What is Gum Disease and How Can I Prevent It?

Posted on: July 7th, 2016 by No Comments

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Are you gums swollen or inflamed? Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? If you answer yes to either question, you’re most likely suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth.

If you do have gum disease and don’t have it treated, it will spread and eventually worsen. Gum disease destroys the structures that support your teeth in your jaw bone. Your teeth can also eventually become so loose that you have to have them pulled. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place. Some of those things include the following:

  • Brush your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Be sure to gently brush along your gum line. If you’re using a hard bristled tooth brush, toss it out and get yourself a soft bristled tooth brush.
  • Floss every day. Floss your teeth daily to remove plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Not a fan of floss? Try using a floss holder, which may make it easier to get in between your teeth.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary food increase plaque build, while eating a health well balanced diet provides the nutrients needed to prevent periodontal disease.
  • Avoid tobacco products. If you use any tobacco products, such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco, it increases your chance of getting gum disease or even worse, oral cancer.
  • Get preventative care. Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. Not only is this a great way to prevent gum disease, it’s the surest way to detect it in its early stages.
  • Correct dental problems. Having your dentist correct dental problems, such as misaligned teeth, faulty fillings or teeth grinding, can reduce the risk of gum disease.

As mention in the list above, visiting your dentist on a regular basis can help prevent gum disease. While practicing good oral from home can keep plaque in check, professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar that may have built up on your teeth. Visiting your dentist for regular checkups can also help your dentist monitor your overall oral health and identify and prevent dental problems before they requires more extensive work.

If you feel that you may have gum disease, contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-869-0872 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for information regarding periodontal disease.

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.

 

Dental Treatment Options For Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by No Comments

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If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may feel less confident than you would with a full set of teeth, but don’t worry because you are not alone. In fact, there are many adults that have had a couple of decayed or missing teeth replaced.

While replacing your missing teeth for aesthetic reasons is perfectly understandable, it’s just as important, if not more, to have any missing teeth replaced for your oral health. Your teeth are meant to work together to help you chew, smile and speak. When you have missing teeth, these simple things can be difficult to do. The loss of your back teeth may cause your mouth to shift and your face to appear older or sunken in.

Fortunately, with the help of modern dentistry, missing teeth can be replaced. The following are some of the tooth replacement options that should be available to you by your dental care professional:

Dental Implants

Many people opt for dental implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. This is mainly because they offer a durable and long-term solution for patients.

The process of getting dental implants placed typically involves three phases that take place over several weeks, or even months. The first part of the process is surgically placing the actual implant. The second part is checking to see if the implant healed properly and is securely integrated into your jawbone. During the last part of the dental implant process, the dental care professional will install the finished crown and the patient walks out of the practice with a new set of teeth.

One disadvantage of dental implants is the lengthy process. However, compared to all of the benefits patients will reap from dental implants, dental professionals and patients don’t see that as much of a problem.

Bridges

Teeth can also be replaced with a dental bridge, which is basically a dental appliance that is used to fill the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A dental bridge is typically bonded or cemented into place and it can only be removed by a dental professional.

This first part of placing a bridge involves a dentist preparing the teeth on either side of the space where the bridge will later be attached. The dentist will then take an impression of the area and send the impression to a dental laboratory where your bridge will be fabricated out of metal, ceramics, glass ceramics or a combination. Once your bridge is complete, your dentist will place the bridge over the prepared teeth and cement it into place.

Unlike dental implants that are surgically placed and securely integrated into your jawbone, bridges rely on the neighboring teeth for support. The effect dental bridges have on neighboring teeth is also something worth taking note of if you do plan on getting one to replace your missing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances that can replace a single tooth or a full set. Dentures usually have replacement teeth attached to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums and, depending on your case, are either partial dentures or full dentures.

