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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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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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Be Thankful For Your Teeth!

Have gratitude for the teeth God gave you! Treat your teeth as a life lengthening strategy.  give thanks for your teeth

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

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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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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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September is National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month

Here at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX, we are dedicated to providing you the safest environment.3-2019DICAM-PPE-LI

Here’s how we have always kept our patients safe:

  • We run Clorox tabs through the lines every day.
  • We clean all surfaces with cavicide.
  • We wear masks and have N95 masks available.
  • We use all disposable products.
  • We schedule safely and never have unrelated patients together.

Call today for your safe hygiene 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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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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