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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby

Quite often Dr. Korenman hears a common “myth” or wives’ tale about cavities and pregnancy.Little Girl Kissing New Sibling to Be

 

Women share with him that they had perfect teeth until they got pregnant. That all of their calcium leached out of their teeth and into the baby’s bones causing all their cavities.

 

The reality is that the calcium does not leach out of teeth.

 

There are several reasons why many pregnant women and new moms get tooth decay:

  • Hormones change during pregnancy causing the gums to be more susceptible to infection.
  • Many women experience nausea during pregnancy not allowing them to eat let alone put a toothbrush in their mouth. So the teeth aren’t getting cleaned.
  • Many women can only stomach certain foods and often give in to cravings that contain a lot of sugar and/or carbohydrates. These foods can cause tooth decay.

 

If you are pregnant, one of the most important medical appointments you can make is to call your dentist.

 

Why? Because the bacteria that cause gum disease may increase a mom’s risk for delivering prematurely.

 

Gum Disease & Developing Babiespregnancy and dental health

There is a link between uncontrolled gum disease (and the mom may not even know she has gum disease as 80% of people have it) 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 periodontal 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 and the Baby’s Teeth

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which can affect the health of their babies.teeth for two photo

 

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 dental health problems that might affect your baby.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Korenman can design a safe treatment plan to treat it and 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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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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Cancer & Dental Health

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a courtesy to the community, Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson offers complimentary fluoride trays fobreast cancer_and_oral_health_imager anyone going through chemotherapy treatments.

Because chemo can make your mouth more at risk for infection as well as make your gums bleed more easily, fluoride is used to help prevent the formation of cavities.

Please call Loveable Smiles in Richardson. 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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Our Dental Hygienist Shares the Benefits of Waterpik Water Flosser

Do you like to floss your teeth?

If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t…at least not daily. waterpik-cordless-plus-water-flosser-wp-450-white

According to a 2016 study, only 30% of the population flosses daily!

Why do you think that is?

Could it be that it takes too long (approx. 1 min.) or maybe you feel like you’re just not good at it?

“I hear both of these reasons from patients every day and the good news is that I know something that can help you without using floss!

I always recommend that my “non-flossing” patients use a Waterpik water flosser, specifically the cordless model with the pocket tip.”

With the cordless model you can charge the device and then just keep it in your shower (using it in the shower makes it less messy).

To properly use it all you need to do is fill it with water, turn it on, and then trace lightly around the gumline…that’s it!!! waterpik pocket tip

It is relatively easy to make the Waterpik part of your shower routine which will help you clean between your teeth on a more regular basis.

Doing this solves both of the problems patients mention to me daily.

It takes up very little time (just long enough for you to let your conditioner set in) and it’s super easy to use.

Most of my patients love their Waterpik!

If you or anyone you know has questions about where to find on or what attachments to get, please call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585.

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The Biggest Expense In Dentistry is… Neglect!

We invite you to have an enjoyable and painless dental visit at Loveable Smiles in Richardson.smile and the world smiles with you

Don’t put off your dental cleanings, because the biggest expense in dentistry is NEGLECT.

Let’s catch that cavity before it turns into a crown or worse, an implant.

Please call 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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Loveable Smiles Is Here for You

Dear Loveable Smiles Patients and Friends,logo Loveable Smiles Is Here For you

We hope you and yours are in good health during these stressful times.

A Dallas County Judge has ordered all dental offices to treat only emergencies until April 3, 2020.

Tongue-tie and lip-tie babies are considered emergencies and will be seen immediately.

We will be available during our normal office hours:

Monday/Tuesday 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM and

Wednesday/Thursday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Please call us at 972-231-0585 if you need us.


Dr. Korenman and the Loveable Smiles Team

Contact us with any questions. We are here to help you.

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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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