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Healthy Gums Are Important to a Healthy Smile

When you think of your smile, do you immediately think of your teeth? Pearly whites are generally what people fixate on when trying to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile; yet, the gums are just as important and should not be overlooked. Sadly, many people ignore potential warning signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, allowing this condition to progress to the point of requiring more extensive restorative treatment. If you want to protect your whole smile, it’s important to give your gums the preventive care they need.

What Are the Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

Closeup portrait of young woman showing, with his finger, inflamed upper gingiva with pain expression. Dental care and toothache.

There are actually several indicators that your gums could be at risk of gum disease, or even currently struggling with gingivitis. Bleeding gums are one common issue. Many people notice bleeding during flossing, and may even be tempted to blame the flossing itself; however, if the gums are bleeding, it is likely due to irritation caused by bacteria buildup.

Gums that are dark red or purple in color are also likely in need of dental treatment. That’s because healthy gum tissue should actually be light pink. If your gums appear inflamed or irritated, you could also need restorative treatment to improve the smile. Even chronic bad breath can be evidence of bacteria buildup.

How Can a Dentist Help Restore Your Smile?

When the gums are in need of restorative treatment, a dentist can generally help to restore the smile’s health either through a general dental cleaning or in many cases a deeper, periodontal cleaning. This involves breaking up plaque bacteria to clean the teeth and also to remove irritants of the gum tissue.

If you are in need of restorative treatment, it’s important to see the dentist as quickly as possible by calling our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333. We are proud to treat patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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What to look for in a dentist

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Whether you’re new to the area, or recently changed insurance carriers, when you’re looking for a new dentist, our Southlake DaVinci Dentistry team has some pointers on how to narrow your search. The ultimate goal is to find a caring, capable dentist who can care for your oral health needs, both emergency and routine.

It helps to consider:

  • Qualifications — You can learn more about the extent of your dentist’s training through your insurance carrier, local dental society and state licensing board. In Texas, the state board website lists all licensed dentists, including information like whether that individual has ever been subject to disciplinary action.
  • Cost — For starters, you’ll want to find out if the specific dentist you’re interested in takes your insurance. If so, other factors to consider are specialist referral capabilities and out-of-pocket costs for certain procedures. When costs are incurred, does the office offer patients the option to use credit cards and payment plans in addition to cash and checks?
  • Comfort and care — The first time you visit the office, think about the office environment. Do the staff and dentists make you feel at home? One of the most important members of any dental team is also you, the patient. You want to assess if you feel comfortable with the dentist or dentists there, and whether you feel you can take the time to ask important questions about your care.
  • Convenience — Location and office hours are important. Not only will it make it easier to be on time for your appointments, when dental emergencies come up, you’ll be able to get the care you need.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, we know that you have a choice when it comes to which dentist you’ll go to for your care. We look forward to meeting you and answering your questions: 817-251-9333.

 

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What to look for in a prosthodontist

Dental care If you’re thinking of seeing a prosthodontist, chances are good that you may have missing teeth or teeth with significant damage. It’s also likely that your general, or family dentist, referred you to a prosthodontist due to the level of expertise and care necessary for complex cases.

Prosthodontic treatment can often require several appointments to complete, and the results can affect not just the look of your smile but also its function, which means you’ll want to ensure you choose the professional who’s right for you.

Some things to consider as you look for a prosthodontist:

  • Board certification – Successful completion of a four-part exam given by the American Board of Prosthodontics means your prosthodontist has the additional three years of training after dental school, and that he or she is deemed highly capable.
  • Reviews – What do current or previous patients say? A simple five-minute search can either confirm your decision to go with a particular prosthodontist, or perhaps steer you in a new direction.
  • Professional affiliations – Is your prosthodontist active in the community, does he or she take a lead in professional organizations or teach at an accredited dental institution? This is a sign that your prosthodontist will be up to date on the latest in advanced dental technologies and treatment trends.
  • Fee structure – Is the prosthodontist’s fee information displayed in an easy-to-understand way, in a visible place? And are there multiple options, regardless of insurance status?

At DaVinci Dentistry, we want to make your choice for prosthodontic care as seamless as possible. Dr. Khal Ajlouni is a prosthodontist and is involved in myriad organizations within his chosen field – including his role as an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. We serve patients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller and the surrounding Tarrant County communities, and we’re only a phone call away: 817-251-9333.