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Beautiful Teeth and Gums are Rarely Natural

When you see your favorite celebrities on television and in magazines, you are probably impressed by their teeth and gums and their beautiful white and bright smile.

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While some may have been born with those pearly whites, most have had some sort of cosmetic dental work.

From professional tooth whitening, the most popular cosmetic dental procedure on the planet, to porcelain veneers and dental implants, regular people just like you are opting for cosmetic dentistry to boost their confidence and self-esteem. Dr. George Sanchez is a cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach who can give you healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful Hollywood Smile.

My Teeth and Gums are Horrible and Can’t Be Fixed

Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach has seen all sorts of smiles. Not only broken, crooked and stained teeth, but also bleeding gums and missing teeth. Every smile can be repaired. It just takes a talented dental team to do the work.

When you schedule an appointment with Dr. George and his team, your teeth and gums will be examined to determine what procedures would be best. If you have unhealthy teeth and gums, you’ll need to take care of those issues first if you are hoping for cosmetic dentistry.

What Procedures Would Dr. George Recommend for Teeth and Gums?

Every patient is different. That big Julie Roberts smile that you admire probably won’t suit your small and petite frame. Dr. George will help you find the perfect smile for your face shape, your teeth and gums and your personality.

If your teeth are in good shape but just need a bit of TLC, Dr. George may recommend professional tooth whitening. If you have chipped or crooked teeth, cosmetic dental bonding is a great option if you don’t want a permanent procedure such as porcelain veneers.

A beautiful smile is a phone call away. Call and schedule a no obligation consultation with your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist today.

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Professional Tooth Whitening Might Not Be Enough

If your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, professional tooth whitening could be the answer. Professional tooth whitening can lighten your teeth up to ten shades, however, if you have dental restorations, such as porcelain veneers, no amount of whitening product will get them any brighter. People who try to whiten their restorations are just wasting money.

Tooth Whitening Won’t Work on Restorations

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Unfortunately, some people have spent hundreds of dollars on over the counter tooth whitening products because they were not informed that those products wouldn’t work on porcelain veneers or tooth colored fillings. Those strips, gels, pastes, and trays will not work on dental implants, inlays, onlays, crowns or cosmetic dental bonding either.

Repair Your Restorations for a New Smile

Restoration repair is the best way to give you your smile back. Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental bonding will not last forever. Even artificial teeth on dental implants will not last for the rest of your life.

If your restorations are starting to look a bit dingy or they have cracks or chips, it is time to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach. Dr. George Sanchez will recommend either a repair or replacement depending on the extent of the damage.

Porcelain Veneers Instead of Bonding

If you have cosmetic dental bonding, it can be replaced, or you can opt for porcelain veneers instead. Porcelain veneers are stronger than cosmetic bonding and last longer as well, but you must practice good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Sanchez is a preferred porcelain veneers provider who will determine if you and veneers are a good fit. Just be aware that unlike cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers are permanent.

For the best looking smile, you can’t go past your dentist in Delray Beach. Call or click for a no obligation tooth whitening or cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Sanchez today.

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Eating and Drinking for Healthy Teeth and Gums

What you put in your mouth plays a huge roll in your dental health, and although most people know that sugar is bad for teeth, there are some so-called good foods and beverages that can be just as dangerous to your oral health.

Your dentist in Delray Beach recommends avoiding these four foods for healthy teeth and gums.

Sports Energy Drinks Soda and Teeth and Gums

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Instead of grabbing an energy or sports drink when you leave the gym, opt for a bottle of water instead. Especially if you care about your teeth and gums. According to Dr. George Sanchez, those energy and sports drinks are loaded with sugar. On top of that, the carbonation is extremely acidic. If you like your soda, you should consider switching as well.

Carbonated drinks encourage your mouth to produce more acid from plaque. If you sip on a can of soda all day, you are literally coating your teeth in acid. If that isn’t bad enough, carbonated soda makes you produce less saliva and can stain your teeth.

Starchy Foods and Teeth and Gums

If you want healthy teeth and gums, cut out bread, pretzels, potato chips, and anything else that contains starch because when you chew starchy foods, the saliva turns into sugar. That gummy pasty substance, known as plaque, will stick between your teeth causing tooth decay. If you are craving carbohydrates, go for whole wheat, which contains less sugar and is less refined.

