Migraines and Your Dental Health

Migraines and Your Dental Health

Each June the American Headache & Migraine Association (AHMA) observes Migraine & Headache Awareness Month to bring knowledge and understanding about these disorders that plague nearly one out of eight Americans. So what’s this have to do with my dental office in Stuart? More than you may think.

The Complete Guide to Oral Cancer

The Complete Guide to Oral Cancer

At my dental office in Stuart, we believe in early detection, knowing the signs, and treating it proactively. We also believe in overall health for each and every patient. That’s why we want to provide you with as much knowledge on oral cancer as possible.

You’ve Got Questions About Canker Sores? We’ve Got Answers!

Canker sores are a common problem that tend to come with a lot of questions. What causes them? Are they contagious? Can you cure them? Can you avoid them? Is a canker sore and cold sore the same thing? At my Stuart dental office, we understand canker sores can be confusing, and uncomfortable, so we’d like to give you some answers to commonly asked questions.

What Exactly is a Canker Sore?

A canker sore is ulcer-like lesion that appears on the soft tissues of the mouth. And if you get one, you’ll know. Canker sores look like small, red, painful, raised circles. They may even have a white or gray middle. Canker sores affect the inside of the mouth and aren’t contagious. If you notice something similar on the lip or outside of the mouth, you probably have a cold sore, which is contagious, so get it looked at as soon as possible.

What Causes Canker Sores?

We wish we had a better answer to this, but we’ll fill you in on what we know. Canker sores have no absolute cause. However, there are some things that have a correlation with developing a canker sore.

  • High Stress or Lack of Rest

  • Acidic or Spicy Foods

  • Soft Tissue Injuries

Sometimes you may be able to determine what causes a canker sore to pop up. Other times, they appear seemingly out of nowhere. If you can identify what caused a canker sore to pop up, try your best to avoid it.

How do You Treat a Canker Sore?

Again, we wish we had better news for you. Unfortunately there is no cure for canker sores. You basically need to let them run their course, which is typically about a week or two. While you can’t make one go away, you can ease the discomfort and pain with an over-the-counter product designed to numb the area.

What if a Canker Sore Doesn’t Go Away?

Normally a canker sore will heal itself, but sometimes it needs help. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your dentist in Stuart.

  • It’s still there after three weeks

  • It spread or multiplied

  • It comes paired with a fever or severe pain

At my Stuart dental office, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions about canker sores or any other oral health concern you have. Give us a call today!

Now accepting patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach.

4 Ways You May Be Harming Your Smile

4 Ways You May Be Harming Your Smile

At my Stuart dental office, we’re all about getting and keeping smiles in their best shape possible. But we need your help. When it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth, there are few things we recommend avoiding, or at least using in moderation. Check out our list of things that may be harming your smile and keeping you from optimal dental health...

Celebrate World Oral Health Day with Your Stuart Dentist

Celebrate World Oral Health Day with Your Stuart Dentist

Every year the World Dental Federation (FDI) sponsors World Oral Health Day to promote awareness on the effects a healthy mouth has on a healthy body. Everyone at my Stuart dental office wants to do our part and share some of connections between your dental health and whole body health...

The Link Between Kissing and Cavities

The Link Between Kissing and Cavities

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold. Of course we all know that we can catch a cold by kissing, but cavities? Sounds pretty far fetched. But guess what everyone at my dental office in Stuart knows? Catching a cavity by kissing is totally possible -- technically. Read more...

Oral Health and Heart Health

Oral Health and Heart Health

As far as certain organs may seem from each other, our bodies work as one. This means that when there is a problem in our mouth, it can lead to more than just cavities or tooth loss. It can lead to all kinds of health problems. One of the most vital connections is between your gums and your heart....

Eating Disorders and Oral Health

Affecting nearly 10 million Americans, eating disorders are dangerous diseases that can also lead to some serious health concerns. Whether anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, every eating disorder increases the chance of heart failure, decreases bone density, and causes muscle loss. At my dental office in Stuart, we want to inform our neighbors of some of the oral health problems also associated with eating disorders.

Teeth and Eating Disorders

When someone has an eating disorder, they’re not getting all of the necessary nutrients the body needs to function properly. This includes your mouth. Oftentimes an eating disorder can cause salivary glands to produce less saliva, leading to dry mouth. Dry mouth is linked to bad breath, decay, and gum disease. A lack of crucial nutrients can also cause sores to develop. These often bleed easily and can be quite painful.

