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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you have a chipped tooth, worn down teeth, or discolored teeth?

Dr. Barr believes, "Cosmetic Dentistry is the art and science of restoring a single tooth or an entire smile using modern techniques that restore function and create a natural and beautiful appearance."

To see some amazing cosmetic transformations, click on Boynton Beach Cosmetic Dentist.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Diabetes and Your Dental Health # 3

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect  your dental health. Below is one way that diabetes can affect your oral health.

Slow Healing 

 










Have you ever noticed a cold sore or a cut in your mouth that doesn’t quite seem to go away? This can be another way that diabetes may affect your mouth. Poor control of blood sugar can keep injuries from healing quickly and properly. If you have something in your mouth that you feel isn’t healing as it should, see your dentist.

To read all '5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth' visit MouthHealthy.org.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Monday, November 6, 2017

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist in Palm Beach County

Porcelain Veneers case by Dr. Michael Barr
Pat had porcelain veneers to create
her Palm Beach Smile!  Click here
to read Pat's testimonial.
A great smile is always in fashion.  But, some of us were not born with a smile we love.  And, for some of us, time has caught up with our smiles.

Some need a little.  Some need a lot.

What it takes to create the smile you've dreamed of can vary quite a bit.  For some, it may be as straightforward as whitening and some touch-up bonding.  Others may need more involved treatment such as porcelain veneers and crowns.  In any case, finding the right dentist is important.

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

If you look around, it seems every dentist is a "cosmetic dentist."  It's not a recognized specialty like orthodontics or oral surgery.  So, any dentist can make the claim.

How do you go about finding the right dentist for cosmetic treatment?  There are a few ways you can research the best cosmetic dentist for you.  Most dentists today have websites.  Though most of the websites are nothing more than a boilerplate / template website with "insert dentist name here."  Those same sites usually have "stock" before & after photos, which are simply bought or licensed photos.  If you look at enough dental websites, you'll see the same photos over and over.  These websites do not reflect the actual abilities of the dentist.

The proof is in the photos.

Smile photo - combination of porcelain veneers and crowns done by Dr. Michael Barr
This is a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns done
by Dr. Michael Barr.  Look for sharply-focused photos like
this one, so you can get a good idea of the dentist's results. 
Click here to see Toni's story and before and after photos.
The first thing you should look for are before & after photos of actual cases done by the dentist.  A cosmetic dentist worth his or her salt will have photos of their own cases.  And, they should indicate that they are actual cases in the website.  To see actual cases done by Dr. Michael Barr at his Boynton Beach dental practice, click here.

On the other hand, if you are in consultation at the dentist's office, they should be able to show you photos of their own cases right there.  Are they quality photos with sharp focus and good lighting (so you can really see the results)?

No photos?  No deal!

Education and experience.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Antibiotics & Your Heart

Over the years, the American Heart Association has updated the recommended protocols for dental patients with heart conditions.  Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about antibiotics and your heart.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Diabetes and Your Dental Health # 2

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect  your dental health. Below are two ways that diabetes can affect your oral health.

Change in Taste 

 










Your favorite flavors might not taste as rich as your remember if you have diabetes. It can be disappointing, but take the opportunity to experiment with different tastes, textures and spices to your favorite foods. Just take care not to add too much sugar to your food in an effort to add flavor. Not only can this affect the quality of your diet, it can also lead to more cavities. If you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth, see your dentist or doctor.

Infections 

 










Diabetes affects your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infection. One common among people with diabetes is a yeast infection called oral thrush (candidiasis). The yeast thrive on the higher amount of sugar found in your saliva, and it looks like a white layer coating your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. Thrush is more common in people who wear dentures and can often leave a bad taste in your mouth. See your dentist if you think you have thrush or any other mouth infection.

To read all '5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth' visit MouthHealthy.org.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Are the Invisible Braces from the "Club" the same as Invisalign?

Buy Braces Direct!

You may have heard about getting invisible aligner type braces "direct" from an online "club" on TV or social media.  They imply that you can get the "same thing directly" without the dentist "middle-man."  Of course, the cost is less than you'd pay at a dental office.

The implication is that dentists are simply retailers of the aligners, and you are simply buying the product directly from the aligner company.  I understand the possible natural assumption that any criticism or defense from a dentist is self-serving or "protecting our turf."  I hope you'll indulge me for a few minutes and read on.


