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Dr. Dennis Lucas improves smiles with cosmetic dentistry in Naples

Dr. Dennis Lucas improves smiles with cosmetic dentistry in Naples

Cosmetic dentistry techniques can enhance form as well as function  Many people think of cosmetic dentistry as focusing solely on improving your smile. While that oftentimes is a welcome benefit of cosmetic dentistry procedures, the primary goal often has more to do with enhanced functionality than simply looking better.  Dr. Dennis Lucas offers cosmetic dentistry services in Naples for patients who desire the best of both worlds. His ability to leverage advanced technologies such as the iTero® intraoral scanner helps him perform highly accurate restorations that return chewing abilities and...

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Expanding technological capabilities enhances patient experience

Expanding technological capabilities enhances patient experience

The iTero® intraoral scanner is an important tool in our office Our continuing investments in oral health technologies is producing exceptional results while making the preparation process easier and more accurate for many oral health procedures. Key among our technology assets is the iTero® intraoral scanner we purchased a couple of years ago from global medical device leader Align Technology. Our patients appreciate the ease with which the iTero® scanner allows us to create the impressions Dr. Dennis Lucas needs prior to performing restorative procedures, beginning Invisalign® teeth...

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Maintain good dental health during the holiday social season

Maintain good dental health during the holiday social season

Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy despite temptations It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities of the holiday season and occasionally let our dental health slip. We understand the challenge. After all, we like to have fun as much as anyone. That’s why we have compiled a comprehensive collection of tips to help you enjoy the holiday season while keeping your teeth healthy and bright. Moderation is key While it’s perfectly fine to indulge in your favorite holiday treats, remember that excessive sugar consumption can lead to tooth decay. Choose treats that are less sticky or...

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The scary truth about overindulging on Halloween candy

The scary truth about overindulging on Halloween candy

Tooth decay is only the beginning of potential health issues  Halloween is the time of year when many of us have a tendency to overindulge in sugar-loaded sweets. While helping yourself to a few Halloween treats is fine, plowing through a bag of assorted items from the candy aisle can have unhealthy consequences for your teeth and overall health.  Sugary candies and chocolates can really do a number on your teeth. The stickier the candy, the more opportunity that harmful bacteria has to produce the acids that erode tooth enamel. Caramels and taffy certainly fall into the sticky category....

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Schedule your elective dental procedures now to beat the rush

Schedule your elective dental procedures now to beat the rush

Grab the best scheduling options before yearend calendars fill  Life tends to get busier as the year edges toward the holidays and calendars fill up faster than we realize. Work commitments, family events and personal pursuits can push essential tasks to the back burner, and that includes taking care of those elective dental procedures that you vowed to address “later this year.”  There are compelling reasons to prioritize finding open dates on your calendar and that of Dr. Dennis Lucas before the end of the year, regardless of whether or not insurance deductibles are a concern.  Maximize...

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Your teeth also benefit from keeping your body hydrated

Your teeth also benefit from keeping your body hydrated

Dry mouth causes increased rates of decay to tooth structures  If there is one health consideration to keep in mind during a sweltering Florida summer, it is the need to keep our bodies hydrated. This is true whether you are exercising or simply sitting poolside.  From personal experience, I can tell you it is challenging to stay adequately hydrated when I ride my bicycle around the Naples area. It concerns me that many of my patients who already suffer from dry mouth are coming into the office even more dehydrated than usual. You can take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.  What is...

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Attention teeth fans: How many of these fun facts do you know?

Attention teeth fans: How many of these fun facts do you know?

Imagine never brushing your teeth; that was normal until recently  Teeth are essential and fascinating parts of our body. They play a vital role in our ability to eat, speak, and smile. Here are some interesting facts about teeth that can help you appreciate the history of dental care and maybe even encourage you to take better care of your pearly whites:  Teeth are unique to each individual – Just like our fingerprints, our teeth are also unique to us. No two people have the same set of teeth, not even identical twins. This uniqueness is what makes dental records an essential tool in...

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We are celebrating our dental hygienists and dental assistants

We are celebrating our dental hygienists and dental assistants

National appreciation weeks honor our important team members  We already know how awesome the dental hygienists and dental assistants are in Dr. Dennis Lucas’s office. It’s still nice that national organizations recognize them every spring with their own special weeks. We appreciate their skills and the outstanding patient care they provide every day.  National Dental Hygienist Week was April 3-9 and Dental Assistants Recognition Week was March 5-11 across the USA. These annual events celebrate the important roles these professionals play in promoting oral health and providing preventive...

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Valentine’s Day kisses can affect your health for better or worse

Valentine’s Day kisses can affect your health for better or worse

Cupid’s power brings benefits and hazards to the art of affection  Likely the last thing on your mind when indulging in a little Valentine’s Day kissing is how that enjoyable activity might affect your health. At least, it should be the last thing on your mind if you’re doing it right. However, there is no getting around the fact we experience some unintended consequences to smooching.  First, the good news. Puckering up and sharing some quality time with your partner releases chemicals in your brain that reduce stress and calm the mind. The positive effect that kissing has on emotional...

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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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