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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico we love to talk about teeth. Here are 15 things you might not have known about teeth.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as important as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription medication can increase your risk of cavities.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19% of little ones between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  7. Heartburn can be harmful for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as damaging for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substances that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. 1
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

We hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.  Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-331-5230

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

Smile Transformations At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS

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Many Valrico, Riverview and Brandon FL residents are enjoying the lasting benefits of aesthetic, or cosmetic, dentistry from Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS.

A stunning smile not only looks great, it makes you feel great!

When you first look in the mirror in the morning while brushing those gleaming babies, you remember; “Oh yeah, I fixed my teeth and they look incredible!”

When you smile, you are happy to show off your new beautiful grin. You feel poised and self-confident.

Most Common Cosmetic Treatments

  • Veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that adhere to teeth. Porcelain veneers are sturdy and have the look of natural teeth. They correct chips, stains and misaligned teeth that do not require orthodontics.
  • Crowns correct more extensive tooth troubles. They are used in a variety of situations such as the final restoration following a root canal or to restore teeth damaged by decay or injury.
  • Dental implants are often the best option to replace a missing tooth. They are the most effective smile restoration option for a gap.
  • Professional tooth whitening is the least invasive and fastest way to brighten your smile several shades. We offer both in office and at home tooth whitening treatments.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile, call Five Star Dental Care, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL. Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care.

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

How Long Should You Brush?

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This post from Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico is about brushing your teeth- something we all do (or should do) twice a day.

What The Experts Say

Dental experts and researchers believe you should brush your teeth a minimum of two minutes twice a day. There was a study published by the British Dental Journal which reported that a majority of experts recommended brushing for two minutes, with the remainder recommending MORE than 2 minutes.  The American Dental Association backs the two-minute rule, and so does our team.

What The Science Says

Research supports the recommendation to brush for at least two minutes. The longer you brush your teeth, the more plaque you remove, Studies published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene back this up – with the longer you brush your teeth, the more plaque you remove. (Of course, we’re not recommending a 30 minute tooth brushing time. Just stick with the 2 minute time frame.)

Why Brushing Your Teeth Takes Two Minutes

Two minutes may feel like an awfully long time when brushing your teeth, but make sure you’re doing it thoroughly. Split your mouth into quadrants, and spend equal time in each section. Try a timer – it’s only 2 minutes twice a day. Trust us – your teeth are worth it.

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.  Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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Providing exceptional dental care is much easier for dentists when they have complete information about their patients’ oral health. At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico, we only ask for X-rays when they are necessary for our standard of care.

Pictures are more reliable than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual examination, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.

X-rays help dentists find cavities, assess gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue the team at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS considers when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. We take precautions to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.

Women need to let their dentist know if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Should you worry about dental X-rays? Absolutely not!

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile, call Five Star Dental Care, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL. Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ

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Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico wants to know how  knowledgeable you are on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures. Take our quiz and find out!

This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

This procedure, which can be done by your dentist is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of your teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the Ol’ Pearly Whites

The correct answer is A or B, teeth whitening, though it is also called teeth bleaching.

These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each mouth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers, however, tooth socks do sound cozy!

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.  Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Beautiful Teeth Without Breaking The Bank

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At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico, our smile redesign patients believe that life-changing cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile investment. Indeed, for most people, the value of a healthy, appealing smile cannot be measured in dollars. We recognize, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to improve your smile? Actually, no. Today’s post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding

In many cases, dental bonding can be used to correct a tooth that has been chipped.

When our team repairs a tooth with dental bonding, a pliable resin material is applied to the tooth. We expertly mold the material to create the desired shape. The resin is then hardened using a special light. After hardening, we will trim and shape, which is followed by a final polishing.

Dental bonding is generally less costly than porcelain veneers or dental crowns.

Beware of brand-new Tampa area practices that advertise very low prices for dental bonding, veneers, or dental implants. The know-how and artistic ability needed to create attractive dental bonds should not be undertaken by a beginner. Thoroughly research any new cosmetic dentist you are considering for any cosmetic dental procedures or complete smile transformation.

Tooth Whitening

Most people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening methods. Our team recommends scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and bring about tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and spotty coloration.

If you’re interested in quick, effective teeth bleaching, an in-office visit is the way to go. We also offer convenient in-home teeth whitening. The first step to at-home teeth whitening is being fitted with custom teeth bleaching trays that conform to the contours of your teeth. No matter what option you choose, Dr. Bynum’s teeth whitening techniques will give you a clean, memorable smile.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile, call Five Star Dental Care- Jeff Bynum, DDS, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL. Let us help you smile!

