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Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 1 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them. Read on to find out the top risk factors.
 










Gender 
Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer. The American Cancer Society attributes this to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men, but says more men of a younger age are being diagnosed with HPV-related forms of oral cancer.
 










Age 
Most people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are 55 or older, according to the American Cancer Society. HPV-related oral cancers, however, are often diagnosed in people who are younger.  
 










To read the entire article 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/

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Learn what the American Dental Association has to about the importance of brushing and flossing daily.

 
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, March 25, 2018

Dental Root Canals

Root Canals in Boynton Beach

Lions, tigers, bears, and Root Canals - Oh, my!










Root canal therapy is probably the most misunderstood and maligned dental procedure. The butt of sitcom jokes and even horror scenes in movies, the myths of root canals are a challenge to overcome.

Here's the truth about root canals:
  • Root canals feel good! Really. Root canal treatment relieves the pain of a toothache.
  • They don't hurt. You are numb during the procedure. They don't hurt.
  • They relieve pain. Many patients who need root canal therapy arrive in pain. Treatment relieves that pain.
  • No, we aren't removing the roots of your tooth. The infected contents of the roots are removed. It's a tiny hollow space inside the tooth that we clean out.
  • Root canals save teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted.
  • Did I mention they don't hurt?
When is a root canal needed?
  • Decay has reached the pulp (nerve) of a tooth.
  • The pulp has been irritated beyond natural healing and is causing pain.
  • The pulp has died and is causing inflammation or swelling.
  • There is an abscess at the end of the root.
If you're in Boynton Beach or Palm Beach County and have a toothache, give us a call at (561) 736-2377! Root Canal Treatment will take the pain away!

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, March 22, 2018

Wisdom Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about wisdom teeth.


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, March 18, 2018

Teeth Whitening Dentist

Teeth Whitening in Boynton Beach

Bright, White Teeth Give You a Smile that can Open Doors! 








Forever White Smiles™!

When you have your teeth whitened at Palm Beach Smiles, you will receive a free supply of touch-up gel at each "recall" (cleaning) appointment for as long as you remain an established patient in our practice! (Maximum of 2 refills per year - more than enough to maintain a beautiful, white Palm Beach Smile!)

You may have noticed that your teeth aren't "as white as they used to be." Over time, teeth commonly turn a shade of yellow. This can be due to many factors including diet, smoking, coffee, tea, colas, wine, etc. Fortunately, there is an easy solution.

"Home bleaching" is a very popular cosmetic procedure. It is a simple, conservative, and effective method to whiten your natural teeth. You will typically see dramatic results within two weeks. In the spectrum of cosmetic dental procedures, whitening is an economical way to achieve a remarkably improved smile.

It should be noted that your existing fillings, bondings, or crowns will not change color and may need to be replaced to match your new, whiter teeth.

Click here to read Dr. Barr's blog entry about teeth whitening kiosks in the mall.

To view photographs of actual cases done by Dr. Barr, click on Teeth Whitening 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/

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

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

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing-the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health.

Diet and Tooth Decay
The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon: 

  • The form of the food-whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference. 
  • How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages. 
  • The nutritional makeup of the food. 
  • The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them. 
  • Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth.

How Snacking Affects Your Dental Health
For dental health, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts-for your overall health and the health of your teeth. Did you know that certain foods can put you at risk for cavities and other dental health problems? Here are some MouthHealthy tips.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Recommended Nutritional Guidelines
  • Foods That Harm Your Dental Health
  • Sugar and Your Dental Health
  • How Sugar Substitutes Affect Your Teeth
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cavities

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, March 8, 2018

What if an Object Gets Caught in Your Teeth?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "What if an Object Gets Caught in Your Teeth?".


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, March 4, 2018

5 Reasons Your Smile Is Stronger Than You Think

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

The right smile can leave you laughing, fill you with joy or make you melt with emotion. But, ultimately, the best smile is one that is healthy and strong. Here are some of the “tooth truths” about how tough your teeth really are ñ and how to keep them that way.

1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.
The shiny, white enamel that covers your teeth is even stronger than bone. This resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body - making it durable and damage-resistant.    

2. Your bite is powerful!
Did you know your teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down? That’s probably what tempts us to use our teeth as tools from time to time, but as your Dr. Barr will remind you, that’s one of the worst habits when it comes to preserving healthy teeth.  Please don't use your teeth to:
  • Open packages or bottles
  • Trim your fingernails (or toenails!  Ha!)
  • Strip electrical wire
  • Cut fishing line

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Teeth can last for hundreds of years.
  • Strong as they are, teeth can't heal on their own.
  • Healthy teeth have the power to resist decay, but they need our help.

