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What’s New In Dentistry?

Advanced Dentistry in Valrico The world of dentistry continues to advance at a rapid pace. If you have visited your Valrico dentist lately, you have probably noticed some things that make your visit more comfortable, such as the ability to watch TV or listen to music while receiving treatment. Many Tampa dentistry patients welcome oral conscious sedation to reduce or eliminate pain.

What may not be as obvious are the advances in techniques, tools and materials. Top Valrico dentists now use digital computer imaging which is safer than traditional x-rays. Dental technicians can store, retrieve and transmit digital images much easier than was possible with traditional x-ray film.

The use of lasers has also changed the face of dentistry. Laser surgery requires less anesthesia, minimizes swelling, and protects surrounding tissue. Tampa family dentists use lasers for detecting and treating cavities and dental technicians use them for the curing of restorative materials.

Another exciting development in cosmetic dentistry is the CAD-CAM technology that allows Plant City cosmetic dentists to perform restorations in a single visit. The types of procedures that can be completed in one visit include crowns, fillings, inlays, onlays and veneers.

If you need a thorough exam, expert dental cleaning, or want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, call Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS at 813-413-7518 to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you can see before and after photos of some of our smile makeover patients. We would love to help you achieve the smile you deserve, and we have the tools, experience and technology to make that happen- Jeff Bynum, DDS

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Overcoming Anxiety With Gentle Dental At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS

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Dental anxiety and the more severe dental phobia affect many Valrico people, including some Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this essential topic.

What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety and dental phobia?
The most harmful consequence is when a dental phobic patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the problem is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.

Furthermore, there are usually many other dental problems in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.

There is also another anxiety at play, albeit a very ironic one. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care starts panicking about the sorry condition of their teeth.

If I have dental phobia or anxiety, what should I do to preserve my oral health?

Schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Jeff Bynum of Five Star Dental Care in Valrico. There are several individual fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most frequent concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your individual fears and discuss them.

I have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. I explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If the patient is embarrassed about their lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, I assure the patient that I have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock me. I never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care – though I do give friendly instruction if requested.

If local anesthetic is required, I employ my finely-honed practices which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue me to remove my instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.

These practices go a long way to assuage anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is required promptly. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with me and my knowledgeable team.

What if I need more help to get through treatment?
In the Valrico dental community, the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are both used, however, they are not exactly the same thing. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Level 1: Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, or, informally, “laughing gas” is safe and effective. Nitrous oxide has been used in Valrico cosmetic dental offices for decades because in many ways it is the prime mild sedative. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment without rendering them completely unconscious, and wears off quickly after the mask is removed. And no needles are required – a vital feature for the needle-phobic.

Level 2: Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as speedily as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of relaxation. These medications, however, do not usually bring about complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by Valrico dentists to alleviate patient’s fears are diazepam and triazolam.

Level 3: IV Sedation
IV sedation produces actual “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to the dental procedures they are receiving. IV sedation is beneficial for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, multi-procedure smile makeovers, and oral surgery.

To learn more about overcoming dental anxiety, sedation dentistry, or any other dental topic, call Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS at 813-413-7518.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

What Can Veneers Do For Tampa Smiles?

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Hello, and welcome to our Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS cosmetic dentistry blog. Today we are taking the time to answer a common question that many dental patients have. The question is, “What exactly are veneers and how are they used in cosmetic dentistry?”

Veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient and are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Unlike a dental crown which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers just the front part of the tooth. They are commonly used to correct teeth that have been chipped, stained, decayed, or that are slightly crooked.

If you visit your dentist for veneers, he or she will first make a model of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit.

Since a small portion of the enamel on the tooth has to be removed so the veneer can be placed, this process is usually irreversible.

I hope that this blog entry has helped you to understand a little more about veneers and how they can help you to improve your smile. Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS offers all the services you need to create your very best smile. Ask us about gum contouring, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces.

If you are looking for a dentist with ability creating beautiful porcelain veneers, give Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS a call. My name is Dr. Jeff Bynum and I have been practicing dentistry since 1996.

Please call 813-413-7518 and a member of our knowledgeable staff can schedule an appointment for you and answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry.


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on September 4, 2013

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Have You Thanked Your Dental Assistant Lately?

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Your Tampa dental practice would be a very different place if it weren’t for the expert dental assistants who work there.

Today in our Valrico, Florida dental blog we would like to highlight the importance of these hard workers who are often taken for granted.

Dental assistants make your dental appointment much more effective, efficient, and safe.

You, the patient, are prepared for treatment by dental assistants and, during services (such as filling cavities, placing crowns, root canals, or teeth whitening) the assistants speed things along by passing instruments, holding devices, and recording important information.

Most Riverview FL cosmetic dental patients would agree that anyone who helps to shorten their time in the dental chair is a person who deserves thanks!

Keeping the dental office clean and sterilizing instruments are other critical responsibilities taken on by dental assistants. What would we do without them?

My name is Jeff Bynum. I have been serving the Tampa area since 1996. The proficient dental assistants at my practice, Five Star Dental Care in Valrico, are world-class, along with the rest of our knowledgeable staff.