Citrus Fruits and Teeth and Gums

You may be doing your waistline a favor by consuming tangerines, grapefruits, oranges and Kiwi fruit, but those acidic fruits will damage your teeth. Even tomatoes can cause decay. Because the acid erodes the enamel on your teeth, they are more susceptible to dental caries. Even squeezing lemon into your drinking water will add acid. Try enjoying in moderation or consume during mealtime.

Dried Fruit and Teeth and Gums

Another food that claims to be healthy is dried fruit. Dried fruit is loaded with sugar. On top of that, dried apricots, prune, figs and raisins, are sticky. As a result, they cling to your teeth and leave all of that sugar behind converting it to plaque and acid.

If you enjoy dried fruit, rinse, brush, and floss after you eat. Better still, switch to non-citrus fresh fruits, as they contain less sugar and are better for teeth and gums.

For more information regarding healthy habits for teeth and gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach today.

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A Custom Made Mouthguard or the ER

Spring is here and that means you and your family will be spending more time outdoors and more time playing sports. Because it’s National Facial Protection Month, your Delray Beach Dentist Dr. George Sanchez wants to remind everyone how important a custom made mouth protector is, regardless of what sport you or your kids play.

Why are Mouthguards Important?

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Mouthguards are important because they save you time and money. How is that possible you ask? Because a custom made mouth guard will cost you less than a trip to the emergency room.

Your dentist in Delray Beach explains that mouth guards prevent broken and chipped teeth and can prevent a knocked out tooth. A mouthguard also protects the face, tongue, and lips as it helps to redistribute a knock in the head. Although mouth guards will not prevent you or a family member from having a concussion, the injury will be less severe.

Are All Mouth Guards the Same?

In a word, no, all mouthguards are not the same. Although they are more expensive, custom-made mouthguards from your Delray Beach dentist are comfortable and much easier to wear.

There are three types of mouth guards. Standard, a one size fits all mouth protector, boil and bite, heated in water and molded to your teeth, and custom made mouthguards, custom made to fit by your dentist.

Of the three, custom made mouth guards give the best protection and are most likely to be worn. Unfortunately, standard and even boil and bite are so cumbersome it makes it hard to talk and even breathe. Because of those problems, most people who play sports, “Forget,” to wear their mouth protector.

Custom Made Mouthguards The Best Protection

Keep your family safe and schedule appointments for custom-made mouthguards. Remember, even skateboarders and surfers use mouth protectors. Call and schedule your dental appointments for a custom-made mouth protector from Dr. Sanchez today.

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Dental Implants Dentures or a Permanent Bridge

If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, you can choose between dentures, permanent dental bridges, or dental implants. Of course, there is also the option to do nothing at all.

Fix the Problems with Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

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According to Dr. George Sanchez, missing teeth cause bone shrinkage, as there is nothing to exercise the area. Your tooth roots act as an exercise of sorts, and if they aren’t there, bone resorption occurs. If you have a missing tooth, it will also cause your other teeth to move and shift. Teeth that are above a missing tooth will often try and, “grow,” into the missing space.

A Permanent Dental Bridge or Dental Implants

Your Delray Beach dentist explains that permanent dental bridges act as a bridge between the two abutment teeth that lie on the side or sides of the missing tooth. Because the fit needs to be perfect, some removal of the natural teeth is needed for the crowns to fit over the two abutment teeth.

Made from porcelain or porcelain to metal, dental bridges, just like any other oral appliance need special care such as a floss threader. Remember, the teeth under the crowns can still become decayed if proper care isn’t taken. With proper oral hygiene, dental bridges can last for 10 to 15 years.

Dentures

Both partial and removal dentures replace missing teeth. However, unlike dental implants there is no root to implant into the jawbone. Dentures are often uncomfortable and won’t last forever. Unlike dental implants, dentures may need to be replaced every 10 years or even more frequently if you gain or lose weight.

Your dentist in Delray Beach will tell you that because you are missing teeth there is no chance for your bone to exercise, leading to resorption.

Dental Implants

Made from titanium steel, implants are posts that are surgically placed in or on your jawbone. Some patients may require additional surgeries such as a bone graft or sinus lift.

Once the area is healed, which can take from six to 12 months, artificial teeth are placed on the posts. Matched to the rest of your smile, your new dental implants can last for the rest of your life if you are diligent about oral health care.

Replace your missing teeth with a new smile, it’s easy. All you have to do is call your dentist in Delray Beach who can help you determine which procedure is best for you.

