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Family Dental Care in Delray Beach

Dental care is easy when you become a patient of Dr. George in Delray Beach. Dr. George and his team are ready to care for you and your family with both restorative and cosmetic dental treatments that take care of chipped, cracked and stained teeth. You can even replace missing teeth in Delray Beach with dental implants.

Everything You Need in Delray Beach

Dr. George Sanchez prides himself on offering patients the finest in dental care. From mercury free dentistry to complete mouth makeovers you are in the best hands when you become a patient of this family dentist in Delray Beach.

The Importance of Dental Care

If you follow this dental blog you will recall the connection between oral and overall health. The connection is gum disease.

Because gum disease is caused by bacteria, plaque and even tartar flow into the bloodstream. That plaque attaches itself to the walls of your blood vessels and the arteries in your heart just like it does to your teeth and gums.

Gingivitis Requires Dental Care

Gingivitis is the less serious form of gum disease and is curable with regular dental care and good oral hygiene. However, if it is left untreated, it can easily progress to periodontitis.

Dental Care and Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis or periodontal disease eats away at your gum line. When this happens it causes bleeding gums and pockets to form between gums and teeth. Those pockets are often filled with infection that could lead to serious complications.

Unfortunately, periodontal disease is not curable, but can be controlled. If you have periodontitis, your Delray Beach family dentist will come up with a plan that will get your teeth and gums back to health.

Regular Dental Checkups

The best way to prevent gum disease is with regular dental checkups in Delray Beach. Regular dental checkups prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but they can also detect more serious issues such as oral cancer.

Comprehensive Dental Examinations

Comprehensive dental exams in Delray Beach help detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.

With a comprehensive dental exam you have a much better chance of surviving oral cancer as Dr. Sanchez looks for any lumps, bumps, patches or sores.

He will also check your neck and throat for anything that doesn’t look right. If he discovers anything suspicious, he will send it off to a lab for further examination.

Family Dentist Appointments

It is always the time to schedule dental appointments for your entire family. Call or text and make them today.

 

 

 

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Regular Dental Checkups for a Healthy You

One of the best things you can do for your overall health is schedule regular dental checkups.

Your Delray Beach dentist understands the importance of regular dental checkups and urges patients, and potential ones, to schedule twice yearly examinations.

If you are diabetic or are prone to gum disease, tooth decay or both, you may require additional visits to keep gingivitis and cavities at bay as well. Regular visits with Dr. George Sanchez assures a healthy mouth AND a healthy body.

Regular Dental Checkups Promote Good Health

According to Dr. George Dental, regular dental checkups are good for your body as well. Furthermore, if you follow this dental blog you’ll have already started to schedule regular dental checkups because you know how important they are.

If you haven’t been following, subscribe so that you can learn all there is about the health benefits of regular dental checkups in Delray Beach.

Regular visits aren’t just for gum disease and tooth decay. Dental exams also detect cancer.

A comprehensive dental examination catches oral cancer in it’s earliest stages. When detected early, people with oral cancer have a much higher survival rate.

Comprehensive and Regular Dental Checkups

Schedule comprehensive exams at least once a year, again, more often if you have had oral cancer or an oral cancer scare.

Both your dentist and your doctor can’t stress the importance of regular comprehensive examinations as well as regular dental checkups.

During a comprehensive exam, your Delray Beach dentist checks your teeth and gums, but also checks your oral cavity including your tongue, cheeks and throat. Your doctor will examine your neck and lymph nodes searching for anything that doesn’t seem right.

Dr. George Sanchez looks for lumps, bumps, white or red patches and unusual sores. While it is sometimes hard to detect these types of things yourself, keep a close eye. If you do notice something suspicious, call Dr. George Dental right away.

The Connection is Real

There is a strong connection between the mouth and the body and it isn’t just your spine.

Research indicates a link between gum disease and health issues including COPD and stroke. In fact, people with gum disease have a higher incidence of heart attack and irregular heart beats.

What the researchers believe is that the bacteria invades the bloodstream via the gums creating the same plaque on your blood vessels that it does on your teeth.

Stay Healthy with Regular Dental Checkups

If you haven’t scheduled a dental checkup in some time, call or send a direct message and do it today. Your teeth and gums and the rest of your body depend on it.

