Western Trained doctors are trained to recommend only Peer reviewed scientific researched solutions to patient problems. This is a great approach when we have those answers, but when we do not we often use bandage solutions that treat the symptoms and not the core problem. Since 1980 we have know that gum disease had two components , local hard and soft accumulations of bacteria above and below the gums and the host- immune response. Treatment has always included the professional removal of the hard and soft bacterial colonies and the home care skills of the patient since soft bacteria re -accumulate in 24 hours, and a reduction of sugars and simple carbohydrates (processed foods). The host immune response has been completely avoided since we had no scientifically practical method of evaluating the patients immune response nor a practical predictable solution. We have made many advances in treating gum disease and far fewer people loss their teeth to gum disease now, but just like in 1980 still 80% of the American population have gingivitis(gums) and 48 % Periodontitis (bone). Also we see frequent cyclic recurrence of episodes of gum disease particularly in the older population above 50. The question sometimes comes up, if I am getting treatment regularly and I follow all suggested home care instructions, why do I keep getting recurring episodes of gum disease every few years? This is a complex question but thanks to advances in technology we finally address the host immune response component of the disease.
We now have Nobel-Prize winning technology called a BioPhotonic Scanner which is much more accurate than a blood test and in a non-invasive devise to measure human antioxidant status. Antioxidants are what our body uses to repair damage from free redicals . Free radicals are toxins that cause cell and DNA damage thought oxidation. They are increased by stress, sun, smoking, toxins and pollution. An example is a freshly cut apple what turns yellow as it is exposed to air (oxidation) but if you put lemon juice on it is does not turn yellow (antioxidant). Antioxidants combat free radicals to prevent cell and DNA damage. The amount of Antioxidants in your body is directly proportional to how long and well you will live if genetic defects and physical injury are avoided. The Biophotonic Scanner give us a simple and practical way to measure our antioxidants levels through measuring our carotenoid levels in our skin which is proved directly proportional to our antioxidant level through careful scientific studies.
We have always know the mouth is the window to evaluating the health of the body. Inflammation in the mouth tells us we can assume their is inflammation through out the body. New studies now tell us that the body is made of of interconnecting micro biomes , which is an ecological community of bacteria both good and bad that share our body spaces. When the balance of health to pathogenic bacteria in one microbiome say the stomach or gut get out of balance then the interconnecting micro biome of the mouth can be affected and visa versa. This connection as well as the blood stream interconnection explain the “oral-systemic connection”. Many time clinically I would observe all the hard deposits and soft bacteria removed after treatment but the patient still had inflamed bleeding gums. Often the medical history would tell me the patient was taking blood pressure medications or some other medications for systemic problems. Now we can evaluate their antioxidant levels. Patients with high antioxidant levels have less inflammation in their mouths and body, their gums are pink and healthy if their oral hygiene good and sugar intake are low. Additionally when we see lower inflammation and gum disease in the mouth with high antioxidant levels research tells us the patient has lower risk of heart disease, cancer of all types, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, respiratory disease and low birth weight babies in women among other things.
As a general rule 10-12 portions of fruits and vegetable a day grown in an organ health soil ( good luck verifying that) free of pesticides and other chemicals or pollutants will result in a high antioxidant score if you are younger than 40 usually . As we get older our absorption rates go down and we do not absorb antioxidants like we used to from our foods. Sugars, processed foods and chemicals have the oppose effect increasing free radicals. Not only is it difficult to prepare 10-12 portions of fruits and vegetables per day that are organically healthy, but our absorption rates may be compromised. In my case particularly I tried to raise my score for one year and although I ate fruits and vegetable continually my score did not move, but my sugar intake went up from all the fruit I was eating but then I am over 50. Finally I was able to increase my antioxidant levels with a specially designed supplement that used nano absorption technology. Finally their is some treatment to address the core of the problems in the immune response component of gum disease and with the drop in inflammation it effects the rest of the body as well.
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Do you or your partner snore during sleep? Or awaken feeling groggy and tired most mornings?
Dallas dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers treatment for patients who snore in his Plano dentist office, bringing relief from symptoms and a good night’s sleep for all!
Snoring is not just the result of a stuffy nose or bad sleeping position, it can also signal a health concern called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) that has been linked to a greater risk of stroke, heart disease and other physical health issues. Patients who suffer from OSA actually stop breathing momentarily during sleep, depriving their organs of much needed oxygen, and restart with a loud snore.
OSA is frequently the result of a blocked airway and is more common in patients who are overweight or have enlarged tonsils. OSA is often undiagnosed, but there are several key symptoms that many experience and that should be brought to the attention of your doctor or dentist:
- Loud snoring- sometimes only noticed by family members
- Morning headaches
- Feeling groggy or unable to concentrate, even after a “good night’s sleep”
- Sleepiness during the day or while driving
- Insomnia or frequently waking up at night
- A consistent sore or dry throat in the morning
Using the Watemark home sleep study device, Dr. Sowell will receive medically evaluated results from which to create an individual treatment plan.
