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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.