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What Is Oil Pulling?

Lansdale alternative dentistry

Today’s Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Lansdale. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it “cures” cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

“To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.”1

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is supportive of anything that improves your overall health but we caution patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling.

At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family. We serve all of your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs including cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, dental implants, family dentistry, and anxiety-free dentistry. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located at 410 N Broad St in Lansdale.

1“The Practice of Oil Pulling,” American Dental Association, May 14, 2014, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling, accessed on June 19, 2014

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Tooth Tips For Traveling

Black & Bass Dentistry Tips For Traveling

If you live in the Doylestown area and are planning to take a vacation or business trip soon, I recommend you coordinate your dental care with your travel schedule. It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your Lansdale dentist prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick checkup will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

Another essential consideration; if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with your Lansdale dentist. A large number of dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving the Quakertown, Harleysville, or North Penn area by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure of the airplane may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. Moreover, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments with your Lansdale dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

I’m Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black. My Lansdale practice offers premium dental care to my valued patients.

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If you are looking for general dental care or quality cosmetic dentistry in the Quakertown, Harleysville, or North Penn areas, please call us today and speak with our calm and comfortable staff to schedule a consultation or examination.

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: “Tourism (Dental Care Away from Home)”, ADA.org, http://www.ada.org/3029.aspx?currentTab=1, accessed on November 28, 2011

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in General Dentistry

What You See And What You Don’t

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If you have had restorations, orthodontia, or a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover, you want people to notice the final outcome – your sensational smile. There is a lot, however, that is going on behind the scenes. Today’s post talks about three critical smile makeover components that are not readily apparent when you smile, but are often necessary for the successful result.

Invisible Braces
Not everyone in Lansdale wants to flash a metal smile while their teeth are being straightened. Invisible braces keep your secret safe because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn.

White Fillings

If you have metal fillings, you might be interested in replacing them with composite fillings that match your surrounding teeth. You can’t undo the decay, but you can make the metal disappear.

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root after a tooth extraction. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post. Titanium is super strong and well tolerated by the jaw bone. When the final crown is placed, your new tooth is indistinguishable from the others. Dental implants have many important advantages over dental crowns. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black to discuss your options.

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is located at 410 N Broad St in Lansdale. We have been providing exceptional dental care since 1989. In addition to the services previously mentioned, ask us about veneers, tooth whitening and other cosmetic procedures. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 267-498-5297.

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Smile Makeovers

I have been creating spectacular smiles at my Lansdale cosmetic dental practice since 1989. Each one of my Doylestown smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their trust.

My loyal patients, along with my dedicated dental team, have made my professional career particularly rewarding.

Working as a dentist in Lansdale is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

My Doylestown cosmetic dentistry patients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.

One of my Quakertown patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth.

Only need a cleaning? Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit our Lansdale cosmetic dentistry practice and discuss your dental goals. To schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation, contact us today at 267-498-5297.

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Amazing Dental Implants

Cosmetic Dentistry The best permanent tooth replacement treatment available to Lansdale people who are missing teeth are revolutionary dental implants.

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the rod. Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection. In fact, many Doylestown implant dentists are not familiar with any such cases.

Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is vital that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black can determine if you do. Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proven to be successful for Harleysville people of all ages.

There are a few medical issues that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you; discuss any health troubles with Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black during your implant consultation.

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is located at 410 N Broad St in Lansdale. Call 267-498-5297 to schedule an implant consultation.

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in Dental Implants

Don’t Let Poor Oral Health Take You Out Of The Game

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It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache. A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level.

“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1

The dental troubles experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s vital to note that these troubles are largely preventable.

Athletes are also at risk for mouth injuries suffered while competing or training.  Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy Lansdale working mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.

If it has been a while since you have had a dental exam, we invite you to schedule a check-up and cleaning by calling Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at 267-498-5297.

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is located at 410 N Broad St in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including cosmetic and restorative dentistry and painless injections. You can read more about our services at http://www.blackandbass.com/meet-our-dentists/.

1Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/11/11/bjsports-2014-093617.full?g=w_bjsm_open_tab, accessed on December 19, 2014

 

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Lansdale Residents Imagine you are starting a new job in Lansdale and are going to talk to your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry and possible embarrassment for many residents of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, from ages 3 to 103. Regular dental checkups at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can help alleviate your concern over bad breath. We have been addressing bad breath since 1989.

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many factors can cause or contribute to halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent affect on your breath. Simply observing the foods you eat can result in a change in your breath.

Bad breath ordinarily originates in your mouth. Transient bad breath can be resolved through eating or brushing, and is a temporary condition usually associated with a dry mouth. Persistent bad breath can be a serious problem effecting as much as 25 percent of our Lansdale residents. Persistent bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, and is made worse when food is not cleared away properly.

Brushing and flossing daily is a critical step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the amount of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath. Regular visits to Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale can also reduce or eliminate the progression of bad breath.

Other factors to think about include dry mouth, tobacco use, and harmful health concerns such as infections. Come visit Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania; we’ll provide you with information about bad breath in a professional environment. Give us a call at 267-498-5297 to set up an appointment.

Dr. Kevin Bass DMD & Dr. Lawrence Black DDS

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively impacts one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. A beautiful healthy smile also influences our personal relationships. When we smile, we appear (and feel!) younger and more attractive.

Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy.

But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution to your troubles.

When you visit Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, you will find us to be very empathetic about how you feel about your teeth. Together we can make a plan to help you gain the dazzling smile that you have been missing in your life.

One question to consider before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?

There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and whitening teeth are only some of the changes that Dr. Lawrence Black can perform. If you have a problem, your dentist will help you find the solution.

If you are worrying about the cost of a smile makeover, remember there is a way to make it happen. When you and your dentist decide on your cosmetic dental smile makeover plan, budgeting becomes part of it. Together, you will figure out how to carry out your smile makeover in a timely, competitively-priced manner.

If you feel that a smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with Dr. Lawrence Black at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale by calling 267-498-5297. We will give you the brilliant smile that you can be proud of.

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in General Dentistry

How Long Should You Brush?

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On top of reducing cavities and oral health issues, did you know that brushing and flossing fights bad breath and removes stains?

If you have persistent stains that brushing can’t remove, get your teeth bleached at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for a dazzling stain free smile.

The American Dental Association recommends two minutes as a minimum time for brushing. Most men and women think they brush that long but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Most of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

We are Drs. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black of Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. In our office, we practice preventative dentistry by working with our patients to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you are looking for a a family dentist in Lansdale, I invite you to come meet our calm and comfortable team.

Our address is 410 N Broad St, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. We offer general and restorative dentistry, including painless injections and cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

And here’s a quick cold-fighting tip for my Lansdale patients; get a new toothbrush when you catch a cold. A toothbrush teeming with germs can re-infect you!

Give us a call at 267-498-5297.

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In Lansdale

Lansdale Dental Health Why should everyone in Lansdale brush at least twice a day? Let’s take a look at why this is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and inhibits the build up of plaque. If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
  3. Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.

Call Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at 267-498-5297 to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Lansdale.

 

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

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