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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.

Sedation Dentistry from Dr. Doctor for Your Comfort and Convenience

November 5, 2013

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!

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

October 15, 2013

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.

Dental Implants in Arlington and Southlake

September 30, 2013

shutterstock_133605746Is the appearance of your smile marred by missing teeth?  Is your incomplete smile making it harder to eat or affecting your self-confidence?  At Dr. Ravi Doctor’s office we can help restore your smile with the most advanced tooth replacement solutions so that you’re getting state of the art smile care.  One option we offer for missing teeth is dental implants.

Dental implants are a sturdy and secure choice to replace missing teeth and complete your smile.  It is crucial that missing teeth get replaced so that the rest of your smile remains healthy.  For this procedure, we will place the implant in the area with the missing tooth which will eventually serve as the anchor for the crown that will go over the implant.  The implant body mimics the root of a natural tooth and will hold your replacement tooth firmly in place.

We can replace one missing tooth or multiple teeth with options such as an implant-supported bridge or dentures.  If you’re missing teeth, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.  Dr. Doctor will come up with the right dental implant treatment option for your smile.  Everyone deserves a full, completely smile and dental implants can be a great way to achieve this.

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!

Dr. Ravi Doctor’s Staff Attended a Phlebotomy Course

September 4, 2013

Here at Dr. Ravi Doctor’s office, we’re committed to furthering our dental education and training to ensure that we’re always providing the best dental care to all of our patients.  On August 24th and 25th some of our staff attended a phlebotomy course in Irving, TX through Southwest Phlebotomy Certifications.

This course covered numerous aspects of phlebotomy including how to provide a great patient experience while getting the test specimens necessary.  We use phlebotomy techniques to create Platelet Rich Fibrin Membranes (PRF Membranes).  PRF Membranes are used to speed up the healing process after your dental procedure such as implants or soft-tissue grafting.  Since this involves handling blood, it’s important to make sure that our staff is well trained and up to date on the latest phlebotomy techniques.

These PRF Membranes are created from a concentration of your own blood platelets and white blood cells.  This is a special dental technology that we provide to help improve your dental experience and help get your smile back to normal faster.  If you have any questions or want to learn more about this technology, just give us a call.

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!

Full-Service Dental Implants for DFW Area Patients

July 31, 2013

dental implantsAre you missing teeth and unhappy with your smile? At Dr. Ravi Doctor’s office we can help restore your smile with dental implants. It is important to replace missing teeth to ensure your bite remains aligned and your smile functions properly.

A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone, allowed to fuse with the bone to create a secure base, and then topped with a crown. This is a sturdy, permanent way to replace missing teeth and return health to your smile.

While many dentists offer dental implants, our office is different because we’re full-service. This means that Dr. Ravi Doctor can both place the implants and restore the teeth from his office. If you go to another dentist for your dental implants, he may send you to an oral surgeon to place the dental implants. This means another dental professional to research and locate, and another office to locate. A full-service dental office can save you time and hassle when it comes to your implant procedure.

If you’re interested in dental implants, give us a call to learn more or see if this great restorative treatment is right for your smile. A beautiful smile is the best gift you can give yourself.

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!

Dental Technology for Better Care

March 20, 2013

diagnodentAt Dr. Ravi Doctor’s Arlington and Southlake dental offices, we always want our patients to have the highest level of care possible. We are committed to providing our patients with the best dental experience through our use of dental technology. As technology advances, it can improve all aspects of our lives, including dentistry.

We use a variety of different dental technology solutions, such as the following:

The links above will give you more information about all of the ways that technology can help improve your dental appointments. We’re going to discuss some of the more commonly used innovations below.

CEREC one-visit crowns are great because, as the name implies, they allow us to restore a damaged or decayed tooth with a crown after only one dental appointment. Traditional crowns require you to be fitted with a temporary crown and have a second dental appointment to be fitted with the crown. With CEREC, we can mill and place the crown in just one appointment, which is great for our busy lives.

The earlier cavities are detected, the easier it is to treat them. We offer DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection because this laser allows us to detect cavities earlier and more accurately than any other method. The smaller they are when they are found, the less dental work is required to fill them.

Oral cancer is a serious health threat, so when you come in for your dental checkups we perform a VELscope oral cancer screening to check the health of your smile. This method uses UV light and fluorescence to help Dr. Doctor identify any areas of concern that might have otherwise been missed.

Come in for your next dental appointment and see how dental technology can improve your dental visits first hand.  We want all our patients to have the most advanced dental care possible, and dental technology is a great way to help us achieve this goal.

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!

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