But things are changing and dentists are seeing an increase in young people with mouth cancer.
Despite the common risk factors, EVERYONE is at risk REGARDLESS of their risk factors.
Dentists are often the first line of defense against oral cancer, through the process of early discovery. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest.
Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson encourages EVERYONE (young, old, somewhere in between and smokers and non) to take advantage of his free Oral Cancer Screenings ($65 value) on:
Friday, April 11 from 8 am – 1 pm.
Appointments are required and can be made by calling 972-231-0585.
Loveable Smiles is located at 1410 N. Plano Rd., Suite 200 in Richardson. 75081.
Common Signs of Oral Cancer:
- Swelling/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
- The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
- Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks
- A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
- Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or changes in the voice
- Ear pain
- A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together – a change in your “bite”
- Dramatic weight loss
Call Loveable Smiles in Richardson for your Oral Cancer screening. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes. 972-231-0585
March is National Nutrition Month and today’s nutritional approaches to oral health go beyond “don’t eat sugar.”
Ongoing research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts may strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums. And some foods and dietary habits even have distinct effects on the mouth’s ability to handle cavity-causing bacteria attacks.
- Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
- Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
- Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
- Folic acid promotes a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. This member of the B vitamin family is found in green leafy vegetables and brewer’s yeast.
- Green Tea – Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, possibly the most well-known tooth strengthener.
- Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, sardine, shrimp, soybean, flax seed, walnut) Omega-3 fatty acid are excellent choice against inflammation and gum diseases.
- Cranberries – Cranberries contain polyphenols (just as tea does), which may keep plaque from sticking to teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities, according to a study published in the journal Caries Research. A caveat: Because the fruit is so tart, many cranberry products have added sugar, which may affect any potential benefits for teeth, so make eat raw unsweetened cranberries or even blend frozen unsweetened cranberries into a smoothie.
- Dark Chocolate – The compound CBH, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden tooth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay. Eating 3-4 oz of chocolate a day is a great way to take advantage of this wonder compound and lower your chance of getting cavities.
Finally, limit added sugars from both foods and beverages. This includes soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, candies, etc. Energy drinks are particularly damaging as they combine a high sugar load with an incredibly acidic pH.
Loveable Smiles: 972-231-0585
The Family Dentist Blog on Yahoo Health has an interesting article on how chocolate is effective at fighting cavities, plaque, and tooth decay in the mouth.
From the article:
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth turn sugar into acids, which eat away at the tooth’s surface and cause cavities. Compounds in the cocoa bean husk have an anti-bacterial effect and also fight against plaque. This makes chocolate less harmful than many other sweet foods your dentist might warn you against because the antibacterial agents in cocoa beans offset its high sugar levels.
The compound CBH, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden tooth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay.
Eating 3-4 oz of chocolate a day is a great way to take advantage of this wonder compound and lower your chance of getting cavities.
Now, this isn’t an excuse to binge on bonbons, nor ditch your floss and toothbrush.
- For the best therapeutic effect, it’s best to chew on cacao nibs. Most will find this option unpalatable.
- The second best choice, is dark chocolate with less than 6-8 grams of sugar per serving – organic if possible. Be aware that chocolate is a calorie-rich food, so modify your calorie intake accordingly.
- Raw chocolate is even a better choice, as it is less processed, and more of the antioxidants are left intact.
Do all of this for your teeth, but enjoy the other benefits of mood elevation and better blood flow as well!
Loveable Smiles 972-231-0585
NewBeauty.com had a great article on bad habits that can be quite harmful to your teeth.
From the article:
Bad habits are hard to break and while some are seemingly innocent, others can be quite harmful. When it comes to your smile, bad habits like chewing ice and clenching can seriously damage your teeth. We’ve rounded up the top four offenders so you can get a head start on kicking the habits that have you hooked.
Initiating and exacerbating decay and gum disease, yellowing teeth and bad breath. Need we say more?
2. Sugary Drinks
Soda, energy drinks or juice, drinks high in sugar can wreak havoc on your smile by rapidly eroding teeth and can leading to darkening and thinning of the enamel.
3. Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can accelerate the natural erosion of tooth surface. Wearing a night guard is probably the number-one way to prevent tooth shortening due to grinding. Call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585 for your consultation.
4. Nail Biting and Chewing
If you’re biting your nails or oftentimes chewing on pens or pencils, know that you are wearing down your enamel on your teeth, which can accelerate the look of worn teeth and discoloration. Until you break the habit, be mindful of what you chew on. If it isn’t food, it’s probably hurting your teeth.
It’s not too late to fix your smile if your bad habits have already made their mark. Call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585.
February 14, 2014, Loveable Smiles in Richardson., a top Invisalign provider, will dedicate the entire day to offering free consultations and special low pricing with financing.
There are many benefits to properly aligned teeth including: They last longer and they are easier to clean: leading to healthier gums. This is the chance to get the healthy, confident smile you deserve. Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson is hosting “Invisalign Day” on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 7 am – 4 pm. Space is limited to the first 12 appointments. Please call 972-231-0585.
Patients will receive: $700 off their Invisalign treatment; Complimentary records (x-rays, photos, impressions, etc.); Free Take-Home Teeth Whitening (with Invisalign purchase; $300 value); $0 Down payment and no interest financing for 24 months for those who qualify; Convenient payment plans.
Loveable Smiles is located at 1410 N. Plano Rd., Suite 200 in Richardson. 75081. Space is limited to the first 12 appointments. Please call 972-231-0585.
Dr. Korenman and his team utilize Invisalign’s technology to design clear aligners that rapidly straighten teeth for people of all ages.
Properly aligned teeth have many health benefits including:
· Teeth last longer.