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Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Delray Beach

If your teeth have seen better days, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach for cosmetic dental bonding.

From tooth colored fillings and custom made porcelain veneers to inlays and dental implants you can’t go wrong when you become a patient of the most popular dentist in Delray Beach. However, in some cases all you might need is a little touch up and a single visit.

Minor chips and cracks aren’t an issue and can be fixed in a single dental appointment with cosmetic dental bonding. Cosmetic dental bonding can also fill small spaces between teeth and make teeth shorter or longer.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

This in and out dental procedure usually requires no anesthetic unless you are having a tooth filled or a tooth repaired that is close to a nerve.

The bond repairs broken, cracked and chipped teeth and is also a great solution for discolored teeth and gaps between teeth. Lengthening and shortening teeth is also possible with cosmetic dental bonding.

How Dental Bonding Works

If you and Dr. George determine that you are a good candidate for cosmetic bonding a color is chosen that best matches the rest of the tooth and your smile.

Once your cosmetic dentist is happy with the color the surface of your tooth is roughened up with a liquid that will make the dental bond stronger.

Much like a sculptor, Dr. George applies the composite resin to the tooth molding it in place to repair the damage in question.  After he is satisfied with the results, a UV light is used to bond or harden the resin.

Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding for Everyone?

While most people are excellent candidates for dental bonding, some are not. If you are a nail biter or like to chew on ice, the composite resin may not be the best solution. Crowns and veneers are made from porcelain and are a better bet for nail biters and ice chewers.

It’s also important to note that resin also stains more than porcelain because it is more porous. If you are considering bonding you may want to curb your tea and coffee drinking habits. If you smoke you may also want to consider quitting as tobacco stains.

A New Smile in Delray Beach

Cosmetic dental bonding is a wonderful solution for stained, cracked, chipped and broken teeth. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental and see if you are a good candidate. You’ll be happy with the results.

Call or send a direct message today.

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Mercury Free Dentistry Delray Beach

Dr. George Dental has your best interests at heart and only provides patients with mercury free dentistry in Delray Beach.

While the FDA and the American Dental Association don’t see a problem with silver amalgam fillings, your Delray Beach mercury free dentist does.

The health and wellbeing of Dr. George Dental patients is a priority, and mercury free dentistry in Delray Beach is one of those priorities.

Mercury Free Dentistry Instead of Amalgam

In the first place, they are made from amalgam, silver amalgam contains mercury. According to the FDA mercury is a toxic substance. However, it is still being used in fillings as most believe the toxic poisonous mercury will remain safe inside the dental filling material. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

Most people will not feel damage to fillings. Chips, cracks and leaks go unnoticed most of the time. Only your Delray Beach dentist knows how to tell if you are dealing with a broken silver amalgam filling. He will also explain the advantages of mercury free dentistry.

How Long has Amalgam Been Around?

Silver amalgam fillings were introduced by a French Dentist in the early 1800s. The material was used as both filler and a dental restorative. The amalgam that was developed back then was made from melted silver coins and mercury.

Anything but Natural

While mercury is a natural substance it certainly isn’t healthy. Take a look at an old weather thermometer, used by consumers for years, and you will see that the mercury is contained within the vessel.

If a thermometer leaks it becomes toxic. The same happens to your silver amalgam fillings if they leak, chip or crack.

When you chew, damaged amalgam fillings release a vapor. Those mercury vapors are toxic. While researchers are still running continuous studies on long term affects, most believe the accumulation will cause chronic health problems.

The best thing to do for your overall and oral health is to schedule an appointment with Dr. George Sanchez. He will advise you on silver amalgam filling removal and the best mercury free dentistry replacement for those toxic dental fillings.

Mercury Free Dentistry Delray Beach

A mouth full of metal isn’t healthy for your teeth or the rest of your body. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental.

Your mercury free dental practice is the only dentist to consider if you want to remove toxic silver amalgam fillings.

Fillings without amalgam are the safe option. Tooth colored fillings are also more attractive.

Call, send a direct message or a text and schedule a mercury free dentistry consultation with Dr. George dental today.

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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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