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8 Things to eat to keep your teeth healthy

food for healthy teeth imageMarch 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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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

Loveable Smiles in Richardson Hosts Invisalign Day

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.logo photo

 

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.

How do I care for my child’s teeth? 6 Tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy

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 rilisterine cool bluense 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.stop-thumbsucking-200X200

 

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.

 

6. What are your tips for teens and dental care? (Braces, sodas, etc.)braces 2

 

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.

Wake Up Your Smile: Put Down Your Liquid Pick-Me-Up. (No, not the coffee)

Don’t worry, you can still savor that cup of coffee.caution sports drinks

Dr. Korenman at Loveable Smiles wants you to wake up your smile by putting down these caffeinated and/or sugary pick me ups:

  1. Energy drinks.
  2. Sport Drinks
  3. Soda

We’ve all been there.  It’s been a busy week, and after a few late nights in a row, you’re really starting to feel it. You’re TIRED. And, the worst part is, it’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and you’ve got the 3pm slump.

 

You might not realize, however, that the energy boost you just tossed back comes with a wallop of a price. While they make keep you energized and awake for the next few hours, it’s secretly eating away at your teeth – and fast.

 

Sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks contain phosphoric acid, which dissolves the calcium in tooth enamel and weakens teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.

While energy drinks can get you over a rough spot, they cannot replace a healthy lifestyle. Instead, take a natural approach to that 3 pm slump: Go for a walk, eat a snack with protein or even wash cold water over your face and wrists to get your circulation going.

We encourage you to call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585 for a dental exam to check for any decay.

New Year’s Resolution: Feel Better About Myself. Have the Outside Match the Way I Feel On the Inside

You are happy person.  You have many blessings in your life.  However, you may feel self conscious about smiling for any number of reasons: stained, cracked, broken, decayed, worn or missing teeth.Loveable_Smiles_Start_Here

A smile is worth a thousand words… but when your teeth are not healthy, it can really affect your self-image.

Truly exquisite dentistry blends artistry and science.  Utilizing cutting edge technology, Loveable Smiles proudly offer a variety of services to assist you in designing the smile of your dreams.

Learn more about Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, Invisalign, the clear alternative to metal braces and CEREC, which are completed in just One Visit!

Loveable Smiles in Richardson. 972-231-0585

Your Easiest New Year’s Resolution

Here is the easiest habit to compliment your goals for weight loss, exercise and healthy habits for 2014:

Floss! 998926_652348401443024_1788357747_n

Good oral health does affect your overall well-being.

Just like exercise and healthy eating, flossing will also help prevent gum disease which can prevent:

  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Low birth-weight babies
  • There have even been studies that indicate flossing can play a role in staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Having healthy teeth isn’t just about looking great (although that’s a nice perk!).

Good oral health is really about your body’s overall wellness.

So brush right, brush often and floss daily!

Call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585 for your dental cleaning.

Healthy Stocking Stuffer Ideas

 

This Christmas, give the gift of dental health and help someone you love to be healthy for 2014.

 

Here are some ideas for healthy stocking stuffers:fresh-mint-mouthrinse-mouthwash

  • Electric toothbrush. Look for ones that come with a two-minute timer. Loveable Smiles carries Philips Sonicare at a cheaper price than Walmart.
  • Dental floss. Daily flossing is part of being mouth healthy.
  • Sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
  • Mouthwash. At Loveable Smiles, we carry Oxyfresh. It doesn’t have any alcohol, and is non-staining and PH balanced.  It contains xylitol, a natural cavity fighter from tree bark, and zinc to neutralize sulfur compounds which cause bad breath and periodontal (gum) disease.

Loveable Smiles is located in Richardson. Call the office at 972-231-0585.

Common Misconceptions About Dental Implants (And the truth from Dr. Koreman)

Misconception #1: Implants are too painful.dental implants

Here at Loveable Smiles, we will never hurt you.  Implant dentistry is a subtle and conservative office procedure performed with precision and finesse. Dr. Korenman is an experienced dental implant specialist.  We use the most updated form of technology with a dental cat scan which will tell us if there is enough bone for long-term function and stability, the location of nerves and sinuses and helps determine if implants can be safely placed.

 

Misconception #2: Implants are expensive!

The cost of dentistry can be managed and we want our patients to know that we will work with them so that they can attain their dental health and beauty goals. For this reason we have a multitude of convenient financing options. Please call our office at 972-231-0585. 

Additionally, Dental Implants save you money in the long run by preserving the jawbone and keeping adjacent teeth healthy. With proper cleaning and care, an implant will likely last a lifetime.

Misconception #3: Implants are frequently rejected by patient’s body!

Dental Implants are the most predictable dental procedure with a 95% – 98% success rate.  Because implants are made of completely biologically compatible ‘bone-friendly’ titanium material, they naturally heal and integrate with the surrounding tissues. Rejection does not occur with dental implants.

Misconception #4: Any dentist can perform dental implant surgery!

This is simply untrue.  Only 12% of general dentists in the US place implants. 5% of those use the most updated form of technology. Dr. Korenman is one of these top dentists. Dr. Korenman’s more than 30 years of experience combined with his advanced training in implant and cosmetic dentistry are important factors in his ability to produce optimal results.

The updated technology Dr. Korenman uses is 3D x-rays (dental CAT scan) to get more data for safer and more predictable results for our patients.  Dr. Korenman is able explain your situation and the steps needed to help you achieve dental implant success.

Call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585. 

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles Raises Awareness of Medication-Induced Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, a side effect commonly caused by taking prescription and over-the-counter medications.  More than 500 medications can contribute to oral dryness, including antihistamines (for allergy or asthma), antihypertensive medications (for blood pressure), decongestants, pain medications, diuretics and antidepressants.dry mouth 3

Dry mouth can lead to extensive tooth decay, gum disease and mouth sores.

With regular saliva production, your teeth are constantly bathed in a mineral-rich solution that helps keep your teeth strong and resistant to decay.  While saliva is essential for maintaining oral health and quality of life, at least 25 million Americans have inadequate salivary flow or composition, and lack the cleansing and protective functions provided by this important fluid. 

Tips for keeping your teeth healthy

Patients with dry mouth should have regular dental checkups with Dr. Korenman and his staff for evaluation and treatment. Please bring up-to-date medication list with you to your appointment at Loveable Smiles.

Additional tips to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Gently brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth every day.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride in it.
  • Avoid sticky, sugary foods. If you do eat them, brush immediately afterwards.
  • Increasing fluid intake.
  • Chew sugarless gum.
  • Take frequent sips of water.
  • Avoid tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
  • There are artificial saliva products in the form of over-the-counter rinses or sprays that can help moisten the mouth.

If you are experiencing a dry mouth as a side effect of your medication, please call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585

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