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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.

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Successful Veneers Rely on Good Communication

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A lot of skill, science, and artistry go into creating beautiful, natural, long lasting veneers. The combination between the dentist, patient, and ceramist is critical and valuable input from all three help to create a great looking result.

The Veneer Process

The dentist must have proper training and experience in handling numerous cosmetic challenges. The patient should have realistic expectations as to what he or she wishes for a final result and express those to the dentist. A highly experienced master technician or ceramist must listen to the goals of the doctor and patient in creating these beautiful restorations. 

All lines of communication between the dentist, patient, and ceramist are vital to ...

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When Definitions Change: Keeping Up with

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For decades, the definition of oral health was the absence of disease. But dentists have known for years how oral health impacts go far beyond a decayed tooth.

A New Definition of Oral Health

Recently, a new definition of oral health was adopted by the FDI World Dental Federation and hundreds of dental organizations, including the American Dental Association. It recognizes the overall impact that oral health has on your life, including your ability to smile, speak, taste, chew, and use facial expressions to convey emotion confidently and without discomfort, pain, or disease.

While this is a new definition of oral health, it simply supports what dentists in practice already know – ...

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7 Simple Tips to Ensure Your Mouth Is as Healthy as It Can Be!

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Use proper brushing techniques

Use the right technique - Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use circular motions. Then, hold the brush vertically using shorter strokes to clean the back of your front teeth. This is where we build up the most plaque and tater. Use a soft hand when brushing, gentle pressure.

Brush enough

Many people brush regularly, but not long enough. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day. If you need help timing your brushing sessions try listening to a favorite song, watching a short video on YouTube, or even using your phone to time it. (Most electric toothbrushes have ...

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Have Questions for Your Dentist? Ask Away!

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If you would like to enjoy excellent oral health, you need to be an active participant in your dental care. To do so, you need to ask questions so you can understand why we recommend a particular procedure and how it benefits your oral health.

We Want to Know What's on Your Mind

Often, a patient feels like they shouldn’t question their dentist’s recommendations. But Waterford Lakes dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson welcomes your questions so you can be fully informed about your treatment. When we work with you as a team, we can deliver results that address your concerns and help achieve your goal of a healthier smile.

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