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How are strokes related to your mouth?

This blog post is the fifth in a series of articles to inform our readers about the connection between your oral health and your overall health.


It’s called the “Mouth-Body Connection,” and it means that poor dental health can severely deteriorate your body, especially your lungs and heart, and it can also lead to a host to other conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, strokes and even some Cancers.


What is a stroke?

An ischemic stroke (the most common type) happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets blocked, usually from a blood clot. When the blood supply to a part of the brain is shut off, brain cells will die. The result is the inability to carry out normal brain functions such as walking or talking.


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  1. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US.
  2. Oral bacteria can affect the heart adversely by entering the blood stream, thereby reaching the heart and contributing to clot formation.
  3. In a recent study, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia (the most common type of stroke) were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.
  4. Men and women who suffered from bleeding gums had more than twice the risk of stroke compared with those whose gums were healthy.


As you can see, research studies have discovered that oral infection is indeed a risk factor for stroke.


So, how are strokes related to your mouth?


The number one cause of death is inflammation.


The number one cause of inflammation is gum disease.


Shocking Truth About Gum Disease

80% of people have Gum Disease and DO NOT KNOW IT! There is usually no pain involved for people until extremely late in the degeneration. Many gum problems will go unnoticed until they are diagnosed by a dentist.


The good news is that Dr. Korenman and his team are dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of gum disease and they check all their patients for it.

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

Additionally, if you have suffered from a stroke, a consistent, preventive dental program is essential for survivors.  The loss of senses, weakness of facial muscles, and side effects of medications can put you at high risk for dental problems.


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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Wonderful Review About Loveable Smiles On Yelp

We recently received a wonderful review about Loveable Smiles on Yelp.

We appreciate this mom taking the time to share about her son’s experience. To write your own dental review for Loveable Smiles, click here.

“I’m in process of having my son’s wisdom teeth extracted through Dr. Korenman’s office. The staff is genuinely friendly and the initial consult was tremendously in depth. He spent at least 30 minutes discussing not just the wisdom teeth, but other areas of potential future issues. I did not feel like it was a sales pitch at all, but an informative session with excellent images and an expert in an area in which I only have a basic knowledge. The funny thing is that the one thing I can tell my son does need in addition to the extraction is teeth whitening, but there was not mention of that! The icing on the cake so far has been this note received from his office:

“I am so happy you are happy. Thank you for trusting us with your most prized possession. We will treasure him as you would. ”

I’m sure I’ll be updating this review following the extraction, but had to share so far.”
Yes, the entire family at Loveable Smiles treasures our patients.

We treat people, not teeth.

Call our office for your caring and comfortable dental appointment! 972-231-0585

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Newborn having trouble nursing? Take her to the dentist.

Thanks to laser technology, Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX has been helping infants who have trouble nursing due to tongue-tie and lip-tie issues. (He was featured on WFAA Channel 8 about the service.

These are photos of recent babies Dr. Korenman has helped.tounge tie family

On the left we have baby Eden who was having trouble staying latched when she was nursing. Immediately after her procedure, she was able to latch on deeper and stay latched longer. Her parents also opted to have her receive the laser frenectomy to prevent improper spacing between her front teeth.

On the right we have precious twins Lincoln and Addison.twins 1
Lincoln was having problems latching and also difficulty keeping his bottle and soother in for an extended period of time due to the tongue and lip ties. Afterwards Lincoln quickly went back to sleep!

Dr. Korenman suggested he take a look at Lincoln’s sister Addison who also was found to have a lip tie as well. She, too, was having latching issues and required a shield prior to the procedure but now she’s nursing better and no longer uses the shield.

Thanks to advances in dental technology with a Laser Frenectomy, which uses cool water during the procedure, there is virtually no bleeding, no pain, no risk of infection and the healing is almost instantaneous for infants. The procedure takes less than 1 minute.

Tongue and lip ties are very common, but often not diagnosed even when it causes problems. Lip tie is usually missed as well as it is under the upper lip and actually causes more pain to the nursing mothers than tongue tie.

