Dr. Pettigrew's Blog
September 14, 2018
September has been set aside as National Gum Care Awareness Month, so your local dentist reminds you to take the necessary steps to prevent gum (periodontal) disease, a condition that over 75% of adult Americans suffer from. As you read on, you’ll learn what some of the symptoms of this disease are and what you can do to prevent it.
September 10, 2018
Periodontal disease, like most serious illnesses, progresses through distinct stages. In its earliest forms, it’s generally referred to as gingivitis. If the condition continues untreated, then symptoms of periodontitis will begin to emerge. In either case, it’s important for the patient to seek periodontal therapy in Southlake right away.
July 30, 2018
When you are brushing your teeth before bed and spit excess toothpaste into the sink, have you ever noticed small droplets of blood? Gum bleeding can be a sign of gum disease and is a very serious oral health matter. If left untreated, gum disease could eventually lead to you having fewer teeth in your mouth! For millions of Americans who have already lost teeth from gum disease or dental accidents, many are turning to dental implants to restore their smile. To learn more about the dangers of gum disease and if dental implants in Southlake are the right cosmetic dentistry solution for you, continue reading below.
May 29, 2018
When you look in the mirror, does your focus instantly turn to your imperfect teeth? You are not alone. In fact, it is estimated that more than one-fourth of adults do not like smiling due to the appearance of their teeth. To get your dream smile, your cosmetic dentist in Southlake offers the services you need; however, if you smoke, your options may be limited. Tobacco use in any form not only lowers your body’s ability to heal and fight infections, but it can also compromise the results of your procedures.
April 20, 2018
Do you completely avoid certain foods because it’s painful or uncomfortable to eat them? If so, you may suspect that the root of the problem (no pun intended!) is your teeth. However, it could actually be that your receding gums have exposed the roots of your teeth, which are much more sensitive.
Since our gums protect much of our tooth structure, any problem with them can ultimately put our teeth at risk for a wide variety of problems. As a dentist in Southlake, we’ve helped many of our patients learn how to prevent receding gums and treat any sensitivity they may have. Keep reading to learn more!
March 26, 2018
When you look for a mechanic, there’s a series of questions that you’ll typically ask to see if they are a great fit for you. The same goes for your regular doctor, so why should it be any different when you’re looking for a dentist in Southlake?
The quick answer is that you shouldn’t! There are many things to look for when trying to find the perfect practice and best-fitting dentist for you and your family. Learn about how to eliminate those who can’t serve your personal dental needs with this quick guide to choosing a new dentist. Continue reading to learn more!
February 2, 2018
The most important contributors to your health and wellness are often relegated to an existence of near anonymity. They get little fanfare while they quietly go about their business of maintaining your health. One of these unsung heroes is the gum tissue in your mouth, which is just as integral to your oral health as soil is to the growth of plants. So given that February is gum awareness month, it’s a good time to discuss how vital this structure is and understand the dangers of not caring for it properly. Furthermore, your dentist in Southlake will provide information on how to treat your gums when there are issues.
January 9, 2018
For too long it’s been the norm to assume that whatever disease that occurs in the mouth stays in the mouth. This myth that oral disease isn’t linked to diseases that occur in other parts of the body continues to be disproved by doctors and researchers alike. Today, your dentist in Southlake will be discussing the link between periodontal disease and these more well-known diseases.
We would never scoff if your doctor told us we had heart disease, diabetes, or dementia, so we should be treating periodontal disease with the same level of seriousness.
December 11, 2017
The holidays are a time of giving. You’re thinking about what your friends and family would like to receive, but have you considered giving yourself the best gift of all? A new smile is one of the most beneficial things you can invest in for yourself to feel confident with the beginning of the new year! It may be time to think about giving to yourself this season by visiting your dentist in Southlake to discuss getting porcelain veneers.
November 11, 2017
Healthy gums mean your smile looks and feels great. According to recent research, it may also mean you are at a decreased risk for numerous chronic and systemic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, patients with healthy gums are much less likely to lose teeth since periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US. Long story short, keeping your gums healthy may mean the difference between a lifetime of healthy smiles and chronic struggles with your oral and overall health. That’s why skilled dentists are dedicated to helping patients maintain their periodontal health with regular preventive visits and non-surgical gum therapies.