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How to Shop for Porcelain Veneers in Tallahassee

December 15, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Tags: — asprosandboyd @ 2:38 am

Beautiful smileAre you ready to finally invest in your confidence with a beautiful smile? That is great! You are making a wise decision to help you overcome your insecurities. Now, many are turning to porcelain veneers in Tallahassee because they are effective for correcting an array of cosmetic flaws. However, you are concerned about the cost. While they were quite expensive in the past, they may actually be more affordable that you had thought. As you start your journey to a more attractive smile, there are some things to keep in mind when shopping for your veneers.
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How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last? How Can I Prolong Their Life?

November 20, 2017

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woman with pretty smilePorcelain veneers in Tallahassee have the power to transform your smile, taking it from so-so to so-amazing. By disguising all the things you don’t like about your teeth, they can boost your confidence and make you the envy of all your friends. You might worry, though, about the lifespan of porcelain veneers. Is it really worth spending all that money if there is the chance that they’ll become chipped, cracked, or stained? The good news is that veneers can last a long time, and there are things you can do to keep them in great shape.

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Your Cosmetic Dentist in Tallahassee Recommends Veneers!

October 27, 2017

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dental visit smiling happy woman If you’ve been wondering how to get a smile like your favorite celebrity, your cosmetic dentist in Tallahassee is here to share the secret stars have been keeping to themselves: porcelain veneers! Ready for a complete smile transformation? Learn more about this modern “smile makeover” here.

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5 Steps From a Dentist in Tallahassee to Save a Tooth

September 8, 2017

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dentist child dental emergency Boys will be boys, right? You’ve always heard that but your son has really brought that saying to life—unfortunately. Sometimes you watch your little one and wonder, “Why?” as he decides to climb to the top of the monkey bars and riskily try to balance his way across them.

Even though the youngest members of your family can add so much fun and excitement to your daily routine lives, but they can make you really nervous as well. What would you do if your child ends up knocking their tooth out while innocently playing on the playground?

Your emergency dentist wants to make sure you are prepared for any dental emergency—especially a lost tooth. Follow this helpful guide to save lost teeth!

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Ten Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth!

July 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — asprosandboyd @ 3:51 am

We all hear about foods that are bad for your teeth! Sticky sweets and sugar-laden sodas can wreak havoc with your pearly whites. But did you know there are also foods that are good for your teeth and gums? Here is a list of dentally healthy things to chomp on, courtesy of your friends at Drs. Aspros and Badger’s office!

1. Cheese. Maybe there’s a reason that when we “say cheese” it’s time to smile! With high levels of phosphate and calcium, cheese promotes healthy teeth, balances the oral ph, and can destroy bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

2. Dairy products. Other than cheese, milk and yogurt are rich in calcium and low in acidity – both positive things for your teeth and gums.

3. Green tea. This delicious drink is an anti-oxidant soup which prevents plaque from accumulating on your teeth, reducing cavities and bad breath. Just take it easy on the added sugar and honey!

4. Kiwi. Most fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, and eating them raw can give your gums a good healthy massage as well. Kiwis are exceptionally high in Vitamin C, which can increase the collagen in your gums and make them stronger.

5. Onions. Sure – raw onions can make your breath pretty smelly. But the sulfur compounds that contribute to temporary bad breath also kill dangerous bacteria that harm the teeth. Brush, floss and rinse after you eat them, or better yet – make sure your kissing partner eats them too!

6. Celery. Eat plenty of celery and you may not have to stalk your dentist as much! Raw celery massages your gums, and can increase the production of healthy saliva.

7. Sesame seeds. These little wonders actually can scrape plaque from your teeth and are packed with tooth-strengthening calcium. The bleached white flour bagel they are often attached to – that’s a different story.

8. Sweet potato. These beauties are loaded with Vitamin A, and are especially good for babies whose teeth are developing. An orange nose is an added bonus!

9. Shiitake mushrooms. Believe it or not, these tasty fungi often found in Asian foods contain a sugar that prevents plaque from forming on your teeth.

