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Myofunctional therapy provides gentler, easier approach to orthodontics

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Anxiety slowly began to set in.  For the third time, Parker received the one diagnosis he had been dreading. He needed braces.  For a child with anxiety issues directly related to his mouth, the thought of having teeth pulled followed by years of braces elicited nothing but fear and stress for the 9-year-old.  While Parker’s parents knew something would eventually need to be done to close the gap between their son’s two front teeth and create additional space for his permanent teeth, they weren’t prepared when one orthodontist’s plan included having to laser Parker’s gums.  “It was insane,” says Parker’s...
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Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club resident is smiling again after finding perfect custom look

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Patricia Gaines wanted to improve her look.  With every passing year, the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club resident noticed her teeth slowly beginning to deteriorate. Patricia didn’t think much about it at first, but over time, she realized it was time for her to get her perfect smile back.  Patricia had seen ads on television for Dr. Jill Morris , an accredited cosmetic dentist who co-owns World Class Dentistry in Sarasota with her husband, Dr. Burr Bakke . Those ads combined with positive feedback she had heard from a friend who had seen Dr. Morris prompted Patricia to make...
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The changing American profile

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  How in the world did we get into the state we're in?  Every day, the dentists at World Class Dentistry see adults in their 40s with sleep apnea and temporormadibular joint syndrome (TMJ) pain. At the beginning of the career for Dr. Burr Bakke , a dental implantologist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry in Sarasota, these problems didn’t occur until the later years when adults were in their 60s. Today, he sees young children who are experiencing sleep apnea, underdeveloped faces and receding chins. Their jaws are too small for their teeth even though genetically they were programmed...
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How the treatment of dry mouth can prevent decay

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We’ve all experienced dry mouth – that feeling that there’s not enough saliva in the mouth, at some point in our lives. Everyone has dry mouth once in a while. If it’s frequent, however, it can lead to serious dental health problems and tooth loss. Food and bacterial plaque stick to the teeth for longer periods of time causing decay. There are several factors creating the problem. Salivary glands stop producing as much saliva, which could be caused by low vitamin D and K2 levels. Dry mouth is also created by many heart medications, and allergy and anti-depressants cause a...
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Could mouth breathing be taking years off of your child’s life?

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Dr. Jill Morris , dentist and co-owner of World Class Dentistry ® in Sarasota, is continually getting referrals for patients from sleep centers and doctors. She is a contributing author of the book “Stories that Heal.” In the book, she describes her own story of childhood mouth breathing and the many health issues it lead to in her own life and those of her patients. Why you ask? The answer is simple. Dental jaw development and sleep go hand-in-hand. It may not seem like the two would be linked, but the size of your dental arches and shape of your...
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Why maintaining a healthy smile is key to improving your overall well being

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Our mouths are a visual representation of our overall health and well being, but it’s what lies beneath the gum line that tells the real story. Eighty percent of American adults have periodontal (gum) disease and inflammation — they just may not know it. Gum disease forms underneath the gums, and more often than not, it’s completely painless. Our mouths are full of bacteria. The bacteria, along with mucous and other particles, form plaque that adheres to your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed, it can harden and form tartar, which can become increasingly harmful the longer it’s left on...
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Dr. Burr Bakke’s extensive experience places him at the forefront of implant dentistry

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Dr. Burr Bakke has never been one to shy away from getting his hands dirty. Growing up, Dr. Bakke wanted to be a surgeon. A lot of his friends’ dads were surgeons, and Dr. Bakke believed that medicine, particularly surgery, would be the perfect fit for him as well. But that all changed one summer when Dr. Bakke, a Texas native who moved to Canada in seventh grade, returned to San Antonio to visit a friend whose dad was a neurosurgeon. In the six weeks that Dr. Bakke spent with his friend, he maybe saw his friend’s dad for 25...
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Dr. Jill Morris is changing patients' lives one smile at a time

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The path toward cosmetic dentistry was anything but conventional for Dr. Jill Morris . She didn’t spend hours cleaning her dolls’ teeth or dreaming about becoming a dentist. As a child, the idea of being a dentist never really crossed her mind. In fact, Dr. Morris didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up. It wasn’t until a fellow classmate threw out the notion of becoming a dentist that Dr. Morris, who was 17 at the time, first envisioned a dental career. “I thought it sounded like a good idea,” says Dr. Morris, a cosmetic dentist who...
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Building A Healthy Foundation For The Future With Comprehensive Dentistry in Sarasota

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What is comprehensive dentistry? Comprehensive dentistry goes further than merely looking at the surface. It involves discovering the root cause of a problem, and more importantly, a long-lasting solution. This kind of approach to dentistry comes in many different aspects; preventative, restorative, and cosmetic. Working from the foundation up, gives you a healthy oral environment that properly supports your desired cosmetic improvements. Much like building a house, you build the foundation first and add the finishing touches last. This skilled dentistry requires a certain sense of experience, skill, and training that only a few dentists can claim to have. Dr....
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Are Dental Implants the Right Solution for Your Missing Teeth?

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Do you hide your smile because of missing teeth? If so, imagine what it would feel like to correct the problem, knowing you could smile again with confidence! Attaining a healthy, beautiful smile again doesn’t just have to be a dream – it could be a reality with dental implants. Why choose dental implants? There are many benefits of dental implants as a solution for missing teeth or even decayed, diseased, or damaged teeth. Dental implants look and feel completely natural, restoring your smile to its original beauty and function. Without compromising the strength of neighboring teeth, implants allow you...
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