March 20, 2019
You know your heart health is vital to your overall well-being. Eating a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle positively impact your cardiovascular system, but did you know there is another factor that is equally influential? Nitric oxide is critical to ensuring healthy heart functions. If you have insufficient amounts, it can lead to a variety of complications. Based on your nitric oxide levels, it can alert your holistic dentist in Southlake to potential dental issues, like gum disease.
August 20, 2016
Our teeth, gums, and other oral tissues don’t exist on their own — oral health greatly affects and is affected by your whole body health. You want a family dentist who takes overall well-being into consideration. Holistic dentists are on the rise, and Dr. Thomas is the holistic family dentist Southlake trusts with its smiles. Learn about the practice and how it can benefit you and your loved ones this year, and for many more to come.
May 16, 2016
When you brush and floss your teeth at night and in the morning, you are helping to protect your teeth against the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease. But what do you do to protect your teeth against the dangers of physical injury? Whether caused by bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) or impact during athletic play, an injury to one of your teeth can be very serious and damaging to your smile as well as your oral health. With mouth guards, Southlake residents can prevent possible tooth injury. Read on to find out how Dr. Thomas at Enclave Dental can help you preserve your beautiful smile.
April 15, 2016
Iodine has widely been used in the medical field due to its antiseptic properties, but now the use of iodine in dentistry is becoming increasingly prevalent. In fact, it’s now said that iodine can be more beneficial than fluoride when it comes to preventing tooth decay and gum disease. At Enclave Dental, we take dental health seriously, which is why we want to raise awareness about the benefits of iodine when visiting a dentist in Southlake.
March 3, 2016
Any type of cancer screening involves looking for cancer before any symptoms are present. With oral cancer screening, this examination is particularly important for two reasons. First, oral and throat cancers are highly treatable and curable when then are caught early. And second, because the five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with an oral or pharyngeal cancer is only slightly higher than 64 percent, early detection is critical.
At Enclave Dental, Dr. Thomas and her team are committed to not only your oral health, but your general health, too. That’s why your Southlake dentist conducts oral cancer screenings at each dental checkup.
January 7, 2016
At Enclave Dental we want you to be confident you are in the very best of care. One way we follow through with this commitment is by taking every possible measure available to protect our patients and staff from mercury exposure. Dental fillings that contain mercury ( also called amalgam restorations) and can cause significant exposure risks when being removed. (more…)
One of the fun things Dr. Thomas does at home and recommends for her staff and patients is the Chlorella Cocktail.
As a holistic dental practitioner, my view of each patient extends beyond the teeth and mouth, and takes into account each body system and how everything I do seeks to maintain balance and whole-body health. This means anything from using distilled water in our chairs, to using bio-compatible materials in procedures. It includes encouraging proper nutrition and keeping our patients SAFE from toxic chemicals. As we approach the new year oftentimes our thoughts turn towards improvement and “new beginnings.” This coming year let’s consider these resolutions in terms of CLEANSING and DETOXIFYING our bodies!
You have likely read on my website or in previous newsletters that my practice is committed to being “Fluoride Free” and “Mercury Safe” by treating patients without using heavy metals in our procedures. One of the biggest offenders is mercury, which is often used in fillings, and has long been known to contribute to a number of chronic diseases and certain acute neurological disorders of the body. Bottom line, it’s BAD. These days you will likely hear fillings referred to as amalgam, which is made in part with MERCURY. What many patients are not aware of is these mercury-based fillings can be more dangerous coming out than while inside their mouth! (more…)
November 25, 2015
Recently I wrote a short piece of my personal story regarding lip and tongue ties (Ankyloglossia), and ultimately, why I am so intent on bringing this awareness to other mothers and babies struggling in the same way I did. The procedure mentioned in that story is called a frenectomy. This is a very short and painless procedure I have performed on HUNDREDS of babies and children over the years, and fully plan to bring relief to hundreds and hundreds more!
Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic, which is free of benzocaine, is applied on the lip or under the tongue, where the frenum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This ensures the child feels no discomfort during, nor after the procedure. I then use a very small, precision, soft-tissue laser to release the fibers and relieve the tension on the lip and/or the tongue, so the tongue can move freely. Lip and Tongue tie can cause cavities, gap in the front teeth, trouble with feeding, chewing, speech, etc. Usually, there is no bleeding and the laser greatly reduces the risk for infection. Healing and regeneration is stimulated by the laser’s energy, so recovery time is also much quicker. Some babies even sleep through the procedure! The whole encounter, from your consult to the time you leave, will take no longer than a typical dental visit for routine cleaning! (more…)
One of the reasons I enjoy spending time peeling back the layers of my story for you is so we can build a GENUINE connection. It is also important for you to understand the reasoning behind my practice and why I am so passionate about treating my patients. So, when I ask you if your newborn is having difficulty nursing, or if your toddler is having issues chewing her food, or suffering with reflux, you may wonder how that relates to dentistry and oral health. I’m so happy you asked…!
Years ago as a new mother, my baby had great difficulty nursing and was very colicky. Even after changing pediatricians several times, no one could find anything wrong with my son and my frustration grew. By the time my son was 6 years old, I had been told about lip and tongue ties (a congenital condition called Ankyloglossia) in children and began to earnestly research the condition and it’s symptoms. I was BLOWN AWAY that something so simple, and usually easy to fix, could cause so many problems for thousands of frustrated mothers and children! I hold a masters degree in craniofacial development, have trained at two dental schools in India, as well as advanced training at Harvard Dental School, yet still had never learned about lip and tongue ties.
I was determined and quickly became formally trained to fix lip and tongue ties. My 6 year old son was my first patient for that procedure, called a frenectomy. His issues with chewing and throwing up his food immediately disappeared! In some instances, lip and tongue ties can contribute to cavities, speech development issues, and digestive complications. These are a few reasons why it is important to recognize and fix the problem early on.
For the mothers who can relate to this story, I want to say to you – I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! I encourage you to look for lip and tongue tie symptoms like the ones below:
- Poor latch
- Colic symptoms
- Reflux symptoms
- Poor weight gain
- Continuous feedings
- Gumming or chewing of nipple
- Unable to take pacifier or bottle
- Incomplete breast drainage
- Infected nipples or breasts
- Nipple thrush
Because of my own experience, I am extremely committed to bringing relief and joy back to nursing mothers and their babies. Enclave Dental is one of a very small group of dental practices in all of North Texas who use a precision laser during the procedure. This special laser means a frenectomy in our office usually takes a mere 1-2 minutes, with only a topical, local anesthetic being used, so your child remains perfectly comfortable and hardly skips a beat!
Thank you for letting me share a little of my story with you. It is my true hope that I will be a small part of your story, in some way, as we continue to encourage safe, holistic dental care. Please call our office today for an appointment – I am very excited to visit with you soon!
Embracing Whole-Body Wellness,
Preetha Thomas, DMD