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Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

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The most common times people brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. Common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion. At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS , we’ve seen this many times.

Many families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule typically disrupts regular dental maintenance. We see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.

The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth.

Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to curtail the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.

We encourage you to stay on top of your dental hygiene routine – and if it’s changed, call us and we’ll help you get back on the right track.

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

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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Eating Got You Down?

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People with missing teeth know that chewing can be challenging and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants and feel uncertain about whether this is the step you ought to take, come see us at Five Star Dental Care in Valrico to learn all about dental implants.

Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for people whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile cosmetically can also be talked about during a consultation. We offer reliable advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come discuss the possibilities, including the cost of smile redesigns.

If you are missing one or more of your teeth, schedule an appointment with Five Star Dental in Valrico to see whether dental implants are right for you. Other services include restorative dentistry. Make an appointment 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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6 Ways To Improve Your Smile

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Who would say no to a more attractive smile? Our guess is no one (or practically no one).

The good news is that now with all of the amazing cosmetic dentistry procedures available in the Tampa, Florida area, the smile that you once believed was unattainable is within reach. Our team at Five Star Dental Care in the Valrico, Fla. area would be honored to provide you with the smile makeover of your dreams!

Here is a quick look at some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that you should consider~

1. Teeth whitening is a very common procedure used to lighten stained teeth. This quick and easy process is usually done in the dentist office, and the results can be exceptionally dramatic.

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

3. Tooth reshaping is a simple way to improve the appearance of your smile. It involves removing part of the enamel and can be used to fix small chips or to change the length or position of teeth.

4. Veneers are custom-made porcelain coverings that are very thin. They are bonded to the teeth and can be used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

5. For most patients, dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth.

6. And finally, there is the smile redesign. A smile makeover uses a combination of treatments to get dental patients the smiles they want.

At Five Star Dental Care we want our patients to have the best oral health possible. We also want you to look your best. That’s why we offer a wide array of cosmetic dentistry services, including:

Invisalign
porcelain veneers
dental crowns
teeth whitening

If you are in the Valrico, Fla. area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at Five Star Dental Care at 813-653-2273. We hope to hear from you soon!

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

 

Adequate Results vs. Incredible Results

Valrico Teeth Bleaching Smiles are often the first thing people notice about you when you first meet. That’s why it’s important to turn to a cosmetic dentist, when you have common dental problems such as:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Crooked and uneven teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Severe bite problems

A cosmetic surgeon has specialized schooling in addition to the training a general surgeon completes. Likewise, a cosmetic dentist has completed rigorous courses in addition to dental school. Of course, many general dentists offer cosmetic dentistry treatments too.

At Five Star Dental Care in the Valrico, FL area, we offer teeth whitening, crowns, porcelain veneers and dental bonding among many other common cosmetic dentistry procedures.

In many cases, general dentists achieve satisfactory results. However, there is a difference between adequate results and amazing results. Cosmetic dentists have the skills and experience to create absolutely smiles.

You have probably seen pleasing front teeth crowns performed by a general dentist. They are often perfectly shaped, correctly aligned and pleasingly white. But have you ever seen front teeth crowns done by a true artist? The color, translucency, and texture take the crowns to the ultimate level of breathtaking beauty.

Our cosmetic dentistry services allow patients to improve each first impression with a smile they’ll love to share. Our wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments can brighten, straighten, and generally enhance your entire aesthetic.

You deserve to love your smile. At our practice, our goal is to provide all of our patients—including you—with a look that makes you feel happier and more confident. If you are looking for high-quality cosmetic dentistry in the Valrico, FL area, come put our specialized training at Five Star Dental Care to the test! A smile makeover can completely change your life and self-image. Call our office today, to set you and your family on a path to a brighter, more dazzling 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

 

Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

dental payment plans Brandon FLAt Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in the Tampa, FL area, we take our patients’ oral health very seriously; it is part of our ongoing effort to provide the highest quality cosmetic and implant dentistry possible.

Here is some vital news if you care about your dental health too: periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a principal cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is connected to heart disease. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat if it is found in the early stages.

Here are some of the main warning signs you should be looking for:

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Hopefully, you are not noticing any of these symptoms. Besides not brushing and flossing regularly, other factors that put you at risk for gum disease, include smoking, diabetes, genetic pre-disposition, certain medications, and stress. And if you aren’t taking care of your teeth properly, plaque will likely build up on your teeth and turn into tartar that brushing can’t remove. If it isn’t removed, then gingivitis and periodontitis will probably become a problem. And remember, brushing alone is not adequate—make sure you floss daily. Regular check-ups with your dentist is another vital weapon in the fight against gum disease.

