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Gum Disease: The Beginning Stages of So Much More | Dallas Dentist

506889025Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is a connection between gum disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory infections. Keeping your gums healthy may not only keep gum disease at bay, but it may also help manage or prevent other health conditions. Dr. Gary Alhadef is a Dallas, Texas cosmetic dentist who has also worked with numerous dental problems for more than 20 years and can help you achieve and maintain healthy gums.

What is Gum Disease? Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. It can affect one or many teeth and begins when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, red, and bleed easily, but usually does not cause pain. Untreated gingivitis can advance to the more serious disease called periodontitis. This disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bones surrounding your teeth. It can lead to serious complications including tooth loss.

There are several health problems associated with poor gum health.

Heart Disease. Research has found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from Coronary Artery Disease as those with healthy gums. Oral bacteria can enter the blood stream and attach to fatty plaques in the heart’s blood vessels. Clots can block normal blood flow, restricting oxygen required for the heart to function. This can cause a heart attack.

Premature Birth. Risk factors like smoking, alcohol, and drugs are known to cause birth issues. Evidence also suggests that gum disease is a risk factor. Pregnant women with unhealthy gums are seven times more likely to have a premature baby or one with a low birth weight.

Diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to have gum disease than those who are not, likely because diabetics are susceptible to contracting infections. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways – gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar.

Bacterial Respiratory Infections. Bacterial respiratory infections can be caused by inhaling small droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs. These droplets contain bacteria that multiply in the lungs and lead to damage. Research also indicates that bacteria found in the mouth and throat can worsen existing lung conditions.

To learn more about how Dr. Gary Alhadef can help you maintain healthy gums, please contact his Dallas, Texas dental office to discuss gum disease by scheduling a consultation. Visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com to learn more about veneers.

Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS proudly serves Dallas and all surrounding areas.

Can a Great Smile Change Your Life? | Dallas Dentist

When you don’t have the perfect smile, it is tough to be in certain situations. A smile is the first thing someone notices about you. If yours is flawed, it feels like you are perceived differently by others. But it’s difficult not to think, can having a better smile change my life?

In our western culture, it is common to see kids with braces, adults whitening their teeth (the most practiced cosmetic dental procedure), veneer procedures increasing in number etc. Why is that? Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.

Humans unconsciously judge one another within the first eight seconds of meeting. A poor smile can hold you back from so many opportunities such as:

  • Employment
  • Promotion
  • Self confidence
  • Relationships

Our society places such high regard on one’s physical appearance, that a great smile is almost mandatory. So, now the question becomes, how can I improve my smile to improve my life?

Veneers are a simple and effective way to improve your smile and a number of dental issues. Veneers are basically a custom perfect smile shell that gives you the glamorously straight, white smile you have always wanted. Patients rave that after they make the switch to veneers, they experience a confidence boost and their professional and personal lives are enhanced!

But what exactly entails having to keep veneers up? Does it take a lot of effort to keep them looking fantastic? Firstly, it all comes down to the basics. Brushing and flossing daily is not only good for your veneers, but will also help to prevent future veneers. Use a nonabrasive toothpaste containing fluoride to ensure that that it won’t scratch your veneers, leaving them prone to issues like periodontitis, which can cause your gums to recede. Because your veneers are placed right at the gum line, if your gums do happen to recede, the appearance of your veneers could be compromised.

If staining is one of your main issues, staying clear from beverages like coffee, wine and tea is a great idea to keep your new teeth pearly white. Porcelain is very resistant to staining by nature, but the cement used to affix the veneers is prone to staining over time.

Chipped teeth are generally caused by accidental incidents, but can also be caused by biting your fingernails or munching on things like hard candy or ice. While it seems like a harmless act, using your teeth to do things like this can break or dislodge your teeth, but can also do the same to your veneer. Stay away from using your teeth as a chisel. While they are always handy, being in your mouth, it isn’t good for your teeth. Similarly, if you are known to clench or grind your teeth, like while you sleep, this is also a bad habit that is really doing damage to your teeth. Talk to your dentist. They can create a night guard that will prevent your teeth from wearing down and your veneers from accidentally chipping.

So, if you would like to literally change your life and get the smile of your dreams, then contact your dentist today to see if veneers are right for you!

If you think that you may be ready for a more perfect smile, contact Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS to schedule a consult today. Visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com to learn more about veneers.

 

Sleep Apnea: Signs and Symptoms

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common and potentially serious sleep disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. It occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage in your upper airway during sleep. While this is occurring, your diaphragm and chest muscles are working hard to open your obstructed airway and pull air into your lungs. This can decrease the flow of oxygen to your vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.

