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Replace Your Silver Fillings at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX

Teeth and fillings expand and contract at different rates.  Over many years of ingesting hot and then cold food and drink, silver fillings experience expansion and contraction. The contraction creates openings between the tooth and the filling material. The expansion can contribute to the tooth cracking or worse, splitting.broken_filling_1

Dr. Korenman has even seen a large part of a tooth break off with the metal filling still completely intact.

Additionally, when you chew and your teeth come together there’s a lot of pressure and force at work, and the metal filling takes the brunt of that pressure…which can also lead to the tooth being fractured much like a log being split.

When the seal between the tooth and the filling breaks down, food particles and decay-causing bacteria work their way between the worn filling and the tooth. These bacteria cannot be removed with a toothbrush or by any other means, and decay may develop along the edge of the filling or underneath it.

The most frustrating part of all this is that it happens painlessly with very few signs of a problem.

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles has invested in the latest dental technology that allows him and his team to see things that normally go undetected.

He and his team can safely and effectively remove your silver fillings and restore your teeth to their their natural strength, beauty, and function.

We urge you to call Loveable Smiles for your Total Health Dental Care appointment. 972-231-0585

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How often should you see your hygienist for dental cleanings?

October is National Dental Hygiene Month.

How often should you see your hygienist for dental cleanings?  Some people may say that you should go every six months, some people may say every 3-4 months, and others may only visit the dental office when they are experiencing pain.

So, which one is right for you?

The answer is not as black and white as you may think…National Dental Hygiene Month image

Dental cleaning frequency is completely dependent upon the patient and their individual needs.

It is the same concept as when someone goes to physical therapy or rehab and the therapist creates a custom program for each individual in order to get them back to health (there is no blanket solution).

Patients who have seen the dentist regularly and practice good oral home care may only need to have a dental cleaning every six months because they have minimal build up and little to no bleeding in the gums.  On the other hand, some patients who have not seen the dentist regularly and/or do not practice good oral home care may need to have their teeth cleaned every 3 to 4 months because they have moderate to severe build up and bleeding in the gums or they have been previously diagnosed with periodontal disease (loss of bone around the teeth).

The goal is to get your teeth cleaned frequently enough to keep the bacterial plaque build up at a minimal level so that either healing can occur or so that the tissues can stay in an optimum state of health.

In order to see what frequency is right for you, you should see your hygienist and discuss what treatment cycle will give your teeth and gums the best outcome.

Call for your dental hygiene appointment! 972-231-0585

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How Important Is it to Keep Your Hygiene Appointment?

I am married to Dr. Korenman and I work in the office everyday with our Loveable Team.

Cindy Korenman

Cindy Korenman

I confirm appointments and tell all of you the importance of coming to clean and check your teeth on a regular basis.

It had been since last October that I personally had Tray our hygienist clean and check my teeth.

I am an avid flosser and brusher.  I’m OCD about it.  I floss every time I eat anything.  I like eating about every two hours as I claim to be a health fanatic.

Today there was an opening and I had my dental cleaning.

I do have beautiful teeth, thanks to Dr. Korenman and I feel that I take excellent care of them.

But I didn’t get my dental work cleaned and checked for a while.

Thank God I did it today as right at the gum line on two of my beautiful teeth, Tray and Dr. Korenman confirmed I had the beginning of decay.

Good old stress got the better of my teeth.  Maybe if I had done my cleaning timely it could have been prevented.

Thanks to Tray, who by the way is an excellent hygienist, is the best who has ever cleaned my teeth. He’s very kind, gentle and knowledgeable about teeth.  I am so grateful for him to be part of our team.

Thanks Tray for your service and for keeping me healthy! Learn more about Tray here.

Tray our Dental Hygienist.

Tray our Dental Hygienist.

 

Call for your hygiene appointment! 972-231-0585

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Pregnant in Dallas? Call Your Dentist

This blog post is part of a series of Total Health Dental Care articles to inform our readers about the connection between your oral health and your overall health.

