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To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In Valrico

Hello, gum chewers, today we’re going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help protect your smile from dental caries?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be helpful in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that reduce plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the prime practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, select a sugarless gum with xylitol.

I’m Dr. Jeff Bynum of Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS. We offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. If you have any questions about how to brighten your oral health, or if you would like information about any of our innovative cosmetic dental services such as teeth whitening, veneers, or complete smile redesigns, give us a call today at 813-413-7518.

 Call our knowledgeable team today for an appointment!

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

Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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The state of your mouth is important to your energy both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make an attractive impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your teeth are key to your health and quality of life. At Five Star Dental Care, we recognize our critical role in restoring your smile and keeping it healthy.

After you schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable team members, please take a moment to review the following checklist and consider your dental health history:

1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why?  We’ll review your habits and recommend ways to make them better.

2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? How long have you been feeling teeth or mouth pain? Our expert staff can treat these issues with a variety of technologies, products, or simple treatments.

3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your ideal smile, we’ll strive to help you attain it.  Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants. Cost and time commitments for these procedures varies, and we’ll work to determine your best option. Together, we’ll come up with a smile redesign plan tailored for your life.

No matter what your dental needs are, Dr. Jeff Bynum and his knowledgeable team are here to answer your questions and craft a treatment plan that’s right for you.

 

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’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

 

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

 

Bad Breath Treatment at Five Star Dental Care

Bad Breath Treatment at Five Star Dental Care Do you suspect that you have bad breath? I’m Jeff Bynum of Five Star Dental Care, a full-service dental office in Valrico, Florida. I help our dental patients diagnose and overcome this unpleasant and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious conditions. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the health issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously can harm gums and contribute to gum recession. At Five Star Dental Care, we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning methods.

And don’t forget regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienist is trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

To make an appointment for an exam, cleaning or consultation, call 813-653-2273. Your teeth are too important to neglect.

If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is a critical question occasionally asked by patients at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly – not leave them alone. It is impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to dangerous gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding often stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in Florida and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could result in gum disease. The good news is that, unlike tooth decay, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is vital to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever operation you choose, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

What if you continue flossing for a few weeks and still observe bleeding? Call Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS at 813-413-7518 to schedule a consultation. Jeff Bynum, DDS, will carry out an intensive examination to determine the cause of the bleeding.

At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, our goal is to help patients keep healthy teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists not only complete the most thorough dental cleanings, they also educate patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you have a child who needs extra help learning how to brush and floss correctly, schedule an appointment with our child-friendly team.

Some patients have perfectly healthy teeth and gums but are not content with their smile due to cosmetic troubles. If you want to explore possibilities for improving your smile, communicate with us today at 813-413-7518.

We offer cutting-edge cosmetic dental care including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth-colored filling replacement. Ask us about oral sedation options if you need help relaxing during dental treatment. You can rely on us to maintain the highest standard of safety and sterility at Five Star Dental Care – 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

 

Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

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Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS patients who wait to have a sore tooth checked end up saying “I wish I had come sooner.” Even with all the various causes of mouth troubles, a toothache sends a simple, clear message: “See your dentist!” And it seems like toothaches always get worse on Friday night right before the weekend.

If you wait, the cost to treat it may get more expensive as the pain gets more extreme. Affordable dental care is available at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico. Call Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS now for a straightforward yet important consultation.

Mouth pain is never “normal.” Dr. Jeff Bynum will determine the cause of the pain so proper treatment can begin. Possible causes of pain include tooth decay, gum disease, a broken crown, mouth sores, bite issues, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Let Dr. Bynum take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating, grimace-free speaking and better sleeping.

Dr. Bynum, DDS is also well-versed in the latest cosmetic dental care and is enthusiastic about transforming smiles. Smile makeovers at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS boost confidence and improve a person’s overall presentation. Men and women who have invested in a smile makeover feel that their personal and professional relationships have benefited.

Book a consultation if you have question about dental implants, Invisalign or veneers. Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS offers consumate care when it comes to porcelain veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, and Invisalign.

Don’t wait to come to Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS if a tooth demands your attention.

 

Contact Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS:

813-413-7518

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, FL
33596

 

Is Your Low-Carb Diet Giving You Dragon Breath?

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Many residents in the Valrico, Brandon FL, and Riverview FL area mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to insufficient brushing. The truth is that there are myriad causes of halitosis. Your Valrico dentist can help you identify the cause of your problem and discuss how to cure bad breath.

What you eat may have a lot more to do with it than you think. Because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them. So, purchasing a mouthwash at your local Valrico drugstore will only mask the smell.

Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not a good idea. This may bring additional oral problems – especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.

Also, many dieters in and around Valrico find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.

Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many Brandon FL folks don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which causes cavities and gum disease.

I’m Dr. Jeff Bynum of Valrico
. My practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to residents in the Valrico area. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and that includes fresh breath. I also want them to love their smiles, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call at 813-653-2273.

Five Star Dental Care specializes in:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Dental crowns
Teeth whitening

Call today for your appointment!

Dr. Jeff Bynum
Five Star Dental Care
3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
813-653-2273
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The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/low-carb-diets-can-cause-bad-breath, accessed on August 12, 2013

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