Dental Health: Myths vs Facts

When it comes to a healthy mouth, appearances can be deceiving. You see someone in a local Coral Springs establishment walking towards you with all their pearly whites glistening in the light and you probably think they are the epitome of stellar health and good genes. Well, that could be true or good genes may have nothing to do with it.

In this article, I’m going to debunk some of the common myths that many people have in their heads when it comes to a healthy smile. Let’s get going.

Myth 1: White teeth are a reliable sign of healthy teeth

Fact: Do you really know what that person has done to achieve those white teeth? I don’t have to tell you all of the ways to make your teeth look whiter. Just look at the supermarket shelves. There is teeth whitening tooth paste and teeth whitening strips and polish.

Of course, that’s only the beginning. Nearly every Coral Springs dentist offers a professional teeth whitening procedure that involves the use of an extra strength peroxide or similar teeth bleaching agent. Plus there’s a special light that can be shined on your teeth during the procedure to give you a a faster teeth whitening boost. If you’re seeking teeth whitening in Coral Springs, just give us a call.

But the truth is that all sorts of conditions can be lurking behind the white teeth you see. The individual can still have periodontal gum disease, which can get so bad that teeth can loosen.

The person could also have cavities or tooth decay that may not be obvious to the eye. You’ll need to visit a dentist in the Coral Springs FL area to get a proper diagnosis.

dental cavitiesMyth 2: There’s no need to brush baby teeth since they are going to fall out anyway.

Fact: Just because a young child will get a new set of teeth, it doesn’t mean everything will be okay. First, teeth allowed to decay at a young age can be a source of pain. Ever had a toothache? Now imagine it in a 3 year old. Trust me, you won’t get any peace and quiet until there is some relief. When you consider that 25% of American children get their first cavity by the time they are four years old, you’re looking at one unhappy child.

But that’s just the start. If baby teeth as allowed to decay, the child could experience speech and eating issues. And those next set of teeth are likely to come in misaligned, which could lead to even bigger problems.

Myth 3: Bad breath is a sign of poor oral hygiene

Fact: The truth is that bad breath can be caused by several things beyond not brushing and flossing. For example, there are certain foods and medications that can lead to bad breath. Even illnesses inside your body can cause certain chemical reactions that lead to bad breath. This is where a dentist can help.

Myth 4: You’ll get more cavities if you eat more sugar

Fact: On the surface, this myth sounds logical. However, what eats at your teeth is not the quantity of sugar you consume. Instead, it’s the length of time you allow sugar to rest on your teeth without brushing and flossing.

One person who eats sweets every day and also brushes and flosses daily is much less likely to experience cavities when compared to someone who eats sweets a few times a week, but doesn’t or rarely brushes their teeth.

Myth 5: The pain of a tooth ache can be greatly reduced by putting aspirin on it

Fact: The active ingredients in aspirin only work when you ingest the medication. By rubbing it on your teeth and gums, you risk burning lips and gums. And there won’t be any reduction in pain.

I hope you found these myths and facts interesting. So did any of them surprise you? If so, don’t worry, many people still hold on to certain myths that have been handed down through generations.

Of course, the key to proper oral hygiene is to brush and floss your teeth twice daily. But the fact is that’s not enough. The American Dental Association and all other dental organizations advise that you visit a dentist twice each year for a check up and teeth cleaning. There’s just certain things that a tooth brush and floss are no match for when it comes to your teeth and gums.

So if you’re looking for an experienced Coral Springs dental professional who can keep your smile at its healthy best for years to come, call us today to schedule an appointment.


Food Poisoning: Causes & Treatment

In Coral Springs and the surrounding area, there are wide variety of restaurants and diners to choose from. But not all of them maintain high standards when it comes to cleanliness, whether that be in the way food is stored or employee hygiene.

So if your stomach starts feeling queasy or you have a sudden onset of diarrhea after a meal out, you could be suffering from food poisoning. But there are certain things about the condition that may surprise. That’s because food poison is not always something that occurs overnight. In this article, I’ll explain how various contaminant can spoil your food, what you can do about it, and when you need to seek help.


In addition to nausea and diarrhea, other standard symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, fever, and stomach discomfort.

However, you’ll know that it may be time to visit a doctor if the severity in your symptoms include blood showing up anywhere, diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, non-stop vomiting, a fever that reaches 102 degrees, or changes in your vision.
Should any of these severe situations arise, you should visit a Coral Springs walk-in clinic. In most cases you won’t even need to make an appointment. Learn more by visiting this link

Causes of Food Poisoning

You may be surprised that the symptoms of food poisoning (or foodborne illness as the medical experts call it) don’t always show up shortly after a meal. Of course, if you eat raw shell fish that isn’t fresh or has been properly refrigerated, you’ll probably feel the symptoms in 12 to 48 hours.

