May 3, 2016
For most of us over the age of 30, silver fillings are something of the norm. It was commonly used up until the early 90’s and even now, is still used in many offices around the world. However, with the recent development of newer “tooth” colored materials, amalgam is quickly becoming a thing of the past. To further usher its way out the door, many articles have been posted proclaiming it as a health hazard. While mercury has been linked to health problems, the amounts used in dental amalgam pose no real threat to you. Even if you have silver fillings throughout your mouth, it is still not enough mercury to cause any real harm, unless of course you are allergic or are sensitive to the material! As a cosmetic dentist in Southlake, we offer both types of fillings.
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May 1, 2016
If you ask my patients, coming to our office is actually an experience they enjoy, from the warm tones of our décor, plushy chairs, and champagne in the front office all the way to the dental chair. As an Arlington dentist, we like to provide our patients with premium dental care all the while catering to their every desire. We strive to make every appointment better than the last and our goal is to create a “spa experience”. That often means tucking our patients into plush blankets (we even have heated ones for those especially chilly days), holding their hands through difficult sessions, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for relaxation, and providing mini steam facials at the end of each appointment.
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April 29, 2016
With warmer weather on the horizon, most of us are looking to get into shape and get bathing suit ready! However, despite our best intentions, often times cravings get the best of us. Ever wonder why you just gotta have those potato chips or you just absolutely need chocolate right now! Even though we are a dentist for preventative dentistry in Arlington, we have the inside scoop on the real cause of different cravings because the foods you eat impact your oral health.
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April 1, 2016
Winter, as most other seasons throughout the United States, is varied in its onslaught from state to state. We often see blizzards out west, mountains of snow on the eastern seaboard, sunshine in Florida, and sleet and freezing rain in Texas. Although the weather can’t seem to agree on what it wants to do, most of us do feel the effects of winter in our dry, itchy skin, but did you know that harsh winter conditions can play havoc with other parts of your body?
If you’ve ever inhaled frigid icy air through your mouth during winter activities outside and felt an ache or sensitivity in your teeth, you’re not alone. This is a common complaint during the winter months and I see it often at my dental practice in Arlington. You may be experiencing the effects of weakened enamel or small fractures in your teeth. Breathing through your nose will help to reduce winter sensitivity, and there are also a number of dental treatments that can remedy this situation, restoring function to your teeth and beauty to your smile.
Sensitivity can also be caused by older dental restorations that are no longer fitting well. If you have metal or amalgam fillings, these may be separating from your teeth, allowing bacteria in and causing the sensitivity you feel to cold air or beverages. Ill-fitting crowns and bridges can also have the same effect. Stopping in for your dental cleaning and exam is a great way to determine if you have older dental work in need of an update. It’s also a great time to make sure that you’re maintaining optimum oral health and ruling out the possibility of other issues such as oral cancer or gum disease.
As a cosmetic dentist in Southlake, TX I see many patients come in, complaining of a dry mouth and bad breath. While I realize that a lot of times it may be due to factors such as new medication or from not coming in for their twice a year cleaning, sometimes the solution can be just as simple as adding more moisture! Humidifiers are a great way to add much needed moisture in order to combat the dryness associated with winter. Not only will your teeth and gums thank you, but your skin will look more radiant, your nasal congestion may be alleviated, and it might also be the cure for that pesky headache!
So next time you feel that your mouth may be drier than normal or that you have bad breath despite being vigilant with your oral health, try a humidifier at night, and you might be pleasantly surprised with the results. As your neighborhood cosmetic and family dentist in the 76092 area, I recommend it!
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March 25, 2016
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding dental work that I come across is on the longevity of fillings and crowns. On average, tooth colored fillings last 5-7 years and crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. In my 25 plus years of practice as an Arlington and Southlake dentist, I have shocked many a patient with the diagnosis of needing a new crowns or fillings. The look of shock is something that I have become accustomed too, and I try my best to assuage their fears and doubts by explaining why exactly their previous dental work is now failing.
