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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

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

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation-including sparkling water-has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?
According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth-and here's why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth. 

Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water-and Protecting Your Teeth

  • Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too-it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities). 
  • Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
  • Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember-sparkling or not-plain water is always the best choice.

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/

Teeth Grinding Night Guards - Palm Beach Smiles

Are your teeth slowly disappearing?

  • Have you been told you have "TMJ?"
  • Do you have worn teeth or are they getting shorter?
  • Are all your upper front teeth the same length? (They're not supposed to be.)
  • Are your facial, neck, or shoulder muscles tense in the morning? In the afternoon?
  • Do you catch yourself clenching your teeth during stressful times?
  • Do you get frequent headaches?
  • Do you have notches in the sides of your teeth at the gum line? You can feel them with your fingernail typically.
  • Do your teeth hurt or are they sensitive?
  • Do your jaw joints (TMJ) click or pop? Are they tender or sore? Has your jaw ever locked open or closed?
  • Are your teeth chipping? Or are you breaking fillings and crowns?
Night grinding and clenching of teeth is major cause of tooth loss. While many patients are not aware of this nocturnal habit, the damage done can be significant. If the damage is severe, extensive reconstructive treatment may be necessary. However, if caught early, this damage can be prevented easily.


Prevention

A customized night guard is an effective way to prevent damage to your teeth, TMJ (jaw joints), and muscles. Other benefits may include reduced frequency and intensity of headaches. A night guard is a custom-fitted device that is worn similarly to a retainer while you sleep. Think of it as a "helmet for your teeth."

Many "migraine" headaches may be related to clenching at night. Some of Dr. Barr's patients have had a remarkable reduction of migraine headaches by wearing a night guard. Ask him to tell you some of the remarkable patient stories!

Treatment

A misaligned bite can cause damage and discomfort, as well. Treatment almost always begins (and often ends) with a night guard. But it may include selective reshaping of the biting surfaces, restorative treatment, orthodontics, or a combination of these.

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, February 22, 2018

Why X-Rays?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "Why X-Ray?".


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
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Boynton Beach Dentist: Palm Beach Smiles - Porcelain Veneers



Nature didn't give you a perfect smile? Do you wish you could wave a magic wand and have a smile that projects your true personality?

Porcelain Veneers are a breakthrough in cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are a thin "shell" of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth. Veneers enable you to change the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth in just two visits in many cases.

Veneers are more durable than conventional "bonding." Because they are made of porcelain, they are very strong and are resistant to staining and chipping. An additional advantage of Porcelain Veneers is that they are a more conservative procedure than crowns.

Porcelain Veneers are a cosmetic treatment for a variety of dental conditions including:
  • Spaces or gaps.
  • Broken or chipped teeth.
  • Stained or discolored teeth.
  • Crooked teeth.
The change in your appearance after a "smile lift" can be dramatic. When you look good, you feel good, and the people around you take notice. Projecting an image of self-confidence can be life-changing!

Dr. Michael Barr is a Porcelain Veneer Expert who has
helped teach dentists from around the world exquisite smile design techniques. If you're a resident of Boynton Beach, or the greater Palm Beach County area, your opportunity for a gorgeous smile is waiting for you!

To see before and after photographs of actual cases done by Dr. Barr, click on Porcelain Veneer Photos.


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, February 12, 2018

Tips for keeping a beautiful smile!

Keeping your teeth clean, smooth and beautiful...
Proper oral hygiene is your key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are our and the American Dental Association's recommendations for at home care:

  • Brush 2-3 times every day with a flouride toothpaste (it doesn't matter which brand)
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, etc)
  • Limit consumption of sugary foodsand beverages. Soda drinks can destroy teeth faster than almost anything else
  • Eliminate or at least limit use of alchol, chewing tabacco, and cigarettes

We also recommend using an electric high-speed toothbrush in conjuction with a  waterpik for your daily at-home oral care.

And don't forget six-month professional cleanings and checkups. The American Dnetal Association recommends checkups every six months for those ages four and older.

Professional cleanings by qualified hygienists will remove bacteria and plaque, which can cause serious dental problems if not kept in check.

If you have not been seen recently call our office for an appointment!

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, February 5, 2018

To Floss or Not to Floss..

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about flossing and if it is good or not! Kind of reminds me of coffee, some studies say is good for you and others say it isn't.

Our dental office believes that flossing is beneficial to a person's general oral health. Our staff is trained to address the issues of proper flossing to our patients on an individual need basis. We promote many different tools used to effectively and safely clean between the teeth.

If you are concerned with the recent news reports, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to review your concerns and make sure you are properly caring for your teeth.

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, February 1, 2018

Replacing 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 quite 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 replaced, 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
http://palmbeach-smiles.com/