Thanksgiving is synonymous with stuffing, rolls, pies, cakes and all the other wonderful goodies that flood the table. This carbohydrate-rich, sugary diet can really do a number on your oral health, however, there are some easy ways you can combat cavities while still enjoying your family’s famous pecan pie.
- Try to keep your meal as balanced as possible. If you decide to eat a heaping portion of carb-heavy foods, then balance that with a nice portion of protein and vegetables. This will help to offset some of the acids produced when sugars and bacteria in the mouth come together.
- Avoid consuming massive amounts of sticky foods. Since sticky foods take longer to chew, the food stays in the mouth longer, which increases your risk of getting cavities.
- Even if you are just going for the day, take your travel toothbrush with you to your Thanksgiving Day destination. That way, you can brush your teeth after eating, which will cut down on your risk of getting cavities. If you don’t have a way to brush your teeth for whatever reason, then simply rinse your mouth out with water to remove as much debris and acid as possible.
- Keep the snacking to a minimum. During the Thanksgiving festivities, people tend to spend the whole day mingling and eating snacks. The problem with this, however, is every time you eat something, it creates acids. Spend time with family playing games rather than grazing all day and it will cut down on the buildup of cavity-causing agents.
By following these simple Thanksgiving teeth care tips, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy while still enjoying your Thanksgiving meal (& leftovers!).
Happy Thanksgiving from Loveable Smiles! 972-231-0585
On the Sirona blog (Maker of CEREC one-visit crown technology) there’s a fun article about the lead singer of a popular band in Finland who broke her tooth while on concert.
Of course, a broken tooth could have a significantly negative impact on her singing.
Did they have to cancel the tour?
A CEREC dentist was attending the show.
Dr. Marko Ahonen (a CEREC dentist from Finland) promised to fix the problem on Sunday night. The whole case took only three hours on Sunday evening.
The result: A perfect tooth done within a highly effective procedure and of course, a satisfied patient: “WOW, with his CEREC computer, Marko provided me with a whole new permanent tooth in just three hours! No need for several visits and no need for a temporary tooth!”
Click here to read the full article.
You don’t have to be a popular Pop Star from Finland to experience the time saving benefits of a CEREC crown.
Residents in the Richardson/Dallas area can visit Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles who easily produces ceramic dental restorations, with several computer assisted technologies.
Learn more about CEREC technology here.
Save time by calling Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585.
Tuesday, November 5 at 1 or 7 pm.
At Loveable Smiles in Richardson.
We will provide anyone who is interested with a complimentary Dental Cat Scan ($799 value) to see if you qualify for Dental Implants.
Losing Teeth Can Cause:
- Loss of self esteem.
- Bone loss and facial aging.
- Speech impairment.
- Inability to taste and enjoy food.
- Avoidance of social interactions.
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Bruxism Awareness Week
Bruxism is the name given to tooth clenching, or ‘grinding’ as it’s often known, a condition that is thought to affect around 50% of the population and it can be devastating to the teeth and jawbone.
Even though Bruxism Awareness Week is a UK holiday we thought it would be good alert the DFW area about this serious condition.
Bruxism is often caused by stress and it can cause teeth to break, cause pain in the jaw and even result in headaches and migraines.
Dr. K makes NTI (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System) mouth guards.
It fits over the front teeth only so the back teeth cannot touch and grind against each other at night while sleeping.
Please call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585 for your consultation.
Here is a wonderful CEREC article in The New York Times.
A nice write-up about the writer’s personal experience getting a CEREC restoration.
Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardshon is also part of the approximately 10 percent who use CAD/CAM — computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing — to create a crown while a patient waits.
You are done in about an hour. Learn more about Cerec at Loveable Smiles.
Click here to read the article.
Many people have told me that as they have no pain from their teeth or gums that they feel everything is fine and healthy.
Nothing can be further from the truth! Quite often the most devastating problems give no warning at all. Gum disease (periodontal disease and gingivitis) affects 80% of the population and causes no pain.
Old fillings, particularly the metal ones containing so much mercury, wear out and stop sealing the teeth from bacteria which allows new cavities to form underneath them. This happens painlessly (for awhile) and leads to things like root canals and crowns and even tooth loss before the person is even slightly aware that there is a problem.
Shifting of the teeth due to missing teeth not being replaced or just not growing into proper alignment leads to pressure imbalances (also painless) that cause the teeth to wear out prematurely. This imbalance often leads to muscle imbalance as well which causes TMJ problems, headaches or jaw pain.
We examine all our patients for oral cancer. This painless problem is a very deadly one as one American an hour dies from oral cancer. Because it is a painless condition, many oral cancers are not discovered until they have already done their damage and it is too late to intervene and save the person’s life.