Call for a no obligation dental implants consultation with Dr. Sanchez today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Are You Prepared?

Cosmetic dentistry is a great confidence booster. From porcelain veneers to clear braces and professional tooth whitening, these types of procedures will boost your self-esteem and make you feel better about yourself. As a result, you’ll be happier.

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According to cosmetic dentist Dr. George Sanchez, being happy with your reflection can even help you win that promotion. Because your smile is beautiful, you exude confidence. However, you can’t just jump into cosmetic dentistry. It takes planning.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Although not formally recognized as a specialty by the American Dental Association, it takes education, skill, and experience to become a cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your smile while restorative dentistry restores your smile. Not all procedures are covered by insurance such as porcelain veneers and clear braces.

Why is a Cosmetic Dentist Different?

A good cosmetic dentist needs to keep up with continuing education and new technology. Dr. Sanchez has those skills and can provide you with recommendations that suit your budget and your smile.

Although a general dentist may offer certain types of cosmetic options in his or her list of services make sure you read the about page. You’ll want to see what he or she has done to qualify them as a cosmetic dentist. Equally important is reading or listening to the testimonials.

Can Anyone Have Cosmetic Dentistry?

People with healthy teeth and gums are usually perfect candidates for cosmetic dentistry. If your teeth are cracked, chipped or broken restorative dentistry will be used alongside cosmetic dentistry.

You must be given the all clear for gingivitis or periodontal disease. If Dr. Sanchez detects either you’ll need to be treated before you can proceed with whatever procedure is recommended.

If your smile is nonexistent, call or click and schedule an appointment with your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist. With a new smile, there is no end to the possibilities.

Call for a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Sanchez today.

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Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?

Researchers have been studying the link between heart disease and gum disease for decades.

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Because gum disease is loaded with bacteria, it enters the blood stream. Although the plaque in your teeth is different to the plaque in your body, which is made up of calcium, cholesterol and fat, it will build up in your arteries, just like the plaque in your bloodstream. Called atherosclerosis, this type of plaque is always present in heart disease.

What is the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?

Known as periodontitis, or periodontal disease, people who suffer from it have a higher risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, or heart attack. However, not everyone with heart disease has gum disease and not everyone who has periodontal disease will develop cardiovascular issues. Periodontitis increases inflammation in the body. That inflammation can cause other health issues including heart disease. Other risk factors including an unhealthy diet and ingesting tobacco products.

Preventing Gum Disease

Good oral health habits, such as twice daily brushing and flossing once each day will help you battle gum disease.

Include a healthy diet in the mix and regular checkups with your dentist in Delray Beach and you are well on your way to better overall health. Your Delray Beach dentist also recommends twice-yearly professional cleanings.

Ask Dr. George Sanchez for a quick lesson on brushing and flossing just to make sure you are doing it properly.

Symptoms of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

  • Tender, red, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tartar along your gum line
  • Loose teeth
  • Moving teeth
  • Dental appliance changes

If you haven’t seen your dentist in some time, or think you may be suffering from gum disease, your health could be at risk. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach.

Healthy teeth and gums mean a healthy body. Call for a dental checkup today.

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Is Your New Diet Safe for Teeth and Gums?

That new diet may be doing wonders for your waistline, but is it safe for your teeth and gum?

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According to Dr. George Sanchez, some diets can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums. What you put in your mouth has a huge affect on your teeth and gums. 

Below are a few diets to watch out for if you want to keep your teeth and gums safe.

Low Fat Diets and Teeth and Gums

If you have embarked on a diet that is low in fat, it could cause problems with fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are essential for overall and oral health. For healthy bones and teeth, you need calcium. Vitamin D helps your body absorb much needed calcium.

Diets low in fat also has an effect on the brain. Without Omega-3, fatty acids you are not getting your daily dose of dopamine, which helps, lift your spirits. If you are stressed you could start grinding your teeth. Clenching, known as bruxism, can also cause problems with your temporomandibular joints.

If that isn’t bad enough, brands that are low in fat often add sugar to improve the taste. All of that extra sugar puts in the high-risk category when it comes to tooth decay.

Low Calorie Diet and Teeth and Gums

Certain diet plans are based on cutting calories, and although consuming less calories will brighten your day when you step on the scales, it can cause serious issues with the rest of your body, including your teeth and gums.