If you are looking for trusted dental care in Valrico, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, or Plant City, please give us a call at 813-413-7518. We can review your dental care needs as well as any cosmetic dentistry procedures you might be interested in, such as veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, or an extreme smile makeover.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase in the 1730s as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern Valrico life, particularly dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some of the most important guidelines are highlighted here.

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush. They can be purchased at any Valrico, Florida area drugstore.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard whenever you are engaged in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged. This includes many Tampa recreation league and school sponsored sports.

4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a dangerous Valrico fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Stay away from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

My name is Dr. Jeff Bynum
. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS has been serving the Brandon FL, Riverview FL, and Plant City area since 1996. If you are in the market for an exceptional dentist, we invite you to contact us at 813-413-7518 so we can make an appointment for you.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/preteens-and-teens/, accessed on February 21, 2013

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only acute dental cavities that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as detrimental. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning cleans away the plaque before it can cause the gums to loosen.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can collect. We have many patients who are observant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist finds plaque on their teeth.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this unfortunate news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour – that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many men and women treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but overlook their teeth. At Five Star Dental Care, we’ve often wondered about this persistent disconnect. Did you know that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes appear to increase with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is completely impacted when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

5. It May Be Free

Many Florida dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most reasonably-priced ways to maintain prime oral health.

Call 813-413-7518 today to schedule a professional dental cleaning at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a compelling field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an important role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes critical minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the dangerous bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The durability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a vital role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Five Star Dental Care patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is vital for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the capacity to be energetic about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with innovative cosmetic dentistry, call Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS at 813-413-7518 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Fluoride Treatments: Not Just For Kids

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You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” “Fluoride toothpaste” is ubiquitous for good reason.

Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the dangerous acid that is formed by bacteria. Dr. Jeff Bynum may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.

The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. The fluoride is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a straightforward and painless way to strengthen your teeth and maintain an attractive smile.

While many Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments in fortifying developing teeth in children, some do not realize the importance of fluoride for adults. For this reason, fluoride treatments are sometimes recommended to adults who are susceptible to enamel wear or dental caries.

If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, meet with Dr. Bynum about fluoride supplements. Dr. Bynum will let you know if they are needed and determine the precise supplement dosage. Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without your dentist’s counsel. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which discolors teeth and, ironically, can make teeth more susceptible to tooth decay.

A factor that impacts the amount of fluoride your youth are receiving is where you get your drinking water. Your children may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated Florida municipal water supply. If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to think about supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label and many brands sold in the Tampa area do not contain fluoride.

If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, communicate with Dr. Bynum about useful dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from dental caries.

Dr. Bynum is devoted to preventative dentistry with critical twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings that may include a fluoride treatment. Call 813-413-7518 to book an exam and cleaning and be on your way to a healthy, attractive smile!

Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS is located at 3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd in Valrico. We provide premium dental care with a comprehensive menu of general and cosmetic dental care including Invisalign, porcelain veneers and Invisalign.

Jeff Bynum is a member of the KOIS. You can learn more about KOIS at http://koiscenter.com/.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Is Perfect Possible?

Riverview FL Cosmetic Dentistry Are you evaluating a smile makeover? Are you skeptical of promises of a “perfect smile” or a “celebrity smile?” Let’s review the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers
The application of porcelain veneers at Five Star Dental Care can remedy several aesthetic dental issues and is usually a better answer than dental bonding.

Veneers can correct chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While a veneer cannot repair a decayed tooth, it can turn an unappealing tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Tooth Bleaching
Tooth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that wants a whiter smile.

At Five Star Dental Care in Valrico, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not lighten your smile.

Call 813-413-7518 to schedule a tooth-whitening consultation.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Would you like to turn back the clock to your pre-filling smile? It is possible with white fillings at Five Star Dental Care. To get an idea of how the inside of your mouth would look without unappealing metal amalgam fillings, have someone without any fillings open their mouth. Do you remember when your mouth looked like that?

These are just a few of the cosmetic dental answers that create dazzling smiles for our patients. Call us today!

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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Here at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS we approach all your dental needs from two separate angles – what we can do in our Valrico office and what you can do at home. For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can affect your whitened smile. Be aware of staining culprits such as coffee, tea, tobacco and harsh sodas. We understand that avoiding these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with such substances. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can lead to stronger staining and discoloration.

If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the incredible staff at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS today 813-413-7518. Dr. Jeff Bynum, DDS, takes pride in providing knowledgeable care and expertise when treating patients.

Come discover the personal attention with dental crowns, the patient and steady hand with teeth whitening, the wise and thorough instruction relating to Invisalign. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, make the easy drive to 3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd Valrico, Florida 33596 and settle in for guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you – we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at http://www.fivestardentalcare.com/ or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

Dr. Bynum provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to restorative dentistry to dental implants. And we welcome patients from all over the area, from Tampa to Plant City and from Brandon FL to Riverview FL.

— Jeff Bynum, DDS

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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