Which Came First: The Brushing or The Flossing?


We may never know which came first in the age old question regarding the chicken and the egg, BUT, when it comes to your oral hygiene habits, there is a clear answer to the order of business.

Dr. Williams says:

“Eat/drink, Floss, Brush and Say Your Prayers!” 🙂

Simple enough!

Wondering what TYPE of floss is the best to use? There are so many choices out there but his favorite are Glide Floss Pics followed by Plackers.

Questions? We are happy to help! Give us a call at 817-281-4801.

~Dr. Williams and Staff



Mythbuster Monday: FLOURIDE is BAD for you!



MYTH! Flouride in the right quantities is wonderful! Flouride helps to control the amount of acid in your mouth. It is one of the best cavity fighters to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter their age! Over the past 20 years, because of fluoridated water, we have cut the amount of cavities in school aged children in half! That is AWESOME!

So, the myth is busted! Flouride is safe and effective for your smile!

If you have a question you would love to have answered, feel free to comment below, send us a message on Facebook or give us a call at (817) 281-4801. We are happy to help!

~Dr. Williams 🙂

Cut out the sugar…You’re sweet enough already!


  1. Add more Fat. Fat fills you up, helps control and turn off hunger hormones and satiates you longer. Add healthy fats like avocado and hemp seeds to your smoothies and diet.
  2. Limit Artificial Sweeteners.
  3. Cut back on sodas, fruits and sports drinks.  Soft drinks are packed with sugar (some up to 10 teaspoons per can) and additives. Flavor mineral or regular water with fruit!
  4. Avoid sauces and dressings with added sugar. Make your own sugar-free dressings and sauces with fresh ingredients.
  5. Read Labels. Even food that looks healthy and organic can contain large amounts of sugar. The shorter the ingredient list, the easier it is to find hidden sugars and know exactly what you’re getting and watch
  6. Clean out your pantry! Get rid of processed, unnecessary packaged foods. Many times you can bust your sugar habit simply by not having these things around.


The Ugly Truth about Oral Cancer


This year, approximately 48,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and around 9,500 of those diagnosed will die from it.

Oral cancer is dangerous, can go unnoticed and even be painless. The good news is however, that your Dentist can, in many cases, see or feel the precursor tissue changes, or the actual cancer while it is still very small, or in its earliest stages.

Have you been screened? Your dentist should be checking for signs of oral cancer.
Not sure if you have been examined? –> Talk to us! Screening for oral cancer is a routine part of our exams and cleanings. We want you to live a long, healthy life; so, take care of yourself!

~Dr. Williams

Could you have Gingivitis?

WHAT is Gingivitis? 

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness and swelling of the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. Though it can be fairly common, it is important to take seriously and treat promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.

Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gingivitis. However, other causes can include smoking or chewing tobacco, older age, dry mouth and poor nutrition.
SYMPTOMS of Gingivitis
  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Dusky red or dark red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums
How to PREVENT Gingivitis 
Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent and even reverse gingivitis. Also consider healthy eating habits as well as utilizing a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush for daily gum maintenance. PicMonkey Image

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo…with many toothbrush options, how do you know?!


When you go to the store to pick out a new toothbrush, are you overwhelmed by ALL of the options?! Over your lifetime, you will spend nearly 1,000 hours brushing your teeth! So, you might as well find one that gets the job done effectively and comfortably!

Our #1 pick is ALWAYS a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush. Always. It does the BEST job at cleaning, plaque removal and overall tooth and gum health. We cannot recommend it enough.

If you prefer a manual toothbrush, consider the following when making your decision:

  • Any toothbrush you choose should have soft bristles. Hard bristles may cause gum tissue to pull back from teeth, which can expose the tooth root and lead to increased sensitivity to heat, cold or certain foods and drinks.
  • Select a toothbrush head size that can easily fit into the mouth and can brush one to two teeth at a time (the general size is 1″ long and ½” wide).
  • Powered toothbrushes don’t clean teeth any better than regular toothbrushes. However, if a powered toothbrush motivates you to clean your teeth more often and for the required length of time, it is worth the investment.
  • Powered toothbrushes are better choices than manual toothbrushes for anyone who needs assistance brushing teeth, including people with arthritis (or any condition that may limit mobility), anyone wearing braces or people with misaligned or uneven teeth surfaces that make a thorough cleaning more challenging.
  • Replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head for a powered toothbrush) as soon as the bristles begin to look worn or frayed (usually every three months). A worn toothbrush does not do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Remember always to replace your toothbrush after an illness.

If you are shopping for a child, select a toothbrush with the following characteristics:

  • Soft bristles (for gentle cleaning)
  • Very small heads (designed for baby teeth)
  • Large handles (easier for children to grip)

(How Do I Choose and Use a Toothbrush? Academy of General Dentistry.Some information courtesy of the American Dental Association.) 

As always, ask us if you need help! We are more than happy to assist!

~Dr. Williams