If vomiting is a symptom, a whole host of other concerns arise. The constant exposure to stomach acid can erode enamel and even cause teeth to change color or become translucent. In fact, according to the National Eating Disorders Association, 89% of bulimics experience enamel erosion caused by overexposure to stomach acid.  

Signs & Symptoms

Many times a dentist in Stuart may the first to suspect an eating disorder. This is because many signs first show in the mouth, including:

  • Enlarged salivary glands

  • Chronic dry mouth

  • Tooth decay

  • Sensitivity

What You Can Do to Protect Your Teeth

When battling a disease like an eating disorder, proper medical attention is always the first step. Trusted professionals can help both diagnose the problem and fix it. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to keep your smile protected.

  • Continue to brush and floss like normal, brushing twice a day and flossing once.

  • If vomit is a factor, do not brush immediately after it happens. Instead, rinse with water.

  • Continue to visit your dentist as often as recommended.

If you have an eating disorder, please seek medical attention as soon as possible. And while you’re working on beating the disease, give my Stuart dental office a call and schedule an appointment. We can help protect your mouth from the damaging effects of eating disorders and work with you throughout the healing process.

Serving new patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach.

4 Reasons to Smile

At my Stuart dental office, we love to see our patients smile. Not only because we are in the business of creating healthy, beautiful grins, but also because we know the health benefits behind showing those pearly whites. We’d like to share a few reasons you should smile more and smile often.

1. Helps Immune System. Smiling helps produce more white blood cells which, in turn, fight off bacteria, germs, and disease.

2. Makes Us Happy. Endorphins are the chemicals in our brains that help us feel happy. The effects of endorphins are often experienced while running, working out intensely, or just by smiling.

3. Reduces Stress. Those powerful endorphins also help lower stress and anxiety. When we’re stressed, the level of the hormone cortisol is high, making us feel unpleasant. Endorphins lower the amount of cortisol in our bodies and fight off stress.

4. Makes You Approachable. Smiling means the same thing in every language, so there are no cultural barriers to interpreting what a smile means. There are several studies that show people are more likely to engage with someone who’s smiling than those who are not.  

If you’re not smiling often, try these tips to help:

  • Be around people. Spending time with people who make you happy and make you laugh is a great way to increase how much you smile. Call up your buds, go out to dinner, tell funny stories, and don’t forget to smile wide.

  • Watch something funny. Sometimes we don’t feel like interacting with people, and that’s ok. But it’s still important to smile and smile often. When you want to relax alone, watch a classic comedy movie or show, pop some popcorn (watch out for kernels!), and cackle away in the comfort of your couch.

  • Fake it. Our brains can’t actually tell the difference between a genuine smile and a fake one. But the benefits stay the same no matter what. So paste on a grin and soak in the benefits.

Sometimes people don’t smile because they’re embarrassed about how their teeth look. If this is keeping you from showing off your grin, call my dental office in Stuart. We have tons of cosmetic dentistry options to choose from and we promise there’s a treatment plan just for you. Schedule an appointment today and let us help you smile more so you can start feeling all the benefits smiling can have.

Accepting new patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach.

 

Get Your Teeth as White as Winter’s Snow

There’s nothing more pristine and white than fresh winter snow. But it doesn’t take much, and before you know it, the snow looks dingy and dirty. The same can be said for your teeth! But don’t worry, the friendly team at my Stuart dental office is ready to help take your smile from drab to dazzling quicker than you can say blizzard. In the meantime, try these tips to help keep your smile bright!

Rethink Your Food and Drink

Now’s the time of year when we tend to enjoy delicious drinks and foods that can lead to not-so-pearly whites. Red wine, soda, berry juices, coffee, and black tea are all common beverage offenders. Sauces, gravies, and sweet treats will also leave a little something behind. To help your smile stay snowy white, try drinking through a straw. Swallow quick without allowing your beverages and foods to linger too long.

Brushing Up on the Basics

We can’t stress enough how important it is to remain vigilant about your daily brushing routine. Even if you still eat and drink stain-causing stuff, regular brushing and flossing will help keep your teeth white too. Do it twice a day, once in the morning and again at night, to keep stains to a minimum. If brushing isn’t enough and you’re still struggling with stains, stop by for a consultation.

Brighter is Always Better

When teeth whitening is what you’re after, there are a few alternatives to achieve perfection such as brushing with a whitening toothpaste or investing in porcelain veneers. Remember to

check with your Stuart dentist before beginning any whitening procedures. In terms of your toothpaste, look for the American Dental Association seal of approval on the label to ensure they’re safe and effective. If teeth are truly stained, consider talking with us about the possibility of porcelain veneers. These thin sheets of ceramic bond directly to the front surfaces of teeth for a healthy, white smile. They’re also highly resistant to pesky stains!

