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A medley of testimonials from the office of Dr. Kozlow.

Philip R. Kozlow, DDS
5050 Quorum Drive, Ste. 340
Dallas, TX 75254

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Arnold shares his testimonial as being a patient of Dr. Kozlow's.

Philip R. Kozlow, DDS
5050 Quorum Drive, Ste. 340
Dallas, TX 75254

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Allyson speaks about her experience at the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow. 

Philip R. Kozlow, DDS
5050 Quorum Drive, Ste. 340
Dallas, TX 75254

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What Causes Dulling and Discoloration of Teeth?

A smile that is drab or unappealing due to stain or discoloration deserves a smile makeover. Your cosmetic dentist in Dallas has options that can give you a “wow” smile in as little as one hour.

There are many reasons why teeth become dull or stained:
Consumption of certain foods and beverages can stain teeth.
Certain medications can result in teeth stains.

Teeth become dull due to age as well as wear and tear.
Smoking and tobacco use can discolor teeth.

Trauma can cause teeth to appear bruised and darkened.
Over use of fluoride can create a condition called fluorosis which can result in uneven color and spots on teeth. Over the counter whitening pastes and kits can provide some benefit, but these processes can take days or even weeks before you derive any benefit from their use, and generally require consistent use to maintain their effect.

The use of an in-office whitening procedure allows you to see your dull smile transform to dazzling with up to eight shades whiter teeth.

For a more permanent smile makeover, your cosmetic dentist might recommend dental veneers. Veneers are a very thin shell like covering that are made to match the shape and shade of your natural teeth, but are permanently placed on the front of your teeth.

Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin, and can be applied to one or more teeth to cover up flaws such as discoloration. But veneers can also be the answer for chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from your teeth and then permanently apply the veneers.

Veneers are favored by cosmetic dentists as they allow for a total smile makeover, but the procedure is much less invasive than other cosmetic enhancements. You will consult with your cosmetic dentist to discuss the desired result, as veneers allow for the shape and brightness of your new smile to be determined by you.

With the availability of in-office whitening or dental veneers, a drab or dull smile can become dazzling once again. Once your dental makeover is complete, daily flossing and brushing at least twice per day with a toothpaste or gel, along with twice annual visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam, will keep that dazzle for many, many years. Call 972-458-2464 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Philip R. Kozlow.

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Healthy Dental Habits to Follow

Most people would not think twice about seeing their physician annually for a check-up to make sure they are maintaining a healthy body. It is just as important to see your dentist twice per year to make sure you are maintaining healthy teeth and gums. See how affordable dentistry in Dallas TX can help you keep your teeth healthy, which will ultimately help keep your body the same.

Studies have shown that many serious health problems related to the heart could be minimized by taking better care of our teeth. Patients who suffer from periodontal disease are more at risk for heart related maladies. Diabetics are more prone to gum disease, which could lead to heart disease.

The foods we eat and how we take care of our mouths all contribute to our oral health. Your dentist advises a diet rich in healthy fruits and vegetables, nutritious snacks and minimal sugary foods and beverages will contribute to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

But there are many more things we can do. Brushing teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste or gel is a great start. Flossing daily will help get to the harmful bacteria that collects at the gum line which forms plaque. Using an electric toothbrush will offer a couple of benefits. In addition to the actual brushing action of an electric toothbrush, the pressure exerted toward the teeth and gums will actually help to keep you from brushing too hard.

Brushing too hard can lead to premature gum recession as well as possibly lead to the breakdown of the enamel that protects our teeth. Most electric toothbrushes have a built in timer, so using an electric toothbrush might actually encourage the user to brush the recommended two minutes twice per day. Electric toothbrushes are available for any budget, but if you don’t opt for an electric toothbrush, at least switch to a new toothbrush at least every three months.

In addition to healthy teeth and gums, good oral hygiene habits will lead to fresh breath, and maybe less dental decay, which will ultimately save you time and money.

But possibly the best thing we can do for our dental health, as well as our overall health, is to visit our dentist twice per year for a professional dental cleaning and exam. Just as you visit your doctor to make sure you are taking all the measures needed to keep your body healthy, dental visits are just as important for our overall good health.