 

If you are pregnant, no doubt you are constantly bombarded with tips, advice and opinions.

 

Here is a tip to safeguard the health of your baby; please, go see your dentist. Congrats!For the health of your baby, call your dentist!

 

The bacteria that cause gum disease may increase a mom’s risk for delivering prematurely. (Mom, you may not even know you have gum disease. Yes, those hormones can also affect your gums!)

 

Gum Disease & Developing Babies

There is a link between uncontrolled gum disease (once again, mom may not even know she has gum disease) and pregnancy complications such as premature labor and preeclampsia (rise in blood pressure).

 

A study exploring the possible link between gum disease and preeclampsia found that 50% of the placentas from women with preeclampsia were positive for one or more gum disease pathogens.

 

Scientists believe these infections cause a rapid increase in certain fluids in the body that, in turn, induce labor. It’s not necessarily the infection itself, but the body’s response to the infection that causes the premature birth.

 

Mom’s Hormones & Tooth Decay

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which can affect the health of their babies.Pregnant_ Please call your dentist!

 

Studies have shown that bacteria responsible for tooth decay are passed from the mother to the child in utero. The more frequently you give in to the craving for sugary snacks, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay.

 

Additionally, pregnant women with acid reflux are also at a greater risk of tooth erosion and periodontal problems as the acid dissolves away the protective coating of teeth (enamel) leaving them weakened and at a very high risk of needing extensive (and expensive) restorations.

 

Dr. Korenman recommends that women visit his office as soon as they learn or their pregnancy.   Dr. Korenman and his team will test for any health problems that might affect your baby.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Korenman can design a safe treatment plan to help you keep it under control.

For the health of your unborn baby, we urge you to call Loveable Smiles for your Total Health Dental Care appointment at 972-231-0585.

This is just one of many examples of how we treat people, not just teeth.

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#pregnancyhormones

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FREE Oral Cancer Screenings for New Patients Throughout April, 2019 at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX

During the month of April, 2019, new patients at Loveable Smiles in Richardson will receive a FREE Oral Cancer Screening. ($65 value)free screening graphic

Already a patient? Bring in someone new and your exam will also be free!

Every hour, of every day one American dies of oral cancer.

It is assumed that Oral Cancer is mainly a disease of older people, contracted after a lifetime of smoking and drinking.

But things are changing and Dr. Korenman is seeing an increase in Oral Cancer in patients of all ages and lifestyles.

Don’t feel immune because you don’t smoke or drink.

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.

An Oral Cancer Screening takes less than 15 minutes and should be a part of everyone’s annual health appointments.

Dr. Korenman uses the ViziLite Plus, which is a 5-minute test that uses fluorescent light to help dentists spot abnormal changes in the mucous membranes that line the inside of the mouth anred ribbond throat.

Additionally, Dr. Korenman will go over the patient’s medical history, check for any discolorations (red spots, white spots, ulcers etc) and/or abnormal lumps around the oral tissues (cheeks, hard palate, tongue, floor of the mouth, back of throat etc), face and neck.

We simply use a 2×2 gauze, mirror and a special light to inspect the oral/pharyngeal area. We will palpitate/massage the neck and throat area to check for any abnormal lumps (checking the Thyroid area as well).

The entire screening takes less than 15 minutes and is completely painless.

Call Loveable Smiles in Richardson for your Oral Cancer screening. 972-231-0585

Loveable Smiles is located at 1410 N. Plano Rd., Suite 200 in Richardson. 75081.

Please call for your appointment. 972-231-0585

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Father’s Day Dental Care Tips for Dads

If you’re the man of the house, you probably think that dental health is the last thing on your priority list. Today’s dads are busy with their careers, kid’s (or grandkid’s) activities and “Honey Do” lists.

However, if you want to be healthy for your family, you must take care of your teeth.Attentive Man

Dr. Mayo of Mayo Clinic has explained, “Having a healthy mouth can add 10 years to your life.”

Medication
Does dad take any kind of heart medication including blood pressure or cholesterol meds?

