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3 Surprising Ways We Use Dental Crowns to Improve Your Smile

Most people know that a dental crown is used to protect a tooth and restore its strength. But today, dentists often use natural-looking porcelain crowns to correct certain aesthetic flaws as well.

Modern Materials Change the Way We Use Crowns

Think of a crown as a helmet for a damaged tooth; the crown absorbs chewing forces to restore function and protect the tooth from further damage. 

In the past, limited materials were available for creating natural-looking crowns, so they were considered to be purely functional. Today, however, we have access to state-of-the-art materials like porcelain and zirconia that closely resemble the appearance of dental enamel and looks natural. 

Since the finished crown blends seamlessly ...

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Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Getting a Dental Crown

We rely quite heavily on our teeth and usually take the work they do for granted until something goes wrong. Then all you can think of is finding a solution that eliminates the discomfort when you chew and embarrassment when you smile.

If the tooth is too decayed to be with a filling, your dentist will likely recommend a restorative dental crown in Orlando. But there are other reasons why you may need a crown; a tooth can crack or break if you bite down on something hard, or you may suffer dental trauma during a soccer game.

Why Your Dentist Recommends a Crown

A dental crown covers and protects the damaged structure ...

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3 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Dental Crown

Smiling Family | Dental Crowns in Orlando

Investing in a dental restoration like a crown is an investment in your oral health. If you care for it properly, your crown can last up to 15 years (longer in some cases), but there are steps you need to take to protect it. Here are a few simple tips.

Extend the Life of Your Crown with These Helpful Tips

Here are three recommendations that will help you protect your investment:

  1. Don’t skimp on oral hygiene – Your crown is made of porcelain and won’t decay, but you still need to be diligent with oral hygiene to protect your gums and the tooth hidden beneath it. So take care of the crown ...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Whitening Treatment

Woman Smiling | Teeth Whitening in Orlando

If you’re looking for a cosmetic dental treatment that delivers excellent value, teeth whitening is a great choice. It’s affordable, provides stunning results, and you can choose an in-office power whitening or a convenient, customized take-home kit.

Get the Most out of Your Whitening

The result, in either case, is a brighter, more youthful looking smile that improves your appearance and boosts your confidence. Now you can go out and enjoy your fresh new look, but there are a few steps you can take to get the most mileage out of your treatment. 

  • Avoid staining foods – If you want to commit to keeping your smile bright, you will need to watch ...

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Side-Effects: Medications And Oral Health

MEDICAL PROBLEMS ARE things none of us ask for but many of us have, and with medical problems come medications. Unfortunately, along with medications come side-effects, and these often have a negative impact on oral health.

The Delicate Balance Of Our Mouths

Our oral health does best when our mouths can stay close to a neutral pH — neither acidic nor basic. The food and drink we consume tends to temporarily disrupt this pH balance, and so does medicine. When children eat chewable vitamins or drink syrupy medicine that contains sugar, it feeds their oral bacteria, which excrete acid onto their teeth. This acid wears away at their tooth enamel.

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How You Can Floss Like Your Hygienist Does

Hands holding dental floss | General dentistry in Orlando

Your dentist and hygienist tell you to floss once a day, but do you know why or how to do it correctly?

Proper brushing and flossing work together to keep your teeth as clean as possible. Brushing removes the buildup of plaque from the surfaces of teeth and any loose particles of food. Flossing continues the job by getting in between teeth and cleaning where your brush can’t reach.

Why Floss Only Once a Day?

You brush twice a day, so you may wonder why you only need to floss once. Unlike your tooth surfaces, plaque and bacteria between teeth take about 24 hours to develop. So unless you have food stuck between ...

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The Crisis of Tooth Decay in Kids

Kid's Dentist in Orlando

What would you guess is the most common chronic childhood disease?

The answer is dental caries, better known as tooth decay. It is five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever.

But the bad news is that, according to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), dental caries is still the most common chronic disease among children between 6 and 11 and adolescents between 12 and 19. The good news is that dental caries is highly preventable.

Take Control of Your Child’s Oral Health

Stay a step ahead of dental caries by bringing your child for early dental visits when their first baby tooth ...

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