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Commit to upgrading your oral health routine this year

Commit to upgrading your oral health routine this year

Small steps can make a big difference for the sake of your smile  If you’re like most people, you have followed the same routine for taking care of your teeth for most of your life. That may or may not be serving you well. Perhaps the time is right to adjust your dental care habits as part of your renewed focus on health this year.  Building a healthier you begins with good oral health. Studies have shown that poor oral health can contribute to a wide range of chronic issues including diabetes and heart disease. Chief among the aspects of oral care that we see many people neglect is the...

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Give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile this holiday season

Give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile this holiday season

Treat yourself with brighter, straighter teeth to greet the New Year The holiday season is all about getting together with family and friends, and buying gifts for those important to you. But when was the last time you included your own name on your Christmas list? Not just for a brief vacation or fancy dinner, but for something that you will love for years to come? Consider giving yourself something to really smile about this year by investing in that cosmetic dental restoration you have been putting off. Dr. Dennis Lucas and his team can help with a variety of options to straighten your...

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Hurricane Ian may have us down, but the Naples area is never out

Hurricane Ian may have us down, but the Naples area is never out

Our team joins with you in moving forward with our new normal The Naples, Florida, area is no stranger to storms, yet Hurricane Ian was an experience we will never forget. Our own families came through the storm with varying degrees of property damage and stress, and we want to share our best wishes with you as we pull together as a community for a strong recovery. If you are like many Southwest Florida residents, you are making adjustments to your priority list on almost a daily basis. Home repairs, vehicle repairs, clearing downed trees and even getting power restored continue to be top of...

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Our new iTero® intraoral scanner delivers comfort and accuracy

Our new iTero® intraoral scanner delivers comfort and accuracy

Digital images eliminate the need to create physical impressions Our office has taken a significant step up in technology with the addition of an iTero® intraoral scanner from global medical device leader Align Technology. This scanner greatly enhances the patient experience by letting us avoid the messy, choking impressions we used to need in advance of restorative procedures or initiating Invisalign® teeth alignment treatments. The software included with the iTero scanner gives us the ability to send digital files directly to dental labs as well as the Invisalign case design and...

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Don’t let a dental emergency ruin your vacation

Don’t let a dental emergency ruin your vacation

A little preparation can reduce the stress of a dental issue Dental emergencies can happen anywhere, and vacations are no exception. Before you head out of town on your next vacation, take a few minutes to plan out some options in the event you or someone in your party experiences a dental emergency. Taking a little pre-emptive action is a good way to minimize the chances of a dental emergency happening while you’re away. Complete any pending dental treatments well in advance of your trip. This way you remove the chances of a pre-existing dental condition getting worse and putting a damper...

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Dental health needs to remain a priority in your busy summer

Dental health needs to remain a priority in your busy summer

Use healthy foods and sunshine as natural oral health aides As busy as we tend to be during the summer, paying attention to routine healthy habits such as oral health is something that shouldn’t take a vacation. You may be happy to learn that any time you’re able to spend in the sunshine can benefit your oral health. Our bodies and teeth need vitamin D as a key nutrient because of its role in helping us absorb phosphorus and calcium. We need both of those elements in order to maintain optimal health, including strong bones and teeth. The sun’s rays and the cholesterol in our skin work...

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Topical fluoride treatments can strengthen your teeth

Topical fluoride treatments can strengthen your teeth

Make your teeth more decay-resistant with professional applications Topical fluoride treatments provide an effective method of strengthening your teeth and helping prevent decay. While fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been included in many community water fluoridation programs for years – including Naples and Collier County, Florida – professionally applied fluorides feature higher concentrations for added effectiveness. Our bodies rely on an adequate supply of minerals such as fluoride to keep the outside enamel layer of our teeth strong. Fluoride’s role in this process...

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Invisalign® can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of

Invisalign® can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of

Custom-fitted clear braces make it easy to bring teeth into alignment  Creating a more attractive smile doesn’t always require advanced procedures. Sometimes it can be as simple as straightening your teeth. Dr. Dennis Lucas recommends Invisalign® clear braces for appropriate patients because of their ability to gradually move teeth into alignment without the appearance and functional challenges common with traditional metal braces.  Dr. Lucas uses a combination of Invisalign’s clear aligners and retainers to promote long-term alignment success. The first step in the process involves using a...

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Zoom whitening can brighten your smile in less than an hour

Zoom whitening can brighten your smile in less than an hour

Specialized gel works with light to break up discoloration in teeth The Zoom whitening process may make it possible for you to realize your wish of having a brighter smile without replacing your natural teeth. Dr. Dennis Lucas recommends the Zoom whitening process for appropriate patients in the Naples area who are interested in having a more attractive smile. It’s common for your teeth to become stained over time through the normal aging process. However, using tobacco products and drinking colored beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and cola soft drinks can contribute to the...

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Dorsal dental appliances are effective options for sleep apnea

Dorsal dental appliances are effective options for sleep apnea

Dental sleep appliances help patients who do not tolerate CPAP machines   Giving you a great smile and repairing damaged teeth is only part of the picture when it comes to oral health. Dr. Dennis Lucas also helps patients with sleep apnea enjoy a better night’s sleep through the use of Dorsal dental appliances. Dorsal dental appliances are custom-fit devices that keep your airway open and protected at the same time. They minimize snoring and potentially dangerous sleep apnea episodes, and are especially useful for our patients who do not tolerate CPAP machines. Continuous positive...

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