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Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be Life Changing

Cosmetic dentistry can change your life, especially if you are considering a new career that will put you in the public eye. However, that isn’t the only reason you should schedule a consultation with Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach.

Dr. George Sanchez explains that a healthy straight smile is also good for overall health as there is a connection between the mouth and the body.

Why Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth

Straight teeth are easier to brush as are teeth that are free from chips and cracks. If you have a broken tooth or worse yet a broken silver amalgam filling, you know how tough it is to brush and floss. Nevertheless, that isn’t the only reason to consider restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Delray Beach.

Gum Disease and Cosmetic Dentistry

If your teeth are crooked, out of alignment or too close together plaque and tartar, the hard stuff, will make their way in-between your teeth and gums. Once that starts to happen pockets will form that are filled with debris and bacteria.

Straight teeth that are free from chips, cracks, and breaks are much easier to floss. Regular flossing helps prevent gingivitis, and the more serious peridontitis. While there are two types of gum disease, only gingivitis is curable.

Sadly, if you have periodontal disease you have it for life as there is no cure. Periodontitis can be controlled, but not cured.

Better for the Rest of your Smile

One of the biggest advantages of cosmetic dentistry is that it is better for the rest of your teeth.

As previously mentioned, teeth that are crowded are inviting bacteria to an already over populated environment. With so many teeth fighting for position, it’s tough to keep them clean.

During your consultation, your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach will evaluate your smile, including your bite, to determine the best defense for your overcrowded teeth and your smile.

Other Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Depending on your current situation, Dr. George Dental might suggest porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, or orthodontics along with professional teeth whitening.

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, talk to Dr. George about replacements for missing teeth. Having a missing tooth is just as bad as crooked and chipped teeth for various reasons. For example, other teeth will do their best to move into the position of the missing tooth. This will alter your bite and your smile.

Dental implants, dental bridges, partial dentures, or full dentures are the best solutions for missing teeth.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call or send a text and schedule a consultation with Dr. George Dental today.






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Stay Oral Cancer Free with Oral Cancer Screenings

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and it is National Facial Awareness Month. April gives people the opportunity to stop, take a moment, and take stock of oral health.

How Oral Cancer Awareness Month Helps

Oral cancer has a much higher survival rate, 70 to 90 percent, if it is caught in the early stages. People diagnosed with stage one and stage two will outlive the average five years given to people who suffer from oral cancer.

Comprehensive Exams Oral Cancer Screenings

Dr. George Sanchez urges people to schedule at least two dental checkups per year with one of those checkups including an oral cancer screening.

People who have been previously diagnosed with oral cancer and people who have chronic tooth decay and gum disease should schedule more frequent dental checkups and screenings for early detection and diagnosis.

During an oral cancer screening, your Delray Beach dentist checks your neck, throat, head, and lymph nodes for anything suspicious. The team may also use additional tools to detect unusual cell and tumor growth.

If any lumps, lesions, growths, patches, or sores are present; your dentist in Delray Beach will take a sample for a biopsy. The sample is sent to the lab for further investigation.

Facial Safety Awareness Month

It’s important to remind people the importance of facial protection year round, but especially during April, which is Facial Safety Awareness Month. As the weather warms up, more and more people head outdoors to play baseball and tennis.

While most people know how important mouth protectors are for group sports such as football and soccer, some forget how vital they are for individual sports as well.

Everyone Should Wear a Mouthguard

People who surf and participate in gymnastics prevent injuries when wearing custom made mouthguards. Thousands of knocked out teeth and jaw injuries and numerous trips to the ER aren’t an issue when you have a custom-made mouthguard crafted by your Delray Beach dentist and his team.

While there are three types of mouthguards, standard, boil and bite and custom, none will protect your mouth, teeth and gums like a customized one will.

Custom Made Mouthguards

Unlike the other types of mouth protectors, custom-made mouthguards in Delray Beach are made to fit your teeth and gums. Manufactured from comfortable human grade plastic you won’t even know you are wearing one. 

