We talk a lot about aging these days. Often, our conversations related to this topic revolve around the innovative ways we can have more control over the issues that may arise as we grow older. The fact of the matter is, the body will always age; it’s a biological fact that we cannot change. Fortunately, we can manage our unique aging process. One way to do this is to get familiar with the needs we have as the body changes. Let’s look at the smile as an example.
Historically, aging has meant tooth discoloration. It has meant frequent dental problems and even tooth loss. In the past century, advances in awareness, hygiene, and dentistry have afforded us the ability to reduce these consequences. If age-related concerns do arise, we usually have more than one way to address them. Here, what we would like to discuss is how the older adult can handle oral care as needs and abilities change.
By mid-life and beyond, most adults have established a routine that involves brushing their teeth every day. Ideally, teeth are also flossed every night before bed. These two habits are the cornerstone of good oral health and should not be skipped or rushed. According to research, adults aged 50 and older may find that plaque and tartar become especially problematic (and 50 isn’t even considered “senior). This means that daily care takes on new importance. To sustain teeth and gums, though, little extra help may be needed. We suggest:
Your dentist in Palm Beach Gardens is an excellent resource for information and direct support. Call Lerner & Lemongello at (561) 627-9000 to schedule your visit with us.
You’ve got a toothache. Of course, the thought that you need to see the dentist is going to go through your head. This is an accurate assessment. The very fact that pain exists means that there could be a problem with a tooth or with your gums. Seeing that dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay are progressive and will only worsen until they are treated, it is safe to say that any type of tooth pain should be brought to your dentist. That being said, there are certain types of tooth pain that need to be evaluated right away. We want to point out what those are.
Tooth pain typically doesn’t pop up out of the blue. If it does, and the pain is disruptive to your ability to be in the present moment, you need to call your dentist. Pain may be temporarily alleviated by rinsing the mouth with warm salty water, but it could indicate that infection has sprouted inside of a tooth. Usually, we expect to see decay on the outermost area of enamel. However, it is possible for bacteria to also enter the inner part of the tooth through the roots or through a tiny fracture. If treatment does not occur quickly, the tooth may fail and extraction may be necessary.
Pain that throbs with the beat of your heart is concerning to your dentist and may need to be treated with root canal therapy. Every situation is unique, but this type of pain often indicates an infection we call abscess. A tooth abscess is a condition in which bacteria and fluid have become entrapped in a sac of tissue. This may be visible on the gums, but abscesses are often hidden beneath the surface. An abscess can create a serious problem if the bacteria-filled sac ruptures, so throbbing pain is not something to ignore (as if you could).
There is mild sensitivity that may occur when you rinse your mouth with cold water, or when you drink a hot cup of tea. Then there is a sharp sensitivity that may also relate to the temperature of foods, and may even happen when you take a deep breath. Sharp pain like this could mean two things: either a cavity (yay! Easy treatment!) or an abscess (see your dentist today if possible!).
The team at Learner & Lemongello can help you resolve tooth pain. Call (561) 627-9000 for friendly assistance.
Aging is a condition that humans have long wished to postpone. We are in a day an age in which it is easier than it has ever been to postpone the development of lines and wrinkles, and to correct age-related cosmetic concerns without much investment or down time. A quick visit to a dermatologist or med spa and crow’s feet or frown lines can be gone for several months. On the same train of thought, we have to point out that a quick visit to our general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Palm Beach Gardens can also have a dramatic affect on facial aging.
We see so much radiance in the smiles of celebrities and other people that there may be a misperception that teeth are either white or they aren’t. The shade of teeth is only partially related to genetics, because our genes may dictate how thick enamel is. Aside from that, though, teeth discolor simply because we eat. When we eat, microscopic bits of debris get into the tubules of our teeth. These are similar to the pores of our skin. Once debris gets in, it cannot get out. Teeth whitening is performed to break up those particles so light can reach the depths of enamel and reflect more radiantly and brightly.
