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Safe Travels: How to Maintain a Healthy Smile

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dental services  Palm Beach Gardens, FLSummertime is one of the best times of year to hit the road or to fly across the globe for some faraway adventure. Whether your summer plans include a trip to see Grandma and Grandpa or to observe the moon and stars from a dimly lit campground, it goes without saying that time away from the normal routine can feel both exhilarating and chaotic. Here, we outline a few simple things that you can do to protect your teeth and gums while making the most of the summertime fun.

  1. Eat well. For many of us, a break from the normal daily routine can equate to mindless snacking and poor food choices. Even if your eating habits change only temporarily, there can be lasting effects from excessive amounts of sugar, alcohol, or processed foods. Maintain your smile by avoiding the temptation to graze all day long. Craving something sweet? Grab an apple, pear, or a bowl of strawberries! These foods have been noted for their teeth-cleaning and whitening capabilities.
  2. Drink water. Staying hydrated is especially important during the hot summer months. Sipping on water throughout the day offers more benefits than pounding a glass every so often. This is because the acidity of the oral environment increases exponentially throughout the day. The more often you drink water, the less acidic your mouth should be. Also, drinking water after snacking or drinking any non-water beverage reduces sugar build-up and fights plaque.
  3. Maintain your toothbrush! Toothbrushes can grow bacteria if they are not kept in a dry environment. Sometimes, those travel toothbrush holders that are supposed to protect your oral hygiene tool can work against the objective at hand.
  4. Bring along travel-sized mouthwash and floss. On those long days in the car or at the airport, the mouth can feel, well, dirty. Chewing gum and mints are only minimally effective at freshening up the mouth on such days. A swish of mouthwash and a brief flossing session can do wonders for “dirty mouth.”
  5. Remember to stop and smell the roses. The whole point of vacation is to sit back and relax, and yet many of us find ourselves tenser than ever as we try to get away from the monotony of daily living for a bit. Long lines, hot sun, or cranky children aside, it is important that you remain calm and relaxed during vacation. Tension can lead to tooth grinding and clenching, which could damage teeth, restorations, and the joints of the jaw.

Lerner & Lemongello offers friendly care to patients from Palm Beach Gardens, as well as those who are just passing through. Call (561) 627-9000 to schedule your visit.

It’s Test Time!

dental careMost people don’t look forward to tests. However, a short quiz is anything but stressful, and ours can help you see just how much you know about your smile, and about dental care! Have fun with these questions, and feel free to contact our office with yours.

What can cosmetic dentistry do for you?

  1. Remove stains
  2. Make you look younger
  3. Boost your career success
  4. Make you feel more confident
  5. All of the above

Answer: E. Of course, there are many reasons that a person may give for seeing a cosmetic dentist. However, the results of their treatment may be much greater than they expect. When your smile looks good, you feel good. It’s that simple! And studies indicate that an attractive smile is not only a career asset but also advantageous for social and romantic relationships.

How can a tooth be straightened?

  1. Braces
  2. Porcelain veneers
  3. A Dental Crown
  4. All of the above

Answer: D. To be technically correct, only braces can officially straighten a tooth. However, dentists often use crowns or porcelain veneers to make a tooth appear straight. Veneers are also used to make short teeth look longer, to close gaps, and to perfect the shape of teeth.

True or False

Invisalign cannot correct malocclusion.

False. When Invisalign first originated, this aligner system was approved for the correction of slight misalignment; a turned tooth or a gap. After years of research and development, Invisalign has evolved into an excellent method for correcting mild to moderate overbite, underbite, and crossbite, too.

Laser teeth whitening is no more effective than other professional methods.

True. A few years ago, patients were seeing a lot of dentists advertise (expensive) laser whitening treatments. This method never really took hold, and for a good reason: it is not any better than what was already available. We offer both in-office whitening, where you sit back and leave the “heavy lifting” to us and also home whitening using professional-grade whitening gel. Both of these processes are efficient, and each can reach the same gorgeous level of radiance.

We enjoy having fun with our patients while attending to their dental needs. Stay up to date with your exams and cleanings by scheduling your next visit with us.

 

 

Reasons to Like your Dentist

dental visitAt Lerner & Lemongello, we work hard to give each patient what he or she needs most: quality dental care in a friendly environment. While a large percentage of our patients have positive feelings toward dentistry, we understand that there are individuals for whom dental visits are associated with negative emotions like fear, anxiety, stress, and frustration. According to statistics, it seems that dental anxiety affects nearly three-quarters of the population! So, if you are one who tends to avoid seeing the dentist, you’re certainly not alone. However, consider reasons why you might actually like your dentist.

  1. Good dentists outnumber the “bad.” If you have had a bad experience with one dentist, you could be turned off to the rest of them. The truth is, the right care from a dentist with a positive manner and a wealth of training and experience can turn things around, both in your mouth and in your attitude toward dentistry.
  2. Your dentist really does want to help you. Dentists do not choose their profession because they like poking around in people’s mouths. Well, they do, but not with the intent of causing discomfort. We view our role as your dental team as a supportive network that will help you avoid painful situations!
  3. Your dentist is there when you need care. Ideally, you will never fall victim to a dental emergency. But if you do, you want to know that your comfort will be restored right away. This is when it pays to have an established working relationship with a dentist whom you like and trust. There is nothing like an urgent need to make you want to see your dentist!

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello have been focusing on the diverse needs of patients for more than 30 years. Throughout their time in private practice, each has maintained a strong interest in continued education at some of the leading colleges and dental institutions. Patients of our office in Palm Beach Gardens have the opportunity to work with a dentist that is intent on creating positive experiences and smiles that are healthy and attractive.

Schedule your visit with us at (561) 627-9000.

 

 

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Leave Your Spooky Smile Behind: How to Clean Up Your Teeth After Halloween

trick-or-treatYes, we can sit here and blame our kids for eating all of their Halloween candy, but let’s face it— while they were napping or at school, you snuck way too many handfuls of miniature candy bars and taffy (because it’s one of the best parts of parenthood). If your teeth are feeling a bit dirty, sticky, or otherwise uncomfortable because of either too much candy consumption or the lack of proper dental care, head into Lerner & Lemongello today to get those teeth cleaned, whitened, and aligned with a smile makeover. Read on to learn more.

Cleaned
Did you know that you are supposed to get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year? If you can’t remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned or if you can but it far exceeds that bi-annual recommendation, then schedule an appointment with Lerner & Lemongello in order to get your teeth cleaned. During your cleaning, your teeth will not only get a fluoride treatment and in-depth cleaning, but your jaw will be examined for underlying conditions such as TMD.

Whitened
Nobody likes to look into the mirror post Halloween and see a set of yellow teeth smiling back. In order to help you get teeth that are less out of nightmares and more out of fantasies, Lerner & Lemongello offer two types of whitening treatments to help you reverse the damage that has been layed upon them: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Depending on what type of stains you have and some other factors, you and your dentist will choose the best option for you.

Aligned
Other than a dirty smile that is yellow, nothing will scare your friends and family away quite like a mouth full of misaligned teeth. Depending on how misaligned your teeth are and the health of your bite, you may be deemed a suitable candidate for Invisalign. As a great, easy, and hassle free way of straightening your teeth, Invisalign uses customized trays to help straighten your teeth. And the best part? You can take them out when you are eating!

Leave Halloween behind and make your smile a bit less frightening with cleaner, whiter, and straighter teeth. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, contact Lerner & Lemongello today!

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