Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Walker – Raynal DMD in Brandon is an experienced practice you can trust to help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile.

Not your grandma’s dentures

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Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.

Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal for their recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Walker – Raynal, DMD in Brandon can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services.

Here’s an idea; if you probably can’t eat those potato chips anyway, consider your dental recovery days a chance to make healthier choices. Below are soft food ideas that will treat your mouth and your body well.

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Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.

Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The oil usually doubles in size due to collecting saliva and toxins from the mouth. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth. Read more ›

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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Brandon resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal depends on your input for optimum dental health. We at Walker-Raynal, DMD like to go above and beyond for our Brandon patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Brandon resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal need to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

brushOral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Brandon smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal and the expert hygienists at Walker Raynal DMD. If you have any questions or would like to test your skills in person, feel free to give us a call!

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash

Before we get to talking technique, we need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’re going to need a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss. Pick whatever floss is most comfortable for you and any toothpaste that you like, provided it has fluoride. Mouthwash is not required, but some Brandon folks really like the extra oral health boost you get from a good swish and gargle.

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Fluoride: Good or Bad?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride is actually toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is it? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at the office of Walker – Raynal DMD know that Brandon folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a call!

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Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth – At Least Wear a Mouth Guard

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According to the American Dental Association, at least 13% of all injuries to the mouth occur during sports activities. While helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and the like do a great job of protecting most of the body, Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal would like to make sure that every athlete knows how to keep their teeth safe from harm. No Brandon, FL parent should have to worry about their child’s teeth during the game, so at Walker – Raynal, DMD we would like to talk about how to take sports safety to the next level.

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The Story of Caries Prevention

Caries (1)If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Brandon teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. David Walker and Dr. Eric Raynal is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Walker – Raynal DMD can do to help.

Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities

What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot – actually, they are the exact same thing. When bacteria interact with carbohydrates as they are broken down in the mouth, they ferment and produce lactic acid, which eats away at the structures of the teeth. Considered the most prevalent chronic disease among adults and children, this condition is called dental caries, or tooth decay. Without proper care and regular dental appointments, the acid from bacteria will eat away the surface layer of the tooth, creating a hole, or cavity. In other words, dental caries (tooth decay) is the cause of cavities. Read more ›

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

Diet_SodaIn today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, Brandon residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today, Dr. David Walker and Dr. Eric Raynal would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Walker – Raynal DMD today.

Are Diet Sodas Healthy?

The short answer is no. Originally conceived as low-calorie alternatives to one of America’s first commercial legacies, diet sodas have become extremely popular amidst our country’s battle to lose weight. There’s only one little problem Read more ›

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Is Holistic Dentistry Right for Me?

HolisticCurrently a hot topic of debate among dental and health professionals, holistic dentistry has gained popularity in recent years, alongside the movement toward naturopathic medicine. Dr. David Walker and Dr. Eric Raynal at Walker – Raynal DMD want residents to understand the differences between the two approaches to dentistry, in order to make the most informed decision when choosing a dental health professional.

What is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry is an approach to dental care that focuses on promoting overall health and wellness, rather than the treatment of specific disease. This practice places Read more ›

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