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February 7, 2016

Good dental care starts early

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 9:26 pm

early dental careIt’s never too soon to start good dental hygiene habits. Your child can start visiting the dentist as soon as the arrival of her first tooth, and you can start instilling good habits even before that. Encouraging your child to take care of her teeth is the best way to ensure she will have strong teeth and a bright smile into adulthood.

Beginning Good Dental Habits

Before your child’s first tooth arrives, you can get him used to cleaning his gums by wiping them gently with soft gauze. This will help reduce the amount of bacteria in his mouth and will also help him get used to having his mouth cleaned on a regular basis.

When the first teeth arrive, you can start using a small, soft toothbrush, preferably one designed specifically for babies. If you use toothpaste, also use a product designed for babies, and follow the directions carefully. You won’t need a large amount of toothpaste, so use the recommended amount. Excess fluoride in your baby’s diet at this young age can cause permanent discoloration of his teeth. Consult with your dentist if you have any questions about what kind of toothbrush or toothpaste to use.

As Your Child Grows Older

As your child gets older, she’ll want to start brushing her teeth on her own. Special toothbrushes for the younger set are easier to grip and maneuver. With a special toothbrush, she’ll be more able to brush thoroughly and effectively. You’ll still want to help her, or even give her another brushing after she’s brushed on her own to be sure her teeth are nice and clean.

Flossing is more difficult for children, and can take time for them to learn. Your family dentist can help you find floss sticks that make it easier for children to maneuver the floss. These often come in fun shapes and bright colors that appeal to children, helping make sure they’ll use them regularly.

If you need ideas for how to teach your child to brush and floss, or guidance regarding the best toothbrushes, toothpastes, and floss, please contact us at the office of Joseph R. Loftus today!

January 5, 2016

How to prepare for dental emergencies

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 9:23 pm

emergency dental careIf you’ve ever fallen and injured your mouth or teeth, you might have needed emergency dentistry. Just in case of injuries to the mouth, you should always be prepared for a dental emergency so you can apply first aid before heading off to the dentist for more comprehensive treatment.

Responding to Dental Injuries

Immediate emergency dentistry can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Dental first aid can also help prevent infection and keep the wound from becoming more serious, particularly if you can’t get to the dentist right away. If you’re prepared for this kind of injury, you’ll be able to respond that much more quickly.

One of the best ways to be prepared is to have a dental first aid kit ready to go. The necessary materials can be kept along with your standard first aid kit, or in a special, separate kit specifically for oral injuries. It should include:

  • Gauze to stop bleeding
  • Mouthwash to help clean wounds
  • Toothpaste or denture adhesive to temporarily hold lost crowns or fillings in place
  • A small cup or a special kit to preserve a knocked-out tooth

A knocked-out tooth should be seen to by a dentist as soon as possible. If you don’t have a kit specially designed for preserving a tooth that’s been knocked out, you can fill a small cup with water or milk and use it to transport the tooth to your dentist.

When to See the Dentist

Some injuries to the mouth are not severe and don’t require a trip to the dentist. However, if any teeth are loose, broken, or have been dislodged, you should see the dentist right away. With immediate care, these teeth might be salvageable. Without professional medical treatment, though, they’re more likely to be lost permanently.

Lost crowns and fillings should also be attended to promptly. In the meantime, you can use toothpaste or a denture adhesive to hold them in place. Other injuries, such as lacerations, bruises, tears or cuts, can be treated at home if they are minor, but if they require stitches or other special care, see a doctor as soon as possible.

Keep our office on speed dial in case of a dental emergency! Call us and our caring staff will be ready to help!

December 3, 2015

Are you prepared for a dental emergency?

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 9:21 pm

dental emergencyParents, caregivers and babysitters alike have at one time or another been faced with a dental emergency involving a broken tooth, bloody lip or worse. When these problems occur, it would be to turn to that could take care of the situation.

Having access to a dental provider during normal business hours is wonderful. But many dental emergencies occur after your dental office is closed for the day or week-end. Having a dentist that has an emergency number to reach them after hours is certainly a plus in the event of an emergency.

Posting that after-hours number in a conspicuous place inside your home would aid all family members and those responsible for their care. Carrying that same number in your wallet is also wise because accidents don’t always occur at home.

If a tooth is knocked out, it is critical to reach your dental provider and be seen within one hour if possible. But what should you do between an accident and reaching your dental office? The tooth should be rinsed off being careful not to handle the root of the tooth. If possible, the tooth should be replaced in the socket and held in place during transport to the dental office.

