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.
Keeping your smile healthy, as you probably know, is more than just brushing and flossing. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, permanent teeth are lost whether due to an accident or decay. When this happens, replacing them is important for both your health and your appearance. Two of the ways that the dentists at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and serving West Palm Beach, FL Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott, and Dr. Joseph Pechter restore natural teeth are through dental implants and crowns and bridgework. Learn about these two treatments in this post.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a great way to replace a tooth - or several teeth - that you've lost from decay or trauma over the years. The root, which held your natural tooth in place, is replicated by a metal post that your West Palm Beach dentist implants in your jawbone. These posts are tiny but become very stable once the jawbone grows back around them. Another tiny metal piece called the abutment juts out above the gum line and connects the post to the crown, which is made of porcelain and looks just like a natural tooth. Dental implants are particularly impressive restorations because they're low-maintenance, requiring no extra care besides regular brushing and flossing, and can last for several decades.
Crowns and bridgework
Another way to replace a missing tooth is through crowns and bridgework. Crowns act as the supports of the bridgework, which stabilize the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. The bridge is the part of this restoration that fills in the gap with a porcelain tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth would. Visiting your West Palm Beach family dentist regularly will help keep your crowns and bridgework fitting properly for many years to come.
There are many other ways that your family dentist can improve your smile. To learn more, contact Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and serving West Palm Beach, FL today!
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your family dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your family Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your family dentist to schedule an appointment.
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