We recommend that people have a comprehensive exam as soon as possible to find out what might be done to prevent problems from developing.
We at Loveable Smiles believe that you deserve to have that loveable smile of yours last for your entire lifetime!
I hear that question too often. You see, the problem is what happens to the other teeth, the jaw joints, the muscles and the bone itself for the rest of a person’s life.
I understand why people ask this question as we all know life goes on after the loss of many other body parts as well as teeth. The thing people don’t understand is that not only do the teeth all depend on each other for support, when one is removed the others all shift and move. This is a painless process that goes unnoticed for years and then the damage has occurred. Then the bite has changed which further damages the other teeth, the muscles and joints have to work differently and therefore suffer damage as well.
Perhaps the worst result is the deterioration of the jaw bone where the tooth is missing. The reason this is important is that now replacing the tooth is so much more difficult as well as more expensive. When enough bone deteriorates other teeth will be lost as well.
This scenario continues until a dentist intervenes and corrects the damage, but by that time the person will not be able to obtain as good an outcome.
The best thing to do is to be examined as soon as possible and have all missing teeth replaced.
Did you know that pregnancy has some very adverse effects on the mouth?
Women know there are many physical changes associated with pregnancy but they probably do not know about the effects that occur in the mouth, particularly the teeth and the gums.
Sometimes pregnant women realize their gums seem to bleed more than normal. Actually, the normal amount of bleeding is none! The reason for the bleeding they experience is due to the fact that hormonal changes make the gums extremely susceptible to gum disease. There is even a name, Pregnancy Gingivitis, that has been applied to this situation.
Rather than accept this as a normal consequence of pregnancy, women need to immediately see their dentist to prevent this from occurring or to obtain treatment as soon as possible. The bacteria that enter the blood stream can affect the baby as well as the rest of the body.
Many women have found that they also develop more cavities during this time. Pregnancy itself does not cause the cavities but there are several factors involved that influence this very common situation. Many women find that their mouths are not comfortable and often they cannot clean their mouths effectively due to nausea. This, combined with an altered diet and lowered resistance to decay (cavities) associated with the changes in hormone levels lead to the problems.
Let us know as early as possible that you are pregnant. We can help you avoid dental problems that can develop during this time and can last for years afterwards. If any of these problems have already developed we can safely treat pregnant women during the middle trimester. Typically no x-rays will be taken as a precaution unless severe infections are obvious, and in that case we shield the mother and child with double the amount of lead aprons and use minimal x-ray exposure to insure complete safety.
Please help us to inform everyone about the dental risks and problems that can develop and help us prevent them!
Dry mouth has many problems associated with it. Did you know there are many dental problems correlated with it?
More people than ever before are living longer and are taking medications that cause dry mouth a side-effect. This leads not only to many new cavities, it leads to recurrence of cavities around dental restorations (fillings and crowns) particularly around the gum-line of the teeth.
This is a particularly dangerous type of decay as it is very difficult to treat with simple fillings and often leads to extensive problems requiring root canal treatment, crowns or even the loss of teeth.
People with any dry mouth symptoms should inform the dentist immediately about the situation. It is important that they have more frequent maintenance visits as well as application of products to moisten the mouth. There are several good products that can help alleviate the discomfort from the dry mouth and can lessen the chance of decay.
It is more important than ever that teeth are maintained so no tooth loss will result as it is nearly impossible for these people to wear dentures due to the pain they feel as the dry tissues do not tolerate the artificial dentures comfortably. If teeth have already been lost they need to be replaced as soon as possible with “permanent” (non-removable) solutions like dental implants or fixed bridges.
Be sure to ask your physician about dry-mouth side effects from medications and ask us about the options available today to help you!
The biggest complaint I hear from patients about their former dentists is that they were treated like a number not a person. The feeling they experienced was that no one cared about them other than to take their money.
Loveable Smiles is dedicated to treating people first and foremost as human beings who have feelings and concerns. Certainly, it is mandatory that we do the best dental treatment possible in a comfortable and pain-free manner. With our state-of-the-art facility and a dentist trained in the most advanced procedures we are well-equipped to take care of our patients’ technical needs; however, what we feel is equally if not more important, we routinely hear form our patients that we eliminated all their fears and made them feel more welcome and taken care of than they ever experienced anywhere in their lives!
We have an entire staff dedicated to creating relationships with our patients and making them feel comfortable and welcome. We never begin any treatment until all questions have been answered and our patients feel comfortable.
Our patients regularly tell us that they have never felt so taken care of and welcome. They tell us that coming to our office is like coming to see friends who care about them.
We at Loveable Smiles will always strive to deliver the highest quality, longest-lasting and most natural-looking dental care in a caring and comfortable way.
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