The “wait and see” approach can lead to more problems
• Nursing and eating
• Nutritional issues
• Speaking
• Inability to develop proper airway which has been correlated with asthma, sleep disorders (possibly S.I.D.S.), allergies, ADD/ADHD
• Spacing between the upper front teeth as well as improper location of the teeth as they erupt

And the issues can persist on into adulthood causing sleep disorders and the myriad of health issues related to that.

Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson provides Laser Frenectomy for tongue and lip tie issues.

Please call our office at 972-231-0585

Check out Dr. Korenman being interviewed by Janet St. James on WFAA about frenectomies for newborns.

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Shame & Toothlessness: Find help in Richardson at Loveable Smiles

cover mouthPoor oral health is generally associated with shame and guilt.

Can you relate to any of these terms?




Turn Away

Can you relate to any of these people and their shame?

  • A Grandmother who is desperate about her ill-fitting dentures and anxious about being exposed as toothless.
  • She loved to treat her extended family to a grand Sunday feast but never joined them at the table.
  • A man who knew people were disgusted by the condition of his mouth, and how they were reluctant to look him in the face.
  • Another man whose smile made people recoil with disgusted looks on their faces and turn away.

Dr. Korenman wants you to know that you are not alone and there is no reason for you to suffer any longer.

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson has helped hundreds of patients who have felt this same shame and embarrassment due to ill fitting dentures or missing teeth.

Learn how your life can change for the better by bringing back your sparkle and confidence. Click here to learn about the life changing benefits of dental implants on our website.

Please call 972-231-0585 for your complimentary consultation.

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Dr. Korenman Featured In D Magazine!

Check out all the great things that D Magazine says about Dr. K!Dr.K


Dr. Larry Korenmanknown as the listening dentist, is one of 12% of all general dentists in the country who places implant using 3D technology for greater predictability and for your safety..


He is the only dentist in Texas who has received the Dallas Business Journal 2010 Ethics Award.  


He uses technology, humor, kindness, words and gentleness to help patients experience painless dentistry.


Dr. Korenman has practiced 30 plus years and continues to learn about better ways to treat patients which is displayed on our Wall of Awards with CE, and Dental Symposium including Pankey Dentistry Philosophy.

Loveable Smiles is conveniently located in the heart of the IT corridor in Richardson Texas.

Our office number is 972-231-0585.

Dr. Korenman has his cell number on his business card and proudly shares it with his patients. That number is 214-564-1700. He does this as he calls his patients every evening to check on them.

We believe you deserve a Loveable Smile.

Here’s the link to learn more about Dr. Korenman!


Please share it with your family and friends.

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Studies Reveal Men and Women Chew Differently

A recent report shows that there actually is a true difference between the chewing methods of men and women.Young woman eating salad

Men typically take larger bites with more chewing power, which culminates in faster consumption times. Though the women were found to have the same chewing pace as the men, they delegated more chews to each mouthful, which significantly slowed their consumption times.

Unfortunately, the results have done little to untangle the relationship between chewing and weight.   Click here to read the full report.

Here are Loveable Smiles, we check for biting, chewing and swallowing patterns.  Improperly aligned teeth can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth.

Please call our office at 972-231-0585 for your appointment.

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Gum Disease Can Be Transmitted To Your Valentine

A Valentine’s warning from Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles: Gum (Periodontal) Disease can be transmitted through kissing.

Gum Disease is an ongoing bacterial infection deep in the gums and bone around your teeth. 

Studies show that this bacteria can travel from the pockets around your teeth into your saliva. 

Why is Gum Disease So Serious?
• 80% of patients have it and don’t even know it. There is usually no pain involved for people until extremely late in the degeneration.
• Gum Disease is responsible for 75% of all adult tooth loss.
• The #1 cause of death in the world is inflammation and the entire body reacts to this negatively.
• Gum Disease has been shown to increase the risk of Heart Disease, Heart Attack and Stroke.

