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Demystifying Myths: Dentures

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What are dentures? A denture, or complete denture, as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips.

Due to advances in technology, false teeth have been made more comfortable to wear and more natural looking. However, even with these improvements, there are still some common misconceptions and myths that can turn off anyone from the idea of purchasing affordable dentures to improve their health and well being.

Denture Myth Number One: “Once I receive my Winter Garden dentures, I’m set for life and I’ll never need to schedule another Winter Garden dentist appointment.”

On average, false teeth should be replaced every five to ten years depending on the quality of the material used to create the dentures. Like natural teeth, dentures will wear down and stain over time. Even without original teeth, tissue in the mouth and jawbones constantly change.

Shrinkage of the mouth is a common process in aging and doesn’t require new dentures but simple relining. Scheduling a Winter Garden dentist appointment at least once a year will ensure proper fitting and reduce the risk of irritation, sores, and tumors.

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Dental Braces Regression: Caution For Young Adults

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Dental Braces Regression: Caution for Young Adults

Young adults, whether first-time brace wearers or those who had been forced to wear dental braces during their childhood or teenage years, and who had already managed to have them removed, need to be vigilant and watch out for any hint of regression.

In a nutshell, teeth that are undergoing regression are those that were initially placed back into alignment through the use of braces, but which have become misaligned again. The sad truth about regression is that those experiencing it have no choice but to have braces installed again – either that, or put up with crooked teeth and a correspondingly lopsided smile for the rest of their lives.

Those who do experience regression need not fret, however; the dentists at Winter Garden Smiles, your Winter Garden and Orlando area dentist, can offer state-of-the-art, dental solutions that can help them enjoy straight teeth again.

The very mention of the word ‘braces’ can make many a former ‘metalmouth’ shudder, and that should come as no surprise given how disfiguring and painful metal braces are. But having braces installed nowadays is a process very far removed from the excruciating, time-consuming process it used to be. In places like Winter Garden, Invisalign – breakthrough technology helps straighten teeth using clear and practically invisible aligners that are custom-molded to fit one’s mouth and which can be removed during meals and while brushing – is a viable and effective alternative to metal braces for first-time brace wearers.

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Periodontal Disease & Your Health


Periodontal Disease and Your Health

Every year, more than 600,000 Americans are killed by heart disease, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. Winter Garden Smiles is proud to participate in American Heart Month, an effort to raise awareness of heart health and shrink this devastatingly large death toll. Dental problems and periodontal disease, have been known to correlate with heart disease, a theory that has been suggested by doctors for more than a century, so maintaining proper oral hygiene is a must for maintaining a healthy heart.

An American Heart Association committee—after reviewing 500 journal articles and studies—suggest there is no proof of gum disease actually causing a heart attack or a stroke, but the two still share many similar risk factors, including:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Stress
  • Heredity
  • Underlying immuno-deficiencies such as AIDS
  • Female hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives

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Sports Mouth Guard Special

Protect Your Child’s Smile This Sport Season!

Winter Garden Smiles Pediatric Dentistry knows kids! They are full of energy; and playing sports is a great way for them to release that energy. Playing a sport also helps kids build teamwork skills, physical endurance, and it makes it easier for them to go to sleep at bedtime. From soccer to football and everything in between, protection is always required when playing sports, and can range anywhere from a football helmet and mouth guard, to kneepads and shin guards. But no matter how cautious your child may be while playing a sport, there is always a chance of injury and possibly damaging their developing smile. According to Colgate, the use of a sports (or mouth) guard among football players is believed to prevent about 200,000 mouth injuries a year. Have your child fitted for a mouth guard at Winter Garden Smiles, your Windermere, Ocoee, and Greater Orlando Family & Pediatric Dentist.

There are a few options when choosing a mouth guard for your child…

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New Year New Resolutions

New Year, New Resolution, New Smile!