Take Care of Your Mouth this April

This April honor both events and schedule oral cancer screenings and custom-made mouthguard fittings for the entire family. Call and schedule your appointments with Dr. George Dental today.


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A Dazzling Smile Makeover in Delray Beach

If you have been considering a spring makeover for your body, why not consider one for your mouth as well. A smile makeover helps restore confidence and is good for your teeth and gums.

Is Everyone a Good Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

All patients needs healthy teeth and gums before going ahead with any type of cosmetic procedure.

You must be free from tooth decay and gum disease if you want to proceed with your smile makeover.

Good Oral Hygiene is the Key

Dr. George Sanchez explains that there is a connection between gum disease and the rest of your body. The connection is inflammation. Gum disease is swelling of your mouth tissue. Food debris, bacteria, and acid are notorious for causing plaque and tartar.

If you aren’t practicing good oral hygiene, you are putting yourself in the high-risk category for gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease.

If you follow Dr. George’s dental blog, you will know that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

Brushing twice, flossing once a day, and seeing your Delray Beach dentist will go along when it comes to gum disease prevention.

Why You Get Gum Disease

According to your dentist in Delray Beach gum disease stems from a variety of reasons, but the main culprit is poor oral hygiene.

If you aren’t brushing twice and flossing once a day you run the risk of gingivitis. If you don’t treat your gingivitis, it will eventually convert to periodontal disease and that is where the real problems begin.

Gum Disease Controlled When Diagnosed Early

While gingivitis is easily controlled with good oral hygiene, including regular checkups and professional cleanings, periodontal disease is not.

If your gum disease has advanced to periodontitis your dentist in Delray Beach can control it, but will never be able to cure it, at least not yet anyway, as there is no known cure.

Dr. George will recommend root planing and scaling and may prescribe medications to heal the infection.

Conventional and laser surgery are often used to help control periodontal disease as well. Once your gums have healed you can continue with your smile makeover as planned.

What Happens During a Smile Makeover?

During your mouth makeover, your Delray Beach Dentist will check your bite and TMJ joints to make sure they are all working as they should.

If your TMJ and bite get the all clear, x-rays and digital pictures along with impressions are used to come up with the perfect smile makeover for you and your personality. You will be amazed at how different you will feel after a smile makeover in Delray Beach.

Smile Makeover Recommendations:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Cosmetic Dental Crowns
  • Professional Teeth Whitening
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Onlays
  • Inlays
  • Clear Braces
  • Dental Implants
  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding
  • Enamel Shaping

A Smile Makeover for a Healthy Smile

A healthy smile starts with healthy teeth and gums. Call and schedule a comprehensive dental checkup with Dr. George Sanchez and his team. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel when you do.

Call for a dental checkup in Delray Beach today.

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Tooth Colored Fillings versus Silver Amalgam

If you have a mouthful of old silver, talk to your dentist in Delray Beach about tooth colored fillings. Composite or white colored fillings won’t compromise your teeth and are just healthier all the way around.

Dr. George Sanchez and his dental practice in Delray Beach practice mercury free dentistry. That means all dental restorations are made using biocompatible materials that are not toxic.

Silver Amalgam Fillings Do No Favors

While both the FDA and the ADA deem silver amalgam fillings as safe, there is a concern as broken fillings leak. Leaky fillings release mercury. Silver amalgam fillings contain about 50 percent mercury along with silver and other materials.

Mercury fillings may also release vapor when you chew. This could lead to muscle aches, anxiety and a number of other problems directly related to mercury exposure.

Because silver amalgam fillings contract and expand when exposed to temperature changes it makes fillings more susceptible to breakage.

One of the biggest issues with amalgam is that decay can still enter the healthy part of the tooth. As a result, the same tooth could be hiding additional cavities.

Tooth Colored Fillings Instead of Amalgam

Silver amalgam fillings require some removal of the healthy tooth because the tooth needs to fit the filling.

Tooth colored fillings are just the opposite because the dental resin is soft making it easy to fill the clean and dry cavity. In addition, dentists using silver amalgam may have to add a crown to make the tooth strong.

