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Gum Disease

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Dental Health | 0 comments

Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem: gums that bleed easily red, swollen, tender gums gums that have pulled away from the teeth persistent bad breath or bad taste permanent teeth that are loose or separating any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite any change in the fit of partial dentures Some factors increase the risk of developing gum disease. They are: poor oral hygiene smoking or chewing tobacco genetics crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean pregnancy diabetes medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives See your dentist if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis affects 47.2% of adults over 30 in the United States. It can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. This is the most common form of periodontitis in adults but can occur at any age. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression. Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth. Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke. It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. Remember: You don’t have to lose teeth to gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Call Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth, Texas for a...

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Reveal More Teeth with Gum Contouring

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Gum Contouring, Healthy Smiles | 0 comments

Reveal More Teeth with Gum Contouring

GUM RESHAPING A little-discussed aspect of cosmetic dentistry is the incredible things that can be done with laser technology. For those with a smile that flashes more gum than teeth, reshaping your gums so that your smile reveals more tooth and less gum is priceless. Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this cosmetic dental procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile that makes you feel good. Gum contouring alone is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most of the time it is not medically necessary. Most people have their gums reshaped to improve the appearance of their smile. However, some people undergo gum contouring surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and regenerative procedures. Gum contouring procedures not considered cosmetic include adding gum tissue when recession has occurred and trimming overgrown tissue that has covered part of the tooth crown. The cost of gum contouring depends on the extent of the work being done. Talk to Dr. Brit Phillips about the cost based on your individual needs. Dental insurance does not typically cover gum contouring for cosmetic purposes. If your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, you may be a candidate for gum contouring surgery. Talk to Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about reshaping your gum line in order to fill out your...

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The Impact of Missing Teeth

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Dental Health, Whole Health Dentistry | 0 comments

The Impact of Missing Teeth

The Impact of Missing Teeth Two or more teeth affected Damaging or losing teeth is inconvenient, sometimes frightening, but always a traumatic experience. There may be numerous reasons for this happening, such as an accident, illness or insufficient care, but rest assured Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth has a solution for you. More than a smile Our teeth play an important role in our daily life. An attractive, natural-looking smile is seen as a symbol of beauty and health, and a set of functioning teeth lets us enjoy the foods we love. Our teeth help us feel confident at work, and they allow us to stay healthy and active as we age. Replacing multiple teeth with dental implants and completing your smile can help build self confidence. A significant impact Unlike a single damaged or missing tooth, when two or more teeth are affected the negative results are compounded. If the missing or damaged teeth are side by side, our ability to eat and speak properly is often compromised. Effects of damaged or missing teeth Treatment of damaged or missing teeth Why dental implants? Five more reasons to talk to Dr. Brit Phillips  You are not alone More than half of the world’s population is missing one or more teeth. Thankfully, there are modern dental solutions that help you win back both your smile and quality of life, and finally make you feel whole again. Call Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth, Texas for a consultation. Or complete the dental implant online form below....

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Invisalign Candidates – See If You Are One

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry Fort Worth, Invisalign | 0 comments

Invisalign Candidates – See If You Are One

Invisalign Candidates – See If You Are One Treatable Cases Is Invisalign® treatment appropriate for you? For the majority of cases, the answer is yes. Invisalign treatment is clinically proven to be effective for a broad range of teeth straightening cases, from mild to complex benefiting both teen and adult patients. And, they are continuously innovating to expand that range and get even better results. See actual results from cases like yours. Below are some common concerns Brit Phillips DDS treat with Invisalign clear aligners and you may identify with one or more of these: Smile Assessment Take Invisalign’s Smile Assessment and find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you. Start Here Success Stories Find out what other patients are saying about their experience with the Invisalign treatment. View Their Stories How Invisalign Works See how Invisalign can work for you. Learn More Gapped Teeth Gaps between teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to the extra space, creating gaps in your teeth. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease. Overbite Overbite occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems. Underbite Underbite can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems. Open Bite Open bite often occurs when some teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. Most often caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking, an open bite can cause poor or painful chewing, and even speech impairment. It can also lead to greater issues like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Overly Crowded Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time, and result in severely crooked teeth. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease. Crossbite Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss. If you have any of these common dental concerns and are interested in learning more about how Invisalign can help, contact Brit Phillips...