The difference between the two are as the names suggests. Partial dentures only replace a set number of teeth, while full dentures replace a full set of teeth. Full dentures will require you to have the remaining teeth removed before they can be replaced by full set of removable artificial teeth. Like bridges, this dental appliance has some side effects worth taking note.

As you can see, you are not entirely out of luck when it comes to the many options to replace your missing teeth. It’s extremely important that you have your missing teeth replaced, because if you don’t, not only will you have an incomplete smile, but you may end up with further complications. These complications may include things such as increased risk for gum disease, jaw pain, malocclusions and so on.

If you’re interested in tooth replacement, contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-689-0872 to schedule a consultation to see which of the three treatment options you would best benefit from. Or visit www.advanceddentalgrp.com for additional 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.  

Can Custom Teeth Whitening Trays Help Improve My Smile?

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by No Comments

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If you’re one of the many people who avoid smiling in public due to having stained or yellowing teeth, you’ll be glad to hear that there are safe and effective teeth whitening options out there to help you with your problem.

One common procedure done to help brighten your pearly whites is a bleaching procedure using custom teeth whitening trays. Like I mentioned earlier, this procedure is very effective and most importantly of all, it costs significantly less than alternative teeth whitening procedures.

Why Choose Custom Whitening Trays?

There are several over-the-counter treatments that can be used to whiten teeth, like whitening strips, and you can use them without consulting with your dentist. However, these types of teeth whitening treatments aren’t quite as effect or as safe as custom whitening trays.

One of the risks that comes along with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are the leakage of bleach from the tray or strip. This can cause your gums to become irritated and sensitive. Another downside to over-the-counter whitening trays is that since they aren’t custom fit, they won’t have the ability to whiten your teeth as effectively as a custom fitted one would.

What Should I Expect?

If you choose to get custom whitening trays, your dentist will have to professionally clean and repair any existing dental problems you may have. Once finished, your dentist can proceed to creating your custom teeth whitening tray.

The entire process begins with your dentist taking an impression of your teeth, then using that mold to create the custom trays. This process typically only takes a few days, so after taking the impressions, your dentist will have to call you back for a second office visit.

After completing your custom whitening tray, your dentist will give you instructions regarding how to wear your trays, which mainly involves wearing your tray up to four hours a day for a week, or two at the most. You’ll only have to place a small amount of the bleaching solution into the clear trays for optimal results.

During the process, you should start to notice a difference as your teeth start to gradually whiten. After the short process is over you should be able to enjoy significantly brighter pearly whites than before. Although, if you want to maintain their appearance, you may want to get occasional treatments every now and again.

As far as side effects go, the only common issue that’s been reported is minor tooth sensitivity throughout the whitening process. However, the tooth sensitivity typically subsides a couple of days after the whitening process is completed. If sensitivity persists, patients are advised to visit their dentist to check for an underlying cause.

Keeping Pearly Whites Their Brightest

As many people know, the best way to maintain a bright, beautiful and healthy smile is to take proper care of it, which includes the following:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. If you want, you can ask your dentist to recommend a toothpaste with a whitening agent in it.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Avoid stain-causing food and beverages, such as coffee, beets, blueberries and so on.
  • Visit your dentist for checkups and professional cleaning.
  • Abstain from chewing and smoking tobacco.

If you’re feeling down about your stained or yellow teeth, it may be time for you to get in touch with your dentist to talk about custom teeth whitening trays to help you achieve the bright pearly whites you’ve been dreaming of.

If you’re interested in improving your smile with the help of custom whitening trays, contact Advanced Dental Group at 561-689-0872 or visit www.advanceddentalgrp.com for additional information regarding teeth whitening treatments procedures.

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

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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.

Teeth Whitening: Two Common Choices to Brighten Your Smile

Posted on: January 5th, 2016 by No Comments

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So many of us long to have a bright white, sparkling smile that lights up a room, but to achieve that sort of smile may take more than brushing and flossing alone. Although you brush and floss your teeth daily, you may still feel that your smile is lacking that sparkle or is duller than it once was. Fortunately for those who want to achieve a bright white smile there are many cosmetic dental treatments to choose from. When it comes to brightening a smile the two most common treatments are in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits.

