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Philip R. Kozlow
Dentist, serving Dallas Texas
Dentist, serving Dallas Texas

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A Healthy Body and Healthy Smile Go Hand in Hand

As more research is completed, the correlation between excellent oral health and overall good health is becoming more understood and deemed critically important. That is why many patients are seeking a holistic dentist so they can achieve the advantages obtained from a provider who will assess the patient’s overall well-being, not just one aspect of care.

A healthy smile is best achieved through a daily regimen of flossing along with brushing a minimum of twice per day with a soft bristle brush and tooth paste or gel. Since prevention is the best tool available, a professional cleaning and dental exam twice per year will catch many small issues before they can escalate into full blown problems such as dental decay or gum disease.

Why is caring for your teeth so important to overall health? First of all, repairing dental decay is uncomfortable and costly. Patients suffering from excessive dental decay are likely to graduate to more serious dental problems including gingivitis, or the more serious periodontitis.

However, patients that observe excellent oral hygiene habits not only are able to enjoy a beautiful smile but are less likely to have to deal with the complications that often accompany gum disease. Auto immune diseases such as diabetes are very common in patients suffering from gum disease leading researchers to suspect a direct correlation between the two.

Hearth attack and stroke have been linked to gum disease as well as some respiratory illnesses.

A holistic dentist will assess the big picture and encourage the patient to learn and understand the connection to healthy teeth and gums and overall good health and the key to achieving both. Educating the patient about how oral health may impact day to day living and what can be done to improve overall health is the goal, along with accepting responsibility to do the things needed for the best outcome.

Basic rules to follow include a proper diet rich with fruits and vegetables; get plenty of rest each day; drink sufficient fluids daily, particularly water; exercise daily. This daily regimen along with the excellent oral hygiene habits mentioned earlier will provide your body, teeth and gums the healthiest avenue to a long and healthy life and a beautiful smile as a bonus.
For additional tips and information, contact the Dallas Texas office of Dr. Philip Kozlow at 972-458-2464 today.

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Gum Disease: Targeted Treatment with Lasers

Early stages of gum disease can be reversed through professional cleanings, but as the condition progresses, surgical interventions may be needed. Some patients may be reluctant to seek treatment for advanced gum disease, concerned that it will involve sharp surgical instruments and a great deal of discomfort.

Laser dentistry offers these patients a painless technique for periodontal surgery that may be used to address gum disease. Some patients may even be able to pursue local anesthetics for the procedure.

In order to treat gum disease, which occurs in stages, a dentist needs to reduce the presence of oral bacteria along the gum line. Those bacteria can cause inflammation, leading to a progression in gum disease.

Lasers can detect unhealthy gum tissue and remove that tissue, a characteristic that is useful in reducing the size of pockets that develop in the gums. Lasers are also much more precise than conventional surgical instruments are.

When the dentist uses lasers in gum disease surgery, the side effects are less noticeable. Patients heal faster and they have less discomfort and swelling.

Lasers can also be used for non-surgical interventions. The lasers offer an additional method for eliminating oral bacteria.

At the same time, lasers are useful in improving the appearance of the gums. Lasers can be used in lieu of a scalpel to eliminate excess gum tissue that has a detrimental effect on the smile’s aesthetics.

Patients with symptoms of gum disease, including bleeding or swelling of the gums and pockets between the gums and the teeth, should consult with a dentist for a definitive diagnosis. Discuss all available treatment options as you decide which course to pursue, and consider lasers for a more comfortable intervention.

After treatment, be sure to maintain a complete oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing, to reduce your risk of a gum disease relapse.

For more information on using laser dentistry for gum disease, call the Dallas office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today to schedule  a consultation.

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Why is Porcelain an Ideal Material to use for Veneers?

Veneers are tremendously beneficial for patients who need to address aesthetic concerns with their smiles. These versatile devices can be used to correct a range of problems, including chips, cracks, stains and even crooked teeth.

A cosmetic dentist can use veneers alone or in combination with other treatments to give you a spectacular smile.

Veneers are made of porcelain, which has a number of qualities that make it well-suited for this purpose. Other resin-based materials, which may also be used for veneers, tend to fall short in comparison.