If you are dealing with a very young child or the patient is very upset, placing the tooth in a glass of milk during transport might be a better alternative than trying to replace the tooth.

Some dental emergencies might appear worse than they are. If you chip a tooth, but there isn’t any discomfort or swelling, this likely is not an emergency. You should contact your dentist and be seen during normal office hours, but an after-hours call would not be necessary.

A child that has punctured the soft tissue inside their mouth or their lip can bleed making the wound look very serious. Generally rinsing the mouth and applying ice and a compress will be sufficient unless it is obvious that sutures are required. This is a judgment call, but if the bleeding is controlled, seeing your dentist immediately is usually not necessary.

Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency can make you a hero if the need arises. And having access to your dentist after office hours guarantees you will be prepared for any dental emergency.

To learn more tips on how to handle a dental emergency in Dallas, TX, contact our experienced team at Joseph Loftus, DDS.

December 12, 2014

Start the New Year off Right with Preventive Dentistry in Dallas, TX

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 9:12 pm

preventative dentistryHappy New Year! Yes, 2015 is right around the corner. A new beginning, a clean slate, a fresh start. Why not get 2015 off on the right foot with a visit to the dentist? Dr. Joseph R. Loftus is the dentist Dallas, TX, turns to for preventive dentistry that guards against oral health problems in order to build and maintain happy smiles for your entire family.

As a general and family dentist, Dr. Loftus focuses on prevention. The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is no truer than with preventive dentistry. With this in mind, and in keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Loftus and his team would like to see you at least every six months for dental checkups. At these regular intervals, we are able to track your oral health and monitor for any changes.

At a checkup, we will clean your teeth, examine your soft tissue for any signs of gum disease, remove plaque and take x-rays when necessary. Of course, if we find any problems, then Dr. Loftus will treat with expediency. For example, in the case of a cavity, a filling is necessary in order to prevent the advance of decay, which can lead to infection, root canal or even the loss of a tooth. Likewise, gum disease may need to be treated with a deep cleaning, root scaling and planing, or the use of antibiotics.

Don’t Forget the Kids!

Children need checkups with the dentist just as often as moms and dads. They will have the same type of checkup, but Dr. Loftus may recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants for the little ones. Fluoride strengthens enamel, and sealants create a barrier between decay-causing bacteria and their teeth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To get your New Year off to a good and healthy start, call the office of Dr. Joe Loftus in Dallas, TX, today. We also serve patients from communities throughout North Dallas and the surrounding areas, including Addison, Irving, Plano, Frisco, Richardson and more.

November 10, 2014

Your 75248 Dentist

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 9:10 pm

Family dentistIf you’re one of the hundreds of new residents who move to north Texas everyday—and we’re glad y’all are here!—then you’ll need to find a dentist that you can trust to take care of your family’s oral health and wellbeing. But even if you’re Texas born and bred, finding someone who cares about you and your family the way you do is important. Dr. Joe Loftus in Dallas, TX, has been looking after his patients with devotion and genuine concern for almost 20 years. Dr. Loftus would be delighted to take care of you and your family, too.

As a family man himself—Dr. Loftus and his wife have one daughter and one son—he can empathize with your desire to provide the best care for your family. And Dr. Loftus is well-qualified to be the dentist your family turns to for general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. After graduating high school, he headed straight for the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry and earned his bachelor’s and doctor of dental surgeries degrees in only six years as opposed to the usual eight years. Dr. Loftus is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and has studied with Frank Spear at the renowned Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.

Dr. Loftus loves the way his work allows him to better his patients’ lives by improving their smiles, looking after their oral health and often enhancing their overall health. But Dr. Loftus is not the only one in his office who feels this way. Dr. Loftus’ staff—from the dental hygienists to the front desk staff—feel the same. Patient care and exceptional customer service are the number one priorities. With this in mind, our office accepts several kinds of dental insurance, and we file for you, making sure to maximize your benefits. We also offer financing through Springstone Financial, so you can finance elective treatments with affordable payments. And of course, we accept a number of payment options, including cash, check and credit cards.

Call Our Office Today

So, whether you are new to Texas or are a longtime resident, whether you keep up with dental check-ups or haven’t seen the dentist in, well, a while, Dr. Loftus in Dallas, TX, wants to be your dentist. Schedule an appointment today with your 75248 dentist, who also conveniently sees patients from the surrounding communities of Plano, Frisco, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison and Garland.

