General Dentistry

A Healthy Smile Says it All

At Granbury Dental Center, we know your healthy smile is one of your greatest assets, and we’re here to protect it. While your mouth allows you to enjoy eating, to communicate clearly, and to share happiness, it can also be a source of pain and embarrassment, not to mention a direct pathway for disease and infection to enter your bloodstream. We love caring for our patients, don’t get us wrong, but our ultimate goal is to provide the education, tools, and services you need to keep your smile healthy so you don’t have to come back and see us for more extensive treatments down the road.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is the foundation for good oral health. We know it can be hard to prioritize brushing and flossing, but if you knew just how important it really is in keeping your mouth and body healthy, you might consider changing your priorities.

We provide comprehensive patient education to teach you how to brush and floss properly, as well as the tools you need to do so at home. Our hygiene team is one of the most gentle in Granbury to give you a comfortable, pain-free cleaning that will leave your smile shining.

Here’s our advice on keeping your smile in tip-top shape between visits:

  1. Invest in an electric toothbrush. They really do clean better than a manual and with less effort! We recommend Sonicare® for the best cleaning power. Brush at least twice daily for at least two minutes – in the morning before breakfast and at night before bed. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush in small circular motions. Be sure to reach all the way to the back and all sides of your teeth, and don’t forget the tongue! If you don’t brush your tongue, it will only re-deposit bacteria right after you finish brushing. Tongue scrapers are a great investment.
  2. Rather than “brushing your teeth” think of it as brushing your gums. Focus your energy on each individual tooth, getting the brush around and the under the gum line. Don’t brush too hard as you can easily damage your enamel and gum tissue. Avoid brushing right after eating or drinking, as the acidity left over combined with brushing forces can damage your enamel even further. Instead, swish with water after eating and before brushing to dislodge plaque and minimize acidity and enamel damage. Swish with water throughout the day and between meals, and when brushing is not available.
  3. Floss daily. Release 12-18 inches of floss and wrap around your middle fingers, using your index and thumb to guide the floss between teeth. Curve the floss in a c-shape around the tooth and under the gums, rather than snapping the floss up and down. Again, think of it as flossing your gums rather than flossing your teeth. Release a new section of floss for each tooth to prevent re-depositing plaque and transferring bacteria from infected sites to healthy sites. If traditional string floss doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of other options available. We highly recommend Soft-Picks® because they are easy to use and have a soft rubber tip to prevent damage that string floss can cause to your gum tissue.
  4. Rinse with mouthwash to kill bacteria in the rest of your mouth that brushing and flossing cannot. Adding mouthwash to your routine can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup, as well as gum disease, decay, and bad breath.

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“Machell is the best hygienist I have ever had. Even though I have sensitive gums, she has never caused me any discomfort. I would recommend her to all my friends.”
– Muriel

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Gum Disease

Most American adults suffer from gum disease. “So my gums bleed a little when I floss, what’s the big deal?” The big deal is this: gum disease is a bacterial infection that can not only cause tooth loss but can contribute to serious systemic health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

New research indicates that gum disease is not caused by plaque and tartar buildup as we once believed, but rather by pathogens or “bad bacteria” that live in your mouth. Plaque and tartar buildup can, of course, exacerbate the situation, but we cannot continue to treat gum disease only in terms of physical symptoms.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that leaves an open wound in your mouth and should be treated as such on the biological level. Would you clean an open wound elsewhere on your body with a brush and some string, or by scraping it with a sharp tool? We sure hope not.

Traditional gum disease treatments include a technique called scaling and root planing which is essentially scraping the gum pockets to remove infected tissue and tartar buildup, and removing infected gum tissue, which can be quite invasive and painful.

Thankfully, at Granbury Dental Center, we offer a revolutionary approach with advanced laser technology.

Laser Gum Disease Therapy

FDA approved for the treatment of periodontal disease, PerioLase® has transformed the way we treat gum disease. Rather than cutting, scraping, sewing, removing tissue and potentially invasive surgery, laser technology targets bacteria to kill the infection while leaving healthy tissue intact.

Laser periodontal treatment with PerioLase is proven to stimulate new bone and tissue growth while achieving long-lasting results with the least amount of discomfort. By killing the bacteria rather than just scraping away infected tissue, we leave you with a healthier environment so you don’t have to come back again and again to be re-treated.

If you’re looking for the most comfortable, most advanced laser gum disease treatment in Granbury, you’ve come to the right place.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

When you typically only see your regular doctor when a problem arises, your Granbury dentist is in a unique position – inside your mouth! – to detect and diagnose oral cancer in the early stages before it progresses and becomes deadly. Oral cancer is unfortunately on the rise in the United States and is one of the most deadly forms of cancer because it is typically diagnosed in late stage. How’s that for another great reason to see your dentist regularly, twice per year, for cleanings and exams?

At Granbury Dental Center, we are always on the lookout for any changes or abnormalities in your mouth that may be signs of oral cancer, and you should be on the lookout for them at home as well. Our extensive knowledge, combined with the security of advanced oral cancer screening technology helps us illuminate abnormal cells before they become visible, so we can detect oral cancer early on before it progresses.

Signs of Oral Cancer

*Can be found anywhere on the lips, cheeks, tongue, throat, or anywhere inside the mouth.

  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
  • Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent sores
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice
  • Ear pain

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  • Smoking – Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers
  • Chewing – Patients who dip, snuff, or chew are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer
  • Alcohol – Oral cancer is six times more common in drinkers than non-drinkers
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • HPV
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Mouthguards

If you or your little athlete is involved in any type of contact sports, a mouthguard may or may not be required, but we highly recommend one even if it’s not a requirement. Yes, there are cheap stock mouthguards you can buy at our local sporting goods store, but you get what you pay for. Typical stock guards do not fit well and are uncomfortable, making them much less likely to actually be worn when they’re supposed to be.

Only a custom mouthguard from your Granbury dentist offers the perfect fit customized to your mouth, so it will be comfortable for you to wear. Custom mouthguards offer the best comfort and highest level of protection against tooth loss, soft tissue injuries, and can even minimize damage from concussions.

If you clench and grind your teeth at night or suffer from TMJ/TMD, a custom mouthguard or night guard can offer a tremendous amount of pain relief and protect your teeth. Your teeth are one of your greatest assets, and if you’re grinding them all night every night, they will become worn down and may need to be repaired or replaced over time. A custom night guard can protect your teeth, and allow your TMJ or jaw joint to rest and heal overnight so you can wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Not So Fun Facts

  • At least 13% of all oral injuries are sports related
  • The American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for 29 sports
  • Athletes without mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer an injury to the teeth

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule a visit with your Granbury dentist – Dr. Bruce Baird, Dr. Jeff Buske or Dr. Cindy Knight at Granbury Dental Center – give us a call at (817) 776-8073 or request an appointment online today!

Our Location

3412 East Hwy 377
Granbury, TX 76049

Proudly Serving Texas
Since 1982

Office Hours

MON 8A - 5P
TUE 8A - 7P
WED 7A - 6P
THU 8A - 5P
FRI 8A - 2P

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