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New Year and a New You with Your Southlake Cosmetic Dentist

January 20, 2016

happy friends celebrating the new year with beautiful smiles thanks to their soutlhlake cosmetic dentistIf 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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VITAMIN D

August 28, 2015

Berries: A Good Source of Vitamin DSometimes 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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Tooth Decay in Toddlers: What You Need to Know About Cavities in Young Children

June 26, 2014

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!

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

June 13, 2014

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.

Dr. Doctor Giving Back to the Community

May 14, 2014

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!

Sterilization Techniques for Your Health and Safety

May 1, 2013

steralization techniquesThis page from the ADA gives you some basic information about our infection control procedures.

Dr. Ravi Doctor and the rest of our staff are committed to ensuring a healthy, safe environment for all patients when they visit our office. We use all the sterilization techniques set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the ADA.

All of our staff are properly trained and certified to perform their duties. All surfaces are thoroughly sanitized before each patient’s appointment. After any instruments are used, we rinse and clean them before putting them in the Ultrasonic where they’ll be rinsed again. After that, they’ll be put in the Autoclave to be sterilized with steam pressure. Also, we use new gloves for each patient. We do all that we can to foster a safe, clean office environment to provide the highest quality dental care possible.

We follow different sterilization techniques depending on the instrument and the category it falls under based on use. Critical instruments are those that penetrate soft tissue or bone like scalpels or forceps. They’re sterilized by using steam pressure. Semi-critical instruments such as mouth mirrors contact soft tissue like the tongue or cheeks. After use, they’re put in the Autoclave to be sterilized. Finally, non-critical instruments only contact skin, such as a blood pressure cuff, so the infection risk is very low. They’re cleaned by using a strong disinfectant.

If you have any questions or concerns about our sterilization techniques, don’t hesitate to call our office. We’re here to answer any questions and alleviate any concerns you might have.  We want all of our patients to feel comfortable and safe when visiting our office.

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!

Have You Been Told You’re Not A Candidate For Dental Implants? Bone Grafting and Dr. Ravi Doctor May Be Your Solution!

December 16, 2011

If you’ve been told that dental implants aren’t for you, a bone grafting procedure may be able to help you. Call Dr. Doctor’s Arlington or Southlake dental office to schedule a consultation visit with us. We serve patients from Arlington, Southlake, and the DFW metroplex.

Strengthen Your Jaw with Bone Grafting from Dr. Doctor

Dental implants are a great restorative option for qualified candidates. They let patients enjoy a strong, functional bite that acts just like a natural smile and can be cared for with regular brushing and flossing.

Not every patient is a candidate for dental implants, though. Which is why, at Dr. Ravi Doctor’s Southlake and Arlington offices, patients who aren’t candidates for dental implants can find hope with a bone graft.

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Invisalign Is a Clear Orthodontic Choice for Patients of Dr. Ravi Doctor

November 1, 2011

If you’re an adult—especially a busy professional—and have a misaligned smile, you may feel trapped. You want straighter teeth, but you don’t want to spend the next few years with bracket-and-wire braces.

The good news is you don’t have to. With Invisalign clear braces, that straighter smile you’ve dreamed of can be yours, minus the inconvenience of traditional orthodontics.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign clear braces use a series of clear, custom-made acrylic aligners to achieve stunning results.

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