But under some conditions where the seafood may simply have been exposed to contaminated water, the symptoms may not show up for 3 or 4 weeks.

So food can be contaminated in a variety of ways including feces, unpasteurized milk, undercooked meat, infected food handler, and more.

And of course, food poisoning isn’t always linked to food preparation at restaurants. You can encounter the same issues at home. Countertops that aren’t properly cleaned are often loaded with bacteria and potential food contaminating viruses.

Sponges, towels, silverware, cutting boards, etc., are all idea hosts for dangerous viruses.

Treatment for Food Poisoning

Depending on the severity of your case, your food poisoning case could pass on it’s own in a few days or it may be necessary to see a doctor.

For mild cases, you can probably find over-the-counter medications to lessen symptoms such as diarrhea or upset stomach. You’re probably familiar with Pepto Bismol and Immodium AD to name a couple of the most popular brands.

But if you need to visit the doctor, you’ll be examined and some blood work may be done. The doctor could put you a program for fluid replenishment and getting your electrolytes back in balance and/or he could put you on antibiotics. In rare cases, you may have to stay overnight in the hospital.

So now you know the symptoms and causes of food poisoning. In many cases, the discomfort will go way in 1 to 3 days. But should be in pain longer than that timeframe seek help. As mentioned above, you can visit a Coral Springs walk-in clinic for immediate assistance. This way you don’t have the issue of making an appointment with a doctor and waiting a week to be seen.


What Are Dental Veneers & How Are They Applied?

mouthopenIf you live in Coral Springs or anywhere in South Florida, you know that the year round sunshine is enhanced by a beautiful bright smile. But sometimes it can be tough to smile when your teeth are stained or damaged.

The good news is that there are solutions to every smile problem. For example, you can get dental implants in Coral Springs if you have missing teeth. But if you have all of your teeth and they just need a make over, then dental veneers are worth considering.

A dental veneer is a thin layer that is placed over the surface of a tooth for the purpose of improving aesthetics of the tooth as well as protection of the tooth’s surface from damage. The two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer are dental porcelain and resin composite.

A veneer is used to restore fractured or discolored tooth. Veneers are also used for patients with gaps between their teeth that cannot be fixed by orthodontics. It may also be used to lengthen teeth or fill the blank gaps between teeth.

Veneers can majorly fix teeth discolored by various elements. Teeth get discolored due to excessive fluoride, resin residue, root canal treatment, tetracycline stains or other drugs. But the veneers will provide uniform shape, symmetry and give misaligned teeth a straight appearance.

Dental Porcelain strengthens worn out teeth as well. Porcelain veneers resist stains as compared to resin composite. Resin will require removal of the teeth surface to be placed.

Application Procedure for Dental Veneers

Your teeth will be examined by a certified dentist and X-rays may be taken if you’re a new patient. The dentist needs to examine your mouth and teeth to know the appropriate dental veneers to use according to your end-goal before any procedures.

The dentist will remove a millimeter or two of enamel from your tooth surface. This thickness is proportional to the veneers thickness. The dentist may use anesthetic to numb the area.

The dentist will make a model of your teeth which is in turn sent to an outside lab to facilitate construction of your veneers. The veneers will be ready in about two weeks. But temporary veneers may be placed if you wish to.

The veneers are tried on your teeth to see the visual appearance of your teeth to confirm the fit and color. If the veneers happen to be a little bigger or wider than desired, they can be trimmed to fit. The color can also be adjusted by using a lighter or darker shade of cement.

The tooth is polished which in turn roughens the tooth giving room for stronger bonding. Specified cement is applied to the veneer which is then placed on the tooth.

Once intact, a special light beam is applied which activated chemicals in the veneer cement that helps in hardening and cure.

Any necessary final adjustments may be made and the dentist will want to schedule a check up session to see how you and your new veneers are getting along.

For whatever reason the dental veneer is being applied for, always seek a quality dentist in Coral Springs. And please note that overuse of dental porcelain in strengthening worn out teeth is believed to be harmful for younger people. To learn more about getting dental implants or dental veneer in Coral Springs or any other cosmetic procedure, visit the Coral Springs Dental Pros website.


Five Yoga Styles for Positive Health

There are a number of Coral Springs yoga training facilities and instructors from which to choose, and I’ll point you to one of my favorites in a moment. But first I want to give you an overview of the diversity of yoga styles within the yoga community.

When you hear the word “yoga”, you may think that it is one type of thing like “water”. But nothing could be further from the truth. Yoga has a wide variety of styles. So in this article I’ll discuss five of the most popular. In particular, I’ll cover Hatha, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Kundalini yoga. Let’s get started.