You shouldn't buy scalpels or Botox "direct," either.

Orthodontic aligner therapy is not a retail product.  It is a professional service.  The aligners are simply one of the tools used by dentists to straighten teeth.  Here at Palm Beach Smiles, there is much more to the Invisalign™ Treatment than simply handing the aligners over to the patient.  But, to preface what is involved in aligner therapy by a dentist, I want to point out how it is done with what I call "do-it-yourself braces" (DIY) available through online sources.

In order to receive the braces directly from the online retailer, you need only to send them self-administered dental impressions (molds) and some selfie photos of your smile and teeth. That's it.  No live examination by a dentist needed.  If you're "approved," you get your braces in the mail.

If a dentist, in any state in the U.S., provided any kind of orthodontic treatment, including aligners, with only impressions and cell phone photos as "diagnostic records," it would be a slam-dunk case of malpracticeSlam.  Dunk.  

That should be enough information to end this article.  But, I'll continue to elaborate.

What could go wrong?

Orthodontic treatment (moving teeth) without a comprehensive dental examination, including x-rays and periodontal (gums - soft tissues and bony support) examination would rightfully be considered below the standard of care, because

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Comfort Dental

Precision- Targeted Dental Anesthesia in Boynton Beach

  • "The dentist cant get my tooth numb."
  • "Local anesthetic doesn't work for me."

Does this describe you? Has painless dentistry eluded you? Have you had trouble or difficulty getting "numb" before? More often than not, its a lower molar that resists anesthesia. Here at Palm Beach Smiles, we are confident we can get any tooth numb. Dr. Barr has learned special techniques to get specific teeth numb comfortably and efficiently. 
The technique actually uses less anesthetic and works very quickly. It also wears off more quickly after your treatment. 

This technique does not involve putting you to "sleep." It is not sedation. It's best described as "precision-targeted anesthesia." Instead of using traditional "block" that makes the whole side of your face numb, Dr. Barr will gently numb just the tooth or teeth being treated, resulting in a painless experience. 

Give us a call. We're on Boynton Beach Blvd., right off of I-95. So, we're conveniently located and easily reached from Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach. 

Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Diabetes and Your Dental Health # 1

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect  your dental health. Below are two ways that diabetes can affect your oral health.

Gum Disease 












Notice some bleeding when you brush or floss? That may be an early sign of gum disease. If it becomes more severe, the bone that supports your teeth can break down, leading to tooth loss. Early gum disease can be reversed with proper brushing, flossing and diet. Research has shown gum disease can worsen if your blood sugar is not under control, so do your best to keep it in check.

Dry Mouth 











Studies have found people with diabetes have less saliva, so you might find yourself feeling parched or extra thirsty. (Medications and higher blood sugar levels are also causes.) Fight dry mouth by drinking water. You can also chew sugarless gum and eat healthy, crunchy foods to get saliva flowing. This is especially important because extra sugar in your saliva, combined with less saliva to wash away leftover food, can lead to cavities.

To read all '5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth' visit MouthHealthy.org.

Palm Beach Smiles 
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1- Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Power Toothbrushes

Dr. Barr uses a power toothbrush himself.  He believes that a power brush is better than a manual brush, IF it's used correctly.  Dr. Barr says, "What matters is how LONG you brush your teeth, not how fast (and certainly not how hard)." 

Most power brushes have a built-in 2-minute timer.  Some of the timers beep every 30 seconds, so you spend 30 seconds on each quadrant (upper right, lower right, upper left, lower left).  If you brush your teeth for the full two minutes (which will seem like an eternity at first), your teeth WILL be clean. 

Of course, the same applies to a manual brush if you prefer.  Just do it for two minutes.  Dr. Barr recommends flossing before brushing.  That way the beneficial fluoride in the toothpaste can soak in between your teeth.


Dr. Barr recommends either the Oral B "Pro" series or the Philips Sonicare.

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about power toothbrushes.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Missing Teeth

Are Missing Teeth Leaving Your Smile Empty?

In our culture, a nice smile is part of the "dress code." The "photoshopped"photo is an effective, if not amusing, demonstration of the importance of even a single tooth in your smile. Missing teeth can have a significant negative impact on how people perceive you. Missing teeth carry the stigma of being presumed less intelligent or that you don't care for yourself. This can curb your career path and certainly your social life. 

