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November 5, 2014

Dealing with Dental Emergencies

158817458When thinking of emergencies, most people do not consider tooth related instances to truly be a matter of significance; however, if you have ever dealt with it, you will understand how traumatizing it can be. Please keep in mind that any dental emergency can be potentially serious and ignoring it is not the solution. Make sure to see your dentist right away to avoid any complications!

So, let’s discuss some examples of dental emergencies and what you should do in the event that they occur. In the case of a toothache, thoroughly rinse your mouth with a warm salt rinse. Also, be sure to floss the area to remove any food that may be lodged between your teeth.  Try placing a cold compress against the area, and if the pain has not subsided take a pain killer to ease your discomfort.

In the case of a chipped tooth, try and keep the small piece if you can and Apply pressure with a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding. Also, to prevent any swelling and to ease the accompanying pain, place a cold compress on the affected area.

If your tooth gets knocked out, there are a few precise but simple instructions you must follow. First, only hold the tooth by the crown, or the part of the tooth that you usually see when you smile. If your tooth is dirty, rinse it gently under running water and DO NOT scrub it clean.  If you can, try and reinsert the tooth gently back into the socket and bite down on a piece of gauze to hold the tooth in place. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in milk, or if milk is not available, place the tooth between your cheek and gum area and immediately see your dentist. In the case of a knocked out tooth, the chances of saving your tooth are highest within the first hour after the incident, and decreases exponentially with the passage of time.

While there are numerous other situations in which you should immediately consult your dental care professional, these are often the most traumatic. As is the case in any situation, prevention is always better than cure. If you play any contact sports make sure you wear a sport guard. Also, avoid chewing ice and biting down on anything hard such as candy or popcorn kernels. But if you ever do find yourself in one of these situations, call your dentist immediately!

October 9, 2014

Teeth Sensitivity

488914471Do you ever find yourself wincing with pain when eating ice cream or when drinking a cup of coffee? If so you may be suffering from sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. This can occur due to improper brushing or even as a result of clenching your teeth. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, or it can even be a side effect of a dental procedure, such as bleaching.

If teeth sensitivity is something that concerns you, start by visiting your dentist. He or she can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain. Depending on the circumstances, your dentist might recommend one of several options. For example, the most common method may be to use a desensitizing tooth paste. Another option may be the topical application of fluoride. Fluoride application can help to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, preventing further breakdown and thereby reducing the sensitivity. However, at times the mere topical application of fluoride or desensitizing tooth paste may not suffice. Here, your doctor may determine that you need a filling or a root canal.

As with all things, prevention is always better than cure. In order to prevent sensitivity you must perfect your oral hygiene habits. Make sure you are brushing your teeth in a circular manner without applying too much pressure. Also, use soft bristle tooth brushes as they will not abrade the surface of your teeth causing you to loose enamel, and make sure to visit your dental care provider on a regular basis to keep your pearly whites in top condition!

September 4, 2014

Mouth Piercings & Precautions

177444694In an age where self-expression is everything to one’s identity, body piercings have become a means to convey one’s individuality and to stand out. Although the most common site for piercings are traditionally the earlobes, nowadays, more and more unconventional piercing sites are becoming the norm.

One such unconventional area is the mouth. You may have noticed many individuals with lip or tongue mouth piercings, or even a slit tongue. While this is definitely a unique channel of self-expression, there are many factors that should be taken into consideration before piercing or traumatizing a sensitive area such as the oral cavity. For one, keep in mind that the mouth is a moist environment teaming with bacteria. Such an environment is always ideal to encourage the onset of infection. Furthermore, a tongue piercing can swell after infection and block your airway.

Another complication that can be expected after mouth piercings is temporary or even permanent nerve damage. A damaged nerve can affect the way your tongue moves or even your taste sensations. You may even experience burning or tingling sensations in your mouth.Other complications may include allergic reactions to the metal placed in your mouth, as well as mutilation to the adjacent teeth and gums along with excessive drooling.

