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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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A Different Type of Bone

a different type of bone
Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax, Zometta Bisphosphonate’s ALL DENTISTS TAKE PRECAUTIONS WITH PATIENTS WHO NEED EXTRACTIONS WHEN THEY ARE TAKING ONE OF THE DRUGS MENTIONED ABOVE. The drugs known as BISPHOSPHONATES (B-DRUGS) are used in the treatment of Padget’s Disease, Multiple Myeloma and Osteoporosis. These B-Drugs go by the names of: Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax, Aredia, Zometa, Skelid and Didronel. The drugs are administered by pill or I.V.(intravenous), depending on the treatment required. The I.V. forms are most often used for cancer patients to prevent fractures of the hips, legs, and spine. Side effects of B-Drugs include esophageal irritation (sore throat), gastrointestinal irritation...
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Diabetics and Gum Disease

Diabetics and Gum Disease
Don came to our practice because he moved to the area and needed a dentist that treats with protocols for the diabetic. He is living with diabetes and lately had noticed his A1C levels were creeping higher and he didn’t know why. We did a thorough examination of his mouth and found that he had bleeding gums and an abscessed tooth. Patients living with diabetes are more prone to infections and other health risks. They must keep their gum tissues healthy to keep the bacteria from wreaking havoc on the rest of their organs. Here are the facts that we...
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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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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Can Be Deadly

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Can Be Deadly
I remember as a kid, always hearing about how Grandpa Joe died in his sleep. In fact, I remember hearing about quite a few people who died in their sleep. I thought that sure was a nice way to go if it was your time. Have you ever wondered why someone would die in their sleep? It seems like a pretty stress free time to die. The body was not under any physical stress…….or was it? Think of normal breathing like a garden hose that has water flowing freely through it. There is a large flow with no disruption of...
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Ceramic (Implant) Restoration to Prevent TMJ and Other Disorders

Ceramic Implant Restoration to Prevent TMJ and Other Disorders
When a tooth is lost due to trauma, decay or periodontal disease the surrounding bone material immediately becomes compromised. Additionally, the missing tooth no longer helps distribute pressure during chewing and biting, thereby increasing the amount of pressure and bite force placed on the remaining teeth. The additional pressure on the remaining teeth can be responsible for fractures to those teeth, excessive wear, and all too often, the remaining teeth drift or shift to new positions in the jaw and in so doing, change the patients overall bite. Changes in bite and tooth placement due to shifting can typically affect...
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