Smile Source Communication Meeting

Tyler Dentist, Rick Coker: Smile Source Meeting

The whole team went to the Smile Source headquarters in Kingwood, Texas to take a day-long communication course.  We want to be able to explain a patient’s dental condition in laymen’s terms so the patient will be able to understand what we are talking about.  That way he/she can understand the options and make a more informed decision about any treatment.
Let me explain something to you…

Did you know that there are three ways a person can lose his/her teeth?
1. Decay
2. Gum Disease
3. Fit

As children most of us only knew about decay, but even adults have decay.  Most decay is caused by what you eat and drink (candy, fruit juice, sweetened sodas, etc.) Many times you know you have decay because your tooth hurts or it turns black.

How do you lose your teeth because of gum disease?  Gum disease is an infection in the gums around the roots of your teeth.  As the infection gets worse, it can destroy the bone which holds your teeth in. Symptoms of gum disease usually include puffy gums or bleeding when you floss.  Of course, if you don’t floss you may not even realize you have an infection until you discover a loose tooth.  As an adult, you shouldn’t have loose teeth so you had better get it checked.

Well, how in the world do you lose teeth because of the way your teeth fit together?  Tension, sleep apnea and even ill-fitting dental work can cause your teeth to move and change.  Some teeth may hypererupt (get longer) and bang into the opposite tooth causing damage.  You may grind your teeth while sleeping and not even know it, but suddenly you look in the mirror and find that they are all worn down and damaged.  If you have ever lost a tooth and didn’t get it replaced, the teeth on either side may have grown sideways trying to fill in the space.  Then they get banged by the opposite teeth. All of this trauma, can cause you to lose teeth.

If you want to make sure that you will keep your teeth for a life-time, keep current with your dental appointments.  To make an appointment in Tyler, TX, call Dr. Rick Coker’s Smile Studio at (903) 581-1777.