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Scaling and Root Planing [video]

February is Gum Disease Awareness Month. Did you know more people lose their teeth to gum infections than to tooth decay? Or that they afflict more than half of Americans over the age of 30? Indeed, periodontal disease is an epidemic. If we diagnose your condition in the very early stages, it may be reversible with regular dental cleanings and meticulous oral hygiene at home. If it’s ...

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Love Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Has your relationship with your smile lost its spark? Are you yearning for the bright, flawless, beautiful pearly whites of your youth? It’s February, which means love is in the air. And we can help you fall back in love with your smile once again. Life happens. We get it. Teeth get chipped, cracked, worn down. Over the years, you drink coffee and soda and eat foods that oh-so-gradually ...

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Break These Bad Dental Habits

Maybe you think you’re doing everything right for your teeth and gums: you brush twice per day using correct technique. You floss daily. You visit us at Smiles of Punta Gorda for a cleaning and exam every six months. You steer clear of candy, soft drinks, and the obvious tooth-decay culprits. And all that is great. But if you engage in any of the following behaviors, you may end up ...

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How to Floss [video]

It’s not enough to just brush your teeth. It’s important to floss at least once per day. Flossing dislodges food that’s stuck between teeth, and it also cleans plaque and bacteria from your tooth surfaces. If not removed, that plaque and bacteria will generate acids that wear down enamel and lead to decay. Watch this informative video from the American Dental Association to learn about ...

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How’s Your Oral Hygiene? [quiz]

Do you brush your teeth twice a day every day — or just when you think about it? Have you incorporated dental floss into your regular routine? Taking good care of your teeth and gums at home is essential to a healthy, disease-free mouth. It gives you the best chance of keeping your natural teeth for the rest of your life — and avoiding expensive and invasive restorative procedures. Take ...

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Fluoride Fights Tooth Decay [video]

Your tooth enamel is constantly under attack from acids created by harmful bacteria. Fluoride is a mineral that works with calcium and phosphate to keep your teeth strong, resilient, and better able to resist these acidic onslaughts. Fluoride is found in most municipal water supplies, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. And at Smiles of Punta Gorda, we offer fluoride treatments to ensure you and ...

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Be Smart About Gum Disease

Take a guess: what is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? If you guessed tooth decay, that’s understandable. But the correct answer is gum disease. That’s right: more teeth are lost to periodontal issues than to cavities. Without healthy gum tissue to support them, teeth have no way to stay anchored in the mouth. And gum disease is shockingly widespread. According to the Centers ...

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Keep Your Family’s Smiles Healthy in 2018

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Perhaps you’ve decided to exercise more, or cook healthier meals, or watch less TV. As your family dentist, we suggest that you add one more to your list: commit to keeping your entire family’s smiles healthy through 2018 and beyond. This isn’t a resolution that you have to tackle alone. The team at Smiles of Punta Gorda will be with you ...

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Protect Teeth with Sealants [video]

Even if you are vigilant about oral hygiene, bacteria and the acids they produce can still damage your teeth. Dental sealants offer an extra layer of protection for your pearly whites. While people of any age can get sealants, they have been shown to be especially effective in reducing cavities in children. A sealant is a totally safe coating that’s typically applied to the back molars. It ...

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A Healthy Holiday Smile

When the holiday season rolls around, it can seem as if you’re surrounded by sweets and treats for weeks on end. Which may make your inner child happy, but can put your dental health at risk. So how do you make it through all the parties and family gatherings without compromising your teeth and gums? It’s really not that difficult. Some popular holiday and party foods are actually great ...

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Scaling and Root Planing [video]

February is Gum Disease Awareness Month. Did you know more people lose their teeth to gum infections than to tooth decay? Or that they afflict more than half of Americans over the age of 30? Indeed, periodontal disease is an epidemic. If we diagnose your condition ...

Read More
Love Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Has your relationship with your smile lost its spark? Are you yearning for the bright, flawless, beautiful pearly whites of your youth? It’s February, which means love is in the air. And we can help you fall back in love with your smile once again. Life ...

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