Dr. Pettigrew's Blog
September 6, 2019
For years, cigarettes were considered one of the most harmful products a person could use. Not only does it negatively impact their health, but it can lead to stains and discoloration, not to mention gum disease. Nowadays, the focus has turned to vape devices and e-cigarettes. Your dentist in Southlake weighs in on the issue to discuss how harmful these products are to your teeth and gums and what you can do to improve your oral health.(more…)
August 23, 2019
According to a lot of Americans, confidence is one of the most attractive traits a person can have. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the confidence we need because we’re ashamed of the way our smiles look. Your cosmetic dentist can help you fix that problem with many options, including all-ceramic crowns and porcelain veneers. But how can you know which choice is the right one for you? Let’s take a closer look at both.(more…)
July 31, 2019
Do you struggle with the weight of an unattractive smile? You’re not alone. Many Americans don’t like how their teeth look. Whether your imperfections are the result of genetics, poor oral hygiene, or trauma, you can bring new life to your smile with porcelain veneers in Southlake. The number of veneers you’ll need varies depending on your specific goals and expectations. There’s no need to worry. Your dentist will take the time to explain the entire process and help you make the best choice for your smile.
June 21, 2019
Summer is here, and that means lots of events, like graduations, weddings, vacations, and more. If you’re not confident the way your teeth look, you might be afraid to smile at these events. You might look like you’re not having a great time, both while you’re there and in any pictures that are taken. Improving your smile can go a long way in helping you enjoy your summer. The best way to do that is to see your cosmetic dentist in Southlake, who offers 5 ways to beautify your smile this summer.(more…)
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.