Professional in-office teeth whitening is a more preferred method for patients, due to the fact that the patient can leave with a whiter smile within an hour or so after their scheduled appointment. In-office teeth whitening is carefully monitored by the dentist which allows for a safe, controlled and pain free use of a high concentrate bleaching gel. First your dentist will start preparing your mouth by covering your gums and lips so that only your teeth will be exposed. Then your dentist will apply the highly concentrated bleaching gel to your teeth and expose them to a specialized light that activates the gel, which speeds up the bleaching process. This cosmetic dentistry treatment is one of the safest way to go about obtaining your bright white, sparkling smile.

In addition to in-office teeth whitening, your dentist can provide you with custom fitted trays that fit precisely to your teeth and hold the bleaching gel. The custom made trays are created to fit precisely in order to prevent gum irritation and so the bleaching gel is spread out more evenly, which allows the gel to whiten all of your teeth. Using these sort of custom fitted trays are another highly effective way to go about teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening is appropriate for everyone. Be sure to speak with your dentist about using any sort of teeth whitening agents.

If you’re ready to obtain the bright white smile you’ve always dreamed of and think teeth whitening is the right choice for you, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 to schedule a consultation today. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer here, visit our website at 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 area.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry? | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by No Comments

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Are you struggling with the appearance of your teeth? Do you avoid smiling due to the way your teeth look? Cosmetic dentistry may be the perfect choice if you’ve been considering improving your smile. Cosmetic Dentistry offers a wide variety of procedures from teeth whitening to a complete smile makeover. So how do you know what cosmetic procedure is right for you?

Cosmetic Dentistry offers many procedures that can help fix any problem you may have with your teeth! The following is a list of procedures that may help you decide on what one is right for you!

Teeth Whitening- This procedure brightens teeth that have been stained or are discolored. Teeth whitening, or bleaching, can be done in your dentist’s office or at home with a system given to you by your dentist. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are also available to you.

Bonding- This can improve the appearance of your teeth if they are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have gaps in between them, by bonding a tooth-colored material to your tooth’s surface.

Veneers- Veneers are thin, custom made porcelain shells that cover the front of your teeth to disguise imperfections and discoloration.

Dental Implants- Dental implants are a replacement tooth root and crown for severely damaged or missing teeth. They are extremely natural looking and seamlessly blend in to your existing smile. (requires oral surgery)

Crown Lengthening- This procedure can fix a “gummy” smile or an uneven gum line by removing the excess gum tissue to expose more of your tooth and give you the appearance of longer looking teeth. (requires minor oral surgery)

Tooth Reshaping- This cosmetic procedure involves changing your teeth to improve their appearance by modifying and removing enamel. Tooth shaping, also knowns as dental contouring, is oftentimes combined with bonding

Smile Makeover- This procedure involves a comprehensive assessment of the overall appearance of your teeth and smile. Typically, several cosmetic dentistry procedures are required to restore the look of your smile.

Be sure to consult your dentist before making any decisions, as each procedure has its very own set of requirements and precautions that you should be aware of. For more information regarding Cosmetic Dentistry, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer visit our website at 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.

National Flossing Day | Oral Health

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by No Comments

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Every year since 2000, National Flossing Day has been celebrated the day after Thanksgiving. National Flossing Day focuses on the importance of flossing and dental care. The American Dental Association recommends to floss your teeth at least once a day for good oral health. However, a survey done by the ADA showed that only 4 out of 10 people floss every day, and 20% never do. It’s extremely important to floss regularly, if you aren’t flossing at least once a day, you won’t reap the benefits.