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March 24, 2016
If you have ever found yourself needing more motivation to brush and floss your teeth than just to prevent cavities, a recent study has found a direct link between gum disease and dementia, giving you another reason to take your oral health more seriously. While we have always encouraged our patients to care for their teeth and gums and offer gum disease treatment in Arlington, we recommend now more than ever to care for your mouth due to the impact oral health has on your overall health.
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January 20, 2016
If you’re dedicated to making some changes in 2016, we invite you to include a healthier, more beautiful smile part of your plan. Your dedicated, Southlake cosmetic dentist, Ravi Doctor, DDS offers patients a variety of options to restore and enhance less than perfect smiles, but whatever your 2016 goals, we’re here to offer our support.
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November 14, 2015
For many of us, taking a multivitamin is part of our daily routine. It may be the one “healthy” choice that we make as we succumb to pastries and fried goodies throughout the day, but could this be doing more harm than good?
Dr. David Agus, author of best-selling book The End of Illness, terms America’s obsession with vitamins as being “abusive”. He argues that most of us are literally flushing our hard earned money, down the toilet, and quite truthfully so; the body excretes any amount of vitamins that it does not need as urine!
Although wasting money in our current economy is a major disadvantage, the greater consequence may be to our health.
Here are a couple of vitamins, that when taken excessively, may prove more harmful than beneficial:
- Vitamin E: while previously considered a major heavy hitter for the prevention of cancer, but recent studies has shown that men, who took vitamin E, were more likely to get the disease.
- Excessive amounts of vitamin A in normal, healthy Americans can alter central nervous system activity.
While vitamins are essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, they are better taken in the form of fruits and vegetables. Do yourself a favor and ditch the pill!
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August 28, 2015
Sometimes an active lifestyle and nutritious meals are not enough to maintain a healthy way of life. Vitamin D deficiency is common even among those who claim to consume a balanced meal of fruits and vegetables. The reason being: even the best dietary sources of vitamin D, such as salmon, aren’t loaded with enough vitamin D to suffice the daily required amount.
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March 6, 2015
As you age it becomes even more critical to take care of your teeth. One common misconception about dental health when aging is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your natural teeth can last a lifetime. Still, every day wear and tear takes a toll on your teeth as you age so it is important to see your dentist on a regular basis to maintain your pearly whites!
One of the most common misconceptions people have about their teeth is that they will fall out as they age or that they will break. This is not the case! According to the ADA, the primary cause of tooth loss is gum disease, not age. When the gums surrounding our teeth become inflamed, they can no longer properly retain the teeth, and hence they may become loose. Gum disease is usually the result of poor oral hygiene, but other risk factors include diabetes and heart disease, which are common as we age. To prevent gum disease and maintain the health of your teeth, be sure and schedule regular cleaning appointments. These appointments are important to your overall oral health, as they also serve as an opportunity for your dentist to discover any discrepancies before they become bigger problems.
By far, the greatest threat to the health of our teeth is sugary foods. These sugars ferment in our mouth, causing acids to form that result in tooth decay. Most of us assume that candy is the main culprit, but were you aware sports drinks and sodas are an even bigger threat? The constant stream of sugar provides a favorable environment for bacteria to convert those sugars to acids. We realize that you may have a craving for sweets from time to time, but there are some healthy habits you could adopt to protect the health of your oral cavity. For example, chewing sugar free gum curbs your sweet craving and also increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, flushing out food particles and preventing any decay. Another healthy option is dark chocolate, as the antioxidants in dark chocolate have been found to prevent cavities.
Also, did you know that as we age our teeth become less receptive to pain? This means that if you get a cavity, you may not even realize it until you are in severe pain and require a root canal. To prevent unnecessary root canals, consider visiting your dentist for regular checkups. The dentist is well equipped to catch the cavities that you may not even be aware you have, saving you both time and money in the future!
The common thread in all these problems is that preemptive visits your dentist is mandatory to maintain good oral health, and as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
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