dental health – The Plano Dentist – Dr. Kelly Kim https://www.theplanodentist.com Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:42:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 https://www.theplanodentist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-favicon-01-32x32.jpg dental health – The Plano Dentist – Dr. Kelly Kim https://www.theplanodentist.com 32 32 Prevention-Oriented Dentistry https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/prevention-oriented-dentistry/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:55:53 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=382 Are you a parent of young children in Allen TX? Do you want them to develop better dental health habits than you did when you were young? Perhaps you have a beautiful smile and want to prevent tooth decay. Many Plano people have a mouth full of fillings and don’t want to add another one […]

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Maintaining Dental Health In Allen TX Are you a parent of young children in Allen TX? Do you want them to develop better dental health habits than you did when you were young? Perhaps you have a beautiful smile and want to prevent tooth decay. Many Plano people have a mouth full of fillings and don’t want to add another one to their collection.

At The Plano Dentist, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care.

Your first step toward dental health begins with a prevention consultation with Allen TX family dentist Dr. Mike Munilla.

Plano area dental patients of all ages need to start with an exam to determine their current status. Your dental condition is influenced by your dietary habits, previous dental work, physical health, medications, lifestyle and family history. After a comprehensive analysis, Dr. Mike Munilla can establish a decay prevention plan just for you.

A prevention plan is a multi-faceted approach designed to maintain optimum dental health. It involves affordable preventative services at The Plano Dentist. Twice-yearly general dentistry exams reveal early problems before they progress. Deep cleanings prevent a multitude of serious dental issues for our Plano and Allen TX area patients who faithfully keep their regular cleaning appointments.

Oral health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing is essential. A healthy diet is necessary and will deliver benefits to your whole body – not just your teeth.

If you suspect you have a cavity or gum disease, call us at (972) 468-8279 before it gets worse. We can successfully treat your current problems and restore your dental health. In addition, we will set you on the path toward a healthier future.

-Because everyone deserves to smile!

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Bad Breath Treatment at The Plano Dentist https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/bad-breath-treatment-at-the-plano-dentist/ Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:20:28 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=562 If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously can harm gums and contribute to gum recession. At The Plano Dentist, we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning methods.

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Bad Breath Treatment at The Plano Dentist Do you suspect that you have bad breath? I’m Mike Munilla of The Plano Dentist, a full-service dental office in Plano, Texas. I help our dental patients diagnose and overcome this unpleasant and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious conditions. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the health issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously can harm gums and contribute to gum recession. At The Plano Dentist, we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning methods.

And don’t forget regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienist is trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

To make an appointment for an exam, cleaning or consultation, call (972) 468-8279. Your teeth are too important to neglect.

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Use Five Fingers for Quick and Healthy Flossing in Plano, Texas https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/use-five-fingers-for-quick-and-healthy-flossing-in-plano-texas/ Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:46:56 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=560 Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, The Plano Dentist helps with a variety ways with your dental needs.

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5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to The Plano Dentist.

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with mouthwash for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association suggests you start with about 18 inches. About 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team effort. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” the floss for a new section for the next tooth’s edges.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those spots at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the commitment now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

I’m Dr. Mike Munilla at The Plano Dentist. I encourage you to take care of your oral health needs for a happier, healthier life.

Use those fingers to dial our number for a consultation: (972) 468-8279

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, The Plano Dentist helps with a variety ways with your dental needs.

restorative dentistry
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry
Invisalign
porcelain veneers

One of our specialties is general dentistry. If you need dental crowns or cosmetic dentistry, then we are your best friends. Our team members are trained to be courteous, responsible, respectful and focused.

Currently accepting patients from all over: Dallas, Fort Worth, Allen, as well as The Colony.

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Is It Growing In Your Mouth? https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/is-it-growing-in-your-mouth/ Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:16:17 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=520 Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any Plano mouth - even yours - no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Plano resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any Plano mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Plano resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for Allen and Plano TX folks. Trying to improve your appearance and to present a clean, tidy, well-groomed face can be a challenge. We encourage everyone in the Plano area to consider the extensive benefits of a smile makeover. Dental restoration can be pricey but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Plano cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, restorative dentistry, Invisalign, teeth whitening and any number of other dental services. We specialize in general dentistry and find that our Plano dental patients come to us for dental crowns often.

The Plano Dentist
prides itself in serving the Plano area since 2005. We find that our cosmetic dental patients will make it over to 3115 W Parker Rd, Ste C538 from Allen, Plano and surrounding ares. Sometimes we might even see friends from Dallas make the short drive. Let us improve your smile. Call (972) 468-8279 to schedule a consultation.

Hurry before that plaque hardens and turns to tartar!

 

Mike Munilla
The Plano Dentist
3115 W Parker Rd, Ste C538
Plano, Texas 75023
(972) 468-8279
https://www.theplanodentist.com/meet-the-dentist.php

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3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy, Plano! https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/3-ways-to-keep-your-mouth-happy-plano/ Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:26:20 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=464 Hi. I'm Dr. Mike Munilla, a general and cosmetic dentist here in Plano. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health.

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Allen TX General Dentistry For Healthy Smiles

Hi. I’m Dr. Mike Munilla, a general and cosmetic dentist here in Plano. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Plano, Plano, or Allen dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitized you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the Plano dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 3115 W Parker Rd, Ste C538 and you can reach us for an appointment at (972) 468-8279.

