Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Family dentistry focus: Hidden sources of sugar and what this means for your teeth

Family dentistry focus: A photo of sugar cubes and a spoonWhen you’re looking out for your family and their dentistry needs, one easy way to help ensure their oral health is top notch is by limiting sugar intake. Sure, tasty treats such as candy, cookies and ice cream come to mind immediately. But some other cavity-causing culprits may be hidden within more foods than you think.

For instance, did you know that pasta sauces can be laden with sugar? It doesn’t matter whether you’re indulging in the alfredo or marinara varieties, even though they’re not sweet, they’re high in sugar, with up to 12 grams of sugar per a half-cup serving.

Other foods high in hidden sugars may include:

  • salad dressing;
  • cereal and oatmeal;
  • granola bars;
  • tea;
  • sports drinks;
  • packaged and dried fruit; and
  • yogurt.

A good rule of thumb: When available, check the label. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day for women, with no more than nine teaspoons of sugar per day for men.

Why sugar is bad for teeth

Sugar in and of itself isn’t bad for teeth. It’s certain harmful bacteria present in your mouth that feed on sugar that do the damage. When bacteria eat the sugar you ingest, acid is created, which erodes at enamel. With time, a hole, or cavity, forms in the tooth.

A family dentistry practice that can help

At DaVinci Dentistry, not only do we have answers to seemingly simple questions such as unexpected sources of sugar, but we can explain to you why these concerns matter to your dental health. We’re here to provide family dentistry to you and your loved ones, but we also offer dental implant and cosmetic dentistry options when your dental health needs become complex. Contact us to schedule your appointment and become a part of the DaVinci Dentistry family! Serving patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and the HEB corridor.

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Full-mouth reconstruction/prosthodontics: Not an overnight process

Full mouth restoration/prosthodontics in Southlake, TexasFull-mouth reconstruction/prosthodontics can literally be an exercise in patience on behalf of the patient.

Because every tooth in the mouth is involved, it can be time-consuming. This process, which addresses and corrects poorly aligned jaws and worn, missing, broken, or crooked teeth through several restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures, can easily take 12 months or more, depending on what treatment is required.

Role of Prosthodontics Training in Full-Mouth Restoration

Because intensive planning is needed to blend prosthetic and cosmetic dentistry, having a prosthodontist coordinate your care will help ensure your full mouth reconstruction — also called full-mouth restoration and full-mouth rehabilitation — goes as smoothly as possible, and that you are met with little to no surprises. A prosthodontist is uniquely qualified to coordinate such cases, with three additional years of training in the reconstruction and replacement of teeth. This allows them to approach your full-mouth reconstruction with the final product in mind: the look and feel of your smile.

In some cases, other dental specialists may be brought in, as the following are just a few of the treatments utilized in full-mouth reconstruction:

  • gum tissue contouring;
  • placement of crowns, bridges and veneers;
  • dental implant placement;
  • jaw surgery;
  • bone or soft tissue grafting;
  • orthodontics; and
  • more.

Dr. Khal at DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake is a prosthodontist, and Dr. Raed is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry. Together the two, both professors at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, will work together to deliver you a new smile that not only rejuvenates your appearance but is healthier in terms of function and movement. We can answer your questions and provide you with a detailed treatment plan so you know exactly what to expect. Start the process by contacting us at 817-251-9333.

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5 Ways Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Change Your Life

Group of people standing and jumping at sunset demonstrating the positive effects of sleep apnea treatmentJust as it’s quite common that those with sleep apnea don’t know they have it, it’s also just as likely to not understand all the ways it’s impacting your life. That is, until you seek sleep apnea treatment for this condition, in which the muscles in your throat relax during sleep, with the tongue often falling black and blocking the airway. The result: waking hundreds of times in the night, even if for only split seconds at a time, imperceptible to the sleeper.

One method of treatment is an oral appliance that helps prop the mouth open during sleep, preventing this phenomenon.

Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

With adequate sleep comes a whole host of benefits including:

  • Improved concentration and alertness
  • Change in mood
  • Lower medical bills (sleep apnea can lead to more health problems – think stroke, heart disease, diabetes – which means more doctor visits and with it, health care costs)
  • Reduced snoring (good for everyone involved, including your bedmate)
  • Increased safety for you and those around you (people with obstructive sleep apnea are 10 times more likely to have a car accident)

Best of all, treatment for sleep apnea with an oral appliance is becoming increasingly more common. Since as dentists we are experts where the mouth is concerned, we can customize your appliance to your specific bite and teeth. With training in dental sleep medicine, we can talk to you about your symptoms, and coordinate a sleep test to work toward a diagnosis and solution. Contact us at 817-251-9333. DaVinci Dentistry is in Southlake and here to serve patients in the entire area, including Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, Trophy Club, North Richland Hills, and the HEB Corridor.