It can be difficult to identify sleep apnea on your own, since the most noticeable symptoms occur while you’re sleeping. A family member or partner may notice signs or symptoms of your sleeping disorder first. The signs and symptoms they may notice are the pauses while snoring, following by a gasping or chocking noise. Some signs of sleep apnea you may notice may be trouble concentrating and fighting sleepiness during the day, at work or while operating a vehicle. Sometimes you may even catch yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiets times of your day when you’re not being active.

More Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Include:

  • Headaches upon waking up
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory or learning problems
  • Feeling depressed, irritable or having mood swings/ personality changes
  • Waking up frequently to use bathroom
  • Dry mouth or sore through upon waking up

Sleep Apnea is more common in men than women. In order to diagnose sleep apnea, your doctor will have to perform a physical exam and take your medical and sleep history. Your doctor may ask your family members or the individuals that live with you about your sleeping habits.

If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS to schedule a consult today. Visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com to learn more about sleep apnea.

Benefits of Having Straight Teeth

Woman with straight teeth smilingNature doesn’t always provide straight teeth but there’s ample evidence that having straight teeth delivers extra benefits to your health and wellbeing. Whether you’re born with straight teeth, or straighten them with orthodontics, read on for reasons why this is a smart idea and a great health investment.

Better Bite

Straight teeth provide the correct foundation for chewing.  When your bite doesn’t align properly, it can cause pain along with dental problems. To check your bite in a mirror, expose your teeth, bite normally, and observe whether the uppers and lowers align normally. Each tooth should more or less line up with its twin. Misaligned teeth (crooked or crowded teeth) can cause issues from chronic jaw or tooth pain to excessive wear on tooth enamel.  A poor bite increases stress on teeth and contributes to a shortened “life span” where teeth begin to crack and develop other signs of fatigue.  If you want your teeth to last a lifetime (and who doesn’t?) a healthy bite is the best way to ensure this.

Cleaning is Easy

Cleaning straight teeth is much easier than cleaning crooked teeth, which offer a multitude of hard-to-get-to hiding places for plaque and tiny bits of food.  Not cleaning these hiding spots properly will first lead to excessive cavities. The next stage may be gingivitis, or an inflammation between the teeth and gums.  Today science links chronic inflammation with a variety of health disorders including heart disease and cancer, so dealing with ANY inflammation when it appears is essential. If you don’t deal with it, an ongoing toxic mix of bacteria and inflammation can then progress to periodontitis, a very serious disease which causes tooth loss. In worst case scenarios, periodontitis may even contribute to heart attacks and strokes.

On a practical level, any toothbrush has an easier time brushing a nice straight tooth surface. The more contact your toothbrush makes with the entirety of the tooth face, the cleaner your teeth. Flossing straight teeth is simpler too. Crowded teeth often require hand acrobatics to get the floss between teeth, and even then, with some teeth, it’s impossible.

Looks Great

In our culture, we associate straight teeth with beauty, vitality, health and even status. Being born with perfectly straight teeth is actually rare. It’s typically achieved through orthodontic treatment. So people who have straight teeth are often assumed to be more wealthy and successful than their peers with crooked teeth.  For many parents, the ability to provide orthodontic treatment for their kids has a strong emotional component, because they want their children to have every advantage.  And straight teeth and a great smile do provide a self-confidence boost in social settings.

Curious about whether your teeth could benefit from straightening?  Set up an appointment for a consultation. Today advanced technology like Invisalign means straight teeth can be achieved in a fraction of the time it used to take. And even better, the invisible aligners ensure no one will even realize you’re doing it.

 

How to Help Teens Follow Good Dental Habits

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You can’t get them to clean their room. How do you make sure your teenager remembers to use their toothbrush?

Setting up good dental habits for a lifetime begins in childhood. But this regular task can take a hit during adolescence when rebellion against rules and authority suddenly becomes the norm. Teens question the ‘whys’ behind everything: “Why should I have to brush my teeth twice a day? And after meals, are you serious?”

Teenagers are often sensitive about grooming issues, and the simple question, “did you brush your teeth today?” can provoke a surly response.

Because battles over control are common, asking whether or not teeth are brushed or flossed can produce a kid who won’t brush for a week. And then grins at you with a crusty smile.

Like so many elements of parenting, during the teen years, it’s wise to change your approach. Teens won’t appreciate demands, but do respond to positive incentives.

