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By James C. Lewis, DMD
October 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health
TheSecretsBehindVannaWhitesSmile

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”


By James C. Lewis, DMD
October 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  
SettingtheRecordStraightonRootCanalTreatments

If there was an “Unsung Hero” award for dental procedures, the root canal treatment would win hands-down. Much aligned in popular culture, today’s root canal treatment is actually a valuable tool for saving teeth that would otherwise be lost. And contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they relieve it.

To help you understand its true worth, here are some common questions and answers about the root canal treatment.

What problem does a root canal treatment fix?
A root canal treatment stops a bacterial infection that has invaded the innermost part of a tooth — the pulp — and is advancing toward the end of the root through small passageways known as root canals. Most people first notice the problem as a sharp pain in the affected tooth that may suddenly dissipate in a few days. The infection has attacked the inner pulp tissue, rich in nerve fibers; when the nerve fibers die they stop sending pain signals. The infection, however, hasn’t died: as it advances, you may then begin to experience pain when you bite down or when you encounter hot foods. You may also notice tenderness and swelling in nearby gums.

How does the procedure stop the infection?
A root canal treatment removes all the infected or dead tissue and cleanses the pulp chamber. We enter the pulp chamber through a small access hole created in the tooth’s biting surface. After tissue removal, we then “shape” and prepare the empty chamber and root canals (often with the aid of microscopic equipment) to be filled with a special filling. After filling, the tooth is then sealed to prevent re-infection (most often, we need to install a permanent crown at a subsequent visit for maximum protection).

How much pain can I expect during and after the procedure?
During the procedure, none — the tooth and surrounding gums are fully anesthetized before we begin the procedure. Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days that can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.

What’s the ultimate value for a root canal treatment?
The procedure can save a tooth severely damaged by the infection. Even covered by an artificial crown, a living tooth continuing to exist and function normally within the mouth is usually more conducive for optimum oral health than an artificial tooth replacement.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, 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 “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”


By James C. Lewis, DMD
October 06, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Reviews  
satisfied patient Opinions matter! Otherwise, review-related websites like Yelp wouldn’t be so popular. People love to know the best restaurants to get sushi or what wizard mechanic can quickly diagnose any car problem; however, the same should go for your dentist. After all, wouldn’t you want a dentist whose patients can’t say enough about their experiences? Now your New Port Richey dental practice wants to hear what you have to say.
 
Did you have a relaxing dental cleaning? Or was scheduling an appointment a cinch? Whatever your experience, Dr. Lewis wants to hear your opinions about his New Port Richey dentistry office. We want to know what things our office does well and we want to know what keeps our patients happy. It should be a dentist’s mission to make sure their patients are satisfied with their care and feel that they are getting the best treatment possible. I want to know that I’m giving my patients everything they deserve.
 

Writing a Review

So how can you write a review on your dental experience with Dr. Lewis? 
1. Hop onto his website
2. Click the “Review Us” link at the bottom of the site
3. Choose to write your review through whichever social media you fancy, whether it’s Yelp, Yahoo or Google
4. Click “Write a Review” on either Yahoo or Yelp to begin writing, or if Google is more your style, click the pencil icon to start your review
 
Writing a review is very simple. We made sure our sites were easy to navigate so anyone can get the information they need. What we really want though is to hear from our patients. We want to know that we are doing everything we can for them. If our patients are happy, then we’re happy!
 
Whether you’ve just had a pain-free root canal or clear braces in New Port Richey gave you that straighter smile, Dr. Lewis wants to know. “We have had a lot of patients opt for ClearCorrect™, because no one can tell that they are wearing braces. The treatment is highly successful and state-of-the-art. We would especially love to hear from patients who have had great success getting a straighter smile with ClearCorrect™.
 
Jump online today and provide useful feedback on Dr. Lewis for others who may be looking for a dentist who can fit their needs.
 



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