Tooth colored fillings are matched to the rest of your smile. That means you and your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach will be the only ones who know you have had cavities.

Tooth colored fillings are made from a variety of biocompatible materials including dental resin, polymers, glass and porcelain. These materials shine just like your natural teeth and are completely healthy for your mouth and your body.

Mercury Free Dentistry in Delray Beach

Dr. George chooses mercury free dentistry because he cares about his patients and because he realizes that many people have issues with silver amalgam fillings. Tooth colored fillings eliminate the problems that come with metal-based restorations giving you a healthier and more attractive smile.

Tooth Colored Fillings Consultation

If you are concerned about your old silver restorations, call or send a text to your dentist in Delray Beach.

Dr. George believes in mercury free dentistry and can make your teeth healthier. Call for an appointment today.




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Gum Disease and the Overall Health Connection

Your mouth is the gateway to overall health and if you aren’t practicing good oral hygiene, there is a good chance that your oral and overall health isn’t as good as it could be. There is also a very good chance that you are suffering from gum disease.

According to your dentist in Delray Beach, the connection between oral and overall health cannot be ignored.

Connection between Gum Disease and Overall Health

Dr. George Sanchez explains that the connection comes down to inflammation as your body tries to protect itself when bacteria come into play.

Swelling is a sign that something isn’t right. When you swell, it means your body is trying to combat the infection. Unfortunately, bad bacteria in the form of gum disease usually overtake the good stuff. When that happens you will have plaque and tartar invading your gum line.

Gum Disease is the Culprit

There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis, the more mild form of gum disease, is curable and with proper oral hygiene habits, can remain a thing of the past. However, periodontitis is not curable. While it can be controlled, it cannot be cured.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Puffy and/or swollen gums
  • Bright red, purple, or dusky red gums
  • Gums are tender to the touch
  • Toothbrush is slightly pink after you brush
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Pockets between teeth and the gumline

The Oral and Overall Health Connection

Your dentist in Delray Beach explains that bad bacteria enter the bloodstream via those pockets mentioned above. Bacteria clots blood and sticks to the walls of your vessels and arteries. In plain English, bad oral hygiene could lead to heart disease or stroke.

Studies show that people with periodontal disease have a higher risk of congestive heart failure and heart attack. People with poor oral hygiene habits are also in the high-risk category when it comes to systemic disease and Alzheimer’s disease. One recent study even discovered a connection between periodontal disease and kidney and liver problems.

Keeping Your Body Healthy

The best way to protect overall health is to practice good oral hygiene habits. Your Delray Beach family dentist urges you to brush twice and floss once each day. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and swap out your toothbrush when it starts to fray. This is usually every two or three months. It’s also important that you use a soft bristled brush and resist the temptation to brush too hard. Brushing too hard causes gum damage.

Dr. George also stresses the importance of a good diet and recommends eating lots of vitamins and minerals. It’s also vital that you load up on calcium. Remember, calcium builds strong bones AND strong teeth.

Schedule regular dental checkups, cleanings, and comprehensive dental examinations for optimum overall and oral health.

Have You Seen Your Dentist Lately?

If you haven’t seen Dr. George lately, call and schedule an appointment. Having healthy teeth and gums is the best way to keep overall health in check. Call or text for an appointment today.






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Healthy Teeth and Gums Oral Hygiene Tips

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Not all oral bacteria are harmful. However, unhealthy oral hygiene habits can easily create harmful bacteria that will eventually overtake the good bacteria causing problems for teeth and gums.

According to your dentist in Delray Beach, focusing on oral habits helps fight bacteria and keeps your teeth and gums healthy.

Below are some ways you can maintain a healthy mouth while keeping your teeth and gums free from disease and tooth decay.

Brush Brush Brush for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Brushing your teeth twice a day really does keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you don’t brush your teeth, plaque, that sticky film on your teeth, tongue, and gums will create gum disease and tooth decay.

Twice daily brushing removes stains, food particles, and bacteria.

