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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.

November 11, 2013

Patients in Southlake and Arlington Should Use Their Dental Benefits Before They Expire

dental insuranceWhile it’s still November, the end of the year is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. The holidays are also approaching, which is a busy time of year. If you have dental insurance, your dental benefits will expire at the end of the year, so now is the perfect time to make an appointment with Dr. Ravi Doctor to take advantage of your dental insurance benefits.

Every dental insurance plan is different, so it’s important to first check with your insurance provided to fully understand your coverage. Usually your plan will at least cover basic services such as dental checkups and cleanings. If you haven’t had any of these important preventative care services, make sure to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Some plans will cover additional services such as crowns or dental implants. If you’re qualified to receive coverage for a dental procedure that you need, take advantage of this today. Insurance coverage can change from year to year, so don’t delay.

We accept a variety of dental insurance plans and can electronically file your insurance claims to help you maximize your benefits. Please give us a call today to schedule your appointment now, as the holidays are a busy time both for you and for our office. We’d love to see you before the end of the year so you can maximize the benefits for your smile.

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!

November 5, 2013

Sedation Dentistry from Dr. Doctor for Your Comfort and Convenience

sedation dentistryDoes the thought of going to the dentist make you nervous? Are you visiting our office for an extensive dental procedure? At Dr. Ravi Doctor’s office we can make your experience far more pleasant with sedation dentistry. There’s no need to be afraid because you will feel relaxed both during treatment and knowing that you’re in Dr. Doctor’s skilled hands.

There are a variety of different sedation dentistry options depending on the severity of your dental anxiety and the type of dental treatment you’ll be receiving. A popular type of sedation dentistry is conscious sedation. You’ll be awake and aware during treatment, but will feel comfortable and relaxed. This can involve methods such as oral sedation where you’ll take a pill prior to treatment, and nitrous oxide which is more commonly known as laughing gas. We also offer IV sedation which allows us to customize the level of sedation to meet your needs.

Dr. Doctor is skilled at the art of sedation dentistry and has completed an anesthetic residency from the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for IV sedation, allowing us to offer quality, customized sedation care. Dr. Doctor is certified in the following sedation methods:

  • Enteral
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Intranasal
  • Subcutaneous
  • Submucosol
  • Intramuscular
  • Intravenous

If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry and how it can help to improve your dental experience, please give us a call today. We want all of our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed in our office so we encourage you to take advantage of this option.

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!

October 15, 2013

Press Release: Dr. Ravi Doctor’s Implant Dentistry Min-Site Offers Comprehensive Answers to Important Questions

Out of all the restorative services available today, dental implants are the only one that can restore a patient’s natural functionality.  But how do they do it, and what can you expect from the treatment process?

Dr. Ravi Doctor’s new mini-site on implant dentistry exists to answer questions like those, and more.

At our new site, you’ll find a comprehensive FAQ, plus page after page directly addressing a diverse range of topics, all to give our patients from Southlake, Arlington, and the entire DFW area a clear picture of what implant dentistry is all about.

Why is that important? Because the more you know about implant dentistry, the more pro-active you can be about your own care. What’s more, knowledge is an amazing tool for overcoming anxiety. When patients understand a service like dental implants, they’re less anxious about what the future holds for their smile.

We invite you to visit Dr. Doctor’s new implant dentistry mini-site today to see how dentistry is evolving and what this great service could do for you. With the state-of-the-art tools our Southlake and Arlington offices are equipped with, we know we can deliver efficient care. Plus, with our multiple sedation options, care is also comfortable and stress-free.

If you’ve ever had questions about dental implants—how they work, how they can help, and more—visit Dr. Ravi Doctor’s new implant dentistry mini-site. You can also schedule a consultation appointment with his office in Southlake or Arlington. With our two convenient locations, we’re providing excellent care to patients from all around the DFW area.

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