. Connelly, DDS, July 5, 2012.