SmileCentre Blog

Consider the Switch Witch This Halloween

October 07, 2021
Halloween Candy and the Switch Witch

Who’s the Switch Witch? She’s a good witch who visits your home on Halloween night to swap all your children’s candy treats with a toy, book, or similar gift. Why consider this newer tradition? To help protect your children’s teeth from the tooth sensitivity and decay that can be caused by too much sugar.

First conceived by a mother of two looking for ways to protect her children’s teeth, the Switch Witch has since become a beloved tradition across the country that has been endorsed by countless parents and dentists alike.

What are the Worst Halloween Offenders?

Halloween is a time filled with sugary treats. Complete abstention isn’t necessary, but there are a few candies and treats that are…

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What are the Most Common Types of Tooth Stains?

September 14, 2021

Different Types of Tooth Stains

Tooth staining is one of the most common cosmetic dental concerns. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest to address. However, the type of tooth stains you are dealing with will play a role in the best treatment option.

Extrinsic Staining

Extrinsic tooth stains are those that occur on the outside of a tooth’s enamel. Common causes of these types of stains include foods and beverages, oral hygiene habits, and lifestyle choices such as tobacco use. Because they are topical, extrinsic tooth stains often respond very well to a combination of enhanced oral hygiene and professional tooth whitening.

At The Smile Centre, we are pleased to offer in-office…

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Back to School Teeth Cleaning

August 04, 2021

Back to School Teeth Cleaning

The first day of school in Sarasota County is just around the corner. Do you remember when your child’s last general dental visit occurred? If it’s been longer than six months, now is a great time to call one of our offices and schedule a routine cleaning and examination, to help ensure your child starts the year right – with a healthy, strong, and beautiful smile.

The Importance of Routine Dental Care

Routine dental care is essential for optimal oral health – and the habits developed in childhood can set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Coming to our office every six months serves several purposes, not…

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Why Veneers Are a Great Option for Summer 2021

July 14, 2021

A smile is a warm, friendly greeting to all you meet. We smile when we’re happy, when we’re laughing, and experiencing joy. The opportunity to again share our smiles with each other is a wonderful thing! If you have been thinking about rejuvenating your teeth this year, porcelain veneers may be the right option for these reasons:

Look great on Zoom. Video meetings have given us all an up-close-and-personal look at our own smiles. You may be noticing stains, yellowing, gaps, and other imperfections that you’d like to correct. Veneers conceal all of these flaws and others by providing a new tooth surface. Veneers can often be used as a standalone treatment or as part of a smile makeover.

Get results tailored to your desired outcome and your face. One of the amazing qualities of veneers is versatility. We can style veneers to create…

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What Can Dental Bridges Fix?

June 30, 2021

A smiling elderly woman video calling on her laptop.If you have severely damaged or missing teeth, you are probably wondering if a dental bridge can help replace your smile. While dental crowns can help protect individual teeth from damage, dental bridges are ideal for those who have large gaps in between teeth. However, there are other benefits to having a dental bridge placed. In fact, dental bridges can also be used to help:

  • Restore your speech. When you have missing teeth, it can be difficult to form certain sounds like “sh” or “ch.” This results in changes in pronunciation over time. By removing the gaps…
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Taking Care of Your Dental Crowns

June 30, 2021

An elderly woman brushing her teeth.When you receive your dental crowns, you will want to make them last as long as possible. While some crowns may be more durable than your natural teeth, they are still susceptible to damage if not treated properly. By caring for your dental crowns, you can ensure that your results last decades. Here are some tips for taking care of your new smile.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Even if you have dental crowns, you will still need to take care of your teeth. Bacteria can get stuck underneath your crowns, potentially leading to an infection. In general, it is best to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at…

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4 Signs You May Need Dental Bridges

June 15, 2021

A middle age Black woman wearing a black long sleeve shirt with styled hair leans back and smiles at the cameraIf you need to replace more than one tooth, you are probably wondering if you need a dental bridge rather than implants. While implants tend to be longer lasting, they are not ideal for everyone, especially those who are at an increased risk of infection or implant failure. As an alternative, a dental bridge can replace multiple teeth at once while keeping the risk of complications at a minimum. Here are four signs that a dental bridge may be a better option for you…

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Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

March 04, 2021

A middle-aged man smiling.Porcelain veneers are an amazing cosmetic dental solution for those who want to correct irregular tooth size, discoloration, and other imperfections. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers is to meet with one of our experienced dentists. At The Smile Centre, we are passionate about helping patients feel confident by giving them a beautiful, healthy smile.

As someone considering porcelain veneers, you may be an ideal candidate if you have:

  • Moderately misshapen, crooked, or damaged teeth. Veneers are a great way to fix multiple…
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Should I Go to the Dentist for Tooth Pain?

February 02, 2021

A young man holds his hand to his mouth and winces with discomfortIf you have any tooth pain, you should make an appointment with our dentists as soon as possible. Many toothaches are caused by an underlying issue, so it’s best to get the pain checked out before it becomes worse. At The Smile Centre, we provide a suite of general dentistry services and can help address any tooth pain quickly and effectively.

Tooth pain may occur when inflammation irritates the nerve endings in the middle portion of the tooth known as the pulp. There are several common causes for this inflammation, including:

  • Infection
  • Cavities
  • Cracks or chips in the tooth
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Are You Experiencing the Signs of Gum Disease?

January 25, 2021

A young couple flosses their teethGum disease and gum inflammation are very common dental problems among American adults. Our experienced dentists in Florida provide customized dental hygiene tips and look for the signs of gum disease during your routine checkups. You can trust us to help you achieve and maintain great dental health.

Gum disease is caused by infected gums. Most often, poor oral hygiene causes this type of infection because plaque and tartar grow and worsen. Even if you have ideal dental hygiene habits, you may be genetically predisposed to gum disease, or have other risk factors contributing to the condition.

While there may be no obvious…

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