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Tooth Grinding and Silver Amalgam Fillings

Did you know that tooth grinding, even occasionally while under stress, can cause serious problems for your teeth and your old silver amalgam fillings?

What’s worse is that tooth grinding also causes issues for your dental restorations, especially if those restorations are silver amalgam.

Silver Amalgam Fillings and Mercury

If you follow this dental blog you will know that Dr. George Dental is a dental practice in Delray Beach that only offers mercury free dentistry.

What that means for you and your family is healthier teeth and gums and a heathier body.

Dr. George Sanchez is a mercury free dentist who will not take chances with the health and wellbeing of you and your family teeth and gums.

While some argue that silver amalgam fillings are completely fine and safe for teeth others do not agree. Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach is one of those dental practices that doesn’t. Moreover, Dr. Sanchez is totally mercury free.

Silver Amalgam Fillings can be Toxic

Mercury is not used much at all these days, except when it comes to dental fillings. Those old thermometers were pulled from the market long ago because of the poisonous mercury that told you how hot or cold it was.

Christmas bulbs that bubbled mercury and other mercury filled items are long gone as well, but again, not silver amalgam fillings.

The FDA and ADA both agree that silver amalgam fillings are not toxic and fine for teeth, but those who know the truth have a different opinion on the matter.

Dr. George explains that when a filling contracts and expands, which mercury fillings do, the material will not be sealed to the tooth.

In addition, if a filling cracks or chips or becomes loose at the seal, leaks occur as well. Moreover silver fillings won’t protect the tooth from further decay.

White Fillings are Better for Teeth

The best way to avoid any potential contact is to get rid of your silver amalgam fillings. Have them removed and replace them with biodegradable restorations matched to the rest of the tooth. Dr. George and his team have the equipment and experience to safely remove your dental restorations.

After removing the dental restorations your teeth are filled with a beautiful and safe alternative that is matched to the rest of your smile.

Of course if Dr. George discovers that you are grinding your teeth more than you should an oral appliance may be recommended to help protect your new dental fillings and any other restorations.

Silver Amalgam Fillings Be Gone

If you still have your old restorations or grind your teeth schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental. Your teeth will be thanking you for it for the rest of your life.

Send a direct message and schedule an appointment today.

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Clear Plastic Aligners Be Choosy

If you have been toying with the idea of clear plastic aligners for teeth straightening talk to Dr. George Dental. Having a dentist by your side during treatment time is essential if you want your results to be positive.

If you follow this dental blog in Delray Beach you will recall the dangers of mail order or online braces hopefully steering clear of the temptation opting for Invisalign® instead.

Online Plastic Aligners Not a Good Idea

If you haven’t been following this blog and want a quick summary, removable mail order or online braces are not monitored by a dentist.

This could cause serious complications for your teeth and jawbone growth. In addition not all people are suitable for removable aligners.

With mail order aligners everyone is a candidate making them incredibly unsafe for all concerned. Moreover, there is no dentist to visit every six weeks to check on your progress.

Prescription Clear Plastic Aligners

Dr. George Sanchez is licensed to provide patients with prescription clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. Invisalign® has been around for decades and is the the Gold Standard when it comes to removable clear braces.

Straight Teeth More Than Esthetic

While you may think the only advantage of straight teeth is looks there are other reasons to use clear plastic aligners from Invisalign for crooked teeth.

Your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist explains that straight teeth are easier to maintain, brush and floss.

Crooked teeth are difficult to brush and floss. This means decay and bacteria have no problem getting into your teeth and gums.

Straight teeth mean healthy teeth and gums because you can keep them cleaner. You will also find it easier to eat and enjoy the foods that you love.

When teeth are too close together, overlap or are too far apart bacteria will thrive loving every minute of your not so perfect smile. When teeth are too close you are also at risk for inflammation and gum disease.

Invisalign

While Invisalign® is the perfect solution for most it is up to Dr. George to decide. As previously mentioned not all people are good fits for clear plastic aligners.

People with severe cross or over bites or large gaps between teeth may do better with conventional wires and brackets.

In addition those who are less diligent may not be suitable as Invisalign® needs to be worn 22 hours every day. The only time the clear plastic aligners are removed is when you eat, drink, brush and floss.

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® call or send a direct message and talk to Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach today.

 

 

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Sedation Dentistry if You Just Can’t

If you or someone you know is deathly afraid of the dentist it is time to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Delray Beach for sedation dentistry.

For decades Dr. George Dental has helped people like you overcome dental anxiety with simple solutions that work for everyone.

Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety

For some the thought of having someone so close to their face is a deal breaker. Those same people have foregone necessary dental checkups just because of dental fear.

These patients and others who just can’t stand anyone in their space love sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a life saver and teeth and gum saver as well.

Avoiding the dentist causes all sorts of issues for teeth and gums. For instance, if you have a toothache and let it go because of dental fear it will get worse. Obviously decay and disease won’t magically heal themselves. This is where sedation dentistry comes in.