September 10, 2014

Oral Cancer Screening: Protect Your Smile and Your Health with Dr. Joe Loftus

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 9:05 pm

Oral cancer screeningAn estimated 43,250 men and women are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and only about half of these will successfully fight the disease and continue living beyond the five year point following diagnosis. Because successful treatment is contingent upon early diagnosis and timely treatment, Dr. Joseph R. Loftus provides his patients from throughout Dallas, TX and the surrounding areas with comprehensive general dentistry solutions, including oral cancer screenings.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

Like many other aggressive forms of cancer, oral cancer typically progresses to a state of advanced severity before it presents with obvious symptoms. This is yet another reason that general dentistry checkups are so vital to oral health and continued physical wellness. An oral cancer screening allows Dr. Loftus to closely and thoroughly examine all of the soft tissue surfaces within the mouth using specialized technology to pinpoint areas of potential concern. This is conducive to early detection and the rapid beginning of treatment.

While oral cancer screening cannot be replaced by a simple visual examination at home, there are some signs that you can keep an eye out for between appointments:

  • Red or white patches anywhere in the mouth
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Persistent cough, with or without pain
  • Unexplained bleeding anywhere in the mouth
  • An ulcer that does not heal
  • Lumps or thickening of the skin anywhere in the mouth
  • Pain when chewing or speaking
  • A change in the way your dentures fit

If you notice any of the above symptoms or any other abnormalities, contact us immediately to schedule your appointment. While these symptoms do not necessarily indicate the presence of oral cancer, they are to be considered serious and they do warrant evaluation by your dentist.

Preserving Your Oral Health and Overall Wellness

How long has it been since your last general dentistry checkup? If it has been more than six months, it’s time to contact us to schedule your visit. We look forward to providing you with exceptional dentistry and a kind, caring touch, helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health for life. Our family-friendly office in Dallas, TX warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Frisco, Addison, Garland, Plano, Richardson, Irving, Cedar Crest, and beyond.

July 8, 2014

Dentures and Partials: Restore Your Smile with Dr. Loftus in Dallas, TX

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 9:00 pm

denturesIf you are missing multiple teeth, you know how it can negatively affect your daily life and interactions with others. You aren’t able to enjoy all of your favorite foods, and smiling in public settings can make you feel embarrassed due to the appearance of your incomplete dentition. At Joseph R. Loftus, DDS in Dallas, TX, Dr. Loftus and his team offer a variety of restorative dentistry solutions to help patients with missing teeth reclaim their healthy, beautiful smiles, including custom dentures and partials.

Smile with Confidence with Dentures and Partials

Partials and full dentures effectively perform the elemental functions you lose when you lose teeth. They allow you to chew food, speak more clearly, and smile with confidence. Because they are customized to fit your unique mouth shape and gums, these carefully crafted restorative prosthetics fit comfortably and look completely natural. A full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth while a partial denture acts as a sort of puzzle piece, filling in the gaps in your smile by replacing multiple teeth throughout the arch. Both are removable for easy cleaning and comfort.

For some patients, the option of implant-supported dentures appeals more to their lifestyle and expectations. This type of denture is retained within the mouth by dental implants, biocompatible posts that are surgically placed directly into the bone of the jaw. Dr. Loftus is always happy to discuss our wide variety of tooth replacement options with our patients, allowing them to play a vital role in the decision-making process regarding treatment.

Learn More About Dentures and Partials

Whether you currently wear a dental prosthetic or you are missing teeth and you’d like to learn more about your restorative dentistry options, we are here to help every step of the way. Contact our office in Dallas, TX today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Loftus. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health and an improved quality of life overall. Our family-friendly dental practice happily welcomes patients from throughout Dallas and the Fort Worth area, including Richardson, Cedar Crest, Garland, Frisco, Plano, Addison, Irving, and more.

May 22, 2014

Bring New Life to Your Smile with Dental Implants in Dallas, TX

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 8:54 pm

Dental ImplantsIf you are missing one or more teeth, you are certainly not alone. Tooth loss is more common problem than most Americans know, affecting millions of men and women between the ages of 20 and 64 alone. Fortunately, today’s advanced dental technology makes it possible to restore damaged and incomplete smiles with a restorative procedure that closely mimics natural teeth: dental implants. At the Dallas, TX office of Joseph R. Loftus, DDS, Dr. Loftus and his team offer dental implant restorations that look, feel, and function just like your natural dentition.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Whereas traditional dental prosthetics – including dentures, bridges, and partials – simply replace the part of your tooth that shows above the gum line, dental implants actually serve as replacements for the roots of your teeth. This is particularly important for both stability and the health of your jaw bone. Without a root to stimulate it, the bone tissue of the jaw deteriorates over time; this can lead to a variety of problems, including additional tooth loss.