Flossing your teeth helps by removing plaque, a sticky film of bacteria and saliva. Plaque collects below the gum line and can eventually harden into tarter. By not brushing and flossing regularly this bacteria can cause inflammation, which is periodontal disease. If left untreated periodontal disease can cause receding gums, tooth decay and even tooth loss. For flossing tips please read the following Do’s and Don’ts:

DO’S:

  • Wash your hands before flossing
  • Use around 18 inches of dental floss
  • Use a gentle up and down motion to clean between teeth
  • Use a new section of floss to clean each tooth
  • Spend at least 1 minute flossing a day
  • Use waxed floss if your teeth are spaced close together
  • Do floss your children’s teeth till they can floss well by themselves

DON’TS:

  • Don’t just floss your front teeth because they are easier to do
  • Don’t saw into your gums, it will only hurt them
  • Don’t wait till all of your child’s teeth have surfaced to start flossing
  • Don’t forget to be a great example and show your children how to brush and floss.

For more information regarding your oral health, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL 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.

5 Tips for a Healthy Mouth this Halloween | Dental Health

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by No Comments

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Halloween is just around the corner, and most children are getting anxious about the loads of free candy and unlimited access to all sorts of sweet treats! Your dentist on the other hand, is not as excited. As delightful as these Halloween treats are, they can have a devastating impact on your teeth. So as to prevent damaging your teeth this Halloween, we’ve come up with a list of tips to keep that spooktacular smile of yours healthy.

  1. Eat your Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. During meals your saliva production increases and helps rinse away food particles and cancel out acids produced by bacteria.
  2. Avoid hard candy or sweets that stay in your mouth for a long period of time. Candy that is in your mouth for a longer period of time subjects teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.
  3. Offer healthier alternatives. Healthier alternatives like sugar-free gum contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is effective in fighting the bacteria in plaque and the acid that eats enamel.
  4. Set up a candy bank. A candy bank is where your child can make daily candy withdrawals and you can still keep a monitored watch. You’re able to control how much candy your child consumes without depriving them of the Halloween spirit.
  5. Take time to brush up on your oral habits. There’s no better time than Halloween to treat your children and yourself to a little reminder of the importance of a healthy mouth. Even just a quick reminder of the importance of brushing and flossing is all that’s needed to help your children understand the importance of oral health.

Follow these simple tips and tricks for a healthy mouth this Halloween, we hope you’ll enjoy this fun and festive holiday without sacrificing you or your family’s spooktacular smiles. If you would like to learn more about oral health, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgro.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.

Relieving Dental Anxieties | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 by No Comments

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Do experience anxiety at the first thought of a dentist visit? Does the high-pitched sound of dental tools give you goose bumps? If so, sleep dentistry may be the answer to solve your fear of the dentist. Not sure what sleep dentistry is? Sleep dentistry, also known as sedation dentistry, refers to the use of medication that helps ease the fears and anxiety patients may have before or during their scheduled dental appointment. Here at Advanced Dental Group we are dedicated to making your visit as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Some of the options we offer to help relieve your dental anxieties include the following:

Nitrous Oxide- Nitrous oxide, also commonly referred to as laughing gas, is used to help ease anxiety. You simply breathe in the laughing gas during the procedure to help calm your nerves. There is little recovery time choosing this option, but you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.

Oral Sedation- This is involves the patient taking a medication the night before or the day of the scheduled procedure. This is will help ensure you are relaxed during the procedure. Recovery time is bit longer with oral sedation, so take precaution and have someone drive you home after the procedure.

IV Sedation- IV sedation is administered directly into the blood stream, which results in immediate relaxation. You will be conscious but in a heighted state of relaxation, and may not be able to remember much of the procedure. Recovery time after IV sedation takes longer and will require you have a ride home after your procedure.

Don’t let your fear of the dentist stand in the way of your oral health. Dental sedation is here to help ease those fears to ensure you have a healthy, bright smile for life.

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 or visit our website at www.adavanceddentalgrp.com for more information.

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