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5 Simple Ways To Avoid A Cracked Tooth

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. Today’s post in the Five Star Dental Care’s dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong. If you’re already suffering from a toothache in Valrico, please visit our office for a consolation.

1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding hard foods. Mind-blowing, right? Everybody should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Watch out for pitted fruits—that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the pit, you could damage a tooth.

2. It is important to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth guard.

3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Locate a pair of scissors to open a package or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

4. Don’t grind your teeth. Most people know that, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Having headaches or jaw pain frequently can be a symptom of teeth grinding.

5. Make sure that you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you weren’t aware of. Take care of these cracks before the whole tooth is in danger.

If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays/onlays, fillings, and restorative dentistry are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth.

If you’re suffering from a toothache in Valrico area and are seeking a friendly, experienced, and gentle dentist, please give us a call or visit our contact page.

Contact Five Star Dental Care:

813-699-5953

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, Florida
33596

 

The Whitest Teeth: Beautiful Smiles in Valrico

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Some people’s teeth are naturally whiter than others’, but it’s safe to say that most Valrico residents want teeth that are pearly white! If you are one of them, Five Star Dental Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can help you get the beautiful smile you deserve.

We’d like to share some tips on teeth whitening, and what we can do for you.

Whitening Tips

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many people still need a reminder. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities.

Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we eat and drink. When we brush, it minimizes the damage.

Fluoride Rinse
After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it prevents it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Ask A Pro
Sometimes the discoloration takes more than an over-the-counter remedy. That’s why Five Star Dental offers other effective services to beautify your smile. We provide several teeth whitening options: our in-office treatment, and take-home teeth bleaching kits. Each provides an effective method for teeth whitening. The knowledgeable staff at Five Star Dental Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry will work with you to find the best way to improve your smile. Other specialties include cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and toothache relief.

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

 

Sparkling Smiles With Safe Bleaching

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One of the easiest ways to upgrade your smile cosmetically in Tampa is through teeth whitening. Whitening teeth is a quick, non-invasive method to improve your overall appearance and bring confidence to your daily interactions with people.

Before beginning the procedure of teeth whitening, Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS recommends each patient meet with their cosmetic dentist for a consultation. A dental consultation will help you determine which whitening method is best for you. We can also discuss foods and habits, such as smoking, that you can avoid to keep your teeth whiter longer.”

While visiting with your dentist, you can also discuss other aspects of your smile you would like to improve. New, revolutionary technology provides methods to correct any dental problem you may have.

During your consultation, decide just how white you want your teeth to be. Depending on the whitening protocol chosen, your teeth can be enhanced three to eight shades in just an hour. An in-office procedure produces a degree of lightening that cannot be achieved with a grocery store product. During your treatment, your dentist may apply a coating to protect your gums and roots while the bleaching agent is applied. A laser is then used to make the bleach work faster.

An alternative method is to have your dentist prescribe a take-home kit. These kits are customized for each patient. First a mold is made of your teeth. Using the mold, the lab team creates trays to hold the bleach. While this method may take longer, it is more economical and more convenient for many Valrico patients. Teeth whitening results from either method can last from six months to two years.

It is critical to know that whitening does not affect existing fillings, veneers, or dental crowns. It also is temporary and may require follow-up visits to keep them white.

Dr. Bynum, of Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, has been creating attractive smiles since 1996. Call our Valrico office and schedule an appointment today at 813-413-7518.

Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS offers general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including Invisalign, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening. At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, quality care and a comfortable patient experience are our top priorities.

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 It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in anyone’s mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Valrico resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

. We encourage anyone in the Tampa area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about Invisalign, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry and any number of other dental services.

Jeff Bynum has been serving the Valrico area since 1996. Call 813-413-7518 to schedule a consultation.

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

Smile More, Live Better

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a deliberate effort to avoid showing your teeth in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a significant effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling benefits our quality of life in a plethora of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to verify this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Minimizes Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that decrease your stress level.

3. Smiling Increases Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to experience more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have established several ways smiling can improve the chance of a favorable outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling affects your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield meaningful improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete smile redesigns. Let’s talk about the possibilities for your smile. Call 813-413-7518 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

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

Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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Most people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. Today’s article is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.

Here is a sampling of vitamin D findings from around the web:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D.” 1

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.”2

“Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”3

“The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.” 4

I’m Jeff Bynum of Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS in Valrico. I encourage all of my patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. We offer the full complement of dental services. Ask us about dental crowns, teeth whitening, or porcelain veneers.

We are currently accepting new patients, and my friendly team of dental professionals would love to serve your family with all of their dental needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling 813-413-7518.

