oral hygiene

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.

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...

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.

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!


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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.

Alternative Uses for Dental Floss

Dental floss. If you’re a patient at my Stuart dental practice, we know for sure that you have it in your medicine cabinet for use during routine, at-home dental hygiene. But did you know that it might be a good idea to keep some rolls in other rooms of the house as well? You might even want to keep it in your glove compartment!

Why? Because floss has to be strong and flexible enough to fit in between your teeth without breaking, and it’s strong and flexible enough to perform all kinds of other tasks that string or thread might not be capable of handling.

Of course we have our own favorite uses for dental floss, but we have also scoured the internet for creative and handy tips for even more uses. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Protect your walls: Use it instead of wire to hang pictures. Dental floss will not scratch or scrape paint the way wire does.

  • Support delicate plants: Floss is strong and slightly stretchy, making it the ideal way to tie your plants and vines to a supportive wooden dowel.

  • Use it as an emergency shoelace: Again because of its flexibility and strength, dental floss can handily replace a broken shoelace

  • Reattach a button: Another great emergency use of floss when no thread is available.

  • Make a camping clothesline: It’s actually strong enough to hold several bathing suits and t-shirts!

  • Lift cookies from a tray: Many spatulas are too thick to get under a stuck cookie without crumbing it. Dental floss is thin and flexible and easily slides under cookie to loosen them. Try lifting a whole row!

We'd love to hear other uses you might have for this amazing string. Tell us at your next appointment! Speaking of which: Is it time to schedule a hygiene appointment at my dental practice in Stuart? You know we'll supply you with a new roll of handy floss!

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