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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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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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Top 10 Dental Emergencies and What To Do About Them

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One of your worst fears is realized: You fell face first onto the concrete, and you felt that front tooth break. Panic mode ensues. What the heck are you going to do now? Don’t panic, we’ve got some answers for you. There are all types of dental emergencies and most of the time, the answer is going to see a dentist as soon as you possibly can. However, until you get to the dentist, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain. Dental Emergencies 101: Without further ado, these are the ten emergencies you’re going to...
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Red, Green, and White? Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining a White Holiday Smile

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For many, the holiday season is filled with family, friends, and, of course, tons of delectable eats! However, consuming certain food and drinks can give your smile a less than desirable shade of Merlot. How can you keep your smile as bright as your holiday spirit? Here’s a handy list of DO’S and DON’TS for this holiday season. DO’S: Chew, Chew, Chew – Look for foods that require a lot of chewing, as these act as natural exfoliants and will help to eliminate stains from your teeth. Eat those Greens – Green vegetables, like spinach, actually create a thin film...
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Does Your Smile Really Reveal the REAL You?

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Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you? You’re at a family wedding and the photographer aims the lens at you. Panic sets in. You’re posing for a new professional headshot and you smile with a closed mouth, hoping it looks natural. You’re conversing with a new acquaintance and you suddenly feel self-conscious about your teeth. If any of these situations sound familiar, you’re not alone. Many people shy away from smiling openly because of chipped or missing teeth, prominent gums, misaligned teeth, or yellow stains. However, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect when it comes...
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7 Reasons Your Teeth Might Hate You – and What You Can Do About It

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You take a sip of your latte, only to be reminded of the sharp pain you’ve been experiencing in your teeth. Hot drinks, cold drinks, even the chilly winter air in Sarasota seems to set it off. What’s causing this pain and what can you do to prevent it? Tooth pain and sensitivity are quite common, affecting millions of people. These occur when the enamel in a tooth is worn away and the gum line recedes. This leaves the unprotected surface beneath (called dentin) exposed. When the dentin is exposed, this allows the trigger to shoot straight to the nerve,...
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Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™
A few weeks ago Dr. Bakke attended, completed, and became certified in the use of a new surgical technique called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™. He is one of 900 worldwide now certified to provide a special therapy to cover the roots of teeth that lost tissue due to gum recession. This special technique requires no stitches or scalpels and produces immediate results. All on 4 – Fixed, screw retained porcelain bridge This is a technique using precisely placed dental implants so a one piece Hybrid Healing appliance (teeth) can be screwed to the implants on day one. After healing...
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How Poor Gum Health Can Cause Heart Disease

How Poor Gum Health Can Cause Heart Disease
Most people are shocked to learn that half of all heart attack and stroke victims have normal blood cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels used to be the gold standard in predicting the chances of developing heart disease. Today, new findings linking cardiovascular disease and gum disease are changing the testing standards in medicine. A study released in the British Medical Journal confirmed that dental health is significantly worse in people that have an acute heart attack. Poor oral hygiene leads to bleeding gums that allow bacteria to pass directly into the blood stream. This sets up a domino affect that leads...
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Bleeding Gums and the Fetus

Bleeding Gums and the Fetus
We all have certain bacteria that live in our mouths. As long as the gum tissue surrounding our teeth is healthy, the bacteria cannot pass into our blood stream. Many people are not aware that they have bleeding ulcerated gums because the hidden inside lining of the gum tissue that is against the tooth, may be infected. Unless the toothbrush or floss disturbs this tissue, the person may be unaware that there is a problem. The tissue may be ulcerated deeper under the gum tissue in hard to reach places, also. As the bacteria grow and form colonies in these...
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Is There a Risk of Rejection with Ceramic Implants?

Is There a Risk of Rejection with Ceramic Implants
Foreign Bodies in our Bodies These days we are awfully careful about what we put into our bodies. With more awareness about ailments caused from foreign substances in the body, people are judicious when making choices that may affect them decades later. With options available for permanent implants, the possibility of a negative reaction must seriously be investigated by people considering the pursuit of permanent dental implants. For decades, dental implants have been available. Originally with metal based posts that were embedded into the jaw bone and now there is the option for ceramic based posts. While metal alloy based...
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