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Inside Your Teeth – The 411

At Lerner & Lemongello we care about you and we care about your teeth – which, by the way, are designed to last you a lifetime. However, your general health, decay, poor dental habits and good old Father Time can play havoc with your teeth.

Let’s get to the very basics…and learn what kind of teeth you have and what makes them so strong and amazing:

Each tooth is comprised of two parts:
The crown which is visible and the root which is not.

teethYou mouth contains four different kinds of teeth:

  1. Incisors…the teeth in the front of your mouth. There are a total of eight and all have the same function – they are for biting into food. Incisors are usually the first teeth to erupt, at around 6 months of age.
  2. Canines…you share these with your dog, hence their name. They are the pointed, sharp teeth next to your incisors. There are two on the top row and two on the bottom. They are used to tear pieces of food.
  3. Pre-molars (bicuspids)…as an adult, you have eight pre-molars, the large, flat teeth behind your canine teeth that tear, crush, and mash your food.
  4. Molars…your largest teeth which are found at the very back of your mouth. Including the wisdom teeth, most adults have 12 molars. They are also used for chewing and grinding your food.

Your teeth contain four kinds of tissue, and each has a very unique purpose:

  1. Enamel is the visible substance that covers the crown. Harder than bone, enamel is made up of phosphorous and calcium and protects the tooth from decay.
  2. Dentin lies underneath the enamel. It looks similar to bone but is not as hard as enamel.
  3. Cementum is the tissue covering the tooth root, helping anchor it to the bone. It is softer than enamel and dentin.
  4. Pulp is found at the center of your tooth and contains the blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues that deliver signals and nutrients to your teeth.

Call to book an appointment for a dental check-up today and let our team of professionals at Lerner & Lemongello help you keep your teeth amazing: (561) 627-9000.

Does Your Mouth Feel Like a Desert?

dry mouth

Does this sound familiar? You can’t seem to wet your whistle enough to swallow and you are more than just thirsty…your mouth is dry and sticky. Your saliva may also be stringy and thick – and to top it off, you have stinky bad breath and nothing seems to help.

Xerostomia, also called dry mouth syndrome, is a common health issue that arises from the reduction of saliva levels. Saliva is important because it produces enzymes that help you taste and digest food and it also keeps the bacteria in your mouth in check.

When you suffer from dry mouth, you may experience chronic bad breath, difficulty wearing dentures, a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth and difficulties eating or speaking.
Additionally, the skin around your mouth may be tight and dry; the corners of your mouth may get sore, your lips may crack and your tongue may feel rough and dry.
Your symptoms may worsen at night because saliva flow normally decreases when you sleep. Dry mouth can also make your voice rough and harsh and you may have a constant tickle in your throat. Chronic dry mouth may also contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.

dry mouthWhat are some of the causes of dry mouth?

  • Advancing age
  • A temporary illness that requires the use of medications
  • Smoking or using smokeless tobacco
  • Use of certain medications such as antihistamines and some antidepressants
  • Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy
  • Autoimmune conditions like HIV or Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Health issues like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease

If you are experiencing the symptoms of dry mouth, it’s important to get regular dental check-ups, brush and floss daily and rinse with a non-alcohol mouthwash. It also helps to sip water throughout the day. Sugar-free gum and candies can trigger your mouth to make more saliva.

If you would like to learn more about chronic dry mouth and discuss your symptoms with Drs. Lerner or Lemongello, call our offices for a consultation appointment. Dry mouth is a treatable condition and we can answer your questions and suggest solutions.

The Surprising Link Between Your Teeth and Sinuses

Beautiful Teeth Palm Beach GardensAlthough majority of our patients here at our Palm Beach Gardens cosmetic dentistry practice visit our clinic to figure out ways to improve their smile, we also have patients who complain of toothache accompanied with sinus problems. On a broader perspective, one might not be able to make the connection between one’s oral health and the state of one’s sinuses. Yet looking at it closely, the state of your mouth and teeth could actually influence the state of your sinuses ( and vice-versa). Read on for more information below!

Understanding the Location and Function of Your Sinuses

Your sinuses (there are actually four of them) are situated mainly in your face; they can be found around the cheeks, nose, and above the eyes. The sinuses on each side of your nose are referred to as maxillary sinuses and are actually in close proximity to the roots of your upper teeth.

Every time you take a breath through your nose, air passes through your sinuses on their way to your lungs. Although the main purpose of your sinuses are still unclear, it is believed that they help humidify the air your breathe.

How Your Teeth Can Cause Sinus Pain

As mentioned earlier, the state of your mouth and teeth could actually influence the state of your sinuses ( and vice-versa). First things first, how does your teeth can cause sinus pain?

Your maxillary sinuses are connected to the upper roots of your teeth via the alveolar process. When the tooth roots are infected, there’s a huge chance that the infection will extend into the nearest sinuses via the alveolar process. Infection of the tooth roots is often caused by poor oral hygiene.

How Your Sinuses Can Cause Tooth Pain

Just as the roots of your upper teeth could spread infection to your maxillary sinuses, the same goes for infection in your sinuses. There are cases in which inflamed maxillary sinuses goes below and overlaps with the tooth roots that are in close proximity, resulting to tooth infection and/or formation of abscess.

If you suspect that your tooth pain may be caused by an underlying sinus problem or the other way around, we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as you can.  Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment by calling 561-627-9000 or fill out this contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

Exceptional General Dentistry

Exceptional General Dentistry.  Did you know we provide all aspects of dental treatment?   We are well known for our expertise in appearance related dentistry or complex restorative dentistry but we also provide all aspects of General Dentistry.  Whether you need regular preventative visits, minor restorative needs or complex dentistry we are the right practice for you. Beautiful tooth colored restoration, porcelain crowns, Root Canal treatment, Cosmetic Dentures, natural implant restorations, crowns/bridges, life-like gorgeous porcelain veneers, Smile makeovers, Straightening teeth with Invisalign and Full mouth reconstruction are all procedures we routinely manage in our office. Our staff is ready to see you for a consultation and discuss your options whatever your treatment needs are.

Preventative Dentistry

I read this interesting article in USA Today.  Basically, it explains that patient check-up visits are down nationally over the past year.  It discussed that 34% of the US population (1/3rd) did not visit the dentist.  As a result, an initial $100 maintenance visit will potentially cost a person who didn’t visit the dentist thousands in the future with crowns, root canals, etc. Prevention is the most important aspect of taking care of your health!  It’s a good article to review.  Our office is here to take care of all your dental needs.

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