June 27, 2015
Oh, gum disease; how we loathe you. When we say your gums are important, we’re not joking. Periodontal disease, as it’s known in the dentistry world, is just plain nasty. When it gets inflamed, it can cause your gums and the supporting bone structure to deteriorate. Think about it: gums receding and losing their structure spell doom for the rest of your mouth. Your gums work in the same way a cement foundation does for a building. When the foundation is in good condition, the rest of the building is able to operate at maximum efficiency. Your mouth works the same way. If your gums aren’t able to support the rest of your teeth, problems can quickly exacerbate. With our preventive dentistry services in Allen, TX, our team can save your gums by providing excellent and gentle dental care.
Preventive Services To Lengthen Your Tooth’s Life
Healthy gums lead to a happy mouth. It’s no secret then that happy mouths lead to happy smiles. A smile with gums that are receding or other related problems isn’t happy. Unhealthy gums can’t support a healthy smile, so taking advantage of our preventive dentistry services is imperative. Teeth cleanings are just one of the many ways we check up on your gums. One of the best ways to keep your gums healthy, is by coming in for a dental cleaning. Not only does this give us a bird’s-eye view of your entire mouth, but it helps us keep tabs on where your dental health currently sits. While your toothbrush can help keep your mouth relatively clean (combined with proper flossing techniques), there are places it just can’t reach. One of those places? Below the gum line, roughly 2-3 millimeters. The instruments we use during a professional cleaning can go much deeper than 2-3 millimeters and clean hard-to-reach areas. X-rays will usually be part of a professional cleaning, and for good reason. They help us look for decay and other tooth-related problems, as well as gauge the health of the supporting bone structure. Nightguards may also be a good option for some. Did you know that roughly 20% of adults grind or clench their teeth? It’s most common while a patient is asleep. Excessive wear on teeth and muscles can leave the face and neck feeling fatigued. Nightguards can reduce the damaging effects of grinding an clenching on your upper and lower teeth. Taking proper care of your gums isn’t an impossible task. There are ways to combat periodontal disease, all it takes is a little education and the foresight to receive dental care when you need it most.
Save Your Gums – Schedule an Appointment
Take advantage of all of our preventive dentistry services today. Our office in Allen, TX is proud to serve the surrounding cities of McKinney, Plano, Lucas, Parker Fairview and beyond. When you need fantastic preventive dentistry services, trust the dentists Allen, TX residents have gone to for gentle gum care.
December 10, 2014
Did you know that oral cancer screenings are a routine part of your dental checkup? This means that each time you skip a dental appointment you are jeopardizing your overall health and well being. Over 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year in the U.S. alone. Oral cancer can form anywhere in or around the mouth or throat. However, if oral cancer is found and treated at an early stage there’s a good chance for a positive outcome. Make an appointment with Ryan Dental Group for your dental checkup and oral cancer screening today. The experienced family dentists of Ryan Dental Group serve patients of all ages throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and surrounding areas.
- White or red patches anywhere in your mouth
- A lump on the lip, tongue, or in the mouth or throat
- Unexplained bleeding or numbness in the mouth
- Pain when chewing or swallowing
- A feeling that something is caught in the throat
- Loose teeth or dentures feeling uncomfortable and not fitting properly
- A change in your voice or speech problems
- Unexplained weight loss
- A lump or growth in the neck
Who’s Most Likely to Develop Oral Cancer?
- Use any kind of tobacco
- Drink a lot of alcohol
- Allow excessive sun exposure
- Contract the human papillomavirus (HPV)
Don’t let a fear of dental treatment keep you from getting the oral cancer screenings that could potentially save your life. Remember, early stage oral cancer is highly treatable. Make an appointment with Ryan Dental Group for the oral cancer screening you need to stay healthy. Ryan Dental Group proudly serves families throughout North Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and the surrounding areas.
