We invite you to become part of our dental family. We look forward to serving all of your dental needs including all general dentistry and orthodontics at our dental clinic. Our goal at Tranquility Dental is to provide you with high quality dentistry at an affordable price. We also strive to create a more comfortable and gentle dental experience in a relaxed atmosphere for you. We look forward to serving you and appreciate the trust you have placed in our dental clinic and office.
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Tranquility Dental is a “Preferred Provider” in network with most major dental PPO’s. Many dental offices say they “accept” your insurance benefits. Those dental offices are not “in network”. Those offices charge you their prices and accept your insurance as partial payment. As an in network provider, we accept a discounted “insurance rate” (typically 40% off regular price) which enables “network” patients to receive superior care at a discounted price.
The best way to take advantage of your dental coverage is to understand its features. Utilizing tools from “Insurance Answers Plus”, “ClaimX” and your insurance company itself, we help you maximize your benefits. Most insurance companies offer a variety of benefit plans. Because you pay monthly premiums you are entitled to everything the insurance company has to offer under their dental package. Please call 972-540-6200 to ensure we are in your network and allow us to help you utilize your insurance benefits to achieve and ensure long term oral health. Below is a list of insurance providers we are in network with (this list is not comprehensive)
There are several different ways to get rid of bad breath. It’s important that you are brushing your teeth at least 2 times per day with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months.
Flossing your teeth is a great way to eliminate bad breath. You should be flossing your teeth daily, especially after eating. Flossing helps to remove food and plaque in-between your teeth and underneath your gumline.
Mouthwash should be used daily as well. When using mouthwash, it’s important to swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds to make sure you are reaching your teeth, gums, tongue and roof of your mouth. If you are unsure about which type of mouthwash to use, give us a call at (972) 540-6200 to find out which type of mouthwash is best for you!
You should be visiting your dentist at least 2 times a year for dental exams and checkups. To schedule your next appointment, give us a call at
(972) 540-6200 or schedule online here!
Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.
Morning time – Saliva flow almost stops during sleep and its reduced cleansing action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
Certain foods – Garlic, onions, etc. Foods containing odor-causing compounds enter the blood stream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled.
Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth.
Periodontal (gum) disease – Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances – May also contribute to bad breath.
Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
Tobacco products – Dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
Dieting – Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat.
Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
Certain medical conditions and illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.
Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath. Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with you dentist.
Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease. Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.
Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
- Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
- Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion. Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth. Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health.
To schedule your next appointment, give us a call at (972) 540-6200 or schedule online here!
Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your overall health and also your dental health.
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any sings of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.
Dental flossing allows you to reach places in your mouth and around your teeth that a toothbrush may not be able to reach. Using dental floss regularly helps to remove plaque on and around your teeth. If you are not removing the built-up plaque in your mouth, it could lead to tartar and periodontal disease. Not only does flossing help your teeth, but it also helps to keep your gums healthy. Unhealthy gums put you at a higher risk of losing your teeth or even needing a root canal. Brushing your teeth alone is not sufficient enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy and that’s why it’s important to make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth daily!