1 SH Stein, DA Tipton, “Vitamin D and its impact on oral health–an update., Spring 2011, PubMed.gov NIH,” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21748977, accessed on June 23, 2014
2 1University of Washington, “Vitamin D linked to lower rates of tooth decay,” ScienceDaily, November 27, 2012, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127130321.htm, accessed on June 23, 2014
3 “Maternal Vitamin D Levels and Early Childhood Caries May be Linked, Researchers Find,”Journal of the American Dental Association, June 1, 2014, http://jada.info/content/145/6/526.3.full, accessed on June 23, 2014
4 “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?,” WebMD, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-d?page=2, accessed on June 23, 2014

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

Bright And Healthy Smiles

No one disputes the fact that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive. Everybody likes to see a gorgeous smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem.

I’m Dr. Jeff Bynum, DDS. I provide dental services to the greater Tampa area from our comfortable and friendly dental office.

If you are looking for a dentist, we invite you to contact us. I am currently accepting new patients and would love to serve all of your dental needs including sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and teeth whitening.

Whiten, Straighten, or Get Rid of the Silver

There are many cost-effective procedures that will allow you to achieve a bright and healthy smile. There are effective tooth whitening methods that whiten smiles significantly. If you would like to straighten your teeth, you also have numerous orthodontic options. Still have silver amalgam fillings? How would you like to have them replaced with white fillings? When you open your mouth wide, your teeth will look like they did before you ever had tooth decay!

At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, we focus on patient-centered dental care in a friendly environment. To set up a consultation, exam, or cleaning, call us at 813-413-7518 today – 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

A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool

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Providing quality dental care is much easier for dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health – and pictures are far more accurate than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth and gums are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough oral exam, 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 often.

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

Safety is an important issue that all dentists consider when ordering x-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many important precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on the patients.

It is essential that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Hi. My name is Jeff Bynum and my practice Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS is currently accepting new patients. If you are looking for a friendly, skilled, and experienced dentist and are living in Valrico or the Tampa area, we hope you will schedule a consultation. We are located at 3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd in Valrico, Florida, and our knowledgeable staff is second-to-none.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. We want you to have the healthy, sensational smile that you deserve!

Our top services here at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS are:

Invisalign
porcelain veneers
dental crowns
teeth whitening

Please call us at 813-413-7518 today!

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays, accessed on August. 1, 2014

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

Are You Flossing Out Of Fear?

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Most people know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The value of this simple yet essential exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again. But does fear have to play a role in Tampa’s commitment to the practice?

Flossing offers a chance to remove bits and pieces that a toothbrush will undoubtedly miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may still not compel Valrico folks to floss regularly. The fear of gingivitis and gum disease or crowns and fillings from cavities work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit between teeth cleanings.

We encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh, just like showering and dressing for the day, and initiate flossing into your established routine. Practicing this habit reminds you to start off with a positive attitude as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet. Living in health-conscious communities can also help motivate you to floss regularly. The fresh air you breathe on a short walk will feel smooth as your run your tongue along the ridges of your teeth.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call us at: 813-413-7518 Our knowledgeable dental staff knows that flossing can be a concern for their dental patients and a brightened patient is always better than a frightened one. We offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make a cosmetic dental appointment today to consider whether Invisalign can lighten your look, porcelain veneers can influence your flair, and sedation dentistry or teeth whitening can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it a phenomenal experience!

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

Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

Ignoring It Won't Make It Go Away

Are you a busy person suffering with a toothache, but ignoring the pain? Have you started chewing on one side of your mouth to avoid your sensitive teeth? Have you stopped drinking hot and cold beverages to alleviate the discomfort? Dental pain is like an unpaid speeding ticket, ignoring it won’t make it go away.

Many adults and children dread seeking relief from a dentist because they fear the treatment will hurt worse than the pain they are experiencing. Waiting too long to care for your teeth can cause serious health problems – and not just in your mouth.

My name is Jeff Bynum and I have been devoted to calming the distressed feelings of my Valrico patients since 1996. At Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS, we help you relax and ease any discomfort you may have. We create a comfortable dental experience for all of our Tampa patients.

If you have dental anxiety, our practice offers several solutions, including sedation dentistry. We can also use anti-anxiety agents to quiet your fears and make your dental visit as safe and peaceful as possible.

In addition to sedation dentistry, we provide cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and oral cancer screenings for Valrico residents.

Your smile can and should be your most attractive feature. Don’t let dental distress keep you from gaining and maintaining a dazzling smile.

Let the knowledgeable dental team at Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS help restore and maintain your oral health. Call today to schedule an appointment. Our phone number is 813-413-7518. We want your smile to last a lifetime.

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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