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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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Ask Your Sarasota Dentist: What are TMJ and TMD?

What are TMJ and TMD
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The temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as TMJ, is the joint where your jaw connects with the temporal bones of your skull. Discomfort and problems associated with your jaw and the muscles that control it is referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). There is no known cause of TMD, but there are multiple factors that can lead to it: • A past injury • Nighttime grinding of the teeth • Stress, which can cause clenching of the teeth • A misaligned bite Symptoms of TMD: • Pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, ears, and/or face. • Pain when you...
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Be Prepared to Handle Any Dental Disaster!

be prepared to handle any dental disaster
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Accidents happen every day. Do you know what to do if you or a family member suffers a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or sudden, severe swelling? We’ve compiled this list of a few common dental dilemmas and quick steps to take that can help relieve pain, prevent further damage, and possibly even save a tooth. If you have a broken tooth: • Save any pieces of the tooth you can. • Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. • Call us right away at (941)-914-9340. We will do...
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The Tooth Fairy Didn’t Show Up ‐ and 10 Other Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

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As a kid, remember how excited you were for your new “grown up” teeth to arrive? If you’ve lost teeth or are at risk of losing teeth, you can experience that excitement again! Dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth, and most patients with one to several missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. If you are missing one or multiple teeth, are healthy enough to undergo a routine oral surgery, have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant, you could be a candidate for dental implants. There are some health issues ‐ such...
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Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips

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It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven ally in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost. Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing experience, without injury to your gums? Your Sarasota dentist, Dr. Morris & Dr. Bakke has complied a checklist to see if your flossing habits are up-to-par with the standard your smile deserves. The Flossing Dilemma Statistics http://www.statisticbrain.com/oral-hygiene-statistics/ reveal that only 50.5% of Americans follow the recommendation from the American Dental Association...
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Does Your Smile Really Reveal the REAL You?

does your smile reveal the real you
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

7 reasons your teeth hate you
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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Looking for a New Smile for the New Year?

looking for a new smile for the new year
No Prep Lumineers™vs Regular Veneers: Pros and Cons Through the years I’ve had many patients ask about the difference in veneers. Lumineers™ is a trademarked name for a brand of veneer that is made by Den Mat laboratories in California. Den Mat has been a dental manufacturing and supply company for many years. Den Mat has invested a lot of money into advertising and has successfully trademarked the name of their veneer to be a household name. Much like “Kleenex” is for tissues. This is the first time that a dental product of this sort has been marketed to the...
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