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/

Smile Dental Makeovers

Major Dental Work in Boynton Beach

So... What is "major dental work?" It's actually not a term we dentists use. You won't find it in a dental textbook. But I know it's a term that people use. In fact, you may have landed here by searching for those terms on Google. Let's face it... "Major dental work" is needed when a patient has "a lot of dental problems." You may not be able to define "major dental work," but you usually know it when you need it.

You know you need "major dental work" because you can see it and feel it:
  • Your teeth are worn down to "nubs."
  • You have multiple broken and chipped teeth.
  • Your teeth are discolored.
  • You have multiple cavities or holes in your teeth.
  • Multiple teeth are missing.
  • You have loose teeth.
  • Many of your teeth are painful.
  • You noticed bleeding and swollen gums.
You may have even had it confirmed by a dentist already. But, you haven't done anything, yet.

You may have been putting this off for a number of reasons including:
  • I haven't found the RIGHT DENTIST.
  • It costs too much.
  • I'm too old.
  • I've waited too long. It's too late.
  • Maybe I don't really need it.
  • My insurance won't cover it.
  • I'm afraid it will hurt.
However, something has changed and now you're looking into it again. You've come to the right place!











How do I find the right dentist?

This is an important question. Dentists range in training, experience, and interests. It's no different than any other profession. Not every dentist is comfortable taking on patients who need "major dental work."

It's also important that you do your homework and ask questions. Whether your concerns are primarily cosmetic or you just want to be able to chew your favorite foods again... Ask about experience. Ask the dentist to show you pictures of actual cases he or she has done.

I am a general dentist who has spent his career focusing on what we dentists have come to call "big case dentistry." I've invested over 2,000 hours in continuing education, and I have now passed 25 years of experience with many "big cases" done. If you look around my website, you'll find many photos of cases I've done. I took all the photos, and they are all my actual patients. There are no store-bought or "stock" photos on my website.

Does the dentist have photos of cases he or she had done? Any dentist who focuses on cosmetics or reconstructive dentistry should have examples of his or her cases. Do the restored teeth look natural? Do they look like they belong there?

These are a combination of crowns and veneers done at Palm Beach Smiles. Close-up photos like this leave nothing to the imagination and demonstrate what is possible with the right dentist. Artfully executed porcelain crowns and veneers can be made to look very natural.

Where do I begin?

We begin at the beginning! I know that sounds trite, but it's true.

Your first visit at Palm Beach Smiles may only be a consultation. A "meet and greet." Besides finding a dentist with the right experience, you'll want to find one that simply makes you feel comfortable. Trust your instincts. Do you connect? Does the dentist listen? Do they take their time with you? Or are they rushed? Were your options explained in terms you can understand?

After that, we will start with an appointment for a comprehensive examination. That will include the usual "poking around," X-rays, charting, photos, and models of your teeth. Once I've gathered all the "data," I'll have to spend some time reviewing it and formulating your treatment options. We'll have a follow-up consultation a week or so later. Then we can review my findings and your treatment options together.

The foundation of a great smile is HEALTH. Before we redecorate the living room, we should put out the fire in the kitchen. "Major dental work" starts with a healthy foundation. Putting out the fires means getting rid of infections and issues causing pain. This may include gum treatmentroot canal therapy, and extractions of teeth that are beyond saving. Once the fires are put out, we can rebuild your smile (aka Full Mouth Reconstruction or Smile Makeover) and know that it will look good, feel good, and last a long time.

What about insurance? What about the cost?

The reality is that dental "insurance" isn't really insurance. Most have the same $1,000 maximum annual benefit. That's the same maximum benefit they had in the 1960s. Fifty years ago! No kidding.

So, it simply doesn't cover major dental work. That doesn't mean we can't use it. It just means that your insurance benefit will amount to a small percentage of the overall costs.

"Keeping it real" means recognizing that major dental work means significant expense to you. "Major dental work" may include root canal treatmentcrowns, bridges, and implants. Being brutally honest... It's not cheap. However, that expense can be spread out if needed. Oftentimes, the treatment is spread over a period of time, and your costs are also spread out that way. Also consider that there is almost always more than one treatment option (ranging in cost). There are financing options available to you, as well.

You can save a lot of money on major treatment by joining our in-house dental savings plan.

Is it too late? Am I too old?

It's really never too late. The vast majority of my "big cases" are middle age and senior citizens. It becomes a matter of quality of life. Today's dentistry can greatly enhance your quality of life by enabling you to smile and speak confidently. You can eat anything you want. Even kissing is better with nice teeth!

Let's talk!

We offer a no-charge initial consultation (meet and greet). Give us a call and Jo-Ann will set that up for you! We are conveniently located onBoynton Beach Blvd, right off I-95. So, it's a short trip from West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, or Boca Raton.

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, March 1, 2018

How Often Should a Senior Citizen Go to the Dentist?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "How Often Should a Senior Citizen Go to the Dentist?".

 
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/