Check out these simple practices that you should be doing every day for healthy gums.
When we think about our oral health, we often think about things like achieving a whiter, straighter smile or preventing cavities, but what about your gums? Gum disease is just as common as cavities and can also wreak havoc on your oral health. Instead of just turning to our Palm Beach Gardens, FL, family dentists Dr. Sharon Gilbert and Dr. Eric Gott and periodontist Dr. Kyle DeLuca once gum disease arises, follow these helpful tips to prevent gum disease from happening to you and your family,
Brush Your Teeth
At the very least you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste; however, it’s even better if you brush your teeth after each meal, which removes food particles and plaque from your teeth.
You Must Floss Every Day
How often do you floss? Do you know how regularly you should be flossing? You may be surprised to hear that you have to floss every day if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Since your toothbrush can’t get into those spaces between teeth, this is something only flossing can do. If you don’t floss daily you are letting plaque and food accumulate along the gumline and between teeth, which can cause decay and gum disease.
See Your Dentist Regularly
While practicing good oral hygiene at home is paramount for healthy teeth and gums, you still need to be visiting your Palm Beach Gardens, FL, dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. This is the best way to prevent many oral health problems and it’s also the best way to catch those early signs of decay and gum disease when they are far easier to treat.
Ditch the Cigarettes
If you are still smoking but looking for a good reason to quit, then do it for your health. After all, smoking can weaken the immune system, which increases your risk for infection. This makes it more difficult for gums to properly heal if they become infected or damaged from gum disease. In fact, smokers are twice as likely to develop gum disease as nonsmokers and four times more likely to deal with more advanced forms of gum disease.
Caring for your gums really doesn’t have to be that challenging. Of course, if you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or if you are noticing symptoms of gum disease then call Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Garden, FL, at (561) 220-7359.
Developing good oral care routines is just as important as any procedure at the dentist's office. Proper hygiene is a preventative care measure that wards off diseases, just ask Drs. Sharon Gilbert, Eric Gott, and Kyle DeLuca of Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Proper Oral Hygiene Regimen
- Brush before breakfast and rinse after. Brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste protects teeth before you eat, and rinsing removes food debris.
- Use fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride is a mineral already present in teeth so using fluoride protects against cavities and reverses the effects of cavities as well.
- Don't rinse fluoride-containing mouthwash, just spit it out. The fluoride will protect teeth throughout the day.
- Clean between teeth and under gum edges using dental floss. This removes hidden food particles to avoid plaque buildup.
- Visit your Palm Beach Gardens for professional cleanings. He/she will remove plaque and tartar buildup to protect teeth and soft tissue from damage.
- Visit your dentist on a regular basis to continue your preventative care routine. This enables your dentist to find cavities and oral diseases during the early stages when they're still treatable.
- Avoid sugary food and beverages that only help bacteria proliferate.
- Use mouthguards when you're playing sports, and if you have a tooth grinding or clenching problem.
- Quit smoking and chewing tobacco.
Diseases Preventative Care Protects You From
- Gum disease, periodontal disease, is when bacteria produce acid that breaks down enamel, protective layer of teeth, which then spreads to gum tissue, causing inflammation.
- Oral cancer, when caught from the start is easier to treat so make sure you visit your dentist for those routine checkups.
- Deep cavities may result in gum disease and/or tooth loss, among other issues.
Need more information?
Maintaining a healthy oral regimen will protect your teeth. As mentioned above, preventative care is crucial to your oral health. For more information about what you can do to take proper care of your teeth, contact Drs. Sharon Gilbert, Eric Gott, and Kyle DeLuca of Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, by calling (561) 609-0648 today!
Need a smile makeover? Porcelain veneers can give you the star-worthy smile in as little as two appointments! Thin, custom-made shells of porcelain, veneers are placed over the front part of your teeth to enhance your smile. Here at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott, and Dr. Kyle DeLuca, offer veneers to their patients. Read on to learn how this premier cosmetic dentistry option can improve your smile:
#1. Whiten Your Smile - Many people are embarrassed by their stained teeth. Certain medications, tobacco use, and pigments from dark-colored foods and beverages can cause stains on your teeth. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can give you the bright smile you've always wanted! Unlike the enamel on your teeth, porcelain veneers resist dental stains very well.
#2. Close Tooth Gaps - A gap between your teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile. These gaps can form anywhere in the mouth, and dental veneers can be used to close them. These ceramic shells fit over your gapped teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.
#3. Restore Broken Teeth - Dental veneers can also be used to restore teeth that are chipped or cracked. If you have fractured teeth, dental veneers can cover them and restore their appearance and functionality. This is accomplished by having the veneer cover the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the fractured part of the tooth.
#4. Fix Crooked Teeth - Having a crooked smile can really affect your self-esteem and give you a low self-image of yourself. Fortunately, in some cases, cosmetic dentistry can be used to provide a quick fix to your flawed smile. Dental veneers can give your teeth a look of beautiful uniformity, without the use of orthodontics.
Interested? Give Our Palm Beach Gardens Office a Call
If you want a star-worthy smile, call Downtown Dental Care's Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 609-0648 right now to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation to get the smile you deserve.
Are you doing everything needed to keep your mouth healthy? Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of good oral health and hygiene habits followed up with routine teeth cleanings and exams. Led by Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott, and Dr. Kyle DeLuca, Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, offers full-service dental care to keep their patients they serve. Read on to find out why preventive care is important.
Enjoy a Healthy Smile
By practicing good oral hygiene at home every day and seeing your dental provider regularly, you can help keep your smile healthy for years to come. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits at least twice a year. Spend some quality time with your dental care provider and you'll catch issues at an early stage when they are easily treatable.
Prevent Tooth Decay
Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless biofilm that constantly forms on the teeth and contains bacteria. This acidic substance damages tooth enamel and can lead to cavities. Cavities are damaged areas in teeth that develop into tiny holes. Untreated dental cavities can cause tooth pain, infection, and loss of teeth. Dental plaque can be removed by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and receiving professional teeth cleanings.
Maintain Overall Health
You may be risking your health if you don’t take good care of your gums and health. Research shows that oral health can have an impact on your overall health. After all, an unhealthy mouth may increase your risk of serious health issues such as heart attack, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and preterm labor. So brush your teeth and floss often!
Prevent Dental Diseases
During your checkup, your dental provider will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and other health issues. Gum disease can lead to serious problems if it is not treated in a timely manner. Your dental provider may also conduct an oral cancer screening during your dental exam. The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify oral cancer early, when there's a greater chance for a cure. Consult with your preventive care dentist in Palm Beach Gardens if you need an oral cancer screening.
Is it time for your next dental checkup? Call Downtown Dental Care's office in Palm Beach Gardens today by dialing 561-609-0648 to schedule an appointment.
Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your Dentist
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.
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