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COVID-19 and Six-Month Appointments: Why You Should Still See Your Dentist

September 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 8:46 pm
an up-close view of the underside of a person’s upper teeth and gums, which are bleeding after flossing

There are currently millions of people living with some form of gum disease. What starts as bacteria attacking the soft oral tissue can quickly spread to the bone and teeth, as well as throughout the body, resulting in oral, cardiovascular, respiratory, and even neurological problems. Because COVID-19 remains a threat to the global population, individuals suffering from gum disease in North Sarasota are much more susceptible to this highly contagious virus, especially if left untreated. What can be done to combat this potential problem? A local dentist explains why it’s crucial to keep these six-month dental appointments even amid the COVID-19 crisis.


Why Rinsing Before Your Appointment is Important

August 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 7:35 pm
a young woman preparing to pour mouthwash into a cup to perform a rinse

You know that brushing and flossing are important parts of any oral hygiene routine. What about using mouthwash? Do you remember to rinse your mouth in the morning and at night? This pivotal action is the last step to removing any bacteria or food particles brushing and flossing left behind. So, it makes sense that your dentist in North Sarasota is asking you to do this before your appointment, right? If you’re having a difficult time trying to determine why rinsing with mouthwash is now a necessary step before seeing your dentist, read on.


How to Greet Your Dental Team Without Making Contact

July 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 12:51 pm
two individuals performing an “elbow bump” while wearing face masks and gloves

In the past, offering a handshake, giving a hug, or throwing up a high-five when around others felt like second nature. Now, COVID-19 is causing everyone to rethink the way they greet friends, family, and even their dentist in North Sarasota. Everything from a simple head nod to the increasingly popular elbow bump is replacing old methods for safer, contactless solutions. Read on to find out which methods are catching on and how these “hands-off” greetings can keep you safe.


Dental Prep: What Your Dentist is Doing to Get Ready for Your Arrival

June 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 8:44 pm

a male dentist wearing PPE and preparing to treat a female patientAre you worried about the idea of returning for a dentist’s appointment amid the COVID-19 crisis? Do you wonder how clean the office will be or how safe it is for you to have a regular dental checkup and cleaning? While this virus continues to be a threat, these questions and concerns are normal. Fortunately, your dentist in North Sarasota is taking all the necessary precautions to ensure your visit is safe and successful. How? Read on to better understand the preparation process your dental team is going through each day to provide a cleaner, virus-free environment for everyone.


How Proper Handwashing and Sanitizing Will Help You Combat COVID-19

May 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 11:12 pm

a person using soap and water to thoroughly wash their hands For the past several months, everyone from the President of the United States to medical experts to family and friends has talked about the importance of proper handwashing and sanitizing techniques. Because this virus is easily spread by touching, coughing, sneezing, and even talking, soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, and other sanitary/hygiene products have been flying off the shelves at local grocery stores. Considered a crucial step in the fight against COVID-19, a dentist in North Sarasota explains why washing your hands and sanitizing is the best way to keep you and your family safe during this time.


5 Ways to Achieve a Healthier Smile While at Home

April 2, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 7:37 pm

a woman using an electric toothbrush to brush her teeth at home Are you feeling the effects of cabin fever? Do you feel bored day-in and day-out because of the recommendation to stay home due to the spread of COVID-19? Understandably, you’re ready to get out and socialize with others again but when that time comes, will your smile be something you are eager to show off? While you continue to practice social distancing by staying inside, listen to your dentist who shares 5 oral health tips to use at home in North Sarasota.


Which Nutritional Foods Are Best for Your Oral Health?

March 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 7:15 pm

Table full of nutritious foods focused around National Nutrition Month in North SarasotaYou know that eating healthy is the best way to keep your waistline from growing and your heart from deteriorating, right? Did you also know it is a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong? Since March is National Nutrition Month in North Sarasota, let your local dentist discuss why it’s best to choose good food options to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. Also, find out which items you should pick to maintain optimal oral health.


Can Poor Oral Health Lead to Heart Disease?

February 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 7:50 pm

two sets of hands holding a heartIt’s been a while since your last dental visit, which is why you’re not too surprised when you learn you have advanced gum disease. While it isn’t good news, you don’t think much about it other than the treatment you’ll need and commitment to improving your oral hygiene habits at home. But is it more concerning than you think? What if other areas of your body can be negatively affected as a result? Since February is American Heart Month in North Sarasota, find out just how connected your oral and heart health can be and what you should do to keep them both in check.


How to Decide Between Dental Implants or Crowns to Replace Your Missing Teeth

December 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 2:27 pm

a dental implant in a person’s mouthDental implants in North Sarasota are considered one of the most superior forms of tooth replacement available, yet, crowns have been around for much longer and proven quite effective. While patients have the ability to let their personal preferences and priorities dictate the type of restorative dentistry they will pursue, you might find it difficult to weigh the pros and cons of each if you’re unsure how both really work. To help you make a more well-informed decision about your dental work, read on to learn about the differences between dental implants and crowns and which one might be right for you.


How Your Dentist Can Be Your Ally in the Battle Against Mouth Cancer

November 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoffman @ 9:40 pm

an older gentleman having his teeth checkedNovember is Mouth Cancer Awareness in North Sarasota. That means, if it’s been a while since your last dental visit, there’s no better time than the present to make an appointment and schedule a regular checkup and cleaning. While these visits are important for ensuring your mouth is free from tooth decay and gum disease, it also serves another important purpose, which is to check for any signs of mouth cancer. Find out how your dentist can be your ally in this fight and what symptoms are most closely associated with this unfortunate disease.


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