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Maintaning Your Aligners Sep 24th, 2021

Always Keep Your Trays in Their Travel Case It’s important to never leave home without your hard, protective Invisalign aligner case. Each time you eat or take out your trays, never leave them out in the open air. This could cause a buildup of bacteria as well as increase the...

SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF SLEEP APNEA Sep 22nd, 2021

Snoring all night is already bad enough, especially if you have a partner who sleeps light and often gets disrupted. It's also important to note that snoring every night might be more serious than you realize. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes patients to stop breathing while...

10 Tips to Overcome Dental Anxiety Sep 10th, 2021

Current estimates reveal that between 5-8% of Americans avoid dentists out of fear. Meanwhile, 20% are anxious to the point that they will only seek dental treatment only when necessary. Dental anxiety, fear, or phobia are usually triggered by certain events or experiences, and some of these are: Loss of...

5 Reasons You May Need a Crown Sep 2nd, 2021

1. YOU'VE HAD ROOT CANAL TREATMENT Root canal treatments are often used on infected teeth to eliminate the infection and save the tooth. Unfortunately, the process significantly weakens the tooth because the entire tooth's pulp must be removed. This prevents the need for an extraction, but the tooth is at...

Are You Uknowingly Grinding Your Teeth? Aug 26th, 2021

How do you know that you are grinding your teeth? The Symptoms Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep, so most people are unaware of it until told by their dentist. A very common symptom is a headache. There are other symptoms too: a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when...

Importance of Preventive Dental Care Aug 20th, 2021

While modern dentistry can fix any number of oral health issues, preventive dentistry focuses on avoiding problems rather than waiting for them to happen and then looking at ways to solve them. The importance of preventive dental care is underlined by the type of problems it can avoid or minimize...

Everything You Need to Know About CEREC Dental Technology Aug 13th, 2021

What Are the Advantages of CEREC Dental Technology? CEREC technology offers a number of benefits to our patients: Less Time. With CEREC technology, you can have your new crown in less than 2 hours, rather than over the course of 2 appointments.   No Discomfort. Many patients don’t like wearing...

Solea: Reducing Dental Anxiety Jul 30th, 2021

Benefits of The Solea Dental Laser:   -Reduce anxiety- allows you to be calm and comfortable throughout your procedure -Quick- fast and percise, which allows you to return to your day with no lingering numbness -No Noise- quiet CO2 laser, virtually silent -No Drill- uses concentrated beam of light to...

Dental Implants Jul 23rd, 2021

Cigarettes & Your Teeth Jul 21st, 2021

Four ways smoking affects your oral health:   ✔️ Creates plaque and tartar: Chemicals in tobacco products affect saliva flow in mouth, making it easier for oral bacteria to stick to teeth and gums. Smokers are more likely to develop gum diseases or periodontal disease, which can attack the bone...

Halitosis Jul 16th, 2021

What is halitosis?   Halitosis is an unpleasant odor from the mouth commonly referred to as bad breath. Halitosis can be caused by the consumption of certain foods, poor oral hygiene, alcohol or tobacco use, dry mouth, or by certain medical conditions.   Here are 5 ways to help prevent...

10 Whitening Tips to Boost Your Smile Jul 13th, 2021

If whiter teeth will boost your confidence, try these tips to achieve the healthiest and brightest smile that you’re looking for. 1. Visit a dentist near you first. Having a hygienist clean your teeth properly before whitening is necessary. They will remove all the surface stains and tartar build-up that...

Do you find yourself avoiding just about anything with a little crunch? Apr 15th, 2021

While a crack in your tooth may be hard to see, if you can feel it, its time to take a look. Catching this early may help avoid infection and ultimatley save the tooth. Mealtime sdhould be an enjoyable event- not one filled with discomfort and pain. Give Smiles By...

Pandemic causing a spike in Chipped teeth and cracked tooth due to Bruxism. Apr 9th, 2021

Teeth grinding has attributed to a variety of factors, with tension being one of the most prominent.  Misaligned teeth and jaws, as well as sleep apnea, are other causes. Teeth grinding will lead to severe long term problems, Such as: Sleep disorders Headaches Jaw pain Broken Chipped teeth TMJ disorder...

Did you know April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? Apr 2nd, 2021

Those at Risk for Oral Cancer  Passing certain age thresholds and engaging in certain lifestyle habits can place you at increased risk for oral cancer. For example, men tend to have a higher rates of oral cancers than women.  Here is the short list: -Patients age 40 and older (95%...

How to know if you Have a Cavity Mar 24th, 2021

So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some the accompanying symptoms that go along with tooth decay. - Nothing (in the early stages)  - A toothache or spontaneous tooth...

Starting Your Invisalign Journey Mar 31st, 2020

There are many benefits to aligning your teeth with Invisalign®. Invisalign gives you the ability to straighten your teeth in Weston, Florida, without the need for traditional brackets and wires, better known as braces. Unlike metal braces, this type of teeth straightening is very popular among both teens and adults...

The Importance of Dental Care at All Ages Feb 29th, 2020

Dental Health Effects on Your Body When dental visits are neglected, especially for older individuals, hygiene often lacks and dental issues develop and worsen with time. Research shows your dental health is interloped with the rest of your body such as your heart and brain health. According to the Mayo...

What to Expect on Your First Dental Visit Jan 6th, 2020

So, you’re looking for a new dentist in Weston, Florida? You’ve come to the right place. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. John M. Garcia and the Team at Smiles by Design are prepared to care for and examine your oral health. There are a few things to...