Vero Beach, FL Dentist
Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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Vero Beach, FL Dentist
Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
1300 36th Street, Suite F
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-1025
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By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
June 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening   vero beach  
teeth whiteningHere at Dr. Della Porta's Office, we understand the importance of not only healthy teeth, but also a bright, beautiful smile. Numerous patients decide that the quickest way to achieve this is by having professional teeth whitening done at our office. Just like any other dental choice, teeth whitening requires investment in both time and money. Dr. Raymond Della Porta in Vero Beach wants to make sure that your results last as long as possible.
 
To keep that dazzling smile sparkling, it’s important to avoid certain foods and lifestyle habits that can cause your teeth to become stained. If you use tobacco, be prepared for teeth stains to return quicker than a patient who does not use. Keep your teeth bright, and your health in check by cutting out smoking.
 
Certain foods and drinks such as red wine, tea, coffee, and soda can also cause stains to reappear suddenly. Do not worry about cutting them out permanently, just remember to always brush immediately afterwards.
 
Good oral hygiene habits are an important factor to keeping the whiteness of your teeth as well. Keep up with your brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups for professional cleanings.
 
Staying on track with the procedures above can allow your teeth to stay whitened for as long as five years. Professional teeth whitening done at our office is the most effective and safest method for you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a teeth-whitening appointment.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
June 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health
FlorenceHendersonTalksAboutPreventativeDentistry

Florence Henderson, star of one of television's most beloved situation comedies, is still actively engaged in a variety of projects at 75-plus years of age. Her bright smile was part of her character as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, a popular sitcom that played for five seasons from 1969 to 1974. Though the show was discontinued, syndicated episodes continue to play in the U.S. and 122 other countries.

“I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had,” she told Dear Doctor magazine. Her portrayal of mother and wife in a blended family with six children won her the Smithsonian Institution's TV Land Pop Culture Icon Award, which is on display in the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

After her successes on Broadway and in television, she was selected for numerous product endorsements, and The Wall Street Journal ranked her #5 in their top ten television endorsers based on viewer satisfaction. One of the products she endorsed was Polident, a brand of denture cleaners and adhesives. However, Henderson has revealed that she has her own natural teeth and does not wear dentures. Her advice to others who want to keep their natural teeth is to pay attention to prevention. “I think the most important thing one can do as with any health issue is prevention,” she said. “Flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups are vitally important if you want to keep your natural teeth.”

When she was 22, she says, she had four impacted wisdom teeth removed at the same time. This experience made her aware of the importance of dental care, and since then she has had a checkup every six months. Wherever she travels, she says that she always has mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush on the set.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about tooth care. You can learn more about Florence Henderson by reading the Dear Doctor magazine interview “Florence Henderson, America's Favorite TV Mom Has Many Reasons to Smile.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
June 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   vero beach  
veneers vero beachCosmetic dentistry provides many options to enhance the overall appearance of your smile. Meeting with Dr. Raymond A. Della Porta at Vero Beach, FL Dentist is a great opportunity to determine what is best for you and your smile. Options to discuss might be brightening your smile color and improving the structure and appearance of your teeth.
 
A popular option to consider is veneers. Porcelain veneers are specially made to fit over the front part of your missing tooth. The procedure is painless with some possible slight sensitivity or discomfort. Dr. Della Porta will examine your teeth to determine if veneers are the best option for you. He will then remove a small amount of dental enamel from the front of the teeth. A dental lab will create a custom set of veneers. An adhesive material that bonds to your original tooth structure then applies them quickly.
 

Are Veneers Right for Me?

Dr. Della Porta provides veneers for many different patient needs. Porcelain veneers can help with:
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Uneven or misaligned teeth
  • Removing gaps in between teeth
The tooth-like qualities of veneers make them great for tooth whitening. Veneers have translucent qualities that make light pass through and reflect off the natural dental material. This gives the tooth a normal look. Veneers are also color matched, which means they are made to resemble the color of the surrounding natural teeth.
 
Veneers are also easy to take care of. Normal brushing and flossing is all there is to it. They are also stain resistant, which reduces the possibility of discoloration.
 
Millions of patients agree that porcelain veneers provide a well-made, whiter, and more appealing smile. Contact Dr. Della Porta's office to schedule your consultation for veneers. Dr. Della Porta is delighted to examine your teeth and go through the options with you.

By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
June 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral cancer  
StayAlerttoYourOralHealthDuringCancerTreatment

The weapons in the war against cancer are stronger and more effective than ever. But as in real war, those weapons can inflict harm on innocent bystanders — in the case of cancer treatment, other cells in your body. Your mouth in particular may develop side effects from these treatments.

The basic purpose of common cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation is to destroy and inhibit future growth of cancer cells. They're very effective to that end, but they can also destroy healthy cells caught in the “crossfire” with malignant cells or have an adverse effect on the body's immune system and its response to infection. Chemotherapy in particular negatively affects blood cells developing within bone marrow, which leads to lower resistance to infection.

These can have secondary effects on the mouth. Patients undergoing cancer treatment can develop painful ulcers and sores within the mouth cavity, and reduced immunity makes them more susceptible to tooth decay or gum disease (especially if risk factors were present before cancer treatment). Certain treatments may also cause dry mouth in some patients.

If you are being treated for cancer, or about to begin treatment, we can help mitigate these effects on your oral health. The first step is to perform a complete dental examination to identify any issues that may affect or be affected by the cancer treatment. We would then treat those conditions (if possible before cancer treatment begins).

We would also monitor your oral health during the treatment period and treat any complications that arise. Such treatments might include applications of high-potency fluoride to strengthen teeth against decay, anti-bacterial rinses to reduce the risk of bacterial growth, and medications to stimulate saliva if you should encounter dry mouth.

Fighting cancer will be your main priority. You should, however, remain aware of how cancer treatment may affect other aspects of your health. As your dentist, we will partner with you in seeing that your teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible during this process.

If you would like more information on caring for oral health during cancer treatment, 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 “Oral Health During Cancer Treatment.”




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