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Nobel Biocare Dental Implants Fort Worth

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Dental Facial Rejuvenation, Dental Health, Dental Implants | 0 comments

Nobel Biocare Dental Implants Fort Worth

Nobel Biocare Dental Implants Fort Worth Dental implants are one of the most successful methods of tooth replacement. Dr. Brit Phillips is a leader in Nobel Biocare procedures. What is a dental implant? A dental implant is made up of three parts that include the titanium post, the abutment and the crown. A typical dental implant is done in stages and this process will take up to six months to complete. Unless you opt for the All-on-4® treatment concept. There are many different shapes and sizes of dental implants that are used for different reasons and applications. Dr. Phillips can provide you with options that are most suitable for your situation. Is the dental implant process painful? You would expect that the dental implant procedure would be a painful one, but it is not. Patients say that the process is less painful than a tooth extraction. You will feel some pressure during the procedure but no pain with some soreness after the dental implant procedure for approximately one day. If you live or work in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Aledo, Keller, Weatherford, Arlington, Burleson or Wedgwood Texas, we invite you to contact us for a no-obligation implant consultation to see if you qualify for this life changing procedure. Brit Phillips DDS will discuss a solution that will help you feel complete again!  ...

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How Restoring Your Teeth Can Win Back Your Life

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry Fort Worth, Dental Facial Rejuvenation, Healthy Smiles | 0 comments

How Restoring Your Teeth Can Win Back Your Life

  Healthy teeth are so important The loss or damage of even a single tooth can influence your daily life. It can affect your general health, your appearance and self-esteem. Every single tooth in your mouth has an important role to play. Effects on jaw bone and gum Normally, when all your teeth are intact, they perform tiny micro-movements in your mouth, stimulating your gums and jaw bone in the process. When one tooth or several teeth are lost, this interplay between your teeth and bone is disturbed and the stimulation is reduced. As a result, your jaw bone starts shrinking and your gum pulls back accordingly. Neighboring teeth start to move and fall into the gap. Teeth in the opposing jaw can start growing into the gap. The more teeth are missing in your mouth, the more challenging it can become to replace them. Effects on your appearance If teeth and jaw bone are missing, they can no longer support your lips from the inside. With time your face will change and look older and wrinkled. Your cheeks and lips are left without the necessary support and become hollow and saggy. To avoid these consequences, speak to Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about missing or damaged teeth. With the help of modern dental restorations your tooth or even entire rows of teeth can be replaced with fixed new teeth. This will not only bring back your smile and chewing function, it will also stop the jaw bone from shrinking. Plus tooth replacements make sure neighboring teeth and your entire mouth stay healthy. Read this full article on Nobelbiocare.com. Every tooth counts. Call our staff about dental options today at 817-361-1999 or use the form...

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Invisalign to Straighten Your Teeth

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Children's Dentistry Fort Worth, Cosmetic Dentistry Fort Worth, Invisalign | 0 comments

Invisalign to Straighten Your Teeth

Invisalign Treatment Process From consultation to confident new smile, you’ll know what to expect every step of the way. Get started today by making an appointment with Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth. Your first consultation Choosing Invisalign treatment is an important dental and financial decision. At your initial consultation, Dr. Phillips will discuss your needs and evaluate whether Invisalign treatment is right for you. Your custom treatment plan Dr. Phillips will use an impression or a digital scanning system to create fast, precise 3D digital images of your teeth. Then he will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth and how long your treatment will be. You’ll even get to see how your teeth will move and preview your new smile. Your Invisalign clear aligners Your custom-made aligners will be made of Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack® material. They’re virtually invisible, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. You will wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results, taking them out to eat and to brush and floss. Your progress As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. Dr. Phillips may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule check-ups every six weeks or so. At every stage you’ll be able to see your progress and imagine how far your new smile will take you. Taking care of your new smile When your treatment is complete, you may need to wear a Vivera® retainer. Vivera retainers are custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners. If you are thinking about getting your teeth straightened, call our staff about Invisalign today at...

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Being Sick Can Affect Your Dental Health

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Dental Health, Whole Health Dentistry | 0 comments