These medications are notorious for causing dry mouth and inhibiting salivary flow. The flow of saliva is crucial for washing away the germs that cause cavities, so dry mouth is bacteria’s playground!

Dad should have regular checkups to manage his Dry Mouth symptoms, chew sugarless gum and swish with water on a regular basis.

Diabetes
Is dad Diabetic?

The statistics about Diabetes and dental care are startling:diabatic man

  1. Uncontrolled Type II Diabetics are at a higher risk for gum disease.
  2. Severe gum disease can affect blood sugar.
  3. Diabetics have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.
  4. Medication can cause dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.
  5. A dry mouth can exacerbate the side effects of diabetes, which will then lead to an increase in glucose levels, wreaking havoc on the body.
  6. Having a dry mouth, especially as a diabetic, can lead to rampant tooth decay, which means blood sugar increases as the body tries, and fails, to fight infection.
  7. Sometimes if the blood glucose levels are higher than they should be, the result is dry mouth.

Once again, it’s important to maintain regular dental care appointments to avoid the inflammation, gum disease and decay that can be caused by Diabetes and medication.

Dental Coward
We know dads have a reputation for being the “tough guy” but even “tough guys” can dread visiting the dentist. Many men have had bad experiences at the dentist and understandably avoid dental exams.

Dr. Korenman and his staff understand dental fear and they are dedicated to reversing the trend of miserable dental experiences. He will never cause his patients pain and he listens to all of their concerns.

If it’s been some time or even a long time since dad’s last appointment, we want him to know that we never will scold him or make him feel guilty because we are just glad to see him.

We are here to serve our patients for a healthy future.

Please schedule Dad’s Total Health Dental Appointment by calling 972-231-0585.

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Having trouble sleeping? Go see your dentist.

Because dentists see into their patient’s mouths more than physicians, they have an important part in identifying sleep related disorders.

 

What is sleep apnea?sleep apnea

More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.

 

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses is breathing, or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep.

 

This can lead to daytime sleeplessness and fatigue, snoring, restless sleep, dry mouth and/or throat and teeth grinding.  Sufferers can start and stop breathing up to hundreds of times per night.

 

So, how is sleep apnea related to your mouth?

While dentists aren’t licensed to formally diagnose sleep apnea in patients, during a common dental exam there are certain indications that could point to a possible sleep disorder. The dentist can then refer the patient to a sleep specialist.

 

Dental Signs Indicating Sleep Apnea

 

Enlarged tongue and/or tonsils in addition to teeth indentations along the tongue.

 

Teeth Grindingteeth grinding

Grinding and clenching of the teeth (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.

One of the ways Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX helps patients is by utilizing night-time tooth guards which not only protect the teeth from stress, but also protects the muscles.

In addition to the elimination of teeth grinding, many patients who wear the NTI mouth guard have found an improvement with their headaches and have also found that they sleep better.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth results from open-mouth sleeping, which is common among individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.

 

Saliva contains beneficial phosphates, minerals and calcium that protect tooth enamel from being eroded by bacteria. Without the continuous flow of saliva, the mouth becomes a horrendous breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to extensive tooth decay, gum disease and mouth sores.

 

Gum disease not only leads to severe oral health disorders, but can exacerbate overall health conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory disorders.

 

Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea often benefit from wearing an oral appliance at night.  This helps keep the airway open during sleep.

We urge you to call Loveable Smiles for your Total Health Dental Care appointment. 972-231-0585

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FREE Oral Cancer Screenings For New Patients Throughout April, 2017 at Loveable Smiles in Richardson

During the month of April, 2017, new patients at Loveable Smiles in Richardson will receive a FREE Oral Cancer Screening. ($65 value)oral cancer image

Already a patient? Bring in someone new and your exam will also be free!

Every hour, of every day one American dies of oral cancer.

It is assumed that Oral Cancer is mainly a disease of older people, contracted after a lifetime of smoking and drinking.