While the CPap machine is often recommended and considered the “gold standard” for treatment of OSA, oral appliance therapy can also be very effective for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Most patients prefer oral appliance therapy for comfort reasons and will be more likely to use it on a consistent basis: an important part of any treatment.
OSA can be a debilitating health issue when unresolved, affecting daily life for many as well as posing health risks. Discuss your concerns during a visit with Dr. Sowell in his Plano dental office and restore your health with a better night’s sleep!
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Dallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers a complimentary consultation for patients considering a cosmetic treatment or smile makeover. During the consultation, Dr. Sowell will perform an esthetic exam, including taking photos of your smile as a basis for discussion and a chance to look closely at any cosmetic concerns you may have. This is an opportunity to meet Dr. Sowell and his staff and ask questions about treatment and possible outcomes.
Dr. Sowell is one of very few dentists in the U.S. who has achieved both Master status in the AGD and is also an Accredited Member of the AACD. His dedication to excellence in the field of dentistry and to continuing education enable him to offer patients the latest in treatment and techniques, using modern dental technology to provide optimal results.
Dr. Sowell will take the time to learn about your personal desires and goals when it comes to your dental health, as well as understand your overall physical health so that he can make informed recommendations for your treatment. Dr. Sowell will explain your options during a consultation and you will leave with a better understanding of how best to achieve the smile you want!
Cosmetic dentistry is an important part of overall oral health for many patients and can also serve to support long term dental health by strengthening teeth and maintaining balance in the bite. Dr. Sowell will work to ensure that any procedures recommended will meet both cosmetic and oral health goals. For results to be comfortable and long lasting, dentistry needs to address both issues at the same time!
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With statistics showing that over 75% of adults have some stage of gum disease, it is not unusual for Dr. Sowell to spot it during a routine dental exam even if the patient does not have noticeable symptoms.
Gum disease is not only one of the most common dental health problems, it is often the underlying cause of many other dental problems, including tooth loss. Gum disease can develop quickly and easily, especially as a result of the modern American diet which is typically high in added sugar. Dr. Sowell emphasizes the need for both routine preventive care AND a good at home oral hygiene routine as part of maintaining oral health and reducing the incidence of gum disease and tooth decay.
Gum health is a critical part of dental health
Dr. Sowell focuses on periodontal care and the treatment of gum disease as part of patient care- restoring and maintaining gum health is paramount to both dental health and long term overall health.
In his Plano dental practice, Dr. Sowell offers a wide variety of periodontal treatments and uses some of the latest dental technologies to provide effective results. Dr. Sowell offers laser dentistry for accurate treatment with less pain, bleeding and down time. In complex cases where gum disease has advanced, he may take a multi-faceted approach and also incorporate the use of antibiotics to successfully combat gum disease and restore oral health.
If you have any symptoms of gum disease or concerns about your oral health, schedule a consultation to ensure that your smile is healthy for the long run.
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If you or your child plays a contact sport, the teeth are at risk of being injured or knocked out without the use of a mouth guard.
Plano family dentist Dr. Sowell practices sports dentistry and offers patients the best possible protection for their teeth with a PlaySafe custom fit mouth guard. Far superior to options available at local sports stores, this product is recommended by dentists and fabricated from dental materials to offer the best cushioning and impact resistance.
Teeth don’t grow back!
Dr. Sowell will fit you or your child for a PlaySafe mouth guard in his Plano dental office- enjoy being active while protecting your teeth and gums from injury!
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Some accidents are unavoidable. It’s knowing what to do when you have one that can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. This June, Plano dentist Dr. Mark Sowell is recognizing National Safety Month with tips to help patients avoid mouth injuries and advice on what to do if you do have a dental emergency.
Many dental accidents and mouth injuries can be handled by Dr. Sowell in our Plano dentist office. Dr. Sowell reserves time in his daily schedule for treating dental emergencies.
“In many cases, a dental emergency can seem worse than it is. The mouth is a very sensitive area of the body, it bleeds very easily, and a mouth trauma can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. We advise patients to remain calm, call or office and explain in as much detail as possible the extent of the injury. Our staff can provide instructions over the phone and schedule your visit, which can usually take place on the same day,” said Dr. Mark Sowell, a dentist in Plano, Texas who has more than 25 years of experience in advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
If the injury is a serious emergency or the office is closed, said the dentist, you should visit the local emergency room.
In children, many dental emergencies occur as a result of sports injuries. One way parents can avoid knocked out or broken teeth is by having their child wear a custom sports mouth guard. Dr. Sowell practices sports dentistry and said a sports guard from the dentist is far superior to the ones that can be bought in a sports store. One of the reasons is because they are made to fit snugly over the child’s teeth, making them more comfortable and therefore, more likely to be worn.
The PlaySafe mouth guards that Dr. Sowell offers in his Dallas area dental office are built by layering various density materials. A soft, protective layer cushions the teeth, while the hard exterior layer absorbs impact forces.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you have a knocked out tooth, Dr. Sowell said time is of the essence.