When a dental implant is placed, the biocompatible titanium post serves as a new root to which a custom-crafted, aesthetically pleasing crown is affixed. Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures, eliminating the need for messy adhesives. The end result is a newly revitalized smile and a natural bite, allowing you to eat your favorite foods freely and speak with comfort and confidence.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Whether you have been missing one or more teeth for quite some time or you have an extraction planned, our team is here to help you with a variety of tooth replacement options, including dental implant restorations. Contact our office in Dallas, TX today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Loftus and our experienced, caring team. Our primary goal is to ensure your lifelong oral health, all while providing you with a gorgeous smile you can be proud of. Our family-friendly office is happy to welcome patients from throughout the DFW area, including Irving, Addison, Frisco, Richardson, Allen, Plano, and beyond.

April 11, 2014

Tooth-Colored Fillings Let You Smile with Confidence at Joseph R. Loftus, DDS

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 8:51 pm

Healthy GumsDental fillings provide invaluable strength and protection for teeth that have succumbed to decay or have been damaged due to injury. For decades, most fillings have been made of a combination of mercury and another metal, usually silver. Today, however, dental technology makes it possible to create strong, aesthetically pleasing fillings made from a tooth-colored composite, and Dr. Joseph R. Loftus offers this preferred method to his patients in Dallas, TX.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

When a filling is placed near the front of the mouth, it can easily be seen when the patient smiles or laughs. Metallic amalgam fillings are dark and unsightly, particularly when they are very large or within the smile zone. In addition, though continuing research still debates the subject, many patients and oral healthcare professionals contend that the mercury found in amalgam fillings may lead to potential health risks.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to silver and mercury fillings that is just as effective. Composite resin fillings are customized to match the color and shade of your natural teeth. The result is a beautiful, seamless smile that’s healthier and stronger than before. Whether you are in need of a new dental filling, or you’d like to have your old, dark metal fillings replaced with attractive, tooth-colored restorations, Dr. Loftus and his team are happy to help!

Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds with Tooth-Colored Fillings

With tooth-colored restorations from Dr. Joseph R. Loftus and his team, you’ll enjoy a beautifully revitalized smile that’s as strong as it is healthy. Contact our office in North Dallas, TX today to find out more about how easy it can be to replace your old, metallic amalgam fillings with cosmetically pleasing restorations today. Our family-friendly practice proudly serves patients from nearby neighborhoods in Plano, Allen, Richardson, Frisco, Addison, Irving, and beyond.

March 10, 2014

General Dentistry in Dallas, TX: Keeping Your Family’s Smiles Healthy with Dr. Loftus

Filed under: General Family Dentistry — Joseph Loftus DDS @ 8:44 pm

Shutterstock Little Girl at DentistWhen it comes to finding a dentist in Dallas, Texas, you and your family deserve only the best. You want expertise, skill, and cutting-edge technology in a practice that caters to all of your family’s oral healthcare needs all under one convenient roof. At our family dental practice in Dallas, TX, Dr. Joseph R. Loftus and his team offer comprehensive general dentistry to patients of all ages for continued oral health and comfort.

The Importance of General Dentistry Services

As with any other health concern, prevention always proves to be the best medicine. General dentistry services serve as the foundation of current and future oral health. With routine checkups, deep cleanings, x-rays, and more, Dr. Loftus helps keep your family’s smiles not only looking fantastic, but feeling great as well.

General family dentistry also encompasses concerns that are seemingly separate from the care of your teeth and gums, such as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, and sleep apnea. Our children’s dentistry services ensure that even the littlest smiles in your family are well maintained and healthy for years to come. We’ll always take the time to answer any questions you may have about your treatment and the types of services we provide.

Maintain Optimal Oral Health with Dr. Loftus

Whether you or someone in your family is due for a routine checkup, or you’re in need of treatment for a specific oral health condition like periodontal disease or bruxism, Dr. Loftus and his team are here to help. Contact our office in Dallas, TX today to find out more about our general and family dentistry services and schedule your appointment. Our warm, inviting office happily welcomes families from throughout the North Dallas area, as well as nearby communities in Garland, Irving, Plano, Frisco, Cedar Crest, Addison, and beyond. We can’t wait to see and serve your beautiful smile!