Welcome to the Watson Dental Blog.  Below are some articles on various dental topics by our staff.

Win a Free Movie and Dinner

Our first quarter “New Patient Referral Program” winner here is featured. Congratulations again Delvin! Keep on referring your friends and family to receive a movie and dinner plus you get entered to win in our quarterly drawing. Thank you for all your referrals we appreciate them!

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Top 10 Ways to Prevent Cavities

Nobody likes bad news when they’re at the Dentist’s office, and some of the worst news you can get is that you have a cavity.  That means that not only is there a hole in your tooth but that the Dentist is going to have to fill it, which in turn fills many a person with dread.

Cavities are formed when food fragments are left on the teeth after meals. This allows bacteria in the mouth to begin to digest it (yuck) and certain types of acids to form that react with the food bits, bacteria and your mouth’s own saliva to form plaque.  Plaque is a nasty, gummy material that sticks to your teeth and eats away at the enamel, eventually causing dental caries or what we call cavities.

10 Ways to Prevent Cavities

So now that we’re all thoroughly grossed out it’s probably a great time to take a look at the Top 10 Ways to Prevent Cavities.

#1) Brush regularly.  This means at least twice a day and better if you can do it three times.  Brushing after meals is the best time using a quality toothpaste and medium soft brush so as not to damage toyr enamel.

#2) Flossing.  Many people don’t floss at all, or floss irregularly.  Yeah, it’s not the most fun thing to do in your spare time but it is proven that flossing alone can reduce the risk of cavities greatly. Try a floss pick or even a water pik but whatever you use floss at least once a day.

#3) Mouthwash.  Many mouthwashes reduce plaque and can be used during the day if you can’t brush.

#4) Cut down on sugar-filled drinks.  Soda, coffee and even most fruit juice is loaded with sugar, which is like termites to teeth. Better to drink water or, if you must drink something sugary, cut it with water.

#5) Like sugary drinks junk food is filled with sugar and other stuff that is not at all good for those pearly whites.  Cut down on junk food and you will reduce your time in the Dentist’s chair (and your pants size too).

#6) Brush correctly.  If you don’t know how to brush correctly ask your dentist to show you and make sure the kids are doing it well too.

#7) Ask your Dentist about dental sealants that can seal the teeth and keep oxygen away from them.  No oxygen, no cavities.

#8) If you don’t have a brush and don’t have mouthwash rinse your mouth with water thoroughly after a meal.  This will at least remove the small bits of food left over and help out until you can brush and floss.

#9) Chew gum that contains the ingredient xylitol.  Xylitol has been proven to reduce bacteria in the mouth, thus reducing cavities.

#10) Visit your Dentist for a check-up regularly, before that plaque has a chance to form cavities.

10 Ways to Avoid Icky Diseases

For many people a trip to the Dentist is not very high on their list of things to do.  That’s a shame, because dental hygiene is extremely important. If you neglect your teeth for too long one day you’ll wake up and they might just be gone. That would make it really hard to eat the foods you love and to smile when someone takes your picture.

If you’d like to keep your choppers for as long as possible a regular check-up is essential. Here are 10 reasons why;

1) Prevention of gum disease. No, this has nothing to do with Trident but everything to do with the soft pink stuff around your teeth.  If your gums get sick, your teeth will suffer too.

2) Keep your pearly whites white with a regular Dental check-up, and never worry when someone says ‘say cheese!’.

3) Save money. Like maintaining your car, if you take care of your teeth they’ll last a lot longer and look great while they’re doing it. Plus they’ll never leave you stranded on the side of the road.

4) Prevention of oral cancer. This one is serious. Your Dentist can detect Oral Cancer in its earliest stages, when it’s treatable. ‘Nuff said.

5) Make sure if you have cavities that they’re taken care of before they become really bad. Cavities happen sometimes, but if you go regularly your Dentist can fix them while they’re still small.

6) Your Dentist can actually spot Hypertension and Diabetes by looking in your mouth. No fooling.

7) Give your kids a good habit to follow. This one’s a no-brainer.

8) A thorough cleaning really feels great, and can prevent all sorts of icky diseases.

9) Less down time with toothaches and other problems.  Be honest, do you really want to call in sick and tell your boss it’s because you have a tooth ache?  You’ll never hear the end of it!

10) Your smile is the first thing most people see. Take care of it by seeing your Dentist Regularly!

So there you have it. 10 great reasons to see your Dentist more than once every 5 years.  If you haven’t seen yours in a while, why not pick up the phone and make an appointment today by calling me at (407) 351-3213 or shoot me an email. You’ll be glad you did, I promise.

Publix gift card winners

Congratulations to the winners of $50 Publix gift cards…Giovanni and Bernie!

Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year, too! The office will be closed December 20th at 1pm until January 2nd while we celebrate the holidays and Dr Watson’s big birthday on New Year’s Eve.

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Publix gift card winners

Congratulations to the winners of $50 Publix gift cards…Giovanni and Bernie!

Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year, too! The office will be closed December 20th at 1pm until January 2nd while we celebrate the holidays and Dr Watson’s big birthday on New Year’s Eve.