“For a knocked out tooth, it is important to try and get to a dentist right away.” Dr. Sowell further advised, “Always hold the tooth by the crown, that’s the part that you see when you smile, and avoid touching the root. You can rinse it with water if it’s dirty, but don’t remove any pieces of tissue that may still be attached.”
When possible, Dr. Sowell suggests patients try to put the tooth back in the socket, remembering not to touch the root. Otherwise, he said the tooth can be placed between the cheek and gum or in milk, until you reach the dentist office. Keeping the tooth moist is very important.
If you have a broken tooth, Dr. Sowell said to clean the tooth and contact the dentist office right away. In some cases the tooth can be repaired using dental bonding, which is a tooth colored resin. In other cases, a porcelain veneer or tooth crown may be used to repair the broken tooth.
As a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Sowell has a high level of training and experience. He can provide dental care beyond the basics and restore your teeth to their optimal health and function. Should the tooth need to be repaired or replaced, Dr. Sowell can offer a wide range of services including dental implants.
The best way to handle a dental emergency is to avoid it. Schedule a visit with Plano dentist Dr. Mark Sowell to talk about custom sports mouth guards and have your teeth examined for potential problems.
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Crooked, damaged and chipped teeth can be straightened, repaired and restored quickly with tooth bonding. Dr. Mark Sowell, a top Dallas cosmetic dentist, offers a variety of tooth bonding procedures to correct your dental problems and give you the smile you desire.
Tooth bonding can serve as an economical transition to a more permanent solution, such as porcelain veneers. Tooth bonding is not permanent and can be removed if necessary or so desired for additional cosmetic treatment.
This short video shows how tooth bonding is not only effective, but a relatively painless and easy procedure that can provide excellent results. Dr. Sowell is an experienced cosmetic dentist who can offer tooth bonding results that look and feel natural, blending with your adjacent natural teeth and providing a comfortable smile.
Tooth bonding, both transitional and direct, typically lasts about 10 years when the teeth are cared for with routine preventive visits with Dr. Sowell and good oral hygiene at home.
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Our natural teeth darken over time as a result of many factors: watch this quick ADA video on why they darken and how to bring back your bright, white smile with a cosmetic dental treatment such as teeth whitening:
Dallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers many options for correcting discolored or stained teeth, including teeth whitening in his Plano dental office.
Teeth whitening is often the fastest and most economical way to provide patients with a quick smile makeover that is painless and offers lasting results.
In office or take home kit?
Dr. Sowell offers Zoom in office whitening for patients desiring immediate results. Great for a special occasion, Zoom whitening is completed in about an hour and typically results in teeth that are up to 8 shades whiter! With good at home oral hygiene, regular dental cleanings and the avoidance of tobacco and dark foods/beverages, teeth will remain whiter for a year or more. An occasional touch up or a follow up treatment with a custom take home kit can prolong results.
For patients who prefer to white their teeth at home with a professional quality kit, Dr. Sowell will create custom fit bleaching trays to be used with professional bleaching agents at home. This treatment also offers result that are superior to over the counter products, and often less irritating to the gums. Patients will see more gradual results, but within a couple of weeks teeth will be shades whiter and brighter!
Whitening the teeth can take years off of your smile and boost your confidence in your appearance!
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Nationally recognized Dallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers his patients the convenience of being able to perform all phases of the dental implant procedure at his state of the art dental office in Plano. An Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD), Dr. Sowell has years of training and experience in the placement of dental implants for both replacing missing teeth and securing dentures and bridges.
Dental implants provide patients with a missing tooth the most natural looking and functioning option for replacement. Dentures that slip can be secured permanently with dental implants. They also provide long term oral health benefits:
- bone retention in the jaw
- preserve adjacent natural teeth
- no dietary restrictions
Patients who have received dental implants have experienced a greater than 90% success rate post treatment! Dental implants may take several months to fully heal, but they can provide years of comfortable, natural smiles and support overall good health!
To find out more about dental implants and how they may improve your oral and overall health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sowell.
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Dallas area dentist Dr. Mark Sowell performs oral cancer screening as part of a routine dental visit. Oral cancer screening can often be a life saver: patients who are diagnosed in the early stages of this disease have a much greater chance of survival. Routine preventive care with Dr. Sowell can enable him to notice abnormal tissue or changes within the oral cavity that may be an indicator of disease. Dr. Sowell uses cutting edge dental technology, including digital x-rays, which can aid in the detection of early stage oral cancer as well as other dental health issues.
Oral cancer rates have been on the rise globally, largely due to the HPV virus, a common cause of oral cancer and a growing health issue in today’s world. Oral cancer can be difficult to diagnose early- without the aid of regular screening during a dental exam- because it rarely causes noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
Do you know the common symptoms of oral cancer?
Symptoms of oral cancer can include:
- Persistent hoarseness
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Lump in the throat or neck
- Persistent earache- often in both ears
- Numbness in or around the mouth
- Lesion or sore that does not go away
Visiting Dr. Sowell twice per year in his Plano dentist office is more important than ever! It not only supports long term dental health, but is an important part of overall health and well being. In addition to the benefit of an oral cancer screening, preventive dental care can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes- all of these health issues have been shown to have connections to oral health.
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