Did you know that periodontal disease, commonly know as gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults? According to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, about 66% of adults and about 50% of children have gum disease. With more and more research revealing a connection between oral health and overall health, it’s important to keep up with regular checkups. Your Mansfield, TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, offer comprehensive dental services to help all of our patients, from children to seniors, maintain a vibrantly healthy smile.
Living with discolored teeth can be difficult. Your embarrassment about the appearance of your teeth can sap the enjoyment out of most situations. Rather than smiling and living your life to the fullest, you are more likely to hide your teeth and miss out on the fun of the moment. Thankfully, your Mansfield TX cosmetic dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, offer one visit teeth whitening treatment. With this speedy whitening procedure, you can enhance your smile fast so that you don’t have to spend another moment feeling self-conscious about your teeth. (more…)
The holidays are a time when we are surrounded by delicacies. Cookies, cakes, and candies seem to be within reach no matter where we decide to go. The current season, then, can be treacherous for your oral health. However, if you follow the useful tips below from your Mansfield TX general dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, you can safeguard your smile as this year draws to a close and the next one begins. (more…)
Recognizing the value that smiles have in social situations, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, strive to take good care of their patients’ smiles. As a tool of social interaction, a smile can communicate quite a lot. It can exude welcome, flirtation, joy, humor, submission, or even aggression. But did you know that your smile may give an indication as to your longevity and the success of your marriage? Many researchers study smiles, and some of their newest findings have revealed a correlation between the type of smile worn most frequently by people and longevity and divorce rates.
Researchers generally divide smiles into two broad categories known as Duchenne and non-Duchenne smiles. These categories are named after a French neurologist named Duchenne de Boulogne, who made the first forays into the scientific study of smiles. Distinguishing between the two smile types is simple. One must simply take into consideration the muscles used to produce the smile as well as the intent behind the smile. A Duchenne smile is an expression of joy, and the muscles surrounding the eyes are involved in producing one. A non-Duchenne smile is a smile of appeasement, and it does not involve the muscles around the eyes. You can probably guess, then, that the Duchenne smile has been associated with lower divorce rates and greater longevity. (more…)
Cancer of all types can be extremely lethal. However, it is usually less so if it is caught in its early stages. Therefore, oral cancer screenings can be extremely beneficial and even life-saving. During every checkup, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, perform visual oral cancer screenings, looking for any lumps, rough spots, or sores that may be indicative of oral cancer. In addition, they will listen to any concerns you may have about your oral health, so be sure to tell Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris if you have been experiencing any unexplained changes in your oral health or is you have difficulty swallowing, a chronic sore throat, or numbness in your mouth, face, or neck as each of these symptoms may be indicative of oral cancer. (more…)
How Teeth Become Damaged
Although our teeth are very strong, a variety of factors can weaken them to the point that they are unable to function properly. When teeth become this feeble, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, are likely to recommend a dental crown, a hollow, tooth-shaped restoration that fits over the damaged tooth and provides the strength necessary to restore its function. However, before teeth require dental crowns, you can intervene in several ways to prevent them from weakening. (more…)
Oftentimes, people who grind their teeth are unaware that they do so. Because bruxism sufferers tend to grind their teeth during sleep, they are often unaware of the dental damage occuring. Teeth grinding weakens teeth by forcing them to slide against one another, eventually robbing them of enamel and putting them at risk of breaking. Bruxism also strains the jaw, which may lead to headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, migraines and earaches, all symptoms of a TMJ disorder. With so much potential damage, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, make it a priority to examine their patients’ teeth for any signs of bruxism during dental cleanings. Should they find these signs, they may recommend a dental mouthguard to prevent teeth from suffering any further damage as a result of bruxism. (more…)
It would seem that the real danger of teeth grinding is that it wears teeth down. With teeth wearing down, the risk for structural damage such as cracking or breaking increases. In fact, as your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, note, it is not uncommon for untreated teeth grinding to result in the need for multiple dental crowns as tooth after tooth succumbs to the nightly wear of bruxism and breaks. But what if structural damage was not the full extent of bruxism’s threat? What if bruxism also were to increase the likelihood of tooth decay? Unfortunately, bruxism does increase the risk of tooth decay, which is why it is important to keep an eye out for any signs that may point toward this very damaging habit. (more…)
If your jaw is frequently sore, the recurrences of pain may be frustrating to you. However, in many cases, jaw pain is only a symptom of a larger problem. According to your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, bruxism (teeth grinding), while damaging to teeth, also frequently results in a sore jaw. Therefore, if you frequently experience soreness in your jaw, the culprit could be a teeth grinding habit that you have been unaware of until now. (more…)
Depending upon what you want out of your smile transformation, one of several cosmetic treatments may be right for you. However, if you are looking to completely alter your smile fast, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, may suggest porcelain veneers. Thin, translucent shells of porcelain, veneers will transform any smile simply by attaching to the front surfaces of teeth. Thus, veneers may improve gaps, misalignment, damage, and even staining. In addition, porcelain veneers have achieved remarkable levels of realism, meaning that your new smile will look both natural and beautiful. (more…)