How Can I Protect My Valentine?
1. Complete all recommended periodontal treatment. Studies show that periodontal treatment gets rid of (or greatly reduces) the level of periodontal bacteria in your saliva.
2. Keep your periodontal cleaning appointments. Without periodontal cleanings, some bacteria in the saliva can return to pre-treatment levels within six months. You can significantly reduce your risk of re-infection of yourself and family members through frequent periodontal cleanings.
3. Get your family screened. Since gum problems will go unnoticed until they are diagnosed by a dentist, we highly recommend that family members get screened for gum disease. 

Here at Loveable Smiles, we check our patients for Gum Disease on a regular basis. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Korenman can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control.

Please call our office at 972-231-0585 for your check up and to have a healthy Valentine’s Day!

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February Is American Heart Month: See Your Dentist

Cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of men and women in the United States, contributes to 2,400 deaths each day.

Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys bone and gum tissues that support the teeth affects nearly 75 percent of Americans and is the major cause of adult tooth loss.

While the two diseases may seem unrelated, evidence is mounting that people with gum disease may be at a higher risk for heart disease.

In fact gum disease my worsen existing heart conditions.

Managing one disease may reduce the risk for the other, according to a consensus paper on the relationship between heart disease and gum disease published in the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Periodontology.

Here are some tips you can follow to ensure optimal oral health:

1. Watch for possible warning signs of gum disease:

• Red, swollen or tender gums
• Bleeding while brushing or flossing
• Gums that pull away from the teeth
• Loose or separating teeth
• Persistent bad breath

2. Brush and floss regularly.

3. Visit Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson regularly for exams and cleanings.

4. If you currently have heart disease, tell Dr. Korenman and he will create a treatment plan aimed at maintaining good oral hygiene.

Loveable Smiles 972-231-0585.

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Dental Lasers For Newborns?

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and many newborns are benefiting from a trip to the dentist thanks to Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson.

After three weeks, it was painfully clear that breastfeeding wasn’t working for Heather Gaddy of Allen or her newborn daughter. For mom, she was getting blisters. For little Brynlee, she was choking and even stopped breathing.

Mom learned Brynlee was tongue-tied and had a upper lip tie.

Tongue and lip ties are very common, but often not diagnosed even when it causes problems.

The issue restricts nourishment and normal tongue movement.

The problem happens when the little flap of tissue hooking the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short to let a baby’s tongue latch on to the mother’s breast. Lip tie is where the piece of skin between the top lip and teeth is too long.

Thanks to advances in dental laser technology, tongue-ties are easily treated without any pain or bleeding and there isn’t any risk of infection and the healing is instantaneous for infants. The  procedure takes less than 1 minute.

Traditional treatments for tongue-tie consists of “clipping” and it’s very difficult to find a professional who will perform a Frenectomy. It is no longer routinely taught in medical school.

The “wait and see” approach can lead to more problems: nursing and eating, nutritional issues, and speaking.

Learn more about the Laser Frenectomy for tongue tie and lip tie on our website.

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KAAM General Manager, Don Crawford Praises Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles

Don Crawford, the owner and General Manager of KAAM 770 in Dallas called Dr. K’s radio show last Friday, January 23, 2015 to share his recent experience at Loveable Smiles.

Dr. K found that Don needed a new crown and was able to create one using Cerec technology.  Don had an “enjoyable experience” because he was able to walk out with that new crown within two hours.

Don even got to watch his new crown being milled and took video.  Check it out on the KAAM Facebook page. 

Don also shared how he appreciated that Dr. K explained every step of the procedure.  He explained what was going on and what to expect in the next step.  The CEO of KAAM radio says Dr. K backs up everything he says on his weekly radio show.

Don shared on Facebook, “A genius that Dr. K is.”

There are many benefits to Cerec technology at the dental office including:

One Visit! – The best thing about CEREC, is that your teeth can be restored in one visit to the dentist. A few years ago, you had to visit the dentist 3 or 4 or even more times in order to perform teeth restoration.  The technology saves a lot of time for our patients.

More Accurate – CEREC technology also allows us to avoid the need for those messy impressions in your mouth as we use a very special digital camera to take “digital impressions” that are more accurate, faster and much more pleasant.

Learn more on our website.

We invite you to listen to Dr. K’s weekly radio program on AM 770 every Friday at 3:30.

Loveable Smiles: 972-231-0585

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