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