Here are some ways to help your teen keep up great dental habits during adolescence:

 

  1. Move from authority to encourager. Instead of asking whether or not your teen is brushing, remark how nice their teeth look when you catch them with a toothbrush in hand.
  2. Bring home a whitening toothbrush with fluoride, just for them. Because teens want to be attractive, they will tend to brush more to get a whiter smile.
  3. Remark on their breath. Reward your teen with encouragement when you catch him or her freshly brushed. “Wow, your breath smells great! Are you doing something different?”
  4. Strike a deal for dental whitening. Teens today crave that white celebrity smile. They may have nagged you for ZOOM Whitening, or want dental trays. Allow your teen this treat, but remind them that that unless they brush twice a day, initial whitening effects will dim over time.
  5. Compliment your teen’s friends who have great smile. If your teen isn’t brushing regularly, this may make them think. . You can also remark on teen actors like Taylor Lautner who have gorgeous smiles.
  6. Share your own experience.  By middle age, a lack of regular dental care and brushing will create problems from shifting teeth to gum bleeding to bad breath. Use your own problems as a lesson and mention to your teen that you wish you’d had better habits at their age. . Explain your own fears about dentures and/or tooth loss.
  7. Help build responsibility by allowing teens to make their appointments for cleanings. Encourage them to set up a year’s worth of cleaning appointments and plug it in their phone calendars.
  8. Compliment your teen on good habits. It’s simple, but often overlooked. If your teen IS brushing regularly, mention that you’re proud of your teen’s follow through and discipline.
  9. Consider buying your teen an electric toothbrush such as Sonicare. They’re not only fun to use, but the built-in alarm will ensure a full two minutes brushing.
  10. If your teen needs Invisalign braces, strike another deal.

 

It’s a fact that teens may undergo a rebellious period of avoiding brushing, but most recover this habit eventually.  Take heart, being a teenager doesn’t last forever. It just feels like it.

How to Know if You Need Cosmetic Dentistry

Common cosmetic dental problems

You might be a candidate for cosmetic or aesthetic dental work if you find yourself focusing on other people’s great white smiles. You think how great it would be if your teeth looked that way. Maybe you tend to cover your mouth with your hand when you smile. Or fix your mouth in a certain position so that you conceal flaws. These are signs that you’re not confident in your smile. You should be! It’s one of the first things people see when they meet you and first impressions count for a lot.

You’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry if you find yourself bothered by any of these issues:

  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Decayed or discolored teeth
  • Ragged edge teeth or pointy teeth
  • Uneven sized teeth
  • Excess gum when smiling
  • Speech problems due to missing teeth

The most common procedures used to treat these cosmetic dental issues are Invisalign clear braces, crowns, veneers and teeth whitening.

The Invisalign system straightens teeth just like metal braces, but uses pop-in, clear trays that gently guide teeth into the right position.

Crowns are used to repair existing teeth by attaching a porcelain overlay. This tooth-shaped restoration is strong, stops further decay and can make a big difference in your life by allowing you to chew easily. Crowns look great and are undetectable from normal teeth.

Veneers are often used to conceal damage and give a regular appearance to not so perfect teeth. These thin porcelain sheaths slip over the tooth in front and can be made in any color or shape.

Whitening is so important for a great smile. Dr. Alhadef offers Zoom whitening in the office, which will brighten your smile in a single visit. Or you can use at home trays which are custom designed and feature much faster results than commercially available whitening systems. You keep your trays and can touch up whenever you want.

The most important thing to consider is how your smile and your feelings about it might be interfering with your life. If your smile makes you self-conscious, if you dread pictures, or have changed your natural smile to one that conceals problems, then you should consider the wonder of aesthetic dentistry. Millions of people have found that fixing their smile gives them new confidence and vibrancy.

If you think you’re a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, give us a call. We’ll set up a personalized consultation that will show you all the techniques which can be used in your particular case to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

One Visit CEREC Crowns in Dallas

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Cerec Crown System

In the old days when you needed a crown, it meant two dental appointments and a lengthy period in a temporary crown, which were often ill-fitting and distracting.  You’d need two days off work for appointments, and if you happened to lose the temporary crown, uh-oh. You’d need to schedule a third appointment to get another temporary.  It could be weeks before your smile was finished.  No wonder people dreaded crowns. There had to be a better way…and now there is. Dr. Gary Alhadef is one of the pioneering dentists who are now using CEREC technology, a unique system that uses digital imagery to create crowns while you wait (about fifteen minutes).  CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and it’s revolutionizing the way our patients feel about crowns.

Using computer-aided software and a special camera that takes a digital impression of your tooth, Dr. Alhadef transmits your exact dimensions to a milling device in the office that goes to work immediately to make your new crown, overlay, or veneer while you relax. No more biting into messy impression molds, or stressful temporary fittings.  And best of all, typically CEREC requires fewer shots with less drilling time!