Call a member of our comfortable team today!

Dr. Mike Munilla
The Plano Dentist
3115 W Parker Rd, Ste C538
Plano, Texas
(972) 468-8279
https://www.theplanodentist.com/meet-the-dentist.php

sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
general dentistry

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Healthy Smiles For Texas Kids https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/healthy-smiles-for-texas-kids/ Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:18:59 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=476 I'm Dr. Mike Munilla. I want to remind Plano parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health.

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Plano Family Dentistry Office

Hello Texas! Today’s The Plano Dentist blog is for new Plano and Allen parents. We know that your child’s health and safety is your top priority. That’s why you baby-proof your home, serve healthy foods, and buckle them tightly in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.

I’m Dr. Mike Munilla. I want to remind Plano parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health. Teeth and gum condition can affect speech development, nutrition, and self-confidence. From birth, there are important things parents can do to promote healthy teeth – even before your son’s or daughter’s first tooth erupts.

At The Plano Dentist, we maintain a kid-friendly environment so our youngest patients look forward to dental check-ups and never develop the fear of dentists that was more common in generations past. I love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life and I can assure you that my comfortable team will help your child have a positive experience.

We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the visit, we can discuss pediatric dental issues such as fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, orthodontia, and dental sealants. Dental sealants are composed of a plastic material that is applied to children’s teeth. The sealants bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures and protects the enamel against acids and plaque.

Plano children’s dentists also advise Texas parents about pacifier use, thumb-sucking and other habits that can affect your child’s tooth development and oral health. Remember to call us immediately at (972) 468-8279 if your child (or any member of your family) experiences a tooth injury.

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Filtered Plano Water And Oral Health https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/filtered-plano-water-and-oral-health/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:43:22 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=465 Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn't contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

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Filtered Plano Water And Dental Health

A simple way for Dallas residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Mike Munilla, an experienced Plano dentist serving the Plano and Allen areas, and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at (972) 468-8279 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Plano area since 2005, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Plano, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

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Saliva And Plano’s Dental Health https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/saliva-and-planos-dental-health/ Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:56:13 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=460 Though most people in the Plano or Allen areas may think it's gross, saliva is essential to dental health as well as digestion.

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Saliva And Plano Dental Health

Hi. I’m Dr. Mike Munilla. Welcome to my Plano dental blog. Today we’ll be looking at the complexity and importance of your saliva. Though most people in the Plano or Allen areas may think it’s gross, saliva is essential to dental health as well as digestion.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a key factor in the development of cavities and other forms of tooth decay.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that Dallas residents know how important saliva is to dental health, I’m sure you can see why ample salivary flow should concern you. For most of my Plano patients, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health complications occur.

If you are in the Plano or Allen area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at (972) 468-8279. We have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Plano since 2005.

Our comfortable team would be happy to talk to you about sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, general dentistry, and the other services we provide to our valued patients.

Dr. Mike Munilla
The Plano Dentist
3115 W Parker Rd, Ste C538
Plano Texas
(972) 468-8279
https://www.theplanodentist.com/meet-the-dentist.php

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“Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics, Dallas” https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/brush-up-on-your-cavity-basics-dallas/ Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:54:34 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=444 Residents of Plano and Allen use the word ‘cavity’ often when discussing dental health practices. Along with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, cavities are a hot topic. At The Plano Dentist we think it’s great that people in the Dallas area are so conscious of their teeth, and we feel that having a […]

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Brush Up On Your Dental Fillings Plano

Residents of Plano and Allen use the word ‘cavity’ often when discussing dental health practices. Along with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, cavities are a hot topic.

At The Plano Dentist we think it’s great that people in the Dallas area are so conscious of their teeth, and we feel that having a greater understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your Plano or Allen dentist today for an appointment to discuss possible dental fillings.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Plano area, give The Plano Dentist a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Dallas since 2005. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Time To Floss In Dallas https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/time-to-floss-in-dallas/ Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:51:03 +0000 http://new.theplanodentist.com/blog/?p=400 Many residents of the Plano and Allen areas are finding that they just don’t have time to floss and that it’s difficult to fit it into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, here are some ideas for when to fit this important dental health habit into your day. The most common […]

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Plano: Time To Floss For Dental Health

Many residents of the Plano and Allen areas are finding that they just don’t have time to floss and that it’s difficult to fit it into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, here are some ideas for when to fit this important dental health habit into your day.

The most common time is right before bed, but make sure your aren’t too tired to do a good job.
Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it has a chance to turn into plaque.
Try just after lunch, but before you go back to work.
Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some strange looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
After you exercise – keep some floss in your gym bag.
While you’re watching the nightly news.

I hope this gives you some ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is essential for anyone in Plano or Dallas who wants to have a healthy smile.

If you want to improve your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, invisible braces, teeth whitening or Plano dental implants.

My name is Dr. Mike Munilla and I am a comfortable Plano dentist. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as well as helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at (972) 468-8279 to make an appointment!

Dr. Mike Munilla
The Plano Dentist
3115 W Parker Rd, Ste C538
Plano, Texas
(972) 468-8279
https://www.theplanodentist.com/meet-the-dentist.php

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