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American Heart Month: Heart Disease & Dry Mouth

February is American Heart Month and Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson has some important information for you.

If you take medication for heart disease you are probably experiencing a very dangerous side effect: Dry Mouth.heart month cropped

Dry Mouth is a side effect of popular heart medications including:

  • Blood pressure medications
  • Anti-depression/Anti-Anxiety
  • Diuretics
  • Cholesterol medication

The combination of two or more of these medications dramatically increases dry-mouth effects.

If you take any type of heart medication, it’s very important for you to take care of your dental health because Dry Mouth can lead to the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease, including bacterial infections.
  • Fungal infections
  • Mouth sores
  • Bad breath

Additionally several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease.heart-gum-diseases image

  1. Oral bacteria can affect the heart via the blood stream and then attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation.
  2. Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal (gum) disease increases plaque buildup, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.

Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.

Treating Dry Mouth

While there isn’t any cure for dry mouth, the sooner it gets diagnosed the less damage it does to your teeth.  Here are some tips for treating your dry mouth.

  • Korenman highly recommends Effervess Oral Care products, which can help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth caused by medications. (Available at Loveable Smiles and Amazon.) The line includes toothpaste and a whitening gel.
  • Swish with water in addition to drinking it.
  • Chew sugarless gum.
  • 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.

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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Help For Dry Mouth

Dr. Korenman is one of the first in the DFW to offer a life-changing procedure for Dry Mouth, which is a dangerous side effect from many common medications.

Using a painless laser procedure this treatment quickly and easily re-stimulates saliva glands.drymouth

The treatment is painless, simple and quick.

If you would like to find out more about this phenomenal treatment, please call us and schedule an appointment for you or a loved one. 972-231-0585

Learn more about the dangers of Dry Mouth here.

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Thank God for America!

Thank God for America and how important it is for all of us to love and support our beautiful country. flag on tree
Standup for the United States of America.
Remember,
“Freedom isn’t free.” 
We are all praying during this holiday season.
Please enjoy this time safely and be with the people  you love.
2020 has been a hard year for all of us but we are full of gratitude and blessings.
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The Gift of Invisalign

Give your special someone the gift of a healthy smile with Invisalign. Christmas Invisalign 5.jpg

A brand-new smile delivered by the most advanced clear aligner system in the world?

Talk about a gift worth lighting up for.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Read about the amazing health benefits of properly aligned teeth here.

The average Invisalign case can be completed in about one year!

We encourage you to call our office for your Invisalign consultation. 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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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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We Are Here to Serve With A Servant’s Heart

We are grateful that many of our patients have returned for their regular dental cleanings. We are here to serve

Here are the heath and safety measures we use in our dental office

We take temps

We wear masks

We never let any non-related patients near each other

We schedule one patient at a time

We wipe down counters door knobs and bathrooms 3-4 times a day.

 Keeping your mouth healthy effects your overall health.

So, we encourage you to call for your hygiene  appointment. 972-231-0585

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Adult Braces Trend Going Strong at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX

Once seen as a treatment for teenagers, more and more adults are now opting to realign their teeth.

And it’s not just folks in their 20s and 30s. People over the age of 50, 60 and even 70 are opting for this service.home-invisalign-adults

Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles is seeing this trend in his office in Richardson, TX.

Adults of all ages are electing to straighten their teeth later in life both to improve their looks and to fix long-standing dental issues.

Some patients may have either lost a tooth or had previous dental work that’s causing problems. Often, their teeth are simply showing the wear and tear of five or more decades of work. Frequently they are having muscle and joint pain or they have noticed their gums have receded.

Better Dental Care & Technology

Older adults are in a better position to get their teeth straightened.

Unlike in our grandparents’ generation where full sets of dentures were common, today, adult teeth are in better shape due to superior dental care and prevention measures such as fluoridated water.

Additionally, dental technology is extremely advanced allowing for improved dental imaging and updated appliances that help straighten teeth much faster.

There are plenty of alternatives available for adults who want braces but don’t want the look of metal in their mouth.   Dr. Korenman is an Invisalign provider.  This orthodontic method uses aligners that are smooth and clear.

These aligners get replaced every few weeks as your teeth are repositioned.

The average Invisalign case can be completed in about one year!

Warning Against DIY Teeth Straightening

Unfortunately, with this trend in adults opting to realign their teeth, there has also been an increase in patients trying to straighten their teeth themselves with such things small rubber bands, clay, hair ties or aligners sold on-line.

Trying to close a gap or straighten your teeth yourself can increase the risk of infection and serious damage to your teeth and gums, including tooth loss.

These self, oral care “hacks” often lead to people spending serious time and money with a dental professional — the very thing they were trying to avoid in the first place.

Dr. Korenman is a very well-trained dentist who is responsible for the proper placement of the teeth using Invisalign aligners.  He has the technology and knowledge to create and administer custom Invisalign treatments for patients. Learn more about Invisalign on our website here.

Beyond Cosmetics

The health benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a beautiful smile.adult invisalign

Straight teeth are also helpful with the following:

  • Reducing wear of teeth
  • Helping you to speak, chew and breathe properly
  • Straight teeth are much easier to clean.
  • Improved oral hygiene helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Developing adequate space for dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Creating a more balanced bite which can alleviate pain and headaches as well as TMJ
  • Helping to alleviate sleep apnea by repositioning the jaw for better breathing

We encourage you to call our office for your Invisalign consultation. 972-231-0585

Be sure to us about our new Invisalign pricing!

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Get Healthy In 2020! Start with A Dental Appointment

Your dental benefits have renewed. oral health = overall health photo

Time to do the dentistry that you’ve been putting off.

Dr. Korenman and his staff are dedicated to improving your overall health through dentistry.

Let us partner with you regarding your New Year’s resolution to get healthy!

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

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No Shots, No Drill Dentistry!

Hate dental shots and the sound of the drill?  no shots no drill dentistry

The Waterlase laser at Loveable Smiles is for you. Waterlase is a safe and gentle alternative to traditional dental tools. The technology helps treat infections, regenerate gum tissue and catch cavities before they appear.

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