At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in the Tampa, FL area, our commitment to service begins with our our pride in providing the highest quality of cosmetic and implant dentistry. We consider caring for our patients an honor and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. Our practice offers Invisalign, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening among a host of other cosmetic and general dentistry services. Call us today to schedule an appointment and to see if a smile makeover is right for you.

 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

 

Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news is that gum disease is treatable at Five Star Dental Care in Valrico.

Regular dental check-ups are essential, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for:

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  4. Receding gums
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  6. Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to us right away.

Since plaque causes gum disease, removing it with regular brushing and flossing is the key to healthy gums. Most dental health professionals, including the team at Five Star Dental, recommend brushing and flossing twice a day.

If you experience any of the symptoms of gum disease, don’t despair. At Five Star Dental in Valrico we treat gum disease, even in advanced cases. We also offer dental implants, and a wide range of other services. Schedule an appointment with us 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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Trouble Getting Numb For Treatment? | Sedation Dentistry in Valrico

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Every person’s body works differently and some dental patients don’t respond to local anesthetics by getting numb. This is understandably concerning when you need dental treatment.  It’s important to know that bad experiences in the past don’t guarantee that you will never be able to become numb. At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, we take additional time and care with individuals who have historically had troubles getting numb. Various techniques used with sedation dentistry in Valrico can overcome numbing issues. We will find the perfect combination to make you comfortable.

What Can Affect How I Respond To Numbing Medication?

A pH Imbalance

Your body’s pH level is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity in blood and other fluids. Also called acid-base balance, the pH scale goes from 0 to 14. A pH below 7 is acidic. A pH above 7 is alkaline or basic. 7.40 is considered a normal blood pH. Your lungs and kidneys work constantly to regulate your pH balance. When the pH level is abnormal, numbing agents can be less efficient. Medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, untreated diabetes, and cancer can influence pH levels.

An Acute Local Infection

This is related to the previous section because an infection changes the pH balance. If a dental patient has an infection in their mouth, it may need to be treated with antibiotics prior to dental care.

Active Metabolism

If painkilling medications wear off quickly, it could be due to an extra-active metabolism. Intensive exercise and caffeine can accelerate your metabolism. It’s best not to overdo either of these immediately before dental treatment.

The Patient Moves During The Injection

We get it. It’s difficult to stay perfectly still when your dentist is putting a needle into your mouth, but you want the painkiller sent to the correct nerve and it’s challenging to hit a moving target. Patients will need to follow the doctor’s instructions in order to avoid issues down the line.

Nervousness

Individuals who are extra nervous at the dentist may have problems getting numb. This could be due to a number of factors. Jaw clenching and holding your breath may change the way the body reacts to painkillers. Extreme anxiety may also influence the perception of pain even though there are no biological changes.

We Can Overcome These Challenges

Dr. Jeff Bynum takes special care of dental patients who have difficulty getting numb. We use different medications and processes to work around these problems such as sedation dentistry in Valrico. There is no need to forego dental treatment if you have had problems with anesthetics. Come talk to us about your options with sedation dentistry in Valrico. We will keep you comfortable during dental visits.

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

High-Quality Dentistry in Valrico | Our Standard Of Excellence

Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS provides patients with high-quality dentistry in Valrico and the greater Tampa area. If you are looking for a skilled dentist, we invite you to consider Dr. Jeff Bynum Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS. We have been keeping smiles beautiful for our patients since 1996. We also offer full-service dentistry in Valrico for every member of your family in a safe and comfortable environment.

What We Offer Our Patients

Whether you need preventative dentistry to maintain your healthy teeth or restorative dentistry to address all of your dental needs, we are here for you. Dr. Jeff Bynum will direct your course of treatment with a pleasant chair-side manner and experienced precision. Our goal is for our patients to feel relaxed and comfortable in our office. This way, our patients never develop any anxiety towards dentistry in Valrico.

By combining cosmetic dental procedures, our team can provide a total smile makeover just for you. Successful smile re-designs require expertise and the attention to detail of an artist. If you need a complete mouth reconstruction, schedule a consultation with us today. Our helpful team would be happy to discuss pricing, treatment options, and insurance with you.

Schedule an Appointment with Us

You can contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS about restorative dentistry or dental implants, or any other local dentistry service by calling us at 813-653-2273. Our website has useful information about our team and the services we offer to our patients. If you are looking for the highest standard of excellence in the Valrico, Florida area, give us a call at 813-653-2273. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful 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

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