10. Water. There’s a reason water is called “the gift of life,” and you would be hard pressed to find a healthy foods list without it. Dentally speaking, water keeps your mouth hydrated, cleans and rinses your teeth and gums, stimulates saliva production, and can dislodge trapped food particles.

As great as these foods are, there is much more to healthy teeth and gums than loading up on celery, cheese and water! If it is time for your regular dental examination and cleaning, or if you have any questions at all about your dental health, we are here for you! Please give us a call at 850-878-4117.

Is A Dog’s Mouth REALLY Cleaner Than A Human’s Mouth?

May 14, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — asprosandboyd @ 3:21 am

It’s something we’ve all heard many times – the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of its owner. But is that really true, or just an urban legend?
After all, dogs eat off the floor, drink from the toilet, and don’t seem too concerned with their oral hygiene. But the myth persists, so we asked veterinarian and author Dr. Marty Becker his opinion.
“They raid the garbage can. You know, we give each other a peck on the cheek when we say hello, they give each other a peck on the rear end,” said Becker. “All you have to do is look, watch, smell and you’ll realize that it’s not true.”
He thinks the myth that a dog’s mouth is clean stems from their practice of licking their wounds so that they heal more quickly.
The good news is, even though a dog’s mouth is loaded with bacteria, the large majority are specific to them and can’t infect a human.
So go ahead – give your dog a big kiss. But please realize that dog’s teeth and gums need expert care just like ours. They are prone to dental infections, bad breath, and just like in humans, have a very high incidence of gum disease. It’s important to brush your dog’s teeth frequently (unless they are smart enough to brush their own!) and have them cleaned and checked by a qualified vet.
At Aspros and Badger Dental Associates, we love dogs (and cats too!) and hope that you give your pets the best care possible. But don’t forget yourself and your human family! Proper oral hygiene at home, including regular brushing and flossing, along with seeing your dentist on a regular basis, can help you keep your teeth healthy for life.
When it comes to healthy mouths and beautiful smiles, we are here for you. If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, please give us a call at 850-878-4117. Your friends, family and dog will love you for it!!

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — asprosandboyd @ 2:59 pm

Today is a day to celebrate, and eat sweets of course, however, Valentine’s Day is no exception when it comes to taking great care of your teeth.
Indulging in the typical Valentine’s Day treats comes at a cost to one’s dental health. The candy exchanged today is most likely high in sugar, which is known to cause tooth decay. Enjoy chocolate and other sweets your sweetheart may surprise you with! If you do indulge on Valentine’s Day, remember to brush and floss after you enjoy your chocolate and sweets.
Avoid a sour experience on this sweet day and practice your dental hygiene techniques. Brush at least twice a day (for two minutes each) and floss at least once. Drinking lots of water to flush out the acids helps too.

Stop Zombie Mouth

October 17, 2012

Filed under: General Dentistry,Preventive Dentistry — asprosandboyd @ 7:29 pm

Who doesn’t love candy at Halloween? If your kids are like mine, they’re going to come home from trick-or-treating with tons of candy, sugary candy that can lead to tooth decay. Following these simple steps can help you and your children have a fun Halloween without the nightmare of harming teeth in the process.

Six Ways to Stop Zombie Mouth

  • 1 2×2! Brush for two minutes two times per day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • 2 Floss between your teeth daily.
  • 3 Eat fruits and veggies instead of sugary and starchy snacks..
  • 4 Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
  • 5 Don’t pierce your lips or any other part of your mouth.
  • 6 Visit your dentist regularly. Dentists get lonely!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

“How Much Are You Flossing?”

May 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — asprosandboyd @ 8:18 pm

You hear that line just about every time you go to the dentist. You hear it from the hygienist. You hear it from the dentist. We say it a hundred times a day. What is it with dentists and flossing?