With 2012 drawing to a close and the beginning of 2013 in full swing, this is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. Popular New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier, exercising more, quitting smoking, and saving money. There seems to be an endless amount of possibilities that can transmute into a resolution. One of those ways includes improving your smile with your first dentist visit of the New Year. Visit Winter Garden Smiles Family & Pediatric Dentistry for your first dental visit! A perfect, white smile provides a world of opportunities in the workplace, dating scene, and everything in between. People with a great smile appear more confident, outgoing, confident, likeable, and even more successful. Those who hide their smile appear less confident, not as approachable, and may not always find the best opportunities with success. Don’t let your smile hold you back from the success and happiness you deserve. The staff at Winter Garden Smiles is dedicated to proving our loyal customers in Windermere, Ocoee, Orange County, and the Greater Orlando area, with a smile you’ll proudly show off.

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Dental Tips For Kids


Proper Children’s Dental Care

You may think that starting your child’s dental care regimen will be a complicated task, but fear not; Winter Garden Smiles Family & Pediatric Dentistry makes your job easier! Instilling healthy oral habits early on in their childhood is crucial to maintaining your child’s pearly whites. If you’re not sure how to go about getting your child into the right dental care routine, this article will help you. To begin your child’s dental care routine, you should start by taking your child to a pediatric dentist. If you live in the Orlando area, Winter Garden Smiles Family & Pediatric Dentistry is a great place to start, we provide your children with the necessary tools to maintain a healthy mouth. Below are a few tips and tricks to start your child out right in the dental department. When to take a child to the dentist:

  • According to the American Pediatric Dentistry Association:
  •  When the child’s first tooth grows in
  •  By the time the child is 1 year old
  •  Have a check-up every 6 months after their initial visit, or when your pediatric dentist recommends you to return (this depends on the oral health of the child)


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Winter Garden Smiles Teeth Whitening


Make a Lasting Impression this Summer and Spring Break!

With Spring Break right around the corner and summer a few months away, what is one way to stand out and magnetize positive attention your way? It’s as simple as having a brilliantly white smile.

Radiate all spring and summer with a gleaming smile by having a professional, safe, and effective teeth whitening method administered from Winter Garden Smiles, your Winter Garden and Orlando Dentist.

Easily achieve your whitest smile in as little as two weeks. Winter Garden Smiles teeth whitening method will give you beaming results without worrying about teeth bleaching side effects, or altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way; just head to our office and ask about our teeth whitening methods. Winter Garden Smiles proudly handles all family and pediatric dental work in Winter Garden, Windermere, Orlando, Ocoee, Clermont, Apopka, and all surrounding areas.

Key benefits of whitening your teeth at Winter Garden Smiles:

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Winter Garden Smiles at Starchild Academy

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Winter Garden Smiles holds a presentation on Healthy Dental Tips for Kids

for National Children’s Dental Health Month 

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Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2013) – For National Children’s Dental Health month, Lissette R. Bernal, DDS and Nicole Carlo of Winter Garden Smile Family & Pediatric Dentistry gave a presentation to bright-eyed, young children this past week on healthy dental tips for kids.

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Dental Experiences for Kids

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Are you dreading to bring your child to their first dentist visit? We’ve seen it every time we visit a dentist office and have memories of them as a child. Kicking, screaming, crying, and everything in between; the dentist is usually a feared and scary place for children. There are however, ways to prevent your child from feeling this way, so they feel comfortable before visiting Winter Garden Smiles, your Winter Garden and Orlando Pediatric Dentist.

Fear of going to the dentist first starts with the parents. As a child’s most influential role model, they notice everything mom or dad perform on a daily basis—such as working, cleaning, cooking, and personal habits—and want to be just like them. If one of the parents is afraid of the dentist, chances are the child will also share the same fear. One method of using this monkey-see-monkey-do theory is allowing the child to accompany you during your visit to Winter Garden Smiles. Having your child observe the process of getting your teeth cleaned and examined will demonstrate that the dentist is not a painful or scary experience and there’s nothing to fear.  Read the rest of this entry »

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