Bikram Yoga
If you love to sweat and let all those toxins pour out of your body, then Bikram yoga is for you. You may know Bikram yoga from the advertised name of hot yoga. It’s all the new rage, even though hot yoga has been around for hundreds of years. But believe it or not, this style of yoga only reached the shores of the United States in any meaningful way beginning in the 1970’s.

What makes you sweat so much when practicing Bikram yoga is the environment. You’ll be in a sparse room that has a temperature set at around 105 degrees. Bikram also involves 26 movements that you’ll walk through. Many people swear by the benefits of this yoga style for it’s ability to not only remove toxins, but to stretch muscles, release stress, and align the body.

(Note: If interested, click on this link to find Coral Springs Florida yoga classes.)

Ashtanga Yoga
This style of yoga is not really geared toward people who are couch potatoes. It’s is often called “power yoga” because some poses can be a bit demanding physically. But you can take a look at it and decide if you want to dive right in or start with one of the other types of yoga first.

But if you are the athletic type, then look at it as a challenge.

Hatha Yoga
When compared to Bikram yoga which uses heat as a tool, Hatha yoga is very different. With this style of yoga, you’re taking very slow and methodical movements and poses. It will also be important to not only focus on deep and proper breathing, but to synchronized it with the movements.

Since Hatha yoga advocates slow movements, this style could be a great starting point if you are fairly new to yoga and want to give it a try. Some people also like to practice Hatha yoga after having a stressful day or before having to make important life-changing decisions.

Vinyasa Yoga
So are you starting to see how some of the major yoga styles differ? If so, you can probably guess that Vinyasa yoga offers something a bit different as well.

While Hatha yoga advocates very slow movements, Vinyasa yoga is all about the smooth and continuous flow from one movement to the next. But what makes Vinyasa yoga the most popular styles is variety. You might attend a class today and walk through a set of movements, and in the next class you’ll be doing different poses.

But because of the mixture of movements, you’d benefit from having a training coach or being in class environment. This is someone who can make sure that your stances and alignments are correct.

They say variety is the spice of life. So if you share that philosophy, then Vinyasa yoga may be the one for you.

Kundalini Yoga
Under Kundalini yoga, the focus is on the lower spine. It is believe that this area houses a key chakra or energy source. So the poses and movements that you’ll perform will be to keep this area free and clear of stress.

As you might expect, your workout will involve movements and poses that work the abdominal region and the spine.

So there you have five types of yoga to strengthen your mind and body. If you’re interested in taking yoga classes in Coral Springs, visit our web site at to learn more.


Finding the Right Dentist

dental xraysIf you’ve had a string of bad luck with dentists or are new to the South Florida area, this article is for you. That’s because there are certain qualities that you should look for in a dentist in order to uncover the one that is right for you and your family. The major issues include education and training, experience, testimonials, location, and hours of operation.

First, it’s important that you choose a dentist that has graduated from an accredited dental school. Clearly, the better the education the more apt they are to know there stuff. You definitely want to steer clear of a dentist who attended some fly-by-night school that doesn’t even sound remotely like any school you’ve ever heard of.

In order to determine where a dentist attended university, you can generally find it on their web site. Or, simply give the office a call and ask the receptionist. it shouldn’t be a big deal for them to give you that information. It they sound evasive, then move on to someone else.

Second, make sure that the dentist has been around for a while. After all, you don’t want to be anyone’s guinea pig. Most dentists will have interned somewhere to gain practical hands-on experience. And others will have been in practice for many years and can discuss the number procedures they’ve performed.

While you’re at it, ask the dentist about how they keep up with the latest trends in dentistry medicine. Again, you don’t want someone who is lazy and still following procedures that aren’t as effective.

Third, ask the dentist for testimonials. You’ll often find some on their websites, and that may be enough for you. But if not, don’t hesitate to call the dental office and ask them where they can find objective feedback about the quality of the dental services and the dentist.

Fourth, determine where the dental office is located. Would you prefer for it to be closer to your home or work? Everyone is different. Or, it may not matter at all since you may only visit the dentist two or three times per year.

And if it’s important, take a ride over to the dental address. Check out the office from outside. Is it in a safe area? Does it look clean? etc.

Fifth, you should ask about office hours. Some dentists may be closed on a Saturday. If that’s generally the best time for you and your family, the dentist may not be a good fit.
Similarly, inquire about how after-hour emergencies are handled.

So there you have five things to consider when choosing a dentist. Check their education and training, level of experience, testimonials, location, and office hours. If you do these things, you’ll be able to quickly narrow your choices and pick a great dentist for you and your family.