First of all, porcelain is similar to biological tooth enamel in terms of its optical qualities. Porcelain reflects light in much the same way that enamel does. This aspect of porcelain gives the veneers a lifelike appearance. As such, it is difficult to discern the veneer from a natural tooth.

Although people may consider porcelain to be a fragile material, it is actually quite sturdy in comparison to other materials that may be used in veneers. This offers porcelain another advantage. In fact, porcelain veneers last many years with proper care and maintenance on the patient’s part.

Porcelain is also highly stain-resistant, which is another benefit of veneers made of this material. The veneers will keep their original shade even with exposure to common stain-inducers, like red wine and coffee.

The process of getting veneers is a straightforward one with a quick turnaround time, especially when compared to other cosmetic procedures. Patients receive their veneers after just two appointments. The cosmetic dentist gathers data at the first session and sends it to the lab that crafts the veneers.

A few weeks later, when the veneers are ready, the patient returns to the dental office to have the devices placed. The dentist can make further adjustments to the color and shape of veneers before bonding them to the teeth. The veneers are attached to the teeth using dental cement that is remarkably strong.

For more information on porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental treatments, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Philip Kozlow at 972-458-2464 to schedule an appointment today.

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Dental Crowns: How Long is the Process?

Patients with damaged teeth can benefit from crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps that help to stabilize the teeth. Crowns may be placed if there is severe decay or injury to a tooth or following a root canal, to provide additional support to the tooth.

In the past, patients in need of crowns had to wait until their information was sent to a dental lab, which would then craft the crowns. Then the crowns were returned to the dentist, who would then place the appliances. This process unfolded over a number of weeks. Patients could wear a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent appliance, but the temporary crowns can be prone to falling out.

Advanced materials and techniques now let patients reduce that wait time and take advantage of same day crowns.

A patient can be fitted with Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, or CEREC, crowns in as little as an hour.

These same day crowns are made of ceramic materials, which have a lifelike appearance. Standard crowns may be fused to metal, which can be detrimental to the smile’s appearance. CEREC crowns, on the other hand, do not damage the smile in any way. Furthermore, the CEREC materials allow the dentist to preserve more biological tooth material.

CEREC crowns are crafted right in the dentist’s office, which reduces wait time dramatically and eliminates the need for a second visit to the dentist’s office. CEREC software facilitates and speeds up the process. The “impressions” are taken digitally and transferred to the computer, which is then used to design the crown.

In addition to the software, in-office milling stations help dentists that offer CEREC with the quick turnaround of this type of crown. As is the case with standard crowns, CEREC crowns can be tailored to the patient’s specifications for shade and shape.

Patients who don’t want to wait for weeks to get permanent restorations should look into same day crowns. They’re quicker, and they offer great aesthetic results.

If you are considering dental crowns and would like more information, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today to schedule an informative consultation.

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Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces

For many people with misaligned teeth, braces is the first treatment that springs to mind as they seek treatments to straighten and reposition their teeth to restore their smile. However, it’s a fact that while practical, braces are unsightly and detract from the person’s smile while treatment is underway.

However, with Invisalign treatment a dentist can treat a patient’s misaligned teeth with the same results that are possible with standard braces, without compromising or detracting from the patient’s smile.

Invisalign consists of a series of almost invisible dental aligners that the patient wears over their teeth. Each aligner is designed to move specific teeth a little at a time over a period of days or weeks, before the aligner is removed and the next one in the series fitted. Over time, the teeth will be moved into the desired position as determined by the dentist.

Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign braces are completely removable, so wearers can remove the trays when they eat and so are much more convenient than their conventional counterparts. There is no need to steer clear of favorite foods for fear of damaging braces, and Invisalign wearers are totally free to eat whatever takes their fancy!

What’s more, traditional braces require constant adjustment from a dentist in order to move the desired teeth, and often only one or two teeth can be subject to the treatment at a time. But with Invisalign, each step can target one or several teeth with the same aligner, making the treatment and arrival at the desired result much faster.

Standard dental braces can also trap food debris within the brackets and wires, making the teeth harder to clean. No such problems occur with Invisalign, however, as there is no need to alter an already existing dental health regime as the Invisalign tray simply needs to be removed and normal dental care can continue.

Invisalign can treat a host of oral problems which have tooth alignment as a root cause, such as overcrowded teeth or wide spacing, and biting problems such as cross-bites or overbites. And as Invisalign is, as the name suggests, nearly invisible when worn, their aesthetic effect on your existing smile is negligible when compared to unsightly braces.

