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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.

Porcelain Veneers Can Fix Any Flawed Smile | Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by CSHYUBNNAI No Comments

thinkstockphotos-80707547 Porcelain veneers offer superior benefits over other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental crowns or braces. The fingernail-thin shells, which are adhered to the front surface, solve a myriad of aesthetic problems with just one treatment. Here is the reasons porcelain veneers can benefit your smile:

Natural looking. Porcelain is a translucent material that mimics the look, luster, and feel of enamel.

Instant whitening. When adhered to the front surface of your teeth, veneers you’re your teeth look instantly whiter.

Crooked teeth no more. Veneers offer a great alternative for patients with crooked teeth who do not want to endure the process of having their teeth straightened with dental braces.

Damage control. Veneers can fill in and improve the look of teeth that are chipped or broken.

Filled in gaps. Veneers can be customized to repair smiles with unsightly gaps.

A virtual time machine. A whiter, brighter, more lustrous smile can immediately you’re your face a more youthful appearance.

Tooth conservation. Unlike other cosmetic procedures that require removing a large portion of healthy, natural teeth, veneers can be applied with little alteration.

Constant protection. Once applied, the veneers also serve to provide a protective shield to the front surface of teeth.

Stain resistant. Porcelain is stain resistant, which will make your smile stay brighter and whiter longer.

Gum friendly. Gum tissue is not irritated by porcelain.

When it comes to the maintenance of veneers, there will be changes but nothing extreme. It all comes down to the basics. Brushing and flossing daily is not only good for your veneers, but will also help to prevent future veneers. Use a nonabrasive toothpaste containing fluoride to ensure that that it won’t scratch your veneers, leaving them prone to issues like periodontitis, which can cause your gums to recede. Because your veneers are placed right at the gum line, if your gums do happen to recede, the appearance of your veneers could be compromised.

If staining is one of your main issues, staying clear from beverages like coffee, wine and tea is a great idea to keep your new teeth pearly white. Porcelain is very resistant to staining by nature, but the cement used to affix the veneers is prone to staining over time.

Chipped teeth are generally caused by accidental incidents, but can also be caused by biting your fingernails or munching on things like hard candy or ice. While it seems like a harmless act, using your teeth to do things like this can break or dislodge your teeth, but can also do the same to your veneer. Stay away from using your teeth as a chisel. While they are always handy, being in your mouth, it isn’t good for your teeth. Similarly, if you are known to clench or grind your teeth, like while you sleep, this is also a bad habit that is really doing damage to your teeth. Talk to your dentist. They can create a night guard that will prevent your teeth from wearing down and your veneers from accidentally chipping.

To find out more about porcelain veneers, 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 is Causing my Tooth Sensitivity and What Can I do About It?

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by CSHYUBNNAI No Comments

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It’s extremely common for people to experience tooth sensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks. However, having pain along with other symptoms, such as loose teeth, inflamed gums or pain when chewing means your tooth sensitivity may be caused by an underlying dental problem. While your dentist can diagnose the problem, it’s best you understand what is causing your tooth sensitivity to prevent further dental problems in the future.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is typically caused when your tooth enamel, which protects your teeth, is worn down or when you have gum recession. And when the dentine, or underlying surface, becomes exposed, your enamel and gums are no longer able to provide the protection to the root and the tooth itself.

Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by a myriad of things, including:

  • Periodontal/gum disease
  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Worn away tooth enamel (which is what protects your tooth’s nerves)
  • Exposure of roots
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Tooth decay

If you suspect that your tooth sensitivity may be caused by tooth decay, infection or disease, be sure to visit your family dentist as soon as possible. But if your teeth are sensitive due to your habits, or you inherited enamels that wears away easily compared to other people, you may be able to treat your tooth sensitivity from the comfort of your home.

Tooth Sensitivity Treatments:

At-Home Treatments- One of the first things you can try to help treat sensitive teeth from home is proper oral hygiene, such as brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using non-abrasive toothpaste. You should also avoid certain types of food and beverages, like coffee, carbonated drinks and even yogurt. These products all contain acid that can wear away your already worn down tooth enamel. If you clench or grind your teeth, try wearing a night guard to bed to avoid wearing down your enamel even further.

In-Office Treatments- Since extremely sensitive teeth are typically caused by more complex dental problems, it is important to visit your dentist to have the problem treated directly. Treatments could include crowns, bonding, inlays and onlays, however it all depends on your individual case. If gum disease is causing tooth sensitivity, you’ll have to have that treated as well. If you’ve lost enough gum tissue from the root, your dentist may recommend a gum graft or the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. If you have serious tooth sensitivity, your dentist may take x-rays to see if a root canal may be needed.

After having your tooth sensitivity taken care of it’s extremely important that you start taking better care of your teeth and gums going forward. Not only will this take care of your teeth and gums and relieve the pain, but it will also ensure that you have good oral health!

If you’re suffering from any type of tooth sensitivity and are seeking treatment, contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-869-0872 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for information regarding the dental services we offer here at Advanced Dental Group.

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

 

It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! | Oral Health

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by No Comments

Children's Oral Health

Each February the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health for your children. Developing proper dental hygiene habits when you’re young and visiting your general dentist regularly can help your child get a head start to a lifetime a healthy teeth and gums.

