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Lerner & Lemongello Dentistry
5602 PGA Boulevard #201
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm

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.

 

 

New Study Shows Bacteria from Gum Disease May Promote Oral Cancer

In addition to the usual heart disease that is often linked to gum disease, a new study has recently found out that the bacteria present in gum inflammation may actually trigger the growth of tumors and lesions associated with oral cancer.

The mouth-body connection has been known for a while now and people are becoming increasingly aware of the link between the current state of one’s mouth and one’s overall health — from diabetes to heart disease to premature births. Here at our South Florida dental practice, we regularly remind our patients that their oral health is akin to a window where one can take a glimpse of what’s going on inside the body.

Significant Implications of the Study’s Findings

The researchers of the study found out that two types of bacteria prevalent in gum disease, namely Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) and Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), produces byproducts in the form of short-chained fatty acids which in turn triggers the proliferation of Kaposi’s sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV) and Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) related lesions.

These findings may prove to be very useful for patients with HIV and AIDS as 20 percent of patients diagnosed with the condition often develop KS in the long run. Aside from HIV, KS also tends to develop in patients with compromised immune systems such as the elderly and cancer patients on chemotherapy.

 Here’s an excerpt from the Dental Tribune concerning the study’s methodology and its implications:

“In the study, the researchers assessed the gingival health of 21 patients and studied their saliva samples. Eleven patients (average age of 50) were diagnosed with severe chronic gum disease and ten participants (average age of 26) had healthy gums. Overall, the researchers detected significantly higher levels of short chain fatty acids in the saliva of patients with severe periodontal disease and observed that the fatty acids allowed KSHV to multiply.

In addition, they found that this process inhibited molecules in the body’s immune system from stopping the growth of the virus. 

The researchers believe that this discovery could lead to early saliva testing for the bacteria to enable early treatment and monitoring for signs of cancer in at-risk patients.” 

Your Comprehensive Gum Disease Evaluation in Palm Beach Gardens and neighboring areas

You can potentially save yourself from the likelihood of developing oral cancer through regular assessment and evaluation of your overall gum health by Drs. Lerner and Lemongello here at our practice. By and large, it’s not just your gums that will be evaluated but will also include your teeth, the way you bite, bone structure, your current lifestyle, and risk factors.

Get in touch with us today at our office in Palm Beach, Florida!  Call 561-627-9000 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with us! We look forward to your visit!

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