Flossing is Imperative

If you don’t floss your teeth, you are putting your health at risk. Research indicates a connection between gum disease and other health issues including heart disease and stroke.

When you floss your teeth, you are getting rid of food particles that your toothbrush can’t get to. Flossing once a day keeps you healthy.

Watch Your Diet

Eating a healthy diet is very important for teeth and gums. Your diet helps fight bacteria and plays a significant role in overall health.

Dr. George Sanchez from Delray Beach recommends that you avoid sugar, as it will help prevent bacteria from building up. Sugar becomes acid, and will damage the enamel on your teeth. If you must indulge, rinse with water after enjoying.

Scrape Your Tongue for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Most people brush their teeth without giving a second thought to their tongue. When you scrape your tongue every time you brush your teeth, you are not only avoiding halitosis, bad breath, but you are also removing tooth-damaging bacteria.

You can find toothbrushes with built in scrapers or you can purchase a tongue scraper at your local pharmacy.

Antibacterial Mouth Rinse for a Healthy Mouth

While mouthwash sweetens your breath, it will also control bacteria as long as you purchase the antibacterial kind. Locate a good antibacterial mouthwash that also contains fluoride for a double dose of protection.

According to your Delray Beach dentist, you can also use natural mouthwashes that contain spearmint, peppermint, tea tree oil, cloves and cinnamon.

Regular Dental Checkups for Overall Health

Of course, the best defense for teeth and gums is regular checkups with your dentist in Delray Beach. Regular dental checkups, including regular cancer screenings, will tell Dr. Sanchez everything he needs to know about your overall health.

If you haven’t seen your dentist in some time, call and schedule a comprehensive dental checkup in Delray Beach. Dr. Sanchez is ready to give you and your teeth and gums a clean bill of health.

Call for a comprehensive dental checkup today.

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A Cosmetic Dentist for a Customized Smile

If you have been thinking about improving your smile, call and schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach.

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From professional teeth whitening and dental implants, a new smile is waiting when you schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Dr. George Sanchez has been in the business of dentistry for well over a decade. Furthermore, your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach has the experience and expertise to recommend the best cosmetic dentistry procedures for your needs.

Cosmetic Dentistry is Not One Size Fits All

Cosmetic dentistry is never one size fits all. Even tooth whitening is customized. When you have any type of procedure, it is always customized to fit your teeth. In particular, veneers are made to fit your teeth as are cosmetic dental crowns. There is no one size fits all solution for anyone.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment

When you schedule a no obligation consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach, you and Dr. George will discuss what you do and don’t like about your smile. Keep in mind that your perfect smile may not be suitable for your face shape and mouth structure. If you are petite, a big wide smile may not be the best option.

Cosmetic dentist Dr. George and his team check your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy before recommending any type of cosmetic dentistry.  In some cases all you may need is a thorough cleaning and a professional tooth whitening session.

Available Options for Cosmetic Dentistry

Your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist has the best technology on the planet offering services such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, and dental crowns. You can even have missing teeth replaced with a cosmetic bridge or dental implants. If you have old amalgam, talk to Dr. George about tooth colored fillings.

A new smile is waiting. Call and schedule an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. George today.

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Schedule Your Postponed Dental Checkup Today

If you haven’t seen your Delray Beach dentist in some time, it’s time to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. George Sanchez.

dental_checkup_DelrayBeachBecause most people have sheltered in place since March, scheduled dental checkups and restoration tune-ups had to be postponed. If you find yourself in that situation, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. George if you haven’t already heard from his team.

A Dental Checkup for a Healthy Body

If you follow Dr. George’s dental blog, you will remember that there is a connection between overall and oral health. A missed dental checkup could mean advanced gum disease also known as periodontal disease. Research also suggests that people who suffer from oral health problems are more inclined to be diagnosed with heart disease. Some scientists also see a strong connection between stroke, heart attack, and diabetes.

If you have gone for more than 6 months without a dental checkup, it is imperative that you call and schedule one with Dr. George as soon as possible.