Regardless of your level of dental anxiety, Dr. George Sanchez and his team have a solution. From laughing gas to IV dental sedation for dental surgeries and multiple procedures during the same appointment you can’t go wrong when you become a patient of Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach.

No Judgement with Dental Sedation

One of the biggest fears people have when they see the dentist is judgement. You will never experience this type of treatment from any team member when it comes to you Delray Beach dentist.

Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in decades you will feel the compassion and dedication when you become a patient of this family dentist in Delray Beach.

Dr. George Dental just wants to get your teeth and gums healthy and could care less what they look like during your first visit and initial dental consultation.

Decay and Disease

When it comes to tooth decay and gum disease it is imperative that it is taken care of as quickly as possible. Early dental treatment prevents large fillings, dental crowns and intensive periodontal therapy.

Scheduling regular dental appointments means you are less likely to need fillings and gum disease treatment because you are practicing proactive and preventive dentistry.

Delray Beach Sedation Dentistry

Don’t wait until you can’t stand the pain. Call and schedule a sedation dentistry appointment with Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach today. Your teeth and gums will thank you for it.

Call or send a direct message and schedule an appointment today.

 

 

 

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Dr. George Dental for Everyone in the Family

Dr. George Dental is the only full service dental practice in Delray Beach Florida that you will need.

From pediatric to dental health care for seniors you and your family will appreciate the the good old fashioned customer service from Dr. George Dental.

It’s a safe environment and a welcome change from conventional dental offices in Delray Beach.

Dental Care in Delray Beach

If you follow this dental blog and yes, please do, you will have learned the importance of regular dental checkups for every member of your family. Don’t forget that regular dental checkups also include comprehensive dental checkups.

Comprehensive Dental Checkups with Dr. George Dental

Comprehensive dental checkups with oral cancer screenings are important for a variety of reasons. Firstly, they take things one step further using dental technology to identify anything that may look suspicious. Secondly, oral cancer screenings save lives.

Dr. George Dental searches for lumps, bumps, lesions and patches that wouldn’t normally be in your mouth. If he or a team member should find something that looks out of place a biopsy is taken so that Dr. George can send it to the lab for diagnosis.

It’s important to remember that people with early diagnosis have a much better chance of surviving any type of cancer, including oral cancers.

A Thorough Examination with Dr. George Dental

When your Delray Beach dentist examines your teeth and gums your restorations are also thoroughly checked. Restoration checks are vital if you want stay healthy.

If you follow this blog you will recall that Dr. George Dental is a mercury free zone. That means he does not use silver amalgam fillings.

Dr. George understands the dangers of broken down fillings and makes sure that yours are healthy. If they aren’t, he will talk to you about having your fillings removed.

Once your fillings are removed the cavities are filled with biocompatible tooth colored materials that aren’t toxic.

Dental Restorations and Cosmetic Dentistry

If you or a member of your family is considering cosmetic dentistry look no further than Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach. From implants to veneers and professional teeth whitening your sad smile will thank you for it.

Because your Delray  Beach dentist continues his education every chance he gets you and your family are in the best hands when it comes to all things dental, including cosmetic dentistry.

If you would like to join the dental practice in Delray Beach, schedule an appointment. Your family will thank you for it.

Call your family dentist in Delray Beach for dental appointments today.

 

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Holiday Foods to Watch Out For

It’s that time of the year again. Lots of parties and lots of holiday foods that you shouldn’t be eating. But, hey, it’s the holidays so why not enjoy right?

While the holidays are meant to enjoy the good things in life, those good things aren’t always the best for your teeth. In fact, some can be downright dangerous.

Not So Great Holiday Foods for Teeth

Dr. George Dental understands the temptations are hard to resist, but when you do, you’ll be rewarded with fewer dental visits in the New Year.

Holiday Foods and Chewy Yummies

Gummy bears and other chewy candy will have a tendency to rip the restorations straight out of the tooth. In addition, they are loaded with sugar much like most holiday foods.

If not damaging your fillings or crowns, they are remaining between teeth eating away at the enamel.

Dr. George Sanchez recommends that you avoid gummies, salt water taffy and other soft chewy candies that don’t look safe. This includes those oh so trendy sour chewy rainbow strips in your favorite flavors.

Dried Fruit and Holiday Foods

That dried fruit that your favorite client sends you every year isn’t the best option for your teeth. Dried mangos, apricots, figs and dates are delicious, but best these holiday foods are best enjoyed in moderation.

Dried fruit will stick to the backs of your teeth eroding away the enamel. Unless you are able to rinse with water right away your teeth will pay the price.

Your dentist in Delray Beach recommends eating your favorite dried fruit as part of a meal to avoid tooth and restoration damage.

Spritz Acidic Holiday Drinks

Your favorite spritzy mixer is not the best option for teeth. Red Bull, Champagne and cranberry juice may be your favorite beverage during the holidays, but it isn’t the safest option for teeth.