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Laser Therapy to Treat Periodontal Disease

Over the past several years, with the introduction of lasers in the dental office, dental technology has advanced providing treatment for periodontal disease that once seemed possible only in a futuristic movie. But laser dentistry in Dallas TX can demonstrate the advances that you may benefit from today. [pullquote]There are many advantages to laser dentistry over the use of traditional instruments.[/pullquote]
The word laser often conjures up thoughts of a blue sabre swung by a futuristic character. But reality sometimes does imitate the movies, and now lasers are widely used by dentists to treat patients. A light does emanate from the laser during dental procedures requiring the use of safety glasses. Laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. There are several types of lasers used in dentistry, and depending on your dental procedure, your dentist will engage a laser for work on hard tissue or soft tissue.

There are many advantages to laser dentistry over the use of traditional instruments. In treating periodontal disease, the use of lasers will kill harmful bacteria during the procedure. Bacteria and residual food particles not removed during daily hygiene brushing and flossing are a major contributor to the plaque build-up that causes periodontal disease. Plaque is removed and bacteria destroyed when using a laser with the added benefit of a reduction in treatment time as well.

The use of a laser allows for the re-generation of healthy tissue over using standard hand pieces. The precision available by use of a laser allows for minimizing damage to healthy surrounding tissue, and quite often this benefit will reduce the need for anesthetic.

But possibly one of the biggest advantages is blood vessels and nerve endings are sealed as the procedure is done with a laser, meaning there may be much less residual discomfort. And with the promise of reduced discomfort, abbreviated healing time and less time in the dental chair because the procedure takes less time using a laser, this translates to much less anxiety for the patient.

There are many other procedures that are improved by the use of a laser. Reshaping gum tissue or the need to remove tissue for biopsy can be performed more efficiently. And regular, daily cleanings may also be performed using this technology. Teeth whitening, dental fillings and many other procedures are now being enhanced with the use of laser technology.

Contact the office of Dr. Philip R. Kozlow at 972-458-2464 for a consultation to see how you may benefit from this exciting new form of treatment.

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What You Need to Know About TMJ Disorder

Jaw pain, ear ache, a clicking noise in your jaw when chewing, grinding and clenching both during sleep and while awake – all of these issues may often be attributed to TMJ Disorder. But research has shown that many of these symptoms do not necessarily mean you are suffering from TMJ Disorder. A visit with Dr. Philip R. Kozlow, your Dallas dentist, can offer solutions and relief if you are experiencing any of these problems.

TMJ Disorder can be difficult to diagnose. There is no one symptom to point to a definitive diagnosis. TMJ is the abbreviated term for temporomandibular joint disorder. This joint is located in front of the ear just above the jaw. Any pain or inflammation in this area might lead one to believe they have TMJ disorder. But there are so many things that can cause discomfort in the TMJ.

This joint enables the chewing motion of both up and down and side to side. There are many bones and muscles that work in conjunction with this joint. Headaches, neck pain, ear infections and numerous other ailments can be attributed to abnormalities of the TMJ. But all of these symptoms may not be resolved with one particular treatment.

Grinding and clenching is often attributed to stress and often the treatment is to employ the use of a mouth guard. If grinding and clenching is due to TMJ disorder, the treatment may be the same.

However, an ear ache or head ache might very well be due to problems not related to the TMJ. Usually an over the counter medication can offer relief for the common neck or headaches whether or not related to TMJ. But an ear ache due to an infection from a cold or sinus virus might require an antibiotic to prevent a more serious problem like a burst ear drum, and is totally not related to TMJ.

If you suffer from neck, jaw, head or ear discomfort and you cannot pinpoint the cause, or if you know you clench or grind your teeth, a visit to Dr. Kozlow might provide answers to your questions and a solution for relief. To learn more and to schedule your consultation, please call the office of Dr. Kozlow at 972-458-2464 today.

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What is Biological Dentistry?

Biological dentistry is recognized as a more holistic approach to treatment, compared to traditional dentistry. By blending clinical practices, documented scientific knowledge, traditional natural healing, Dr. Philip R. Kozlow, your biological dentist serving Dallas, can provide dental care that is healthy for your entire body.

Biological dentistry incorporates a wide range of healing methods such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and physical therapy to promote general wellness. Nutrition and the use of herbs, as well as modern sciences including neural therapy, hematology, and immunology are also important tools that may be utilized by your dentist to provide the most appropriate treatment for you.

Your mouth is an undeniable part of your body. The health of your mouth and the substances that are placed into the mouth can have either a positive or negative effect on the rest of the body. When substances are introduced that are not compatible with your body, a tremendous amount of stress is placed on the immune system. Biological dentistry focuses on avoiding any treatment or therapy that causes a disturbance to the immune system.

