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By James C. Lewis, DMD
July 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health
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If you’re in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you’ve made familiar promises like losing weight, running a 5k race or joining a gym. How about this one: “I resolve this year to take better care of my teeth.” Better yet, you needn’t wait for the next January 1st — you can begin better oral hygiene habits today.

Although maybe not as glamorous as other self-improvement habits, oral hygiene still promises huge benefits not only for your teeth and gums, but also for your general health and possibly your wallet. Daily brushing and flossing reduces your risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, which can in turn reduce your long-term dental care costs. Besides, clean teeth just look better!

If brushing your teeth hasn’t been a regular habit for you, here are a few tips to get you on the right track:

Pick the right brush. For most people, a soft bristled, multi-tufted toothbrush is the best choice. If you’re not sure what kind of brush to use, ask us for recommendations.

Look for the basics in toothpaste. Store shelves are filled with toothpastes promising everything from teeth whitening to tartar control. Just be sure of two things: that the product contains fluoride (proven to reduce the risk of tooth decay) and it has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval. If you have sensitive teeth, ask us about toothpaste options that address this or other special situations.

Easy does it with the technique. Over-vigorous brushing can harm your teeth’s enamel and cause gum recession. Hold the brush handle between your fingertips with no more pressure than you would hold a pencil. Position the brush-head at the gum line at about a 45-degree angle and gently clean all your tooth surfaces. If you’re trying this approach for the first time, the task should take about two minutes.

Visit your dentist twice a year to keep on track. Think of your dental healthcare team as your “personal trainers” in oral hygiene. Besides monitoring your overall dental health and removing hard to reach plaque through semi-annual cleanings, they’ll also coach you on your new lifetime habit of better oral hygiene.

If you would like more information on oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene.”


By James C. Lewis, DMD
July 09, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Healthy Veneers  
veneersDental veneers provide the ultimate smile makeover. These ultra-thin, custom-made shells are durable, natural-looking, and mask imperfections such as stains and misaligned teeth in ways that few other dental procedures can.
 
An added benefit of veneers is that with proper care, they can last for up to 20 years! Here are a few tips for extending the life of your veneers.
 

Keep tooth decay at bay.

 
Veneers and tooth decay don’t mix. That’s because porcelain veneers are bonded to the natural tooth structure and require a healthy foundation in order to function properly. To prevent decay, practice good oral hygiene daily and visit our office regularly for checkups and cleanings.
 

Tame your bite.

 
Remember, teeth are meant for chewing foods, not biting and tearing hard objects. Avoid damage to your veneers by resisting the urge to tear or rip solid, tough objects with your teeth, such as ice or packaging. By exercising extra caution, you can ensure your veneers last many, many years.
 

Protect your veneers.

 
If you actively participate in contact sports, consider having a mouth guard custom-fitted by Dr. Lewis. By wearing a mouth guard, you can help protect both your teeth and veneers from accidental blows to the mouth. Mouth guards are also great for patients who grind their teeth, as this too can damage your veneers.
 

Take it easy on the coffee.

 
One great benefit of veneers is that they can resist stain-causing foods and drinks longer than your natural teeth. That doesn’t mean veneers can't stain with continued exposure to certain staining agents, however. Limit the amount of coffee, wine, tea and dark fruits you consume to avoid the gradual discoloration of your veneers. Similarly, smoking should also be avoided as it can also lead to discoloration.
 

Follow up with your New Port Richey dentist.

 
Finally, in order to keep your veneers in top condition for many years, always visit our practice for routine exams and cleanings. We can help you keep your teeth in top condition, inspect your veneers for issues, and identify and treat problem areas ahead of time.
 
Veneers are designed to solve an array of dental issues, helping you achieve a virtually flawless smile that can last for several years with proper care. If you’re ready to say good-bye to lingering tooth stains or smile imperfections, veneers may be the ideal solution for you. Contact our office for more information or schedule an appointment for a consultation today.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
July 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health
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Actor Michael Douglas shocked TV audiences across the country when he announced on the David Letterman Show in 2010 that he has stage IV oral cancer. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread and his radiation and chemotherapy treatments were successful. This year, Douglas teamed up with the Oral Cancer Foundation to warn others about the dangers of the disease and the importance of early detection. In particular, he wants younger people to know that even if they don't smoke and drink a lot, as he admitted to Letterman that he did, they are still at risk.

As Douglas states in a PSA he made with the foundation, “the fastest growing segment of the people developing oral cancers are young, non smokers.” That's due to a strain of the Human Papilloma Virus known as HPV16 that can be transmitted through oral sex. So it's important to avoid risky sexual behaviors and to be screened regularly for this devastating disease that claims one life every hour in the U.S., according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

An oral cancer screening is a simple visual and tactile exam done right here at the dental office. We will feel your neck for lumps and inspect your lips and all inside surfaces of the mouth, including the back of your throat, for any suspicious signs. If any are found, a biopsy (laboratory analysis of a tissue sample) can be ordered.

Most oral cancers are “squamous” (small scale-shaped) cell carcinomas that occur in the lining of the mouth and are often preceded by recognizable changes (lesions) of the oral membranes. White or red patches begin to form in the pre-cancerous stage, and as the cancer develops, a non-healing ulcer may appear. If you notice any such changes in your mouth, please let us know.

Michael Douglas ends his PSA with the following plea: “So please, the next time you visit your dentist or your medical doctor, ask for this simple screening. Finding oral cancer in its earliest stages may save your life.” We agree, which is why we always perform this screening during your regular dental check-up. If it's been a while since your last appointment, please come in and see us.

If you would like more information about oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about the disease in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”




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