Being Sick Can Affect Your Dental Health

  Last week we shared how certain dental issues can cause health issues. Our mouth is the gateway to our body and thus interrelated. Today we have a different spin on the subject. Did you now that when you are sick it can affect your dental health? Some illnesses have an unexpected side effect–dental problems. A few oral conditions can actually cause what feels like a toothache, when in fact it’s something a bit more complicated. If you feel sick, teeth hurt and you want answers, it’s worth it to make an appointment with Dr. Phillips for deeper insight into the issue. Tooth pain can be connected to a variety of issues, from sinusitis to chest pain. Here are the top 3 we know about for sure – 1. Angina Angina is a form of chest pain that occurs when not enough blood is able to reach the heart, according to the American Heart Association. It’s usually not considered a condition in and of itself, but rather a symptom of coronary artery disease – a much more systemic issue. Interestingly enough, angina doesn’t just cause pain in the chest; the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) suggests it can also cause irritation around the teeth and jaw. If you have a toothache or jaw pain – or even sharp feelings of stabbing pain, nausea or fatigue, according to Mayo Clinic – it’s a good idea to see your doctor. Angina is treatable through lifestyle changes, medications and, in some cases, surgery. Managing it will not only minimize your symptoms, but ultimately help save your life; angina can lead to a heart attack if left untreated. 2. Sinus Infections If you’ve been sick, teeth hurt and your nose feels clogged or congested, you might be dealing with a sinus infection. Sinusitis, or inflammation in the sinuses (the hollow cavities in your face), usually occurs after you’ve been sick with a cold. The buildup of mucus that occurs with a cold creates a great environment for bacteria or viruses to grow. The sinuses, particularly the maxillary sinus, are located near the upper back teeth. Their proximity to these molars can make it feel as though your teeth hurt when your sinuses are inflamed, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although saline sprays or nasal decongestants can help clear the nose, minimizing any pain, swollen sinuses need to shrink in size for you to feel lasting relief. Use over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatories or similar pain relievers to ease the pain in your teeth and any pressure you might feel in the sinuses. 3. Ear Infections Just as the location of the sinuses around the tooth can make you feel pain in the teeth when you have a sinus infection, the closeness of the ear to the jaw can cause you to feel pain in your teeth when you have an ear infection. Keep in mind you may develop a toothache on the same side as your ear infection, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). As with sinusitis, however, an ear infection can clear up on its own with time. Feel free to use OTC pain relievers to minimize your discomfort, though. Whether you have chest pain, ear pain or sinus trouble along with a toothache, it’s always a good idea to see a...

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Dental Problems Can Affect Your Overall Health

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Dental Health, Whole Health Dentistry | 0 comments

Dental Problems Can Affect Your Overall Health

Dental Problems Can Affect Your Overall Health It is very important to take good care of your teeth and gums, but for more reasons than you might think. Because the mouth is the “gateway to the body,” bacteria from the teeth and gums can affect your overall health in more ways than one. To keep the mouth and teeth healthy, it is recommended to brush and floss every day – at least two times a day. Dr. Phillips also recommends avoiding certain cavity-producing foods, such as sugary treats, and avoiding tobacco products. You should schedule dental visits every six months to stay on top of your dental health. Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay or cavities. Cavities do not only occur in children. Adults can get them too. Every day, a thin film of bacteria (dental plaque) builds up on the teeth which produces a bacteria that can eat a hole in the enamel if not removed. Brushing and flossing can help protect your teeth from decay, but once a cavity has formed, only a dentist can fix it. Gum disease is another consequence of poor dental hygiene. When plaque builds up along and under the gum line, infections can occur that harm the gums and the bone that hold the teeth in place. The most severe form of gum disease is known as periodontal disease. In this case, infection has become so severe that bone deterioration can occur, leading to tooth loss. Bad dental health can be also particularly bad for your social life as well. Halitosis – bad breath – is caused by small food particles that are wedged between the teeth that collect bacteria and emit chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide. This is the same compound which gives rotten eggs their characteristic smell. Good dental health, though, is not just important for your teeth, gums, and breath. The bacteria that originate in the mouth can travel throughout the body and cause a host of health problems that you may not be aware of. 1. Heart Disease/Stroke Risk People with periodontal disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. The bacteria contains a clot-promoting protein that can clog arteries, leading to an increased risk of heart attack. In addition, if high levels of disease-causing bacteria from the mouth clog the carotid artery – the blood vessel that delivers blood to the brain and head – it could increase the risk of having a stroke. 2. Increased Risk of Dementia Tooth loss due to poor dental health is also a risk factor for memory loss and early stage Alzheimer’s disease. One study, published in Behavioral and Brain Functions, found that infections in the gums release inflammatory substances which in turn increase brain inflammation that can cause neuronal (brain cell) death. 3. Respiratory Problems Bacteria from periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs where it can aggravate respiratory systems, especially in patients who already have respiratory problems. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology uncovered a link between gum disease and an increased risk of pneumonia and acute bronchitis. You may actually be able to prevent or diminish the progression of harmful diseases such as...

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Parents Invisalign Makes a Great Graduation Gift

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Invisalign | 0 comments

Parents Invisalign Makes a Great Graduation Gift

Parents From social lives to social media, teens today are facing more and more challenges when it comes to their self-esteem. To better understand why, we commissioned the “Invisalign Teen® Confidence Survey.”* The results have provided undeniable proof that metal braces are a major cause of low self-esteem for teens across the country. When you “Unbrace the Truth”, you’ll discover why Invisalign Teen® clear aligners are a better choice over...

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