Basically, flossing is a way to clean in between the teeth. Your toothbrush can do a really good job on the front and back of the teeth, especially if you are using a really good electric toothbrush. The big problem is that brushing cannot get in between the teeth. Most people think they do a “good enough job” cleaning their teeth because they brush really well. The two sides that the toothbrush can’t get to cannot be cleaned without flossing. So if you’re not flossing, that’s two out of the five surfaces that are not cleaned. That’s 40% of the tooth. So if you clean the other areas really well, that’s only 60% of the tooth that gets cleaned with just brushing. I don’t know anyone who is happy with a grade of 60%!

A lot of people think flossing is about getting food particles out of the spaces between your teeth after you eat. That is only a small part of what flossing does. Plaque forms on all tooth surfaces. Plaque is the film that contains the bugs that cause cavities and gum problems. Frictional rubbing removes the plaque film. On the front, back and top, the friction of the toothbrush removes the plaque, but to remove the plaque on the sides of the tooth, floss is needed to rub off the plaque. Once the floss is passed in between the teeth it needs to be curved across the side of the tooth. The floss should then be pulled back and forth, up and down the height of the tooth and under the edge of the gum. To do this, the floss must be hugging the side of the tooth. This is very important. The floss acts like a buffing cloth, the friction of the movement cleans the plaque off the tooth.

Remember, you are cleaning a layer of slime off the surfaces of the tooth. This requires several motions, not just popping it in and out. After that, before you remove the floss, wrap the floss around the curve of the tooth next to it and curve it and clean that surface with the same shimmying up and down motion.

When the plaque is allowed to sit, the toxins eat away at the tooth’s hardness and cause cavities. Lack of flossing is the cause of cavities in between the teeth! Bone loss and gum disease are the other main results of poor flossing habits. The plaque collecting under the gum hardens into calcified masses. The toxins the bacteria release causes the bone to dissolve under the gum. This is the origin of gum disease. Effective flossing goes a long way to controlling the extent of these problems.

The time has come to stop failing your check up exams. Let’s eliminate those scores of 60% and move up the flossing honor roll!

Clearer, Safer X-Ray Images with Digital Radiography from Aspros & Badger Dental Associates

February 27, 2012

X-rays are an essential aspect of dentistry. With X-rays, we can diagnose and plan treatment for a wide range of dental issues, many of which may be hard to diagnose with just the naked idea.  X-rays allow us to create an image, like a photo, of the area that is exposed to the x-ray beam.  Historically, this image has been captured on a film that is developed in a manner similar to the way that photographs used to be made into a negative and saved as a print.   With x-rays, denser objects like bone and teeth absorb, or block, the x-rays before they pass through to the film.  Soft tissues like cheeks and gums don’t block the x-rays.  The different ways that the tissues absorb the x-rays gives us the final picture.

X-ray images are a critical aid in diagnosing dental problems.  Without the assistance of x-rays, the dentist is pretty much just “in the dark”.  The dentist uses them to:

  • Identify decay in hard-to-reach areas, especially in between the teeth.  These x-rays are called bitewings and are taken at least annually.
  • Spot cracked or damaged fillings
  • Monitor growth in young smiles
  • Evaluate gum disease by registering changes in the height of the bone surrounding the teeth
  • Plan restorative procedures, like implant placement
  • Diagnose oral cancer, cysts or other growths within the jaw bone

But traditional X-ray technology is notorious for creating small, blurry images that have to be developed by harsh chemicals and stored somewhere for later reference.

But traditional X-ray methods aren’t the only game in town anymore.

Aspros & Boyd is embracing the future with digital X-ray technology. Digital X-ray technology makes it possible to produce sharper, clearer images with much less radiation.  Digital X-ray images have much greater resolution and can be displayed on a computer screen, where they can also be highlighted and enlarged. We have the latest in digital x-ray software as well, so we can change the contrast of the pictures, make measurements and the most recent x-rays can easily compared with previous X-rays.

But the biggest benefit for patients is a significant reduction in radiation exposure. Although dental x-rays traditionally have used very small amounts of x-rays to create the image on traditional film, digital x-rays take it to a new level. It’s estimated that digital radiography exposes patients to as much as 80% less radiation during a single session.  Digital x-rays are the future now.  They provide much sharper images with much less radiation.  It’s a win/ win for everyone!

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