But things are changing and Dr. Korenman is seeing an increase in Oral Cancer in patients of all ages and lifestyles.

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.

An Oral Cancer Screening takes less than 15 minutes and should be a part of everyone’s annual health appointments.

Dr. Korenman uses the ViziLite Plus, which is a 5-minute test that uses fluorescent light to help dentists spot abnormal changes in the mucous membranes that line the inside of the mouth and throat.

 

Additionally, Dr. Korenman will go over the patient’s medical history, check for any discolorations (red spots, white spots, ulcers etc) and/or abnormal lumps around the oral tissues (cheeks, hard palate, tongue, floor of the mouth, back of throat etc), face and neck.

oral cancer screening image

We simply use a 2×2 gauze, mirror and a special light to inspect the oral/pharyngeal area. We will palpitate/massage the neck and throat area to check for any abnormal lumps (checking the Thyroid area as well).

 

The entire screening takes less than 15 minutes and is completely painless.

 

Call Loveable Smiles in Richardson for your Oral Cancer screening. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes. 972-231-0585

Loveable Smiles is located at 1410 N. Plano Rd., Suite 200 in Richardson. 75081.

Please call for your appointment. 972-231-0585

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Use Your Remaining Dental Benefits At Loveable Smiles In Richardson, TX

As we enter the weeks of the year, we would like to remind our patients who have dental insurance that if you do not use your coverage during the plan year, you will lose those benefits.
Unused coverage does not carry over into the next year.dental benefits photo

 

Use it or lose it!

 

We know how busy our schedules get during the holidays, but we encourage you to call our office today to schedule your cleaning before the end of the year.

 

Dental treatment is an excellent investment in your medical and psychological well being.

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:dental-insurance-benefits-resized-600.jpg

  1. Credit Cards Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Discover
  2. Interest-free financing through Care Credit and Springstone Financial.
  3. In-house financing for qualified patients

We look forward to taking care of you and making it affordable!

2016 is Coming to an End! Use Your Dental Benefits Before It’s Too Late!

 

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Complete Health Dentistry in Dallas, TX

There are different phases in dentistry throughout history.Dr. Larry Korenman at the forefront of preventative healthcare.

Post WWII – Dentists were able to insert filings and learned how to save a tooth rather than extract it.

70s – Dentists began to understand that a patient’s gums are the foundation of our mouths and the importance of having healthy gums.

Age of Technology – Computers and technology entered the dental office giving dentists the ability to do same day crowns as well as use lasers to help tissues to heal faster and painlessly.

90s – Era of cosmetic dentistry. Veneers and bonding could help transform someone’s smile.

Today – Complete Health Dentistry – There is now enough research to confirm that your mouth talks to your body.

We no longer concentrate on your 28-32 teeth.

We now know there is a very strong communication between your mouth and your body.

Inflammation in your mouth leads to inflammation in your body.

Gum Disease and Heart Diseaseheart-gum-diseases image

We know that active gum disease dumps bacteria and inflammation by-products into your bloodstream and has a detrimental effect on your heart and blood vessels.

You can’t just focus on either your gum disease or your cardio vascular disease. You have to treat them both because your gum disease is making your heart disease worse and vice versa.

Diabetes-and-Your-Dental-Health imageGum Disease and Diabetes

It’s very clear that Diabetes has a very strong relationship to gum disease.

If you have gum disease and your gums bleed, you are sending bacterial and inflammation by-products through your blood vessels damaging those blood vessels and exacerbating your Diabetic condition.

Research has found significant levels of bacteria from the oral cavities embedded in blood vessels all over the body in patients who have active gum disease.

Complete Health Dentistry

This knowledge puts a greater importance on dentistry than ever before.

We are fortunate to be able to be in an industry that is at the forefront of preventative healthcare.

Seeing Loveable Smiles twice a year, ideally, so that we can use our incredible screening aids to check you for gum disease will help you have a happier and healthier life.

We are proud to call ourselves a leader in health for your future.

Please call our office for your Total Health Dental appointment. 972-231-0585

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