Our Palm Beach Gardens, FL family dentists Dr. Sharon Gilbert and Dr. Eric Gott are here to tell you that caring for your smile and preventing cavities and gum disease really isn’t that challenging. It just takes some know-how and some time and attention to maintain good oral health.
What is preventive dentistry?
The goal of preventive dentistry, as you might already be able to conclude, is to provide your smile with the care it requires for the long term to maintain good oral health and to prevent issues from occurring, whether it’s decay, an infection or an injury.
There are many different components of preventive dentistry that can enable you to maintain a healthy smile for the rest of your life. Some of the best practices for a healthy smile include:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Replacing your toothbrush head every 3-4 months
- Brushing for at least two minutes each time you brush
- Using a mouthwash or rinse
- Getting dental sealants (a common preventive option to reduce cavities in kids)
- Getting fluoride treatment
- Eating a healthy diet (avoid sugar and soft drinks)
- Wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports
- Seeing your Palm Beach Gardens, FL general dentist twice a year
Why is preventive dentistry beneficial?
Everyone should practice preventive dentistry, even children. In fact, children should start visiting their dentist once they turn one year old. Preventive dentistry encompasses both the habits and oral care you follow each and every day, as well as the routine checkups, evaluations, cleanings and other options our family dentist has to offer here in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
By adhering to the basic habits of preventive dentistry you could protect your smile from:
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Enamel erosion
Is it time to schedule your six-month dental cleaning? Do you want to find out whether your child could benefit from fluoride treatment or sealants? If so, trust your smiles to the compassionate, caring dental team here at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Call us today to find out how we can help your smile.
Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can stabilize fragile teeth, repair damage, and even improve the appearance of imperfect teeth. Palm Beach Gardens, FL, dentists Dr. Sharon Gilbert and Dr. Eric Gott offer crowns and other dental treatments you need to keep your smile in good condition.
Crowns offer important protections for your teeth
Dental crowns, also called caps, fit over teeth that need a little help. The hollow restorations are typically made of porcelain or zirconia. These substances are not only durable but also look very much like your own tooth enamel. Your Palm Beach Gardens dentist may recommend a crown if:
- Your Tooth Fractured: Fractures can occur if you fell, were in an accident, experienced a sports injury, or if a crack suddenly worsened. Adding a crown restores the normal height and width of your tooth, making chewing on it possible once again. Fractured teeth can often be very painful if they're exposed to the air or hot or cold temperatures. Fortunately, it's easy to relieve your pain by adding a crown to your tooth.
- Your Tooth Cracked: A crack in a tooth may seem like a minor problem, but cracks can lead to big problems in the future. Cracks create a convenient pathway for bacteria that can cause infections or cavities and also increase your risk of a tooth fracture. Your new crown will not only cover your crack but also absorb biting forces that can break fragile teeth.
- Your Tooth is Weak: Weak teeth run in some families but may also occur if you've recently had a large filling or a root canal. Both procedures require removal of significant portions of your tooth structure. As a result, your tooth becomes weaker and more likely to fracture.
- You Don't Like the Way Your Tooth Looks: Crowns are also a good choice if you're concerned about the appearance of a tooth. They're an excellent option if you have a discolored tooth or one of your teeth doesn't quite blend in with your smile. Whether the tooth is too short, crooked, or just oddly shaped, a crown offers a simple solution to your smile issues.
Makeover your smile with a crown! Call Palm Beach Gardens, FL, dentists Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Gott, at (561) 220-7359 to schedule an appointment.
No one has perfect teeth. However, you can prevent many dental problems with some simple oral hygiene habits. At Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, your dentists, Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott and Dr. Joseph Pechter stress the importance of cleanings, check-ups, brushing, flossing and healthy diets. They're the first line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues.
A strong smile through brushing, flossing and diet
It starts at home as a child and continues throughout life. What did Mom teach you about oral hygiene? Likely, it was good brushing habits and flossing, too. Then, she served a tooth-friendly diet. Are you keeping up with what you learned?
Here's how twice daily tooth brushing should look. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. One with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance ensures good quality fluoride, whitening, breath-freshening and sensitivity ingredients as needed. Then, positioning your brush at a 45-degree angle, sweep the bristles back and forth gently, proceeding all around your mouth. Cover all tooth surfaces, and stay at it a full two minutes as the ADA advises.
Then, your Palm Beach Gardens dentists ask you to floss once a day. Choose the time, and be consistent. Flossing removes harmful plaque your toothbrush skips over. Pick a flossing product you like. Strand floss is the most common, but people also select Y-flossers, interdental brushes and water flossing devices such as the Water Pik. Whatever your choice, be gentle and thorough, moving your floss or other device up and down through interdental spaces and at the gumline.