July 11, 2014
When it comes to your smile, there are many things that work together in order to achieve great oral health. No one thing works independently from the other, and it is important to make sure everything that contributes to your dazzling smile is healthy and strong. Many people may not know this, but your gums contribute a large amount in the overall health of your entire smile. Often put on the back burner, your gums are play a vital role, and when they are compromised, the result is never good. By offering periodontal disease therapy to their patients, Dr. Laura Ryan and Dr. Michael Ryan are able to make sure their patients’ smiles are always looking fantastic!
Periodontal disease therapy accounts for about 70 percent of tooth loss, and can cause many negative effects on your body. If left untreated, periodontal disease has the potential to cause or play a role in bone loss, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and etcetera. Some signs of periodontal disease are swollen or red gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, and gums that are sensitive.
One of the ways Drs. Ryan are able to help you with your periodontal disease is by scaling and root planing. This allows us to remove the bacteria and plaque from below your gum line. We will also be able to smooth out the surfaces of your root, so no additional bacteria is able to stay there. Also, we will give your gums some antibiotics to make sure the harmful bacterium is away for good! If you feel as though you suffer from periodontal disease, and you would like the help of Drs. Laura and Michael Ryan, contact our Allen, TX dental office, and we would love to help!
Make an appointment with Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan of Ryan Dental Group today, and experience excellence in dentistry through and through. We’re happy to see patients in Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and surrounding areas.
March 28, 2014
How often do you need to see a dentist? At Ryan Dental Group, we recommend that our Allen patients see Dr. Michael Ryan or Dr. Laura Ryan twice a year, or about six months apart. During your visit, we can help you clean excess plaque and calculus from around your teeth and gums. Plaque and calculus are responsible for gum disease and tooth decay—two very serious oral health problems. We can also look for symptoms of these exact conditions and propose a treatment plan to help you.
In between appointments, we suggest that patients brush at least twice a day, floss at least once, and rinse with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. It will also help if you stick to a balanced diet. Limit the amount of sugary or starchy foods you eat. Instead, eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy.
Great Services for Building Healthy Smiles
Have you been told that you need extra help for your smile? Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Laura Ryan offer a range of great services to help, including:
- Periodontal Therapy
- Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Dental Implants
- Root Canals
Do you want to learn more about any of these services? Don’t hesitate to call Ryan Dental Group for an appointment. Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Laura Ryan serve patients from Dallas, Allen, Lucas, Parker, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and nearby communities.
January 15, 2014
At Ryan Dental Group in Allen, TX preventive care is an elemental part of what we offer. After all, everyone needs it. From the moment we get our baby teeth as children we’re vulnerable to the most common of oral health problems. With preventive dental care, the goal is to diagnose and treat these common problems as soon as possible so they don’t become serious.
A preventive dental visit has two important components. The first is a cleaning. With a cleaning, we have a chance to clean and polish your teeth to remove bacteria and plaque—the two ingredients behind problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing at home can help you control these, but even the best home-care routine isn’t enough to keep the mouth as clean as it needs to be.
A preventive dental visit will also include an oral exam by Dr. Michael Ryan or Dr. Laura Ryan. During every oral exam, Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan will perform a tooth-by-tooth exam to look for the most common oral health problems. They’ll also look for signs of TMJ dysfunction, teeth grinding, and oral cancer. If anything is found during your exam, our Allen dental team can start putting together a treatment plan for you right away.
A regular visit will also include advice from our team on how to care for your teeth between visits. We recommend that patients brush at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal. We also recommend flossing at least once a day and using a good mouthwash. An antibacterial mouthwash will help you reduce the presence of bacteria in your mouth while a fluoride-based mouthwash will strengthen the protective enamel on your teeth.
Is it time for your next preventive dental visit? For optimal oral health, you should see a dentist and oral hygienist twice a year. Call Ryan Dental Group today to schedule your first appointment for 2014. We serve patients from Allen, Parker, Lucas, McKinney, Fairview, Plano, and beyond.