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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.

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....

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.

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.