This year the American Dental Association’s slogan for National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Sugar Wars”! This Sugar Wars slogan is displayed on posters and activity sheets featuring the McGrinn Twins, Buck and Flossy, Den and Gen Smiley and K-9 the dog in their spaceship, the USS SweetSwatter. The USS SweetSwatter is equipped with toothbrush swatters to help defeat the evil SweetTooth Invaders. These posters and activity sheets demonstrate effective ways to defeat SweetTooth Invaders and maintain good oral health. Some ways to help you and your children maintain good oral health include the following:

8 Tips to Maintain Good Oral Health:

  • Brush every day, twice a day, for two minutes…with your children!
  • Floss your teeth every day. If your children are old enough show them how to.
  • See a general dentist for regular checkups and teeth cleanings.
  • Limit the amount of sugary food and drinks. Eat healthy instead.
  • Instill proper oral hygiene habits when your children are young.
  • When the gaps between your child’s teeth close, you can start to use floss.
  • Be a good role model by practicing proper dental hygiene habits yourself.
  • Be sure to check your child’s mouth for any signs of periodontal disease such as bleeding gums, swollen or bright red gums, gums that are receding from teeth and bad breath.

Although keeping up your dental hygiene seems like second nature, some people don’t give their mouth enough oral care, which can result in cavities or even worse, missing teeth. So don’t forget the importance of maintaining good oral health for yourself and your children by keeping up with all of these dental hygiene habits!

For more information regarding oral health, contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-689-0872 or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com to learn about the services we offer.

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 are Dental Crowns? | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 by No Comments

 

Dental Crowns address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function, and enhance the overall health of your mouth.  Especially in cases where teeth have large broken down fillings, a dental crown can protect and preserve the remaining natural tooth.

A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. While inarguably beneficial to dental health, the procedure and materials can be relatively expensive.

The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment. Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows use of strong restorative materials requiring time consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelainwhich would not be possible to complete inside the mouth. Because of the expansion properties, the relatively similar material costs, and the aesthetic benefits, many patients choose to have their crown fabricated with gold.As new technology and materials science has evolved, computers are increasingly becoming a part of crown and bridge fabrication, such as in CAD/CAM Dentistry(Source: Wikipedia). To enhance your smile, a metal-free, tooth-colored dental crown can also replace an older metal/porcelain dental crown.  Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure to preserve aesthetic and tooth function.

For more information on dental crowns or other restorative procedures, contact Advanced Dental Group and make an appointment at (561) 689-0872 or visit our website.

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

 

Homemade Remedies to Fight off Gum Disease | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by No Comments

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Treating gum disease is not always the easiest task. Once gum disease spreads throughout the mouth, an individual experiences discomfort in ways through their bleeding gums or increased sensitivity. It is important to be aware of ways to maintain good oral hygiene in order to prevent further damage from occurring. Whether you have gum disease, or you’re just trying to prevent it from occurring, follow these at home remedies!

  • Reduce Stress

Stress is one of the largest inhibitors of gum disease. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there’s a large link between stress and your dental health. People under stress have a compromised immune system that makes it difficult for them to fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease. So, take some time to relax. Don’t stress too much or your teeth may suffer.

  • Sea Salt and Water Solution. Dissolve a small amount of sea salt and warm it up with some water. Swish this solution around your mouth in 30 second intervals. Salt water reduces swollen gums and draws infection out of abscesses.
  • Use some tea bags. Steep tea in boiling water, and then allow the tea bags to cool down. Hold the tea bag on the area and keep it there for about 5 five minutes.  Tannic acid found in tea will effectively relieve gum infection.

For more information about gum disease, gum disease prevention, and treatment options call Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 or visit www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Advanced Dental Group proudly accepts patient from West Palm Beach, Ioxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, and 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.

Toothpaste Files: What is in it?| West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by No Comments

Everyone knows that the basis of good oral health is brushing your teeth! Here are some facts about toothpaste that you should know.

Toothpaste comes in many shapes and forms. Despite its name, it doesn’t always have to be a paste. It can be a gel, powder, or past. Toothpaste is vital to good oral health because it helps to remove plaque and its bacterial buildup on teeth.

What is in toothpaste?

The formula for toothpaste varies with each type or brand, but they all should contain around the same type of ingredients.

  • Detergents, such as sodium lauryl sarcosinate make toothpaste foamy.
  • Fluoride to help make enamel stronger and more resistant to decay.
  • Thickeners like seaweed or mineral colloids, synthetic cellulose, or natural gum help give toothpaste its texture.
  • Gentle abrasives such as magnesium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, calcium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, and phosphate salts.

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.

 

General Dentist North Palm Beach | When to Toss Your Toothbrush

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by No Comments

Woman brushing her teeth

The best way to limit the bacteria on your toothbrush is to replace it on a regular basis.

The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends throwing out your toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles become frayed, you’re sick, or you have a weak immune system, throw it out even more often. If you use an electric toothbrush, throw out the head as often as you’d discard a disposable toothbrush.

Every time you’re tempted to skip brushing and flossing your teeth, remember how many bacteria lurk in your mouth – and what they can do.

Bacteria causes gum disease, and decay, and bad breath. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing as often as possible to eliminate some of those bacteria. Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash before or after brushing can also help reduce plaque-causing bacteria that can lead to gingivitis, an early, mild form of gum disease.

For your next dental exam and cleaning contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-689-0872. Visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

Accepting patients from West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island and all surrounding areas.

 

West Palm Beach Dentist | The Capability of General Dentists

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by No Comments

Because general dentists are experts in a wide variety of dental services, they are able to provide many different dental procedures. The procedures that general dentists provide include:

· Crowns and bridges

· Dental implants

· Dentures and partial dentures

· Gum disease treatment

· Mouthguards

· Oral surgery

· Root canal therapy

· Sealants

· Teeth cleanings

General dentists are vital to the strength of your teeth because they guarantee the prime health of your teeth. For this reason, it is essential that you regularly visit Advanced Dental Group to ensure that no dental issues persist in your future that could potentially damage your teeth and smile.

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.