Periodontal Disease is Easily Preventable

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Periodontal (gum) disease is not a light condition. It can take a serious toll on your oral and bodily health. Orally, it causes bleeding of the gums and could lead to the permanent loss of teeth. Periodontal disease has also been linked to heart disease, stroke and complications with pregnancy.

Prevention of periodontal disease is simple; treatment after you have it is the difficult part. The following is a list of ways to easily prevent periodontal disease:

•          Brushing your teeth- The number one way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush after every meal. Avoid brushing only twice a day and carry a tooth brush everywhere your go. Brushing after every meal prevents plaque from building up in the mouth.

•          Floss- Flossing is extremely important in preventing periodontal disease. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that accumulates in the mouth.

•          Watch what you Eat- Your diet is key is preventing periodontal disease. For this reason, replace sodas and junk food with water and veggies.

If you already have periodontal disease it can be treated with deep cleanings (scaling and root planing), medications and surgical treatments. If you believe you have periodontal disease, don’t wait another day, call Dumas Family Dentistry for an appointment at 806-935-2725. Visit the website at


What is a dental crown and do I need one?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap basically that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.

Dental crowns are actually very beneficial. Dental crowns, while typically used for cosmetic reasons may be beneficial in aiding a number of oral care areas for adults such as:

  • Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • Cover a dental implant

For children, a dental crown may benefit them in these ways:

  • Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can’t support a filling.
  • Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene.
  • Decrease the frequency of sedation and general anesthesia

Dental crowns can drastically improve your smile and oral health, and may be necessary for your child’s as well. Dental crowns are fit to you personally and are customized to ensure they are as authentic as possible, as well as require as few as two dental visits!

Call Dumas Family Dentist for more information or to make an appointment at 806-935-2725. Learn more about our practice by visiting our website at