Bad Breath Q & A

April 21, 2017

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Today’s post offers some answers to common questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is horrible, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can multiply and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can examine other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and gives off a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can lead to smelly breath. Antihistamines can lessen post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth moist, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production, and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can bring about bad breath?
A. As explained before, any condition that lessens saliva production typically causes halitosis. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my wife’s breath became dreadful when she went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were possibly the culprit. Ketones are produced when the body digests fat – which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, she was probably not cheating!

 

Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040, Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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The Lewisville Dentist Can Make Your Whites Whiter

April 14, 2017

Whiter Whites in Lewisville

At the Lewisville Dentist, one of the most common requests we get from dental patients is whiter teeth.

I am happy to say that Lewisville dental patients are in luck when it comes to teeth whitening in Texas, because cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers are safe, effective, and affordable.

Some Lewisville patients might be interested in bleaching their teeth at home. There are many affordable teeth whitening products available at Coppell, Valley Ranch, and Flower Mound drugstores. Remember that even though you are doing this procedure at home, you should discuss it with your dentist and report any sensitivity that may occur.  These kits take multiple uses to provide results and you need to be certain your oral health is taken into account.

There are many dentists in the Dallas area that offer in-office teeth bleaching which can often be done in one visit. Dallas residents who do in-office bleaching usually appreciate the care that is given to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from the bleaching agent.

Any toothpaste that has an added polishing agent is considered a whitening toothpaste. For my patients, I always tell them to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when purchasing these.

As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to attain a whiter smile.

If you’re interested in any of these whitening methods or a complete smile makeover, call The Lewisville Dentist at 214-731-7925. Our involved staff will schedule a cosmetic dental consultation at your convenience.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040, Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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Don’t Let Poor Oral Health Take You Out Of The Game

April 7, 2017

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It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache. A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level.

“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1

The dental troubles experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s vital to note that these troubles are largely preventable.

Athletes are also at risk for mouth injuries suffered while competing or training.  Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy Lewisville working mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.

If it has been a while since you have had a dental exam, we invite you to schedule a check-up and cleaning by calling The Lewisville Dentist at 214-731-7925.

The Lewisville Dentist is located at 297 W FM 3040 Ste 127 in Lewisville, Texas. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including dental crowns and general dentistry. You can read more about our services at http://www.thelewisvilledentist.com

1Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/11/11/bjsports-2014-093617.full?g=w_bjsm_open_tab, accessed on December 19, 2014

 

 

Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040 Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

March 31, 2017

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With many Lewisville residents looking to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a celebrated option in the Texas cosmetic dental community. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very heavy-duty porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and perfect new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have know-how in cosmetic procedures. You should consider what you do not like about your smile and know how you want it improved. Veneers may not be prime for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

Porcelain veneers can repair many minor to moderate troubles, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: “traditional” and “prepless.” Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this protocol is irreversible.

The second method is called “no-prep” or “prepless.” With this type, enamel removal is generally not required. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this protocol has specific criteria.

Furthermore, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and counsel you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

If you do not have a cosmetic dentist, we invite you to visit our extraordinary practice at 297 W FM 3040, Ste 127 in Lewisville. Call 214-731-7925 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

 

Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040, Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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Smile Makeover Questions Answered At The Lewisville Dentist

March 24, 2017

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Even some Lewisville people with top notch oral health want to improve specific components of their smile. Though proper brushing is critical for healthy teeth, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a chipped tooth. A cavity-free mouth may still have stained or misaligned teeth.

If you want to correct the smile elements that can’t be improved with diligent oral hygiene, call 214-731-7925 to schedule a smile makeover consultation with The Lewisville Dentist. During your consultation, we will meet with you about:

Cost
Each smile makeover is completely unique, therefore the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, we will give you an estimate for your smile transformation.

Function
Proper function is priority one. Your cosmetic dental smile makeover will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.

Beauty
This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. Our dental team will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the procedures.

Sedation
If your smile makeover requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to consider sedation. Ask us to explain your sedation options and the associated costs.

Health
If you have existing tooth decay or gum disease, these issues need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine required restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.

If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic dental smile makeovers, call us today at 214-731-7925.

 

Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040 Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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Affordable Lewisville Cosmetic Dentistry

March 17, 2017

Affordable Lewisville Cosmetic Dentistry Will your Texas dental insurance cover Lewisville cosmetic dental procedures? Many Dallas dentistry patients assume their dental insurance won’t cover any cosmetic dental procedures. This is probably true for tooth bleaching in Coppell or first time dental bonding. However, many Texas dental insurance plans and dental supplemental plans cover orthodontia and any treatment needed to repair damage from an injury. Medical insurance and worker’s compensation plans may also cover injury treatment.

Some Valley Ranch dental insurance plans cover replacement porcelain veneers in certain circumstances. Check with your carrier for benefit specifics if you need replacement veneers due to deterioration. We can then discuss dental treatment options such as replacement veneers or porcelain crowns. When the work is completed, we may be able to help you submit your dental claim form if your plan requires one.

If you are in need of any kind of dental treatment; from a cleaning to major restorative work, come in to The Lewisville Dentist on 297 W FM 3040 Ste 127 in Lewisville. You can meet our team, undergo a thorough evaluation and discuss financing options. Even if you do not have Texas dental insurance, let’s talk. Top quality Lewisville dental treatment is a wise investment and may be more affordable than you think.

