Archive for August, 2015

Bad Habits That Harm Your Teeth | Dental Health

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by No Comments

Ice cube in woman's mouth.

Teeth are extremely durable, but are you wrecking your teeth without even know it? As most of you know soda, candy and desserts can harm your teeth, but do you know what other habits may be taking a toll on your teeth and gums? You may be unaware that some of your habits can damage your teeth over time. The following is a list of bad habits, why they’re harmful and what you can do to stop.

Ice Crunching- After drinking your ice-cold water or iced tea you may like too munch on the ice afterwards, but do you know what that’s doing to your pearly whites? The cold temperature and brittleness of the ice cubes can actually fracture a tooth. When biting into ice cubes it can cause microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel and can lead to larger dental problems over time. Instead of chewing on ice, try finding a nice crisp snack too munch on, such as baby carrots or apples.

Teeth as Tools- I’m sure you can’t deny that you’ve used your teeth as a tool at one point in your life. Many people use their teeth for tasks, such as ripping a price tag off of clothing, to open a bottled water, to tear open food packages, and even biting nails. These sort of tasks may be hard on your teeth and can lead to a weakened edge of your tooth, which can eventually crack or chip. Instead of using your teeth as tools, try keeping simple tools such as scissors or nail clippers handy. The only tool your teeth should be used for is chewing food.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching- People grind their teeth for multiple reasons, including stress, anxiety or even because of an abnormal bite or crooked tooth. When you grind or even clench your teeth it can cause microfractures or actual fractures in your teeth. Microfractures can eventually lead to a chipped tooth due to the weakened areas. If your grind or clench you teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard if you grind or clench your teeth during the night. If you think stress is a trigger, find an outlet like an exercise program or counseling. Also never chew on pens or anything that isn’t food.

Thumb Sucking- Children that still are sucking their thumbs when their adult teeth start coming in could cause permanent changes to their tooth and jaw structure. Thumb sucking can cause misaligned teeth, which could cause further issues like trouble chewing. Try to wean your child off his or her thumb before the age of 5 or before adult teeth start to come in.

Kick your bad habits before they cause permanent damage to your teeth. If you do have a cracked or damaged tooth, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 today to schedule a visit! Visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for more information regarding our services.

Advanced Dental Group proudly accepts patients from West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and all surrounding areas.

Dental Implant Aftercare Advice | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by No Comments

Dental implant. Detailed view. 3D Illustration

So you’ve made the smart decision to replace your damaged or missing tooth with a dental implant, but now you’re wondering how to go about dental implant aftercare. After getting a dental implant surgically installed it’s extremely important for you to take proper care of it. Dental implants require a clean environment to heal properly and most of the success of the implant ultimately depends on you. The following list includes a few tips on how to properly care for your new dental implant:

  • Do Not Bother- Directly after getting your dental implants you should avoid bothering the affected area as much as possible. Agitating your dental implant can slow down the healing process and could potentially leading to additional problems.
  • Ice Affected Area- Don’t worry if a part of your face swells over the first few days, it’s perfectly normal. To reduce the swelling you can apply an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas to the affected area. Apply the ice pack as frequently as possible the first 24 hours with 20 minutes breaks in between icing.
  • Consume carefully- Avoid swishing liquids around your mouth for the first week after your procedure. When it comes to eating, make sure that you start off with softer foods, such as soups, for the first 2 weeks. When you do eat try avoiding the dental implant as much as possible. Also, do not drink anything hot immediately after the procedure.
  • Keep it Clean- In order for your dental implants to heal properly you need to keep the affected area as clean as possible. It’s recommended to rinse with a salt water solution at least 4-5 times a day. Don’t forget to brush your teeth as normal with a soft bristle toothbrush and to brush carefully around the dental implant.
  • Exercise- Refrain from any physical activity for the first week after your implant surgery since activity can cause unnecessary bleeding. If any of your daily routines do cause bleeding reduce your level of activity.

Once your dental implant has fully healed you must care for it just as you would your natural teeth by flossing and brushing regularly. Your dental implant will eventually act and feel just like a natural tooth would, and with proper care your implant could last a lifetime.

For questions regarding dental implants, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 or visit our website www.advanceddentalgrp.com for more information.

Advanced Dental Group proudly accepts patients from West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and all surrounding areas.

Causes of Bad Breath | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by No Comments

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Have you noticed that your friends, family, or co-workers have been straying away when you come around to conversant? Or are you getting mints or gum offered once you open your mouth? If you’ve answer yes to these questions, then I’m sorry to break it to you, but you may have less than lovely smelling breath.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, doesn’t just effect the sufferer, but also everyone around them. Some people go through most their daily life not knowing they suffer from this problem, unless they are told directly by friends or family in their social circle. Most of the time it can be quite uncomfortable for your friends or family to tell you about your “little problem”.

Depending on the cause of your bad breath it may be easily treated, but before you are able to treat it, you must find out what is causing your bad breath in first place. The following includes a list of what may be causing your bad breath:

  • Poor Dental Hygiene- If you don’t keep up with a regular oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing daily, food particles can remain in your mouth. Leaving those food particles in your mouth can lead to bacterial growth on the tongue, between teeth and around the gums causing bad breath.
  • Infections in the Mouth- Bad Breath can be caused by surgical wounds after oral surgery, such as tooth extractions, or by infections in the mouth such as periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay or mouth sores.
  • Dry Mouth- Saliva helps keeps your mouth cleansed by removing particles that may cause bad breath. A condition called dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can contribute to bad breath due to the fact that the saliva production is decreased.
  • Systemic Illnesses- Diseases such as liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, diabetes, sinus disease and other can also lead to bad breath.
  • Food- As the food particles in your mouth start to breakdown in and around your teeth they can start to cause a foul odor. Eating certain types of foods like garlic, onions and other foods can also cause bad breath.
  • Tobacco- Smoking tobacco on its own causes a terrible mouth odor. People who use tobacco products are more likely to get gum disease which also leads to rather smelly breath.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to avoid bad breath. So don’t forget to keep up with your oral hygiene because it can go a long way in preventing bad breath.

If you’re ready to kick that bad breath to the curb or would like to get more information regarding halitosis, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 or visit www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Advanced Dental Group proudly accepts patients from West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and all surrounding areas.