If however, you already have a piercing, make sure and keep the area clean and rinse with warm salt water. Also, avoid smoking, alcohol and spicy foods as these can aggravate the newly pierced area and result in infection, and finally, avoid playing with the jewelry, as this may result in it becoming loose and accidental aspiration as well as damaging the surrounding teeth and gums. If despite meticulous care, any problems arise concerning the area of your piercing, visit your dentist immediately to avoid any further complications!

June 26, 2014

Tooth Decay in Toddlers: What You Need to Know About Cavities in Young Children

Shutterstock Child at DentistEvery child needs strong, healthy baby teeth. These teeth help children chew food, form words, and even help guide future adult teeth into their correct positions in the arch. Early childhood caries is a highly aggressive form of tooth decay that affects children well into their preschool years. The decay is usually the result of consuming large amounts of sugary food. The sugar serves as food for bacteria, which in turn produce acid that decay the teeth.

So you may be wondering how you can protect your child from early childhood decay. It’s actually quite simple. Avoiding sugar may seem like the obvious answer, but we have to be realistic. Occasional treats are okay and shouldn’t be discouraged. Did you know that dark chocolate is actually good for your overall dental health? However, what needs to be taken into consideration are the consistency of the food and how long the sugary substance was consumed. For example, a hard candy that dissolves in your mouth is a better choice than a sticky caramel which is difficult to chew and may remain stuck in the crevices of your child’s teeth. In reference to duration, consider whether the food was consumed in a matter of minutes or was it something that the child slowly sipped on throughout the evening, like a juice or soda. By slowly sipping the sugary drink, your child is exposed to a continuous stream of sugar, resulting in a good environment for the growth of bacteria. To avoid this, don’t let your child walk around with a bottle or a sippy cup of juice. Try and appease your child with a pacifier.

We recommend that you brush your child’s teeth after every feeding, even if they don’t actually have any teeth at the moment. You can do so by gently wiping the gums with a wet gauze or wash cloth wrapped around your index finger. When teeth do start erupting; use a tiny amount of fluoridated toothpaste to gently wipe the teeth.

Finally, keep in mind that dental checkups are just as important for your child as they are for you!  Contact our office today to learn more about childhood tooth decay and to set up your appointment. Make sure you schedule your child’s visit by the time their first tooth erupts. Early dental care is important in maintaining a healthy smile and serves as the stepping stones for a great relationship with your dental team!

June 13, 2014

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

Shutterstock Happy Dental Patient (2)Most people know the significance of tobacco smoking and its impacts on lung cancer, however, many are still unaware of oral cancer and the threat that it poses. Did you know that, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and that out of these individuals, 8000 will die due to oral cancer?
So what exactly causes oral cancer? It’s sad to say, but sometimes our genetics play a role, however, for the most part, our lifestyle choices are what greatly increases our chances for oral cancer. The usual culprits are tobacco and alcohol. According to the Cancer Centers of America, about 80% of the people with oral cancer use tobacco and 70% are heavy drinkers.

Despite the grim prognosis for cancers of the oral cavity, early oral cancer screening is considered to be the key to the successful treatment of the disease. Here at the office, Dr. Ravi Doctor and his skilled dental team provide a thorough and comprehensive exam to all patients. The oral cavity is always systematically examined for any discrepancies in color, texture, or feel. More specifically, Dr. Doctor will feel the different areas of your mouth with his fingers for any abnormality, as well as checking whether there are any ulcerations or abnormally colored areas. So come in at your convenience and have a screening done by our skilled dental team and experience gentle dentistry.

May 14, 2014

Dr. Doctor Giving Back to the Community

shutterstock_179265305Here at Dr. Ravi Doctor’s office, we strive to be more than just a dental office.  We strive to be an integral part of the community by giving back whenever we can in any capacity.  In the spirit of inspiring others, we would like to share a couple of the things that we’ve been doing here at the office.