The Lewisville Dentist has been proudly serving Lewisville and Valley Ranch residents since 2003. The Lewisville Dentist is a network dental provider for many Texas dental insurance plans.

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Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040 Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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The Lewisville Dentist Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

March 10, 2017

Healthy Tooth Enamel

Here at The Lewisville Dentist, we want your teeth to last a lifetime! Tooth enamel is one of the hardest parts of the body, but it is non-renewable so it is important not to not neglect or abuse our teeth. Daily teeth and gum care is the best way to protect tooth enamel.

Even though every drug store carries hard bristle brushes, we recommend brushing with a soft brush after every meal. Scrub too hard, and you can erode enamel. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.

Flossing regularly is also important to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces, or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

The Lewisville Dentist recommends a checkup and thorough cleaning every six months. Our skilled hygienists remove tartar, a substance that attracts plaque to the surface of the teeth and can weaken the teeth’s structures. Regular checkups prevent problems and save you money on expensive restorations down the road.

Remember: don’t use your teeth for opening packages! Keep scissors and bottle openers handy. At The Lewisville Dentist, we see damaged teeth and dental work as a result of patients using their teeth as tools. Biting down on something too hard, like ice or hard candy can also damage enamel.

Attention Coppell, Lewisville, and Flower Mound athletes: be sure to use a mouthguard for team, contact, and recreational sports!  This is another way we see damaged teeth!

Teeth grinding is also a common dental threat. Be careful not to grind teeth, this can not only wear away enamel but also pave the way for cavities to get in. If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, make an appointment to be fitted for a night guard. Your enamel will thank you.

Lastly, remember: drink water. Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acid or sugar, and in some cases both. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These drinks cause a lot of tooth decay for non-water drinkers in the Dallas.

We hope you find these The Lewisville Dentist tips helpful. For more information on dental care, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Lewisville family dentist office today at 214-731-7925!


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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

February 24, 2017

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush. We’ve all been there.

The Lewisville Dentist is committed to helping patients throughout the Flower Mound, Coppell, and Valley Ranch neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

On our blog today we are offering two wise ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that uncomplicated.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and easy approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will diminish buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with Invisalign, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, dentures, or dental implants. Come see our comfortable office at 297 W FM 3040, Ste 127 in Lewisville, Texas 75067 and we’ll help with any dental issues we can.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your beautiful smile. Contact us at 214-731-7925 for an appointment or visit our website http://www.thelewisvilledentist.com.

If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.

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Tooth Whitening: In-Office Or At Home?

February 17, 2017

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If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the critical first step is to choose a whitening method. It may seem like there are a multitude of options, but it’s important to remember that they all employ a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference lies in the strength of the bleaching solution and method of delivery. In-office whitening procedures generally use a solution with a relatively higher concentration of peroxide. In other words, it is stronger.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages
Generally less expensive
Doesn’t require a trip to your dentist

At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
Takes longer to achieve desired level of lightening
Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
Same day results
Administered by a dental professional
Gum tissue is protected
In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
More expensive

Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

A note about non-professional teeth bleaching kiosks:
A few years ago during the height of the tooth-whitening craze, teeth whitening kiosks starting popping up in Dallas area malls. Though some have closed their doors, a few remain in business. Our office urges patients to avoid these establishments. There is little regulatory oversight and customers have no guarantee of the safety of their services or the qualifications of their employees. As always, it is vital to only trust your smile to dental professionals.

The Lewisville Dentist advises patients to meet with with us before starting any tooth bleaching regimen. An oral examination will help your dentist know if tooth whitening will deliver the results you are seeking. This is especially vital when you have tetracycline stains or multiple restorations.

 

Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040, Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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Artistic Smile Masterpieces At The Lewisville Dentist

February 10, 2017

Artistic Smile Masterpieces At The Lewisville Dentist

Hello Lewisville friends of The Lewisville Dentist! Thanks for stopping by the ultimate cosmetic dentistry blog. Today we are talking about personal transformation. Many Lewisville men and women want to reinvent themselves in at least one aspect of their life.

Some Dallas people are training for a new career. Some Coppell men and women have made a healthy lifestyle a priority by making better food choices and working out on a regular basis. Some Valley Ranch people are dedicating more attention to their personal relationships.

At The Lewisville Dentist, Natalie Goodman skillfully uses advanced cosmetic dentistry to transform lucky patients with complete smile makeovers.

A comprehensive smile redesign involves more than applying four or six porcelain veneers to the upper front teeth. Though veneers can dramatically improve a smile, a complete smile makeover is a total smile transformation.

Your dentist evaluates the condition, size, shape, alignment, and color of the teeth. These elements are created, meticulously refined, and integrated in perfect harmony. The cosmetic dental treatments we adeptly uses are dental crowns and bridges, inlays/onlays, short term braces, cosmetic bonding, crown lengthening, gum contouring, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

Like any artistic masterpiece, a perfect smile is far more than the sum of its parts.

If you have a vision for your stunning smile, it can become a reality at The Lewisville Dentist. Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today by calling 214-731-7925. Ask about:

 

Contact The Lewisville Dentist:

214-731-7925

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

297 W FM 3040 Ste 127
Lewisville, Texas
75067

 

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