Freshen Your Dental Arsenal – It’s Spring!
- Friday, 15 April 2016 10:47
What a winter! Thank goodness spring is here. The daffodils and crocuses are peeking up through the melting snow. It’s time to freshen things up – including your teeth and your dental “arsenal.”
- Check it out and throw it out…your toothbrush, that is. If the flu got to you, you need to replace your toothbrush. Toothbrushes harbor germs, it’s true, they do. Their bristles also wear out and they aren’t as good at cleaning your teeth as they were when they were new. It is a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three months…and every time you get sick. Invest in a quality, soft-bristled brush that isn’t harsh on your tender gum tissue.
- Just do it. Daily flossing is neglected by many people but dedicated flossers swear by it. It’s impossible to get at the tiny bits of debris between your teeth by brushing alone. Floss comes in different thicknesses and widths, and it even comes flavored. There is a floss for every type of teeth. There isn’t a substitute for flossing. Make it a habit and notice fresher breath and cleaner teeth.
- Use fluoride toothpaste. Go ahead, squeeze the last tiny bit of toothpaste out of that tube and get a fresh, new tube of cavity-fighting, fluoride toothpaste. It’s a fact – cavities form in your mouth because of the plaque and germs left behind by food. But cavities stand less of a chance of forming if you brush twice a day with a quality fluoride toothpaste.
- Scrape your tongue. The sticky feeling in your mouth when you wake comes in large part from your tongue – it’s been hanging-out and collecting germs while you sleep. So, get a tongue scraper, and first thing in the morning, scrape your tongue and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Try it. You’ll be amazed.
When was the last time you scheduled a “spring cleaning” for your teeth? If it’s been way too long, call to schedule an appointment, today: (561) 627-9000.
The Five Things That Make Your Toothpaste Great
- Wednesday, 30 March 2016 08:36
For hundreds of years, brushing one’s teeth has been a social and hygienic necessity.
Today, you are fortunate in that there is such a wide selection of toothpastes to help in removing the nasty film that builds up on your teeth overnight and between brushings.
Have you ever wondered what’s in the toothpaste you use to polish your “pearly whites”? If so, here is the short list:
- Detergents: Toothpaste foams because it contains a detergent which breaks down substances on your teeth allowing them to be dissolved and rinsed away with water. Detergents in toothpastes are mild and won’t irritate your sensitive oral tissues. Sodium lauryl sulfate is the most common detergent in toothpaste and is also found in other beauty products that foam, such as shampoo.
- Abrasives: One of the main reasons to use toothpaste is to make the action of brushing more effective. In order to remove stains, you need a substance with a little graininess. Abrasives or mild polishing agents, clean while preserving your tooth enamel. The abrasives in toothpaste may include hydrated silica or calcium carbonate. Abrasives won’t clean your teeth without the scrubbing action of a toothbrush and brushing without an abrasive-containing toothpaste will not adequately clean and polish your tooth surfaces and will not remove stains.
- Humectants and Binders: Humectants are a combination of ingredients that retain moisture in the toothpaste and binders keep all the ingredients from separating. If toothpaste didn’t have these components, it would dry out and require stirring before use.
- Fluoride: Introduced into toothpaste formulas in 1914, fluoride is the most valuable component in toothpaste. It strengthens tooth enamel and makes your teeth more resistant to decay because it is actually incorporated into your tooth’s enamel structure.
- Flavorings: Toothpaste would taste awful without the addition of natural and artificial flavoring agents.
If it’s been awhile since your last dental visit, give us a call, today, and get your spring off to a smiling-great start: (561) 627-9000.
Get Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth
- Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:16
Wisdom Teeth. What do you know about them, other than they are large molars, at the very back of your mouth that are usually removed to make space for other teeth? Maybe you still have yours…and maybe you are thinking about having them removed. In that event, here are eight interesting facts about wisdom teeth:
- Wisdom teeth are actually called the third molars. They got their nickname from the age when they typically grow in. Third molars do not appear until the dental arch becomes larger, around the age of 17-25…a time also referred to as the “age of wisdom” (interesting in and of itself).
- Wisdom teeth are the only teeth that are not formed in the womb.
- Thirty-five percent of the population is born without wisdom teeth. Whether our teeth have evolved or culture is responsible is up for debate. But it seems we no longer need these teeth for survival.