It is little wonder then, that with so many benefits over conventional treatments, Invisalign is fast becoming a popular choice when it comes to teeth alignment treatment.

To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Kozlow at 972-458-2464 and schedule your consultation.

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Aesthetic Dental Transformations

With our hectic lifestyles and regardless of our dental care regime, it is perhaps only natural that our smiles may begin to look tired and drab after a time, and not what it could be. From strong drinks such as coffee or cola which can leave behind stains, to tooth damage and misaligned teeth, our everyday life can have an impact not just on our dental health, but also on our dental appearance.

However, with a large arsenal of treatments at their disposal, a cosmetic dentist can restore the luster and sparkle of a tired smile. Whether it is dull teeth caused by excess staining, or damaged or chipped teeth, or even teeth that have become misaligned, there is a treatment to suit.

Teeth whitening treatment, for example, can treat dulled smiles by bleaching away stains from the surface of the teeth through a specially-formulated bleaching agent administered by the dentist. While tooth whitening kits can be bought over-the-counter at most drug stores, for proper teeth whitening and the best results, a cosmetic dentist should be the logical choice as they can assess the level of staining, and in so doing can formulate the required strength of the bleaching agent. Most kits also come with generic tooth treatment trays, but these trays are custom fitted by a dentist to ensure a better fit for the best results.

And for those in a hurry, Zoom! Teeth whitening is often available; this form of treatment promises the best results in just one day, and is perfect for busy individuals looking to put a sparkle back in their smile.

For damaged or misaligned teeth, veneers can be used by a cosmetic dentist to reshape the appearance of the teeth, conceal tooth chips and cracks and close gaps that might be evident between existing teeth. Made of porcelain and colored to match your teeth’s natural shade, veneers are thin tooth jackets that can be bonded onto existing teeth to restore a smile’s appearance, as well as providing added support.

For more serious issues, such as missing teeth, dental implants or dental bridges are common treatments. But whatever concerns you have regarding the appearance of your teeth, you can rest assured it is treatable, and with the right treatment you can look forward to having your perfect smile restored!

To learn more about your options and to schedule a professional consultation in Dallas, contact the office of Dr. Philip R. Kozlow today.

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What Causes "Morning Breath"?

“Morning breath” is a natural phenomenon that most people will encounter throughout their lives, but one which can be treated by a dentist and in many cases at home with a good dental health regime.

Morning breath is caused by the slowdown of the production of saliva in our mouths, which in turn allows feeding bacteria to grow. Saliva is very important as it neutralises bacteria, while helping to break down food debris and remove them from the oral cavity through our swallowing reflex.

Saliva is rich in oxygen which is a key element in neutralizing bacteria in the mouth, and as saliva production is reduced while we sleep, the lack of saliva allows bacteria to breed and grow. As we exhale during sleeping, our mouths become dry, further exacerbating the problem of morning breath and reducing the amount of saliva circulating in our mouths, lessening its cleansing effect.

Getting rid of morning breath is straightforward. Eating breakfast helps to stimulate the saliva glands to produce, while drinking water helps replenish moisture in the mouth. Brushing with a good toothpaste and flossing helps to remove food debris that through the actions of bacteria has begun to decompose in the mouth. It is this decomposition that is the cause of bad breath.

However, prevention is better than cure, so to avoid morning breath there are some things you can do to prevent it from happening – or at least lessen its effect.

Ensuring the mouth is as clean as possible before going to sleep – brushing, flossing and rinsing with a good non-alcohol based mouthwash – are all very important. These actions help remove food debris and plaque, lessening the bacteria’s source of sustenance and thus their effect. And, as these bacteria are acidic in nature, creating an alkaline environment in the mouth, such as gargling with baking soda, can inhibit their growth.

Also avoid where possible breathing through your mouth, as this will speed up the rate at which the saliva dries up. You may also inhale other agitates such as dust, which can also dry out your mouth.

For really stubborn cases of morning breath, however, it’s worthwhile speaking to our experienced dental team in Dallas Texas who can often provide solutions such as strong mouthwashes, or may seek to investigate any underlying problems that may be the cause of severe morning breath. Call 972-458-2464 for more information.

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