Teeth whitening is a convenient method of removing stains from teeth that may be conducted at home or in the dental office. We offer both forms of treatment to make it as easy as possible for our patients to get the smile they desire. Professional teeth whitening revolves around the breakdown of debris. Each form of treatment does the same thing, reach into enamel with a controlled dose of peroxide. The difference is not in the results; it is in the method of whitening. Patients who choose in-office teeth whitening can look up to ten years younger in about an hour.
With age, we can expect the radiance in our smile to degrade; but we don’t have to accept this. You don’t have to accept a dull, yellow smile. Call (561) 627-9000 to schedule your teeth whitening treatment.
Good teeth. We all want them, even if we don’t talk about it. There is a societal expectation for beauty today that has never been quite as strong. We have social media to thank for the trends that we love to follow, and also for the self-consciousness we may feel when we don’t see our truest reflection in our smile. At the office of Lerner & Lemongello in Palm Beach Gardens, we’ve got your best interest at heart. We would love to help you make your dream smile a reality, and we know how we can.
In recent years, consumers have heard more and more about porcelain dental veneers. Celebrities have become more transparent about the manner in which they achieve and maintain such beauty, and we have also seen veneers used on popular makeover shows. One of the reasons why porcelain veneer treatment is so popular is because of porcelain, in particular, looks incredibly natural. Another reason is that veneers, in general, can solve some problems in one fell swoop.
You want a perfect smile, one that represents your personality. This means that your teeth and gums and lips are in harmonious proportion. The veneering process begins and ends with this in mind. To commence treatment, we discuss the way in which you would like your smile to improve. Are there gaps that you want to be closed? Is a tooth chipped or cracked? From obvious stains to odd shapes and sizes, there is a way to create veneers to successfully disguise the issues that downgrade your smile.
After concluding how we want to improve the smile, we go to work on the physical process of mildly altering teeth that we will treat. Traditional veneers require the modest reduction to make space for the thin sheath of porcelain to lie flush with the gums. Then, we can take impressions that guide the creation of your veneers. It is during a second visit when these final enhancements are affixed to the teeth you wish to improve.
Having a great smile is not something you should dream of, it’s something you should live. Learn more about options for veneer treatment at (561) 627-9000.
We’re coming to that wonderful time of year when we tend to look forward with excitement. We may even make plans to bring more joy into our life, more well-being or more success. Even if you don’t consider yourself a resolution-maker, there may come a time at which you want to make a positive change to make your life better in some way, such as adding more ease to your daily schedule. We have a suggestion that can facilitate this and even provide more benefit than you may imagine.
Oral hygiene doesn’t take much of our time each day, a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes at night, before bed. Still, brushing and flossing can feel like a chore. If you do this daily and still hear from your dentist that you have slight gingivitis or a cavity or two, you may feel somewhat defeated. What good does it do to brush and floss if you don’t get the results you want? Don’t just question, make a change. Consider swapping out your manual toothbrush for an electric model. Here’s what could happen . . .
Electric toothbrushes have been around for a long time. Therefore, you might think you know all about them. An electric toothbrush has batteries that make the bristles move more quickly. Big deal. Yes! It’s a big deal. In fact, there’s even more to it than a vibrating head. Electric toothbrushes come in a variety of types now. There are ultrasonic brushes that vibrate so high that plaque gets dislodged from teeth. There are ionic toothbrushes that use mild electrical current for plaque removal. Some high-tech toothbrushes even have a timer, so you brush for the full two-minutes you’re supposed to. Seeing that efficiency and consistency are the two key elements of a healthy mouth, this is enough reason to consider a good electric toothbrush for your personal use.
Every person gains performance benefits when they switch to an electric toothbrush, regardless of type. In certain instances, these gains are significant. For instance, a person who suffers the stiffness and soreness of arthritis may find toothbrushing incredible difficult. An electric toothbrush doesn’t require the same movements, so can both ease and maximize the performance of teeth-brushing.
What better way to head into a new year than with a plan for your best smile. We’re happy to speak with you about the type of toothbrush that may be right for you. Schedule a visit to our Palm Beach Gardens office by calling (561) 627-9000.