Missing teeth are quire common. In the U.S., there is an average of 7 missing teeth per adult. And the percentage of adults with no teeth at all is 10%. 

When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth take a heavier load and will be more prone to problems themselves. We normally have 28 teeth (not counting wisdom teeth), and they are designed to work together as a system. Once a tooth is lost and not replaces, it typically begins a vicious cycle of tooth loss. Missing teeth can cause the surrounding teeth to collapse or tilt. This can then lead to bite problems and even gum problems. Missing teeth may also lead to changes in your facial structure and appearance, such as sunken cheeks and flat or drooping lips. 

There are three ways to replace teeth:

(Click on the links to learn about each)
  1. Dental Implants
  2. "Fixed Bridges."
  3. Removable Partial Dentures or Complete Dentures in the case of having no teeth at all. 
Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Risks to Oral Health During Pregnancy

Learn what the American Dental Association has to about risks to your oral health during pregnancy.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Six Month Smiles

Now Available at Palm Beach Smiles- Braces Done in Just Six Months!

Tiersa's smile always bothered her. And about 7 months before her wedding, she decided to do something. Porcelain veneers would have been fairly aggressive to compensate for the degree of crookedness of Tiersa's teeth. And Tiersa didnt have two years to spare for traditional orthodontics. 6 Month Smiles was the perfect solution. Her braces came off just in time for the wedding! That's Tiersa in the wedding photo!

Every case on this website is an actual case treated by Dr.
Michael Barr, a general dentist, at Palm Beach Smiles. 
  • Has your smile been stuck in "Cosmetic Limbo?"
  • Have you considered Veneers but didn't want your teeth permanently altered?
  • Were you afraid your only other choice is to have braces for Two Years or longer?
  • Does the thought of being treated while being surrounded by kids turn you off? Keep reading!


Our Boynton Beach Dental Office was the first in Palm Beach County certified by Six Month Smiles to offer 6 Month Adult Braces. In the past, your only choices to correct a crooked smile were traditional comprehensive orthodontics or Porcelain Veneers. 
Today, you can have crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth straightened cosmetically with 6 Month Braces. 


Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Candy: Your Dental Health Survival Guide

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies-and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. 

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities. 

But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.”

To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth:
Chocolate
Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. ìChocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy,î Dr. Ferraz- Dougherty says. “Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.”

Sticky and Gummy Candies
Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. “This candy is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work,” Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:
  • Hard Candy
  • Sour Candy
  • Popcorn Balls
Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377


Thursday, October 5, 2017

12 Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. 

Here's how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round.
Time It Right
Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.

Stay Away from Sweet Snacks
Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. “Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,” Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says.

Choose Candy Carefully
Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:
  • Avoid Sticky Situations
  • Have a Plan
  • Drink More Water
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet
  • Stay Away from Sugary Beverages
  • Chew Gum with the ADA Seal
  • Brush Twice a Day
  • Clean Between Your Teeth
  • Visit an ADA Dentist
Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cold and Flu Season: 5 Ways to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org
When he’s feeling under the weather, ADA dentist Dr. Gene Romo says one thing always helps him feel a little more like himself. “Brushing my teeth when I’m sick actually makes me feel better,” he says. “My mouth feels clean, and in a way, I feel like my health is starting to improve.”

When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your body is your top priority-and that includes your mouth. “It’s important to take care of your dental health all year round, but especially when you’re sick,” Dr. Romo says.

Here are some simple ways to care for your dental health when you’re not feeling well: 

Practice Good Hygiene
When you’re sick, you know to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Don’t forget to keep up your dental and toothbrush hygiene as well.
According to the CDC, the flu virus can live on moist surfaces for 72 hours. “The number one rule is not to share your toothbrush anytime, but especially when you are sick,” Dr. Romo says.
You also probably don’t need to replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. Unless your immune system is severely compromised, the chances of reinfecting yourself are very low. “But if you’re still in doubt, throw it out,” says Dr. Romo. “Especially if you’ve had your toothbrush for 3-4 months, when it’s time to replace it anyway.”