· A more balanced bite, can reduce excessive stress, headaches and strain on the supporting bone, muscles and jaw joints.
· Easier to keep clean, leading to healthier teeth and gums.
· Better oral health can reduce the incidence of heart disease, gastrointestinal disease, and other health conditions.
Space is limited to the first 12 appointments. Please call 972-231-0585.
February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month
1. How long should a parent help their child brush their teeth?
Parents should assist in brushing their teeth till the child is 6-7 years old. Before that they do not have the dexterity to clean all the corners of the mouth. Also use of plaque disclosing agent to improve brushing technique in older kids goes a long way.
A plaque disclosing agent is a tablet to be chewed or a rinse that has to be used prior to tooth brushing. It will stain the plaque pink or blue depending on what you are using and it makes the plaque visible so that kids can brush it off. That way they can improve their brushing technique and know which areas they miss while brushing. GUM has tablets called as Red Cote and Listerine has a mouthwash called Listerine cool blue tinting rinse.
2. What are some tips to clean baby’s teeth?
Good oral care begins before first tooth erupts. Clean baby’s gums with wet wash cloth after every feed. Avoid sharing spoons when feeding solid foods to prevent transferring bacteria from caregiver’s mouth to the baby’s mouth.
3. What are your tips for a child’s first dental visit?
First dental appointment should be made sometime soon after the first tooth erupts. Like any other wellness visit, be ready with a list of questions you may have for your dentist about your child’s oral care including but not limited to brushing technique, which toothpaste should be used, when and how to floss, diet for healthy teeth, what to expect during teething and pattern of teeth eruption.
4. Should a parent be concerned if a child sucks their thumb?
It is dependent on age. Usually most kids give up the habit themselves by the time they are 5 years old. If it lasts beyond that please talk to your dentist about it. It may be a cause of concern beyond that age.
5. Baby teeth and cavities – Does it really matter?
It matters a lot as these teeth help child eat and maintain space for adult teeth. Sometimes in a case of severe decay, the child’s eating is affected. Also if the baby teeth are lost prematurely, it can lead to issues in eruption of adult teeth thus requiring braces.
Dental care can take a backseat during teenage years. Parents have to talk to their children about importance of having healthy teeth and gums and how it can help them look good and improve self confidence. Teenagers can relate to that.
Also, it is important to have certain restrictions in the diet including limiting use of soda as it can have deleterious effects on teeth. Regular dental visits are important.
Every Friday at 3:30 on KAAM AM 770 Dr. Korenman and his wife Cindy host the popular radio show, “Teeth in a Day with Dr. K.” (Or online at www.kaamradio.com)
- Hear inspirational testimonials from patients whose lives have been changed in amazing ways.
- Learn valuable health and dental tips that just may save your life.
- Have the ability to call in and speak directly to Dr. Korenman to ask him any dental question.
- Learn in-depth details about popular dental services such as dental implants, one-day crowns and teeth whitening.
- Learn from local experts who share valuable information on important topics such as finances and insurance.
- Get to know your dentist, Dr. Korenman on a more personal and casual level. He and his wife Cindy laugh and share funny stories with their listeners.
- Bonus reason to listen to KAAM AM 770: They play the greatest, most legendary music in American history.
So, tune in every Friday at 3:30 on KAAM AM 770 as Dr. Korenman and his wife Cindy host the popular radio show, “Teeth in a Day with Dr. K.” (Or online at www.kaamradio.com)
Are you listening to the info-mercials about buying inexpensive dental plans?
Be sure and remember the wrong kind of dentistry is almost worse than no dentistry.
As a dentist in the business for over 30 years Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson knows that these kinds of plans usually involve dentists who are desperate for patients and believe me, they cannot keep their doors open without sacrificing products, quality and the important things about good solid dentistry.
Here at Loveable Smiles, we do not do dentistry for money.
We make the right decisions regarding your health and what is in your best interest.
If we feel you are better off somewhere else we often suggest that for you.
As we say on the radio station, go to your dentist and do it regularly, even if it is not at Loveable Smiles.
Periodontal disease, oral cancer and often decay does not hurt.
Only regular checkups can keep your gums and your teeth healthy for life.
And as Dr. Charles Mayos says, “You will live an extra 10 years of life by having a healthy mouth.”
Our mouths are the gateway to most of what happens to our bodies.
The most expensive thing in dentistry is neglect.
Next time you are contemplating buying one of those cheap dental plans remember, they are in it for the money. The better quality dentists cannot provide quality care for those plans.
Think about this, what part of the visit do you want your dentist to leave out? The infection control, the trained staff, the high tech equipment or maybe the dental training?
Would you want a low cost internist or cardio vascular surgeon?
Learn more about Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles.
Loveable Smiles 972-231-0585
Gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
- Gum Disease is not that common – 80% of people have Gum Disease and DO NOT KNOW IT! There is usually no pain involved for people until extremely late in the degeneration. Here at Loveable Smiles, we check our patients for Gum Disease on an annual basis.
- I don’t have cavities so I can’t have gum disease – Being cavity-free doesn’t ensure you are in the clear where Gum Disease is concerned. Gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender is a sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease and the only stage that is reversible.
- Having gum disease means I will lose my teeth – Not so! You don’t have to lose any of your teeth to Gum Disease if you practice good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental visits. Even if you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Korenman can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control.
- Bad breath can be an indicator of Gum Disease – Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be an indicator of Gum Disease and other oral diseases so it is important that you uncover what’s causing the problem. If constantly have bad breath, make an appointment to see Dr. Korenman at 972-231-0585.
Here at Loveable Smiles, we check our patients for Gum Disease on an annual basis. Please call our office at 972-231-0585 for your check up.
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