Why We Like CEREC Crowns & Restorations:

  • Fits you perfectly, unlike temporary crowns
  • Single appointment and you’re done
  • Fewer injections, less drilling
  • Porcelain resists stains & retains natural white color
  • Highly durable and long lasting

CEREC crowns are made from super tough porcelain that is as much as four times stronger than traditional crown material.  Because they are bonded to the teeth, CEREC crowns actually increase the strength of your restored tooth. Regular crowns can actually weaken the structure of the tooth due to the use of metal connections.  But until now, there hasn’t been a better alternative.

Unlike some earlier crowns, CEREC restorations appear extremely natural and are less irritating to the gums. They also do away with metal, giving you 100% mercury-free peace of mind. .  Beyond all the cosmetic benefits, CEREC crowns save that most precious commodity of all: your time. We won’t take it personally if you’d prefer not to see us several times for one procedure!

Curious about whether CEREC crowns are right for you? Ask us at your next appointment.

 

Caring for Your Teeth and Your Health

You may think we dentists only care about our patients’ teeth and gums. Believe me; that’s only the beginning of our concern for you. travel destinations . Click here to read more.

Natural Antioxidants

Antioxidants occur naturally in saliva, and they serve as a defense against bacteria and the over-production of violent sulfur compounds (VSC), the main cause of halitosis or bad breath. As we age, the level of antioxidants in saliva decreases, and scientists think this decrease in salivary antioxidants may also lead to oral cancer – as reported in the Journal of Gerontology – Biological Sciences 2007. Click here to read more.

An Interview With Dr. Alhadef, A Qualified Dentist In Dallas

Q. What is cosmetic dentistry?

A. Cosmetic Dentistry describes any dental procedure designed to improve your overall dental esthetics and smile. It can be in the form of cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers, all-ceramic crowns or even dental implants with porcelain crowns over them. There are numerous options and the pros and cons should be discussed with your cosmetic dentist prior to treatment.

Q. How quickly will I be able to complete my cosmetic dentistry treatment?

A. Cosmetic dental procedures can usually be performed in as little as one or 2 visits. Consult with your dentist to see what procedures are right for you and determine how many visits your procedures will take.

Q. How long will my new smile last?

A. It depends on the type of procedure you have performed and how well you take care of it- including proper home care and regular dental cleanings. Also, if you have bonding done, you want to be aware of eating or drinking things with strong dyes in them which can shorten the life of the restorations. Again, consult with your cosmetic dentist to find out which procedures are best for you.

Q. Is cosmetic dentistry worth the time and the cost?

A. The decision to have cosmetic dentistry performed is a personal one. The benefits and costs involved should be discussed with your cosmetic dentistry. Seek out a dentist that has a lot of experience with cosmetic dentistry and one that keeps up with learning the newest techniques and trends. spaldings spokane Most people have found the benefits to be well worth their investment- They continue to enjoy it for many years to come.

Q. Who is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

A. Almost anyone can benefit from cosmetic dentistry- whether it be whitening your teeth, straightening them with Invisalign or doing porcelain veneers or bonding- These procedures will help give you that great smile you have always wanted!

Q. How important is your smile?

A. Your smile says a lot about you. When people see and talk with you there are 2 facial features they most focus on- Your eyes and your smile. A winning smile gives you confidence and self-assurance

An Interview featuring Dr. Gary E. Alhadef as Dental Expert on Bizymoms Dallas

Dr.Gary E. Alhadef is a dentist and who has answered some of the common questions that Bizymoms visitors have about invisalign.

Q. What is an invisalign?

A. Invisalign is often called “invisible braces.” By wearing a series of clear plastic aligners we can quickly straighten your teeth without wearing unsightly metal bands and brackets.

Q. How does Invisalign work?

A. The Invisalign treatment plan is custom designed by Dr. Alhadef and the Invisalign team. Each aligner worn is progressively straighter until all the teeth are aligned- this is done quickly and efficiently, often faster than traditional braces.

Q. What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

A. No metal bands, brackets and wires. You can barely notice the aligners when they are in so they are very esthetic. Taking them out to eat and brushing and flossing makes them very hygiene-friendly.

Q. How long does the Invisalign treatment take?

A. Average treatment time varies per case, typically 4-18 months.

Q. How much does Invisalign cost?

A. Cost varies depending on complexity but typically less than traditional braces

Q. Who uses Invisalign?

A. Age varies from the teens to the elderly.Typically, anyone 12 and older can do it!

Q. Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude someone from being an eligible patient?

A. Very rare to not be eligible for Invisalign- as long as you wear the aligners as recommended they work!

Q. How can we contact Dr. Alhadef if we have further questions?

A. I can be reached by email at: Alhadefdds@aol.com or through my websites: www.dallascosmeticdental.com or www.theathletesdentist.com