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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.

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Should I Replace my Silver Amalgam Fillings?

Although the jury is still out where silver amalgam fillings are concerned, Dr. George Sanchez believes that, although mercury, which makes up 50 percent of silver amalgam fillings, is natural, it certainly isn’t healthy.

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Mercury is made with copper, tin, silver and of course mercury. Although mercury is approved and deemed safe by the American Dental Association, Dr. George Sanchez, and many other dental professionals across the globe, aren’t convinced.

The Real Problem with Silver Amalgam Fillings

While millions of people have silver amalgam fillings placed, over fifty percent have no idea that their silver amalgam fillings contain mercury. After those patients found out, they wanted to know the possible complications and dangers linked to mercury vapor exposure.

What is Mercury?

Mercury ore comes from the earth and is extremely toxic and poisonous.  While a broken thermometer isn’t enough to hurt you, constant exposure to mercury vapor through your old silver amalgam fillings certainly can be.

Mercury has been linked to neurological problems, chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and mental disorders. The vapor is released and increased by habits such as carbonated drink consumption, chewing gum, and tooth grinding.

The Scary Part about Silver Amalgam Fillings

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Although the amounts of mercury vapor absorbed vary on a daily basis, from one to 3 micrograms on the low end, some studies indicate as high as 27 micrograms are being absorbed every 24 hours. If you enjoy the habits mentioned above or deal with tooth grinding, that figure could be higher.

That is terrifying when you consider that three to 69 percent of air quality standards in the workplace translate to that figure. OSHA, the Occupational Safety, and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor consider high levels of mercury vapor unsafe.

Why are Silver Amalgam Restorations Dangerous?

Constantly breathed in and absorbed by your lungs, silver fillings and other types of dental restorations release mercury vapor causing organ complications, especially in the lungs and kidneys.

Dr. George Sanchez has the experience to remove and replace your silver amalgam fillings in a safe environment. Not all dentists are equipment to handle removal and replacement. Without safe removal and replacement protocols in place, both you and the dental team are at risk with unsafe silver amalgam filling removal.

Why Do People Opt for Silver Amalgam Fillings?

Price is the main reason people opt for silver amalgam fillings. Although they may be less expensive to begin with, the health problems that go along with them will cost you in the long run. In addition, people with silver amalgam fillings tend to go longer without repair or removal because they are not in pain, or don’t notice any chips or cracks.

Dr. George will tell you that tooth decay goes undetected under old silver amalgam fillings. There could be some serious cavities under your old fillings. If yours are older than 10 years old, some patients go as long as 25 or 30, call your dentist in Delray Beach. Safely removing your fillings will make you look and feel better.

What Type of Replacements are Available?

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Dr. George uses composite resin for dental fillings. Both natural and durable, composite dental fillings are a safe alternative to silver amalgam fillings.

Your Delray Beach dentist also uses ceramic dental materials for dental crowns and inlays and onlays.

If you are curious about silver amalgam filling removal, call or click and schedule an appointment.  With natural fillings and other restorations, you will look and feel better.

Call for a consultation with Dr. George Sanchez today.

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Professional Tooth Whitening for a Beautiful Smile

Professional tooth whitening could be just what the doctor ordered if you are unhappy with your lifeless smile. If your smile is looking yellow or you have been spending too much time at the winery, professional tooth whitening is the answer.

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You may think you are doing yourself a favor with those over the counter bleaching products, but in reality, you could be harming your teeth as whitening products can cause sensitivity and even discolored teeth.

What is Professional Tooth Whitening?

According to Dr. George Sanchez, professional tooth whitening may be all you need if you have a less than perfect smile. Although dental restorations cannot be lightened, your natural teeth can.

Using a convenient take-home tooth whitening system, you can have a beautiful new smile in just a few weeks. Unlike those over the counter whitening trays, which can cause sensitivity, the professional tooth whitening system used by your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach provides a custom made fit. Those trays that you can buy from your local pharmacy are a one size fits all. Just like your fingerprint, no two mouths are the same. For that reason, you need a professional tooth whitening system from your dentist in Delray Beach.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

The tight fit that you get from professional teeth whitening trays is the key to a comfortable and safe whitening process. Because not only do over the counter bleaching trays not fit properly, they can also cause leakage, which could damage your gum tissue.

Over time, the prescription grade bleaching product will penetrate into the pores in your enamel targeting those stains. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful your smile will look after you complete a professional tooth whitening session with Dr. George.

Perfect for most types of discoloration, professional tooth whitening from your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach, really is the way to go. Call or click for a no obligation tooth whitening consultation with Dr. George today.

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