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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Would you like to look younger? You can with dental implants from  Five Star Dental Care, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL.

Gaps In Your Smile?

Anyone over sixty knows that aging isn’t always a picnic. Physical conditions can lower the quality of life. Dental problems can be just as bad as chronic physical conditions. And missing teeth are one of the more prevalent oral issues for older people.

Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy at any age.

At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico, we restore missing teeth with dental implants.

Tooth Implants Are The Restoration Of Choice For Active Seniors

Tooth implants help active seniors look as young as they feel. Dental implants are strong, beautiful, and function like real teeth. Restore the youthful smile you once enjoyed with permanent tooth implants.

Avoid Denture Drawbacks

Avoid denture downsides: embarrassing slipping, limited taste, and gum irritation. Dental implants are not just for youthful smiles, they keep your facial shape intact by maintaining jawbone structure.

Perhaps you have missing teeth PLUS problems with remaining teeth. Gum recession, chips, cracks, staining, or tooth decay. There are treatments for every trouble. Dental implants can be combined with cosmetic dental services to beautify every tooth in your smile! Smile makeovers are now a reality.

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.  Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!)

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Have you been searching for the right dentist to fix your crooked, stained, or chipped teeth? Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum DDS in Valrico wants to end your search. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers, which are an extraordinary, minimally-invasive solution for cracked, stained, or chipped teeth.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

A veneer can transform a tooth’s color, shape, size, or length. You can fix chips and cracks without compromising the healthy tooth structure.The porcelain closely resembles actual tooth enamel so you will look like you were born with a perfect smile. Our veneers are essentially indistinguishable from natural teeth – naturally perfect teeth, that is.

Because we offer porcelain veneers that are customized and fitted perfectly to your teeth, you can fix several issues at once with just one process.

OTHER BENEFITS OF DENTAL VENEERS INCLUDE:

  • Improvement in the shape of your teeth.
  • A brighter and whiter smile.
  • Stronger teeth.
  • A natural look that will blend with your natural enamel.
  • Stain resistance.
  • Better functionality for eating and speaking.
  • Biocompatible material that won’t irritate gum tissue.
  • Long-lasting durability.

When considering porcelain veneers, it’s important that you have them done the right way by a reputable cosmetic dentist. When done the right way, porcelain veneers can stay strong and beautiful for many years.

Here at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, our cosmetic dental team will ensure that your porcelain veneers are done right. Then we will provide you with the information you need so you can keep your sensational new smile!

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Go Back In Time

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So you’ve lost some teeth and now are unwilling to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and reclaim that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? You can with dental implants from  Five Star Dental Care, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL.

For most patients, a tooth implant is the perfect replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so real that implant recipients forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A tooth implant is anchored into the jawbone with a strong metal post. It doesn’t move around like dentures, and unlike a dental bridge, it guards healthy jawbone and prevents bone recession. After the post is completely enmeshed with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and beautiful crown are firmly attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the procedure at once.

Our team offers a variety of options when it comes to replacing missing or broken teeth. None are as effective and durable as dental implants. If you’ve lost several teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. Talk to us to learn more.

Another way to go back in time is to whiten your teeth to the bright color they were when you were a teenager. There are several different types of tooth whitening systems, from same-day procedures to at-home treatments. Again, speak with our team about your goals and budget.

Have you ever wished your smile looked like it did before you had any tooth decay? (Many of us can’t remember that far back!) Talk to us about tooth-colored fillings. White fillings match your teeth, and dramatically improve your smile without crowns.

Located in Valrico near Riverview and Brandon FL, Five Star Dental Care offers a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dental care, including dental implants and sedation dentistry.  Talk to us about your goals for your smile. We look forward to designing a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. Call today!

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

Get Those Teeth In Shape!

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Prepless veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures used and it’s not difficult to see why. There are many common dental problems that Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum DDS can treat with this technique.

Do you have chipped or broken teeth? Do you have teeth that have gaps in between them? You might be a candidate for veneers.

The advantages to prepless veneers include that they are:

  • removable
  • bonded for stability
  • durable
  • matched to be the right shade and color of your original teeth

They can brighten your smile a few shades if you cover all the teeth you can see in your smile and they don’t damage the existing teeth.

Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS offers prepless veneers along with the following services:

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile, call Five Star Dental Care, serving the Brandon, FL area including Tampa, Valrico, Plant City, Seffner, Lithia, and Riverview FL.

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-653-2273

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

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