Palm Beach Smiles - Cosmetic Dentistry & 6 Month Braces
This blog is a source of current information about cosmetic dentistry written by Dr. Michael Barr, Boynton Beach dentist and founder of Palm Beach Smiles. Palm Beach Smiles is located in Boynton Beach, Florida, in the center of Palm Beach County's coast.
Your Source for Six Month Braces and Porcelain Veneers
You know good dental
habits can help prevent things like cavities and gingivitis, but you may not
know what conditions like these really look like or how they can affect your
mouth. Use this visual guide to learn more about some of the most common dental
health issues, symptoms to watch for and the potential treatments that are
available. Please note: This content is
for informational purposes only. Only a dentist, physician or other qualified
health care professional can make a diagnosis. Cold Sores (Fever Blisters)
Cold sores are fluid-filled
blisters that erupt on your lips, under your nose or around your chin caused by
a virus known as herpes simplex virus type 1. Once you have them, you’re likely
to get them again. Extremely contagious, they can be passed to others from the
time you feel the first symptoms (like itching or tingling by your mouth) to
the time they heal completely. Cold sores are often red, yellow or gray and
usually heal within a week or two on their own. Your dentist can prescribe
antiviral drugs within the first few days of an outbreak to help it heal more
quickly. Over the counter drugs are available to help with pain, itching and
burning they might cause. Cavities
If this happens, see your dentist. A small chip might be able to be smoothed
down. Your dentist can use a tooth-colored filling, a veneer or crown to shape up your
smile after a larger chip. Teeth Grinding
your teeth (bruxism) is most likely to
happen when you’re sleeping, though it can occur anytime during the day if
you’re stressed, have a new filling or crown that’s higher than
the rest of your teeth or have an abnormal bite. Over a long period of time,
the surface of your teeth will become worn. You could experience toothaches,
dull headaches or earaches, and jaw pain (TMJ). Your teeth may also appear more yellow
because the white outer covering is worn away.
A custom mouthguard from your dentist can
protect your teeth during sleep and correct bite issues. If stress is the
cause, find a way to relax. Meditation, counseling and exercise can help reduce
stress and anxiety (and the likelihood that you will grind your teeth).
How can the hardest substance in the human body turn to mush? Invisible fillings are your solution!
"Thank you for your honesty with taking care of my teeth. I love all you guys and keep smiling." —Evelyn Thomas
Everyone knows about cavities. Most of us know that sugar is a major culprit. Most of us have had fillings to fix cavities throughout our lives. Teeth are decayed by the acids in our mouth produced by bacteria (plaque) consuming sugars and carbohydrates. That acid is what turns our teeth into mush. Today's popular and very acidic soft drinks and "energy" drinks are like gas on the decay fire.
However, you may not be aware of early tooth decay. Here are some signs that may indicate cavities in your teeth:
Sensitive to sweets, food, or cold temperatures.
Brown-stained pits or craters in your teeth.
Broken teeth or broken old fillings.
Though, oftentimes, cavities don't hurt at all.
The solution to cavities depends on many things including: how large the cavity is, where the cavity is on the tooth, and where the tooth is in the mouth.
Actual case by Dr. Barr at Palm Beach Smiles. This is a combination of crowns and veneers. Click any of the photos above to see more about this case!
Do you have large stained fillings? Do you have existing crowns that have a dark line at the gumline or look unnatural, like "chiclets"?
Cosmetic Dental Crowns can be used to create a more pleasing smile. Some of the conditions that can be corrected with cosmetic crowns:
Old crowns that have "black line syndrome" near the gum line.
Old crowns that no longer match your other teeth.
Large stained fillings or bondings.
Large silver-mercury amalgam fillings.
Issues with your bite or how your teeth fit together.
Teeth worn down over the years.
The trend is towards reducing or eliminating metal in dentistry. The All-Ceramic Crowns are state-of-the-art. They appear very natural and have the advantage of being bonded to the tooth for strength. Since there is no metal substructure, they don't have the "black line syndrome" at the gum line.
Dr. Michael Barr has dedicated himself to creating beautiful smiles with the latest porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns. He has even taught these techniques to other dentists from across the country. If you're in Boynton Beach or Palm Beach County, Porcelain Crowns may be your answer to getting your own "Palm Beach Smile!" Whether it's a single tooth or an entire smile, we want it to look like it grew there - natural and beautiful.
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. Sunlight People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.
Diet Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate! 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/
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. Tobacco Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco use increases your risk dramatically. Smoking can cause oral cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Pipe smokers are also at a higher risk for developing cancer in their lips. Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips. Alcohol According to the American Cancer Society, 7 of 10 oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an average of two drinks a day or more for men and an average of more than one drink a day for women. If you are a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, your chances of developing oral cancer increase significantly. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) The sexually transmitted disease is now associated with about 9,000 cases of head and neck cancer (specifically those occurring at the back of the tongue, in or around the tonsils) diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the CDC. People who are diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer tend to be younger and nonsmokers. People with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of death or recurrence, even though these cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage because it develops in difficult-to-detect areas. 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/