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When You Need Straighter Teeth Sooner

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You put up with crooked teeth your whole adult life, and you limped along okay, even though your teeth often hurt and you felt self-conscious. But you just learned you have a major presentation at your company’s next annual sales conference, and you decide it’s finally time to fix your smile.

Consider Invisalign Orthodontics

If you are looking for a short-term adult orthodontic solution that can get your smile where you want it to be as quickly as possible, you may need to look no further than Invisalign. Many patients who are interested in straightening their teeth are excited to learn that Invisalign can help them achieve their smile goals, often ...

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Crown Solutions for You at Alafaya Dentistry

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You may already know that a crown is a dental restoration that’s needed when a tooth is damaged. Crowns are made of durable materials including all porcelain, gold, or full zirconium. Which type we choose depends on your preference and where the tooth is located in your mouth. Patients who need crowns on teeth that show when they smile generally opt for porcelain or zirconium because they are the most esthetic.

What Crowns Can Do for You

Millions of people have had dental crowns because they have a proven record of success at protecting and strengthening teeth. A well-made crown that is taken care of properly with oral hygiene and routine ...

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A Healthier 2018: How Your Mouth Plays a Role

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It’s a New Year and the common trend at Dr. Gary Michaelson’s office is surrounded around self-improvement.  Everywhere you look, there are ads for weight loss and getting healthy.  What most people don’t think about is how the condition of the mouth, particularly the condition of the gums, affects a person’s overall health.

The Gum Disease-Heart Link

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, has a direct link to heart disease.  Multiple research studies of heart patients have reported an 85% history of periodontal disease.  The bacteria originating from under the gums will make its way into the bloodstream, potentially thickening artery walls.  The same bacteria can also combine with platelets to form blood ...

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Why Your Orlando Dentist May Recommend a Crown

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Crowns are one of the most widely-used dental restorations and with good reason. They are a versatile solution, placing them is a straightforward process that usually only takes two visits, and since a crown can last 15 years or longer, they are a cost-effective long-term solution.

What Does a Dental Crown Do?

Your dentist will typically recommend a dental crown to strengthen and protect a damaged tooth. The restoration is usually made of esthetic porcelain or ceramic and is customized to fit over and surround an existing tooth.

Reasons for Recommending a Crown

Since crowns fit like a cap over your teeth, they can be used in numerous situations:

  • Severe decay compromises the structure ...

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Does Sugar Cause Cavities? Yes...and No

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Most of us were brought up being told how bad sugar is for your teeth. But what you may not know is that, while sugar is a significant contributor to cavities, it does not damage teeth directly.

The Bacterial Connection

To understand how sugar affects your teeth, you need to know a little bit about the bacteria that call your mouth home. Your mouth has its own ecosystem, which scientists call the human oral microbiome. A major player in the microbiome is bacteria. And while it may be hard to comprehend, the fact is that more than six billion bacteria can live in your mouth at any given moment!

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Gum Recontouring or Smile Lift

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When you look at a smile, the teeth are not the only thing that makes a smile beautiful. The gums play an important role in a great looking smile. A “Gummy Smile” can be a quick and easy fix.

What is Gum Recontouring?

At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer Gum Recontouring or Smile Lifts. This procedure involves the use of a pain-free laser to recontour and reshape the gum. This advanced technology is quick, efficient, and virtually painless.  

The process starts with Dr. Micahelson administrating a small amount of local anesthetic. We then use a powerful, yet gentle laser to remove small amounts of gum tissue. By using ...

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Stinging and Burning? It Might Be a Mouth Ulcer

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Have you noticed a small painful lesion in your mouth? Do salty or spicy foods increase tenderness and inflammation, making eating painful?

How Do Mouth Ulcers Form?

You may have a mouth ulcer, also known as a canker sore. Mouth ulcers usually develop in your mouth or cheeks. The exact cause of mouth ulcers is unknown and varies from person to person. However, there are known factors that can aggravate mouth ulcers, including:

  • Quitting Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Highly acidic or spicy foods or beverages
  • Braces or ill-fitting dentures that irritate the inside of the mouth
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause

During a severe outbreak, you may also experience sluggishness, fever, and swollen glands.

A Canker Sore ...

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