Soda, energy drinks and sports drinks are loaded with sugar as is the cranberry juice. Unless you are making your own juice from the berry there will always be additional sugar.

The acid in the drinks eats away at the enamel on your teeth as well making soda, energy and sports drinks double trouble for teeth and gums.

Great Treats for Teeth

Instead of chewy candy and dried fruit try munching on carrot sticks and celery. Enjoy sweet and savory dips and you’ll barely miss bad holiday foods for teeth.

Drink water or diluted fruit juices instead of soda, energy and sports drinks for healthy teeth.

If you drink water resist the urge to overdo it with the citrus slices as citrus damages teeth.

If you would like to learn more about the holidays and healthy teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental today.

 

 

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Do Your Teeth Make it Hard to Smile?

Your smile says everything about you. From mood to overall confidence it’s easy to tell if someone isn’t happy with his or her smile.

Even if the issue isn’t obvious to the rest of the world, it can still cause problems for self-esteem. If you don’t smile you won’t look happy.

Happy people look content from the inside out. Furthermore, studies show that even fake smiles boost endorphin levels. However, if your teeth and gums make it impossible to put on a fake smile, it’s time to see your dentist in Delray Beach.

A Smile Helps Your Mood

According to Dr. George Sanchez having a smile that isn’t so perfect will eventually put you in a sour mood not to mention how it feels physically and emotionally.

From the minute you get up in the morning to the moment you lay down at night missing, cracked and chipped teeth will play on your mind, especially if they are causing pain and discomfort.

A Caring Dentist for Your Smile

Dr. George and his team are caring professionals who practice preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry means regular dental checkups and excellent oral hygiene.

Oral hygiene is brushing AND flossing. If you are lax about either one your teeth and gums will suffer for it.

Your Dental Appointment

During your dental appointment talk to your dentist in Delray Beach about preventive dentistry and your oral hygiene routine.

It’s always a good idea to revisit your flossing and brushing skills with Dr. George as you may not be as good at it as you used to be.

As well as natural and prescription medications talk your dentist in Delray Beach about your eating habits.

Share meal and snack selections and don’t forget to include what you drink. If your teeth are stained it could have something to do with your passion for coffee and red wine.

Recommendations from your Cosmetic Dentist

Once your Delray Beach dentist has completed his examination the two of you will go over your options for restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or both.

Depending on how much of a change your smile needs to go through to be healthy those options could be anything from a complete mouth makeover to dental implants. It really comes down what your smile looks like now.

If you want to love your smile again call or send a direct message and talk to Dr. George Dental in Delray Beach today.

 

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Preventive Dentistry for Happy Smiles

The only dentist to consider in Delray Beach practices preventive dentistry so that you can be proactive with your teeth and gums.

It’s a world full of smiles and if yours isn’t up to scratch, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. George Dental.

Being proactive means that you won’t have to deal with discolored or leaky fillings because you are scheduling regular dental checkups including restoration checks.

Preventive Dentistry in Delray Beach

Dr. George and his team pride themselves on offering you the best dental care possible. When you become a patient of Dr. George you won’t have to worry about your teeth falling out because you are practicing preventive dentistry.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry includes all things that keep your teeth and gums healthy. From bi-annual dental checkups to professional dental cleanings and comprehensive dental exams you are in the best hands when you become a patient of Dr. George Dental.

Why Preventive Dentistry Works

Preventive dentistry begins at home. From brushing and flossing to regular dental checkups and healthy eating, taking care of your families teeth starts with good oral hygiene.

Dr. George recommends that you:

  • Brush Twice and Floss Once a Day
  • Schedule Bi-Annual Checkups
  • Make Comprehensive Dental Checkups
  • Eat a Healthy Diet

Accidents Can and Will Happen

Of course, even following these tips can’t prevent everything. Accidents can happen. Teeth can crack, break or become dislodged. With that being said scheduling regular dental checkups with Dr. George will help prevent these problems from getting worse.

Not practicing preventive dentistry will get you into trouble. For example, if you have a dull ache that you ignore, it will get worse. Small cavities will not go away by themselves. The same can be said about gum disease.

The Problem with Gum Disease

Gum disease is curable if you don’t let it get to the point of periodontal disease. Once it gets worse it can be controlled, but not cured.

Gingivitis is the lesser form of gum disease and is easily curable with regular professional dental cleanings. However, if your gingivitis is on the verge of periodontitis, Dr. George may recommend root scaling and planing.

Root scaling and planing smooths the rough surfaces on the roots of the teeth so that plaque and bacteria have a tough time sticking around.

Preventive Dentistry in Delray Beach

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy prevents cavities and gum disease. Be proactive with your dental care and schedule a dental checkup with you preventive dentist in Delray Beach today.

 

 

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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.

Send a text today.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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