We’re always happy to see your smiling face in the office, so don’t forget to ask about whitening options the next time you visit my dental office in Stuart. Brighter is better when it comes to smiles!


Welcoming new patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach.

Fresh Breath Tips for Kissing Under the Holiday Mistletoe

It’s here! With the holiday season in full swing, social shindigs, tons of entertaining fun with friends, family, and colleagues is finally here. While sipping a cocktail or munching on some delightful treats, be sure you’re ready for a smooch in the midst of mistletoe with clean, fresh breath. Stop by or call my Stuart dental office to make sure your pucker is prepared, and don’t forget to follow these easy tips prior to party time.

 

Stress-Free is the Way to Be

It’s easy to tell others to relax, and forget about the stress that can go hand in hand with the holidays. The truth is: when are our calendars fill with festivities, our oral and overall health tends to struggle because of less time devoted to regular maintenance routines. Eating right (we know it’s hard), drinking plenty of water, getting sufficient rest, and continuing to exercise, are all essential. A healthy mind and body means your breath will be ready for every close conversation and quick kiss coming your way.

Brush, Floss, Rejoice

Grab your toothbrush and unwind some floss, because brushing twice daily and flossing once will leave your mouth feeling fabulous, wash away food debris, and attack plaque build-up. You’ll also help prevent bad breath, leaving your mouth kissably fresh. If you encounter pain or other issues while brushing, please contact my dental office in Stuart for a consultation. We’re always happy to help!

Tongue Tied

Since delicious food and tempting treats are usually plentiful this time of year, it’s important to remember your tongue when completing your daily dental routine. This important muscle needs some TLC too! We always remind our patients to do a thorough tongue brushing or scraping to help remove dead cells and unwanted food particles that can lead to lousy breath. Still struggling with less-than-fresh breath? Give your Stuart dentist a call.  We’d be happy to help and our tongues are never tied!

Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends, or colleagues this season, we wish you cheerful tidings filled with bright smiles and fresh breath. We’ll see you and your healthy smile in 2016!

We’re always happy to welcome new patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach.

Alcohol Use and Oral Health

Nearly a quarter of all U.S. adults 18 and older have engaged in one or more nights of excessive drinking this past year. Excessive drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men, and four or more drinks for women. While some may only see this as a concern for your overall health, at my Stuart dental office, we’d like to explain how it can also be detrimental to your oral health.

Why Is Alcohol Dangerous?

Alcohol is naturally drying, and that’s bad news for your mouth. The mouth needs saliva to stay healthy. Without it, dangerous bacteria can linger around and cause problems. Alcohol is also acidic, and acid causes enamel to soften and makes them more susceptible to attacks.

What Could Happen

If someone abuses alcohol, it could result in several dental problems. While some are much more serious than others, they can all lead to extensive dental damage and even whole-body concerns. Some of these problems include:

  • Tooth Decay

  • Gum Disease

  • Chronic Bad Breath

  • Oral, Throat, and Oesophagus Cancer

Reduce Your Risk

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of alcohol-induced oral health problems. Follow these tips to help protect your smile.

  • It’s All About Moderation. The best way to avoid oral health complications from excessive alcohol consumption is to limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Not only can drinking in moderation protect your mouth, it can protect your whole body.

  • Brush & Floss. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once will help fight off the damaging effects of alcohol. Additionally, brushing 20 minutes post-alcohol consumption may decrease the chance of alcohol-induced complications.

  • Keep Your Dental Appointments. Regular visits to your dentist in Stuart aren’t just about getting a deep cleaning and checking for cavities. Appointments at least every six months can catch any problems early, and early detection is key. In fact, sometimes your dentist may be the first to suspect an alcohol addiction by what’s seen in your mouth.

At my dental office in Stuart, we care about our patients’ overall health, not just their oral health. If you suspect you may have an addiction to alcohol, we encourage you to seek counseling. And if it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, we’d love to see you.

Accepting patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach.

Holidays Have You Stressed? Relax for Your Mouth’s Sake

The craziness of the holiday season is right around the corner, and we’re sure the planning has already begun. Sometimes this time of year causes stress levels to rise and health to suffer because of it. But it’s not only your overall health that’s affected by stress. The team at my dental office in Stuart want to inform you about how stress can also cause problems in your mouth.

Jaw Pain

Your jaw joint, also known as the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), gets a lot of work throughout the day even when you’re not stressed. It can withstand a lot. But when you’re in stress overload, you may begin to clench or grind your teeth. Both clenching and grinding may lead to tooth damage and can also cause some serious jaw pain. If you’re experiencing any pain, clicking, locking, or popping, give your Stuart dentist a call.

