The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Fresh breath sets the tone for every moment of your day: first thing in the morning, before an important meeting, after working out, or just before bed. Whether you prefer cool mint, invigorating cinnamon, or herbal anise, it’s your favorite trusty toothpaste that delivers that fresh, clean feeling.

So, what’s the scoop on toothpaste? What knowledge is essential to get the most out of your toothpaste? You might be surprised as you learn more about this common product. Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal in Brandon give you the full story on toothpaste to empower you to take oral health into your own hands. Read more ›

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Dental Implants – A Security System for Your Smile

Your mouth is an intelligent system made to work with every piece doing its part. When you’re missing a tooth, the empty spaces are more than unsightly; they can be dangerous. Your other teeth, your gums, and even the bones in your face rely on you having a full smile.

Enter: dental implants. Thanks to improved technology, you can replace a single tooth or a whole row of teeth quickly and effectively. Dental implants can improve your overall oral health and are now considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal at Walker and Raynal, DMD in Brandon offer professional placement and restoration of dental implants, so let us tell you more about them and how they can help protect your greatest asset and secure your smile! Read more ›

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Oral Health Tips at Every Age

A few things are equally important for your oral health, no matter what your age or stage of life. Good nutrition, brushing and flossing habits, visiting the dentist and a little fluoride are always (always) the essentials – you won’t ever hear us say otherwise.  However, your dental hygiene routine requires unique considerations for each new season of growth and maturity. Read below as Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal of Walker and Raynal, DMD share what is especially important knowledge to maintain your oral health throughout your life. You may be surprised at what we have to say! Read more ›

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Is it Time to Straighten?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. People of any age can have their teeth straightened-there is never a bad time-but there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Brandon dentist, Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal is a local provider of professional orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth.

Time for Aesthetic Teeth Straightening

If you’re self-conscious about your smile at all, it’s time. If you cover your mouth when you laugh, or if you avoid social situations because you’re not confident, correcting your smile is a worthwhile investment. Your smile is your own personal accessory and it’s the first thing people notice. You deserve to feel proud of it.

Is a big life event coming up where lots of pictures will be taken? If so, you will want to feel naturally confident in your smile. Consider straightening your teeth with enough time to enjoy the results during an important time of life, whether that’s a wedding, graduation, or starting a new career.

If you’ve recently gotten in shape or overcome a health obstacle, getting your teeth straightened can be the final element to celebrate your new, healthy self!

Time for Functional Teeth Straightening

  • Before cosmetic dentistry: straightening your teeth is often the first step to any major cosmetic work. This is to make sure that your final results will be aligned properly.
  • Mysterious headaches could be caused by an unhealthy bite or teeth alignment. Straightening your teeth can relieve the pressure that causes pain in your mouth, face, head, and neck.
  • Prevent decay: correcting your smile is an excellent way to prevent further damage if you experience the troubling buildup of plaque and decay on certain crooked teeth. This can also prevent chronic bad breath or dangerous gum disease.
  • Sleep apnea and allergies are some of the most common medical reasons to straighten your teeth. Improving the shape of your mouth and jaw can go a long way in improving these problems.

It’s Time!

Of course, in real life, function and aesthetics are often connected. The adjustment period to starting orthodontic treatment is very short (perhaps 24 hours) and shouldn’t get in the way of anything you want to do. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Walker Raynal DMD in Brandon is the right place to begin your journey toward straighter teeth. Contact us today to make an appointment to learn more and receive a professional consultation.

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Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers! Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal in Brandon is an experienced and trusted provider of veneer treatments.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a very strong, paper-thin cover over your teeth. They look just like real teeth, but even better. Veneers are often used to improve the look of teeth with spacing and alignment issues or staining problems. They can be applied wherever needed, on one tooth or a whole set.

Which Celebrities Have Veneers?

Veneers are a popular option for celebrities who spend their life (personal and professional) in front of the camera. When your smile determines your income, it just makes sense to invest in those pearly whites. So which stars have gotten veneers?

  • Zac Efron
  • George Clooney
  • Tom Cruise
  • Demi Moore
  • Ben Affleck
  • Katy Perry
  • Jim Carrey
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Nene Leakes
  • Gary Busey
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Keith Urban
  • Celine Dion
  • Morgan Freeman
  • 50 Cent
  • Hilary Duff

… Just to name a few!

Should You Get Veneers?

Getting veneers is a very simple procedure that can give you the perfect smile of your dreams for life. In fact, veneers can protect your teeth and prolong their life. Because a small amount of preparation of the natural teeth is required to place veneers and ensure the strongest bond, veneers are a permanent procedure. But you can rest assured you will be in good company with patients who absolutely love their veneers. Veneers can change your smile, your confidence, and your life! Veneers are more expensive than other cosmetic dentistry options, but they are a permanent solution to many smile woes. You may not live your life on the screen, but you do deserve to feel amazing in your smile all the time.

Veneers are an accessible option for everyday people, not just celebrities. If you’re interested in learning more, call us today to make an appointment!

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Gum Disease – More Than Just Gums

Your Mouth: A Picture of Health

Did you know that when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true: your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal at Walker Raynal DMD should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Brandon in our office! Read more ›

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Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Sure, dentistry is serious medicine, and daily dental hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too! And fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of fascinating dental facts out there!

Walker Raynal DMD in Brandon treats our patients professionally and joyfully because teeth are cool. Take Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth. Read more ›

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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right — just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false, and Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal are here to tell you the truth.

Dental Care in Colonial Times

It was a combination of bad genes and even worse medical practices that led Washington down the path to becoming toothless. Washington experienced many health problems throughout his life. And he was often treated with “calomel,” a common medicine at the time containing mercury – which ruined teeth. Toothpaste at the time was also made from very abrasive materials like tree bark and brick dust, which likely continued to break down Washington’s natural teeth. Many people in Washington’s era had fake teeth, but none were made of wood. As gross as it sounds, rich citizens at the time were able to purchase real human teeth to fill in their own smile.

George Washington Had Dentures

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Why Wisdom Teeth Are Not So Wise

Most Brandon folks have had some exposure to the concept of wisdom teeth. Perhaps you have had yours removed, are considering a removal, or Walker Raynal DMD has just shown you an X-ray with the dreaded third molars creeping into view. It’s common to hear patients ask how they are removed, but we rarely hear people talking about the reasons for getting rid of wisdom teeth. Today, we’re going to explain what wisdom teeth are, why they don’t deserve to stay in your mouth, and how we can help!

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Stop Tooth Pain and Sensitivity Now!

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

There are many specialized toothbrushes and types of mouthwash and toothpaste available to Brandon residents who suffer from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Walker Raynal DMD would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Read more ›

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