On April 29th, we had Jonathon from the Save-A-Smile foundation in our office.   Save a Smile is an innovative, nationally recognized, collaborative program dedicated to providing restorative and preventive dental care to children from low-income families in the community through volunteer dentists such as Dr. Doctor.  Untreated dental disease can adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition and other activities necessary for normal growth and development.  That is why Dr. Doctor is a proud supporter of this great program.

In the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Dr. Doctor provided his services free of charge to a local mother suffering from severe infections leading to the need for extractions, replacing fillings, and even a partial.  After assessing her dire situation and seeing her extreme need for dental care, Dr. Doctor decided to do what he can and not add to her financial worries.  He also donated gift certificates for a Single Mom’s Mother’s Day Brunch held annually at a local church.  Dr. Doctor does his best to live by the golden rule and hopes that others do as well.

Dr. Doctor also happens to be the dentist to Miss DFW, Miss Arlington, Miss Teen Arlington, Miss Southlake, Miss Teen Southlake, Miss Tarrant County, and Miss Hurst Euless Bedford.  What this means is that Dr. Doctor provides free preventative services to these inspiring young ladies.  From dental cleanings to exams and X-rays, Dr. Doctor does his best to keep these ladies’ smiles bright and beautiful.  If they choose to have cosmetic services done, then Dr. Doctor gives them a special discount befitting of their crown.

Dr. Ravi Doctor has two convenient locations to provide you with the quality dental care you deserve. Our Southlake dental office is just north of the D/FW International Airport, and our Arlington dental office is located just north of Interstate 20. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

May 6, 2014

Find Out If Dr. Doctor Is In Your Network

shutterstock_789609The top dentist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Dr. Ravi Doctor, is now accepting all PPO plans for patient treatment. The practice specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, general dentistry and sedation dentistry options. Call (817)328-2400 or (817)274-8667 for more information and scheduling.

Dr. Doctor’s extensive experience in dental implants in the DFW area has garnered trust and respect from the local community, and the practice offers competitive prices in Texas for the treatment. He is accredited with the American Dental Implant Association and International Congress of Oral Implantology and has been voted “Top Cosmetic Dentist” in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for the past ten years in a row. What also sets his practice apart from other offices is that both Dr. Doctor’s offices are fully equipped with microscopes, lasers, and CT scans.

The practice additionally offers one visit teeth whitening with Zoom. This office treatment brightens teeth up to 10 shades with a proprietary method. Within an hour, patients are able to achieve a “movie star grin” and there are essentially no risks.

Dr. Ravi Doctor offers cosmetic dentistry treatments including veneers, bridges, bonding, crowns and more. By offering sedation dentistry, Dr. Doctor performs these procedures in an anxiety free, pain free manner.

You have options when it comes to seeing which in-network provider you want to care for your oral health. Whether it is the Arlington location or the Southlake location, you will be sure to get the best care possible from the best dentist possible.

For more information and scheduling with a dentist DFW trusts, call (817)274-8667.

April 4, 2014

ALL-ON-4 PROCEDURE

Do you currently wear dentures or are missing a lot of teeth?  If so, it is time to smile again with the aid of the All-on-4 dental procedure performed here at either of Dr. Ravi Doctor’s Southlake or Arlington offices.  The All-on-4 treatment concept provides a permanent, screw-retained, same-day replacement for the entire upper and/or lower set of teeth.  This procedure is best for patients with significant tooth loss or decay and for people whose bone loss in the jaw area prevents them from getting dental implants.

So what exactly does the All-on-4 procedure entail?  First, Dr. Doctor will assess each patient’s case to see if they will be good candidates for this procedure.  If he decides that the All-on-4 treatment option is the best course of action for the patient, then that is when the real work begins.  The procedure begins with the initial placement of 4 dental implants either on your upper or lower arch.  Don’t worry; you won’t have to bear the embarrassment of having no teeth while your gums heal.  We will have a temporary set of teeth made to go over the implants while you wait 3-12 months depending on which arch you’re getting the procedure done on.  After the healing period, the patient will come back to have their permanent set of teeth placed on top of the implants.

