General Dentistry

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Keeping Smiles Clean & Healthy

At Collins Family Dentistry, we practice a preventive model of care so we can help you avoid painful and costly complications down the road, not to mention keeping your overall health at its best! The mouth is the gateway to the body – keep your defense strong by maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine and coming to see us at least twice yearly for regular exams and cleanings. Trust us – a little extra effort today is more than worth the agony it can save you in the future.

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Oral Hygiene

If you’ve ever been to the dentist, and we hope you have, you’ve heard it time and time again, “Have you been brushing and flossing regularly?” We only stress oral hygiene and home care so much because it really is the foundation for a healthy smile.

While most days your oral hygiene is up to you, we’ve got an outstanding hygiene team that has your back, too. Our hygienists are friendly and gentle for a pain-free cleaning to take care of any plaque or tartar you’ve left behind.

Oral Hygiene at Home

You probably know the basics – brush and floss – but here are some extra tips and tricks from your oral health authorities on how to best keep your smile clean and healthy between visits with your Sherman dentist.

Oral Hygiene - Floss, Brush, Rinse
  1. Invest in an electric toothbrush, they really do clean better than a manual, and with less effort! We would be happy to recommend one that fits your needs.
  2. Brush at least twice per day for at least two minutes. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush in small circular motions to get along and under the gum line. Be sure to reach all sides of the teeth and all the way to the back.
  3. Don’t forget to brush the tongue or use a tongue scraper. The tongue is home to lots of bacteria that will only be redeposited shortly after brushing if you ignore it. Brushing or scraping the tongue promotes a healthier oral environment and fresher breath!
  4. Floss every day. Curve the floss in a c-shape around each tooth and under the gum line, rather than just snapping it up and down which can damage the gum tissue. Release a new section of floss between each tooth to avoid redepositing plaque and bacteria from one location to another.
  5. If traditional string floss doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of floss alternatives available. We would be happy to recommend one that fits your needs.
  6. Rinse with mouthwash after brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing alone does nothing to combat the bacteria that live in the rest of your mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash promotes a healthier environment for fending off tooth decay and gum disease.
  7. Swish with water regularly. Rinse with water before brushing, after meals, and throughout the day to minimize bacteria, plaque buildup, and acidity. Avoid brushing right after eating because the acidity produced combined with the forces of brushing can easily damage your enamel. Rinse with water first, wait about 30 minutes, then brush. Be sure to spit, don’t swallow!

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can cause bleeding gums, tooth loss, and can even contribute to the development of serious systemic diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Most American adults suffer from some level of gum disease – if your gums are bleeding, we’re sorry to tell you, you’re one of them. The good news is, gum disease is entirely preventable, treatable, and reversible!

Gum disease is largely caused by poor oral hygiene when the bacteria in the mouth are allowed to flourish and multiply. When your gums bleed, these bacteria have a direct pathway through the gums, into the bloodstream, and into your main lifelines – your heart and brain. If better oral hygiene could prevent a heart attack down the road, we think this is information everyone needs to know.

Treatment for gum disease varies on a case by case basis depending on your level of infection. If your gum disease is still mild in the gingivitis stage, we can likely treat it with some simple improvements to your oral hygiene routine and some professional strength homecare products. If your gum disease has progressed into periodontal disease or periodontitis, we may need to perform more regular deep cleanings using a technique called scaling and root planing to remove tartar buildup from below the gum line and create a healthier surface for the gums to reattach to.

If your gums are bleeding, you should give us a call and schedule a visit with us as soon as possible so we can get your gums healthy and help you live a longer, healthier life.

Gum Disease Infographic

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Root Canals

If you’re experiencing a toothache or signs of infection, you should come see us right away. You might have an infection within the pulp or the roots of the tooth that requires treatment with a root canal. You may have already had a root canal at some point in your life, or at least you know it’s something people use as a point of comparison for something they would really rather not do. You should know that root canals have come a long way in recent years, and they’re usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. It’s actually the pain of an infection left untreated that’s much worse than the procedure itself.

Dr. Collins will first use a local anesthetic to make sure you are completely numb and don’t feel a thing. Then he will make a small access hole in the tooth, through which he will use specialized instruments to carefully remove the infection. He will then sterilize and fill the chamber to prevent further infection, and finish the job with a crown to restore the tooth back to full health and function. See, that wasn’t so bad.

Root Canal Illustration

Extractions

At Collins Family Dentistry, our goal is to keep your natural teeth healthy and in your mouth for as long as possible, hopefully for life. However, we’re all human and sometimes – often times – things happen that are beyond our control. Whether you have severe tooth decay, gum disease has left your gums unable to support the tooth, or you have excessive crowding or impacted wisdom teeth, an extraction may be in your best interest. Don’t worry, extractions are a routine procedure and are less invasive with faster healing than in previous years.

Extractions can be performed under either local or general anesthetic, depending on your individual needs and preferences. If you are an anxious patient, we also offer sedation to help you get the care you need, comfortably. Dr. Collins will give you detailed post-op instructions to follow after the procedure to ensure the fastest and most comfortable recovery.

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Mouthguards

It’s no secret that we love sports in Texas. There’s nothing better than a little friendly competition and exercise that gets you fired up. We understand the risks of the sports we play, including the risk of oral injuries. That’s why we’re happy to provide custom mouthguards for every athlete in your family. Custom mouthguards offer the most comfortable fit so they’re more likely to be worn, the highest level of protection against tooth loss, and can even minimize damage from concussions.

If you don’t play any sports but your mouth is the site of a constant battle between your top and bottom teeth, we can help with that, too. A custom mouthguard or night guard can offer a world of relief for patients who clench and grind their teeth at night or suffer from TMJ. A simple mouthguard can protect your teeth from being worn down over time, and minimize stress on your jaw joint to ease tension and chronic pain. Ahh, what a relief!

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about general dentistry or you’re ready to schedule a visit with your Sherman family dentist, Dr. Collins at Collins Family Dentistry, give us a call today at (903) 462-4364 or request an appointment easily online below!

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