Your Delray Beach dentist explains that eating a diet that is low in calories can lead to malnutrition as you are depleting your body of vitamins and minerals. Low calorie diets can cause your jawbone to become weak. If this occurs, your teeth will begin to move and eventually fall out. A diet low in calories also softens the enamel on your teeth and wrecks havoc on your gums.

Fruit Detox and Teeth and Gums

You may think you are doing your body a favor by living on fruit for a week or two, but enjoying a fruit only diet isn’t good for your teeth and gums. A diet that is high in acid and sugar, which most fruits are, can cause problems for the enamel on your teeth and leads to cavities. Surviving on fruit isn’t the best way to lose weight.

If you are planning to lose weight, speak to your doctor and your dentist. Your dentist in Delray Beach will help you come up with an eating plan that is good for your waistline and your teeth and gums.

Call for an appointment today.

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Smoking and Oral Health there is a Connection

Smoking and oral health is connected. Just ask the American Dental Association and they will tell you tobacco products cause tooth decay and gum disease, and it doesn’t matter if you inhale or chew.

How is Smoking and Oral Health Connected?

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Most people know that smoking causes lung cancer and other deadly diseases, but did you know that it could also cause gum disease and tooth decay? Stained teeth aside, many other tooth related issues occur when you ingest tobacco products.

According to Dr. George Sanchez, gum disease occurs more rapidly in a smoker’s mouth than a non-smoker. Other problems that occur in a tobacco user’s mouth include:

  • Chronic Halitosis
  • Tooth Loss
  • Stained Teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Loss of Smell
  • Loss of Taste
  • Reduced Blood Flow to your Mouth
  • Plaque and Tartar Buildup
  • Delayed Healing
  • Increase Risk of Oral Cancer
  • Chewing Tobacco Isn’t Safer

Of course, chewing tobacco isn’t any better for your teeth and is just as bad. Smoking and oral health includes any tobacco that you put in your mouth. Sugarless tobacco is loaded with sugar. Although you don’t have to deal with sugar in cigarettes, you do in smokeless tobacco products.

Your dentist in Delray Beach explains that chewing tobacco is full of chemicals and sugar and sugar causes tooth decay. It’s that simple.

Cigars Pipes and Hookah and Smoking and Oral Health

People are led to believe that cigars are healthier because you don’t inhale. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Even though you aren’t healing, you are still at risk for oral cancer and mouth lesions. Gum disease is also more prevalent in cigar smokers.

The same goes for Hookah pipes and pipes as you are still inhaling tar and nicotine. On top of that, research indicates that the charcoal used to light the tobacco for the hookah is even more lethal.

Smoking and oral health is connected. If you are having trouble quitting, talk to your primary care physician and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your Delray Beach dentist as people who smoke should see Dr. George more often than patients who don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach today.

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Choosing Between Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding

If you are considering porcelain veneers, but have also thought about cosmetic dental bonding, there are some things to think about before you schedule an appointment with your Delray Beach dentist.

According to Dr. George Sanchez, both dental veneers and cosmetic dental bonding will give you a beautiful smile. However, there are differences between the two.

Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are used to repair chipped, cracked, and damaged teeth. If you have teeth that cannot be lightened with professional teeth whitening products, porcelain veneers are a great choice. Gappy teeth and teeth that are too long or too short are perfect candidates for porcelain veneers.

Keep in mind that dental veneers are permanent. Your dentist in Delray Beach explains that a portion of your enamel needs to be removed to make way for your new veneers. Removing a small amount of enamel gives your new porcelain veneers a natural appearance. Enamel removal prevents teeth from looking to big and bulky.

Porcelain veneers also require two or three dental appointments. The first will be your consultation. If you are a fit for dental veneers, Dr. George will take impressions that are sent to a dental lab for manufacture. During this time, your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist may recommend temporary veneers for unsightly teeth.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Although not as strong as dental veneers, which can last up to 20 years with proper care, cosmetic dental bonding is less expensive than veneers. Bonding is also much quicker with most restorations taking place in a single dental appointment.

Dental bonding is applied in the office and is matched to the rest of your teeth. Dr. George, who will mold the bonding material to create the perfect tooth, applies the resin to your teeth. Much like a sculptor, your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach has the skills to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile with cosmetic dental bonding.

Time to Make an Appointment for Porcelain Veneers or Dental Bonding

Now that you know the difference between porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding, it’s time to make an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. George Sanchez.

Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach is waiting for your call.