Dr. Pettigrew's Blog
April 8, 2019
You’ve been told all your life to take care of your teeth and gums. Cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease are all dental problems you don’t want to have to deal with, but what about oral cancer? Did you learn much about that growing up? Did anyone tell you that screenings are one of the best ways to detect early signs of oral cancer and that your dentist can check you during a regular exam? If oral cancer screenings are a new concept for you, let a dentist in Southlake explain their importance and what you can do to avoid increasing your chances of developing this deadly disease.(more…)
March 27, 2019
Losing a tooth to infection or in an accident can leave an embarrassing hole in your smile. If you are one of the 120 million Americans that the American College of Prosthodontists estimates is missing at least one tooth, a dental implant is an excellent way to fill the gap in your teeth and preserve your oral health. Although dental implants have a high success rate of roughly 98%, there are some things you can do on your own before the procedure to ensure everything goes smoothly. Keep reading to learn 3 helpful tips to prepare for dental implants in Southlake.(more…)
February 15, 2019
When you think of your oral health, it’s normal for the wellness of your mouth, teeth and gums to come to mind. The reality, though, is the effects are far-reaching, and they can impact other parts of your body, including your brain. New research has found evidence of a link between gum (periodontal) disease and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. As you keep reading, learn more about the connection between the two conditions and why it’s important to receive periodontal therapy in Southlake.(more…)
January 28, 2019
Looking for a way to start 2019 on the right foot? If so, then a trip to your dentist in Southlake is in order. By making your appointment early in the year you can prevent cavities, catch potentially serious conditions, and ensure that your coverage and healthcare information is up-to-date. Taking care of these matters now will allow you to focus on other priorities going forward.(more…)
December 25, 2018
You may have heard about all these DNA testing kits in the news or among family members recently. Some of these tests help you determine your ancestry, while others tend to focus more on your risk for certain diseases based on markers of your DNA. Turns out, you can utilize an oral DNA test from a dentist if you plan on seeking gum disease treatment in Southlake.
If you have gum disease but aren’t sure which treatment is right for you, then this test just may be the best next step.(more…)
December 11, 2018
One of the questions we often hear is whether inherited traits play a role in needing gum disease treatment in Southlake. In many cases, the answer is “yes.”Problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and misaligned teeth often stem from traits we inherited from our ancestors. But the steps you take to safeguard your teeth and gums will always be the most important factor.
October 1, 2018
The leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. is gum disease, and many people have it without even knowing it. Take the quick quiz below to find out whether or not you’re at risk of having gum disease, and if you’ll need gum disease treatment in Southlake. Simply add up your score at the end, and find out whether you have a low, moderate, or high risk of gum disease.
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.