Healthier Teeth with Regular Dental Checkups

Healthier teeth begin with regular dental checkups, especially if you have older fillings. Fillings that are more than five years old must be checked for breaks, cracks, chips, and especially leaks.

Over time, old silver amalgam fillings will contract and expand. This means they can develop tooth decay under the filling. Fillings don’t always prevent further decay. You could have numerous cavities in or around an old amalgam filling and not even know it.

Only Dr. George can determine if you have decay under or around old fillings. It is important to note that x-rays will not detect decay under fillings. Your Delray Beach dentist uses special tools to check for decay.

A Dental Checkup for Peace of Mind

A healthy mouth means a healthy body. Call and schedule a dental checkup with Dr. George today.

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Mail Order Braces Aren’t Your Best Fit

Mail order braces ads are all over the internet, in magazines and your social media feeds. Sadly, some people are not suitable for online braces. That means you could actually damage your smile.

Invisalign_dentist_Delray_BeachWhat are Mail Order Braces?

Mail order braces are clear plastic aligners that are designed to gradually push teeth into the desired position. Unfortunately, you will never visit a dentist if you order braces online.

Pictures that you take are sent to the manufacturer. While some companies claim that a dentist looks over the pictures, you can never be too sure and that’s where your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach comes in.

A Patented and Preferred Tooth Straightening System

A patented tooth straightening system, Invisalign® uses 11 to 31 sets of clear plastic aligners. Unlike online braces, Invisalign® requires a preferred and licensed dentist to administer.

Not all patients are suitable for clear braces. People who have severe under or overbites, or people with seriously tipped teeth may fare better with conventional wires and brackets. Anyone can order braces online and that is where the problems arise.

How Invisalign® Works

Your dentist in Delray Beach takes pictures and creates a blueprint for your Invisalign® prescription. Dr. George Sanchez will then order your new aligners. When your aligners arrive, you will wear them for 22 hours every day removing when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Because they are removable, you will not have to worry about the problems that come with old school braces.

While some patients see results in as little as six months, most have a straighter smile in 12 to 18 months.

If you have been considering mail order braces, call and talk to Dr. George first. After all, you only have one smile, make sure you keep it healthy.

Skip the mail order braces and call for a no obligation Invisalign® consultation today.

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Porcelain Veneers Dental Crowns the Difference

Both porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns will give you a beautiful smile. Cosmetic dental crowns and dental veneers can fix a multitude of problems including badly chipped and cracked teeth and teeth that can’t be whitened with traditional methods.

porcelain_veneers_Delray_BeachIt’s important to note that porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns can also make your teeth longer or shorter. 

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are custom made to fit over the fronts of your teeth. Used for both upper and lower teeth, cosmetic dentist Dr. George Sanchez recommends 8 on the bottom and 10 on the top if you are having your entire smile transformed with veneers.

What is the Porcelain Veneer Process?

If you and Dr. George agree that porcelain veneers are a good fit, your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach will take pictures and x-rays to send to the lab for manufacture.

Dr. George will then remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth or teeth to make way for your new porcelain veneer. This process is entirely safe, but keep in mind that porcelain veneers are permanent.

After the tooth or teeth are prepared, your Delray Beach dentist and his team will place temporary veneers until your new restorations are ready.

When your veneers are ready, Dr. George will check for fit and color before cementing and polishing to expose the beauty of the porcelain dental restoration.

What are Cosmetic Dental Crowns?

Your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist uses dental crowns to cover root canals, fill large cavities, and for dental implants and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. 

Made from dental grade porcelain or other non-metal materials, cosmetic dental crowns fit over the entire tooth. This means Dr. George will remove more enamel than he would with porcelain veneers. 


The Dental Crown Process

Again, you and Dr. George must decide if crowns will work. If you both agree, x-rays and digital images are next on the agenda. Dr. George will remove enamel from your tooth or teeth to make way for your new cosmetic dental crown. 

You can expect new crowns in about two weeks. During that time you’ll wear temporary dental crowns. When they are ready Dr. George will check for color and fit before placement. 

If you would like to learn, more about porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental crowns call and schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach today.

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