The biological dentist focuses on the biology of dentistry. They ask the question, “How will dental treatment affect your life?” These dentists strive to improve the quality of your life, while reducing inflammation, and toxins. Identifying and avoiding dental materials that contain known toxins, and choosing restorative materials that are most compatible with your body can help to achieve this goal.

Isolation and removal of toxins may include the use of air and water filters, selecting mercury free dental materials, and seeking alternatives to fluoride and latex. For patients with existing amalgam or mercury fillings, the biological dentist will practice extreme caution. The mercury fillings may be carefully sectioned and removed from the mouth in a process that produces a minimal amount of dust or vapor. Your dentist may also recommend the use of a rubber dam during the removal process and a mask or other ventilation apparatus.

As part of the biological dental philosophy, minimally invasive dentistry, including digital x-rays, conservative restorations, and air abrasion can all be employed to produce healthy results while protecting the immune system.

To learn more about how biological dentistry can enhance your life and health, call the office of Dr. Kozlow to schedule your appointment today.

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The Unique Dental Needs of Children

Recognizing the importance of children’s dental health, our North Dallas dentist is committed to educating both children and adults on the road to a healthy dental lifestyle. Although brushing and flossing may be considered basic aspects of dental homecare, there are many factors that can make children’s plaque control more challenging.

Mixed dentition, a term identifying the period in childhood where there are both baby teeth and adult teeth visible in the mouth, can certainly make for more difficult plaque control. During this period of time, there may be loose teeth, missing teeth, newly erupted teeth, crowding, and spacing. It will be especially important to pay close attention to the many new places where plaque may accumulate.

Historically, cavities have been identified as one of childhood’s most common diseases. An affinity towards cavity-causing foods and drinks such as sweets and juices, frequent snacks, and other carbohydrates should be closely monitored. For improved dental health, as well as overall health, children should be guided toward healthier diets rich in fruits, fresh vegetables, and plenty of water. Even after consuming the natural sugars found in fruits, juices, and milk, brushing and flossing are important for neutralizing harmful plaque acids.

It is important to remember that children tend to learn by example. Adopting the Tell/Show/Do method has been shown to work well to reinforce positive healthy habits. Telling your child how and why they should focus on healthy habits, showing them proper homecare techniques, and allowing them to practice these techniques on a daily basis can help to establish good dental habits.

Early dental visits are necessary for introducing children to the dental office, dentist, and staff and setting a pattern for routine treatment rather than wait until pain becomes a factor. Teaching children that a visit to the dental office is a positive experience rather than painful association can be critical to their future dental habits.

To get your child started on the pathway to a lifetime of good dental health, call 972-458-2464 and schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Philip R Kozlow today.

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Benefits of Choosing a Holistic Dentist

Medical and dental sciences have recently realized the importance of the relationship between the oral cavity and the rest of the body. It is a proven fact, when the body is healthy, the oral cavity is generally healthy. When the body is unhealthy, or the immune system compromised, the negative effects can also be observed in the mouth.

Respecting the connection between the oral cavity and the rest of the body has been a fundamental concept in the field of Holistic dentistry for many decades. Choosing a holistic dentist in Dallas is not a decision to seek an “alternative” form of dental care. Rather, it means choosing a dentist who will consider your overall health and wellness when evaluating your dental health.

Your holistic dentist may advise you on proper diet and nutrition to improve your dental condition. Promoting a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent dental conditions such as periodontal disease and cavities.

The health of the teeth and gums can also have a tremendous and long-reaching impact on the rest of the body. Your holistic dentist will educate you on proper homecare such as brushing and flossing to prevent disease. These practices can also reduce or prevent the inflammation which is known to increase your risk of cardiovascular disease as well as pregnancy complications.

Many patients of holistic dentistry can appreciate the comprehensive approach to even the most routine dental care. A complete understanding of your body’s compatibility to the various materials used in dentistry will enable your dentist to select the most ideal restorative materials for your particular needs. This can include commonly used materials such as polishing pastes, fluorides, various metals, resins, and porcelains.

It is important to realize that a holistic dentist receives the same education, training, and licensing as a “traditional” dentist. For a patient, the greatest benefit of holistic dentistry may simply be the care and attention paid to the entire body. Many patients find comfort and confidence in knowing that their holistic dentist cares about the way that any dental treatment rendered will affect the rest of the body.

To learn more about how holistic dentistry can benefit your “whole” body, call the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow to schedule your first visit today.
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