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
July 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What are your oral hygiene habits like? You know, how you take care of your teeth and gums relates directly to how healthy your smile is oral hygieneand how long it will last, says the American Dental Association (ADA). So your Vero Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Raymond Della Porta II, and his dedicated staff work hard to support your at-home dental routine. Learn what this experienced and caring team advises and offers for all your entire family's best oral health.

It starts at home

The ADA advises several strategies to keep your teeth and gums as strong and attractive as possible, and frankly, they are things you probably know about and do already. However, your Vero Beach dentist emphasizes that consistency with tooth-friendly habits pays big dividends--not only now, but several years down the road as you age.

So make sure these habits get your full attention every day:

  1. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Floss in between your teeth to remove bacteria-filled plaque, a major cause of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
  3. Stay hydrated by drinking several glasses of water a day. Water increases your production of beneficial saliva, avoiding dry mouth and halitosis and keeping teeth and gums clean.
  4. Avoid processed sugars and carbohydrates.
  5. Report any dental pain or changes in how your mouth feels or functions right away. (For instance, if a tooth hurts when you drink something hot or cold, contact Dr. Della Porta.)
  6. Wear a mouth guard while playing sports or if you habitually grind your teeth at night.

It continues at the dental office

Dr. Della Porta sees his patients every six months for oral examinations and hygienic cleanings. He takes digital X-rays as needed and checks for:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease (measuring periodontal pockets, or the spaces between teeth and gums)
  • Oral cancer
  • Breakdown of restorations such as fillings and dental crowns
  • Proper dental bite and alignment

Your Vero Beach, FL, dentist presents patients with his findings and makes preventive and restorative recommendations. For instance, he may recommend a different flossing technique or a special antibacterial mouth rinse for patients who struggle with gingivitis. Also, Dr. Della Porta discusses how the patient would like to improve his or her smile aesthetics.

The bottom line

Partner with your dentist in developing and maintaining good oral hygiene habits. As a result, you'll enjoy years of healthy smiles. For your routine check-up and cleaning, please call Dr. Raymond Della Porta, II for an appointment at (772) 567-1025.


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
TestDriveYourFutureLookafterDentalWorkwithaTrialSmile

Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”


By Raymond A. Della Porta, II DMD
July 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”




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