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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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Dental Problems will Only Get Worse

dental_problems_Delray_BeachIgnoring a toothache or other dental problems isn’t a good idea. In fact, if you ignore bleeding gums or a cracked tooth you will be up for more than a simple filling or professional cleaning.

According to your dentist in Delray Beach, dental problems will not get better by themselves. Small cavities get larger and gum disease gets worse.

Below are four dental problems that will happen if you don’t go to the dentist for regular dental checkups.

1. Tooth Decay and Cavities are Bad Dental Problems

While brushing twice and flossing once a day helps keep dental plaque under control you will need professional cleanings a couple of times a year.

Plaque, that sticky film that forms on your teeth, will convert to tartar that can only be removed by your Delray Beach dentist. Leaving tooth decay to its own devices will allow bacteria to take over creating tooth decay that is so bad that it requires extensive treatments such as a dental crown or root canal therapy.

2. Dental Problems and Gum Disease

If your gums are swollen, tender and bleed when you brush, floss or eat schedule an appointment with Dr. George Sanchez.

According to Dr. George, gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, can be cured if treated quickly. If gum disease is not treated, it will eventually lead to periodontitis. Periodontal disease can be controlled, but not cured. Periodontitis is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

3. Overall Health Problems and Oral Health

During dental checkups, Dr. George will thoroughly examine your mouth looking for any signs that could indicate overall health problems and of course dental problems.

Finding these issues early, helps prevent more serious problems, such as oral cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

4. Stained Teeth are Just the Beginning

Drinking wine, tea and coffee and enjoying foods like spaghetti and curry sauce will stain your teeth. While good oral hygiene habits will keep tooth staining to a minimum, regular professional dental cleanings will remove stains. Professional tooth whitening is also recommended for badly stained teeth.

If you would like more information regarding oral health or dental problems, call and talk to your Delray Dentist today.

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A Smile Makeover Turns a Frown Upside Down

A smile makeover takes restoration dentistry one-step further using cosmetic dentistry procedures that enhance your smile.

What is a Smile Makeover?

smile_makeover_dentist_Delray_BeachRestoration dentistry means repairing teeth so that they are healthy and functional. Cosmetic dentistry means cosmetic dental crowns, dental implants, cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers, professional tooth whitening, inlays, onlays, and clear braces. In other words, a general dentist will restore your smile while a cosmetic dentist will enhance it with advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures.

A Smile Makeover and Cosmetic Dentistry

In most cases, your smile makeover will be both restorative and cosmetic because some procedures cross over. For example, dental implants are both restorative, as they help rebuild bone, and cosmetic as they provide you with a natural looking artificial tooth.

Dr. George Sanchez practices mercury free dentistry providing you with tooth colored fillings and crowns. Because of his tooth colored solutions, his restorations are also cosmetic.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry in Delray Beach

Your Delray Beach cosmetic dentist provides cosmetic dental services that include:

Professional Tooth Whitening for a Smile Makeover

Done in office or with custom made whitening trays, professional tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world and is usually performed before other procedures for an accurate color match.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Cosmetic dental crowns cover the whole tooth like a cap. Fitting over the whole tooth, cosmetic crowns match the rest of your smile and can be completed in a single dental visit. Cosmetic crowns go hand in hand with a smile makeover.

A Smile Makeover and Inlays/Onlays

These are custom-made tooth colored restorations that are laid in or on the tooth depending on the damage. The inlays and onlays are made to match the damaged tooth perfectly.

Clear Braces

Your cosmetic dentist in Delray Beach uses the clear plastic aligner system for a smile makeover to gradually move teeth into place. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign® works in 12 to 18 months. Conventional wires and brackets can take up to 2 years.

Dental Implants

The strongest replacement for missing teeth, dental implants can last the rest of your life as long as you practice good oral hygiene. Dental implants are as strong, if not stronger than your own teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers repair cracked, chipped, and stained teeth. However, veneers fit over the tops of the teeth where the crowns fit over the entire tooth.

If you would like more information regarding a smile makeover in Delray Beach, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Sanchez today.

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The Latest Dental Technology in Delray Beach

Your family dentist in Delray Beach is committed to providing patients with the latest dental technology available.

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From laser dentistry to same day professional tooth whitening, Dr. George Sanchez is the only dentist to consider. Dr. George offers both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures for people of all ages.

Laser Dentistry in Delray Beach

Lasers are used in dentistry for pain relief, dental restorations and more, and is also used for gum disease treatment. Lasers reduce recovery time and eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia in most patients.

Laser gum treatment is another amazing modern dental technology offered by your dentist in Delray Beach. Laser gum treatment is the fast and easy way to a mouth free from gingivitis and the more dangerous periodontal disease.

Dental Technology and Metal Free Dentistry

Getting rid of mercury restorations is the best way to restore your smile, and with modern dental technology in Delray Beach, you can be assured it is safe.

Your dentist in Delray Beach does not use metal for restorations. While the American Dental Association deems silver restorations safe, Dr. George believes in using other materials as they do not contract and make x-rays possible. Because silver and other metal restorations hide things it is impossible to tell if the tooth has additional decay in a dental x-ray.

Dental Restorations Aren’t Always Forever

Repaired teeth aren’t always free from additional tooth decay. All fillings need to be replaced over time, but sadly, some people are still walking around with 25-year-old silver amalgam fillings.

Keep in mind that teeth contract over time, but metal doesn’t. You can still have cracks and chips in teeth that have been repaired. Metal fillings also lose their seal over time allowing debris and bacteria to seep in under and around the dental filling.

The Best Dental Technology is a Phone Call Away

Dental technology has made a world of difference to billions of people all over the planet, and can make the same difference to you.

Call and schedule a no obligation dental examination with Dr. George today. Dental technology makes dentistry comfortable. Call for a dental appointment in Delray Beach today.

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