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.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by No Comments

The stages of periodontal disease

If you’ve been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you are not alone. Many adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can range in severity, from bleeding and swelling of the gums to actual tooth loss. There are early signs and symptoms you should be aware of, those signs include the following:

  • Your gums bleed easily or bleed while brushing your teeth.
  • Your gums are very red, sensitive and swollen.
  • You are able to see pus in between your teeth and gums.
  • Your gums are starting to pull away from teeth.
  • You constantly have a bad taste in your mouth or chronic bad breath.
  • Your teeth have separated or feel loose.
  • You have sores in your mouth.

If you have any of the following signs or symptoms you should contact your dentist to schedule a visit. Gum disease can worsen if your teeth and gums are not taken care of properly.

If you have questions or would like more information regarding gum disease and the treatments available, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 or visit www.advanceddentalgrp.com for more information.

Advanced Dental Group proudly accepts patients from West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee

Benefits of Dental Implants | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by No Comments

Anatomy of healthy teeth and dental implant in jaw bone.

Do you have damaged or missing teeth that need replacing? If you do, have you ever thought about getting dental implants? Dental implants are almost like having your natural teeth back and they serve many benefits. A few of those benefits include the following:

  • Comparable to Natural Teeth- Dental implants are very durable and stable, while also looking, feeling and functioning like a natural tooth would.
  • Long Lasting- Since dental implants are extremely durable, they can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Your implant should be cared for like you would your natural teeth.
  • Protects Bone– Missing teeth result in empty spaces in your mouth which can lead to health problems, such as loss or deterioration of your jawbone. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that can maintain and stimulate jawbone growth.
  • Improved Speech- Having missing teeth can sometimes cause for slurred speech or pronunciation problems. By replacing missing teeth it can help restore speech.
  • Eat regularly- You’ll be able to bite into all of the foods you enjoy without having to think twice about your teeth staying in place.
  • Retain Natural Facial Profile- When missing several teeth it can make your face appear sunken in, saggy or sad. Replacing missing teeth can restore a natural facial profile.
  • Confidence Booster- Gaining a surge of confidence after replacing those missing or damaged teeth by restoring the smile you once had!

Improve your smile today with dental implants! If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, 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.

Snap On, Snap Off | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by No Comments

close up smile red lipstick Having missing or crooked teeth can sometimes lower a person’s confidence, and acquiring the smile you long for with veneers can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there is another more affordable option now, the Snap-On Smile! Snap-On Smile is non-invasive and fit directly over your existing teeth, which means no drills, needles or buffing down of your natural teeth. Snap-On Smile is made of a crystallized resin, this material is thin, flexible and fits comfortably against your teeth and gums. When attaching your new teeth, just simply “pop” them on in your mouth and snap them right over your natural teeth. Snap-On Smile uses the natural curvature of your natural teeth to keep it in place, and you are able to remove it whenever you like. Your Snap-On Smile is customizable, which means you’re able to choose the shape and whiteness level you prefer. When receiving your new teeth and wearing them for the first time, they may feel a bit bulky, it takes time to adjust, but they look just as natural as wearing veneers would. You can wear your Snap-on Smile all day or even just for special occasions. Your dentist may recommend that you don’t wear the teeth to sleep unless it is used as a brux guard to protect veneers or to protect your natural teeth from grinding. Let Snap-On Smile help you get that smile you’ve been dreaming of! If you’re interested in learning more about Snap-On Smile call 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.

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.

 

West Palm Beach Dentist | Ready for that Bright Smile?

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by No Comments

We all long to have that bright smile that lights up a room, teeth whitening may help you achieve that new confidence. There are various ways to go about getting that brighter smile, the two most common ways are in-office teeth whitening and home whitening systems.

Professional in-office teeth whitening is one of the more preferred methods due to the fact you can leave with a whiter smile within an hour. In office whitening is carefully monitored allowing for a safe, controlled and pain free use of a high concentrate bleaching gel. Your dentist will prepare your mouth by covering your gums and lips so only your teeth are exposed, then will apply the whitening gel and expose your teeth to a special type of light to help the gel whiten your teeth. This cosmetic dentistry process is one of the quickest and one of the safest ways to abstain the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Another option is using an over the counter whitening system or by having custom trays made to fit your teeth with precision. Using custom trays made by your dentist are a very effective way to go. The custom designed trays are made to fit properly so there is less gum irritation and the whitening agent is spread more evenly, allowing for the gel to whiten more of your teeth.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-689-0872 to see which whitening treatment is right for you. For more information you can also visit www.advanceddentalgrp.com.

 

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

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by No Comments

Fresh Breath

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.