Choose Sugar-Free Cough Drops
Read the label before you pick up a bag at the drug store with an eye to avoid ingredients like fructose or corn syrup. “Many cough drops contain sugar, and it is like sucking on candy,” says Dr. Romo. “Sugar is a culprit when it comes to cavities.” The longer you keep a sugary cough drop in your mouth, the more time cavity-causing bacteria has to feast on that sugar, which produces the acid that can leave holes in your teeth.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:
  • Swish and Spit After Vomiting
  • Stay Hydrated to Avoid Dry Mouth
  • Choose the Right Fluids
Palm Beach Smiles
Michael Barr, DDS
COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY
650 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Suite 1 -Boynton Beach, FL 332426
(561) 736-2377

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Who Is Running the Show at This Dental Office?

Michael Barr, DDS
Palm Beach Smiles is owned and operated by Michael Barr, DDS.  That's me.  I'm the chief cook and bottle washer, since 1994, at the same location in Boynton Beach, Florida.  As it stands, it is Florida law for dental practices to be owned by a dentist.

What is "Corporate Dentistry?"


But, that's apparently not always the case these days.  How so?  Maybe you've noticed a number of dental practices with multiple locations and a brand names that rhyme with Masspin, DownCare, or Page Dental.  There are others.  You have likely seen their TV ads.  These are large corporations that have dental clinics all over the state and even nationwide.

I call it "bus station dentistry."

These are massive corporations that manage to get around the state regulations by hiring dentists to pose as owners.  But, they aren't running the show.  Usually, these "owner dentists" are not working as dentists in those offices. 

Rather, they hire associate dentists (often new dentists) to see patients.  LOTS of patients.  They have production quotas for the associate dentists.  The dentists are often directed by the office manager (not a dentist) on treatment planning.  There is reportedly a lot of pressure to produce.  I've known dentists in these clinics that are seeing as many as five patients simultaneously. 

What happened to the dentist I saw last time?

Not surprisingly, these offices have a high turnover of dentists and staff.  There is a very good chance you won't see the same people six months later. 

Over the many years I've been in practice, I've seen many patients who have left these corporate dental practices disappointed by the lack of personalized service and questionable treatment plans. 

Jo-Ann - Office Manager
My purpose is not to claim superiority or cast aspersions.  It is simply to point out some differences between "corporate dentistry" and private care dentistry.  Patients should know who owns the practice.  Ask questions.  Who is the owner?  Where is the owner?  Does he or she see patients?  Is there a corporation that owns the office?  Where is the headquarters located?

 If the office staff cannot answer the question, you may reconsider being a patient there, in my opinion.  If the owner is an absentee figurehead, the same applies.

I admit to being a bit dismayed at what I see going on "out there." 

Kim - Registered Dental Hygienist

Where everyone knows your name...

Palm Beach Smiles is a private care practice owned by me, Dr. Michael Barr.  There are no outside corporate interests tell me what to do.   My only guide, day to day, is my professional training and experience.  What would I do if the patient was my family?  What is best for the patient?  I strongly believe that is the best and ONLY path.  I love what I do.  I want to keep it that way.  I could never take orders from "upper management" when it comes to treating my patients.  I love providing the best care possible for my patients.  It is important that my patients understand their condition and treatment options.

I like to think we provide the latest, proven dental care with "old school" service.  That means attention to detail.  It means seeing one
patient at a time.  It means getting to know our patients.  It means spending TIME with out patients, making sure they understand what is happening and how best to prevent further issues.  It means "being there" for our patients.  You won't find our reception area full of people waiting to be seen (like a bus station).  There is no "sign in" sheet.  We are expecting you.  Jo-Ann will greet you when you walk in.

Sandy - chairside assistant
I have been here since 1994.  My office manager, Jo- Ann has been here for 15 years.  Sandy, my assistant, has been working by my side for 18 years.  Kim, our hygienist, is our newest team member with 2 years at Palm Beach Smiles (but has 12 years of experience).  It's just the four of us!  Every time you visit us, it will be the same familiar faces.

If you'd prefer "old school" one-patient-at-a-time service where "everyone knows your name," please visit our website or give us a call.  You can visit our recently updated website at:  www.PalmBeach-Smiles.com.  You can even book an appointment right on our website!  Or you can give us a call at 561-736-2377.   We'd love to meet you!