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If You Do This, You’re Ruining Your Teeth | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: July 30th, 2017 by CSHYUBNNAI No Comments

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 and why they’re harmful:

Ice crunching. After drinking your refreshingly cold beverage, you may like too munch on the ice, but the cold temperature and brittleness of the ice cubes can actually fracture a tooth. Biting into ice cubes can cause microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

Teeth as tools. Many people use their teeth for tasks, like to tear open food packages or just biting their nails. These sorts of tasks can lead to a weakened edge of your tooth, which can eventually crack or chip.

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. If your grind or clench your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard at night.

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.

To find out more about bad habits that could be affecting your teeth, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-869-0872 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for 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.

What to Expect from Your First Cavity | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by CSHYUBNNAI No Comments

Children's Oral Health

When we are kids, the biggest bother we had was brushing our teeth. It always felt like a big hassle, but mom and dad made us do it because we didn’t want to get cavities. Not exactly sure what a cavity was as a kid, but if it meant having to go to the dreaded dentist, we brush. And if you’re pretty good at brushing, you never think you’ll get one. Until the day you do…

It will be just a typical day in the dentist chair, a run of the mill check-up. Walk in, take a few x-rays and wait for the doctor to bring the good news – no cavities. Not today. You officially have your first cavity.

If you ask how the cavity got there, you’ll discover cavities are made by plaque bacteria breaking down tooth enamel. But what do they eat? All the sugary foods you do. So, any sweets or carbs you eat leftover is basically shared with the bacteria. Generally, if you catch it early enough, you won’t notice any pain. This is why it was so important to brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing and flossing takes away all of the leftover food in your mouth so the plaque bacteria couldn’t eat it.

So how is it fixed? Your dentist will need to give you a filling. They will remove the damaged part of the tooth and fill it back in so it’s as good as new. If you continue to be a good brusher, and try not to have too many sweets, there is no reason you will continue to get cavities.

To find out more about cavity prevention, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-869-0872 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for 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.

Sealants can stop cavities before they begin | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: December 29th, 2014 by No Comments

Tooth and dental equipment on white background.

Children are prone to cavities because of the natural shape of their growing teeth. When first molars come in around age 6, deep crevices called pits and fissures form on the chewing surfaces of these back teeth. Pits and fissures are so narrow that the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach into them, making them difficult to clean; however, these crevices provide plenty of room for bacteria to grow.

Children’s eating habits also lead to cavities because their diets generally include frequent snacking. Children are usually brushing their own teeth by age 6, and they may not be doing an adequate job. They rarely brush as often as necessary and their technique may need an occasional check by an adult.

What can you do? Sealants may be the answer

Dental sealants can protect your children from cavities. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to act as a barrier between the tooth and harmful bacteria. They are most effective when applied to decay-susceptible biting surfaces as soon as the teeth come in. Here’s how sealants work: The sealing material is applied to the tooth surface using an “etching” fluid. The sealant partially penetrates the tooth enamel, ensuring that it is firmly attached to the tooth. Once applied, the sealant fills in the tooth’s grooves, hardens and creates a thin plastic barrier that keeps cavity-causing bacteria out of the pits and fissures.

Application is fast and painless

Your child will be happy to know that with sealants, there is no drilling and no discomfort. Sealants can be applied by either your dentist or a registered dental hygienist, and application takes less time than having a tooth filled.

After many years in use, sealants have proven to be safe, durable and effective. Check your Delta Dental Evidence of Coverage booklet to see if your plan includes coverage for sealants. Usually, sealants are covered when applied to first molars through age 8 and second molars through age 15. However, coverage for some groups may be different. Ask your dentist about how your child can benefit from the application of sealants.

For more questions on general dentists and the services provided, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at (561) 689-0872 or visit www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Advanced Dental Group proudly serves West Palm Beach, Ioxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and surrounding areas.

Pediatric Dentistry – West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 by No Comments

The Doctors at Advanced Dental Group of West Palm Beach, FL recommends starting an oral regimen on children even before teeth appear by wiping a baby’s gums or using a baby toothbrush and water. As toddlers, it is a good time to begin brushing and flossing since teeth are in contact with each other and can begin to develop bacteria as well as plaque. Considering not all children need their teeth flossed at this age, it is a good idea to ask your Dentist at Advanced Dental Group for advice. When children reach age two, foster them to brush their own teeth, but make sure to follow up to make sure they are clean. Using fun games or a themed toothbrush can make children more willing to follow a positive oral hygiene routine.

Call us today at (561) 689-0872 to learn more.

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