- While most people have four wisdom teeth, having more (supernumerary) or less (hypodontia) is possible.
- The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed. This can be because the teeth are “impacted” (deep under the gum tissue, crowded and unable to surface) or because the area is difficult to reach and difficult to clean.
- Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.If left in the mouth, an impacted wisdom tooth may damage neighboring teeth or become decayed due to the difficulty in reaching and cleaning that area of the mouth and gums.
- The most common and serious consequence of impacted wisdom teeth is gum (periodontal) disease which can affect your general health and the health of your mouth and gums.
- If wisdom teeth need to be removed, it is best to remove them at a younger age.
Do you have questions about you or your child’s wisdom teeth? Call, today, for a consultation appointment: (561) 627-9000.
Cosmetic Dentistry De-Mystified
- Sunday, 28 February 2016 10:37
Simply put, cosmetic dentistry is dental work that improves the appearance of your teeth and mouth. It can restore the confidence that a full, white smile brings. Additionally, if your teeth are mis-aligned or cracked, they are perfect targets for periodontal disease and tooth decay. Crowns, veneers and bridges can lessen the chances that you will be dealing with serious dental dental issues in the future. Having a lovely smile and beautiful teeth are important to your self-confidence in both your personal and professional life. If you are not happy with the way your teeth look and are seeking improvement, cosmetic dentistry may be the answer.
At Lerner & Lemongello, we understand the importance of your smile and it’s effect on how you feel about yourself. We are dedicated to helping you get the glowing, healthy, smile you’ve always wanted and deserve. You may be living with crooked, cracked, chipped or discolored teeth – the exact issues that cosmetic dentistry can treat – with procedures hat are easier and less expensive than you may think. Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello can help you find a solution to your dental concerns that is perfect for you and your unique situation, both financially and aesthetically. They are experts in cosmetic dentistry and are committed to your satisfaction. Additionally, they will ensure that your experience is as stress-free and pleasant as possible. You can trust the artistry, attention to detail and experience at Lerner & Lemongello and can be confident that you will get the very finest and most up-to-date cosmetic dental care.
Here are a few of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer:
• Teeth whitening
• Ceramic crowns
• Aesthetic restoration and rehabilitation
• Dental implants
• Porcelain veneers
• Dental bridges
If you would like to know more about a specific procedure, call our office to schedule a consultation and let us help you decide which procedure or combination of procedures would be best for you: (561) 627-9000.
Say “Cheese” With Complete Confidence
- Monday, 15 February 2016 07:58
Have you noticed the bored, pouty expressionless faces sported by some young starlets? Don’t most of us want to smile? Our patients definitely do! If you find you’re not smiling because of chipped, cracked, missing or severely decayed teeth let us help. We specialize in smile make-overs, veneers, implants and esthetic dentistry.
But whether you have natural teeth or crowns, veneers or implants, your oral health is about more than your smile. It’s about protecting your mouth and gums from plaque, the bacteria that produces acids in your mouth, weakens tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay. Plaque also leads to the number one cause of tooth loss in adults – periodontal disease.
- What is your daily dental health routine? The rules for maintaining healthy teeth and gums apply to all types of teeth – natural and esthetic.
- Are you using the right products?
- Are there tools that could increase the effectiveness of your routine?
Brushing and flossing regularly are key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
It’s also important to choose the right toothbrush and use it properly.
• Toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes. Choose a brush that fits your mouth, has bristles that are soft rather than stiff and is easy to use, whether manual or electric.
• Use a gentle motion, focus on every tooth – especially your back teeth – and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Bacteria hide in the tiny crevices of your tongue and can be responsible for bad breath. Use a fluoride toothpaste and replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Are these three tools in your dental care arsenal?
- A Tongue Scraper – It moves along the contour of your tongue, scraping deeply to remove bacteria and germs that can cause bad breath.
- Whitening Toothpaste – When used twice a day, surface stains on your teeth caused by coffee, tea and red wine are broken down by these peroxide-based toothpastes.
- A WaterPik – This tool is great for cleaning between crowns, veneers and implants. And its gentle massaging action is so good for your gums.
Get the confident smile you deserve at Lerner & Lemongello!
Call us today to schedule an appointment: (561) 627-9000.