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Caring for Your Pregnancy Smile

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General Dentistry Palm Beach Gardens FLPregnancy is an exciting time in a family; one during which virtually no one is thinking about dental care. Moms-to-be have far more exciting things to think about than their teeth, like their growing bump, those breathing techniques they read about, and the baby shower they can’t wait to attend. While there are good reasons to focus on the various exciting aspects of pregnancy, oral health is something to keep in mind. Here, we discuss why, and also offer some tips on how to keep your smile healthy during pregnancy.

It Isn’t Just Your Belly that Changes

Most of the focus of pregnancy is given to the ever-expanding belly. The changes that aren’t seen – but are definitely felt – involve your hormones. Of course, you realize that your hormones will change dramatically while you’re pregnant, but you may not know what this entails. For a woman to be able to give birth, her body must become more flexible, joints and all. To accomplish this, the body produces more of a particular hormone that affects all soft tissues, making them softer and more moveable. This is good for childbirth but may not be great for your gums.

The softening of gum tissue during pregnancy can lead to an increased risk of plaque buildup just beneath the gumline. The gums may also bleed more easily during pregnancy, though this doesn’t present the same concern as the potential for gingivitis and gum disease.

How to Manage Oral Health During Pregnancy

First and foremost, it is essential to know that dental care is not off-limits during pregnancy. After about 20 weeks, it is safe to see the dentist for a routine checkup. No x-rays are taken, and cleaning may or may not be performed. The objective of this appointment is to observe teeth and gums and recommend oral care strategies that can be implemented at home. Basic tips for a healthy pregnancy smile include:

  • Stay vigilant with brushing. Morning and night-time brushing is vital to gum health. No extra brushing is needed during the day, even if morning sickness causes vomiting.
  • Don’t skip the floss! Nighttime flossing is ideal because it sends you to bed with the cleanest mouth possible.
  • Don’t just drink lots of water, also swish water across your teeth. Swishing water reduces the acidity caused by nausea and vomiting without potentially abrading enamel that is softer as a result of that acidity.
  • Let crunchy fruits and vegetables do the cleaning for you. Fresh foods with a crunch are great for cleaning your teeth in between meals.

Do you have questions about oral health during pregnancy? Call our Palm Beach Gardens office. We’re happy to talk with you.

Should You Rethink Your Hygiene Routine?

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General Dentistry Palm Beach Gardens, FLWe’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.

Let’s Talk about that Toothbrush

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.

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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