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Posts for: September, 2017

By EDWIN YEE
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Does your broken or decayed tooth need a second chance? Do you wish that you could renew your smile in only a few dental dental crownsappointments? If so, dental crowns may be a good option for you. But what can a crown do for you? Your Pensacola, FL dentist is your best source of information about dental crowns. Find out more about this procedure with Dr. Edwin Yee.

What is a dental crown? 
Dental crowns fall under both the cosmetic and restoration dentistry umbrellas, meaning that they will renew your look and improve your mouth’s functionality at the same time. A dental crown fits over the tooth to protect it from future damage. Dentists often use a dental crown after root canal therapy though, thanks to its versatility, a crown can accomplish many dental tasks.

Can a dental crown help my smile? 
Dental crowns help your smile in numerous ways depending on your circumstances. Some of the most common uses for dental crowns include to:

  • stabilize a tooth that can't be supported by a large filling
  • protect a compromised tooth from further damage
  • hold a dental bridge in place
  • improve the appearance of a tooth
  • cover a dental implant as a replacement tooth

How long does a dental crown last? 
A dental crown can last many years before requiring maintenance or replacement. However, in order to lengthen the life of your crown, you should have an excellent at-home oral care routine. No matter your risk of tooth decay or gum disease or which types of restorations you have, you should brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once. In addition to your at-home routine, you should see your dentist at least twice a year for a regular dental examination and professional cleaning.

Dental Crowns in Pensacola, FL 
Many patients with various dental conditions can benefit from a dental crown. For more information on crowns, please contact Dr. Edwin Yee in Pensacola FL. Call 850-479-3355 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Yee today!


By Edwin Yee
September 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: smoking  
QuittingSmokingcanImprovetheHealthofYourTeethandGums

While cigarette smoking has been linked with lung cancer and heart disease, it, can also contribute to dental disease. You can reduce these risks by doing one thing — quitting smoking.

But that’s easier said than done: forty-six percent of smokers try to quit every year, but only one in ten are successful long term. The difficulty is tied to tobacco’s active ingredient, nicotine, an addictive substance that triggers chemical and behavioral dependence. Nicotine “re-wires” the brain to feel pleasure when it encounters the chemical, and to feel bad when it’s deprived. Social, occupational or recreational activities can further reinforce the habit.

Many smokers try to quit through sheer willpower or “cold turkey.” Because of nicotine’s addictive properties, this rarely works — instead, you need a comprehensive strategy tailored to you.

You should begin first with trying to understand your individual smoking patterns: when do you smoke, how frequently, or during what activities? To help with this you can use a “wrap sheet”, a piece of paper you keep wrapped around your cigarette pack. Each time you take out a cigarette, you would record how you feel on the sheet. This also slows down the action of taking out a cigarette and lighting it, which can help you become less mechanical and more mindful of your habit.

You can also break your dependence by gradually introducing restrictions to your smoking: smoke only in certain locations or at certain times; substitute other stress-relieving activities like a walk or other physical exercise; or gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke. You can do the latter by setting a goal, say to smoke 20% fewer cigarettes each successive week; this will force you to increasingly make choices about when you smoke.

Finally, don’t try to go it alone. You can benefit greatly from professionals, including your dentist, to help you kick the habit through Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NTR) with prescription medication, counseling or smoking cessation support groups.

Quitting smoking isn’t so much stopping a behavior as it is “unlearning” one and establishing new, healthier ones. The first step, though, is accepting you need a change, one that will benefit your whole life.

If you would like more information on quitting smoking, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Strategies to Stop Smoking.”


By Edwin Yee
September 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health
AnyTimeAnyPlaceCamNewtonsGuidetoFlossing

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.