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Tonsil Questions?

porcelain veneers price TampaToday in the Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS dental blog, we are going to talk about the two lumps of soft tissue in the back of the throat—the tonsils.

Your tonsils sit at the base of the tongue, one on each side. They are gland-like masses that function as part of the lymphatic system. As such, they are part of your immune system.

Tonsils are made of infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes, but, in many cases, tonsils aren’t really that capable at their job of germ-killing and ridding the body of toxins. (Adenoids are made up of similar tissue but are located behind the nasal cavity.)

Your tonsils have plenty of wrinkles where dead cells, mucus, and bacteria can collect, become concentrated, and create white formations in the pockets. In rare cases, it hardens and becomes a tonsil stone or tonsillolith.

Here are some signs of tonsil infection:

Bad breath
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Ear pain
Swelling of tonsils

Some people (often kids) have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal of the tonsils. If your tonsils begin to hurt, it’s critical to discuss treatment with your dentist or doctor.

Young children may have difficulty describing where the pain is coming from. If your youngster has persistent sore throats, have your pediatrician check their tonsils.

Regular visits with a pediatrician are essential for your child. Regular dental check-ups are just as vital. If your young child has never seen a dentist, or if you are new to the area and don’t have a children’s dentist, call us at 813-653-2273 to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to meeting you and your child.

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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Protect Your Enamel, Protect Your Teeth

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Your enamel is uniquely suited to safeguard your teeth. If you keep your tooth enamel healthy, you will avoid many dental miseries. You won’t get cavities. Your teeth will be less likely to chip or crack. You will avoid many causes of tooth stains.

It’s best to form enamel-healthy habits when you’re young.

Teach your youngster to protect their tooth enamel. There is a multitude of collateral health benefits as well.

For Healthy Tooth Enamel, Avoid The Following

Frequently Eating Sticky Food

Gummy candy, protein bars, and dried fruit can chip teeth.

Chewing On Hard Foods

For example, Beef jerky and hard or stale bread.

Grinding Teeth

If you grind your teeth, discuss it with your dentist. It can cause headaches, tooth damage, and gum recession. An appliance can guard your enamel.

Drinking Anything Besides Water Frequently

If your teeth are awash in carbonated beverages (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks constantly, your enamel will suffer from the acids and sugar.

Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard

Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the boil-and-bite type.

 

 

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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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Valrico. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an essential practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, communicate with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, we have an excellent office and knowledgeable team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventative care. At each check-up, our experienced and well-trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive extensive analysis. They will be inspected for any cavities, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is crucial so you can be certain that they don’t turn into larger problems.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Jeff Bynum at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS will ensure you avoid acute dental problems.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving rapidly, so it’s vital to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check-up is detailed and comprehensive. At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Dr. Bynum. If a problem is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be developed.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Bynum will detail what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

 

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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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico offers helpful tips about toothbrushes. How often should your replace your toothbrush?

The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush are an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.

Flat or frayed bristles, from well-used brushes, are less efficient and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.

Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.

We recommend you replace your brush every 3 months. Replace it sooner if you’ve had a cold or flu.

The reasons to replace your toothbrush includes worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective.

Bacteria can also built up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath. Make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life.

Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time. Otherwise, change your toothbrush at the start of every new Florida season to keep it fresh and effective.

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

 

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

 

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