All-on-4 dental implants are different from dentures in that they look and feel like natural teeth, are permanent teeth that are brushed and cleaned like natural teeth, do not have to be taken out, do not need adhesives, are comfortable because they do not press down on your gums, allow you to experience the hot and cold of your food as well as the taste, allow you to bite with increased force so you can eat your favorite foods again, prevent bone deterioration, and restore your facial features.

Additionally, All-on-4 dental implants offer the added benefit of being attractive and cost effective.  Traditional dental implant treatments require the placement of 6-8 or more implants per arch.  For those who decide not to do anything about their missing teeth, failing teeth or loose dentures, the cost can be much higher; in pain, embarrassment, cleaning and adhesive products, and overall health.  When calculating the costs, in dollars and cents, healing time, and personal and emotional well-being; the All-on-4 dental implant procedure ranks superior.

The time and money you will save by choosing the All-on-4 treatment option, not to mention the reduced healing time, will give you a whole lot to smile about.  So if you are suffering from missing teeth or are unhappy with your dentures, what are you waiting for?  Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.

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March 15, 2014

Healthy Foods For Healthy Teeth Part 2

shutterstock_111977636-smAs a follow up to our post earlier last month, here is part two of our “Healthy Foods for Healthy Teeth.”  The following list includes the best foods and drinks for your oral health:

Unsweetened Tea-Flavonoids, polyphenols, and other ingredients found in tea have been shown to slow the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease.  They prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth and block the production of sugar that contributes to cavities.  Teas also contain high amounts of fluoride.

Firm/crisp foods -Fruits such as apples and pears have high water contents, which dilute the effects of the sugar they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid).  Other choices include raw carrots and celery.  Chewing may disturb dental plaque and serve as a cleansing mechanism.

Citrusy fruits-Contrary to popular belief, fruits such as oranges and strawberries (both high in Vitamin C content) help keep your gums healthy by strengthening blood vessels and connective tissue, including the connective tissue that holds your teeth to your jaw.  Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation, which may prevent or slow the progression of gingivitis.  Additionally, Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen, a key protein in maintaining your gum’s strength and integrity.

Water-Last but definitely not least, water is considered the best beverage for maintaining healthy teeth.  Not only does the water help to keep your digestive system healthy and hydrate your skin, but it also keeps your teeth white.  The more water you drink, the more bacteria you flush off your teeth and out of your mouth, meaning less risk of gum disease, fewer cavities, and fresher breath.

With all this in mind, hopefully you make healthy conscious decisions when it comes to what you put in your body for the sake of your teeth and your health.

February 20, 2014

Healthy Food For Healthy Teeth Part 1

While holidays such as Valentine’s, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas seem to emphasize sweets, almost every single American holiday is centered on food.  With the daily intake of a variety of food in addition to specialty foods on holidays, it’s no wonder that a recent report by Oral Health America indicates that Americans’ oral health is in a state of decay.  As a dental care provider, we strive to educate our patients on healthy eating habits that promote good oral health and lead to good overall health.

The following is a list of fortifying foods and beverages for your teeth:

milk_stock01Milk-Calcium found in milk helps protect teeth against gum disease and keeps your jaw bone strong and healthy.  Since women are more prone to periodontal disease if they don’t get enough calcium from their diet, it is especially important for them to drink and eat plenty of foods with calcium.

Cheese-Research published in the Journal of Dental Research has shown that kids who ate cheddar cheese had lower acid levels in their mouth than those who ate sugar-free yogurt or drank a glass of milk.  Cheese may neutralize the plaque acid.  It is considered one of the best food choices for your oral health because it is thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth.

Wild Salmon-Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are one of the few good food sources of vitamin D.  Vitamin D is critical for oral health since it allows your body to absorb and use calcium.  The vitamin D found in salmon makes it easier for your teeth and bones to get the full power of calcium from the foods you eat.

So as you head into the holidays or just to lunch, consider the effects your food and beverages will have on your teeth.  If you’re conscientious about what you put in your mouth then it makes it easy to maintain a healthy smile for life.  Be sure to read part two of our “Healthy Food For Healthy Teeth” coming next month.

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