Canker Sores

Usually caused by an accidental chomp of the cheek or other actual trauma, canker sores can also be triggered by stress. According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, people are more susceptible to canker sores during prolonged periods of stress. Canker sores, also known as mouth ulcers, are typically found inside the mouth and are not contagious, but can be painful and annoying.

Chill Out!

The best way to protect your smile and overall health from the dangers of stress is to work on calming down and keeping anxiety levels low. Need some pointers? Check out these tips.

  • Eat Well. We know it’s hard to pass on the constant snacking that typically comes with the holidays, but try your best to keep a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Work on Your Fitness. Get active by taking a daily walk, do some yoga, or hop on a treadmill. Whatever your exercise of choice, get your blood pumping and your sweat dripping.

  • Limit Alcohol. Between office parties, dinners out, get togethers with friends and family, alcohol is typically available in abundance. Try your best to limit your alcohol consumption not only for your oral health, but overall health too.

As always, take time to ensure you’re keeping a healthy at-home oral hygiene routine. And if you feel the stress of the holidays is affecting your mouth, don’t hesitate to call my Stuart dental office. We’ll be happy to work with you to resolve any problems we may find. We’re also pretty great at keeping you relaxed, which may be just what you need.

Accepting patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach.

 

Chew Gum for Better Dental Health

By now, you have probably heard about Xylitol gum, but you aren't sure why it is such a big deal. Isn't it just another artificial sweetener? Not at all!

While Xylitol looks and tastes much like sugar, it will not raise blood sugar levels the way sugar does. And since it’s found in many fruits and vegetables, Xylitol is considered natural. You even produce a little of it in your metabolism process!
 

But here is where the team at my dental office in Stuart gets really excited about Xylitol: Xylitol has powerful benefits for your oral health!

Chewing a piece of Xylitol gum instead of choosing sugary snacks can:

  • Prevent tooth decay

  • Starve bacteria

  • Prevent oral inflammation

  • Reduce your risk for gum disease

It's true! How does it work? Well, one of the most common causes of oral health problems is a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans -- the bacteria mostly responsible for plaque. Sugar and other carbohydrates feed this bacteria. Or, in other words, this bacteria ingests the sugar we eat. It also ingests the Xylitol, but instead of being nourished by it, they are starved and die. Yep, you got it -- oral bacteria levels drop, sometimes by up to 75%!

And that's not all.

  • Chewing Xylitol gum increases saliva production which protects your teeth and remineralizes them with naturally occurring calcium and phosphate.

  • Acidity in your mouth can lead to enamel erosion. Xylitol in gum or mints can reduce the acidity of your saliva.

  • Xylitol can help your body better absorb calcium which we all know can strengthen your teeth.

To learn more about how chewing Xylitol can benefit your oral health, or for suggestions about which Xylitol products to choose give my Stuart dental office a call.

Accepting patients from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach.

BRINGING THE BENEFITS OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY TO STUART

There’s more to cosmetic dentistry than just making your smile more beautiful. Did you know that several of our cosmetic dentistry services can not only improve the look of your teeth, but also improve your oral health?

Some cosmetic services, such as a full-mouth restoration and gum recontouring, have health benefits that can affect the way you feel inside and out. Full mouth restorations can even help alleviate symptoms of TMJ. We perform both of these services right in our office, along with many other procedures that keep your mouth happy and healthy. Visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page to learn more about the services we offer.

RESTORE YOUR CONFIDENCE
When you have a new smile, you’re happier and more self-confident. You’re also more likely to take care of your smile, because you want to keep it as brilliant and bright as the first day you brought it home. We know that looking great provides a boost in your mental well-being just as much as it improves how you feel physically.

SERVICES FOR EVERY BUDGET
You don’t have to have big bucks to get a million dollar smile. Many of our cosmetic procedures can be done in one visit, and with such a large variety of services, you can find the option that best fits your budget. Contact us today to find out how affordable our cosmetic dentistry really is!

SMILES THAT LAST
There’s something for everyone at Stuart Dental. Our wide range of cosmetic dentistry includes:

Porcelain Veneers

Composite bonding

Smile Whitening

Many More!

Each cosmetic procedure that we perform results in long-lasting, dramatic differences that are noticeable immediately. Our porcelain veneers are extremely durable, while our professional tooth whitening services outlast the over-the-counter competitors.

What are you waiting for?

Give us a call and schedule your cosmetic dentistry service right away!