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Christopher J. Cowell, DMD Blog

The Slow Evolution of Human Teeth

July 27, 2023

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A closeup of an ancient human ancestor’s skull

Maybe you think human ancestors had the same kind of teeth as their modern descendants. After all, weren’t the former similar to the latter? Truthfully, though, these individuals had smiles quite different from today’s. Human teeth have evolved over time to reach their current form. In fact, your Deland dentist can explain what that evolution looked like. Read on for a brief history of tooth development and tips on protecting modern teeth.


Can Dentures Be Brushed In Your Mouth?

June 13, 2023

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woman holding toothbrush in one hand and dentures in the other hand looking confused

Dentures are one of the best solutions for those who experience the loss of one or more teeth. They are made of durable porcelain or resin that is customized to match the look and feel of your natural teeth. Moreover, with the right upkeep they can last anywhere from 10-15 years! Whether your condition requires partial, full, or implanted prosthetics, a key aspect of treatment is the ongoing care of your new, false teeth.

Once you have spent time, energy, and resources on being fitted for and installing dentures, it’s imperative that you attend to them properly in order to make the most of your investment. One common question around appropriate procedures is whether or not they can be brushed while they are still in your mouth. If you have been wondering if it is safe or permissible, keep reading below!


3 Helpful Tips for Speaking with Your New Dentures

May 4, 2023

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a woman smiling with her new dentures

If you have lived with a gapped smile due to missing teeth, you are aware of how it impacts your life. Everyday functions like eating and speaking become more difficult, as well as feeling insecure about your tooth loss. Fortunately, dentures can give you back a fully functioning set of pearly whites, restoring your confidence and daily abilities. However, there will be a time of adjustment as you get used to your restoration, especially regarding communicating. Here are three helpful tips to help you speak with your new dentures.


When Can I Return to Work Following Dental Implant Surgery?

April 4, 2023

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a patient smiling while sitting at a desk

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are considered the gold standard; due to their unique surgical placement directly into a patient’s jawbone, they’re able to provide unmatched support for one’s jaw while fully restoring oral beauty and functionality. That said, if you’re gearing up for dental implant surgery yourself, you might be wondering how long you’ll be out of commission and unable to attend work or keep up with your other daily responsibilities. Here’s more from your dentist about some of the factors that affect dental implant surgery recovery, along with some ways to ensure a smooth healing period.


All the Most Common Causes of Yellow Teeth

March 2, 2023

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close up of a yellow smile

When people check their smiles in the mirror each morning, one of the biggest things that they think about is the color of their teeth. It’s natural; there are quite a few reasons that you can start to see your teeth become a little more yellow than you’d like.

Teeth whitening can make a massive difference in the color of your smile, but so can understanding the risk factors that lead to yellow teeth in the first place. If you’re curious, here are a few examples.


Do You Need Gum Disease Therapy Before Cosmetic Dentistry?

February 8, 2023

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woman smiling while visiting dentist

Don’t like how your teeth look? These days, it’s easier than ever to get the smile you’ve always wanted! Cosmetic dentistry can address multiple imperfections, including chips, stains, cracks, and gaps. However, you must have solid gum health before moving forward with these aesthetic dental treatments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s estimated that at least 50% of adults have gum disease. Read on to learn why a healthy foundation is essential for a beautiful smile!


Can Coffee Harm Your Smile?

February 6, 2023

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Hot cup of coffee on bookIf you need a cup of coffee to jumpstart your day, you’re not alone. According to the National Coffee Association, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee daily. Not only can it give you a boost of energy, but it also has health benefits. The Annals of Internal Medicine found that daily coffee drinkers were 12% less likely to die from strokes, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. Although it can support your health, it can be bad news for your oral health. Here’s what you need to know about the effect coffee has on your pearly whites.


What Do Dental Implants Feel Like?

January 5, 2023

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person with dental implants smiling

There are all kinds of reasons why you might end up with gaps in your grin. From oral health problems to accidents, it’s important to have missing teeth replaced as soon as possible. This will help prevent oral health problems from developing and will also renew your confidence in your smile.

Though there are a variety of tooth replacement options you could opt for, dental implants are one of the most popular. If you have never had an implant placed before, you may be wondering what they feel like. Keep reading to learn about what sensations you can expect from dental implant surgery.


4 Reasons to Add Dental Implants to Dentures

December 12, 2022

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Implant denture for upper teethDentures have been the go-to solution to treat tooth loss for generations because they are affordable and effective. Advancements over the years have made them look and feel more natural, but they still have their limitations. Adding dental implants to a denture can give you the next best thing to your real teeth. Although implant dentures cost more, they are worth every penny. Here are 4 ways adding dental implants can make a difference in your life.


A Guide to Thanksgiving Foods That Can Stain Your Teeth

November 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — cowelldental @ 8:14 pm
A slice of cherry pie on a dining room table.

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the highlights of the year. It’s an opportunity to indulge in delicious food, or to show off that secret recipe you’ve been working on. That said, you probably don’t want to end up with a yellow smile after the holidays are over. Unfortunately, many popular Thanksgiving foods can discolor your teeth. That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them, but knowing what they are can make a difference in whether you need teeth whitening when December rolls around. Here’s a guide to Thanksgiving foods that can stain your teeth.

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