Remember, too, that diet plays a huge role in dental health. It's a critical component of preventive care. Limit sugar, and increase calcium, low-fat protein, and fiber. Eat several servings of vegetables and fruits, and stay well hydrated.
Every six months
A semi-annual check-up and hygienic cleaning at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens is a great oral hygiene habit. Your dentist will inspect your teeth and gums for cavities, gum disease, failing restorations, dental bite and alignment and more. He or she will do a quick oral cancer screening, too.
Your hygienist scales your teeth to remove plaque and tartar. She polishes your teeth and takes digital X-rays at regular intervals to uncover problems between the teeth and below the gumline. These treatments are simple and play a significant role in keeping your smile healthy and strong.
How are your habits?
At Downtown Dental Care, we're happy to help all our patients establish their best oral hygiene routines. To arrange your semi-annual appointment, please call the office staff at (561) 220-7359.
Wearing traditional metal braces isn't always feasible due to the length of time required, and the discomfort involved. If you need braces to fix your smile, but you're unsure about wearing them for two years or longer, Fastbraces may be the perfect solution for your case. Find out more about this advanced treatment when you attend a consultation at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
What Are Fastbraces?
Fast braces is an orthodontic technology developed as an alternative to standard braces. While traditional braces realign your teeth in two stages that span two years or more, Fastbraces do the job in about three to 12 months. Using a special mechanical technology, the tooth root is put into alignment early in the treatment period. The braces use a triangular design along with a square-shaped wire, which is different from the makeup of traditional metal brackets.
Reasons to Consider This Solution
The obvious reason to choose Fastbraces is that it will adjust and align your smile very quickly compared to the standard option. Patients often find that this treatment is also more comfortable and gentle on the teeth and gums. Compared to other orthodontic options, Fastbraces is more affordable and requires fewer visits to the dentist. Having Fastbraces placed is a very straightforward process that can be completed in a relatively short appointment with your Palm Beach Gardens dentist.
A Nicer Smile, Just in Time...
Another more practical reason to choose Fastbraces is that it will allow you to have a better smile in time for important life events, like weddings, vacations, and business conferences. Some patients see significant positive changes in a matter of weeks. To maintain your newly positioned smile after treatment, commit to wearing the prescribed retainers for at least 20 minutes per day or as recommended by your dentist.
Come in for a Consultation
If you need an orthodontic treatment that can be completed quickly and efficiently, contact Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL about Fastbraces and talk to Dr. Sharon Gilbert, who is a Senior Master Provider for Fastbraces technology- a distinction held by few in the world! Call 561-220-7359 today to set up a consultation with Dr. Sharon Gilbert.
At Downtown Dental Care, you may take advantage of one of today's most innovative orthodontic systems. It's called Fastbraces, and it could be your path to a healthier, straighter smile in less time and less money. Your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens, Dr. Sharon Gilbert loves the results Fastbraces produce for children and adults. Could Fastbraces give you the smile of your dreams? Why not learn more?
How are Fastbraces different?
Fastbraces have unique features that make them the fastest and least costly orthodontic treatments available today. Dentists and patients alike praise Fastbraces because they treat a variety of smile problems more quickly than other traditional orthodontic systems. Treatment takes months not years. Compare that to typical treatment times of two to two and half years or even more for conventional braces.
Why is Fastbraces just that---fast? Fastbraces utilizes nickel-cadmium brackets that are shaped like triangles rather than the usual rectangular configuration. These brackets aim physical forces directly at tooth roots, moving them into proper alignment along with the tops, or crowns, of your teeth. Conventional braces do just the opposite. The root system moves first, followed by the crowns. This method takes much longer to accomplish its goals.
In addition, patients make fewer trips to Downtown Dental Care during the course of their treatments. Check-ups and adjustments are less frequent, saving patients time and money.
How are Fastbraces similar to traditional braces?
Fastbraces produce healthier, better-aligned smiles for individuals with alignment problems which include:
- Protruding front teeth
A consultation with your Palm Beach Gardens Dentist
In short, Fastbraces correct many smile challenges. In fact, they may work for you. Dr. Gilbert offers Fastbraces consultations at Downtown Dental Care. She'll perform an oral examination, look at your bite and take X-rays as needed to get a complete picture of your unique smile issues and if Fastbraces could solve them.
So, don't wait any longer. Please call Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens today for your one-on-one consultation. Bring your questions and your smile goals. We look forward to creating your best possible smile. Phone (561) 220-7359.
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