Dr. Nevein Amer can’t recall ever wanting to be anything other than a dentist. She began her journey by working at a dental practice in high school and then went on to attend the University of Texas, in Arlington, where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology. Amer later graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry, in Dallas.
After graduation, she moved to California and began practicing at a local dental office in Torrance. Craving a slower pace that would allow her to provide more personalized care, she opened her own practice. “I wanted to know my patients’ first and last names,” she explains. “I wanted to know their families and their health history—I craved that connection.”
With a growing family of her own, Amer decided to pack up and move back to Texas in 2006 to be closer to her parents and brother. It was then that she opened Dental Arts of Plano, a practice dedicated to combining the newest technologies in the dental field with a holistic approach to care.
Her longtime personal interest in overall health and wellness extends into her practice as she strives to educate her patients about the importance of oral health. She explains that regular dentist visits can do more than just keep a smile attractive. Amer points out that the health of the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. For example, when an individual’s mouth is healthy, the chances are their overall health is also good. On the other hand, if an individual has poor oral health, other health problems also may be present.
“Your mouth is full of bacteria—most of them harmless,” notes Amer. “Daily brushing and flossing, combined with regular deep cleanings, can keep the bacteria under control. However, harmful bacteria can sometimes cause oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease.”
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and health complications such as stroke and heart disease. Amer says what’s troubling is that 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 have some sort of gum disease. “Educating patients is one of the most important things that we do,” notes Amer. “People simply don’t understand that the mouth is the gateway to health.”
As part of its holistic approach, Dental Arts of Plano is metal-free—meaning they use no mercury fillings and no crowns or bridges with metals. They will even remove and replace old amalgam (mercury) fillings, following a strict safety protocol.
Amer offers a wide range of services, including cosmetic dentistry, extractions, root canals, dental implants, porcelain veneers, whitening, Invisalign and more. She specializes in catering to patients with a phobia of dentists by making them as comfortable and relaxed as possible. “We don’t want fear to be a reason for poor oral health,” states Amer. “With sedation dentistry, we can relax anxieties and ensure smooth dental procedures.” Options include oral sedatives, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and for major work, an anesthesiologist.
A passionate and caring individual, Amer is completely committed to her patients, and often goes above and beyond the services of other similar practices. “We are here to help, and we’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen,” she explains. “We offer payment plans, financing and accept a lot of insurance plans that others don’t. Dental treatment is an excellent investment in an individual’s medical and psychological well-being. Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining proper dental care.”
For Amer, the best part of her job is the relationships she has built with her patients over the years. “Every case has a story and holds a place in my heart. Giving a person the gift of a great smile—watching as their confidence grows and their personality shifts—is very rewarding.”
Dental Arts of Plano is located at 4701 W. Park Blvd., Ste. 201, in Plano. For more information, call 972-985-4450 or visit DentalArtsOfPlano.com.