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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:

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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Tooth Whitening And Your Dentist

A Whiter Smile Tooth whitening has become one of the most popular dental procedures in Pennsylvania. It seems that everyone in Lansdale is whitening their teeth to help their smiles look younger and brighter. Many residents in the Doylestown area are turning to over-the-counter solutions to whiten their teeth, however their can be dangers and pitfalls to this approach.

Here is some basic advice on tooth whitening from Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

First, we encourage you to visit our office in Lansdale before starting a tooth whitening system. It is a good idea to have your teeth checked and any oral health issues addressed before starting a tooth whitening program.

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can help you determine whether your teeth can be whitened safely and effectively. We can also recommend tooth whitening solutions that will work best for you. There are many pitfalls to be aware of when whitening your teeth. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products will provide varying degrees of effectiveness on your teeth. If used improperly, tooth whitening solutions can cause problems including tooth sensitivity, over whitening, damage to your tooth enamel, and irregular coloration. Whitening too much can even have a reverse effect, making your teeth look gray.

Most tooth whitening product manufacturers recommend that you visit your local Lansdale dentist when things go wrong with your over-the-counter tooth whitening solution. We recommend you begin with the calm and comfortable professionals at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to get started with a tooth whitening solution that will give you the best tooth whitening results.

Our office is located at 410 N Broad St, Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446. Please give us a call or stop by to make an appointment to discuss your tooth whitening plans. We are eager to help you make the best decision.

Our staff is available to discuss tooth whitening solutions, explain tooth whitening options, and check your teeth to make sure you will get the tooth whitening results you want.

We look forward to seeing your beautiful bright smile.

—Dr. Kevin Bass DMD & Dr. Lawrence Black DDS, tooth whitening for the Lansdale community. Call us 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

 

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Affordable Lansdale Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable Lansdale Cosmetic Dentistry Will your Pennsylvania dental insurance cover Lansdale cosmetic dental procedures? Many Doylestown dentistry patients assume their dental insurance won’t cover any cosmetic dental procedures. This is probably true for tooth bleaching in Quakertown or first time dental bonding. However, many Pennsylvania dental insurance plans and dental supplemental plans cover orthodontia and any treatment needed to repair damage from an injury. Medical insurance and worker’s compensation plans may also cover injury treatment.

Some Harleysville dental insurance plans cover replacement porcelain veneers in certain circumstances. Check with your carrier for benefit specifics if you need replacement veneers due to deterioration. We can then discuss dental treatment options such as replacement veneers or porcelain crowns. When the work is completed, we may be able to help you submit your dental claim form if your plan requires one.

If you are in need of any kind of dental treatment, from a cleaning to major restorative work, come in to Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry on 410 N Broad St in Lansdale. You can meet our calm and comfortable team, undergo a thorough evaluation and discuss financing options. Even if you do not have Pennsylvania dental insurance, let’s talk. Top quality Lansdale dental treatment is a wise investment and may be more affordable than you think.

Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black of Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has been proudly serving Lansdale and Harleysville residents since 1989. Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is a network dental provider for many Pennsylvania dental insurance plans.

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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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A New Reason To Eat More Fish

Doylestown Family Dentists Hello Lansdale dental blog visitors, welcome to the Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry blog. I am Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black.

I came across an interesting dental article on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.’ Author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of periodontitis.

Gum disease is a common dental issue for many Harleysville residents. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. (You know what they say about Nature abhorring a vacuum.)

If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, I carefully measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”

Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarines made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.

I don’t know many families in Harleysville that regularly eat mackerel and herring. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.

The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your Doylestown grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

It is important to understand that diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease, however it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

If you have not been to your Harleysville family dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new Harleysville dental patients at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.

If you are interested in teeth whitening, smile makeovers, tooth-colored fillings or invisible braces, call us today to schedule an appointment.

 

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 Oral Health

Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Quakertown dental office or Doylestown ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children. Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your dentist or nearest area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Lansdale  dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Lansdale dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale. We have been providing quality dental care for Doylestown residents since 1989. If you add our address and phone number (267-498-5297) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency. When trying to save a knocked-out tooth, every minute counts. We also offer cosmetic dentistry procedures.

 

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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7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Lansdale men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked by our Lansdale patients.

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we can help you with this unpleasant problem. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck – this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our Lansdale dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to remove the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some extra-careful Harleysville oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prevent bacteria-causing food particles from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.

Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If Dr. Lawrence Black suspects that your bad breath is caused by a non-dental problem, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate Doylestown area medical professional.

Treating bad breath in Lansdale starts with a visit to Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of cosmetic dental services. Call 267-498-5297 today!

 

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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