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.

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.

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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.

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